Things I’m Loving: Home Decor

I am very excited to announce that I am in the process of buying my first home, but to my dismay my boyfriend really isn’t in to pink. I’m no girly girl, but I do love me some pretty pink floral beauty – think romance and Paris if you will.

Since I am yet to really open his mind to home decor (and cleaning) I can but create a wish list, and slowly (or secretly) bring them home. If I put the telly on surely he won’t notice, right?

So here is what I am lusting after, while slowly pulling my hair out at the thought of living with a boy…

Home Decor

– love Carla x
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Things I’m Loving #3

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1. Breaking Bad – I’m never one to watch a TV series when it actually airs and I’ve had to coerce myself into watching this (don’t judge me). But, I’m now into series two and I have to say I’m loving it – I have no idea what happens throughout its entirety but I’m intrigued – no spoilers please!

2. Ciate Fit for a Queen – this nail varnish has made me fall in love with painting my toes all over again. It came with my Mini Mani Month advent calendar and I adore it. It’s exceptionally metallic and two coats does the job easily – sparkly silver nails are mine.

3. Fifty Shades of Grey OST – last week I ventured to the cinema with the girls to watch the eagerly anticipated film. In a screen full of women, I endured the two-hour romp fest and came out feeling a little uninterested in the whole shebang. But what I did enjoy was the pretty amazing soundtrack which accompanies the movie, especially Beyonce’s Crazy in Love.

4. Primark’s Instagram – I’m very  much a Primark princess, but it pains me that the retailer still doesn’t have a website where I can buy, well, everything. Instead I have to make do with pouring over its Instagram account, which is brilliant. The outfit collections, interior mock-ups and jewellery posts make me drool – just let me buy online, please!

5. Urban Decay Oz The Great & Powerful Palettes – these were released a couple of years ago and I received them for my birthday. Coming in two varieties Glinda and Theodora, the palettes are my absolute favourite Urban Decay items. Granted I don’t morph into Michelle Williams or Mila Kunis, but a girl can dream.

6. Flares – I heart flares. Always have done and always will do. I’ve owned several pairs over the years and I’m extremely happy that they are actually now in fashion. My current pair are from Next and they scream 70s, which makes me very happy. They also require platform heels, which is another reason to love them.

7. The Devil’s Rejects – horror films are my movie go-to, and I stumbled upon Rob Zombie’s House of 1000 Corpses by chance. It wasn’t the best film I’d ever sat through, but what it does do is introduce you to a family of sadistic killers who go on to star in the sequel, The Devil’s Rejects. Normally sequels are terrible but this is so much better than the first. It leaves you kind of feeling for the murderous sods, plus the soundtrack is amazing and you’ll definitely end up with a girl crush on Sheri Moon Zombie.

– love Stef x

Things I’m Loving #2

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1. Bloglovin’ app – I was at uni when I first became aware of blogs and bloggers and blogging, and it was through Bloglovin’ that I discovered my favourites. This site also helped me massively in my first two jobs as a PR and an SEO. The app is the perfect handy tool for catching up with your favourite blogs on the go – I’m (blog)lovin’ it (sorry).

2. Lush The Godmother & Rockstar Soap Stack – yes I’m a bit of a Lush lover, but when I saw this duo I actually squealed. In the store. In front of people. I have wanted both of these soaps for ages but have just never quite gotten around to buying. But, the clever people at Lush have put them together in a stack which is now sat in my room. Being looked at. And smelled. A lot (not sorry).

3. Charlotte Tilbury – another YouTube obsession is Charlotte Tilbury. Her how-to videos are amazing and her products are divine. They’ve made their way to the top of my wish/want/need list, but for now I’ll have to make do with drooling over the tutorials – if you love beauty, you should definitely check Charlotte out. Elizabeth Taylor, Brigitte Bardot and Victoria Beckham’s gorgeous Allure cover are all recreated for your viewing pleasure.

4. River Island Gold Asymmetric Slip Dress – I heart a good ol’ sale and River Island never disappoints. This beautiful dress was just £15, (down from £45), and is very reminiscent of the dress worn by Teresa Palmer in my favourite film, Take Me Home Tonight. With a hen do coming up, this could be the outfit I’d been looking for.

