Sunday, 29 March 2015

The Sofa Bed Sofa Cushion Giveaway


If you're a regular around these parts you'll know how much I enjoy jazzing up my home, maybe it's a sign of getting old when you're more excited about home purchases than clothing related ones? Don't answer that one. While our living room is almost complete our new sofas aren't here yet so for todays post I took a little trip to my brother and sister-in-laws to snap their lovely living room and more importantly these darling cushions from Sofa Bed Sofa*.

Sofa Bed Sofa may not be a brand you've heard of yet but that doesn't mean they're new to the homeware arena - hand making sofas and stunning cushions for the last 30 years in the UK these guys know a thing or two about creating sumptuous sofas, super comfy sofa beds and design led scatter cushions. Do you love the ones I chose as much as me? They're super practical too with removable covers, perfect for my inner messy self and there's an abundance of designs available. 

Now I'm not one to flaunt cushions in anyones face so how do you guys fancy picking two scatter cushions to jazz up your own living room? Well you're in luck as I'm giving two away thanks to team Sofa Bed Sofa. To be in with a chance of winning all you need to do is leave a comment below telling me which cushion you'd like to win. Simple.

The competition will run until 12 midnight on Sunday 5th April so get commenting now. Good luck!

*These cushions were kindly sent to me by Sofa Bed Sofa.

Friday, 27 March 2015

Styling S/S Accessories With McArthurGlen Cheshire Oaks

I haven't been to a McArthurGlen outlet in years, blinded by the bright lights of Bicester Village I've been cheating until an email dropped in my inbox that is with an exciting Spring Summer accessory styling challenge. Armed with a generous gift card I was tasked with picking two accessories to style in five different ways. Question is, when am I not up for a styling challenge you? Craig and I were jumping in the car faster than you can say road trip. 


Visiting McArthurGlen Cheshire Oaks is an absolute dream, seriously. The shops are on point, I'm talking Mulberry, Michael Kors, Reiss, French Connection... The restaurant choices are on the money and while it's absolutely huge (with awesome car parking FYI) it doesn't feel busy or crowded, even on a Sunday. Plus anywhere with a Krispy Kreme and a crepe stand is alright by me. 

After a full day of shopping, the first iced Costa of the year and a Pizza Express lunch break both the man and I had shopping bags. My two purchases? A red Mulberry purse and a rose gold Links of London bracelet. Now let's get styling...


The Everyday Essentials - Come rain or shine (well we do live in England) this purse will forever bring me joy, just look at that beautiful pop of colour. Not only is it super practical (with the textured, hardwearing leather) but it works effortlessly for everyday living and I'll never lose it in my handbag thanks to that ever stylish, pillar box red shade.


The Minimal Jewellery Look - Unless I'm going out, I rarely wear more than my engagement ring, Michael Kors watch and a couple of bracelets. This rose gold friendship bracelet from Links of London adds a real touch of sunshine without working too hard, I adore the coral string and how such a simple bracelet addition makes me look like I made an effort. Rose gold accessories are having a real moment right now and I for one am on board.


Running About Town - You know those times when you just need to dash out car keys and purse in tow to get shizz done? This is where the red Mulberry purse comes into it's own, small enough to fit in your palm but large enough to carry all those card essentials, I'm talking the Space NK indulge card and my debit card naturally.


The Night Out Necessities - Evenings out on the tiles might be rarer now I'm 28 weeks pregnant but I still enjoy dinners out with my man and friends. Don't you love how this purse fits in my go-to clutch bag and still leaves room for make-up and a hairbrush? Now that's versatility right there and it means no more rummaging around aimlessly for parking money anymore.


The Uptown Accessories - For those times when you need to look polished and a teeny bit fancy the rose gold slimline friendship bracelet pulls it out of the bag, not just to be worn with sun dresses, bikinis and casual dressed down looks don't you know? I think this wrist set up would be perfect for a Christening or even for a wedding. Minimal but chic all at the same time, don't you think?

How would you style up my new accessories? What would you buy from McArthurGlen?

I'd like to say a huge thank you to team McArthurGlen for my new goodies.

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Empties #10


I don't know what it is about empties posts but there's something incredibly satisfying about reviewing products I've used all the last little bits of. Maybe it's down to the realisation that it's time to buy replacements? I'm sure you all know the 411 by now with empties posts but if not it's where I tell you my honest thoughts on products I've actually used up.

Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water - I'm not going to harp on too much about this one as I actually used up a 400ml bottle in my last empties post. What I will say is this is the lazy girls best friend for swiftly removing make-up - it's even suitable for the most sensitive skinned gals out there. Bioderma who?

This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray - It's been a whole 8 months since I last finished a This Works Pillow Spray which is a testament to just how long this sleep inducing baby lasts - I use this every night, whether I'm at home or away. I've never been a fantastic sleeper (and we're talking long before I became pregnant) so I find a spritz of this just before collapsing onto my pillow helps me to drift off much quicker than I would sans spray. A forever repurchase.

