Shared Moments A/W 2019 by Mango

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

"Disconnect to connect again. When the hectic routine overwhelms you, there’s nothing like planning a getaway with your friends. Returning to a simple life, surrounded only by nature, animals, music, succulent food and books is key to finding your truly inner you. Like Anna, Rebecca, Kaya, Mathias and Hugo, having fun in the scenic landscapes of Scotland. Sharing joy. Sharing good company. Sharing moments, together." X

"When was the last time you heard the sound of silence? Put on your wool sweater and take your friends for a walk in the forest. In winter there is no better feeling than this fuzzy fabric and the love from the ones you care about to keep you warm. In fact, it is all about doing things simply and naturally; that is why all the pieces in the Woman collection are made of recycled or ecological materials. We share the world, so let’s make it a more sustainable place together." X

"At the end of the day it’s time to light the fireplace in the cabin and gather around. The menu essentials for tonight are friends, fun and spontaneity. The spirit of the travellers who always look for new adventures to share in community, the ones that make the most of every moment. These images from Scotland could happen anywhere. Because more than the place, what really matters is the people you choose to experience them with." X

Shop Mango's A/W 2019 collection here. Photography by Glen Luchford.

Pinterest mood board / 10

Thursday, September 05, 2019

September is here, which means autumn is well on its way. Thought it appropriate to do an autumnal Pinterest mood board to mark the occasion. 🎃

Back to Nature

Saturday, August 31, 2019

I came across this glorious green while researching colour trends for 2020. This shade, called Back to Nature, is from Behr, a US-based paint company. The image on the left with the painted cabinetry, wall panels, and black and white tiling caught my eye so I thought I'd pick out some furniture and decor that would look great with this colour on a feature wall (or if you're brave, on every wall) in a living space.

Kept it fairly cool-toned with everything apart from those warm pops of burnt orange in the pendant light and sofa. I like how this concept board turned out, I'm in love with these colours together.

Throwback: Renishaw Hall & Gardens

Friday, August 30, 2019 Chesterfield, UK

Long time ago I used to have a Flickr account (I was @deedsofthedanes) where I uploaded all my film photos, but Flickr has since gone a bit south so a year or two ago I exported all my photos and deleted my account, leaving a lot of my favourite photos sitting in folders on my computer not doing a great deal. 

I used to adore film photography and I still do, but now I don't take my camera out as much as I used to. Film's pricey, cameras are bulky, and I like the instant-ness of taking pictures on a phone, plus with apps like VSCO and Kuji Cam you can make photos look like they've been taken on film with the click of a filter. Granted, a phone camera will never capture the magic like film does, so I'm tempted to go back to using my Canon (Sure Shot 105u, an excellent charity shop find).

Way back in spring 2014 my mum and I visited Renishaw Hall. The house was closed as it is still a family home and only opens a few days during the summer, but the gardens are usually always open. These are some of my favourite photos I've ever taken, but I think the camera does most of the work here. Film makes everything look 100x better without me even trying, I just point and click. Still very proud of how they turned out.

I ran out of colour film towards the end of our visit so there are a couple of black and white shots at the bottom. They always have this mystical green tinge to them which makes them look like authentic old photos. ♡

10 autumnal homeware pieces under £30

Monday, August 26, 2019

For autumn, warm shades of gold, champagne, rust and bronze are always a hit. People generally want these kinds of tones in their home this time of year to bring in some warmth and comfort. Luxurious textures and materials like brass, velvet, faux fur/hide and bouclé will make a room feel more cosy and plush, something you might appreciate once the cooler weather begins to set in and you're dying to snuggle under a blanket with a cup of something hot and a candle by your side.

I kept this collection of items under £30 so you won't have to break the bank to add some new pieces into your home when the new season arrives.

My weekend in Norfolk

Tuesday, August 20, 2019 Norfolk, UK

On Friday morning, my brother and I set out on a loooong journey to Norfolk.

We arrived at my dad and step-mum's house sit in Wymondham in the early afternoon and took the homeowner's gorgeous dog for a walk around the village to get to know the place. Rain cut our walk short so we hunkered down back at the house, had a huge carbfest for dinner (spaghetti, turkey meatballs, mac and cheese... it was heavenly), then retired to the living room to watch Baby Driver (with the homeowner's adorable fluffy cat by my side). Slept like a baby that night in the comfiest bed ever. Makes my bed feel like a pile of bricks.

Saturday we headed off to Wroxham to take a boat out onto the Norfolk Broads.

I can now say that I have driven a boat, but never driven a car. Kinda proud!

It was a gorgeous day, the sun was in and out for most of the day but it stayed fairly dry. Absolutely loved being on the water, made me high key want a boat (even if the one we were in reached a maximum speed of 5mph). We spent a few hours on and around the Broads before setting off into Norwich - I really wanted to check out the helter-skelter they have inside Norwich Cathedral...

It was, as I expected, bloody ace.

Norwich is a stunning city and I got to see some incredible buildings and streets that look like they're straight out of a medieval painting.

After a long day, we headed home, ordered Indian food, and watched the last half of Captain America: Winter Soldier on TV.

Late Sunday morning we set off for Cromer to have a wander around the carnival. The sun was intense this day, and because I'm a massive (very pale) moron who doesn't apply suncream all over, I got some pretty bad sunburn on my chest (and a little on my nose). The carnival was immense and just bustling with people, cool cars, good food, loud music, and plenty of classic fairground rides. Took a picture of the sparkliest car I could find...

Cromer beach is beautiful, I could spend hours there combing the beach for weird-looking stones and bits of sea glass, a 'hobby' I'm sure my dad and step-mum begrudgingly remember from our holiday to Cyprus when I was a kid and I wanted to take half the beach home with me. Rocks are cool, OK?

Next we passed on through to Sheringham where I proceeded to immediately drop my phone in a car park and smash it to smithereens, so no photos were taken in Sheringham unfortunately. I took solace in the fact that I had phone insurance and instead of screaming into the void I enjoyed a big ol' banana milkshake with vanilla ice cream and a couple of vineger-doused chips on the sea front.

My brother and I set off for t'north at about half 4 after we'd both thoroughly scorched ourselves in the sun.

It was a wonderful weekend spent with three people I adore in a stunning part of the country, and on top of that we got to spend the weekend in a lovely house with two of the sweetest animals. It doesn't get much better.

Note: Something I haven't talked about yet on my blog or socials is that my dad is currently undergoing treatment for cancer. Thankfully, the radiotherapy and chemo has gotten rid of the lump on his tonsils which is amazing news, but the side effects of having radio and chemo are making him feel dreadful. Thankfully his treatment is coming to an end soon and in a few weeks he will be on the mend and feeling better. Cancer sucks big time. I'm beyond grateful that treatment's worked for him and things will be looking up real soon.


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