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SPRING CAPSULE WARDROBE

This is kinda ridiculous, I mean i'm already over a month into my Spring Capsule and i'm only now sharing the items in my wardrobe. To be fair though we had quite a bit of ice, snow, rain and plummeting temperatures in March that it took me a while to part from my cosy knits, scarves and hats.

I'm still learning with this whole Capsule Wardrobe malarky. Its difficult to know what pieces to add for each season. When I think of Spring I think of floaty light materials and bright and pastel shades, definitely not fluffy socks, thick coats and pompom hats!! I'm pretty sure come next Spring I will have nailed it as I'll have this blogpost as a reference.

Anyway onto the good stuff.  Here is what I have added in my Spring Capsule.  Ive linked any items that are still available or similar but please bare in mind that the majority of my items are past season.

1-Whistles//2-Maison La Biche//3-Second Female//4-Topshop//5-Topshop
6-Marks&Spencer//7-NewLook//8-Topshop//9.Topshop//10.Maison La Biche
11-F&F Tesco//12-F&F Tesco//13-F&F Tesco//14-F&F Tesco//15-Boden 
16-Topshop//17-Topshop//18-Topshop//19-Topshop
20-F&F Tesco//21-Newlook//22-ASOS//23-Zara
24-Topshop//25-Topshop//26-Topshop//27-Newlook
28-Seasalt//29-All Saints//30-NewLook//31-Topshop(Similar)//32-Topshop(Similar)
37-H&M(pink)//38-ASOS(Similar)//39-Dune

So there you have it the entire contents of my spring capsule (i think). Im looking forward to it warming up soon. May is usually a good month weather wise and boy am I looking forward to cracking out my Saltwater sandals next season!

Keep Smiling
xxx

JO & CO


Last Thursday I had the great pleasure of spending the morning at Jo & Co Home in Wadebridge. Let me begin by telling you just how beautiful the actual store is in itself. It is so aesthetically pleasing with the dreamiest pastel shades throughout the store, the delightful waft of candles, wardrobe must haves, the cosiest sofa's and the most gorgeous pink armchair that you'll ever lay your eyes on. Its basically #interiorgoals and exactly how I want my home to look (if only my husband would just let me have free reign on the house......pink armchair be mine)

Now I must forewarn you, if you ever plan to visit the store BEWARE - YOU WILL WANT ALL THE THINGS!!

I was invited to the store to share my favourite fashion/style items and homewares. So lets jump straight into fashion shall we. I was in my element perusing the rails of beautiful spring clothing.

Now as much as I would love to reach for open toe sandals and little camisole tops, Spring is still very much a chilly season here in Cornwall so layers are essential but that doesn't mean you can't make them the prettiest layers. My style is very comfortable, casual and practical. I'm most comfortable in denim, pretty knitwear, t-shirts tucked into jeans, a pair of Vans and simple jewellery. You'll very rarely find me in a heel higher than 2 inches. Here are my top picks (i've linked the items that are available online, everything else is available in store providing it is not out of stock).

// 1- The most beautiful long white cardigan // 2 - Blush pink suede jacket (heart eyes) // 3 - Cosy knitwear in the dreamiest colour // 4 - Joy of Living 
// 5 - Pleased to Meet You // 6 - Navy Espadrilles // 7 - Cosiest trousers 

And here I am modelling some of the items because lets face it "dress up" never stops being fun no matter what your age.


OK so moving onto homeware. If I could have my way I would definitely have THAT duck egg velvet sofa with all the cream and blush pink cushions (i'm starting to think that divorce might be a good idea......just think how beautiful my home would be *Just kidding Dylan). But it's amazing what a lovely soft throw, some fluffy cushions, a mirror and a pretty little vase can do for your space. The little finishing touches can really make a room.



Here are my top homeware picks. Obviously I'm including the sofa because its just stunning also did I mention its velvet. Fortunately Jo is opening a furniture store this Spring so if you're on the hunt for beautiful furniture then watch this space.


//1 - Velvet Sofa // 2 - Hanging Planter // 3 - Wool Rug // 4 - Stripe Cushion 

And there you have it..... a few of my favourite things. I mean this list could just go on and on and on but I feel it would be easier if you just went straight over to the website because quite frankly I love everything. Better still if you're local or you're visiting Cornwall check out the store for yourself in Wadebridge, you'll get so much interior inspiration (envy) and the girls that work there are the loveliest bunch.

Keep Smiling
xxx

*This post was sponsored by Jo & Co Home. All thoughts and views are my own and are 100% genuine.

HOME | FIREPLACE MAKEOVER

This post has been a long time coming. So many people have asked how we did our fireplace makeover and what products/paints/sprays we used to get the end result so I am going to explain all in this blogpost.

We bought our house from plan back in December 2006, it's crazy to think that our new build is now 11 years old (and also that we've lived here for that long). The house came with a basic kitchen (which we changed a few years ago), basic bathroom/cloakroom (which we also changed and knocked into one larger bathroom) and a very basic fireplace..... don't even get me started on the internal doors, thats next on the list!
The following picture is how the fireplace looked when we moved into the house minus all the birthday balloons (I was celebrating my 25th birthday with my friends as husband was away on detachment). It was pretty hideous......almost as hideous as that artwork and the magnolia walls, also who remembers twigs with lights.
I'm not sure at what point we decided to paint the woodwork white but it was within the last 7 years. I remember I used Annie Sloan chalk paint and then after 3 coats of that I worked the wax into it because I didn't want a chalky finish. We also painted the chimney breast Dulux Warm Pewter which I still to this day think is  really gorgeous shade of grey. 
Then around Christmas time I decided I wanted to take down the picture of Fletcher and replace it with a large home made Christmas Wreath made out of a hula hoop (see this blogpost for more details) this then lead to having the brilliant idea of completely giving the fireplace a makeover (all because I wanted to make a wreath look pretty on the wall).  

Now I already had my eye on Farrow & Ball Hague Blue as I had seen it on so many gorgeous interior feeds on Instagram. I literally went out and bought a tub of it without even trying a tester first. I really had my heart set on it and it paid off because I honestly think it looks so sassy!  
We did a lot of research to look into whether we could paint the hearth, were not entirely sure what material it is made out of but it was a marble effect and was very smooth and shiny. After some extensive research we discovered that we could paint over it in any colour providing we used a primer first.  We used Zinsser Bulls Eye 1.2.3 as it sticks to all surfaces and was safe to use near a fire. I applied 2 coats of this using a small foam roller (which is life changing btw, not a brush stroke in sight) and allowed it to dry fully before painting over it in the shade Night Jewels 2 by Dulux  in an eggshell finish, again with a small foam roller. We discussed with our paint supplier whether eggshell would be suitable to use on a hearth and they confirmed that it was fine as it wasn't in direct contact with the actual fire.
Now all that was left to do was to spray the actual fire black. It is very important that you buy a spray paint specifically made to use on fires. We went to our local fire specialist and bought a tin of matt black fire spray paint. Unfortunately I don't have the name of it but it literally cost less than a fiver and there are loads on the market. I left Dylan in charge of this job (gotta give him something to do)

I hope you all enjoyed my little fireplace transformation and that it inspires you to maybe think of ways you can transform your own. We are thrilled with how it turned out.
Keep Smiling
xxx

awin