Sea, sunshine and my super-comfortable sandals for summer…

If you’re looking for summer sandals that’ll be comfortable all season long, today’s review is for you. I’ve taken my new sandals for a ‘test drive’ along the coast, from path to beach, and here’s what I think of them…

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5 Tips for a personality-packed confidence-boosting wardrobe

The clothing you wear should make you feel confident and happy each day. If you feel the opposite, you might need to tweak your wardrobe so here are some tips to help you discover your personal style when you’re planning a fashion overhaul…

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5 Things every fun outdoor party needs

Hosting a big outdoor party is what summer is all about for many people and I can’t wait to get into the garden this year. Here are 5 easy ideas to help you plan a fun outdoor party…

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Top 5 small garden improvements

A small garden doesn’t mean it can’t be stylish and functional. Working with what you’ve got, these easy improvements will make a big difference and help you maximise the usable space. Here’s how…

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Planning springtime renovations in advance

There are quite a variety of springtime renovations worth considering as you go about maintaining your property and planning ahead for the springtime is always a good idea. Your first step might be narrowing down the task ahead of you. Some projects need continuous focus and a larger budget. Some projects can be done with […]

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Small but perfectly formed: Design ideas for tiny gardens

Even though I don’t fancy going out in the cold to dig my plot at the moment, I’m certainly starting to feel a buzz of excitement about getting stuck into tackling my new garden next spring. This is the perfect time of year to draw up some designs and start dreaming about what could be […]

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Menswear: What shoes to wear with shorts in summer

Attention fellas! It’s that time of year again when you might be considering pulling on a pair of shorts and showing off your footballers legs to the world. But wait a sec before you get your pins out. What shoes are you going to wear with those shorts? Are office shoes going to look right […]

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My dream summer jacket – weatherproof, colourful and fun

Following on from yesterday’s timeless summer essentials blog post, I thought I’d share some quick pics of my new jacket. I’ve been searching for a suitable spring/summer coat for a while (mine are all too bulky for this time of year) and I finally found what I was looking for this month. My plan was to […]

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Learn to love your garden again

Out of all the places in our home, the garden is probably the most easily forgotten area, especially during the colder months. Sure, we might hire a gardener or we might drag ourselves out there in order to get some work done, but it’s easy to forget about the garden and, sooner or later, it’ll […]

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10 Low-maintenance flowers to grow in your garden (that you can’t kill!)

Not quite as green fingered as you would like to be? Creating a fantastic garden is as much about experience and experimenting with plants, as it is about skill and in-depth plant knowledge. I’ve teamed up with Rattan Direct to bring you this list of 10 easy to grow and easy-to-care-for plants, so you can […]

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Tuesday Shoes – Springtime pumps with a sporty sole

My spring essentials are pumps. I’ve lived in my tan brogue boots and my hiking trainers all winter but now that the weather is warming up and the clocks have gone forward I’m confident that it’s time to switch over to springtime shoes. So that’s what I’m talking about in today’s Tuesday Shoesday blog post, plus […]

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Where to find bedding in mid-century colours

Hurrah! We finally have some new bedding for our new bedroom. After weeks spent stripping off wallpaper, days painting layers and layers of while emulsion to cover up bright peach walls, and even more hours spent laying beautiful laminate flooring, I think it was about time that we got a little reward for all our hard […]

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6 Crafty ways to preserve your family’s most precious memories

Family memories come and go so quickly. Even when you wait months for a big occasion – marriage, graduations, 1st birthday parties – the time goes by in a blink. You can make the occasion memorable with some of the party tips I shared on the blog earlier this week, but it’s the reliving of these […]

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The next big interior design trends for 2017

The New Year is a great time to think about freshening up our homes with new indoor furniture, updated colour schemes and a few of the hottest accessories in line with the latest trends. It’s also the time of year that trend forecasters pull out their crystal balls and announce the home décor trends coming […]

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How breakfast cereal can improve your health

Did you watch Inside The Factory on BBC2 last night? I love programmes like this; finding out about the inner workings of factories that produce the products we use every day is fascinating to me. Last night’s episode was all about breakfast cereals and, as a serial cereal muncher, this was a total fangirl moment […]

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Urban or rustic – what’s your garden style?

It’s that time of year again. Whether it’s the weather, having more time during longer days, or the summer break you’ve booked off work. Whatever the reason, July and August seem to be the months of the year that we spend the most amount of time in our gardens. So today I’m sharing a quick garden quiz to help you […]

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Free weekend activity – Wild flower walk

Can you guess what we’ve been up to recently from the title of this blog post? Last weekend my husband and I set off on a lovely weekend walk in the countryside, planning to find a bluebell wood which (having googled it) we knew was nearby. After a long period of cold wintry weather in […]

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How to style a space-saving side table

If you’re like me, anything and everything that has to do with decoration is fascinating regardless of the price (a girl can dream, right?). As you might have read by now, I’ve recently moved into a new home which is always the chance to start off fresh and combine existing furniture with some new stylish […]

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Tuesday Shoesday – Shoes fit for an awards ceremony

In case you didn’t already hear me bleating on about it on Twitter – I’m going to the UK Blog Awards! So basically, you’ll be treated to lots of preparation posts on the blog this week, showing you exactly what dress and accessories I’m going to wear, the make-up and skincare I’m using and, today, you’re going […]

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Tuesday Shoesday – How to make your footwear last forever..!

