The No. 1 place for lighting inspiration if you're renovating

The No. 1 place for lighting inspiration if you're renovating

I'm not kidding guys, I was awake until 1am (!) last night looking for the specific dining room light as the electrics are all going in next week. I started my internet search at 8pm! That's 5 hours wasted trying to find a bloody light shade that if you looked at, is so generic. What's actually wrong with me?? Do you get this too? I think I've found something to help...

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Eclectic favourites from the Home Sense A/W 15 collection

Eclectic interiors from the Home Sense A/W 15 collection



I've been eyeing up Home Sense's Autumn / Winter collection today. It certainly caught my eye. 

Think cottages, cosy fires, blankets + eclectic, mismatched (but in a cool way) patterns, and you're on to a winner. 

In my world, nothing beats winter interior styling. Layers, cosiness and autumnal colour are so inviting and homely. 

When I was creating my Define your interior style class, I worked on a number of different exercises to find the best way to come up with your unique, individual style. During the process, I discovered it largely came down to interests and passions. If you take a look around a home, it has to speak volumes about the way you live life and the things you love to do. Without that, a room feels clinical and empty. 

Eclectic interiors from the Home Sense A/W 15 collection

When I worked through the class (which you're welcome to download for free by the way) I discovered my style had a strong folk feel to it. I was drawn to autumnal shades, furs, small herringbone prints and thick knitted textures. Very similar to the route Home Sense have taken with their new collection this Autumn, hence me sharing it with you right now. 

A few favourites in particular:

- that embroidered stool, £39.99
- those traditional printed storage tins, from £4.99
- that red wicker chair, £24.99

I've heard there will be lots of Russian inspired Eastern folk prints and textures hitting the stores come September, so make sure you stop in for a look, I know I will be.

Wakehurst fun & my new favourite necklace


Wakehurst Place, Sussex, Outfit post ››

Wakehurst Place, Sussex, Outfit post ››

Neil and I visited the beautiful botanic gardens at Wakehurst place at Ardingly in West Sussex about a month ago when the blossom was in full bloom. The same day I received a surprise wee package in the post and ever since we've been inseparable.

Meet my new lucky charm. A shiny silver wishbone necklace from JewelStreet by designers Astrid & Miyu.

I've never been one for costume or statement jewellery, always opting for simple white gold or silver rings and necklaces. Astrid & Miyu have a unique yet simple collection on JewelStreet's website, polished to perfection sterling silver at very affordable prices. My next purchase will have to be a pair of their shiny wishbone earrings to match. They're a steal at just £29.

For any upcoming birthdays, graduation presents or if you fancy treating yourself I'd recommend having a look at the website and Astrid & Miyu's offering. There's something for everyone for every budget.



Wakehurst Place, Sussex, Outfit post ››

Wakehurst Place, Sussex, Outfit post ››

Wakehurst Place, Sussex, Outfit post ››

Wakehurst Place, Sussex, Outfit post ››

Wakehurst Place, Sussex, Outfit post ››

Outfit: Necklace c/o JewelStreet, Sunglasses c/o GlassesShop, Dress c/o George Asda, Cardigan Urban Outfitters (a long time ago), Scarf - a present from my lovely in-laws-to-be :)

Photography all copyright of Neil William Shaw (Brighton Wedding Photographer)

Spotlight on... FOLDS (& epic Interior tips from Founder Emma Gurner)

Pssst. It's a new feature around these parts. Getting your hands on unique interior finds, whether as a gift or to give your home the wow factor, can be tough to come by with all this crazy competition in the online world. High street stores are an option, but never provide that real unique gem that people instantly compliment.

I'm on a mission to introduce to my readers some of the chicest online interior stores out there, the stores that aren't on the highstreet, that will provide you with go-to outlets for lovely things for your home, christmas gifts or simply somewhere to click for inspiration.

This week, I'm introducing FOLDS and chat to their delightful Style Director Emma Gurner :)


Interior: Cushions & cosiness

Fluffy cushions, Folds

Online interior boutiques that have a strong focus on your lifestyle tick boxes for me. When you visit a site where page after page is stocked with beautiful collections you can work into your home and the way you live, browsing accessories that are easily styled and are sure to be loved, that's what I look for when shopping online for interior bits, and Folds thrive in this. With designs sourced from all around the world, there's a strong mix of patterns, textures and products on offer to suit every lifestyle. 

