Over the years on this blog, I’ve mentioned a few time how partial I am to a seaside print. I love novelty prints in general, but anything g beauty always catches my eye. I think it has a lot to do with how much I love the actual sea. When I was little my grandparents lived not far from the sea and had their own beach hut. As an adult I’m, never happier than on a visit to the British seaside. Last year I visited Margate for the first time as an adult and completely fell in love. It’s such a great place, with lots to do and see. When Laura Ashley released their new Margate seaside print, it was love at first sight. I just had to give something a try.

I chose this lovely skirt, which is going to get so much wear this summer. It’s the perfect dress up or down edition to my wardrobe.  I love everything about it, from the lovely cotton fabric and living to the perfect on the knee length. I love that the pattern is subtle and sketchy, while the addition of the blue and coral stripes make the skirt stand out. I’ve gone into a lot more detail about the skirt over on the Laura Ashley Blog, so take a look there for more of my thoughts on the skirt.

Since I couldn’t be at the beach I wore the dress for a day out in Kensington to visit some museums. We quickly stopped by some pretty houses to get some snaps. It’s the perfect skirt for when you want a comfortable casual outfit, but still want to wear something nice. I teamed mine up with a simple t shirt, a denim jacket and my comfy Clarks brogues. The finish the outfit and add a touch of colour I wore it with the Magenta Laura Ashley bag.

This bag is going to get a lot of use this year. I’m absolutely loving bags with bold block colours and in my opinion, pink goes with almost everything!

What are your favourite things about the British seaside? I lover the sea and paddling no matter what the temperature, I love making sandcastles and eating ice cream, I love the crumbling paint and old fashioned signs. I love the seagulls and the nostalgia. At the moment I mostly love sharing it Wirth the kids and making memories with them.

The print is so lovely! Here’s hoping that we have some gorgeous sunny weather soon, so that we can create some new seaside memories. Look out for some snaps of the skirt in margate soon! The gorgeous Margate seaside print not only comes in this gorgeous skirt, but also in a lovely top and dress. If you love the fun seaside theme, I also have my eye on the adorable harbourside t-shirt and yacht slash neck jumper.

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A couple of months ago I shared some of the beauty products that I’ve been using loads and enjoying recently, In my Beauty Favourites – Part One post. I thought it was high time that I do an update, with some new editions to my list of favourites. I’m still using all the products that I included last time and I’ve also revisited some old beauty favourites.

Skincare:

Beauty Favourites Liz EarleFirst up are some old favourites. I’ve been using Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish for a long time now, I reviewed it on the blog a few years ago. I’ve also got through a few bottles of the lovely Instant Boost Skin Tonic as well. At the end of last year I ran out of both and didn’t get round to repurchasing. I ended up using lots of other products instead.

A few weeks ago my skin was feeling a little sad, so I decided to repurchase my old favourites. When I looked on the John Lewis website, I saw that I could get both products in a Liz Earle Essentials Kit with the Gentle Face Exfoliator and the Skin Repair Moisturiser for just £50. I thought this was amazing value, so I sipped up the lot. They have a great selection of different kits for different skincare needs. My face is definitely happier for going back to a brand that I know works well for me. I absolutely adore the exfoliator and moisturiser so have added two new products to my long term favourites.

Elemis:

Beauty Favourites | Elemis Pro- Radiance Illuminating Flash BalmAnother product that I’ve loved for a long time and recently revisited is Elemis Pro-Radiance Illuminating Flash Balm. When my skin is a bit tired I love to use this as a primer under my make-up to give my skin a bit more glow. This is a brilliant all round product thats super handy for lots of skincare needs. I got this sample size with some other Elemis products, but I’m planning to re-purchase the full size when my budget allows.

Beauty Favourites | Elemis Cellular Recovery Skin Bliss CapsulesAnother product that I’ve had stashed away for a while, after getting it in a set, is the Elemis Cellular Recovery Skin Bliss Capsules. I started using these little capsules of joy recently and I absolutely love them. The pink capsules are for use in the morning and the green ones for night. They are great for when your skin needs a little love and not only are they packed with goodness they also smell amazing. These contain essential oils and they do really work on my skin. They are pricey though, so I’m using them sparingly and won’t rebut until I can afford them, or if I see them as part of a set again.

The Ordinary:

Beauty Favourites | The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5My favourite discovery of this month was The Ordinary. I mentioned that I love their foundation in my last beauty post. I had picked up a few of their skincare products a few months ago, but hadn’t got round to trying them properly. Their products can be a little confusing. I spend an evening reading up on their products and how to use them and in what order. It was so helpful. I’ve picked out two that have literally worked miracles on my skin. I’ve been using a few drops of Hyaluronic Acid each night followed by some Squalane.

