The Final Touches to My Guest Bedroom | 2018

The Final Touches to My Guest Bedroom | 2018

Imagery by Hana Dallimore Photography

So my favourite season is finally in full swing and I am loving nothing more than choosing my Winter coat each morning and chilling on the sofa in the evening with a blanket and hot chocolate. This season is when I feel the most like me and when I also feel the most inspired. Strange really, as I technically am a Spring baby.

I have been working hard to get my guest bedroom together, as when I first moved in two years ago, it was obviously at the very bottom of my list. Due to expense, time management and lack of enthusiasm it has taken a while to get this room together and if I’m being honest there are still a few things I would love to add or change. However, it is now a very useable and liveable space, so really it is complete if you disregard the final details that an OCD person like me will focus on until they are done. I wanted to create a room that really represented my personality in terms of interiors and fashion. With the rest of the flat I opted for a much more grown up and refined look, with a lot of greys showcased throughout the rooms. This was quite a change for me, going from a hot pink bedroom in my grandparents’ house. I really started to miss the pink and knew this would be the perfect room for me to let my pink explosion out.

The look I had in mind was created using one image I stumbled across on Pinterest, using a black and white vintage look wallpaper, to soften the look of blush pink tones with copper. I have been obsessed with copper for years, and knew this really was the first chance to add as much as I wanted. It is also the perfect accompaniment to blush pink. For me, as much as this is a guest bedroom, it also needed to be used as a space for my excessive amount of stuff. So in theory it is a guest bedroom and wardrobe. The wallpaper is an exact copy of the hot pink one I had in my old home, however in black and white, with the rest of the room being furnished with white IKEA furniture. I see this much more as practical pieces rather than beautiful, however I do actually really love the Scandinavian and simple look that their furniture boasts. It is all just easy and stores everything I need it to.

The main thing I use in this room is my clothes rail to store all my coats. As you may be able to see, I have a lot of coats, and the collection just seems to keep growing and growing. My view is, in the Winter we all live in our coats and the majority of the time it is all that gets seen anyway. Therefore, you can justify spending the money on them, and just wear simple tops underneath.

Anyway, as you can imagine, this coat collection is extremely heavy, so when Ziito contacted me regarding their range of beautiful sturdy clothes rails, I jumped at the chance of working with them. My cheap white clothes rail just wasn’t quite cutting it anymore and a there was a breakage probably about once a week where the whole thing just toppled over.

Ziitto, a beautiful Danish brand, was founded in 2014 by three brothers. The company was built and grows on their shared values for sustainability, aesthetics and curiosity around materials. They work incredibly hard to encourage those discussing sustainability to actually go ahead and live it. They believe they can change human congestion by designing new ways of living and influencing politics through design thinking. All their designs are curated in their Fredericia workshop, where they follow every step from attaching everything, cutting their own pipes and applying the handmade oils to complete the products.

All the products come with a 10 year warranty, and Ziito encourage their customers to ask them to repair products of replace parts in order to make them last as long as possible. Also, if you ever get to a stage where you no longer want the product, Ziito would like to take it back in order to reuse the materials to reduce wastage. Ziito is not just a company, it is a community who work together, getting closer to their goal of making Denmark the leading country in sustainability and circular economy. It is these ideals that attracted me to the brand and how I knew that I would love to work with them.

I got to visit Copenhagen in 2016 with my boyfriend and we were both in awe of this beautiful city, and country. I have always been a keen admirer of their interiors and concepts, how they live their lives and overall how much happier everyone seems as part of a thriving community. This brand is a true reflection of everything I learnt during my time in the city and the product I was gifted did not disappoint. It works perfectly with the design of my room, giving me the chance to store twice as many coats as before, without the whole thing falling over. The design is sleek and well crafted, using strong and sturdy materials to offer a higher quality in the final piece. It really is the perfect addition to my room and storage piece for my endless collection.


