My Daughters Room

My daughters room has taken a while and its still not quite right! Storage is definitely an issue but I am giving up on it looking clutter free as she loves it! She is now 11 and we wanted a room that she could grow with and love for a good few years.

So before we decorated it was a very tired looking room, with a desk and a futon on the floor.

Below is the after picture, with lemur wallpaper and all her toys! The wallpaper felt right as a continuation of the theme in the rest of the house!

Its a lovely bright room, thats full of colour and fun. The bed is an old Ikea bed that we spray painted copper and strung some lovely fairy lights on. The curtains and the bean bag were custom made by a lovely local tailor. The blue rug is from Homesense and the Persian rug is a family piece.

As you can see she has lots of stuff and we have a mish mash of storage solutions mostly from Ikea and eventually we might change things around but for now it works for her.

My daughter loves her room, she has loads of space to play, relax and have friend over too!

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Winter Dress 3

The final part of my winter dress series features yet another H&M dress. This is an unusual dress, its high necked, long sleeved and quite long which could make the whole thing quite dowdy. However, the print, the flowy fabric and the ability to wear this dress in three different ways makes it a winner.

First just as it is.

Then with a belt changes the look completely.

And finally with jeans underneath. A modern take on wearing a dress.

 

Asian Skincare

There are so many new products to try when I go to Malaysia but Hada Labo has always been a favourite and this time I discovered these two products from the exfoliating range – the Mild Peeling Lotion and the Mild Exfoliating Face wash. Both these products contain AHAs and BHAs as the exfoliants which as you probably know are very effective as getting rid of dead skin and other nasties. This leaves your skin brighter, cleaner and helps to rejuvenate the skin’s surface.

Both of these are very mild and can be used everyday. I love these and will be re-stocking whenever I go back!

Next is a new discovery – Bio-Essence. I only decided to try these two “bio-gold waters”. One in Gold and the other Rose Gold. The blurb says they tackle the following –

1. Fine Pores – Tightens unsightly enlarged pores
2. Firm and Supple – Improves skin’s elasticity to prevent sagging
3. Wrinkle defy – Plumps up skin to defy wrinkles and fine lines
4. Sebum balanced – Regulates moisture and sebum balance
5. Energized – Activates skin renewal for a youthful skin
6. Luminous radiance – Restores a naturally glowing complexion

The Rose Gold is also infused with unique Japanese rose extract – Eijitsu, which helps to quench skin with much needed hydration and refine pores.

They are quite viscous and therefore you don’t need to use much. I can definitely feel the hydrating benefits – the rest I will wait and see. BUT I really do like these in the winter, after my exfoliating toner and before my moisturiser to give me added moisture.

The Landing/Study

This is an odd space to write about specifically but I have to say I just love sitting at my desk on the landing so I thought I may as well write about it too! So before it was fairly sparse as you can see but straightaway I knew this was going to be my study! Having only 2 bedrooms means that you have to be a bit clever with where you put things and this landing is huge so lends itself well to being a working space as opposed to dead space!

This is the landing after. The main feature is the wallpaper from the hallway that wraps all the way round. I love that it creates this enclosed space around the desk and really frames the space making it special and not just a landing. I love the skylight above the desk, its a great place to watch the rain or the stars…

The desk was made for the space so stretches the length and depth of the nook and gives me loads of space both on the desk and below. I am planning lots of baskets etc to store things in but for now I am using what I already had.

The office chair is new and from Made. I love the grey fabric and the brass legs. I have added a velvet cushion and a colourful throw to add comfort and interest. The rug under the desk is from Homesense.

On the desk I have lots of things that are either functional or just pretty!

Candles and plants of course, and just other bits and pieces!

In the corner of the landing I have an old step ladder which I am using to display my collection of small plants. The skylight above the desk means that they are doing really well here.

I love the view from either end of the landing.

So thats my landing/study. A great little space for me and my daughter to work, but also just a lovely spot for a bit of contemplation with a coffee or a glass of wine..

 

Winter Dress Part 2

Part 2 of my Winter Dress series. This beauty is from H&M. It is a gorgeous print of birds and butterflies but because of the darker tones and long sleeves its the perfect winter dress. I love this with my trusted Jigsaw belt (many years old). Of course this dress will look amazing with winter ankle boots or long boots.

This was featured in the Guardian which I thought was worth mentioning!!

And of course must work well with a chunky cardigan!

Bath and Bodyworks

I discovered Bath and Bodyworks when I was in Malaysia and I have to admit that I became ever so slightly obsessed and bought too many things! The interesting thing is that the packaging verges on tacky but for some reason that works! I love the slightly retro feel and have to admit the scents are amazing!

My favourite product is the shimmer mist so I got them in three different scents – Warm Vanilla, Japanese Cherry Blossom and Magic in the Air. These scents are infused with beautiful shimmery particles that you can use on your hair and body. The scent really lasts and the shimmer looks amazing!

Warm Vanilla Sugar smells like – vanilla & sheer florals.

Japanese Cheery Blossom smells of cherry blossoms, crisp pears, mimosa petals & sweet sandalwood

Main the Air smells of almond flower, white iris & whipped vanilla

I had to get the Warm Vanilla body mist just because I wanted a non-shimmer version for everyday

The I had to get the Magic in the Air Body Foaming Sugar Scrub.

They were out of stock of the Vanilla so I had to get the Pink Cashmere instead! This smells of pink jasmine, creamy sandalwood & white amber. The scrubs are thick and moisturising and a real pleasure to use, leaving you smelling amazing.

Then I spotted the hand washes so ended up with these two – Vanilla (again) and Gardenia. These are the Deep Cleansing Hand Soaps which are mean to be like “a 60-second manicure..specially formulated to effectively cleanse and exfoliate, while conditioning Aloe and Vitamin E leave hands feeling soft and smooth”.

I love all these products and probably would have got more if I could have fitted them into my suitcase!