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Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Payday Wishlist* ♥

So payday is still practically two weeks away.. but a girl can dream right? January is always the looongest month ever because everyone is skint after Christmas and the weather is cold and miserable and everything is back to normal and awful.  But ho hum... it can't be long now until summer, right? Despite payday being practically forever away, I thought I'd put together a little wishlist of things I've had my eye on lately and plan to splash out on soon.

How beautiful is this red velvet vintage party dress from Rokit? It's a one-off piece from the 90's and I think it is the perfect Valentines dress! I've also been eyeing up the cat print blouse from H&M which I think would be ideal for work tucked into a skater skirt with tights and ankle boots. I'm also in need of some new ankle boots as my trusty Primark pair are coming to the end of their life after being worn everyday throughout autumn and winter. New Look have loads of boots in their sale and I'm in love with this gold zip up pair! 

I'm also looking forward to treating myself to the beautiful floral fluffy Joules dressing gown. A dressing gown is my 'after work essential' as I basically spend all evening in it to keep me cosy so I think I deserve a nice new one! I also feel like I deserve a nice little pamper session, and after recently trying out the Honeycomb and Marshmallow flavoured Treaclemoon shower gels, I now also want to try Cookie Dough and Vanilla. They sound delicious! 

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Monday, 9 January 2017

Christmas 2016 ♥

Better late than never eh! Here's a short post covering what I got up to over Christmas. Nothing spectacular but I did have a wonderful few days with my family over the long weekend (although I had to work on the Bank Holiday Tuesday!). I didn't do much for New Years Eve this year; in fact, I was asleep by 11.30pm! 

If you've been following my blog for a while then you might remember that I often used to post about the cakes and bakes I used to make. I kinda stopped baking a couple of years ago when I got my new job, but I still enjoy making a little treat every so often. For Christmas I made this chocolate house using blocks of milk and white chocolate melted down and left to set in a cottage mould. I then decorated it using icing, smarties, chocolate buttons, and sprinkles. Isn't it cute?!

Christmas morning consisted of Baileys in my pretty vintage floral glasses along with croissants in front of our open fire. I wore this old black skater dress which has a gold sequin collar, and black tights. 


So here's 'what I got for Christmas'! I got some really lovely things including: this amazing cat print duvet cover, cat blanket, and glass cat Christmas tree decoration from my big sister. My Mum and Dad got me the Barbour scarf to match my waxed jacket, along with the Fiorelli handbag. And my lovely boyfriend bought me the most beautiful Olivia Burton watch (so pretty!), Marc Jacobs Decadence perfume, and tickets to see You Me At Six in April.. yay!!

I bought these cute little white ceramic woodland creatures inn Poundland as they were reduced to only 50p each! They're so sweet. And my 12 year old niece bought me these cute floral measuring tea cups for Christmas, and then I bought myself the matching teaspoons in the Boots sale for only £5!

Probably my favourite thing about Christmas is the food! We have our full roast dinner (chicken and beef) in the afternoon on Christmas day, an then in the evening we have our little picnic buffet with lots of cheeses, cold meats, pizza etc. The cute paper plates, napkins and cups etc were sent to me within a little festive goodie box from Circus Circus.. thanks guys! For dessert we had chocolate fudge cake, Christmas pudding, profiteroles, and pavlova... delicious!

Here's my little baby Merl getting in the festive spirit! He hates me haha. And this is the outfit I wore for New Years Eve (quite a few lbs heavier after Christmas overindulgence..). I bought the pretty embroidered skirt from the Miss Guided sale and teamed it with a floaty sleeved chiffon top I found in Primark for only £8. My boyfriend and I went out for a lovely steak dinner and then a few drinks, but then we got sleepy so went home and fell asleep before midnight.. oops!

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Thursday, 29 December 2016

My New Dressing Room Tour ♥

I always put up a few Christmas decorations around my dressing room so I thought I'd do a little room tour before I take all the pretty festive bits down. This room used to be the 'spare room' but my parents let me transform it into my own little dressing room a few years ago. I decorated it using Laura Ashley wallpaper and picked out all the shabby chic furniture, and now I use it to store my pretty things and it has also become my 'blog room'.

The main feature of the room is the eye catching dressing table which I've had for a while now. I love the French style and the pretty curved features. It has a deep desk drawer as well as a large swivel mirror which I have edged with a white rose garland and fairy lights. I also recently acquired the matching dressing table stool from Homes Direct 365 which finishes the room off beautifully.

I also have the large fabric covered mannequin which is currently covered up with my pink coat, fur collar and cupcake handbag. The room has a few of my little DIY projects in, including my perfume shelf, vintage chair, cabinet unit, and painted furniture. On the side cabinet I keep my 'teacup biscuit' frame which I made by putting some teacup shaped cookies from Royal Albert behind a glass frame with a pretty background. I also have a little collection of white ceramic baubles and ornaments which I seem to keep buying lately! Along with yet more fairy lights...

