I’m a Joanie Gal

I love finding brands and stores that just get you. Know what I mean? When you find somewhere that sells clothes you can see yourself in and it’s super hard not to just add the whole lot into your basket, whether virtual or physical. Joanie Clothing is one of those stores for me. They are inspired by vintage clothing and all their pieces have a retro vibe to them without looking like you’re just dressing up in your Nan’s clothes for a fancy dress party. 

If you’re a regular reader you’ll know that I’ve mentioned Joanie on my blog a few times now, here and here, so you can imagine my excitement when they got in touch asking if I’d like to work with them. I obviously played it cool, who am I kidding, I jumped at the chance with all the gushiness of a teenage girl talking to her crush.

I choose a casual outfit and two dresses that can be dressed up or dressed down depending on the occasion.

First up, that Brunch tshirt and a denim skirt. Hands down I have never owned or worn such a soft and comfy top. It feels like pajamas, which for some one that wishes they could wear jamas all the time, this is pretty special! 

Margo Brunch Club Tee – Pink £18 | Rhoda A Line Button Denim Skirt – £30

Next up – the comfiest dress I think I have ever worn AND it has pockets. It’s available in a few colours too, and there’s even a similar one with no spots.. which I’m so tempted by.

Clara Polka Dot Dress £38

Last but definitely not least is this beauty. I’ve already worn it out to a party, a Christening and just in the day too. I love the flattering cut and those sleeves are just beautiful.

A huge thanks to Joanie Clothing for gifting me these clothes, for Robyn Swain and her photography skills and to the Harris Museum in Preston for letting us take photos in such a beautiful space. FYI I’m wearing size 10 in the dresses and skirt and S in the tshirt oh and I’m 5ft 2.

Are you a fellow Joanie Gal?

 

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Find A Very British Hygge in Autumn

Are you even a lifestyle blogger if you haven’t typed the word ‘Hygge’ on your blog or social media in recent years? I think we’re all pretty clued up in one form or another on the Danish concept, just maybe not how as a British person we’re actually supposed to pronounce it! Much can be taken from the idea, whether it’s focusing on experiences over material things, cosying up in these colder months, embracing the small things or just having a sense of appreciation that brings contentment.

I’ve been reading A Very British Hygge by Simon Sinclair and found so much inspiration in the simple ways it brings this ritualised appreciation of calmness to life in our British home.

While reading the book a quote particularly struck me,

The most important contributor to our psychological wellbeing is the strength of our relationships, and hygge definitely tends to encourage more close and intimate times with loved ones.

– Dr Mark Williamson, Director of Action for Happiness, a think tank and social change movement

Now, as an introvert I’m pretty content with my own company and when I thought of hygge it would often be in the context of being on my own. I hadn’t really considered it as a shared moment or experience. Having a little time to reflect I’d definitely concur with this quote and I can think of so many times where I’ve felt the peace, security, warmth and simplicity of a hygge style moment with friends and family. Whether it’s chatting over wine in front of an open fire, snuggling up on the sofa with my girls watching a film or sitting side by side with my husband while we both read a book. It’s those little ‘nano-nirvanas’ as this book likes to call them where we feel that all is right in the world and we just feel content. 

I would love to create space in my home to encourage that kind of feeling for us as a family and for guests when they visit. This is why I’m always on a mission to simplify and get rid of clutter. Minimal and cosy are far too often considered to be opposites but I find spaces that lack clutter and feel organised to be much more relaxing. It doesn’t need to be clinical with nothing on any surfaces. It just means that what you do have is carefully chosen and appreciated. This is something I try to do in our home… it’s just a shame I have two children that like to hoard and a husband that doesn’t notice mess!

I love this corner of our living room, just curling up here with a book and a hot drink makes me feel so calm and relaxed. It’s perfect for this time of year, with the days getting shorter and the evenings growing darker earlier day by day. 

A Very British Hygge by Simon Sinclair is published by Everest Home Improvements, so you can expect reference to feeling safe and secure in your home with their windows all in all, however, it’s a little book packed with tips and I love the way Hygge is explained from a British perspective. You can find out more about this book and get some more hygge inspiration here.  I’m so ‘British Hygge’ right now it actually hurts, I mean my love of Autumn and minimalism and feeling cosy all rolled into one concept, what’s not to like.

Ways to find Hygge through the season of Autumn

 

Go to the beach and eat fish and chips under a blanket

Go blackberry picking, then come home and make jam

Play board games and drink hot chocolate

Bake two apple pies, one for you and one for a neighbour

Learn to knit and make a scarf

Gather leaves and twigs and do some Autumn crafts with them

Collect sloe berries and bottle them in gin to make sloe gin

Have a hot bubbly bath by candle light

 

 

 

How do you Hygge in Autumn?

