Liberty for Anthropologie {up a tree, K I S S I N G}

You know how certain things are made for each other; jam and cream, black and white, Liz and Richard etc etc Well there is currently the most amazing collaboration happening — like two planets colliding — it’s a spectacular pairing. Basically, my two very favourite  brands have put their heads together and created the most beautiful collection. Liberty for Anthropologie It makes me feel a bit giddy just to think about it, to be honest. And even more giddy to see these beautiful images. A symphony of colour and pattern; the most beautiful synergy of an iconic, much loved British brand with an American born company, over 100 years it’s junior. Anthropologie Love Anthropologie was founded in 1992 in Pennsylvania; and I vividly remember my first Anthro experience. It was 1998 and we were in the states, visiting a friend. I remember walking into Anthropologie and  literally feeling as though I’d found my spiritual home. To this day, I’ve never been into another store that’s given me the same ‘kid in a sweetshop’ feeling. The shop fittings were beautiful, the product even more so. And every time we returned to the US, I managed to seek out the local Anthropologie and… Read More

235 weeks and 2 days | Our cool caravans are in print!

Exciting news! Dolly 1 and Dolly Too (that isn’t a spelling error, by the way, she is Dolly ‘also’) have been featured in this month’s issue of Reloved magazine! SO amazing to see our cool caravans immortalised in print. I was expecting a little mention but incredibly there’s a 4 page article on the two Dollys! It makes me feel so proud to see them in the pages of a magazine. But even prouder to receive so many lovely messages from people, to say that our caravan makeovers have inspired them to do the same with their own vans. There used to be such a stigma surrounding touring caravans. And they have certainly always been regarded as the poor relation when it comes to VW campers, that’s for sure. Campervans have an air of cool about them whereas caravans have always been seen to be a little bit dowdy and —dare-I-say-it — embarrassing. Not any more though. People are swiftly realising that campervans and motorhomes are costly to run; you have to pay road-tax, insurance, MOT.   Plus there’s the inconvenience of getting to your destination and setting up — only to have to put everything away again if you… Read More

Just So Festival {the best family festival for first timers}

A question that I’m often asked is;  ‘Of all the festivals you’ve been to, which is the best family festival for first timers?’ It’s a tricky question to answer; depending on the kind of thing that would suit you. Are you seasoned campers — happy in large crowds — or would you prefer something on a smaller scale. Would you be keen to experience something eclectic and left-field or do you prefer something a little more mainstream? After going to Just So festival, last month, I’d probably say that it’s definitely one that covers most bases and (in my humble opinion) of all the festivals we’ve been to, it would scoop our award for the best family festival for first timers. Just So is one of the smaller UK family festivals — with a capacity of just 5000 — which makes it a great first festival to cut your teeth on. If you compare it to Camp Bestival for example — which has a capacity of 30,000 and is a much bigger beast — it’s positively tiny. But good things come in small packages and even though it’s diminutive in size, Just So has got a lot going for it. The… Read More

Home Etc #116

I can’t believe I’ve only managed to write one post since the last Home Etc two week’s ago!! *face palm* I’m so behind, it’s ridiculous. I was struggling with all the plate spinning even then, but I feel as though it’s got even worse over the last week. Throughout the chaos, I’ve still managed to spend a little bit of time over on Instagram though and — even though I’ve not posted too much myself — I’ve really been enjoying seeing what everyone else is up to, via the Home Etc hashtag. Here’s a little selection. coffeeworksleep  / booandmaddie / harrybeau_and_i / mostlychloe  / babiesandbeautyx  / redpopcreative  / three_sons_later / lifewithmuncher  / brickdustandglitter Favourite Home Etc Blog Last weeks favourite blog post came from Home Etc newbie, Leoma, who writes over Style The Clutter. She showed off THE most amazing downstairs loo transformation. It’s absolutely stunning — particularly when you see how it looked before. Pop over to her blog  to see more pictures. Well done Leoma and welcome to our little Home Etc community! Your name is in the hat to win this month’s voucher from our fabulous sponsor  Laura Ashley. For anyone wishing to share blog posts in this week’s linky, have a little read of our house rules. HOME ETC HOUSE-RULES 1) Please… Read More

