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Wednesday, 18 December 2013

A Winter Morning At Erddig

It is no secret that I love The National Trust. As a child, I would visit countless castles and historical houses with my Auntie Marie in the summer holidays. However, it was always Erddig that I wanted to return to. The 18th- century country pile really holds a special place in my heart. I have vivid memories of spending long summer afternoons roaming the gardens and pretending I lived within it's dark corridors.

Widely acclaimed as one of Britain's finest historic houses, Erddig is a fascinating yet unpretentious early 18th-century country house reflecting the upstairs downstairs life of a gentry family over 250 years.

The extensive downstairs area contains Erddig's unique collection of servants' portraits, while the upstairs rooms are an amazing treasure trove of fine furniture, textiles and wallpapers.

It is particularly worth a look for the examples of William Morris wallpapers. These specimens are so delicate that many rooms are kept in darkness to prevent the paper from fading. There is also a marvellous example of one of the first 'modern' showers. Acting like a giant watering can, the user stood underneath whilst hot water was poured in by a kindly servant above.

The gardens also house an early example of a family swimming pool and have excellent views of the surrounding Welsh countryside. 

It has become something of a family tradition to visit Erddig's annual Christmas Market. It is a treasure trove of locally made textiles, ceramics, toiletries and not to mention FOOD. I never miss it! The market runs on weekends in early December and I usually go on the last Sunday to grab some bargains and a mulled wine.... or two. 

Hope you enjoy my photos!

On Sunday, The National Trust had asked visitors to decorate this tree with tags that described their personal festive traditions. 

The North Wales Owl Sanctuary were also raising money for numerous endangered species. They even let you have a cuddle for a small donation. I love owls! 

Do you have any festive traditions?

Holly xx

Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Carine Roitfeld Inspired

Carine Roitfeld inspired

My love of Carine Roitfeld's style is deeply connected with my penchant for anything black and nude. Having watched Mademoiselle C recently, I've become slightly obsessed with this Parisian beauty. 

The Peter Pan of the fashion world proves that you can look sexy at any age and is the living embodiment of french chic. 

In a recent article describing ' How to find your fashion personality', Carine says: 

Exhibit your individuality . Amidst globalisation, trends are becoming worldwide, so it's important to take a unique approach to what fashion has to offer. Be yourself in the middle of it all; fashion shouldn't be try-hard. My friends who are designers always want to change my style and give me clothes to wear, but I say no. It's fundamental that my dress stays true to my strong character. The woman is always more significant than the clothes.

Don't shop the trends. Only buy clothes that you plan to keep forever. It's important to see trends for what they are: a game. I think finding a well-fitting garment is more exciting than buying into a crazy fad. 

Do you have a fashion personality? 

xxx Holly 

Monday, 25 November 2013

H and M Home Wishlist

Oh H and M Home, how I love thee. I spend many an hour perusing your gorgeous home wares. Quirky prints mixed with effortless minimalism, make H and M Home the perfect place to update your home on a budget. Ideal for students and those just looking for a bargain. 

Here's my pick of this season's offerings 


I love stars and the colour is a winner for Christmas! There's also a matching table cloth.


I really like the handwritten font on these candle holders.


A good throw can freshen up a tired piece of furniture. I do like chevrons!


Found these in the baby section. If they're good enough for baby then they're good enough for moi!


From £14.99

I just can't get enough of handwritten font

Gotta be the colour of the season (Much to the disgust of Evertonians!)

What's your favourite place to buy home wares? 


Sunday, 24 November 2013

Lazy Sunday Afternoon

Today, I took a little trip into the countryside with Phil. This time of year, my favourite thing to do ever is to visit my favourite farm shop/christmas shop and then eat a pub lunch. Not exactly rock and roll but it's the simple things. 

The Hollies near Nantwich has got to be the cream of the crop. It stocks loads of niche food brands and has a butchers, bakery and cheeses galore! Today, I had to sneak some mouthwatering home made pies and sausage rolls into the basket. 

Here's some snaps from today. Hope you enjoy :) 

Christmas is here!


The last little pumpkins of the season....

