Monday, 20 October 2014

Weekend break in Wales, Part 1

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FashionFake, UK lifestyle blog, UK travel blog, weekend break in Wales
FashionFake, UK lifestyle blog, UK travel blog, weekend break in Wales
FashionFake, UK lifestyle blog, UK travel blog, weekend break in Wales
FashionFake, UK lifestyle blog, UK travel blog, weekend break in Wales
FashionFake, UK lifestyle blog, UK travel blog, weekend break in Wales
FashionFake, UK lifestyle blog, UK travel blog, weekend break in Wales
FashionFake, UK lifestyle blog, UK travel blog, weekend break in Wales
FashionFake, UK lifestyle blog, UK travel blog, weekend break in Wales
FashionFake, UK lifestyle blog, UK travel blog, weekend break in Wales
FashionFake, UK lifestyle blog, UK travel blog, weekend break in Wales
FashionFake, UK lifestyle blog, UK travel blog, weekend break in Wales
FashionFake, UK lifestyle blog, UK travel blog, weekend break in Wales
FashionFake, UK lifestyle blog, UK travel blog, weekend break in Wales
FashionFake, UK lifestyle blog, UK travel blog, weekend break in Wales
FashionFake, UK lifestyle blog, UK travel blog, weekend break in Wales
FashionFake, UK lifestyle blog, UK travel blog, weekend break in Wales
FashionFake, UK lifestyle blog, UK travel blog, weekend break in Wales
FashionFake, UK lifestyle blog, UK travel blog, weekend break in Wales
FashionFake, UK lifestyle blog, UK travel blog, weekend break in Wales

Hello my lovelies! I have been away for just three days but I feel like I’ve come back from a whole week of relaxing and hiking in the Welsh valleys. It was Liam’s birthday on Sunday so I decided to take him on a little adventure and booked a rustic cottage for a weekend break in Wales. I came across a website called Airbnb (I might have missed the hype, but this was new to me!) which is brilliant for booking accommodation and finding quirky places to stay in and I came across Deer House in Commins Coch – a welcoming little stone cottage in the village near a town called Machynlleth.

We travelled up on the Friday morning and although it was a 4 hour drive for us, it didn’t feel like it because once you get into Wales and start driving along the valleys the scenery is breath taking. We reached Deer House a little before check in so we drove up to Machynlleth for a spot of lunch in one of the local pubs – after a long journey it just had to be a wild boar burger! Machynlleth is a tourist town with lots of gift shops, pubs and some sightseeing spots nearby – we quickly visited the Owain Glynd┼Ár's 1404 Parliament House which really keeps with the original setting and even seating of the building.

We arrived at Deer House around 4pm. It is so serene and peaceful in Commins Coch –there are literally seven cottages on one side of the street and two opposite. The rest is in the hills, so if you’re after a peaceful break away then you’re on to a winner. The stone cottage has kept all of its original rustic beauty and is so cosy! It was really cold when we came in, but after we got the fire going in the log burner the cottage was warm and just incredible. We absolutely loved every part of it and felt like we were miles away from everything and everyone. During the evening, we explored the area around the cottage on a little hike where I fell in love with my new hiking boots – the most comfortable boots I have ever worn by far! At first I thought they were bulky and just had to have them as a necessity, but I really fell in love with how easy it is to walk around in them and also how warm they are! We came back to the cottage around dusk and settled down in front of the fire with a cup of mulled wine and just enjoyed the atmosphere. The cottage is self catering, so for dinner we made up a little hamper full of goodies like prosciutto ham, a variety of cheeses, terrines and some baked goodies to go with them – it was delicious!