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6 Changes I am Making This Winter

6 Changes I am Making This Winter

Is anyone else completely baffled by the fact that it is already November? It is honestly really starting to scare me… I have never known a year to go by so quickly. Anyway, I have been loving Autumn recently, being able to enjoy all my knitwear and coats again, and snuggle up each and every evening. However, even though I am enjoying the change in weather etc, I am also struggling a little with a few lifestyle choices and things I really need to change. I have got very comfortable with the way things are at the moment and have realised that I need to make a few changes for the sake of my health, mental wellbeing and overall growth in life. It is nothing major at all, but I do think that a lot of us do get too comfortable and put a lot of other things before our own wellbeing.

I don’t want to make any drastic changes as I feel nothing too bad is going on, but there are definitely areas in my life that need improving. As everyone in life probably understands, we are all growing and developing every day. Making good and healthy choices are only ever going to lead to a more positive outcome.

Winter is a time that often it is very difficult to make changes in our lives. We all want to just get through the day and cold day, enjoying being in our homes and just getting on with life. However, Winter is also probably the longest season that we all have to endure here in the UK, and the decisions and changes we make during this time can really help us to make the rest of the year even better. So what exactly do I need to change?


Reducing my Lactose & Gluten Intake

I have been putting and putting this off for such a long time, because I love food, but I finally have to admit, I am definitely intolerant to dairy and gluten. Whenever I eat it my stomach completely swells and I always have the worst tummy cramps. I am never going to be able to give it all up completely because life is too short, but I am 100% going to have to reduce the amount I am eating. Recently I have been trying a lot of lactose reduced products such as milk and cheese, and to be honest I haven’t been able to taste much of a difference. I am definitely starting to feel a little better and it is helping me keep going as I can already feel the results. It is also forcing me to get a lot more creative in the kitchen with my meals, introducing more vegetables and trying new ingredients. Stay tuned for lots of recipes coming to the blog soon!

Tech Free Evenings

I have always had trouble sleeping, as I suffer from bad nightmares. As you can imagine, working in social media and blogging means that I spend a lot of time staring into a screen. I know that my sleeping problems starting when my screen time was increased, so therefore I am putting two and two together. I am never going to be able to cut screens out my life or stop being on my phone, however I am going to start trying to reduce it in the evenings. I can’t do every evening as I love nothing more than chilling on the sofa with Finn watching a box set, but one or two a week I am going to switch everything off, have a bath and read a book. If you have any good book recommendations, let me know!

2 Early Gym Sessions a Week

So, for a few months now I have been having weekly PT sessions which was initially to get me back into the gym after my surgery. My gorgeous PT, Lucy, also teaches a few classes. One of which is Body Balance at 6.45am on a Wednesday. This was recommended to me to improve my strength, so I went along and really enjoyed it. As you can imagine though, the 6am alarm call is not my favourite thing. However, by the time I am up and have left the house I always feel incredible, and obviously afterwards it is an even better feeling. To get myself to the gym and keep up my energy levels, I am going to try my best to do two early gym sessions a week. I will never be someone who can go every day, but I feel like this is a very realistic goals. Especially as it is in addition to my PT session and perhaps a swim.

Increasing My Fruit & Veg Intake to 10-a-day

I have never been very good when it comes to my 5 a day. I actually love fruit and veg and enjoy them all the time when I eat it, but am so bad at keeping track of how much I am eating. I feel so much healthier when I am eating these foods and always notice such a peak in my energy levels. 10 a day may seem a little drastic, but now that I have been giving it a go it has been much easier than I had thought it would be. Having three vegetables with lunch and three with dinner, that makes six easily, followed by 4 fruits throughout the day.

I have been working hard recently to get my recipes together for the blog, and have got loads ready to share that will help with your fruit and veg intake! Stay tuned!

Reducing My Single Use Plastic

I have never been someone who is hot on recycling, just because I was never in charge of the bins at home. I mean, I put it in the recycling box, but I never really thought about what I was actually doing and the effect it has if you don’t recycle. Since living on my own, spending a lot of time online, and watching Planet Earth with the fabulous David Attenborough, I have become so much more aware of what I am using and how I choose to dispose of things. I am not perfect, and sometimes will forget a shopping bag in the supermarket or my reusable cup in Starbucks, but I am really trying to make a change and stop using single use plastics/ cardboards. My advice if you think you are using too much is to start by changing one thing. Mine was investing in a water bottle and carrying it with me every day.

