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eBay Collections

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I love eBay. Some of my best material finds (from rare vintage designer pieces to affordable and jazzy phone covers) have come from eBay and, though I have no idea how people manage to run shops from eBay, I am more than happy to support small businesses from around the world by heading to eBay as one of my first ports of call for any purchase.

When eBay asked me to get involved with the launch of eBay Collections in the UK, I jumped at the opportunity. 'Collections' are super simple and incredibly helpful: you put the things you love in the groups/boards of your choice. With the ability to create and share Collections alongside your friends, celebrities and eBay users across the planet, the Collections are also a wonderful way to find special items that you may not know you're even looking for. The inspiration potential is endless!

My eBay Collections (for now…):

Loafer Lady: I am not sure when it happened, but I have gradually been swapping a heaving collection of skyscraper heels for the more practical option: loafers. Thankfully, running around town has since become more enjoyable and…well…CUTER! Loafers are flats with attitude, and I have no issue with that (even at 5ft 2).

Don't Blame It On The Sunshine: I have never been one to stick to a single pair of sunnies (when the sun actually arrives…ah, British life). Instead, I prefer to have a pair for my every mood. Be it Hide-my-face Hangover Specs or something to match a date outfit, sunglass superfluity is key.

Pumped Up Kicks: Shoes are to me what honey is to a bee (and I make no apologies for it…but, you know, sorry about the rhyming). With no particular 'style' set for the ends of my legs, I simply enjoy a statement, colour, or small detail that takes something from just a shoe to something special.

This One's For My Homies: Absolutely no-one I know that loves fashion lives in a boring home. Whether it is a small dorm or a sprawling mansion, our living space tends to be an exceptional reflection of ourselves. We might as well coat it in some pretty things, am I right?

A Girl's Best Friend: I'm not exactly sure why Miss Monroe chooned so seductively about DIAMONDS being a girl's best friend. I mean, DIAMONDS? Nothing gets my blood pumping like a gorgeous piece of arm candy. Be it statement or silly (see: unicorn), a good handbag deserves Best Friend status beyond any diamond.

Animalistic: We may not be able to stick LOLcats on our bodies, but we can certainly pay homage to our furry friends by choosing an animalistic item of fashion or two. I mean…cats on your knees and bunnies on your phone? That's a cuteness level I can't compute.

Pretty in Pastel: I am a child at heart. I would, in all honesty, get a My Little Pony tattooed on me if everyone around me didn't already have a bet on it. The safe option? Wear as much pastel as humanly possible (isn't it great when trends bend in your personal favour?)

Pop Ya Collar: Until recently, collars were deemed a little bit too 'kitsch' for adult wear. Cue the age of Jess Day and Mad Men revival action? The world's gone collar crazy. Peter pan collars, bib collars, embroidered, or jewelled – there is an option for every woman's individual style.

Beauty Booty: eBay is, without a doubt, a godsend for beauty buffs and make-up junkies alike. Not only is it the only place I can rely on to find my favourite Korean beauty products (hello, Liole BB cream) but it is also an excellent source for dupes and discounts for some of the world's favourite beauty products.

She's No Wallflower: I know, I know, Emma Watson made us all see the so-called perks of being a wallflower, but hear me out: IT IS FUN TO MAKE SOME VISUAL NOISE. What we wear is an expression of ourselves. Of the beauty and the excitement and the imperfections. It is liberating to be a little bit loud some times.

She Said SWEATSHIRTS!: Though Givenchy and Alexander McQueen have always done sweatshirts a little cooler than anyone else, the jumper/sweatshirt/pullover has experienced a major makeover over the past few years. The more graphic the better (though I have a strict policy against ugly Christmas sweaters).

Just Watch Me: I adore watches. While my go-to is a rather expensive rose gold arm weight, I can't help but dot my collection with more affordable 'fashion' options. As per usual, the quirkier the better. It's whatever-o-clock, babes. Time to rock an arm party.

See them all, here.

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British Gas Smart Meters Part Two

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After announcing the lucky winner of the digital camera, it is time to continue my advocacy for British Gas’ amazing Smart Meters by updating you all on the campaign’s progress!

At this point, it is more than obvious for anyone to see how important the smart meters rollout is in the development of the future home. As you can see in the above infographic, 60% of our energy bills are currently dominated by heating and the lack of control means we often end up wasting money. Not only that, but even leaving our gadgets on standby or charging too long (guilty! guilty!) creates an energy deficit – a whopping £740million waste across the UK! At the end of the day, it is all about awareness; being involved in this campaign has encouraged me to change my energy habits for the better.