Whether you're looking for cosy layers this winter, or detailed patterns to add a focal point to your rooms, Folds' cushion offerings in particular catch my eye on every visit. Remember I told you about my cushion obsession? Well, Folds are experts in sourcing intricate detailed, geometric & cosy designs to fit your lifestyle and look. Just check out the stunning watercolour-esque  hand ilustrated Sky Siouki prints

Interior: Cushions & cosiness, winter interior looks

Whilst items might not seem cheap from the outset, once you meet the designers, hear about their intricate approach and all the hours gone in to crafting you the perfect cushion to suit your room, you realise what a bargain they are. And what a stunning gift they would make. 

With the chilly Christmas around the corner, Neil & I are loving thick knits, heavy fur and herringbone for ultra cosy times, and when 2 of Folds' sumptuous fluffy pillows arrived on our doorstep, packed with warm duck feathers, we couldn't wait to chill out with them on our Chesterfield. 

Interior: cushions & cosiness, folds winter interior looks

But of course, textiles aren't the only things Folds excel at sourcing. They sell some of the quirkiest lamps and lighting, for that sought after 'industrial chic' look. I simply LOVE this simple iron table lamp, that would look great with a quad loop lightbulb. As well as their strong collection of quirky furniture sourced from all across the globe.

I was delighted that Emma Gurner, Folds' Style Director and interior design consultant took the time to answer a few of my burning questions about her love for homeware. I was so inspired by Emma's (and her business partner Suzi's) approach in building their business, and the passion that drives their decisions. 

Here she is :)...

Interior: cushions & cosiness, folds winter interior looks


Hi Emma! Tell us a little bit more about you and your passion for all things interior

My passion for all things interior began about 15 years ago when I landed a job working at BBC Good Homes magazine. My career continued as an interior stylist from then onwards. Now 15 years and 2 children later, I felt it was time to begin my own company and so Folds was born!

How did you come to start your own online store?

I met my business partner Suzi through our children at nursery. With her knowledge of running a business and my creative input we were able to begin our exciting new venture. The website came about after almost a year of private sales and market research. Despite having a low budget we were able to build our own website using a template and are slowly adding to the website as our business grows.

What's your most loved interior possession?

My most loved interior possession is my copper unit. I designed it myself and painstakingly treated copper sheeting to give it a weathered look. The unit provides a wow factor to the space as well as being a very practical piece of furniture!



What tips would you give for readers just starting out in decorating their home?

I think pinterest is a wonderful tool now available to collect images that you love and to create mood boards. It is a great starting point for getting inspired.

What's your favourite home look this season? 

I love feature lighting and the multi-arm pendant lights are big news at the moment! Like this Five light adjustable pendant, £230. 



If you haven't yet paid Folds a visit, I strongly urge you to take a peek at the collections and start a house-piration pinterest board right away! 


Also follow Emma's journey with Folds on her twitter (she has just got the most adorable little puppy, I can't keep my eyes off her tweets!) 

Interior bargains #1: Storage for the bathroom

Storage ideas for the bathroom

Larger cotton crochet basket, £6.99 Dunelm Mill
Smaller cotton crochet basket, £2.99, Dunelm Mill

Well friends, it's been almost 2 weeks since I wrote my last post on here and it feels pretty good to be finally typing from Neil & I's headquarters in Hove.

We moved on the 15th May, to an empty shell of a flat and have since thrown all our energy into making it feel more like a home - in the uproar of cardboard boxes (cameras were in the bathroom, computers in the hallway) blogging has taken a massive back seat while we get ourselves sorted.

I thought I'd start a new series showcasing all the interior high street bargains I've been collecting before the move and thereafter. Hopefully if you're looking to move into a new place, or jazz up your current homes these posts might give you something to work on - for pennies a pop. We all love a bargain of the home interior variety.

Storage ideas for the bathroom

First up are these gorge crochet baskets I picked up from Dunelm Mill (my all time fave interior store in Sussex don't ya know). They're perfect for collecting the heaps of beauty products us bloggers seem to accumulate tonnes of.

