Wednesday, 25 May 2016

When Becca & Rupert Came to Stay...

UK Beauty Blogger, Liverpool Blogger, Pug Blogger, Pug Blog, Fawn Pugs,
Being a Pug mama has given me the opportunity to meet some amazing people, through Pug meet ups, Facebook groups & even Blogger events I've made lots of new friends all because we have a squishy little fur baby. I'm always saying how good it is to talk to people who completely understand the obsession I have over Tilly & Lulu & we all rock the crazy Pug owner status perfectly! There is something about our squashy dogs that bring all of us together in the best way, whenever I meet a fellow Pug owner I could honestly talk for hours about our dogs.
At the Tangle Teezer Pug Love Event I met Becca Rose & her handsome Rupert Pug, we instantly got chatting about all things Pug related & made sure to hang out again soon. Isn't it the best when you meet someone & get on with them so well from day one? Becca & Rupert made the long train journey up to Liverpool to come see us & stay for a couple of days, we planned to visit the Bubblebecca house (post soon!) & I also drove Becca to IKEA as she had never actually been inside one! Our weekend was filled with pizza, shopping & pugs, it was literally heaven.
On the Sunday, the day Becca & Rupert left, we did a huge photoshoot with the Pugs, it resulted in over 800 photos! I've been working my way through them ever since, picking my favourites which has been tough because they are all so good & SO CUTE. Pugs are the best at posing, their little head tilts & their adorable facial expressions make the perfect photos, hence why this post is ridiculously photo heavy! I know you all love a Pug photo spam though which is why I went to town & included so many.

Becca vlogged a lot of the time so you can go see us having all of the fun over on her channel, I'm so glad she documented it because now I have all those memories to watch over & over. We had such a fun, Pug filled weekend, I can't wait to do it all over again when I go to stay at Beccas next month!

L x 

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Saturday, 14 May 2016

Bedroom Mood Board

When we moved into our house, almost a year a go now, we knew we had a lot of work ahead of us but started with the necessities & went from there really. Our bedroom & the living room were our main priorities as luckily the Kitchen & Bathroom were both brand new so we could leave them untouched until we fancied adding our own stamp to them. So, we moved in & painted our bedroom white, bought all our furniture from IKEA & had Venetian Blinds fitted on our huge bay windows. Sometimes I wonder if fitting the blinds was a good idea but because we live in a terraced house you can practically see into the house opposite, so they were necessary for privacy! Apart from painting the room we didn't do anything else, until recently that is...

I knew the dingy old carpet was hiding the original floorboards underneath & I had been itching to rip it up since day one but we also knew it would be a huge job so it kept being put to the back of our never-ending to-do list. Until curiosity (& frustration) got the better of me & I took a kitchen knife to the carpet & sliced it all up one day whilst Dom was at work. It was hard work but actually no where near as bad as I had expected it to be, I ensured I cut up small sections at a time, rolled them up & took them straight downstairs & outside to be taken to the tip later on. Usually I'm a very impatient person & want everything doing quickly so I'm glad I thought this project out a little more than most of my DIY jobs because I didn't have a huge mess to tidy up at the end. It was so exciting ripping up the horrible carpet to discover the floorboards & thankfully they were in much better condition than we had anticipated. Dom had envisaged us spending money on having to replace some of the boards, but we are all good! 

Then came the sanding, okay so this was a nightmare... THE DUST!! Every article I read on the Internet stated there would be a huge amount of dust but I still didn't believe it would be THAT bad. I was so wrong! We sanded the floorboards over two weeks ago now & the dust is still settling. My life has been a constant circle of hoovering & mopping to try & get rid of the fine layer that still keeps appearing. It is, however, absolutely worth it & I love the floorboards so much. We are going to have to paint them though as they are too imperfect to simply have a coat of varnish, but I don't mind because I can have white floorboards, dreams do come true! 

Now the hard work is over, I've been pinning like crazy, here is my Pinterest if you don't already follow, and I now know exactly how I want the room to look like when it's completed. The only other project I did want to do was to chip off all the plaster on the Chimney breast to expose the brick work & then paint it white to add some texture like in the image on the top left. However Dom has said no way to that idea (the only thing he has said no to though!) because our house has suffered with damp issues so he thinks it's best to leave it how it is! 

