INTERIORS: FIFTY SHADES OF GREY

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.


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INTERIORS: INTRODUCING MY NEW LIVING SPACE

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.

INTERIORS: CHANEL COCO NOIR PRINT FROM COCOSTYLE STUDIO

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.

SPONSORED: INTRODUCING NIVEA POWDER TOUCH

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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LIFE: THE DUKE'S HEAD, HIGHGATE

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.

FASHION: ZARA PASTEL PINK LEATHER JACKET

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.

LIFE: BONNY BRIGHTON

May 10, 2014

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James and I spent a glorious day in sunny Brighton last Bank Holiday Monday and I just wanted to share a few quick snaps. I'd never properly been (other than a very fleeting trip to see some friends) so I wanted to tick some things off my list - Brighton Pier, the beach, the Pavilion and the Lanes. Like a true tourist, I not only managed to do all of those things, but I also managed to devour some fish & chips with a wooden fork!

Brighton is just gorgeous in the sunshine and it was so lovely to get some sea air. We popped into Bert's Homestore and I may have purchased a couple of lovely kitchen bits and pieces. It's definitely somewhere I'd consider going again for a little shopping day - the shops are just lovely!



BEAUTY: WHAT'S LANDED ON MY DESK LATELY?

May 03, 2014

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I somehow acquire, an awful lot of beauty products. So many I couldn't even begin to show you but I thought I'd do a little post showing some 'new in' products that I'm liking. Since I took this photo though, I've been inundated with a whole stash of make-up so I'm already ready to do another of these.

REN Vita Mineral Daily Supplement Moisturising Cream
My new brand favourite has to be REN. I've acquired some and made a cheeky duty free purchase or two also - oops. This moisturiser is just on point for me. Does the job.

REN Vita Mineral Omega 3 Optimum Skin Serum Oil
I got hold of this and then read Caroline Hirons' blog post all about it. You NEED this. It's superb.

Balance Me Radiance Face Oil
I've not tried this one out yet but it's next on the 'to try' list as it's so well-recommended.

NARS Satin Lip Pencil in Isola Bella
My lip colour of the season. The most gorgeous glossy peachy tone.

NARS Lipstick in Dolce Vita
The lipstick version of the Lip Pencil above. I tend to layer this underneath.

Fudge Urban Iced Raspberry & Vanilla Hairspray
This smells SO FLIPPING good! I've got three bottles of it.

Maybelline Color Tattoo in On and On Bronze
I'm a tiny bit disappointed by this one having seen so many rave reviews. I think my problem is I got hold of MAC Painterly at the same time and I keep reaching for that one over this...

REN Vita Mineral Lip Balm
Not 100% on this one. I love it but it makes me so thirsty!

REN Rosa Centifolia Cleansing Gel
The perfect morning cleanser. I need to buy this in full size, pronto. I'm using the Rosa Centifolia cream cleanser every night.

BareMinerals Nude & Radiant Collection
Gorgeous little kit, as always with BM, to give you a radiant glow. I'm not using the foundation but I'm loving the brush and the radiance powder to give you that much needed glow.

Magnifibres Brush On Lashes
Tried this for the first time last week and it blew my mind. So odd - it adds little fibres to your lashes which you then coat with your usual mascara. Brilliant if you're lacking in the lash department.

Laura Mercier Foundation Primer
Totally not as good as the Hourglass one. Sorry LM!

REN Vita Mineral Active 7 Eye Gel
I'm so bad with eye gels/creams/treatments. This tiny little tube is slowly correcting my bad habits. It's nice but I'm yet to find an eye product I want to shout home about.

Phytomer CC Creme Skin Perfecting Cream
On the rare day I have a great skin day, I've been whipping this out. Unfortunately those days are few and far between.

Revlon Nearly Naked Foundation
For some reason I picked this up in the airport recently. Unfortunately I think this shade may have to be reserved for the winter months as it's a little pale.

The Ultimate Fix
My friend Zoe gave me this when I coo-ed over it because it just sounds amazing. Quick dry spray for nails. I can't wait to give it a whirl.

Hope you enjoyed this little sneak peek into my overwhelming beauty stash! I'll update you at some point on the products here I've not managed to have a good try of and let you know what I think. Recommend me some of your must-haves.