I hope you are all well and enjoying kicking through crisp leaves as much as I am.
Now that we are well into autumn, I think it’s the right time to talk about bed linen. Because, let’s not lie, most of us will be spending a lot more time cuddled up in bed or in our duvets. I’m starting to struggle to pull myself out of bed in the mornings now that it is dark so it seems like the right time to speak about gorgeous (and affordable!) bedding.
Our current bed linen is actually from good ol’ ASDA. We went in to do our weekly food shop and came out with a whole new set of bed linen – pillow cases and sheets, the whole works!
This duvet set features very cute kittens in witchy/wizardy get ups – including pointy hats and broomsticks – and the reverse side is just covered in gorgeous, little stars. It’s available in the usual sizes- single, double, king and super king – and included a duvet cover and pillow cases (the king size set I have comes with 2 cases but I imagine the single only comes with 1).
This set is super cute, super soft and even husband* approved!
To complete the magical theme, and to add a bit more extra squishy, comfort is this Hogwarts cushion. It’s a monochrome version of the Hogwarts (from Harry Potter) logo, on a white, cotton cushion and it came from Primark and only cost £10!
The cotton case is fairly thick and feels like it will wear well. The cushion also comes with the inner part as well so you don’t need to bring your own and it is very plump and cuddly.
Let me know if you have any suggestions for snuggly, winter home accessories and bargains!
I actually got my husband, as his main anniversary gift, a personalised star chart of the sky above us on the day we got married.
I got one from Not on the High Street and then bought a frame separately.
You could also get a star map of the day you first met or your first date if you fancied.
I feel like a book may be an obvious gift for a paper anniversary gift but sometimes simple and classic is a good way to go.
Why not get them the biography or autobiography of someone they really like or admire?
Also I think the Our Q & A A Day book is an excellent gift choice. The book spans 3 years and has a question printed on every single day such as “If you didn’t have any responsibilities for the day, what would you do?” or “If you could design a Hallowe’en customer for your partner, what would it be?” and you fill in the year and each of you answers. I think it’s a really nice way to record your lives and how they change over the course of 3 years.
A Note Book
If your partner is one of those people, like myself, who loves to write lists or notes, why not treat them to a nice new notebook?
This one is just a glittery one I picked up in Tiger but if you really wanted something nice why not get them a personalised one?
This is a really wide spectrum of things from train tickets – maybe back to the place you met or had your first date? – or plane tickets – maybe to a place you’ve always wanted to explore together? – or maybe to the theatre to see a new play or your favourite musical?
Let me know what you thought of these ideas and anything you got for your first wedding anniversary?
I hope you are well and that you are as excited for autumn as I am. I’ve been doing some AW17 shopping already and I couldn’t be happier!
I wanted to write a short blog about an experience I had recently. It’s not going to be long but I was proud of myself and I wanted to document it for posterity and in case this helps someone else to face some of their demons.
Last Monday, was a Bank Holiday here in the UK and I wanted to go to London. (In part to try and get my hands on the HufflePuff hoody from Primark). Sadly, my husband didn’t really feel up to going to London and he wanted to just chill at home. I was left with a dilemma, did I go on my own, with no security blanket (husband) or stay at home and feel like I hadn’t made the most of my extra day off
I stressed myself out about it for quite some time. Would I be ok on the train? Would it be packed? What if I got lost? All these things crossed my mind. I very nearly stayed home. But I decided to challenge myself and go. On my own. To the big smoke.
Many years ago, travel wasn’t scary for me. In fact, I’m not entirely sure where my travel anxiety has stemmed from.
I have had a problem with buses since I was a teenager, stemming from being bullied for many years but travel in general has blossomed later. I’ve always been a “I’d rather be 3 hours early for a train than miss it and wait for another one” but recently I’ve felt a sap in my confidence to navigate and get myself from A to B.
Ironically, the tube has never been something that’s bothered me, even with my worsening travel anxiety. I think this might be because I have been on the tube since I was very small, my dad would often take me into London.
I took myself off on the train (I did get a lift to the station) and I went into Central London and walked the entire length of Oxford St. I spent too much money and I didn’t feel very anxious. There was a moment when I got to the station to come home and I wasn’t sure which carriages were going to take me home and I did have a mild panic but the lovely lady train guard helped me out.
