24 July 2014

Mulberry AW14

"The Mulberry Autumn Winter 2014 season finds inspiration in the colour of the British countryside, embracing rich oaks, misty greys, deep greens and intense oxblood taken from the mystery of the Highlands to the lush rolling hills of Mulberry's home in Somerset."

The campaign photography is the latest work of visual genius Tim Walker, using the beautiful British countryside as a classic background to the brands key items. Although not as whimsical and unexpected as the last few campaigns have been, this set of shots typifies the brands quality, craftsmanship and true British heritage. All that is missing for me is Mulberry monster, my favourite quirk from previous themes, that or a hidden gnome / butterfly.




The beautiful bags of AW14...... love this collection, not only are these four amongst my favourite silhouettes from Mulberry but they have brought back Oxblood - this was a colour i fell in love with in the AW12 collection when Del Rey first appeared and i lusted after it but it sold out before i could get one! Also the Willow tote has grabbed my attention, something about the mixed texture is beautiful and also the earthy green shades, which isn't normally a colour i am drawn to.

Alexa, Bayswater, Lily and Willow

Alongside the updated favourites, the new Tessie collection makes its debut - a more streamlined, simplistic group of bags with a few less buckles and detailing than the last few additions but nice and classic and also at a lower price point (£495-£695) - a great addition in my eyes after the horrific Cara bag, which tainted my love of Mulberry - read my thoughts Mulberry Miss

Check out the video link below to meet the new arrivals...


All in all a good new collection however the one thing that has lessened my excitement was the lack of a Fashion Week show. This collection would have been interesting to have seen on the catwalk, especially as i am feeling a distinct lack of wow factor this season - which with no creative director at the helm is not a surprise, i do hope they appoint someone soon as the excitement and brand sparkle needs to be brought back.

Overall although good, this collection for me seems a little too safe and is missing the expected Mulberry quirks....oh well will wait and see what the September show brings and what will catch my eye in the SS15 collection especially with the new pricing architecture that has been brought in (with bags in the £500-£800 price bracket, much more affordable for this fashionista on a budget) and fingers crossed they have also lost Cara Delevinge too!

How do you rate the latest offering from Mulberry?








5 June 2014

At home with H&M

In my never ending quest for finding the perfect furnishings for my new house, i have developed a love for the H&M home range, something i was aware of before but had never really looked, until one boring afternoon when I found several items that caught my eye. The frustrating thing is that this range is only available in the Oxford Street store (selected items) or online and i have had bad experiences with ordering online, so this may well just be something that i lust over but never buy! 

A fairly small range but a good starting point, the brand covers most soft essential items - from cushions and throws to bedding and storage plus a small kitchenware offering but its main focus is textiles. A good range of price points too with many items coming in at under £20. The current range is a great mix of grey's and neutrals with pops of colour, great for me as these are the colours I need! These are my favourite pieces, and I may have to give in and order online, unless I find better elsewhere. 


Cushions: Boucle £7.99, Boucle metallic £12.99, Textured Moss Knit £14.99, 
Linen stripe £12.99, Twill block stripe £6.99
Duvet sets: Butterflies £29.99, Vintage £34.99, Polka dot £29.99
Jacquard weave blanket £24.99

Have you heard of / seen the home range? Would love to hear from you if you bought anything.





4 June 2014

My May


* A random till purchase in H&M, couldn't resist, what girl doesn't want her injuries to be dressed up in cute My Little Pony plasters! * All the glitz and glamour from the Met Gala, did you see the post? If not check it out here Gala Glamour. * Such a cute kitty, all this sunshine is making Willow so sleepy, and her favourite place to snooze is on my bed. * Oh Essie how I love all your beautiful shades. Want to see my top 6 shades for summer - My Essie Edit . * Loved discovering the new summer homeware collection at Sainsbury's. "Memory lane" is a gorgeous pastel party that I simply couldn't resist, will be indulging in some items for my new garden (already gave in and bought the lunch bag and matching travel cup), head over to your local store and see what tickles your fancy. * Finally getting to wear my Primark midi skirt, now the sun has come out and this print is a great summer love. * An odd find in Pound stretcher, a tall wall hanging photo frame, great for my favourite pics, and saves on holes in the wall!. * The new technology love of my life, the Stylebook app is the best closet organiser ever, read my review and see for yourself how amazing it is - App L♥VE. * The latest Essie shade in my makeup bag... Go Ginza a great pastel shade.