Although I've steered away from blogging reviews of beauty products simply because I never have the time nor dedication to stick to trial skincare for any longer than 3 days - I'm just too faithful to my select favourites -  these baskets work really well if you have an excess of products to choose from and look lush in any bathroom. Open baskets allow you to root around and find the exact things you need, bypassing other products that might tickle your fancy too ;)

Storage ideas for the bathroom

Isn't the pattern just lovely? Hope you like my first in the series of home interior bargains. Lots more where this came from to come :)

Now go enter my giveaway! Not long left! 

Win this stunning tripod floor lamp from Alison at Home worth £175.



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A few photos from the ETC Home & Garden Show, Brighton

ETC Home & Garden Show in Brighton

This will be an exceptionally quick and photo heavy post from me, as I'm amidst a pile of cardboard boxes with clothes as far as the eye can see. I'm packing up for the big move next week; May has come around so quickly and I'm getting palpitations with excitement. This time next week I'll be blogging from Fifi McGee HQ (i.e my new flat) pinning home decoration ideas furiously.

On to the post. Neil & I received press tickets for the ETC Home & Garden Show the Sunday before last. We skipped away from the riots up by the station and got lost in all the interior stalls at the Brighton Centre. Seen a couple of things we want - a smeg fridge and a telly that probably costs more than the flat - but weren't that blown away with what was on offer.

However two very special stalls easily stole the show for me. I finally got to meet two crafty ladies who I regularly tweet/email but never met properly in person, Claire who runs Cat-a-Cake Creations and Claudia who runs Claudia Made This. The lovely twosome shared a stall at the event and it was easily the most photogenic corner of the exhibition.

Hence why it's the only part we photographed!

ETC Home & Garden Show in Brighton

ETC Home & Garden Show in Brighton

ETC Home & Garden Show in Brighton

ETC Home & Garden Show in Brighton

ETC Home & Garden Show in Brighton

ETC Home & Garden Show in Brighton

ETC Home & Garden Show in Brighton

ETC Home & Garden Show in Brighton

ETC Home & Garden Show in Brighton

ETC Home & Garden Show in Brighton

ETC Home & Garden Show in Brighton

ETC Home & Garden Show in Brighton

Before I go, have you entered my interior giveaway? Alison at Home are sending one of my readers this beautiful Colonial Tripod Floor lamp from their Heritage collection (worth £175!)


The giveaway is open to UK residents only. The very lucky winner will be announced on the 31st May 2014 12am and the prize will be delivered to your door a week after. Just in time for sprucing your home up after a spring clean :)

To enter, all you have to do is follow my blog on bloglovin and like my page on facebook, filling in the rafflecopter below.

A winner will be drawn and I will check for proof of entry. If that person has entered without following and/or tweeting I will choose another winner.

There's lots of bonus entries on there too, so fill your boots and good luck! I'll just go crawl into my envious cave.....


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Spring pastel interior ideas for the bedroom

Pastel interior ideas for the bedroom ››

I mentioned in my last interior post '10 reasonably priced home interior sites' that when I move into my new place, I'll be decorating Neil & I's bedroom with a pastel scheme. Not too feminine but still pulling off the hotel-chic, crisp white bedlinen look I love. Like every other over-excited homebuyer I've been pinning all hell out of inspiration for bedroom decor and have since tried finding items to create the look without breaking the bank. 

Check out what I found. Turns out Tesco and George at Asda are an absolute haven for cheap and cheerful pastel looks.
Pastel interior ideas for the bedroom ››


I have one of those nu-vintage white frame beds that's looking a bit too basic at the mo and think something like this chevron print duvet adds a fun focal point for the room. Not 100% on buying these or just crisp white/embroidered, but might pick some up for spares.

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Wood and wicker laundry baskets, from £29.99, Zara home

Did I ever share my serious OBSESSION with all things wicker? I think it's the country bumpkin in me. I'm expecting at lease two or three wicker accents in every room. These are roomy enough for two people's dirty laundry so I'm snapping them up!

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Pastel pink flannelette bed sheets, from £8.99, Dunelm Mill

Pink bedsheets are so 90s it hurts my eyes, but how cute eh? I've already bought the brushed cotton/flannelette set from Dunelm and they're great quality. Might go all out and stock up on blue too.

