Thursday, 28 April 2016

Make your house chic for cheap with Desenio posters // Lifestyle

We have been our home for nearly 3 years now and due to lack of money have only just started to redecorate. Getting married, moving jobs, going freelance all seemed to take it's tool, and money we'd saved to revamp and renovate went on other top priority bits. Even though we've finally decided to knuckle down and put our personal stamp on the house, we still don't have a vast amount of money so small tweaks with large impact are key. With this in mind I'm hoping this post may help to inspire you, (and me) if you're also on a small budget looking to add some art to your walls. This is all with the help of wall art specialist Desenio Art Prints

Desenio are a Scandinavian company who specialise in Nordic designs and I am absolutely loving them! The best part is the prints are super cheap meaning you can totally transform a neglected wall into something spectacular. The key areas I want to focus on today are dressing room/bedroom, blogging office, kitchen, living room and of course the first impression of the entrance hall. 

Blog Office //

Blog Office Art

The blog office I think is something we all crave (as bloggers!) and the Scandinavian and Nordic designs from Desenio are very much up a bloggers street. Lots of must-have designs with quotes, graphical prints, simplistic nature pieces and of course stunning animal photography. Having artwork in your blog space that is simple and clutter free, creates the same ambiance mentally thus allowing you to have that creative mental flow without feel 'clogged up'.

Bedroom Art

If you love your dressing table area and you're a typical make up lover, then you are going to adore the fashion specific prints available. Quotes from fashion icons, photographs of models, lipstick and nail polish shots, all create a strong chic vibe around the bedroom. My personal favourites are the slightly blurred nail polish image above, which also has a partner print with a lipstick on. 

Living Room Dreaming Art

A living room is often a neutral themed space, you get the majority of guests in this area so I've gone with a nature/world inspiration. Forests, stags, and classic world maps look amazing in the living room. Mixing up images of landscape with fun prints like this stag silhouette really make the living room quirky without being too bold. Obviously if you do want a specific theme such as fashion then you have so much choice, and if you're stuck for ideas check out the inspiration section on the Desenio website.

Entrance Hall //

Entrance Hall Art

This one is quite personal to me and my love of all things french! I actually have the bike poster and the map of Paris - both to star on the wall of my hallway. I've gone for a bike as I love to cycle and because there is obviously the Tour De France. This is a good way of mixing up print styles so we have a quote, a map and simple picture of a bike. You'll notice we have both portrait and landscape images here, which I think is sometimes good to steer away from predominantly having portrait all the time. 

Kitchen //

Kitchen Art

The kitchen is always a funny one because I personally don't have a lot of wall space! In fact at present where I want to hang two pictures is currently where the coats live. These will soon be moved, (as we are currently working on the kitchen first) to be replaced with some exciting kitchen prints like the ones above. I'd never really thought of pictures in the kitchen but I really think these posters  and believe they'd would look fantastic, especially in a way to give a splash of personality to the kitchen. Whenever we have people over we always seem to gravitate to the kitchen for drinks so it seems silly not to liven it up as well.

All the wall art in each moodboard is available on Desenio right now with each available in a different size. Depending on whether you want just one picture on it's own, or you're looking to create a wall gallery you have lots of options! Prices start from £2.29 for the smallest up to £99 for the bigger and more exclusive prints. These pictures don't come with frames although there are frames available - but believe it or not they do suggest standard frames from Ikea will in fact fit these posters. 

Before I leave you to beaver away at creating your own picture moodbaord, one thing I will say is that if you're like me and a little clueless about even attempting to create a wall gallery, Desenio actually give you a helping hand in how to do just that (click here). They always give you non stop inspiration depending which room your doing up, show off their instagram account and even allow you to see what other customers have done with their pieces of art. Honestly the possibilities are endless and I'm super excited to add some character to my walls with some of these Desenio products... watch this space as my kitchen is so close to being finished!

If you want to check out more of the art work available click here to see more fabulous posters online

*Post in collaboration with Desenio*

Saturday, 23 April 2016

My epilepsy journey with partial seizures // Health

My name is Annie and I have epilepsy. There I've said it. To be honest it's not like it's the first time I've actually said it, I've done videos on my epilepsy but for some reason I've never created a full blog post about it. I didn't want to fixated on it because even though I want to create awareness I don't want people to pigeon hole me in that category, when really I have much more about my life to share.

As Epilepsy Awareness has just been (aka Purple Day) I've decided to finally be brave and  share my story...

Saturday, 9 April 2016

Dreaming of Summer with Kaleidoscope #SoakItUp // Style

What started out as a gorgeous sunny day has since turned to typical April showers, I reckon the sunshine teased me to get excited about my adventures this summer. One in particular that springs to mind is my holiday in St Tropez for my friends hen do.

