Monday, 20 October 2014

#MyDunelmBag | Create a new look for under £50 Blogger Challenge

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The lovely people at Dunelm's PR agency recently got in touch with me to let me know that I had been selected as one of five bloggers to take part in their My Dunelm Bag blogger challenge associated with their new TV advert #mydunelmbag and asked if I would like to take part?

If you've read some of my recent posts, you'll know that money(or lack of) has been quite a big issue with the whole "moving into my first home" thing, so this opportunity couldn't have come at a better time, and I am super grateful to be invited to take part. So I instantly replied with a "yes please!" - Thank you Dunelm!

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The concept of the challenge was to create a new look for a room or area of your home by buying products from Dunelm, within a budget of £50! To help me with the challenge I was kindly provided with my own personalised Dunelm Canvas Shopping Bag , the new A/W 2014 Dunelm Catalogue, and a pretty little £50 gift card.

The A/W Catalogue was packed full of inspiration and decor themes/ideas and gorgeous new colour schemes. I picked out a few ideas of what I wanted to buy first but I literally couldn't wait to go shopping! We headed to our local store which is located in Wolverhampton and spent a good couple of hours browsing all the aisles to make sure I didn't miss anything!

With such a generous budget, I quickly realised that not only could I create a new look for one room, but I could re-vamp two rooms in our new house! The rooms we chose to do out are the bedroom and the bathroom!

BEDROOM
For the bedroom, I knew exactly what I wanted, and I loved the "Beautiful Birds" section in the catalogue so much that I had to go and get my hands on some of these items! I have totally fallen in love with Duck Egg Blue and pastel colour schemes lately, and thought this would go beautifully with the decor of our new home...
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Duck Egg Beautiful Birds Duvet Cover Double (£19.99),
Duck Egg Beautiful Birds Storage Box(£4.99),

Wedding Lovebirds(£2.79)

Bevelled Edge Mirror Plate(99p), 

Decorative Heart On A Stick(£1.49)
The duvet cover is obviously the main part of this look, it looks super pretty and really good quality, especially as its piped around the seams. There are a range of colours in the duvet print, so plenty of colours to tie up with in the rest of the bedroom decor - light pink/dark pink/grey/dark brown etc. I then picked up a couple of the storage boxes, as I think these will be ideal to use as storage on our bedside tables. I then picked up a couple of small decorative pieces including the ceramic lovebirds, which will be sitting on top of the mirrored plate on a side table. Then finally I grabbed this really cute heart on a stick, which will look super cute in a tall stem flower vase!

You can find each of these items by typing in the names on the search box on the Dunelm homepage. Or you can see the full Dunelm Bedding selection for more ideas!

BATHROOM
I had no idea I that I was going to be decorating the bathroom, but as soon as I noticed the gorgeous Rose and Ellis bathroom collection, I had to have it all! I love the design and pattern it is very Cath Kidston-esque! The bathroom we will have in our new house is completely white all over, so this gorgeous pastel blue floral look will brighten it up a lot!
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Rose and Ellis Clarendon Collection Shower Curtain(£7.99)
Rose and Ellis Clarendon Collection Lotion Dispenser(£4.99)
Rose and Ellis Clarendon Collection Light Pull(1.79)
Rose and Ellis Clarendon Collection Soap Dish(£1.99)
Rose and Ellis Clarendon Collection Tumbler(£2.49)

I managed to get most of the essentials with what was left of the budget. The main and most noticeable item is the shower curtain, but I then got the matching light pull which was a total bargain! Along with the sink items - soap/lotion dispenser, soap dish and tumbler, all with matching design.

You can find each of these items by typing in the names on the search box on the Dunelm homepage. Or you can see the full Dunelm Bathroom selection for more ideas!

Overall the items came to £49.50! So for just under £50 I have managed to create a new look for not just one, but two rooms for my new home!

If you read my last blog post you will already know that we are getting the keys to our new home on Monday 27th October, so once we have finished decorating etc I will post photographs of what these items actually look like in the house, I am so excited to share everything with you all!

P.S If you fancy entering to win £250 worth of vouchers to spend at Dunelm, take a photo of your recent shopping buys from Dunelm, and share it with the hashtag #mydunelmbag on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!

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Sunday, 19 October 2014

Life | Some good news & a surprise arrival!