 

This is a commissioned post 

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Simple Scandinavian Home Styling with JYSK UK

When I think of the Scandinavian home styling trend I think of muted tones, linen textures, bare pale wood with a little monochromatic touches and of course a lack of clutter. That’s how I’ve interpreted this trend for my home with the addition of a growing collection of plants too. Our home is a new build so a blank canvas of white walls, grey carpet and wooden doors, in my eyes a perfect fit for this home style trend.

Recently JYSK, a homeware store founded in Denmark and now an international brand, got in touch asking me to share how I give my home that Scandinavian feel, when it’s really a new build in the North West of England! Long term readers will know that we only moved in to our house in the summer so we are still putting our stamp on it and experimenting with styling and furniture in each room. I love the fresh feel of a brand new home pair with simple Scandinavian home styling.

I’m still playing with our dining room which is open plan following on from the kitchen. We get so much natural light that I’m desperate to keep so the white walls are definitely staying. I’m still disappointed that my dresser top is too tall for this room but I think popping a painting above the bottom of the dresser helps. 

I’ve gone with greys for our bedroom and kept a clean monochrome feel to the accessories. I don’t like rooms that are too monochromatic as it can look overstyled but having a few accessories helps break up the white and grey.

Our shared workspace and music room is very much a work in progress still. What you can’t see it the piles of books and boxes next to this desk! Having a tidy (and pretty) desk helps so much with my productivity and I love quirky storage like this wooden box. I’d like more and then attach them to the wall for a functional feature.

I love the simple Scandinavian feel these accessories add to our home.

SHOP THE LOOK..

simple scandi home styling
simple scandi home styling

 

THORMOD wooden box | THORULF artificial plant | MAID plant hanger | KARLANTON mirror plate

AGERMYNTE grey tablecloth (140-240cm) | TORKILD decorative house shaped box | KASTRUP dining chair 

 Cactus ornament

There are lots of simple ways you can bring a bit of Scandi styling into your home. Whether it’s with having a bit of a clear out and decluttering, thinking of your use of storage, or even just adding some plants! I love how simple and design led the products at JYSK are, and they are really affordable too.

What do you think of the Scandinavian trend?
Do you have it in your home?

 

 

Disclosure – I was sent these items from JYSK UK for the purpose of this feature.

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The start of Autumn – feeling refreshed and refocussed

It comes as no surprise to regular readers when I say I’m an Autumn kind of girl. As a teenager I lived in the Middle East in a country that only had two visible seasons, Summer and Winter. We’d go from freezing cold snow to baking hot sun with very little transitional time between the two. Of course this meant there was a lot less rain, something that here in the UK we have an abundance of! As much as I enjoyed ‘real’ summers and winters I missed the UK Spring and Autumn and I think that’s why they are my favourite seasons now, with Autumn being especially close to my heart.

It’s the crisp airy mornings, the cosy jumpers, crunchy leaves and crackling fires, all those beautiful little things that make up this transitional season. One of my favourite things to do off season is go to the beach. Growing up in Cornwall I think I went to the beach more out of summer than actually in it. Walking along a quiet beach, breathing in the cold salty air and feeling the wind in your hair. It’s such a refreshing feeling and always clears my head and gives me a little boost.

I think it brings up a little nostalgia, bringing to mind happy memories of times spent on the coast. I would definitely class the beach as my happy place, especially on a blustery day which I know is a little weird. Most people see the beach as a place for sunshine and clear sky, buckets, spades and sun bathing. I’ve never been one on to lean on convention, and I wonder where my youngest girl gets her contrary nature from!

I find September a month to take stock and feel inspired for that final push of the year. A chance to have a little review, to blow away the figurative cobwebs and focus after the summer break. I’m already excited for the next few months and the new territories that I’m dipping my toes into. I’ve made the start on a brand new blog series that I’m trying to keep under wraps for now while I prepare it, but I’m desperate to share it with you!

Are you an Autumn kind of person?

What helps you focus and reframe?

 

 

 

With thanks to Bijou Bijou for gifting me the beautiful Bronze and Pearl ring featured in this shoot and to the wonderful Robyn Swain for taking all the photos.

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Planning my ten year old daughter’s bedroom makeover

My eldest daughter turns 10 in just a couple of months. 10. T E N. While I try and get over how fast time is whizzing by I’m working on changing up her bedroom and making it feel more like her space. Like most of the rooms in our new build home it’s a black canvas of a white walls with neutral grey carpet. She’s got a few new bits of IKEA furniture but she still needs a desk and lots of accessories that reflect her personality.

Our inspiration for the room comes from her love of Harry Potter, Star Wars, oh and unicorns (!) and the colour scheme we’re going with is monochrome with a splash of turquoise. I’d ideally like this room decor to see her through her teen years so I’m trying to keep the big pieces neutral and the accessories and soft furnishings themed as these can be easier updated and replaced in the future as her tastes change.

