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Everyone knows one of the best things about returning home from a holiday is getting back to your own bed. You have done everything at home to make your bed super comfy, you’ve got a lovely firm mattress, soft bed sheets, fluffy pillow and your awesome snuggly duvet. Just how you like it! That is unless your holiday break was in a top luxury hotel, where you slept in the most incredible bed with the plumpest of pillows and softest duvet known to man…
Our bed at home is super comfy, the kind I could lay in all day, we are definitely trying to channel the ‘hotel’ vibe ;)
Back in September we were asked if we would like to review a new duvet from The Fine Bedding Company. I wasn’t sure as we already had one and we slept fine but I agreed to see what the fuss was about. The Fine Bedding company have a new duvet on the market – The Boutique Silk duvet from £55 “ultimate in luxury, offering a taste of hotel opulence within a washable silk duvet”. I liked the sound of it already, man I am a marketeers dream.
I can honestly say it lives up to it’s name. I have not been disappointed, this duvet really does feel different. It is super soft (with a cotton finish), snuggly and warm yet incredibly light and bouncy. It is the perfect combination, just like in a luxury hotel. I am very happy with our new arrival and may go and reaffirm my love for my new duvet by going for another nap! zzzzzz
Disclosure: Thank you to The Fine Bedding Company for sending me their Boutique Silk duvet. I received this free of charge for review purposes. All opinions are honest and very much my own.
Last week was something out of the ordinary for me. We escaped to Marrakech, the Red city for a long weekend away, just me and my love. Marrakech is one of those places I have always wanted to visit, an artist/photographers dream destination. Vibrant, colourful, hectic, dusty and so very exciting! The whole trip was planned as a surprise birthday trip for my man, who I managed to sneak to the airport, bags already packed for a little adventure.
We arrived in Marrakech at around 6pm local time (same time as the UK) and were greeted by a warm evening and thankfully, our taxi driver. Turning out of the airport grounds we joined the throng of vehicles on the street. There were cars, trucks, bicycles, donkeys, carts, mopeds… you name it, all darting in and out, fighting for every free space that appeared. After an exciting 15 minutes we reached our Riad which was hidden behind a large door, down a maze of alleyways.
Riad O2 was a welcome retreat from the frantic city streets and its cool white washed walls, elegant shutters, ponds and large green plants, calmed and relaxed us. It has been lovingly designed with beautiful, authentic details and feels very private and quiet. Our bedroom carried on the white, elegant theme, dashed by interesting objects from Morocco and the desert. The Riad had several places for you to sit and enjoy a drink or a little quiet time, from reading corners and lounge areas to small pools to cool down in. We spent most of our time up on the roof terrace where there was a collection of places to sit, tables, loungers, lounge tents. It had a very chilled, boho vibe – perfect!
It was here that we started our days with breakfast made by the cook Rachida and what a treat they were. Different types of traditional pancakes, the most delicious jam and syrup you have ever tasted, fruit salad, Moroccan bread and coffee. Breakfast in the morning sun, honestly, nothing beats it.
We spent our days sightseeing, trying to capture as much of Marrakech as we could in 3 short days. It was every bit as fabulous, interesting, frantic and exciting as I thought it would be.
Here are our must see / do’s:
Visit the Jardin Majorelle - A stunning, colourful garden (once owned Yves Saint Laurent) home to beautiful cactuses, palms and water features. It is a breathtaking place and you can take some really fantastic photos here. It does get busy so I would aim for morning or later in the afternoon so you aren’t battling with the crowds. We stopped off at the juice bar and healthy restaurant just outside called Kaowa which was a great little find and when you’ve finished eating you can browse a little in their gorgeous shop 33 Rue Majorelle.
Visit a Hammam - We chose the Heritage Spa and it was one of the best experiences of the holiday. A couples hamman treatment (Moroccan sauna and scrub experience) followed by full body massage, heavenly. The staff were superbly trained and very friendly. I have never felt so clean and relaxed ahhhhh….
