Back From Japan

It’s been just over a week now and I can’t believe we’ve been to Japan. Topher and I had the most amazing time. Of course I’m going to have to break down the whole thing into many blog posts because just like our honeymoon, it wasn’t a one destination trip.

One thing we did differently this trip was for the first time, we vlogged the entire thing. Like a ton. I have so much footage to edit my way through so I guess that’s my plans sorted for the next couple of months. It will definitely keep me occupied while waiting for our next Florida holiday in October.

So for now I will leave you with the little three minute trailer I made! Let me know what you think.

Stay tuned for my Japan posts – first stop Tokyo!

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How To Feel More Secure and Protected In Your Home

*This is a collaborative post

Our home should be the place where we feel secure and surrounded by things we love. However, some of us constantly worry what is going to happen, and what if… If you want to get rid of the nagging thoughts, you might want to invest in improving the safety and security of your home, so you can truly relax on the weekends and at nights, as well as when you are leaving to visit friends or to take a holiday.

Advanced Security

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With the smart home technology available for regular households, you can now invest in an advanced security system that connects to your phone, so you always know what is going in inside and around your house. You can monitor each door and window, as well as the driveway and get alerts on suspicious activities. Make sure that you seek expert advice for installing security cameras to ensure that you are getting it right, and you can eliminate common faults.

Regular Safety Checks

It is crucial that you carry out regular safety checks when it comes to the structural integrity of your home. There are several property maintenance companies out there that offer a comprehensive survey, so you can spot the signs of cracks and damage due to earth movement or weather that can cause you greater problems later on.

Boiler and Electricity Maintenance

The most common reasons for accidents at home are related to the heating and electricity system. It is important that you get your fuses and your wiring tested regularly, especially if you are planning on changing appliances or would like to add a new light or feature to your room. If you increase the electricity output, you need to ensure your wires and fuse box can handle the job. At the same time, a gas safety test is recommended to prevent accidental explosions and poisoning.

Roofing and Guttering Maintenance

It is also crucial that you maintain your roof and your gutter, or you will find it hard to deal with dampness or even damaged brickwork later. If you have a loft insulation, you might not notice that you have a broken tile or a crack that can become dangerous. If a gap is formed on your roof, you will face a huge flood at the next big rain, and might even have pests settling on the attic.

Flood Lights

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To deter people with bad intentions and give your neighbours a clear view on what is going on around your home while you are not there, you can also install motion sensor flood lights around the home, to the front of the house, as well as the back. Those snooping around during the night don’t want to be seen, so this is a cost-effective way of preventing crime and protecting your assets and your home you worked so hard for.

Having to face with the consequences of a home crime and emergency is one of the worst experiences you can have. To feel more secure and better protected, try some of these tips.

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My Master Bedroom Mood Board

It’s been awhile since I decorated one of the rooms in our house. I think my last project was the living room which still remains not entirely finished (but shhh). Right now I’ve got my sights set on Topher and I’s master bedroom.

Since the day we moved in our master bedroom has remained it’s dirty beige colour which our entire house was covered in and I hate it. We’ve made small improvements to the room such as putting in floating shelves, fairy lights, a wall mounted TV and one large art print. We even took the doors off our fitted wardrobe as it was a massive space saver. But otherwise the room has no solid theme.

So of course a lick of paint would be the main way to give our bedroom an upgrade. Topher and I have been umming and ahhing over which colour to paint it for literally years now.

Originally we saw the tree wallpaper in my mood board a few years ago while wandering through IKEA and both fell in love with it. Unfortunately after asking a member of staff about it, they told us it wasn’t actually from IKEA. It was just to decorate the house set ups they have.

So back at home I googled it and to my horror found it was a designer brand and super expensive. So we moved on and forgot about it quickly.

Fast forward to last weekend when for some reason I had the urge to google the wallpaper and bam, there it was on eBay for super cheap. The rest of the mood board for the bedroom fell together pretty quickly after that.

So, finally to the mood board

Because it’s quite a busy print, we’ll just have a statement wall (what is it with me and statement walls? Hello and hello) behind the bed with it and paint the rest of the walls white. A running theme upstairs in our house!

Our wardrobe isn’t going to remain open to the room as it just looks messy so my dad suggested putting some mirrored sliding doors in. It will look better and save on space. The old doors were fine but add them to a king size bed and a small bedroom and you’ve got a lot of space being taken up on Topher’s side of the bed.

Then all there would be to do would be adding in a lamp shade. Yes we do still have a bare bulb in there but it’s the last one in the house and it seemed silly to get something when we hadn’t decided on how to decorate yet.

Also our cacti fairy lights would need to get switched out for something plainer as they definitely wouldn’t go with the tree wallpaper.

