Friday, 16 March 2012

More House Decor Stuff!

Today I have had a grin from ear to ear.  Why? Because I sat and passed my driving theory test! I felt ancient going in there with a bunch of 17 year olds but I put that aside and got on with it.  Also, I didn't just pass the test, I completely aced it so it's fair to say that I'm on a massive high!

That gargantuan grin could also be because it's only 6 days until the big move and I have been keeping myself busy with packing, the business and buying up lots of lovely things to fill the house with.  I will just quickly run through some of the things that I bought in the last couple of days.

I really want my make up and general cosmetics storage in the new house to be organised and most importantly, remain out of sight.  I am not a fan of clutter and I want to keep all my beauty product goodies safely tucked away.  I got these pretty flocked storage boxes from Laura Ashley to store my nail polishes and other bits and bobs.

I want the decor in the new house to be rustic but with a polished edge and to achieve that I will be mixing textures, shades and patterns.  The upstairs bathroom will have a feature wall covered by the delicate silver wallpaper below, whilst the remaining walls will be fresh white to give an airy, open feel.  I want all the hardwear and metalwork in the bathroom to be pewter as it has an older feel to it than silver.  I found the perfect chandelier light fitting in John Lewis today that fits the classical but sleek look I have been looking for.

I also put an order in for this John Lewis 5-arm cream storm candle chandelier which will be perfect in our master bedroom.  the feature wall in that room will be the same wallpaper as the bathroom but in a delicate cream and metallic beige.  I intend in adding colour in my choice of roman blinds and accessories.

I had searched all over for curtains for our sitting-room upstairs and finally found what I was looking for on Ebay.  The light mauve faux silk curtains below have a cute pom-pom trim on the edge for a little extra interest.  The material is heavy and has the loveliest sheen in the light.

I have been trawling Ebay for good quality feather stuffed cushions because they last the longest without going flat.  I found these two teal silk ones originally from Laura Ashley and won them for just £8.00.  They will be decorative accessories for our bed in the master bedroom.

I also picked up another flocked storage box on Ebay for just £7.00 and this will also be used for my immense make up collection.

I plan on creating a feature wall next to the staircase by painting the wall a soft mushroom taupe shade then hanging lots of pretty white photo frames featuring the happiest days we have had.  It seems like a great place to do that since you would be walking past there all the time.  This is one of the frames I got from Ebay:

The beautiful curtains for the inside of the front door are currently being made by non other than my mum.  She is experienced in making curtains and clothes and I can't wait to see what they look like!  I didn't want to use the usual tie backs so I ordered these wooden rose hold-backs from Next today:

Since the sitting-room will be the 'good room' where I will be hold meetings with clients now and again, I wanted  to go for door handles that made a statement.  These silver and glass ones will add a little touch of glamour to proceedings:

Since the front door will have curtains on either side, I wanted to up the cosy feel by mounting rustic gothic sconces on each side of the curtains.  I found the perfect ones on Ebay:

My make up brushes need a home on dressing table and what better to hold them than this crisp white owl from Laura Ashley:

And finally, I bought this cute little metal sign from (yep, you guessed it) Laura Ashley.  I could seriously buy the whole store at the moment! I am going to hang this just inside the outer porch to greet everyone as they come in.

No doubt I won't get much sleep before the move as I have generally been spending every night going over the decor for every room in the new house.  Oh yes, this new house business has quickly escalated into an out and out obsession!

Tuesday, 13 March 2012

House Decor Update

It's only one week and three days until we move to our dream house and it's fair to say that the excitement is reaching fever pitch at this point!  We have a massive list of things to do, a schedule for the days leading up to the move, not to mention all the change of address stuff to sort out.  You never realise how many aspects of your life require your address until you move!  There's mobile phones, Sky, Tv licencing, electric, Inland Revenue, Voting register, banks, building society, insurance companies...the list goes on!

It's also fair to say that I am completely in my element when it comes to planning the decor for the new house.  How would I describe the style I'm going for? I would say it will be country living with a polished edge.  I have posted a couple of inspiration pics below to give you an idea of what I will be aiming for: 

I finally chose a dressing table this week and got it for a fantastic £167 in a sale.  I wanted a combined dressing table and mirror with adequate storage and this one fulfilled all of my requirements.  Given the style of the house, I felt that a wooden piece would fit best.  I have ordered some lovely decorative storage boxes to hold all my excess make up collection and nail polishes.

