Tuesday, 29 November 2016

My Dream Bed From Button & Sprung

One of my all time favourite places to be is in bed as I'm sure that's the case for most of us. I recently updated the furniture in my room and had been on the hunt to find the perfect grey bed. Choosing a bed you love can be tricky and I had found myself searching for weeks for the bed of my dreams until I came across across Button & Sprung website, I instantly fell in love with each and every single bed from their amazing range. Button & Sprung was launched in May 2014 by Adam Black and Matthew Hardcastle. Adam and Matthew believe that many bed retailers make the purchase journey overly complicated and expensive for buyers so they have created a market leading website along with a showroom in London for customers to view the products before purchasing, they're all about simplifying the bed and mattress buying process for the consumer. Button & Sprung believe that buying a bed and mattress is a big deal and promise to make buying a upholstered bed or pocket sprung mattress as easy as possible for you. The whole buying process is super simple and rather fun, you simply start off by choosing your bed such as the size (single, double, king or super king) you then select the base of the bed such as a bedstead bed with feet or the divan bed which is perfect for that extra storage. Next up is the headboard, Button & Sprung have a wide range or beautifully designed headboards to choose from so there is truly something to suit everyone's taste. You will then get to choose the fabric style such as colour and texture, again there is a huge range or colours and materials to choose from. Once you’ve made all those decisions and have designed your dream bed it is all hand crafted by experts here in the UK and guaranteed delivery within 4-6 weeks by the Button & Sprung’s delivery team. Button & Sprung offer quality handmade beds and mattresses, 10 year product guarantee, fair and honest prices with no fake sales, low costs direct from the factory, 2 hour delivery and assembly slots, free delivery within 65 miles of London and 100 nights to test out your new Button & Sprung bed in the comfort of your own home. If you happen to not be completely happy with your bed they will collect it free of charge and replace it with a more suitable bed or provide you with a full refund. Amazing right!
The Button & Sprung bed I have is the Burdock Upholstered Double Bed with Extra Fine Corduroy Material in the colour Ash. I absoutely fell in love with the style and look of this bed, it is beautifully handmade and you can truly see the time and thought that has gone into designing and making the Button & Sprung range. This bed is not only super comfy and well built it's absolutely stunning and completes the whole look of my new room, there's nothing better than being tucked up in a cosy bed on a chilly evening. I have been very impressed with my overall experience, from the start to finish the process was a breeze and the customer service is honestly out standing, I can't say enough good things about the Button & Sprung staff. The delivery was brilliant too, the men who delivered the bed were super helpful and friendly, here's to a company with quality products along with quality service. I am over the moon to have found my dream bed and it fits perfectly with the new furniture in my room. Button & Sprung also specialise in pocket sprung mattresses which you can also check out on their website. If you would like to view the Button & Sprung range you can head down to their showroom in Fulham. Be sure to check them out Button & Sprung on Instagram @ButtonandSprung and Twitter @ButtonandSprung 

To shop the full Button & Sprung range head on over to their website at www.buttonandsprung.com

What are your thoughts on my new Button & Sprung bed?