Visit the Islamic school and Palaces - We wandered the streets a lot. They are hectic, hot and dusty. There are so many wonderful things to see, local people going about their daily lives, fruit sellers, metal workers, children playing in the street. Scattered in between are a few gems that you need to visit if you can find them! We went to Ben Youssef Madrasa, the Islamic school which was a beautiful, serene place to visit with the most exquisite details. There are also a few palaces in Marrakech which we also payed a visit that have the same peaceful vibe and beautiful design work.
Dine in a traditional Moroccan restaurant – We dined one night in our Riad where they serve us traditional Chicken, lemon and herbs in a tagine accompanied by couscous. It was divine and totally authentic, we loved it. The following night we chose Dar Moha a lovely traditional Moroccan restaurant. A beautiful setting, you can choose to sit outside among the garden, the tables surrounding a green lit pool. The staff are friendly and the food delicious. I would definitely recommend.
Take a wander around the Souks - What an incredible place. A maze of tiny alleyways full of workshops and stalls selling local handicraft. Leather, silver work, woodwork, herbs and spices, you can buy it all there. It is very easy to get lost there and feel a little bit hemmed in especially when the traders start calling to you to look and inevitably buy. My tip is to just stay calm, friendly and ignore if you do not want to buy!
Visit the new part of town (Gueliz) - We took a walk into the new part of town one evening. This is a very different Marrakech to the medina, more westernised, it reminded me a little of Paris. Think busy roundabouts with lots of cafes, bars, shops and restaurants. Surprinsingly things were cheaper out here than in the medina, especially drinks in the cafes and restaurants.
Visit the desert - The Sahara desert is about 7 hours away from Marrakech but you can still venture out into the desert around Marrakech and see what life is like out there. We went out on quad bikes which was fun and very dusty! You get to ride through little villages (slowly) then fast out in the open desert, over bumps and up mountains, where there are some great views. We stopped at a little village for mint tea and pancakes, it was a great experience.
And then our short time in Marrakech was over… We said goodbye to the sun and the city but headed back to the gorgeous Littlelish who made coming home absolutely bearable :)
I have a vivid childhood memory of a boy, the same age as me crossing the road in West Hampstead only to be hit and instantly killed by a motorcycle. We were sat in traffic on the other side of the road and watched it happen before our eyes. There are details of this accident (too graphic to share) I will never, ever be able to erase from my memory. I was about 10.
Road deaths are the biggest ‘accidental’ cause of death of children and young people. This week is National Road Safety week 18 – 24th November and the theme for this year is tune in.
“Driver distraction is a major cause of death and serious injury in the UK. Driving is the most dangerous thing that most of us do on a daily basis and requires your full attention, but many drivers have a sense of over-confidence and feel cocooned in their vehicles, so attempting to multi-task is common.
While it’s illegal to use a hand-held phone to text or call at the wheel, around a third of drivers flout this law, and many others use a hands-free kit, despite both activities causing a dangerous distraction. Other distracting activities such as eating or smoking at the wheel have been shown to increase your risk of crashing, yet lots of drivers own up to it.”
I have to admit that while I feel fully in control of the car and a completely confident driver, I too find myself distracted at times, I think we all do, don’t we? We forget just what a dangerous machine it is that we are driving, what damage it can do… that it could potentially kill or seriously injure another human being. Checking that message that came through on your phone doesn’t seem so important after all.
Drivers, let’s make a concious effort to turn off our phones and not multi-task at the wheel. Mums and Dads, let’s teach our children to ‘tune in’ to the dangers of the road and how to keep themselves safe. Here are the top road safety tips for children from www.nidirect.gov.uk
On the pavement:
When walking near a road it is a good idea to:
- hold your child’s hand – don’t let them run ahead
- look out for and encourage your child to be aware of hidden entrances or driveways crossing the pavement
- put reins on a younger child if they’re not strapped in a pushchair
- make sure your child walks on the side of the pavement away from the traffic
It can be hard for motorists to see small children, especially when they are reversing, so take extra care. Never let your child go near a road alone or even with an older child.
Children are generally not ready to cross roads on their own until they are at least eight years old – and many will not be ready even then.
