Monday, 27 January 2014

Fortnight in Photos #13

 Spent the day hanging out with waxwork people in Madame Tussauds. Watched (half of) The Great Gatsby. Drank a large hot chocolate with marshmallows to get rid of the Monday blues. Finally went to Chipotle in London. Bought some trainers- so I no longer have an excuse not to exercise. Tried out this pretty Nailsinc topcoat.

Became addicted to popcorn. Added some new things to my bedroom. Made the best fish finger sandwich ever. Organised my jewellery. Hung out with my cat. Tried out some new make up (which I recommend).

What have you guys been up to recently?

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Sunday, 19 January 2014

Decorating Without Redecorating

I have lived in a flat for just over four months and thought it was time for a bit of...redecorating. I guess you can't really call what I've done 'redecorating' because it doesn't involve any paint or wallpaper and the furniture is still the same. 

It all started when was given two lovely grey throws for Christmas. This gave me the idea to re-arrange and add to our bedroom using 'grey' as the main theme. I managed to make the room look completely different without spending much money at all, so thought I would share what I did with you.

I've added a grey tray which I picked up in France to the bedside table. The base is made of glass and is like a photo frame, allowing you to add your own personal touch. You can create this look yourself for even cheaper like I did here using a photo frame.
This bedside babushka carafe was such a random find! I popped into a local independent shop when I was home for Christmas and found her in the sale for £2. She was such a bargain because apparently her head didn't fit on properly, but it turns out she works fine! 

I've kept the bed simple, matching two of the pillows (you can just see them behind the white ones) with two scatter cushions from ASDA. The two grey throws both live at the end of the bed. 

This stag head was a Christmas gift from my parents to Ben. Isn't it great? I think it was from M&S and although it looks like wood it is actually made from really sturdy cardboard. 
I think a wall piece like this really adds something special to the room and luckily this one ties in nicely with the greyness. 

If you don't like the idea of a cardboard animal head you could always try a print or a canvas. I guess this is like having a 'feature' wall without covering the whole wall.

Each little area of the room has a cluster of candles and pictures. The first one is an adorable design of Durdle Door on a greetings card, which I put in a frame from IKEA. This is such an inexpensive way of displaying artwork, especially if you want to change it regularly. Below this is a framed cross stitch that my bestest friend Laura made for Ben and I.

I love fresh flowers, but they can be so expensive so a great way to save money is by displaying artificial or dried ones. My mum kindly donated some Hydrangeas from her garden, which I have dried out and placed in a jar from IKEA.

It just goes to show that you can make a room look completely different without touching the walls or furniture. I hope this post has been helpful!

Sunday, 12 January 2014

Grey Finds

I absolutely love the shop Anthropologie. However, I only ever browse because I find everything there a bit too over priced...actually most of it is a lot over priced. Don't get me wrong, pretty much everything they sell is absolutely beautiful and very good quality, but I personally can't justify spending £70 on a top.

I was in central London yesterday and walked past the Anthropolgie on Regent Street on my way to the tube station. I couldn't help but notice the giant "SALE- Up to 70% off" sign in the window so decided to pop in there and take a look...feeling pretty unhopeful. I was pleased to see that their current sale takes up almost a whole floor of the shop and isn't full of the clothes that no one wants to buy- there are actually some really pretty reduced items.

I ended up leaving with two grey (everything I have bought recently is grey) very cosy looking items of clothing, which I am in love with. Both were originally £68 marked down to £20 which made me like them even more. There's nothing particularly special about each item (most of the clothes in the store are covered in beads and flowers) but I am extremely pleased with them and so happy that I decided to pop in and have a look.

Have you picked up any unexpected bargains in the January sales?

Sunday, 5 January 2014

Hello 2014's almost been two months since I posted on here and for that I apologise! Happy new year everyone.

I don't have a reason or an excuse for the lack of posts, I guess life has just taken over. Christmas is such a busy time of the year and although I had two weeks off work, I decided to spend my time seeing family and friends from home and visited France for a few days. 

I never set myself new years resolutions but this year one of them is going to be to write a post at least once a week. I still read your blogs but I do miss writing my own posts too.

See you again very soon!