Category: Home & Garden

Vegan Beauty

I’ve never been the kind of girl to spend a lot of time and money on make up. Instead, I’d always be looking for the best moisturiser or the shampoo and conditioner that helped control my fizzy mane. As I get older, I still want a good moisturiser, but it also needs to contain an SPF. I also want my beauty products to be cruelty free and use as few animal products as possible. Here’s what I’ve been using lately.

Vegan Beauty

|| 1. Jumping Juniper Shampoo Bar – Lush || 2. Vinali Exfoliating Soap – LoveLuna || 3. Sensitive Daily Cream – Burt’s Bees || 4. UrbanVeda Soothing Exfoliating Facial Polish – LoveLuna || 5. The Olive Branch Shower Gel – Lush || 6. Jason Aloe Vera Body Lotion – Big Green Smile ||

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I love the shampoo bar from Lush. Not only does it not have any packaging, but it’s a great shampoo. Poppy does like to eat soap, so we have to keep it in one of the Lush tins but I honestly don’t think I’ll go back to bottled shampoo. This little bar packs a real punch. For years I’ve been making my own sugar scrub, but I wanted something quick and easy to use and this exfoliator bar is perfect. It’s got a lovely smell and does the job. I needed some facial moisturiser and was given the Burt’s Bees one for Christmas. It’s great, lasts ages and isn’t too greasy. Throughout winter, I needed to make sure I took care of my skin by using a gentle facial exfoliator and this one by UrbanVeda is brilliant. It’s really gentle, smells great and you only need a little. Love it! The Olive Branch shower gel by Lush is a recent find but I love it so much. It’s got a great smell and really helps to keep your skin soft and supple. The Jason Aloe Vera lotion is my best find ever. I suffer from really dry skin and this little beauty has kept my skin in tip top shape all through winter. I will never use anything else!

Spring Stripes

I would say that 95% off my wardrobe is blue and at least three quarters of it is stripes. I’m not sure why I love stripy tops quite so much, but you can never have too many stripes as far as I’m concerned. Even if you have three blue stripy tops already, you can always squeeze another in. At least that’s my excuse! As I write this, I’m wearing a stripy top and stripy slippers. Never too much! I’m not the only one either. A recent break time conversation at school showed that stripes are popular with everyone and it’s not just me.

Spring Stripes

|| 1. Bardot Breton top in red – People Tree || 2. Shona Loopback Sweatshirt – People Tree || 3. Ingrid Breton Jumper – People Tree || 4. Sailor Tunic – Seasalt || 5. Ocean Stripe T-shirt – Fat Face || 6. Brittany Jacket – Seasalt ||

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I’m not sure if I was a sailor in another life, but I sure do love my stripes. I have the Bardot Breton top in blue from People Tree, which I’ll write more about next week. It’s such a great top and a great addition to my spring wardrobe.

If you want to treat yourself to some new spring stripes from People Tree, grab this discount code for 10% off: CHAI10. Let me know what you get!

Fairtrade Fortnight 2015

Did you know that we’re in the middle of Fairtrade Fortnight? Not only that, it’s twenty years since the first Fairtrade Fortnight – can you believe it?! That makes me feel old. Fairtrade is so important. It’s not just about fair trade terms for farmers and workers, but also decent working conditions and better prices. In order for something to be Fairtrade, it has to meet social, economic and environmental standards. Not a bad thing at all.

As consumers, we have the power to demand more Fairtrade. I try, as much as possible, to buy my clothes from ethical shops and People Tree and Seasalt are two of my favourite ethical clothes shops. Here are a few things that I’m currently coveting right now:

Fairtrade Fortnight

|| Charlotte Jersey Cardigan – People Tree || Lombard Jumper – Seasalt || Petra Pencil Skirt – People Tree || Four Winds Top – Seasalt || Tabitha Colour Block Dress – People Tree || Seafolly Jacket – Seasalt || Bardot Breton Top – People Tree || Pordenack Point Skirt – Seasalt || Rowena Short Sleeved Jumper – People Tree ||

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I’m pretty impressed that I only included a few stripey tops! Gotta’ love those blue stripes! Fairtrade and ethical fashion is an easy way to shop sustainably. There are so many great clothes that’ll last beyond one season.

Want to treat yourself to something from People Tree and help support Fairtrade? Get yourself a 10% discount with the code CHAI10 and help make a difference to farmers and workers lives.

Redecorating my Home Office

At the end of the summer last year, my partner and I swapped rooms for our home office. This meant that we both needed to redecorate. As I had more stuff/junk, we decided to do mine first. It took us ages, for a number of reasons but we finally finished it before Christmas and I’m really happy with the way things turned out.

redecorating my home office

Our house is over 150 years old and it’s had a lot of DIY done to it over the years, some good, some bad, some very, very ugly. (Artex, I’m looking at you). All of this means that every bit of work we do on our house causes us a real headache and generally takes twice as long as it should.

In my office, we took down part of a built in cupboard to make way for some shelving and to increase the space in the room. We repainted the walls, ceiling and woodwork, including the remaining built in cupboards and we swapped the curtains for a new blind.

One wall was in a bit of a mess. It was the original wall and was pretty uneven. We probably should’ve had the walls replastered, but as we were on a budget, we decided to try the Polycell Smoothover instead. It’s not an easy task, but it is definitely worth it. While it isn’t as good as having the wall plastered, it is a lot quicker and easier. While stripping the wallpaper, part of the plasterwork came off the chimney breast, right down to the brick work underneath. To repair it, we used the Polycell Deep Gap Polyfilla. We didn’t do anything fancy to it, other than layer up the Polyfilla. It worked a treat and we were able to finish it off quite nicely, without any fancy tools. Then it came time to paint.  We repainted half the room and then I decided that I didn’t like it. It was too blue and I wanted a grey colour. In the end, I went for Dulux Night Jewels 5 and I love it! It’s really calming. We painted the woodwork using Milk White and it really compliments the grey.

Dulux Night Jewels 5

One thing I did learn, after painting the entire room using a satin paint, is that if your walls have imperfections, then you should you use matt paint as it’ll help to hide the imperfections. To be honest, there are so many imperfections in the walls that I don’t think any type of paint would hide them!

Fortunately, the office my partner now uses doesn’t need this type of work, as we had the walls replastered when we moved in, though we’re not redecorating that just yet. I need to get over doing my office! Do you find redecorating completely exhausting? Or is that just me?!