Our weekend break in Wales carried on the next morning when we decided to go on a little adventure. The owner of the cottage has suggested some walks for us to do and we picked one which sounded like it covered several walks. We drove to the Dyfi Furnace which is about 15 minutes from Deer House and parked up to walk across the road to the mill. We looked around the furnace and the mill and then crossed the bridge to get to a beautiful waterfall – this is where River Einion drops and there is a beautiful small lake at the bottom which is perfect for a swim. Although I chickened out because the water was freezing, Liam braved it and splashed in the waterfall! We then carried on up the hill to the top of the waterfall and it was beautiful.
After we checked out the falls at the mill, we carried on up the hill to Artists Valley – and incredibly beautiful valley wrapped around a forest, with really high hills. The view was incredible; who could imagine Wales which is really just up the road from us is such a beautiful country! Liam and I just fell in love. On our way through Artists Valley, we stopped for a short hike and came across a gorgeous slate cave – with slate pieces scattered everywhere. If you like slate plates and serving dishes this is like heaven! We explored the cave where we came across an owl who seemed rather grumpy that we woke him up, so he dramatically flew off into the woods.
We carried on our journey and headed to Borth, a little seaside town about 335 minute drive away. Borth is packed with little cafes and gift shops, as well as some lovely looking local places to eat. After having a little look around we settled in a pub called The Victoria Inn for some seaside fish and chips and as we were so lucky with the weather we got to enjoy our meals outside, right by the sea.
We finished our hiking day by driving back to the cottage and hiking through the local hills where we came across a small river and a giant mushroom, which I later found out is a porcini mushroom! We saw several of them but being uneducated in the art of foraging we left the mushrooms to grow in piece.

It was Liams birthday on the Sunday, so we decided to go out for a meal and some drinks on the Saturday night and we chose a pub called the Black Lion just a little further than Machynlleth. We had to take a taxi as the pub is kind of in the middle of nowhere, so walking really wasn’t an option. The Black Lion was very welcoming and cosy, and the food was delish! When in Wales, you’ve just got to try the local lamb so we both went for the daily special of lamb shank with a rosemary and red berry jus and it was wonderful. The lamb was so nice and tender – had to get top marks. We finished the night with a glass of wine in the cottage, in front of the fire walking about all sort of things.



Thursday, 16 October 2014

Unique Finds at HomeSense

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FashionFake, HomeSense Salisbury, lifestyle blog UK
FashionFake, HomeSense Salisbury, lifestyle blog UK
FashionFake, HomeSense Salisbury, lifestyle blog UK
FashionFake, HomeSense Salisbury, lifestyle blog UK
above: all items from HomeSense Salisbury store* (excluding the Chillilili sauce, bottles and Hemsley + Hemsley cook book)

A couple of days ago, I blogged about my favourite tea and coffee finds from the Salisbury HomeSense store and I want to continue with this lifestyle post them by showcasing some of my unique finds from the Salisbury HomeSense shop.
I love finding unique home accessories to decorate my house with – from vintage finds to modern shapes and materials, I love uniqueness. And sometimes it can be difficult to really set your home apart with copies of the same model being mass produced. I have been shopping for my homeware at TK Maxx for years now, and I was so happy to hear that they will be branching out into a store allocated specifically for interiors. The designs are beautiful and there is such a variety of styles that any home will find plenty of items to put in your shopping basket. I have selected some of my favourite items in the photos above to tell you about:

The faux skull: I find this piece is absolutely beautiful. Our living room is kind of modern rustic style with faux cowhide throws, cosy thick knit blankets, clean cut tables and vintage suitcases and as we already have one iron skull mounted on the wall, it seemed perfect to pair it with this exhibit. And with a price tag of £12.99 this beats any other macabre accessories I have seen around!

The chicken: Oh the chicken. You guys loved the chicken when it first appeared on Instagram – it’s so cute and rustic! This china chicken (who has now been named China) lives in our kitchen by our egg house and adds to the cottage feel on the interior. It’s been a huge hit with everyone who’s seen it and comes at a very reasonable £12.99. Mega love!

The Tunisian bowl: Is actually from Tunisia. HomeSense stocks unique items handmade all over the world, with beautiful designs and multiple purposes. I love this bowl, and it’s perfect for serving almost everything – here is one of our Sunday roasts!

The food: OK so some people don’t realise that HomeSense actually do some food accessories as well as home accessories. From pickled jalapenos to jam, from herbs de Provence to wasabi paste, all sorts of olive oils, Himalayan salt, the hottest sauce you will find on the planet – you can find gems in there. The food section is one of my favourite places because I love herbs and sauces and I have never seen such a variety of unique finds. I have never left HomeSense without at least three jars of something.

These were just a few of my top picks from the HomeSense Salisbury store and I hope you have enjoyed this post and got inspired!
















This post is part of my HomeSense series as the official HomeSense Hampshire ambassador and I was kindly compensated with gift vouchers.

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

My Own Skirt.