Colour Your World | #24 Pink Yarrow

I’ve not done a Pantone post for so long!! The last one was back in April, so I thought it was high time for another. Colour is such a tonic isn’t it? It brightens up the dullest of days and definitely forms the largest part of my wardrobe. I’ve never been one of the chic, black brigade; I’ve tried — in vain — to be dark and interesting. But it’s just not me; I always end up feeling drab and dull. Funnily enough, I wrote a couple of years ago about my love of colour and print, in fashion. I used to dither about what colours suited me but then one of my best girlfriends and I had our colours done and it magically transformed the way I felt about shopping for clothes. One of the best things EVER. Knowing what colours to wear makes it much, much easier to find things that suit you. And — in a weird way – it totally took the stress out of shopping as I had a clearer idea of what I should be looking for. I soon began to gravitate towards the colours that I knew worked well for my skin tone… Read More

Home Etc #114

Morning everyone! Life feels very odd to be honest; almost as though someone has moved the floor from underneath my feet. I found out last week that last Thursday was the boys’ last ever day at nursery — *sobs* — so this week has been a little bit upside down. Plus we’ve done two weekends of festivals, back to back, and now I’m slightly behind the curve. As I type this, I’m at my parent’s house; the twins are in bed and I’ve half an eye on Holby City and the other half on a glass of gin. My two little boys are starting school next week and things seem to be moving at a million miles an hour. I’m so thankful for Home Etc! At least some things remain constant!! Last week’s favourite post came from Medina who blogs at Grillo Designs. She shared one of her fabulous IKEA hacks; a gorgeous industrial style side table, crafted from a humble stool. Pop over and have a read if you missed it. She got so many lovely ideas! Well done Medina — your name is in the hat to win this month’s voucher from our fabulous sponsor  Laura Ashley. For anyone wishing to share blog posts… Read More

Looking as young as you feel | Sanctuary Spa Products Review

I’ve spoken before about my beauty regime and how it’s changed over time. Much as I still like acting like an overgrown child — cavorting around a festival field wearing a glitterball on my head — my body and skin (annoyingly) are definitely not still in the first flush of youth. These days, I need a little bit of help to keep them looking as young as I feel. Water intake definitely improves skin-tone and elasticity — there’s no doubt about that.  Good diet and exercise too. But what other things can you do? Once your twenties and (whispers) thirties are behind you, you need a little help to keep things looking their finest. Sadly, the days of slapping a bit of cheap moisturiser on and hoping for the best are long gone. So in my endless pursuit of a more youthful complexion, I’ve recently been testing out some products by Sanctuary Spa; and I’m so excited about them, I wanted to share my findings with you. Salt Scrub Now, I’ve been using their salt scrub for years. I think I may have first bought it when I was getting married — and that was in 2001 — and I’m faithful to… Read More

New Tiles and Wenge Worktops {A brand new look for our old kitchen}

Anyone who reads my blog regularly will know that I have a love/hate relationship with our kitchen. I loved the AGA and pretty much hated everything else about it. When we moved to our current home, 6 years ago, the kitchen was top of the ‘things to change’ list. But a kitchen makeover is expensive — particularly after you’ve just spent all your money buying a house. So we agreed to live with it for a couple of years; then rip everything out and start again when we’d topped up our savings. But sometimes life doesn’t go quite to plan.  And a couple of years later the kitchen was the last thing on our minds, as we were the proud parents of two baby boys. Now babies are expensive. Two babies are doubly expensive — and time consuming. And after all, who wants to be doing DIY when you can be snuggling up with two tiny newborns? So the kitchen makeover was put on hold again. Albeit, there was never a room more deserving — and in need — of a bit of an overhaul. So another four years on and we decided that we’re going finally to apply to… Read More