With the very White blank canvas my possibilities are endless & that is why I love all things white. Every time we have visitors they ask me if I'm going to paint the walls & I always say maybe but I know in the back of my mind that isn't going to happen. I actually read a that white on white, on white, with pops of colour will bring a room to life & that has been my motto. I still want to keep it quite muted though & have become obsessed with blush, grey & gold tones so I'm going to stick to that palette to keep the room a calm, serene & relaxing place to be. 

I'm after a Blush Linen Bedding Set but the only one I've been able to find is from Cox & Cox for an extortionate price, way out of my budget so I'll have to keep on hunting. I then want to have stacks of cushions dotted around the room, I like the look they give & they add a bit of cosiness too without being full on. This Betsy Four Drawer Jewellery Box would make a pretty addition to my dresser & ties in with my theme perfectly so I may have to treat myself to it! I'm in need of some extra storage anyway so it's a completely justified purchase, right? I've got a bit of a thing for pom poms at the moment too, I'm gonna have a go at making my own giant ones & attaching them to throws, or perhaps making some kind of wall art with them. I'm hoping we can have the room finished by the end of May so I can do a room tour when it's done. Let me know if you've seen any accessories or think I'll like something, I'm always looking for more inspiration!

What do you think of my bedroom mood board?

L x

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Thursday, 12 May 2016

The Blogger Friend Tag

(PaperJung Cards)
I've seen The Blogger Friend Tag appear on quite a lot of blogs over the years but never thought to give it a go until my friend Stephanie suggested we should do it. Stephanie blogs over at www.ouistephanie.com & has been a friend, as well as a blogger friend since 2014. We've both answered the questions on each others blogs, here is the link to my answers!

Q) How and when did you meet?
A) We met at work, in October 2014! She transferred to the store I was working in and we got chatting and I realised I recognised her blog username. She inspired me to start blogging again!
I miss those days were we would chat all things blog related whilst we were supposed to be working!

Q) What's your favourite memory together?
A) We used to have all kinds of fun at work together but we had a trip to Cheshire Oaks once which was a fantastic day <3
That actually was a fantastic day, we need to go again but please keep me away from the Yankee Shop this time!

Q) Describe each other in one word.
A) Pugsessed. That's a real word.
Hahaha I love this, yep it's a real word!

Q) What's their dream job?
A) I think she'd love to be able to earn enough to blog as a job, or something design related otherwise.
The dream! But yeah I'd love to do more design related work, I also love doing Visual Merchandising at work so thats an option too.

Q) What's their favourite makeup brand?
A) I'm not too sure but I know she loves Soap & Glory, in particular their Archery eyebrow pencil!
I don't think I could choose one favourite brand but you're right, I do love Soap & Glory, especially the brow pencil (:

Q) What is something that annoys you about the other person?
A) She now lives way too far away and it's so difficult to plan to do anything together. Also she'd had a broken phone so we've been messaging on Twitter rather than texting..!
Hey, my phone is fixed now so feel free to text away! We need to arrange a day out again too...

Q) If you could go anywhere in the world together, where would it be and why?
A) I definitely think it would have to be somewhere exploring America together. Maybe California for the potential road trips?
How good would this be!! Can it happen please?

Q) Favourite inside joke?
A) Any joke about our old store, really!
Omg alllllll of the drama used to happen at work...

Q) Who takes longer to get ready in the morning?
A) I think Laura definitely takes more pride in her appearance than I do. Sometimes I can get ready in 10-15 minutes if I really can't be bothered!
I wouldn't say I take more pride in my appearance, you always look lovely!

Q) Their favourite season?
A) I'll go with summer!
I do love the warmer days but my fave season is actually Winter, I LOVE CHRISTMAS! <3

Q) Their favourite song?
A) I feel like this is something that changes a lot, so I'll just say; nothing that's on the work playlist...
Yep, I don't really have a favourite song I just stick a playlist on Spotify & sing along!

