DIY – How To Make A Bobble Hat With A Pompom Keyring

20171208_112418A really simple DIY for you here. I came across these super cute, super fluffy faux fur pompom keyrings in Poundland a few weeks ago, and instantly thought ‘Bobble Hat!’. My Mum is always knitting beautiful hats and gives me new ones every time I see her, and though they’re wonderfully soft and warm, they’re a little plain as they are. But a huge faux fur pompom for £1?! Yes please. The idea was instant.  

20171208_112455It’s really easy to do – just take a pair of scissors or small pliers to remove the metal loop of the keyring from the elastic loop of the pompom and separate the two.

20171208_112548_00120171208_112620Then it’s just a case of threading a needle, securing it to the hat, and then sewing through the small loop in the pompom a couple of times to secure the pompom to the hat.  

20171208_11281020171208_112850Once the two are joined, you need to turn the hat inside out, keeping the pompom in place. I put my hand inside the hat, grip the pompom, and holding it, turn the hat inside out and grip the outside of the hat so that the pompom is tucked neatly inside.  

20171208_11295820171208_113040This way, you can securely sew a larger area of the pompom, keeping it perfectly in place so that it’s well attached and not too wobbly on top of the hat! 

20171208_113056Make fairly large stitches from side to side (around ¾ of an inch across) until the pompom is well secured. Do a few very small stiches to end off the thread and voila! Your completed hat! 

20171208_11332420171208_113428How cute do these three look with their pompoms? And a total bargain to make too! So glad as well, as with all the snow we’ve had recently, a snuggly hat has been an essential! 

20171208_113549For now, with love,
Ellen  

 

November in Candles: Kringle Daylights, Woodwick Hourglass Melt & DW Home

Oops, I meant to get this post up yesterday but #reallife happened. Before I join the rest of the world on everything Christmas, I’ve a final recap on the candles I was loving in November. Just a few small treats of delicious scents that kinda wrap up Autumn candles for me. From here on in, it’ll be juicy pomegranate, mulled wines and clean balsam fragrances all the way.  

Hopefully you caught my post on the DW Home Pumpkin Allspice candle. This was delicious. Loved every last moment of it. If you haven’t read the full review… go! Pumpkin spice – Autumn candle essential, really!

I also tried a few daylight candles from Kringle for the first time ever. Kringle aren’t widely available in the UK, so I purchased a bunch of daylights and melts online, and enjoyed all three of these.  

My favourite was Welcome Home. The strongest scented of these three, where “friendly spice notes, a touch of baking bread and warm hearthside aromas evoke reassurances of homecoming and sanctuary found. ” It’s not soft and sweetly spiced like a lot of creamy pumpkin Autumnal scents, but richly and actually spicily spiced. The ‘hearthside aromas’ also add to the richness, and it is indeed a comforting smell. We enjoyed this a lot.  

I also really enjoyed Apple Cider Donut which is “infused with spice-sweet cider notes and a lavish dusting of sweet cinnamon. ” It smells exactly like the name suggests, and it really is lovely, though quite subtle. These are the small daylight candles (so named as they burn for a day, up to around 12 hours), and will only fill a small room. I tend to have them where I’m working/relaxing so I can enjoy the fragrance close by, but they won’t fill a large room with scent. As opposed to the fruitier mulled cider scents of Christmas, this is baked apple goodness with just a hint of cinnamon and vanilla, and lots of sugar.

Lastly, we tried Autumn Winds. It was nice, but not my usual cup of tea for an at-home-relaxing scent. It has spicy woody notes, and whilst it does a good job of conjuring images of Autumnal walks through crunchy leaves, it doesn’t have the warmth and fruit that I usually like in Autumn candles. Still nice, but not a scent I’d repurchase in a larger format.  

Finally, we enjoyed the Woodwick Pear Cider wax melt. Aren’t cider scents just so Autumn appropriate?! This really is a juicy pear and ginger cider, with notes of clove and vanilla. It’s warm, spicy, ever so fruity and delicious. The only negative (and it’s a small one) was that the scent didn’t last long. It was amazing for around 4 or 5 hours, and then just gone. It’s suggested they last up to 10 hours, and usually, I find wax melts gradually decrease in scent power. This however, had a wonderfully strong throw and then just nothing. It doesn’t put me off buying the mini hourglass melts, but this particular scent wasn’t as good value. Still better than any scent that has a poor throw to begin with though!  