Taking in More Fresh Air

I spend a hell of a lot of time indoors. I work from home most of the week, blog from home every evening and just seem to always land up in situations that involve being inside. I mean, I am cold all the time, but hey, that is what coats were invented for. I do feel like a lot of the time I get completely clogged up from just being inside in my head, and all I need is a little fresh air to feel human again. Whenever I am outside I always feel so much better in myself, so definitely need to make more of an effort to get out more for the sake of my mental health.


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What I Wish I’d Learn in School

What I Wish I’d Learn in School

Imagery by Hana Dallimore Photography

So, what do I wish I had learnt in school? This is something I have been thinking about a lot lately, mainly because the phrase ‘arg why don’t they teach you this in school’ seems to have been used a lot for me, particularly since living in my flat and starting up my business. I know that this is going to be very based on my personal experience and what I learnt during my education, however here in the UK, I do feel like it will apply to the majority of us. Obviously, I completely understand that it is very difficult to design a curriculum that is appropriate for everyone, but to be honest, the struggles I have come into contact with are definitely some things that will apply to all at some stage in life.

I believe entirely that it is important to have a good range of subjects taught in schools, particularly academic subjects such as English, Maths and Science. However, I do strongly believe that we lack subjects that can be used for real life application. I mean, who the hell has used trigonometry since completing their Maths GCSE?


I personally feel like I received a good education in my main stream school, and do believe that my final grades were a reflection of that. Nevertheless, I would love to have learnt more lessons regarding situations that I was going to face in the future and be able to have the opportunity to discuss things then that I now sometimes feel embarrassed to ask because society seems to think that I just miraculously know because of my age. This is so not the case, and if anything, the world we live in is becoming more and more confusing every day.

Taxes & Budgeting

Since starting to be a little more independent, particularly with starting up my own business, I learnt very quickly how little I knew about taxes and how to budget my money. I am a very organised person so I had that in my favour, but no matter how organised you are, if you have never had someone really teach you about these things, why would you just know about them? Obviously, being employed since I was 16, I knew about national insurance, the tax you pay on what you earn etc, however I had never really had to sort it out or really even understand what it meant. I had someone doing it all for me. So, does it not seem odd that something so basic and that we all need to know about, is not taught in schools? And now, living in the flat, it took me a really long time to get to grips with how council tax works, as well as road tax. All these things that we all have to pay need to be highlighted clearly to our younger generation, in order to ensure that everyone knows exactly how everything works.

Bills, Rent and Mortgages

To be honest, this is still something that often baffles me. I have just about got to grips with all the bills and how it all works, even if it is all a complete pain. I am not even talking about the money, but physically getting it all sorted can be so stressful. Rent, I understand, however I do think schools need to teach about the whole process and the general cost. So, the one that baffles me the most is mortgages. I still have such little understanding. So you need a hefty deposit and you pay monthly with interest, however I still wouldn’t have a clue how to start the process of buying a home, how much in general you need as a deposit, and the additional costs endured when becoming a home owner. This is such a big and important step in the majority of our lives, and I just cannot understand why it is something we never get taught at a young age. Perhaps, if we all understood more about how it works, we would all take it more seriously and work harder at making it a possibility.

A More Variety of Job Options

This is something I am very passionate about, as I feel very let down by my education and school with regard to what was offered to me once I had completed my exams. It did seem very much as if it was only ever going to be university and it would be crazy to think of going in any other direction. I know that schools here in the UK are under immense pressure to compete with others, and by having more students go to university their results look better, however university is never for everyone. I strongly believe that schools need to work harder to not only suggest other paths as opposed to university, but also educate us about the variety of jobs that there are in this country. Not once did I ever have the opportunity in school to discuss what I actually wanted to do with my life, or did anyone ask me about my skills beyond the basics lessons we all learn.

Driving Theory


At the age of 17, all my friends and I were incredibly excited to start driving. To have some real independence and be able to do whatever we wanted whenever we wanted. Still to this day, three years later, I could not live without my car and absolutely love driving. However, since driving, I have really learnt how dangerous and horrible people can be on our roads. People have no patience and honestly, are just beyond rude. In reality, it is probably only ever going to get worse. I don’t think that it is our schools jobs to teach us how to drive or even the technical theory, however road safety and our attitude towards driving could definitely be touched on. 