Gorgeous tea lights

Christmas decoration porn

love these little wooden stars

Elton John's reindeer?

Finally, I wanted to share with you my fave purchase of the day. My hands down favourite brand of tea is Tea Pigs. Their tea comes in a little pyramid and all the ingredients are fresh and delicious. Today, I went for the Marakesh Mint flavour. It is very sweet and refreshing. Hope you don't mind the humping pig salt and pepper shakers! 

Hope you had a lovely weekend xxx

Friday, 22 November 2013

Current Budget Favourites

Tis the season to be skint. I'm always feeling the pinch come winter as I like to treat my nearest and dearest come the 25th. So, I thought I would share a couple of budget favourites that perform a treat but don't cost the earth. 

First up is Nivea Express Hydration Primer. 

I snapped up this little primer in Savers for £2.99. I was super excited that the product was actually full to the brim. In my book, there's nothing worse than paying for a product that is only half full. Opening a pack of half full crisps turns me into The Incredible Hulk. 

Anyway, back to the point. The product aims to infuse the skin with moisture and provide a perfect surface for makeup. I've been using it as a moisturiser and it seems to be working a treat. With oily skin, I would find it too much to use in conjunction with anything else. It is lovely under makeup and has been soothing any dry patches caused by the nippy weather. 

The second product is Dove's new dry shampoo.

Now, I am not a fan of dry shampoos. I wash my hair every day and feel vile if I have dirty hair. Festivals are a nightmare for me as I am forced to go days without scrubbing my scalp. I usually rope my boyfriend into helping me with a giant bottle of water and gritted teeth (Much to the amusement of my pals) However, I think I'll be taking this one on my next camping trip. It has a much fresher and less powdery feel than the likes of Batiste (VOM) and leaves my hair ridiculously volumised. This would be an ideal product for those who are going out after a long day and don't have time(read this as are too tired) for a full wash and blow dry. Sprayed into the lengths of the hair it also gives a lovely amount of texture. Good for girls who like the tousled look.  I picked this up with my Boots points for around £3.00

What budget products have you been loving lately? 

xxx Holly 

Tuesday, 5 November 2013

Candles, candles, candles!

Today's post will focus on one of my obsessions. Candles. Here's the scents I've been enjoying as the nights draw in and the days get colder. I love this time of year. 

First up, I like to get myself in the Autumn mood with a good candle. This year, Yankee Candle have really been on top of their game. Here's my picks. 

1. Lake Sunset

Yankee say, 'The serene beauty of the sun's golden rays as they dip into still blue waters, calling to mind the musky descent of nightfall'.

Lake Sunset is unusual in the respect that it is not a typical seasonal scent. It doesn't contain cinnamon or any of the spicy notes that you would associate with this time of year. It is softly sweet and slightly musky. I really love it and find it very comforting

2. Vanilla Chai

To me, this one smells just like a hot Chai Latte. It has a delicate creaminess that is entwined with ginger and cinnamon. Lovely and comforting for a lazy evening. 

3. Salted Caramel

OHMAGERDDDDDDDDD! When I smelled this candle in the shop I started moaning like Meg Ryan in 'When Harry Met Sally'. No lie. Phil was at the other end of the shop and I started bellowing for him to 'COME AND SMELL THIS'. Cue some very unusual looks from fellow shoppers. If you like Salted Caramel ice cream then you will love this. All the scent without the calories! 

4. Candy Corn 

Here's the first of Yankee Candle's Halloween offerings. This scent comes out every year as a limited edition and in my opinion is not to be missed. Having lived in the UK all my life, I have never had the pleasure of tasting candy corn. However, I imagine for many across the pond this scent embodies Halloween. To me, Candy Corn smells like creamy, sticky sweets. I really look forward to burning this in October. Best of all, I picked up a medium sized jar in the sale after Halloween for only £8. 

5. Witches Brew 

Another Halloween favourite, Witches Brew is my favourite of the limited editions. For me, it really is a bewitching scent. Patchouli, vanilla and cloves give this candle a spicy warmth and it is perfect for those dark October evenings with a good horror film on the telly. 

What candles do you like for Autumn? 

xxx Holly