And that’s my little lot for November! Time to get into the Christmas stash now! 

For now, with love,
Ellen  

 

Tried & Tested: Autumn/Winter Beauty and Skincare Favourites

Hi all,  

Following on from my Pumpkin facemask review a couple of weeks ago, I thought I’d do a round up of all the beauty and skincare items I’ve been loving these last couple of months. Now some of these products I’ve used many times over the years, and others I’ve only had for a couple of months, but they’re all well used, well tested, and I can say I genuinely enjoy using them all! 

First up is one of the newer products I’ve tried – the Garnier Ultimate Blends Maple Healer Shampoo and Conditioner. This has castor oil and maple sap for a truly nourishing experience, and the fragrance is gorgeous to boot. I have long hair, and it can be hard keeping in tip top condition, but this really has cared for my hair, and despite containing castor oil, does not leave hair looking greasy or feeling heavy at all.  

Another more recent hair discovery is the Schwarzkopf got2b Oil-licious Styling Oil, with Argan Oil. I’ve been using this one for around four months now, and actually purchased it when I was looking for a cheaper alternative to the Macadamia oil I’ve used for years. I’ve been pleasantly surprised at the quality, and will definitely use the whole bottle. It might not be as magical as the more expensive brand, but you can use it liberally (important when you have long, thick hair) and it never makes your hair look greasy. It looks after my split ends between haircuts, and gives my hair that little extra tlc.  

When I purchased the got2b oil from Superdrug, the items were on a 2-for deal at the time, so I picked up the Rise ‘n Shine Hairspray. It was the only hairspray with overwhelmingly positive reviews (I checked online) and they were not wrong! I’ve been an avid Elnett user for years, but thought I’d give this one a go because of the reviews, and it is now my favourite hairspray. I even used it for my wedding hair, so you know I really like it. Will definitely repurchase this once I run out.

Moving on to skincare now, and a firm favourite for years has been the Vaseline Intensive Care Cocoa Radiant. With pure cocoa butter, I actually prefer this to the Palmer’s moisturiser, as I feel it soaks into skin easier, and throughout Summer I love the Vaseline aloe vera version, it’s light, it’s refreshing, it’s soothing and perfect for Summer skin. But come Autumn and Winter, I need something thicker, something more nourishing, and this cocoa butter version is wonderful.  

For the face, a pricier product, but I adore the Korres Black Pine Antiwrinkle & Firming Day Cream. I love the lightly herbal scent, and it is so thick, and so moisturising, I love the feel of it on my skin. It is quite expensive, but it really does work, and it’s nice to have such a thick moisturising formula that doesn’t block pores and cause pimples, which I find a lot of more nourishing products do. Yes, love this! 

A bargain little product for the face though, is the Superdrug Chocolate Orange Self-Heating Mask. At just 99p (and they’re almost always on a 3 for 2 offer), this is such a little treat! Its smells divine, and gently warms your skin on application. It says it deeply purifies and hydrates skin. I’m not sure if my skin feels more purified, but I would agree it does feel more hydrated and I generally feel so relaxed when I use this particular mask. It smells so good!  

For lips, I do have a few regular favourites, Burt’s Bees has been in my handbag all year in various flavours, and Carmex is always a winner. But for a change, I went for this Nivea Peach Shine lipbalm recently, and really fell in love with it. It isn’t as thick feeling as the other two I mentioned, and really glides on the lips, which when you’re applying very often during cold, wind-chapping days, is ideal. I might not purchase this again straight away, but for now I’m really enjoying the variety.  

Because I do adore Burt’s Bees though, another of their products has sneaked into my Wintery faves. Their hand salve is perfect when you have been out walking for hours in freezing cold weather and it soothes and restores them back to their former glory! It is a very thick, kind of waxy, oily formula and it’s nice to pop a generous amount on and then some cotton gloves and chill out for half an hour or so for really moisturised hands. Lovely! 