* Cute new style book from Amazon, a good mix of advice and outfit building, available at amazon.co.uk. * Cute outfit for the sunshine, white lacy dress from Dorothy Perkins with rainbow jewels and my fun animal print sunnies. *  Favourite Pinterest pics from the month of May. * Finally got round to spending my birthday voucher from my brother in law, and decided to go for a charm for my Thomas Sabo charm bracelet. This kitty charm was a must have, especially with its sparkly eyes, it reminds me of my little Willow. * Having a pastel party on my nails, Go Ginza on my fingers and Mint Candy Apple on my toes. * Finally gave in and got the Cara camera bag from Accessorize, such a great bag and so individual, perfect for summer - another birthday voucher purchase (not sure my birthday vouchers have ever lasted this long before!). * So my house is nearly there....end of June is fast approaching and I am so excited, it now has all its doors and windows and the interior is going in fast. * TGF Edit - my top pick of summer sandals, a treat for the feet and what better way to show off a fresh pedicure.


* Love this lips cami - fast becoming my favourite top. * The most stunning shoes, each a piece of wearable art - discover more from desinger Sophia Webster in my post: Wearable Art
* Unexpected fireworks one Tuesday night, caught one burst - so pretty, although the quivering furry lump under the duvet wouldn't agree. * An oldy but a goody, my summer scarf - vintage River Island, covered in hand drawn sketched animals and flowers in a subtle watercolour palette of colour. * The newest addition to my handbag collection, very similar to the Mulberry Del Rey but at a fraction of the price. Ladylike and classic, just how I like my bags. * My little packing assistant, cannot open a box without help! IS getting a tad annoying now though as she makes the job take twice as long, think she will really miss them once we have moved. * New floral ballet pumps, beautiful colours and a bargain at only £7.99!! 
* A very unexpected ending to the month - took my little car in for her MOT and long story short she failed. With an estimated bill of £1000 to fix I had to look at alternative options and oddly the best thing was to trade in and get a new one, so I did! This is my brand new baby and such a beautiful shade of blue. Now as is the usual tradition she needs a name - any suggestions welcome.

Can't believe it is now June!! The wait for my house is almost over, so my apologies as my posting schedule will be a little odd until i am in and settled with internet access.


24 May 2014

Wearable Art

In recent years the links between art and fashion have become more and more apparent. I have always felt that fashion is art - it is how we express ourselves everyday but i love that designers are really embracing this and creating pieces that really are wearable art. The designer that has really caught my eye recently is Sophia Webster.... i had never heard of her before but every since i saw her collaboration with American super brand J Crew, i have seen her designs everywhere and my Instagram account went crazy with shots from her latest press day and i was so impressed with the variety of pieces and the playful nature of the styles, especially the use of slogan's (not something usually used on footwear) on such feminine shoes. There are a couple of styles i would have loved to have worn at my wedding, so much so i am considering a pair to go with my maid of honour dress for my little sisters wedding - watch this space....


1. Oprah - "Sweet Talk" Slogan heels £395. 2. Jerry - the perfect flat partner to Oprah £290.
3. Jemima - Striped and jewelled, a great combination £445. 4. Peron - who doesn't love a pair of shoes covered in hearts? £295. 5. Rosa - the fashionista's, grown up jelly shoe £210.
6. Chiara - my favourite, statement butterflies, enough said! £410

The mix of styles within the SS14 collection are amazing - from the simple slogan ballet flat to the ornate butterfly heels. With some glamourous everyday choices and some much more intricate and flamboyant pieces, there really is something for every occasion and these beautiful shoes really are like wearing a piece of art. The above is just a small selection of the range, the styles that grabbed my attention and that i would love to wear.

