Best homeware - Girlglobalising

Best homeware - Girlglobalising

My obsession with homeware, in particular cute and kitsch homeware, has grown enormously in the last few years. The move from shared student hovel, to a flat shared with a friend and now with a boyfriend has expanded my designated areas from just one single room to many rooms, which I can fill with all kinds of knick knacks.

The use of Instagram and Pinterest is probably due to my new found home aspirations. Seeing other peoples beautifully curated interiors has made me all the more aware of what I’d ideally like mine to look like.

Unfortunately for me, being in a rented flat puts a limit on what I can actually do in terms of home decor – Dom is pretty thankful for that I think!

Best homeware - Girlglobalising

Best homeware - Girlglobalising

Best homeware - Girlglobalising

In order to get around the fact that I can’t change the walls and floors, or the kitchen or bathroom, instead I fill the place with as many bits and pieces that I can.

Pot plants, cacti and succulents are great for adding greenery and if you can manage to keep the alive then that’s a bonus too. Cup and mugs seem to be my downfall at the moment. This little heart shaped fella was a valentine’s one picked up in Tiger. The white Ikea mugs that come with little cork coasters are an all time favourite of mine.

Little patterned side plates are perfect for snacks and for any blogging/instagram props you might need.

One of my favourite things we’ve picked up recently is this marble chopping board from Tiger. We use it as a board to display some candles on, and it sits on the dining table.

Big candles can act as lovely ornaments too, with the added bonus that they smell great and give the ultimate hygge vibes on cold miserable winter evenings. My latest is this giant Sandalwood one that I picked up in the House of Fraser sale. Although if you want the best decorative candles then head to Anthropologie – the mecca of homeware.

On my makeshift desk/dressing table I’ve added a pretty mirror from TK Maxx, plus I keep all my brushes in pretty glasses picked up from various places, and my perfumes on display for an extra touch of girly-ness.

Best homeware - Girlglobalising

Best homeware - Girlglobalising

Photos, prints and paintings are a great way to add character to plain old magnolia walls, if you too have the joy of renting somewhere that won’t let you freshen up the paint.

There are so many places to find the best homeware on the highstreet. As mentioned Tiger is my favourite as most things only cost a couple of quid. TK Maxx has a really great homeware section with everything from bedroom pieces, to bathroom and kitchen additions.

H&M home is some where I often look for pretty home accessories, although I’m yet to place an order there. Ikea have an endless supply of Scandinavian homeware and department stores such as John Lewis and House of Fraser often have great sale events throughout the year.

Anthropologie is where you want to head for the ultimate inspiration and if you’ve got a bit of extra money to spend. I popped in the other day, saw a pink velvet sofa and thought I’d died and gone to homeware heaven.

These are a few ways I make my rented flat a home, and indulge in a few interior trends as much as I can. Perhaps I’ll give you a little tour of my flat one day. Preferably on a day I’ve had a mad tidy and clean of the place.

Low key Valentine's Day - Girlglobalising

Happy Valentines Day!

It’s a bit of a funny old day isn’t it? I’m not really that bothered about celebrating it to be honest. I feel pretty neutral on the Valentine’s spectrum. It’s a nice day for sure. I’ll make Dom a card and maybe buy some chocolates (if he promises to share them with me…) and enjoy a quiet evening.

Some people love to go above and beyond on V day, with presents and chocolates and cards and expensive evenings out and that’s cool to if you’re into it. But I have to admit I don’t know any of these people. Most of my immediate friends and family are all about celebrating on the down low.

So for those of you that are looking to celebrate today, but also keep it fuss free, low maintenance and non-OTT here’s a few ideas for you.

Go handmade. Make a card, make it funny, personal, put an in-joke on there. Or make it soppy, write a poem and profess your love. Do what you want, it’s your own work. Here are some ideas to get you started.

Make something special. I’ll never forget the first Valentines day that Dom and I spent together – when he arrived with his Mum’s coolbag full of things to make dinner with. He made a steak salad, complete with slightly under cooked potatoes. But it was nice and it was something a little bit special without ending up in a slightly cringey, expensive restaurant. BBC Good Food have loads of things you could try out.

Plan something for later. Maybe you’re really busy at work, or you’ve had a stressful day and you just don’t want to do anything. That’s totally fine, don’t feel under pressure to celebrate for the sake of celebrating. Why not just plan a cool day trip for the weekend? Something to look forward.

Take some time for yourself. You could just spend the evening having a little bit of me-time. Maybe paint your nails or have a bath, read your book and have a G&T or two.

You don’t have to spend a fortune on flowers and meals out today – unless you want to of course. Let me know if you’re planning to celebrate today and I hope you have a goodun’ whatever your up to.

