Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Shop in the Spotlight: Mia Fleur (plus a discount for Swoon Worthy readers!)

Well, it's my last Shop in the Spotlight post of the year and boy is it a good one. Not just because Mia Fleur is run by three amazing women - mum, Jacqui, and her daughters Hollie and Amelia - but because they are also just nice, creative people with a business I've seen grow from something small and fledgling to a powerhouse of creativity and eccentricity.

After probably a couple of years of knowing Hollie on Twitter, I was privileged to meet both her and Jacqui at the Amara Blog Awards (they too were nominated in the Best Organisation blog so you should really check out their blog after you check out their wares) and they were just good fun, genuinely lovely peeps.

So when Hollie contacted me about working together, I jumped at the chance to share Mia Fleur with you all. And I'm also jumping at the chance to talk about the gorgeous little glam brass desk lamp she sent to me for review.

Now, it will ultimately go in my new office (won't it look amazing on a desk?) when that's done but I really couldn't wait to share it with you so for now, it's residing in my living room.

I adore the fluid shape which is adjustable at both the neck and the base and the combination of black gloss and brass is just right up my street.

I can't wait to use it in the new office - I really think it'll fit so beautifully in with my plans but for now, being able to admire it whilst sat on the sofa is not a bad compromise.

But of course, that's not all I have for you today. Mia Fleur have been generous to share a special discount with you all which you can claim at the end of this post! And not only that, I've done a little window shopping for you too so you can see some of my favourite pieces in the shop.

There are some wonderfully eclectic pieces - I've got my eye on those gold parrot bookends for the office too and I am in love with the geometric tea cups - I'm not sure I've ever seen anything like them and the little gold handles add such a feminine touch.  I've also wanted a set of Moscow Mule copper mugs for ages now! Definitely on my bar cart's wish list.

Anyway, enough chatting, it's time to window shop....

As promised, Mia Fleur have been generous enough to offer 
15% off for Swoon Worthy readers - just quote SWOON15 at checkout!
Be quick - it expires on Christmas Day!*

So, what do you think of Mia Fleur? Are you as enamoured as I am with their quirky selection? Any favourites? I'd love to hear what you think!

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*Offer may only be used once per person and not in conjunction with any other offer.  Excludes delivery and any items in the sale.   Expires 25.12.14

Please note, I received my lamp free from Mia Fleur for my review but as always, all words and opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the businesses that allow me to bring you new content here on Swoon Worthy. That said, I only work with companies I really like and think you'll like too!

Monday, 15 December 2014

Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree! You are so very sparkle-y!

So the Christmas tree is up and the living room has been blinged out a bit so I thought I'd share that with you today.

I stuck with the same colour scheme as in the dining room with golds and whites although on the tree, a little bit of silver made it on there as well - I do really like the look of mixed metallics and the flocked tree really lent itself well to that combination.

I'm proud of myself that I spent so little to decorate this year. The string of cotton ball lights were free from Cable & Cotton in exchange for a styling post I wrote for their own blog (so this isn't a sponsored post or anything, I just wanted to let you know where I got them from). I have to say, I love how they glow along with the rest of the tree and they matched my colour scheme so well.

Now I've taken like a million photos so I will apologise for the image-heaviness of this post but I have to say I freaking love my tree (I loved it last year too - it's clearly the flocking that just gives it a bit of vava-voom).

Oh and Meisha was helping me take photos - she's pretty useless as an assistant to be honest, knocking down baubles and chasing them across the floor. But when your assistant this cute, somehow the hassle is worth it.

As you can see, I used my little vintage coffee table turned side table and split the small tables to flank the tree on both sides. I used the blue & white vases that were on my mantle with a few inexpensive carnations to add a little bit of colour. The little fir trees that look like mini Christmas trees were picked up at my local Tesco for a mere £3.

On my coffee table, I filled my little Anthropologie hedgehog with mini glass baubles that I've had for a few years and a bowl filled with gold baubles and pinecones.

(I just love images with bokeh, don't you?? Had to be done.)

My sofa got a little bling-y as well. I just used cushions I already had but kept with the gold-white-touch of pink theme. I realised afterwards that all the cushions are from H&M Home.

I don't think I've done a "traditional" (ie., red/green) Christmas scheme in years. I think if I decorated with more neutrals, I might be tempted to work it in but with the colours in my home, a non-traditional colour scheme just works better with the stuff I already have (and let's be honest, I'm not the most 'traditional' person regardless). The bonus of this means I can still use my normal d├ęcor in different ways, making Christmas decorating a little less expensive! Bonus.

