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Cosy Bedroom Goals

I know its only just hit September, but the nights are already drawing in and I’m so excited it. Autumn is my most favourite time of the year and with it I dream of cosy days spent in our bedroom with Poppy under the covers with me and Andy at the base of the bed! What more could a girl want?

Some will say its dangerous having a white bedroom when you have a dog who loves nothing more than to share your bed…..but surely if your washing your sheets as often as you should it shouldnt be a problem….just saying! 😉

Clean sheets, fluffy pillows, cozy blankets, plush headboards and lush rugs….heaven!

All photos taken from Pinterest

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Zara Fall 2017…..omg!

And Zara has pulled it out of the bag yet again! Every season Zara do an incredible job of making high street feel and look like high fashion and this collection is no exception. This fall collection has pushed their fashion boundaries even further and it’s absolutely stunning.

Scroll down to see the incredible white knit dress I’m lusting over.

 

The Cardi Coat

The throw over everything cardi coat. It’s completely ugly/pretty and I am in love.

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click buy here

 

The Biker

This tone of green is unbelievable and I’m addicted. Buy this season and I promise you’ll be wearing it for years to come.

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click to buy here

 

The Knit Dress

This, this is the only inspiration I need to lose the baby weight.

 

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Click to buy here

The Party Dress

This is exactly how to do understated sequins. Loose, neutral and utterly feminine.

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Click to buy here

 

The Slip-ons

The ultimate fringe slip on. Yes please.

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Click to buy here

 

The Beautiful Boots

Somehow I don’t see myself doing too many dog walks in these little pretties, but they are just amazing and I can’t resist them.

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Click here to buy

 

The Bag

Look its got multiple compartments for me to squeeze nappies into! Okay, maybe not, but for those days minus baby this is exactly what I want to be carrying. Fluffy pink goodness.

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Click here to buy

Joy

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The Dream Staircase

I have no idea if this will come true, but my absolute dream would absolutely dream would be to have a tiled staircase. Not on the actual step of course as that would be a wet foot/slippy sock nightmare. There is something so beautifully mediterranean about a tiled stair riser, and I am keeping my fingers crossed that its something I can incorporate it into our home.

Look below and let me show you what I mean…

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And for the disco lover in all of us….. 😉

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Joy

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What does every stylish bathroom have in common…?

As part of our house project we are plumbing in another toilet downstairs. Pete and I had the luxury of having a full bathroom ensuite plus a separate toilet when we were living in Dubai and it’s a luxury we’d really like to hold on to. It just makes life so much simpler when you have a baby/child/children. I remember growing up always having to announce to anyone who was home that you were gonna have a bath just in case they needed to use the toilet. Im one of four children so you can imagine the process.

One of the really fun parts of redecorating is the planning process (namely the many hours spent on Pinterest).

…..Statement Tiles

Statement bathroom tiles, whether adorning an entire wall, floor or splash back, are the ultimate bathroom addition. Let your imagination run wild and remember to always style with copper/brass fittings for the ultimate dream.

 

Be bold.

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Joy

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The House Project.

As many of you will know we moved into our new house in Gullane just a few days before Poppy was born. Well, when I say new house, its only really new to me. The house we are living in is actually my husband’s family ‘holiday home’ which hasn’t been lived in for years, and when it was it was only for Christmas’ and the odd summer. Because of this, the house decor is rather dated and the facilities a bit out of shape. We’re talking no heating, avocado bathroom suites, mustard brown carpets and ivy growing in threw the window fixtures.

Yup.

The actual bricks of the house are amazing so im thrilled to see how its going to look once we’ve finished.

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The first step in the the renovations is completely sorting through all the generations of furniture, toys, boardgames, glassware, broken scooters etc. living (being stored) in the house/garage/attic.

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I dont have the heart to show you the house as it is now as i’ll probably give you all panic attacks at the amount of work needing completed while have a tiny baby still getting used to the world. But hey, at least she’s not at the stage when she’s crawling and putting everything in her mouth! Now that would be a panic.

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Anyone who knows me knows I’m obsessed with ivy. Ivy covered houses and walls are, in my opinion, just heavenly so when we arrived at the house and saw it had climbing ivy all up the front I was utterly thrilled. Sadly as the window fixtures have been infiltrated by said ivy it all has to be taken down so we can do repairs. I’m hoping to grow more ivy in the future, but i’ll have to keep a much closer eye on it.

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Stick with me and I’ll show you how the house shapes up over the next 6 months+ 🙂

Joy

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13/07/17 The day my life developed colour

This isn’t going to be an incredibly long post, but I felt the need to check in with my readers with this most glorious update.
It’s been 4 days since my little girl was born and I already can’t imagine life without her. 