Something else I’ve been loving is this Christian Lacroix fragrance in Ambre. It is the perfect Autumnal scent, and I first purchased this a couple of years ago from Avon. With it’s creamy, caramelly amber notes, a hint of mandarin citrus and a heart of jasmine and rosewood, it is the perfect scent for this time of year. It’s fairly light, but lasts long enough on skin, and especially on clothes (ideal to spray on a scarf etc.). I had to go to eBay to find a bottle this time round, but would do so again.  

Next up, nail polish. OPI has always been one of my favourite brands, and I’m a little bit of a hoarder, so some of these shades are older, but that means they are definitely tried and tested, and as I still wear them today, definitely favourites. There’s Gouda Gouda Two Shoes, a mature, dusky pink shade with the faintest gold sparkle. Taupe-less Beach, my perfect mushroomy taupe for my skintone, and It’s A Piazza Cake, the most Autumnal burnt orange you could hope for. Love, love, and love! 

And last but not least, my favourite lipstick brand and variety, in three gorgeous shades. Bourjois Rouge Edition, in 05 Brun Boheme is just gorgeous. It’s such a rich striking colour, while still subtle enough for every day. I also love 04 Rose Tweed, my perfect pinky nude. Finally, 02 Beige Trench is a similar, but cooler and less pinky version which I will play around with now and again at this time of year.  

None of these products were sent to me, nor was I asked to review any of them. They’re all products I’ve been using for a minimum of three months, that I purchased myself, and have come to really enjoy! If you’ve got any particular beauty or skincare products that you really love at this time of year, please let me know in the comments below!  

For now, with love,
Ellen  

Top Picks under £10: Hygge Christmas Styling

18 nov_mood_boardIt seems a little controversial at the moment whether hygge (pronounce it “hue-guh”) is in or out. Oh the lovely world of trends. You know I don’t stick to trend rules. But even if it is soooo last year, Scandanavian is always in, and a lot of the cute, cosy, snuggly home accessories we need come Winter and Christmas time are oh so Scandi. Think neutral, chic, modern, sleek with a hint of cosiness.  

Once again, I’ve picked out my top ten picks at £10 and under for those bargain shoppers out there like me. Style on a budget? Yes please. 

1. Reindeer Fairy Lights – Primark – £6.00
How cute are these? Fairy lights are a Christmas essential and these super cute ones are perfect to hang up almost anywhere!

2. White Pine Cone Tree Decorations – IKEA – £4.95 for a pack of 3
Scandanavian décor? IKEA, of course. And these cute pine cone are perfect, sleek, modern, minimal but perfectly wintery. 

3. White Christmas Tree Light – Primark – £8.00
Another perfect find from Primark. It’s festive and mood setting, but subtle and stylish. Love!

4. Standing Deer Decoration – The Range – £3.49
How cute is this little reindeer? The colours are perfect, and the felt trim adds just the right amount of snuggliness to the rustic styling.  

5. Rustic Glow Wooden Snowflake Bridge – Wilko – £10.00
This battery operated, white wooden bridge light is simply gorgeous. It has warm white light, and a modern, wintery style. Great reviews online too.  

6. Deer Christmas-Print Cushion Cover – H&M – £6.99
You know my Top Picks needs to have a H&M cushion cover! This deer print was perfect – it’s wintery and stylish, without being out and out festive, so you can have this in you favourite armchair for months after the Christmas decorations have come down.  

7. Kingle Candle Cozy Cabin Scented Tealights – Candles Direct – £9.49
For a super snuggly scent, Kringle combine brown sugar, vanilla bean and cinnamon, and layer it with rich woody notes and a hint of smokiness so you can turn your home into a magical wintery cabin. Time to make a hot water bottle, grab your favourite blanket and settle in for the night.  

8. Candle Star Lights – George at Asda – £8.00
Another 5 star rated product online is this beautiful battery operated faux candle decoration. Again, with warm white lights, but with a pretty wooden, star design base, this fits in just right for a Wintery scandi look.

