Who doesn't think their mum is the most special woman ever?! I know Mother's Day can be a challenge gift wise, my mum's got everything and is super difficult to buy for. I usually go down the route of buying her something which she would not think to buy for herself, something luxury, which you don't necessarily need but everyone wants, right?! Mum's (and Dad's!) do so much for us so it's only fair to treat them to something special on their respective days of appreciation. Here are just a few ideas of how to go the extra mile for your mum this Mother's Day.

 

L'Occitane luxury perfumes

L'Occitane is a gorgeous luxury brand which has always been a favourite of both me and my mum. They specialise in divine smelling perfume for women and would be a perfect treat to spoil you mother! A personal favourite of mine is the Terre De Lumiere eau de parfum which is a gorgeous aromatic fragrance, but they stock a full range of scents to suit any style. Not only do the perfumes smell delicious, but the packaging is so classy and stylish which set's L'Occitane apart from other perfume brands. The French-style theme makes them really appealing gifts too. A perfect gift for a perfect mum who loves her classy and sophisticated fragrances.

//Photograph courtesy of loccitane.com

 

Personalised Family Names Necklace

If your mum's not so into her beauty then why not treat her to a stunning, bespoke piece of jewellery like this family names necklace from notonthehighstreet.com. Available in gold, silver and rose gold (my fave – obvs!!) this necklace is such a cute idea, particularly if you have brothers and sisters. I often think that 'name' jewellery is a bit tacky but I love the class design of this necklace and it's such a sweet idea for a mum, particularly if her grown up children have moved on from the home. This way she's always got you close to her heart even if you're far away (aww!).

//photograph courtesy of notonthehighstreet.com

 

Weekend Away Glamping

If you'd rather treat mum to some quality time together then why not book a luxury glamping experience and escape from it all somewhere in the UK. Glamping has come a long way, and even if you or your mum don't fancy getting muddy in a two-man tent, there is still so much choice. I use Canopy and Stars to find our beautiful weekends away and they've got everything from stunning converted horsebox's to dreamy treehouses with hot tubs, and not a ground sheet in sight I swear! Check out my glamping experiences or browse Canopy and Star's website to see what wonders you can find near you – your mum will love it trust me!

I hope these gifting ideas will have given you some inspiration and that there's something for everyone. I adore gifting for the people I love and I truly believe it's really important to put thought and effort into every gift. So make sure you treat your mum to something as special as she is!

 

 

Has it been a while since you tried something new at home or have your interiors looked the same since you moved in? Life can get hectic, and sometimes, it can be difficult to find the time and summon up the motivation to try and break out of a style rut. The good news is that the arrival of autumn is a great excuse to try out some new styles and inject some energy and life into your home. If you’re keen to make your home more Instagram-worthy or you’re desperate for a revamp, here are some simple tricks to try. Autumn is the season of gorgeous colours and textures after all!

Experiment with colour
Changing the colour scheme in your home is one of the easiest and most effective ways to breathe new life into your interiors. With a pot of paint, a brush and some carefully selected accessories, you can create a completely different aesthetic without spending a fortune or giving up every bit of spare time you have. This autumn, natural and neutral shades, monochrome and bold tones like emerald green and teal are leading the way in the style stakes. Monochrome is really versatile, and it works for almost every room while jewel shades are ideal for bedrooms, living rooms and bathrooms. Teal is a great colour for bedrooms and kitchens. If you have small rooms, use colour to accessorise and keep the walls light to open up the space. If (like me) you don't own your own place then don't despair! Why not ask your landlord if he minds you painting or using wallpaper, as long as your return it to it's original state when you eventually leave?! The answer might just surprise you!


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Take inspiration from others
If you’re not creative or you’re struggling to come up with ideas for your makeover, take inspiration from others. Browse sites like Instagram and Pinterest and take a look at designers like sashadebretton.com.au. It’s also really useful to flick through some interior magazines and also to watch interior design programmes. You may come across trends or themes you like, or you might find specific accessories, prints or colourways you’d like to use. It’s useful to screenshot images or save pictures you like. This will enable you to put together a rough template that will work in your home and get an idea of how the different accents and touches you like will look together.

