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Music Monday – Joris Voorn

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Happy Music Monday! This weekend was an absolute scorcher with temperatures round the UK above 30 degrees which is absolutely mad. I spent the best part of it camping by the coast and thanks to the sea breeze and my own naivety I got sunburnt but had a great time.

While the temperatures are soaring here in England I’m flying out to Ibiza this week for some birthday fun on the white isle. I don’t really have a plan while we’re there other than to explore the island and hit a club or two. With that in mind I thought it would be great to feature one of the DJs I’m hoping to see – Joris Voorn. The Amsterdam-based house and techno DJ/producer will be opening at one of the island’s superclubs Hi Ibiza, which was formerly known as Space.

I’ve picked out Joris Voorn’s remix of an Audion track Dem Howl, an emotional ride of pacey bass drums and pads that are sure to give you chills over the course of its 7 minute ride. Despite coming out in 2014 it’s still smashing dancefloors across Europe and I’m hoping to catch it this week with the lights and feels that you can only get in a big club.

Check out the track below and Tweet me and let me know what music you’ve been enjoying this past week.

Happy listening!

 

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Tanya Burr My Paradise eye palette and Sunday Walk Lipstick Giveaway

I’ve recently been loving the new Tanya Burr Neutral Ambience collection. The products are all really summery and I’ve especially liked using the ‘My paradise eye palette’, viagra approved a palette full of four colours inspired by gorgeous rose gold sunsets. Three glitter colours and one matte embossed with pineapples really do make a cute palette that everyone will want to use. I’ve also been using the lipstick ‘Sunday walk’ every spare moment, sick it’s a beautiful neutral nude pink that really does suit everyone. It also really lasts and I can’t wait to wear this colour for the rest of the summer.

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I’m running a give away for my UK followers to win both of these products so if you want to try them for yourself then enter using the box below.

Happy Shopping!

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Fashion

Birthday Wishlist!

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My birthday is coming up really soon and there are so many things that I love at the moment. I thought I would pop together some items/ ideas that I would love to receive for my birthday.

1. First up is this gorgeous Vivienne Westwood necklace. I’ve had the orb earrings for a while and I constantly wear them so I’d love to have the necklace too. They just go with everything and really make an outfit look more stylish.

2. I’ve been travelling quite a bit recently, viagra 40mg my little suitcase that I’ve had since university has seen better days. I love the Ted Baker suitcases, they’re always so pretty and this black one is super cute. I also love the some of the suitcases from River Island too.

3. I’m a huge fan of bees, I especially love Alex Monroe bee necklace my husband gave me for my 30th birthday so it’s super special to me. This Olivia Burton bee bracelet is a really great match for the necklace. Anything bee related is a winner for me.

4. I’m a big fan of Jo Malone fragrances and the perfume that I am loving at the moment is Nectarine Blossom and Honey. It’s such a summery fragrance and is supposed to remind you of Covent Garden early in the morning. Covent Garden is one of my favourite places to go in London so this is perfect.

5. One of my favourite shops at the moment is Joules as they have so many amazing designs and prints. It’s right up my street especially this gorgeous Julia Pleated Jersey dress. The fabric is super soft, and will definitely keep me cool in the warmer English weather.

6. As I’ve said before anything with a bee on is a winner in my book and I’ve loved these intricate Olivia Burton Bee watches since they originally came out. It would take pride of place on my wrist and would make every outfit look amazing.

7. My current computer is quite old and some of the buttons occasionally don’t work so I’m well in need of a new computer. My ideal would be an iPad/ iPad pro or a Mac Book Pro as they’re so easy to use.

Are you loving any of these pieces. Tweet me and let me know.

Happy shopping!

 

Lifestyle

Getting Creative with Plants in your Home Office

While summer is well and truly underway, case most of us have been paying some serious attention to our outside spaces, this filling them with wonderful flowers and colourful garden furniture. I’ve made no secret of my love of gardening, and if you follow my Instagram you’ll see plenty of pictures of flowers and updates to my garden.

Lately though I’ve been adding more plants indoors too, with a lineup of pots on my kitchen windowsill including a coffee plant, a peace lily and a maidenhair fern among others. It’s so rewarding to see them grow and my next move is to add some greenery to my bedroom office to really bring it to life and make it look more natural.

As ever, I’ve found Pinterest to be a real source of inspiration. I’ve been favouriting a ton of home office setups involving plants, and I thought I’d share a few of my favourites here.

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I’m quite into the idea of having a large plant that sits right by my desk. When I’m stuck and not sure what to say sometimes it helps to talk it though. Believe it or not I talk to my plants – which has actually been proven to help them grow, so I’m not mad – and a large leafy plant like this might help me push through those writers block moments.

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Lettered Pots

Oh-em-gee I love these cute little pots with letters on! I am completely stealing this idea. I love the pinboard in this office setup although I recently removed mine in favour of shelves with framed pictures. These little lettered pots will fit in perfectly, I just need to figure out what I want them to spell before I hit Etsy in search of them.

