Our Little Bedroom

This post has been a long, long time coming. I can't believe we've been in our new home for over 6 months now, it still doesn't feel like we've got it together. Neither of us had Hampstead on the original list of locations to live, truth be told we'd assumed we couldn't afford it. But, on one rainy day I took a phone call from an estate agent who told us about this place. We saw it that day, fell in love with it's quirky-ness and two weeks later we were in.

The flat is in an old hospital smack in the middle of Hampstead Village. The compromise was space. Our bedroom is teeny and therefore when furnishing it we had to be super clever with what we chose. Like most people in our position, neither of us had anything decent to bring furniture wise so it meant starting from scratch - which was both brilliant and slightly scary financially. 

We spent ages trolling through shops and sites for the right furniture, we knew we didn't want Ikea but also couldn't afford the luxurious "bateau lit" I'd spotted in a boutique in Paris (totally unrealistic, but thats what spending so much time on Pinterest does to you). It wasn't until we looked at Habitat that we really felt a brand "got" us. Their stuff seemed to combine the quality and the requirements we needed from furniture = we can't have it fall apart after a year, we have a small space and we need  places to store things. So, here is what we got... (small spaces, it turns out, are a nightmare to photograph - so do check out my Instagram Stories for a live tour here).

We realised that we may as well go with a king size bed as the size difference was only going to make for an awkward space against the back wall (when we'd picked the shelves, see below). We wanted a bed frame that wasn't going to break the bank but also wouldn't go out of trend. So we chose the Tatsuma, here. We chose it in the oak colour as it matches the wardrobe rail I'd already picked out here which really makes no sense to have as it takes up way too much space on the landing, but it was just something I've wanted since seeing Lindsey have the same.

As an aside, one thing I am absolutely thrilled with is our mattress. We did a lot of research and had heard about the various companies that give you an decent mattress and you pay for it over time. I was a bit hesitant (I'm always cynical of new concepts) but we found one on Eve that looked really good, here. In truth we ended up being gifted ours but hand on heart with the difference it has made to our sleep and comfort I would happily pay ten times the amount for it. I look forward to coming home to it after a holiday, no matter how plush the hotel - because our mattress is better. I cannot recommend these guys enough (the mattress arrived in a day too, which should not go unnoticed given the common wait times for home stuff) - check them out here.

We knew we needed units next to the bed as we both have quite a lot of stuff, but taking advice from an editorial Lucy did we went against side tables as you can't store things above or below them. We didn't want to overwhelm the room with tonnes of furniture either. These "ladder shelves" are perfect. They're white so they don't stick out and make the room look cluttered, but they do make the most of the space. Find them here, for £75.

For the final touches we bought a white-edged mirror to both bring some light and create the illusion of space to put above the bed, here and some copper touch sensitive lights (saves faffing around for switches) here. I also decided it was time to invest in some decent linen so upgraded my sheets to Elizabeth Scarlett, here and bought some huge faux fur cushions from The White Company sale here to give the bed some extra "luxe." As a final treat we bought a little tray so I can work in bed without ruining the fan on my laptop (apparently 50% of laptops die because the fan at the base of them is blocked when people use them in bed) here

Hope you enjoyed that little insight into our home, the next project is deciding what to do with the double height wall in the living room. Shelves of pictures?! Help!

This post was in association with Habitat and Eve Mattresses. All images, product selections and text my own.


My Forever Coat, And Other Faves

The last few posts have been focussed on me buying new things, so I thought I'd do something about the staple pieces I live in - rather than anything new (ok, there is one teeny new thing but I wasn't expecting to shoot when I took these pictures...). Having had an enormous clear out recently, it's really made me see what pieces I couldn't do without - and some of them I haven't even blogged about!

outfit credit and links at the base of this post

To name one of them, this silk shirt has been glued to me ever since it arrived. It's from Jigsaw, a brand I rediscovered last year after mistaking it as being for older women (living in an era I wasn't ready to embrace). It's so easy to wear; I pair it with jeans tucked in or out. It was perfect over Christmas as it feels like you're wearing your pyjamas when you actually look like you've made an effort... I love the cut of the lapels, they're super flattering and make the shirt much more modern. Lucky for you it's now in the sale, here.

outfit credit and links at the base of this post

The coat is also Jigsaw, and has been on my blog and Instagram a lot. It's just so damn good; much like the shirt I can wear it all the time be it for work or play. It's also incredibly warm (although you do need a scarf as the cut obviously leaves your chest uncovered) being made from British wool - which somehow makes it even more of a worthy purchase... It's in the sale and Jigsaw themselves have sold out (unsurprisingly) but John Lewis have small sizes here.

outfit credit and links at the base of this post

My jeans are from Paige, and having shopped around over the years I always seem to come back to these guys. Before the blog I would never, ever have considered investing in denim but having seen the difference in the way they last, feel and wear I'm 110% sold. It's always worth having a look in the sales for these because department stores don't seem to be able to shift the quantities they bought. Selfridges in particular still have a really good selection, here

outfit credit and links at the base of this post

My boots are from L.K.Bennett and I wear them with everything. They're wide enough on the ankle to look good with skirts, but close enough to fit under jeans. More to the point I can wear them all day, which never happens to me with heels as I've got teeny feet meaning heels stretch my arches and hurt really quickly. They haven't gone into sale, and neither should they - find them here in a few colour options (but I find the "grey smog" the most useful).