Her previous room in our old house was really small and so she had a cabin bed but in this one she’s got a single white metal frame bed as she has a lot more space, in fact she’s got the biggest bedroom in the house. As I mentioned earlier, we’ve bought her a MALM IKEA bedside table and chest of drawers in light turquoise to replace the storage she’s lost since moving, but the room still feels unfinished.

The most important thing she needs is a space to do homework that can also be used as a dressing table. Then it will be the accessories and soft furnishings needed to pull it all together.

Here are a few ideas for her bedroom make over

 

MINI CLOUD LIGHT | WHITE

FUNCTION PLUS WRITING DESK | WHITE – WAYFAIR

HARRY POTTER DUVET SET | SINGLE – PRIMARK

CHOOSE YOUR OWN COLOURS FAIRY LIGHTS – CABLE AND COTTON

FERM LIVING MINI SPOT WALL STICKERS – TROUVA

EIFFEL CHAIR | WHITE – DWELL

The wall stickers will go on the wall at the head of her bed where her bedside table and long mirror are. I think the Wayfair desk and Eiffel chair make a great match and will be perfect for homework and make up. I just need to get a mirror, a Hollywood style one with bulbs all around it would be perfect.

We’ve also spotted some Star Wars bedding by George at Asda that will definitely be added to the list! I can’t wait to get started once she’s back at school and of course I’ll be sharing the results right here so you can expect to see it in October.

You can get more of a feel for the space we want to create by taking a look at my Pinterest inspiration board for pre teen bedroom decor ideas.

This is a collaborative post

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The living room (so far) in our new build home

When we moved into our new home the living room, like most brand new homes, was just a white box with grey carpet. The perfect blank canvas, but also rather daunting! Happily we discovered that all our living room furniture from our previous house all fitted in and worked well. We’ve been in this house for about three months now and have added a few new items to our living room and we’re also planning on a new tv unit, built in shelves and art work on the walls, but here’s what it looks like so far.

yellow arm chair, Scandinavian homeware

yellow armchair

As you can see, similarly to our old house, we’ve gone for a yellow, grey and blush pink colour theme, with copper accessories. We picked up the armchair on an IKEA trip and I’m so very pleased with it. With all our furniture and the carper being grey it injects some warmth and colour into the room. I love having a laid back Scandinavian vibe in our home and I think this room reflects that well.

We were sent a gorgeous copper wire ceiling light from the Artisan Lighting Company and I think it fits the room beautifully. I just need to get a better bulb that’s a little more aesthetically pleasing!

Our Zinc sofa from the French Connection for DFS collection is still going strong, though the cushions no longer have that fresh new look. I guess that’s real life and having children for you!

Copper wire light shade

I really enjoying spending time in this room, whether it’s watching TV in the evenings, reading a book curled on the armchair or chatting with friends over coffee. I try and keep it as toy free as possible and the children aren’t allowed to eat in here. I guess I’m trying to keep it as a little sanctuary of calm!

As I mentioned earlier I’m on the look out for a TV unit for the room to finish it off. We’re getting built in bookshelves for that end of the room too and I can’t wait to unpack all the boxes of books that are cluttering up the office! I’m torn between scouring ebay and auctions for a G-Plan style sideboard or going for something new and more contemporary. 

 

 

I like both of these but I’m still tempted to go G Plan, and Hello Retro have some gorgeous pieces.

What do you think?

If you have any questions or would like to know where anything is from then just leave it in a comment below or find me on social media.

 

(Thank you to the Artisan Lighting Company for sending me this copper light. All view are my own. This post also contains affiliate links)

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Summer holiday essentials wish list

We’re off to Turkey for a wedding at the end of the month and I’m woefully under prepared! Up until today I was still scrambling round for ‘the’ bikini, this is in part due to the fact that we’ve not had a beach holiday in years. I’ve ordered this one from Boden, and even managed to get a good discount as the top is in the clearance section.

Antibes random spot bikini - Boden

Antibes random spot bikini – Boden

 

Though it is safe to say I won’t look anything like that in it!

This purchase got me thinking of a few extras for our beach holiday, like this hat (that’s currently in the sale ;)) from my new obsession Joanie Clothing,

Slogan sun hat – Joanie Clothing

 

Here are a few more ‘essentials’ on my summer holiday wishlist

denim ‘boyfriend’ shorts- H&M | Saltwater Sandals | straw beach bag – Joanie Clothing

 Revlon Colorstay Matt Balm -Boots* | scent free sun lotion – Green People* | embroidered kaftan – The White Stuff 

I love the sun lotion from Green People, it’s the only one I’ve found that doesn’t cause a reaction on my skin. It’s a must have for any beach holiday in my book.

What do you think of my list?

Have I missed any essentials off?

Let me know in the comments

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