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The Monstera Deliciosa

I think that’s what this plant is called, and yes it means delicious monster! It’s a tropical plant native to the rainforests of South America and has a scent of pineapples and bananas. Yum! I love the shape of the leaves and as long as it doesn’t grow too large I think it might look and smell great in my home office.

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Green and Messy

I had to include this pic as it’s by far the most accurate representation of my home office. While I’m still to pick my plants, as a busy blogger my desk isn’t always as clean and tidy as I’d like and I often have boxes of products and samples that I’m yet to try or review. Cables are a necessary part of any workspace and I have plenty of them flowing around me while I sit and write, so I love this picture because it captures how a plant in my home office will look among all the chaos – at least until I can catch my breath and have a tidy up!

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Do you have any plants in your home office? Tweet me and share your pics! I’d love to see them.

Happy potting!

*This post is in collaboration with Office Principles, who professionally decorate and refurbish large offices. Take a look at their website and see how the pros do it!

Music

Music Monday – The War on Drugs

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Happy Music Monday! I hope you’ve enjoyed your lovely sunny weekend. I spent a large portion of mine sipping drinks in the glorious weather with family by the sea. I didn’t get time to listen to much music, purchase but that hasn’t stopped me from bringing you an incredible new track from a band I’ve featured here before.

The band in question is The War On Drugs from Philadelphia in the US. I really enjoyed their last album Lost in the Dream all the way back in 2014. It was a really slow burner that was really rewarding once I got into it. The band have been quiet over the last few years, information pills but are back with a new single Holding On, sickness and they’ve announced a new album too – A Deeper Understanding out this August.

The new single is a high tempo upbeat indie stomper, with their sound that has elements of Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty and Dire Straits. The new single features synths and slide guitar which freshens things up a little and overall the track has got me really excited for this August’s release. It’s not really summer music, and I won’t be blasting it on any beaches any time soon, but when I need an Indie fix then the War on Drugs always deliver.

Check out the new tune below and Tweet me and let me know what you’ve been listening to lately.

Happy listening!

Fashion

Phax Swimwear Playsuit!

Hooray! We’re just days away from it officially being summer. While in recent weeks we’ve been having some amazing weather followed by some not so good weather let’s put on our positive pants and look forward to a scorching summer!

The coming months will see you lovely readers hit the beaches at home and abroad, cialis 40mg storming festivals and lounging in gardens and parks around the country positively glowing in the British sunshine, view whenever and wherever it decides to make an appearance. I’m actively chasing the sun in order to lift the gloomy events of the last few weeks and just booked 4 days in Ibiza for my birthday.

With all this coming up let’s be honest – you’re going to need to give your summer wardrobe a refresh, and playsuits are an essential addition. They’re super easy to wear and a practical item of clothing too when staying cool and looking fab.

I was sent this lovely Phax playsuit by UK Swimwear. The material is silky and light, and the detailing on the front is beautiful and it looks great on. I’ve fallen head over heels for it, and it’s already packed for Ibiza, and whether I wear it by the pool or the beach it’s going to be a hit.

You can get this Phax playsuit online at UK Swimwear and check out the other items from the Phax collection too.

Are you loving playsuits and Phax Swimwear as much as me? Tweet me and let me know.

Happy Shopping!

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Lifestyle

Homesense Garden wear!

The weather has been amazing lately and that means time out in the sun. We’ve got a small garden that has needed a little tlc and I’ve loved working in it.  When Homesense got in contact to check out their new shop in Chelmsford, viagra I jumped at the chance.

Homesense is the sister shop to TK Maxx filled with lots of amazing bargains. The Chelmsford shop is a good size and everywhere you look is great inspiration for decoration. Downstairs has lots of garden and homewear. Everything from cool plant pots, statues, decorations to garden furniture and upstairs has goodies for your kitchen and bedroom. You could spend hours here just rummaging about.

I loved that there was so much choice of products. I choose a few pieces to go in our garden. Lets take a closer look at my picks.

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The first was this fab large blue and white plant pot. It’s a great weight so it won’t fall over in the wind and the pattern is pretty cool too.  I painted our plant boxes blue so the colour goes really well with the overall look and this tree looks fab in it too.

 

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Next up was this cute little Welcome to the Garden sign. It goes really great around the light we have and it’s really great to welcome people to the many BBQ’s we’re planning to have this summer.

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Next up is this little black window box. It’s a great size so there’s lots of spaces for plants and it really does look great. It even matches the railing outside and my little kisses have already started to bloom too.

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And finally theres this little owl. I saw him and just had to buy him as I thought he’d go pride of place and brighten up the garden a little more too. He really is a woot!

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We loved the shop so much that just we went back just a few weeks later to buy some bits for our bedroom and kitchen. Are you loving Homesense too? Let me know in the comments below if you’ve visited your local Homesense and what you bought.

Happy Shopping!

