Sunday, 28 August 2016


I haven't published a music post for quite a while, so I thought it was about time I shared a playlist I've been loving recently: my girl power playlist! I love each and every one of these songs, and the women behind them are just brilliant!

I Can Be Somebody - Erin McCarley
R U Mine - ROZES
You're Such A - Hailee Steinfeld
Pierre - Ryn Weaver
Slow It Down - Jill Baylon
Here - Alessia Cara
I Love It When You Cry - Moxie Raia
Chewing Gum - Nina Nesbitt
Willows - Vanessa Carlton
Arm's Length - Kacy Hill
Bom Bom - Justine Mauvin
Midnight River - Vaults
Helplessly - Tatiana Manaois
Army - Ellie Goulding


Sunday, 21 August 2016


Recently, I placed my first order at Society6. After a fair few hours(!) of pouring over all the pretty artwork appearing on my computer screen, I eventually settled on this small wall tapestry, measuring 51 inches tall by 60 inches wide.

The mandala design is by an artist called Nika - I just adore the colours and the intricate patterns in her work, especially this one! I managed to nab this wall tapestry during a 15% off + free delivery event so it was a tad cheaper than the base price on the website.

I really think wall tapestries are a great alternative to traditional framed wall art if you're not afraid to go big and make a statement with it. I hung mine in my bedroom at my parents' house and every time my mum comes into my room, she's always saying how much she likes it - I'm pretty sure she's gonna steal it as soon as I head back to uni!

Have you ever bought anything from Society6?


Sunday, 14 August 2016


I've got a really quick and easy DIY to fill an all-too-common rainy afternoon for you all today! Giftwrap storage boxes are a great idea if you want to make those functional but plain-looking shoe boxes a tad more appealing.


Shoe box
Wrapping paper
Mod podge
Paintbrush / foam paintbrush
Coloured paint (optional)

Choose just one or alternatively two complementary wrapping papers to wrap the box and the lid. Paint a thin layer of mod podge onto the box before placing your wrapping paper on and smoothing out any wrinkles or bubbles. You could even paint the lid a block colour to contrast with the wrapping paper if you wanted, but make sure to add enough coats and leave it to dry before using it.

You could even go for some festive wrapping paper if you were wanting to make some Christmassy storage boxes. Let me know what you make!


Sunday, 7 August 2016


I absolutely love these kinds of shirts, especially at this time of year in the UK with our ever changing weather! They're a light and airy material perfect for the hottest days of summer, which are then easy to layer up in spring and autumn. I find them slightly less formal than a traditional collared shirt, so they're also easy to transition from day to night if need be.

Flowery shirt - T.K.Maxx - £12.99

Red shirt - Primark - £10


Wednesday, 3 August 2016


When I went camping with my boyfriend recently, we pootled along to some nearby towns and villages to see what we could find in the charity shops. Tom tended to browse through the bric-a-brac and furniture, whilst I would mostly gravitate towards the books. And I came away with a fair few!

Five of these books I picked up for £1 total(!), and the other paperbacks ranged in price from 75p to around £1.30. The hardback Andrea Levy novel was £2, but the cover is super pretty and the blurb sort of enticed me to buy it.
What's the best bargain you've ever found in a charity shop?


Sunday, 31 July 2016


We've all been in that situation: you're struggling to think of a gift for someone - someone you know very well but who seems to have everything they want or need - and every time you ask them what they want for their birthday they respond with a reluctant "Oh.. I don't know.." and you're left with little to no hope of buying them something they'd actually like.

But there's no rule that says you have to buy them a physical gift, so why not give them a day out to remember? There are so many websites nowadays through which you can pay for an experience day for someone and gift it to them so that they can choose a date that's suitable for them. Some examples of the kinds of days on offer are spa days, an afternoon tea for two, driving experiences, cooking classes, brewery tours, chocolate tasting events - the list is almost endless! There's bound to be something out there that your loved one will enjoy. Recently, my family all banded together to get my dad a supercar driving day for his 50th, which he absolutely loved, and my brother and I got our parents an afternoon tea voucher for their Wedding Anniversary, which also went down a treat!

Below I've linked a few of my favourite sites for these kinds of experience days, so check them out if you're struggling to find the perfect gift for someone!


Sunday, 17 July 2016


I've raved about Ohh Deer before on this blog and I ain't about to quit now! They sell a massive variety of products featuring work by a load of different artists including Gemma Correll and Andreas Lie (my faves), and they offer a 10% discount for all you thrifty students out there. The site will often have events like 'Free Delivery on orders over £10' or an increased student discount for a limited time too - you can't really go wrong shopping here.

At Society6, they sell an even wider range of products than Ohh Deer, although I find them to be at slightly higher prices. However, if you make your order during a free shipping or discount event, things become a lot more affordable. Being a larger company based in the US, international shipping is also required for us Brits, but in my experience it's well worth it. I ordered a wall tapestry from Society6 and it came much earlier than estimated, and the piece itself was gorgeous. 

I discovered this website on the back of a greeting card at the gift shop at Wollaton Hall, and when I went home to check it out, I was not disappointed. Based in the UK, Wraptious is a smaller company that sells more animal-centric products by incredibly talented artists. And what's more is that all UK orders qualify for free shipping(!) and for the rest of the world they offer incredibly affordable rates. 

A small studio focussing more on greetings cards and gifts, they offer adorable products featuring clever designs and witty quotes. I actually noticed this shop whilst walking around Bristol, and I'm very glad I made a note of it as they also offer free shipping on all UK orders (woohoo!).

Possibly the most well-known of these five sites, Redbubble has over 400,000 independent artists contributing to a massive creative community. You can find pretty much anything on there, from a T-shirt of Pikachu dressed as Batman to a drama llama-themed iPhone case. What more could you possibly ask for?!

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