Colourful Style: In an English Country… Garden

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Colourful Style : What to Wear in Country Gardens

Because we always find ourselves in the situation where we’re visiting a country garden with our girlfriends but don’t know which dress to wear, right? Ok maybe not, but on the rare occasion where you want to look the part amongst the giant daisies and prim box hedges, it’s good to have a dress or two handy. Whether you’ve read a lot of my outfit posts or have just landed on ShinyThoughts (cooey!) then you can probably tell that I don’t really do plain ‘pretty’, so my take on the English flower bed comes with a kick. Quite literally in the form of trainers (do I really wear anything else?!) and some pretty neat ones at that!

Welcome the Flyknit Lunar 2 to my ever expanding Nike hoard. They feel so light, so airy and, as I’ve been describing to anyone who expresses interest, like you’re clutching your foot with a soft hand. That’s how snug they are. Worn with a bit of bling, this floral dress and super bright jacket/duster coat/cardigan thing that I picked up in the blink of an eye in New Look that morning, (best purchase of the month award!) I had myself a bright and sporty answer to Somerset secret garden style!

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chunky gold chain necklace and hoop earrings

pastel colourful duster coats trench coats

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See what other colourful outfit I wore last time I visited The Kilver Court gardens, and stay tuned to read about what made me and these pretty ladies come down to Somerset for!

Trainers – Nike at JD Sports / Dress – Fashion Union / Jacket – New Look / Necklace – ASOS / Bracelet – Whistles

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Bedroom Decorating Ideas: My Colourful Room!

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My London Bedroom

It’s been a whole 6 months since I posted my new home wishlist but did I get my mits on any of the pieces and how have I end up decorating my new London rented room? As I sign my tenancy for another 6 months, I’m at last able to share how my room now looks! Ok so a bedroom is never really ‘finished’, but it’s at a point where stepping into my own space in the shared house makes me feel right at home!

Decorating a rented room can be a little daunting, those white walls staring at you and the countless potential furniture arrangements can leave you either getting nothing done or just throwing your stuff anywhere and hoping for the best. Luckily the experience of  Visual Merchandising at Liberty came in handy and although I took a couple of risks, I think I’ve got an arrangement that makes sense for me. There’s also the palaver of sourcing just the right items. Finding a desk that was ‘right’ was my most missionous task. *Perfectionist Alert!* After searching online and on Freecycle, a Facebook call-out led me to Elodie who, moving out, gave me hers!

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Get your own bedroom decorating ideas!

So what bedroom decorating ideas can you take from my room? How about using big glass jars to keep your hair tongs or beauty bits in, or using a dolls house for shelves? The most Instagrammed part of my house is the wall above my desk which features posters and post cards hung up on my Grandma’s old wooden trouser hangers (which you can probably find in vintage shops) and a copper hanger which I picked up in my favourite shop in Sweden.

In terms of storage, I’m pleased to have the perfect sized boxes from ikea that tesselate neatly into my shelves, keeping everything tidy. I’m pretty obsessed with light so I’ve tried keeping some of my furniture white and hunted for lots of lighting! I’d always wanted a retro style floor lamp so this one and it’s sister table lamp from Next was a perfect nab.

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Pinterest is my ultimate bedroom decorating ideas inspiration, obvs. Even after a couple of minutes, I was damn adamant I needed wooden trays, cacti and a marble table top. DIYs were my friends in my rather budget room. Spotting a tray idea led me to scouring local charity shops for the perfect mirrored frame and cute wrapping paper to make my own. My favourite item in my bedroom is without a doubt the amazing zig-zag print rug which was a generous pressie from my Besties. There’s no better was of hiding that yucky default rented room carpet!

Can you spot some of the items from my wishlist that I ended up getting for my room? Are you in the middle of moving in? Let me know how you got on!

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Urban Outfitters grid print bedspread white DIY drawers marble table top next lamp sliding windows summer bedroom

marc johns banana print cute mushroom plush toy tiger coathanger fun bedroom details
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marble table top turquoise storage box plants and perfumes in bright light bedroom window

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Shop My Room!

