Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Winter Warmers | Guest Post from Georgia

all images can be found here
With the winter months fast approaching us, I thought I'd scour the oh-so wonderful world of Pinterest for some winter warmers, that might just give you a bit of inspiration. Including DIY projects to try, fashion accessories to wear and more pretty images at your fingertips. I hope this little guest post has got you just that little bit more excited for the up-and-coming months... 

What I  love most about winter is the crunching of the snow under your feet when out and about, the hot chocolates when you come in from the freezing cold {topped off with loads of whipped cream, of course}, the days when you can stay indoors snuggled up with a huge blanket and read your favourite book and so on... 

For lifestyle bits and general musings, why not take a look at my blog Brew up Buttercup?


Psst! Hello, it's me, Maeve! 
Just a quick note to say this post was a guest one by Georgia who writes one of my long time favourite blogs, Brew up Buttercup. I hope you got some pinspiration and are as excited about Winter as much as we are! Also, make sure to check out Georgia's blog as she's the loveliest.

Monday, 20 October 2014


Hello everyone!

I've always had a passion for design of all kinds, but it's fashion and interior in particular that have been at the forefront. I can remember spending countless hours when I was younger drawing up plans for my 'dream house' and figuring out how all the rooms would all be decorated too. I could probably hunt for those pages now if I really tried and it might be interesting to see how my design tastes have changed!

Interior design is something I still daydream about now, so when Rodgers of York suggested I write about how my dream home would look I thought this would be tonnes of fun! 

Okay so let's get our imaginations going! Picture this.
It's a three story house in the countryside, close by some woods where you can go for walks and take your dogs. It would look fairly quaint on the outside with lots of little flowers and plants. Inside it's quite traditionally styled with bit of a modern twist here and there. 

Now I've painted the fairytale image, let's get into the details!


I don't know about you but I think the living room's focus should be on the sofas, seeing as the whole point of this room is to lounge! I love the idea of a patterned sofa and then letting everything else in the room be fairly simplistic. As you can see in the photo above there are two different patterns of material but the colour scheme compliments each other which I love. I intend to have lots and lots of cushions in my dream living room!


I once holidayed in a house with a kitchen like this and I'll never forget it. Duck egg blue and white pair together so nicely for a really fresh feel and french dressers, well you just can't go wrong with a french dresser can you? In my ideal home, my kitchen would have an island for cooking on and a breakfast bar so that I could still socialise with family and friends while I cooked.

I'm not big on dining rooms in separate rooms if that makes sense - I prefer it to be directly adjoined to the kitchen without a wall because these rooms are basically married aren't they? 


The hall is the place where you first come in and also where guests are greeted so I think it should reflect the family's different quirks and traits. Various photos, ornaments and souvenirs would line the walls and shelves with a sofa like this one to tie it all back in. And of course, you're gonna want somewhere to sit while you wait for someone to be ready so you can leave. Or perhaps for someone to wait on you while you get that winged liner even!


For the master bedroom, I can't get the idea of a teal and purple colour scheme out of my head. As this is a dream home, I'd have a walk in wardrobe because, well, I think most of us dream about having one, don't we? I'd like to keep this room really spacious and uncluttered as I feel that would make it as relaxing as possible. After all, this is the room of sleep!

I think this kind of look would be so cute as a childs bedroom and I especially love the high shelf with books and toys on. There's just something about the beachy feel I can't help but adore.

Attic bedrooms seem so cool to me and I'm not sure why but I think they'd be a great place for a teenagers bedroom. I'd never have thought of purple going with muted greys and beige but something about it just works and looks so comfy to me. Oh, and I just love a good skylight.


Next to the teenagers bedroom, also in the attic space I'd love to have an office. Those big windows would let floods of light in so it would be the ideal place to take blog photos and do my makeup! 

With a really monochrome background, how cool would it be to decorate this space with pops of colour in the furniture and ornaments?

I'm obsessed with this chair. All I can think of is ultimate laptop chair.
You can choose to have the leg stool if you're getting really comfy which is something that really appeals to me!