I keep wondering whether I should paint the brown drawers that I have, but the wood is so nice how it is, I feel like it would be a shame to cover it up! But it does look a little bit out of place because all of the other furniture in the room is white. At the moment, on top of the drawers I have a few little Christmas ornaments including the little set of three houses and my new ceramic stag deer. Next to this, I have my mini Christmas tree which lights up and I have decorated with some of my favourite little baubles.

I hope you enjoy my room tour!

Dressing Table: Out There Interiors | Shelf: Carboot sale | Stool: www.homesdirect365.co.uk | Wallpaper: Laura Ashley | Floor Tiles: Poundland

Teacup Frame: Home made | Baubles & Decorations: Asda & various

Tree: B&M | Long Wall Mirror: Charity Shop | Hand Held Mirror: Antique Shop

Chair: Vintage | Cushion: BHS | | Hairdryer: Elchim 3900 Salons Direct | Blanket: Joules | Radio: Roberts

Teacup: Home Bargains & charity shops | Ceramic Bird: Laura Ashley | Jar Candle: BHS 

Mannequin: Out There Interiors | Rug: Argos | Cabinet: Antique Shop

Curtain Pole: B&M | Hangers: Poundland (upcycled)

Chair: Vintage | Drawers: Argos | Stag Head: Asda | Clock: Hurn & Hurn | Jewellery Cabinet: BHS

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Monday, 26 December 2016

My Boxing Day Sale Bargains ♥

I wasn't planning on going shopping today but when I woke up this morning and realised I have to go back to work tomorrow I decided to get up nice and early and head out. I chose not to go into the city centre shopping mall and instead I visited a few edge of town retail parks around Milton Keynes which were much nicer and quieter! 

So yes... I am one of those people that goes out sale shopping on Boxing Day! And I don't regret it at all. I didn't get there until after 10am so I wasn't one of the crazies waiting at the doors at 6am. I thought I'd do a round up post of the buys I've bought today on the high street and online too. There are some great bargains to be had and I got some really nice things!

Laura Ashley - Up to 60% off online and in store. I bought this cute little glass water jug with a tumbler that sits on top. I will keep it next to my bed filled with water as I often get a tickly throat in the night and am desperate for a drink! I can't find it online unfortunately but I picked mine up in store. 

Ann Summers - Up to half price - I ordered a couple of longline lacy bras with 50% off from their online sale and they offer free delivery on orders over £35 too! 

New Look - Up to 70% off - I often find New Look a bit hit and miss with their stuff in general and I can rarely ever find anything in their sale. But I was quick today and managed to get quite a few things from them! The store was a nightmare though so I didn't even bother looking... I suggest looking online. 

H&M - Up to 60% off - I always order undies from H&M online because I find their multi-packs really good value. There are a few nice bits and pieces in their homeware sale and clothing, but there's a lot of rubbish to scroll through! Top tip: If you sign up to their newsletter you can also get 25% off one item (even sale items!) plus free standard delivery!

Boots - Up to 50% off - I love having a look at the Boots sale after Christmas as they reduce all of their Christmas gift sets by 50%. I restrained myself this year and just bought one thing. There were no beauty sets that caught my eye, although there were plenty of Soap and Glory sets left on the shelves this morning!  

Boohoo - Up to 70% off - Boohoo seem to always have a sale on but it's often worth a look. I have ordered a couple of embroidered shirt dresses from them, although I actually ended up ordering from their eBay outlet store as the same items as their website were actually cheaper on eBay! They're currently doing free delivery on all orders too! 

Matalan - Up to 50% off - I very rarely shop in Matalan but this morning I drove past one so thought I'd take a quick look. I ended up with armfuls of stuff I wanted but because they changing rooms were closed I restrained myself to just a couple of bits. They have some really nice things in at the moment and most of it half price!

Primark - Sale on instore - On my shopping trip today I nipped into Primark and picked up a couple of bits from their 'sale'. They mostly had the underwear and PJ's reduced, along with lots and lots of footwear! 

Life & Looks - Up to 50% off - I hadn't ever heard of this website before, but if you're looking for beauty or fragrance items it's worth a look. There are thousands of reviews of the company online so it's all legit. I was looking for my favourite perfume in the sales but didn't manage to find any great deals, but Life & Looks had 50% off the one I was searching for! 

Missguided - Up to 50% off - Missguided currently have 50% off all of their sale stock PLUS an additional 26% off for a limited time only. Delivery is only 99p and I ordered two embroidered skirts (you might have noticed a theme with embroidery...). I ordered this one and this one

Wilko - Up to 50% off - The online sale isn't much to look at, but I would recommend taking a look in your local store. ALL of their Christmas chocolates are half price which means 50p Terrys choc oranges, £2 boxes of Lindors and very cheap selection boxes! Also take a look at their gift sets which are now all half price. I picked up two L'oreal sets which include a mascara and an eyeshadow for £4 each. The mascara alone is £10 in Boots!

Poundland - 50% off - Yes.. Poundland have a Christmas sale and it's actually quite good. All of their wrapping paper and decorations are now 50p each. I picked up some gift bags for next year, gift tags, and some cute decorations!

