August 31, 2014

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I adore candles. I adore NEOM candles. I've enjoyed them for such a long time and I've always loved every scent I've had. This is a new one from them - it's called Complete Bliss, and is a combination of Moroccan Blush Rose, Lime & Black Pepper.

Tanya had this burning in her home when I popped round, and I couldn't stop saying how much I loved it. I decided I had to have one for myself and have not stopped burning it since it arrived.

It sounds like a funny one - rose, lime and pepper? But it so works. I am not a fan of black pepper on my food, but I absolutely love it as a scent. The Molton Brown black and pink peppercorn scents for shower gels are some of my favourites. I just find it warm and comforting but a bit interesting at the same time.


August 03, 2014

When I spotted this wire rack on Out There Interiors, I knew I had to have it. Only problem? I had zero idea how to use it. It would look great in a kitchen or bathroom but those rooms in my new flat won't accommodate it as it's quite a sizeable item (if you live in London-sized quarters) and you'll soon see pics of my other rooms which will explain all.

The bedroom in the new flat is tiny in comparison to those we've been used to before and the sliding door opens up pretty much straight on to the bed so there wasn't much space for a traditional bedside table. The wire rack had found it's use.

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It's beyond perfect because it takes up no floor space and yet has tons of space to pop bits and pieces. I just have to try and keep it tidy now which is going to be the tricky bit. Hope you love it as much as I do.

I'm off to have another peruse of OTI - check it out here, it's worth a nosey.


June 29, 2014

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If you know anything about me by now it's that I like my colour schemes simple. As I mentioned in my last post, you should be expecting some more interiors style posts coming your way in the coming months. Until then, I'm afraid my love of all things home is constrained to hours spent on Pinterest and interiors websites.

C.P. Hart got in touch and asked me to share some of my bathroom inspirations from their site and, I have to say, their taste and mine are not dissimilar at all. These are my favourites.

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I love subway style tiles with industrial style fitting as you can see in the image above. Modern is just not my cup of tea at all. A traditional shaped bath but with a twist to keep it from looking too 'classic', such as the copper bath. I'm also a huge fan of a waterfall shower - the bigger the better! There is nothing worse than a wimpy shower. We want big and powerful!

For me, my perfect bathroom is spacious (good luck me, living in London!), indulgent, muted tones, industrial fixtures and everything as big as possible. Having two sinks is a real luxury and one I'd definitely have in my dream bathroom scenario.

If you're an interior designer then C.P. Hart also has a fantastic trade section and if you want to see any of their beautiful products for real then a visit to one of their showrooms is a must. I may have popped in to their St. Albans showroom recently for a little peruse!

Let me know what your dream bathroom would be like if money was no object.

Sponsored by C.P. Hart


June 23, 2014

I'm not yet in the new place, but I wanted to share a couple of very quickly taken snaps of what it looks like. I do hope the current tenant never spots these online!

In London, the property market moves so quickly that you're never usually waiting much more than 2-4 weeks between an offer being accepted on a property and moving in. It's kind of crazy but for that reason, I wasn't expecting to start properly looking for a new place until around now. I'm due to move out of my current rental mid-July but I've extended that a little given that this place I found was available end of July.

For me, character is vital. I'm very fussy about what I will even look at and for that reason, I've always ended up in the first place I've looked at. Not because I'm easily pleased, but because I won't view anything unless I know it's good. I think it's a good rule and it's served me well so far! When the letting agent showed me round this one she also showed me a brand spanking new place with a gym and two balconies - it had no character though! I've lived in a new build (on the 22nd floor no less) so I feel like I've been there and done that - it's not my cup of tea.

This one has character and personality. It's not huge but it's the perfect space. Do excuse the scaffolding on the outside of the building - it's having some structural work done to it but that will be gone in a matter of days.

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This is a snippet of the kitchen space. It's got a gorgeous ceramic sink and I love the open shelving.

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I think I'm going to rearrange the space a bit but you can see the wooden floorboards and the potential here.

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Excuse the bad lighting here - as soon as I faced my phone to the window it made the space look so dark! As you can see we've got a balcony. There are two huge Georgian windows at the front of the property. I can't wait to drink a G&T on that balcony!

So there we go - a little snippet. Not much to go by but should hopefully give you a little idea of the living space. I can't wait to get in there and make it my own - I'll share the journey, of course.


June 08, 2014

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I recently tweeted a picture of a new print that I'd got my hands on, from the ever amazing Cocostyle Studio. Asma, who runs Cocostyle is a wonderfully talented artist who creates the most girly of art - lots of Chanel, Louboutin, cupcakes.. anything a girl could ever want. She paints using acrylic on canvas and then sells prints. 

I think they're absolutely gorgeous, and have done for as long as I've known Asma (which is now quite a long time!). I picked Chanel Coco Noir mostly because I knew the colour scheme would work in my new flat. I'm a huge fan of the fragrance too but it's about aesthetics here, people!

It took me a little while to decide on the frame colour and mount but I've finally pulled it all together and I'm absolutely in love with it.

Check out Asma's other designs and let me know which one you would pick.

P.S. I'm very close to confirming my new flat and the good news is that it will mean a lot more interiors posts! I've spent the last year in a flat too small and perfect to need any extra love in the interiors department but I'm moving out of here and into a bigger place with more character and nooks and crannies for creativity. I can't wait to share it with you.


May 29, 2014

I thought I'd drop in a little mid-week blog post to introduce you all to the new NIVEA Powder Touch deodorant.

Having previously worked in advertising for a good few years, I do take a real interest in advertising campaigns and one that shows women as both soft and powerful at the same time, ticks a lot of boxes for me. I've also done ballet before and know how much it hurts and what kind of strength and physical exertion it takes.

The ballerina, Jennie, points out that she always has her underarms on display and I quite often feel the same if I'm wearing a sleeveless top, I want to make sure my underarms are looking and smelling good. Sounds gross but is so true! I know most women feel the same on that front.

The new NIVEA Powder Touch is gentle and powerful lasting for up to 48 hours. It has Kaolin powder which means it's quick drying but leaves you feeling soft and silky. With bergamot, orange, rose and Lily of the Valley, it also smells gorgeous!

Check out the video and let me know what you think!

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May 24, 2014

Before I get on to the good stuff (the food) do you like my new sandals (Kurt Geiger for a bargain from eBay) and hideously garish necklace?

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I hope so! My toenails are painted in Tanya Burr Bright & Early too - loving this shade at the moment.

Now, I'd never been to The Duke's Head in Highgate, so I didn't know what I was walking into. I think if you're into you're ales, then you'd probably like this place. I'm not, so I'll leave that point there and move straight on to the food. Oh. My. God.

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That's a salt beef bagel on another level. Words cannot explain, it's probably the best burger/bagel I've ever eaten and went down far too quickly.

Really impressed with this little pub. Lovely atmosphere with friendly staff and good gin, too. Will definitely be back.


May 17, 2014

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Colour is not my forté, but when I spotted this pastel pink beauty on the Zara website, I had to have it. I really adore it. It's super thick, though not actual leather. So easy to wear in the spring and summer months to bring a little somethin' somethin' to a boring outfit.

What do you think? They also do a pastel blue which is equally as gorgeous.

P.S. I also got new sheets, which I'm really loving! I was eyeing up lots on John Lewis and The White Company but prices were just crazy given how quickly I get through sheets (the problem with loving white linen) so I ended up getting this from George Home.