Tuesday, 24 February 2015

1 Week in Australia





Hello - I'm back in the blog world! I just want to take a moment to say thanks to my gorgeous guest posters for filling this space a little while I was travelling. There's so much to catch up on in this space but right now our Asian adventures seem like lightyears ago.

I've been in Australia for just over a week now and it's been a strange whirlwind of apartment/job hunting, exploring Melbourne, catching up with my boyfriend's friends and family, and cooling off in the paddling pool. We are staying with friends who are totally spoiling us with seafood BBQs and cheese & wine nights. And can I just mention that possums happen to just wander past while you're eating supper outside and that they are the most adorable things ever? It's a lot to take in but I am loving it so far and I can't wait to share more on here.

How has your January/ February been? Just please promise to inform me when the Great British Bake Off starts again ;) X

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

PINNED: Bringing nature indoors


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I know nothing about plants but I am always drawn to interiors with lots of greenery on Pinterest. I have an obsession with cacti and loooove how interesting and beautiful they are, as well as super easy to look after. I'd like to add to my plant collection though - maybe a couple of succulents, and a cheese plant. I think they make a room look so fresh. I've pinned a few cool ways of displaying them - I especially love the basket idea and the jungle-themed desk!

Do you have any indoor plants? X

Wednesday, 4 February 2015

{GUEST POST} Five Reasons to Visit Australia

Hello from Thailand! Today I've got the lovely Sarah from Daydreams of Summertime (a gorgeous lifestyle + travel blog) posting a rather fitting list on the blog. Hopefully in a few weeks I will start having my own reasons to recommend Australia but here is Sarah's, whose list has got me very excited for life 'down under'! Thanks Sarah! x




Hello! I am very excited to be guest posting over here on Polly's blog today! I'm Sarah, and I blog over at Daydreams of Summertime which is a lifestyle and travel blog. Speaking of travel, I have recently come back from a lovely holiday in Australia and I used to live there so I thought I would share with you some of my favourite things about this amazing country.



The Coffee Culture 
Nowhere does coffee quite like Australia, in fact before I moved there I wasn't really that into coffee at all but it is hard to resist all of the lovely independent coffee shops dotted everywhere. Soon enough I was sipping on flat whites watching the world go by. I just wish the UK had this same sort of culture! I am considering buying myself a coffee machine just so I can make myself the perfect flat white and pretend I am back in Sydney!



The Beaches 
Australia has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world and I have been lucky enough to visit quite a few of them. I think the beaches on the West coast are the most beautiful as they don't attract the crowds that the East coast ones do. Having said this I am a big fan of some of the beaches around Byron Bay and don't even get me started on how great the Northern beaches of Sydney are!




The Scenery As well as the beaches Australia has some gorgeous scenery elsewhere. When I lived over there I took a massive road trip around Australia so got to see a lot of the different landscapes which are just so varied. From the Blue Mountains to Uluru, to the rain forests up north, there is just so much beauty to see! I could honestly travel around the country forever and never get bored of looking at any of it!



The Lifestyle
Everyone always talks about how great the lifestyle is in Australia and I am no different. I just love it, it is a lot more relaxed than over here in the UK and because the weather is so much better everyone spends a lot more time outdoors. When I lived in Sydney I often used to have picnics or barbeque's in the park and my weekends were spent at the beach. It's also not unusual for people to get up really early in the morning and go surfing or running which totally beats the gym if you ask me!



The Wine!
Australia has several wine regions such as the Borossa Valley and Margaret River, I know very little about wine so I always take a wine tour as they are a fun way to explore these areas. My favourite area is the Hunter Valley in New South Wales and we always try and take a trip there when we head back to Australia as not only does it produce amazing wine but the scenery is spectacular too!

These are just a few of the reasons why Australia is one of my favourite countries and why I keep going back there and I am rather jealous that Polly will be moving there! Have any of you been to Australia? What are your favourite things about this wonderful country?

