Bedroom Reveal!

***Ok so this is the post that ALMOST never was because to be honest with something like blogging as a hobby life just gets in the way and it becomes harder and harder to get back into something purely because you don’t prioritize. At one point I just assumed that this blog was dead in the water. BUT today I just woke up and decided that I was going to start blogging again because it’s just something that I really enjoy doing***

Last August I decided while cleaning my bedroom that the old look was a little outdated and decided to paint and get new floors down. However I did get a little carried away in the whole romance of the redesign and the whole thing spiralled out of control to basically a completely new room! After giving almost A MONTH of researching design elements I wanted to incorporate, shopping, redecorating & then shopping some more I have finally a space that I feel truly reflects me and where I can relax & unwind.

In my last post I highlighted the Pinterest picture that I wanted to base the design off and showed the basic colours, furniture etc. that I had settled on.

Although the initial budget of €300 has been overstretched by a ‘little bit’ I am so pleased with what resulted:

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I hope you guys love this as much as I do! I wish I had thought to take before pictures because this is such a transformation that I actually would have loved to compare.

I think I am one of those people who will never be fully satisfied with a room until everything is perfect and I have a couple of refinements left to make like getting a piece for over the bed and getting someone to finish off the bookcase (I don’t trust myself  with a drill!)

Thanks as usual for reading I really hope you love the Room,

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Grand Designs

So the other day while cleaning my bedroom I decided I was sick of the old and wanted a change. I Initially had decided that I only wanted a lick of paint and some wood flooring but then I made a massive mistake and went on Pinterest. Now anyone who has ever been on Pinterest will know that it is the place to escalate simple ideas to elaborate (and expensive) plans.

I personally have found myself on multiple occasions fall into the black hole of Pinterest and this time was no different, the only idea I was really looking for was an open storage solution as I had only ever had one rail of a wardrobe with limited other storage.

And then I found “the picture” and my heart was set, regardless of my budget or anything else I had decided what it was I wanted to do with the room.

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While this was the overall idea I did have some adjustments, my TV would go in between both clothes rails and I would put a chest of drawers in the middle also. A grey floor with some deep shade and I would be set.

NOW as anyone who has ever made any renovations will know these things sort of develop a mind of their own and elevate both the design and price point and this is exactly what happened to me.. Upon setting out a shopping list from IKEA I realised that My initial €300 budget would be long gone as my “list was over my budget for the whole room.. OOPS!

Attached below are a couple of pieces and some of the items I have already gotten for the room, will post an update when the room is complete with actual pictures (but bear with me as I may take a while to choose curtains & bedding…

Wallpaper & Paint

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I chose this paper as a backdrop to the above image to create sort of a feature wall, I decided to switch the heavy dark curtain for a white sheer curtain so the whole context isn’t so heavy and to give it a lighter feel, coupled with a metallic silver/blue paint and purple surrounds on other walls.

Flooring

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I chose this flooring purely to go with the purple and I really love the colour so I am hoping it looks nice when completed.

Furniture

For the furniture I wanted to stay true to the original photo design while also ensuring I maximised my storage solutions. I bought two of the “Rigga” clothes rails and a “Malm” chest of three drawers for the “main wall” and the matching “Malm” end table.

I wanted a centrepiece light that really drew attention and i definitely feel the “PS 2014 Pendant” does just that, so far everyone who has seen it has loved it so I am optimistic.

 

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Thanks for reading guys,

Stephen 😛

Baskets & Budgeting

Around this time of the month every month I find myself filling baskets online of clothes, Skincare stuff and other general tat that I probably don’t need.

Getting Paid monthly is not the most fun thing but I think budgeting becomes so important when your wages only comes in once every four weeks.. sometimes a little longer depending.

Anyway I like to keep it simple by just having a little exec sheet saved with my usual expenses, phone bill and the likes things that are regular and then once i know what I’m getting paid just pop that figure in, deduct your expenses and then you know what the balance is that is left over to spend.. this is always the figure that i am watching because if it isn’t enough i need to streamline my online baskets and thats never fun.. 😦

As I’m writing this post I currently have tonnes of  holiday clothes in an ASOS basket and a nice little boots basket full to the brim of skincare/grooming essentials. On top of that i have to pay for our flight to Budapest and start putting away some spending money all mixed in to the regular expenses.

