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Sunday, 5 July 2015

Life in Instagram ♥

I've finally got back into the swing of things blog-wise, and managed to get quite a few blog posts up last week! I still have plenty more posts to write though, including restaurant reviews, outfit posts, and a travel post from my holiday. But here's a little Instagram catch up first...

Dressed up for a rare night out; I wore this French Connection dress which I've had for over a year but have never worn before!  |  Sleeping beauty.. I missed him so much when I was on holiday.

I don't wear maxi dresses very often, but decided to wear this plain black one (Primark) to the airport  |  After posting my birthday wishlist last week, Royal Albert kindly sent me this beautiful Honey Bunny mug as an early pressie! So cute!

The weather has been beautiful lately, and Merl is thoroughly enjoying going out in the garden (although he doesn't look very impressed..)  |  I have rediscovered this old pair of denim shorts and they're perfect for hot lazy days!

I don't generally stick to a skincare routine, but I love using my new Vichy products. The eye make up remover and cleansing Micellar oil both leave my skin super clear and smooth!  |  This morning I held a stall at my local carboot sale and made £150+! I will be doing a blog post on my top carboot sale tips soon.

I've been having a massive clear out lately (hence the carboot sale!) and it feels so nice having everything nice and tidy. I've been organising my bedroom and dressing room, and these boxes are perfect for storing shoes!  |  The Soap and Glory Righteous Butter is one of my favourite products ever, so it's no wonder they sell 1 every 20 seconds! Last week I came home to find the lovely people at S&G kindly sent me this personalised tub.. how sweet!

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Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Competition Win: £300 NotOnTheHighStreet Voucher ♥

Back in March I took part in a blogger competition (see my entry here) to renovate a piece of furniture, and I was lucky enough to win first prize! I was so so excited as the prize was a £300 NotOnTheHighStreet voucher and I love their website.

I picked out all of my goodies right away and eagerly awaited their arrivals. As the items came from all different sellers on the website I got lots of separate parcels, so it was a little bit like opening birthday presents when they all arrived! Poor Mr Postie. Anyway, I thought I'd do a little blog post of what I chose to order with my voucher...

 A few years ago I won the Regency cake stand and three teacups (see here) from another competition, received the cake tin set as a Christmas pressie in blogger campaign (here), and also have the matching milk jug (here).

So I thought I would complete my tea set with the final pieces; three cake plates and a sugar bowl from the same set! So now I have the complete set except for a teapot (which I wouldn't use) so I'm going to use it for my birthday tea party next month! Yippee!
cake stand and three matching teacups
cake stand and three matching teacups

 I love Pip Studio so I picked out this cute little jug which I thought would be lovely to put summer flowers in. I love the bold aqua colour and the pretty bright pink floral print.

 I also decided to treat myself to some gorgeous new jewellery pieces! I rarely buy myself new jewellery so I was really pleased that I got some new pretty bits. I prefer sterling silver jewellery and I picked out these beautiful pieces including an anchor ring, a dainty swallow pendant necklace, a teapot charm, and daisy flower stud earrings. I adore them all! I also bought my Mum a couple of pairs of earrings with the voucher too.

 I chose this lightweight daisy print cotton scarf for myself, and I also picked a stunning bird print one which I gave to my Mum.

 I couldn't resist this cute Bee Beautiful washbag with the beautiful design on it. It also matches my little compact mirror!

 Merlin is spoiled, so the most expensive item from my order was this cute handmade cat print donut bed. It set me back £60 worth of the vouchers but luckily my little kitty loves his new bed! And it matches my bedroom decor and bedding too which is a bonus.

And finally, I picked this little white ceramic bird trinket box.. cute!

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Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Gifts Ideas for Girls - Flamingo Gifts ♥

Generally I think girls are quite easy to buy presents for, but sometimes there can just be too much choice. If you're looking for gift ideas for someone and you need some inspiration, then check out the range of unique affordable pressies from Flamingo Gifts. Here's a selection of my favourites...

I love this beautiful silver bangle with a meaningful quote engraved into it; 'Moving forward never looking back'.  They do a few other similar bangles with other inscriptions, but this one is my favourite! It would make a lovely sentimental gift idea for someone close to you.

 I absolutely love Flamingo Candles, and this is my second one. This scent is called Oriental Lotus and Rose Otto and it's pretty in pink! These handmade, organic candles come in quirky little square jars and this one smells soft and powdery, which is perfect for when I'd like to relax. Know someone that loves to chill out? This would make a great gift!