Beauty Favourites | The Ordinary 100% Plant Derived SqualaneOnce you’ve got the products figured out, the simplicity of The Ordinary products is so refreshing. The quality that you get for their very low prices is amazing too. I saw instant results with these products and I’m completely hooked on them now. I’ve seen a few more formulas I’d like tom try’s so look out for an update in my next beauty post.

Hands and Nails:

Beauty Favourites | O.P.I Hand CreamI recently went to a screening on Grease at Soho House to celebrate the films 40s anniversary. O.P.I have also released a range of Grease inspired nail polishes to coincide with the film rerelease into cinemas. As well as nail polish I was gifted this lovely hand cream. The Protective Hand Nail and Cuticle Cream, is one of the best hand creams I’ve used in a while. I am constantly cleaning and washing and my hands really bare the brunt of it. So I’m always on the lookout for good products to give my hands and helping hand. This one is fab.

Beauty Favourites | O.P.I Grease Collection Nail Lacquer | Pink Ladies Rule The SchoolThe nail polish colour I chose was Pink Ladies Rule The School. I chose it because I loved the name and the colour is just gorgeous for Spring. Also I loved the name and how well it goes with the movie, which I’ll be writing more about soon. I think The polish collection comes out in May, so keep a look out as there are a lot of lovely colours.

Beauty Favourites | O.P.I Grease Collection Nail Lacquer | Pink Ladies Rule The School

Bath and Body:

Beauty Favourites | Ritual of HammamNo beauty favourites list from me would be complete without something from Rituals. I have a lot of their bath products as well as a few tubs of their sugar scrubs and body butters. As I’ve been going to the gym a lot recently, I thought it would be  nice to treat myself to a few products to use in the showers after working out.

I picked up a gift set with some mini of my favourite products and It’s been a lovely treat to myself. Their foaming shower gels are amazing and I think I’ve got through one of every fragrance! One of my favourite ever Rituals products would have to be the Purifying Body Mud. It is a gorgeous exfoliating mud, which leaves your skin feeling all tingly and very smooth. I use the shower gel and black soup first, before using the mud and finishing with the body butter.

Beauty Favourites | April 2018Thats it for now.  But I’ll be sure to do another beauty favourites post if I find any other products to recommend. If you’d like more detailed reviews of any of the products mentioned, let me know. Do you have any products you’d like to recomend  to me?


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I’ve got a bit of a thing for yellow at the moment. I like to colour scheme my Instagram just for fun and a few weeks ago I decided to have a little yellow theme for a few days. But a few weeks on it’s kinda stuck and I’m absolutely loving it. I see is it a bit like a daily treasure hunt, I’m always on the look out for a pretty yellow building, flower or door. I’ve also been raiding my wardrobe for lovely yellow additions to my outfits. It’s definitely a colour that makes me feel cheerful, positive and even in the recent awful weather – summery! So when Dolly and Dotty asked if I’d like to review one of their dresses this lovely yellow Anna dress was the obvious choice.

The dress is in a classic simple shape with a simple high cut bodice and full skirt. I love the stripes which add a little interest to an otherwise basic dress. The dress fastens with a concealed side zip. I always prefer side zips as they are far more common on original vintage dresses, I also think they give you a better fit. I do find the zips on Dolly and Dotty dresses a little stiff sometimes, so it can be a bit of a struggle to get them done up, but once I’m in I love them.

I chose a size 14 in this dress and it was just right on me. It’s always worth checking the size guide and reading reviews of dresses before you buy them, just to check that you’re getting the best size for you. I was very happy with the length of the dress as well, it sits on the knee on me. I’m 5’6″ tall and normally wear a size 14 for comparison.

The dress would be perfect as an everyday summer dress, if like me you wear pretty dresses whatever the occasion. I think it would work really well for a special event too. For a normal day I’m pair it with a pair of flat sandals and a cardigan, but for a special occasion I’d wear it more like this with a pair of heels and a statement necklace.

I wore mine with my Miss L Fire shoes, which I absolutely adore, I think they were made to wear with this dress! My necklace is an old one from Coast that I got a few years ago. My bangles are modern bamboo and a very old vintage celluloid bangle.

Do you find yourself focussing on a specific colour? Do you have a colour that makes you feel happy? I love anything bright and colourful and green is my actual favourite colour. But I can see my obsession with sunshine yellow lasting a little bit longer for sure!

For this and the pretty vintage style dresses, check out the Dolly and Dotty website.

*This dress was sent to me for the purposes of review, all opinions are my own. 

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In my last post, I talked about the work we’ve been doing on Lila’s room and the ice cream theme we’ve been creating. Now that the room is painted and the basics are in place, I wanted to start making some pretty things to go inside it. I spotted this pin on Pinterest and decided to try something similar myself. The pin comes from this blog and I just love the idea.

Ice Cream Theme | Painted Ice Cream Plant PotsI got my plant pots and paint in Hobbycraft a while ago and on a recent trip to Ikea I spotted these pretty fake flower plants. I usually like to use real plants at home, but these were far more suitable for a child’s room and they are the perfect colours for the room. The paint is just craft acrylic, which is perfect for kind of project.

