Thursday, 24 July 2014

Master bedroom wish list

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Our bedroom is always going to be last on the list to be done as I feel like it's the room people see the least, so therefore it isn't as important. Although that being said, every time I go up there, I hate it! It isn't how I want it at all, it's bare, we don't have enough storage and it has no theme to it.

We still haven't got round to buying a new bed as there's always something more important I want first! Although we really do need one and a mattress too! I can't decide if I want pine like the rest of the house or white.. could I have white when the rest of the house is pine?! I'm not sure!

I think the main focus of the room is going to be bookcases though, I know that might seem weird but we have built in wardrobes and as we are in the attic, it's an odd shape. I feel it looks bare as we don't need any 'furniture' as such, just a bed, bedside tables and that's about it. These baby bookcases would fit just under our slanted wall and be so handy for storage, I think it would make a great feature of the whole wall!

I'm still unsure of the colour scheme, I'm so indecisive! I'm loving duck egg blue at the moment, I think it's girlie but isn't too much for Warren. By the time I get round to doing it I'll have probably changed my mind again!

What colour is your bedroom?

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Wednesday, 23 July 2014

The Lancome Women

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Every single Nashville photographer would love to work with famous, beautiful and successful women for a huge brand, like Lancome. The company is well known for its collaborations with stars, that are wisely chosen and represent the beauty products in the best possible way.

The fresh actress Lilly Collins had her first Lancome campaign in January 2014 and it was a total success. The French Ballerina make-up collection together with Lily’s charm and grace, go perfectly hand in hand. Lily has repeatedly mentioned in interviews that it was a huge privilege for her to represent one of the best brands in the world. Also, in 2013 another young lady, Emma Watson has been an ambassador of the company. The Emma Watson campaign for the In Love make-up collection of the brand, was a also a huge success. Bright colors, fresh shades and fun looks were matching the star’s face in a perfect way. Watson has been a Lancome ambassadress since 2011 and it feels like there is a lot to see in the future, regarding the brand and the actress. 

The brand is always current and knows how to make it right. This is why, in September a new campaign starring Lupita Nyong’o is going to be launched. The 31-year-old Academy Award Winning actress is basically the Woman of the year. No wonder why, the French cosmetic and skin care successful company has chosen her. She is the first black woman to be an ambassadress for the company, but at the same time she is the fourth Academy Winning actress that has collaborated with the brand. The other three fabulous Oscar winners that proudly represented the high brand are Kate Winslet, Julia Roberts and Penelope Cruz. 

Lancome’s latest collaboration is also an interesting one. The French company has signed with the successful music producer Caroline de Maigret. She is well known to the street fashion fans and has an absolutely gorgeous style, so Lancome strikes again. 

The company’s policy regarding the ambassadresses of its products, is a successful one. Every time a campaign is launched, there is a lot to see and feel. The high quality beauty and skin care products are the ones making the fabulous stars proud to represent. The Lancome Women are famous, gorgeous, talented and wise enough to work with such brand.

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Gatwick travelodge review

Our flight to Greece was from Gatwick airport at 6:50am and from where we live Gatwick is about 2 hours away. With us having to get to the airport a minimum of 90 minutes before our flight, it would be  ridiculously early and we decided it would be easier for all of us if we went up the night before and stayed over. 

We had to sort out parking whilst we were on holiday as well which I wasn't looking forward too but we actually came across the Gatwick Stay, Park & Fly service at Gatwick Travelodge and it seemed like our best bet. The travelodge is super close to the airport, we could stay the night and then leave the car there all week in safe hands for a very reasonable price and it just seemed easy!

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We drove up on the Wednesday night after dropping Sienna off at my mums and we didn't arrive until around 10pm. We were met by the lovely reception area which was clean and bright, all the staff were really friendly and quickly checked us in and confirmed our car parking was all booked in as I was stressing about it! We were also advised to book a taxi to the airport for the morning and they had the number and free phone to do it just in the corner which was handy. Again, the price was fairly reasonable. We got our cases and took them up to our room to check it out.

We were surprised by the size of our room, I think we got a family room instead of a double as it was huge and Warren found a pull out bed underneath our bed. The travelodge had recently been refurbished and it looked great, the bed looked so cosy with the lighting on the sides and behind. Everywhere was clean and tidy and looked inviting, although the bathroom didn't look as modern but did the job well. The room has all the essentials you would need including the little coffee station (which came in handy at 4am!).

As we had left a bit later than usual, we didn't stop for food on the way, we just wanted to get there and then sort it out so we were pleased to find out we could still get some food even though it was nearing 10:30pm. They do takeaway which is available 24/7 which is great as I can imagine people come and go all throughout the night being so close to the airport. 