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FashionFake, UK fashion blog, style blogger
FashionFake, UK fashion blog, style blogger
FashionFake, UK fashion blog, style blogger
FashionFake, UK fashion blog, style blogger
what i'm wearing: H&M jacket // handmade (by me!) skirt // Zara contrast shopper bag // Topshop boots and felt hat

A couple of years ago, I really got into making my own clothing items like the skirt I'm wearing in this post. I always wanted to design clothes and sell them in a little boutique - lifelong dream of mine.  So I started to use really simple patterns like a skater skirt and added a high waist to make it more 'mine' then used vintage fabrics which I found really cheap in stores. They weren't perfect, but they were a start. 

I really want to get back into making clothes and maybe even open a little online boutique - what do you guys think? Do any of you have an online store you can give me tips on how to run? 



Tuesday, 14 October 2014

My Favourite HomeSense Tea, Coffee and Table Accessories

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FashionFake, UK lifestyle blog, HomeSense UK, British tea, home accessories shop
FashionFake, UK lifestyle blog, HomeSense UK, British tea, home accessories shop

Who in Britain doesn't like a good cup of tea?! Tea is such a social activity and I love drinking tea when I have to catch up with someone, or when me and Liam are relaxing in front of the TV. I bought these cute, kitsch china tea accessories from HomeSense in Salisbury and I'm really excited to use them along with the mega cute jam jar next time I see someone for tea. I tried to go for a subtle British theme with the Best of British tea box which includes the classic Earl Grey and English Breakfast, as well as a more adventurous Chamomile and Vanilla variety! I really love how the teapot was actually made in Germany - there is an inscription at the bottom of the teapot!

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FashionFake, UK lifestyle blog, HomeSense UK, home accessories shop
FashionFake, UK lifestyle blog, HomeSense UK, home accessories shop

I love Autumn - I love the colours, the smells and the general atmosphere. One of my favourite things about Autumn is the spiced drinks and cosy candles which is why I got so excited about these items. I'm not a huge coffee drinker but when I saw this Caramel Apple ground coffee from HomeSense UK, I just had to have it. It tastes mega sweet and is just absolutely delicious to perk me up late morning - I didn't even have to add sugar! I also picked up a Spiced Apple Taylors tea which is just gorgeous. I love spiced apple and this tea is the perfect beverage to come home to after a long walk in the crisp outdoors, or even if you got caught in the rain!
I enjoy hot drinks sat on my sofa with a couple of candles for a little extra cosiness and when I found this gorgeous smelling crackling candle with a wooden wick I just had to have it. What can be better than closing your eyes and imagining you're in a log cabin in the middle of a beautiful Welsh valley, far away from work/school/house chores?

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FashionFake, UK lifestyle blog, HomeSense UK, home accessories shop, asian tea
FashionFake, UK lifestyle blog, HomeSense UK, home accessories shop, asian tea

Liam and I are huge fans of Asian style accessories and we add subtle touches to our home by picking items we think are really going to catch the eye. Liam found this teapot which is a real cast iron Asian teapot with a net inside to brew loose tea leaves - the perfect accompaniment to this teapot is the Green Tea with Jasmine Blossoms we found. The tea is fragrant, sweet and is beautiful to look at! This is a great set to impress the guests with - it's fun to make as well as stylish!














*This post is part of my HomeSense series as the official HomeSense Hampshire ambassador and I was kindly compensated with gift vouchers, from which I have bought all the teas, coffees and home accessories featured in this post. 

Monday, 13 October 2014

Knitwear, High Waists and My New Zara Bag

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FashionFake, UK fashion blogger, Autumn style
FashionFake, UK fashion blogger, Autumn style
FashionFake, UK fashion blogger, Autumn style
FashionFake, UK fashion blogger, Autumn style
what i'm wearing: Primark knitwear // River Island highwaisted midi skirt // Zara shoes and reversible shopper bag // Topshop chain necklace

It's happened. It's finally gotten cold, sharp and the air is filled with scents of Autumn. Long gone are the days of our Indian summer, it was only this morning really that I woke up feeling like I really, really didn't want to get out of bed. This kind of weather requires warm and cosy attire, knitwear, cashmere, a bit of faux fur - whatever makes you feel like you're not braving the outside world feeling 'bare'. I love this chunky knit sweater from Primark which is really nice and warm and I paired it with some ankle boots and a high waisted skirt for a comfy yet stylish look.