As a beauty addict, I spend every morning in front of the mirror applying my make up so I immediately knew I would require a comfortable chair for the dressing table.  I found the chair below on Ebay for just £98 in a delicate mink shade that will contrast beautifully against the neutral and duck egg blue decor.  I also found the cushion below on Ebay (originally Laura Ashley) and this will be used with the chair.

I love Chinese and Japanese style art so this canvas print really appealed to me.  This house will be all about nature and bringing the outdoors indoors, therefore a lot of the decor will feature foliage, birds and natural materials like wood and rattan.  This painting will  go in the living room/dining room downstairs. 

I spotted this clock in a shop around the corner from our current flat and I knew I wanted it straight away.  The neutral and cream colour combo will blend in beautifully with the wallpaper and furnishings I have picked for the living room which are a slightly more modern mixture of stripes and florals.

My husband, Chris, is a keen fisherman and will be able to fish from our back garden - a fact that pretty much sold the house to him on day one!  He saw this metal fish ornament in the same shop and liked it straight away but being a bloke, he didn't see the point in getting something that's "just decorative".  So, I pulled rank, went back the next day and got it for him.  I set it on the table so he would see it when he got home from work and the smile on his face was worth it.  It seemed like an apt ornament given that the house is on the river.

My mum presented this owl to me last week that is made from Aberdeen granite - that in itself makes it a bit more special.  He will live in the porch so he can watch everyone coming and going.

My mum also got us these ceramic LED-lit birds which I love! They will take pride of place in one of the deep window sills and will look so pretty illuminated at night time.

I bought clear glass jam jars with moulded scenes on the front, some natural-coloured grass, some clear crackle beads and some floating candles.  You just put the beads in the bottom of the jar, fill to the desired level with water and pop in the floating candle.  The natural grass can then be roughly tied around the lip of the jar.  I had seen these made up at a rustic country wedding and they look so pretty displayed in groups of three.  I think these would look great in a window or possibly on the fireplace.

I have been looking for wall mounted candle stands (or sconces as they are also known) for a while now.  I finally found this one that is perfect for the rustic feel of the house.  I plan on putting one on each side of the front door, where there will also be gorgeous heavy curtains framing the doorway.  They give a really cosy feeling at night time and the glass encasing makes them a lot safer than open candles.

I love wooden gothic arched mirrors and the one below is definitely on my list for the new house.  It would look amazing in the hallway as you come in.

Given that the decor will have a nature theme, this twig and bird hook seemed perfect for the back of the bathroom door.  I plan on painting the door white so the black cast iron will make for a lovely contrast.

I spotted this cute little bird soap dish on Ebay and decided it would make a great ring holder for my dressing table.

I was browsing Etsy and stumbled across this cute trio of ceramic bird ornaments and I really liked the inspiration message on them.

So that's an update on the decor so far.  We have bought a lot of furniture but I only have pictures of that on my phone which aren't of great quality.  I will be doing before and after pictures and keeping you all updated on the decorating process.  If you're anything like me, you love seeing interior design images!

Thursday, 8 March 2012

OOTD: Hot Pink & Zebra Print

I'm never one to shy away from vibrant colour so when this slim-line soft blazer presented itself on an impromptu online shopping splurge, it seemed the perfect opportunity to grab an essential wardrobe item.  The juicy colour pop of this blazer helps to add interest to pretty much any outfit.  I am personally a fan of more fluid shapes when it comes to blazers so the soft tailoring of this garment is perfection.

This is the first blazer I have owned featuring, the longer lapels with lower fastening but it actually helps to lengthen out my torso so it's a thumbs up from me!  It's not cheap at £70 but I wear blazers constantly, whether it's to smarten up an outfit for work or to add some interest to a dress for a night out.  A blazer will always be a smart investment for me.

I am not generally a fan of the monochrome zebra print look, however I spied this rainbow variation on the print on ASOS and it just spoke to me.  I love that it is made from a sheer fabric but that also means that you have to wear a black cami under it as I have here (that's unless you are comfortable with flashing your bra at everyone!).  It adds a fun, playful touch to the outfit and the variation of colours give you an opportunity to accessorise with orange, purple, aqua or pink.

I wanted to keep the shoes and bag toned down so they didn't compete with the main attractions which are the blazer and top.  One of the best fashion tips I ever picked up years ago is that you don't have to match your shoes with your bag, in fact, it's better if you don't.