Rules of Employment/ Self-Employment

Now being self-employed and employed, I have learnt so much on how it all works, as well as what you should and shouldn’t let happen. The main thing I have learnt being employed, is that people will try and get away with as much as they can. Being an employee you have a lot of rights and in this country there are a lot of laws put it place to protect us. It sometimes amazes me at how many people don’t seem to understand this. If you are sick for more than 4 working days, your employer has to pay you sick pay or if you are pregnant you are always entitled to maternity pay. Never work without a contract and never be afraid to stick up for yourself. When it comes to money, there is no need to find it awkward, as it is your right to be paid for every hour you work, as well as for unexpected mishaps in life.

Being self-employed, there are obviously a lot less things behind you to protect you, however you do have the luxury of setting your own rules. I will never work without my contract for services, as I feel when I am providing my service to my clients, I am allowed to put rules in place. Never be afraid to stand up for yourself and make the situation work for you.

Marriage & Childcare

I am by no means in this position yet, but under this category I wanted to discuss a few things. The first being marriage. Being a child with divorced parents, I think I speak for everyone else like me in that position, when I say it really is a horrible feeling, especially when you first go through it. My parents’ divorce was by no means pretty and it really did have a big impact on my childhood. Luckily, it hasn’t had an impact on my attitude towards relationships, like it does with a lot of other people. To me, marriage is a very serious commitment and something that should never be rushed or taken lightly. We all love that feeling of a new relationship and feeling like they are absolutely the one, but it always changes down the line. You either grow together or you grow apart. I do think, as part of some sort of life coaching lesson, marriage needs to be brought up and it needs to be highlighted that it really isn’t something that you can decide overnight. There seems to be a very relaxed attitude towards marriage, and I personally think if it was touched on in schools, the divorce rate could potentially be lower.

The second part of this is children. I am guessing that schools still teach about childcare in one of the GCSE subjects, but if you don’t it is never really discussed. I am not saying that they need to spend hours teaching you how to look after a baby or children, but I do think something is better than nothing. So many people who I talk to with their first baby do say how worried they are because they have no idea how to look after a baby. It is such a big part of growing up for most of us, so why is it never talked about in schools? I think just learning the basics and in particular as a woman, learning about pregnancy would have been something that I really could use in the future when I decide to have a baby.

So, what do you wish you had learnt? I would really love for all my readers to get involved with this and share their thoughts!

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Open Heart Surgery | One Year On…

Open Heart Surgery | One Year On…

So, a year ago today I overcame my biggest fear and did the thing I had been dreading for over 3 years. Finding out about my heart problems at the young age of 15 was a huge challenge, and preparing for something so big at this age was as you can imagine a very difficult time for me. I don’t want to spend too much time moaning or complaining about the cards I was dealt, as I know a lot of people go through worse than me, but I did find it extremely hard and want to share my story on how I survived and came out on the other side. Believe me, I never in a million years thought I even would, and I don’t think anyone around me did either. Not that I thought I would die, but that I would actually go through with it.

I don’t want to discuss the operation in too much depth as I have already posted quite a few pieces about what happened, and let’s be honest, it isn’t a particularly nice thing to write or read about. All my operation updates and the whole story can be found at the bottom of this post with links to all relevant blog posts.

What I wanted to talk about mainly, as it is the one thing that I still find hard after my surgery, is the scar. Princess Eugenie made a powerful statement at her wedding last month, opting for a low back and no veil look, where her back scar along her spine was exposed. She claimed to have done this to show everyone that we all have scars and that it is so important not to hide them away because they are not deemed ‘normal’ by society. I absolutely loved this (I mean not the wedding – that was ridiculous), as it was such a brave move and a message that definitely needs to be spread around more.

I have up and down days with my scar. Sometimes I want to show it off as I am extremely proud of what it symbolises and how strong I am as a person, however on others days all I want to do is hide it away and pretend none of it ever happened. Like everything it completely depends on my mood in the morning. What I do find a struggle, mainly when I do have a good day and opt to wear it proudly, it is still quite distressing at the amount of people who will look at it. And I am not just talking about a quick glance, they stare. I have even been in situations sometimes when I am having a conversation with someone and as opposed to them looking at my face they are looking directly at my chest.


