May 20, 2017

MAKING OUR HOUSE A HOME IN SINGAPORE

When you've moved around about five or six times in the past few years, making a house feel like a home seems to get a little easier every time. In the UK I've lived in Preston, Chester, London and Northampton before moving to a completely different country a million miles away, to Singapore. 

After viewing only a few condo's (high rise apartments) in Singapore, we both fell in love with a super modern apartment that was completely brand new. The kitchen, the bathrooms...everything.  However, after a few 'minor disagreements', the fiancé started to question if it was going to be the right place for us as we had originally wanted a place with some character.  With some gentle persuasion, I said goodbye to my dream modern apartment and we came to view a place in Tiong Bahru and I'm so glad we did! It has all the character we wanted (and more) and even though it's still a work in progress (we don't even have a kettle yet for goodness sake!), with a few finishing touches it's already beginning to feel like home. 

So here's a few bits and pieces we've picked up from Ikea and Homesense. Hopefully this little tour isn't boring for you and you can gain some interiors inspiration if you're setting up home and looking for some colourful new additions. 



Everything in the above photo is from Ikea again! I love the colourful pastels they have in at the moment. They are perfect for lifting white furniture! 



 The three little birds postcard pictures are from Ikea and the shelf below currently has cards and photos of our nearest and dearest! 


We are very lucky that we love the original tiled flooring and also a glass chandelier or two as they were already in when we arrived. Our last favourite home in Northampton had colourful glass chandeliers too so when we viewed this place it seemed to be a bit of a sign that it was the right choice for us!


The dining sets and mats are from Ikea but the coasters were a lovely gift to us!


 I couldn't resist these silly monkey cups from Ikea, so tropical! Love them...


The coffee table was also in when we arrived so we've added some coffee table books (always an essential), candles and a silver tray also from Ikea!


Ruairidh (the fiancé) is planning to cover a wall with records so we're collecting a few as we go along!


The very green view from our new home! Our place lets so much light in which is another key feature.


 I was so happy when I stumbled across Singapore Elle Magazine as that's one thing I really miss from the UK, the amazing choice of magazines we have! This colourful throw is from Homesense and we've got two for our sofa at the moment. They are so soft and really add a pop of colour as our sofa is dark grey and would be a little gloomy without them. We still need some cushions though!


 Here's the original tiles in our bathroom. I'm such a lover of prints so I was over the moon to see these colourful tiles.


 Finally, here's the pretty chandelier that was already installed in our bedroom which I love! I would have taken pictures of the wardrobe but that's for another post completely...

Hopefully this has given you some kind of interiors inspiration but it is still very much a work in progress so hopefully we'll have more furniture and a kettle(!) when I do the next progress post! Thank goodness for Ikea and Homesense with their super reasonable yet stylish homeware goods.
Thanks for reading and comment below with any amazing home finds/brands I may have missed!
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May 15, 2017

AMAZING BRANDS I'VE DISCOVERED ON INSTAGRAM

Without realising I spend hours of my day scrolling through Instagram feeds and often feel like I'm wasting precious time. But to contradict myself completely, I do love the way that a browsing session can quickly lead me to a new fashion brand, that statement piece my wardrobe 'needs' or I'll spot some amazing style inspiration that will give me some fresh ideas so who can blame me for my Insta obsession?

I do think social media creates a constant shopping wishlist in my head, but to say I've discovered these fabulous brands through that whole process, I can forgive Instagram just this once! 

So here's a few brands that are well and truly on the top of my Instagram wishlist:

Rae Feather 

Have you even seen more gorgeous personalised basket bags in your life? Featuring fun pom poms or monogrammed detailing, these bags have totally stolen my heart and I'm hoping to snap one up soon! As I'm living in Singapore now, these bags are super practical but will add a fun edge to any outfit. The brand also has some stunning homeware pieces as well as other beach accessories so make sure you take a peek at their website over at www.raefeather.com

I mean who doesn't love a colourful pom pom and their initials printed on their bag? 

Beach bag game = strong!




Base Athletica 

As silly as it sounds, nothing motivates me more to go for a run or head to the gym than some new active wear. If you feel great and you're looking good whilst breaking a sweat, I feel I'll be even more determined to get a few more of the dreaded burpees over with! (Let's be honest, we need all the encouragement we can get when burpees are involved!)

Base Athletica is a brand I've only discovered in Singapore as it's pretty popular out here and from what I can see, the prints are amazing, the quality looks great and best of all the tops are padded and the leggings are high-waisted, giving the most flattering look all round. I'm going to be trying a few pieces at the end of the month so look out for a post on their gym wear soon! They also specialise in swimwear and styles for yoga too so here's the website if you fancy a browse > www.baseathletica.com.



Lilly And Lionel 

If you're a lover of prints Lily and Lionel is where it's at. Named after Creative Director Alice Stone's grandparents, this luxury British brand has beautiful floral blouses, instantly chic summer dresses and so much more. Each and every piece is so effortless and looks like it could be worn with a pair of pumps one day and killer heels and a leather jacket the next. I'm completely sold with this fun yet easy to wear collection. 

Take a look at the Lily and Lionel Collection here > www.lilyandlionel.com


What are your biggest Instagram fashion discoveries? 

Comment below and fill me in on your finds! 
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