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A Mini Bedroom Makeover with Etsy!

Unless you’re some kind of cave person, you’ll know all about the wondrous joy that is Etsy. Not only is it the perfect website to get one-of-a-kind, handmade or vintage pieces for your wedding, there’s is quite franky an offensive number of things I’d like to own from there for our home.

I’ve been using Etsy to find beautiful things for years and years from clothing to jewellery, vintage treasures, gifts, art prints and of course, homewares. I love being able to support independent, often female run, businesses in such an easy and accessible way. I also love that there’s always a new creative idea on there that you won’t necessarily find on the high street yet.

So, when Etsy themselves got in touch to ask if I’d like to take part in their new #DiscoverEtsy campaign I was thrilled! It’s given me the chance to show you some of my favourite and most recent buys, as well and open the floor up to you to join in! Keep reading to the end to find out how.

This is our bedroom as it currently looks. Honestly, it’s pretty bland, but I’m not mad about it. Although we’re big fans of colour in this house, I actually really like having a neutral bedroom. I think it helps me sleep better or something to not have lots of clashing colours! Plus, there’s something so opulent and even a little sophisticated about layering nudes, greys and different shades and tones of white on top of each other.

Currently we have a couple of pieces from Oh Squirrel as permanent residents in this room. Katie actually gifted us the K and G prints when we first moved in to our home, and the Let’s Stay in Bed cushion is the perfect addition to the bed.

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How to Plan Your Wedding without Losing Your Mind (Win a Bridal Bible Wedding Planner!)

Hands up if you just got engaged and already you’re losing your mind trying to keep everything organised. The fact of the matter is (and as much of a bummer as it might be) you can’t pull off a wedding by simply gazing at Pinterest and hoping for the best. Girl, you need to get yourself a wedding planner book and get yourself organised! It’s time to get all your ideas, lists and to dos out of your head and down on paper. Keeping everything in one physical place is not only immensely satisfying and stress-reducing, but it’ll be something you can keep forever too.

Enter: Bridal Bible, a luxury 4-piece wedding planner set. Created to help engaged folks keep their heads on straight, it’s the perfect companion to simplify your wedding journey. Bridal Bible plots out each stage of the wedding planning process through a series of simple activities that will lead up your big day. Including: Priority mapping, budget planning, date prospecting, style planning, guest lists, bridal party selection, idea brainstorming, supplier shortlisting, journey summaries along the way, payments tracking, table plan, invite design, place setting planning, guest requirements, song playlist, photographs to remember, wedding day itinerary, order of service, full wedding schedule management and much more!

Have a little peak inside here:

The fact it comes as a 4-piece makes it different to any other planner I’ve seen on the market too. You get the 196-page A5 book itself, a pencil, a handy bookmark and a slipcase to keep the book protected and everything together.

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Honeymoon Travel Guide: The Maldives Part 2 – Faarufushi

After our time at Kurumba I wasn’t sure how the next resort would be able to top it but MY GOODNESS were we in for the shock of our lives. Faarufushi is the newest five-star resort in the Maldives and is located in the less developed and wonderfully remote part of the Raa Atoll. To get there it was a 35-minute internal flight from Malé (to the smallest airport I’ve ever seen!) and then a 15-minute speedboat over to the small coral island of Faarufushi itself.

We arrived and were immediately speechless. I have stayed in some pretty nice places in my time but I don’t think anything comes close to what we were greeted with. From the service, the staff, the food and the surroundings, it was just beyond anything I ever thought I’d get to experience. As we stepped off the speedboat and onto the jetty, we literally gasped a what we saw. The island smells of beach gardenias and there’s also wild ginger, Ficus Benghalensis (locally know as ‘Nika’ which is the name of the Faarufushi spa!) and of course, an abundance of picture-perfect coconut palms.

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Rock n Renovation: Our Bathroom Reveal (Kinda) and Win £200 to Spend with Soak.com!

Life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans. I don’t think I truly understood the poignancy of this quote until we started our home renovations. EVERYTHING takes longer than you expect. EVERYTHING costs more, EVERYTHING is more complicated than you think it’ll be and every time you feel like you’re making significant progress life throws a curve ball or another challenge at you and oh look, the bathroom is still not finished!

Here you can see what the room looked like in October, before we started the work. Now, it’s been a hot minute since I’ve been able to share any updates because, quite frankly, there’s been nothing to show. Progress has been slower than a sloth at a spa day, but finally, FINALLY we’re very nearly there. Nearly there enough to show you some photos of how it’s looking anyway!

At first, I really wanted to hold out until it was actually finished/ perfect/ Insta-worthy but HONESTLY, I actually feel like it’ll be much more interesting for you guys to hear about the realities of doing a project like this completely DIY and when you have a business to run at the same time!

