Saturday, 25 October 2014

Duvet Day Essentials!

Following my post about my blanket cardigan, it sparked a conversation on Twitter with Nadja about 'duvet days'. Often we only indulge in the opportunity to do almost absolutely nothing for a whole day when struck down by the dreaded flu, brought on by dodgy office air conditioning, breeding bugs, but I see no reason why having a duvet day can't be a planned time to relax and recuperate. Considering we get the luxury of an extra hour in bed tomorrow, it seems the perfect time to put together a list of ways to enjoy a perfectly indulgent duvet day.

Good Preparation
For me, any good duvet day starts with the preparation. Once you've got yourself cosied up in your little nest, the last thing you want to be doing is having to extract yourself, in order to get some vital missing element of your relaxation party.

Even though your having a duvet day, this is not an excuse to be a slovenly madam, so actually having a shower and putting on some clean jammies, and fluffy socks will make the whole thing seem indulgent, but clean at the same time. Lounge wear is completely your call, but you'll mostly find me in some tartan pj bottoms, long sleeve tee and thick fluffy slippers. If I want to get extra cosy, the obligatory onesie is also available. The great thing about layering up is you can add or remove said layers dependant on time of day, warmth and cosiness factor.

Duvet Vs Blankets
I'm a bit of a fussy one in that I hate getting into an unmade bed at the end of the day, so I will tend to have my duvet day in my lounge rather than in my bedroom (being actually in bed all day is definitely a sick day thing) so I like to have loads of fluffy blankets, cushions and pillows to form my sofa bed for the day

Flicks
Any decent duvet day is defined by how much trashy TV you can subject your eyes to. OK it doesn't have to be trashy TV, it can be quite frankly excellent TV and a decent selection of films. With the massive choice through so many on demand TV services now such as Netflix there's plenty of scope for series marathons whatever your into. Currently we have been catching up on some fantastic series from over the last couple of years which are about to renew, so in preparation we have been watching Broadchurch, Sleepy Hollow, The Blacklist and Downton Abbey. We are also building up Gotham and The Flash for future marathons. How about an Marvel Movie Marathon or a Harry Potter-athon?

Eats
This is where your good preparation comes in handy, because hopefully you should have pre-bought plenty of good snacks! Duvet Days are not for cooking! Crisps, Sweets, Popcorn, and Cheese and Crackers all make good duvet day eats. Once the evening rolls around then pizza is always great for eating on the sofa, either frozen and straight into the oven, or the ultimate in indulgence, a takeaway version. (Duvet Days are also not for dieting dontcha know!) By using one of the many online takeaway services like Just Eat you can even pay by card and have it delivered right to your door, without the worry of not having quite enough cash when the food turns up. Double result!
If you fancy something a little more homemade but without the effort why not try a cake in a mug recipe like this one Gillian shared previously. Add a good dollop of ice cream and its like you've spent the day baking without all the clean up!



Drinks
Everyone has their view on perfect duvet day drinks. Because my hubby doesn't do hot drinks he'll always opt for fizzy pop of some variety, for me I always like a good cup of tea! One thing we can both agree on though, is the need for hot chocolate with all the trimmings!

Books
If your an avid reader, the idea of a day spent wrapped up in cosy blankets, with a hot chocolate in hand, doesn't stir up images of how much TV you can binge watch, it gets you excited about how many books you can read! Everyone's view of a duvet day is different, and if I'm spending it alone I'm more likely to spend some quite time with my nose in a book being transported to a different time or place. Marathon TV watching is often best shared.

You may also use this as a good opportunity to catch up on what is probably a rather neglected Bloglovin feed. Grab hold of your tablet - you don't want to be encumbered by your laptop today!

Fur Babies
Bit of an optional extra this one, but if you do have furry friends of your own, particularly if you allow them on the furniture (yes we do its naughty!) a snuggle with the pup and the puss add a little extra snuggle factor!

So there you have it, my perfect duvet day tips! No prizes for gessing what I will be doing tomorrow, and getting an extra hour of it too!

What are you duvet day essentials? How will you be spending your extra hour tomorrow?

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Primark Blanket Cardigan





I've always been a big lover of autumn/winter fashions. I feel so much more comfortable in a big cosy  knit, with a scarf wrapped round my neck then a pair of shorts and a crop top. Come summer I always feel slightly exposed as a result of my missing neck wear - I often wear my scarf indoors, even at work - and my collection of winter coats is legendary!

This season the introduction of the blanket cardigan is quite frankly genius - if there was ever a valid excuse to have a legitimate 'duvet day' and to go to work wrapped in a blanket this is it - all in the name of fashion!

I spotted this grey and white Aztec patterned number in Primark back in August, and its been languishing in my wardrobe waiting for the weather to drop enough to warrant the wearing of such a snuggly gem. Grey has fast become one of my preferred 'neutrals' in my wardrobe, as I find it is much softer than a stark black can be. Dressed up with skinny jeans, in that staple autumn shade of burgundy, with matching fedora, this is certainly a go to outfit on a weekend-ly basis. 

Blanket cardigans can often be slightly shapeless as they are, for all intents and purposes, a blanket with arm holes in, so I like to belt mine to make it look slightly less sack-like. Although, your just as likely to find me in a pair of leggings and fluffy socks wearing this in its full blanket form - there really is no better way to fashionably snuggle right now!

This one has been out of stock for a while, but I have seen some on eBay, and there are so many versions in the shops rights now, hopefully I've inspired you a little on wearing blanket cardigans.
 

Monday, 6 October 2014

A very BBB Wedding

When I canvassed on twitter whether people were interested in just seeing my wedding DIY's or seeing a general overview of the day it was a resounding yes to the whole shebang. However choosing a sample out of over 1200 photos was pretty hard work.

Knowing bloggers love the details  I figured I would focus on some of the details of our wedding (obviously interspersed with lovely pictures of me and my husband). I genuinely loved wearing my wedding dress and didn't want to take it off - it pains me that I'm never going to have a reason to wear it again! 

Most of the details of our wedding I DIY'd and will be showing some of these in the future, as at time I did find it really difficult to find tutorials for some of the ideas I had.

Anyway, in celebration of our one month anniversary here's a selection of photographs from our wedding.






















Photography: Chequered Leopard Photography//Dress: New York Bride// Custom Cake Topper: Etsy//
Highland Wear: Greenwoods Menswear//
Bridesmaid Dresses - Bridal Belles //Venue Styling - Keith Woods Entertainment

Thursday, 2 October 2014

Primark Statement Necklaces



What with having to save every penny of late, I haven't been properly shopping in ages. Whenever the reins on the purse strings are released, Primark is always my first port of call. Overall I didn't actually buy that much in terms of clothes - I was in desperate need of some basic vests and my underwear drawer was ready for a bit of a clear out and a replace (isn't it funny that just wearing new underwear makes you feel like you've got something 'new' on, even if no one else can see it?) - but I did pick up a few new accessories, including these two statement necklaces.

The great think about a statement necklace is that it doesn't matter how plain your outfit is, as the necklace adds its own level of interest and individuality.

I love the combination of grey and pink and wear both of these colours quite often. Its perfectly girly and is dressy and sparkly for a night out outfit. This rounded short gold necklace has fast become a staple in my work wardrobe, as it's great for those patterned tops, where you want a necklace to enhance rather than take over, and plain round neck tops.

I'm pretty impressed with my new Primark beauties - and at £5 each they are also pretty bargainous too! I also think that when something hasn't cost a fortune, I don't feel so bad if I don't get that much wear from them.

Have you bought anything from Primark recently?

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