Monthly Archives: April 2013

Big News

So, I’ve been dying to share this news and I’ll tell you the whole story later this week but, in short, I’M GETTING MARRIED!!

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I’ve tried to be mega cool about it but the bridezilla in me has taken over and I want to tell everyone! We hope to get married Summer 2014 so no doubt this blog will start to feature a few wedding planning posts but I’ll try not to deluge you all with them!

Instagram Post: Outfits

I’m a bit of an instagram fan, I may have mentioned it. I think that instagram is my favourite of all social networks; I post clothes I’ve ordered online and am not sure about and get an instant response, I post my new haircut, what I’m eating for my tea and I mean, everyone looks good with an instagram filter, eh? I also love outfit posts but I still havent got the hang of my tripod and timer and look like a bit of a plank when I take posed selfies so a classic instagram mirror shot it is. Here’s a selection of my faves:

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And if you fancy following me my username over at instagram is @loulough80


Top Row L-R
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i) my current fave outfit, cardi: Asda, dress from Tesco, Tights from M&S
ii) Dress: Tesco, Cardi: Asda, Tights: Tesco
iii) Dress:Asda
Middle Row L-R:
i) Dress: Myleene Klass Range at Littlewoods
ii) Shirt: Simply Be, Jeans: Dorothy Perkins, Trainers: New Balance from Bank
iii) Dress: Asda, Necklace: Primark, Shoes: River Island
Bottom Row
i) Dress: Asos via Ebay, Leggings: M&S, Hat: New Look, Wellies: Decathlon
ii)Dress and Petticoat: Lindyhop via Amazon
iii)Dress: Collectif

 

Hmmm. So this peruse through my wardrobe has led me to think that I shop in supermarkets for clothes a lot! How’s about you? Do you slip something in next to the fruit and veg? Or do you prefer to make a more luxurious purchase?

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DIY: Upcycled Bedroom Furniture

( Disclaimer: I hate the word upcycled but I lacked inspiration!)

I’ve come over all Kirstie Allsop recently and thought I’d share it with you all, mainly because I suspect that this is just a phase and I’ll tire pretty quickly so enjoy this while it lasts!

When we moved into the flat, the previous owners had left some bedroom furniture and having loads of other things to spend money on we thought that we’d make do with the wardrobes, chest of drawers and bedside table; it was in good condition and looked alright. Note that alright. It was a kind of pine, kind of nothingness and I made do but I always kind of had a plan to do something with them, unfortunately it took me a year to get round to it but hey, I did it.

I knew I wanted to paint the furniture, although it’s ubiquitous I love the kind of shabby chic look so that’s what I decided to go for; and then the streaks wouldn’t matter-because it’s meant to be like that.

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I applied primer first of all because I knew the furniture had been treated. That I just slapped on with a roller and left to dry for a couple of hours. Next up was the exciting stuff, the paint! We’d opted for a pale duck egg from the Laura Ashley range, in honesty, it’s probably a bit pale for me but I have to compromise sometimes and I think it looks fab. And it was worth paying more for the paint, it went on dead easy and a little bit really does go a long way so it’s worth the money. We bought the 0.75L, and we’ve painted a chest of drawers and a bedside table – there’s still a bit left to get going on the wardrobe.  I knew I wanted to get some different knobs to replace the others that I had binned when I got a bit happy with the screwdriver so I headed to Bombay Duck and found these lovelies. In hindsight, they’re a bit too big for a bedside table but they look good, I learned from experience however and bought these for the chest of drawers.

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Next up: the wardrobe! Wish us luck!

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Snapshots of My Life: Flat Tour Part I

I love these on other people’s blogs, so I thought I’d let you lovely lot have a tour round my flat. Chris and I moved in in December 2011. And we’re still doing stuff to it now. It’s a new build flat, welll 2008 and is essentially a series of white boxes; which makes it sound rubbish but it’s great to have a blank canvas and really make it ours. I thought I would show you round our living room for starters; it houses our IKEA expedit shelves ( doesn’t everyone have of these?) which I think really sums up me and Chris.

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Now to the casual observer, these shelves may just look like a higgedly-piggedly mess but I think they’re a great representation of us and what we are like and what we enjoy. I mean, see that top left hand square; it houses some wool I made Christmasn decorations with and a gift from a friend, who’d been to Oz. The square below is home to my memory box and the fake ticket I made for Chris for the Bruce Springsteen gig, all shelves are interspersed with books and cds and stuff. I love it. What I don’t love is the fact I’d scoured charity shops for years and finally found Scrabble and now Chris refuses to play it with me. He’s just scared of losing.

