BEFORE

At last, our bathroom is complete! We bought, and moved into our first home in Brighton in August, after a very swift 5 weeks from offer to completion. I know it doesn't usually happen like that so we're very fortunate not to be involved in such a large chain.

Anyway, the first room I knew I had to tackle from the get go was the bathroom. Let me start by saying there was nothing wrong with the bathroom. The room is quiet small, yet for the two of us? Perfect. The configuration was perfect for it's size, so I didn't want to change anything around, it just lacked bit of personality in my eyes. Scroll through the before images below and I'm sure you'll agree.


DURING

Having trapsed through Pinterest long before even finding our dream home I knew I wanted a herringbone bathroom. (Much to our tilers dismay.) As the room is small I knew we needed to keep the space light and airy to avoid feeling closed in, so going for all white was a must! In the end we I decided on the Topps Tiles Artisau Gloss Tile.They're designed to be handmade looking with a slight uneven bumpy finish to them. We chose matching white grout around the shower, bath and sink, leaving the rest of the room to be painted white. I'm really happy with our tile choice and they look even better on the wall. I knew from stepping into the Topps Tiles store that they were the one!

Overall the bathroom took 3 days to tile, and to be honest I'm surprised it didn't take longer. The tiles look incredible! The amount of work and thought that went into placing just the first tile to make sure the rest matches up is crazy. I'm especially pleased with the the job around the window and the shampoo box, where the pattern lines up exactly with the wall.

After spending the majority of my time on Pinterest I knew I had to change the chrome fixings to gold, from the radiator down to the towel hooks-everything was changed to gold. It may just be a trend but I love the gorgeous antique gold finishes. The brand I chose for the fixings was Bristan. I did struggle to find a brand that sold everything we needed for the renovation and of course I had to have everything matching, so Bristan was a winner from the start offering everything from the basin waste plug to the shower diverter.


AFTER

I'm so pleased with the bathroom!

We started by replacing the small round cloakroom with a larger 600mm wall hung basin which fits perfectly in the space beside the window. The original sink was too small for us and I knew I wanted a large mirror above the sink which would'n't look right with the original basin.

Once tiled and grouted the gold shower arm, shower head, and shower diverter fitted and that's when everything started to slot into place! The one thing I struggled to find was fixings for the shower screen as 99% of the screens I looked at came with chrome fittings. So, after a lot of research I picked up a gold metal spray paint and sprayed them myself to math the rest of the suite!

Our last job before decoration was the radiator which had to go. I looked into gold radiators but with most being around £500 I thought it would be best to go with white. (I'd rather spend that money else where!)

The decoration in the bathroom has come over time, picking up small bits and pieces and hoping they'd all go together. Where I've struggled most is storage, as the room is quiet compact I wasn't sure on purchasing a sink unit as I wanted to maximise the space. So for now I've opted for a small laundry basket which houses all of our toiletries, towels etc which is super easy to tidy away.

So, thats it-I am SO pleased with how the bathroom has turned out. It's taken slightly longer than planned, mainly down to my attention being on small projects in other rooms of our house but it was so worth the wait! Of course I've added small touches to make the room look more lived in and less clinical down to the white walls, but I'm besotted and ready to start the next project!

Do let me know what you think.






A big thank you to Topps Tiles and Bristan for helping us out with the tiles and fittings.

  When it comes to shopping, there's two kinds of shopping I like to think are being done around Christmas. You've got Christmas gifting for friends and family (which usually involves me shopping for gifts I'd like to receive..) And you've also got party wear shopping for events like work Christmas parties, New Years Eve etc. 

When I partake in both of these kinds of shopping I like to get everything purchased in one sweep and if possible in one place. Somewhere I can pick up my gifts, shop for that LBD and stop for a mulled wine and a leisurely lunch half way round to keep me going. So when McArthurGlen Designer Outlets invited me to visit McArthurGlen York I couldn't wait to wrap up my Christmas shopping.  

 

When it comes to the Party season I like to invest in something that's going to see me through a couple of Festive Seasons, whether that be a LBD (a little black dress) something with a little sparkle to give a little hint of Christmas, or the fail safe black two piece.

McArthurGlen Designer Outlet York didn't disappoint when it came to shopping for New Year's Eve, housing brands like French Connection, Ted Baker, and Reiss the choice of brands was well welcome. I managed to narrow my pick down to two pieces; a gorgeous Reiss gold mini dress with an open back, and a beautifully tailored black suit - both 60% off!


I love gifting over Christmas. Don't get me wrong spending the holidays with friends and family is the most important part of Christmas. (As well as the Christmas dinner..) But I also like to give back to everyone for what they've done for me over the past year, and most of all I love seeing everyones faces light up when they open a thoughtful gift.