Nars Sheer Glow Foundation in Deauville - I may have let out a cry of despair as I banged this bottle on my hand for the last time (yes I really should buy a pump). Nars Sheer Glow will always be my holy grail foundation - it lasts all day, provides medium yet buildable coverage and buffs into my skin like a dream to provide a non matte/non dewy finish. My only gripe? Nars and their supply issues, this has been out of stock (on and off) since December and my order with Space NK is currently at four weeks and counting. Sort it out Nars, I need me some Sheer Glow! Want a more in depth review? Mine's here.

The Body Shop Body Butter in Glazed Apple* - I'm sure you all know by now how much I enjoy Body Shops Body Butters, they just bring the moisturisation levels like nothing else. The glazed apple scent was a special edition for Christmas and while it's no longer available I can tell you it was the right mix of sugar and spice and all things nice.

Jo Malone Pomegranate Noir Travel Candle - Bought as a birthday gift last year (thanks Gem) I was a teeny bit sad when this Jo Malone candle took it's final breathe. While Pomegranate Noir is one of Jo Malones most popular scents it's never been a fragrance I've gravitated towards, until I got this candle. The mixture of sweet pomegranate, raspberry and plum combined with pink pepper and spice is truly divine making this the perfect scent to burn in our living room - it's got that unisex, welcoming home fragrance down.

Nars Creamy Concealer in Vanilla - The only concealer that helps to hide my 'baby kept me awake kicking all night' under eye bags. I love how this multi tasking concealer covers both blemishes and under eye circles although it's frightening how quick I go through this - something I've heard a few bloggers comment on. Urban Decays latest cover-all is getting some rave reviews and at nearly £5 cheaper than Nars I'm tempted to give it a bash.

Have you ever tried any of my empties? Which concealer do you reach for?

*PR Sample, all thoughts & opinions are my own.

Sunday, 22 March 2015

Haul: Introducing Charlotte Tilbury



In case you've been taking cover under a make-up shaped rock you'll have heard of Charlotte Tilbury, the go to make-up artist for all your favourite celebrity faces aka the red haired maven who launched the most beautiful make-up range two years ago. Unlike your usual beauty players Charlotte approached things differently, creating overall looks and solutions to enhance your natural features - all part of her philosophy to make beauty enjoyable. I fell hook, line and sinker making my first purchase back in July but after recently reading rave blogger reviews I was craving more.

My first pick was the elusive Lip Cheat in Pillow Talk after trialling my mums on our recent spa visit (who knew she had so much Charlotte Tilbury?) This really is the perfect nude lip pencil and it doesn't drag the lips at all, I'm looking at you MAC. A make-up bag essential.

Next I wanted to try one of the Matte Revolution Lipsticks after spotting Lily rock so many of the vampy shades and let's be honest, who isn't intrigued by a matte lip product that doesn't dry out your lips? *Cough Nars lip pencils* With Spring well and truly here I vetoed the beautiful Walk Of Shame for Amazing Grace, 'a vintage tea rose shade inspired by Grace Kelly for polished perfection a la Miranda Kerr'. Did someone say I'd look like Miranda Kerr? See this on my lips here and decide for yourself.

A later purchase came in the shape of the Light Wonder Foundation in shade two, a product which I asked to sample on my lip haul. With Nars Sheer Glow currently on back order (four weeks and counting) I've been thinking about trying something with lighter coverage for the warmer months. Arriving earlier this week I haven't rigorously tested it enough for a full review but so far I'm impressed. Coverage is build able, staying power pretty solid and the finish is that incredibly healthy, almost model like, lit from within look. My base prayers may have been answered.

Now what else do I need to try from Charlotte Tilbury? I'm thinking birthday list.

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Styling A Striped Midi Dress

Lola Ribbon Fedora Hat: boohoo.com*
Morgan Stripe Midi Dress: boohoo.com*
Leather Jacket: Zara
Black Maternity Tights: H&M
Kendra Fringed Shoes: Topshop
Leopard Print Clutch: Whistles
Hands up who enjoyed Mothers Day? Sunday was my first Mothers Day as a mum to be and I enjoyed it just that little bit more than usual. Mums are a special breed (especially mine) so it seemed fitting that I wore my boohoo ensemble for the days activities as part of their 'My Special Place' campaign. While I have my own house with my wonderful fiancee to coin the famous Dorothy, there's no place like home, or to be precise there's nowhere quite like my mum and dads abode where these snaps were taken. It may not be my childhood home but I've got many fond memories of the house with the mint coloured door. Aren't family memories just the best? Mothers Day was also Craigs mums birthday so we had a real mum-fest hosting brunch at ours for the birthday girl before my brother and I took my mum out for Sunday lunch at Smith and Baker.

