Saturday, 21 April 2018

My bag of the Summer from River Island



I am a massive bag lover and have a fair few, not as many as I have shoes, but that is a different story. For me accessories can make or break an outfit and can make the ordinary that bit cooler especially when you are adding a statement piece.
Amongst my collection I have a fair few River Island bags, for few reasons really, A) The handbag collection is always on point, B) The prices are reasonable C) The quality is always off the chart.

River Island woven cross body box bag

River Island woven cross body box bag

This seasons handbag collection is no different they have a tonne of cross body bags, which everyone and there dog are wearing this Spring as well as more "practical" tote or shoppers, perfect for work that can fit your laptop, pack lunch, makeup bag plus the  kitchen sink! I always get my purses from there to, I think they are the best quality on the high street.

Now my latest addition to my handbag family, is not particularly practical, but then who wants practical? This little beaut is a statement, its a nod to the woven bag trend, that everyone is buying into but OH MY it is just that bit more EXTRA. To start with the box shape rather than the sphere makes it different and what with the added embellishment this bag for me will be my bag of the Summer. I just can't get over how bloody lush it is.

River Island woven cross body box bag

River Island woven cross body box bag

It's not big by any means, but certainly big enough for money, keys phone, sunnies and some lippie. Making this ideal for popping out for a coffee or ice cream, drinks in a beer garden, a dinner date, you name it as long as you don't need loads of stuff and it's not raining you are onto a winner!

River Island woven cross body box bag

River Island woven cross body box bag

River Island woven cross body box bag

River Island woven cross body box bag

Now today's outfit is your classic " jeans and a nice top " pretty much my go to for a Spring/Summer evening out, and the woven cross body box bag* really works, the mix of florals with woven texture of the bag and my shoes makes the whole outfit fresh, and season appropriate, plus I love light wash denim in the Summer, and tend to wear it far more than black or darker denim.

River Island woven cross body box bag

River Island woven cross body box bag

River Island woven cross body box bag

River Island woven cross body box bag

River Island woven cross body box bag

River Island woven cross body box bag

River Island woven cross body box bag

River Island woven cross body box bag

Floral top - River Island (old have linked alternatives)
Sunnies- Primark
Jeans - Newlook
Shoes - Newlook (old)
Earrings - Asos (old)


What will be the bag of the season for you?



* River Island kindly gifted me this bag, but it was chosen and styled by me, and all gushing words written are indeed my own.

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Thursday, 19 April 2018

Summer and it's promises


I'm writing this post, in my living room, the back door wide open, and an Iced frappe in reach, having just come in from the garden, where I was enjoying some sun. Pretty idyllic by UK standards, I think?!? This taste of Summer has got me excited, I'm making plans and checking dates. The window of opportunity is small for enjoying the warm weather and I intend to make the most of it.

Summer

Summer and it's promises

So what am I looking forward to, well, we haven't booked our Summer holiday yet, we usually like to go away in September, means we can hang on to Summer for that bit longer. It's also less likely that my husband will get burnt to a crisp, its quieter and let's face it, it's so much frigging cheaper. So what about in the meantime, we have a couple of days in London coming up, while we have some family coming over from OZ on a whistle stop tour of Europe, London in the Summer is always gorgeous, I think we may take in a show as well. 

I also like to enjoy what East Anglia has to offer, and we often take a drive to the coast, whether it be to a dog friendly beach with a packed picnic, or a sunday afternoon drive to eat a bag of chips by the sea. We are lucky we have both the Norfolk and Suffolk coastline practically on our doorstep. There is nothing like a British seaside town in the Summer, the smell of salty chips, and sweet sticky donuts in the air, men walking about without their tops on, and people complaining it's "to hot" haha!!

Even closer to home, my family love a BBQ, and my hubby spends the warmer months indulging his inner caveman, which is alright by me! is there a nicer way to spend your evening then with a burger and a glass of something cold, laughing and talking with the most important people in the world, I think not.

I also love the simple pleasures, that the warmer weather brings;

Drying your washing outside.
Sleeping with the window open.
Spontaneous road trips.
Walking out to the garden barefoot.
Iced Tea/Iced Coffee.
Finishing every meal with a lolly for pudding.
Filling a paddling pool for the dog.
Evening strolls as the sun's going down.

As you can tell I'm a Summer baby, I was born in a heatwave and love the Summer and all it promises!

What are you looking forward to this Summer time?

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Tuesday, 17 April 2018

DIY How to make a simple plant pot stand


You may of noticed from my Instagram feed I have recently become a bit of a plant lady. I went from a couple of cacti to an array of houseplants in a few months, at the risk of sounding like a saddo, I really enjoy sharing my home with houseplants, not only do the bring the outdoors in with the greenery, I find them calming  its relaxing pottering around the house, watering and taking care of them.

Another past time I have been enjoying recently is a bit of DIY/crafting, my husband has shown me how to use some tools and we have worked together on a couple of projects. 

While scrolling Pinterest, something I do approx 207689 times a day, I found a few ideas for plant stands, and after the success we had making a tall one a few weeks ago, I thought I would try this simple one, and I didn't even have to buy anything.

DIY How to make a simple plant pot stand

I had the timber left over from our last project, but you can pick up lengths of wood like this from B&Q for £2/3. The wooden bowl was once a salad bowl, that found its way resigned to our garage once I realised we don't eat nowhere near enough salad to warrant such a big salad server. 


DIY How to make a simple plant pot stand

DIY How to make a simple plant pot stand

Decide how tall you want your plant stand and using a saw cut four legs to the desired length, mine has three inch legs, as I wanted this to sit on a side table in my living room rather than on the floor.
Once you have your four legs, rub them down with the sandpaper to make them nice and smooth and to remove any sharp splinters. I then painted the legs white using a sample pot of paint, but you could stain, varnish or paint it's your call. I quite like the contrast between the bowl and the legs.
When the legs are dry just glue in position using wood glue, I left it overnight weighted by a book just to make sure.
Then you have it your finished DIY plant stand, I grouped three smaller plant pots in mine but if you have one larger plant you could put that in it, again it's all up to you.


DIY How to make a simple plant pot stand

I haven't written a tutorial for the first stand we made but you can see it pictured in my Getting over a bad relationship post. Or maybe you fancy decorating a plant pot, I handily have a post DIY making a cute cacti plant pot

I hope you are enjoying my DIY posts along with my fashion and beauty as it something I enjoy immensely.


DIY How to make a simple plant pot stand

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