Basically, I just wanted to say well done to myself for taking a risk and pushing myself out of my comfort zone. I hope this will help give other people the confidence to do the same and remind you to give yourself a pat on the back when you do push yourself and overcome your demons.
I hope you are all well and that the Great British Summer isn’t bringing you down too much. I won’t lie, I personally love autumn and I am starting to get a bit excited for the season – I may have already started buying AW17 fashion!
Before the weather turned horrendous (or after it did and then we had a brief weekend of semi sunshine) my husband and I hired out a boat on the Thames and spent the day on the river with a couple of our friends.
We arrived fairly early and the boys learnt how to pilot the boat and where the route would take us whilst we powdered our noses – if you’re going to be on the water for a while it’s worth making sure you have a bathroom break before you start!
We picked up the boat from Surbiton and took it up as far as Walton-on-Thames. During the trip we got to experience a couple of locks – it’s not the way you would expect. There’s a lock-keeper looking after the lock and the boats and it’s all done electronically – there is no winding involved!
The route takes you past Hampton Court Palace (which is worth a visit if you’re ever in the area!) and under Hampton Court bridge. You also pass quite a few gorgeous houses and you meet a few of the locals!
We stopped at a pub in Walton-on-Thames called The Anglers where we stopped for a drink. The food menu looked amazing but as we bought a picnic and had snacked most of the way we didn’t stop to enjoy the fare.
After we had refreshed at the pub, we made our return journey. Unfortunately, and somewhat hilariously, our boat had engine failure on the way back. We lost nearly all power and had to be rescued!
All in all, we had a wonderful day. I got seriously sunburnt because it was overcast for a lot of the day and I didn’t realise how strong the sun’s rays were!
If you’re looking for a fun day out with friends, I highly recommend hiring out a boat! Let me know if you guys have ever hired a boat and any good routes or if you have any questions about our day out.
I hope you are well and have been making the most of the longer daylight hours we have been enjoying of late.
It’s been a while since I did a 50 Shades of Overcast but recently I headed out to London with some of my favourite people and went to The London Aquarium.
What is it?
As you may have suspected – it’s an aquarium located in London. It has plenty to see including sharks, fish, penguins and sea turtles. There is a new exhibit about jelly fish now as well. There are also daily feeds of the creatures and daily talks as well.
How do I get there?
The Aquarium is on the South Bank of the River Thames, located very close to the London Eye. Once you have got into central London, it is a short walk from either Waterloo or Charing Cross main line stations or from Waterloo and Embankment underground stations. The London Eye and the South Bank are clearly signposted and the Aquarium is clearly marked when you get close to it.
What should I wear?
The aquarium is all indoors and some of the exhibits are tropical so it is generally quite warm and there is no real need to wrap up warm. You will probably be walking to the aquarium though so it is worth taking into account whether you may get rained on on the way! Comfortable shoes are a must as there is quite a lot of walking involved and a few flights of stairs. If you are wrapped up warm for the outside, bear in mind that there isn’t a cloakroom so you will be carrying your bits all the way round.
What about food?
The aquarium doesn’t have any eating facilities nor does it have a picnic area for you to eat anything you have bought with you. However, as it is located on the South Bank there are plenty of places to ear near by. When we went, The Underbelly Festival was on so there were all sorts of pop up places selling refreshments. As you exit the aquarium, there is a handily placed McDonald’s but on this day we opted to go to Five Guys at Charing Cross.
How much does it cost?
In my opinion The Aquarium is quite expensive as it is not a “whole day” attraction and only really lasts a couple of hours. Tickets for an adult, when booked online start at £20.40 or when bought at the door are £26 each. For a child, the tickets online start at £16.30 and are £21 on the door. There are often offers available however, and we got a buy one get one free offer with Kelloggs. Sea Life is also part of the Merlin Group which means you get discounts and free visits if you are a Merlin Pass holder.
Anything else I should know?
It’s worth booking a timed arrival slot online so you will not arrive at the aquarium and be told that the wait is hours long. It’s also worth noting that is does get busier during school holidays and at weekends. There’s also a fair few levels to traverse so there are some stair to deal with, however, there are lifts on site. At busy times you may have to wait for the lifts as they are not the biggest. The toilets are also quite well hidden, so you may need to find a member of staff to ask them to direct you.
