14 September 2014

Sunday Edit #75

Currently having a Jason Derulo marathon as you do while I type this. Even though this week has been manic, it honestly feels like its dragged. Anyway I'm now onto week two of the Bootea detox and I have to admit I'm in shock with the weight loss after 14 days. I'll post more about this week later on in the week though. Also I'm still in pain from the return to metafit on Wednesday after a 6 month hiatus. I suppose the phrase no pain, no gain is quite apt here isn't it. Currently binge watching RuPaul's drag race - honestly can't get enough of the show.

Posts you may have missed this week - Lighting // Fresh breath // Statement necklace

12 September 2014

Light Up, Light Up

There’s no two ways about it, lighting sets a mood. In some unfortunate circumstances, the mood can be a harsh fluorescent one, prompting feelings of uneasiness or discontent. For the style conscious and sartorially savvy set, designing a great lighting scheme is key to the transformation from a house into a home.

While many will opt for a basic overhead grid lighting design or a series of strategically placed lamps to create a certain ambiance, the reality is that wall lights are some of the most effective (and stylish) luminary options available. Here are just a few of the many reasons why...

Perception is everything
It’s a little known lighting fact that the eye perceives light very well against vertical surfaces. Wall lights can create an enhanced perception of brightness in any space with half the energy output of other options like recessed downlights. With a few strategically placed fixtures, wall lights can make a space feel warm and bright in no time.

Vamp up the Vanity
Many bathroom vanities feature downlights over the mirror without any light on the sides. For functional vanity spaces where activities like tweezing, shaving and makeup applications take place, installing wall fixtures on either side of the mirror at eye level help to minimise shadows and provide even distribution, which can make time spent in the mirror endlessly flattering.

Flood a Feature
Wall lights are also great accent lights, literally highlighting particularly great pieces of artwork or architecture in any space. Consider installing some stylish and understated wall lights to accent some of your favourite nooks, crannies and collectibles for the ultimate in sophisticated style.

Creating a beautiful and functional lighting scheme in the home is no easy feat. Every light source needs to work together to create a cohesive look and feel that provides both functional light and stylish accents throughout. 

10 September 2014

Hello, is it fresh breath you're looking for...

Quite frankly THE GREATEST BLOG TITLE EVER!! I'm not going to lie, as soon as I agreed to try out some products from Hello, there was only one song which came to mind... Anyway moving along... Hello oral hygiene has just launched in the UK from America. The tag line with their products is naturally friendly and aims to do what any regular toothpastes/mouthwash/breath sprays do but without all the added nasties. 

Over the last few weeks I've been trying their mouthwash in mojito mint and a breath spray in pink grapefruit mint. Personally I have a love/hate relationship with mouth wash, I think since having my tonsils out last year, My mouth has become more sensitive and any time I use mouthwash, cue tears running down my face. All of Hello's products are alcohol free and are ideal for those who suffer from sensitivity. I won't lie, the first few times I used this, I found the product strange - not in a bad way, instead just thinking when is the sensitivity about to start (this didn't). 

Personally I'm not a fan of mojito's (the drink), however I found the mouthwash not to be overbearing and leaves my teeth/mouth feeling clean. The only niggle I have with this product is the lid - when fasted it doesn't feel secure and product does slightly leak if I knock it over/lying it down to take these photos. However it may be the case that I haven't mastered closing the bottle securely. 

Onto the breath spray - this divided my table at work over whether they liked it or not. Personally I love the dinky little spray. It fits perfectly into any handbag and due to the screw fastening, it's hygienic and you don't run the risk of loosing a top in your bag in more conventional sprays. The spray itself does initially taste of pink grapefruit, but with an after taste of mint. The breath spray does pass the curry and red onion test, which shows how much of an excellent product it is. At the moment the products are being sold exclusively in Boots and Selfridges, although if you're from the North East I'm yet to see these products in any of my local Boots so it will probably be worth ordering offline. Next up on the list to try is their toothpaste.  

9 September 2014

That Necklace...

Necklace £5 - Primark

If in doubt - whack a statement necklace on. Seriously the answer to any fashion dilemma. Considering I’m supposed to be on a spending ban (well using my money to decorate), I spied this in Primark’s window on Thursday with Tor. Don’t get me wrong I was all set to pay, however I decided to be good and put it back, and then ended up buying it at Newcastle on the Friday. I don’t know if it’s just me, but Primark have really been on form over the last few months with their statement necklaces.

There’s something about this necklace which reminds me of Zara (the kings of statement necklaces), but for a fraction of the price (£5). I'll probably wear this with plain tees or bretton striped tees and jeans to inject a bit of colour into an outfit. Next time you're in Primark, if you can look amongst the jewellery (Newcastle is the best if your from the North East) and I guarantee you'll find some hidden gems,

7 September 2014

Sunday Edit #74

That's a bit profound for a Sunday morning isn't it - wise words though. Anyway I really don't have much to say this week, so I'm leaving it there. Oh however I'll be doing my Bootea review later on in the week, once I've finished the programme - so far so good, but a long way left to go.

Posts you may have missed this week - A By Terry dupe // Monthly playlist // Not a fan of neon nails // New favourite fake tan.