Okay, so it may not be the worst thing in the world but it can make me feel incredibly uncomfortable as they are not looking because they think the story behind it is amazing, but more so because it is an abnormality. This feeling can lead to insecurities, just because it isn’t a very nice thing to experience and you do feel massively judged for something that was out of your control.

The point I am trying to make, however, is that my scar is something that I am having to learn to love and embrace. I will never be able to say to anyone that I am happy that it is there, but every time I see it in the mirror it is a complete reminder of the time in my life where I overcame my biggest fear and went through something huge. We all have scars, stretch marks, lumps, bumps, cellulite and so much more. These are the things that make us human, and they are also things that we need to start loving about ourselves as opposed to changing.

So, happy operation anniversary to me, and Happy Friday to you!

The Barn, Somerset

The Barn, Somerset

Last week I had the pleasure of visiting The Barn; a beautiful niche salon and place to escape buried in the country lanes of Somerset. I have been following along on their journey via Instagram for a while, completely besotted with the interiors and ethos of the brand. Kelly, salon owner, Dermologica ambassador and therapist, was kind enough to get in touch to see if I would like to visit the salon. As you can imagine, I jumped at the opportunity. Luckily for me, and unluckily for my bank card, I found a love of salons quite early in life and enjoy nothing more than taking some time out for me and visiting a salon to explore new treatments to help me escape, whilst also being beneficial for my skin.

The Barn, who celebrated 10 years of business this year, was first established in 2008 and is formed from the oldest building in Loxton. Using the original stone and oak timber beams, The Barn was rebuilt and is home to an extremely tranquil and unique salon, with a heavy focus on skincare and mental well-being. At The Barn, simplicity rules, with natural and honest beauty seen throughout all Interiors and products,  as well as a natural attitude towards taking care of ourselves mentally and physically. Being a leader in the industry, The Barn connects cutting-edge treatments with the calmness of the natural world. Sitting in the waiting area, filling in my form, I felt instantly at ease with a view of the surrounding land. The green hills immediately rest your mind and soul. Set within 2 acres of gorgeous land, The Barn is completely private giving clients the opportunity to enjoy the serene setting. This is a feeling that is very hard to achieve in the modern world we live in. Because of this, The Barn is a huge step ahead in my eyes compared to a lot of other salon/spas, purely for how you feel when you are in it.

I was lucky enough to take full advantage of the new treatment lounge within the salon, which is home to the beautiful pedicure area, manicure station, massage table and THAT copper bath! I felt extremely privileged to enjoy a blissful hour in the raw copper bath which was fully equipped with candles, mineral salts, fresh herbs, essential oils and the very Instagrammable rose petals. It was an experience like no other and a sheer moment of relaxation, ideal before my massage treatment. I rarely experience moments like these, as unfortunately taking a bath at home will never compare. Especially with my screaming cat next to me begging to come in and explore the water.


Carly, who was the therapist responsible for my divine massage, has been with The Barn since 2011 and has over 10 years’ experience in the industry. Stepping into The Barn, I knew instantly that the treatment was going to be amazing, and boy It didn’t disappoint. I have been having massages for a good few years now mainly due to back problems, so am quite particular with what I like. Basically, I love having the balance of relaxation whilst also feeling like something very good and effective is happening to my back physically. Those knots won’t get rid of themselves in a hurry. Carly was thorough, responsive and is extremely talented. My back felt extremely at ease after my treatment and the whole thing just put me completely into a chilled and peaceful state.

Having now finally visited the salon and experienced what they can offer, I can definitely say that I will be going back. I couldn’t fault my time at The Barn in the slightest and I am incredibly grateful to have been able to switch off and just enjoy a few moments for myself. I have a lot going on at the moment so it came at the perfect time. I am also extremely keen to try out some of their skincare from Dermalogica, as it is very apparent from being in The Barn that there is a heavy focus on good skin and helping those get to a good level with their skincare and regimes.

