March 22, 2018

Lounge // Spring Update

Spring Styled Room from Etsy

So it was the first official day of Spring on Tuesday! Yes that's right, we are two days into Spring. And as usual, no one has told the weather. But even if the weather doesn't want to play ball, lets just pretend it's getting sunny outside, and on the plus side, at least it's lighter in the evenings!

So here are five super quick ways to bring Spring inside, and to pretend that it's sunny and warm. So throw open your windows, pretend there's a little family of birds just outside and follow a couple of points from below to welcome Spring.

Gorgeous lounge from Decorenvy
1. Plants
The quickest, easiest and simplest way to brighten up your lounge is to add in some greenery! Pop to your local garden centre for the afternoon, and take your Mum or your Nan. Spending some time with your loved one, getting some tea and cake and then shopping for some plants seems like the perfect afternoon to me. One larger plant to sit next to your sofa, and one or two smaller to chill on a table or two is the perfect addition to any room, not just your lounge.

Floral Coffee Table by Alex Dagmar
2. Flowers
In the same way that plants add in a gorgeous bit of greenery into your life, flowers do too! But they also bring some colour, and a gorgeous smell too. Grab a bunch of tulips (Ranunculus, Roses and Sunflowers are also all in season at the moment) from a local farmers market, pop them in a beautiful vase and you're done! (Side note: it also makes you look super grown up and like you've got your life together).

Prints from eBay (£2.59 each!)
3. Art Work
Artwork is an amazing way to update your lounge. Swap out a few prints around your home at the beginning of the season, or add a couple more to your walls can completely update your room and give it a totally different feel. Jump onto Etsy or even eBay, have a browse around and buy a couple of brighter, lighter coloured prints. Something with a leaf motif, with lots of pastel colours or maybe a water scene. If you don't have a frame then maybe a bit of washi tape on each corner of the print, or a couple of bulldog clips tacked into the wall. It will change it in no time!

Beautiful Minimal House from Cate St Hill
4. Soft Furnishings
It is the perfect time of year to update some of your cushions, to generally lighten things up. Swap out heavier wool, velvet or silk covers with some lighter fabric like linen or a printed or tumbled cotton. You could even go as far as to swap out your curtains! Personally I love a super light 100% linen all year round, as I love having the sunlight. If you have a heavier weight fabric, or blackout curtains then changing these over for a lightweight fabric really changes the whole feel of the room when you walk into it first thing.

Gorgeous Shelfie from Kate La Vie
5. Add Colour
A simple way to bring in Spring is with colour, traditionally more pastel colours, but yellows, pinks, greens and oranges are all super Spring like. This takes a little more time and effort, as you will go on a little colour treasure hunt. Buying bits and bobs for your lounge like vases, coaster, books or candles are a really easy way to add in the colour. Some of my favourite places for these kind of ornaments are H&M Home, Anthropologie and Oliver Bonas. Even some sueprmarket home department or eBay have some great pieces too.

How do you like to bring Spring inside your home?

November 02, 2017

Top Five Autumn Candles

My second favourite thing about Autumn (after cosy snugly jumpers) is candles and nothing says Autumn more than a good candle! There’s something about them that makes me feel cosy and like I’ve got this adulting stuff down (I don’t, it’s the candle that’s tricking you!). Here are some of my favourites to start the season off right ... 




What could be better in Autumn then a pumpkin scented candle?! With notes of Buttery Pumpkin, Orange, Cinnamon, Clove and Brown Sugar, it makes your room smell like you’ve got your shit together and you’re baking a pumpkin bread on a rainy a Sunday because you happened to have all the ingredients. When really you’ve just about managed to light the candle whilst catching up the GBBO final!




More of a subtle Autumnal scent, this infamous Jo Malone scent has a main note of juicy apple, blended with Jasmine, Rose and Gillyflower. There is something so warming about the lighter suede scent, lightened with the floral scent of the peony, this is definitely one for a chilled weekday evening in, whilst you unwind with a bubble bath.




If you like something a bit more ‘masculine’ then this candle from Molten Brown is the one for you. With Coconut and Sandalwood, but also notes of cinnamon, cedarwood and vetiver. It is a heavier scent, one that when air smell it, it reminds me of my Grandads library, with its handcrafted wooden shelves, and the leather bound books. It is incredible warming and one to curl up and read a book to under a gorgeous tartan blanket.




This candle is something a bit different, and a bit unusual. It is a lot sharper, and lighter then the other scents, which is down to the Bergomot which gives it it’s sharp undertone. With other spicy, and woody notes make this one perfect for in the kitchen.




This fragrance couldn’t be named any better, and this is my personal absolute favourite! The smell of this candle makes me just so happy! The combination of the fruit, pear, quince and apricot, with the heavier notes of musk and Amber, it is exactly what to think Autumn would smell like. I have the diffuser in my hall, and the candle in the lounge, and it is such a gorgeous scent to walk in to!

What are your favourite Autumnal candles?

