August 20, 2014

Lipstick Challenge

Today’s post is a little different for me because I don’t usually step into the world of beauty blogging, but I wanted to invite you in on something I’m doing. I’ve always had very full lips, and was quite embarrassed about them as a kid. Children like to latch onto something to tease and for me that was having big lips. I’ve often been told in adulthood that “people would kill for those lips,” but childhood teasing has an annoying way of sticking with you. I think this fed into my never wanting to wear lipstick and draw attention to their size.

Red, in particular, can be a tricky colour for women to find their best shade, but a few years ago I found MAC’s Russian Red, which is perfect for me. Since kicking in the lipstick door with Russian Red, I also discovered MAC’s Rebel and the occasional hot pink. I tend to only wear these when my band plays shows, but I’ve decided to challenge myself to wear lipstick everyday.

I don’t wear very much makeup– typically brow powder (if I can be bothered) and mascara is all I wear, but when I do put on a full face of make-up it makes a huge difference to my appearance. I don’t want to look like a different person, but I would like to start making a little more effort, which is why I think the simple addition of lipstick could be fun to try. I’m challenging myself to try wearing lipstick everyday to see how I feel. If I like it, I’ll start trying new colours and, who knows, eventually even some blush!

Do you wear lipstick? What’s your shade?

Ferm Living AW14 Collection

August 18, 2014

Ferm Living’s autumn/winter collection goes on sale in October, but it’s available to preview on their website now. They consistently do a brilliant job of mixing clean designs with interesting patterns, and AW14 doesn’t disappoint. One thing that I find interesting about their collections is that they seem to work within a consistent colour palette. This is useful because if makes it much easier for mixing and matching of items. My favourites from the collection are the rugs and cushions, but I tend to be drawn to buying those anyway. Have a click around their site and organise your October budgets accordingly!

Photos courtesy of Ferm Living

Easy Makeovers with Knobs and Drawer Pulls

August 13, 2014

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I have a Billy bookcase from IKEA that I’m thinking of repurposing in our next flat to hold toiletries and linen. Fortunately, IKEA make doors for the Billy, so I will be able to cover it so that I don’t have to stare at a bunch of hair products if I don’t want to. A cabinet can only be so “designer” so I’m pretty happy with the look of this solution, but that doesn’t mean that there isn’t a little room for improvement.

One of the easiest and cheapest ways to add flair to a cabinet or drawer is to swap out the handles/knobs. This is seriously a £3 job that takes practically no time to execute. There are many different styles to be found, but the style I’m looking at for my bookcase door is a ceramic knob. They often have charming decorations painted on them, and offer a subtle splash of pattern. I think this will contrast nicely with the otherwise stark nature of my white bookcase.

Which one is your favourite?

New Flat Inspiration

August 11, 2014

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Now that we just-about know where we’re moving, I’ve been spending quite a bit of time figuring out how we’re going to decorate the new flat. We have many things already, so it’s not as if we’re starting from scratch, but moving is always a good time to assess how your decorating is coming along, and to scale back on any out-of-pace items.

I thought it would be fun to share some of the inspiration I’ve been looking at recently. I can’t tell if what we have so far is in track or not. Sometimes I feel like we have so much to buy, and at others I wonder how it will all fit in the new place. I suppose it will all be clear after we move. Today’s post isn’t too long– just sharing some jazzy rooms that I’m into lately.

Happy Monday xx

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CRU Kafe Nespresso-Friendly Pods

August 8, 2014

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Before I tell you about CRU Kafe, I just want to say that we have potentially found our new flat and I am drafting a post to tell you all about it. There are still a few details to finalise, but it’s very exciting times. You can look forward to many posts of me fretting about DIYs and room design in the future! Now…

I left off one of the gastronomic discoveries from my post on the the FEAST festival last weekend because I wanted to give it a solo shout-out. We met three lovely people from the coffee start-up CRU Kafe who make coffee pods that are compatible with Nespresso machines. My husband, Tom, and I are big coffee-lovers and we also own a Nespresso machine, so we were keen to learn more when we saw their stand.

Nespresso machines/pods are a heavenly invention (Indriya is my favourite flavour), but I’ve always wondered why there weren’t many alternative brands to choose from and, more importantly, fresher options. Enter CRU.

CRU craft complex coffee blends using organic, Arabica beans. I don’t want to get out of my depth attempting to explain the complexities of the flavours, but in drinking a few cups I can say that I found it fruity and flavourful. When you open the bag, you’re hit with a gorgeous waft of ground beans– quite different to opening a box of the Nespresso brand pods, which smells of nothing. CRU’s Flat White blend is specifically designed to be had as a flat white, in that the flavours they’ve combined should “cut through the milk.” I think I personally rather have it as a straight espresso shot since I like a stronger a flavoured flat white, so I’m interested in tasting their espresso blend coming out soon. Tom tends to have a double espresso, and he really loves this blend as espresso shots, so you can really have it either way.

His only critique is that the water seems to trickle through a bit slower than with the Nespresso pods– I’m not sure if this is due to the size of the grind, or if this has any effect on the machine, but that’s the only “negative,” if you can call it that.

As with Nespresso pods, you’ll have to find the CRU pod that suits your taste, but the organic, fresh nature of CRU makes them well worth trying. Presently, they only have the flat white blend, but they mentioned that more are on the way soon! You can order them online and the price is comparable to the Nespresso brand pods. They also have a subscription service, which is slightly cheaper.

Do you have a Nespresso machine? What’s your favourite flavour?