The Barn 


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Thank you so much to Kelly, Carly and all the team at The Barn for making my experience incredibly relaxing and enjoyable. I will definitely be back!


This blog post is in collaboration with The Barn, however all views and opinions are my own.

Reasons to be happy this Winter

Reasons to be happy this Winter

Images by Kayleigh Gresty Photography

From my own experiences, Winter has always been a time for me that can really affect my mood. The darker days and colder weather can lead to a very negative mind, and for me this has always been something that I have found difficult to overcome. However, in recent years I have had a lot of things making me stressed, which I think is why the Winter can just trigger the emotions I feel with everything going on. Having now had my heart operation and finally be in a good place with work, I am hoping that this year is going to be different. Different for the better. That being said, I know a lot of other people who suffer a lot more in the Winter and also find it very hard to stay positive. In technical terms, this is called seasonal affective disorder (SAD), suggesting that it is definitely something that we all need to start taking a lot more seriously.

The thing I remember hating the most about the ‘Winter Blues’ is how it makes me feel so out of control with my emotions. I am not someone who suffers from depression or any sort of mental illness, and am very much in control 99% of the time. So when I am feeling down because of the weather, the confusion really affects me.

It is all good reading tips on how to overcome this, although I think the first step in really making an active effort to avoid suffering is to open yourself up to trying out new ways of dealing with it and really committing to spending the time on yourself. I am definitely someone who spends a lot of time listening to peoples advice and trying to make a change, but I do think the biggest thing that always holds me back personally is not believing that I can do it.

When it comes to mental issues and feeling low, it is a very bumpy road to being able to cope, and it is never going to be something that you can completely overcome. So, this blog post isn’t going to be me giving you my advice on how to deal with this during the next few months, as I am by no means someone in a position to give this out. It would be a case of me discussing what we all ‘should be doing’ and me in the end probably having to take my own advice in the next few months. I want this to be a little more of a positive post, highlighting the reasons why I am so far feeling great this season and what a lot of us do have to be thankful for. If you are in need of a little advice on how to help overcome SAD, the NHS have a great piece online which you can view here.

Family and Friends

The biggest thing in my life that keeps me going and what makes me extremely happy on a daily basis is those who surround me. I have an amazing supportive family, a handful of really close and special friends, an incredible boyfriend and such lovely people who I get to work with and be around. We all seem to do a good job, well the majority of us, in appreciating those around us and prioritising time to put them first. I am grateful every day for the ones I love. They fuel me through life and always keep my spirits high.


Okay, this one may just be because I have had my fair share of health issues, but nevertheless, when I hear or see those horrible TV/ Radio adverts regarding charities, I always count my lucky stars that I am healthy. No matter how much money we have in our bank accounts, or how many green smoothies we drink a day, unfortunately sometimes our bodies just won’t play ball and there is nothing we can do about it. Be grateful every single day for your health, and simple being able to get up in the morning, able to take a breath, look outside and enjoy everything life has to offer.

Real success is when you have things in your life that money will never be able to buy. People and your health will always be the top two.

The basics that we take for granted

I have been thinking about putting this post together for a while, and it all started when I was in the car going over my to-do list. For some reason it just suddenly came across in my mind how lucky I was to be able to just get around in the car, sorting everything out. It is such a small thing, but my car gives me such independence and I love the feeling of being able to basically do whatever the hell I want. Obviously, it isn’t just driving, but other things in life that I think a lot of us have forgotten is a luxury not a necessity. It is going to be different for everyone, but I think it is so important if every day you take two minutes and just really think about all the things you are grateful for in life.

A few other things I am excited about…

Winter evenings – I am such a Winter baby. I love everything chunky knits, blankets, hot chocolates and evenings on the sofa. I am so excited for the seriously cold evenings, being able to enjoy my evenings snuggled up with the ones I love and my baby Nelson.

Winter Food – is there anything better than a good old-fashioned English Winter meal? Whether it be a stew, something with mash or even a full on roast, Winter food makes me unbelievably happy. Simple, yet delicious.

Christmas – it is officially time to start thinking about Christmas and I am beyond excited. This year I am feeling so relaxed and ready to take a good festive week off, surrounding by my family, wearing Christmas PJs and watching festive films.

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