Boohoo isn't a website I hit up daily but that really ought to change, not only are their pieces incredibly affordable but they've got a pretty spot on delivery service too. My kinda website. As I'm no stranger to a stripe I couldn't resist this midi dress, by sizing up the fit is perfection for my growing bump and paired with this wine coloured fedora I'm feeling stylish and comfortable, something you've gotta consider with a baby on board - old favourites in the shape of my fringed shoes, leopard print bag and leather jacket complete the look. Without sounding incredibly vain serious props have got to go to my rather awesome blow dry, I only went to Volt to get my roots refreshed and came out with the most swishy locks around. If only I could wake up with hair like this every day #thedream.

What did you get up to this Mothers Day? Do you regularly peruse boohoo?

*Items were kindly sent to me by boohoo.com.

Sunday, 15 March 2015

Sofa Shopping At Loaf, Notting Hill


With our living room finally decorated, see ya bare plastered walls our attentions turned to the elephant in the room, our sofas. While they've been an absolute God send (we were completely seat less when we moved into our cottage) they really do stick out like a sore thumb now our decor scheme is coming together - think greys, slate, antique brass and a hint of cottage homeliness. 

Sofas have been on my radar for an age so there was no doubt in my mind where we'd buy from, in my eyes Loaf are the kings and queens of sofas, as well as a load of other Pinterest worthy furniture goodness. While almost 70% of Loafs customers buying online thanks to their excellent reviews and no quibble returns we decided a trip to London wouldn't go amiss, any excuse right? Situated just a stones throw from Portobello Road Craig and I were like children in a sweet shop, eager to explore...


We quickly found the land of beautiful sofas, not before falling head over heels with the Conker table with it's stunning resin top and the Wobbler ceramic bowls (one for the wedding list?) 

The only way to really try sofas is to hop on them all, so that's what we did. Originally we'd fallen in love with the Crumpet (pictured below) but on parking my behind something just wasn't right, it was almost too squishy and the back a tad low for us tall folk. With the Goldilocks style search firmly on we enjoyed Innocent smoothies and bounced on potential sofas galore until we found Cloud.


Cloud couldn't be a more fitting name for our 'just right' sofa, not only is it exceedingly comfortable but it's the perfect Hannah and Craig mix with its higher back and instant sinkability - what more could you want in a sofa? What I love about Cloud and all of the Loaf sofas is that they're made locally in Long Eaton, Derbyshire in a family owned business and the selection of fabrics come from good stock, made by the likes of Designers Guild, Ian Mankin and Romo. Pretty good for the price point huh?

We've now got between 6 and 8 weeks to wait for our sofa, rug, foot stool and matching love seat to arrive. Well you didn't think I'd stop at just a sofa did you?

Have you ever perused the Loaf site? How did you find sofa shopping?

Thursday, 12 March 2015

A Denim Dress Inspired By Alexa Chung

Moto D-Ring Shirt Dress: Topshop
Khaki Split Back Duster Coat: Topshop
Black Maternity Opaques: H&M
Leopard Print Brogues: Seven Boot Lane

If they sold wrist bands saying What Would Alexa Do I think I'd own one. The epitome of laid back, couldn't give a .... chic Alexa Chung is a style pin up to most twenty somethings so when her collab hit with AG Jeans every gal obsessed with her style was salivating over that denim dress, which was unsurprisingly an instant sell out. Thankfully those babes at Miss Selfridge introduced a dupe at a fraction of the price but that quickly disappeared too so here I am with a dupe of a dupe, thank you for answering my denim shaped prayers Topshop. Now before you ask this isn't maternity - my latest styling trick is to buy one size bigger than I usual as I'm so uninspired by the maternity ranges out there. Paired with freshly washed, wind swept hair, leopard print brogues and my khaki mac I like to think this is the kind of outfit Miss Chung would don herself should she ever be pregnant. I cannot get enough of the seventies revival right now and while I may not be able to sport a suede mini anytime soon (sobs) I have my eyes placed firmly on a pair of dungarees.

This week has been a real mish mash, I've visited the Titanic Spa in Huddersfield with my mum for an early Mothers Day treat (these snaps were taken on our balcony), I've journeyed to London with Craig to finally order our sofa (blog post coming soon) and we've found our wedding cake supplier. Things might sound pretty swish but I can promise you it hasn't all been so glam - I've also been painting our fence, turning up to hair appointments on the wrong day and spilling a blender full of scolding homemade soup down myself. At least there's never a dull moment with baby brain Hannah around. Tomorrow we've got friends coming for dinner (must stay clear of the blender) and we're going on a cot hunt although I think the Stokke Sleepi may have won my heart.

Do you love the seventies trend? Is Alexa Chung one of your style loves?

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