OFFICE STATEMENT WALL CHOICES

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Hey guys, so following my moodboard that I did the other day for my office, I’m trying to decide how to do the statement back wall. Firstly excuse the photo quality, my camera is still broken, so this is an iphone picture. Also the mess, but hey I’m sorting out my office so yeah. So while trying to come up with an idea, I came up with loads..crazy right, but I narrowed it down and I need your guys help….thoughts guys thoughts?

I’ve put the patterns down below to get a better idea.

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See I love the idea of doing this, as it would be like having a wall covered in rainbow hundreds and thousands…fun but it might make me want to eat my weight in cake everyday…circle-confetti-pattern-1

 

So this is Richard’s favourite one, i really like the triangle confetti outline..plus it reminds me of 90’s beach huts..

 

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I have a piece of art work like this, and well if you follow me on instagram you will know that I’m crushing on the grid pattern quite hard at the moment. Plus this just reminds me of Hockney’s work too…. pretty pretty pink.

 

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And the first design I did. I love the strong green with the confetti accents..but it is only half the wall…ahh I dont know guys!! Help! I’m leaning towards the giant light teal circle.

 

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MY OFFICE MOODBOARD

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Ok so me and Richard have sat down and ‘tried’ to work out some sort of system when it comes to getting our house finished…the task at the moment feels neverending..and with a limited budget, we are doing most of the work ourselves. So back to the logic. At the moment the garage is pretty much filled with my office stuff, as well as many corners of the house. So if we get the office finished, we can empty the garage, which will give us a whole space to do all the handy work, which will in turn relieve some of the chaos and DIY paraphernalia thats taking over our home..

So to my office, I want somewhere that’s bursting with energy but also somewhere me and Richard can go chill and relax. With a bar..it could also be a little entertaining spot too. So to the moodboard above. Here is a list of my sources of images and products, just before I forget.

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Ice Cream Cone Planter  Aww Sam

Fur Throw  Etsy

Sofa  Ikea

Bar Cart  The Every Girl

Hanging Planter  Etsy

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Ok so I already have the sofa, though it has an older cover on it, hence lots of cushions needed and I also have a unit for the bar cart too. Regarding artworks, I’m always on the look out for new pieces, and want some really interesting ones to keep the creative juices flowing. I’ve brought some already, but I rather like the look of the functional glass art pieces here. It’s totally different and not something I normally go for, but they look so cool. I also kind of want a giant canvas to put up against one of the walls..because you know why not.

I’ve painted the room white, but I’m looking to do a pattern on the back wall..possibly like the confetti one I quickly designed for the moodboard. Because I have the white walls, it’s ok for me to go bright with colour in the accents and furniture. With the art work, ornaments and even my favourite books. But I really like the idea of the back wall, having a pop of colour and being a big feature in the room..what do you guys think?

Now you may be thinking why do you need a bar cart and sofa, isn’t this just another form of procrastination. And, yes yes it is. But the idea behind the office, is that I want it to be somewhere me and Richard can go chill in the summer evenings. Also in my mind it’s safer to have a bar cart in a room Arch won’t really go in, rather then one just in our living room. Hello drunk toddler worry.

To keep me on track with my work, i’ll invest in a cute wall calender, and Richard is currently building me a side board which will run down one length of the office. Perfect for holding all the props and craft tools. My desk is already set up, and I have a chair similar to the one in the moodbaord, but it’s teal..and lacking the pink fur throw…which Im pretty sure I need in my life.  If your thinking well jeez that’s a lot of colour and pattern overload, then yes..it is, but remember, I’m pairing the colour with white walls and a bare wood desk. The natural greenery of plants (hello how cute is that ice cream planter DIY??) will help keep the pallette from looking to over colourful. I’ll make it work! But I’m just excited about having somewhere to create, and somewhere to keep the craft explosion mess so my living room doesn’t suffer.

Lastly, I’m on the hunt for some artwork, i’m rather into hand drawn illustrations and typography prints at the moment, so if you have any recommendations leave me a link, or send me an email!

 

Happy Friday!

 



JUST ME

I’ve never really done this before, I mean I’ve done personal posts and such, but never started a blog post without having an idea of what the post is going to be about. So let’s just wing this..and I apologise if it turns out to be super boring..

This is where I guess you tube comes in handy like with vlogging, but man do I hate seeing myself on film. And not because i’m not so great at body confidence ( yet) but it’s my voice..like I sound young..teenage almost babyish young and it makes me super cringe..anyway. I’m thinking of using this platform every now and then just to get rid of the jargin that’s in my head. I spend a suprisingly large amount of time just me and Archer. Richard works crazy long hours, we don’t have family around, I see my friends with babies once a week or so, and we do quite a few baby groups, but man are mummies clicky. So I find myself  talking to Arch a lot, and most of his responses are dog and quacking..Oh the weirdness of being a mother hey.

