My Dream Living Room*

As you are all aware from several tweets/blog posts, I am currently attempting to get my foot on the ladder and buy my first home at the age of 24! Needless to say I am saving my hardest to get the best deposit together that I can and that sometimes means going without new clothes etc, but I know it will pay off when I have my own home.

As you can imagine, I spend a lot of time combing Pinterest for home inspiration and browsing shops for bits and pieces that slowly seem to be mounting up. One area that I always fantasize about would be the living room/lounge as that’s where I picture myself cosied up watching endless amounts of Netflix and eating salad Sweets & Crisps!!! I have been browsing shops in the last few months and stumbled upon Rodgers of York. When I say stumbled, I knew it was there but I always anticipated that everything they stocked would be way out of my price range. I was pleasantly surprised when I realised that they have a fantastic range and so much of it is affordable for a first time buyer like myself. I have decided to create a moodboard of my fantasy living room using some of the fab collection from Rodgers of York as well as some other homewares that I love.

First up I created a Neutral Inspired moodboard with a gorgeous cream sofa with soft yellow and grey furnishings. I selected wood flooring in a grey colour as I think it really compliments the colours of the furniture and the wallpaper etc. All the items can be found at Rodgers of York from some of the amazing suppliers that they stock in store.


I decided to create a second moodboard with a more country/checked feel to it. I would love this in my home with lots of stag print cushions etc. I already have a model stag head which was a gift for christmas last year and can’t wait to buy my home so I can put it up.


Once again, all the products are stocked through Rodgers of York and I absolutely love all the dark hues. I adore the pale wallpaper with the world print on it like a treasure map, this is something I would love in my home. The sofa looks super comfy and with some pale wool cushions on there or terracotta, I think it would make it even comfier.

So needless to say, I spent a fair amount of time trudging around Rodgers earlier this year getting lots and lots of inspiration. I even went up and down the carpet section checking them all out! Normally I’m not a fan of home or DIY¬†shopping but since I have buying my home top of my agenda at the moment then it seems fitting to spend lots of time browsing the shops! If you haven’t been to Rodgers of York before then I suggest checking this lovely place out. It’s located at Monks Cross in York and from the outside doesn’t look that big but it’s a real Tardis inside and has sooo much for you to choose from.

I am also loving block wooden furniture at the moment like dining sets etc and if you are looking for some fab pieces then check out the Trade Furniture Company who have some fabulous wooden pieces with some great Indian inspired furniture.

I hope you liked my home inspiration. Have you done any moodboards like this recently?

Laura x

*this post was written in collaboration with Rodgers of York*


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National Smile Month*

If you aren’t already aware, week commencing 18th May 2015 is the start of National Smile Month. This post is coming to you just a couple of days after the start of this lovely month of toothy grins and pearly whites. I have shared with you all before that I like to take care of my teeth and went through a couple of painful years of wearing train track braces in order to sort my teeth out.

I was contacted to work with The Centre for Advanced Dentistry whom I have worked with before talking about whiter smiles and this can be found HERE! There are some big brands who are working with the British Dental Health Foundation to bring us more information during National Smile Month including Oral-B, Wrigley, Philips Sonicare and Boots.

The aim of National Smile Month is to promote better Oral healthcare so we have better teeth and let’s face it, the outcome would be fewer trips to the dentist and less money spent on fixing teeth problems. One thing I always get told every time I go to the dentist is to floss more. I will admit to living up to this for a couple of months and then getting complacent again and forgetting. One thing I am learning from National Smile Month is to start flossing again in order to keep my teeth and gums in healthy condition.


It’s super important to look after your teeth. I won’t lie I meet people and look at their teeth a lot and can’t help but think sometimes they would look nicer if their teeth were in better condition. It’s awful that I do that, but I would hate if someone looked at me and thought eurgh, her teeth are disgusting! It sounds extremely vain but after having braces for years, I realise how important my teeth are to me.


The Centre for Advanced Dentistry offers a number os different treatments like Orthodontics, Whitening, Dentures and even replacement teeth if you were missing one for example. If you don’t already look after your teeth then check out their website or the National Smile Month website to find out more about keeping you teeth and gums in tip-top condition.


I hope you liked this post and it has urged you to take better care of your teeth if you don’t already.

Laura x

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Magnitone 7 Day Challenge*

At the end of April/early May I took part in a twitter chat called #BHTWITTERPARTY being ran by the lovely people at Bloggers Love Hub. I attended one of these before and it was a fab way to talk to other bloggers and get to know about some brands. On this occasion it was Magnitone that were a front-runner of the chat and we were given the opportunity to fill in a form to be selected to try out one of their fab Magnitone Lucid Brushes.

As you know, my skin and I do not have a great relationship and I am always looking out for new ways to create harmony. I quickly filled out my form and a few days later I got an email telling me I had been successful in being selected to review a brush!!!! I was so excited as I waited for the post to get my new cleansing brush and try it out for myself. One saturday after work I drove to the post office and collected my brush and rushed home to start trying out the Magnitone Lucid for myself.


I decided to take a photo every other day to show my progress so you can see myself and I won’t lie…. it petrified me that you will all see my ugly mug without makeup but here goes….

Day 1)


Day 3)


Day 5)


Day 7) with some concealer on to show how much better the coverage looks now


You may look at the pictures and think it doesn’t look much different or any better but I have just crossed day 7 yesterday and my skin feels a lot better. It did take some getting used to every day, to get up and use the cleansing brush on a morning with my Kiehls cleansing wash was a big change to my routine. That’s because I never had much of a routine before a couple of weeks ago. My skin still has spots, and looks a bit red in areas but it has improved a lot. I love this Magnitone brush and definitely am feeling the #lucidlove now that it has changed my skin care routine.

The brush itself has 2 settings; Deep Clean & sensitive. For someone like myself the¬†sensitive mode is recommended at first for 1 minute of cleansing per day. The brush is 100% waterproof which is fab because you don’t have to worry about getting water on any of the brush itself. It comes with a wireless travel charger which lasts 2 weeks! How amazing is that?! There is also a 20 second timer on the settings which prompts you to change which part of the face you are concentrating on each time. You cannot go wrong with this cleansing brush at all!

It has definitely taken some courage for me to share these pictures with you as my skin is literally a nightmare for me and is the thing that knocks my confidence the most. I would love nothing more than leaving with just a bit of BB cream on in a morning and having a nice clear complexion. Fingers crossed as I continue to use this brush and my Kiehls cleansing products, I see a big difference as I never expected miracles in a week.

I would definitely recommend this brush and as a thank you to you all for hopefully not judging my dreadful makeup free selfies too badly, I have a 20% discount code that you can use to buy one of these bad boys for yourself.

Discount code: LauraF20
Click HERE to buy your own:

If you are looking to change your skin care then I thoroughly recommend getting one of these brushes and trying out the 7 day better skin challenge for yourself.

Hope you got a lot from reading my review.

Laura x

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