Alongside the gorgeous current collection, Sophia has collaborated with J Crew, with some beautiful styles, especially loving the polka dot Mary-Jane (Primark have done a version that has been a great seller), all three below, a modern take on a classic shoe, sadly though most of the styles are now sold out!


1. Penelope - a Mary-Jane with a modern twist £460. 2. Alicia - a simple bar shoe with a pretty update £480. 
3. Anneka - the classic court as you have never seen it before £395

Whilst browsing the sophiawebster.co.uk website, i also discovered the new Mini range, it is nice to see a designer who is thinking about not only the fashionista but also her mini me. I am totally in love, with this adorable selection - i really want the little leopard print sandals called Gaga (wish they came in my size!) - image taken from the brands Instagram.


Also worth mentioning the great slogan clutch bags that are also available on sophiawebster.co.uk - with a variety of cheesy one liners, a great quirky addition to a fashionista's bag collection, although a little on the pricey side at £340.

Which of the amazing shoe collection is your favourite?






18 May 2014

TGF Edit: Summer Sandals

The summer sun can only mean one thing - time to paint those toenails and don your sandals.... and with such beauties available on the high-street there is no excuse not to find your perfect sunshine partner. Some people love plain styles that will go with everything, others prefer a touch so sparkle or pattern but with so many great options around you are sure to find the pair for you. Personally I like the option of having both - classic and simple, a no brainer option,easy to add to any outfit but I also like something a little more fun especially when jewels and on trend colours are involved.

These are my favourites from the highstreet, with a variety of prices for every pocket and budget - which would you choose?


1. Dahlia - Kurt Geiger £180 - a beautifully simple style but in a great bold colour.
2. Malibu sparkle - Accessorize £37 - simple nude base with pastel jewels.
3. Kayla - Carvela £55 - every girl loves a little bit of sparkle and the summer is no exception.
4. Leopard - Next £28 - embrace your inner animal, with this calfhair pair.
5. Camden - J Crew @ Net-a-Porter £200 - have seen these gorgeous sandals everywhere, they seem to be the fashionista's favourite choice, simple with a touch of J Crew sparkle.
6. Studio Punch - Clarks £49.99 - something beautiful from an unexpected source, Clarks have really stepped it up in the style stakes recently and this pair is a great example.

So my feet are all ready for summer - are yours?





16 May 2014

App L♥VE

Like most people these days, technology is a big part of my life - i am one of those people who would be miserable without my phone and access to the world. So apart from the obvious everyday apps such as Instagram, Twitter & Pinterest, I wanted to share the other app that has become a must for me:

STYLEBOOK


Always intrigued by organisational tools, I was so pleased when apps designed to keep track of your wardrobe first appeared and very excited when I discovered Stylebook, after reading an online review. The only sadness at the time was my lack of Apple technology compatible with the app, as a Samsung girl this just wasn't available to me. I have tried many of the free options from the Google play store and have been disappointed, with the limitations of the app and the amateur feeling of the graphics. So when my husband recently decided to give in and buy an iPad I was on board especially because I knew I could finally catalogue my vast wardrobe and as soon as it was out of the box, Stylebook was loaded and I spent an entire weekend adding all my pieces (amazing how much time it takes when you are photographing every item). Unlike many apps that have a limit to the number of items you can load, Stylebook appears not too which makes the price of the app totally worth while, especially as i am forever adding items.

Once you have created your closet and added in all your items, you can then take advantage of the additional features such as the calendar, packing lists and style stats (helps you to see the items you wear most/least etc) to name a few. This app has revolutionised my dressing experience, especially as i am not a morning person and i can plan a week of outfits whilst sat watching the TV and without having them all piled up on the bed for the cat to fall asleep on, it also helps you to incorporate items you forgot you had, or come up with new combinations. Watch out for outfit posts/updates on social media....

