*Dressing Gown : Figleaves \\ *Candle : HoboSoyCandles Before I start this post, can I just make an excuse about the photography? Has anyone ever tried to make a dressing gown look good in a picture? Well don’t bother its impossible. Way back in October I was contacted by the lovely people over at Figleaves about being part of a Secret Santa game with a few fellow bloggers. Obviously I couldn’t resist, who doesn’t love giving (and receiving) gifts? It was all in aid of their new online magazine which launched this month. As a website selling predominantly lingerie, I set about trying to find the perfect set of underwear that wasn’t too saucy (that would be weird).  I settled on a pretty soft lace bra with embroidered detail that came with matching pants, convinced that my chosen blogger was going to love it. So this is when my first shock came, the pants were a thong. Now, I’m not dissing the thong here, if you like thongs, then good for you, I’m just saying that it’s probably not the best thing to gift someone you’ve never actually met before. Regardless, I wrapped it up and took the pictures for the magazine then sent it off to said blogger. Second shock – when the magazine came out. There were beautiful pictures of everyones gifts they’d brought and the game was that when you got your’s you had to guess who had picked it. Looking through the pictures desperately mine stood out like a sore bloody thumb. Cute dressing gowns, check, pyjamas, check, underwear? Nope, just me! All I can do now is sit here and wait of the blogger to receive her thong and hang my head in shame. You never know, maybe she likes thongs? From random people? Anyway, Robyn from Phases of Robyn was my secret santa and she was incredible! I got the parcel when I was in my full flu/bed bound phase so there’s literally nothing more that I could have wished for than a soft and fluffy dressing gown! Well done Robyn, you da best. Please, please share your embarrassing gift giving stories (you must have at least one), to make me feel better about my situation!! And don’t forget to follow me on Bloglovin’!  

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How to make the perfect distressed jeans // DIY

Now when I say perfect, we must use that word loosely. They’re perfect in my eyes, because of course I copied a pair that I saw and thought – I want, no need those jeans. And because I just so happened to have a pair in that exact shade of charcoal grey, one thing led to another and there I was sat with my jeans in one hand and a cheese grater in the other.Image courtesy of Aylin Koenig I first saw these jeans on instagram which led me to Aylin Koenigs blog so that I could get a better look. I don’t know what it was about them that caught my eye but I’ve been thinking about them a lot which in my head means, it’s fate and they must be mine. Now I’m a bit of a hap hazard DIY-er so I don’t really have a specific method that I used, A lot of cheese grating and sandpapering went into this. My general tips would be to use nail scissors to make small cuts and pull it apart gently to make sure you’re in control of the rip. I also used the sandpaper to make the cuts look more rustic and frayed. I am gutted though that I don’t know how to make the stringy bits on ripped jeans – does anyone know? If so can you help me? I’ve heard that tweezers help but I’m not sure if because these ones are super stretchy it isn’t possible to create that look?Anyway – heres the finished result! Let me know what you think? Is anyone else a casual DIY-er like myself? I always read blogs like a pair and a spare and just wish I had the motivation to make such beautiful stuff! I do have the odd burst of enthusiasm for it though! Give me some love and follow me on Bloglovin’! Jumper : H&M | *Scarf : Like Mary | Brogues : Topshop Old If you don’t fancy yourself as a DIY-er then I’ve linked some of my favourite distressed jeans all done for you below!

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How to bring more happiness into your everyday life

*Rings : Little Findings | *Mug : Yonder Living | Colouring Book : Amazon | Pens : Amazon I saw a great quote the other day, I can’t actually reference it because I didn’t do my usual screen shot, but it really resonated with me. I love quotes that point out the most simple, everyday things and make you look at life from a different perspective. “Write two lists, a list of your day to day routine and a list of what makes you happy. Adjust the first list accordingly” Reading this just reminds me how much I go into auto pilot mode in my day to day life. You shouldn’t have to take time out to make yourself happy and indulge – obviously that’s a lovely thing to do but if it’s something that you have to make time for then you usually won’t do it. Why not adjust the things you already do to bring you happiness on the reg? Here’s a few things on my list and what I do to make myself happier: Breakfast – I get up slightly earlier to make a lovely healthy and warm breakfast. It sets me up for the day and doesn’t actually take much longer than making a slice of toast! Drive to work – I make myself a cup of tea to have on the way whilst I listen to Nick Grimshaws show – I find him so hilarious and there’s nothing like laughing hysterically on the way to work to put you in a good mood! Drive home – I listen to queen bee – she helps me to leave work at work and put my sassy hat on Bedtime – This one I find the hardest, I try to go to bed earlier and switch of from social media. I’ve started making time to read before I sleep, I love reading but never seem to do it anymore Do you make time for things that bring you happiness on a daily basis? If not what are you going to change? Follow me on Bloglovin’ and bring a little more happiness to my day!

