We Brits simply love to talk about the weather. And I do have to start this blog post by rejoicing in the fact that Spring has started to pop up in and around Manchester.
Yes, we may not be spending our days in the park sunning ourselves with a chilled Starbucks, nor have we said goodbye to our winter coats and boots. But the season is definitely upon us as bright yellow daffodils have started to bloom and make our otherwise dreary day, that little bit more colourful.
I’m in a bit of a reminiscent mood today as I can’t quite believe we are almost at the end of March and I haven’t written a blog post yet. I wish I could turn around and say that the reason for my absence has been down to me jetting over to South America, devouring cocktails and salsa-ing my way back to Manchester… but unfortunately that’s only occurred in my dreams.
Instead I’ve been busy in work and living my life away from my laptop screen – by that I mean shopping, spring cleaning (read: dancing around my apartment) and visiting family & friends.
I feel like in the past few months I have definitely said goodbye to my student life. Perhaps it was time, but I honestly think I’ve officially hit the ’20-something mark’. I could think of nothing better than snuggling down on my sofa with a cup of tea, catching up on my cookery/house searching programmes whilst browsing Etsy’s home-ware site.
WILD... I know, oh to be turning 23 I tell ya!
I decided to give my apartment a bit of a ‘facelift’ and aimed to inject a bit more life into it. At the beginning of the month, I sorted through the majority of my overflowing cupboards and essentially gave my place a new lease of life. But just how can you give a little loft flat (where you can barely squeeze more than three people in) a ‘new lease of life’? By shopping, I say!
With that said, rather than spending every Saturday in town searching for the perfect dress – you can now find me browsing Home Sense, Next, Marks and Spencer, Debenhams and TK Maxx desperately searching for new pillows, mugs and photo frames to fulfil my addiction. Although, I should mention last week I bought this gorgeous, coral dress which I think will be perfect for summer evenings – and I’ve just spotted several other dresses I plan on buying… oops!
But boy, when all my little bits and bobs come together, it feels like a home – my home. And so here are a few of my latest and favourite purchases which I’d like to share with you!
Let me introduce you to the most comfiest and cushiony cushion in the whole entire world…
I spotted this while browsing the endless shelves of Home Sense and as soon as I saw it I just had to buy it – a bit of a random purchase considering I went in to buy some biscuit cutters! I just love the dark navy blue colour, the velvety feel of the cushion and of course the text, which actually makes me sing ‘Empire State of Mind‘.
My Mum had been raving about a local charity shop which has opened in our little home town and whilst visiting one weekend, I popped in to see what treasures I could find. I had been looking for authentic plates with a bold pattern which would be great for my food photography and so, from the corner of my eye I found this…
Is it weird to say a plate almost hypnotised me? Yeah? Well, in all honesty the pattern on this quite frankly did so. It’s hand-painted and was originally used to hang on a wall as a decorative item. I won’t be using this to eat from, because it’s not exactly a regular dinner plate – but rather I’m going to use it for my food photography to really liven up some dishes! I think it’s amazing what you can find in charity shops so if you are looking for something a little different, take a look and you’ll never know what you’ll find – and needless to say, the money goes to an amazing cause.
I’ve been searching for a dressing table for so long and luckily my Mum found this lovely little gem. It’s an absolutely perfect fit for my apartment and I just love the mirror and drawer compartment – which manages to keep all my hair grips in one place! I don’t have a proper seat for it yet, but I’ve spotted a great heart-shaped stool which I can’t wait to buy.
At the beginning of this year, I made a few promises to myself. One of them was to read more often.
I have so many books scattered around my apartment and my parent’s house that I could actually open up a book store! Whenever I go into Waterstones, I very rarely leave without buying a new book. So far this year I’ve read The Last Hundred Days by Patrick McGuinness which is based upon the Romanian revolution. It was so interesting to see what life was like at the time of the revolution and I learnt so much, which in parts actually mirrored my Mum & Dad’s experiences.
The next book I read was the ever so popular Fault In Our Stars. I had been warned that it was a very poignant and powerful book. When I started it I was determined not to get upset, but after a couple of chapters, my goodness my waterworks started to flow! It was written with such a beautifully honest and humorous tone which I didn’t really expect. I haven’t watched the trailer for the movie yet, but I am really intrigued to see how the movie will match-up to the book… and when I do go to watch it, I must remember a tissue!
I’m currently reading The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out Of The Window and Disappeared – another book which is soon to turn into a movie. The first thing that attracted me to this book was of course the title; it made me smile and I felt really intrigued by it. I’m about half-way through and it’s a really interesting, fast-paced and action-packed book especially due to the crazy storyline and characters. The author writes with a truly unique humour which is rather entertaining – so, so far so good!
Once I’ve finished reading The Hundred-Year-Old Man, I can’t wait to start The Wolf of Wall Street as I wholeheartedly loved the movie. And after that? Well, Leonardo DiCaprio is waiting… but unfortunately it’s just his biography!
Aside from buying home-ware, I’ve also gone a little Oasis-crazy and bought some new clothes to brighten up my otherwise wintery wardrobe including…
My Spring tweed coat (pictured below) which I absolutely love – the colour, fit and style – it seems to just go with 99% of my wardrobe and I am so pleased with it.
A lovely black and white floral shirt which is the lightest and softest shirt that I own. I love wearing it with my spotty trousers and heels for work or simply with a pair of black skinnies and flats for the weekend.
For me, Oasis, Mango and Zara just go hand-in-hand and I always manage to pick something up in their stores. Whilst out shopping earlier this month, I picked up a sparkly sequinned top from Zara to add to my top collection. Even though I have something extremely similar from ASOS, I thought it was too good to miss and I just know I’ll get plenty of wear out of it all throughout the year.
I think the shops are starting to get a lot more colourful clothes as the season progresses, and I just can’t wait to indulge in all of the pretty pastel colours. Speaking of that, for anyone who knows me I have always bitten my nails. For some reason I could never quite ‘kick the habit’, but as I said earlier at the beginning of the year, I made some promises. Another promise was to finally give up and to simply stop biting my nails… and yes, I succeeded!
They may not be pretty and I don’t have a particularly long nail-bed, but they’re getting there! Last week I decided to treat myself and I bought my first YSL La Laque Couture nail varnish in the colour Corail Divin. Every time I wear it I feel so summery and it’s a really pretty, feminine colour. Plus, it lasts so long – I wore it for over a week and there were minimal chips, which for someone like me who can’t simply can’t paint nails, is very handy indeed!
I’m so happy to see what Spring has in store and I’m even more excited at the prospect of Summer being that little bit closer! I thought I’d just blog to catch-up and share a few of my favourite things over the past month so I hope you’ve enjoyed it.
Also a whopping-big thank you to everyone who has read My Story With Romania – I’ve had a phenomenal response and I am so ecstatically happy! It’s a real pleasure to be able to share aspects of my life and for me to essentially feed by love of blogging and writing. I hope over the forthcoming months I’ll have more fun adventures, favourites and updates to share with you.