Blazer: Oasis (link)
Jeans: ASOS (link)
Top: ASOS (link)
Shoes: Reiss
Necklace: ASOS (link)
Ring: Dorothy Perkins
Bag: Ebay (link)

My next post will be an overview of some of the decorative bits and bobs I have bought recently for the new house.  Only 2 weeks and 1 day to go before the move!!! We will also be picking up our rescue dog, Declan, the day after the move so you can imagine how excited we are! Here are some pics I took of him when we visited him last weekend:

We are going to see him again this Saturday and will be taking him a new bed and blanket to sleep with until we pick him up on the 24th March.  We thought this would help him settle in to our new house because he'll have his scent on something.  I already feel like he's my little baby so no doubt he'll be spoilt rotten when we get him!

Tuesday, 6 March 2012

Topshop. ASOS. Inglot. Escada.

A while back, I was casting a beady eye over some tweets and I stumbled across one from the gorgeous and very lovely, Holly over at The Yummy Mummy's Beauty Blog.  She had posted a pic of a recent purchase from Topshop and I pretty much instantly fell in love with it.  I could quite easily swap wardrobes with Holly because we have very similar taste! I drool over the clothes/shoes/make up she posts about on her blog.  If you aren't already following her then you should be!

It didn't take long for me to pick the jumper up for myself and after the disappointment of realising it wasn't currently stocked in the Aberdeen store, I resigned myself to getting it from their online store.  A hop, skip and debit card transaction later and it was winging it's way to me.  It arrived this morning and from the moment I slipped it on, I knew it would be something I would wear a heck of a lot!

The white Topshop Knitted Scatter Stud Jumper was £38 and I ordered a size 12, although keep in mind that it's a loose fit.  I quite like daytime clothes to be marginally looser because ultimately, it's much more comfortable and you can have a big lunch out with the girls without worrying about sucking your stomach in! ha ha.  The jumper is made from 100% acrylic and soft to the touch.  It has a slightly sipped hem at the back for a relaxed look and the stud embellishments are just beautiful! It's definitely a hand wash garment...I wouldn't risk it in the machine!

In other news, my obsession with ASOS jewellery has not yet come to an end and I picked up this latest little piece in my most recent order.  This ASOS Skinny Cross Bangle is only £6.00 and I love how delicate it looks!

It is a very neat fit and it fastens with a hook and hoop mechanism...a bit of a challenge when you have no one to help you put it on!

Another purchase in this ASOS order were these pink Lagoon Ballet Flats With Low Metal Heel for £30.00.  They look really cute with skinny jeans and the Topshop white jumper.

I am a size 7 and these were a perfect fit for me, however I can feel that the upper heel area of the shoe is slightly stiff and may need a little wearing in to be completely comfortable

I love the metal heel detail as it stops these ballet pumps from being just another flat shoe.  The gold coloured heel flashes in the light as you move (not in a disco way...but that might be cool!ha ha).  The textured fabric of the shoes feels like it would be quite hard wearing as well.

With my job as a Wedding Coordinator and all the running around that's involved, it's becoming increasingly obvious that the ballet pump will soon become my best friend!

I also picked up another lipstick from Inglot, this time plumping for the 140 shade which is a vivid blue toned red (not for the faint-hearted).

This shade reminds me of Revlon Cherries In The Snow but it's just a smidgen more on the pink side.  It smells fruity and delicious and goes on very creamy.  The pigmentation is also impressive for a £10 lipstick and the colour lasts at least 5-6 hours before fading (provided you have primed the lips by exfoliating and moisturising prior to application). 

I think my next foray into the Inglot lipstick family will be of the nude variety.  Sometimes you can't beat a nude lip and I'm looking forward to having a dig through the shades again on Friday (I have organised a beauty event for Aberdeen beauty bloggers/professional make up artists).

I was sent the new perfume by Escada a few weeks ago and only just got the chance to give it a whirl.  I am very fussy about perfumes and there are only around 4 or 5 that I really like.

 Escada Especially is a feminine scent has the following notes:

Heart Notes
Rose Petals
Ylang Ylang

Top Notes
Ambrette Seeds

Base Notes

I would describe it as a floral scent with a lovely woody musk aspect that develops after the perfume has settled.  That lends it a lovely warmth that I look for in all my perfumes.  I love the design of the bottle, especially the gold coloured monogram lid.  Of course I am a fan of hot so the packaging speaks to my girly side!  I have actually kept the box for the perfume which I very rarely do!

More posts to come this week with regards to the rest of my ASOS order and some other purchases.  Also, I will be showing you guys some more of the housey stuff I have bought!