I have been an admirer of Matt & Nat for some time, though I’ve never treated myself to any of their lovely bags. No idea why, but since becoming vegan, I felt hypocritical using my leather purse and became hyper aware of it and the leather bits and pieces on my bag, especially when I’m in vegan shops or talking about veganism to people. I’ve had my eye on their range of bags for a while, but as I’m trying to be responsible and on a budget, I knew I couldn’t afford anything. Then they announced their sale so thought I’d have a look. Lo and behold, the bag I wanted and the purse I wanted were in the sale. This kind of thing never happens to me! So I treated myself and bought them.
The bag is the Rehe bag in Midnight and the purse is Sublime in Cocoa. The sale prices were too good to ignore and I’m really pleased with my purchases. All of Matt & Nat bags are vegan and the linings inside their bags are made out of 100% recycled plastic bottles. Their ethical credentials are really impressive. The bag and purse look really smart, are definitely on trend and because they’re classic styles, they always will be. Not only that, they’re cruelty free and ethically responsible. What’s not to love?!
This month is our six year anniversary of living in our house. After moving a ridiculous number of times in a short space of time, I worried that we’d never be in one place for too long. My aim was five years, as that’s the amount of time you need to be somewhere so you only have to give one address on any kind of forms. I thought I would be looking to move after this time, but I can’t really be bothered with all that yet. So we’re looking to carry on redecorating some more of the house this year.
We’re going to start with the bedroom, as it was the first room we decorated. We had a few days to do it before our things got moved in and it is hideous. This is no exaggeration. Take a look.
See, even Poppy can’t look at it. Do not ask me why we went for a feature wall and a red feature wall at that. It’s bloomin’ awful and took about four coats of paint to achieve. The ‘cream’ is painted straight onto the wood chip *shudders* wall paper that was there when we moved in. Both Phil and I have removed wood chip before so we both knew what a hideous job it would be and when we were moving in, we didn’t have time to do it then. Plus, it’s probably covering some awful walls. Not only that but the built in wardrobes are really badly built and they don’t even close properly. All in all it is a very uninspiring room. For years, I have poured over pins of beautiful, relaxing, opulent and luxurious bedrooms on Pinterest, so much so, I dedicated a board to them. Here are a few of my current favourites:
Judging by my Pinterest account, I seem to be drawn to plain walls, a mega comfy bed (not like the one we’ve got now) and a simple, clean room. We’ve got the simple room down to a T, but it’s the rest of it that needs a lot of attention. So here’s the plan:
Strip the hideous wallpaper.
Get in a plasterer to sort out the walls, including plastering over the red wall.
Buy an awesome floor to ceiling wardrobe, with room for everything we need, including drawers and someway of storing all my make up and jewelry. I don’t want any other furniture in the bedroom, other than the wardrobes, bed and bed side tables.
Paint the walls a light plain colour.
Finally get a full length mirror.
Get rid of the curtains and sort out some awesome blinds instead (need to be black out in order to stop Poppy rising at the crack of dawn in the summer)
New bed (in time)
Make it light, bright and lush with no freakin’ hideous red feature wall.
Hopefully, we’ll be making a start on this soon, with the bulk of the work taking place over the Easter holidays. I can’t wait, as this room has been annoying me since the time I tried to move my clothes into the wardrobe and found that the wardrobe was too small for my hangers. I’ve been hating it ever since. I’ll let you know how we get on and if we can be rid of that red wall!
It’s been a while since I completed an Instagram challenge. I always seem to find out about them after they have started, by which point i feel it’s too late to join in. So when I spotted The Green Gables sharing an post on Instagram about #savouringjanuary Instagram Challenge, I really wanted to join in. January can be such a tricky month. Once you’ve got over the excitement of a new year, and all the changes that you’re planning to make for that ‘new you’, January can be quite bleak. It’s still dark most of the time, the weather is usually crap, everyone’s on a diet or doing Dry January and no one has any money. By looking for something positive every day was a really good idea. So much so that I kind of miss it. I am always on the look out for things to pap on my phone, but I liked having a daily focus. It made me think about my day in a different way. Here’s a collection of my favourites.
I realise that I post an obscene amount of Poppy/cake/river views! But that pretty much sums up most of my days, besides being at school. It was nice to be able to share some elements from my work life, such as the marking and planning and countless lists to remember everything that I have to do.
On my last post for #savouringjanuary, Gabrielle from The Green Gables left a comment, telling me about the weekly #savouringhappiness Instagram post. I’m really going to try and post something for that every week. I can’t promise that it won’t be cake or Poppy based! I will try to look out for some more variations! I think it’s important to remind ourselves of the little things that can make us happy on a day to day basis, especially when we’re struggling. This term has been incredibly busy and I am counting down the days until the half term break, just so I can catch up on my sleep and try to get ahead for the next term. As I’m feeling worn out, I need to keep my eyes peeled for anything that can brighten my day. Head over to my Instagram to see what I come up with.
It turns out that lots of restaurants are surprisingly helpful when it comes to identifying vegan dishes on their menus. One such place is Barbucci in Tenby, where my mum, sister and I went a week or so ago to celebrate mums birthday. My sister, who is one my biggest vegan champions, had got in touch with them to ask about vegan options. They had said that most of their vegetable curries are suitable as they are cooked in vegetable ghee. Music to my ears. Barbucci is in the basement, so it has a kind of secret James Bond lair feel about it. Service was excellent from the moment we arrived and at no point did we feel hurried or rushed, despite it being very busy, especially as they also do take aways. After demolishing an obscene amount of popadoms, my starter arrived, which was four delicious onion bhajis. Make it clear when you order that you do not want the mint yoghurt. I had completely missed this on the menu, as it states that it comes with the yoghurt. Fortunately, only one of the bhajis had the yoghurt on it and my sister was happy to trade me one of her yoghurt free bhajis. Then came the curries. I had ordered the vegetable laziza curry, upon my sisters recommendation. It did not disappoint! (Apologies for the rubbish photo below. Bad lighting, accompanied by being in a busy restaurant and wanting to tuck in meant I didn’t hang around trying different camera angles!)
This curry is delicious. You know how sometimes, you can’t tell different types of curries apart? This was not like that. It was full of flavour, not too spicy but tasty enough to make you sit up and take notice. It was so good that I kept thinking about the next day. And my mouth is watering as I write this! I would go as far to say that this was probably the best curry I’ve ever had and would happily go back for more. I also had boiled rice and a chapati so you can imagine that I was completely stuffed by the end of the night. If you’re ever in need of a really good vegan friendly restaurant in Tenby, then Barbucci is the place to go.