Beautiful moody kitchens

Saturday, October 19, 2019

I love dark kitchens, especially those that get a lot of natural daylight. There's something about that pale light hitting dark cabinetry and walls, highlighting the undertones and bringing out their richness, that brings me a lot of joy. Makes the interior design bit of my brain do a happy dance.

I adore natural stone flooring, brassy hardware, dark wood countertops, open shelving and grey wash walls that are prevalent in these kinds of kitchens. Those features make a space feel calming and relaxing, ideal for those who spend a lot of time in the kitchen with company and want to make their home feel welcoming. In the evenings, dark kitchens cry out for some candlelight or some dimmed down pendant lighting.

Kitchens are known as the heart of the home so it's important that they are functional and beautiful.

I've picked a few of my favourite kitchens I've come across on Pinterest and Tumblr that demonstrates this moody look best, including a lovely historic kitchen at the end.

New find: elf+ Coco Glow Cloud Highlighter

Friday, October 18, 2019

elf+ Coco Glow Cloud Highlighter in the shade Moonlight Glow - £7.50

You know when you buy a beauty product on a whim not having a clue how it performs but are willing to risk it and it ends up being one of the greatest products you've ever used? Yeah, this is that product.

I found this highlighter in TK Maxx and thought I'd pick it up because I was drawn to the cutesy packaging and the beautiful pearly-pinky-champagne shade. I am a bit of a highlighter freak and currently have 3 on the go, but I couldn't put this one down. The colour (and price at TK Maxx, £2.50!) drew me in.

I had no clue until I opened it in the car that it has quite a strong coconut scent - I love this, but it's strong so if anyone is funny with scents in make-up I'd give this one a miss. The formula itself is infused with coconut which gives it its soft, squishy, buttery texture that is so satisfying to touch. You can apply it with a brush or with your finger, but because it's quite a wet texture I think a finger applies it better.

I read some reviews on this and some people don't like the glitter in it, but I don't think it's bad. I have a glittery highlighter from Maybelline (Master Chrome Extreme in 200 Diamond Glow, very pretty but not CF) and the glitter in that goes everywhere, but the bits of glitter in this e.l.f. highlighter aren't very big at all so it doesn't look ridiculous. I just think that pearly sheen gives the most gorgeous wet look to the skin, and wet look highlighters are my fave because they look the most natural.

This highlighter comes in 3 shades. I have Moonlight Glow which suits me down to a tee because I'm so pale; the other 2 are Golden Glow and Taupe Glow.

I think this highlighter is gorgeous. I can't get over the squishy bouncy texture and the cute baby pink packaging, it gives me Glossier and Milk Makeup vibes (but for less money).

Shop e.l.f. here, and shop the elf+ Glow range here.

Autumn/winter wardrobe 2019

Tuesday, October 08, 2019

It's officially time to start digging out your jumpers and dusting off your coats because autumn has arrived and winter will soon be on its merry way.

I focused on shades of blue, green, burgundy, ochre, and brown with myriads of pattern and texture for this season's wardrobe - autumn/winter fashion doesn't have to be fifty shades of blah. As much as I love my classic greys and creams, I feel like this season's colour is definitely teal - cool, serene and subdued, it looks fantastic with black and burgundy in particular.

Styling Dulux's Colour of the Year 2019

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Dulux recently announced that their Colour of the Year 2019 is Tranquil Dawn, a beautiful laidback shade that sits somewhere between green, blue and grey. It works wonderfully with sandy tones, warm woods and cosy textures to create a soft, nurturing space. The colour is inspired by the morning sky and can be used to create spaces for care or for play, to find meaning or for creativity X.

I wanted to style a room around this colour and see what I could come up with. I went for a relaxing bedroom as this green-grey hue was calling out for some fresh pillowy bedding and lots of luxurious textures like mother of pearl, mango wood, velvet and linen. I added a few dashes of blush pink with the throw, chair and flower stem to stop the room from looking too washed out. Hope you like what I came up with! I think it's dreamy.

My favourite YouTube channels

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Photo by Hello I'm Nik 🇬🇧 on Unsplash

YouTube is my TV - I do watch the odd show on catch-up but I generally just watch YouTube videos. Any hobby or interest you have, there's probably a channel for it.

I love watching people play video games despite not playing them myself (apart from The Sims, I ruddy love The Sims), I also love watching people draw silly stuff, build virtual houses, talk about movies, unbox awful kid's toys, laugh at Subreddits, and review weird junk. I'm so thankful for people who make these videos for our entertainment at NO COST to us, because lord knows what I'd do without them.

You'll be surprised to see that I don't subscribe to any interior design/decor related channels. I watch YouTube mostly to wind down, have a quick laugh and zone out, and if I ever want to watch something interior design-related, I just search for it. I'm more drawn to comedy, beauty, gaming and commentary, things that can play in the background while I mindlessly scroll through Pinterest for 2 hours.