I'm a firm believer in the idea of planning ahead, so after seeing this stunning jumpsuit on the latest Spring Summer advert for Kaleidoscope, (and their Soak It Up campaign) I had to take advantage of the sunny morning and snap a style piece in some of their key items.

Friday, 8 April 2016

April 2016 Must-Haves // Fashion, Beauty, Home

April Must-Haves 2016

How are we in April already? Feels like only five minutes ago it was Christmas and only ten minutes since I got married in July! Obviously it really is April and we really are in 2016 so instead of feeling constantly gobsmacked how quick the months are flying by, I have created my monthly must-haves for April to inspire us!

April is the month where the sun teases us but the wind still delivers a chill, and of course the classic April showers are often soon to follow. I did debate whether to suggest some kind of umbrella or coat, but let's be honest if you live in the UK then you'll have something already. Today sees a mixture of diverse brands off the high street and online, with Esprit, Benefit and Timberland... plus a bunch of other goodies too!

\The April Must-Have Items

// Phone Case - Stella McCartney Lips Case
Absolutely adore that Stella McCartney phone cover! My days of 'I can't find my phone' would be over because I just wouldn't be able miss it. I seem to forever misplace my black phone and getting a bright phone cover could be the answer.

This shirt from Next has been a big plus point to my wardrobe and I've been wearing it with blue jeans and those tan boots. It is a bit see-through though so wasn't sure if it would be appropriate for work, but drinks and cocktails with the girls - hello!

I've tried this in tester form for the first time and always meant to pick some up. It is truly amazing primer and this is a bit of a reminder to me to go and grab some more! Loving Benefit at the moment. 

Lilac is becoming my favourite colour this month, it's making me feel ready for spring and having a colourful small crossover bag is a great addition to a wardrobe. Not going too crazy with pastels as it is only April but a little can't hurt!

Spotted these beauties at a Next press day and had to have them. I do feel a little like I should be in a Western movie walking in them because of the fringing, but once you get used to that it's fine! They go really well with jeans and that Next shirt... just saying!

Decided a pair of classic black was still strong move in April. They're still good for spring, not quite ready for colourful or white so keeping them relatively classic is smart move. I wasn't totally sure on hi-waisted jeans in general but loved the look of these Superdry ones and for my curvy figure maybe they could work. 

On a more casual and practical note I have these Timberland boots in a gorgeous magenta shade. If you follow my social media and or YouTube you'll have seen these join me on my ski trips.  They actually were the best thing for walking on snow and ice! Timberland boots are first and foremost a well established walking brand as well as being fashionable - now I have the best of both. These will be amazing for spring Sunday walks with the dog! Each time I wear them I find my eyes gravitating towards them - so pretty!

I've not actually used Topshop nail polish before - so not quite sure how good it is? Anyone? Regardless loving this shade of blue right now, I seem to slowly be putting away my deep, rich shades for light tones! Check out some of the new shades from Next though as their 'frozen' shade (think Elsa blue) is beaut. 

I always go for a safe option with sunnies and so saw these from Esprit and really liked the design. They are boho hippy style meets early 90's. What's not to like?! The best part for me is the fact they're only £25. I am notorious for breaking sunglasses so getting a really expensive pair is stupid! For example I bought a pair of Vivienne Westwood sunnies and broke the arm 2 hours after we got home. £25 from Esprit gets a thumbs up from me!

Another find from Esprit is this beautiful dress. Esprit have been one of those brands I sometimes discover a little gem, and this month it's their flowing floral print dress. I tend to buy good quality casual bits from there but I stumbled across this dress whilst hunting for some new additions to my wardrobe. This kind of dress is perfect for any occasion and it's not too summery either... which I know we're all trying to hold back on buying lots of. Dress it up with heels or dress it down with white converse and your hippy glasses!

Fake flowers are my best friends. They cost a bit to start with but in the long run they are a better option than real flowers - because they last! Wasn't 100% sold on orange and if you're not sure either , head over to Dunelm to create your own with their single false flowers to buy. 

We have a good selection above but my main thing this month is about introducing those bright shades back into my wardrobe. Slowly teasing fabrics with beautiful floral prints is the way I'm headed but as it's still blowing a gale outside and raining as and when it wants, I'm holding back slightly... but come see me in May for some summer vibes and plenty of floral loving! What do you like and more importantly what have you been buying?

Wednesday, 6 April 2016

7 Day Meal Plan from Nic's Nutrition and Holland & Barrett // Health

Every so often I get into a bit of an eating rut, I'll stick with the same things everyday and find myself getting bored. After having a rough few weeks I haven't really been eating properly and old bad habits would slip back in. I'd be training just as much but feeling really drained from lack nutritional diet. This is where Holland and Barrett and Nic from Nic's Nutrition comes into play to help get me back on track. What were they going to do then? A personalised diet plan and top goodies from Holland and Barrett... so did I feel 'me' again?