outfit credit and links at the base of this post

Last up, my steal of 2017 (we're two weeks in, but sod it). I'd been after a Gucci belt for ages but struggle with the idea of paying £200+ for a belt. So, I set about stalking them for a month on Vestiaire Collective until this one came into my life. It was listed for £120, but I haggled hard (using the Make Me An Offer function) and got it for just over £70... I'm absolutely delighted with it - it will be worn a lot. Here are Vestiaire's current offering, and do bother to sign up and set up an alert so you get an email or text the minute one lands on the site - although if any of you beat me to the tan coloured one (here) I'll kill you...

Outfit credits (click link to shop)
shirt = as worn, Jigsaw (in the sale)

Photos taken using the Olympus PL7 at John Lewis here.


The Arctic Lodge

I've been meaning to write this blog post for sometime, but life got in the way. At the very beginning of December I tagged along on one of Gus' work trips (he runs a company called HedgeBrunch) to visit The Arctic Lodge. A newly renovated chalet in Val D''Isere, this home from home is a destination with a difference. Not only is the house itself absolutely incredible, but the whole vibe is a refreshing change to the "candle at both ends" skiing experience we all know and love regret once we arrive home and are back at our desks...

Having flown in from Geneva (I flew there from another trip in Brussels and wasn't asked for my passport once, slightly worrying...) we got a transfer to Val D'sere. I'd been there before, but many moons ago and never really embraced the whole "ski life" thing. I can't ski very well at all, we never skiied as kids (as parents are more of a "get me to the beach" people) which instantly puts you at a disadvantage. I hadn't been on the slopes for five years and was more worried than excited...

all kit (both of us) Ortovox here

We arrived at the chalet, and just wow. It's everything a chalet should be - and some more. With everything from an outdoor hot tub to snuggly sofas and beds in typical "hygge" style. We were there for four days and I didn't even get to the swimming pool in the basement, as you just wanted to hang out with the guys, chill by the fire or run yourself a bath overlooking the mountains.

Remembering how to ski after 5 years was easier than I thought, but thats most likely huge testament to TDC Ski who spent a morning with all the four year old French kids on the nursery slopes with me the following day. Gus on the other hand was straight up the mountains and down again, he's frustratingly good... We met for lunch at the Arctic Cafe which (just like our chalet) made us a healthy lunch before an afternoon of doing the same all over again...

Eventually we decided we'd head back to our chalet (which you can ski to) and arrived to find the fire roaring and gluten free, dairy free pancakes with vegan chocolate spread waiting for us. I nearly died and went to heaven... Once we'd got the ski boots off (my least favourite part of the experience; clunking around in boots that make you walk funnily and bruise your shins) I stuck into a pile of them, followed by some excellent (gf, df) chocolate cake... Heck, those blue slopes don't ski themselves... I earned it.

A hot bath and a nap later, we were ready for some apres ski. I think the fact not a single photo was blog worthy tells you how fun it was... After eating at La Baraque (would recommend) where the gin and tonics were the size of fish bowls, the following morning was a challenge. How on earth the boys managed to get themselves out of bed to get on the ski lift I will never know. I slept in and came out only for the promise of Orangina and sunshine, which was honoured. Lots of you asked from my Instagram where this jumper was from, it's a brand called Perfect Moment here. Really good value for the quality... 

sweater, Perfect Moment at Net A Porter / sunglasses, Kate Spade in the sale

In the afternoon I gave a go at skiing again, I'm not quite at the stage where I'm carefree and able to relax - but not far off. More than anything it's the embarrassment of not being able to do something, particularly when there are little whizz kids around without a care in the world practically cartwheeling down the mountain face... Or at least thats what it felt like. Hey, at least I looked good (classic case of all the gear, no idea). I did a a major haul from Net A Porter's ski offering here, followed by an Ortovox order for Gus (check out the men's stuff here it's lush).

After another long day we took a trip to the lodge's secretly located sister venue, the Refuge. Piers, the founder, and his team invited us there for dinner and once we'd wrapped up warm he took us on a walk to get a proper view of the surroundings. When you have nothing but snow and rock around you, you really feel at ease. I hadn't felt this far from home for a long time, and I liked it...

So, if you're after a ski trip with a bit of luxury and no pressure to eat constant chips and cheese I'd really recommend The Arctic Lodge. I was extremely nervous for two reasons: 1, not a great skier (I'm now very much ok, as in I can get down a mountain alive without using a ski lift) and 2, because I didn't want to eat like a student as I'm trying hard to eat well. Neither of things were an issue, and I left feeling refreshed and wonderful.

Thank you to the wonderful team at The Arctic Lodge, The Lifestyle Agency, Perfect Moment and Ortovox
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