Poppy Cathrine Elizabeth Allison came into our lives at 4:04am on Thursday morning, just 5 days after her expected due date. 

In the early afternoon I had a midwife appointment with the midwife who gave me a membrane sweep….she must have had the magic  touch as 3 hrs later my contractions started. I won’t go into too many details at this stage, but it was the most intense night of our lives and I just don’t know how I would have been able to manage it without the most amazing birth partners. Anna my midwife was a blue haired angel and my husband was just out of this world. 

My husband took this photo of Poppy and I the very second we met and it’s such a glorious moment that I’m thankful he captured it. 

Joy 

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The Bounty Baby Box

Because who doesn’t love a beauty freebie! 

So this week, in my final week before my due date, I finally got round to picking up my bounty box as I was passing by Boots! The process is very straight forward as I’d already downloaded the app so all I had to do was click on the store I’d like to collect from, approach a very helpful member of staff who then processed the transaction….the box is free, but understandably they need to scan a barcode to keep on top of stock. 
Here is some blurb taken from the Bounty website…
We support families in the transition to parenthood, through each key life stage, from pregnancy to birth to toddler to pre-school. We aim to be the first place new mums turn to for advice, help, reassurance and information. We also welcome them into an online community where they can share problems, worries, tips and achievements with a support network of mums who are going through the same thing.

As well as providing new mums with the timely advice and expert knowledge new mums need, we introduce carefully chosen products and services to mum that we know, as parents, can be invaluable through the different key stages. Every mum that registers with us is eligible to receive a total of four Bounty Packs; filled with free samples, money-off vouchers and useful information, plus free guides offering practical, up-to-date information, advice and guidance from pregnancy and beyond.

In supporting mums, we’re also supporting the healthcare professionals caring for them, by operating as a responsible and giving commercial business. And, like any parent, we’re extremely proud of our whole family.
These are the very cute contents of the Bounty Box 


Contents:

  • Palmers CocoButter Skin Therapy Oil 25ml
  • Olay 7 Total Effects Featherweight Moisturiser
  • Boots Essentials fragrance free moisturising cream 100ml
  • L’Oréal Elvive Extraordinary Clay Masque Pre Shampoo treatment
  • L’Oréal Elvive Extraordinary Clay Shampoo and Conditioner
  • Discount offers and vouchers of products.

I think I’m going to try out the L’Oréal Extraordinary Clay hair treatments this evening so I feel all pampered for my husband arriving home in the morning!! We’ve been apart except for 3 days at the end of May so I’m just dying to get him home! We’ve been apart over his 30th birthday and our first wedding anniversary so it’s been rather emotional even without all my pregnancy hormones.

Joy xxx

In My Bathroom Cabinet 

  • Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cleanser (buy here)
  • Liz Earle Deep Cleansing Mask (buy here)
  • Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish – Hot Cloth Cleanser (buy here)
  • Clinique Sonic System Purifying Brush (buy here)

Read my reviews on these products by clicking …….here……

  • Clinique Moisture Surge Face Spray (buy here)
  • Clinique All About Eyes Serum (buy similar here) I bought this serum and the face spray above as  part of a travel set so I have the mini versions.
  • Nivea Antiperspirant Protect & Care (buy similar here)

  • Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief (buy here)
  • Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate (buy here)
  • Nivea Double Effect Make-up Remover (buy here)

Read my reviews on these three products by clicking …..here….

  • Milkyajy concealer (buy similar here) This brand is only avavilable in Dubai so I have linked to a Nars equivelant.
  • Benefit Benetint (buy here)
  • Rimmel Match Perfection (buy here)
  • Rimmel Hide The Blemish Concealer (buy here)
  • Nars Sheer Glow Foundation (buy here)

 

  • GK Hair Taming System Leave-in Spray (buy here)
  • GK Hair Taming System Serum (buy here)
  • GK Hair Taming Leave-in Cream (buy here)
  • GK Hair Taming VolumizerHer Spray (buy here) – This smells of daffodils and is utterly beautiful.

(After my nightly shower I apply the tiniest amount of all four of these products and sleep with a towel wrapped round my hair….when I wake my hair is so soft and my waves defined. I love, love, love this range.)