Introduce new textures
Autumn is a perfect time of year to play around with materials and introduce new textures. With temperatures falling, it’s time to swap linen and cotton for faux fur, satin, velvet and wool. Don’t be afraid to mix and match different textures and use soft furnishings to channel a theme or colourway. Lay out a rug, and pile woollen cushions and fur throws on your bed to create a cosy log-cabin style boudoir or use velvet curtains and a satin bedspread to channel an opulent luxury hotel vibe. If you’re new to accessorising, you should find pages like this https://www.pinterest.co.uk/explore/soft-furnishings/?lp=true really helpful.


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Is your home stuck in a style rut? Are you keen to reinvigorate and revive your interiors? If so, it is possible to achieve amazing results without breaking the bank or dedicating hours to the cause. Experiment with colour and texture and look around for ideas and inspiration. Wishing you a cosy autumn in your gorgeous new living room!

Ta ta for now!

**Please note this post is a brand collaboration, but all opinions are my own**

When it comes to gorgeous home decor, there are so many different styles that you could think of working within your home. Sometimes, it’s easy to find the styles that you want to decorate with, based on your own personal taste. But when you’ve got a range of different tastes, you may find it hard to find the perfect balance. This can especially be the case when you love all things vintage, but you have a modern home. But, it’s completely possible to be able to create a stunning vintage look in a modern property and add a luxury touch if you’d like. Check out this collab post for tips as to getting that beautiful vintage look in your home.

Choose A Vintage Color Scheme

The first thing that you’ll find to help you here will be working with the right color scheme. Sometimes, it’s nice to choose something neutral and let your furniture and styling add the vintage touches, but when you want to create a vintage look from the start, working with classic and retro color palettes can definitely help you here. So take a look at the options that you have available to you, and see if there are any colour combinations that you like.

Work With Antiques

Next, you should definitely think about the way that you can work antiques and vintage pieces into your decor. For a lot of people, this is the best way that they’re able to balance the two looks that they want. So to do this, you’re going to want to start shopping for antiques. You may even find that you can get old and broken pieces to fix up. Upcycling is huge right now! Then with clock repairs by a qualified clockmaker or an antique refurbisher, the pieces will be as good as new. And you can slot them into your overall decor.

Restore Your Furniture

You could also think about the furniture you need to create the right look, and how this is going to play into the design too. If you already have some old pieces, you should definitely think about how you can spruce these up to fit with the new decor. And when you’re looking to create a vintage-modern look, restored furniture works perfectly.

Work With Prints & Artwork

Then there’s also artwork to think about. Because when you’re looking to create a vintage vibe in your home, you should definitely think about the way in which vintage prints and artwork can play into that. With old photographs or retro colored prints, you can often bring an entire look together by how you place them in each room.

Choose Your Decorative Pieces Carefully

And finally, you’re going to want to finish off the space with the right decorative touches. And when you’re looking to create a stunning vintage look in a modern space, you need to make every piece count. Whether you’re looking to create something with a French vintage vibe, or a retro deco look, you should be looking for the right pieces that are going to add to the look. And to do this, you have to be selective and not overcrowd your space, or crate a mixed look.

I absolutely adore vintage decor and I think some of these tips are fantastic for getting the look you want at an achievable price. Hope you find them helpful!

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If you’re enthusiastic about being kind to the environment, the thought of planning a big wedding that’s eco-friendly may seem like an impossible mission. After all, big events aren’t exactly known for their environmentally friendly trends. However, planning a wedding while keeping the planet in mind doesn’t have to be as hard as it initially may seem. Take a look at how you can get it done.

Let’s Talk Dresses
All that money, all that material, and it’s often just for one day…or is it? Sustainable wedding dresses have never been more popular, and top wedding dress designers are starting to recognize the increase in the amount of environmentally friendly weddings. So, although you could be paying the same price, it is possible to get your hands on a sustainable dress. If not, why not go for a second hand vintage gown and dye it after the wedding so you can wear it again?

