Sunday, 19 April 2015

What I Wore // Birthday in Cambridge

Top - Next
Jeans - Next
Jacket - Zara
Necklace - Topshop
Shoes - Zara 
Sunglasses - RayBan 

Yesterday was my birthday, and although Dan and I were shooting a wedding, we took some time out on Friday and headed to Cambridge for the day. Shopped a bit, punted a bit, and most importantly discovered Cinnabon! Which we now love, a lot. I've pretty much stopped shopping altogether in the midst of wedding planning, so it was rather nice to treat myself a little bit. I've very recently bought this top and shoes too, and I feel like they're all I've been wearing recently! I often do that with new items - Buy it, wear it to death, then forget about it for a year. Or two. Can't ever go wrong with stripes, eh?

What have you been up to recently?
S xx

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Home Decor Additions & Accessories // New Goodies

Bronze Frame - Paperchase 
Yellow Phone - Flamingo Gifts*
Minimalist Duck - RoomInterior
Knitted pouffe - Homescapes

In a day where everyone (myself included) is seemingly glued to their mobile phones, I was delighted to place this vintage style phone in my living room. In matches our grey and yellow colour scheme perfectly, and I've been enjoying the concept. It took a while to actually figure out what our landline number was, and my mum is the only one that has it saved. No words could describe the thrill I got answering the phone with "Y-ello?" when she called to see how it rung! Oh I am sad...

Date Blocks - Dunelm
Cabinet - Free(!) and Annie Sloan'd with Cream paint
Wedding Fund Pot - Clintons

I picked this dresser up for free on a local buy and swap group, before we even moved in! It was a nightmare to move and store, but it was worth it! It was a very dark brown before, but I spent an entire weekend painting it with Annie Sloan's cream paint. I'm still toying withe the idea of different handles, but for now I'm happy. Although I wish I'd painted it in old white instead. Hmm.

Chandelier - Laura Ashley
Mirror - Laura Ashley 

Our dining room is a little more 'grown up,' with the chandelier and mirror taking pride of place making us look a bit posh, perhaps. Dan reckons this chandelier has pirate-boat potential, and although I've almost knocked myself out on it a few times, I absolutely adore it. When we moved in I was sure I wanted the dining room to be the centre of the house (because literally, it is) and wanted statement lighting to outline that - I think this does the job!

Small Crate - Next
Phone - Flamingo Gifts*
Bronze Ornament - Next

yes, I'm obsessed with the yellow phone. And crates. 

Small Crate - Next
Bust - M&S
Clock - Next

Strolling round M&S, I stumbled across a ridiculous gold pineapple that Dan was dubious about. He agreed to let me buy it if I let him buy this Roman bust. I agreed. Its really grown on me, and now I love it more than the pineapple! 

Radio - Roberts at John Lewis 

Lunch Boxes - Happy JacksonTed Baker*
Both from Flamingo Gifts

With age, comes excitement over decorative cushions and erm, tuppaware. To inject some fun and slightly cooler lunch options into my daily life, these fancy boxes have got me sorted. I've always quite liked the idea of Bento, and the Ted Baker box is a posh compromise between a bento box, and a normal lunch box. Ironically, the Happy Jackson box has been mainly full of salad. And fruit. When I was a kid (I'm talking lower school age) I was obsessed with what lunch box I had. I remember, age 7, being laughed at because I had a Barbie lunchbox and that was 'sad.' My parents promptly replaced it with a more credible Toy Story offering. Why were stupid things so important back then?

Candle Holder - Orla at Flamingo Gifts*

Cushions - Ikea & Dunelm
Frames - Ikea

I'm one step away from having our whole house adorned with foil prints - And these two are my absolute favourite! 

Doggy Subscription Box - BarkBeats*

Obviously Penny has to feature. Dan and I really consider her as our 'baby,' and she's an amazing companion, so obviously we like to spoil her! She recently opened her BarkBeats subscription box, and was able to enjoy a dog-friendly brownie on easter Sunday, as well as running around with her better-than-kong dumbbell toy. You can get 50% off your first box with the code 'FRIDAY' as well - Let me know if you're going to treat your pooch to one!

Her usual spot. Not so subtle people (and horse) watching.

So there we have it, a little view into our home that is coming on so well since we moved in in December! I feel grown up with true obsessions over cushions that are purely for decorative reasons and choosing fence panels. Please tell me I'm not alone!
 S xx

Sunday, 29 March 2015

What I Wore // Why is it still cold?