Crossing the road:
When the time comes to teach your child about crossing the road, remember the following:
- always set a good example by choosing a safe place to cross and explaining what you’re doing
- let your child help you decide where and when it’s safe to cross
- tell your child that it’s safest to cross at a pedestrian crossing or a crossing patrol
- tell your child not to cross where they can’t see far along the road
- explain that they should not try to cross a road between parked cars; drivers won’t be able to see them very well and the cars might start moving
- use the Green Cross Code with your child – explain that you have to stop at the kerb, then look both ways and listen for traffic before crossing
- when it’s safe to cross, walk straight across the road and keep looking and listening out for traffic
- remind your children to concentrate – they may be easily distracted, forget what they have been taught and dash out into the road
- make sure that anyone else looking after your child follows the same road safety rules that you do
You might feel that pedestrian crossings are safe, but they can still be dangerous for children if they don’t take care.
- explain that pedestrians have to wait on the pavement until all the traffic coming from both directions has stopped – only then is it safe to cross
- explain that if there is an island in the middle of the road, your child should treat each half of the crossing as a separate crossing
- tell your child it’s important to keep looking and listening while crossing, in case a driver has not seen them
- warn your child to watch for cyclists or motorcyclists who might not have seen them
- make sure your child can be seen easily – bright or fluorescent clothes are best during the day and reflective materials work well at night
- always use a zebra or light-controlled crossing, or a school crossing patrol if there is one
I love keeping up with the latest fashion trends but as a stay at home mum I don’t have a very large budget for splashing out on a new wardrobe every season. This means I need to be very selective and pretty thrifty. One of my favourite places to pick up a gorgeously designed and well made garment is Sainsburys, TU.
I am known to compliment and question/interrogate my friends “Oh that is such a lovely top / skirt / jumper, where is it from?” Very, very often, the answer is Sainsburys and every time I am surprised, maybe because it looks so very lovely and designery that I can’t quite believe it comes from a supermarket! This Autumn Winter Sainsburys have really exceeded all expectations, as September saw the relaunch of their TU brand with a gorgeous new AW range. It is really stunning, expensive looking and such good quality.
Tu has revamped the brand to provide even more trend led pieces, as well as providing a stronger range of on trend collections and versatile essentials for the whole family. Encouraging customers to ‘wear it your way’ – Tu inspire with fresh new ways to tap into autumn’s key trends and help make your wardrobe go further.
There is also a commitment towards increased ‘newness’ with range refreshments happening every 6 weeks – helping bring ‘seasonal must-haves’ and trend led fashion to customers more effectively.
I was sent an outfit for both Littlelish and myself to review. We chose 2 lovely dresses and I also chose the beautiful navy wool cape (above). Let me tell you there is not one day that has gone by, that I have not worn my new cape. I wear it with everything, it is so versatile, I adore it! I will be showing you different ways to wear a cape, so you can “wear it your way!” soon but in the meantime here are our lovely dresses from TU.
She looks so cute in it, don’t you agree? The dress is a great winter party dress and would even make a lovely Christmas dress. The red shoes are just divine and so so well made. She has already had a lot of wear out of them, you can’t beat a gorgeous pair of red shoes can you?
I opted for the checked dress £22. It is a perfect dressed up smartly for in the office or as an alternative to a jumper dress with boots, tights and a thick knit cardi for every day wear. You can also wear it as a smart casual option for going out, I wore mine recently out to dinner. This seasons shape, the tube dress is actually extremely flattering. Being a size 14 and by no means a skinny minnie, I wasn’t sure if the length and the neckline would flatter me but I think they do, I felt feminine without exposing too much of myself. I also felt warm as it is made out of lovely warm (but not too warm), quality fabric. The check is subtle enough so you are on trend without wearing full blown checkerboard. One very happy customer here.
Thank you for sending us these outfits, Sainsburys, we are thrilled to bits with them! Check out the full AW range at Sainsburys TU now.
It is nearly a full year since we moved out of our family home, after Littlelish’s daddy and I separated. She took moving out of the family home as well as can be expected and still loves to visit her Daddy on weekends.This year has brought new adventures and more recently I moved in with my partner. It was a big step that required much thought on behalf of Littlelish but ultimately it was not something I could avoid forever. We were happy together and we wanted to be together, to move on together.After a month in the new house, I’m happy to reassure you, that it was most definitely the right move. Right now we are working very hard on making a warm, family home where Littlelish feels settled. We want to make the new house very much ‘her’ house, a space she feels comfortable in.
