Summer boho wish-lyst

If you’ve been here for a while you’ll know about my slight obsession with creating dream outfits. Well, I’ve just discovered a new outlet for my obsession. Lyst recently got in contact and asked if I’d like to give them a go. Seriously, I daren’t tell Nick how much time I’ve spent on there this morning – especially as half the house still needs painting!

You know it’s going to be good when the sign-up form only has 3 boxes. User centric design at it’s very best. (I used to work in UX a bit so things like this still make me very happy). Once you’ve signed up it asks you a series of ‘yes/no’ questions about which brands you like to try and get a good idea of your style. You can skip this bit if you’d prefer to just enter your favourite brands manually. All the latest items from the brands you’ve ‘followed’ will then show up on your homepage.

The best thing about Lyst is that it will alert you if one of your favourite items go on sale. Amazing. It will also hunts the online world to find an item for you if what you want is out of stock. Also amazing. The amount of times I’ve seen stuff on Pinterest or wherever only to spend hours trying to find it in stock somewhere. This happened a few years ago when I saw an Australian fashion blogger wearing my dream watch but couldn’t find it in stock anywhere in the UK. I’m still on the hunt now!

Anyway, in my time playing around with Lyst I’ve created a ‘Boho Style‘ board and a ‘Surf/Skate Style‘ board – feel free to check them out! I’m definitely trying to lean towards those kinds of ‘style’ now as I feel they are much more ‘me’. I’m always knocking around in jeans and a t-shirt. Skirts, dresses and heels are lovely but I’m just not that kind of person. Besides, it’s summer now and that always puts me in a ‘boho’ mood! I’ve always been a big fan of Vans, RVCA, Volcom and the like anyway.

Boho Style LystSkater Style Lyst

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My Monsoon Summer Wishlist

Today I’ve teamed up with Monsoon to bring you my ultimate summer wishlist. How could I refuse the perfect excuse to sit around browsing their website for hours without Nick badgering me to do some painting or strip some wallpaper?!?

Monsoon is one of the few highstreet shops whose windows always make me take a second glance when I walk by. I think it’s to do with my love of all things embroidered since living in Mexico and they are the true highstreet kings of beautiful embroidered things – not to mention that nearly everything comes in navy which is my favourite colour to wear!

The other lovely thing about Monsoon is their strong values as they have a real focus on ethical trading, sustainability and they run a charity which helps over 10,000 disadvantaged women and children in Asia.

I’m seriously lusting after that bikini. It seems a shame to buy it though as it’s unlikely we’ll be going on holiday anywhere this year so it would be totally wasted as I’m the only one who would see it in my garden! Also, how do high-waisted bikini bottoms work from a tanning perspective?

Also, I cannot wait for the weather to be warm enough to wear patterned trousers. Comfiest clothing ever. It’s pretty much equivalent to wearing pyjama trousers all day. I’m so grateful they are completely socially acceptable.

 

My Monsoon Summer wishlist

Bag | Bikini top | Bikini bottoms | Trousers | Dress | Scarf | Sandals | White dress | Necklace | Sunglasses | Maxi dress |

See what I mean about the embroidery? That little black dress is AMAZING. And don’t even get me started on that bikini. Especially teamed with those cateye sunglasses. Retro pin-up perfection. I urge you to go and check out the rest of their offering for this season. I promise you won’t be disappointed.

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House renovation before/during

I wanted to write a little blog post to explain why it’s been so quiet over here for the past few weeks. If you follow me on Instagram or Twitter you may know that we’ve bought a new house! Very exciting! However, it required a complete renovation and so every spare second and penny has been spent trying to get it sorted as quickly as possible as we’re currently on month 4 of living with Nick’s parents and I’m sure they’d like their house back now!

Really, we’ve achieved rather a lot in the short time that we’ve had the house. Nick’s been working full-time Monday-Thursday judging the Great Taste Awards so there’s been lots of late nights on his behalf and we’ve had lots of help from family and friends watching Huxley, doing tip runs, painting, stripping wallpaper and things for us which we are eternally grateful for.

We’re planning on moving in on Friday but the house is far from finished. The lounge has half the wallpaper stripped, the kitchen is bare and practically still a building site and there’s no bathroom of any kind to speak of (although we will have a toilet & sink upstairs). Luckily, my family live nearby so we can use their washing facilities and we’ll be using a microwave, a BBQ and kettle to cook our food but at least it means we can spend more time together without having to drive back and forth all over the place.

So, this isn’t really a before/after post but I wanted to show you guys how we’re getting on as it’s been such a mammoth job and it’s nice to see the progress we’ve made.

We started on the garden as we could do this during exchange while we were awaiting completion and the collection of keys. The garden was seriously overgrown but actually it looked worse than it was and we managed to clear the worst of it in one afternoon.

(Gah! I’ve taken one photo portrait and the other landscape – oops!)

Back-gardenGarden-afterThe biggest change has probably been in the kitchen as we knocked the wall into the dining room down to make it one big room. We’ve always dreamed of having sofas in our kitchen and now that’s going to happen I’m so excited! We haven’t ordered a kitchen or an oven yet so this won’t be finished for a few weeks but it’ll hopefully be totally plastered by the weekend and we’ve had new windows installed since these photos were taken.

Kitchen-beforeKitchen-during2Kitchen-diner-beforeKitchen-diner-duringKitchen-diner-during2

The bedrooms upstairs will be the only thing that is finished when we move in at the weekend. I haven’t got any more recent photos but they are completely plastered and painted white now. Nick is sanding down the wooden floor in our bedroom and the carpet for Huxley’s room is being put down tomorrow.

Bedroom-beforeBedroom-duringThe bathroom is just an empty, messy shell right now but hopefully will also be plastered by the weekend. We’ve knocked the shower unit out and will be installing a bath – although not the beautiful freestanding bath I’ve always dreamed of as we’ve run out of money!

(Again, sorry for the portrait/landscape mix-up!)

Bathroom-beforeBathroom-after

So, as you can imagine, I’m super excited to show you all what it looks like when it’s completely finished! Even though that’s months and months away at the moment! You may have noticed a lack of photos of the lounge and that’s because we haven’t done much to it! Our priority was to get the kitchen sorted as our living space first and we’ll sort the lounge out at a later date. It’s still got the same old carpet and ugly fireplace and the wallpaper is half hanging off but I can live with that for now!

 

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