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Sunday 24 November 2013

My VERY fabulous dressing table

My dressing table from Very

I have been on the hunt for a traditional dressing table for my bedroom for a while.  There are dozens of stores on the high street and companies online that sell beautiful dressing tables but at prices that often range between £400 - £700, they were well out of my budget. 

Laura Ashley dressing table set - £700

I was on a mission to find the perfect dresser, that had the qualities of the traditional dressing tables but at an affordable price.  After searching stores and online, I finally found the perfect one from Very.

I love the traditional look of the dressing table which comes with an adjustable mirror and matching stool. (I added the stripey black and white pillow for the stool to go with the style of my bedroom). There is also a glass cover that sits on the table top to prevent any staining by makeup, making it easy to wipe down.

The dresser is strong and sturdy and easy to assemble. It fits perfectly into the alcove space in my bedroom and the two drawers provide a good amount of space for more storage. It is the perfect dresser and at such an amazing price I would definitely recommend it. 

Other stores that sell dressing tables under £200 are IkeaDunelm and Argos so worth checking out too.

Monday 28 October 2013

Catford Canteen - Pop Up Restaurant

I love trying different food and visiting new restaurants and always on the look out for new and exciting dining experiences. I came across a tweet from one of my followers about Catford Canteen, an indoor pop up restaurant in South East London and knew I had to book tickets.

The night was hosted by Basement Galley, who run the popular underground supper club in a decommissioned 1967 Victoria Line carriage (it doesn't get more exciting than that!)

We went last weekend, on the second evening. I've always driven past Catford Broadway Centre but never visited the shopping centre but luckily I managed to find the location, a vacant shop unit that had been especially revamped for the supper club.

 Me at Catford Canteen

Catford Canteen menu for the evening 

We got to sample the delicious five course menu of soy-braised salmon pâté and pulled pork loin. I loved the pork loin served with creamy mash and beetroot salsa. The anchovy mayonnaise was the perfect compliment to this dish.

 Pulled pork loin served with creamy mash and beetroot salsa
The "Gin & Tonic Trio", an unusual but tasty mix of fizzy G&T jelly with a shot of iced G&T and cured cucumber, was served to clense the palate.

Gin & Tonic Trio

For dessert we had warm plum clafoutis with maple syrup & lime ice cream, sprayed with edible gold (!) which was absolutely delicious!

 Plum clafoutis with maple syrup & lime ice cream

The Catford Canteen is just part of a number of projects by Lewisham Council to enhance Catford Broadway for shoppers, businesses and residents.

It is such a great idea to entice not only enthusiastic foodies but also local residents who are interested in exploring new and exciting projects in their neighbourhood. 

I love quirky events like this and really did feel quite privileged to experience the fantastic culinary skills of Basement Galley with really good company in such a unique setting. The food was fantastic I can't wait for the next event!

To find out more about Catford Canteen and register for their next event click here

Visit Grub Club to find out about local foodie events in your area.

Thursday 22 August 2013

Oufit of the day - F&F Chain Detail Dress

Bag - Primark
Watch - River Island
Earrings - H&M

I have been on the lookout for a dress with chain detail for a while but couldn't quite find the right one. A few weeks ago I spotted this dress by Florence & Fred on the Clothing at Tesco website in blue but it was the red* version that really caught my eye.

I'm a big fan of tunic style dresses and the gold chain across the neck line looks great. The dress is a lovely floaty chiffon material so would keep you cool on a warm summer's day.

 Round neck chain collar

But it's the cross over cut out back that really makes the dress. I wore it with a high bun so I could show it off - it would be a shame not to!

 Loving the cross over/cut out back!

*Disclaimer: This item was sent for review however all words and opinions are my own*

Sunday 18 August 2013

Upcycled coffee table

My upcycled coffee table

I have been looking for a country style wooden coffee table for my living room but so far all styles in stores are not quite the style I was looking for.

I decided that I would find a second hand coffee table and paint it myself! I found this one in my local charity shop and decided it was perfect for my living room. 