Ice Cream Theme | Painted Ice Cream Plant Pots

Ice Cream Theme | Painted Ice Cream Plant PotsI started by painting the bottom part of the bot in a similar colour to an ice cream cone. I used a couple of layers to get it looking how I wanted it. The paint dries really quickly because the terracotta pot is so porous.

Ice Cream Theme | Painted Ice Cream Plant PotsNext I mixed a darker shade and added some waffle details. I did this quite roughly because thats the looks I was going for. It could be done more precisely with a thinner brush or even a Sharpie marker.

Ice Cream Theme | Painted Ice Cream Plant PotsI then painted the top part of each pot with a different colour to look like ice cream.

Ice Cream Theme | Painted Ice Cream Plant PotsThe next step was to add sprinkles to each ice cream, I used different brushed to make different shapes and sizes of sprinkle.

Ice Cream Theme | Painted Ice Cream Plant PotsAll thats left to do is leave the pots to dry completely and add the plant. Lila absolutely loved these and not they’re sitting on a shelf in her room looking so cheerful and lovely.

Ice Cream Theme | Painted Ice Cream Plant PotsWhat do you think of the pots? Do you have any other craft suggestions that could look good with an ice cream theme. Watch this space for more projects in the next few weeks.


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There’s loads of things I love about being a mummy, but one of the things I love best is making the girls rooms look lovely. Over the last few months Rob and I have have been completely transforming Lila’s room. I have wanted to do an ice cream theme room for her for ages. Last year I started picking up little bits and bobs when I saw them. The room is still a work in progress and I have lots more little craft projects planned, but I thought it would be nice to share the progress on here gradually.

Planning

As with all great projects, the first step was creating a Pinterest board with lots of ideas and inspiration. I created a board for all things ice cream theme and another for storage ideas.

Ice Cream Theme Pinterest board

Decorating

One of the first things we did was re paint her walls. We wanted to paint the wall behind her bed a very light cream so it would look like ice cream. So I chose a shade called Fine Cream from Dulux which is just off white.

Ice Cream Theme I bought some sprinkle wall decals from Etsy and stuck them all over the wall. I love how much colour this added and Lila absolutely loved it.

Ice Cream Theme Sprinkle wall decals

Accessorising

Her bed currently has flamingo bedding from Laura Ashley on it. Even though it’s not on theme, I just love it so much and the colours are so pretty.

Ice Cream Theme Laura Ashley Kids Flamingo BeddingI got a lovely bedspread from Laura Ashley to go on top. This is covered with little tassels and I love how well they go with the sprinkle wall.

Ice Cream Theme Laura Ashley kids BeddingTo finish off the bed I’ve added a square ice cream cushion from Tiger which I got Lila last year. I also added the ice cream cushions which I featured in my Home Bargains haul a few weeks ago.

Ice Cream Theme Ice Cream Cushions

Finishing Touches

I picked up a few other bits from Tiger last year, including these little hooks and clock. The hooks are going to go on the back of her door.  I also got a paper ice cream garland from Tiger which I haven’t put up yet.

Ice Cream Theme | Tiger Ice Cream clock and hooksI got these lovely ice cream pictures from Ikea last year as well. you can tell I’ve been planning this for a while because of how much ice cream themed stuff I’ve been hoarding!

Ice Cream Theme | Ikea Ice Cream PicturesThis paper ice cream was also from Tiger and came in a pack of two. For now I’ve just hung it from her light shade.

Ice Cream Theme | Paper Ice CreamsAs I’ve already shown in my Home Bargains haul I got loads of extra ice cream theme stuff there recently, but I thought I’d add the pics again here, so it’s all in one place.

Ice Cream Theme | Home Bargains Ice Cream Cushions Ice Cream Theme | Ice Cream Lights Ice Cream Theme | Home Bargains Mugs and Milk Bottles Home Bargains Ice Cream Cups | Home Bargains HaulAs I mentioned above the cushions have gone on her bed. Nice taking the pictures of her sprinkle wall above, we have also put some little picture shelves from Ikea up above her bed. I’ve displayed some of the pretty things we bought there and so far this is my favourite part of her room.

Ice Cream Theme | Ice Cream Themed Girls Room ShelvesThis was just a quick iPhone snap after I arranged the things on the shelf. I’ll take better pics when I get a chance. I have lots more planned for the room and plenty more work to do to get it exactly how Lila would like it. I also have lots of Pinterest worthy craft projects planned for the room too. I’ll also be sure to write a post about how I store all her things and how I organise everything. So watch this space!

Ice Cream Theme  | Unicorn SlippersWhat do you think of the ice cream theme? If you see any other nice ice creamed theme things while you’re out and about be sure to let me know. And yes, I have seen the new ice cream print at Cath Kidston and I am very excited!


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