With wet weather comes muddy boots and just having tidemarks from tiptoeing through puddles is enough to make you feel like a right mess, even though the rest of your outfit is perfectly clean. So if you find yourself caught in an April shower, just take a moment to give your shoes a quick wipe […]

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Spring home inspiration

Just look at that blue sky out there today. Easter definitely brought a new optimism for the coming seasons with it this year. What started off as a rather dull bank holiday weekend soon turned into a run of bright and sunny days. Okay, the rather windy storm ‘Katie’ brought down some trees in the village […]

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Easter Inspiration – My DIY & baking blog post round-up

ESo we’re already in the middle of a lovely 4-day break over Easter and I thought I’d better share a quick round up of all my Easter-related blog posts for you. I really feel like I have lots of spare time over Easter and it allows me to make some easy weekend craft projects and […]

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Fruity alcohol-free party punch recipe

With Easter coming this weekend you may, like me, be planning a gathering of festive proportions. Yes, Easter is often the first opportunity that the family has of all getting together post-Christmas so I like to make a big deal out of the 4-day holiday and make something special to eat and drink. As you […]

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Tuesday Shoesday – Dreaming of summer holidays & espadrilles

On this surprisingly sunny Tuesday in March I’ve started to feel rather summery. Over the weekend the official First Day of Spring arrived in the form of the Spring Equinox – the day when there was finally as much daylight as there was night! So from this moment onwards the days will now start getting lighter […]

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Weekend DIY project – Welly boot plant pots

Everybody knows wellington boots are an amazing accessory for any wet day, but unfortunately we tend to find ourselves only wearing them a handful of times throughout the year. As a result of this, especially with the little ones, the next time you go to pop them on they’re too small. Well, if you find […]

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Pack a picnic + my ‘cheese crunch’ sandwich recipe

It must be the slighter sunnier weather, or perhaps the impending Easter holidays, that has got me thinking about days out, picnics and flasks full of tea. In fact, I went on my first picnic of the year yesterday lunchtime and, after all these dark winter months of eating lunch indoors, it was so lovely […]

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Tuesday Shoesday – What shoes to wear with the cropped denim trend

Cropped jeans are everywhere right now. And it’s no surprise really. They’re ideal for those Spring days when it’s too chilly for a skirt or shorts but sunny enough that you want to show some skin. So are just perfect at this time of year. But how on earth do you wear this kind of […]

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Top 5 easy to grow vegetables for your home veggie patch

The attraction of growing your own vegetables appeals to many people. Whether you’re a trendy hipster with a passion for subsistence living or you have a family allotment that the kids enjoy, there is a gardener in all of us.  Just starting out? Don’t worry – you don’t need to be a green-thumbed garden wizard to grow these […]

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My little vintage caravan – On the road again!

Remember my little vintage caravan? It tends to be more of a focus of my blog posts during the summer, because I seem to spend most of my time out there when the weather is good. When it’s chilly and windy, like it has been this week, I’ve been rather more reluctant to work outside […]

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Spruce up your garden in time for Easter

Believe it or not, winter is almost over! It’s nearly time for those lighter evenings and sunny mornings and I actually cannot wait. This does mean that the long awaited (by children mainly) Easter holidays are creeping up on us, and we can almost hear the cry of ‘I’m bored’ in the background. There are […]

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DIY furniture makeover: A quick & easy distressed chair

After packing away all the Christmas decorations, this time of year always gets me thinking about having a good old clear out and a bit of a tidy up. I often take a look around my home in January and pick out the things I haven’t used over the past year. With space at a […]

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Styling the candy look interiors trend for DFS

While everyone else was putting up their decorations and baking mince pies, I was researching S/S16 interiors trends. While humming along to Christmas carols and lighting my advent candle, I was flicking through pastel colour swatches and picking out brightly patterned cushions. And only days before finally putting my feet up for the festive holidays, I […]

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Tuesday Shoesday – Summer shoes that will give you interesting tan lines

This week I’ve been searching for the best summer footwear available on the high street and I’ve come up with the definitive ‘Lyst’ of sandals that will give you interesting tan lines. But this week I’ve been able to save time on my research by partnering up with Lyst and doing all of my online […]

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Freshening up the living room this spring

With the sun breaking through the clouds this week, I’ve been feeling the urge to spring clean and improve my home. It’s always at this time of year that I start thinking about decorating and wishing that I had a bigger budget to make some changes! However, I’ve come up with a few creative ways […]

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DIY Easter bunny wreath for spring

How will the Easter bunny know where to deliver your chocolate eggs if you don’t hang a spring wreath on your door?? The whole Easter bunny thing is like Santa, right? Well, I don’t want to risk missing out on my chocolate goodies so I’ve been DIYing a wreath for spring this week and I’ve […]

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Tuesday Shoesday – Butterfly Twists

It’s been one of those gorgeous spring mornings today; the sun was shining brightly from 7am and there’s was little fresh dew on the grass. It was so lovely and warm this morning that I even popped out for a quick walk before getting started on my work for the day and I feel completely […]

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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! […]

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9 ways to get your garden ready for the summer

Now that Spring is in full swing, it won’t be long before we see the grey weather open up to sunnier climes. So, now is the perfect time to get your garden ready for another fingers crossed glorious summer, with these simple steps:

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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 […]

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Fashion Trendspotting – Sundae girl for spring

I was reading this month’s Cosmo and really enjoyed their Spring fashion pages including a story called “Sundae Girl” – ice cream colours and soft, flowing fabrics. It included some gorgeous looks for Spring and clothing that can be worn well into summer too. Here I’ve snapped some of my favourite looks from this shoot and […]

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Spring has sprung… and now it’s BST already!

So the clocks jumped forwards an hour last night to British Summer Time and, as if by magic, the flowers woke up, the blossom on the trees bloomed and birds sang loudly in the blue sky. I even saw a woodpecker this morning – that’s how very definitely spring/summer it is! I also noticed a very […]

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