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A French Boudoir on a Budget

A French boudoir is probably the most luxurious and seductive place you can be. It’s the perfect room to get ready and feel unstoppable or to wind down for some pampering time.  If you’ve always wanted a beautiful boudoir, you don’t have to sacrifice your dreams just because of a limited budget. It’s often unnecessary to splash out on numerous new items when giving a room a makeover in your home. Instead, opt for reusing old items or making your own to save money and add personal style. Here are a couple of points to guide you through the process when creating your irresistible boudoir parlour.

The Bed

If your boudoir is going to be the bedroom then the bed is probably the biggest focal point that you want to emphasise. Make an impact with brocade bedcovers that don’t have to have multiple fabrics but instead cheaper printed patterns will work just as well. Don’t cut back on the number of pillows as a nothing says luxury better than a cosy bed full of comfort. Get your hands on some cheap, extra fabric pieces in deep purples and reds to make some simple and effective cushion covers. For a DIY project, why not create your very own designer headboard for the perfect statement with an impact.

french bedroom boudoir interior design style ideas on a budget

French bedroom DIY using grain sacks via Pinterest

The Dresser

The next most prominent feature is your dressing table. There are plenty of stunning and affordable vintage mirrors that can be found in antique shops with fantastic French style frames. Don’t be afraid to compare different shops and barter the price down for the best deal. Invest in a dark mahogany or black table and chair set that will be durable and create the essential boudoir look in the room.

The Lights

Lighting should be warm and atmospheric in a boudoir. Either opt for a lighter airy feel with a pastel or cream colour scheme or create a Moulin Rouge style parlour with dark reds and black. Either way, there should be crystal or beaded trimmings on the lights; be they wall lights, lamps or chandeliers. Empire chandeliers are always a good choice and you can even create your very own.

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Lights, chandeliers and mirrors create a French boudoir via Pinterest

Everything Else

Accessories are essential in a French boudoir. Include plush rugs, throws, cushions and chairs in the room. Vintage artwork, photographs or film posters add an intriguing touch to walls and decorate vases flowers or feathers to give that dose of glamour.

Soon enough you’ll feel like pampered royalty or an irresistible showstopper in the Moulin Rouge. French vintage boudoirs are timeless and endlessly appealing so you’ll be sure that whatever room you’ve created will last and be enjoyed again and again in the years to come.

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Tuesday Shoesday – Fashion Targets Breast Cancer

Today’s Tuesday Shoesday is all about this one pair of pumps from Superga. What’s so special about these pink trainers? They are part of the new collection by British model and actress Suki Waterhouse and they have been designed especially for the Fashion Targets Breast Cancer campaign for 2014. What do you think of the shoes? Pretty perfect for Spring/Summer 2014 I say!

fashion targets breast cancer campaign 2014 supergra pink pumps

Founded by Ralph Lauren in 1994, Fashion Targets Breast Cancer unites the world of fashion as a single force combating the disease and each of the specially designed clothing items from across a selection of brands and prices will contribute to the cause. Buying an item from the charity’s online shop will ensure that 30% of your purchase price goes directly to support the work of Breakthrough Breast Cancer – what more of an excuse do you need to go shopping for new summer essentials?! There are t-shirts, swimwear and dresses galore in the Fashion Targets catalogue so check it out now and let me know if you get any charitable treats for yourself – tweet me @Cassiefairy :)

ideas for creating thrifty fashion looks with clothes you already own - denim shirt


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Thrifty Fashion – 4 looks from one denim shirt

I’m one of those people who wear only a few items in their wardrobe over and over again. The statistic that’s always quoted is that most of us only wear 20% of their wardrobe 80% of the time and I am certainly guilty of this. However I want to get the most use out of my clothes - I’ve already paid for them after all, and we all know that the value of an item comes down to cost-per-wear. So over the course of a few blog posts I’m going to take items from my wardrobe and rework them into different looks. Hopefully this will give you some ideas for wearing your own leather jacket (in my previous post here) or denim shirt and will inspire you to do the same.

thrifty fashion - 4 ways to wear one denim shirt inspired by mirana kerr and cat deeley

