Thursday, 23 March 2017

A Quick Mothers Day Idea

I'm leaving it late to share this I know but I didn't plan to write this post then realised I couldn't leave it unsaid!  And where there's a will, there's a way so there's still every chance you can get one in time.  Be it for yourself or your Mum, I highly recommend a Roberts radio.  Now I featured one on my Valentines gift guide and my husband decided to pay full attention (second year running, the candle was last year) so I blatantly need to keep these posts up, even if for my own benefit. 

Roberts Revival iStream 2 £219.95
Initially I didn't push my luck and just opted for the mini one but he did some research as as we don't have great signal in the village decided to go for the internet radio option.  This is the most expensive however if you aren't fussy then you can buy refurbished ones direct from Roberts here (£131.99 for the above model).  My first one was in the duck egg blue and not only was it not the colour I would have chosen (bless him, he can't get it 100% right but he got 100% for effort!) but was also not working properly.  Roberts were brilliant at arranging a courier collection then shipping another out to me. 

I love that it's portable.  I'm not one for bluetooth and connecting it to my phone, we have a Bose speaker for that but it kept driving me mad that when I used my phone it would interfere with the connection, I just wanted a good old radio.  

There are 3 sizes/specs, this was the smallest and one I wanted originally but if you can stretch to the above I would recommend it - needs dependent!

£149.95 brand new via John Lewis or £89.99 for a refurbished one here 
And on a last note (this isn't a sponsored post at all, I was just browsing John Lewis and as they're service is so good I know you can get it in time) this Selfish Mother range donates a portion of the sale to charity so it's an ethical purchase too!

Because as Mothers, we so are aren't we!  £50 via John Lewis 
£35 via John Lewis 
£10 via John Lewis 

Happy Mothers Day to all us Mummy's!

Thursday, 16 March 2017

My 'Work In Progress' Home

*Apologies for the min sabbatical, I've been playing 'nurse' to my eldest whilst she recovers from an operation and it's left me more tired than normal so I've been having lots of early nights!*

When I was approached by Laura Ashley to pick some items to write about for their blog, I was over the moon. A long standing brand I have adored and the chance to work with them - wow. Only issue, my home is currently a building site! Where to start. Not one to admit defeat, I started plotting angles of shots for the only room in the house that won't be structuerly affected and is semi presentable; the lounge. We bought a run down old property in a gorgeous village, it was also known as 'the ugliest house in the village' but the potential was great and plot of land more than the house we left behind 7 miles down the round. However in the short term we have downsized and taken on a hell of a lot (still no dishwasher 15 months on....). The asbestos fencing was gone and central heating installed within the first 7 months before building work commenced. To say this is a project would be an understatement, oh and all whilst living in it. Madness yes but needs must and my husband talked me round.

So there's the start of our little journey and here's some progress. Let me show you the 'nearly finished' result first. Since these photos were taken, a log burner is now in situ and my beloved mirror up (how hard is it to drill into solid old walls!). Then we aren't far off done for this room - I'm not allowed a new sofa until all renovations are complete apparently!

So this is where it all started from below - a very old style park ray log burner. It had to go! The wallpaper had several coats of paint on and there was still the original plug sockets and skirting.

We un-earthed this......there was a fireplace in there waiting to see the light of day. 

Someone didn't want this old surround, a friend was taking it to the skip so we rescued it.  My husband patiently sanded and sanded it.  It does still need another light sand and wax and I have also come round to not painting it now we have different flooring.

The walls beneath the wallpaper weren't great, they were an absolute mess. This was supposed to be an easy room! A quick strip of paper, rip out the fireplace but no. All the walls had to be re-skimmed. Oh and then, the novices that we are had all the pipework cut into the freshly plastered walls as the central heating was coming into the house via this room. Oops. A mistake but £100 rectified it with re-plastering where needed so it was a small price to pay for the lesson learnt. 

I was adamant the brickwork needed to be exposed and not covered up but it was in poor condition.  We had it re-pointed then had to fill in the front to make the walls flat.  

