My New Office Desk Space _ Interiors

Living on my own for the first time in my life means that I have complete freedom to decorate and furnish my home exactly how I want to. My funds are rather limited though so I’ve been tackling one room or section of a room at a time. At the top of my list was something I’ve been dreaming of having ever since I started blogging nearly 3 years ago: A cosy but functional office/creative space.

It has taken a while to pull it all together (I painted the room at Christmas and then it didn’t get touched for about 2 months) but finally it’s ready, so let me take you on the tour!

A Tour Of My New Office Desk Space

The walls were previously painted in colour but it was all looking rather dated and dark as the room sits in the shade. I opted to brighten it up by repainting the walls in my favourite shade, Sail White from Crown. Not only does it brighten the room to help me stay focused when I’m working, but it also doubles up as a perfect white background for my photography too. Now all of my blogging can be done from one creative space, whereas previously I had to lug white boards around the house which was a right faff!

The Desk Of Dreams

My New Office Desk Space _ Interiors

My biggest purchase was my office desk which I am totally and utterly in love with, to the point where a couple of my blogger friends have come to visit and the first thing I’ve said is “would you like to see my desk?”

It’s a smooth curvy number from Dwell and it’s in a gorgeous glossy white. It’s also wipe clean which means I don’t have to worry too much about what I put on it. So far it has coped with splodges of foundation, melted chocolate, spilled coffee and much more.

Once again it’s multi functional and makes the perfect photography flatlay surface too!

Desk Essentials

I always feel more productive and less distracted when things are tidy and in their place but when I’m working on a post I often need lots of items around me to refer to. This might be products I’m reviewing, accessories for styling photos, information packs and press releases and of course my trusty notebook and pen (nothing beats a handwritten To Do List!).

My New Office Desk Space _ Interiors

I found this beautiful rose gold tray via Georgie’s gorgeous inspirational ‘dressing your desk‘ post on As You Wish UK. It’s from Kiki K and it’s perfect for keeping my paperwork together.

I specifically wanted a retro style office flip clock and knew it was fate when I found this one which mirrors the rounded design of my desk.

My New Office Desk Space _ Interiors

My two copper baskets are from a seller on Not On The Highstreet. I use them to organise the products that I’m writing about that day and as a magazine/book rack so that I’ve got something to flick through when I’m taking a break.

My New Office Desk Space _ Interiors

As much as I love decorating the house in fresh blooms, this can be really bloody expensive to keep up! I came across Cote Noire at The Ideal Home Show who specialise in the most incredibly natural looking faux flowers. They were so popular that it was difficult to get past the crowds but I persevered and I am so pleased with my purchases!

My New Office Desk Space _ Interiors

Desk Accessories

My New Office Desk Space _ Interiors

My New Office Desk Space _ Interiors

I opted to soften up the stark monochrome with soft pink, rose and yellow gold accessories in candles, cups and plant pots. I’m really pleased with how these little trinkets have brought the space together and make it feel feminine without being too sickly sweet and girly.

My New Office Desk Space _ Interiors

…I did have to carry the fluffy pink cushion through a busy shopping centre though after Tesco didn’t have a carrier bag big enough for it. That’s dedication to the cause!

Office Desk Details

Hudson Desk White | Dwell | Buy it here
Retro Flip Clock | Amazon | Buy it here
Wire A4 Copper Tray | Kikki.K | Buy it here
Copper Baskets | Lisa Angel Homeware and Gifts via Not On The Highstreet | Buy it here
Notebook | Oh Deer | Buy it here
Mongolian Pink Cushion | Tesco Direct | Buy it here
Faux Flowers | Cote Noire | Bunches not available online, but website here
Nourish: Mind Body and Soul Book | Amazon | Buy it here
Scented “Light Up The Room” Candle | Kate Spade | Buy it here
More Scented Candles | Baylis & Harding | Bought mine in Tesco home section, website here
Alphabet Letter Mug | Matalan | Buy it here
Succulent In Gold Dipped Plant Pot | Tesco (bought in store)

I hope you enjoyed my office desk space tour. Next time we’ll explore my new lounge, but in the meantime I’m going to celebrate my new space with a cuppa!

My New Office Desk Space _ Interiors

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Peterborough Showcase Cinema De Lux Oscars Bingo

Well blimey, it has been AGES since I last posted! What have I been up to you might ask? Well, mainly working, revamping my entire house and trying to cram in sleep sometimes which hasn’t left me with much free time to do anything else recently!

I did manage to escape to the newly refurbished Showcase Cinema in Peterborough with my friend Tiffany though for a relaxing girl’s night to watch Fifty Shades Darker.

