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Guest Room Styling Inspiration

If you follow my home account on Instagram (@thehomeedition) you will know that we finally had our wardrobes delivered at the start of May. We had been waiting for these since March, with them arriving it means we can get a started on the second bedroom. As our currant wardrobes were in this room, so we had space in our room to put them up straight away. We have transferred everything across to our gorgeous new wardrobes in our room. Now we can get started on the second bedroom!!

The plan for this room is for it to be a multi functional room. The most important aspect of the room is we needed somewhere for guest to stay however we didn’t want there to be a bed in this room all year around as like I said we wanted to be able to use this room on a daily basic and be multi functional.

As well as somewhere for guests to sleep, this room also holds all my beauty products and also my dressing table. It needs to be a room where I can easily use on an everyday bases and also house storage for all my beauty products. We had agreed on this being a lovely way to use the second room until lockdown happened and Colin started working from home. We then realised that he does need a small work place just incase he ends up working from home more, as I would love the dinning room table back, plus it means there is somewhere we can put laptops and paper work.

I absolutely love this room in the house, it is at the front on the house and gets so much light and sunshine throughout the day. With this in mind I wanted to keep the room having that airy feel, with the mix of natural wood, white and vintage pinks with the added texture thrown in there. I defiantly have a vision of how I would love this room so fingers crossed it will all come into place.

Starting with the walls, I have changed my thoughts on this so many times. It started with a dark pink feature wall using paint, to maybe not and now I have settled on a floral wallpaper wall as a feature. This will be on the back wall behind the day bed. We decided on a day bed as this can be used as a sofa, a place where we can sit and work on our laptops or a place to enjoy a good book but it transforms into a king sized bed which makes it perfect for guests!

As the day bed and all the furniture in this room will be white, I am thinking of going for more of a vintage floral thats looks a little worn. I think it will create a statement but also keeping inline with the room being as airy and ‘pretty’ as possible.

As you can see I am really indecisive on what colour I would like to paint the walls, I have put just a few of the ones I currently like above. Top colour is Dorchester Pink from Little Greene, middle colour is Soft Taupe from Wilko and the bottom colour is Soft Truffle from Dulux.

Moving onto furniture of the room, I have found the perfect desk/dressing table from Ikea. This is big enough for a computer to sit on it but also gives me enough room to use it as a dressing table too. It also has drawers each side which is perfect storage for paper work. My plan is for this to go on the opposite wall to the day bed. I also plan on putting a mirror up on the wall above the desk. I may also place some prints onto the wall as well but that I am still deciding on and I won’t purchase anything until the room is near enough complete.

I really want to add in some natural wood elements into the room and also some green in the way of plants! I plan on doing this through the ceiling lights, shelves and of course a basket. I am still very unsure on soft furnishing (I am thinking the colours white, pinks) but again this is something I will have a better idea once the walls are painted and the room is complete in regards to furniture.

I am so excited to get going with this room, as this room has a completely different feel to the rest of the house but still has similar elements running throughout. I will be doing updates over on my house Instagram account so please be sure you are following. I also have a Facebook page which is just a good place to find any updates!

Much love Alice xx

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Date Night | Lockdown Edition

Something that Colin and myself really enjoy doing is date night. This is something we have done throughout our relationship, it give us a chance to actually be present with each other as, specially, since moving in together I think you can get really carried away just living. We love going out to a nice restaurant having a few cocktail and a lovely dinner prior to lockdown, over the weekend we decided to bring the restaurant to our home.

Since being in lockdown we have had to get very creative with date night and yes we are still having one night a week to be present with each other! While doing our food shop we picked up one of the Tesco Dine In for £10 and a few tapas items.

As the weather was amazing over the bank holiday weekend we thought Friday night would make the perfect night date. After spending all afternoon dozing in the sun, I brought out a little tapas starter for us to graze over and of course an Aperol Spritz and Colin a beer.

A little while later as it started to get darker outside, we came inside and started our main. In Tesco’s we picked up two steaks, chunky chips and a bottle of rose also came with a dessert too all for £10! The steaks are some of the best and honestly just as good as some of the restaurants !!

Cheesecake is my far our favourite dessert, Colin pretty much always has it when we eat out, I am more of a cheeseboard kinda gal but I can defiantly appreciate a good cheesecake! Honestly, was too good!!

We have taken advantage of the Dine In for £10 a good number of times and it has always been so lovely. The value for money you get compared to the food is just incredible, the food is just as good as going out to eat. We will be doing more of these over the next couple of weeks too as it is just super easy to pick up when we go out and do the food shop.