Emma x

Friday, 18 November 2016

The Sherwood Hideaway

I recently took a trip to The Sherwood Hideaway in Thoresby for a four day break, it was such a lovely little getaway and I really didn't want to leave. If you're looking for a relaxing getaway in the middle of the forest this is the place to go, everything's so calm and you will honestly never want to leave. The Sherwood Hideaway is a woodland retreat of high quality luxury lodges which are nestled deep within Sherwood Forest on the lovely Thoresby Estate. The Sherwood Hideaway offer different types of cabins to choose from such as the Woodland Rustic, Woodland View, Woodland Escape, Traditional VIP,  Dog friendly cabins and the brand new 2016 lodges. This was our first time visiting The Sherwood Hideaway and we instantly knew it wouldn't be our last. We stayed in a Woodland Rustic Lodge which sleeps 4 people. The Woodland Rustic Lodges are complete with a lovely Opti-myst fire and a hot tub, the ultimate must haves for a forest get away. Our cabin slept four people so it was very spacious, it was super clean, comfortable and it literally had everything we needed from towels, robes and even those comfy slippers which I love. The lovely people at Sherwood Hideaway also gave us a complimentary bottle of wine and chocolates on arrival, which is so thoughtful.
The staff at The Sherwood Hideaway were so friendly and helpful, when we first arrived check-in was a breeze, they gave us hand outs and a map of The Sherwood Hideaway which showed you various walks you could go on. They also gave us a few takeaway places that actually deliver straight to your cabin, this was super handy when we hand been exploring all day and just wanted some quick delicious food. Our Woodland Lodge was spotless and I honestly couldn't fault it one bit. The Woodland Rustic Lodge interior is amazing, I love every little detail they have put into designing this place. The minute we walked into our lodge I felt warm and cosy, it's such a lovely place that you instantly feel at home. Our lodge was lovely, it was super clean, spacious and everything was finished to an extremely high standard. The main living area had two super comfy sofa's and a lovely coffee table, a flat screen tv which is attached to the wall and of course the amazing Opti-Myst heated fire which I'm slightly obsessed with. The dinning area and kitchen were off of the main living area, the kitchen was spacious and well equipped with a dishwasher, cutlery and everything you could possibly need to self cater in comfort along with a lovely little dinning area to enjoy family meals at. In our Woodland Rusitc that sleeps 4 people we had a main bedroom with a double bed and it's very own en-suite shower. There was also another separate bathroom with a bath, both bathrooms were very modern and both had heated towel racks, which comes in very handy. The Sherwood Hideaway also give you complimentary mini Molton Brown products in both bathrooms, I absoutely love Molton Brown and was super excited when I saw these. The beds were super comfy and the rooms were very spacious, each room had it's very own wardrobe so you can neatly hang up your clothes. I was super impressed with the small touches in the lodge and I think they have decorated each room beautifully to a very high standard, the furniture was of very high quality and each room had it's own special touches to make it feel very welcoming and cosy. 
One of my favourite things at The Sherwood Hideaway was the Opti-Myst fire, this made our evenings super cosy and we would cuddle up watching a film with the heated fire on. Opti-Myst fires are very realistic and have a smoke effect, they give an illusion so effective that you believe it is a real flame. I now really want one of these in my house, they add such a lovely touch to the sitting room for that ultimate cosy feeling, they're also heated so if you're feeling extra chilly that night grab a hot chocolate and get comfy in front of the fire. Our whole cabin had under floor heating which we took full advantage of. Underfloor heating is such a lovely thing to have in a lodge, it warms up the whole place super fast and my feet were always nice and toasty.  
The decking area outside was very luxurious and spacious, there was a hot tub along with a lovely set of out door table and chairs. They also supply you with a bbq which we definitely took full advantage of. I love roasting marshmallows and it's one of my all time favourite things to do around this time of the year. We took a trip to the local supermarket and picked up some wood to start a fire, who else loves that bonfire smell as much as I do?! I think we pretty much roasted marshmallows every single night and sat by the fire in the crisp cold air, it was the best feeling ever. I absoutely loved the whole experience while staying in our Woodland Rustic Lodge, hiding out in a lodge with nothing but trees and birds is so peaceful, from the moment we arrived we instantly felt super relaxed. Visiting in the Autumn time was perfect and I couldn't of asked for a better getaway.  
The Sherwood Hideaway have many places to explore near by. Whether you're into relaxing spa days or long muddy forest walks, you'll find something you love doing. We went and visited the stunning Thoresby Hotel which has amazing grounds with beautiful views. There are a number of parks and forests to walk to and a lovely town nearby, while exploring we discovered some divine restaurants which are around a 7 minute drive from The Sherwood Hideaway site. The Sherwood Hideaway is the perfect holiday for romantic escapes, family holidays, active getaways and restful breaks, it was a great time for me to unwind and take time away from the internet, of course I had to instagram my experience but I mean one photo a day was acceptable. There's something rather relaxing and special watching the stars in the hot tub with your other half after a long day of exploring the woods and local area, this is truly my idea of a perfect night! The Sherwood Hideaway are also dog friendly and have a selection of lodges that cater for those travelling with pets. The Sherwood Forest also has some amazing trails that go on and on so you can explore for as long as you like. 
Our overall experience at The Sherwood Hideaway was amazing and I can't fault this place one bit. The staff are so friendly and welcoming and the lodges are very luxurious and cosy. It's super important to spend time with your family, friends or other half, everyday life can get in the way sometimes and you truly do miss out on these quality priceless times with loved ones. The Sherwood Hideaway is the ideal location to get away with the ones you love and treat yourself to a little break in a peaceful environment. I truly did not want to leave and I'm already longing to go back, which I hope happens sooner rather than later. If you're looking for the perfect little getaway then this is the place to visit, you can thank me later hehe. If you're interesting in booking a stay at The Sherwood Hideaway be sure to visit their website at www.sherwoodhideaway.com

Have you visited the The Sherwood Hideaway?

