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HomeSense haul & a giveaway

I hate using the word ‘haul’. I’m not really a big shopper so it’s very rare that I’d have a ‘haul’ of anything but on this occasion, homeware-for-less store, HomeSense kindly gifted me a £50 voucher to celebrate the launch of their first ever TV advert so I had an excuse to go on a bit of a spree! (Keep reading to win a £50 gift card of your own!)

Homesense haul with Cath Kidston, Rob Ryan & Emma Bridgewater

If you haven’t heard of HomeSense then you’re really missing out! It’s basically the ‘home’ section of TK Maxx but a whole shop! I’m rather well acquainted with HomeSense as there’s quite a large one five minutes from my house so you’ll often find me rooting for unique treasures in there.

Furniture display at Homesense Poole

They sell everything from sofas to wardrobes to bathroom accessories to books to food and everything in between – even giant wooden mermaids if that’s what floats your boat!

Giant wooden mermaid at Homesense PooleCushions at Homesense PooleArtwork at Homesense Poole

One of my favourite things to browse at HomeSense is their book collection. They always have a really good selection of cookbooks, from the big names like Gordon Ramsay but also some of the more obscure cookbooks by people like Alice Waters and Jake Tilman. They also have an awesome section of ‘lifestyle’ books and I’ve seen some real corkers in there for a fraction of the cover price. On my latest visit I spotted the new Sartorialist book and they always have really good travel books too.

Cookbooks at Homesense, Poole

On this particular visit, I strayed away from my usual fare of books and picked up a random assortment of rather lovely things.

On this particular visit, I strayed away from my usual fare of books and picked up a random assortment of rather lovely things.

Firstly I got this beautiful Rob Ryan book. I’ve been a huge fan of Rob Ryan since he illustrated one of my children’s stories in Anorak magazine about 6 years ago. I’ve got a poster in the kitchen and I got his other book for Christmas last year so I was really excited when I spotted this on the shelf (and for the bargain price of £4.99 instead of £16.99 – even on Amazon it’s £11.55!)

Rob Ryan A Sky Full of Kindness from HomesenseRob Ryan book from Homesense

Secondly I bought this beautiful storage box for £3.99 (RRP £9). I found it tucked inside a larger box and it’s going to be perfect for me to store all my receipts in ready to file my tax return in April (what fun!)

Emma Bridgewater box from Homesense

Next I spotted these gorgeous thank you cards. Anything with a bird on and I’m sold – even the envelopes have a pretty spotted interior. These were £4.99 for a set of 8.

Molly & Rex thank you cards from HomesenseMolly & Rex bird print thank you cards from Homesense

Then I wandered around into the bathroom section via the beauty supplies. There were loads of bottles of big brand hair care products but what caught my eye was the selection of my favourite body butters for £5.99 (down from their usual price of £8.49). I had a hard time deciding whether to choose mango or coconut but coconut won out in the end. Perfect for my growing baby bump!

Nip + Fab body butter from Homesense

I don’t know what it is about mugs but I just can’t seem to walk past them without looking despite the fact that our mug cupboard is already bursting at the seams. This boat print mug caught my eye because of the tin it was in. All I could think was ‘wow, not only do I get a new mug but I also get a handy cookie container too’. The mug and tin were £4.99 (RRP £10)

Cath Kidston mug from HomesenseCath Kidston boat mug from Homesense

Being the loving wife that I am I decided to let Nick have a bit of fun too. He picked up a candle called ‘Mohave’ which cost us £14.99 and after a quick Google it appears these candles retail for about £50 so that was a great find!

Modern Alchemy Desert Essence Mojave candle from HomesenseNick was also very boring & sensible and bought a big fluffy bathmat for £9.99 to replace the one we’ve had for about 7 years. I didn’t think it would make a very good photo as it’s just a big dark square!

As you can see, your money goes a long way in HomeSense!

One of the other things they’re trying to do alongside their new TV advert is to arrange their products into categories around the shop so you can get a better idea of how certain items of the same theme fit together and might look in your home. My local store in Poole had a big display near the front door highlighting ‘Treasures from Thailand’.

Inside Homesense PooleTreasures from Thailand at Homesense PooleTo spread the HomeSense joy, they’ve kindly given me a £50 voucher for one lucky winner to spend in the Poole store.

To spread the HomeSense joy, they’ve kindly given me a £50 gift card for one lucky winner to spend in the Poole store.

To enter, simply use the Rafflecopter form below. Each section will grant you one entry but for a bonus double entry, simply watch the TV advert below (it’s only 23 seconds) and let me know which of their lovely items catches your eye! (Personally I’m loving the deer head over the fireplace or the blue printed chair)

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Today I’m Wearing: Sam Edelman Gigi sandals

Way back in November I was given a voucher for Shopbop. Due to my extreme indecisiveness it’s taken me ages to spend it. The website is so full of lovely things that are hard to get hold of over here that I just couldn’t decide how it would be best spent.

I have to admit that I also had some reservations about using the site. I don’t understand how they can sell designer items so much cheaper than everywhere else. I was also worried about the customs charges as I’ve been stung buying stuff from America before. So I asked around on Twitter and the lovely Rosie from A Rosie Outlook said that she’d ordered from there before and had no issues.