This step ladder style shelving unit is right up my street and I'd use it for housing all the random homeware bits and bobs I like to collect. Charity shops are the best for those by the way, if you love 'em too! Books and DVDs might go here too I think.

My office would also be the place I'd do my makeup and ever since seeing Allison's (aka Amarixe on Youtube) apartment tour, I've been inspired to use a bar height table and stool to do so upon.

I absolutely love watching vlogs and reading blog posts about interior design and some of my favourites are Gabby of velvetgh0st, Kate of gh0stparties and Ingrid of missglamorazzi - there's just something about a good old house/apartment tour that I can't resist!


So that's how I would decorate my dream home, I hope you enjoyed reading about it!

What would your dream home look like? 

Where do you get interior design inspiration from?

Tell me all about it in the comments, I can't wait to read them!

Thanks for reading,

♫ Would I lie to you baby, would I lie to you? 
No, I wouldn't.
This is a sponsored post but all opinions are honest and my own.

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Starting a Skincare Routine | ARK Skincare

Hello everyone!

Let's talk skincare.

At what age should you start to get serious about skincare?

As a 17 year old, the idea of a skincare routine is something I'm gradually starting to develop. I think that really, the sooner you bring one into your daily life the better as your skin will definitely thank you when you're older. As ARK Skincare say, "it's never too early to protect yourself from damage caused by the Sun and environmental factors with powerful antioxidants."

So where do you start?

It's quite easy to get confused about all the steps and which order you're supposed to go about conducting them in and I think that's why a lot of us don't bother with a skincare routine. Me, I used to keep it to a simple wash and moisturise for my slightly drier skin, not thinking about the benefits other products could do because it was all just too much hassle. Sound familiar?

I began experimenting with face masks and exfoliators but still didn't really have a set routine. I started thinking more seriously when the additions of micellar and toner water came into my life and from that point onwards, I was determined to keep up with a regular skincare regime.

What do ARK Skincare offer?

ARK contacted me and offered to send me one of their Age Aware Discovery Collections, to which I of course said yes, what with my newfound interest for all things skincare. The cool thing about ARK is that they gear their products around age groups - Teens to Early 30's are in the Age Prepare category, Mid 30s to 50 are the Age Maintain ladies and the Age Repair products are for those aged 50 and beyond.

I trialled and tested the Age Prepare kit for around a month and now I'm here to pass on my thoughts to you!

What you get:

Four mini sized 30ml tubes - a cleanser, exfoliator, moisturiser and a masque, all housed in a gorgeous wee travel bag. I don't know about you but I kinda love collecting little bags like this so it'll definitely come in handy even when the products are all used up! The packaging is very uniform and classy in all monochrome, so you really feel like you're applying luxury to your skin when you use them. At £28 it does cost a pretty penny but seeing as it's coming up to Christmas time, (yep, I said the 'c' word in October!) I think this would be great for gifting. Possibly even self-gifting!

Here's the order I like to use them in . . .


I start off with the cleanser in the morning to rid my face of any nasties straight away. This product has a scent I can't quite put my finger on, but I think it's pretty universal in terms of age and gender. I'm not sure how the Age Maintain and Repair stuff smells so I can't say if it's the same or not. What I like about this is that it thoroughly cleanses without being too stripping or astringent, a must for my sensitive skin.


Next up, I go ahead and exfoliate to really polish and smooth my skin and honestly, this has got to be one of the best exfoliators I've used! It's made up of little exfoliating particles (not sure what they are, but they seem very natural) submerged in a creamy lotion. This ensures that dry skin isn't dried out any further and aids with the smoothing process. I'll usually follow this step by my trusty Simple toner which is packed with vitamins to calm down any rogue pores or blemishes and is something along with the exfoliator I've grown to absolutely love.


As I've mentioned, I have dry skin and so moisturiser is the one thing I most definitely can't skip. For a product labelled moisturiser, this one kind of let me down in the moisture stakes. Don't get me wrong, it's not useless, but it just doesn't compare to the Simple one I love and adore. Maybe my standards are too high, but on me, this kind of just sits on the skin rather than fully sinking in. I do think it could be more useful to someone with oilier skin, but for me, not a huge hit.


