My Perfect Bathroom

I was recently introduced to Bella Bathrooms and I wanted to write up a styling post about how I would create a calm but seriously cool room. I've realised that after so many years of blogging I haven't really spoken about bathrooms which seems a bit silly as I love spending time in mine getting squeaky clean and having a bit of a pamper.

I love dark walls especially midnight blue and grey tones but I would also think its a great idea adding lots of white tiles to balance the room out. My dream bathroom would have a freestanding bath, huge round mirror, brass accents and a Moroccan tiled floor. Continue reading to see my bathroom picks and find out where to shop to get this look.

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I love how this Bella Bathrooms bath combines traditional and modern styles

You can't beat a subtlety patterned bath towel like this one from Anthropologie

One of my favourite scents is fir so I'm sure I'd love this soap

A natural brush is perfect for exfoliation, this one is from Labour and Wait

What's a bathroom without a candle? This one from Terrain looks lovely

This copper mirror / shelf would look great against dark walls

Four Days in Budapest

Budapest was one of the most beautiful places I've visited. I was actually really pleasantly surprised by how picturesque it was as I had chosen the city randomly as a place to visit with my mum, I had no expectations but had been told by a few people that it makes for a great city break. We had such a lovely time there, the food was amazing, it was very difficult to spend money as everything was so inexpensive, and the architecture was stunning. Keep reading to find out what we did...

On the first day we headed out to explore what was near our apartment, we were staying in a teeny chapel and it was so beautiful. We were staying about a 30 second walk away from the food market, you have to visit it if you're a foodie like me.

We walked over the bridge nearest the market (you can just about see the roof on this photo) and booked an afternoon trip to the mind blowingly beautiful Gellert Baths for the next day. We ate at the very old school Central Cafe that night which was just around the corner from our apartment, the food and service was excellent. It felt a little touristy but I can forgive that as the goulash was the best I've ever had.

The second day of our trip we explored the Jewish Quarter which definitely felt like the cool end of town. There were some great looking cafes and ruin bars but we headed straight for Bors GasztroBár on Kazinczy Street. I had read all over the internet about how good the soup was there and it's ranked as the 2nd best place to eat in Budapest. Lets just say the food more than lived up to our expectations and at £2 for a huge sandwich and soup we went back for more the next day.

Kazinczy Street Synagogue looked so beautiful, I love the pastel coloured tones in the brickwork. We then hopped over to the Royal Opera House and had a tour around the building which was absolutely amazing, just look at the guildwork and the royal box. Even the metro station there was posh. Dreamy.

We also had a great time enjoying one of Budapest's thermal baths, I'm sure they're all wonderful but we chose the Gellert Baths as they looked the best for what we were after. I would highly recommend visiting one of the baths if you go to Budapest as it was such a relaxing afternoon, a perfect break from the city. I was blown away at how pretty each room was, the further we explored the more ornate each pool became.

We also wanted to walk around the main park taking in the beautiful buildings and also had a look around the flea market. The park was really lovely but I was a little disappointed by the market so I'd give that a miss if I were you.

That afternoon we headed up to castle hill were a lot of the museums and historic buildings are. It was stunning but we couldn't find a decent place to have lunch! Let me know if you've eaten somewhere good there. There were wonderful views across the Danube river and Matthias Church was one of the most beautiful building's I've ever seen.

We had heard that Ruszwurm was a great little traditional tea room so we filled up with cake and I had a very indulgent cinnamon hot chocolate. Throughout the whole trip I was really surprised at how delicious the food was, Ruszwurm and Central Cafe in particular are great places for cake.

Castle hill was a great place for taking in the views and beautiful buildings but I much preferred walking around the Jewish district for a more real and down to earth insight into Budapest life.

On the last day after some shopping we had an amazing dinner at Costes, one of the michelin star restaurants in the city. We splashed out and enjoyed a seven course dinner, it was totally worth it. The sommelier also recommend some delicious local wine. It sounds very indulgent but our whole dinner including Prosecco, wine, tea and the seven courses was the same price for a two course dinner in London. The food was so good I ate the amuse bouche and dessert without taking any photos!

I hope you enjoyed reading about my trip and maybe you'll also visit Budapest one day too. Simon and I are planning on heading back for a weekend to celebrate our anniversary in the Summer and I can't wait.

Simple Scandi Bedroom

Simon and I just got back from an amazing trip to Brooklyn and the apartment we stayed in was so beautiful and bright. Our bedroom was almost totally white with a few grey and natural wood touches, a perfect refuge from such a busy city.

I was invited by Oak Furniture Co to design my perfect room scheme and as I am feeling so inspired by the clean and bright apartment we stayed in I decided to focus on a similar style. We actually need a new bed and I love this Cadiz Oak and Pine one I spotted on the Oak Furniture Co website, perfect for my simple Scandinavian room design. 

I've always loved Turkish carpets, there's something so warm and cosy about the beautifully coloured yarn. I'd really like a super modern mirror to sit on top of my chest of drawers and I think the one I've chosen would be perfect, I love the rose gold base. We have a lot of plants in our flat and I think its time to hop on the bandwagon and get some hanging planters, plus who could resist such a beautiful peachy bouquet of flowers? Finally I'd like to add a woven rope basket for storage and a Agate ornament to catch the morning light. 

How would you change your bedroom?  

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Recent Favourite Things

I don't often do a favourites round up post but occasionally I really love writing them. This month I've been particularly inspired and I've been spending a lot of time on Pinterest, take a look at my boards here. I wanted to share some of the things that have been catching my eye recently. Mainly food, dogs, stripy things, what's new there? I've also been trying to plan out my first tattoo, that's right A TATTOO. Don't faint mum.


Illustration by Lab Partners

Why don't I have a pink sofa yet? 

Vintage dog illustration, just because

If you live in London have a look at my restaurants board

I would really like a pair of loafers

I love this chunky pegboard

Swanky pumpkin DIY

I might wrap my Christmas gifts like this

The Twinkle Diaries

Style Icon: Charlotte Rampling

How much of a babe was Charlotte Rampling? How much of a babe IS Charlotte Rampling? There's something about being young in the early seventies that just looks so wonderful. I've realised recently that the seventies is my favourite decade. Similarly to my Jane Birkin post I've selected what I think are the best photographs of Charlotte and what to wear of you'd like to emulate her style like I do. This time it's all about simplicity but with a bit of glamour.

All the pieces I've selected are from Zara. This isn't a sponsored post I just really like their clothes!