Peterborough Showcase Cinema De Lux Oscars Bingo

My local Showcase Cinema used to have a reputation for being rather old and past it’s sell by date (think sticky floors and rickety foam seats) but thankfully those days are over! Rebranded as a Cinema De Lux, the Peterborough Showcase Cinema has had a super swanky refurb with lots of gadgetry to satisfy my inner geek and make the whole cinematic experience more fun!

In the lobby we bought drinks and took our cups over to the dispenser to mix and match flavours and create our own perfect fizzy combination.

Peterborough Showcase Cinema De Lux Oscars Bingo

We ordered popcorn and figured that if we ordered one sweet and one salty bag, then we could mix those together too.

…what we hadn’t counted on was that the ‘large’ popcorn size is actually ginormous! As in, bigger than my head ginormous! Look at the size of it!

Peterborough Showcase Cinema De Lux Oscars Bingo

In the screen room we were delighted to discover that the cramped, fold up seats of old have been replaced by super spacious electric recliners. I’ve never felt so comfy in a cinema chair before! Usually I’m a complete fidget; constantly crossing and uncrossing my legs and shifting in my seat but with these babies I hardly moved a muscle during the film.

Peterborough Showcase Cinema De Lux Oscars Bingo

So what about the movie I hear you say! Well, it isn’t going to win any Oscars but I thoroughly enjoyed it nonetheless! It’s a bit raunchier than the first one once it gets going but it’s funnier with it and is really quite a sweet romantic movie overall (umm… that is if you ignore Mr Grey doing a few weird things like command his former flame to ‘stay’ like an obedient dog or that time he takes his new girlfriend to his former dominatrix’s hair salon, because THAT was always going to be a smart move wasn’t it Christian?!).

Speaking of the Oscars, I arrived home one day to find a massive box of goodies waiting for me. Showcase Cinemas had made sure that I could watch the awards show in style by supplying me with champagne, sweeties, popcorn and everything that I’d need to play Oscars Bingo during the ceremony.

Peterborough Showcase Cinema De Lux Oscars Bingo

I was going to watch it on Sky the next day as they always show the highlights in the evening, but in the end I stayed up to watch the show live and had so much fun chatting and playing the Bingo with other night owls on Twitter that I didn’t go to bed until gone three.

Peterborough Showcase Cinema De Lux Oscars Bingo Peterborough Showcase Cinema De Lux Oscars Bingo Peterborough Showcase Cinema De Lux Oscars Bingo

I was a bit miffed the next morning though when I realised that I’d fallen asleep just before the whole Best Film debacle. (If you don’t know about it, they announced the wrong winner who then went up and was halfway through their acceptance speech before being told that they hadn’t won after all – cringe!)

After a really fun Oscars week, it was soon back to a life of work and decorating. The good news is that it’s almost all done now , which means that I can reward myself with another trip to the cinema most probably – Logan and Kong both look promising!

Big thanks go to Showcase Cinemas for not only spoiling me rotten, but also treating Peterborough to such a cutting edge cinema that we can be proud of at last!

LovedByLaura
Disclaimer: The lovely people at Showcase Cinemas welcomed me to experience the new Cinema De Lux on a complimentary basis, however all views are honest and my own. (I mean, what’s not to love about squishy reclining seats after all?!)

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Winter Home and Beauty Favourites Liz Earle PerfumeI always have a kind of inner struggle as to whether to write posts on my favourite purchases or brand discoveries, simply because I don’t want to constantly encourage you all to spend money! However, I’d be lying if I said that I don’t get excited by new shiny pretty things and the simple pleasures that they can bring, so here are a few of the different products this month that I really got to know and love.

…because if you ARE going to spend money, let me help you make sure it’s on something that will make you feel good and pop a smile on your face!

February Feel Good Home and Beauty Favourites

Etta French Jewellery Candle

Winter Home and Beauty Favourites Liz Earle PerfumeMy sister lives hundreds of miles away and we can go for long periods of time without more than a little chat on Whatsapp, so it never fails to amaze me that she still always picks out the perfect present for me.

The latest was this beautifully packaged, incredible smelling candle from a company called Etta French. The rich spicy fusion of nutmeg and cinnamon and warm flickering glow has been helping to keep my home snug and cosy on the coldest February days and nights.

Winter Home and Beauty Favourites Liz Earle Perfume

…but that isn’t even the best bit, because there’s a hidden surprise inside too!

As it melts you start to see a little packet emerge and eventually you can pull it free with a pair of tweezers. Folded up inside is a beautiful necklace, but you won’t know which one until you open it!

Winter Home and Beauty Favourites Liz Earle Perfume

I wasn’t really sure what to expect quality wise but the necklace is really beautiful and I’ve not taken it off since. I’ve even had several friends ask me where it’s from. I think this is a really lovely feel good present idea – maybe one to consider for Mother’s Day!

