I was invited to their Christmas launch (Blog here) and I was so utterly impressed and surprised by their products that I wanted to create an epic garland for the front door. We were so so pleased with our brand spanking new front door in its bright yellow that I wanted to create something pretty wow to frame it and really make a grand welcome for all our guests over the Christmas season. Did I mention we are hosting a Fake Christmas Dinner for 16 this weekend?!!! Anyway - slow, deep breaths required! Back to the garland, so above here is a little snap of the door pre-chrismassification (yes that is a word). So to create the garland this is what I did! I also created a stories collection (aka Highlight) on my Instagram so if you prefer a video then head here.
6. I then laid the berry garlands on top of the green and tried to make sure they are as centred as possible, so if you have any lengths of bare green garland, these are at the edges and equal in length (Approximately). I then attached the berries to the main garland again winding the branches around each other to get them to stay how I wanted and I also kept the lights on at this stage so that I can appreciate where the lights were in relation to the foliage and berries, also it looked pretty and motivated me!
7. Next step was applying the sparkle, as I didn't have enough length of the gold sparkle fronds (not sure if that is the correct term to describe them) I took each one apart by unwrapping the ribbon around the wire frame and basically pulling each separate frond apart, this left me with two piles of different sized fronds (and a lot of glitter). I then went around fitting the individual sparkly fronds onto the garland in a relatively balanced way. Again each one has a metal wire backbone so relatively easy to wind around and attach to the garland. This created a really bespoke and expensive looking garland for a fraction of the cost!
8. Hang it! So this all depends on what type of house you have but we have crazy hard bricks in this house so a while with my percussion drill and some heavy duty screw eyes gave me the sturdy base to hang the garland off with some extra wire. Plug it in and enjoy the visual feast! Et Voila! you are done!
As always pleas let me know what you think and comment below! xoxo
Hello Everyone! Welcome back! I am super excited about revealing to you this fabulous collaboration I have been involved with Christy to promote their latest bedding range. Christy are a company based in the North West with a long history of looped cloth production, founded in 1850! When the team from Christy and I were in talks about a collaboration I was so excited! I can hardly begin explain what a privilege it is to work with such a lovely company. You must have seen their infamous Wimbledon and Ascot towels everywhere on social media and on TV.
I revealed on my stories a while ago that we received a lovely package from Christy and I've gotten around do doing some styling with these beautiful products. I choose the Deco Bed Linen in Platinum for a classic look (I love classic white sheets in my bedrooms). These wonderful 300 thread count, 100% cotton sheets are super silky soft and the quality is evident as soon as they came out of the packaging! The plain white sheets have a slight sateen quality to them that makes them feel uber luxurious and the embroidered trim in a platinum colour finishes off the look. I have used a combination of the Oxford pillowcase with their standard pillow case and paired it with the Amalfi Throw and Pillowsham in Midnight blue. This is a super king bed in the main bedroom and I love how lush it looks with all the fluffy pillows and the superb linens.
I decided to experiment and also style up my guest bedroom with the flat sheet, which also has embroidery on one edge and reuse the Amalfi Pillowsham and throw again here. Both of these styled up bedrooms have turned out equally lovely and I cant wait to get into bed and snuggle up! I'm sure my guests in the double guest bedroom (pictured below) will feel equally lush!
Hope everyone is well! I just wanted to jump on here and tell you all about the event I was so graciously invited to last week. This was the AlCapone watch launch which my newly befriended norther blogger, Mr. Luke Christian invited me to.
A quick word about the talented Luke! We first met on Instagram a few months ago and have been trying to plan a day of blogging for a while but our diaries are as mad as a box of frogs so when this launch date came up and we were both free it was a pleasure to finally meet the man in person! He is interested in grooming and lifestyle, both also interests of mine, but he has an added string to his bow. He is deaf and it was really great to discuss the virtues and differences that he faced on the blogging sphere and on social media in general. He has some great ideas and plans coming up, so head over to his website/instagram for more info on him and his work.
The AlCapone watch launch was held at the stunning Grand Pacific restaurant and bar in Manchester. It was originally built as the Reform Club for the Liberal Party Elite back in 1871. It was the perfect scene for a 1920s vibe launch party. For those of you who have never been, let me set the scene! There is a grand swooping staircase when you arrive lined in dark tropical wallpaper which leads you up to an impressive light installation with loads of foliage and birdcages housing Edison bulbs and a bright reception room lined with magnificent palms and cosy seating areas.
We were immediately ushered trough the grand dining room, where a jazz singer in a gorgeous red dress was singing some glorious classics which with the welcome glass of fizz and the massive brass palm leaf chandeliers hanging overhead added to the glamour of the evening. At the back we met the designer MickeyC of Paccioni who spoke to us about the watch and its inspiration. He said that one day he was called by an auctioneer friend of his in the states who had heard about the sale of the original pocket-watch that belonged to the most infamous gangster of all Mr. Al Capone. Mickey told us how the unique shape of the watch, being triangular was the inspiration for producing his new range.
Different watch faces can be chosen from chrome or gold with or without sparkle in two different sizes, all with a pearlescent back. Interchangeable leather straps are available with the watch. The range available was black, brown, pale grey and electric blue. I chose a large gold face with a brown main strap and a blue strap to change to for when I want to mix things up!
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