28 July 2015

Ten Favourite Things 001

Here are some things I'm enjoying at the moment...

001. The 'How To Be Amazing' podcast, particularly the latest episode with Brian Greene, who somehow manages to make string theory, physics, and Einstein's Theory of Relativity really accessible, interesting, and even pretty funny in places....

002. This quote, just because. (Pretty obsessed with pinning quotes to my 'Words' Pinterest board right about now).

003. I want to make all of these slow cooker breakfasts.  Nutella French Toast casserole? Yes please.

004. I am obsessed with the Channel 4 TV Programme 'Not Safe For Work' at the moment, I'm excited that there's another episode on tonight - it's so real and raw and yet really funny at the same time (particularly amusing if you work in an office or in Public Sector).

005. Can I be here now please? A misty morning, a dog and a blanket - what more could you need?

006. This article by Luke Leighfield on how to fight internet overwhelm.  So many good tips for how to switch off and tune out...

007. This article on why it matters that there's a second blue moon this month (on Friday) makes a whoooooole lot of sense as to why I feel so in flux at the moment.

008. Jon Klassen's artwork is so awesome, and never fails to put a smile on my face.

009. I am forever swooning over Lisette Loves' photography lately - check out her Recipe Recap and prepare to drool and be seriously impressed at the same time (and if you make the giant cinnamon roll please can you send me some).

010. This song by Amber Run is on repeat on my Spotify currently...

What are you enjoying at the moment?

26 July 2015

A bathroom update

Our bathroom has been a bugbear of ours ever since we moved in.  With peach walls, more cladding than a Swedish ski lodge, mildew that had grown its own mildew and fixtures and fittings straight out of the 1970s (literally, I think), it was far from a relaxing place for a soak in the tub.

We bought our house four years ago now and have slowly been updating it room by room, repainting, steaming off a lot of horrendous wallpaper, pulling up carpets and generally renovating the majority of the house (there wasn't a single room that didn't need work).  We had our kitchen completely refitted last year and the bathroom was next on the list to rip out and start again with.  We've been saving for a little while and looking at various loan calculators but we've not quite got there with our finances, or had the motivation to start looking at bathroom suites and taking on another big project.

My Mum has been saying for years that we should just paint the bathroom all white in the meantime just to freshen it up and get rid of the peach, and last weekend we decided to take her advice.  I am a real one for not starting anything until I am 100% ready to commit to a big project, but sometimes it's good just to make a start or a little change in the meantime.  So we headed off to B&Q and bought paint, filler for all the holes and messy bits around the sink and windowsills, new towel rails, shower curtain and toilet roll holder, and a new bathroom cabinet, and cracked on with a lot of painting.  (Actually I can't take any credit for this, Tom did all of it - well, the bathroom is pretty small, there's really only room for one person painting in there...)

knot shower curtain: b&q, £12
plants and plantpots: ikea {old}

glass bottle: next {old}
bathroom cabinet: b&q {instore only}
spotty soap dispenser: h&m home, £4.99
shelving unit: ikea, £35

There's still lots I'd like to change (those gold taps, awful!) but I can't believe the difference it's made, it feels like a completely new room and it's so fresh and bright. Even just painting the windowsill and the radiator made it feel so much cleaner, you don't realise when things accumulate a yellow tinge until the rest of the room is all white! I'm really chuffed to bits with it and I wish we'd done it years ago (sorry Mum, you were right).  Now we can keep saving for our dream bathroom (I will be taking inspiration from ghostparties beautiful bathroom - seriously, that girl has incredible taste!) but still have a lovely space to relax in in the meantime.

Do you have any home projects you've been putting off for years?

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23 July 2015

Giveaway: A Barbour Cedar Trench

I am finding this weather totally impossible to dress for at the moment - one minute it's cold and pouring with rain, the next it's sunny, the next it's 24 degrees... but still pouring with rain.  I tend to be okay with dressing for work as I work in an air-conditioned office (so it's always freezing cold), but choosing the right jacket is more of a quandary, especially on days when showers are forecast.

Luckily I have found my solution in the form of my beautiful new Barbour Trench.  I've always been a fan of Barbour jackets and already have a beautiful Barbour waxed jacket, but this one is absolutely perfect for keeping dry and still looking stylish.  Finding a jacket that's not too hot for warmer days, chic enough to wear with office attire but keeps you dry when the forecast changes has been no mean feat, but this trench totally ticks all of my boxes.  The best part? I don't have to be the only one being smug about my perfect new outerwear - you can win the exact same jacket if you hop down to the Rafflecopter at the end....

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skirt ;; h&m {old}
shirt ;; asos, £28
shoes ;; schutz {old}

You can win the exact same jacket (well not the exact jacket - I'm keeping mine!) by entering the Rafflecopter below.  The jacket is the Barbour Cedar Trench in  Dark Pearl, and you can pick the size you want.  The giveaway will be open for 10 days, so what are you waiting for? Good luck!

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