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The best time of year to buy a Christmas tree

Okay, I know it’s not a traditional time of year to be shopping for Christmas accessories but right now is precisely the best time of year to purchase a new Christmas tree. And that’s exactly what I’ve done this week! Yes, my brand new Christmas tree was delivered yesterday and I’m so pleased with the bargain prices available at this time of year that I just had to share it these deals with you.mountain pine christmas tree

If you’re looking for something a bit special, or have been lusting after a tree that is totally out of your price range, try taking a look a specialist retailer’s website this January where great discounts are available at this time of year. I checked out Christmas Tree World and couldn’t believe how much prices have been slashed after Christmas – now my dream Christmas tree was available at a price I could actually afford so I snapped it up and it arrived by courier delivery soon after. Continue reading “The best time of year to buy a Christmas tree” »


Tuesday Shoesday – Pantone’s colour of the year 2015

Each year I get excited about the announcement of Pantone’s Colour of the Year. I know how much these selected shades influence the world of design and I find it really interesting to keep to see how it infiltrates into every area of life. Not just a guide for fashion looks, the Colour of the Year informs interior design, packaging, graphic design, home furnishings, beauty, web design, fabrics and even food, so you can imagine how important this announcement is every year for anyone working in a creative to wear pantone colour of the year marsala spring summer autumn winter fashion trend

The colour that Pantone announced for 2015 is ‘Marsala’, a dusky burgundy shade. Based on the tones of fortified wine, this warm earthy shade is perfect for creating a feeling of luxury and is the ideal ‘in-between’ seasonal shade – not overpoweringly bright nor oppressively dark. It looks great with fresh pastel colours and floral motifs so it is ideal to combine with the tones and textures of Spring. Which brings us nicely on to fashion choices that follow this trend for Tuesday Shoesday.

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Pieday Friday – Simple shortbread recipe for Burns Night or Valentine’s Day

Today’s recipe is a double-whammy celebration treat for Valentine’s Day OR Burns Night. Yes, I’ve been baking shortbread and I can’t believe how easy it has been. In truth, I’ve actually been rather worried about baking shortbread and I’ve put it off over the years, believing it to be a difficult process. And the silly thing is that I love shortbread; it’s my all time, absolute, ultimate, top of the list, number 1 favourite biscuit ever. So why did I get it into my head that it was so difficult to make? I can honestly say it’s no more difficult than making pastry, and I do that all the time.quick easy scottish shortbread biscuit recipe for valentines day or burns night-10 quick easy scottish shortbread biscuit recipe for valentines day or burns night-11

I decided that I couldn’t put off making shortbread any longer, what with Burns Night coming up this weekend and with Valentine’s Day just around the corner. It’s a traditional Scottish delicacy – at least, all the shortbread I’ve enjoyed in my lifetime has come in tartan packaging! – so it’s ideal for enjoying with a cuppa to celebrate Burns Night. As I was cutting out my shortbread biscuits, I decided to make this into a Valentine’s Day post too, so I cut some heart-shaped cookies and decorated them by dipping in melted white chocolate and sprinkling of red sugar. So cute!

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Interior inspiration for a Georgian home – Modern greys & retro pops of colour

Today I’m taking inspiration from interior designer Gabrielle Blackman and I’m sharing a tour of her Georgian home in Bristol. Famous for creating classy interiors on DIY SOS, she’s a designer after my own heart, describing her style as “eclectic, relaxed, with pops of colour” so I wanted to check out the way that she has styled her own home in order to pick out some trends for the coming year.   retro modern interior design trend

Citing David Hicks as her personal inspiration for his bold use of colour and crazy geometric pattern Gabrielle’s home reflects this through a combination of neutral greys and bright retro-modern accessories. Retro style and giving old furniture a new lease of life in the 21st century is certainly a continuing interior design trend for 2015, which is clear through the designers decision to use mid-century pieces alongside antique furniture and Georgian features.