9. Pine Cone Garland – George at Asda – £5.00
And also from George is this lovely pine cone garland. Bring the outdoors in to really create that cosy cabin vibe, with 2 metres of this beautiful garland. 

So there you have my selection for this month. There’s lots more out there in a very similar style, so shop around, use this for inspiration and see what you can come up with to create your very own hygge cabin look this Christmas.  

For now, with love,
Ellen  

 

Primark’s Exclusive Montagne Jeunesse Pumpkin Pie Facemask Review

So, before I give in to Christmas posts, I’ve a couple more wonderfully pumpkinny Autumnal posts for you. This time, a review.  

I ADORE facemasks. I love them. I really do. I’m not hugely into pampering, and although I like to look after myself, I’m not much of a girly girl. That said, if I do want to give myself a little extra love and attention, a facemask is my weapon of choice, and Montagne Jeunesse / 7th Heaven is my favourite brand. They do so many varieties, creams, gels, exfoliants, peel off’s, sheet masks, self-heating etc. and the scents and results are to die for.  

So, when I saw this exclusive Pumpkin Pie Sauna Mask in Primark a couple of weeks ago I could not say no! For a bargainous 90p too! Amazing! 

Normally it never would have lasted two weeks, but I didn’t have time to use it before going on honeymoon, and so have made the most and had a relaxing 15 minutes now I’m back. Ahhhh.  

It’s very true to its name with the smell, it is a proper pumpkin fragrance, so if you’re only into the sugar and cinnamon elements of these types of smell, this may not be for you. I LOVE it. It’s real pumpkin with just a hint of sugar and spice, and because of the warming effect it has on your skin you feel like you’re wearing a fresh baked pie! Mmmmm.  

This also has really fine exfoliating particles in it – it feels a little grainy when you put it on, though not in a bad way, and really has an effect when you rinse off, but it leaves the fresh, smooth, glowy skin we all want.  

The packaging claims it ‘Gently warms for a fresh, radiant glow’ which is exactly what my skin needs now I’ve returned to chilly old Blighty. It’s gone from sun soaked and regularly sun-creamed, to parched and chilled, so a little TLC is in Auuorder.  

It’s the usual method for the mask, thoroughly cleanse and leave the face wet, apply the mask, chill out for 10-15 minutes and rinse off. I always wait the maximum time, and usually pick a YouTube video of a similar length to veg out with, and on rinsing, I was pleasantly pleased.  

My face feels much softer and looks a lot brighter. I’m going to slather some moisturiser on, chill with another YouTube video while it sinks in, and then get ready to go out to see Murder on the Orient Express with DH tonight.  

If your local Primark still has this in store, I highly recommend you pick on up! 

For now, with love,
Ellen

DW Home Pumpkin Allspice Candle Review

So that’s it, Halloween’s been and gone. For retailers, it’s the cue for Christmas, but in reality, Autumn still has plenty of time left, and you shouldn’t be ready to swap out pumpkin for peppermint just yet.  

I didn’t get the Summer and Halloween posts up I wanted to this year, but I’m back now and still loving Autumnal scents at home. I actually just this week got back from our Honeymoon in Borneo and Kuala Lumpur, and have found cosy candles and hot water bottles a good remedy to get over missing the wildlife, the intense heat, and the fabulous food and hotel!  

It may be true that there’s no place like home, but sometimes you have to amp up the homeliness.  

This week I’ve been loving this particular DW Home candle in Pumpkin Allspice. If you’ve been reading my blog over the last couple of years, you’ll see I’ve come to really love this brand – they’ve never let me down. They burn well, the scents are amazing, and the jars are just oh-so pretty.

I purchased two small votive sized glass jars in Pumpkin Allspice and White Pumpkin. I haven’t burned White Pumpkin yet as DH isn’t a fan of the lack of sweetness and spice in it, although I adore that pure, creamy vegetable scent. The Allspice version is very close, but much more buttery-sweet and rounded off with clove and cinnamon.  

