31 October 2016

The Complete Vinyl Collection



So there I was, my hand had just left the turntable and I was transported back into a decade of soul and joy. I looked up to see my ten month old baby girl dancing to the music. I was automatically taken back to when I was a nine year old girl enjoying the best Sundays I have ever had, in the company of my parents, good music and good memories.

The sound that the Denver portable record player emits is beautiful. It transports you back to a soulful time full of good vibes and great music. The Denver comes in a set with the Complete Vinyl Collection which has just about every genre of music one would need for a great evening. It contains twenty albums carefully curated to fulfil and satisfy the varied musical tastes of those that like vinyls and those that are new collectors. The Denver itself, comes in a wide variety of colours including; classic black, vintage brown, pillarbox red and striking sky blue. I personally prefer the black because it fits nicely with the rest of the accessories and furniture in my living room.



The beauty about this kit is the comprehensive vinyl 'library' that enables you to join the revolution and enjoy the rich, deep and warm sound quality of vinylJazz junkies can enjoy classics from Miles Davis, John Coltrane and Nina Simone, whilst blues brothers can bask in the timeless sounds of John Lee Hooker, Muddy Waters and BB King. Disco divas  can get down to the sounds of Heatwave, Odyssey and Gloria Gaynor, whilst soul sisters and brothers are sure to be satisfied with hits from  James Brown, Sam Cooke and Percy Sledge. Travel back to the60's with classics from Bob Dylan, Elvis Presley and the Everly Brothers, or be transported to the sensational 70's with Ike & Tina Turner, Candi Staton and Edwin Starr.  Evoke memories of the 80's with Soft Cell, ABC and Limahl, or take a trip down to Route 66 with Fats Domino, Nat King Cole and the Cadillacs. Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson and Glen Campbell are country's greats, whilst Bob Marley, Gregory Issacs and Lee Perry are sure fire reggae hits to explore and enjoy. This is a truly premium range that delivers something to please and fit the mood, whatever the crowd, time or occasion.

The Complete Vinyl Collection offers a truly unique combination of crowd pleasing sounds and retro good looks that would make a fabulous feature and addition to be enjoyed in any home. This brilliant bundle is available at your local branch of Currys/PC World or buy online at amazon.co.uk SRP of £159.99.




THIS POST IS IN COLLABORATION WITH THE COMPLETE VINYL COLLECTION 
– BUT ALL VIEWS ARE MY OWN
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28 October 2016

Peggy Porschen's delicious cakes





Last weekend I went for a stroll through London to take some photographs of pretty Mews. We popped into the beautiful Peggy Porschen for a little treat to eat and I have to say, the spiced pumpkin cupcake was absolutely delicious. I topped it off with a lovely hot chocolate. It's such a pretty place! 



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27 October 2016

The Perfect Pair of Jeans






A large warm winter coat, leather boots and a great pair of jeans make for the perfect autumn wardrobe, so I was super excited when I was asked by Trilogy to take the ultimate denim experience at one of their London stores. This involved using their team of stylists expertise to find my perfect jeans. I live in jeans, especially black ones so trying on so many different pairs with different textures and fits was positively overwhelming. I remember calling out from the dressing room after each pair I tried on, that the fit was so beautiful, and I felt great. The Black Denim Edit collection sculpts and embraces your figure. The AW16 collection is all about building your perfect wardrobe around a great pair of black jeans which is what I done. I paired it up with a gorgeous camel coat, white lace blouse and black leather boots. What I like about Trilogy's Black Denim Edit is its versatility and that it gets you from day to evening in the utmost elegance and style.

Smart, sophisticated and flattering, black jeans have long been a classic go-to whatever the season. The collection comprises a mix of three brands, AG Jeans, J Brand and Paige Denim. There are many different styles including the cropped flare, which is available in jet black, cord or velvet, the five pocket leather and the skinny, which creates the perfect silhouette. There is also the released hem and last but not least is the soft and silky velvet. The J Brand velvet jeans are undoubtedly the ones I have, due to their comfort and luxurious softness. Velvet is also huge this season and a major winter accessory full of sex appeal. 

You can see the AW16 Style Guide here

I wore this outfit on a Sunday afternoon out with my other half. We took a lovely walk down some of Chelsea's Mews and popped to the lovely Peggy Porschen cake shop for some delicious cupcakes and a hot chocolate. 

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21 October 2016

Trip to Farrow & Ball with Amara

Last month I had the pleasure of visiting British colour experts, Farrow & Ball. I along with other British and international bloggers was invited by Amara to join them in Dorset for a day of splendid inspiration. We met bright and early at London Waterloo station before making our journey to Bournemouth. Our little mini bus stopped outside Deans Court, where we were given an exceptional tour of a fabulous grade I listed property which has been with the current owners family for over 500 years. Upon entering Deans Court, we were treated by the Farrow & Ball team and joined the other international bloggers over a chit chat with tea and delicious Dorset apple cake. We were then presented with a talk from Charlotte about Farrow & Ball's latest wallpaper collection which you can see here

During the talk we learnt all about the history of Farrow and Ball and the new collection. Arcade is a wonderfully glamorous take on the art deco movement, portraying a soft, romantic take on the classic curved motif. The beautifully tactile scallop design gently dances across the length of the paper, creating an inherently sophisticated feel. The Gable is quite unique and playful, featuring a rural scene of ploughed fields and farmyard animals. It perfectly captures the innocence of simpler times. Gable definitely captivates the imagination. In contrast to the other two designs, Enigma, named after the encoding machine deciphered by Alan Turing, is a beguiling and bold example of geometric design. The design encompasses a series of interlocking rectangles, which invigorates and enthrals. The new collection is made in the same way as all Farrow and Ball artisanal wallpapers, the new designs are traditionally block printed using real paint and I actually had the experience of seeing the wallpaper being made at the headquarters in Dorset! Each design is also available in seven colour ways ranging from delicate neutrals and muted pastels, to bolder tones with metallic accents. After the inspirational talk we were given a tour of the fabulous Deans Court by the current owner Sir William. Each room had its own special story and was bought to life with a Farrow and Ball paint renovation. 