Emma x

Tuesday, 15 November 2016

An Autumn Bake

One of my favourite Autumn time treats are Gingerbread Men, soft in the centres and crisp on the edges. Gingerbread Men are the perfect Autumn bake and super fun and easy to make especially with Christmas approaching you can't go wrong with these perfectly spiced sugary holiday goodness. I love baking around this time of the year, not only does it give that ultimate comfort feeling, these will also leave your whole house smelling divine! I'm currently on the hunt to find a candle that smells exactly like freshly baked Gingerbread Men! I really hope you enjoy this style post and be sure to let me know in the comments below a few of your favourite Autumn treats to bake?!
  • 350g plain flour, plus extra for rolling out
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 125g butter
  • 175g light soft brown sugar
  • 1 free-range egg
  • 4 tbsp golden syrup
  • Method:
  • 1. Sift together the flour, bicarbonate of soda, ginger and cinnamon and pour into the bowl of a food processor. Add the butter and blend until the mix looks like breadcrumbs. Then stir in the sugar. 
  • 2. Next is to lightly beat the egg and golden syrup together, add to the food processor until the mixture clumps together. Tip the dough out, knead briefly until smooth, wrap in clingfim and leave to chill in the fridge for 15 minutes.
  • 3. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas and line two baking trays with greaseproof paper. 
  • 4. Roll the dough out to a 0.5cm/¼in thickness on a lightly floured surface. Using cutters, cut out the gingerbread men shapes and place on the baking tray, leaving a gap between them. 
  • 5. Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until lightly golden-brown. Leave on the tray for 10 minutes and then move to a wire rack to finish cooling. When cooled decorate with the writing icing and cake decorations.I simply decorated my gingerbread men with a pipping bag of icing, this is rather tricky but I guess they come out ok in the end, some I left plain just to dip in some tea which also worked out perfectly. I was rather impressed with the outcome of these and they tasted absolutely amazing. Gingerbread Men are the perfect Autumn treat to have on a chilly day!
  • What are you favourite Autumn treats to bake?
Emma x

Friday, 11 November 2016

A Weekend Detox

From time to time it's super important to make time for yourself and have a little detox. A relaxing day at the spa is something we all dream of doing at least once a month but that still rarely ever happens, this is why it's super important to treat yourself to a pamper night in or devote the whole entire weekend to yourself. Last week I took a trip to Sherwood Hideaway and had a super relaxing time and that's exactly what I had been in need of! Having time away from work and generally everyday life really helps to reset your mood and come back even more motivated than before. A weekend detox is just what I had been needing, pampering yourself and taking time out for JUST YOU feels absolutely great. Lighting a candle not only sets the mood with the ambient lighting and relaxing aroma but they smell divine too. I have recently been burning the Neal & Wold Elysian Indulgence candle which smells incredible, Neal & Wolf have recently launched their new home and spa collection, which is called Elysian. The collection includes four indulgent products created to transform the brands famous 'everyday indulgence' into an overall lifestyle experience. The Neal & Wolf Indulgence candle has bursts of mandarin and orange blossom until it melts to floral aromas of lily, ylang-ylang and orchid, it smells incredible and leaves my whole house smelling divine.
Meditation sessions are really helpful at clearing the mind and boosting energy levels. Neal & Wolf have put together a little guide on how to have a mini meditation session.
1. Take a minute to prepare the space in which you will meditate. Turn down the lights or draw the curtains closed.
2. Next light the Neal & Wolf Indulgence scented candle and take a seat where you feel most comfortable.
3. Adopt an upright position and ensure that your back is straight, chest is open dn shoulders are back.
4. Take three deep in and out breaths inhaling the heavily scent of mandarin and orange blossom to help prevent stress and tension.
5. Place one had on your chest and one hand on your stomach and continue to take deep breaths. On your next in breath ensure that you breathe out with you stomach. The hand on your chest needs to remain relatively still. This helps stead the rhythm of the heartbeat and leads the mind in to a peaceful meditative state.
6. Keep a light smile on your face, doing so will help boost energy levels. If your mind begins to wander, guide your attention back each time. Do so with kindness and gentleness. 
7. As you come close to the end of your meditation, don't be in a hurry to open your eyes. Open them slowly and gradually taking time to become aware of yourself and your surroundings. 
8. At this stage, our indulgence scented candle will have filled the room with floral aromas of lily, yang-ylang and orchid.
Follow the Neal & Wolf meditation guide and you’ll soon be feeling as renewed and energised as if you’d just stepped out of the spa. It's so important to spend time on yourself whether it's to destress, pamper yourself or have a break away from everyday life. I absoutely love pamper sessions and little getaways to re-energise my mind. I really hope you enjoyed this style post and be sure to take some time out for yourself this weekend. You can shop the full Neal & Wolf range at www.nealandwolf.com 

Have you tried any products from the Neal & Wolf Elysian range?