App features:


I am looking forward to using the packing list feature, as when i travel i always take too much and still end up struggling with what to wear, but with this feature i can plan outfits including accessories before hand and pack accordingly.

Check out the video below for a full tour of this amazing little app:


For more information visit: www.stylebookapp.com

Are there any apps you couldn't live without?







8 May 2014

TGF Edit: ESSIE

Finding the perfect nail polish is for me is just as important as finding the perfect pair of jeans, it can be time consuming but well worth it in the end. Up until last year I was a Barry M addict, with no real favourite shades but at less then £4 a bottle i was always trying something new, including some collours I will never repeat! I remember seeing the Essie brand in magazines and mentioned in my favourite coffee table book, by Emily Schuman from the amazing blog cupcakesandcasmere.com and to my surprise and happiness I discovered the brand finally came to the UK last year and is now stocked in both Boots and Superdrug stores. How I survived before Essie I will never know, even though it is more expensive than a lot of polish brands the extra pennies are well worth it - such glossy, rich colours and I could never make a set of nails last more than 3 days without chips developing, but with Essie I get a perfect set for more than a week. My favourite product is actually the rapid dry top coat "good to go", it drys almost instantly and means I can paint my nails just before bed and wake up without the horrible duvet dents in my manicure, that I get from every other brand.

With a colour for every occasion and outfit, it is not surprise that the UK is loving Essie.
I really enjoyed the quirky story/poem in the about section on the Essie website, a great way to introduce the brand and its' history to new customers - extract taken from Essie.com

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"once upon a time… a mademoiselle just out of ballet slippers, had an a-list idea. why should a damsel in a dress settle for nails au natural? from this stroke of brilliance, Essie Weingarten created smokin’ hot colors that were cute as a button and haute as hello. with blanc and really red in her carry on, she headed to Vegas, where she mesmerized the limo-scene with her stylenomics.
soon, every scarlett o’hara was jamaica me crazy for essie colors, from blushing bride and prima ballerina to bahama mama and big spender. even the devil’s advocate was sew psyched. it seemed there were no boundaries to mini how high this leading lady could fly.
in lady like fashion, essie sold good as gold, from the coat azure to fifth avenue – all while keeping merino cool. the secret story to success? sure shot chic color with a master plan that’s a cut above the rest, leaving the glamour purse set proclaiming, “it’s genius!" brazilliant essie color has become the shine of the times, proving that beauty is not just a pretty face."
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With so many gorgeous shades to choose from picking my favourites was hard work but I have narrowed it down to my top 6 colours:


1. Lilacism - a satiny smooth lilac
2. Tart Deco - a dreamy coral with an artistic burst of colour (currently on my toes)
3. In the Cab-ana - self assured aqua azure *a new shade for me
4. Mint candy apple - a crime de menthe mint
5. Under the twilight - provocative smokey plum
6. Lovie Dovie - a perfect true flamingo pink (currently wearing)

Have you discovered your favourite Essie shade yet? Please share below...










6 May 2014

Gala Glamour

The Met Gala is one of the most important events in the fashion calendar and following last year's world of punk theme, this year saw a return to a more glamorous dress code. Like so many events, the evening had winners and losers in the style stakes, with most pulling out all the stops to steal the night but a few sparkling horrors have made the worst dressed lists today. With such a wide array of designer gowns gracing the red carpet, alongside a few unexpected appearances like Kendall Jenner in a customsied Topshop dress and a great mix of shapes, from elegant slinky numbers to full on princess ballgowns with the jewels to match there really was a look for all tastes. The Met Gala ball is the ultimate event for fashion and this year's attendants did not fail to bring the glitz and glamour.

These are my favourites dresses from the evening, in particular Emmy Rossum - with such a bright colour and bold floral print she looked amazing and was a nice change from the pallete of monochrome that seemed to rule the event. 


Emmy Rossum - Caroline Herrera gown. 
Hayden Panettiere in Dennis Basso. 
Leighton Meester - dress by Emilio Pucci with Jimmy Choo heels. 
Karoline Kurkova - Marchesa ballgown with Harry Winston diamonds.  
Reese Witherspoon - Stella McCartney gown. 
Kate Mara - Valentino SS14 couture gown.