But recently I found myself questioning a few things..which though he tried, Arch just couldn’t give me a definitive answer…so what do you guys think

Do you think Trumps tan colour is actually called cheeto orange dust?

Why aren’t blueberries blue on the inside..it really bugs me..

I think these two are for sure the more important questions that I have been pondering the last week or so..

 

I think that’s about it for my ramblings, hope you all have had a lovely Wednesday..man was it long though..I just worked out and I’m now currently sat on the sofa attempting to recover while watching Mad Men..the first season, yes I realise I’m like 10 years too late..but oh well..

 

 



VALENTINES DAY FUN PHOTOSHOOT

Ok I gave myself the mission to try to put myself out there more on the blog, and so thought what better way then doing a fun valentines day shoot with my sister and my very talented friend Letty. Let me start off by saying that we started the day with 7 beautiful bright red heart balloons. By  the end of the day we had 3 left..1 we gave away to a lovely girl named Kat, check her site out here, and the other 3 got lost to the sky..thanks to poor tying (letty) and abby not grasping how strings work..lots of laughs and awkward poses later here are my favourite shots..

asos-curve,-curvy-girl-plussize-fashion-style-valentines-day-So incase some of you have never seen me, which is a high possibility because I really don’t post many pictures of myself on here. Here I am…totally regretted the nude tights in the end…black would have suited so much better…oh well. Surprisingly I don’t totally hate this picture. Letty is pretty good at managing to make me look less like a character from Wallace and Gromit.  I feel like I’m on this journey of trying to learn to appreciate, care and love my body. Since having Arch I’m probably at my biggest I have ever been, which is pretty much down to a few factors that I won’t go into for now, but it’s all a learning curve..isn’t it.

I need to do a big shout out to my best friend Letty for being the photographer/stylist and confidence booster for the day. Go check out her work because shes crazy talented. And shes like my saviour for most things!

 

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Quite possibly my favourite picture of the shoot….

 

Abby wears New Look dungarees ( no longer available) , vintage top and Dr Martens boots..

I’m wearing pink pinafore dress from ASOS, which is sadly out of stock but here’s something similar. My coat is ASOS too..out of stock obvs..

My bag is ban.do, fun fact it’s actually a cooler bag, but it was too cute not to use as a bag. Quite possibly one of my favourite purchases EVER.

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So we went to the beautiful Nottinghill Gate, where everyone dreams of living in one of the colourful houses, fun fact no.2 as I was posing in front of the pink house ( see pic below) the owner came back..not awkward at all..

Abby my darling sister looking effortlessly beautiful as always.

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Here’s me before I awkwardly backed away from said pink house…

Here is wishing you all a lovely Valentines day or Galentines day xxx

 

 



SEXY LINGERIE IDEAS FOR VALENTINES DAY

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So it’s not long until Valentines day  and even if you’re not spending it with someone you love, sexy new underwear makes everything better. So if your going out with your girlfriends, heating it up with your other half, or just chilling on the sofa..these cute pieces will bring out the girl power and give you some sexy confidence.

  1. ASOS curve eyelash lace set, £34.00, Sizes 38D-44H.  2. ASOS skye satin and lace set, £28.00, Sizes 4-16.   3. Boux avenue mariette set, £49.00, Sizes 32A-36D   4. ASOS curve sidney eyelash lace plunge body, £22.00, Sizes 18-30   5. ASOS juno eyelash lace suspender, £12.00, Sizes 4-16   6. Forever 21 scalloped lace trim bodysuit, £15.00, only M left be quick guys!   7. ASOS extreme elastic suspender, £14.00, Sizes 4-16   8. Bonds new era seasalt floral set, £29.00, Sizes 8-16

So I brought the first one and its super comfy and cute..I found that ASOS do quite a few plus size lingerie, but I didn’t really find many other brands that I like..if you know of any hit me up with some info below!

 

Have fun guys!!



WEEKEND ANTICS; DORSET

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So first off my lens for my camera has broken, so sorry for the lack of posts…sometimes iphone photos just don’t cut it. But they will just have to do for this post while I wait for my new one to come.