As I only have the small size, it’s a little light on scent throw, but then again, I’ve been burning it in a large room. I don’t think there’d be any problems with a more size appropriate candle/room.  

This is beautiful on it’s on, whereas to appease DH I’ll probably burn White Pumpkin alongside something fruiter and spicier – maybe Spiced Apple from Kringle.  

I have to say, I really appreciate that DW Home make smaller candles that still come in these pretty glass jars, as they look so good on the dining table and bedside, but allow me to swap out fragrances really frequently and avoid cluttering up my cupboards with half burned candles.  This deep orange toned jar is complimented with matching coloured wax and a metallic gold lid which is perfect. The White Pumpkin has cream wax and a rose gold lid. I purchased mine from TK Maxx, and you can read more about them on the DW Home website here

I’d happily give this perfect Autumn scent a 10/10.  

For now, with love,
Ellen

Top Picks under £10: May

Wowzers, where have I been?! Yet another month that’s just flying by… I really need to get my organizing act together! But, seeing as we’re here, let’s get on with my Top Picks for May.

So far, May here has seen a variety of Springtime weather. Yesterday was beautiful blue skies and warm sunshine. Today I woke up to grey, drizzly skies, and it hasn’t improved. Oh well! Summer’s on it’s way and I’ll take the  grey days now rather than risk them later into the year.

Knowing that the weather will perk up again, and that Summer is the perfect season for entertaining, I’ve put together a selection of outdoor entertaining items to help you host a perfect, casual party.

1. Flamingo Dinner Plate – Dunelm – £3.00
Flamingos – check. Melamine – check. Price – check. For everyone still loving flamingos, I.e. about half of us!, this is the perfect, summery colourful print, and melamine is perfect for the outdoors picnics and bbq’s.

2. Sommar 2017 Picnic Hamper – IKEA – £8.00
This adorable basket is just too cute. It’s the perfect size for a picnic, and the colours and design are gorgeous! Love it! And it would be great for the beach too.

3. Sommar 2017 Rug – IKEA – £10.00
And staying with Ikea for the moment, this rug! Oooh! Look at that beautiful orange and pink combo! This is an outdoor rug, and is easy to clean/hose down, and will stand up to the elements too. But the impact this colourful little number will have on your patio will be huge!

4. Barcraft Cocktail Kit 5pcs – Wilko – £10.00
These cute little mason jar glasses have been everywhere for a couple of years now, but they’re still a must have item. These ones are actually dinky mini versions, complete with mason jar cocktail shaker to get your party in full swing!

5. 5 Section Removable Sharing Platter – B&M – £3.99
B&M can be a little wonder for bargain seasonal items. You get a lot for what you pay, but at these prices, you won’t mind if they only last a couple of summers. This super sharing platter looks great with it’s colourful, removable sections, and there’s also a range of other coordinating outdoor items to match.

6. Palm Tree LED Light – Primark – £10.00
I can’t get enough of the cute lighting at Primark at the moment, and everyone else seems to be loving it too. I’ve featured other versions of this light in my previous top picks posts, and this palm tree one would be just perfect to add to your outdoor décor for parties. Just remember to bring it in again at the end of the night.

7. 10 Pack Paper Plates – H&M – £2.99
Are you impressed I haven’t included a H&M cushion this month?!! I was tempted. But these paper plates won me over, and I just had to include them! For fuss free dining, the ease of not washing up, and no risk of kiddies breaking plates on the patio, paper is the perfect option for bbq’s and garden parties. And when they look this cute, your guests will love them too!

8. Printed Picnic Tumblers 4pk – B&M – £2.99
Flamingo, watermelon, palm tree and pineapple – yep, they’ve ticked all the boxes again! This set of four picnic tumblers are perfect for outdoor use, and cute to boot.

9. Pineapple Mason Jar with Straw  Primark – £3.00
And for the grown up kiddies, these pineapple mason jars are adorable! A nice modern twist on the traditional mason jar, that will make your summer punch look oh-so more special.

So there we have it, just a taste of some of the fabulous outdoor essentials on offer at the moment. There’s also some super cute platters, plates, string lights and lanterns, seating and cushion pads, tablecloths and more, so if you’re planning any bbq’s or garden parties, up your entertaining game and see what new things you can (literally) bring to the table.