You will have your photo taken on your way in, and made to do some interesting poses, which you can purchase at the end of your day.
I hope you find this blog useful, please feel free to ask any questions or let me know of any recent trip you’ve made to the aquarium and what your favourite part was!
I hope you are all well and enjoying the sunshine we have been experiencing here in the UK recently.
I wanted to explain my absence (not apologise for it because it’s ok to need to take time out). I’ve not been feeling myself recently. I’m having a bit of a hair crisis, which I appreciate is not a huge deal in the grand scheme of things, but I find myself feeling a bit down about the state of my roots and the fact I have to be patient before I can achieve the hair I want.
I’ve also been fairly sociable with friends and that has taken precedence over my blog – that and I was suffering from a slight hangover last weekend.
Anyway, today I wanted to talk about all things peach. When the sun starts shining, I start to move my make up towards different colours, especially towards peaches and corals.
I’m not really going to talk about the Lancôme Juicy Shaker in Freedom as peach as I spoke about it here but I do think it is a nice, light option for those hot days on the beach when you just want a wash of colour and some moisture for your lips.
The next thing I’m going to talk about is Peach for the Stars by Barry M which is a very vibrant peach nail polish in the Barry M Sunlight Curing range.
This polish can usually be picked up from around £4 and it’s just a really nice polish. You do need the daylight curing top coat for these polishes but they last really well. I do find that sometimes, if your nails get wet, the polish can peel off in one sheet which is, although oddly satisfying, can be quite annoying. However, for £4 (ish) I don’t think you can go wrong!
Then on to the lipstick – MAC’s Coral Bliss in cremesheen finish.
This is a gorgeous, light coral colour and it’s in MACs cremesheen which is a creamy, medium coverage, semi gloss finish. It feels beautiful on the lips and is not in the slightest bit drying. The colour is buildable so you can easily swipe on a small amount of colour (or applied over a lip balm which dilutes the colour) or build up for a more statement look.
It’s packaged in MACs classic black bullet and with their signature, vanilla scent. The MAC lipsticks are not cheap but you can pick them up in Duty Free to make a bit of a saving.
Now, possibly my favourite peach make up item at the moment is the Galifornia Blush by Benefit.
Let’s start by talking about the packaging because it is simply gorgeous. I love the design on the box and the fact that the lid is on a hinge and houses a decent mirror. It also comes with a brush which is in a lovely blue, worn wood style which really fits with the style of the packaging.
The blush itself is a beautiful peach colour with a golden shimmer. When you first get the blush it has a top spray of proper gold, but this comes off after the first use, and it has a stylised Sun embossed into the blush. The blush also has a fragrance, and sometimes I am a bit afraid of strongly scented face products as sometimes I don’t want to be able to smell it all day. However, the scent is a clean, summery smell with notes of grapefruit in and it is actually really nice.
I hope you guys enjoyed my peachy make up picks. Are there any colours that your turn to in the nice weather or any other peachy products you recommend?
I hope you are well and enjoyed the Bank Holiday weekend despite the typical Bank Holiday weather!
Today I wanted to talk about some make up brushes I picked up in Primark a couple of weeks ago.
I picked up this set of 5 make up brushes (and a silver case which said Insta Girl on it which I didn’t like and have subsequently lost) in Primark for £7!
I had watched a make up artist on Facebook doing a live stream (I can’t remember her name now!) who was saying she used quite a few Primark brushes because she thought they were as good as higher end brushes.
In the set you get 2 flat eyeshadow brushes one slightly bigger than the other, an angled liner brush, a fluffy blush brush and a stippling style brush.
The brushes themselves have very soft, synthetic bristles which are a white into grey ombre style. They have a silver ferrule (yes – I looked that up on wikipedia) keeping the bristles attached to the plastic, white marble handles.
I really like these brushes. I’ve used them a couple of times and they feel nice when applying products and they don’t seem to have shed at all. They have no fly away bristles either which I have experienced with cheaper brushes (such as eyeliner brushes in liquid eyeliners) and a good overall shape.
Overall, I really like these brushes. They look lovely on a dressing table (especially along side the rose gold brushes I have), they work well and they are an absolute steal. If, like me, you like having lots of brushes to choose from I definitely recommend giving these a try!
Let me know if you have any other make up brush recommendations and, if you try these out, how you find these Primark ones!