I couldn't help but pay the Perfume shop a visit and pick up the covet Gucci Bloom fragrance for a special someone, saving 20% off RRP. I also like to go down the candle route, because lets face it who doesn't welcome candles? The Yankee Candle shop had an amazing offer so I couldn't help but stock up on a couple of their large Christmas jars!


   In the UK, McArthurGlen’s six centres are home to more than 250 of the most sought-after names in premium, designer and luxury fashion, such as Osprey London, Kurt Geiger, Ted Baker, Calvin Klein, Hobbs, Jaegar, Polo Ralph Lauren and Hugo Boss, all offering year-round savings of up to 60% off RRP. If you’re looking for a centre near you you’ve got; Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet near Manchester (Europe’s first designer outlet and still the UK’s largest), Ashford Designer Outlet (just 37 minutes from London by train), Bridgend Designer Outlet (Wales’ largest), East Midlands Designer Outlet near Nottingham, Swindon Designer Outlet and York Designer Outlet.  
 
The centres are destinations in their own right, providing an inviting atmosphere for a great day out with family and friends. Shoppers can rest and relax in the landscaped surroundings, stop for a drink or a leisurely lunch at the many cafes and restaurants on site, and keep the family entertained at dedicated children's play areas. The centres also host free entertainment throughout the year, such as festivals and concerts. There really is something for everyone!  


This post made in collaboration with McArthurGlen Designer Outlet York.

As we're nearing the end of November it's about that time I start planning those festive outfits, think about how I'm going to dress my tree and also start the dreaded Christmas shopping. Christmas presents I love to give are presents with a personalisation aspect to them; something that can be monogrammed or engraved..something we've bought and gone the extra mile to personalise for friends and family. 

Jewellery is the perfect gift for friends, family or a loved one. I love jewellery. Whether it be your favourite pair of costume jewellery earrings or an engravable bracelet with sentimental value I really do think there is something out there which caters to everyone. So, in collaboration with Thomas Sabo I'm showing you my favourite pieces from the Together by Thomas Sabo range to give you some inspiration for those Christmas purchases, or just a treat for yourself.


 The Together by Thomas Sabo range features an array of couple jewellery pieces such as the "Together Forever" ring making the perfect gifts for all sorts of special occasion – a wedding anniversary, a birthday, Valentine’s Day – or straight up just to say I love you.  

The collection is also super versatile and ultra-wearable for day-to-day wear which is great if you're looking for something without such a romantic aspect. I wear my jewellery all the time, so knowing the silver hoop earrings or silver mesh watch will also compliment the daily jewels I already own is only a bonus.



 My favourite pieces from the range? The Glam spirit watch combined with the love bridge bracelet.



What I'm Wearing

"Together Forever" Ring
 Glam Spirit Watch
Silver Together Bracelet
Silver Hoop Earrings
all Thomas Sabo




This post was made in collaboration with Thomas Sabo


I've been looking into purchasing a new bag for a while now and up until recently I've been between two; The Simon Miller bucket tote bag and/or the Loewe puzzle bag. I decided to go with the bucket tote bag, I just couldn't get those tortoiseshell handles out of my head! And the fact that the navy will be perfect with my winter wardrobe worn with earthy tones! Plus, heres hoping there may be alittle something Loewe waiting for me under the tree this year (jks).

To show you how much wear I plan to get out of this versatile little bucket I thought I'd style it two ways to give you some inspiraiton if you're toying with the idea of purchasing a little Simon Miller. This style was huge come Summer, and I can't see that changing as we progress ever quickly into Winter, so the addition of the black and navy is a perfect.
 
First port of call, knitwear. This tabacco coloured cardigan is such a gorgeous colour for Winter, it's so rich in tone and it's a great alternative to a cream jumper-which I have many. I'd usually wear this with a blue or black straight leg skinny but how incredible does this outfit look with a pair of camel cigarette pants? These earthy tones really make the bag pop!


Shop The Bucket




 Who co-ordinates her outfit around her new purchase. That would be me. I don't actually own a coloured handbag so the thought of styling a blue bag at first thought would be hard, but to be honest it really isn't-by sticking with earthy colours; black, brown, navy, grey, etc it totally ties the outfit together.


What I'm Wearing

Navy Knit - Nastygal
Camel Trousers - Urban Outfitters
Bucket Bag - Simon Miller via Farfetch
Brown Cardigan - Urban Outfitters
Yellow Tshirt - Zaful
Sunglasses - Celine via Farfetch
Shoes - Zara (Last season)





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