We then went to the lovely Squash Court for lunch and I had a good catchup with the other bloggers. After lunch we got creative at the Farrow and Ball headquarters after our magical tour of the factories. I got to see how the paint and wallpaper is made and made my own lampshade, which was pretty cool. I then headed back to London from Bournemouth with the Amara team with my lampshade and goody bag.


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Habitat Light Club

To celebrate the launch of Habitat's new AW16 lighting collection, they're turning the basement of their Tottenham Court Road store into a Light Club for a one-night-only event of dancing, DJing and beautiful lighting. It's such a fun event that Habitat have creatively put together. I had the pleasure of attending the launch party, (as seen below) where there was a spectacular dynamic lighting display featuring new and iconic habitat designs. There was also a DJ set by Crucial & Fresh with live choreographed dance routines by professional dancers. The cocktails by London pop-up king, Jimmy Garcia, were also pretty amazing.

The one-night-only pop up night club which is open to the public will be held at Habitat's Tottenham Court Road flagship store on Thursday 27th October 2016. Limited free tickets are available from habitat.co.uk/lightclub. 














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18 October 2016

Shady Grey

There is something beautiful and calming about this interior. The dark colours work together to  almost warm up the room creating a very sophisticated atmosphere.







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Colour Inspiration: {black & white stripes}

Stripes have always looked wonderful within interiors. They add focal points to a room and also dress it with charm and a hint of Parisian Chic. I adore a monochrome room, particularly when used as a focal point as too much can be overpowering.

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17 October 2016

Candlelight for Winter's Nights

Winter is gradually setting in with frosty cool mornings, and candlelit evenings. Trees are shedding their beautiful autumn leaves and blankets are keeping us warm at night. Creating a cosy atmosphere in the home during winter is important. It's just as import for kids as it is for adults. There are many ways in which you can decorate your home with accessories to make it feel extra cosy and inviting. Implementing wonderful soft throws and blankets always work well and adding ambient lighting such as candles provide the perfect winter setting. 

India May Home have released a gorgeous collection of tealight and candle holders for winter. They're great for styling your home ready for Christmas.




Glass Candle Holders
The fun of these candleholders comes from their flexibility! The glass box shape of the Nord collection is ideal for holding pillar candles, whilst the special iron supports of the Nordic collection are designed to hold dinner candles, but you're not restricted to these two options. We like to put objects in the centre of ours to create a pretty display, swapping the contents depending on the season: crunchy leaves for autumn, pinecones and faux snow for winter, eggs and feathers for spring. 

Tealight Holders
Display these tealight holders as a set or mix and match several colours together. You have a choice of two sizes and three finishes: Mercury Silver, Black or Clear. Each one is the perfect size to hold a tea light or votive candle.

Star Tealight Holders
Specially commissioned by Karen for India May Home, these iron stars light up beautifully when a tealight is placed inside. They look great in pairs when placed on a windowsill, or strung up from the ceiling using the strong metal loop on the tip. 

Sutara Star Candle Holder
This is a star shaped candle holder in a generous size, ideal for filling with small objects or weaving Christmas foliage around the top! Sutara has space for five tall candles and is made from glass and iron. Each one is made by hand, and therefore has its own small imperfections and character. 

Safi Star Tealight Holder
This star-shaped piece is made from iron and glass, with a rounded iron well in the middle to hold a tealight. If you wanted an extra bright light you could fit another five candles in the spaces around the edge, but we prefer to fill it with decorative objects like pebbles, ornaments or pine cones.
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14 October 2016

Farrow & Ball Wallpaper Collection 2016

Last month I had the pleasure of visiting British colour experts, Farrow & Ball at their headquarters in Dorset. I along with other British and international bloggers was invited by Amara to join them for a day of splendid inspiration. We were given an in-depth talk about Farrow & Ball's new wallpaper collection which was held at Deans Court. The 2016 collection is inspired by the 1940s post-war period, embracing a paradoxical feel. The contemporary interpretations of the 1940s prints features three exceptional designs.

Arcade is a wonderfully glamorous take on the art deco movement, portraying a soft, romantic take on the classic curved motif. The beautifully tactile scallop design gently dances across the length of the paper, creating an inherently sophisticated feel. The Gable is quite unique and playful, featuring a rural scene of ploughed fields and farmyard animals. It perfectly captures the innocence of simpler times. Gable definitely captivates the imagination. In contrast to the other two designs, Enigma, named after the encoding machine deciphered by Alan Turing, is a beguiling and bold example of geometric design. The design encompasses a series of interlocking rectangles, which invigorates and enthrals. The new collection is made in the same way as all Farrow and Ball artisanal wallpapers, the new designs are traditionally block printed using real paint and I actually had the experience of seeing the wallpaper being made at the headquarters in Dorset! Each design is also available in seven colour ways ranging from delicate neutrals and muted pastels, to bolder tones with metallic accents. 

Enigma




Arcade



Gable




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