I loved this video by ikea who have captured all the tiny details of how to make a home work for children, have a watch! I love ikea for this kind of thing, they are so good at it!
Over in our house, we’ve taken steps in the right direction. We’ve given Littlelish her dream bedroom with a great bed and bedroom furniture from ikea. You just cannot beat them for childfriendly, durable kids bedrooms. I’ll be doing a grand reveal it of her room shortly…
I’ve also added some of my own ideas over on I’m home honey where I’ve created a post on how to create a stylish, warm family home for children. Check it out, I think you will find there are some good tips!
Are you also planning on doing your bathroom up in the new year? Then you might be interested to know what is envogue for 2014 in the world of bathrooms! I’m very much liking what I read, I could do with my very own sanctuary spa :)
This year it is all about spa luxury. Our bathrooms are a retreat and we are trying to recreate spa luxury in the comfort of our own homes. The above image is excellent inhouse spa inspiration, who wouldn’t want to relax in that bath?
Space is key in a luxury bathroom and the trick to creating the feel of space flowing around you is by installing floating sinks and freestanding or sunken baths.
It is not just the space that needs to flow. We will see fluidity in all our lines in the bathroom, no more angles and corners it is all about soft movement, think flowing, organic lines. I need to be in this bath hammock, right now and I may never move ;)
Colour is out in the bathroom. Our luxury spas will be created using shades of white, black, grey and neutrals.
We need to embrace the minimalist in us. A luxury bathroom is not a cluttered one. Easier said than done for some but it is Japanese minimalism that adds to the feeling of zen we are trying to capture.
Luckily going green is here to stay! All things eco are well and truly bang on trend.
My summer clothes are packed and relegated to the loft, making way for Autumns knit jumpers and warm coats. It is a job I have to do every year as the owner of way too many clothes… and yes I still have nothing to wear!
It is every girls dream to have a gorgeous wardrobe to store her beloved clothes in. But what kind of wardrobe suits your style? Below are some great examples of storing clothes for every kind of room and personality.
I currently have a gorgeous modern, shiny sliding wardrobe which I have to say is exceptionally spacious inside. It is probably a little too organised and clean cut for me as anyone who knows me personally will know I am every bit the creative, I love a little bit of chaos ;) and for every piece of furniture to have a soul. If I was choosing with my heart I’d be going for a gorgeous freestanding antique wooden one but for wardrobes it is practicality and organisation that wins.
Sliding Wardrobes – Clean fronted and modern these beautiful wardrobes hide all your clutter behind sleek doors. Clever and calming.
Freestanding wooden wardrobe – A more traditional take on the wardrobe. This type of wardrobe is classic, solid and can move house with you! I love the soft, smooth finish on these particular examples, and I have always been a fan of shutter doors. Stunning.
Walk in wardrobe - For those with the space and the finances, channel your inner diva and go all out luxe with a walk in wardrobe.
Image: Mrs Boho Blogspot
Get creative – If you don’t fancy a conventional wardrobe or are looking for a cheaper alternative why not come up with a creative solution like these above! I love the idea of the tree branch. You can always pimp your wardrobe by opting to wallpapering the inside of it so it matches your interior. Don’t worry about matching your clothes to the wallpaper (as above) that is taking it a step too far!
If you are a regular reader you will know I’ve just recently moved into a new house and all thoughts have turned to decorating! I’ve even started a new blog over at I’m home honey to talk all things interiors.
To celebrate this I have a new giveaway for you from Furniture Plus for £100 gift vouchers to spend in their online shop.
I am a huge fan of wood in an interior, in modern and antique furniture, in flooring, shutters, accessories… I love the natural element and warmth it brings. I love how sturdy and robust it is and how it can withstand the constant battering it receives in our house!
Furniture Plus are one of the leading online retailers of high quality solid oak & solid pine furniture in the UK. Committed to providing quality furniture at the lowest possible price they buy in volume by the container load ensuring the customer misses out on the middlemen and gets the best quality furniture at the best price.