Smock dress - eBay
Jacket - Topshop
Necklace - Topshop
Fleece Tights - Primark
Boots - Clarks

Looking at my Timehop, I realise that this time last year it was sunny, and I was looking for new places to discover with Penny. Fast forward to now though, and its still pretty grim. Its grey, cold and I'm teased with a bit of afternoon sun when I'm at work (only to leave work to more dullness). Looking up though, almost a year from now I will be a wife and wearing a gown whatever the weather (eeh, so scary)! As cold as it is though, I'm enjoying this teddy bear coat that I bought last year - Its still going strong, and its like a portable duvet. Who doesn't want that?!

I'm feeling the need for a hair change. I decided I want it blonde for the wedding, and I don't want a fringe because it'll bug me, but in the meantime I'm hating the dry ends and style-less look. I'm having to fight myself against dying it dark and cutting a fringe in. Every. Day! What can I do with it? I'm a rubbish girl, I can't even plait. 

Super easy hair ideas for a true plonker like myself? 
S xx

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Most Wanted // Wedding Wishlist // Bride-To-Be

As our wedding draws nearer, I've been thinking about the finer details of how our day is going to be. I have recently had a complete change of heart and finally admitted to myself that I was never going to be happy with the bargain sale dress I clearly bought on impulse. As beautiful as it was, I kept feeling the need to look around and keep trying it on. Now, I've found a dress from my dream shop that makes me feel like an absolute princess. Unfortunately that does mean that we're cut for budget in other areas, but that hasn't stopped me looking around a fair bit for accessories and decorations - Here are a bunch of my current longings! 

Perfume // I was pretty set on Gucci Flora for our wedding as for so long it was my 'signature scent.' Then I changed my mind to Lancomes Tresor in Love Midnight with its romantic undertones, plus, Dan loves it. Now I'm thinking of finding a new and completely different perfume, and my sniffer loves this Guerlain one. I'm looking for something sweet, romantic and definitely long lasting (Like Giorgio Armani's Si - I can spot it on a bride a mile off at weddings, I might even go for that). Any recommendations?

Shoes // I longed for a pair of Vivienne Westwood's Melissa shoes, but realised they won't go with my dress, and a peep toe might not be ideal as its bound to be a bit chilly. I've tried on a bunch of Rainbow Club offerings at John Lewis and am taken aback at how unbelievably comfortable they are. If you're looking for shoes that are comfortable above all, you need to try these on! A lot of their styles are elegant and neutral, but I'm loving the studded ones, or the shoe clips to add a little jazz.

Underwear // My original dress was perfect with a wonder bra 'hand shape' strapless bra, but my new perfect dress needs something with a little more oomph to help me out in the top department. These offerings look fancy, but I just need to try them on first. Again, any suggestions?

Make Up // I was determined to find a make up artist that was 'good enough' for the job, and I honestly really struggled with this almost above anything else - I was beginning to think I'd be better off doing my own make up, but the thought of my shakily applied eyeliner made my stomach turn. Finally, I've found what must be the best make up artist in the country, but that hasn't stopped me looking around at make up with the excuse that 'its for the wedding, it doesn't count!' Really got to stop doing that…

S xx

Thursday, 19 March 2015

Vintage Perfume Bottles // Yves Rocher Comme Une Evidence

Yves Rocher - Comme Une Evidence 30ml £29* 

Just how stunning is this bottle of Yves Rocher Comme Une Evidence fragrance? I've always fancied the idea of vintage perfume bottles but would never dare to decant any of my perfumes for fear of either losing most of it, or just bypassing the charm of the original bottle that it was meant for. Honestly, its a shame the bottle isn't a more oval, vintage style but I suppose its a good dash of modern, with a nod to the old ways. I do feel very elegant holding up the bottle to spritz myself with it, although it did take me a while to figure out which way to turn it to open up the valve!

On first impressions, the scent is layered, girly and beautifully floral. Although I can never identify 'notes and bases', (can anybody)? this perfume boasts top notes of amber, violet leaf and nutmeg, heart notes of Jasmine, lily-of-the-valley and rose, while the base consists of patchouli, musk, oakmoss, woody notes and praline. Sometimes I can smell rose, sometimes the jasmine comes through a little stronger, one of my favourite scents. Either way, this fragrance is an all round sensual, romantic floral scent that Chanel lovers will adore.

Yves Rocher is a brand that my mum used to hold as her luxury go-to, and although their skincare range is well known, I hadn't a clue they did perfumes too! At the moment Comme Une Evidence is just £29 instead of £51, and its a perfect classic spring addition that will last a good while as a couple of sprays linger for hours. Even if you're not a fan of florals, its a pretty fancy ornament. Mine has taken its pride of place on my dressing table!