I’m planning on painting the walls when we get the first bit of nice weather after we’re back from Japan. I’ll have to have the windows wide open and don’t want to freeze!

The wardrobe door will take the most planning so we’ll see how that pans out. Wish me luck!

Does the first sign of warm weather make you want to decorate your house too? Or is it just me?

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A Day Trip to Leeds

I’ve been meaning to post this for a while. Topher and I took a day trip to Leeds…in October last year. Yikes! Being a lover of travel, I’ve found that there is a long list of places that I have never visited. And an embarrassing number of them are less than a two hours drive away.

So when I found out Topher was going to a gig in Leeds one weekend I suggested I drive him over and we make a day of it. Then when he goes to his gig I could flee back home. Here’s what we got up to:

We started with brunch at Hepworth’s Deli and Kitchen based on recommendations from ye olde internet. It was about a 10/15 minute wait for a table as it’s a small place and we perused the menu while we waited.

Topher went with the Hepworth’s Breakfast and I went with the buttermilk pancakes. When we went they had some pancakes covered in parkin that they don’t appear to have anymore according to their website.

So of course I chose that. I couldn’t say no to parkin. I think it’s illegal to if you’re from Yorkshire? I kid.

Anyway, it’s been years since I had parkin – reminds me of my grandparents as they used to make it all the time. It came with a salted caramel sauce and cream.

Topher loved his breakfast and my pancakes were tasty. The only downside was that the parkin clusters on top of the pancakes were on the stale side. Maybe that’s why they’re not on the menu anymore? Either way I still covered them in the cream and hoovered them down.

Bellies full we set out to explore the city centre.

First on my agenda (before browsing the indie shop scene) was to have a wander through the many arcades you can find in Leeds. Definitely not many knocking about in Manchester. I only know of one personally (oh and two tiny ones) – how about you? They’re so historic and pretty and I couldn’t help but look up in every single one I went in. Sorry to any locals I almost bumped into!

Then we hit the shops. Damage was done. I would have done a haul post but I got so excited to put everything away in it’s place when I got home that it would be too much work now. Lots of pretty things though – including our COCO canvas you can see in my gallery wall post. I took one photo inside a shop. Here it is.

While we strolled around we kept our eyes peeled for street art as I’m a big fan of it.

So annoyed to see the famous hello street art coned off with loads of building materials in front of it. Lost out on a basic bitch standing in front of a colourful wall shot. Maybe next time…

By this point it was hours later and we were all shopped and walked out. Time for a late lunch. I’d heard good things about Trinity Kitchen (a street food place in the shopping centre that has a mix of your favourites and also some pop up stalls) so we wandered over to see what we could find.

Avoiding anything we could easily get back in Manchester (sorry Pho) we found ourselves drawn to a pop up Cuban place. These loaded fries were out of this world. So good that Topher and I got one each. A pretty rare thing for us as we usually like to get different things and share so we can try lots of things.

Then it was time for me to head home and leave Topher to mosh the night away. We had a great day and would definitely return to Leeds. It was a fun mini adventure!

Have you ever been to Leeds?

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Top Picks #58

It’s been awhile since I did one of these so it was a great excuse to go look at pretty things!

Earrings, $16 – Urban Outfitters US

So these are only available on the US site but I had to share. How cute are these? I’ve been dithering about getting into dangly earrings again and these are perfect. Now to hunt down a UK version!

Towels, £3.99 – H&M

Yes I’ve become the person who gets excited about towels. Sue me. 

Jumper, £39 – Oasis

This jumper needs to get in my life right now. It’s Luna! I already own this top which I got purely because it looks like Pickles so it would be favouritism if I didn’t get this too, right?

A3 Print, £19.95 – Colours Prints @ Etsy

Wise words indeed.

Bag, £23 – The Disney Store

This Toy Story bag is all kinds of ridiculous and I love it. Oooooh!

Jumper, £38 – Oasis

This jumper is really cute and even though I tend to shy away pastels, I would totally wear this.

Pinafore, £16 – New Look

I’ve been after a replacement pinafore for a little while now and I like the shape of this one. My current one is a bit too boxy for my liking. The only downside to this one is that it might be too short. The hunt continues.

Cushion, £30 – Typo

How comfy does this cushion look? Topher tells me off for getting too many cushions but this is just too awesome. Perfect for working on my laptop in bed!

Earrings, £12 – I like CATS shop @ Etsy

How fun are these earrings? Just the kind of bright addition to my accessory collection I was after.

Denim Jacket, £30 – New Look

Another thing I’ve been on a hunt for is a denim jacket. Topher and I have been buying patches and want to build up patch jackets for our future trips to Disney. So far I have a few patches, but no denim jacket so this might be a good one to go into store and try on. Fingers crossed.

What’s on your wish list at the moment?

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