The Smart Meters ethos just gets it. With the information at your fingertips, it is all about making smarter and smarter choices. Every little helps, after all.


DFS prove fashion and furniture go hand-in-hand with sofa inspired by London Fashion Week


Whoever said sofas can’t be sexy? When a leading British fashion designer met one of the biggest furniture producers in the UK, they proved that the living room isn’t just for living; it’s for loving!

Giles Deacon teamed up with DFS sofas this month to produce the ultimate in fashionable soft furnishings. Deacon has given it some lip with a bold and beautiful design inspired by one of his previous collections.

The collection, named ‘Lipgloss’, includes a three-seater sofa and footstool. Despite putting fashion at the forefront of this collaboration, Deacon has by no means compromised on comfort, highlighting that the footstool could be used to extend the sofa into a giant bed.

The design also echoes elements of Giles Deacon’s S/S ‘14 catwalk show at London Fashion Week earlier this month, with a reproduction of the lip motifs he printed on a number of bright and playful dresses.

The designer himself says the design was actually inspired by a previous dress in his S/S ‘13 collection.

The handmade DFS Lipgloss sofa is a monochrome print with small pops of bright orange to make it a real showstopper. The design features large lips all over, giving the collection its name. Giles says that he had a clear vision of what he wanted to create and labels the daring style as his own creation – ‘Sophistipop.’

The loud and stylish sofa would suit any fashion lover wanting to bring a little of the magic of LFW home with them and it would make a great focal point in a modern home. The sofas are handmade in Britain and combine a high quality finish with comfort.

This is the first time Deacon has collaborated with a furniture company although he has previously worked with Sky, Converse and jewellery company Evoke to create limited edition designs.

The 44 year history behind DFS and their launch of the new DFS Design scheme made Deacon excited to work on the project.

Giles will be on the panel of judges to decide who wins the £20,000 DFS bursary aimed at final year design undergraduates in February next year.

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Ways to separate your work life from your home life

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The way we are using technology is having a huge impact on the way we work. You can work from your desktop computer, your tablet…even your mobile phone (sorry friends, I know, I know!). The rise of home and remote working is great, giving more opportunities to people to earn extra money, spend more time with their families or friends, and devote themselves more to their home life.

However, the rise of the home worker – bloggers, especially – can leave many feeling like they are never off work. It’s very easy to sit and work until late when you should be spending time with friends, family, or simply switching off. Likewise, it’s easier to get distracted if you are working from home, with music, DVDs and television all fighting for your attention.

One way to make sure that you are working efficiently and effectively is to ensure that you separate your workspace from your ‘home space’, although this could be difficult if you live in a cramped apartment. Perhaps choosing to sit with your laptop at the dining table for work related activity, and your sofa for your home or play related activity is one method to try.

Make sure that you dedicate a set time for work. It is often said that dressing appropriately for your home worker role can have an impact of the efficiency of your work. Just because no one can see you doesn’t mean you should be writing or calculating while you are still in your pyjamas!

If you have the space, set up an office with everything that you would normally use in a traditional office environment. This means everything from kettle to computer, stapler to printer. Likewise, make sure that you make your home space appropriate, and try to keep the two areas apart. If, like me, your bedroom is your office, I suggest in investing in a new bed (love Bedstar) and keeping your office work as far away from it as possible. Keep it a special place.

Make sure that you take breaks throughout the day, but ensure these aren’t too prolonged. Get away from your desk for an hour at lunchtime, try to relax and not think about the work you have to do in the afternoon. It is recommended (but – ahem – not always possible) that you take a five minute break every hour from a computer to rest and relax your eyes.

Enjoy your personal and financial freedom, babes.


Vintage Bedroom: A Floral Mannequin

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Now into my third (?!) month of issues with my call-I-even-call-it-new flat, I have decided to do a little nesting. While I haven’t suddenly turned into Martha Stewart, the addition of this dressmaker’s mannequin – or ‘dress form’ – from Out There Interiors (you have to check the out for French furniture and accessories) has made me wildly happy. Though the black and white damask version of the mannequin first caught my eye, the cream and pink floral version is a perfect choice for those of you – like me – who are much more girly than they allow themselves to realise (white bedsheets and pink coffee machines, hello). That floral mannequin might just be the best thing I own.

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