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Sarah Jessica Parker - custom-made Oscar de la Renta gown. 
Felicity Jones - bespoke gown Olivier Theyskens. 
Hailee Steinfeld - gown by Prabal Gurung with Van Cleef & Arpels jewels. 
Kirsten Wiig - Balenciaga by Alexander Wang dress and trousers. 
Blake Lively - custom-made Gucci Premiere gown. 
Agron - bespoke Miu Miu dress.


Who gets your vote for best dressed? And which group do you prefer - the ladies in monochrome or those who chose colour & print?








4 May 2014

My April

"A good snapshot keeps a moment from running away." Eudora Welty

Of all the social media out there, Instagram is truly my favourite and I am obsessed! I love nothing more than posting beautiful images and seeing those posted by others, it has become my morning ritual to scroll through and see what moments have happened whilst I have been asleep, and as most of the bloggers I follow are in the US there are usual quite a few to catch up on. 

So here is my snapshot of my April moments....


* A new summer season deserves a new pair of sunnies - not my usual style but so fun, with pastel animal print - newlook.com. * Crazy about lips, love this Lulu Guiness inspired print from Matalan is just gorgeous and looks great on this simple silky cami top. * The tester cake for my birthday, one of the perks of being married to a chef - yummy treats. * My favourite way to wear a scarf, with a vintage pin. * Lands' End getting trendy with a mention in Look Magazine for the beautiful floral mac, part of the current SS14 collection, take a look - Floral Raincoat* New bedding I couldn't resist, something cute about all the glasses especially when Willow spends ages trying to move them! Primark really do have some good home stuff and great for £12.99. * My Highstreet Haul - bargain shopping with some fabulous pieces and prints. * The latest view of my house - it nearly has a roof! This waiting game is killing me as I am not the most patient of people and I am so ready to get in it and start making it a home. * Part of one of my favourite quotes used on a simple grey t from Primark, Yves Saint Laurent was right "Fashions fade, style is eternal"


* The sun has arrived and so have my legs!! My three favourite outfits from this month: 1. H&M midi skirt styled with a striped sleeveless blouse and fringed sandals. 2. Primark printed midi skirt and slogan t with my faithful flat tan sandals. 3. My New love - H&M striped pencil skirt teamed with a open shoulder t and ethnic inspired jewellery. * My April Pinterest favourites, such a great mix of images this month with a fabulous pastel palette, really love the beautiful intricate necklace and floral embellished coat. * My new home decorating inspiration, absolutly in love with this colour mix - check out the full post Grey&Yellow. * The new Puuuuuuurfect piece in my wardrobe, a great new take on a stripe t with an almost French twist. Topshop really do have some amazing quirky basic pieces at the moment. 
* Willow felt like a furry fashionista one evening and was having trouble deciding which scarf to wear! I believe she decided on the leopard print - such a little poser. * New spring shoes, perfect shade of mint and a very cute sling back style, also available in other colours on newlook.com. * My favourite way to relax when I get home from work, with a good book from my vast array of fashion & Style titles.


 * BIRTHDAY!!! So where to start..... first off is the stunning Oliver Bonas necklace I received from the ladies at work, so me and I love. Next up is the sparkle fest that was my desk, I am still finding stars and the occasional happy birthday dotted around. * An early celebratory Chinese buffet meal with my amazing best friend - note to self don't wear a tight fitting skirt when you visit and all you can eat restaurant! * The beautifully view from round my mum and dad's house, perfect setting for walking off all the cake. * The final cake from hubby, yummy chocolate with buttercream topping. * My birthday outfit, had I realised the country outing would happen I would have been a little more appropriately dressed but oh well. * A saying that I have always found to be true and will always live my life by. * Parisian kitty chic, teamed my new t with a pencil skirt and pearls - felt very grown up in the office, but with a me twist. * Finally a late birthday treat to myself - spent some of my birthday pennies on this amazing rainbow statement necklace from EBay, that I cannot wait to wear!