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This will fit beautifully layered at the end of the bed, and makes a handy quilt to have around on those drunken nights when your bezzy passes out on the sofa ;) I actually saw the exact same quilt from Next retailing at £50... the George one might not be as great quality but screw it. Bargain.

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Decorated knob (Pack of 2) £7.99, Zara Home

We're buying the biggest wardrobe you've ever seen for our bedroom, and while part of me wishes I could find a second hand, more solid piece of oak furniture rather than brand new MDF-type furniture, there's just nothing else out there. To take the modern edge off I plan to switch the wardrobe door handles so they look a little less contemporary. A great way to cheer up dull furniture for dirt cheap.

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Teal Toile Cushion, £12, Next

Watercolour-esque cushions like these would look beauts on plain white bed sheets with 4 different complementing blankets in all sorts of textures. I love how these are also pin-striped on the reverse side so you can switch it up.

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Teal Knit Cushion, £14, Next

I'd pair the above cushions with these waffle knit bad boys. The colours are perfect together and similarly with wicker baskets (above) waffle knit makes me go weak at the knees. Pah.

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Aimee Bed Linen, starts from £20, Cologne & Cotton

I realise even by just buying the pillowcase I would blow the budget in one sitting, but bedsheets couldn't get any more perfect than this Aimee range from Cologne & Cotton. Simple, excellent quality and delicate detail. Gimme! 

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Lolita lamps, too-expensive-to-advertise?, Nika Zupanc

It never sits well when products are left unpriced on posh sites but these lamps/lightshades are so adorable I wanna cry. If you see any similar. Hit me up asap.

Pastel interior ideas for the bedroom ››


Anything that's designed to wake me up with an alarm that resembles a foghorn doesn't constitute any more cash than around £3. This little thing looks deceivingly cute, but I bet it's at risk of being thrown across the room at 7am. 

Join me over on pinterest to have a nosey of all the interior stuff I'm pinning. It's pretty addictive. I could easily get lost for a whole day on doing this....


Ice Cream at Brighton Beach



The clocks have officially allowed it to be summer again. Brighter evenings = walks along Brighton beach and HEYUP! for the first time in 2014 my pasty white arms have seen daylight! Get in. Summer must be on its way.

I was ecstatic to see a little Cat-a-Cake creation land on my doorstep on Saturday morning, so thoughtfully wrapped too. There's nothing like waking up to receive a hand made piece of jewellery delicately encased in a tiny lace bag whilst you're monching on your bacon sarnie... So without further ado, I fled to the shores for a photo sesh armed with my new baby.

Only small independent companies and etsy sellers can make every purchase have a personal touch. The thought that goes into packaging is amazing, sweets and tissue paper galore. It's made me vow to buy more gifts for friends and family from local Etsy sellers; they give presents the wow factor my clumsy wrapping never can.



I was gifted this beautiful hand designed laser cut Ice Cream necklace from the kind folks at Cat-a-Cake and took it on it's maiden voyage in true Brighton style, on a sunny walk by the sea. Claire, the brains behind the cutting has a really whimsical, growing collection of seaside finds. This stunning brochure  shows the whole collection (and the retro photo shoot makes me swoon, gah!) I think you'll be asking the same question once you've had a click through.. WHEN can I get my hands on a Jamie Dodger necklace!? How cute are they? 



Claire also runs a popular crafts fair here in Brighton, called The Fairy Tale Fair. Set out in Patcham, the next event's on April 12th from 10am showcasing over 35 craft and vintage stalls, a vintage tea room, Easter workshops and much much more. It makes for a great trip out with the family, so I encourage you all to pop out and say hello!

Keep up the beautiful work Claire & the team :)

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10 reasonably priced home interior sites

10 reasonably priced home interior sites

With Neil and I all penciled in for moving house in late May, it's just dawned on us how much basic furniture and appliances we need to buy... and that's before we even begin to plan those finishing touches that make a house a home. If there's one thing buying a home has taught me (bar the definition of LTV) it's that interior is my new found passion. I've always wistfully roamed the aisles of Home Sense, dreaming of owning my own home and how I'd decorate it all, but now I've found myself reading books about it and yep, forking out £4 a pop on Elle Decoration. That's dedication right there.

Here are a bunch of home interior shops we've got our beady eyes on for the new place. And some not too pricey either.

