Sheridan S/S15 collection

Sheridan S/S15 collection

Fashion and trends are more then just the clothes we wear, it can influence everything including, as The Devil Wears Prada taught us all those years ago.

Home furnishings are obviously influenced by all the latest trends that appear but as I live in a rented home it's not like I can change my wallpaper or flooring every six months. Plus, I have made that big grown up step and am now living with my boyfriend *eep*. After two years of living with my best friend Charlie, Distracted, I'm still missing all the girly things cluttered around the house and proudly having our knitting/yarn collection on display.

Beautiful bed spread.
Sheridan are an Australian home brand that are now branching out in the UK and I managed to get a sneaky peak and what's coming next season. Key pieces include florals and pastels, everything we can expect from a S/S collection. However, the difference here is they appeared to be more 'classic'. A lot of the bed sets were reversible so it was possible to go for a more subtle design (more boyfriend friendly).

Potentially my favourite print

Sheridan seem to have spanned beyond more than just furnishings. There was a bunch of amazing lounge wear and despite it being aimed at women, it seemed unisex and my boyfriend would look really good in some of these jumpers, and I would probably steal them too.

These jumpers and shirts look so cosy

Like Monica from friends, I love bathroom gear and I also want 11 sets of bath towels, including 'fancy guest'... Everything here seemed to suit 'fancy guest'. Everything was really soft and their toiletries smelled so amazing, definitely something to add to the Christmas list.




The children's collection was possibly my favourite, I loved the bright colours and blankets and I'm pretty sure my bedroom would look complete with some of these cushions. What do you think of my new bird cushion* from the children's range? I've added it to my collection of cushions on my rocking chair!


* Disclaimer - I was given the cushion in a goodie bag from the preview. Photos don't do the range justice as I only had my mobile phone.

What would I say to my younger self?

What would I say to my younger self?

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Very blurry picture of me and my dad around 1988 - check out that mullet!
I'm really glad Charlie, Distracted convinced Absolutely Lucy to make this a tag. It got me really thinking about how the past 26 years have gone and if there's anything I would change. To be honest I wouldn't because the whole thing has been an adventure in someways and if I hadn't had made the mistakes I did then there's the possibility I wouldn't be where I am today. You know, the butterfly effect.

I've certainly gone through my fair amount of trials over the years and there's bound to be more to come but I wouldn't change a thing but I could certainly share some advice to my younger self. She's a stubborn little thing though so probably wouldn't pay attention...

Advice to AJ aged 5 - 11

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Me and my brother - I think I was about 8 here...
  1. Lose the fringe. It doesn't suit you and you know you hate it.
  2. Get used to having your photo taken, don't hate your smile.
  3. Don't be afraid to know the answers. There's absolutely no harm in trying hard at school.
  4. Stop fighting with your brother not matter how much he annoys you.

Advice to AJ aged 11-16

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Oh early mobile phones, Charlie and I skipping down the road because we're cool
  1. It's OK. It might not seem like it right now but it's OK and you'll get through it.
  2. Don't be afraid of people. 
  3. Stop arguing with mum. Very soon she'll be your best friend.
  4. Accept your pale skin and crooked teeth. They make you who you are and you rock that pale skin!

Advice to AJ aged 16-18

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Last day of school 
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First night out on the tiles
  1. Your UCAS application isn't the devil you think it is. Don't leave it to the last minute.
  2. Don't doubt your degree choice, it'll be the best decision you ever made
  3. You will lose friends at uni but that doesn't matter, the best ones will stick around forever
  4. Your weight doesn't matter. Stop panicking. You're beautiful. (yeah I said that)

Advice to AJ aged 18-21

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Graduation day. Classily getting ready with mum in the toilet!
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My mum and I all ready for my Grampy's 60th
  1. You don't have to like everyone at uni. You know you have your friends for life.
  2. There's no harm in reinventing yourself if you want to. Try on that jumpsuit and rock it with a pixie cut.
  3. Talk to your lecturers more, they will help you if you ask
  4. Don't let people tell you what to do. Go to your freshers' events, meet people, have fun.

Advice to AJ aged 21-26

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Birthday at Musical Bingo
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At a wedding earlier this year
  1. Dance like no one's watching, who cares what you look like (see above)
  2. Don't get hung up over him, you'll find someone better and will be so much happier
  3. Save money! 
  4. Moisturise! You don't want wrinkles before you're 30!
As you can possibly see, Charlie, Distracted features heavily in this blog post!

Now it's my turn for the tagging! I pick:

Aymie at Aymie Louise
Emma at Bunnypudding

Better get started ladies!

What advice would you give your younger self?

My Little Box: The Cosy Edition

My Little Box: The Cosy Edition

So last month I was absolutely gushing over my first delivery of my 'My Little Box' subscription. Last month it was the DVF edition and this month it's time to get all cosy ready for the winter months.

