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Wednesday, 19 November 2014


H&M Home is just one of those stores I can't resist; I probably check it for new stock every few days, and I'm willing to overlook it's normally pretty awful delivery service in favour of it's beautiful, on trend homewares. I've had my eye on a few pieces for a while now and decided to treat myself to some items.

I love the designs of most of their bedding, but pretty much every time I go to buy, doubles are always sold out! So I settled on a couple of new cushion covers and a new throw for the sofa. I'm going a lot more monochrome for the house I'm (hopefully!) moving into shortly, and I decided on a simple throw with a couple of patterned cushions. I got the Textured Blanket (£24.99) which I actually had a discount code for, making it about £18 instead. I thought the Dotted Cushion Cover (£6.99) was a little pricey, but it is a nice big one, and it matches the Striped Cushion Cover (£3.99) pretty well.

I've spoken of my love for all things copper quite a bit recently, so I finally picked up a couple little things for around the home. Of course, it had to tie in with my love of candles so I bought the Metal Candle Holder (£2.99) and the Metal Tealight Holder (£1.50) which are both cosying up my house like nobodies business in the evenings. I went for the whole hog too and got a couple of the little pillar candles. I spotted a couple of the Mini Vases (£1.50) which are cute for dotting a couple of flowers around the house too, they'd be perfect for little spray carnations.

What do you think of my buys? Have you bought anything from H&M Home recently?




Friday, 7 November 2014


Even though this whole 'buying a house' thing seems to be taking forever, the one positive I'm taking from it is that I can really brainstorm and use the time to work out exactly how I'd like each room to be and start to put more money aside for any renovation or decorating work that may need to be done. Getting older you'd think that the bedroom would be less important, but to me it's still my sanctuary, and somewhere I can come and relax with a face mask and a few blogs to read (usually if I've been booted out of the living room by boys playing Xbox) so it's really important it's somewhere comfortable and cosy.


Already having rented unfurnished properties for a few years now, I already have the majority of the furniture items I need, there's just a couple of pieces that need updating, so most of what I'm going for is furnishings. I'm obsessed with copper accents at the moment, and this copper lampshade (£14.99) from Dunelm is an absolute bargain, definitely one of the cheapest I've seen on the market. I'd add a few other little extras to tie it all together, and as always H&M Home is just killing it. The little metal candle holders (£2.99) are so cute, and I love how snuggly and soft the moss knit blanket (£34.99) looks too.

I'd love a rug that's large enough for just a bit to go under the bed and for it to be seen at the end and sides, and the IKEA RYSSBY (£55) has a really lovely monochrome, geometric design. IKEA are amazing for cushions too, although I don't understand how some can be £4 and others £15! I'm also pretty set on getting the IKEA BRUSALI (£140) wardrobe (I swear this post isn't sponsored by IKEA!). In the house I'm currently renting there's fitted wardrobes, so at first I was browsing Urban Wardrdrobes fitted wardrobe range, but unfortunately I just don't think there's enough room in the bedroom. I used to be so against fitted wardrobes, but they're so handy for organizing clothes, bags and accessories well. I've been browsing Society6 recently too which have such a gorgeous selection of prints, I'd love to get a couple big ones to add to the white walls.




Thursday, 6 November 2014


Origins are a brand I've admired from afar for quite some time, but really the amount of products they have is just a little intimidating to me. Add that with the amount of rave reviews online, I've been incredibly close to indulging in a range a few times, only to spot something else someone loves and just ending up feeling torn again. The GinZing range is one of those I'd always been quietly interested in, and with the itch for a new face mask growing, the GinZing Refreshing Face Mask ended up in my shopping basket.

I'm a huge fan of moisturising and deep cleansing masks, but 'refreshing' is just something I've never tried. That said, my skin does look a lot duller in Winter so I was immediately attracted. It's a very light gel with coffee beans to energize and cucumber to refresh the skin, with a lovely light, fresh scent. When I say it's cooling, I mean you might have to put on another jumper if you're using it on a November evening like I did, my face ended up seriously chilly. It tingled away a little whilst applied, and although it recommended to dab off excess with a tissue, I used a damp facecloth.

The shivering was so worth it though, as I noticed pretty immediate effects. My skin felt so refreshed, and it felt really bright and calmed. After travelling I think my skin always end up a little worse for wear, so this definitely gave it the pick me up it needed. I actually think this will be perfect in the mornings if you've woken up looking like you need a few more hours, and any signs of puffiness or dull skin will be revitalized.

Have you tried this? What's your favourite Origins product?




Wednesday, 5 November 2014


I'm usually always a homebody, but that is even more so in the colder Autumn and Winter months; this results in mass cleaning sessions, and being on a mission to keep my home looking as comfortable and cosy as possible. I feel like I'm always making little changes and I've added a few new pieces to my home recently which I'm really loving.

First up, is of course the bedding, oh the bedding.. It is the softest, snuggliest thing ever, as if it wasn't hard enough to tear yourself out of bed at 7am when it's still dark outside. Both the bedding set and the blanket are from Sainsburys, and I think were around £20 and £30 each, so not too shabby! The blanket is a little molty though, I keep having to pick bits out of Kane's beard every morning. I've also gone a little candle crazy, although I know I'm definitely not alone in this.. Although it has been about 4 new candles in the matter of two weeks. I was treated to a mini Diptyque Figuier for my birthday along with a little faux cactus from John Lewis - am I the only one who cannot keep plants alive in my bathroom?!

Have you made any Autumn updates to your home?