Wednesday, 27 August 2014

10 Easy & Affordable Home Improvement Ideas

Although currently we cannot make any improvements to our apartment here in Sydney, I am SO looking forward to our future home in England, hopefully London. And I've already started to come up with some ideas on how I'd like our place to look after seeing lots of home improvement blog posts recently.

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Whether or not you are pleased with your home at the moment, you will be surprised that there are many ways to add value to your house and make it just a little more appealing. Obviously, major changes like remodeling, re-roofing or adding more floor space are expensive options that will require hiring professionals to do it.

Here is a list of some things that don't necessarily need you to put in an expert’s touch or spend a large amount of money. If you want more, you can find lots here and here.

1. Paint - Inside or out, a little paint can go a long way to spruce up your home. Even if the existing paint is still in good shape, a different color or combination of colors can make a huge impact.
2. Window coverings - These can get pricey, but they don't have to. Changing or adding blinds or curtains can really impact the look and feel of your home.
3. Weather Proofing - You can improve your home and your pocketbook by adding weather stripping materials to your doors, walls and windows; thus, saving you energy and money without spending a lot.
4. Repairs - Many simple home repairs can be done by an average person. All you need are few basic tools and a little help from the experts at any home improvement store like Kingfishers or Homebase.
5. Carpet - Replacing the carpet of your entire home can be an expensive project which causes most homeowners to apply for home improvement loans. However, if you opt to do only those rooms that are in dire need of replacement, then you will save a big amount. Shop around for the most affordable materials. Have your carpet cleaned by a professional cleaning service can also revive your flooring significantly.
6. Bathroom Fixtures - A new vanity or tub doesn't have to cost a fortune. Even just putting in new towel racks or re-caulking the tub can make a noticeable difference.
7. Kitchen Fixtures - A new sink, new faucets or a new garbage disposal can have a big impact without breaking the bank.
8. Furniture - Yes, new furniture is a home improvement. And yes, you can spend a lot, but you don't have too.
9. Lawn - A well-kept lawn shows your neighbors that you love your home. Keeping it well-manicured doesn't even cost a fortune. Seed, fertilizer, hoses and a few hours a week are all you need.
10. Garden - A nice flower bed with flowers blooming can really improve the curb appeal of your home. A few trees can also go a long way.

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As you can see, there are many options available for you to add value and appeal to your home without making a major investment. So before you apply for home improvement loans (Clydesdale Bank, for example have really cheap rates on them at the moment), take the time note the areas that need sprucing up and ask yourself if you can do it. How much will you save if you DIY? Remember, all you need is a little bit of money, creativity and the motivation to get it done.

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Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Shore Projects Polka Dot Watch Strap

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Shore Projects polka dot strap in ocean blue - £25

A while ago I blogged about my beautiful watch from Shore Projects which was available in a range of pastel and autumnal coloured straps. Recently they have launched a new collection of polka dot and leather straps and asked if I'd like to mix my watch up by having a new strap. 

The genius idea with Shore Projects is that you can easily switch between different straps, they simply click together and the watch face. So once you've purchased your favourite watch from them you can purchase a number of different straps from just £20. This is an inventive an affordable way of changing your accessories from outfit to outfit. No longer do we need to buy different watches for different looks, you're all set with Shore Projects!

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Do you like this polka dot style strap? What does your favourite watch look like?

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Monday, 25 August 2014

Wish List // Joules

Joules wish list
1. Cropped chinos £49.95 // 2. Black bees wellies £39.95 // 3. Cable knit jumper £59.95 // 4. Cushion £35 // 5. Floral duvet cover £55

I love Joules for their floral patterns, quality material and quintessentially British style. Their home and garden section always draws my eye first, I'm a little bit obsessed with their lovely floral bedding. In particular this one featured in the image above, such beautiful colours! And the yellow moss stitch cushion would go perfectly with it. 

With  Glastonbury festival tickets going on sale again soon I'm looking ahead to next year and the probability of needing a good pair of wellies. I really like this bee patterned pair but they have so many to choose from, I'm torn between the ankle and knee versions. 

As we move into Spring here in Australia I'm thinking pastels and light but warm clothing will be needed. So this pair of cropped chinos and this lovely cable knit jumper would come in handy. 

Are you a fan of Joules? Have you ordered anything from them before?

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Sunday, 24 August 2014

Outfit // Missguided Autumnal Wear

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Suede jacket - Missguided* // Cropped jumper - Missguided* // Shirt - Missguided* // Leggings - Missguided* // Boots - Hype // Watch - Daniel Wellington // Lipstick - Mac 'Morange'

Today's outfit is all about layers! Missguided set me the challenge of choosing a few items from their website to layer up ready for autumn. As it's currently winter here in Sydney I jumped at the chance of updating my winter wardrobe with a cosy knit and new jacket. 

Recently I've really gotten into the whole shirt/jumper combo, it's the easiest way of layering whilst still keeping your outfit stylish. You can find many funky patterned shirts or shirts with embellished collars that can jazz up and outfit. And crop jumpers are great for keeping you warm but also still showcasing that beloved shirt underneath. There's nothing worse in winter when you have to layer up so much that you can't see what nice items you're wearing underneath. That's why I also chose this faux suede jacket. Again it's short enough to still show off the rest of the outfit, in particular these cute check trousers. Although they have a fly and back pockets they're more of a legging material meaning they're super comfy and easy to wear. In fact I've worn them a couple of times to work already this week. 

Are you looking forward to autumn/winter and layering up again? Or do you prefer summer dressing?

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Thursday, 21 August 2014


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You may remember a little while ago I worked with adidas NEO on their denim collection. The team recently got back in touch with a new challenge called #NEOnonstop. They gave me a couple of items from their latest range with the task of styling them into outfits to show off the city that I live in at two different times of day. 

My first time was 10am and what better to do in Sydney at 10am on a sunny day than head to the beach? So I popped along to Bondi beach for the day where I relaxed on the sand watching a bunch of surfers do their thing. 
I styled my NEO tee and shorts with a my beloved sandals that I wear every where, sunnies and some jewels. And of course the NEO tote bag came in handy for carrying my beach towel and water. 

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The second time I was given was 5pm and luckily it is currently sunset at 5pm here in Sydney. So this time I styled my NEO denim dungarees with a black crop top, slip ons, bright orange lippy and nail polish, and headed to the Opera House for a cocktail! Here is the best location in the city to watch the sunset behind the Harbour Bridge. It really is beautiful.
As soon as the sun went down though I could've done with my leather jacket as it gets pretty cold here at night. It is winter after all although, when the suns out temperatures are still reaching up to 25 degrees. 

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You can follow all the action of adidas NEO's latest campaign by searching the hashtag #NEOnonstop on Twitter and Instagram. Lots of other bloggers have taken part and I can't wait to see how they style their outfits and show off their cities all over the world. 

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