October 03, 2017

Recipe // Mulled Cider

Image from here

Nothing says Autumn like a warm mug of spiced cider! Something about the warm steam, the spices, the sweetness and of course, the alcohol. So enjoy this simple recipe, in some cosy mugs. Take them outside and watch the fireworks from your own garden!

Ingredients;

- 1ltr cider
¼ Cinnamon Stick
- 3 Cloves
¼ Nutmeg
- Juice of 3x Oranges
- 1 Star Anise
- 2 tbps Caster Sugar

Method;

Pour all of the ingredients into a pan (except the sugar), bring to the boil, then simmer for 3-4 minutes. After this time, taste and add the sugar little by little until you are happy with the sweetness.

What’s your favourite Autumnal drink?

September 23, 2017

Happy Autumn

Happy Second Day of Autumn to all of you Autumnaholics out there! (Yes, new word created for the Autumn obsessed of us out there!) For me, Autumn is my favourite season. There is just something special about throwing on some comfy clothing, with a chill on the air, eating homemade pumpkin pie and drinking hot chocolate. What about that does not sound amazing?

So this is a little heads up for you ... There are a lot of Autumn themed blog posts on their way! This one is already a favourite as I am giving you a look at my Autumn bucket list. I try and do this every season, but this is the first time I have sat down and got through the whole season (they are long!). This is a list of everything Autumnal I want to do. (there is one thing every day from today until the first day of Christmas: which is obviously the 1st of December!) so sit back and enjoy and I hope you tick a few things yourself!


Printable here

Back in 2015 I listed my 'Best Things About Autumn'. What do you like to do each Autumn?

July 05, 2017

Recipes // Cooking The Season



Image from eatwell101

The best meals, in my opinion, always comes from the freshest foods! Strawberries and cream ... better in Summer. Roasted carrots and parsnips ... better in Winter! Some of the fruits and vegetables currently in season are;

Apples // Aubergine // Avocados // Basil // Berries // Carrots // Cherries // Corriander // Courgette // Cucumber // Fig // Garlic // Green Beans // Mangoes // Nectarines // Peaches // // Peppers // Tomatoes // Watermelon

The easiest way to eat this season would be to eat a delicious fruit salad! (Obviously topped with lashings of cream!). For those wanting something a little bit more adventurous, then below I have rounded up a few of my favourite summery recipes ...

Roasted Summer Vegetables

Ingredients:
- 2 Courgettes
- 2 Large Tomatoes
- 1 Aubergine
- 1 Garlic Bulbed, Halved
- 1 Red Onion
- 1 Red Pepper
- 1 tin chopped Tomatoes
- 200g New Potatoes
- Handful chopped Parsley, Chopped

Serves 2

Method:
Preheat the oven to 200°C (180°C fan), chop up all veg into large pieces and toss in an oven dish with a glug of olive oil. Roast for 45 minutes.
After 45 minutes remove the garlic and squeeze the juice over the veg. Mix through the parsley and serve

Serving suggestion - Serve with slightly toasted Ciabatta bread!

Avocado Pesto Spaghetti

Ingredients:
- 200g Spaghetti
- 1 Avocado
- Large handful of Basil
- Small handful of Walnuts
- 2 cloves of Garlic
- Glug of olive oil
- Pinch of salt
- Twist of pepper
- Juice of 1 lemon

Serves 4

Method:
Put everything in a food processor (apart from the Spaghetti), cook the Spaghetti as required. Drain the Spaghetti, and warm through the Pesto and Spaghetti in the pan. And serve!

Serving suggestion - Serve with some cherry tomatoes and some roasted asparagus. Mmmmmmmm

 Watermelon Mimosa

Ingredients:
- Half a Watermelon
- 1 Bottle Prosecco
- Juice of 1 lime
- Handful mint leaves
- Ice. cubes

Serves 4

Method:
Blend the watermelon, lime juice and mint in a blender. Fill 4 glasses with ice, pour in the watermelon mixtures and top with Prosecco. And top with some springs of mint! Fancy!

If you hadn't already guessed then I'm a very, whack it all in kind of cook. A bit old school Jamie Oliver-esque. Pinch of this, and a glug of that ... I hope you enjoy!

What are your favourite Summer recipes?

July 03, 2017

Monday Motivation // Monday Is The Best Day ...


'Monday Is The Best Day To Start Again' - Free Downloadable Print


This could not be more appropriate for me today than on any other Monday. I was out of the country for most of June, on holiday and then away with work so that was obviously a big excuse for over indulging in food, sleeping too late and the exercise regime ... what exercise regime? So today is all about wiping the slate clean and starting it all again. No matter what you have been doing over the weekend, the last week or even the last month, just pick yourself up and jump back onto that waggon!

I don't know what it is about a Monday that means you can start again, that's when your diet, job search or new habit starts. Just embrace the 'Monday Mentality' and start 'it', whatever it may be, again. I created the above artwork for you to download, download, print, stick on your wall and enjoy!