IT IS A LOT.

For those of you who don’t know, we’re attempting to renovate our house with as little outside help as possible. Unless we physically (or legally!) HAVE to hire tradesmen, we (read: Gareth) want to do it entirely by ourselves. This isn’t just because of the money we’ll save but for the satisfaction of doing it! Gareth in particular is super handy with DIY stuff, and a brilliant YouTube learner (seriously, he’s taught himself to plaster, plumb, replace joists and fit a kitchen just with Google and YouTube as his guides). I’m now a most excellent painter and decorator, although I’m yet to master wallpapering. Maybe next year!

Obviously, this has its downsides. Things take a long time and sometimes things have to get put on hold while life happens… but, for us anyway, we know it’s going to be totally worth it.

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Honeymoon Travel Guide: The Maldives Part 1- Kurumba

I’ve been sat, staring at a blank Word document for a good half hour or so wondering how I can put into words the experience of our recent adventure in the Maldives. Writer’s block is REAL when you have so much to say but you’re not quite sure how to adequately put such an incredible experience into words… The Maldives has been on my vision board for years so actually being able to go there… I mean wow, how did we get so damn lucky!? The whole trip was so magical, so perfect, and so relaxing that it almost feels like it was a goddamn wonderful dream.

Gareth and I were invited by Universal Resorts to experience two of their locations, Kurumba and Faarufushi. Completely different from each other but both equally amazing, Kurumba was actually the very first resort to open in the Maldives (47 years ago!) and Faarufushi opened just a month ago, so we really did get to have two very different experiences.

This holiday was a real once in a lifetime experience for us (although I really hope we get to experience something like it again!) The Maldives is the PERFECT place to escape to after you’ve had a busy or stressful time, making it the ideal honeymoon spot for those of you who just want to kick back and relax… in the most stunningly beautiful and luxurious surroundings!

Today I’m going to start by sharing Kurumba with you. Later, I’ll be covering Faarufushi and after that I’ll be doing a more general post about the Maldives to answer all the questions I’ve received during this trip – things such as transport and transfers, food, activities/things to do, and of course, the big one everyone wanted to know – the cost!

We arrived at Male airport after a long journey from the UK (seven hours to Dubai then four down to Male) and were greeted by a Kurumba team member at the airport. Other than being told “They’ll arrange everything for you” we really didn’t know exactly what the transfers between resorts would entail, but I’m pleased to report everything was smooth sailing! The great thing about Kurumba is that it’s just a ten-minute speed boat ride from Male airport, which is perfect if you’re exhausted from your long-haul journey. The idea of getting on yet another flight as soon as we arrived was not something I would have been too thrilled about! The location also makes it great for anyone travelling with kids. If, like us, you’d like to visit a couple of different resorts on your trip, Kurumba really is the ideal place to start due to its location and the fact that so much is included for you, so you really don’t have to think about or organise anything before you arrive (more on this below). We were greeted with coconut sorbet and cold flannels at check in, and after a short lounge by the pool while we waited for our room to be ready, we were golf-buggied to our villa.

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Revamp, Restyle, Reveal: Our Cosy, Dark Snug!

One of the most stressful, yet satisfying, house projects we’ve done so far is our kitchen which we did last summer in just a month (!) as part of an interior’s challenge called Revamp, Restyle, Reveal. For those of you who missed it, here’s the drill: A group of sucker-for-punishment bloggers + a selection of generous sponsors + a room of our choice + four weeks to make it over = a fuck load of unexpected stress, a ferociously active group chat and a whole heap of fun!

We swore afterwards we’d never put ourselves though something like that again… But then the Revamp, Restyle, Reveal babes only went and invited us back to take part in the 2019 edition and one of the sponsors was only bloody West Elm. I mean, we just couldn’t say no!

We decided to give ourselves a slightly less taxing room this time, and chose to do our snug (living room/ front room/ sitting room/ den for those of you less pretentious than us – haha!) The only BIG thing that really needed sorting was the joists under the floor. They were all rotten and needed replacing, but Gareth had already done this in our other reception room so we were pretty confident that it wouldn’t be too difficult. OH, HOW WRONG WE WERE (laughs/ cries in equal measure). There were also some cracks that needed to be filled and a fireplace to be stripped but other than that it was all basically just decorating… EASY… Right!?

Well my friends, I take it all back. It may have been Easy Street in theory but as we’ve come to learn these things are NEVER as straightforward as you think they’ll be. First of all, our bathroom project had run over, meaning Gareth was attempting to tackle both rooms at the same time. That lasted about a week until he finally admitted defeat and we decided we’d just have to do without our dream bathroom being finished until Revamp, Restyle, Reveal was over.

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