Have you tried this yet?
Whats your favourite spring perfume?
S xx

Sunday, 15 March 2015

Happy Mothers Day // #GlamYourMum Giveaway

This Mothers Day I've teamed up with Kaleidoscope for their #GlamYourMum campaign. As part of this campaign my mum was able to choose herself a brand new outfit, something she is definitely deserving of as my absolute best friend and saviour. I'm not entirely sure how she put up with me during my teenage years (something that she reminded me of today, grumble), and my current Bridezilla moments re: my wedding dress! 

Anyway, from Kaleidoscope she chose some slim fitting jeans that apparently make her feel as though she has nothing on, and a casual yellow knit perfect for summer; Because no matter how hot it is she is usually chilly. She paired this with a cute lace top and a necklace that she had to take off because it kept snagging her top (and getting covered in gravy during lunch). What do you think of her outfit? I'm after that cardi!

If you want to give your Ma the chance to win a Kaleidoscope outfit, you just need to get involved in the campaign! Head over to Instagram and follow @jellypigs and @Kaleidoscope_UK. Post an image of your beautiful Mum, tagging @jellypigs and @kaleidoscope_UK, with the hashtag #GlamYourMum. The competition will end on Sunday 22nd, when I will pick a winner at random and Kaleidoscope will gift your mum with an outfit! 

S xx

Sunday, 8 March 2015

Before and After Wedding Planning // The Hen do and Honeymoon

We were originally looking at places like Florida and Hawai, but we're now looking for something a little different, like Cuba, Bali, or Aruba, near Venezuela in the Caribbean! We're just after white beaches, lots of relaxation, maybe a few spa treatments and a bit of history and culture to explore too. We've entered to win a getaway with Aruba here if you fancy entering too, but let me know if you've been anywhere that might fit our bill! We only discovered Aruba after trying their own aloe products that smell so natural and authentic - Its like leaving Greece with homemade olive oil, except I haven't actually been to Aruba or anything near recently! Unfortunately its a little too early for us to be booking anything for April/May next year, but looking at holidays is so much less stressful than wedding planning, I'm procrastinating happily for now. 

The hen do is another 'fun' activity. I had no idea how stressful wedding planning was going to get and I'm already wishing we went for something super simple, or just eloped. Fortunately the hen do is mostly my friend Alice's responsibility, and I trust her not to scare me with strippers. Kind of. We've discussed a few things for far, and we're going for a couple of nights away in a rented house with one night spent indoors with cocktails, and another night 'operation knockout' on the town. Red7 appropriately sent me a box of hen-do goodies with some rules that have been passed on, ha! Head over their Facebook page to caption their 'funniest hen' photos for a chance to win £50 - Some of the photos make me cringe so hard, yikes! I'd love to hear some of your hen-do stories and suggestions? I've never even attended one so I'm clueless!

Anyone else planning their wedding and beyond?
S xx

Sunday, 22 February 2015

A Trio of Winter Hair Must-Haves

The extremities of winter sure do play havoc with my hair, but I'm determined to cling onto some health, with my hair being blonder, and longer too! Here are three products that I repeatedly purchase to try and excuse myself from inevitable bad hair days. 
My biggest gripe is how fragile my hair is. When I tie my hair up I'm constantly laughing at the halo of fluff around my face, and then I realise they're just snapped hairs, and thats probably why my hair looks so thin. When my hair is dry, I squirt two pumps of Redkens Extreme Anti-Snap and massage it through the lengths and ends. This is only my second bottle and I feel like it'll take a good while to build my hairs strength up, but it definitely feels more flexible, if thats even possible? I've been meaning to try the rest of the range for ages, let me know if you'd tried other anti-snap items! 
I also add a couple of pumps of quality oil (usually at the same time as the anti-snap). My favourite at the moment is the Kera-Straight ultimate oil. Its in a luxurious glass bottle and is thick and nourishing without weighing my hair down or making it look greasy. I actually run another half-pump of this through my ends when my hair is dry. I usually have a huge static/frizz problem in winter, and I've managed to keep it at bay completely this winter - I'm thanking this! 
And finally, Alterna's Rapid Repair Spray is something I've bought ever since I discovered it in one of the very first Glossy Boxes. Although I've never tried the rest of the range for some reason, this is a product that I find difficult to describe. I have absolutely no idea what it does, or how it does it, but somehow it brightens up my hair and revitalises my colour, and just makes it look pretty shiny sleek. Its expensive, but I promise you'll never live without it again.
What hair products are you currently living by? 
S xx