I cleaned and sanded the legs and top of the coffee table then painted the legs using Annie Sloan Old White Chalk Paint.  After painting the legs two coats of paint, I waxed and buffed the legs and then painted the top with clear varnish.


I am so happy with the final product! It is exactly how I wanted it and really love how the colour came out on the coffee table legs.

Would love to see what other people have upcycled let me know of your favourite projects!

Friday 26 July 2013

Maxi dress - outfit of the day

Maxi dress - Matalan

The temperature in Provence was so hot! We were lucky to have a pool where we stayed to cool down, however you can't be in a bikini or swimming costume all the time. Luckily I had a choice of maxi dresses to wear,my favourite was this one from Matalan.

I love the exposed back on this maxi dress!

The pattern was a lovely white, brown, green and black and I loved the exposed back, an absolute must for hot temperatures as anything too clingy is just too warm. 

Here are some of my other summer favourites from Matalan:

What is your favourite dress of this summer so far?

Summer Holiday!

Lace dress - Florence and Fred
Wedges - River Island
Floppy Hat - Primark
Location - Provence, South of France

My husband and I spent this Summer in Provence, south of France for some time away from the hustle and bustle of London.   

One evening, we took a trip to Saint Rémy-de-Provence for dinner.  I love the French style, so chic and sophisticated, so I was waiting for a special occasion to wear this peach lace dress from Florence & Fred. 

If you're looking for that special occasion dress to wear this summer check these out from Florence & Fred collection:

F&F Chain Trim Tunic dress £25

F&F Halterneck Maxi dress £40

Where is your go to store for special occasion dresses? Let me know!

Tuesday 16 July 2013

Tesco's F&F Loves...Do You Noah! :-)

Last week, I was featured on Tesco's, "Blogs we love" section which was such an honour! 

I am a huge fan of their Florence and Fred collection and you may have noticed from me post a few outfit of the day photos in the stylish F&F dresses. Totally ideal for workwear and the lovely Summer weather too. I'm looking forward to seeing what their Autumn/Winter collection has to offer...

Check out the feature in full here. Visit for the latest offerings from Florence and Fred collection.

Wednesday 10 July 2013

Outfit of the day - Blue Dress

Dress - Florence & Fred @ Tesco

More sunny days in London so today I wore a Summer favourite of mine, a blue pencil dress from Florence & Fred at Tesco. You may remember it from my outfit of the day post last year when I wore it in France to a wedding.

I love this dress with it's zip detail at the back. It's great for work and smarter occasions too!

Monday 8 July 2013

Floral frocks Part 2!

Another sunny weekend in London and you know what that means? Time to bring out the summer dresses! As promised, I was determined to stick to my word and wore another floral frock, this time from Florence & Fred at Tesco.

Dress - Florence & Fred 
Sandals - New Look

Friday 5 July 2013

Outfit of the day - floral frocks

 Floral dress - ASOS

Another sunny day in London means I can wear summer dresses to work. I love this floral frock from ASOS. I teamed it with a skinny tan belt, tan sandals and bag.

Sunday 30 June 2013

Outfit of the day

Outfit of the day

The weather this weekend in London was glorious, very warm and sunny with a slight breeze, so we went to visit family in Henley. We took a boat on the Thames and ate ice cream which was fun! 

 I love sunny days in London!

Why isn't the weather always like this in London?! One can only dream of more sunny days like this. I had completely given up on my Summer wardrobe due to the miserable weather and then the weekend arrived - hooray! Fingers crossed we get more warm weather and I get to wear more straw hats, floral trousers and jewelled collared blouses!

Floral print cropped trousers - Uniqlo

Jewelled collar blouse - Primark

Bag - Primark

Sunday 23 June 2013

New Look Statement Necklaces

I bought this necklace from New Look last week and I absolutely love it, it goes with everything! 

Pink and gold decor plate necklace- New Look

New Look have a great selection of necklaces in store and online. Here are some of my favourites:

Silver frosted stone bib necklace

Black and gold enamel plate necklace

Gold Cleopatra chain necklace

Diamante eagle necklace

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