Q) Do they prefer heels or flats?
A) It depends on the situation but probably comfy flats.
Flats, always. Heels for a special occasion but otherwise flats.

Q) Do they prefer pants or dresses?
A) I don't think she ever wore trousers to work, so dresses/skirts.
For work I never wear the "formal" style trouser but I do love a good pair of black skinnies. Otherwise dresses are my fave to wear!

Q) What's their favourite animal?
A) No prizes for knowing the answer to this is puggles!
Yay for Pugs <3

Q) If their house was burning down, and their entire family was sure to be okay, what would they save and why?
A) Honestly she's just spent so much time and effort doing her house up, she would probably do her damnedest to just put it out instead of letting it burn!
Haha so true. If I HAD to save something it would probably be my bed, it's like a marshmallow, so soft & comfy.

Q) Do they prefer comedies, horrors, or chick-flicks?
A) I think she appreciates a good chick flick!
I do, I do! Or a Rom-Com.

Q) Are they team Samsung or team iPhone?
A) She's recently been team no phone, but usually team iPhone!
Team iPhone <3

Q) What's their favourite movie?
A) I have no clue, so I'm going to take a stab in the dark and say Mean Girls, because who doesn't love Mean Girls?
I love Elf but thats a Christmas one so probably doesn't count! Mean Girls is great though too!

Q) What is something weird that they eat/don't eat?
A) PRAWNS. SHE DOESN'T EAT PRAWNS! Hahaha!
Hahaha Prawns are disgusting! The texture omg.

Q) Do you guys have anything matching?
A) I'm going to say probably- since we both work/ed for the same company.
Maybe a shirt/blouse?

Q) What's their favourite TV show?
A) I don't think she watches much TV, but probably something on Netflix!
Yeah I love Netflix, I was hooked on PLL, the new series needs to hurry up.

Aw this was SO much fun, I loved answering the questions about Stephanie & reading the answers she put about me. Let me know if you join in with the Blogger Friend Tag (:

L x

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Four Things To Do In Spring

Spring Cherry Blossom,
The Weather has been very hit & miss the past couple of weeks, we've had Snow, (yes, really in May!) heavy rainfall & even a heatwave. Today is one of those glorious days though, I can hear birds tweeting away & the warm Morning Sunshine is creeping in through the slats in the blinds. This is my favourite kind of day, when the heat isn't too unbearable, the sun gives everything a happy glow & I instantly fill up with motivation to get out & make the most of it! 

Have a Picnic in the Park - I love the idea of Picnics but never actually make them happen. Taking a big blanket, lots of yummy nibbles & sitting under a pretty Blossom tree in the Park with Dom & the Pugs sounds so idyllic to me right now. I'm such a homebody I'll always choose sitting on the sofa at home over going outside to explore but I definitely need to get out more, breathe in the fresh air & enjoy the great outdoors! We have 3 beautiful parks nearby so it's my goal to take advantage of this & arrange a picnic sometime soon. 

Buy Fresh Flowers - A bloggers favourite thing to do during any season, but nothing beats finding your first bunch of Peonies of the year! I also love a bouquet of bright, colourful Tulips & a spray of Gypsophila in a glass bottle displayed on a shelf is pretty cute! Bringing fresh flowers in to our home helps to cheer the place up, I love seeing them bloom into life. 

Try Out a New Recipe - In the warmer months of the year I feel more inspired to try out new recipes, I crave crunchy, fresh salads with a dressing drizzled over the top, icy refreshing drinks & tasty fruit dishes. I'm not the most creative when it comes to making recipes but I'm gonna give it a go! Last year I created Mojito Mocktails, the perfect drink to enjoy on a Spring/Summer evening. 

Have a Spring Clean - A cliche thing to do as everyone seems to do a big Spring clean but this is something I'm really focusing on at the moment. We've been DIYing almost every spare moment, finishing off all the little odds & ends, trying to tie it all up & finish off the place so you can imagine there has been lots of mess, lots of rubbish & lots of DIY tools around. We have a joiner coming in soon to build shelving, cupboards, wardrobes, practically everything, so soon I'll be in storage heaven & everything will have a home. 

Let me know what things you like to do in Spring!

L x

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