So that was April - May here we come!








1 May 2014

TGF Edit: Every Girl Needs.......

A stunning statement necklace, or in my case a whole bunch!


I am a big fan of statement jewellery, especially necklaces, i think they make an outfit - whether to finish off a party dress or jazz up a simple t-shirt and jeans, it is the perfect accessory. I love nothing more than adding a beautiful statement piece to my work outfit's, it truly brightens my day, especially when i need to be polished yet keep my fashionista edge. I would love to be able to wear delicate jewellery but it just doesn't fit with my personality so when it comes it to necklace's "Bigger is defiantly better".

Most of my current collection above is from Accessorize (i know i am addicted) but i also have styles from New Look, H&M, Oliver Bonas plus a fabulous rainbow EBay find, although i do feel my collection is missing a J Crew piece (LOVE all of the current collection) but sadly I just can't justify the expense, even on such a piece of stunning wearable art - they have a truly talented team of designers. I am very impressed though that all brands, both high street and designer seem to be embracing this oversized trend including some unexpected ones such as M&S. I never thought i would see such a beautiful modern piece as the one below from the quintessentially English brand and at such a great price point, this along with a few others have made my inner magpie's wish list:


1. Persian Leaves - J Crew £125
2. Bespoke Pink Flower - Next £35
3. Bead & Diamante - Marks and Spencer £25
4. Silver stone link - Primark £12 
5. Lara necklace - Accessorize £25
6. Bright fabric folk -Topshop £18.50 

Which pieces would make your jewellery wishlist?




26 April 2014

Soles of Summer


I have always been a magpie when it comes to shoes, as a teenager and in to my early 20's I was always about quantity over quality when it came to my footwear, at one point I think I could have opened my own shoe store I had that many pairs. I remember my absolute favourite at aged 16, were a bright pink pair, of cord patchwork stiletto boots from good old New Look (such a hideous sounding pair now but back then I thought I was so cool!) 
I think this shoe philosophy all stemed from my love of beautiful shoes intertwined with struggling with my weight (shoes always fit no matter your size) and my student budget, so for many years I bought lots of pairs of cheap and cheerful shoes. It wasn't until the day I passed my driving test and decided to treat myself to a stunning pair of slouchy leather boots from Barratts, as a well done to myself gift and discovered spending a little more is better especially on footwear - these beautiful boots are still going strong after 7 years although they are now looking very vintage and sadly have sprung a leak (but can I find a replacement pair?? No!) Since that day where possible I will always try and choose styles that are timeless and will look fabulous for many seasons, even if I have to spend a little more, but I do still indulge in some of the more fast fashion styles when I feel my inner magpie take over.

Most of my favourite shoes at the moment are actually from Topshop - their ballet flats fit like a glove and are the best I have found without spending over £50, so much so I own several pairs in varying colours/shapes/textures, plus I also find their heels really comfortable, and although this is a highstreet brand and not too expensive they are leather and well made, so it is a happy balance.

So I thought I would share my favourite summer footwear - the styles that I will be living in over the warmer summer months, something for all occasions:

HEELS

1. Block heeled fringe sandal.    2. Leather wedges.   3. Block heel ankle boots

All three of these styles are just the right height for everyday wear, the block sandal in particular has become a favourite within my workwear wardrobe. I used to always look for delicate sandals but could never last a whole day without blisters - block heels are every fashionistas savior, style with comfort. The boots are a staple in my winter outfits but they are a great pair for the summer too as they are very neutral. My mission this year is to wear my summer heels more, I spent a lot of time in flats last year but with my 5"3 frame heels make everything better!

FLATS

4. Flat leather sandals.  5. Patent slingback pumps.  6. Peeptoe raffia ballets.  7. Nude brogues.

When it come to flats i tend to invest in the classic leather styles, like these gorgeous Aldo sandals that go with everything, but save my pennies on styles, like these stunning on trend patent mint slingbacks (£18 absolute bargain). I also tend to stick to classic colours such as tan / nude, and let my summer clothing carry the season's colour but it is nice to inject a little bit of fun in certain pieces.  

