I’ve been doing lots of stuff recently. Here’s a snapshot of life through my Instagram lens…
Next SS12 press day
I always have such a great time at the Next press days and blog events. The team at Next always put in that extra effort to make bloggers feel welcome and included, which I really appreciate. It can be a little awkward when events include both journalists and bloggers, especially if the brand treat the two parties differently, so it was lovely to mingle with the pros for the SS12 preview then go off with the bloggers for afternoon tea, cocktails and chats at the Covent Garden Hotel.
Clearly I had one too many cocktails at this point because I don’t have a single photo of the afternoon tea – rest assured it was delish. As was Next’s SS12 collection – hello candy colours!
Polaroid ‘Best Under The Sun’ press day
After Next, Winnie and I met Kristabel for the Polaroid press day. The brand is celebrating 75 years of design by re-releasing some of their classic styles, and their press day was more like a museum tour with vintage frames from as far back as the 1920s. I loved seeing the development of the brand through the years and was particularly enamoured with the 50s – gotta love those cat-eye shades!
I always try to cram as much as possible into my trips to London, so as well as press days and meetings I also hit up Cyber Candy and Liberty – two London landmarks (at least of the retail variety) that are always worth a visit.
Wooden bunting c/o Next and vintage suitcases made into a bedside table
Back in Leeds, I decided to go for a slight bedroom redesign. I hung the adorable bunting that came in the Next goody bag from the beam – doesn’t it look cute? If you follow me on Pinterest you’ll know I am OBSESSED with beams, and I think adding a bit of bunting is a great way to create a feature.
The vintage-suitcases-as-bedside-tables thing has been floating around the web for ages and as I’m somewhat of a suitcase hoarder, I decided to give it a go. I love it – it’s now the main focal point of the room.
Wearing a Diesel parka, Matalan dress and Hunter wellies for a snowy Sunday lunch at The Mustard Pot
It snowed. Great. I’m not a huge fan of snow, especially after Christmas and especially if I’m on a charity shop binge when it starts coming down and have to navigate across Leeds to get home. But once I had my Hunters and parka on (both TK Maxx bargains by the way!) I was good to go and Rob and I warmed up with a tasty Sunday roast at one of our favourite local restaurants.
January GlossyBox (c/o) and a peek inside my makeup bag
I’ve been receiving a GlossyBox every month for a while now and think the concept is great. When it comes to beauty I know what I like (and what works) and tend to stick to it, so anything that encourages me to try new products is a winner in my book. I’m also a bit of a beauty snob so I love the high end focus.
I’ve been reading more beauty blogs recently (gh0stparties, British Beauty Blogger and ETCLLYMLRS are my favourites) and although I love them, they are TERRIBLE for my bank balance. Much more so than fashion blogs – it seems so much easier to invest in a new foundation than a new outfit. And as you can see from my abundance of products (pretty much all bought in the last few months), I’ve been investing heavily!
My desk at Duke Studios and the BBC Yorkshire building which is right by my office
The most exciting news I have to share is my recent move into a shared studio. I’ve been running my own business since June last year and a few weeks ago I wrote about the peaks and perils of freelancing, one of which is working from home and how hard it can be. I know it sounds all fun and games – working from bed in your PJs, eating your way through the fridge, never wearing proper shoes – but after 6 months it was wearing me down.
When I heard about Duke Studios I was instantly interested and after a visit, totally smitten. It’s astounding that there’s never been anything like this in Leeds – a city packed full of creative individuals and independent agencies – before. Duke is a collaborative working space filled with likeminded people, and I rent a desk within it. I have all the freedom of being my own boss but within a creative agency environment, which has done wonders for my productivity. And the Not Bored Room is something else – more on that at another time.
So, that’s what I’ve been up to. It’s been a busy few weeks to say the least!