Fingers crossed that this month my wages is like a phone number so that i can afford all the expenses and still buy my baskets..  If i can, expect a couple of haul posts –  Hopefully.

Thanks for reading,

Any tips on budgeting or how does getting paid monthly vs weekly affect you? let me know in the comments

Until Next Time,

Stephen 😀

 

Boots Haul – April 2017

 

A Little Brown box with pink tape can only mean one thing in my house! – A NEW BOOTS ORDER!

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I think I have mentioned before but I am one of Boots’ best customers. Im paid monthly (which is a terrible idea BTW) and I find myself on all online shopping sites filling baskets and then having to wait until payday.

On Payday my Boots basket is the first one to be ordered and when I woke up Tuesday morning I checked my balance and had my boots order enroute before I had even gotten out of bed! Also: best delivery time ever – the order was deliv20170426_170746_resizedered just over 24 hours later.

Anyway I went a little bit overboard to try and avoid paying delivery on this order and ended up with more items than I actually needed..OOPS 😛

So without further adieu my first Boots Haul:


 

Úna Brennan Superfacialist – Rose Hydrate Radiance Day Cream SPF15

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For the longest time I have been searching for a really good moisturiser that has a SPF.
And I have heard a lot about Úna Brennan Superfacialist products so when this on came up on the site I decided to go for it. It smells amazing and despite being €20.99 I think it will prove to be worth it! Also it smells so amazing..

€20.99 for 75ml – Available at Boots

 

Botanics Relaxing Lavender Body, Space and Pillow Spray

To be blatantly honest, the only reason this went in the basket was to get me over the threshold for free delivery, but somehow I don’t think I will regret adding it. The 20170426_171254_resizedamazing lavender scent from this makes me feel completely relaxed and the past two nights I have slept so well since spraying it over my bedclothes in the morning when
making the bed!

€6.49 for 100ml – Available at Boots

Boots Tea Tree & Witch Hazel Blemish Stick

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Im not sure how I feel about this and I will be sure to let you guys know once I actually start using it. The basis of this is that it comes in a lipstick type casing and you dab it onto blemishes and spots. I have had great experiences with the Boots Tea Tree & Witch Hazel range previously so I have high hopes!

€3.49 for 3g – Available at Boots

NIVEA MEN Sensitive Cooling Shave Gel

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I hate facial hair. But the shaving cream I usually use is making my skin flare up so I

decided to try giving this a shot. Hopefully it will help in keeping my skin at bay.

€6.49 – Available at Boots

Oral B 3D White Luxe Perfection Toothpaste – 75ml

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Always need to keep those whites pearly. I love Oral B 3D toothpaste and it really makes my teeth feel so clean and fresh all day. This toothpaste is one I would really recommend paired with the luster tooth whitening kit also available from boots.

Toothpaste €6.49 Available from Boots

 

3 for 2 on Simple skincare

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Simple Kind To Skin Vital Vitamin Night Cream

I wanted to couple my new day cream with a good night cream and who could resist the boots 3 for 2?  I know the 3 for 2 offer is one of the pillars of boots range and I even know people who only shop in boots for the 3 for 2. Im hoping this cream will add to my skincare routine and help clear my face up.

€6.99 for 50ml – Available at Boots

Simple Kind To Skin Pore Minimising Toning Cleanser

When don’t you need a good reliable cleanser! And when in doubt simple is the “simple” choice.

€5.99 for 200ml – Available at Boots

Simple Kind To Skin Purifying Cleansing Lotion

3 for 2 means you need 3 items so I read that this lotion should be applied before using the cleanser and then I had my basket over the threshold for free delivery – €50. OOPs.

Usually €5.49 – Available at Boots – Free under 3 for 2

 


 

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And that was my boots order for this month, even though I’ve only been using them for a few days I already love all of these products!

Thanks so much for reading, Until Next time,

Stephen 🙂