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I redecorated - A look into my new Bedroom

Now that the smell of wet paint has finally subdued it's time unveil my new room!
Well it isn't actually new, I've lived in the same flat for the last two years but I've finally gotten round to decorating it the way I want it and I couldn't be happier with the finished product! My gorgeous mum came down a few weeks back to help me paint the walls and chalk paint the furniture along with styling the interior - yes imagine an episode of Changing Rooms, that was us! Eventually after an exhausting five days the transformation was complete and I'm so excited to finally share it with you guys and give you a mini tour of sorts.



Basically what happened was I first of all decided on my colour palette, created a Pinterest board (obviously) and then slowly but surely ordered a whole heap of goodies to compliment the theme. I wanted everything to be white in order for the room to look bigger than it actually is, so the walls and ceiling were painted white along with all of the furniture being painted in white chalk paint from Annie Sloan, if you haven't heard of chalk paint, check it out because it honestly has the ability to transform old and tired pieces of furniture into new, stand-out fixtures! On top of the white, the colour theme I wanted was dusty pink and grey with copper highlights.
So yeah, welcome to my bedroom tour, hope ya like!

My mission was to make the room cosy and chic and a stylish spot that I'd happily work in on the days I have to work from home. I wanted pastel colours, a fresh, light and bright feel and lots of different textures on the bed itself. I'm pretty happy with the overall results I must say!
I have to give a shout out to the amazing team over at Amara - the ULTIMATE luxury gift and designer home ware destination. They collaborated with me and helped me realise my overall vision by kindly gifting me some of the most beautiful pieces! 
I can not rave about the quality of their pieces enough!
SHOP THE ROOM
 Herman Stool Grey
https://www.amara.com/products/herman-stool-light-grey-ochre

Amara sheepskin seatpad Rosa
https://www.amara.com/products/new-zealand-sheepskin-seat-pad-long-wool-rosa

Alcove fitted sheet Super King
https://www.amara.com/products/alcove-fitted-sheet-white-super-king

Nimbus feather & down duvet Double
https://www.amara.com/products/goose-feather-down-duvet-10-5-tog

Cote Noire Rose Bouquet
 https://www.amara.com/products/rose-bouquet-clear-glass

GPO Retro record player Blue
https://www.amara.com/products/attache-record-player-blue

Tyne Mohair Throw Dusky Pink
https://www.amara.com/products/tyne-throw-dusky-pink

Thetford Mohair Throw Slate
https://www.amara.com/products/thetford-throw-slate

 Red Copper Lamp

Ray-ban Glasses print A1

White frame A1
https://www.amara.com/products/white-picture-frame
 
Brass Monogram Letter

Brass Wire Baskets

K Candle 
Marks & Spencer (Sold Out) http://www.marksandspencer.com/

Cushions
Assorted from Primark & TK Maxx
 
Jewellery Dish
Primark

I hope you enjoyed taking a sneak peek into my bedroom and working space, if you have any suggestions of other places to find amazing home ware I'd love to know! It's a continuous project and I want to keep adding in different accessories to update the room seasonally so please leave your comments below to where I should look.
K x