 This stunning Disaster Designs make up bag and compact mirror set would make the perfect gift for any girl that loves her cosmetics. The make up bag is the perfect size for daily beauty essentials, and it comes with a pretty polka dot lining and a secure zip enclosure. The handy compact mirror  is covered in pretty stamps, and the front features a post card with the text “You’re looking lovely!”.

Ted Baker is one of my all time favourite brands, and I absolutely adore this stationary set. The pretty pink brogue notebook is lined with stunning gold detailing, and the matching pen comes in its own leather look case, and it can be used as a touchscreen stylus too! This gift would be perfect for a stylish hard working student, or perhaps a daydreamer who loves to write.  

 Know someone who loves cats? Then they'll love these! These amazing quirky salt and pepper shakers are disguised to look like Siamese cat ornaments, but they're a bit more practical! Who doesn't want a glossy pair of ceramic cats on their dining room table? So cute!

 My decorative cushion collection is getting a little bit out of hand, but this is my most recent addition! The Alphie Fox cushion looks adorable amongst my owl cushions of a similar style, and it even has a cute little mustache and patchwork ears. This would look lovely on any bed or sofa!
This hot pink 'Lets do Lunch' Ted Baker bento lunch box would make the perfect gift for anyone that likes to do lunch in style. It's ideal for storing celery/carrot sticks or sweet treats, and it comes with two separate compartments, and an elastic band with a cute little rose gold bow on it to hold it together.

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Monday, 29 June 2015

Birthday Wishlist * ♥

It's my birthday in exactly one months time and I've had my eye on a few things lately so I thought I'd do a little wishlist! I've noticed the summer sales are starting already, so luckily a lot of the things are reduced. And I love a bargain!

The Ted Baker sale started a couple of weeks ago and the bag I've been lusting over has been included! It's sold out already on the Ted Baker website, but it's still on the House of Fraser site so I hope I can get it before it sells out! I also really like the matching wash bag in a pretty shade of pastel blue.

The Royal Albert Honey Bunny trio set it just adorable! Although I think it's too probably too cute to use. I love Royal Albert pieces, although I mainly collect their old vintage stuff that I find at car boot sales and in charity and antique shops. But I do love their modern designs too! The Gossard lingerie set includes a longline bra (which is my favourite style) and brief, and the pretty floral print is just perfect for summer! 

I'm also really wanting to try the new Jimmy Choo Exotic fragrance which is a new release this season, and I'd also like to stock up on an old favourite from Philosophy so I can smell like vanilla cupcakes everyday! If you're looking to do some online shopping soon, then check out discount code websites such as http://www.voucherbin.co.uk/ for the latest promotions!

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Sunday, 28 June 2015

What Pets Really Mean * ♥

After a pretty rough couple of months I kind of feel like everything is a bit better now.  Maybe time really is the best healer, but there have been lots of little things that have helped to pick me up; summer is on it's way, great friends, the best family, a sunny holiday and a fluffy snuggler. 

Merlin has recently turned three years old and it still feels like only yesterday that we picked him up from the breeder and he was so tiny. I knew from our first moment that we would be best of friends, which sounds corny as hell, but it's so true. My little kitty Merl has greeted me every morning for the last 3 years with a snuggle and then tucks up to me at bed time until I fall asleep and then he migrates to his own bed. 

Being a newly single lady meant that recently I spent a lot of time in my bed (with Netflix and cake.. obv) and I genuinely feel like my little Merl could sense my pain and did his kitty-best to comfort me when I was feeling low. After lots of fluffy snuggles with my furry chum I felt a little bit better, and it made me realise how much pets really do mean to us. It's been well researched that pets really can help to ease stress, anxiety, and depression in humans because they have so much love, comfort and companionship to offer which releases feel good chemicals in the brain.

I've always been a cat lover, and my last kitty Magnus was with me for almost 15 years. I cried non stop for days after he passed away from old age a few years ago (I wrote all about it here!). Thinking about losing Merl does make me tear up a little bit even though (touch wood) it's a very long way off yet. Luckily due to his breed, he is safe indoors most of the time, but he does occasionally try to escape out of the front door! I always worry that he could pick up some kind of disease from other cats on the street, run away and not find his way home or is stolen, and I worry about the danger of cars as he has no awareness of roads. Having cat insurance gives a little bit of piece of mind that in case something did happen to my fluffy pal, that he would be covered.  

He really is a part of my family, and we all fuss over him non stop. He is spoiled rotten really, but he brings us so much happiness that we think he deserves it! And who needs a boyfriend when you can have a super cuddly kitty?! Much better behaved too.


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