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Monday 20 November 2017

DIY Upcycled Bar Cart

DIY Drinks Trolley

D'you ever do a DIY and think yeah I'm really bloody proud of that? Well that's how I feel about this project. It was shockingly easy to transform but my my has it made an impact.

I'd been eyeing up drinks carts like these two for quite some time, but with them costing between £100-£350, you'd have to be trolleyed to pay that surely? It's effectively just a metal cart- meals on wheels even so I set about finding a thrifty and cheaper alternative...
Five pounds later, I became the proud owner of a tea trolley, courtesy of an old lady I found selling hers on Facebook market place.

Apart from a bit of grim and a few cobwebs, this tea trolley was in pretty good nick but the floral design on the trays had to go...

I chose to spray paint my trolley, being quicker and more uniform than painting it on with a brush and this Rust-oleum craft enamel was my weapon of choice. It's fast drying acrylic paint which is perfect if you're as impatient as me at letting things dry. In less than an hour it's dry and is hard wearing as well as toy safe.

DIY Drinks Trolley

A spray paint later, I felt like the hostess with the mostess with my transformed trolley. A lick of paint had given it a new lease of life and was ready to be accessorised with all the drinking paraphernalia that Chris and I own.

DIY Copper drinks trolley

DIY bar cart

I picked up the cocktail kit from eBay for around £15 which ties in perfectly with the copper theme and added some battery powered cork lights into some empty Haig Club bottles to brighten up the corner of the room. The glass punch bowl was given to me by my thrifty mothership who found it in a charity shop for around a fiver so all in all (minus the booze), this DIY totalled around £25.

Copper bar cart

DIY Drinks Trolley

I'm super chuffed with how well this DIY came out and how cheap it was too. I better brush up on my cocktail making skills in time for Christmas and New Year as I can see us having a fair few drinkies! I'm also planning on doing a post on the dining room before and after at some stage so stay tuned for that.

upcycled drinks trolley

I hope you enjoyed this post as much as I enjoyed making it and if you want to see me in full spray paint action you can see more in the video below!

Wednesday 15 November 2017

All over, all season, face cream- SteamCream*

These dark nights of late call for bubbles, pampering and Netflix in the bath and I've been loving using this beautiful moisturiser from Steam Cream as part of this ritual.

I recently discovered this whipped beauty from Steamcream and had to share it with you. So what's so special about this cream? Well it's all natural and harnesses the benefits of steam to give you a deeply replenishing and nourishing skin cream. It works on all skin types- even if your skin is of a sensitive disposition! Having oily skin myself I was dubious at first that it would break me out into an oil slick but it works in synergy with my skin and the light consistency makes it airy and easy to wear morning, noon and night. I love to use it under makeup of a morning and then as a relaxing treat in the bath of a night time. The lavender scent is perfect prep for a restful bed time and calming in the manic rush of a morning. 

With its price point at £13.95 I'd say it sits comfortably in the market with the likes of Lush products but the quality to me is very similar to L'Occitane which pleases my inner thrifter greatly! I've been using it for a good couple of months now and it's hardly made a dint in the tin- another big tick. 

I started using Steamcream at the back end of summertime and it worked a treat in the heat. It's transitioned into autumn winter with having plenty of punch to keep my skin hydrated and happy whilst not needing to cake it on to get the benefits. It's an all over, all season wonder and I bloody love it. 

The packaging is one of my favourite parts to purchasing as you can pick your own design! I went for pink and blooms but there are a huge array of ever changing designs to choose from to reflect your personal style. The most recent designs to come out are the Christmas ones which make for a perfect gift to yourself or a loved on too.

Have you tried out Steamcream yet?

Sunday 5 November 2017

Black Beauties | Hotter Fit Fortnight

Top- Primark
Pinafore Dress- New Look (similar here)
Boots- Hotter*
Hat- eBay

As winter draws in the layers are increasing, boots are lengthening and clothing is thickening up for the weather ahead. I'm loving corduroy pinnies this season with knitwear and long boots and this one from  New Look is a cosy dream. It's kinda practical as far as dresses go? Nonetheless it cute for country walks with the husband and hound.

I picked these amazing boots during the Hotter Fit Fortnight - an event held throughout the Hotter stores for two weeks to promote getting shoes that fit you properly. I had my feet measured and instantly felt transported back to childhood and getting school shoes! Hotter have full and half sizes as well as a wide fit range to ensure you get the perfect fit. 

After lots of perusing and trying shoes on, I opted for the Belle Boots and they're ridiculously comfortable. You may recognise them as a taller version of the Lotty boots I got last year which are still going strong but the long length of these Belle Boots make them so cosy on my legs with their lovely lining. They go with everything... and I mean everything. I adore them with dresses and skirts but thrown on with a big chunky jumper and jeans looks equally as great. 

Hotter do a plum version which is was so tempted by but these black beauties go with so much in my wardrobe and their nubuck finish makes them look seriously chic. They were the perfect fit all thanks to the Hotter team sizing me properly and are an excellent addition to my boot collection.

What are your winter boots of choice this year?

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