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.

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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.

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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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My Ipanema Wishlist

I have been thinking about holidays a lot lately with the fleeting sunshine that we have been blessed with. I have some exciting travel plans that will hopefully be set in stone soon so all I keep thinking of is my holiday wardrobe and more importantly, the shoes I will be wanting to take with me.

I spotted a site I had never seen before whilst looking for flip-flops and came across Ipanema.uk.com specifically dealing in flip-flops and lovely ones at that. I don’t know about you but I tend to buy a few pairs from Primark which maybe cost me £1 or £2 a pair and as you may expect, they don’t last very long; hence the few pairs!

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I thought about buying a sturdier pair last year before my holiday to Mexico but didn’t want to buy just any old pair and never took the time to do some proper research. Ipanema.uk.com has footwear for Men, Women and Kids, mainly flips flops but also sandals for Women and Kids as well.

I have picked out a few of my favourite pairs from their site and will be adding them to my travel wish list for sure.

First Up I chose the Ipanema Mix Premium in black. They also come in white and gold as well as the black colour but I definitely prefer the black as they would go with lots of outfits. They are on the site for £20 and look extremely comfy.

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Next up I wanted to add a bit of glam to my flip-flop and came across the Ipanema Metallic III for £18.00. This pair is black and gold again but come in more colour options including pink and blue. The top of this pair has a lovely pattern on them and would look great on again, going with many outfits.

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Lastly I really liked the Ipanema Unique III pair which have a british theme to them. They are red, blue and white and are again on the website for £16.00 so an absolute bargain.

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I will be updating you on my travel plans in the next few weeks so keep your eyes peeled and once confirmed I will be purchasing some fab summer bits and pieces like some of these lovely flip-flops. Ipanema.uk.com have lots of different options on their site at great prices so head on over and check them out.

I hope you liked my picks and let me know if you have any Ipanema flip-flops yourself.

Laura x

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#ZestMustHaves

I am always on the lookout for new brands or companies that may have something to offer me in terms of new products and although I have heard of Zest Beauty before, I have never delved into what they offer. Having come across their website one day and seeing their brand on The Blogger Programme, I decided to create a wish list post about my #ZestMustHaves and what I wish I could splurge money on.

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Phytomer CC cream // Elemis pro Radiance Flash balm // Dermalogica Concealing Spot treatment // Medik8 Clay mask // Australian Tea Tree Oil // Burt’s Bees Lip Balm

I decided to pick all skin care product’s although if I had lots of money I would purchase most of their site. I have really problematic skin and it annoys me so much but sometimes it’s like anything I try has no effect whatsoever. The products on the site are very affordable but are what I would consider luxury brands as well. I also selected the Burt’s Bees as I love their products and the tin is fab. My friend let me try her Elemis Flash Balm before Christmas and I loved it but haven’t got round to getting any for myself. The Phytomer, Dermalogica and Medik8 are brands I have wanted to try for so long and the tea tree oil is just something I reckon is really handy to have as a beauty back up.

I love Zest Beauty and these products are definitely my #ZestMustHaves. Go and check their site out before you miss out on some absolute bargain beauty buys.

Hope you enjoyed this post

Laura x

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