Everyone needs a good basic polo neck and this one from Zara is perfect (£12.99). Its a lovely dark grey with a slight shimmer and its not too tight but not too loose either. Of course this is easy to wear with jeans but I am planning on layering this under dresses etc.
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!
Chunky winter cardigan are an essential for me, especially those that double up at coats (coatigans!). These two are from Primark (£13 each).
First is this lovely light grey hooded version.
And second is this marled, pink one.
I love wearing dresses and that doesn’t stop in the colder months. In winter I go for darker florals, heavier fabric and often a midi length. I am going to be posting three different dresses I have found that fit my aesthetic this winter, but rather than dump 25 photos in one post I thought I would do each separately.
Today is the shortest dress I got. Its a drop wait dark floral dress from Next (£26). I love the wintery shades and know this will work well with tights too.
And it works well with a chunky cardigan too!
I love a good cleanser and I have really been enjoying these three affordable options.
First is the Garnier Oil Infused Micellar Water (5.99). I use this as my first cleanse when I am wearing a bit more makeup than usual or waterproof mascara. It really gets everything off but for me is never enough on its own. I use cotton wool soaked in this and always follow this with another richer cleanser like the next two.
Next is a lovely Milky Cleansing Oil by Melvita (£13). This smells divine, of course of roses. This oil to milk formula is wonderful to get your skin clean without drying. I use this on dry skin and the use a wet hot cloth to take it off.
Finally this Vitamin E Cream Cleanser by the Body Shop is great basic cleanser (£7.50). Its no fuss easy to use & gets everything off. I again use this on dry skin and remove with a wet hot cloth.
I am definitely more of hot cloth cleanser fan but the micellar water is a good starting point. I just love cleansers that really clean my skin without drying and also feel like they are doing something good too!
Yes summer is over but this white t-shirt is still getting used. Layered with a cardigan its a simple and easy piece to throw on at the weekend with jeans. Of course this is yet another Zara find £15.99.
Love the wings!
The next room I wanted to blog about is my bathroom. Although it was both the last room I decorated and the one I did the least to, I think the small changes have had a huge impact.
The bathroom before was simple and functional. I loved the skylight and the laminate floor which made the space feel very light. I was actually really happy with the room as it was and wasn’t going to redecorate it…until I saw this stunning wallpaper!
A friend sent me a picture of it and I couldn’t get it out of my head. Given that I had finished the rest of the house at this point, I couldn’t think where it would work and then suddenly it was so obvious that the perfect room for it was the bathroom. I did a bit of research and found a website where the owner had used the same wallpaper in a small under the stairs toilet and the wallpaper was doing well after a number of years. Once I had established I could use the wallpaper in the bathroom without any problems my mind was made up!
As the walls are tiled it had to be the ceiling and actually I love looking up at the golden swimming fish as I lie in the bath. I also painted the window surround gold as the white would’ve been too stark. The tiles were actually not that noticeable when I viewed the house, but now the dark metallic tiles work so well with the wallpaper. The wallpaper has completely changed the feel of the bathroom into something unique and very me.
The rest of the bathroom is mainly just my stuff. I had to have a plant in here and this one seems to be very happy under the skylight.
I have a lot of products so I have two storage units and have also made the most of the shelf that runs the width of the bathroom.
I do want to add more shelves mainly for plants and candles, but I am not in a huge rush. I am just enjoying the swimming golden fish!