Laura Ashley Glass Tumbler Set (was £26, now £13) | Ann Summers Longline Bra (was £24, now £12) | Set of Lace Knickers (was £10, now £4) | Floral Embroidered Jumper (was £23, now £7) | Set of Microfibre Knickers (was £10, now £4) | Black Sequin Bag (was £10, now £4) | Floral Teaspoons (was £10, now £5) | Embroidered Shirt Dresses: Taylor & Rhiannon (were £20, now £15 each) | Floral Long Sleeved Top (was £13, now £4) | Denim Skirt (was £10, now £5) | Lace Bodysuit (was £20, now £6) | Ribbed Bodysuit (was £12, now £6 | La Roche-Posay Scrub (was £10, now £6.60) | Jimmy Choo Blossom Eau de Parfum (was £46, now £23) | Ceramic Woodland Creatures (50p each in Poundland!) | L'Oreal Smokey Eyes Make-Up Set (was £8, now £4)

Have you picked up anything in the Boxing Day sales?

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Tuesday, 20 December 2016

Life in Instagram: Christmas Edition ♥

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As soon as November arrived it was time to get out the festive bedding! I do have a couple of other sets too, and I think I'm due to change to the cosy red reindeer fairisle printed one I bought from Primark last year! I absolutely love seasonal bedding as well as loads of snuggly festive cushions!

Lately I have been treating myself to a few too many caramel hot chocolates with whipped cream and marshmallows, but can you blame me?!

My Mum put the Christmas tree up whilst I was away on holiday and then when I got home I decorated it using my favourite red and white decorations. I've tried to go with a Nordic theme, but my favourite decoration will always be the cute little stuffed gingerbread man!

It was only this week I finally brought out the 'big coat' which also happens to be my Christmas coat! I bought this years ago from Miss Selfridge and it's still going strong. It has adorable little bows attached to the pockets and a cute skirted shape. I wear it along with a black furry collar I bought last year in the sale.

At the weekend I took a trip to a little market town near me called Olney. It's only a small place but their high street is adorned with these beautiful little cottages which are all decorated with handmade wreaths. I was a bit creepy taking photos of peoples front doors, but they're just so pretty!

Also whilst I was out this weekend I went on a little walk collecting holly, ivy and berries to make a table decoration. I made this sweet little plate adorned with all of the foliage and stuck a big red glittery candle in the middle.. perfect! Love a bit of Christmas crafts!

Also whilst I was out I ended up buying a few more cute little festive bits and pieces. Wilko are doing all of their Christmas decorations half price already so I bought two of the cute little stuffed stars (50p each), the wooden Noel decoration (37p!), and the metal polka dot heart (also only 37p!). I also picked up the glass and gold Merry Christmas sign for only £1.50 which is now hanging on the wall in the hallway.. bargain!

I found the tiny little floral reindeer cake stand in a charity shop for only £2. I'm not really sure what I'll do with it but it is cute! The little ceramic tea light houses I got last year from dotcomgiftshop, and the big reindeer was half price in a little boutique shop near me, and was only £4.50.

On my little cupboard I am keeping all of my glass dome baubles because I'm worried that if I put them on my Christmas tree the cat will end up pulling them down and smashing them everywhere! So they stay nice and safely in my dressing room The two round ones at the back (Christmas tree and reindeer) I bought from Asda for £2.50 each, and I bought the two front ones (owl and bird) from a little boutique shop for £5 each.

I also spent a little while having a good tidy up of my dressing room and bedroom! I ended up listing quite a few things on those local Facebook selling pages and managed to sell everything I listed within a couple of days. It was well worth it! And now my rooms are all nice and tidy and organised again in time for Christmas!

I couldn't resist buying this cute little festive snowflake china set from Home Bargains recently. I think the mug and the side plate were only £1.49 each and they're so pretty! I used the mug to make a nice big cookie crumble creamy hot chocolate!

I have this adorable mini Christmas tree up in my dressing room which I absolute love. I bought it from B&M for about £8 last year and it was such a good little investment. It even has cute little fairy lights on the end of the stems, and it's the perfect size for a little room. I love decorating it with dainty decorations!

All of the usual high street restaurants have their festive menus out at the moment, and on a recent visit to Prezzo (my fav!) I decided to give their 'Camembert Star' a try.  It was very pretty to look at and the cranberry chutney accompaniment was lovely, but unfortunately it wasn't melted all the way through!

 Ali Express is amazing for a lot of things, but I can seriously highly rate them for their enormous range of stunning phone case designs! I decided to order a couple of Christmassy cases for less than £1 each (and free shipping!) and I fell in love with these two. The little cat one looks just like Merl!

I love getting out all of my pretty Christmas decorations! Everything feels so homely, especially when the candles are on. I've also been successfully making my way through my Godiva chocolate advent calendar which is just DELICIOUS!

And finally, here's the outfit I wore last Friday to work for National Christmas Jumper Day! I got this jumper 3 years ago from Tuffle Shuffle and I wear it throughout Christmas with pride! #crazycatlady 

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