It’s been quiet in my little corner of the internet recently. I’d like to say we’ve been sipping caipirinhas by a pool somewhere sunny all summer. The reality is a little less glamorous. We are spending the summer at home this year which means our days are a little more spent playing in the garden, drawing, making lego creations, den building, fruit picking and picnics on the lawn.
As much as I would really like to jet off somewhere exotic, the truth is we just can’t justify it this year. With a wedding to save for and the house mid renovations, we are just going to have to wait until the honeymoon to get our fill of ocean breeze and sand between our toes.
And you know what even though I quote holidays as my favourite things (after my children and husband to be of course) we are making memories right here in our beautiful home together. When I look back at my summers as a child, I do remember lovely family holidays but I also remember long lazy summer days at home. Days when I tipped my head back so far on the swing that my hair trailed along the floor and just kind of hung there until all the blood rushed to my head. Oh and the sheer delight of cocooning myself up in a makeshift den with sunlight streaming in through the cracks in the sheets. There is no finer joy is there?
Shopping for Summer with TK Maxx
To perfect our family picnic dinners, we paid a visit to TK Maxx to purchase some lovely new outdoor bowls. It really is one of my favourite shops here in the UK for hunting out cool home accessories. I love the variety and the prices and have been known to easily lose an hour or two in our local shop, before realising it’s nearly half three and I need to pick the children up. Whoops!
Turns out we were a little bit late to the party as a lot of the summer range had been and gone (to make way for super pretty autumnal goodies!) but we managed to pick up these beautifully decorated Indian enamelled bowls and tray in exotic jewel colours which I just love. They make me happy!
Stylish and practical, our new set is crying out for us to take them glamping. Wouldn’t that be cute? In the meantime they will have to make do with our makeshift tipi in the garden.
This summer we’ve also decided to go vegetarian as a family so have been broadening our horizons in the kitchen. I’ve discovered I make a mean Veggie Lentil curry. I’m working on a recipe post to share my secrets with you all over on my foodie blog. In the meantime you’ll have to make do with my photos. Trust me, it’s delicious, even the kids love it!
Disclaimer: Thanks to TK Maxx for inviting us to try out your exquisite summer range. As always it’s fabulous!
I’ve been a fan of Swatch watches since I was first given a pop out swatch watch as a child of the 80’s. The colourful design was super fresh and I wore it with beaming pride.
Fast forward 25 years and I’m all grown up. These days my watch needs to keep up with my ever changing outfits and busy, busy lifestyle. I’m not going to lie I’m not much of a watch wearer (my friends will chuckle at this and say I ought to be!) as I find them kind of cumbersome and heavy to wear. In fact as I’ve become a mum I’ve noticed I wear less and less jewellery. Less for little hands to pull on, less to be hanging on me. I’ve got two little monkey children who hang off me all day already!
SKIN watch watches
So when Swatch got in touch to introduce their new SKIN range my ears pricked up in interest. Weightless design, minimalist styling… sounds like my kind of watch! They sent me an invite to test out the range in a dance school in my local city Nottingham. The plan was to take a street dance class and see just how lightweight and comfortable the watches were.
We headed to the store to view the range and select a watch to put through it’s paces. I went for the popular blush watch which caught my eye instantly. It’s a gorgeous colour that is bang on trend and looks great with a tan. I loved the addition of the sparkly diamonds around the face which glint as they catch the light. Choosing wasn’t easy though, there were some fab designs all with the same cool minimal feel. My second choice was the white watch which really stood out with the addition of graphic black lines. I asked the lady in the store how the lighter colours did with muck, did they get dirty very quickly? She assured me that as the straps are made of silicone they don’t attract or have dirt sticking to them, perfect!
Putting it to the test
So off I went with a handful of other Nottingham bloggers and vloggers to try and learn a street dance routine. Now I’m pretty good at getting myself down to the gym twice or three times a week but I always stay in the comforting bosom of resistance training. I avoid aerobics like the plague. Still I used to have some moves back in the day, could I find my inner hip hop queen?
Over at the studios and our teacher hadn’t made it easy. We had a proper dance routine to learn! Not quite sure I’m the next Beyonce but I had a blast! My brain doesn’t work as fast as it used to (I blame the baby brain!) so it took me a little longer to engage it and link the moves together but I managed. Can you spot me in the video? I’m tucked away in the corner…
My SKIN watch really lived up to it’s name. While dancing I totally forgot I was wearing a watch, there was no awkward heavy feeling on my wrist or sweaty feeling underneath my watch and the dance studio was the temperature of the sun! I’d safely say it passed the activity test with flying colours.
Thanks to Swatch for introducing me to the SKIN Swatch watches range and for gifting me a fabulous watch that will work with my busy life. I did a good deed and (begrudgingly haha) gifted it to my mum who absolutely fell in love with it. It looks like I will be back for the white one after all!! As always all thoughts and opinions are genuine and my own.
Life as a interiors blogger can be hard, no I mean it, it really can! When you are a lover of trends, furniture, paint and pretty things, it can be tough not to spend your entire day oohing and aaahing over press releases. I’m like a magpie, anything shiny and I’m distracted away from the task at hand.
Here’s a recent example, these MODA chairs by Cult Furniture. How awesomely awesome are they? Sure there has been a trend for Charles & Ray Eames inspired chairs for a while but the design team at Cult Furniture have just upped the ante with some serious chair coolness.
What’s so cool about the MODA chair?
Erm, what isn’t to love about a chair you can customise to suit your room decor with an amazing price tag (starting at £69)? The MODA chair is made up of three elements which you can mix and match to create your perfect chair.
First you choose your seat style or as they call it the shell style. You can chose from normal or armchair (I love the armchair barstools they are perfect for our kitchen – note to self)
Then you need to select a base. The options range from from wooden, wooden and metal mix or metal Eiffel style legs. they also offer rocking or longer legs so you can create a bar stool. It’s also possible to add different finishes on the metal elements (chose from copper, gold, black or chrome – Yes to copper legs!!)
Now it is time to chose the colour from a gorgeous palette of trendy colours.
Is it just me or is this really exciting? I absolutely love the fact that you can customise the MODA to suit all your style needs. The unique patented bracket connects the shell and base of the chair enabling you to switch and change at the turn of a screw. It’s perfect if you want to change it up if you get bored or are planing a redesign.
The seat/shell is made from polypropylene which is super sturdy and comfortable. We have some similar chairs in white in our playrom. Oh it also just wipes clean which makes it an amazing playroom chair.
I’ve already convinced myself we need an injection of colour in there though. I’m thinking these are just the chairs to do it.
So now you see how my mind works… Open email, scroll email, fall in love with beautiful chairs…Think of how many rooms in the house you could use them… New office chair required – yep! Fun playroom chairs required – check! Quirky kitchen barstool required – check! And off I go…