Christmas gifting with Friction Free Shaving

Friday, November 29, 2019

This post contains gifted items. All photos and opinions are completely my own.

Friction Free Shaving have recently released two fab gift sets for Christmas - ideal for those in your life who could do with some major pampering this winter. ❄️

The box I was kindly sent is the Full Gift Set (was £27, now £25); this includes either the Rose or Lily razor (I chose Lily because I love a bit of turquoise), a clamshell protector (I recently used mine to travel with, absolutely brill), shower hook, travel pouch, four German engineered razor refills, and three wonderful skincare products I highly recommend for a wicked shave: a gently exfoliating Pre Shave Scrub, a moisturising Shave Cream, and a luxuriously rich Post Shave Balm.

The Small Gift Set (was £18, now £16) includes the razor (either Lily or Rose), shower hook, travel pouch, clamshell protector, razor refills, and a tube of Shave Cream (honestly the best stuff I've ever used to shave with).

Plus, each box comes with a free handle engraving! I have a Rose handle with my name on it that I use regularly and love. Gives it a lovely personalised touch.

I have been using the FFS handle, blades and shave cream since April and love the quality so much, I'd happily harp on about them forever.

Either one of these amazing gift sets would go down a treat this Christmas.

Contemporary mid-century

Sunday, November 24, 2019

1. West Elm Foundry wide bookcase in dark walnut from John Lewis, £719.20 | 2. Amber glass vase by Elm., £22.00 | 3. Viewforth by Craig & Rose, £37.00 for 2.5L | 4. Navy Scott 4 seater corner sofa from, £1,799.00 | 5. Telescope LED polished chrome single ceiling light from Lighting Superstore, £31.68 | 6. Harlequin Amborella wallpaper from Style Library | 7. Orange Storm framed art print by Stuart Roy, £120.00 | 8. By On Feist round cushion from Nordic Nest, £35.00 | 9. Retro chic coffee table from Trade Furniture Company, £199.95 | 10. Magnesium washed cotton linen curtains from Loaf | 11. Diptyque Tubéreuse Rouge scented candle from John Lewis, £62.00 | 12. Laila yellow rug by Benuta, £59.95 | 13. Wickham industrial wooden armchair from Cult Furniture, £259.00 | 14. Merge Kelim cushion by Elm., £59.00 | 15. Telescope LED polished chrome cylinder floor lamp from Lighting Superstore, £66.24

I took a break from my interior design degree to do some... more interior design stuff?

I felt like putting another room together - I settled on a paint colour and wallpaper and went from there. I was beginning to lean towards another industrial green look at first but stopped myself and opted for some navy with pops of mustard instead. Obviously included a few mid-century pieces because I am obsessed, but I'm also obsessed with the shiny chrome lighting in this room that's giving me Hollywood movie set vibes. The parquet flooring with the border really completes it.

I love the masculine feel of this space. Was really fun to put together and distracted me from work for at least 90 minutes.

Summative assignments & Morphe stores

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Last week I started my degree, which explains the lack of blog posts. I have around 2 months before my first module is due so it's not as if I don't have time to do anything else, it's just that I've been really enjoying working on it. Today I'm going to take a break and meet with my work buds in town because yesterday I think I melted my brain (and my back, crouching over my desk drawing and writing all day for my summative assignments).

I'm 99% sure I've completed my formative assignments so I'm not doing bad to say I only officially started on the 15th. If you want to see my sketches, mood boards and other coursework bits, follow me on Instagram. I update my stories a lot with what I'm working on.

Last Saturday I visited my best friend in Nottingham and did a bit of shopping. It was the first day of the Christmas market and Winter Wonderland event so you can imagine how busy it was. We went mostly to buy up the entirety of Søstrene Grene because they have their new Christmas range in, but on our way there we got distracted by a big ol' Morphe store.

Morphe made their way over to the UK last year, opening in London and Birmingham, but now they're popping up all over. I'm going to Newcastle next week and knew they had one there, but I had no clue about the one in Nottingham so we had a wander in...

It's such a crazy store, they have music blasting at 800 decibels and everyone is dolled up to the nines. I felt so out of place, but I wanted to buy something anyway. I've been eyeing up the Morphe x Jeffree Star JS22 brush online for a few days and thought I'd see if they had any in stock - turns out I bagged the last one. I also wanted a lip gloss, so I opted for the very safe and versatile shade Frolic (it looks extremely pink and glittery on the website but it's a little more muted than that in real life). I originally wanted Pixie but I think they were all out.

I also couldn't believe they had Shane Dawson x Jeffree Star make-up left - they only had a couple of liquid lipsticks but none of them were my cup of tea. I can appreciate the colour of Shane though, so unusual.

Hope everyone has a brill week.

Autumn/winter inspired paint & paper combinations

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

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

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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!

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!

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