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whatsmysofa with Next

Last week I was lucky enough to be invited to the whatsmysofa event hosted by Next. They definitely know how to put on a good event and this one was no exception. As I was allowed a guest I thought I’d bring along one of my besties for some much needed girl time and make the most of a day out in London. Wardrobe and parking dilemmas meant that we were running precisely 2 hours late by the time we actually got there but we definitely had more than enough time to kill. To be honest top of my agenda was checking out the new H&M beauty range, and not spending too much money. Rosie had seen this amazing restaurant called Clos Maggiore in Time Out so we decided to try it out, when we got to the event we were informed by the Next girls that it’s one of the top places to go in London at the moment which we were pretty pleased with ourselves about! The food was incredible and who the hell cares about the food when the resteraunt looks like this!?After stuffing ourselves on squid and truffle mash – sounds weird but it worked, we decided to walk off the food babies with a light stroll from Covent Garden to Oxford Circus. Oh so foolish, my feet were bleeding, next time I decide to do something like this I’m wearing trainors! Ouch is all I have to say, we literally couldn’t take another step by the time we left the next event and resorted to an Uber then hobbling through Kings Cross to find our train! I’m not even over reacting when I say Rosie’s feet swelled to twice the size, I’ve never seen anything like it!!!Anyway, £90 lighter and 1 Zara coat heavier we headed to the event which was uh-mazing. What more do you want to do after a hard days eating and shopping than kick of your shoes with a glass of champagne, popcorn, pick ‘n’ mix and breakfast at tiffany’s ? Such a lovely event! and as always I came away with a bag of treats, old school snowies and jazzies, honestly the softest blanket I’ve ever felt and a lovely candle! All in all a good day! Don’t forget to follow me on Bloglovin’

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How to get a good night’s sleep

I’ve never really had a great relationship with sleep. I’ve alway’s struggled to drift off right from when I was a small child to recently when I went through a period of severe anxiety, I found it almost impossible! Over time I’ve found a few effective ways of helping to relax and in my mind, when you’re relaxed your more likely to get to sleep right? Anyway, I thought I would share some of my tips for a more relaxing and peaceful night’s sleep! Clean Bedding Obviously this is the most obvious one out there, nothing makes you sleep like a baby than the scent of freshly washed sheets. Wrapped up in a crispy cocoon of washing powder will send anyone into a deep sleep! Lavender My Mum brought me this amazing spray from Avon called Sleep Serenity, I’m sure there are other variations out there but I find this one amazing. It’s not too lavender-y and is supposed to (and does in my opinion) help you drift off as the scent helps to relax you. Write a Journal Now this is something I always cringe at, who writes a journal for one and secondly, surely it’s just asking for trouble? Your Mum will definitely read it and you’re so going to get grounded! Anyway, seen as I’m 25 years old now and my Mum can’t ground me I guess I’m safe to start one! Someone at work told me about this technique which I’ve recently started and it really helps. My main problem with getting to sleep is that I have so much wizzing round in my head so every night now, even if I don’t have anything major to report on I write at least 3 pages and just empty my head onto the paper. It really helps to just clear your mind, which brings me on to the next point. Write Lists I’m a huge fan of lists, there’s nothing quite like the pleasure you get from ticking off something on a list when you’ve completed the task! I also find that writing lists is a good way of keeping things out of your mind, you’re not having to constantly remember 100,000 things and by writing a list you can prioritise things and feel like you’re life’s in order! Herbal Tea I love drinking tea and it has been known for me to have up to 5 cups a day, I know it’s disgusting but I honestly have a problem. Anyway, I try not to drink tea after 3pm – ish so that it doesn’t keep me awake (this goes for you coffee drinkers as well!) The one thing I miss is the cup of tea before bed, I feel like having a nice warm cup of tea helps you to get all cosy and sleepy. This is when I turn to herbal teas, my favourite is definitely peppermint but camomile is supposed to be the best for relaxing you if you can bear the taste! Anything caffine…

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