Daydreams of Summertime || A UK Lifestyle Blog
http://www.daydreamsofsummertime.co.uk/

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

{GUEST POST} Easy Valentine’s DIYs

While I'm travelling in Asia, I've got a couple of lovely guest posters filling the silence. Today's guest post comes from the wonderful Catherine from Sprunting. I recommend checking out her lovely lifestyle blog! Although Valentine's Day is just over a couple of weeks away, this gives you a chance to think about making some of these wonderful DIYs, whether for your loved one or your bestest friends. Thanks Catherine! x

Nothing beats a handmade Valentine in my opinion - it’s thoughtful, unique and often easier on the purse strings too! Going back to basics with a sweet handmade gift is really what the day of love is all about for me, not overpriced roses and cheesy cards (though I do love a good cheesy card). I had a sweet little DIY I was going to make especially for this post, but apparently January is doing a fast one on us and I don’t know where the days have gone!

Instead, I thought I’d put together a little round-up of super sweet gifts to impress your nearest and dearest. Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to just be about your other half, I love making it about friends and family too; at my primary school in New York we made our own little letterboxes and then doodled cards for everyone in the class, and a couple of years ago I threw a girls’ night in for all my friends with prossecco, cupcakes and Breakfast at Tiffany’s on DVD.

I’m always amused by Valentine’s gifts round-ups on blogs, because I’m pretty sure most blog readers are girls (especially the blogs I read) and I can’t imagine my boyfriend making me a frilly pillowcase stamped with love hearts, but a girl can dream, right? The best part about these gifts is you can make them for anyone - sisters, girlfriends, mums and even colleagues!

1. Whoopie pies - these have been on my list of things to make for ages and I still haven’t gotten around to it. I would roll the sides of these in hundreds and thousands so that the icing would be completely coated and then wrap them in brown paper and ribbon.

2. Designlovefest paper lockets - the bright colours make these hearts more fun than soppy. I did actually make one for my boyfriend last year (minus the frilly trim) and it even has its own spot on the hallway shelf!

3. Design*sponge garland - I saved this picture on my desktop years ago and trawled the internet to find it again! The beauty of this is it works beyond Valentine’s day and you can easily switch out the cards for different notes and trinkets as the year goes on. I can imagine those letters take forever to cut out…mine might just say ‘Be Mine’.

 Now some gifts for the guys - though I would welcome any of these with open arms myself! 

 1. Leather key rings - I actually wanted to make these for everyone for Christmas, but I never got around to it (seems like December has a habit of running away from me as well!). You could use a funny nickname or just something practical. OR, why wait until the 2016 leap year, just go ahead and write ‘Marry Me’ if that’s how you feel!

2. Cardboard stag head - awesome, right? Such a clever idea and think of the animals you could make! The ones pictured are actually from Fab, but you can find a DIY template here

3. A bespoke bar - this is the one my boyfriend would appreciate the most, that’s for sure, but I have a feeling those bottles wouldn’t last too long… I would make this a bit more masculine and pack bottles of spirits, chunky glasses and craft beers into one of those old wooden crates. Whether you’re loved up, single or somewhere in between, Happy Valentine’s Day and don’t forget to let me know all about your homemade gifts!

Whether you’re loved up, single or somewhere in between, Happy Valentine’s Day and don’t forget to let me know all about your homemade gifts!

Catherine Sprunt
http://www.catherinesprunt.com

Saturday, 17 January 2015

Singapore








Greetings from Singapore! We arrived yesterday after a 15 hour flight via Mumbai, and it is HOT. We've been staying with Alex's uncle and aunt for a night before heading off to Cambodia today. Singapore is humid, lush, and there is so much to look at - every building is different (and there are some crazy ones!). We went to a hawker's market yesterday for food which was delicious, a walk along the quay, and then out for amazing Mexican food and cocktails. Oh and lots of dips in the pool. Alex and I woke up at 2:30am last night (jetlag is a killer) so feeling pretty tired now! 