First of all, the good news... If you've been following my posts, you'll be aware of the fact that I have been looking to move out of my parents house for quite some time, and with various other problems and financial shortages this had not yet happened. However, my boyfriend has decided he is coming with me after all. After viewing a couple of properties together, we decided we loved the second property we went to see which was a unique semi-detached bungalow/house. We began the application process the very next day and were eagerly awaiting some good news. We got the phone call earlier this week to say our application has been accepted, and we are moving in on the 27th of this month! Which means we have just 1 week until the big day! SO EXCITED! Although this is only a rented property, so we won't be able to make it completely our home I cannot wait to finally have my own space, and make use of all the gorgeous homeware bits and pieces I've bought so far! I will be posting about our new home very soon once we have moved in! Including some homeware hauls and decor ideas - Watch this space! For now you can check out my "moving out" section to catch up on previous related posts.

Onto the surprise arrival... Just over a month ago we took in a stray kitten which had been wandering around and sleeping in our back garden for ages. We do already have a cat, Bob who is about 4-5 years old now, who we also took in as a stray kitten! Well we have been looking after this new kitten (we didn't know what sex the cat was) and we noticed it was getting rather fat, but we just thought it was because of the amount of food it was eating. We were getting ready to take it to the vets to see if there was something wrong with it, and also to get it neutered as it looked quite young. However the cats attitude started to change, wiggling into small spaces(under beds, behind sofa's etc) and also wanting to be in the house rather than in the garden. Then, completely out of the blue, I came home from my boyfriends house one morning and my family were all sat in the kitchen, the cat had given birth to two kittens during the night!! Another one arrived shortly after, so we had 3 in total - or so we thought. a whopping 12 hours later - she popped out another one! So we now have two cats and four little kitties! They are so adorable! They are now just over a week old, and one has opened both eyes! I have never actually seen newborn kittens, so this is a totally new experience for me and I can't wait to watch them grow up. I really hope that our new landlord will eventually allow us to have pets in the house so that I can keep a couple of the kittens as it will be heartbreaking to watch them go!




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Friday, 17 October 2014

Best Beauty Advent Calendars 2014 For Under £60!

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Since last years beauty advent calenders post was such a huge hit, and the idea of alternative advent caldendars seems to get more popular every year - especially in the beauty world. I decided to do an updated best of beauty advent calendars 2014 post to get you all in the Christmas spirit! Sorry guys, I know its only October, but the big day will soon come around!

I will be doing this post in two parts, today I bring you...
Part 1 | £60 & Under Beauty Advent Calendars! 

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No7 25 Days Of Beauty Treats Advent Calendar | £35.00

Available from 29th October in Boots stores and online.

Last year we had the Boots 25 Days Of Beauty Advent Calendar, but this year, the Boots calendar has been devoted entirely to No7 products. The calendar features a range of make up, nail products and skincare. The products in this calendar add up to a whopping £130(approx) and you can get your hands on it for just £35.00. I guarantee you this beauty will fly off the shelves once released! You can sign up here to be the first to know when it is released.

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Benefit Advent Calendar - Candy Coated Countdown | £60.00

Available from 16/10/14

This offering from Benefit features a range of their best-sellers - which if you look through the contents list on the website, I'm sure a lot of you fellow bloggers will recognise instantly, along with some other lovely little surprises. Although this is a little on the pricey side, its definitely worth it, as you get to try out their products before purchasing the full sizes!


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Ciate Mini Mani Manor Advent Calendar | £49.00

Available to buy now on the Ciate website!

If only I had space in my life for more nail polishes! This gorgeously designed Mini Mani Manor would be ideal for the nail fanatics! It contains 15 mini Paint Pots, 1 full sized paint pot, and 8 effects in a range of beautiful shades perfect for all year round! This advent calendar is already available to buy online on the Ciate website! Go on, treat yourself ;)

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The Body Shop Beauty Advent Calendar - 24 Days Of Joy | £50.00

Available now at The Body Shop in store and online.

I am not 100% sure, but I think this is a first from The Body Shop, as I don't remember seeing an advent calendar from them last year (I may be mistaken). The 24 Days Of Joy advent is packed full of beauty treats including body, nail, hair and face products as well as fragrances and cosmetic brushses!

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You Beauty Advent Calendar 2014 | £49.95

Available now from the You Beauty Website!

I think this calendar was the one everyone wanted to get their hands on last year, and they've done pretty well for the 2014 calendar too, so be quick to grab this one. The products inside are premium beauty products from brands including Liz Earle and Laura Mercier, and have a combined value of over £240! So the £49.95 price tag makes this amazing value!! You can view a list of products included on the website, but don't spoil it too much for yourself ;)

The second part of this blog post - Part 2 | Luxury Beauty Advent Calendars coming soon!
Which beauty advent calendar will you be buying this year? 

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