lakeland gadgets
With The Manfriend and I’s recent move to Leeds city centre throwing up a lot of design/space questions, we decided to conduct a pretty major rehaul of all our worldly possessions. While big ticket items were destined to wreak havoc on our joint account, some of the smaller ‘bits and bobs’ have been the most fun to purchase.

Over the coming weeks, I will show you more and more of our home as it all comes together (ending in a full house tour!). For now? Two very essential (and ingenious) gadgets from Lakeland:

Little Black Dress jewellery organiser
I have a decent amount of jewellery but have never invested in any real way to display or store it. This storage solution – what is essentially a black dress hung on a hanger – has been the greatest thing to happen to my closet in a long time. With twenty-four hook and loop tabs on one side and thirty-nine clear pockets on the other, my necklaces, rings, earrings, bracelets, and small accessories all have a very accessible place to live.

The Style Station
This one, believe it or not, has proven most useful for The Manfriend. ‘The Style Station’ is a veritable parking station for items that are too hot to pack away, ie. hairdryers, curling tongs, and straighteners. As I tend to let my hair air dry, the real benefit for me has been that my stolen hair tools (The Manfriend lusts for my ghd hairdryer) are all kept in a tidy, safe place. With a cord storage pocket and the ability to hang the Station or use it freestanding, it is remarkably easy to keep things neat.

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new layout

While I love a good makeover, I am terribly hesitant when it comes to changing anything in my dot-com life. This blog is my (geeky little) baby, after all.

Obviously I bit the bullet and annoyed you lovely readers by coding (and breaking) my blog in a mad rush over the past hour. And here’s the result! A re-brand. A re-jig. And a really good reason to go to bed with a smile on my face tonight.

I hope you all love the new layout (!); all feedback is welcome as – at the end of the day – you deserve to look at something nice, dontcha?


day in london 32

The rumours are true: Lela’s leaving London!

I know, I know…traitor to my own name…but this is a very exciting move! Having been offered a fantastic job working with some bangin’ brands as a digital content/PR executive, the twenty-fifth move of my life will be to Yorkshire.

Though I can’t disclose all of my career details, the position will be based in Leeds and will allow me to keep up with my blog (dealbreaker!) and freelancing; I could not be happier.

…even with two weeks left to transfer twenty-three years of sartorial hoarding across the country.

Though you may not recognise it, all of you have been such an important factor in my career, lifestyle, and success. I cannot thank you enough for your support, e-mails, and daily clicks over the last three years. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

(P.S. London, I’m only a two hour train away. You’ve not seen the last of me by any means, soulmate.)

My Week on Instagram
Instagram (@lelalondon) – left to right, top to bottom:
1. Oh yes hi hey hello.
2. My magical new backyard. SQUEE.
3. #WomanCrushWednesday. My beautiful vintage pale twin feminist engineer zombie heroine, Kate. No one like you.
4. Snaps for…effort? #ordered1secondapart
5. Hot Lips by Ellis Faas. New. Long lasting. Destined for my handbag.
6. The first of 1000 glasses of bubbles. Celebrating big changes!
7. As Northerners say…‘MUNGRAY. (New Food For Thought at!)
8. Building the dream wardrobe
9. Honestly no idea how these photos relate, but last night was fantastic. Thank you to everyone who came!
10. Bedtime snugs. Snatched the boy’s specs.

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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.