I do love a good face mask if you didn't know, so I was really excited to try out ARK's take on one. I've been using this about twice a week at night, on Sundays and at some point midweek for that little skin perk up we all need, especially coming into the Autumn and Winter. It applies creamy and thick yet dries down quite sheer and not heavy at all. You can really tell it's done it's job by the 'airbrush effect' you get once you've left it on for ten minutes then soaked it off. Love this!

I hope this has given you a little insight into how I've built my skincare routine up and how you can do the same really easily with this kit. I can definitely notice a difference in the appearance and feel of my skin which I know is down to these products and using them regularly.  It's a shame about the moisturiser but the other three products I'll definitely miss once they've run out! The exfoliator in particular, I can see that being a repurchase in the full size as it's very nearly all gone!

What's your skincare routine?
Have you ever tried ARK Skincare before?

Thanks for reading,

♫ Would I lie to you baby, would I lie to you? 

No, I wouldn't. The ARK Skincare Discovery Collection was sent to me but all opinions are honest and my own.

Sunday, 12 October 2014

Weekly Reflect | #8

Hello everyone!

Looking back on it, I had a lovely week! I got lots of work done and even managed to fit in some fun things too. Wanna hear what I got up to?

These paints weren't mine but my friends. I couldn't pass up to opportunity to photograph them though, so beautiful!

This week:

  • . . . I started learning Mandarin! My school recently got a Chinese assistant who's offering once a week, non exam lessons for beginners and they started this week. It's very different to any other language I've learnt before, a little complicated but really interesting so far. Can you speak any foreign languages?
  • . . . I've been doing lots of art work. I've been drawing and painting hands which are more tricky than they look but I've been really enjoying spending most of my free periods in the art room at school. What kind of art do you like?
  • . . . I watched the final of The Great British Bake Off and was really pleased with the winner! I was routing for Martha or Chetna to win but when it came down to it, I really believe Nancy deserved to win. What have you been watching on TV?
  • . . . I went to see Ed Sheeran! Thursday night was the night I'd been counting down the days to for months and it's hard to believe it's over and done with now. This was the second time I'd seen Ed and he didn't disappoint. We were super close to the stage, only about 10 people from the front which made it for the most spectacular night. Saint Raymond was his support band who were actually really good, and he brought a guy from Snow Patrol out to sing Chasing Cars with him during the show. Can't wait for his next tour, I don't wanna miss it! Who's been your favourite singer to see live?


So that was how my last seven days panned out! 
How was your week?

Thanks for reading,

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

My new Personal Planner | + GIVEAWAY!

Hello everyone!

I'm a notebook person. 

If you don't know what you mean by that, I'll explain . . . I'm the type of person who is always writing lists and jotting things down into the various notebooks I like to collect. While this has it's benefits, (lots of pretty notebooks) it can sometimes leave me a bit all over the place, especially if I'm trying to find something I wrote down and can't remember which one it's in.

When Personal Planner popped an email over my way offering me a gift card, it was like my prayers had been answered. I've been getting a bit more dedicated to my blog and a planner specifically for blogging was the ideal way to get myself organised.

I went for a medium sized planner which I LOVE. It really is just the right size for my handbag if I'm out and about blogging in the library, which seems to be a regular occurrence these days seeing as my laptop is broken!

The best thing is that they're fully customisable, everything from the cover to the page layouts, meaning you can really make the whole thing your own. 

Not only do you get the planner itself but also a clip in ruler, clear plastic pocket and a very handy elastic to keep your pages together or mark a page.

If you're lucky enough to be invited to blog events and press days, there's the overview at the back so you'll never miss a date!

Liking the sound of this?

How would you like to win one?

Yep, that's right! I'm so excited to be holding a giveaway, I've always wanted to be able to give a little something back to you guys for being so lovely. 


- You will win a gift voucher to use on the Personal Planner website to use on a planner of any size - it's completely up to you!

- Personal Planner ship worldwide, so yes, this is an international giveaway!

How do you get organised?


Good luck!

Thanks for reading,