At Home/ Home Interiors
March 4, 2015

At Home: Mother’s Day with Anthropologie

Mother's DayJane Eyre c/o Anthropologie

With Mother’s Day only just around the corner (Sunday 15th March) some of us are looking for inspiring gifts to remind our mum’s how much we care.

My mum has had a pretty rough time of late with both my dad and herself being ill, not quite the retirement they both envisaged (even more reason to live in the present). So when then the beautiful Anthropologie asked to me to choose something that reminded me of my mum and the interests and quirks we share, it was a lovely reminder to focus on what is important and what makes us both happy.

Me and my mum are both dreamers. I can remember so many occasions she took me for walks in Haworth down to the Brontë Falls and imagined we were in a scene from Wuthering Heights or Jane Eyre. I reckon my love affair for period dramas (and their leading men!) came from my mum too. Have you seen the recent advert for Poldark on BBC1? Well, I remember watching the original programme (borrowed VHS from my nan) years ago with my mum and dreaming of bygone eras, and the dramatic Cornwall coast. Talking of leading men, we also both share a fondness for the northern scoundrel that is Sean Bean, especially in Sharpe and Lady Chatterley’s Lover. Oo-er missus. Oh and Aragorn in Lord of the Rings. Oh, and Daniel Day-Lewis in The Last of the Mohicans. Long friendships are made from mutual man crushes!


PlanterKerio Window Pot c/o Anthropologie

Mum cares about her home and garden so much, and you’ll always find her tending weeds and adding random accessories to the garden (fairies alert!). Now we have our own home, my thoughts have turned to our outdoor space and I can’t wait to begin potting plants, hopefully with the help of my mum. Happy distractions, my friends. In the meantime, I’m focusing on herbs for our windowsill using this gorgeous earthenware window planter. Isn’t it stunning?

Window planter



Mother's Day GiftsHampton Stripe Dish Towels and Isola Cup and Saucer (in Slate and White) c/o Anthropologie

Our final trait that we most definitely share is our ability to be happy in our own company; we are introverts and very independent. Dad has worked nights all my life so mum either had to learn to enjoy her own company at night, and during the day when he slept, or perhaps she was already comfortable with it in the first place. All I know is that like mum, I’m happy too in my own company, knowing that my lovely OH is by my side as we both do our own thing. Thinking about it, my nanna lived alone for around 30 years after my grandad passed away and was ridiculously independent too, so I think it’s something we all share and I’m proud of that.

In the evenings while dad was at work, I’d pop down from my bedroom and we’d share numerous tea breaks (Yorkshire Tea, milk, one sugar) and we’d both always leave half a cup. I’ve no idea why neither of us can finish a full cup of tea, but I’ve noticed mum has started to ask for half a cup now as if she’s just realised! Which is why I choose these stunning cup and saucers and tea towels, to celebrate all the cups of tea we’ve shared and the period dramas we’ve devoured together. They’re the perfect size for little tea drinkers like us and the most beautiful tea cups I’ve ever seen. And look at those tea towels!

Anthropologie Mugs



Thank you for reminding me of all the similarities we share, Anthropologie. I’m off to give her a call…

March 2, 2015

5 Positive Things To Do This Week #122


1. Doodle.
2. Plant some herbs for your kitchen windowsill.
3. Give your bedside table/area a clean and tidy up. Then refresh with flowers.
4. Make a list of all the simple things that make you happy. Then make sure you do at least one of them every single day. My list coming soon!
5. Make one thing this month. For inspiration read 25 New and Beautiful DIYs for Spring via Poppytalk.

Brew up and see more 5 Positive Things To Do This Week posts here.

Hebden Bridge/ Lately
February 27, 2015

Lately: Happy Distractions and Birthday Celebrations

Hebden Bridge

I’m filling my days with happy distractions right now. Squeezing every last drop out of working weeks and weekends and trying to ensure that they include smile-making activities. Two of which, walking and baking, I’m hoping are going to turn into habits, and happy habits are the best kind aren’t they?

Working freelance three days a week means I can be flexible with my time and change around my working hours when needs be. When Wednesday hits I usually hit a brick wall so I’ve decided to make mid-week happy habits and juggle my time, ever so slightly. First up, is walking with my dear friend Julia. Granted, we’ve only done it once but we’re planning fortnightly or weekly walks up into the Hebden hills to try inspire our freelance brains and discuss ALL the important things, like boys, banana bread and tunes.

Fully equipped for our adventure with walking boots, rain mac and tote bag in hand our fortnightly adventures are set to be only a happy distraction from stressy life stuff. Plus I get to buy a morning coffee from the train station to set me up for the walk. Good takeaway coffee is the best. Take a peek of our first adventure; sheep, views and two girls jumping!

honesty boxJulia ogden art jump Home hebden bridge view calderdale prancing

P.S Note how Julia looks all dandy and sweet when jumping, and I a complete berk? Gonna have words with that girl.

My second weekly habit is baking. A mid-week bake in fact. I baked banana loaf last week and I’m convinced it spurred me on that afternoon at work. It also spoilt my tea, but who cares. I still need to decide next week’s bake but I’m contemplating biscuits!

Other great things have included giving our bedroom a makeover (more on the blog soon). The best thing about the room update was sorting out a man with a van to get rid of our cardboard boxes and junk that we’ve gathered since the move. I can’t believe how empty our room looks now! Next, built-in storage. Yes indeed, exciting stuff!

Finally, it’s my birthday on Monday so we’re both having a 4-day weekend and celebrating a long fun-filled jaunt consisting of films on the projector, walks with ham and pickle sandwiches (cut into quarters), a party with family and friends, Sunday pottering and naps. Then for my birthday we’re off to Leeds for a bit of culture, shopping and cocktails. Tuesday, I’m hoping for more naps. Yay!

Have a super weekend, y’all!

Disclosure: Collaborative Post

Giveaway/ Tote of the week
February 25, 2015

Betty & Walter Giveaway

Betty & Walter

I adore Betty & Walter, so much so their tote bags have been Tote of the Week, not once, not twice but three times, including today. So it seems fitting I’ve teamed up with the British accessories brand in offering readers the chance to win a Tulips Row Mini Tote Bag and Party Rain British Cloud Purse. Hurrah!

British textile designer, Lisa Levis (nee Stickley) is the designer of unique, colourful and illustrative prints that feature on tote bags, purses, make-up and wash bags (the BEST things). But what I most love about the brand, is the attention to detail and story behind each and every design. For example, the Tulips Row pattern is inspired by her Uncle Walter who planted rows of tulips in his allotment to use as cut flowers for Aunt Betty. I know, sweet right? You can read more about Lisa’s story in the form of pictures and doodles; we share a love of trips out for breakfast and mid afternoon cinema sessions!

B&WLisa Levis Mini Tote Bag Tulips Rowlifestyle blog

Betty & Walter’s spring/summer collection has just launched and these two designs just seemed a perfectly British offering as a giveaway prize. I hope you agree? So, to the nitty-gritty!

To be in with a chance of winning a Betty & Walter Mini Tote Bag and Purse simply use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter any way you please. A winner will be drawn at random within two days of the competition closing.

Terms and Conditions: UK entries and over 18s only. No cash alternative. Winners will be notified by email within two days of the competition closing date.

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Good Luck, my friends!

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