Top 5 Summer Outfit Staples

Midi Dresses

Dress £14.99 from Zara

I’ve been living in midi dresses so far this summer as they are comfortable and practical yet still flattering. I prefer the bodycon style however there are so many other options available to suit everyone.

Mom Style Jeans

Slim mom jeans from Stradivarius £19.99

Tight, uncomfortable skinny jeans are finally becoming a thing of the past and once you start wearing a looser option you definitely wont look back. I prefer the fit of the mom style high waisted jeans from Primark as they are really affordable and flattering on a range of different figures.

Shackets

New Look shacket £29.99

An oversized shacket is the perfect thing to throw over any summer outfit as they wont make you too warm and are definitely on trend at the moment. H&M and Newlook have some great options that wont break the bank.

Chunky Trainers

Puma Hedra trainers reduced to £45 at JD

I’ve been absolutely loving chunky trainers lately as they go with anything from dresses to jeans and are so comfortable for everyday wear. My favourites are these Puma ones I recently bought and they’re on sale now too!

Graphic Tees

Graphic t-shirts are everywhere at the minute and will look great layered with a midi dress or knotted up at the front with a pair of high waisted jeans. There are endless options so it shouldn’t be hard to find one that suits your style; my favourite is this one I got from Topshop a few months ago.

What are your summer outfit essentials?

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Kitchen Storage Solutions

I’ve been giving my kitchen a spring clean and organise recently and came across some brilliant storage ideas I thought I would share with you.

I was looking online for a better way to store dry items such as pasta and rice as they always look so messy lying in the cupboard and came across these lovely glass jars with wooden lids from Eden and Willow. They would look great out on display and are airtight so keep everything fresh.

RRP: The price varies from £2.50 for 0.35L to £5.95 for 2L.

Another part of the kitchen which always looks unruly is the spice cupboard. While looking for the other storage I came across this matching spice rack which looks great out on the bench and keeps everything tidy and organised.

RRP: £21.95 for a 8 jar rack.

This three tiered storage unit from Sainsbury’s is brilliant for tins as it allows you to see everything without having to stack them up.

RRP: £6

Wilko have some great ideas for keeping cupboards tidy. I got this plate storage rack and two tier rotating shelf organiser which is perfect for storing condiments.

RRP: £3.50 for the plate rack and £4 for the shelf organiser.

Have you been doing any spring cleaning?

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Top 3 products from The Body Shop

I’m a huge fan of the The Body Shop so I thought that I would share with you a few of my favourite products.

Drops of Youth liquid peel

Drops of Youth™ Youth Liquid Peel 145ml

This is definitely my all time favourite purchase from The Body Shop, I use it twice a week to get rid of any dry skin and keep my skin looking bright whilst keeping acne at bay.

RRP: £17.50

Calmomile Cleansing Butter

Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter 90ml

This sumptuous cleansing butter removes all traces of makeup and leaves my skin feeling soft and calm.

RRP: £11 for 90ml

Satsuma body butter

Satsuma Energising Body Butter 50ml

The satsuma range smells absolutely divine and the body butter leaves your skin feeling nourished for days.

RRP £16 for 200ml

What are your favourite products from The Body shop?

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Aldi Home Fragrances

I’m a huge fan of Aldi’s home fragrance range (many of which are Jo Malone dupes!) so thought I would share with you a few of my favourite scents!

The sweet almond and macaroon candle is definitely my most purchased; it’s a lovely warming sweet smell without being sickly. I also love the reed diffuser which lasts for months.

Honey and nectarine is one of the newest scents in the range but is already a firm favourite. I’ve only tried the diffuser up to now as my shop never seems to have any of the candles but I will definitely be repurchasing when I run out!

The pomegranate scent was the first one I ever tried and I like how subtle it is. The range also includes hand wash so is perfect for use in the kitchen as you can layer it up with the diffuser and candle.

Have you tried anything from Aldi’s home fragrance range?

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Glossybox Easter Egg

After missing out last time I was determined to get my hands on this years limited edition Glossybox Easter egg. It contains 10 lovely products and comes in pink, yellow or blue.

These calming aromatherapy eye gels will be perfect for a pamper night to soothe any puffiness.
RRP: £2.80

This bronzing water mist from St Tropez claims to give the skin a sun kissed glow with just a few sprays. I cant wait to try it.
RRP:£7.75

I love the smell of ginger, and this moisturiser definitely doesn’t disappoint. It smells delicious and leaves my skin feeling fantastic.
RRP:£8.50

I’ve wanted to try out a Glam Glow face mask for ages but just never got around to buying one. This mask is perfect to target pores and you only need to leave it on for 60 seconds!
RRP:£4.20

A deluxe mini size of the Bare Minerals lashtopia mascara was also included; i’ve only ever used foundation from Bare Minerals so looking forward to giving this a try.
RRP:£11.40

The colour of this Illamasqua lipstick in ‘Meteor’ is perfect.
RRP:£20

I’m desperate for a new tanning mitt so this couldn’t have came at a better time.
RRP:£5

This pastel pink nail varnish from BarryM in the shade ‘Raspberry Sherbet’ was also included in the egg.
RRP: £3

I’ve used a few products from first aid beauty in the past and have always been impressed so i’m sure this scrub wont be any different.
RRP:£5.66

A lip scrub is a absolute essential especially at this time of year and this one from Minimo smells divine.
RRP: £10.04

Did any of you manage to get one of the Limited edition Glossybox eggs?