10 reasonably priced home interior sites


MADE.COM 

Contemporary pieces at a cut of the price. Made.com cut out the middle men and buy directly from the designers and makers, allowing them to keep prices low and the offerings excellent quality. Particularly reasonable for quirky chairs, sofas and lighting, I've seen a few floor lamps that will definitely be going in my basket.

10 reasonably priced home interior sites

Home Sense

A high street favourite of mine. We have a fairly big outlet in Brighton that stock tonnes of vases, kitchenware, photo frames, rugs etc, but I've heard amazing things about the Chichester store - they stock furniture?! (one day, one day) Home Sense is incredible for unique, low cost buys. I have big plans to make my own gallery wall and with the range of frames on offer at Home Sense, I know exactly where to go for a spend up.

10 reasonably priced home interior sites

Alexander & Pearl

I found this place as I was having a flick through Style at Home (fave mag ever at the mo). It's THE place to shop for that coveted 'industrial chic' we see in almost every new coffee shop that hits the town. I love the mix of iron and wood furniture, and the eclectic trunks. Not quite so appealing on the purse strings, but we're saving up for a sturdy chest coffee table that might come from here.

10 reasonably priced home interior sites


We searched high up, low down on our internet travels for a chesterfield sofa bed. Our new place is just a one-bedder so if we ever want our family to stay, a sofa bed is a must. Trouble is, I absolutely despise the look of them - they're so boxy with no character. I was considering sacking it off and having our ma's sleep on an air bed - until we found this gem. Chesterfields are the one thing I've long pined after, so we're doing it, and thank God Oldboot Sofas stock this beaut. Doesn't look like a sofa bed at all does it? 

For similar leather creations, you should have a look at Newman and Bright's Italian leather sofa range. Some stunning great quality pieces of furniture to be had.

10 reasonably priced home interior sites

Edited

This one's a local haunt, so apologies for all you non-Brightonians. I LOVE Edited. They sell a mix of retro soft furnishings and stools, and the most beautiful tapered candles that will make you never want to light them. Whenever I'm stuck for interior ideas or colour schemes I just click on their site and weep at their unusual home accessories, I want it all that bad. Fingers crossed they start selling more and more bits on their inspiring site - their shop is stocked with stunning bits and bobs!

10 reasonably priced home interior sites


Laura Ashley stock dreamy soft furnishings. This very photo pinched from their site will form the very replica of how I see our new room looking once I'm done with it. We'll be channeling the distressed white 'vintage look' furniture, with minty pastels and heaps of textured blankets and cushions. Maybe even some 'Grow your own lavender' that I was gifted for my birthday. Laura Ashley is my first port of call for the country look, thick knit blankets and fluffy cushions. 

10 reasonably priced home interior sites

NEXT

Another high street fave. Of all 10 home interior places I recommend in this post, I think 80% of the stuff I buy for the new place will be from Next. I just got back from their mahoosive branch in Holmbush after spending an hour looking around for a sofa (but to no avail, boo) and a further hour choosing between all the reams of rugs, lighting, curtains, blinds they have, at such reasonable prices. Once we measure up the new place, we're hiring a car and driving out for a big spend up.

10 reasonably priced home interior sites

Urban Outfitters

One not many of us would think about for decorating the home, more decorating our wardrobes! But UO have a really trendy selection of colourful furniture and bedding that would add serious levels of photogenic-ness to a room. I'll be picking up home accessories like door mats, magazine racks and key holders from here - it's great for those little bits that add character to a space.

10 reasonably priced home interior sites

Emmie Home Interiors

Found Emmie mentioned in a magazine too. There are some really beautiful planters on offer here, perfect for brightening up a shady patio. I also particularly love the patio lighting available to buy. Lanterns can make a garden look much more welcoming in the summer nights with the odd candle here and there. For now, we'll be focussing more on decorating the inside of the place, but as soon as weather starts warming up I can't wait to feature garden projects.

10 reasonably priced home interior sites


Just wow at everything on this site. The patterned blankets, the 'Alice in Wonderland'-esque furniture and the stunning girly console tables. I've had my eye on a few hallway furnishings I can't choose between. People think I'm mad looking to spend £300 on a hallway table, just so I have somewhere to put my keys and letters, but I don't care. When they're as nice as this they're worth every penny! I'll just add that to my to save for list... eeek.

