Last of the Summer Dresses?

I love summer dresses and I will be attempting to make mine transition into the colder months. This lovely burnt orange floral dress certainly works well for a more autumnal feel!

It is from New Look and was the bargain price of £14.99! I love the shape of the skirt and the neck detail is also really lovely.

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The Zara love affair continues…

I have always been a massive Zara fan, nothing has changed. I popped in recently and picked up a just two things but they were good ones!

First up I desperately needed a new pair of skinny jeans and Zara fits me the best. I wear a 12. These were £29.99.

The other item I couldn’t resist was this cute jacket/wrap blouse in a lovely oriental print (£25.99).

I love both my purchases and I am sure I will be back in Zara soon for more!

It all started in the hallway…

To start my blog again, I wanted to focus on my home. It has been the only thing I have been obsessing over for the last few months and my shopping has totally focused on home stuff! So I thought it would therefore be only right to start at home!

I want to start in the hallway of my new home. I absolutely love this space, it is probably my favourite in the whole house, although its impossible to choose favourites! This post is going to be a whole heap of photos, I warn you now! I love all the details and how they all come together, old and new, simple and complex…

So lets start before, this is what the hallway looked like when I first viewed this house. I could tell it was such a lovely feature but it needed some love!

So thats exactly what I gave it, a lot of love!

The main feature is of course the amazing wallpaper – parrots and palm print! I had been planning some sort of palm print so when I saw this one I knew immediately it would work.

Keeping the wall of the staircase and the ceiling white really helps makes this room feel light and bright and still really spacious. I replaced the carpet with laminate which allows so much freedom to go mad with the print!

The wallpaper is from Wallpaper Direct.

This telephone table is vintage and I found it the day after we moved in at a second hand furniture charity! I adore this piece, the old dark wood and floral upholstery clashes in all the right ways with the rest of the room!

On the telephone table I have a brass pot (for my keys) from Sri Lanka (my parents’ donated it to me!) and a lovely lamp from John Lewis. The runner is from Homesense. The plant stand is from Ikea.

Above the telephone table is my collection of vintage prints. Again I love the contrast of old and new.

The other side of the hallway starts with this corner where I have a gorgeous hanging plant and a basket with gold sequins for umbrellas & other bits!

I love the brass and ceramic hooks I found on eBay – to be used for coats or hanging plants!!

Each hook is different and so unique.

And then we come to my shoe storage unit. I knew I needed something for my daughter to keep her shoes in and also her school bags. It’s from Ikea but I changed the knobs (again from eBay and new knobs is a theme throughout the house!).

I love that its white and clean and fits perfectly without taking too much space away.

Cant live without some White Company scents!

This is Frida and she is beautiful and I couldn’t believe the background matched my wallpaper – it was meant to be!

I got her from Junique.

So thats my hallway! It gives me so much joy when I open the door and walk into this space. It is a total representation of my style and I adore it!

 

Re-Begin

The last time I was writing here, Inika and I were just about to move home. Just over two months later, we are all settled into our new home and new life. I love how simple that makes it sound. Like we clicked our fingers and here we are! It wasn’t as traumatic as I thought it would be, in fact it was pretty smooth! The movers who packed and moved us were just brilliant. They packed everything with care, nothing was broken and they were so kind and helpful moving us into our new house. There were boxes everywhere and yet it started to feel like home almost straightaway.

The picture below is Inika and I on our first night, cuddling on the sofa, exhausted with an Indian takeaway!

Three days after we moved in was my 43rd birthday, and Inika and I celebrated together  in the garden me with pink fizz and Inika with her non-alcoholic version! It was a very happy day.

I feel ready to start this blog again, but not too quickly or like it was before. I just wanted to touch base, say hi and let you all know we are doing great!

This house is incredible, light and full of hope…I am so in love with it. We have spent the past 2 months re-decorating. It is entirely my taste and I have just taken it as far as I wanted to, sod conservative!

I can’t wait to see the seasons here, so far summer has been a revelation!

I will leave it here for today, but I will be back, gradually…it feels good to re-begin!

Intermission

So I didn’t know if I was going to just carry on with this blog and try and make things work during this period of my life but then I decided that it didn’t feel right so I am going to be honest and fair to myself and just say I can’t do it all!

Intermission – that’s what I am doing here. Taking a break, giving myself breathing space and trying not to feel guilty about it!

“So what’s going on?” I hear you ask! Well here it is. After 18 years of marriage and one beautiful 10 year old daughter I am getting a divorce. It’s been six months since the whole thing properly started and we have now reached the point at which we will physically go our separate ways.

Our house is sold, my daughter and I have found a new place that we love just down the road that we are moving into as we speak!

So, with all this going on, plus my full time job and getting myself and my daughter through this as unscathed as possible, the blog is the thing that I am going to have to put on pause.

I love my blog, but lately it’s felt disconnected from my real life and that has made me love it a little less. It’s time for a new start and a fresh perspective.

This blog will be back but maybe focus on other stuff too, like life and home and new beginnings. Fashion and beauty will always be my passions but I think I am going to be finding joy in so many different things that I want to share here.

So if you can bear with me while I take some time, hit refresh and come back with some new stuff that gets my juices going then I would be very grateful. I will be honest I don’t know how long I will be gone but hopefully not too long…

So wish me me luck and meanwhile I will be on Instagram cause I just love Instagram – who doesn’t?!

Thank you

xx

More from Aldi

After the amazing Aldi Lacura Caviar skincare I tested and loved here, I spotted this eye cream for £4.99 and decided to give t a go too. This is the Lacura Vitacell eye cream.

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The cream contains Vitasource™, which is meant to help protect DNA and promote young cells and also stem cells from sea plants to improve the structure and elasticity of the skin. This is designed for more mature skins (over 45) I am almost 43 so not too far off! The cream is rich but not too heavy and goes on really smoothly. A little goes a long way!

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I have really been enjoying using this. My eye area feels hydrated but I can’t tell of there has been any change in terms of lines and wrinkles, but to be honest my main concern is hydration and smoothness which this is giving me. Again at this price its definitely one to try!

I then also saw this 7 Day Intensive Treatment (£4.99!). This has 7 day and 7 night ampoules. This is a highly concentrated regime for day and night, with caviar extract and hyaluronic acid to increase moisture in the skin.

The day ampoules contain provitamin B5 to combat external environments factors and the night ampoules have duo hyaluronic complex to help keep skin moisturised throughout the night.

There is actually enough in each ampoule for 3-4 treatments in my opinion which makes this even more value for money! The textures are different – the day ampoule is lighter while the night one is stickier.

Neither feels odd on the skin and both absorb easily. I really love this, its like a boost for your skin and the hydration really shows. I am totally impressed. This set is not always available in store so if you spot it I would recommend your grab it!