Author: Jen

My Interior Styling

I would describe my ideal interior style as cosy minimalist; I say ideal because I have children and therefore any chance of things actually being uncluttered and clean are, frankly, non-existent right now.  I realise that “cosy minimalist” probably sounds like a contradiction, throwing up wildly different visions, so I’ll do my best to elaborate – I like clutter-free, I like empty space, I like clean lines and functional furniture; I like the objects I own and display to serve a purpose BUT that purpose may only be to look pretty.  Instead of the stark white of traditional minimalism, I prefer textures and colour.  I love throws and cushions, succulents and tea lights, picture frames and shelves, deep coloured woods and rich, dark fabrics. I like a place for everything and everything in its place but I also like to have beautiful things and plush home comforts (hello, luxury bed linen from Julian Charles!).  A smart, minimalist bedside table is an absolute must, but so is a crate of books waiting to be read (of course, …

Designer Clothes for Children

Clothing a child is expensive business, not least because they simply will not stop growing!  It is especially difficult as they get older and start taking an interest in fashion and what their peers are wearing.  Gone are the days, then, when a £2 George at Asda top will do (sadly).  Thoughts turn to the more exclusive, more expensive brands – Zara, Monsoon, Superdry, Jack Wills, Stone Island Kids. I don’t think I’ve ever owned any designer clothing in my life – my Mum resolutely ignored my teenage pleas for PunkyFish jeans and Quiksilver hoodies – and I’m honestly not bothered by labels myself these days.  I find the styles are never quite what I’m drawn to anyway, and if that wasn’t enough to put me off, the prices certainly would be!  However, when it comes to the kids, I’m afraid I do like to spoil them rather.  Don’t get me wrong, they certainly don’t get everything they ask for, but I try my best to give them the things they really want (after all, where’s the …

2018 Travel Wishlist: Californian Road Trip

We all have different travel wishlists that consist of various ideas and destinations we’re keen to visit. For me, I’ve put California right at the top of my wishlist. It’s known as The Golden State, and if there were Olympic medals given out for the best travel destinations, then it would certainly take home the gold! My dream is to go on a tour of California – mainly because there are so many things to do/see, and so many great cities to explore. So much so that deciding on one single place to go is impossible, so, a tour it is! If I were to go on this tour in summer, here are my top picks for where to visit: The iconic Hollywood Sign. Source Los Angeles Of course, you can’t go to California without taking a trip to LA. It’s the home of the Hollywood Hills and the epicenter of world entertainment. LA is a big city – it’s almost like a state within a state! There are so many great places to stay …

Living With Bad Credit

For us poor Millennials, all the key stages of becoming an adult are exactly the same as the generation that went before us – learning to drive, buying a car, moving out, getting a mortgage, starting a family – but each step is hindered by a lack of money and, in many cases, bad credit.  With the cost of living forever on the rise whilst wages remain relatively low, the disparity means that the majority of 18-35 year olds are having to make huge lifestyle compromises. For a lot of young people, including couples and even families, the big compromise to be made is living with parents or in laws whilst saving for your own place, mortgage deposits being so high these days.  I can only imagine the frustration of situations like tis – I would hate to try and raise my family in what is essentially someone else’s home, even if they were family and had our best interests at heart. Personally, the two main sacrifices I have been forced to make have been …

Make sure you always find people in your kitchen at parties…

It is a universal truth that the kitchen holds some sort of gravitational pull when it comes to social events. And who can blame them? The kitchen is the hub of the home; it’s warm, there’s good food and drink there and there is plenty of space to stand to talk into the night.    In fact, kitchens are so popular at parties that part of the host’s role is often to hurrying people into other rooms in order to reduce foot traffic. So why not make for a kitchen that offers the room for people to socialise and also reduces stress when it comes to your hosting duties?  This is how you can optimise your kitchen for your next social event…  Bar cart/drinks cabinet  Any kitchen primed for socialising must include a drinks cabinet, but for even more style points you can combine this with a bar cart. The bar cart is a surprisingly elegant feature that can fit into any home and with a range of styles available on the high street and from …