Tote of the Week: Kate Spade New York Colourblock Tote from Gap

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Kate Spade New York Tote (£59.95) Via Gap

Have you seen the limited edition collection from Kate and Jack Spade for Gap Kids? Alongside colourful and playful childrenswear, there’s also a couple of tote bags in there for good measure. How could I resist featuring one this week?

Hope you all have a super spooky Halloween weekend!

P.S On the hunt for a new bag? Take a look through my previous tote bags featured!

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52 Lists: Your November To Do List

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  • Go on a trip to the seaside
  • Visit the Christmas Markets in Manchester
  • Go Ice Skating
  • Drink hot mulled wine outside
  • Buy a new jumper
  • Research lots of slow cooker recipes
  • Write a Christmas list
  • Have a blog overhaul

 P.S See my previous lists here as part of the 52 lists project

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At Home: WW9000 Ecobubble Washing Machine Part 2

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The Samsung WW9000 Ecobubble washing machine is the coolest thing we own. I’m not entirely sure what that says about us, maybe we should get out more, I’ll have to think about that. It’s that cool I’ve lured friends to the cellar (cue horror music) just to show them our smarty pants wonder, and jumped around with glee when the drum light comes on (it’s very special).

Since my last review I’ve tried many functions (and functions within functions) and I can safely say it’s awesome. For the first month we primarily used the Auto Optimal Wash option which uses four separate sensing technologies to measure the size of the load, detect the amount of dirt to automatically select a cycle and then dispenses the right amount of water and detergent. As I’ve used this function a lot it automatically saves our preferences ready for you to select straight away. Nifty!

Other functions I’ve tried are bedding, super eco wash, cooking and dining, delicates, working and everyday.  For people with big families there are really useful functions too including child lock, active kids, active sports and baby care.

Being so technically advanced could seem daunting but the touch screen panel is very easy to navigate. I’ve used far more functions than my previous dial button machine primarily because it is so user-friendly. I’m hoping, in the long run, this will help make our clothing last that little bit longer.

Samsung ww9000 washing machineSamsung Smart Home App

Then came the smart control. In my previous review, I wasn’t particularly excited about this option. Then I synced up the machine to my phone and everything changed. Oh my. Firstly, we live in a world where we can control our home appliances by our mobile device?! Let’s stop and think about that for a second. Crazy stuff.

With this function, I can start, pause and check the time remaining on the wash cycle; particularly handy when I’m up in the office and have lots of washing to do. I’m also able to operate it whilst out of the house. So, when I’m due to come home I can start the machine and arrive home to clean clothes ready to pop in the tumble dryer.

Ecobubble washing machine

The unobtrusive and minimal design really is something special and let’s face it if you’re going to use something everyday then it might as well be stylish too. The machine is of course an investment at £1700, but if you have a big family (with different washing needs), and you live in a modern home, this smart machine might just be ideal.

Samsung features in detail:

Full Touch LCD Screen
A large 5”, full touch colour LCD screen lets you select the type of garment, water temperature, spin speed and type of detergent, with the touch of your finger.

Smart Control
Smart Control lets you remotely control and monitor your Samsung washing machine using an App* on your smartphone. From anywhere inside or outside the house where there’s a wireless network, you can instantly start or pause it and keep an eye on cycle selections, remaining time and finishing alerts when the cycle is complete. *Wireless network required. Available for iPhones and Android devices

Super Speed Wash
A twin water supply speeds up filling and shortens rinsing times by using a Speed Spray to shoot powerful jets of water at your clothes. As a result, it can complete up to 5kg of washing in just 60 minutes.

Digital Inverter Motor
The Digital Inverter Motor delivers superior energy efficiency, minimal noise and long-lasting performance backed-up by a 10 year motor warranty.

Eco Check
Eco Check lets you manage how much electricity and water you use in each wash. Before starting a program, you can request a forecast of expected energy and water consumption, so you can choose the most efficient and eco-friendly performance.

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Laundry/utility room inspiration

To sum up, I love it. My favourite features include the blue crystal door (because I’m lame like that), the touch screen display, smart control and automatic dispensing function (for practicality) and the variety of smart functions available for different lifestyles. Now I just need a beautiful laundry/utility room to do it justice. Again, another sign I need to get a life!

Disclosure: I was sent the Samsung WW9000 Ecobubble Washing Machine for review purposes.

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Bookmarked: Loela Jewellery

Mint-Pink-Suede-Black-White-Beads-Necklace_largeMint and Pink Suede Short Necklace (£10)

I spotted these little gems via the online shop The Little Dear, but the Manchester based label LOELA, also has a website, if you fancy a gander. Fashion graduate Laura Baker, not only makes this playful and bold range of jewellery but designs and makes her own line of clothing too.

Loela       Beaded Bracelet in Mustard, Pink and Bottle Blue (£10)| Beaded bracelet in Mustard, Black and White Polka (£13) 

My eyes have been wandering towards bold and contemporary jewellery lately, anything that can change the look of simple outfit from blah to hurrah. But I’m not a big fan of blingy jewellery so this chic and fun collection has my vote for sure…especially the polka dot number above.

Loela necklacesMustard, Bottle Blue and Pink Beaded Necklace (£22) | Leather Thong Necklace With Brass Bar (£15)

 I seem to be wearing lots of black lately so one of these pieces might just cheer up the Johnny Cash look I have going on. Perhaps teamed with skinny jeans and a chunky knit?

Loela1 Mint Green Suede Bracelet (£8) | Bracelet in Brass Tri in Blue £8)
 

Which is your favourite piece?

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5 Positive Things To Do This Week #106

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  • Have a pumpkin carving night.
  • Listen to these autumnal tracks via Julia Ogden’s blog.
  • Wash all the cushion covers in your house – it refreshes your rooms with a nice scent!
  • Treat yourself to a flask or travel cup to cheer up your commute. Here’s some of my favourites!
  • Buy someone an unexpected gift, just because.

Brew up and see my previous 5 Positive Things To Do posts here.

 

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At Home: Nature Indoors

nature indoorsAll images via the nature indoors pinterest board.

The more I live in our new home the more I want it to be a very simple and calm space, especially before Christmas descends and I fill it with ALL THE DECORATIONS.

There are so many ways to achieve a simple and calm look in a home (great storage for one) but one of my favourite tips is to decorate it with house plants, and lots of them. They’re affordable, come in all shapes and sizes and never feel like they clutter a room. Instead they emphasise corners, walls and windowsills and create character and charm.

Photo above: I love these plants against a backdrop of sheer white floaty curtains. A great way to soften a room and a lovely look for a bedroom.

Plants in the homeAll images via the nature indoors pinterest board.

A simple table, stool or plant stand can create a unique display.

Nature in the home                                                                      All images via the nature indoors pinterest board 

Mix-matching plant pots to make a decorative shelf | Large plants on dressing tables and sideboards creates an elegant display | Cacti are perfect for filling small spaces and can last a very long time.

Plants in homeAll images via the nature indoors pinterest board.

Plants don’t only live on windowsills. Look at your ceilings and walls too | Group plants together to create a plant corner in a room.

PlantsAll images via the nature indoors pinterest board.

Monochrome interiors contrast well with plants to create a modern but homely feel.

What are your favourite type of house plants?

Disclosure: Collaborative Post.

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