Apart from a couple of guest posts, I won't be blogging over the next month but will be on Instagram so follow along if you aren't already :) x

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

3 ways with RUGS

When it comes to floors... I'm a fan of wooden floors throughout a house (one day I will have a hardwood floor!). But there's nothing like stepping out of a bed onto a softness, or adding colour, pattern, and warmth with rugs. They're also GREAT for renting when you end up with a sludgy green carpet in your bedroom (hello uni flat). In fact I went through a bit of an obsession with buying little rugs/ throws, and so I've put together three ideas to use rugs in the home in slightly different ways.

1 // LAYER UP
Create a laid-back, bohemian vibe with rugs mix and matched and layered over each other. This is also cheaper/ easier way of covering a large surface area than putting down a wall to wall carpet. Stick to rugs in a similar shade/ tone and with all-over patterns.
2 // VINTAGE IN THE KITCHEN
I love the look of vintage mixed with modern. How amazing do these worn vintage carpets look against a more clean polished background? It puts them in the limelight even more than if they were used in a more traditional way. I'd stick to dark colours though, and keep away from the washing up/ cooking area. 
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Vintage Anatolian Patchwork // Persia Reloaded 1412 // Persia Reloaded 1431

3 // ON THE WALL
We stick massive paintings on our walls so why not a gorgeous textured rug to create a cosy and luxurious feel? This idea would look great in the bedroom, perhaps used as a headboard. This is a lovely way to use a rug you might love but you find too bold to use on the floor. Or one that you think is too special to be trodden all over! 
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What do you think of these ideas? Are you a carpet/ rug/ or bare floor kinda person?! x

This post was in collaboration with Bazaar Velvet

Monday, 12 January 2015

Just a Minute + Happy Monday


This is going to be a bit of a random mish-mash of a post. But the last couple of weeks have been a bit of a mish-mash in general and I wanted to capture them somehow so that when I look back at this time, it's not a complete blur. I had my last day at work on Friday, and then a leaving party in the evening and it all felt very strange but exciting. I was blown away by my wonderful colleagues, friends, and family, and had so much fun on Friday night. I put together a little round-up list - I love reading bloggers' lists like these so thought I'd do my own....

Eating // Diet extremes - Avocado on toast and smoothies and then a pile of brownies
Listening // To Sia's new song Elastic Heart. Big Sia fan over here
Writing // So. Many. To. Do. Lists.
Feeling // Grateful for all the love and presents over the past week. Totes spoilt guys
Drinking // So many chai lattes and also an interesting rum punch I made on Friday night
Working // On applying for jobs in Australia
Reading // Lena Dunham's Not That Kind of Girl. Hilarious! If you're a fan of the HBO show 'Girls', you'll love this
Planning // Creative projects for the future! Stay tuned.
Remembering // To breathe
Wearing // The few Winter outfits I have left after we shipped our boxes to Australia (jeans + stripes, classic)
Smelling // The White Company Orange Grove diffuser we have in the bathroom. SO GOOD.
Spending // Time with my family, and having quality Mum + daughter time
Waiting // To get on that plane
Trying // ...and failing to get to bed early every night
Dreaming // Of warm weather and beaches
Running // Along the River Thames in the cold and sun
Wanting // To fast forward time but also pause it. Can't do either so should probably forget about this one...

And a bit of happy inspiration for your Monday...

I came across two posts that I loved this week, and have bookmarked to come back to. Firstly, Rosie's New Year's Resolution to go easier on herself. I know I'm not the only one who also needs to do this. Especially with social media being around now, we see everyone else's successes, which is great, but also sometimes makes us feel like we have to do it ALL. Then there's Freya's lovely post on choosing happiness. This is such a great idea for helping us to appreciate day to day life instead of having negative thoughts.

Have a good week! x

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