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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…

Image: Eduard Militaru

My name is Lucy and I am a second hand furniture addict.

Obviously, with my passion for interiors you’d expect me to enjoy buying things for my house. But the addiction to acquiring  second hand furniture is real.

The problem? I love hunting for vintage furniture. It’s absolutely my drug. A rush of warm, excited energy travels through me as my scrolling is halted by a beautiful piece of furniture. My stomach does a little flip, is it still available? Surely someone has spotted this? Quickly I message to seller to find out…

The thought of being able to nab such a prize really thrills me. Especially if it’s something I know is a collectable vintage or antique piece. Like that time I found an immaculate collectable Ercol for £10! I missed out on that one though as he told his wife he had sold it and she hit the roof, haha!

Image : Lauren Mancke

The only slight issue is I don’t always need more second hand furniture. In fact quite often I don’t have a place to put it, but struggle to let it pass me by. I’m working on it…

But truth be told, I’ve actually picked up some quite extraordinary bargains over the last year.

Mid century modern sideboard

First there was the mid century modern teak sideboard by Beautility. A rare find, I nearly died on the spot and couldn’t type to the seller fast enough! This one has already made it’s way through my shop and has a happy new home.

Super King sleigh bed

Then there is my super king size sleigh bed which is the greatest bed ever (fact) and a total bargain at £200. I added a lick of Farrow and Ball Blackened and it stands as the centre piece of my bedroom. Everyone comments on it and I adore it. You’d be looking to pay quite a bit more for a new wooden sleigh bed by the looks of it.

1970’s Plan chest

I managed to grab a set of 1970’s Architects drawers from the local council who were having a clear out. They looked pretty battered but as they were made of teak, all that was required was a quick sand and a rub with coconut oil.  Ta da! Back to looking as good as new.

1960’s Vintage oak desk

My latest addition is a 1960’s vintage oak desk. It’s a stunning find, solid as an ox with beautiful brass handles.

Then there is my daughters antique sleigh bed, my gorgeous Kilim rug, a Mule chest, pretty Peacock chair…

Right now I’m on a spending ban. No more second hand furniture for us… but I can’t help thinking I’ve got a talent for spotting beautiful vintage furniture. There must be a way to harness my superpower, right?

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