Can you recommend anywhere else to shop? I'm on the hunt!

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Must have props for your blogs


Those "Sorry we missed you"cards the postman drops in your door are usually a mega nuisance, until you get about a whole year's supply of baking, crafting and party props that makes you run around the house squealing like a little girl.

Stacy runs Style My Party, an online little store and inspiring blog jam packed full with tutorials, free design printables and party-amazingness. I've been a loyal reader of Stacy's for a long time now, and was delighted when she asked me to trial run some of her beautiful collection of props she sells online. I just HAD to share with you a fraction of the crafty bits and pieces she posted me, I can't wait to feature more on my blog in the months to come.



When I finally got round to collecting this bundle of fun from the post office, I was previously in such a blog rut. It was the turn of a new year, I was feeling uninspired with lots of routine uproar for various reasons. Then as soon as I opened up this box, my blogging mo-jo was instantly regained. I found handfuls of buttons, shells and ribbons for crafting, the cutest retro paper straws, bunting, candy bags and cool cocktail sticks for hosting my own get togethers, and so many lovely things for me to add in compositions when Neil and I take photos for this blog.




All of the props featured in this post and more (and even more to come, watch out for my future posts!) are available to purchase on Style My Party. I'm sure if you have a party coming up soon, Stacy will prepare a surprise bundle of vintage/childrens/retro props that will make it an extra special occasion, or if like me you're in need of a wee blog inspiration boost... maybe she'll make you up a package of photogenic little items to base your posts around. Take a look at more of Style My Party's lovely collections, there's tonnes of stuff for Valentine's day to get your creative juices a-flowin :)

Back soon with some cute Valentine's ideas thanks to Stacy!

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Handcare 101: Tips for taking care of your hands in winter months



In case you didn't know, I'm awaiting my *big break* in hand modelling, wishing my mitts will one day earn me millions whilst I pose with a mobile phone in hand for some crappy tube advert. I know what you're thinking, I might be waiting a while so in the mean time, I take pride in my meticulous hand care and here I am sharing with you some products I'm loving at the mo, and ways you can look after your paws in this treacherous weather.



Absinthe makes the heart grow fonder

Okay, the most obvious (yet essential) thing you can do for your hands in this blowy weather is to moisturise 'til your heart's content. This Absinthe Purifying Hand Butter (£11 c/o The Body Shop) is a bundle of menthol-joy. It's thick, minty and smothering-ly moisturising, leaving it perfect for keeping wrinkles at bay and the skin soft and supple. This is probably one I'd use as a weekly treat. It's heavy and can leave hands feeling quite greasy (a recipe for typo disaster) but a great all rounder, and also works wonders on the feet!


Say goodbye to OPI

As tricky as it might seem, my theory is that it's really good for your nails to let them breathe a while. Strip away all the fancy polishes and embrace the au natural! Fake nails are my pet hate too, purely down to the damage they do once the acetone has sunk deep. I've never once used fakies (in part because I'm petrified of them ruining my nail beds foreverrr... or so people say) and I think it's worked wonders for how fast and strong my nails grow. It's a good idea to occasionally use cuticle oil if you're prone to brittleness and breakages.


WTF is a nail brush for anyway?

Don't diss the nail brush yeah! They might seem a bit ancient and not so much an essential these days, but nail brushes are the secret to keeping hands (and particularly skin around the nails) looking neat, clean and tidy. Is it just me who uses excessive amounts of nail polish remover on painted nails, and STILL the colour seems to stain the skin around my cuticles? Nail brushes get rid of this, whilst tidying up all those rough edges of skin around cuticles. If you use warm, soapy water and a nail brush for cleaning all the edges after removing a manicure, you'll never live without a nail brush again. This one (c/o The Body Shop £4) is soft and easy to use.

What tips and tricks do you have for taking care of your paws? Do you bother?

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Can I have all of these for my house please?

My dream home || ideas
Inspiration time :)

I've been pinning all hell out of life these past two days, pulling together a visual mood board of what Neil & I (okay... just I) want our home to look like once we've saved enough deposit. Having a clear visual to look at when you're making so many financial sacrifices is a great approach to keeping spirits high, I always think.