Since being in lockdown we have been getting very creative with date night, I may do a few more posts with ideas and suggestions. As this is something that we have really enjoyed doing and gives us that little bit of normality within all the crazy that is currently going on!!

Have you been doing date night or have any suggestions of what you have been doing?

Much love Alice xx

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Elemis Peptide 24/7

A couple of weeks ago I posted on my Instagram about how much I am really enjoy the two new products from the Elemis Peptide 24/7 range. I thought I would put togther a post with a break down of why I am enjoying, what benifits they have for the skin and also how I have been finding them.

A little background on the Peptide range. The range is inspired by the body’s natual inner clock and formulated to support tired skins, the Peptide 24/7 range is all about targeting the look of tired skin and help achieve a well-rested glow.

They have a mask, day cream, eye cream, night cream oil and also a plumping pillow faical in the range currently. The overnight peel and the serum where realsed a couples of months ago. I have been using them since they were relased and I am hoocked. The peptide range is one of my favouaites that Elemis do, it is such a good range to dabble in and out of too.

Let’s start off in the AM with the Peptide4 Antioxidant Hydra-Serum. I have use this after my eye cream before moistiriser.

This gorgeous serums delivers a boost of anti-oxidents and hydration to the skin, while keeping in sync with the skin’s own natural defence against the negative effects from everyday pollutions, leaving the skin looking replenished and refereshed. There is a blend of Lotus Flower Milk, Saffron Flower and Indian Gooseberry, rich in polyphenols and flavonoids, these all leave the skin looking smooth & bright with a flawless look.

This ultra-light formula is also fully packed with Hyaluronic Acid and Honesty Seed Oil to deeply hydrate while the silky serum helps to soften the look of fine lines and wrinkles, leaving the skin feeling soft and smooth and plumped with moisture.

I love this and already I can see such an improvements within my skin! This products retails at £53.00

Moving on to the PM, Peptide4 Overnight Radiance Peel. I use this every evening just before I put on my eye cream & face cream.

This gentle milky peel works throughout the night to leave skin looking and feeling silky smooth. Brilliantly bright by morning. AHA night time peel gently exfoliates while replenishing the skin for a brighter, flawless-looking complexion. There is a blend of Hibiscus Acids and Oligopeptides which help support the skins natural renewal process for smoother and radiant looking skin, helps to refine skin texture and reduce the look of pores therefore over time will improve the look of the clarity over the skin.

This overnight peel combines Lactic Acid with AHAs from Hibiscus Flower to support cell renewal and rehydrate the skin,c reducing dullness and promoting radiant complexion.

This product is gentle enough for daily use or is perfect to use as a treatment for the skin when and if the skin needs that little extra something, as this peel helps to brighten the complexion! This product retails at £56.00

These two have been a life saver for me at the moment, for me they do everything and more for my skin and would recommend these products to everyone and anyone. In my eyes the perfect products to pop in and out on a routine for these times you need a little extra!

Have you tried them?

Much love Alice xx

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Bedside Table Styling / Inspiration

Styling bedside tables…where to start…this sounds like It should be quite a straight forward task, to just arrange a few bits on a bedside table, doesn’t sound to hard right?

How wrong I was, this task is a never ending list of inspiration and items that can look lovely on a bedside table but also not to make it look clutter but you also need to add some of the rooms style and lastly your style too….like I said where to start!!!

Our bedroom has been the room we have really left since we moved in, for us there was really no rush. We had other priorties but since being in lockdown and spending a lot more time at home, we have come to the conculsion that the bedroom needs a little attention.

We have ordered PAX wardrobes from Ikea which should be delivered over the next couple of weeks but what I really wanted to get my teeth into was the bed side of the room, for the last 7 months we have just had a very lonely bed in the room. Obviously my first thought was bedside tables, we have gone for dark black wood effect wardrobes so I knew I wanted a slighter dark wooden bedside table with black accents. Once we had decided on this I thought it wouldn’t be hard but I hadn’t even considered the style of bedside table!!

After finally narrowing it down we decided to go for the Norman One Draw Bedside Table from Argos. I am so happy with how they look even empty they completely change the room and start to make the bed side of the room a lot more complete, it is crazy how a piece of furniture can do this.

For the last week I have been gathering inspiration on how to style them for myself and Colin and also stay within theme for the whole room!! One thing that I was sure on was lighting, I had seen a gorgeous gold lamp from Next. I had first seen this lamp on @laurabryonshome (photo below) and just knew it would look stunning with the wood on the bedside tables but also with the dark teal head board we have. Colin needed a little persuading but soon came round to the idea. I have been really indecisive whether to add a print behind the lamp, I do think the lamp will do enough but I may change my mind when it does come.

