Lifestyle: A Mini Flat Tour

Only three months too late!

 photo Flat Tour 7_zpsdymmpebu.jpg photo Flat Tour 3_zps29ohq4xi.jpgI can’t quite believe we’ve held the keys to our little flat for three months now; it’s gone so quickly, but equally it feels like it’s been our home forever.

We’re only renting so are a little restricted with what we can and can’t do – no painting or banging things into the wall. Luckily everything was already in a very ‘us’ colour scheme – netural but with splashes of colour (red in the kitchen and living area, purple in the bedroom). We’ve played on this and added in bits and bobs in those colours and now you’d never tell this wasn’t “our” place.

 photo Flat Tour 12_zps007eg36o.jpg photo Flat Tour 14_zpsmeggostm.jpgOf course, I had to add touches of grey and copper everywhere too. So blogger-esque. We picked up some lovely desk lamps in IKEA that work really well at the side of the bed – and I spent hours hunting down the perfect floor lamp for the lounge area. I found it: one with an exposed bulb, wire cage, copper AND marble. For under £40 this was a bit of a steal. I’m forever hunting down cushions that would work and our bedding took a lot of research. I find my skin is super sensitive to bedding material (I still have the scars from a reaction to Primark sheets three years ago), so if anyone finds a super-soft and cosy white set I’d love to know about it!

 photo Flat Tour 18_zpsprjvzjuu.jpg photo Flat Tour 16_zpsdiv4s29w.jpg photo Hygge 2_zpsnj1shpic.jpgOne of my favourite areas in the flat is, I say rather lazily, my bed. I’ve created a really cosy little corner and there’s nothing I love more than snugging up with a warm drink and a good book. W built me some ever-so-on-trend ladder shelves to fit in my tiny gap between bed and wall. Dressed with fairy lights, I think they look pretty damn good! They’re perfect for storing all my bits and bobs: bridal magazines; books;lip balms and probably a few too many used mugs!

 photo Flat Tour 21_zpsluqhklfx.jpg photo Flat Tour 22_zpserliupxb.jpg photo Flat Tour 13_zpsvxxkmxux.jpgAnd the best thing about living with W? I get part-ownership of his Kitchen Aid – when he’s out of the flat at least! (Or, as he says, I get to use his Kitchen Aid). It makes whipping up a batch of his famous cookies far too easy, plus we have an ice-cream attachment. He made a Chocolate & Whisky ice-cream a few weeks back and it was divine. I definitely need to keep up my exercise regime now baking is such a huge part of our lives.

 photo Flat Tour 4_zpsls0m3lsb.jpg photo 2016-10-23 16.21.25_zpsfj2tkf9o.jpg photo 2016-10-23 16.19.58_zpssxpptb8y.jpg photo 2016-10-23 16.17.43_zpsojjjtnj8.jpgFor what is essentially a studio flat, we have far too many things, far too much stuff. We have a lot of much-loved nick-nacks (we’ll be looking for a bigger place if we I bring home any more). You’d never know from our bookshelves that half of our cookbook collection is actually still in Northampton. The majority of my clothes are stored in boxes under the bed (though shush, I’m not sure W is aware of how many clothes I actually have!). Yet we have a gorgeous flat, with equally gorgeous views – and of course our “pets!”

Where do you get your homeware bits from? Any recommendations for copper pieces?

Fashion: Everyday Floral Style

I’m a massive lover of floral clothes, particularly dresses. It’s of much amusement to W, he’ll just pick up anything in a shop and suggest it to be just because ‘it has flowers.’ My go-to outfit, summer or winter, rain or shine, is a floral dress, and a plain-ish thin cardigan. Add a coat in winter, lose the tights in summer, alternating between sandles, flats and boots. It’s pretty much all you’ll find me wearing.

 photo 63091836-865e-415f-a535-2c2679bceb38_zpsvrqmroub.jpgThat being said, I have recently purchased a pair of jeans, taking my total pair of trousers owned up to two. Though I may have a pair of shorts hiding somewhere…

 photo d241e614-96b7-4d28-a065-03c748feaf9a_zpshjuceosa.jpgThis dress pretty much sums me up. It’s red, a colour I love. It has flowers on. It isn’t tight – I hate bodycon dresses with a passion as my hourglass shape means I have to size up at least once. It looks good with tights and boots, and not bad with bare legs. It’s a little short, so the bare leg situation will be on one of the hotter days of the year when there’s zero chance of wind. It has the tendency to make me look slightly like I’m hiding a bump due to the fit, so I’d always belt it, but this has the bonus of hiding the massive lunch I had before taking these photos…

 photo 812a5dab-8dba-4d34-a83d-e0f5b4d312ca_zps9fckalx0.jpgIt’s from Less Than 10 Pounds, who offered to send me a few items. Understandably the quality isn’t brilliant (think similar to Primark), but it’s fab for the price. The site would be fab if you are experimenting with different styles, or need a few going out clothes. I love this dress. They also sent me a jacket, which I’ll be featuring soon, which was of AMAZING quality, I wouldn’t have complained paying three times the price for that. Other items in this outfit are Primark coat (lovely, but it’s bobbled like hell, a pet peeve of mine), Dorothy Perkins boots (reduced to £10, and the first non-fat leg boots I’ve worn in years), scarf from a scarf shop in Edinburgh, and my beloved Leather Satchel.

What’s your everyday style? Are you a fan of dresses, or living in jeans?