An Outdoor Wedding
When you have a wedding indoors, your party is contributing to energy usage, like lights, heat and the usage of electric to prepare a meal. Having an outdoor wedding lowers the amount of energy used. Even if you want twinkle lights wrapped around trees, you can use solar powered lights instead of electricity. It’s a beautiful natural setting, but one of the down sides is the risk of potential bad weather. However, if you get wedding insurance from wedinsure you won’t have to worry about postponing the wedding and losing money if the worst should happen.

Invites
Who says an invitation has to be on paper? If you’re looking for an alternative way to invite all your family and friends, why not send an email or add them to a group on social media? You could even create your very own wedding website, that tells your guests details about your wedding day and funny anecdotes about you and your partner. It saves spending a huge amount on fancy paper invites!

Transport
When it comes to weddings, there’s nothing that harms the environment more than classic wedding cars emissions. Consider staying at your venue the night before the wedding instead of being driven there on the day. Have a venue that’s central to all your guests so they don’t have to travel too far, or arrange combined transport so there aren’t as many vehicles on the road.

Decorations
There are lots of ways you can decorate your wedding without harming the environment. At Tradesy, you can find an array of recycled wedding decorations in excellent condition. When it comes to flowers, go for seasonal picks that are easy to find in this country. Alternatively, why not pick your own wild flowers and create your own bouquets and decorations? It’s eco-friendly and great way to get the wedding party to bond.

The Meal
You may not be able to avoid using electricity for your meal, but veggie options often take less energy to cook. Using recyclable utensils, cutlery and cups will also help your goal of saving the planet.
A wedding is meant to be a once in a lifetime experience for the bride and groom, but that doesn’t mean you should give up on your beliefs to achieve it.

For any eco-warrior brides out there I hope you find these tips helpful! Your wedding day is a very important day but trying to reduce it's impact on the environment can make it even more special.

There are few things more exciting than seeing your partner get down on one knee, declare their everlasting love for you, and then ask for your hand in marriage. It’ll be one of the most memorable days of your life, so soak it up and enjoy the moment. Once the occasion has passed, you’ll be able to relive the moment all over again when it comes to telling your friends and family the good news. But how does one exactly go about sharing the news? Below, we take a look at the people that need to know, and how to tell them.

Stay Cool

OK, first thing’s first: you need to stay calm. We know it’s hard, because, after all, one of the most momentous moments of your life has just occurred. However, if you’re overexcited, then you run the risk of spoiling your chance to control the narrative of your engagement. And if the news gets out to everyone straight away, you won’t just be compromising the experience for yourself – you also might hurt the people you care about most.

Family First

If you’re close to your family, then there’s no getting around it: you need to hold off breaking the news to other people until they’re informed. And don’t just send them a text, or even call them on the telephone. Go round in person, and break the news in a special way. We’re sure they’ll be thrilled for you, so it’ll be handy to bring around a bottle of champagne. Pop the top and raise a toast to your future with your loved ones!

Tell Your Close Friends

In the hierarchy of the most important people in your life, your friends will likely be a close second behind your family. You can break the news to them in a more casual way, such as by putting it into a group message for all to see. They’ll all come back with words (and emojis) of congratulation! Make plans to all get together in the coming weeks to celebrate the good news properly.

To the Web

Once you’ve let your inner circle know, you’ll be able to share your joy with the whole world! Sharing pictures of diamond engagement rings has become the norm on social media, so take a snap of yours (with your other half, of course), and upload it to your Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts. Once the word is out, you can just sit back and watch those likes and comments roll in!

Throwing a Party

The fun doesn’t have to stop just because everyone knows! You won’t have been able to give the news to everybody individually, so why not throw an engagement party and invite everyone around for a good old get together? Most people don’t need any encouragement to party, and especially when it’s a party that’s celebrating the love between two people.

Finally, remember not to gloat about your engagement. You want people to be happy for you, not bitter and envious! Follow our advice above, and the whole world will approve of the union. And now the next fun part: planning!