For now, with love,
Ellen

COTM: April – DW Home Sun Bleached Denim

I am loving this Springtime weather! A lot of candle lovers favour Autumn and the Christmas holidays for candle scents, and if you love those rich, cozy, gourmands scents, I can agree. But Springtime scents are just so delightful! Fresh, sometimes fruity, clean and just downright pretty scents are in abundance this time of year.

My favourite this month comes from DW Home Candles again. I love the name of this one, it’s so unusual, but so perfect for the scent. It is that perfect summertime, men’s cologne scent. The notes are: Fresh hints of brushed cotton with bright bergamot, zesty lemon, and herbaceous greens over silver sage leaf, earthy patchouli, and cool woody musk.

Such a fantastic array of scent notes, and quite complex. The green and woodsy notes are very present, but not dominating, and the hint of citrus and musk really rounds it out, but it’s the cotton scent that really lends itself to the sunbleached denim name. It’s clean, fresh and cool, yet hot and sunny at the same time. Absolutely delightful.

It burned like a dream, though I tend to find these small 4oz candles from DW Home always do. And the colour! So darn pretty. It’s a pretty mid blue wax in a perfect bright blue glass jar that I will absolutely be saving and repurposing.

I would definitely repurchase, and go for a larger jar next time, so if I work through my stash quick enough I may just be grabbing more of this one. But oh, what a stash I have to work through first! Check out www.dwhome.com for all the current scents.

I’ll be back very soon with a Top Picks post for May, featuring some amazing garden products, so check back soon for that!

For now, with love,
Ellen

Friday Style: Primark Jazzy Brights Home Decor

In my last post, I thought I’d create a new category for the blog (Dealing With Grime One Day At A Time), and thinking about it, I realised I wanted to do another, so here we have Friday Style. A short and sweet post about something that’s either caught my eye, something I’m loving at the moment, or an idea or trend I want to explore more.

This one was prompted by a recent trip to Primark, and also an article I read about current fashion trends. I’ve mentioned it a couple of times before, but a lot of retailers that are predominantly fashion, but also have homewares (think Primark, Next, M&S, Matalan, George etc.) will often showcase products that reflect current clothing trends.

One thing I was reading about with clothing for Spring/Summer is bold, bright colours. And I think it’s no surprise that we’re seeing some bolder home accessories out there. But what I especially loved were these two faux plant holders, the blue rhino, and pink elephant, with their little faux succulents. And why do I love them so much? Well, a little while back I painted these:

I just did these two. A pink elephant and a blue rhino. Can you believe it?! I love it when things like this happen. I saw the two faux planters online and was like, yes! I’m so ahead of the trends! Haha. I did try and find them when I went into Primark recently, but alas, they were nowhere to be seen :( I’ll keep my eyes out next time I’m in there though. They’re £6.00 each, and hopefully if  you like them, you’ll find them easier to get hold of than me!

So that’s it for the first Friday Style post! Hope you enjoyed. As ever, I would really appreciated it took the time to let me know what you did or didn’t like, and leave any suggestions for me in a comment below, and I’ll be back with another post soon.

For now, with love,
Ellen

Top Picks under £10: April

Hello sunshine lovers! Here in the UK, we’re having a pretty great start to April. Sure, there’s the odd shower and it’s not glorious every single hour of the day, but our corner of the world is warming up and I love it! The clocks going forward has made me feel like singing every evening, now that I can finish work and walk home in the daylight, and maybe have time for an evening stroll too. So excited for summer as well!

And so I think it’s no surprise that one colour on people’s minds is YELLOW. From mellow to eye-poppingly neon, there’s a shade out there to tone with almost every home, and with all those daffodils and tulips out and about, you can stretch your theme into the garden too. Plus, I saw this inspiration picture on H&M, and had yellow on the brain ever since!