From this point onwards I am a little stuck what to add as the little touches, I want to do Colin’s and my side slightly differently but still too look in keeping with the rest of the room.

For my side I have been looking at adding stacks of books, photo frame, a natural element which I think will be either a green plant or faux flowers I am yet to decided and a little trinket box.

For Colins’ side I would like to keep it as similar as possible but also letting him have a his style placed into it as well and for him to actually use rather than it being just for show! For him I am thinking a print (small scale more of a A4 size) diffuser, sack of book with his Alexa Dot sitting on top.

Below is a few inspirations I have seen on Pinterest.

Overall I am thinking of having the accents pieces in black, grey and gold, also add in green earthy element. Once the lamps arrive I think it will give me a good base to start have a play around with the items.

Be sure to follow my home instagram account @thehomeedition as well as my instagram @alicevictoriari for updates on both this little project and other things going on in the house and also life!! Once this room is pretty much complete I am thinking of doing a full room tour.

I would love to hear if you have any suggestions or home accounts or blog that you think I would be intertested in!

Much love Alice xx

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Finding a New ‘Normal’

Hello lovlies,

I hope you are all well and keeping safe in this very strange time. Over the last couple of days I have really been pouring everything into my Instagram and blog (have a lot scheduled that will be going up over the next few weeks so make sure you are following). I created this space as an escape from the real world and it was/still is my happy place. With all the darkness and strange times we are all experiencing, I thought it only made sense to go back to the little things.

Everyone is trying to find their ‘normal’ in this very strange world, for most of us our day to day routines can’t happen and that can be really tough.

For me, I knew that a good routine would keep me mentally on the right path and not go insane. Plus it is the perfect time to get them new habits in!!

ROUNTINE

I wanted to share with you a few little things in my routine that make such a big difference not only in my mood but also helps me to keep productive too.

Sleep! Over the last few months I have really struggled with my sleep, every time the alarm clock went off, I was hitting snooze one/two times. Within the last couple of weeks I haven’t been setting an alarm, I have been falling asleep and waking up naturally and honestly it has made such a difference, I don’t struggle as much to get up in the morning and I also have more energy throughout the day.

Working Out! We always hear how much exercising helps mentally and physically. I can honestly tell you that this has helped me so much, even if I end up watching Netflix all day, i feel like I have achieved something.

By achieving something in the morning it really does help set you up for the day, and lets be honest there is more then enough opportunity for a 25 minute workout!

One last thing in my routine that is a god send, showering and getting dressed. It doesn’t matter if you’re putting clean pjs on or a gorgeous outfit, that fact you have done this just makes me feel really for the day. It bring that little bit of normality back into my day.

ACHIEVE SOMETHING

How many times have you said you wanted to; read that book, bake, learn a new skill or develop a currant skill, watch that TV show. This has been me for as long as I can remember, but each day I have been setting myself a little task. This can be something small or big. By achieving one or two task each day will give you a sense of achievement but also keep your mind healthy and active.

For me I have been baking lots, reading and also have managed to achieve some bigger task like painting ceilings. I have so grateful that I have jobs around the house to keep occupied with.

The most important thing that has really helped me, is not to put too much pressure on myself. If I want to just do nothing all day and binge watch TV show then I will but on the other hand if I want to be super active then that is okay as well.

This time we have all been given is of course a great opportunity to get them tasks ticked of the never-ending list but it also gives us the time to strengthen relationships and gives us all the ability for self growth.

Setting a few objectives for myself each day has been the best thing I have done. Its has really helped me keep going and not get too overwhelmed with what a very strange time it is.

I would love to know what you have been doing? Have you got a small routine? What are you reading, baking? I would love to know!!

Much love Alice xx

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Cosy Sunday | Winter Edition

There is something so magical about a Sunday morning specially on a cold crips morning. Watching the sun rise through the mist over the countryside on a winters day while you are all cosy in bed in the warmth, is a feeling that makes me feel so warm inside which i absolutely love.

One thing i have really loved since we moved into our house, are Sundays. With a change of jobs also meaning I don’t work Sunday so that Sunday feeling is defiantly back. Sundays for the two of us is that one chilled day we can be with each other, after a busy week for the both of us.

Today, was no different, after a very lazy and slow morning. We headed out with the dog for a wander around our local woods. There is nothing better then fresh air even if it is pouring down with rain.

After we call dried off, it was a sleepy evening in front of the telly for all four of us.