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6 steps to setting up your own online clothing store

Clothing and fashion have always been lucrative markets and, despite a dip in high street sales here in the UK, the online clothing trade has remained fairly buoyant. And it seems that more and more people are realising that they too could be part of this online market. If you love fashion magazines, enjoy researching the latest trends, spend most of your life on Pinterest and can’t help sharing your #ootd photos, this could be an ideal career for you! fashion business career ideas

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As an online fashion retailer, you’d be able to get your hands on latest trends by purchasing your own selected ‘collection’ of high quality fashion items and accessories from wholesale merchants such as Eles Clothing and you’d always be the most fashionably dressed person in the room! But how do you go about setting up an online store? Here are 6 ways to turn your passion for fashion into a successful business. Continue reading “6 steps to setting up your own online clothing store” »

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Tuesday Shoesday – Recurring trends from Hollywood

After last week’s Tuesday Shoesday spotlight on the Golden Globes, and the gorgeous strappy shoes worn by Jennifer Aniston, J-Lo and co, I realised that this trend popped up around this time last year. Yes, I browsed back to my blog post about footwear trends from the 2014 Oscars and there they were; minimal heels with delicate straps. Okay, they were all black last year, and the 2105 nominees have chosen slightly more sparkly shoes but the straps remain the same. This made me think about other footwear trends that have lasted from season to season or year upon year and I decided to check out photos from last year’s Golden Globes ceremony to see how much fashion has changed since last January.NBC's "71st Annual Golden Globe Awards" - Arrivals

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I quickly spotted a footwear trend amongst the actresses who had decided to go for slightly shorter outfits; softly pointed toes.  This style has definitely continued into THIS years awards season and I’ve found a number of Hollywood stars who are rocking the look at the 2015 Golden Globes too. My first stop for fashion is always Zooey Deschanel; her styles are always full of personality yet consistently on trend, so I love to check out what she is wearing to get inspiration. Her choice of softly pointed, beaded heels for the 2014 awards ceremony were cute and Cinderella-esque, and looked great with her fairytale Oscar De La Renta gown.

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My little vintage caravan – My crafty storage solution

If you’ve been following my caravan renovation project to turn a grubby old Sprite caravan into a cosy office and sewing workshop, you’ll know how important it is for me to create a space that is both practical and beautiful. I’ve previously addressed the damp issue and in doing so I needed to remove the majority of the existing built-in storage in order to ensure that the caravan stays dry, warm and mould-free. Even though I was able to save the bench seats and table – which has proved to be an excellent workspace for writing and crafting – I still had a severe lack of storage. After literally months of trawling the shops and searching online I found the ideal storage system that could be reconfigured and personalised for the space I had and, most importantly, didn’t cost a fortune. It might be a little out of the ordinary but here’s what I came up with:vertbaudet toys storage units

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Pieday Friday – Quick & easy ‘Posh’ pot noodle recipe

This must be the easiest recipe I’ve ever shared on the blog. So I’m thinking that it’s great for January when you can’t be bothered to cook a massive meal and just want to eat something warm, right? It’s my take on a Pot Noodle (my guilty pleasure) and it’s so simple the I barely spent any time in the kitchen making it. The result was a delicious, warming lunch that used up leftovers and filled me up. Hubby and I enjoyed this meal last weekend and I managed to snap a couple of photos just before we tucked in to this healthy snack. So here’s the simple recipe:quick and easy posh chicken pot noodle recipe_Ingredients: 1 sheet of dried medium thickness noodles per person, a tablespoon of peas and a tablespoon of sweetcorn per person, half a chicken stock cube per person and a handful of shredded cooked chicken per person, Fry Light or similar low-calorie spray. Continue reading “Pieday Friday – Quick & easy ‘Posh’ pot noodle recipe” »

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Seasonal sewing projects for winter

While Christmas may be over for another year, I can’t help wishing that winter would stay around a little longer. Since the start of January it feels to me like the magazines are already talking about spring trends and shops are bringing out their summer ranges – even though it’s still cold and snowy outside! So I’ve turned to fabric to help me keep that wintery feeling alive for a couple more months, both in my home and through my crafting. winter soft furnishing fabrics

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From traditional favourites like tartan fabric to bold, modern fabrics in wintery colours, there’s a soft and cosy winter fabric out there for every project. Wool textures and soft fleeces are perfect for everything from cushions for your home to personalised birthday or Valentine’s gifts.

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How you should’ve hosted your last New Year’s Party… and ideas for the coming year!

Did you successfully host a New Year’s Eve bash or did you feel that it was too chaotically thrown together at the last minute? With all the expectations surrounding it, sometimes it becomes overwhelming to throw the perfect New Year’s party. However, there are plenty of ways to host an easy, fun party that you and your friends will remember for a long time and you have almost another year to comb the internet and trade ideas with your friends – I’ve already been checking out Pinterest for fab party ideas for next year! From providing quality drinks, simple cuisine, and fun entertainment, plan an all-out bash with these easy new years eve party drinks bubbly

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