If homeware shopping isn’t your favourite thing then I’m not sure we can be friends… Joking, obv we can but if you want to chat about homeware I’m your girl. Shopping is all kinds of fun for yourself but for the house it’s so much more fun isn’t it? I’ve been loving the summer sales that have been going on this month and wanted to share some amazing finds with you all! I would normally post only on Sundays, that’s been my regular routine but because I don’t want these bargains to get away I thought I’d do an earlier one this week.
Podcasts are something that I’m either super into at one time or I don’t listen to for ages! It usually depends on what’s happening to whether I’m on a listening spree or not. If I’m travelling a lot, on trains or in the car or even when I’m on holiday just relaxing, I listen much more and I remember how much I love them. I’ve discovered a few new favourites and a series that I love has just come back so I wanted to share!
1. Ian Stirling – Not Ready to Adult Yet
Someone thought it was totally OK to give us a mortgage (here’s looking at you Natwest, no going back now) – so we bought a house! Hence why things have been a little thin on the ground and sporadic over the past few weeks – it gets a bit stressful, dunnit?
Now we’re in thanks to the in-laws of dreams and a lot of hard work and there’s not a cardboard box in sight after two and a half days of unpacking and sorting out. There’s something to be done in every room and it’s going to be at least a year, if not longer until everything is exactly how we want it to be, let’s not talk about the kitchen, but we’ll get there. So, here’s introducing a new section of proper interiors onto the blog. I’ve always loved interiors but living in rented flats and houses really limits you to basically changing your sheets and hanging a few prints if you’re handy with the Polyfilla so I’m really looking forward to finally being able to decorate like a grown up.
If you know me well you’ll know that I’m definitely more National Trust than night clubs and it’s been this way for a little while! We absolutely love the National Trust as you might have read in my post a few weeks ago about our first trip to Calke Abbey – we try to go at least once a month but recently because the weather’s been so gorgeous we’ve been getting out to a few every month which is awesome.
This post was going to be my May favourites but I didn’t quite get around to sorting my life out so it’s a general summer-themed jumble of some products that I’ve been loving recently and wanted to share! There’s everything from tan to library books so I hope you enjoy!
1. The blonde booster
Who doesn’t love a little picnic in the sunshine? We’ve had a National Trust membership for about 6 or 7 months now and we’ve been loving exploring new places. It’s the perfect way to get out and about basically for free (after you’ve paid your monthly membership) and all of the sites are amazing. We pay £9 a month for both of us and that includes unlimited access to most National Trust sites including parking. Some of the places that we’ve visited have been priced at around £10 an adult to get in plus parking so we always feel like we get our money’s worth. Plus, even if you don’t manage to get to one a month, by paying the membership fee you’re helping to preserve amazing places like Lacock Abbey.
Spring is nearly rolling around and our fluffy blankets are being put back into storage! As soon as it gets above 10 degrees I feel like I need a little home update to bring it into the new season. Some people might think it’s silly to think about styling your home for the new season but I think it definitely makes a difference. You don’t want thick blankets and overpowering cinnamon candles when we’re heading into April, do ya? Definitely not!
This time of year can suck. It’s cold, we’re all trying to keep to our New Year’s resolutions of spending less money and working out more and all we want to do is wear cute spring dresses and drink cocktails. Well, this is me anyway. But, alas, we can’t do all of these things all the time and I’m definitely not wearing a cute spring dress any time soon. I am the thermal queen and I am proud. So, I’ve been having a think about a few things that can still pop a smile on your face (or at least make you happy inside if you’re heartless like me) that are really simple!
It’s my 25th birthday tomorrow and that sounds super old. I know it’s not really but you always say when you’re little “When I’m 25 I’ll have blah…” so it sounds like a serious age! I think anything from 20-24 sounds quite young still but when you hit 25 it’s BAM you’re on the way to thirty now babe, sort your life out. Here are 25 good things that I’m loving from the past year / things that I’ve learnt over the years. 25 is an age where you should *probably* have your shit together and I almost feel like I do!
I love a bit of tech and fun apps so I wanted to share some of my can’t live without apps for blogging and Instagramming with you babes. Some are old favourites and are really obvious and some are new faves that I’ve only just discovered.
VSCO is my go-to Instagram editing app. I find it the best for taking the warmth out of photos by using the temperature option and also I think their exposure setting is really nice too. I used to use C & G filters on my Instagram – I mix and match these because I cba with an actual theme because they seem to always look rubbish anyway even if I try. And, when I do try, I get stressed! So, I do use VSCO for Instagram cropping and editing and the occasional filter but I’ve got a new filters app to go on about in a little bit…