Monday, 26 May 2014

Project 78 continues.

I can't believe that it has been nearly a month since I last posted. The last 4 weeks have flown by, what with a lovely weekend with school friends in Pembrokeshire; working on my CIPR course and decorating the house (or Project 78 as I jokingly call it!). Well when I say the house, the last few weekends have been taken up with painting the lounge. We opted for a bright white to act as a contrast to my boyfriend's dark brown 3-piece leather suite. Unfortunately the room required more coats than we had anticipated, so my last 2 weekends feel like they have drowned in a sea of Dulux 'Absolute White' paint!

However, now that the painting is finally finished we were able to get the sofa etc out of storage and have a proper lounge area. The walls are white and we opted for oak floorboards. To add a bit of interest, I chose teal and orange as accent colours. It is great having all the furniture in, so now I am on the lookout for the finishing touches.

I was recently given some John Lewis gift vouchers, so I have been browsing their website to try and find what I am looking for.

As the white walls are quite stark, I am on the hunt for some colourful prints. I love typographic prints, so these two will definitely be making an appearance on my walls!

Although I love the bare floorboards, it is still nice to have something cosy underfoot. I love this watercolour rug.

Nearly all of my books have been packed up since we moved, so I can't wait to finally be able to out then all on shelves. I don't want anything too bulky, so something like this would be perfect.

I have some cool grey & cream Orla Kiely planters in the bathroom, so I am thinking that maybe I could bring some OK to the living room too. Love how the pattern on this vase is subtle, with just a hidden splash of colour.

Wednesday, 30 April 2014

£10 Lancôme Hypnose mascara - 24 hours only

This Thursday (May 1st), to celebrate the 10th birthday of Lancôme's Hypnose mascara, it will be available at Debenhams for £10 (a saving of £12.50). This mascara has sold 60 million worldwide since it's launch - around one every 10 seconds - and has won over 130 awards.

If you want to take advantage of this great offer then make sure to pop into your nearest Debenhams store or get clicking on This offer will only be valid for 24 hours, so you better be quick! I have yet to try this, although have read some great reviews, so I will definitely be taking advantage of this great offer, to find out what I have been missing out on!

Friday, 25 April 2014

Alexander McQueen : Savage Beauty is coming to London

At last! The Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty exhibition, which was one of the most successful ever held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, is FINALLY coming to the UK. 

Last night it was announced that the exhibition will be running at the V & A from March 14 to July 19 2015. Tickets went on sale this morning, but the website is currently experiencing a high volume of traffic and a few problems as a result. This is one exhibition I definitely cannot miss, so will be booking my tickets ASAP. It may be nearly a year until the exhibition opens, but given the McQueen's amazing body of work, it will definitely be worth the wait. The McQueen pieces in the Isabella Blow exhibition which I went to see recently were absolutely beautiful.

Picture credit: PA photos

Friday, 18 April 2014

Jil Sander & Maison Scotch bargains at TK Maxx

Just a quick post to share some of my latest style bargains picked up in TK Maxx. For me, the store has long been a treasure trove for designer pieces at less than high-street prices, e.g. a classic black Elizabeth & James blazer which I get lots of wear out of (and am wearing as I type!) with a 75% discount. Therefore I always pop in when I am passing, to check out what's instore.

And today's visit didn't disappoint. I managed to pick up a sweatshirt from one of my favourite labels, Maison Scotch for £7 (a 94% saving) and a pair of Jil Sander sunglasses for £29.99 (an 87% saving).
Whilst I was there I also spotted lots of great pieces including silk tops by Elizabeth & James for £30,  Marc by Marc Jacobs sunglasses for £37 and Tom Ford sunglasses for £58 (originally £260!). I have been wanting a pair of black Tom Ford sunglasses for ages and would have snapped them up if they had been black, but unfortunately they were tortoiseshell, and I already have a pair of brown Tom Ford sunglasses. But now that I know they do stock Tom Ford sunglasses in there, I will definitely be checking out the sunglasses section there every time I pop in.

There was a great selection of designer labels instore: from Karl Lagerfeld blazers to Pucci and Missoni handbags, so definitely worth paying a visit. Let me know if you do manage to snap up any style steals of your own.


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