 

  • GK Hair Juvexin Shield Colour Protection Shampoo (buy here)
  • GK Hair Juvexin Shield Colour Protection Conditioner (buy here)
  • St Tropez Gradual Tan In Shower (buy here)
  • Kiehl’s Nashi Blossom & Pink Grapefruit Skin Softening Body Cleanser (buy similar here) ….Sadly this fragrance has been discontinued and really it’s very sad as I’m running very low 😦
  • Jo Malone Lime Basil & Manderin Body Wash (buy here)

Hope you enjoyed this post 🙂

Joy xxx

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My 5 Step Bedtime Beauty Routine 

I’m absolutely loving that it doesn’t get dark in the evenings until at least 9:30pm here! In Dubai it was dark by 6:30pm so it’s definitely appreciated. So although these photos look like they are taken in the morning they are actually late at night! 🖤

I thought I’d let you all in on my super simple 5 step bedtime beauty routine fresh from the shower…..

I have a weird quirk that means I don’t particularly enjoy getting my face wet in the shower….. Told you I was weird. So more often than not I have thick mascara marks melting down my face when I step out the shower. 

1. Nivea Double Effect Eye Makeup Remover is up there with the best I’ve ever used. This make up remover takes off even the toughest of masacaras with just a couple of wipes over the eyes with cotton buds. Just remember to shake until the liquid turns a cloudy pale blue.

2. The make-up removing fluid tends to leave a slight oily feeling on my face so a thorough cleanse after is definitely needed. I use the Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cleaser with my Clinique Sonic Cleansing Brush. 

This cleanser is the most gentle cleaser I’ve ever come across. It’s feels so beautiful on my skin, but that doesn’t mean it’s soft on removing the last of my make up or deep down dirt. As with all Kiehl’s products this is expensive, but it’s truly worth it. 

The large white sectioned this brush can be used all over your face and the smaller green section is for your t-zone as the bristles are rougher. I bought this last summer in preparation for my wedding and it’s made such a difference to my complexion. It’s fantastic to know your getting deep into your pores without doing any damage to your skin. 

3. I use the super lovely, super relaxing Liz Earle Deep Cleansing Mask at least twice a week. The green clay really draws out impurities while the manuka honey and rose-scented geranium soften my skin. 

I found the scent of this mask rather odd when I first used it, but I now find it very fresh. When it comes to a moisturising mask I tend to prefer sheet masks, but I really like the process of wiping away a clay mask if I want a deep clean feeling.

4. Once my skin is feeling super squeaky clean I apply 6-8 drops of Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate to my face and neck. I can’t even begin to tell you how much I love this product or how it addicted you will become once you pop this on your face for the first time. Yes, it is a lot of money, but this little bottle will last you FOREVER! Well, not quite forever, but I’ve had this a year and I’m only 3/4s of the way through. 

5. Once the Elixir has sunk in I top up the moisture with Clinique Moisture Surge moisturiser. This is a super luxurious, lightweight moisturiser that my skin sucks up instantly. I absolutely adore this product and look forward to this step the minute I start. 

When I fly I make sure I have this in my little see-through liquids bag as it’s the ideal moisturiser for combatting airplane dryness without looking like an oil slick. 

Hope you enjoyed my very simple bedtime beauty routine. 

Joy

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Who has a signature perfume these days?

I don’t know about you, but the concept of having only one perfume to be worn to all occasions no matter the destination or mood seems a little outdated. 

I think I got that from my mother….she would swear that she only wore Chanel No.5 , but in actual fact she would pick up a bottle of something new every summer after a holiday in Spain. Her dresser was always covered in a vast array of beautiful, colourful bottles. Once finished she would put the empty bottle in the drawer with her night dresses so she’d always smell nice before bedtime. 

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I’m not a crazy dachshund lady, I swear. My folks bought these little doggies at Christmas and I think they are so cute!


I normally have four or five perfumes at any one time, but due to the move, I had to be cruelly selective on what products I brought with me. The two perfumes I just couldn’t bare to be without are Joe Malone English Pear & Freesia and Chanel Coco Noir.

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Jo Malone – English Pear & Freesia Cologne

My brother in law bought me this for Christmas and it was love at first sniff! (Thanks, Aus)

With distinctive pear and freesia notes, what hits me is how fresh this smells and how long it lingers. I know this is meant to be an autumnal fragrance, but it makes me feel summery and light. Bouncy….. if that’s even a way to describe a perfume?! 🤗

Purchase here.

 

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Chanel Coco Noir

Now this one my husband bought me in Spain last September. I told him that I was looking for a fragrance that was like an aftershave, but still feminine. He only wears Hermes aftershaves and they suit him beautifully, but I wanted something as equally intense, but more elegance.  He chose this and it’s absolutely divine! It’s heavy, but the undertones of Jasmine soften it out. The perfect date night perfume!

Purchase here.

What are your favourite perfumes?

Joy

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