 Miranda Kerr / Denim shirt from Matalan / Cat Deeley

So today it’s the denim shirt. This item of clothing was everywhere last year and the high street is still full of them. I remember being desperate to buy a denim shirt last summer but couldn’t find the right one. I even stole my husband’s denim shirt for a couple of wears but it really was to big for me so I carried on looking for the perfect one. I eventually made the purchase at Matalan in the January sale and spent only a few pounds on my soft denim shirt. It was the right colour, a great fit and I knew I’d get loads of wear out of it. However, after a handful of wears with my navy trousers I ran out of inspiration and the shirt was relegated to the back of the wardrobe. Seeing as spring is the ideal time for wearing pale blues and layers, I thought I should investigate different ways of wearing the shirt and here’s what I’ve come up with:

ideas for creating thrifty fashion looks with clothes you already own

Leather Jacket from Bon Prix, belt from Apricot & handbag from Next

Jumper from New Look, Wonderfit jeans from George at Asda & scarf from 99p Stores (can you believe it?!)

You may have already spotted this leather jacket look from my last post and it just goes to show that these items of clothing can be mixed-and-matched to create new looks for different occasions. I really like how the denim shirt looks with my New Look jumper. This is one of many jumpers I’ve bought recently because they are a nice thin knit and good colours for this time of year. These two looks will keep me warm on more chilly Spring days, especially when layered up with a chunky cardi or coat.

ideas for creating thrifty fashion looks with clothes you already own - denim shirt

Cat print scarf from New Look, belt from Claires and satchel I picked up at the car boot sale

Pink dress from Internacionale (only £2 in the sale!), belt from ASOS and floral weekend bag from Primark

I think the pink dress is my favourite look as it’s much more summery than all the others and very ‘me’! Of course, my cat scarf has made an appearance again – it seems to go with everything so it’s been a good purchase from New Look. Please let me know what you think of my outfit ideas and let me know how you would style a denim shirt for spring or summer – tweet me @Cassiefairy or leave me a comment below :)

DIY country floral bedroom ideas from House to Home


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Create a country cottage bedroom without breaking the bank

There’s no place more homely than a country cottage. A warm, crackling fire, soft sofas, refreshing scenes of nature all around you – it’s the perfect relaxing getaway. But what if you could have that snuggly cottage feeling all the time? Here are a few simple and easy ways to create the feeling of a country cottage in your very own bedroom, without breaking the bank.

Keep it Cosy
Fabrics are essential for a country cottage feel. Pick light colours and when in doubt, go for floral patterns. Even though some vintage fabrics can be pricey, they pack punch when it comes to design. To buy cheap, look out for damaged or stained materials that can be cut and shaped to what you need. You can never have too many cushions so consider buying curtain panels which should be able to make around three 20-inch pillows. You can even add cheaper coordinating fabric on the back to cut costs. Don’t forget a draped bed
skirt
 to add the essential cottage finish.

DIY country floral bedroom ideas from House to Home

Floral bedroom ideas from House to Home

Reuse Old Glass
Start collecting all those perfume bottles and jars that you’re done with. If you don’t go through many glass items you can buy them cheaply and in bulk either online or at car boot sales and thrift stores. You can use old glass containers for flower vases, sweets and treats or even shells and forest findings that bring nature indoors. By personalising and displaying these charming and handy pieces, you’ll add that personal, homely touch to the room.

DIY ideas for glass vase & perfume bottle display in country cottage room

Pretty glass display via Pinterest

Natural Style Wood
When it comes to furniture in a country cottage bedroom, stick to wood as your first choice. This can either be reclaimed wooden furniture or investment in a lasting solid oak piece that will be worth the initial price in the long run. You can easily personalise and dress up the items by adding your own customised knobs onto doors and drawers. Look out for quirky, vintage knobs at flea markets and thrift shops to fit onto your own furniture.