BAM! - The moments that define us

You know those days that sometimes just come lurking up on you...
You know the ones, where you're having a perfectly normal, happy, productive week then BAM! Just like that you fall from hero to zero and feel like complete and utter sh*t...yeah, those. They creep up on us for a variety of reasons, be it an insecurity that's reared its ugly head, seeing a picture of your ex with a new girl (yes it's been years, yes I do irrationally expect him to be single forever - sorry bout it) or simply that feeling of impending doom when you dare think about your future. Regardless of why, it happens, it happens to us all and *spoiler alert* this post isn't going to tell you how to tackle it and have it never happen again, sadly its part and parcel of life. But a problem shared is a problem halved right? And sometimes just knowing you're not the only one going through it makes it all seem that little bit better.
So as a blogger/over sharer here's mine. I was in bed one morning last week doing my daily social media checks and updates and up pops on my 'people you may know' section on Instagram a picture, a picture of...lets call it 'the girl who got the guy.'
 Yep, there they were, the two of then looking all happy and loved up and seemingly not having a care in the world...and there I was just sat staring thinking of everything I'd experienced in the months prior to me seeing this post. But the BAM! Didn't happen then, oh no! That's far to obvious. After a quick Insta stalk (oh come on we all do it) I put my phone down and got dressed for the gym, it was a Thursday and so my 12 o'clock spinning class was on the agenda.
So off I went, not a care in the world, ready to get sweaty and cycle my butt off!
Scarf - Maison Scotch, Glasses c/o - Rayban via Pretavoir, Jacket - Zara,
Jeans c/o - ASOS, Trainers c/o - Boden, Bag c/o - Boden
Photography - Zoe Griffin 
The class is amazing (shout out to Artur at Puregym) but hardcore and I'm always guaranteed to leave not only looking like I've had a shower whilst fully clothed but pumped with endorphins and ready to face the day head on...but that's after the class. During it's both physically and mentally tough, sprints, climbs, intervals - it's a goody but a toughie.
Anyway, midway through the class I was lagging, fatigue had hit and I was struggling to complete my final sprint...that's when it happened, the familiar lurk...the BAM!
Suddenly the image I'd scrolled past earlier that morning was playing in some sort of looped slide show in my head. Straight away I felt it, that sinking feeling, that feeling of 'I'm not good enough.' making comparisons and basically coming to the conclusion that I must just be horrible, ugly and generally just shit at life. As I continued to cycle away quite literally trying to spin the thoughts out of my head I heard Artur start the 10 second countdown until our next sprint interval and within those 10 seconds I took a moment and figured no matter what I do, I will never be anyone other than myself and I should bloody love that! So these pictures/thoughts, whatever and whenever they decide to enter this little head of mine can do one of two things, they either ruin my day, leaving me miserable and unproductive eating a pack of dough-nuts whilst watching gossip girl re-runs in bed OR they spur me on, to be the best I can be, to push myself and to accept that who I am and what I do is just as good as anyone else. Yes... a lot of thoughts fitted into these 10 seconds and which did I go for? Option number two (yay) It's a rarity but this time round I didn't let the BAM! pull me down, instead I let it push me up, push to to be better.
 The countdown ended and off we went. I'm proud to say I reached a personal best with my speed and RPM on the bike that day *fist pump*
It is so important to not compare ourselves to others. It is hard, especially with social media not to see a picture and instantly scroll off a list of why they're better, skinner, healthier, prettier...etc but no!
It can have such a negative effect on our mental health, I've made a huge effort in the last few weeks to not allow those thoughts to enter my head and I not only feel happier but I feel so much more confident in my skin. If I ever choose to change anything it should be because I want to and not because I've seen a picture of someone else leading me to think I'm not good enough.
We all have our own BAM! moments in one way or another, whatever the trigger may be but next time try, try to do as I did and turn that BAM! around, grab it by the balls and say 'not today hun, bye Felicia!'

K x

Specs appeal

 Today we're talking one of my favourite topics... GLASSES!
I'm sure you're all aware by now that I am a daily wearer of spectacles and that I bloody well love em!
They've always been my way of adding interest to a simple outfit. I mean no they are not purely an accessory of choice, I do indeed actually need them to see but my love of glasses has always been there since I began wearing them age 10. My collection - which I recently shared over on my new youtube channel is quite extensive and is growing at a rather rapid pace. I have them from a variety of brands in a variety of shapes, styles and colours but my absolute number one glasses brand of choice has always been my beloved Ray-Ban.
Oh Ray-Ban, I mean even just hearing the name makes me think of those uber cool rock and roll vibes. Ray-Ban has just always been the cool kid on the block when it comes to eye wear right? I have a number of sunglasses from the brand and one pair on the Ray-Ban Icon Glasses that can be seen in this post. But new on the scene are these babies, my new go to guys and the pair that are fastly taking over the top spot in the glasses steaks, the gorgeous Ray-Ban 7098's in colour - Havana. They're a kind of a mix between a classic wayfarer and aviator shape and I adore them! What's even better? They were an absolute steal at £98 from the babes at Glasses Direct.
Glasses Direct is Europe's leading online prescription glasses retailer and they offer an insane collection of glasses for both men and women. I have a few pairs from the site and have always been so impressed by the easy ordering process, delivery speed and the quality. They also have a great home trial set up, where you can choose several pairs to be sent to your home, try them on - get your friends and flatmates opinions and then return the unwanted pairs back....for free!
I am so in love with my new addition to the specs family. They just complete that geek-chic look so perfectly! Whenever buying glasses I think it is SO important to find a pair that you actually want to wear and that suit you and your style to a T and these are definitely them. 
I feel great whenever I wear them and so far each time they've come out to play I've been complemented on them, bonus!
They are statement for sure but I'm totally ok with that. I think they set off even the simplest of outfits and leave me feeling bloomin' fabulous!
Do you wear glasses or are you a Ray-Ban lover yourself? I'd love to hear your opinions on what you think of my new specs. Leave a comment below and if you have any suggestions of other glasses brands I should try out I'd love to know!

K x
*This post was kindly sponsered by Glasses Direct but all opinions, short sightedness and love of all things Ray-Ban are my own*

Photography by - Zoe Griffin