Pink Obsession - Girlglobalising

Pink Obsession - Girlglobalising

Pink Obsession - Girlglobalising

Photos by Dom John

Pink is something that I’ve not really looked at twice for a very long time. Probably not since I was about fourteen and I painted my room in what I thought was a grown up, sophisticated pink that actually turned out to be more of a Barbie pink. What a mistake.

Wearing pink is again something I’ve avoided thanks to a sometimes particularly red face, be it that I’m embarrassed, I’ve had a glass (or sip…) of wine, or I’m just mildly warm, my face will show that to the world. So wearing pink directly below a pinkish/red face never seemed like a good idea.

Pink Obsession - Girlglobalising

Thanks to Pantone making Rose Quartz the colour of the year in 2016 it swiftly began popping up everywhere. Much to my dismay of course.

Finally, after a dodgy pink jumper purchase that makes me look even more washed out than usual, I have hit the jackpot. This ASOS cardi is the softest, warmest and fluffiest thing I have worn in a long time. The extra chunky cuffs just make it that bit better and poke out of coat sleeves in a very pleasing way.

Pale girls with sometimes red faces, the cause is not lost! Pink can be wearable and it seems my pink obsession has begun.

Cardigan – Asos | Jeans – Asos | T-shirt – Daisy Street | Bag – Accessorise (old – similar) | Pom Pom – New Look | Boots – Office

Pink Obsession - Girlglobalising

PS. Is it bad to coordinate your socks with your jumper? Because I’m quite liking it…

Pottery class - Girlglobalising

Here’s to a year of trying new things.

How many times do you have an idea that you’re really keen about, raring to get going on and then, well, never actually start? This is the story of my life. Lots of grand ideas and zero follow through.

Pottery class - Girlglobalising

How long have I wanted to join a class or try something new and then just sat around thinking about it rather than getting up off the sofa and actually started it? A very long time is the answer you’re looking for.

Pottery class - Girlglobalising

So fresh off the back of my first pottery lesson (which was brilliant) I’ve decided that 2017 will be the year of activity. Of actually following up on a few things and starting a some new hobbies.

Pottery class - Girlglobalising

Anything from calligraphy, to dress making and sewing, to a dance class or cooking lesson, I’m going to give it all a go this year. Pottery can now be ticked off the list and if there’s one thing that can be said for trying something new, then it’s to get fully involved and not to worry about it. Get in there and embrace the fact that you’re not going to be perfect and it’s going to be a messy job, but it will also be an accomplishment and something that you’ve wanted to achieve for ages.

Pottery class - Girlglobalising

Pottery class - Girlglobalising

The class I took part in was held at Elisabeth Barry Ceramics studio in Bath. She has some serious pottery talent, which I tried and failed to replicate. Make sure you check out her website for some beautiful minimalist pots, cups and bowls.

And while I may not have created such delicate pieces as Elisabeth makes, she was a fantastic teacher and I’ve still come away with a couple of pieces that I will proudly use for whatever takes my fancy – providing they survive the kiln that is…

Pottery class - Elizabeth Barry Pottery - Girlglobalising

Pottery class - Elizabeth Barry Pottery - Girlglobalising

There’s a lot to be said for stepping outside your comfort zone. As we’re always told, but never really listen – ‘you never know what you might achieve’. Here’s to a year of trying new things.

Breakfast bars - Girlglobalising

Breakfast bars - Girlglobalising

I’ve tried many a healthy recipe before and trust me, when it comes down cake and baked goods a lot of the time they just don’t work out.

The consistency is weird, the taste is a bit strange and altogether it leaves you wishing that you’d just gone for the one containing all the sugar and butter.

Since being on the health bandwagon after Christmas, and returning home after the holidays to find some very over ripe bananas in my cupboard, I decided to throw some things together and see what the result was.

And it was actually alright. Pretty good really, which is better than alright. They are incredibly low in sugar, made with coconut oil and still taste nice.

Breakfast bars - Girlglobalising

All you will need:

3 very ripe bananas

1 1/2 cups Oats

2 Tbsp Coconut Oil (melted)

3 Tbsp Honey (or more or less depending on taste)

Cranberries, Desicated Coconut, Peanut Butter (or whatever extras you would like to add – nuts, seeds, chocolate chips…)

Preheat your oven to 200 degrees/fan

Breakfast bars - Girlglobalising

Mash the bananas really well and add to a medium sized bowl. The riper the bananas the easier this will be. Stir in the oats and check your consistency isn’t too thick or thin.

Melt the coconut oil and use the same spoon to measure out the honey. Using the hot spoon with oil residue will make handling the honey much easier. Stir into the banana and oat mixture.

Add in the rest of your ingredients, as many or as little as you want in the breakfast bars. Pop in the oven for 15-20 mins or until firm and golden.

Leave in the tin to cool and then slice and serve.

They should last a good few days in an airtight container. And enjoy!

Breakfast bars - Girlglobalising