So, for my bargain hunters, I’ve picked out another selection of my Top Picks unde £10 – here they are:

1. Desk Lamp in Bold Yellow – Wilko – £4.00
Yes, it’s cheap and cheerful, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be stylish. I love simple pieces like this – the practicality and affordability makes them great for kids rooms, but the bright primary colour works well on a simple design, and when placed in and amongst your pricier posessions, looks more like a style choice than a budget option.

2. Patterned Cushion Cover – H&M – £3.99
You all know by now that I love a H&M cushion. They’re affordable, there’s a million and one designs, and they look amazing. I especially like this one, because palm and tropical prints are still HUGE, and will be all year, and if that’s a theme you’re working on at home, although in a warm, mustard hue, the pattern of this cushion will work fantastically. If you’re working on a budget, always think about how you can fit new pieces and ideas into what you already have. That way you keep your core pieces and idea, but change it up easily for the seasons.

3. SMYCKA Sunflower – IKEA – £2.50
Ikea’s artificial flowers and foliage are usually fantastic. This is one of them. Yes, there are cheaper alternatives out there for faux sunflowers, but I personally think these ones are worth more than the price. Some of their artificial flowers are on a par with expensive, designer brands, but you have the luxury of choosing individual stems and putting a display together yourself.

4. Dylon Machine Dye Sunflower Yellow 350g – Wilko – £4.50
Another great way to easily add some colour to your existing items is to dye them. Of course, this will always work best on white, especially white cotton, but you can also get some interesting effects on patterned or coloured fabrics. Perfect for white bed sheets or towels though, these machine dyes are so simple to use, and I can’t recommend Dylon enough. This shade is also available in hand dye, and I have a full tutorial here on dip dying fabric for an ombre effect.

5. LACK Side Table – IKEA – £6.00
A side table. For £6. In beautiful, bright sunshine yellow. Perfection! For bold pieces that really add some impact, you can’t go wrong with IKEA. This, some cushions, a new piece of art and some flowers or so, and you can bring a whole room together with a new sunny vibe for pocket money. Alternatively, if you’re into upcycling, painting an old coffee table is another great way to add colour. My coffee table was £10 from a carboot, and is solid pine. It’s been white, it’s been turquoise and currently it’s cobalt blue. I love it!

6. Yellow Supersoft Throw – Primark – £4.00
I’ve mentioned this before on the blog, how throws may not seem perfect purchases for summer décor. But they are. You can buy them for the colour as much as for the warmth. Want to change up your bedroom? One of these super affordable throws over the bottom of the bed will inject that colour without changing your crisp white or soft grey or navy blue sheets. Themes can often be tied together with the most affordable pieces. Primark has some amazing homeware items in at the moment, so if you happen to be heading there, I recommend you check out their home section.

7. Pineapple Plate – George – £5.00
Do you find you entertain more in the Summer? I do. I think it’s probably those long, light evenings and sunshiney good moods that make want to put on a party. Whether it’s a Summer BBQ or just a little gathering with friends or family, I like to entertain and feed people! Upping your dining table game is just a little way to add some party spirit, so whether it’s something fun like this pineapple plate, or colourful pitchers and glasses, and simple coloured napkins, that extra little effort will have a huge impact for you and your guests.

8. Made in England Lemon Verbena Boxed Candle Glass – Wax Lyrical – £7.00
If you didn’t gather from my last Candle of the Month post, I heart Wax Lyrical. They’re an amazing English company, and their candles are fabulous. This perfect Spring/Summer scent of freshly cut lemons and zesty limes is gorgeous. I’ve never had a Wax Lyrical candle that hasn’t burned fabulously, and will always return to them.

9. Gold Standing Flamingo Light – Primark – £10.00
Still loving flamingos? I think everyone is. This light is such a fun accessory. Yes, it’s gold rather than yellow, but depending on your shade of choice, this works wonderfully with those warmer mustards and honey shades. And if you don’t like flamingos? This light also comes in an elephant design for the same price. If you are loving this distinct bird, check out my Top Picks post from February here.

So there’s your lot for this month. How do you feel about yellow? Do you have another Spring shade you prefer? And if you have a favourite place to shop for your bargain pieces, please do share in the comments below!

For now, with love,
Ellen