The restaurant/bar area was really nice, very modern and spacious which is brilliant, not to mention clean. We sat at a table to eat but there was the option of more comfy chairs in front of the TV as well. These had a few fans watching the football as if we'd have got there a bit earlier I think we would have ended up there too!

There wasn't a whole lot of choice on the menu but I guess you can't really expect that from a 24/7 service. We got the garlic bread, onion rings and cheesy chips with BBQ sauce and it was really good. Warren had a beer whilst watching the end of the football and then we headed up to bed. Our bed was so comfy I wouldn't have got out at 4am for anything other than a holiday.. haha! After a quick shower and getting dressed, we snapped our #getupandgo selfie!

 Our taxi arrived promptly which was good and within 5 minutes we were dropped at the airport ready for our first holiday as just us two! I'd definitely recommend the whole service as it just made everything a whole lot easier to organise and did put my mind at ease a little bit more than sorting everything out separately. I also think it kept the cost down massively as opposed to booking everything individually.   

Have you used the Gatwick Stay, Park & Fly service? How do you find Travelodge's? 

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Monday, 21 July 2014

Sienna's Autumn Wishlist from Petit Bateau

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Autumn has always been my favourite season and I'm looking forward to dressing Sienna this year. I feel that now she is walking properly and isn't a baby, I'm much more into putting her outfits together and she generally keeps the same clothes on all day (finally!).

This is her wish list from Petit Bateau.. or rather mine! The two tops are gorgeous, I love creams and browns for the Autumn so these fit the bill but without being two dark! With a little brown cord skirt, tights and boots it would look adorable! I also picked these 2 dresses as I think dresses, tights and boots will be a go-to outfit for both of us! It's so easy to style yet looks cute as well, I particularly adore the striped one (no surprise there!). 

How adorable is this cute cape?! I have really been loving Sienna is yellow lately and this is just too cute to pass up. Plus in England, some type of raincoat is a must have! As well as a raincoat, layer is also a must have so this floral cardigan would also be perfect and I know she'd get a lot of wear out of it! Last but not least of course, a few pairs of tights to throw on under these gorgeous dresses and keep her warm!

What would be your top picks? 

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Saturday, 19 July 2014

Famous Pet Lovers

Throughout history there have been many famous people who loved their pets, some to the point of obsession, and some of their choices of pet were to say the least a little bizarre.

Lord Byron
Lord Byron’s love of pets was immortalised in his epitaph to his beloved Newfoundland dog Boatswain. The epitaph is inscribed on the dog’s monument at Newstead Abbey in Nottinghamshire. The first verse reads “Near this Spot are deposited the Remains of one who possessed Beauty without Vanity, Strength without Insolence, Courage without Ferocity, and all the virtues of Man without his Vices”. Boatswain died of rabies and to the end Byron nursed him, unafraid of becoming affected himself.
At university he was not allowed to keep a dog, so he kept a tame bear instead. As well as numerous dogs he kept a variety of animals including six cats, four monkeys, a crocodile, assorted bird species, a fox and a badger.

Queen Victoria
Queen Victoria was a devoted pet lover, and it was she who gave royal patronage to the SPCA making the RSPCA who offer insurance for a range of pets through More Th>n. In her lifetime she owned many dogs, but of them all she was most devoted to a Pekingese called Looty and given to her by Captain Hart Dunne who had taken it from the Summer Palace in Beijing during the 1856 Opium War. As the time Pekingese were considered by the Chinese to be sacred.

The Maharaja of Junagadh
India’s last Maharaja of Junagadh loved dogs, in fact he was truly obsessed with them. He had 800, and each one had its own room and butler. Often he would dress them in evening suits and his servants would drive then around the estate in rickshaws. He even organised a wedding between a Bobby, a golden retriever, and one of his hounds, lavishing £22,000 on the ceremony (in todays money around £1 million).

Queen Elizabeth II
Queen Elizabeth is a pet lover who is particularly fond of Corgis. Since her coronation she has owned 30 of them. As you might expect they have received special treatment. The Queen Mother, who also kept corgis, insisted that they each had their own basket and meals selected by veterinary experts served in their own special dishes.

Margaret Thatcher, John Major, Tony Blair and Humphrey
We will finish with a slightly different slant, three Prime Ministers and a cat called Humphrey. Humphrey was the official mouse killer at 10 Downing Street from October 1989 until November 1997. Humphrey enjoyed a good relationship with both Margaret Thatcher, John Major, but it wasn’t to be the case with Cherie Blair who considered Humphrey to be unhygienic. It is alleged that she had him evicted though by all accounts to a good home where he lived happily until his death in March 2006.

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