Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Summer Holiday Trends


Sunglasses: Ray Bay - Swimsuit: Curvy Kate - Sandals: Clarks
Dress: Lindy Bop - Shoes - Swedish Hasbeens (available here)
Hat: h&m - Dress: New Look Curve - Bag: h&m

Sunnier times are on their way, and there’s definitely a slew of new summer fashion trends to go along with it. I'm currently counting down the days until I head off to Austria to celebrate Martyn's 40th birthday in Zell am See and I've been picking up some new bits and bobs to wear whilst we are there. Without really thinking about it most of my picks are pretty on trend and my suitcase is filling up with some stylish items.

During the house move I've managed to lose my swimming costume, it's probably in a box in the attic somewhere but I've had to buy a new one. It's definitely an exciting year as a lot of new swimwear-only brands popped up this year. In the end, I opted for a neon pink/coral swimsuit from Curvy Kate which incorporates both the neon and crochet beach trends that feature in all the festival and beachwear ranges this year. I'll be paring my swimsuit with some chunky sandals and classic wayfarers when I'm lounging next to Lake Zell. Kenzo and Burberry summer collections both feature chunky sandals this year but I've got a budget friendly and comfy pair from Clarks. 

As soon as I saw the Venice print swing dress I knew I had top have it. I'll wear it on holiday but this won't get stored away with the rest of my holiday clothes when I get home as I'll be paring this with a cardigan for work or with my patent red pumps for weekends away with friends. This dress isn't really on trend but 50s style never rely goes out of fashion. 

My final outfit is going to be perfect for a post dinner evening stroll when we are on holiday or on the days when we go and visit cities nearby. The utility trend is is all over the high street at the moment and is a little more stripped back and minimal than my normal look. I prefer not to be overly fussy when I'm on holiday and the temperatures can reach about 27/28 degrees so this light dress will be prefect. I picked up the khaki shirt dress from New Look Curves but I've seen some great ones in River Island too.

Are you heading off on a summer holiday this year? If so, what will you be packing? 


Gemma
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Sunday, 22 May 2016

A few of my favourite things featuring Giorgio Armani Si, Lord & Berry and Nancy Mitford



Giorgio Armani Si Eau de Parfum*

I'm finding it tricky to pick the perfect scent now that I'm approaching 30. Old favourites seem sickly sweet now but some classic scents are are a little over powering. This scent is fused with Mandarin Oil, Roses de Mai, Blond Woods, Amber and Vanilla and Si feels like the perfect match for me; someone who isn't a teenager anymore but doesn't really feel grown up. I would say that this is quite a sultry, evening scent and it lingers on the skin. I'm currently eyeing up Estee Lauder Modern Muse as my next fragrance of choice after getting a sample in my latest 'gift time' bag when I repurchased my Double Wear foundation. Si is quickly becoming my new favourite scent. 

If you have any scent recommendations please let me know in the comments, always looking to try scents that make an impact rather than lighter, floral types.


I have incredibly sensitive skin, completely annoying adult acne and eczema around my eyes. All of these mean that I find it pretty tricky to find skin care that works for me and that doesn't make my skin red and sore. I thought all the the above would disappear after my teenage years but alas, I'm cursed with awful skin and have to make the most of it. Even really gentle cleansers dry out my skin and make my eyes sore so I was pleased to find the fluid delicate worked for me and removes all the make up and dirt on my skin in one swipe of a cotton pad.  It is enriched with Hylauronic Acid which reduces the appearance of fine lines and as previously mentioned I'm quickly approaching 30 so I should probably start thinking about thinking about these things... It isn't tested on animals and the eye make up remover that compliments it even gets rid of stubborn mascara. 


I went through a bit of a phase of being obsessed with the Mitford sisters who are an aristocratic English family and they enjoyed particular notoriety in the early twentieth century. Nancy was a writer, Unity had a Hitler obsession, Diana married a fascist, Jessica was a Communist, Deborah was a Duchess and Pamela lived a relatively quiet life and enjoyed looking after horses and poultry. 

Nancy Mitford's most famous novel, The Pursuit of Love is a comedy about the British aristocracy in the twenties and thirties and charts the amorous adventures of the Radletts, an unconventional (bonkers) family closely modelled on Mitford's own. The book is incredibly funny, Nancy writes with a great deal of wit but there are also some more poignant moments. 

“Life is sometimes sad and often dull, but there are currants in the cake, and here is one of them.” 
― Nancy MitfordThe Pursuit of Love.

Next up on my 'to read' pile are the Mary Poppins books, Love, Nina and Sense and Sensibility. 

What are your favourite things at the moment? 




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Monday, 9 May 2016

Our First House - Kitchen & dining room





Dining room

This was the room that sold the house to me. It's got a lovely fireplace, original picture rail, built in storage and a big bay window looking out on to the back yard. The floor is currently filled with our bikes and clutter that needs to go in the shed once we put it together and there are a few finishing touches to add as it's looking a bit stark. There was a big surprise with this room, when we pulled the fireplace back to paint the wall we discovered the recess was only propped up with a bit of wood and we've had to put a lintel in to support the chimney breast. Home owning comes with lots of lovely little surprises like this... Once the attic room is ready I'll be moving the record collection up there and putting a Welsh dresser in their place.

Kitchen

I'm not particularly happy with this room at the moment. The tiling and worktops are both new but the previous owners made sloppy work of both of them. I need to re-grout the tiles and seal them where they meet the worktop and the worktop needs some edging to stop it blistering. I'm hoping to replace the cupboard doors over the next couple of months with some white ones which will make the room much brighter and more to my taste. The kitchen carcass is new so I won't need to replace that which will mean a budget kitchen makeover.  

I'm really happy with how everything is coming together with the house. There's so much left to do which isn't always easy to get done when myself, Martyn and my family all work varied shifts but we're getting there. This is the final introductory post to my new house, you can see the rest of my new house by clicking here and some before photos here.


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