The ranges on the furniture plus website are extensive, stylish and beautifully designed. Whether you like more contemporary, classic, or country chic there is something to suit your taste. I’m sure you will not struggle to spend the £100. Put it towards a larger purchase or look at investing in a beautiful oak mirror, solid oak shelf, magazine rack or smaller piece of furniture.
Entries via the rafflecopter please, UK residents only I’m afraid, good luck! x
Image source: Jurlique
Today’s guestpost is all about how to take care of our skin now the colder weather is on its way – great tips that I will be following because I hate having chapped lips and windburnt cheeks!
There are a number of wardrobe benefits to the cold weather – tactile knits and thick socks; cute jumpers and skinny jeans; pretty scarves and warm coats; comfortable layers that follow the latest fashions whilst still managing to stave off the chill. Although there is a lot to be said for the wider choices on offer when you don’t have to worry about beating the heat, the cold tends to sink through to the bone and dry out your skin in ways that you simply don’t have to worry about when the weather is mild. So your skincare routine – just like your wardrobe – also needs to change in the winter months.
Before you leave the house
Rosy cheeks look pretty, but the permanent reddening that can be a sign of weather damaged skin best avoided by making sure that any exposed dermis is properly prepared for the cold. For example, the water-based facial moisturiser that works so well in the spring and summer will not provide enough protection against the autumn and winter elements, so find an oil-based version that offers a protective layer on the skin. Colder weather also means that you can use a heavier base as you don’t have to worry about sweating it off but, even if it’s cold out, the sun can still cause damage so look for creams with a good UV protection built-in.
The cold can also cause a tight, tingling feeling as the skin loses moisture which can lead to cracking, flaking and sometimes the more extreme inflammation of eczema. In short, you need to be aware that winter weather can have a painful and dramatic effect as the cold dries out every area that is exposed to the elements, and prepare yourself accordingly.
Whilst you’re out and about
No matter how much care you take there will always be times where you can’t avoid the sting of a strong breeze or the glare of the snow, so wrapping up warm from top to toe is paramount. As the indoor/outdoor routine of your day puts your skincare routine to the test, try to wear breathable fabrics around your face and neck. We’ve all been in the situation where ducking down into a coat collar or wrapping a scarf across the nose and chin is the only way to keep our faces from freezing, but warm breath creates condensation and will chap the lips and cheeks, so make sure that you keep this wet clothing away from your skin.
Although it’s a toss-up which is worse – extreme cold or warm but slightly damp – dry off any moisture created by your breath and make sure that your lips are protected with chapstick (or a good, oil-based lipstick) to prevent splitting. Again, before braving the elements between errands, make sure you are prepared.
When you get home
No matter how much effort you put into your skincare routine and how carefully you pick your outfit, some effects of the chill will be inevitable. Added to that will be the further damage done by a central heating system as, whether you use electricity, oil, gas or wood, it is renowned for drying out the air and, subsequently, the skin. Warming up gradually in a steamy bathroom is a much better way to get toasty and, as part of this warming routine, a self-heating face mask is the perfect way to replenish the moisture in your skin.
As the intense heat of hot water on cold skin can actually lead to a further loss of moisture as the lipid barriers break down, using a mask that gradually increases its temperature as your body regains a comfortable core heat is a much less damaging way to prepare your face for the next day’s adventures.
Oh yes the rain has well and truly arrived hasn’t it? I’ve spent the whole morning writing and listening to it endlessly bounce off our conservatory roof!
With half term around the corner I know we are going to be out and about treasure hunting for conkers, walnuts, autumn leaves and any other goodies we can find. And any serious Autumn treasure hunter requires outdoorsy equipment including a top quality coat and wellington boots!
In search of a new coat, I’ve headed off to check out the Joules range of girls jackets to see what lovely new designs they have for this AW. I always like Joules clothing both for me and Littlelish. The strong, fun, colourful designs inspired by the countryside always have a good dose of cheeriness and humour thrown in, yup it is a great match for us!
Padded, quilted, tweedy, they have done a great job of combining fun and fashion with practicality. I like to see kids coats with warm linings, hoods and plenty of pockets for keeping treasures nice and safe.
Have an adventurous, outdoorsy, treasuring hunting half term! x