What better way to curb spending than to spend the weekend dreaming up all the bits and bobs you want, like money isn't an object, in one big online scrapbook. I sat back and pretended I clicked 'buy it now' and felt the same fulfilment I feel when I hit up the Primark sale.

Anyway. I thought I'd share a few pieces on here. My vision is a mish-mash between vintage-chic and quirky statement pieces. I just hope this lot will still be available to buy come the big day ;)

Julian Bowen Katarina king size bed frame The Range, £129.99

This bad boy is similar to my current bed frame but has a more new-vintage vibe (and is much roomier!) I just know that places like The Range are going to be on my radar once it's time to buy a bed, given the value for money. I imagine lots of lights entwined through the gaps for that coveted "blogger bedroom" look.

Zig Zag rug in grey Urban Outfitters, £14

Have you seen these all over pinterest yet? Interior designers are going mad over chevron prints, from cushions to rugs, and I'm no exception. These rugs will probably be completely out of fashion by the time we move, but it comes in every colour and gives an extra focal point to a room that will make me still love it.

Double ended freestanding bath Cheap Suites, £339

Bit of an odd one to include in the wish list, but alongside a fireplace, I've always dreamed of having a claw foot bath, freestanding in the middle of a wooden Parisian-style bathroom. One day, one day!

Primular cushion covers Dunelm Mill, £6.99

Aren't these country-bumpkin cushions sweet? And a steal at only £7. I imagine having lots of these, some mis-matched, dotted all over a Chesterfield sofa positioned in front of the fire with a little cat curled up into one. N'aww!

Cath Kidston Sprig teapot Amazon, £23.53

If I want to channel country living as realistically as possible, a cute tea set is a must. This Cath Kidston teapot is just the ticket. I've never been too fussed about Cath Kidston designs in the past, I always found items to be overpriced and easily duped, but after spending a few years saving, it's worth splashing out on a set that will be timeless forever :)

Yay! Biscuits! biscuit barrel Edited, £14.95

Want. Want. Want. This biscuit tin is from one of my favourite shops in Brighton, Edited. They sell lots of quirky interior bits, the perfect place to find 'out-there' items for the home. I love having one or two pieces that make people instantly say "oh wow, this is cute, where's it from?" as soon as they walk into a room, and this cheeky tin stands out from the crowd!

Smeg fridge John Lewis, £1,1...let's not look at the price 

Ok. Hands up who wants their own Smeg fridge. These are about the only heavy duty home appliance my heart starts fluttering for (bar Henry hoovers... don't get jealous Henry!) It's more popular to go for the retro pastel shades but I think this lime green is the best colour of the whole bunch. Best keep saving eh?

That's it for now. I have a whole pinterest board dedicated to "housepiration", come see. And let me know what your favourites are. Do you fall head over heels for smeg fridges too?

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When Fifi met Sally #2: London leaves & forever friends


Fifi McGee // London leaves & Argento forever friends necklaces

I did it! I finally got to meet the woman herself on London turf. After months of back and forth emailing, tweeting, letter writing and laughing, I finally found myself literally rolling around in the last of the autumn leaves with my blogger pen pal Sally, and let me tell you, she is as much joy to be around in person as she is in emails.

We've taken our online affairs to the next level, not just by finally meeting each other in the flesh, we ain't ones to do anything by halves, me and Sal, but through the exchange of a very small, and very special gift to one another - clock the shiny bad boys across our necks. Our smiley faces say it all.

Fifi McGee // London leaves & Argento forever friends necklaces

Fifi McGee // London leaves & Argento forever friends necklaces
As long distance blogger pals (I say long distance, we're only an hour and a £10 train journey apart) we've exchanged forever friends necklaces to mark the start of our blogger friendship. Every time I go to put mine on in the morning, I find myself visiting Sally's blog or instagram over a morning cuppa shortly after. Sentimental jewellery is the best kind. Wouldn't you agree?

These are from Argento. They arrived so beautifully wrapped it made me have palpitations chatting to the postman. Unlike other custom made sterling silver necklaces, the intricate details of the lettering make the necklace delicate, yet really stand out. What an amazing gift idea for your favourite blogger.



