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.



Friday, 10 October 2014

Autumn 2014 Backpack and Patterns

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FashionFake, UK fashion blog, Autumn fashion looks, fashion bloggers
FashionFake, UK fashion blog, Autumn fashion looks, fashion bloggers
FashionFake, UK fashion blog, Autumn fashion looks, fashion bloggers
what i'm wearing: Topshop jacket, dress and boots // Primark faux leather backpack // Topshop collar necklace

Yesterdays outfit post featured a pastel look, so today I decided to go for something more stereotypical Autumn and choose darker greens, browns and blacks. I love the whole heritage feel of this outfit - especially the tweed wool jacket! It keeps me warm and brings together an outfit - bonus! I added a little colour to this outfit with my red lipstick - Rimmel's Apocalypse in Big Bang - and off I go. The backpack  adds a little 90's hint to the outfit which is on trend this season as it looks like the 90's trend is sticking around for a while.
This is a really quick and cute outfit to wear, especially as the backpack fits in some books too so if you're studying invest in an on trend rucksack!

Although it's cold and miserable, I'm embracing the Autumn vibes and I'm actually looking forward to all the cosy nights in, layers, knitwear and fur (faux, of course). Especially the walks I do with my dog in the mornings and evenings, we stumble on the most beautiful seasonal happenings like gigantic mushrooms and late sunrises!



Thursday, 9 October 2014

Autumn 2014 Pastel Fashion

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FashionFake, fashion blog, UK fashion blogger
FashionFake, fashion blog, UK fashion blogger
FashionFake, fashion blog, UK fashion blogger
FashionFake, fashion blog, UK fashion blogger
what i'm wearing: Primark coat // Zara knitwear // Urban Outfitters dress // Topshop shoes // River Island Bag // Primark sunglasses 

I am currently battling through sorting out the last room in our new house which is the spare room, and in doing so I am rediscovering some old clothes I have which I love and cannot bear to give away. One of them is this cute dress which I am wearing under a light sweater, because Autumn is clearly here. I love the collar on this dress which looks great peeking out from under jumpers and how light the skirt is - it balanced perfectly with the heavier fabrics worn in the colder months. I've given this dress an A/W 14 update with my new season coat and a statement bag - hooray for feathers! The one thing I'm not too keen on are the black tights, I think sheer would look tons better with the soft, pastel colours.

I've had a few comments where you guys are loving the background of my outfit posts and that has also had a little makeover! Meet The Chicken, who is now the centerpiece for the trolley and lives next to the egg box!



Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Topshop Mac and Casual Converse

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FashionFake, Topshop mac, leather converse, UK fashion blog
FashionFake, Topshop mac, leather converse, UK fashion blog
FashionFake, Topshop mac, leather converse, UK fashion blog
what i'm wearing: Topshop mac (old) // Primark top // Topshop Joni jeans // Converse low leather  // Topshop chain

The weather in the UK has been so confusing recently - it's freezing in the mornings, then halfway through the day it gets incredibly hot! So what do you wear on a day like that? I've opted to style my Topshop mac with a casual stripe top and comfy converse as I walk everywhere. I'm especially loving leather Converse as you can wear them in the rain *thumbs up! I like how versatile a mac is - it can be dressed up or dressed down, and keeps you warm and dry.