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Now, here’s the beginning of our photo wall, again, this is something which reallly represents us; The ‘ Me, You and Everyone We Know’ poster from Claudia Varosio – the first film we ever saw together, the Liverpool Skyline from Becka Griffin and of course, the photos of friends, family and holidays.

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And I just had to show you this, our ‘It’s A Wonderful Life’ poster – our favourite film. We’re a soppy pair really. Oh and see that black thing with a heart on; I made that! A case for my Nexus. Good, eh? There’ll be more crafty things appearing on this blog. I go through crafty phases you see.

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Next up and the final glimpse into our flat, is a bit of the dining table and the wine stash. Wine stashes are important I feel.Thank you, Naked Wines. Take a closer look at the seats, I backed them in that fabric; see I told you I was crafty sometimes. All I needed was some fabric. Obvz. And a heavy duty stapler. If I can do it anyone can. The image in the back was a present I bought for Chris a few years ago care of ATwoPipeProblem

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That’s that for now. I must say that this blog post has made me realise how much I use Etsy for quirky, individual prints for our flat. How about you? Do you like scouring Etsy for beautiful things?

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Sheffield: Local Art: Part I

I’m a bit of an aficionado of Sheffield. I came here for University 14 years and I’m still here now. Most of my friends from University have hung about and lots of my work colleagues completed their degrees here; I think it’s kind of city.

One of the things I love about Sheffield is that although it’s a big city, one of the eighth largest, it’s got a very, kind of village-y feel, usually on a night out I see at least a couple of people I know whether that be from work, friends of friends or people I used to know ( that sounds ominous doesn’t it?) and that might just be because of the things that I’m interested in then naturally the people I like gravitate to those places too. Sheffield kind of makes me feel safe. Well, that was until I discovered urbex. Now I say discovered but I mean I came across 28DaysLater, I’m too much of a scaredy cat to actually participate for real. But there’s something about these derelict places that are so compelling to me. I follow a few of these intrepid explorers on instagram and their photos always entice me to click that heart-shaped button. I began to notice a common theme through the majority of the photos was graffiti and pretty good ( vast understatement) graffiti at that. There’s the awe inspiring, photo-realistic work of Rocket01; take at look at Darwin and everyone’s favourite dream-uncle David Attenborough , the nature influenced work of his partner Faunographic – whose work I first came across in Manchester and then there’s Colorati – whose work seems to span a whole range of influences, cartoon-like images of worms and pigeons to photo-realistic tough guys and these are to name but a few. However, the artist I keep coming back to is Phlegm. Now, I’ve seen Phlegm’s work in various places over Sheffield; The Rutland Arms, The Riverside but in truth I always thought that they were a bit too weird for me, that yeah, they were good but left me a bit cold. That was until I saw some of his pieces in these derelict, left-to-decay places and they just fit. This series of ‘Falling Men’ painted on various floors in abandoned tower are some of my favourites:

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All pics courtesy of Street Art News

And I can’t describe how they make me feel, they make me feel a bit uneasy, they’re unworldly but I cannot stop looking at them. It’s that feeling of compulsion. I can honestly say that I’ve never felt like this before about any other piece of art. Does that make it a success, although I kind of think that they’re a bit creepy, I’m drawn to them. Are you?
Just googling Phlegm quickly makes me realise that unfortunately he’s not just a Sheffield artist, he’s painted as far away as Sri Lanka and you can catch some of his work down in that London. I’d love to say that this discovery has made me want to be a little bit braver and try and seek out some of the more hidden gems myself; but what can I say, there’s more of the cowardly lion in me so in this case, I’m happy to live vicariously through others!

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Hello World..

This is me:

Me

I think this is my third foray into the murky world of blogging. Yes, I am a glutton for punishment. But I think I’ve found my space. A space for me; not for clothes that will never fit, shoes I will never wear nor things I will never buy. So this is about me. Yes, me. The thirty-something who still acts as if she is a twenty-something sometimes, the woman who sometimes stays in the entire weekend in her pjs and the woman who often begins crafty projects but never quite finishes them ( I’m looking at you crochet hook). You won’t see high fashion items here, I wear things I think suit me; boring though they sometimes are. You’ll see stuff I love, handmade stuff, books I’ve read, my friends and family, my cities; Sheffield and Liverpool. And instagram; I do like a bit of instagram.

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