Lilac is such a gorgeous hue for spring, and it
Add some colour
Painting your home is a perfect way to redecorate, as it can be done on almost any budget and will let you pick shades that you adore to further reflect yourself in the house. Some homeowners will choose to have decorators in, but to keep costs down you can get any supplies that you need at a local hardware shop and do it yourself.
You can choose any colour you like, but a lot of people find that they want to get a proper idea of how the room will look before they commit. Using the Dulux Visualiser App is a really popular tool as it will let you take photos of your room and pick the shades that you want to see, giving you a much clearer idea of how it will look when the jobs done. This is also a really good test if you want to put two different colours together but you’re not sure if they will work or not, letting you test various options before you move forward and buy the paint.
Rather than replacing the things that you’ve got which can be a very expensive job, look at the furniture in your home and see how you can change it yourself to fit the style that you’re looking for. We’re seeing upcycled items in millions of homes across the country and the results are absolutely stunning, allowing you to customise your pieces to make them fit perfectly in your house.
Some people shy away from the idea of upcycling, thinking that it’s too difficult and that they won’t do a good job, but there are lots of really easy guides to follow and plenty of online resources to help. Another good idea is to pick up cheap furniture that’s being sold and to upcycle that if you haven’t got the pieces that you want to work on, allowing you to keep costs low and come out with a personalised, unique item of furniture for your home.
Focus on your accessories
Redecorating your home doesn’t need to involve huge changes – replacing small items can give a completely different feel and let you redesign the room easily. Looking at cushion covers, throws, or pictures on the wall and changing them will quickly change the style of your room.
Pick two colours that you want to focus on for your rooms, and replace the accessories with these shades. If you’re struggling to pick colours, looking online at sites like Pinterest for inspiration will reveal all sorts of beautiful pairs. We’ve also included some of our favourites that we’ve seen in homes in the last year –
- Black and white
- Turquoise and cream
- Gold and royal blue
- Sage green and soft pink
There’s plenty of different shades for you to choose from, so you can really narrow down what works best for you and bring it into your home.
This year hasn’t started like we hoped (more lockdowns and all) but now that things are slowly opening up again and the weather is turning sunny and lovely, time has come to scour your wardrobe and add a few new pieces to help freshen up your style. Now that garden socialising and meeting outdoors is permitted we can’t wait to to meet with friends for barbecues, picnics in the park and walks around the city.
Not sure what to wear after a year spent in loungewear? Don’t worry, I have you covered for every eventuality.
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An all black look may not be an obvious choice for summer, but you can definitely make it work in steamy weather. Keep scrolling for some serious all black summer outfit inspirations from the best street style gurus. These ensembles prove that black is a perfect choice all year round. Simply embellish your all-black outfits with gold and silver accessories. They add a downtown, rock-and-roll edge with a sophisticated sensibility, so you get the best of both aesthetics with minimal effort. Perfection and hot weather approved.
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If you haven’t yet, this is a great time to update your accessories ready for the warm weather months ahead. This season the message from the fashion powers of be was loud and clear, accessories should be functional and timeless so that they may live in our wardrobes for years to come. But remember, when it comes to accessorizing you should always do you. Accessories are and always will be one of the best and easier ways to show your personal style.
So, without any further ado, here are some of the Spring/Summer 20 accessories I’m looking forward to trying out.
Go Big or go Home Shoulder Bags.
Yes! Finally a bag we can fit all we need in but it looks far from a boring travel carry on. Wear them over the shoulder, or nonchalantly slung across the body, these bags are big. Really big and I love them.
70’s Style Sunglasses
A trendy pair of oversized sunglasses will make you feel so cool as you keep your eyes protected this summer. Big sunglasses,like this beauties from Tom Ford, give the perfect finishing touch to all kinds of summer outfits. The right pair of oversized glasses can help you channel the classy elegance of Audrey Hepburn and Jackie O, or your inner Hippie goddess. Mister Spex has a huge selection of sunglasses so be sure to visit their online store for more styles.
Sweet and Pretty Mary Jane
Our wardrobes and style choices seem to be the first ones to get sorted but what about our beauty routine? Given that it’s something that we do daily, it’s worth spending a bit of time revisiting it to see what’s working and what’s not.
Now is the time to assess whether your old favourites are still delivering or whether you need to find something else to cater to your current beauty needs. I know beauty products can get expensive so it pays to hone it down to the essentials that will really deliver bang for their buck. I love getting my products from Lâncome.
Here are the key areas that I think are worth prioritising.
Do a regular beauty product detox
This is a definite non-negotiable. I know it’s difficult to part with anything in your beauty bag but there’s a reason why cosmetics and skincare products have an expiry date. Often the efficacy of the ingredients or the quality of the product is compromised after a certain period of time. If you want to ensure it’s doing its job, it’s better to use products to death early on rather than save them and then risk it going bad.
There aren’t many ways of improving your health while also having fun, but spa breaks are one of the rare chances you’ll get to enjoy yourself while looking after your body and mind.
Here are just some of the benefits of a spa holiday…
For me one of the biggest appeals of a spa break is the luxury of a hotel, and the thought of being pampered by the spa treatments available. There’s something about slipping on a soft and cosy bathrobe and spa slippers that just makes you feel instantly more relaxed. When you settle for a well deserved massage, with the heat, the tranquil atmosphere and the smells of the various massage oils, something starts to unwind within. There is no better feeling in this world, than feeling content and well looked after.
While it is well known that enjoying a relaxing spa break helps reduce stress and improves your sense of wellbeing, the benefits are not all psychological. Some other health benefits of going on a spa break are:
- Reduces muscle and joint pain
- Improves heart health
- Assists your fight against diabetes
- Helps with eliminating toxins
- Reduces the severity of headaches
A Good Night’s Sleep
A spa holiday will leave you relaxed and tired after a full day of pampering, swimming and eating, preparing you for a perfect night’s sleep.
While a good night’s sleep may reduce under-eye bags, there are also a long list of health benefits associated with quality sleep such as boosting your immune system, improved mood, concentration and productivity, leaving you in the perfect mindsight to get back to your daily life fully charged at the end of the break!
You Deserve it!
You deserve a break, so reward yourself with a little luxury. Book a spa break and take some time to look after yourself for once because when we feel happy and renewed nothing can stop us!
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