So we went to Dorset for the weekend for a family event. The weekend was super stressful. I’m not even going to try to make it sound amazing. Seeing old friends and going to the beach was super fun. Having a poorly toddler who clung to me the whole time not so much. Arch was battling teething the whole time we were away and he was sporting a rather nasty temp, so he spent most the time sitting on us, being carried by us and generally not letting go of us, while watching his cousins and his little friend Georgia play the days away. Such a long couple of days..which pretty much ended with Arch vomiting down my top because he got in such a state when he couldn’t reach his toy, and me just having a meltdown due to a emotional overload. So yes rather stressful…but hey having a toddler isn’t always easy and fun is it. Though when we did go to the beach, arch did seem to have a little fun and I got some cute pictures too.  I could easily live by the sea..I wish I was there now…because out of the whole weekend, while we were on that beach, Arch was just sat there chilling, it was the most relaxing part of our little getaway.

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This is my dad (bampi) arch and fin, such a cute photo. Arch really doesn’t get to spend much time with my side of the family just because they are so far away, but due to my dads demanding job he get’s to see him even less, so little moments like these I think are super important..plus super cute right?

 

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I think aswell as feeling poorly, Arch was just super overwhelmed, there were 24 people and a dog altogether, and that’s a lot for a poorly 18 month old..such a long weekend guys..like I’m still recovering from it.

 

IMG_9628So I wanted to trek up this cliff, I mean how pretty does it look up there, but I didn’t for 2 reasons. 1 I was wearing converse, and it was super steep. My mum only just managed it in walking boots. And 2 I didn’t have my camera, so I feel like Iphone pics might not have been good enough… but for sure I’ll come back and capture some beauts one day! Also apparently this is the beach from Broadchurch? I don’t watch it but Tasha was pretty excited about it.

So that was our weekend, I think I’ll start making this a regular feature because it give me a chance to do some laid back posts showing you guys how we spend our time..

How was everyone else’s weekend.



COLOUR COMBINATION, I NEED YOUR HELP! 

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Ok, so I’m currently working on a new series of products, which I’m super excited about, but have hit a minor road block. So I came up with this idea that I’d do a series in seasons, like fashion I guess. With each new series having a colour palette.

You still with me? Good. So anyway trying to find a good colour combo is driving me crazy, as you can imagine there are so many different combinations, and so I thought I’d ask your guys opinion.

In the above pic are my group of colours. Of which I can edit shades etc, and add black, white and grey into the mix as neutrals too. Question is which palettes do you like better?

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Ok, so with these two sets, I rather like how the top has a cooler, pastel vibe. While the bottom is more vibrant..but I’m not really sure about the dark blue, you know?

bright-summery-colour-combosMaybe the mid blue goes better?

sping-colour-combos-paint-samples-Then we have this as a possible combo, but I just don’t know. Should I play around finding a four colour combo, then maybe add an accent colour to contrast? For example with this one above I could add a gold or a purple to off set the flow..

I’m really not sure about the navy blue..maybe it can be a little detail colour, I’m worried it’s too harsh for what the idea is..( all will be revealed soon)

 

FYI you think I’m having trouble with just picking paint colours for a project, can you imagine the trouble I have decorating our house. Why do you think I’ve gone for plain white? Hahah

But what are your favourite colour combos at the moment, should I scrap these ones and start from scratch..help me guys!!

Happy Wednesday all x

 

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SUPER CUTE THINGS I TOTALLY WANT NOW

Ok I’ve given myself the challenge to try to curb my shopping…which isn’t going as well as I’d like but i’m arguing with myself that it’s fine as bits I’ve brought are for the blog..yup..thats allowed right? So I’ve been swooning over some lovely new things, and I thought I’d share them with you guys, because this is clearly helping me not want to buy anything.

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1. Neon heart light, Trouva, £52.00   2. Normann Copenhagen Ekko throw blanket, Trouva, £99.00   3. Finch desk Organiser, Anthropologie, £26.00   4. Medina Coaster, Anthropologie, £6.00   5. Pink felt lettered board, Ban.do, £81.06   6. Itty bitty pom pom earrings, marley & alfie, £56.78   7. Boob bath mat, Ban.do, £60.00+   8. Lipstick pink melamine tray, Trouva, £22.50   9. Leather personal planner, Kikki-K. £54.00

I’m very much loving pink an the moment can you tell?…but in all honesty I am. To the point I’m in the middle of trying to convince Richard into doing our main bathroom pink. Don’t panic I have tons of time it’s going to take us years to save up to do the bathroom..so I’m not going to back down!

Ban.do is on of my favourite shops at the moment, sadly it’s based in America so shipping is pretty high, but a few things are on ASOS and they sell a few bits at Selfridges, though I’m yet to see the boob bathmat anywhere..which is a shame because I’m totally in love with it..but check it out, also if you don;t know who Jen Gotch is..check her out too, shes amazingly vibrant and funny, and I love her a little bit. #onmylistofpeoplei’dlovetomeet seriously check out her instagram.