Just when I thought I’d settled on this gorgeous crochet top from BB Dakota, I found out I was pregnant. Clearly no use buying a top now.

BB Dakota omni crochet topSo I thought it best to stick to shoes and finally settled on this gorgeous pair of Sam Edelman Gigi t-strap sandals in neon coral & natural. They’ve got these sandals in a million different colour ways on the website and it took ages for me to choose!

They were only £46.80 on the website and I’ve seen them for about double that over here! Luckily I already own a pair of Sam Edelman boots so I knew what size I needed to order. The checkout process is really quick and simple and they offer free worldwide delivery. There are several different options for paying your customs charges but I decided to prepay my customs charges of $16 so that they didn’t get held up at the depot.

Literally two or three days later I was surprised to get a knock at the door and be handed my new shoes! Considering they were coming all the way from America I really was not expecting them to turn up so quickly!

And they arrived just in time for all the lovely hot weather we’ve been having. I happily discovered that my white American Eagle Outfitters dress that I bought in San Francisco this time last year fits nicely over my bump so I popped on my new sandals and took them on their first outing.

So comfortable. And I got loads of compliments on them.

Chanel sunglasses, American Eagle Outfitters white sundress, Sam Edelman Gigi t strap flat sandalsChanel sunglasses, white American Eagle dress, Sam Edelman sandalsThe Style Box in a white dress and Sam Edelman Gigi sandals(There’s no hiding my bump in the side view shots!)

Sam Edelman Gigi t strap sandals in neon coral & natural from shopbopSam Edelman Gigi t strap sandals from Shopbop in neon coral and naturalSunglasses: Chanel | Dress: American Eagle Outfitters | Sandals: Sam Edelman

Did everyone have a lovely sunny bank holiday weekend? I had a wonderful weekend, in fact I was enjoying myself so much that I didn’t even take that many photos.

On Friday Nick & I went shopping in Southampton and had the most awesome burrito at Tortilla (after the whole shopping centre had been evacuated!). On Saturday we caught up with bits and pieces of work and started decorating the nursery. On Sunday our friends Lauren and Ben came round with little Lexi and we went for a walk down the beach. On Monday we went to Neile’s house and Nick helped in the garden for a bit and then we all went to Nick’s mum’s for the afternoon to sun ourselves in their garden and try and coax Elsie into walking! And I had a bonus day off yesterday due to having my 16 week appointment with the midwife where we got to hear the heartbeat! I spent yesterday morning sat in the sunshine with my nan, we put a deposit down on a pram (we’ve gone for the iCandy Peach Jogger in gumdrop!) and then Lauren and Ben came over again and we treated them to an Indian takeaway as they are always doing stuff for us like our tax returns and fixing our boiler!

Tacos al pastorWe had homemade tacos al pastor with real corn tortillas for dinner – delicious!

Colourful treesView to the beachI’ll never get bored of being greeted by this view as we walk down the hill!

Branksome Chine beach, DorsetCanford Cliffs Beach, Poole, DorsetPink blossom

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Today I’m Wearing: My new Zara parka

When we were in New York, after Hurricane Sandy had knocked the power out in half of the city, there wasn’t much left to do but shop. The shops in and around Times Square were open and functioning so we spent a bit more time in the shops than we’d planned to.

During this time it was pretty cold and I was on the hunt for a new coat. I’ve had my current (horrific) Bench coat for about 5 years now and I felt it was time for a much needed update.

That’s when I stumbled across this beauty in Zara. (Good old Zara, you can always count on them to have exactly what you’re looking for). I tried it on and ummed and ahhed in front of the mirror for about 10 minutes before deciding to shop around a bit first. While we were in Urban Outfitters, I used their free wi-fi to google the Zara coat and found that I could buy it for about £10 less in England.

So I didn’t buy it. When I arrived home, I visited my local Zara to find that they didn’t have it. That wasn’t too much of an issue because I’d seen it online so I knew I could order it there.

Then life got in the way and about 3 weeks had passed. After checking online again and finding it gone, panic started to set in. What had I done? The first coat I’d liked in 5 years and I’d passed it up in order to save £10. What a fool!

Luckily, this story has a happy ending as I had to go to London for a meeting on Monday and just happened to park at Westfield and their wonderful big Zara had it in stock. Hurrah!

So I tried it out yesterday on the beach in the wind and the rain and it’s perfect. I don’t know if you can see in the pictures but it’s totally fur lined! So cosy!

Zara parka, Mother Denim The Looker jeans, black ConverseZara parka coat, Forever21 scarf, Mother The Looker jeans, Converse on Branksome BeachZara coat, Forever21 scarf, Mother The Looker skinny jeans, ConverseZara coat on the beach

Zara coat, Mother jeans, Converse on Branksome beachWearing:

Coat – Zara (it’s back online!)

Scarf – Forever 21 (similar)

Top – Joseph (similar)

Jeans – Mother ‘The Looker’ in Here Kitty Kitty

Shoes – Converse

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