Whilst ripping it out and lifting the carpet we discovered parquet flooring.  It was old and orange but we decided to restore it.  Luckily there was more in the hallway and under the stairs so we pinched some bricks from there to fill in the fireplace area as it was very deep and I wanted to get some flooring back.  

And after the restoration!  At this point below all the furniture was in the kitchen/diner with the sofa on it's side in the hallway.  The dust was immense.  This end window is where the internal doors will be to my new kitchen/diner.  Initially I wasn't keen on the flooring but it has really grown on me, especially with a puppy on the cards!  I love the new rug from Laura Ashley and the deeper new skirting made a huge difference also.  

To read the full article I wrote for Laura Ashley and see the details of what I chose, click here.  I also accessorised with a few 'pineapple' features!

Sunday, 5 March 2017

The Jumper/Whistles Problem

Apparently I have one, along with a coat one too.  'Not another one' came from the husbands mouth when I added one to my basket whilst ordering a few dresses to try for a wedding.  None of the dresses worked but I loved this jumper too much to send it back (I secretly knew I would or I wouldn't have ordered it me thinks....!).  I've never shopped with Very Exclusive before and I still can't remember how I was alerted to their mega sale that had a further 10% off a few weeks back but I'm glad I found out.  The order arrived beautifully wrapped, bagged and boxed, it made it feel like I was receiving a gift!

This jumper was £160 down to £43.20.  It's currently still available at £48 in sizes Small and Medium.  It is a boxy style which I liked and the navy and pale pink colours were so me.  My only reserve is that it's 50% wool with some other fibres added in but I'm hoping that as it's by Whistles, they've made it well enough to withstand the test of time, despite the man made fibres involved. 

Now I know there was the other Whistles sweater I bought in Dublin in January but it was all because my mate had a grey one last year she rudely didn't get for me in the sales.  When I was looking online at Christmas I fell in love with this grey one but at £75 it was out of my reach, hence the navy one.  That was until they had a 20% off promotion......oops!  It sold out super fast, I was so lucky to get it via House of Fraser.  Like my other jumpers from Whistles I've sized up to allow for shrinkage and also for a baggier style.  

I know no one likes a show off but this was the other Whistles sweater I bagged in the sales from a department store in Dublin (full details on this post).

Thursday, 23 February 2017

*Bargain Alert Over At Laura Ashley*

A really quick post tonight as I couldn't let this offer pass and not share it so my next post has been postponed in order to bring you this one!  Laura Ashley have a huge 40% off at the moment.  Yes, honestly.  I popped to a store today and grabbed a few bits (I think Mothers Day is in a months time - so I can't show what I've bought!) but wanted to share this breton I found as it's gorgeous.  It has the cutest little frills around the top of the sleeves.  Full price it is £38 but is currently £22.80 and is 100% cotton.  I sized up as I wanted a more relaxed fit.  

Now I'm sorry to follow on with bad news but I can't find it online - don't hate me, just pop to a store as it was current season and had loads in.  There is however this gorgeous red one that is £40 down to £24 and also 100% cotton.  

Roll Sleeve Top £24
Had I spied this shirt in store then I probably would have bought this too.  How gorgeous is this gingham with a tie at the neck?  It's selling out fast online so another store visit for this one too (and be warned, you will keep finding more bits and pieces to buy, I even grabbed some gorgeous Easter mini carrot biscuits for my girls!).

Gingham Blouse £30
I have just finished writing an article I have for them to go on their blog (I will post it on here soon too) however in the need to share the bargains I wanted to give you a sneak peek with this rug from them that I have in my living room.  As my whole house is under construction, I was desperate to make the lounge more my own.  We found parquet flooring after we had moved in so have had that restored but I needed a rug as missed the carpet.  This 100% wool rug comes in a variety of colours but I went for the grey.  I know the shaggy pile style is very now but sometimes I like to be different and I wanted something that wasn't fussy yet still added warmth through it's texture.  I went for the smallest size (140cm x 200cm) which was £200 but currently £120.  I really would recommend it.  

Lewes Rug from £120

So my tip is to head to store or pop online ASAP as this offer ends Sunday!  

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