Sally & I had such a festive Saturday, chilling with a cuppa tea in a pew in Union Chapel, listening to string quartets and tango orchestras before getting lost in quaint little shops that reminded me of home. I never knew London had such charm. And so many leaves.

Fifi McGee // London leaves & Argento forever friends necklaces

Fifi McGee // London leaves & Argento forever friends necklaces

Fifi McGee // London leaves & Argento forever friends necklaces

Fifi McGee // London leaves & Argento forever friends necklaces

Fifi McGee // London leaves & Argento forever friends necklaces

For a while now, I've been thinking just how important it is to make digital more physical. We spend hours upon hours chatting to likeminded people across the UK and beyond, making lifelong buddies on social media - it seems a shame that we've all stopped putting pen to paper, swapping friendship bracelets like our childhood years. What's stopping you meeting up with your favourite blogger and exchanging prezzies in the post?

This is only the start of When Fifi met Sally, and we have so many more ideas, parcels, and day trips to share with our readers. Be sure to follow Sally on all social media you can. The girl is a legend :)

Fifi McGee // London leaves & Argento forever friends necklaces

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*Oh. I've just seen. The Makeup Magpie is running a giveaway with your very own Argento 'Carrie' necklace up for grabs. Stop by and enter, if you win you'll be the talk o' the town.

Haul: things I'll be buying this Winter

Winter wish list // Style // Fifi McGee

Zara wool coat (£29.99) 

My favourite season is almost here. The idea of wrapping up head to toe in layers and dark colours is making me giddy with excitement. I love winter. The shops are always filled with beautiful things to buy. 

Two items I always invest in every year without fail are a sturdy pair of boots and a good quality coat. I usually splash out on these two, boots & coats are an investment after all, but this marl coat pictured is an absolute bargain price of £29.99... Hello, it's a ZARA coat?! That's so cheap. I'm not sure it's available in store yet, I haven't seen it around. But as soon as November pay day makes an appearance I'm snapping one up in a bigger size to make ample room for triple layer jumpers. They stock the same in black too, rather like my last year's topshop coat pictured on my last outfit post.

I have a pair of Chelsea boots very similar to these from Equestrian Clearance. I bought them last year from Aldo for about £90 (phew! expensive!) I adore riding boots. They toughen up well put together outfits and are amazing quality. With my Aldo boots starting to wear thin and let water in, it's time I invest in some chelsea classics... and at half the price ya can't go wrong!

I'm becoming quite the fan of collared tops and dresses. Have you noticed yet? This dress from ASOS looks very 60s school girl. I'm not sure how it will look on somebody without a boyish figure, but it's worth a try on. Thankfully ASOS have a free returns policy so if it looks hideous there's plenty more dresses to exchange it for. Imagine it with a backcombed beehive on a night out. Channeling Del Ray herself.

The phone cover, nail polish and cute satchel are all cheap enough to treat myself to whilst shopping around for everyone else this Christmas. But who am I kidding? I spend more on myself than anyone else every year.

What's on your winter wish list this year? Link me some ideas :)


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Milla Grace must have

Milla Grace Brighton jewellery - Fifi McGee

Milla Grace Balagan Jewellery - Fifi McGee Brighton blog

I joined the Brighton bloggers brigade for a drink or two at Milla Grace last week and spent the duration of the event drooling over the statement dresses making me forget to take any decent photos. Doh!

I had my eye on the jewellery on offer the minute I stepped foot in the door. This sterling silver beauty is a completely unique piece of art. Each of these autumnal necklaces are designed around individual leaves and the intricate details make every necklace bespoke. I absolutely adore it. Milla Grace is the only boutique to stock these, made by Balagan Jewellery. 

What a unique gift this would make, don't you think? In fact, the whole Milla Grace boutique is a haven for gift ideas, most of their accessories and smaller bits and pieces are locally sourced too, such as these incredible Parkminster candles, hand made in Sussex. 

Lilla & the team at Milla Grace deserve big high fives for putting together such a wonderful event. Those of you that follow me on instagram will have seen all the fabulous goodies we were given to try and test on the night. It's safe to say a large proportion will be making an appearance on here soon. I can't wait to show you.

Take a wander into the Milla Grace boutique if you're around Dukes Lane in Brighton, or have a nosy on their beautiful site for some fabulous one-off collections.

Photos by Neil


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