Rosie for Autograph Lip Glossy – Shade Super Model Smile

Winter Home and Beauty Favourites Liz Earle PerfumeThis lip gloss was one of the items featured in the Marks and Spencers Beauty Advent Calendar last Christmas. I’m so glad it was in there because I’d never really consider M&S for my makeup, but now that I’ve tried it it’s become a real favourite and I use it most days now!

Winter Home and Beauty Favourites Liz Earle Perfume

It hasn’t got that horrible sticky feel that I usually associate with glosses, instead the formula is buttery smooth. It’s a beautifully flattering dusky nude pink shade too which enhances rather than covers my natural lip colour.

Liz Earle Perfume – Botanical Essence No.9*

Oh my word the Liz Earle perfume bottles and packaging are just so pretty! SO. PRETTY. Yes I know that I should be starting this by talking about the scent but I mean come on, look at how gorgeous it is!

Winter Home and Beauty Favourites Liz Earle Perfume

Ahem. I’d better actually talk about the scent hadn’t I?!

I know it’s not everyone’s cup of tea but I like my fragrances bold and seductive and tend to go for the ones that are described as evening fragrances or ‘intense’ versions. Spicy, woody and fruity notes are my favourites.

Winter Home and Beauty Favourites Feel Good Liz Earle Perfume

Botanical Essence No.9, however, suits my signature scent style down to the ground. It mixes fruity top notes of Blackcurrant Bud, Bergamot and Red Ginger with a heart of exotic Damask Rose and Osmanthus and then a woody base of Oakmoss and Haitian Vevetier to form a rich spicy, evocative scent.

Although I do sometimes wear night time fragrances during the day I think this one is much better kept for evening wear. It’s perfect for date night as it will basically make you feel 100% more delicious!

Thank you to the Liz Earle team in John Lewis, Queensgate Shopping Centre, Peterborough for helping me find my perfect match!

Alexi London Moon Cluster Ring*

Winter Home and Beauty Feel Good Favourites Liz Earle Perfume

Okay firstly, apologies for the weird ‘half on my finger picture’ – I don’t actually wear it like that but it was the only way I could get my camera to focus on it as it’s such a dainty piece! Anyhoo…

I fell in love with this moon cluster ring as soon as I saw it in the Alexi London collection. It’s a mere whisper of a sterling silver band that feels smooth and weightless on with a crescent cluster which glints as it catches the light. Sometimes I wear it on it’s own but more often than not I pair it with rings of other shapes and sizes for an eclectic look and really like how it works with them all.

Winter Home and Beauty Feel Good Favourites Liz Earle Perfume

I often buy costume jewellery bits from Primark or H&M but they do tend to leave my finger a bit green/grey after a few wears. I’ve had no such trouble with this piece so the extra bit of investment (this one is a still reasonable £25) means that I can keep on wearing it again and again!

Alexi London have also very kindly given me my own discount code to share with you all for an extra way to feel good about your purchases! If you want to treat yourself to a gorgeous bit of new jewellery just pop LOVED10 in the box for a 10% discount!

…I am now debating whether to treat myself to the matching earrings… what do you think guys should I go for it? What are your feel good favourites at the moment?

LovedByLaura

*Disclaimer: Items marked with an asterisk are PR samples, however I only share things that I truly love and want you all to know about!

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I haven’t really wanted to do a happy list in a while. I think my last one was October and then… well… things weren’t great. Guess what though? I’m moving on. I’ve pulled myself together, put on my positive pants and am now VERY much ready for the December edition.

Here are a few of the things that have been making me smile recently…

A lick of paint

The Happy List - Moving On

After lots of cleaning and a thorough clear out my house has been looking a bit bare. I can’t afford to do everything that I have planned yet, but I treated myself to some decorating bits so that my lounge (or as I like to call it now The Snug) could get a lick of paint and a spruce up. Although it’s not quite ready to show you, the first coats are on. I can see my home starting to slowly take shape and become my very own in a totally new way. Not only am I moving on, my home is too.

A long time ago… Avon Beauty Connects

The Happy List - Moving On

Back in the Summer Avon asked if I’d like to guest blog on Avon’s Beauty Blog. I was completely amazed and excited by the prospect, but frustrated too because so much other stuff was going on in my life that I just couldn’t fit it in.

But that was then and this is now!

If you pop over to the Avon Beauty Blog you’ll find that my first post is now up – it’s an easy, sparkly makeup tutorial. I AM SO PROUD RIGHT NOW I COULD BURST!!! *Ahem.*

I get by with a little help

Mum

We may bicker constantly (there have been plenty of ‘Arrgh mum stop nagging me’ moments recently) but deep down we both know she means well and can always be counted on for her never ending support (and painting/cleaning skills!). Thanks Mum!