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This is a great little collection for me because I am ALWAYS cold not matter whether I'm at home or at work. There are even pictures of me on holiday wrapped up in a towel on the beach/ by the pool with blue lips!

So what's in my box?

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As what seems to be always, the contents of the box were so varied. There's beauty products, keepsakes and another fabulous art print.

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With beauty, there was everything needed to create the perfect smokey eye, including instructions! Wonderful because this is something I always fail at and I've been desperate for a new eyeliner for a while because mine just leaks down my face and I've been too lazy to go to the shop!


My favourites in the box were this little warm up cushion and espresso mug. I suffer from recurring neck problems and little cushions like this can be the only things that make me feel better and who could not like this mug?

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Once again I'm so happy I signed up for this box, roll on the next one!

Do you subscribe to a monthly box?

Dates with Charlie - The Cake and Bake Show

Dates with Charlie - The Cake and Bake Show

BIRD CAKES!

As an avid baker and the resident birthday cake maker at any job I have had, I've wanted to go to the Cake and Bake Show for years but have never seemed to get around to it. However, there was nothing to stop me and Charlie from getting our Mary Berry on and losing our shit.

I have been to Earl's Court for gigs but never for an exhibition so it felt strange to me being full of stands of food but it was very exciting when we saw the best thing ever greeting us. A cake of Mary Berry riding a unicorn. Oh yes. Best thing I have ever seen.



Some of the cakes we saw were absolutely incredible and really put my baking skills to shame and I always thought I was quite good. Apparently this was made by a 10 year old...



Full table for the 'junior' section of the bake-off
That is a cake

In between all the delicious samples of food and very exciting bake ware, we even bumped in to a couple of familiar faces and our lives were complete.

YEAH! BAKE OFF! Where's the pencil?
After we had got over our bake off excitement, we went for a proper wander around the stalls, tried all the icing and samples we could, bought Gin and Tonic flavoured meringue (not as nice as it sounds...) admired yet more cakes and even spent  money on a Magic Knife. Dude, it's magic.

This made the whole place smell of vanilla

You could make your own cake stand out of whatever plates you wanted!

THESE PLATES!


These meringues put mine to shame!


Weighed down by purchases, freebies and very full bellies, it was time to go home, but not before we got the inevitable photos with a sign. 


Jaffa Cake icing sugar and enough vanilla essence to last me about a year. MAGIC KNIFE!

This post is very delayed but did you get to go to the Cake and Bake show?


Ted Baker Royal Mint at Selfridges

Ted Baker Royal Mint at Selfridges

Last week Selfridges ran a selection of pop up events with a bunch of my favourite brands including Nails Inc and a moment to meet Alexa Chung.

However! If you haven't already guessed from previous posts I am obsessed with Ted Baker and would take any excuse to lust over their stuff from dresses to accessories, so obviously I went to their Royal Mint pop up!

Not sure what's more exciting, the bags or the ponies?
What could be more exciting than having two gold horses greet you with handbags? Nothing? That's right.

For such a small pop up, the Royal Mint felt huge to me purely because there was so much colour and sparkle that I wanted to make sure I had seen everything. There were so many things I hadn't seen before (I have banned myself from their website) and started to build an unrealistic Christmas Wish list.



There are no words to describe how much I want ALL of these!




Obviously I didn't just go so I could perv over all the accessories, I also went because I was aware of goodie bags being given away. Who could say no?

Me looking very proud with my goodie bag
Inside there was a variety of things, obviously a variety of things. We were a little too late for the main goodie bag but when my boyfriend heard the words 'gift with purchase' he thought he'd be nice and get me a little something. Unfortunately it wasn't a dress but I can forgive him.

So what was in this bag?







The cute little Christmas cracker with the nail polish was the little gift from Gary so I could get the rest of the goodies. It's a delightful shade of pink I haven't tried yet and am really looking forward to.

I also got a tote bag, pen, badge, GIANT CHOCOLATE COIN and a bottle of their perfume Polly. It's spicier than a perfume I would normally wear but is lovely all the same.

Did you go to any of the pop-ups at Selfridges last week?

What I've been reading: The Hundred Year Old Man who climbed out the window and disappeared

What I've been reading: The Hundred Year Old Man who climbed out the window and disappeared

Pretty much everyone I know has been talking about this book so it was about time I read it to see what all the fuss was about especially since it's already been made into a movie.

I wanted to like this book so much so it upset me that it took a while before I really got into it. Luckily I got there and absolutely loved it.

The Hundred Year Old Man


The Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed out the Window and Disappeared is about, well, a hundred year old man! His name is Allan and on his hundredth birthday he's decided he's sick of the retirement home way of life and just buggers off out the window. Pretty much what it says on the tin!

Following his escape from retirement home hell, Allan embarks on an adventure across Sweden and we learn more about his previous adventures through life and how he had an involvement in some of the most important moments in history.

Once I finally got into it, this book was hilarious and there wasn't a single character I didn't like. It was so different to the second book The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden which I was so disappointed with.

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