Lovely quotes / 24

Monday, November 11, 2019

Photo by Alexis Chloe on Unsplash

“You have the sun in you, and the softness, and the clarity.”
— Anaïs Nin, The Four-Chambered Heart

“The mist of dusk, before the evening rain,”
— Edna St. Vincent Millay, To S. V. B

“Rain on roof outside window, gray light, deep covers and warm blankets. Rain and nip of autumn in air; nostalgia, itch to work better and bigger. That crisp edge of autumn.”
— Sylvia Plath

“…the pale gold light of a November sky.”
— Albert Camus, The Plague

“But then the winter happens, like a secret.”
— Sean O’Brien, At the Solstice

Photo by Alexis Chloe on Unsplash

“‪The Wheel ever turns. The birds ever sing. Each newborn season beckons us to join a timeless dance. The world keeps a-turning. The sun ever shines. Nature pipes an ancient tune as we walk a harmonious path.”
— Freya Turrill, Freya’s Cottage: A Country Diary

“All colors will agree in the dark.”
— Francis Bacon

“Things which matter the most must never be at the mercy of things which matter least.”
— Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

“November comes 
And November goes, 
With the last red berries 
And the first white snows. 

With night coming early, 
And dawn coming late, 
And ice in the bucket 
And frost by the gate. 

The fires burn 
And the kettles sing, 
And earth sinks to rest 
Until next spring.”
— Clyde Watson

A rustic countryside home in East Sussex

Sunday, November 10, 2019

This home is owned by Sally Bourne of Sally Bourne Interiors and her partner David Confino. After going through a divorce and thinking on what to do in the next stage of her life, Sally decided to move out of London and into the countryside. The house was built in the 1930s and had been empty for six years and on the market for four before Sally and David moved in.

This house gives me such a fresh spring feel. Striped linen, windowsill herbs, an uncut loaf on the table, rose-coloured hydrangeas, log fires, chintzy curtains, sunny yellow pillows, shabby furniture and woven blankets, it oozes countryside charm and an easter weekend away with your grandparents.

Read more about this home here.

Photographs © Polly Eltes

Originally featured in the November 2018 issue of Country Homes & Interiors.

Comforting candlelight

Saturday, November 09, 2019

I came across this wintry, fairytale-esque image on Pinterest recently and the colours really stood out to me; the grey-lilac fog, the warm orange light from the candle, and the rich brown window frame inspired me to create this cosy, dusky, and slightly witchy bedroom.

I found the most exquisite wallpaper by Cole & Son that adds some eccentricity to the room, and I included a few antique brass accessories for that luxurious and traditional feel.

Hope you guys like what I came up with. I'm a bit obsessed with this colour scheme, it's so unusual.

"In seed time learn, in harvest teach, in winter enjoy."

Christmas wreaths

Thursday, November 07, 2019

I'm so glad it's officially OK to talk about Christmas now. 🎄

I'm starting the season with a post about wreaths. I don't think a house is fully decorated for Christmas until there's a wreath on the front door. It's the icing on the cake for many.

While I was scouring the web for wreaths to feature in this post, I found some untraditional ones that I thought were particularly beautiful - ones that have been knitted in thick, cloud-like wool, ones made of rustic birchwood, and ones made of felt. I love Christmas decor that's a bit more unconventional. No-one wants the same old stuff as everyone else.

We have changed our Christmas decoration style and colour scheme this year (made a Pinterest board for it!) so we're on the lookout for new trimmings. Posts like these have been giving me a lot of inspiration so I hope it helps some of you. :-)

I'll be putting out more Christmas content very soon!

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Vintage style home accessories

Friday, November 01, 2019

Today I felt like browsing the web for some vintage-style home accessories (there's some genuine vintage in here too) that make me think of cosy candlelit cottages and rural retreats in the French countryside. Lots of hardy materials, ornate styles and muted tones. Something about this dark moody weather makes me want to lounge in a claw-foot tub with a book or sit by a crackling fire surrounded by antiques. Just picture it in your head - it's magical.

My absolute favourite items in this post have to be the butter dish and the champagne glasses. Something about the ridged/ripple effect of the glass makes me giddy.

Happy shopping!

Butterball bath bomb from Lush

Monday, October 28, 2019

It's been almost 3 years since my last Lush product review. They were an old favourite back when my blog was a wee bairn. 

I actually haven't used Lush products for a long time - I found myself spending a small fortune on bath bombs each month and I knew I had to slow down, but instead I just stopped completely. They weren't items I needed, and I began to enjoy simple baths more - a handful of epsom salts and some gentle zero fragrance bubble bath was (and still is) my go-to.

Over the years I've become more and more wary of what products I use in the bath and shower.  Some products can be irritating to intimate areas and I'd like to avoid that, and even though Lush products are completely safe to use around those areas (even their glitter is safe) I didn't want to dive straight back into something overly scented or overly shimmery. I went with an employee's advice and eased myself back into the Bath Bomb Club with a classic Butterball.

Butterball is one of my favourite bath bombs because it's fuss-free. It's colourless, shimmer-less, and has a wonderful relaxing scent that could send me straight to sleep. As it fizzes, it releases blobs of nourishing cocoa butter onto the surface of the water until it eventually melts onto your skin. Bliss.

If you have dry, sensitive or irritated skin, this is the bath bomb to replenish it. Once the cocoa butter pieces have melted, your skin will be coated by a light buttery film that smells good enough to eat. Ylang ylang is used in aromatherapy to treat stress and depression, as well as relaxing the nervous system, and relieves anger, panic and fear. X

Butterball will always be a firm favourite of mine. The smell is divine, the ingredients don't irritate me, and the feel of my skin afterwards makes me feel like a silky goddess.

Outfits inspired by interiors

Sunday, October 27, 2019

The thing I love the most about interior design and fashion is being able to have fun and experiment with different colour combinations, patterns and textures. I love expressing my style and tastes through the clothes I wear and the way my home looks. 

I found five amazing interior images from Pinterest that I felt would be great to base an outfit around. I went for interiors that had interesting colours, patterns or textures so I could showcase various different kinds of looks. I'm inspired by so many different fashion and interior styles and my tastes are very broad so I found selecting the pieces for each interior a lot of fun, and once you come across that one item that makes you go !!!!!, the outfit all falls into place like dominoes.

Hope you like the looks I've put together! Interior images are credited.

1. Blush & Black Velvet

2. Seafoam with Golden Accents

3. Art Deco with Pops of Colour

4. Plum & Sand

5. Vintage Tones with Checkered Details 

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.
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