I've separated the channels into 8 categories to make it easier to sift through.

Any channel with a ★ after it means it's one of my ultimate faves and I highly suggest you subscribe to them (if it's something you're interested in, obviously).

🎮 General gaming:
Call Me Kevin ★, GrayStillPlays, Killysunt, Modest Pelican Gaming, RTGame, The Spiffing Brit ★, Wilburger & Flabiliki.
🏠 The Sims 4 players & builders:
James Turner , Devon Bumpkin Harrie, Penapple, Sim Kim, Sophie Elaina, TheTidesChanging & XFreezerBunnyX.
💄 Beauty & lifestyle:
Alexandria Ryan, Allie GlinesJeffree Star, Julia Mazzucato, Lucy Wood , Madeyewlook (face/body painter), Glam&Gore (face/body painter), NikkieTutorials, Patricia Bright, RachhLoves, RawBeautyKristi , sophdoesnails, Stephanie Toms , Sylvia Gani & Tati Westbrook .
📺 TV/movie/game reviews:
Alex Meyers , brutalmoose , Chadtronic, Cynical Reviews, Pretty Much It I Hate Everything, JonTronShow, Julia Cudney, Peter Knetter, 24 Frames of NickSaberspark.
🗣 Commentary:
Alizee , Angelika Oles, bambinobecky, BionicPIG, Cam Kirkham, Cody Ko , Danny Gonzalez , Drew Gooden , Eddy Burback, Elvis the Alien, iNabber, JaackMaate , James Marriott, Jarvis Johnson, Kurtis Conner, Kwite, Leon Lush , Lewis Buchan, MARKIE, Memeulous, Mista GG, mörges, Michael PersadNoel Miller  & WillNE .
🎨 Art:
Jazza, SuperRaeDizzle & The Drawfee Channel 
📈 Reddit:
BluesDank, GioFilms, kingani , SootHouse & Sorrow TV .
🙃 Misc: 
Safiya Nygaard ★ (for beauty, style & wonderful weirdness), Simply Nailogical ★ (for comedic vids & nail art-related challenges), ashens ★ (for dry humour and cheap tat reviews), BuzzFeed Unsolved (for everything true crime, mystery, conspiracy & supernatural), Corridor Crew (for watching filmmakers, stuntmen & VFX artists do cool stuff), maxmoefoePokemon ★ (for hilarious Pokémon card & kid's toy unboxings), Mikaela Long (can't even describe her channel tbh) & Shane Dawson (for the best documentaries).

Commiserations & a bachelor's degree

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Afternoon chaps. Hope you're having a wonderful Wednesday.

It's my favourite time of year! Autumn is the most beautiful season in my opinion. I may be biased as my favourite colours in the world - especially with clothing - are rust tones, so I find myself matching my surroundings a lot. It's still a little too early for crispy brown leaves and cool breezes (it's technically still summer until the 23rd) but I am full of anticipation. I have my scarf out ready, my coats have been dusted off, and I've recently bought some new thick leggings and tights to keep me toasty. I've already broken out the fluffy socks and dressing gown which gives me a lot of joy.

Photo by Will Paterson on Unsplash

To begin, I want to say thank-you to anyone reading this who voted for me in the Amara Interior Blog Awards this year. I was nominated for Best Interior Lifestyle Blog but sadly I wasn't shortlisted. I'm over the moon to have been nominated and to have been among some very good company, but not everyone can make it, so I'm going to give it another go next year.

In better news, I have decided to continue my education with the National Design Academy - I'm going to be doing a bachelor's degree in Interior Design! A 3 year long course that I'll be doing online just like my diploma, hopefully starting in mid-October. I'm currently (very impatiently) waiting for Student Finance England to get back to me on whether my application is successful, then I have to get in touch with the NDA and let them know it's been approved. I've already sent and received back my identity form and evidence so I'm not sure what's taking so long... but eh, I suppose they must have a lot to go through. My phone is practically glued to my hand because I'm constantly checking my emails for updates.

Photo by Devon Saccente on Unsplash

My family and I are going to Newcastle in November. We were going to go for my birthday next March but I'm impatient so we (I, lol) decided we should go in November for my brother's birthday instead. I really wanted a city break this year and Newcastle fits the bill. My brother's been loads of times and it looks like a great city, one that I've never been to, so I'm really looking forward to it. I keep going on Google Street View and wandering around the city centre so when we're there I might have an inkling on where to go. Some decent shopping and lots of gorgeous architecture. 

If anyone has any Newcastle recommendations on places we should definitely visit or eat at please let me know! I'm clueless.

I've been... reading: Sustainable Home by Christine Liu and Liz Earle Wellbeing magazine. | Listening to: london, a playlist by Tabby Williams on Apple Music. | Eating: delicious butter chicken. | Watching: Taskmaster, best comedy game show on telly. | Buying: a new tube of Weleda Skin Food, second-hand shirts off eBay, and another OHTO ballpoint in hot pink.


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