So not only is pink seriously dominating my life purchases at the moment, but as are pom poms and boobs. Especially in light of the politics happening around us, I’m feeling the empowerment of women and boobs are just awesome right?! These earrings combine both, I could spend a fortune at marley & alfie. I definitely need a pom pom necklace for everyday of the week and some horseshoes for decor around my home..such cute stuff!

Anyway, I hope you all have had a lovely weekend, and that this list gives you a good excuse to take a break from work and check out some fun things!



STYLE ICON: BOWIE 

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Recently I wrote about David Bowie items that you can get on Etsy.  I enjoyed seeing just how inspiring he was, even through product design! One of the things I loved about Bowie was how he just kept reinventing himself, and managing to be a style icon every single time. 


When I look back at my fashion sense over the years, it’s amazing really how much my style has changed. I’ve been gothic, punk, bright arty and vintage, simple..and now I’d describe my style as bright mummy-ish. Meaning I wear a lot of jeans, tshirts and converse. But when I make the effort hello colours of the rainbow! 

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As we all know, Bowie changed his style with regularity, and most of those looks have become iconic in their own right. I think the best way to find your signature style is to experiment with lots of different looks. Dye your hair – just remember that if you bleach it, make sure that you get it done professionally to keep it in good condition. Get a water softener (sounds dull but it makes a massive difference) to make sure that you’re washing your hair properly so that you can style it more easily, and experiment with your clothes and make up.. Check out charity shops and eBay for interesting items of clothing for reasonable prices, and don’t be afraid to put together clashing prints and experimental shapes. You can honestly pull anything off as long as you do it with confidence!
Remember It’s Not About What Suits You

One of the things that women’s magazines tells us to do is hide certain parts of our bodies – our thick thighs, our flabby stomachs – as if our thighs don’t hold memories of all the incredible meals we’ve had with lovers and friends, and as if the stretchmarks on our stomachs aren’t demonstrations of the incredible way that we grew babies, or even food babies.  Ignore what the magazines say and instead, embrace your body. 

It’s not always about what clothes suit your body – it’s about what person you feel like being that day, and what you think they might wear. This is easier said then done, believe me I know I’m still trying to find the inner love for my body, and to express myself with my love of fashion and colour..it’s a constant working process. 

Once you have your style locked down it can evolve as you go. Just as Bowie’s  Ziggy Stardust evolved into the Thin White Duke. Find your style and own it just like Bowie.

And when in doubt a slick of bright lipstick will make a statement and any outfit pop, just have fun with it. 



LET’S BE MORE CREATIVE

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I mentioned in my 2017 goals post, that I wasn’t overly happy with my content last year, and made it my mission this year to be more creative and to bring you guys more fun posts. I currently have two fun things in the works at the moment which I’ll share with you in February, not long to wait, but I thought I’d share some tips on how we can all be a little more creative.

I believe everyone can be creative. I’ve had friends be like gosh you’re so creative I could never do that..but they have never let themselves try. There’s creativity in everything. There’s creativity in cooking, gardening, even exercising. In my eyes anything you put effort into or have a passion for is a creative outlet. So let’s unleash that creativity.

With social media, there’s no excuse not to share your passions nowadays, you can pin that recipe, instagram that new plant, or YouTube your new work out regime. If your finding you want to try your hand at creating some artwork, whatever your medium be, sites like Deviantart offer the chance to share your art with other creative individuals. Or you could start a blog or vlog, and like me use it as an outlet to show your creative side and inspiration.

Creativity doesn’t end with art, like I said above, there are so many ways you can bring more creativity into your life. Why not make your home your next masterpiece? There are many ways to get creative in the home. A little creative decor can ensure you’re in an inspiring space at all times. Or try a new workshop, learn something you never thought you would. I’d personally love to do a blacksmith course..because I think it would be something fun to try..plus hello conversation starter..

Once you feel confident in your new skill, or even feel that maybe you have mastered it, you can then perhaps enter competitons, there are tons of art competitions. Or start your own shop, where you can book tables at a craft fairs..or simply enjoy your new-found hobby.

I have so many classes saved on my Skillshare account and I’m slowly working through them. I’d like to master ( or at least get confident at) calligraphy, SEO (fun fun fun) and typography. Here’s to a creative 2017, why not join the journey? Every week I’ll post something on the blog that’s creative. You can join in too by leaving links or photos in the comments! Let’s get creative guys!