DIY furniture makeover tutorial for country cottage design - chest of drawers

Add country cottage style to drawers with new handles

Gingham and Buttons All the Way
Get crafty and upcycle boring cushions and lamps with essential country cottage trimmings. Gingham and buttons are fail-safe decorative elements that you can sew or glue onto the body of cushions or trim the edges of lampshades with. It’s a good idea to stick to a particular colour scheme that suits your bed covers and curtain material. Pastel shades of light blue or yellow work well but the pop of traditional red and white gingham can also work too, so don’t be afraid to experiment.

ideas for a gingham country cottage interior design from Country Living

Gingham accents from Country Living

Check out ideas online for the many kinds of country cottage bedroom designs and you’ll probably be spoilt for choice. Be sure to whittle down a clear theme that you would like to create and get thrifty to make your bedroom a cosy place of comfort that you’ll always enjoy. Please check out my series of blog posts on my very own bedroom makeover and check back for more updates soon.


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The only tights you’ll need this year

Quite a bold promise I know, but honestly you really won’t need any more pairs of tights that these two! I spend my life in one or the other of these tights (depending on the weather!) so I know how useful they are for all weathers and all seasons. If you buy these tights (I don’t mean just one pair, you can have more than one of each!) you will never need to go looking for a suitable pair again. Here’s why they are my favourites:

1. Silky Textures 140 Denier Thermal Fleece Tights - these are the best ever winter tights. And I mean EVER. That’s because they are thick opaque tights (as we all know black tights go with any outfit to turn a summer outfit into a winter look!) that don’t run and don’t get holes in them, thanks to the double layer of fabric – they are silky soft tights on the outside but are fleece lined on the inside. You can imagine how toasty you’ll be in these tights – they are practically a fleece jumper for your legs! I’ve been wearing and washing a few pairs for the past 6 months and they still are showing no signs of holes, runs or pulls. The only downside was that the silky side got a little bobbly after lots of machine washing but I could pull off the bobbles without making runs in the tights (same as pulling bobbles off a jumper) and when I needed a quick solution, I simply turned the tights inside out so that the fleece was on the outside. The fleece has no bobbles (and they don’t really look like fleece at all) so the tights still looked great in spite of months of wear. I’ve just got some of the Pretty Polly chocolate brown fleece tights (below) so I’ll let you know how I get on with these too! Please be careful not to confuse these tights with the Silky Textures Acrylic tights which were much more woolly and less long-lasting.

winter thermal tights and toeless summer pantyhose review

2. Charnos Simply Bare No Toe Tights - the ultimate spring and summer tights. When it’s a little too cool for bare legs but you don’t want to wear black tights I’d definitely recommend these. I am a lifelong hater of getting my legs out in the summer but these tights allowed me to bare my legs with pride because they provide a natural tan colour to your legs that is so sheer that even up-close my friends and family couldn’t tell that I was wearing tights. Not only is it the sheerness of the 7 denier tights (with the strength of 15 denier) that tricked them, but it was the fact that they are no-toe tights so I could wear flip-flops and sandals without anyone suspecting that I had a pair of tights tucked between my toes! Unlike other no-toe tights that I’ve tried (which tended to roll up under my foot) these have a toe loop which keeps the tights in the right place by anchoring them to your big toes. As long as you have a thin strap on your sandals across the toes, no one will ever see the join and will be sure that you’re rocking bare tanned legs with confidence. If you’re worried about being too hot in tights during the summer these have “climate control technology” which let your legs breathe – I never once felt too warm wearing them throughout the whole of last summer. As you can see I have stocked up for this summer already even though I have 2 pairs in my underwear drawer that are still going strong from last year!

You can buy both of these brands (along with loads more bargain pairs of tights in different styles and thicknesses) at UK Tights and now I never buy anything else. Sure there might be cheaper options available but in this case you really do get what you pay for – and that’s hard for me to say because I’m such a spendthrift! I know that I’m actually saving money when I spend out on these tights because I can wash and wear them time and again and that I can get a whole season’s use out of them rather than struggling with laddered tights after one use. Plus I usually keep an eye out for special deals from this website because they always have a couple of brands on offer so I make my purchases while there is a discount on ;)

One final thing – and probably the most important factor of all – these tights don’t slip down while you’re wearing them. For me there’s nothing worse than penguin-waddling after your tights have come down a little and having put up with the discomfort until you get the chance to hoist them back up when no one is looking! Let me know what you think of my choices and tell me what you usually wear on your legs throughout the year – can you recommend anything for me? Leave me a comment below or tweet me @Cassiefairy :)