What is your summer shoe philosophy? Do you have styles you always turn to when the sun comes out?

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With my new house nearly complete I am now focused on the storage of my vast footwear collection - I am a lover of displaying my favourites whilst logically stowing away the remainder. Think I may try the suggestion of show boxes with photos stuck on the end to help! 
Do you have any great suggestions for footwear storage?









21 April 2014

28 and Fabulous


So Good Friday was my birthday, and i wanted to share with you the day and some of the fabulous goodies I was lucky enough to receive.

First of all was a gorgeous tribal inspired necklace I got from the lovely ladies at work - from Oliver Bonas, a store I had never heard of before but was told was total Alison store and I have to say I did have a quick look on the website and I concur, particularly liked the homeware pieces, so think I may need to pay a store visit next time I am in London. If you too haven't heard of this brand, make sure to check out the website oliverbonas.com


Then came some dvd's from hubby - Mr Selfridge and season 3 of Buffy the Vampire slayer (a favourite from my teenage years that i still love to watch, and the only season I was missing). A selection of randomness from by best friend - beautiful hand blown glass bead necklace, a fashion illustration book and an amazing pair of earrings made from recycled bicycle inner tubes (fashion truly being green). Finally an Accessorize voucher and also one for Thomas Sabo from my brother in law (already eyeing up a cute cat charm with sparkly eyes). The remainder of my presents came in the form of money, as the only thing I really want at the moment is house stuff which I can't have yet so easier to bank to go towards some new goodies once we move.

Due to my birthday falling over the Easter weekend I decided spending some time at home with family was a great idea, so we spent the weekend out walking enjoying the sunny weather, had an amazing Nepalese dinner and plenty of cake! A lovely weekend with my hubby, parents, crazy granny, little sister and her fiancé and Kelci (my soon to be niece), albeit a little loud, as we are quite an animated bunch especially with an excitable 6 year old in the mix!!!

View from the walk round Mum & Dad's house - so pretty in the sun
My take on Outdoor chic

Can't believe that is another birthday gone, starting to feel old! Oh well i have been spoilt rotten by my family and had a fantastic weekend, even if i have eaten way to much cake!





15 April 2014

Grey & Yellow

Since the day we chose to buy a house, I have been planning in my head what each room will look like, there is even a mood board on my coffee table with magazine clippings and fabric swatches. Even though it is not complete yet and wont be until July, I cannot stop looking longingly through interior design magazine and pinning like mad on pinterest, collating ideas and styles that I want to emulate in my beautiful new house (finding balance with hubby's taste is proving interesting as he has very different taste to me and would happily live a magnolia house!). I have a feeling for the next few months my fashion addition may give way to a house one instead - especially as I want to find some more interesting and individual pieces which will involve some hunting for, need to go to places like Home Sense who have so many amazing unique pieces.
 
My current obsession is a grey and yellow colour scheme that I have seen everywhere, this is something that i want to use in the living room, as it is quite a neutral palette and isn't too girly.  I love the mix of the neutral grey tones mixed with the bright yellow (yellow isn't normally a colour I like, not a flattering fashion colour on me however in the home I think it will be amazing). The beautiful birdcage wallpaper below is from B&Q and would make an amazing feature wall, however hubby is not impressed so not sure that will happen but I may need to buy a roll to make some pictures instead, so I can still use within the room as it is just gorgeous.
 
 
With my new grey corner sofa, white Ikea bookcases and black dvd storage and the accents of yellow picked out through cushions and some great feature pieces, I think this colour scheme could be a winner. My beautiful black and white wedding pictures would also look amazing in this room. Check out my Pinterest - For the Home board for more on this colour scheme and other great home ideas. 
 
What do you think to Yellow & Grey as a colour scheme, would you use in your house? Would be great to see if you already have used, and how you have incorporated the pop of yellow - please share here or contact me via my links in the menu bar.