Friday, 31 May 2013

Live Laugh Love

Whilst searching for shabby chic interiors I recently discovered the online heaven that is Live Laugh Love and now I fear there is no going back. I also fear for my bank balance.

Live Laugh Love stock a wide range of vintage and vintage inspired pieces for your home, if you like French provincial or British retro this is the place where you can find it to deck out your house. Claire and Ricky have run Live Laugh Love since 2007, their inspiration comes from painted items that are distressed and worn around the edges, faded vintage fabrics, original 1930s chintz china (lets be fair, who doesn't like chintz china?) and Victorian glass.

Their prices are very affordable, with some even being hand finished and designed by the owners. Whether you're looking for a French dresser or Union Jack bunting you'll find it here. 

Matt and I have a plan of action that consists of jetting away for two weeks to Orlando, getting some sun and greasy food and then we plan on turning our house into a home. New build houses are somewhat lacking in character, it's box shaped room after box shaped room so I'm on the prowl for items to add character in what is a very magnolia house.

Enter Live Laugh Love. These are the four pieces that caught my eye.

Antique Fluted Glass Tealight Holder

Bird Pictures - set of four

French 30s Style-Antique Mirror

Large Oval Mirror - Antique Grey
See? So beautiful! In the coming weeks I can see quite a bit of my pay check heading the way of Live Laugh Love, hopefully the result will be a house that is a home.

All photos in this post have been sent to me by Live Laugh Love, of whom they remain the property. Thanks to Ricky for his help.

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Thursday, 30 May 2013

How does your garden grow?

Ours grows pretty darn well, that's for certain.

A major problem in buying a new house before seeing it and seeing how big the plot really is, is not knowing how big the garden is as well as the garden being a patch of sub-standard mud that nothing could possible grow in.

When we moved into our house I was massively disappointed in our garden, it was the least favourite part of our home. I've grown up with big gardens so to move into a place with such a small garden was a bit of a shock, although I feel worse for Matt who is from the middle of no where in Kansas where his parents don't so much have a garden as a field around their house (and more fields for many miles).

Matt, however, was able to picture what our garden would look like. He was very much on the go in the garden soon after we moved in, this has paid off and I'm very grateful to him.

What's this? A photo of me on my blog?!
Those are sweet peas, the roots had gone crazy. Matt grew these from seeds.
The beginnings of a Cheyenne Pepper.

Hopefully this will soon be a strawberry.

These too!

I've planted bulbs all over the garden, I can't remember what exactly I've planted so these will be a surprise when they flower.



Lilly aka Bill!

Marigold.



We threw some old potatoes into the compost bin, they're now growing in there and this is breaking out.


Hosta, hosta, hosta. I love them.


Who doesn't like heart shaped flowers? Lamprocapnos spectabilis/bleeding heart.
Hard at work.

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Monday, 6 May 2013

Bank holiday shopping

With our trip to Florida coming up soon my thoughts have turned to getting ready to jet off into the sun so off I went to my local Boots to stock up.

First off, skin care. My skin is really calming down now that I've been on the antibiotics for a week but I'm left with some redness and scarring. The Botanics Ultra Calm aims to reduce skin sensitivity as well as calming it. The serum contains marshmallow (I know, I did think that was a bit odd), liquorice and linden flower, both of which reduce redness.

I bought the Skin Relief Serum, Skin Calming Night Cream and the Organic Rosewater Toning Spritz.





Next up, pretty colours for my nails. I've been wearing one of the Barry M Gelly Nail Polishes this week in Dragon Fruit (I put it on last Sunday and it's still going strong - totally chip free). I've been so impressed with it I thought I'd pick up two more (helped by the buy two save £1 deal that Boots has on at the moment). I only intended on buying the Barry M polish but the Revlon ColorStay caught my eye as I walked by it. The photo doesn't do the colour justice, I can't wait to wear it.




I've recently been looking for a new concealer as the Double Wear doesn't seem to be covering the redness on my chin at the moment. I'm not sure how well the two I went for will get on but for £1.99 it's worth a try. First up is the Natural Collection Cover-Up Stick in fair followed by the Natural Collection Corrector Stick.


I caved and bought one of the much hyped Revlon Lip Butters in Juicy Papaya. I almost went for Wild Watermelon but there was just too much sparkle in it for me.

I also bought a single eye shadow in Willow from the Natural Collection (not online). It's a really lovely every day colour.


Summer means one thing for me, wavy beach hair. I tend to let me hair air dry in the summer and with a little help from a bottle I get wavy hair. All I'm missing is some blonde highlights and I'd achieve the perfect beach bum look.


For years I swore by the Fructis texturising spray, it was brilliant and it served me well but then they stopped making it (as always seems to happen to me) so I switched to V05 surf style spray, but it wasn't as good. I was hoping that my local Boots would have more selection of sea salt sprays but they only had two. The only reason I went for the Tony & Guy spray was that it came in a sample size so I could try it rather than commit to a full size. I've already tried it and it smells amazing.


Onto summer skin. I am deathly pale, I'm like Casper the ghost. I glow, I'm that pale. I don't want to stick out like a sore thumb in Florida, hence the Dove lotion. Fingers crossed it works. The smell is incredible regardless.


Being so pale, sun protection is extremely important to me. I don't tan at all, I burn, peel and then go back to being pasty. Hopefully I won't burn on holiday if I use SPF 30, although Matt seemed to think I'd need something higher. I used SPF 50 in the Maldives and didn't burn, but Florida isn't as near to the equator so fingers crossed I'll be ok.

It was quite the haul and despite spending more than I'd like I left feeling that little buzz you get after a good shop.

What are your favourite summer products?

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