Floor lamp, white desk lamp, coat stand and yellow candleNext / Gold mug and copper coathanger – Lagerhaus / Wooden trays, boxes, cacti, yellow bin, black & white mug – Ikea / Zig-zag rug and bedding – Urban Outfitters / Clothes rail – ebay / Books – Bright Bazaar, Adorn, Grace Coddington / Prints – Moha London / Red metal chair – Out There Interiors

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The Palm House: Botanical Gardens, Gothenburg

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Trädgårdsföreningen Botanical Gardens

So I’ve fallen in love with the city of Gothenburg. If you haven’t seen me banging on about the southern Swedish city enough over on Instagram then you’ll be getting more than filled in on it over here, don’t you worry! There are so many reasons why I love the city and the Trädgårdsföreningen botanical gardens is just one of them. One of the best maintained 19th century parks in Europe, it hosts a pretty rose garden, events space and the trophy exhibit: The Palm House.

It was certainly an Aladdin’s cave moment for me when I walked in on my own for the first time at 10am one morning. (Admission is free, you just wander in!) The mammoth palm trees in the central atrium, the misty-glassed, gold-handled doors with little ceramic plaques and water lilies grown annually from seed make you gasp at first sight and made the palm house well worth a second visit on my trip back 6 weeks later.

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This was also the second time I sported this rather camouflaging ensemble of grid print skirt and palm print crop top. You know I’m a sucker for tropical prints so really, what else could have been more appropriate?!

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See what other prints I’m loving at the moment or take a look at my last palm print outfit!

Botanical Garden Style:

Top – Missguided / Skirt – Mango / Trainers – Nike (similar) / Necklace – I Love Crafty / Rings – Urban Outfitters / Octagon bracelet - Whistles / Sunglasses – ASOS / Earrings – Missguided

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Bank Holiday Weekend Picnic!

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Garden Party

Happy bank holiday weekend everyone! Just a quick one to inspire you to add a touch more sun to this otherwise pretty dodgy August weather! (Seriously now, there had better be more summer to come, right?) Today my friends and I are making the most of our newly spruced up balcony by pumping up the Old School playlist and raiding the cupboards for any oat cakes, sweets and popcorn. During said raid, I did manage to find a box of cake mix and quickly rustled up some mini cakes in a cupcake maker (yep, I’m feeling lazy!)

Do you like our pretty retro bottles? They’re perfect for party drinks and here I’ve created a mojito, Pimms, fruit punch and gin & tonic cocktails but you could also make water infusions, lemonade or try my coconut caipirinha cocktail recipe! As for the little ice lollies, they’re spiked too! Just add a tiny drop of alcohol into the mix and they should still freeze. Let’s hope we don’t fall off the balcony! Have a good one!

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tala mini ice lolly rings

Tables and chairs - John Lewis Kissing horses print cool bag – Anorak / Vintage style bottles – Tala / Ice lolly moulds - Tala / Blue bowl – TKMaxx / Straws – Lagerhaus / Napkins – Granit / Pom pom balls – Smallable

If you fancy going the whole hog and getting your bake-on, why not recreate these burger cupcakes?!

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The Secret Swap

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Ice Cream Sundaes and Surprises

I’ll tell you now, my Blogging best friends and I are very lucky ladies. Very lucky ladies indeed. Last weekend, my little group of internet dwelling, perfect-pose striking friends and I (we somewhat piss-takingly call ourselves ‘Five’) were were most kindly invited for afternoon treats with an equally charming little lady named Clarice Price-Thomas who creates beautiful jewellery with her own fair hands. The invitation read: Secret gifting and Sundaes. We were all in.

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So what exactly did we get up to? Well, Clarice came up with an idea whereby each of us were given one of the friends to choose a ring to secretly gift to. I was delighted to be given Kristabel to choose for as I knew right away which of Clarice’s creations I could see her making a beeline towards. You’ll have to keep an eye on her blog to see what I chose! I was lucky enough to have Carrie as my ring-barer and she couldn’t have picked better than the Umbra ring in silver. It’s quite a luxury to have a ring to add to my collection that doesn’t need throwing out after a couple of weeks of wear!

Inspired by clock components created by her Father, a horologist and using his original machines and techniques to craft tiny charms, Clarice creates unique, quality pieces with a bit of a story to tell! I think they look like a modern nod to the art deco era, which is fitting considering the retro-inspired surroundings of the Fortnum and Mason ice cream parlour which, if you hadn’t already been motivated to book yourself in to, is well worth a visit!

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Thank you so much Clarice Price-Thomas for such gorgeous gifts (and that raspberry sorbet coup went down rather well too!)

See Olivia and Dunya’s beautiful blogs to see what rings they were gifted!

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