16 July 2015

The Ultimate Summer Lingerie

There's something a little taboo about posting underwear on blogs, isn't there? Even though I wouldn't want to share photos of *myself* flaunting it, it is something we wear every day, and they'll even be featured in our #OOTD's (unless you're a commando type of gal), so why not? So let's give it some air time - when it comes to underwear as pretty as this, how could I not share it?

I don't know if anyone else does this, but I always find underwear shopping therapeutic and the perfect way to treat yourself when you're feeling a little bleurgh and under the weather. Especially the case when it comes to Marks and Spencer's underwear; it is just on another level and always has been my go-to place when I want something that looks extra special or for more 'essential' pieces, like backless, strapless, multi-straps, padded... you name it, M&S have it! (As well as the best shortbread, sandwiches, cakes and packaging might I add...). 
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So, as you can guess, when Marks and Spencer contacted me recently about trying out some of their lingerie for summer, I jumped at the chance! I immediately headed over to Miss Huntington-Whitely's collection, it's the perfect go-to for anything lacy, feminine, vintage-style, and (cringe) sexy. I opted for two sets that I thought were pretty summery and I'd had my eye on these two for a while!
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'Well, black sure ain't summery' I hear you say! I guess it really isn't, but with the lace detailing around the cups and side straps I thought it would look so pretty peeking out underneath loose summery 70's tops and shirts. I'm the sort of clumsy person that'll probably not even realise my top is see-through, so I might as well make sure that what I'm wearing underneath is pretty! I also really love how cups on this bra are half silky-ness and half lace - super gorge. 
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One of the main reasons I chose this Rose Lace set was because the colour, which looks even better in real life, is something that is missing from my current underwear selection (aaaaall black) - it's summery, bright, peachy... I could go on, but put simply, I was drawn to the colour like a moth to a headlight! I also love how the set is very feminine and vintage, with high-waisted knickers that are very silky and covered in lots of pretty little details, like bows and pleats that just add the perfect touch. Spoiler alert - the set is also so comfy you don't even feel like you're wearing it and the silkiness is lightweight and cool, which is just what you need in this summer heatwave (which should be coming back at some point!). Have I tempted you yet - just think, 'if it's good enough for Rosie...'
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10 June 2015

Day Out at Grand Designs Live 2015

Last month I was lucky enough to attend Grand Designs Live 2015, which I'd been wanting to attend for such a long time. I love the programme so much, watching different projects unfold and really delving into different families dreams and seeing them come true. The show always celebrates innovative products and materials, as well as amazing designs that most wouldn't even contemplate on their homes! Can you remember your favourite ever episode? If you loved that show, then you should check out a new one created by Channel 4 and British Gas called Home Truths

I've got to say, however, that Grand Designs Live was a little different to what I was expecting - I was imagining different makeshift houses and rooms created with the best innovative products and designs of the future, but instead the show was much more trade based. But that doesn't mean I didn't find some amazing products - here's the ones that really stood out for me!
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1. The most amazing sheds I have ever seen, which are called (you guessed it) Amazing Sheds! You may recognise them from TV's 'Amazing Spaces', being the brainchild of Amazing Spaces' very own George Clark and William Hardie from Studio Hardie. They really did look amazing (someone grab me a thesaurus!) in real life, being so contemporary and with every possible nook and cranny carefully thought about - I especially loved the enamel wall sink. They are all also completely customisable so you can create your very own perfect little haven, whether it be a workshop, home office or even just a little space to chill out. Definitely putting one on my future wishlist!

2. It's not something that I would actually get much use out of as yet, seeing as I still live at home, but I really think that Hive is the future for central heating and hot water! Working with all suppliers, Hive allows you to control your heating and hot water from an app on your phone, tablet or laptop so you could be coming home from work and turn on your hot water ready for a bath, or be across the world and decide you want to heat the house for an hour or two to prevent any frost, etc. Not only does it make controlling your hot water and heating so much simpler, it's also supposed to save up to £150 a year on heating bills! Plus, it's £199 and that includes the full kit and installation! 

3. How pretty is this cushion? It's made with William Morris fabric and is part of the Remade In Britain collection; a website that's dedicated to celebrating upcycled products. There's literally everything to find, from tea sets to large pieces of furniture.

4. For me, this was one of the coolest things I saw at the show - magnetic plaster, by British Gypsum and Rooms Made for You. As it is a plaster, it sits underneath your paint, so you can literally have any colour room you want, BUT you can also stick whatever you want to it! I'm just imaging the amazing feature walls I could create - over to Pinterest I think! 

5. I'm usually always a fan of more traditional, freestanding kitchens, however the designs by SOLA Kitchens are so beautiful, contemporary and Scandinavian I now find myself pining over an ultra-modern glass house overlooking the sea! 

6. I love pizza. So much. So I need to get myself one of these - The Original Pizza Maker, it cooks any pizza in 3-4 minutes but it's been designed to replicate a mini pizza oven so you get both the crispy base and soft, melted cheese topping. Not only that, apparently it's perfect for pancakes, fry-ups and fajitas. Check out please!  

7. In the next year or so, I'll be moving bedrooms and that means lots of inspiration needed! I'm very picky when it comes to wall colours, but Paint by Conran has been inspired by British landscapes, so they're all very fresh, beautiful and natural looking! 

8. If you're a lover of everything retro or vintage then you need to get The Vamp in your life! They're designed to transform any speaker into a modern, portable bluetooth speaker - that way you can salvage and upcycle any old and bulky speakers and have them play your chosen songs from your phone. 

9. Okay so not only are these floor tiles an unusual shape so you can create whatever geometric pattern you wish in your home, they also come in the most amazing colours and they're called RepTiles - what more could you want? Seriously, you should check out their website to see some of the designs they have as inspiration! 

10. Smithson create some truly beautiful and on-trend lights, that are either made from original vintage pieces or inspired by them. Their style is so industrial; think pendants lights, decorative filament bulbs and amazing machinist lamps! 

Have you ever visited a home show that you would really recommend? I'd love to know! Also, if you attended this years Grand Designs Live, what was your favourite product?

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