FASHION | Black satin & nude heels

Black H&M playsuit
This is a bit of a holiday flashback if you like. I miss being in Santorini way too much to even admit (see 10 reasons why you need to visit here). And in the memory of our lovely, lovely holiday back in June, and also in preparation for our Prague city break (which is in less than 3 weeks, oh my god!), I want to show you one of my favourite holiday outfits - which is also, I believe, rather inspiringly bargaineous!

So what do we have here? A black playsuit in a material very similar to satin (but obviously not - hence the reasonable price tag). Black one pieces can sometimes look a bit dull but this playsuit has a really flattering shape and the golden tassels add a little extra oriental something to it. Originally this was from H&M but I got it from Depop for something like £10 if I remember right! And it was brand new with tags, bam! I have to admit that in Santorini I wore this with knee high gladiator sandals because the beaches were pebbly but initially I wanted to wear it with these nude barely there sandals which I also got from Depop for about £10 and were brand new. Because the satin effect and tassels on the playsuit are quite bold (at least for me, heh), I added a matte black coral-style necklace from H&M - again, got this in sale last year for £3! And a dainty floral crown from Beauxoxo which I've had for a few years now I think.     

It's not a 'I spent 3 hours dollyin' up' type of ensemble but it's comfortable and makes you look like you made some effort. Oh, have I mentioned that the whole outfit comes up to some £30 odd quid? The power of thrifting.  


Have you ever bought anything off Depop or E-bay and felt like le boss?
What bargain has made you feel the proudest?

LIFESTYLE | What's in my bag: Boyfriend Edition

What's in my bag: boyfriend edition
Do you remember the website called 'What's in my bag'? Where has it gone??! I used to love it man! Baah! Nevermind - for those who don't remember it or never had the luck to come across it - it was a website which was showing what's in handbags of various influencers. To pay homage to all the What's in my bag posts out there, here's a boyfriend edition for your - because let's be realistic, all women carry around the same junk - 10 lipsticks they never use, a hair brush with a bunch of hair stuck to it, chocolate wrappers and maybe one or two bricks to add to the weight of their bag. We've all been there. Now, what's in Shaun's bag?

sunglasses (Sundried): Sundried is officially launching in 2016 so these are not available to purchase yet, but you can tell that the brand is coming out with some really swanky pieces - a pair of bamboo sunglasses, that's just too cool!  
Botanics Men's refreshing eye roll-on (£6.99, Boots): Because men can't cover up their under eye circles with industrial strength concealer. Doh
keys & a wallet
iPhone with a Rambo case (£19, CaseApp): What's a better way to express your interests than having a swanky phone case? This one is the ultimate representation of a guy who loves boxing and art. 
DW Oxford watch (£2.30, Aliexpress): This is obviously not a real deal for such a low price but it's a really good way to find whether you like the style enough to pay 50 times more for the brand.  
Vaseline lip therapy (£1.95, Boots): No shame in having rosy lips. 
pin badges (Pussycat Riot): Supporting the Pussycat Riot movement against online censorship all the way.   
 Issey Miyake Pour Homme perfume (£60, Boots): Girlfriend approved.    
Molly Antopol: The UnAmericans (£8.99, Amazon): A book from our first month of the book club. 


What's in your boyfriend's bag?

HOME | Cookie, Moroccan pouffe & beautiful flowers

Home decor inspiration
When you live on your own it can be a little difficult to furnish your place at the pace you wish to. Money doesn't grown on trees, and that's a fact. Sometimes your trip to IKEA turns into an imminent wondering whether that sandwich you had for breakfast eliminates the chances of you getting the really cute mugs you wanted and whether maybe you should just fast for the next two days just to make up for it. Loving your home and constantly striving for better, neater and more 'you' place is a struggle. But I'm not a giver-upper. Here are a few changes I've made to my home in the past few months, and I really hope you find it inspiring! 

LIVING ROOM
My living room is finally getting the shape I've been going for. I managed to get a vintage marine inspired tripod lamp off E-bay (link here) which I've been eyeing for more than a year! You can adjust the leg height so it can either be really short or even taller than mine. I also got a Moroccan pouffe (link here) which has been on my to-buy list for absolute ages. If you search for 'Moroccan pouffe' you will see they have loads of different colours - even plain white and black ones for those monochrome junkies out there! Oh, and I must not forget to mention the swanky marquee arrow from Primarni, that's been one of my favourite home buys in the past month. You can still see that it's not finished though - I want to get some IKEA picture frame ledges and display my vinyls on the wall because it's a shame to have them hidden away when the covers are so fancy!      

KITCHEN
I got this Parisian inspired poster from IKEA (link here) for my kitchen - I feel like people don't generally hang pictures in their kitchens which is such a shame! Also got some vintage Lichfield beer bottles and grey industrial looking vase from Wilkos which was on sale for about £3. Bam!  

BEDROOM
Although the red tartan sheets are still my favourite (see here), I couldn't resist and picked up a set of white sheets in IKEA (link here) because white is such a classic colour (or is it a colour?!) and because it makes flowers on the bedside table stand out much more. These are from the National Gallery range by Prestige Flowers - and this particular one is called the Turner bouquet (link here). How beautiful is it?! 


Do you enjoy decorating your home?
What's the last thing you bought in a home store?

Home decor inspiration

Home decor inspiration

Home decor inspiration

Home decor inspiration

Home decor inspiration

Home decor inspiration

Home decor inspiration

Home decor inspiration

Home decor inspiration