5. Sex and the City – thanks to daily TV reruns, my love for Carrie Bradshaw and the girls has once again taken over. The outfits, the shoes, New York and more importantly, Berger. I loved Berger, and of all the SATC men, he is my absolute favourite. If there wasn’t a Big, I definitely feel like Berger should’ve been The One. And yes, I’m completely dismissing Aidan (bleurgh).

6. Greek yogurt & honey breakfasts – this month I’m making the conscious effort to get myself in shape. Eating will consist of healthy foods and I’ll be partaking in that strange thing known as exercise. I’ll be swapping brews and prosecco for green tea and water, and to kickstart my days, I’ll be chowing down on the delight that is Greek yogurt and honey (no sarcasm). It’s actually incredibly nice and does fill you up – if you want to be even more rock ‘n’ roll, you can add granola.

7. Real Techniques Brow Brush – by now it’s become apparent that I enjoy everything Pixiwoo/Real Techniques-related. The brow brush is something that has fallen in and out of favour, but I’m currently in a brush and eyeshadow mood for brows, so this is the tool I’ve been reaching for. The angled bristles are perfect for creating a defined brow and it’s extremely easy to use – win.

– love Stef x

Things I’m Loving #1

Another first for SWHH, I thought I’d share the things that I’ve recently been loving. Whether it’s fashion, beauty, or entertainment – if I’ve been wearing it, using it, doing it or watching it, it’s here.

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1. MAC Studio Fix Fluid SPF 15 in NW15 – since my MAC makeover (read about it here), I have not stopped using nor loving this foundation. Despite the fact that most weekdays I’m extremely lazy when it comes to my appearance, I love it so much that I’ve actually been making the effort to get ready in the morning.

2. Real Techniques Buffing Brush – following on from my new foundation fave, to apply it I’ve fallen in love with this brush. It’s perfect at doing the job with ease and provides a flawless and even finish – the only issue is you can’t buy it separately but as part of the core collection.

3. H&M Wool Blend Coat in Petrol – oh H&M how I love you, especially your sale section on your app (which works a dream, FYI). As Stoke doesn’t have a store, I often peruse the app and I ordered this coat on a whim, but it is beautiful. The colour, shape and fit – all amazing. It works as a smarter coat for meetings etc. and for £17, you can’t go wrong.

4. Lush Snow Fairy Body Wash & Unicorn Horn Bubble Bar – who doesn’t want to smell like fairies and unicorns? The bubble bar is gorgeous, turning the water a beautiful silvery colour while making my skin feel silky. Snow Fairy smells divine and lathers up a treat – bath time has never been more magical.

5. Lost – okay more specifically, Sawyer from Lost. Thanks to Sky enabling me to binge on TV series, I thought ten years after its original airing would be a good time to get into this show. And I love it. It’s completely ridiculous and honestly, I’m not entirely certain what’s going on, but what I do know is I’ve loved Sawyer from the start. I’m nearing the end now, and my crush couldn’t be more cemented – forget Dr Jack, con man Sawyer is my desert island love.

6. HD Brows in Vamp – although nature decided I would have exceptionally dark brown hair, it also decided that my eyebrows should of course be around five shades lighter. Yeah… thanks for that. But, beauty products were made to save the day, and my saving grace is this kit. Take that, nature.

7. YouTubers InTheFROW & Lauren Curtis – I love beauty vloggers and my current obsessions are Victoria and Lauren. I can sit and watch their videos for hours. In fact I do do that. Normally on a Sunday or whenever the boyf. is glued to the Xbox. They are both fantastic and enviously beautiful, but that aside, their videos are perfect for make-up lovers.

8. MAC Lipstick in Creme de la Femme – this was my first ever MAC product, and although I’m not really a pinky kinda gal, this shade is extremely pretty. I’ve been reaching for it more recently as it was ideal for Valentine’s Day and well, any other day really.

So there’s my first roundup – what have you all been loving recently? Any recommendations?

– love Stef x