Tuesday, May 21, 2013

LIVE: SMALL APARTMENT - DESK SPACE

Come August, I am finally moving out of my current apartment which I have been living in for the past two years. Now that I am more familiar with London and the different suburbs, I am so excited to move somewhere which is more me - i.e anywhere away from the 'yummy mummy' stepford-wives and Antipodeans / 'Saffas' of where I currently live!

London apartments are notoriously small. Couple that with the fact that a lot of twenty-somethings move into house/flatshares and exist predominantly in their bedrooms, design cheats for small spaces could really help with making you feel like you have more space.

Creating the illusion that your room / space is bigger than it actually is can be done in a number of ways. Using large mirrors, monochromatic colour schemes and creating height in the room are a few examples; however I am currently obsessed with using glass or clear / tinted perspex furniture for that ghostly effect and impression of space. My current bedroom has a massive wooden desk which takes up so much space and is hideous. I would love to replace it with a stylish glass desk like the one below, which would create the illusion of more space, as well as being far more chic.


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John Lewis has a great range of home accessories, that would compliment my dream desk space, which I have recreated above. Bright accents and interesting ornaments would go perfectly with carefully selected artworks and posters, finished off with an interesting arm chair or something more modern - in fitting with ghostly furniture, this would be perfect.

The heart chalkboard would be so perfect with a touch of DIY - personally I would love to paint the frame a bold neon or even better, glitter it up.

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Saturday, May 18, 2013

LOOK: GIG-GITY

OMG, I can't even deal with how lame the title of this post is but YOLO, so it's happening!

Last night I went to the Alt-J concert which took place at my favourite London venue, Brixton Academy -  I love that it feels like you are in an outdoor venue (I tweeted my thoughts about the concert if you are interested).

Anyway, I thought I would take a quick snap of what I wore. Black, gold and layers, a pretty standard outfit for me. The background is hideous and I've cut off my feet because I was wearing pumps and my feet are doing that weird side thing which I hate (you know what I mean right?), but I really loved this outfit and wanted to share.

Next time I wear this ensemble I will pair it with beloved, but neglected creepers for a little bit more of an edge. I love the juxtaposition of very feminine outfits with harder, edgier elements.  

Dress - H&M
Waistcoat / Shirt - Primark
Belt - Asos
Bag - TopShop
Leather Look Leggings - Scarlett & Jo at Evans


Saturday, May 11, 2013

LIVE: CORNWALL ROAD TRIP

Easter feels like FOREVER ago! Luckily as it is May, we are in the month of Bank Holiday weekends (with one more just around the corner) so I still have a bit of relaxation to enjoy before a vibrant, busy Summer.

As I'm sure I've mentioned before, I love travelling around the UK. Europe is amazing and I love experiencing the huge variety of cultures; but the  rich history, beautiful scenery and proximity of Scotland, England, Ireland and Wales to London, makes it inexcusable not to explore. Don't even get me started on my love of accents!

As my lovely friend and subsequent housemate has taken a short departure from London life to work on the production of an exciting well-known British TV series, in a tiny Cornwall town, myself and nine of my friends decided to spend our Easter break in her neck of the woods. We stayed in a beautiful converted church in Kilkhampton, which albeit a bit creepy was really cosy and sported amazing gothic design elements.

On the Saturday, after a night out in the local pub, we visited Padstow a gorgeous sea-side village dominated by the presence of Rick Stein and Cornwall's infamous ice cream and pasties.






Far too short, but a well-deserved and fun, memorable break for everyone. I'm currently planning a few more trips this year including Northern Ireland, Stockholm, Denmark and, as I am not going back to South Africa in December, somewhere fun for New Years (suggestions welcome!)