 

*In collaboration with Homsense

Fashion

My Summer Asos Wishlist!

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It’s June, information pills and that means awesome clothes and products for the holidays or just for making you feel summery. There are some really beautiful things in the shop at the moment so I thought that I would put some of my favourite items together.

1. I’ve always been a big fan of Olivia Burton. Her watches are all beautiful and this bee motif nude leather watch is no exception. It’s perfect for anyone that wants a stand out piece of jewellery that gets many compliments.

2. Next up is this beautiful white dress from Superdry. They have them in several different colours including plain red, viagra 60mg blue and white striped and plain black. This dress will be perfect for a summers day with a denim jacket and a cool pair of wedges. I like it so much I’ve already ordered it.

3. I’ve been looking for a cool neon light to go in my flat for a while and when I saw this cute Sunnylife Neon Toucan I knew it would be perfect. You can attach it to your computer via a usb or you can pop a few batteries in. This Toucan will be the star of any room you have it in and you’ll get so many comments on it too.

4. It’s always good to have a special outfit and this Carrie style Needle and Thread Tulle Midi Skirt has the makings of an amazing one. The colour of the tulle material is so pretty. It would be perfect with a little Needle and Thread embellished crop top with heels or if you want to go a little retro try a vest top, little pastel coloured leather jacket and sandals.

5. I love a good maxi dress for the summer and this ASOS Floral V-back maxi dress will see you through from day to night. Wear it with beige sandals and a denim jacket or pop on a statement necklace and heels you’ll be dancing all night.

6. Floaty clothing are beautiful for summer. This Miss Selfridge Ruffle Tie blouse is so cool and ultra feminine with delicate details and colour. It’s going to look fab with some denim shorts and sandals or jeans and heels. I love this blouse so much I might have to get this too.

7. Embroidery has been big this year and it’s showing no sign of disappearing. This white embroidered Boohoo dress is super cute with the dropped hem and floral design. It’s perfect for a day on the beach!

What summer products have you been enjoying, and do you love anything in my wish list? Let me know in the comments below.

Happy Shopping!

 

Music

Music Monday – Arcade Fire

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Happy Music Monday! Despite it almost being officially summer, it feels a bit like Christmas because this past Thursday Arcade Fire announced their new album and released their first new bit of music in over three and a half years.

Out on 28th July the new album is called Everything Now and is the follow up to 2013’s amazing Reflektor. The new single is also called Everything Now and it’s absolutely fantastic. Arcade Fire tend to switch up their sound between releases, sales  and this new track sees them move away from the disco carnival theme on Reflektor to a more piano based rock sound. Everything Now actually feels like a mashup of a lot of their older tracks, with the 4 to the floor beat from Reflektor, the piano lead melody of The Suburbs and the chanting from their debut Funeral.

Take a listen below and Tweet me and let me know what you think.

Happy listening!

Lifestyle

Reminiscing about learning to drive!

It’s coming up to my 8 year anniversary of having my driving license and that made me reminisce and think about when I first learnt to drive. It’s such an achievement as driving is a lot harder than you think but here’s my story.

It was quite a few years ago now but for the driving theory I used a fabulous driving app on my phone that would test you on questions that you might see on your theory. I’d failed it a few times by just a a few points before. I think my nerves had got the better of me but the app made it so much more easier to understand and it was suddenly a break through that I was remembering the information and I understood it. I also enjoyed learning about cars, discount and how to drive and if you’ve got to that point then that’s half the battle, capsule right? The Hazard perception was a different story but I found that having a few driving lessons got me used to the hazards. I was super nervous that day when I went in for my test but I was so ready to pass it that I wasn’t shocked when the man at the test centre said ‘I’m pleased to tell you that you’ve passed’. Yes, I was one step closer to having my own wheels.

I remember playing a trick on my now husband when I came out of the centre by trying to look really upset. I couldn’t trick him though, the smile kept creeping back onto my face and he guessed I’d passed and yep with flying colours too.

Next up was the practical exam. I had a few different driving instructors as I couldn’t find someone that I gelled with. Thats key, finding someone that you get on with that’s not going to shout at you or take over the pedal controls every time you do something wrong. I’m a nervous person anyway so I had to go with someone that I could trust and enjoy talking to. When I was finally ready for my test, the nerves got the better of me again and I got what my step-dad, (who was a passed driving instructor in his younger years) lovingly refers to as jelly legs. I had always laughed off this phenomenon but when I had to reverse around the corner and my legs had turned to a quivering jumping mess, to my horror I suddenly realised what he meant. I stalled the car countless times and parked so far away from the curb that you could have parked a bus in the space, needless to say I failed the test. I did however go on to pass just a few weeks later once I knew what to expect and I was over the moon. And I’ve never looked back since.

When did you pass your test and have you got any interesting stories about your driving test? Let me know in the comments below.

Happy traveling!

*this post is in collaboration with the lovely people at Pass ‘N’ Go (driving lessons Durham)

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