Laziness is an unwritten rule for a Sunday

Much love
Alice
xx

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To My Cheerleaders

People always say that you learn who your true friends are during a big success or a massive failure. This is something I never quite believed or thought was true. Surely the friends you make in your life are really there to stay, surely they are the ones that will be around forever, the ones you share birthdays with, the tears of heartbreak with and the Sundays filled with bottomless brunch.

But what happens when you get that promotion that you have been working so hard to get, the same promotion that your friends pushed you towards and gave you that confidence to go for it. Are your friends still as happy for you?

Or when you need your friends, when you feel like your world is falling apart who is really there when you truly need them?

I am that friend that cares about everyone else and wants to see others be happy and succeed in their life before myself and I have always thought that I surround myself with the same type of people.

However something that I have learned so much in the last year, you really don’t know who is there for you until something major happens in your life. The friends you lose contact with are something the ones that never stop caring for you, the ones you had that massive falling out with are the ones that are always there to listen.

The ones you thought were always going to be in your life suddenly start to disappear in your life. Don’t get me wrong this doesn’t happen to every single one of your friends, but you really do start to learn who is really there for you, the ones who are your cheerleader in life.

Over the last coupe of months, I have found my cheerleaders in life and honestly I am so thankful and happy that they are! They been the world to me and I can honestly say I wouldn’t be the person I am today without them. When shit happens you really do learn who loves you no matter what and that is a life lesson in itself.

To my cheerleaders in my life….I love you

Much love 
Alice xx
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Taking A Few Moments

There is something very therapeutic about taking a few moments in the morning to put your make up on. That is exactly what I did this morning, I had also picked up a few new make up items from feelunique.com, so was really going to take the most of this moment.

There is something about new products and having that ‘moment’ that is just truly lovely, I feel like it really does set me up for the day. Taking that moment in the morning really does put me in that happy positive, fresh mind set to tackle the day.

I think it is so important to have as many ‘little moments’ in your day, just to get your thoughts together and really reflect and slow down. Our worlds are so manic, so fast paces that we can end up ( I know I do ) just about getting through the day.

Do you have any ‘little moments’ in your day? Do you think you will add a few more into your day?

Products that I used this morning!
Smashbox Primer – New from feelunique.com
Nars Sheer Glow Foundation
Clarins Instant Concealer
Anastasia Brow Wiz – New from feelunique.com
Laura Mercier Loose Powder
Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow
Nars Laguna Bronzer
Benefit Dandelion Blusher
Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat
Charlotte Tilbury Lipstick
Urban Decay All Nighter – New from feelunique.com

Much Love 
Alice
xx
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Night Time Routine

My night time routine is something I don’t appreciate, and honestly is the most rush part of my day. As after a long day, a full routine before bed is something I tend to skim over as quickly as possible. However when I do take an extra few seconds to enjoy and take care of the wind down I really do appreciate it in the long run.

The first thing I love to do when I get in from a long day, that can either be from work or just a day full of errens. I love to get my comfiest, whether that may be a new pj set or leggings and a t-shirt and get the kettle on. I am currently having an herbal tea obsession, so I like to raid my jar to find a tea and have a cuppa.

At this point of the evening, I tend to catchup with anything outstanding, that needs doing from that day, whether it be finishing a blog post, or work bits. I like to get anything sorted before I sit down to eat as i feel like I still have my whole evening to chill and work is done for the day.

Once food has been eaten the world is good again. For me once I have eaten I do tend to unwind a little. I take this opportunity to take my face off from the day. I do (99%) of the time a full skin care routine including some of my favourites; Elemis Superfood Range, including a two of their new launches. There is something very relaxing about taking your make up off and having that feeling of removing the day.

Pure bliss…

As my evening comes to a close, I tend to get into bed (with another herbal tea) and reach for a book. This reading marlerky is a new one for me, I am currently reading Becoming by Laura Jane Williams and I am loving it. I love curling up into bed, diving into a good book, this will be something that I will try and keep consent in my evening routine.

Once my evening draws to a close and I can fell myself drifting off, I will put my book over on the side table and make sure all my lights are turned off. I love to have a peaceful dark room, when Bedtime_Blissuk got in contact with me asking if I wanted to try one of sleep mask, I jumped at the opportunity. I have always struggled with finding a good sleep mask that fits comfortable and actually does the job. The one from Bedtime_Blissuk does all this and fits perfect for eyelash extensions too!! I would recommend this sleep mask to anyone and everyone, its also perfect for travel.

I really want to start to get into a good bedtime routine, I feel like it sets you up for the next day and its a little bit of ‘me time’ at the end of a very busy day!

Much Love xx