Moving on... on my TV cabinet, I just used a very old magnolia garland that I've had for eons and a couple of tealights.

And my radiator cover got a new garland (£15 at B&Q) upon which I strung baubles in gold and white and my lovely vintage brass elephant resides over it all quite nicely.

But the room really comes into it's own at night so I had to take some shots once the sun went down as well.

I love how the mirrored cabinet reflects the tree - little things like that make me very very happy.

Can I just say again how happy I am that I got a flocked tree last year? Worth every penny!

So that's my living room for Christmas! Yes, I would have loved to have done a million DIYs to fill my tree and my home but I'm not sure what it is about this time of year but it's been crazy busy (for you too, right?) and as usual, I left everything to the last minute. So, what you see is pretty much the extent of my Christmas decorating this year!

Do some years you go more OTT than others?

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Friday, 12 December 2014

Something for the Weekend: November/December

Well, I'm back with another round of 'Something for the Weekend' where I just talk a little about what's been happening in my world - where I've been writing, where I've been featured and other bits and pieces of good news. There's no obligation to read of course but if you fancy joining me for my tour o'the interwebs, then please feel free!

So let's just jump in shall we?

First up, I had a photographer shooting my bathroom for a MAGAZINE this month. Very very excited but the issue won't be out until February so hopefully when that comes out, I will definitely share it with you! And yes, my bathroom is so teeny tiny that the poor man had to do acrobatics and probably had to go straight to his chiropractor after leaving my home to get the shots. Bless.

In other good news - do you remember my post for Anthropologie on My Perfect Dinner Party? Well, I ended up winning the competition! OHEMGEE. I could NOT believe it and I have you guys to thank for that! Smoochie kisses for all for voting for me!! And happily, I was able to share my good fortune with fellow blogger Ruth from The Planned Adventure (who has a rather lovely blog, you should have a look at it) who voted for me. So we both won a £100 voucher to spend at Anthropologie - swoon. I am trying desperately to save it so that I can get a few pretties for my future office so watch this space!
I also wanted to mention that Karolina Barnes named Swoon Worthy one of her Top 5 British Interior Bloggers which is a heck of an accolade and I'm rather humbled when in the company of some other amazing blogs. Thank you, Karolina! Some good news? Karolina has been kind enough to give Swoon Worthy readers an exclusive discount - you can save 20% on any purchase by using the code SWOON1214 at checkout. She carries a great mix of textiles and accessories so do check out the shop and save a few pennies before Christmas!

I also got to contribute to a few other articles out in blogland - first for Kayu Connection where they talked about the best home improvements to make to add value to your home. There is a lot of great information from 45 different bloggers and experts so have a look at that if you are considering selling up and wondering where to put your money for the best chance of a great price.

I was also included in Amara's tips for Christmas decorating in their weekly roundup.

And Amplifound shared my article for Creating a Media Kit in their recent 'Amplifinds' post talking about useful blogger tips. There are some great links in there if you are a blogger so do check them out.

So let's get into some of the articles I've been writing, shall we?

First off, on AO at Home, I talked about the 5 big Christmas decorating trends on the British High Street. My favourite? Warm metallics of course.

I shared some Christmas mantle decorating inspiration...

I made some DIY Christmas candles too with Pine and Frankincense essential oils.

And I created Gift Guides - for him, for her and for them.

Over on FADs blog, I shared how to create a glamorous Christmas look including a couple of images from Kristin of Bliss at Home's decor which is just TO.DIE.FOR. Go check out both for some inspiration.

Over on Oak Furnitureland, I talked about 5 Common Decorating Mistakes to Avoid - my roundup of things that I see done repeatedly that are just cringe-worthy (but that we've probably all made at some time or another)...

And I shared 7 Quick Tips to Update Your Kitchen including this rather fabulous pattern extravaganza...

And finally, for a bit of fun, I shared how to create the sort of Christmas you see in American films...

On a more personal note, I also managed to go 4 whole weeks without any processed sugars or alcohol! It was really really difficult in the first week but I've surprised myself with how easy it became as time went on. In fact, while I've gone back to a few drinks at the weekend (because I'm sorry, you can not keep me away from wine), I've managed to continue avoiding processed sugars even though I completed the 4 weeks - which as a lifelong addict of sugar, is pretty remarkable for me (I also managed to drop 5 lbs pretty effortlessly! Whoop!). Keep your fingers crossed that I don't end up in a sugar coma when Christmas comes because I've allowed myself a 'cheat day' and I'm not about to leave the Ferrero Rocher alone.

So it's been a busy month!! What have you been up to this month? Feeling ready for the Christmas festivities or just looking for a bit of a break?

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