Emma x

Saturday, 5 November 2016

Timex Weekender Fairfield Watch

Timex is a brand we all know and love. Here we have a new edition to the Timex range the Timex Weekender Fairfield Watch which has gorgeous gold detailing with a white watch face and a khaki soft leather strap. I absolutely love the design of this watch it's very classic yet classy. I tend to go for quite big faced watches and this is the perfect size at 37mm. Timex have created the Weekender Fairfield Watch with a mix of a modern dial design with a casual interchangeable strap. I absolutely love the gold detailing the white watch face and the khaki leather strap, they all compliment each other really well and this watch completes any outfit. The Weekender Fairfield is all about that clean, minimalist look that you can easily custom and make your own with the interchangeable straps. 
I love the attention to detail on the Timex watch it makes it such a gorgeous piece, the gold detailing really stands out against the white face and it gives the whole watch that extra bit of class. It's a classic very minimalistic yet elegant watch which brings any outfit together. I'm really impressed with the quality of the Timex Weekender Fairfield Watch, it's made with high quality materials and the leather strap is super comfy on the wrist, it's also super lightweight which means you can hardly tell that you are wearing a watch. I like to wear my Timex watch on it's own for a classic causal look or I sometimes accessorize it with bracelets on evenings out. I love the classic pure elegance look of the new Weekender Fairfield, it's simple to read and I really like the fact that the face isn't too busy which allows you to tell the time straight forward. 
The khaki soft leather strap is super comfy on the wrist and this watch truly goes with everything and I can easily accessories it with other jewellery pieces. The Weekender Fairfield Watch is the perfect combination of simplicity and elegance. I absolutely love this watch, I love the classiness, clean and simple yet stunning white and gold detailing. Be sure to check out the full range over on the Timex website. You can purchase the Timex Weekender Fairfield Watch at www.timex.co.uk 

What are your thoughts on the Timex Weekender Fairfield Watch?

Emma x

Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Autumn Skincare Saviours

Autumn is when nature is at it’s most beautiful, with all of the gorgeous colours theres just something magically about this season. Inevitably the weather gets a lot colder which means it's time to switch up the skincare products. I don't usually have an issue with dry skin but my skin definitely feels like it needs some extra hydration in the colder months. I like to switch up my skincare products when different seasons come around to make sure my skin gets the tlc it needs. I thought I would share with you a few of my favourite products to use this Autumn! Be sure to let me know in the comments below a few of your Autumn skincare saviours.
Antipodes are one of my all time favourite skincare brands, they have an amazing range of products and I have been obsessed with the Antipodes Grace Gentle Cream Cleanser which is designed to clear impurities and remove makeup gracefully, this is perfect for this time of the year and leaves my skin super hydrated and fully cleansed. I tend to stay away from face oils as I'm not much of a fan but when the weather gets colder I like to give my skin that extra bit of hydration when needed, I have been using the One Love Organic Oh Mega Calming Chia Oil which has an ultra-calming blend of organic chia, shea, aloe and lavender. The Oh Mega Oil has powerful antioxidants and a plant-based probiotic complex to effectively nourish even the most sensitive, dry and irritable skin types. I love to apply this just before bed so my skin feels hydrated and nourished the next morning.
Face masks are a must have at any time of the year but I tend to go a little crazy and buy so many more around Autumn time. There's nothing quite like having a pamper night in and applying a face mask. I have recently been obsessed with the Origins GinZing Peel-Off Mask which is a refreshing face mask that works to smooth and refine your complexion. It Restores skin radiance and sloughs away dead skin cells whilst eliminating dirt and grime to reveal brighter, fresher, more renewed-looking skin beneath. My skin feels amazingly soft and glowy after I use the GinZing Peel-Off Mask I LOVE IT!! I'm currently using the Estelle & Thild Lifting Eye Serum which brightens and corrects the signs of raging with advanced marine technology. This eye serum tightens, brightens and smooths the delicate skin around the eyes. I have been super impressed with the Estelle & Thild Lifting Eye Serum I have noticed a reduced appearance of fine lines under my eyes and I can't wait to see further results. The Body Shop products amaze me every time, I'm absolutely obsessed with their range of moisturisers and have recently been using The Body Shop Drops Of Light Pure Healthy Brightening Day Cream which is a lightweight nourishing day cream and is clinically proven to significantly reduce the number, size and intensity of dark spots, this is super moisturising and leaves my skin feeling nourished and hydrated which is exactly what I want at this time of the year. Be sure to let me know a few of your skincare saviours in the comments below, I'm always on the look out for new products to try.

What are your Autumn Skincare Saviours?

Emma x
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