I get by with a little help from my friends

The Happy List - Moving On

The Happy List - Moving On The Happy List - Moving On

I’m not the sort of person who cries very often or even really likes to open up and talk about feelings, but my friends have made it really easy for me to talk things through when needed and given me some absolutely stellar advice. They’ve also had me laughing so hard sometimes that I’ve had tears rolling down my cheeks. Thanks girls, you’ve been amazing! xxx

Lucky Sunday

The Happy List - Moving On Ombar Chocolate

Speaking of friends, I saw stacks of them last weekend at a meet up that my two incredibly talented friends Pippa and Sophie organised. Not only did I learn lots from the guest speakers, but I won a photography day with Jessops (which I’m sure I’ll report back on once I’ve been) and a selection box of chocolates from Ombar.

Oh.
My.
Days.

This chocolate uses raw cacao and all natural ingredients. I’m working my way through the range which include some truly scrumptious and unusual flavours. My favourites so far are the Goji Berry and Strawberry Mylk chocolate bars and the Cocoa Mylk Buttons.

The Happy List - Moving On Ombar Chocolate

Proper Coffee and Gadgets Galore.

Remember my Christmas wishlist post in which I said my dream ‘money no object’ gift would be a Sage Appliances Coffee Maker? Well the lovely team invited me along to have a go at being a barista for the night using their range of coffee machines. There will plenty more on that in an upcoming post, but as this is my happy list here’s a sneak peek of me in my happy place – making a cuppa!

…and with that I’m off to make a coffee. How fitting! 🙂

LovedByLaura

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John Lewis National Christmas Jumper Day

Hey guys, happy National Christmas Jumper Day! Are you wearing a suitably garish knit to honour the occasion? I am! I was supposed to be wearing mine into the office but have ended up working from home today. Boy oh boy are the Amazon Prime delivery men in for a sight when I open the door in my very own, handcrafted Christmas puntastic monstrosity masterpiece.

If you’re currently looking rather sensible in your smart suit or uniform, there’s no need to get FOMO because there are still plenty of opportunities to break out one of these bad boys. And that brings me to a really fun idea for something to do with your family and/or friends over the festive period. A ‘Make Your Own Christmas Jumper Craft Party’!

John Lewis National Christmas Jumper Day

I got inspired to suggest this to you all after having a blast at the annual John Lewis Christmas bash. It’s become their tradition to invite a bunch of bloggers down to London and issue them with a fun crafting challenge. An evening of eating, drinking and being generally Christmassy and merry ensued this year as we attempted to turn one of John Lewis’s gorgeous knitwear items into a festive wonder.

John Lewis National Christmas Jumper Day

Now some people are wonderfully creative with a flair for arts and crafts. Then there are people like me. Give me a pencil and tell me to draw a circle and I’ll end up presenting you with something that looks like a squashed peach. Luckily, a Make Your Own Christmas Jumper Party isn’t about creating something that John Lewis would actually stock for people to buy, it’s all about having a giggle with your friends and family and making something unique that Bridget Jones and Mark Darcy would wear!

All you really need are some good fabric scissors, craft glue and some things to cut out and/or stick on your jumper! Think ribbon, felt, buttons, glitter, fabric swatches… anything goes!

John Lewis National Christmas Jumper Day

I watched in admiration as the girls around me expertly made elbow patches and shoulder trims, added sequinned felt antlers to Buster the boxer…

John Lewis National Christmas Jumper Day

…and transformed a simple red stocking into The Grinch!

John Lewis National Christmas Jumper DayJohn Lewis National Christmas Jumper Day

My effort? I kept it simple by cutting out some felt letters to spell out, ahem… ‘MEOWY Christmas(sorry I know that’s so bad) and then glued these and some pretty buttons onto my jumper.

John Lewis National Christmas Jumper Day

Despite my lack of skill and completely basic design, it turned out better than I’d hoped and I still smile now thinking back to what a fun evening it was.

John Lewis National Christmas Jumper Day

On a side note did I mention that I’m wearing mine now?  I used this jumper from the John Lewis Weekend Range* which was really quite gorgeous before I got my hands on it and snuggly soft! There are loads more to choose from here too.

John Lewis National Christmas Jumper Day John Lewis National Christmas Jumper Day

A big thanks go to John Lewis for supplying me with the gorgeous knit and all the crafting essentials needed and to Talented Talkers for organising such a great night.

John Lewis National Christmas Jumper Day

Would you hold a Make Your Own Christmas Jumper Party? How would you decorate a jumper to make it truly festive?

LovedByLaura

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