Whilst my first passion with style might be sartorial my second obsession comes in the form of dressing my home up. And now with a whole new home to dress I am searching high and low for beautiful pieces to fill it with.

There’s one online destination I have bought so many things for myself on – jewellery, accessories, vintage finds. But I had never delved into the Home & Living tabs. What a mistake! Think of any trend you’re currently obsessing over for the home and pinning like mad about – they have it.  And at every budget. Hundreds, actually thousands of artists, designers and curators to buy beautiful, sometimes one off, always unique, pieces from – all within an online marketplace where craftsmanship is key.

Etsy.

Etsy Home & Living Picks 

Anyone that has followed my Instagram for a while would have seen the gold sputnik ceiling light I had in the old cottage. I found it at a DIY store in stainless steel and spray painted it myself after spending hours online trying to find a gold one that was affordable and available in the UK. Over time the spray paint has peeled and dulled and although I have brought them with me to the house I thought it was time for an upgrade and get the real deal, all gorgeous gleaming beautiful spikes of it, hanging in the new lounge. I found a company based in the UK (Cheltenham) that makes the most stunning hand crafted mid-century modern and contemporary lighting. Literally fell in love with every single design. And the way Etsy is set up you can message with the shop directly and ask any questions, get help with your decision and ask advice before ordering. The shop owner Eve was incredible at guiding me on what finish I was wanted, fittings, delivery etc. It was like having your own personal shopper. The day the light arrived I messaged my excitement to Eve and can’t wait to show her what her design looks like in my home. Its all so personal and the experience makes each piece all the more special as you know exactly where its come from, who made it and where. Call me sentimental but that means something to me.

Eves shop is called InScapesDesign and I cannot recommend her enough. Totally and utterly in love with my new light.

The Trends I’m Currently Coveting

The Wall Sconce

The Vintage Rug

The Oversized Wall Art

The Decorative Crystals

The Art Deco Coffee Table

My new home is a long term ‘project’…. read… needs a lot of work and we need to save some pennies to do said work… but in the meantime I’ll keep staring at my new light, pinning away the trends and coming back to Etsy to find what I need.

Ashley x

www.Etsy.co.uk

This post was created in collaboration with Etsy – all photography and opinions are my own.

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Towards the end of last year I had bought myself a faux suede jacket from Zara. I totally loved it. But I couldn’t get over the fact it wasn’t real suede and it bugged me. So back it went leaving a suede jacket hole in my wardrobe. Then the Mango sale delivered – a beautiful, super soft camel suede leather biker. And all was well.

The said jacket is now back at Mango (link in my shop) but its quite pricey at over £100. So if you want to test the suede biker water before taking the plunge I have linked some really beautiful faux versions below for you. And a few gorgeous forever versions for good measure.

When it comes to styling it couldn’t be easier. Just like a classic black leather biker you can throw this on with anything. The softer texture is incredibly flattering and you’ll probably find you wear it right into the Summer months, scrunching it up in your handbag or under the buggy when it heats up. And the beauty is like the leather biker it just gets better with age and battering. (Worth using a protection spray if little hands/mouths might get close though). Check the gorgeous ladies below for all the stylish styling inspo you could need….


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Back in January my husband treated me to a beautiful gold signet ring for my birthday. I have yet to have it engraved as I wanted to save it and have both Viviennes and Margots initials entwined together on it. So it’ll be heading back to the jewellers shortly for the grand engraving as well as final fitting to make sure it fits perfectly as even in January at seven months pregnant my fingers were a little on the portly.

I don’t know if I was subconsciously swayed into buying a signet ring having seen them across social media but recently I have been seeing them everywhere, and I love it. No longer the choice of the pinky-set these rings look seriously cool adorning any finger. With their androgynous style they actually work amazingly with more delicate rings and set-off a brilliant-cut diamond engagement ring perfectly.

As well as the beautiful design from my husband which is solid gold I’ve since treated myself to another signet ring – this ones gold plated from Posh Totty (one of my favourites- find it here) and I have linked it below along with a few other designs – some from just £12.

 

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Sale alert! Black Friday is tomorrow – this means mega discounts on all those things you’ve been coveting for months – and all those things you didn’t even know that you needed. Its also the perfect time to buy your Christmas presents – if you’re that organised.

I have been trawling the internet for you to pull together my own edit of the best deals – at the best discounts so you don’t have to waste your time searching. I warn you this is a mega-shopping post…

CLICK ON THE IMAGES TO ENTER EACH SITE AND SHOP THE ITEM

 

ASOS

20% off with code: GOGOGO

 

TOPSHOP

Up to 50% off – no code

SELFRIDGES

20% off with code: SELFCCE

 

BOOHOO

Up to 50% off – no code

RIVER ISLAND

50% off selected stock – no code

PRETTY LITTLE THING

50% off – no code

NEW LOOK

Up to 50% off – no code

LA REDOUTE

40% off everything with code: BLACKFRIDAY

& OTHER STORIES

50% off selected stock from 25th November

 BEAUTY

Look Fantastic

18% off with code: RUSH

The Body Shop

40% off with code: 19805

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West Elm

Up to 30% off with code: SAVENOW

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No matter how my life has changed, challenges and wins, twists and turns, marriage and mortgage, baby and toddler… I have always been so lucky to have the best girl friends in my life. Some have been in my life since I was just four years old, some from school, university and NCT. My special ladies I am so proud to call my best friends. Tonights Sunday inspo post is dedicated to those special bonds we all have with our friends… the girls that know everything about us, good and bad, that laugh and cry with us and accept the weirdness with the loveliness. If you haven’t reached out to them in a while make this week the perfect time to send a text, make a call or knock on their door and say hello… life can get so busy but those relationships are gold dust.

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