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Homeware Wishlist

With renovations finally complete it’s time to add the finishing touches to my house. I’ve seen quite a few bits that would go great in my space and am hopefully going to get my hands on some of them.

I’ve been eyeing this mirror up from Next for weeks now, it would fit perfectly in my hallway and bring in a lot of light. RRP £150.

This Made.com sofa bed is so chic and would be a great addition to my spare room/dressing room. RRP £299

The colours on this print from Habitat would look amazing in my living room above the sofa. RRP £55.

This chair from Homebase is a bargain at £60 and would go in pretty much any room.

I’ve been meaning to turn the smallest room in my house into a walk in wardrobe but just haven’t got around to it. My plan is to design my own wardrobe with the Ikea PAX system so that it fits all of my clothes, shoes and coats.

I love this runner from Next for my hallway. RRP:£60

Have you got anything on your wishlist?

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Affordable Amazon Furniture

Furniture can be really expensive and when you move into your first home you definitely don’t have the money to waste. Some things are worth investing a little bit more money into such as your sofa and bed but others can definitely be bought on a budget. This is where amazon came in handy, there are so many stylish pieces at affordable prices.

The first item I wanted to mention was this industrial style Songmics shelf I’ve got in my living room. It’s a great place to store books and DVD’s or even just decorative bits and was a steal at £45.

Another item in my living room is this navy knitted pouffe footstool that adds a little bit of style and extra comfort. It was slightly expensive at £40 but is definitely cheaper than some of the other ones I’ve seen.

After buying my dining table from Next I was stuck for chairs and just wanted something affordable and modern. I looked for quite a while before coming across these grey plastic ones with black metal legs. They came really quickly and are great quality, especially for the price at £44.95.

This Songmics side table I found matches the shelving unit perfectly, is a great place to store a few magazines and adds to the industrial theme throughout my house. It was a great price at £34.99.

Have you found any furniture bargains on Amazon?

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Easy ways to update your home for spring

With January blues well underway and everywhere still looking bare post Christmas decorations, I thought it would be the perfect time to add a few new bits to breathe some life into my house in time for spring.

Adding some new prints, cushions or a new plant can make a huge difference to your space and the way it feels. I recently ordered this circular shelving unit from Rxhome and thought it was a great way to display some succulents and nick knacks. It would also look great with some tiny wire fairy lights wrapped around.


Shelving unit from Rxhome
Fake succulent from Sainsburys
Blue pot from Sainsburys
Succulent in blue pot from Sainsburys
Tea light holder from Asda

I also brightened up my fireplace area; which was looking particularly plain; with a yellow patterned vase and this lantern which came with a battery powered candle inside. It adds a really cosy vibe on these horrible dark evenings.

Vase from Asda
Lantern from Home Bargains

Another update I’m doing throughout the house is filling plain glass vases with fairy lights to brighten up my bathroom and hallway in the evenings since its dark at 4pm! I’ve also ordered this patterned yellow throw to replace the plain navy one on my settee and inject a bit of colour into the room.

Throw from Sainsburys

How are you updating your home for spring?

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Perfume Dupe – Next Rouge Absolue and Giorgio Armani Si

I was recently in Next testing out some of their perfumes and couldn’t believe it when I smelled the Rouge Absolue; it’s a definite dupe for Si by Giorgio Armani.

Si has been one of my favourite perfumes for years however at £99 for 100ml it’s definitely used sparingly; Rouge Absolue is a lot more affordable at £8 for 30ml.

I’ve been wearing it everyday since and can’t believe how long it lasts on my skin, I will definitely be going back for a bigger bottle.


Have any of you found any perfume dupes?

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Top IKEA Home Picks

I recently moved into my first house and thought I would share with you some of my top picks from IKEA to help you furnish your home on a budget.

Hemnes drawers

This sleek three drawer Hemnes unit is great for storing clothes and is a steel at £115. There are other sizes available too if you need slightly more or less storage.

Hemnes dressing table

 

I’ve never owned a dressing table before and didn’t want to spend a fortune so decided to go for the matching Hemnes one for £125 (usually £150 but was discounted with my IKEA family card). I also got the matching ‘tinius’ stool for £20.

Hovslund rugThis grey printed rug for £55 is definitely on my wish list. It would go perfectly under our dining table and add more texture to a plain room.

Brunsta pendant lamp shade

I got the large version of this lampshade for £18 for our hallway and the smaller one for £12 for our upstairs landing; I love how modern and affordable they are.

Fasalt swivel armchair

Mustard yellow features a lot in our house and this swivel armchair would add a great pop of colour to the living room. It retails at £450 which is quite pricey compared to the other items but is such a statement piece.

Stockholm sideboard

This sideboard would be perfect in a hallway or dining room and looks a lot more expensive than it is at £350.

What are your favourite pieces from IKEA?

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