Monday, 30 March 2015

Dear Diary #11

It's been another busy week for us lot. So busy that I'm late with this post yet AGAIN! 

After work on Monday I trialled the KeraStraight Intense Boost 30 Day Treatment at my hairdressers, Blue in Grayshott. I'm going to write an entire post about it but in a nutshell it's a treatment that repairs damaged hair and banishes frizz, leaving it super smooth and glossy. The best thing is that it lasts for thirty days and makes styling easy peasy so it's perfect for busy women. I want to wait until the thirty days are up before I write the full post but so far (three hair washes later) I am completely loving it and have noticed two things; my hair is amazingly shiny and I've had no frizz whatsoever. It also seems to make blow drying a whole lot easier and quicker which is brilliant.

Our mid-week was all about the treats! After my post last week, we were sent a selection of Almond Dream dairy-free ice cream alternatives and OH MY GOD, if I thought the salted caramel was good, the praline crunch was AMAZING! I totally need to get Waitrose to stock up on the other flavours so I can buy more!

Friday was the last day of term for Daisy. HURRAY! In the morning Evie and I went to the gym (do you like my vintage Rocky t-shirt?!), then it was an early school pick up so we went home to start the holidays in style with a cinema night, takeaway pizza and jelly & ice cream (thanks a million to Hartleys for sending us the jelly hamper!)

I worked all day on Saturday, but was rewarded with a girl's night out when I finished. I had pizza for the second night in a row, plus a whole lot of sauvignon blanc and a g&t or two thrown in for good measure! The girls got to spend the day with Granny & Grandad which they were thrilled about.

Sunday got off to a slow start, what with the clocks going forward and my fuzzy head. The girls and I stayed at my parents house for breakfast and I got to play my piano for the first time! It may have been strapped into the back of my Dad's van but it was fun nonetheless. It's coming to live with us this Wednesday and I'm more than a little bit excited! In the afternoon Daisy had a party to go to and we all headed into town for Sushi Sunday for dinner!

This week I have been:

Wearing.... Boden loveliness, vintage coats and Lotta clogs. Outfit posts coming up soon!

Listening to.... James Bay's NUMBER ONE album Chaos & the Calm. My favourite track by far is this one, Move Together. How beautiful? Even Daisy and Evie sing along now, which makes me smile a lot (and also think I might have overplayed the track just a little bit this past week!)

As always, I'm linking up to TWTWC over at Make Do & Push! Head on over to see what everyone else has been up to this past week xo


The Clean Living Retreat - Fitness/Foodie Camp, November 2015

Later this year there is going to be an amazing Fitness/Foodie retreat going on. Even more amazing is that my lovely friend Claudia Rose Carter from Jesse&Me will be hosting it! If, like me, you're passionate about eating and keeping well - and also love a bit of photography - then this really is a getaway that you're not going to want to miss!

The details are below:

When? Everyone should arrive by mid afternoon on Monday the 9th of November 2015 and we will be leaving late afternoon on Thursday the 12th of November.

Where? At the beautiful (photographs above!) Redford Farm Barns which is just outside Ludlow in Shropshire.

How much? There are between 10-12 places available, at £550 per ticket.

What do we get for that money? Included in the ticket price is three nights (shared with 1 other) accommodation, plus all your food and drink, a one to one session with a personal trainer, two group sessions per day (Tues & Weds) and lots of inspiration! For you photographers, the incredible Danielle Acken will be hosting a mini food photography workshop on Thursday morning. Her work is divine and you need to check it out here.

What can I expect? Cosy beds, stunning bathrooms, meal plans designed by a professional nutritionist, workouts to really get those muscles aching, inspiration to leave with, recipe ideas, new friends, crisp late summer mornings, an incredible food photography session, plus a few secret things thrown in here and there…

Why should I come? If I've not given you enough reasons already, I'M HOPING TO BE THERE TOO! I’m currently on a saving mission; I honestly think it will be an utterly wonderful experience. 

How do I book? Claudia requires a 50% non-refundable booking fee to secure your place. Drop her an email on! xoxo

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Unique Design Ideas for Your Home

If you find that you have a nice bit of extra cash left over each month, the notion of home design is likely at the forefront of your mind. Although whilst redecorating your home or choosing new objects to be put in it may have once manifested themselves in a visit to Ikea, there are far more interesting, individual things you can do to your home to give it a spruce-up, many of which are far cheaper than the norm. Here are some of our favourite ideas.

Innovative Lighting
Coming up with ways to liven up the lighting in your home can be pretty difficult when all you have to play with are run of the mill lampshades, but thinking outside of the box can yield some excellent ideas. This chandelier that makes one's home look like it's in the middle of a forest and is an individual yet classy choice, and these amazing, beautiful sculptured shades from Radiance Lighting make rooms look classic and innovative at the same time.

Via here

Retro Fun
If you're a fan of 1950s design, then including a pinball table, jukebox or vintage slot machine in one of your rooms could be a great idea. Consider the chic style of croupier tables or even a roulette table – we even had one reader writing into us to explain how they transformed their spare room after being inspired by the live casino games online at Betsafe. Taking a little inspiration from the website, this resourceful interior designer turned a little extra space into a fun games room that wouldn’t look out of place in Vegas – you can create your own with these beautiful casino chairs from Amazon.

Second-Hand Economy
As a rule of thumb for any prospective designer; second hand and charity shops are an absolute goldmine when it comes to finding fun, interesting pieces for your home. Whilst it might take a little bit of effort, travelling to and trawling through a number of stores, chances are you'll find all manner of wonderful pieces of furniture, ornaments and accoutrements that you pop in whichever room you're updating.

Exciting Art
Throw away those cheap, mass-produced works - there are far better things out there that you can hang on your walls! Head online to an online poster retailer such as and have a browse. Sites such as these host millions of artworks, well-known and rare, that fit any home or taste, and what's more you can get just the artworks themselves shipped to you, ready to be popped into picture frames you likely found whilst rummaging through all of those second hand shops!
Vintage chic is very much en vogue at the moment, and thanks to the explosion in hipster fashion having drawn out a huge number of vintage antiques and furnishings into stores across the country, there's a huge volume of stuff to choose from - get out there and find those bargains!

This article was written by Charlotte Adams. Charlotte is a freelance writer and photographer who is passionate about aesthetics, poetry and old school video games. She currently writes for blogs and magazines, but her dream career is in book publishing.
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