25 April 2018

House update/Old English Company homeware review

The last few months have flown by (hence the lack of blog posts). Since my last post we’ve been busy decorating, unpacking and making way too many trips to IKEA/Homesense/Next in search of lovely homeware in the mission to make our house a home. 

I’m very pleased with how the house is coming together (it seems all those pre-homeowner months of trawling through Pinterest for inspiration paid off). If you fancy having a nosey I’ve shared a few snippets of the house/homeware over on my Instagram.

Speaking of homeware the lovely people at Old English Company kindly got in touch and asked if I would be interested in picking out some of their products to try. After stumbling across lots of lovely things on their website, I of course said yes. 

The first items I picked out were the everything in pyjamas enamel mug* and the go get ‘em tiger enamel mug, which will be used on walks, picnics and for drinking tea in the garden now the weather is finally starting to get warmer. In our house we get through tea towels like there's no tommorow (due to my boyfriends love of cooking and my constant tidying) so I also picked out a herbs and spices tea towel*

Old English Company

The final couple of items were picked out by my boyfriend. The first item that he picked out was the butcher cuts pig board*, which we've used for serving our Sunday roast but would also be good to use for serving tapas or cheeses. He also picked out the matching butcher cuts tea towel*, like I said we can never have enough tea towels!

Old English Company

I'm very impressed with the quality of all the products that I picked out, both the enamel mugs and the board have handwashed really well (with no sign of the print coming off anytime soon). The tea towels are functional and look great hanging in the kitchen, I'd definitely recommend.

Thank you for reading,

*This product was very kindly sent to me for review consideration. This is not a sponsored post and all opinions are my own. You can read my full disclaimer policy here.

29 January 2018

Life: We bought a house!

I’ve been away from the blogging world for a short while, and for a very good reason... earlier this month me and my boyfriend moved into our first home together!

New home
After months & months of saving up our deposit, viewing the house, putting in an offer and waiting for our offer to be accepted came months of waiting for solicitors to negotiate terms, paperwork & ageee a completion date. 

I’ve always heard people talk about how stressful buying a house can be, but I truly underestimated JUST how stressful it would be. I was a bit of a nightmare during the last couple of months, so I want to say a big thank you to my family & boyfriend for putting up with me. 

Now we’re a couple of weeks into life in our new home together, living amongst a sea of boxes still to be unpacked but I couldn’t be happier. 

Until next time.
Thank you for reading,

4 December 2017

Review: The Ordinary Colours Coverage Foundation

I’ve been wanting to try one of The Ordinary foundations ever since I started seeing/reading many a positive review, but I still had plenty of my tried & tested MAC Studio Fix Fluid left. As this recently started to run low it seemed like the perfect time to (finally) give The Ordinary Colours Coverage Foundation a go. 
The Ordinary Colours Coverage Foundation
The foundation comes in a sturdy plastic bottle, complete with pump! Whilst the bottle appears to be on the small side, it does contain a full 30ml of product. 

When it came to choosing a shade I had to make a decision using the virtual swatches, as I purchased online. After much deliberation I finally decided to purchase Shade 1.2 N, which has turned out to be a really good match for my Autumn/Winter skin tone, although I might need to go a shade darker for Summer.

21 October 2017

Christmas #VikingArtyParty, Leeds

This year I’ve kicked off Christmas celebrations extra early with the #VikingArtyParty, which I was kindly invited along to by Viking. The Christmas #VikingArtyParty was held at Lambert’s Yard,right in the heart of Leeds, and was a fun filled afternoon of festivities (including Christmas crafts, mulled wine and festive nibbles).

At the beginning of the event we were each given a name badge and given a piece of coloured paper, which would decide which of the crafts we would take part in first. I was placed in the yellow group (along with Jess, Simone, KelKatie, Laura and a number of other lovely bloggers). 

After mingling and a cheeky glass of mulled wine (for the non-drivers) it was time for the crafting to begin! The first craft for the yellow group was calligraphy, hosted by Joyce from Artsynibs. Joyce set us the task of completing a selection of practice sheets, with the end goal being for us to go on and create our own card using our newly found calligraphy skills. 

Whilst I don't think calligraphy is my hidden talent, I'm determined not to give in with this craft just yet!
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