Friday, 24 March 2017

Budget Mother's Day Gift Ideas

I sat down to write this post last week sometime and the gifts I was sourcing, when I glanced at them again, one thing really stuck out to me. They really weren't budget friendly at all. Granted, when Mother's Day comes around we all would love to go all out and spoil our Mums and, if we are mums ourselves, we'd like to be spoiled for the day but since when does that mean breaking your back to afford expensive gifts?

Here's a little secret I want to let you in on. Your lovely mum doesn't want you to go broke in order to give her gifts this Mother's Day. It's a lesson I've only learned recently myself. Year after year, when I asked my own mum what she'd like for Mother's Day, her answer has always been, ''don't be worrying about that, I don't need anything''. My Mother In Law was the same. It never sunk in. Until this year... This year my little kiddo is turning 7 - I know, I can't believe it either! Finally it clicked. I don't need expensive presents to know he worships the ground I walk on. I see it in his eyes everyday when I tuck him in or read him a story or bring him his snack. He tells me every day he loves me, he remembers to say thank you when it's necessary and he fills my days with such wonder that I couldn't possibly ask him for anything. No gift is greater than what he already gives me.

With all of that in mind I've comprised a list of some budget Mother's Day gift ideas because honestly? As a mum, a daughter and a daughter in law, I know now it's the little things that really matter. A few little budget friendly treats, a pretty card, a lie in, breakfast in bed and all the cuddles - THAT is what Mother's Day is about.

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For my own Mum I swiftly set aside some of the beautiful little gifts the lovely folks at Asda had sent out to me, she adores Lilies and I know she'll care for these far better than I ever could! Asda is somewhere Mr Style Guide Blog would head to for budget friendly presents often. In fact, my Mother's Day gift from last year was a glorious floral stag head from Asda that came in under £10!

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Loveheart Cafetiere | Floral Pyjama Set | Drink Me Teapot | Floral Dressing Gown | Peonies in a glass bulb | Floral Slippers | Oil Burner Gift Set | Butterfly Scarf | Initial Cushion 

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Monday, 20 March 2017

Bow-tique by Sinead: Luxury Organic Scented Candles

At this point I really do think I'm becoming something of a scented candle connoisseur. I have definitive opinions on what I like and what I don't, what makes a candle worthy of a purchase and what doesn't, suffice to say not every scented candle I try makes it onto these pages. This could be because they simply don't scent a room how I'd expect them to, or they might smell cheap and give me a headache or perhaps they'd be perfectly fine for the first few days and then they splutter and burn unevenly. This is especially frustrating when it's a candle I do like and I find it can be a common issue with some double wicked brands. However, none of these issues popped up during my time reviewing today's luxury scented candle and I have to admit I've fallen so hard for this brand, Bow-tique By Sinead, and it's safe to say I'm already considering what scent I'll opt for next.

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I had been following and chatting with Sinead for a while before she took the leap and launched her luxury candle range and so when she popped one in the post for me I was hesitant, as I always am when it's a local business - I have an inherent want for their products to be amazing so that I can sing it from the rooftops. Well, consider this post as me singing from the rooftops because I am absolutely 100% blown away by this candle.

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Monday, 6 March 2017

February Favourites

Kicking it old school today with a throw-back to the old bloggers' favourites post! It's funny because these are some of my own favourite posts to read when I'm clicking on to my favourite blogs but when it comes to putting together my own I usually find I've too much I want to chat about and then I feel overwhelmed. BUT! I have been using some bits and pieces over the last month that I found I was excited to tell people about, some you will recognise from my snapchat (seraemily) and others can be classed as my unsung heroes of February.

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I absolutely, without a doubt, have to kick February Favourites off with the pyjama top from Simply Be! I managed to snap this up in their sale for under £8 and, though I don't wear it with jeans as an actual top, it has become a huge staple in my loungewear collection - perfect for lazy Sunday mornings! It's silky soft and makes you feel very Pinterest (you know what I mean!) plus did I mention it's still priced at the steal worthy price of £7.75? You'd be mad not to!

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Friday, 3 March 2017

Style Watch: George at Asda

It started with a top... A soft-to-the-touch, flared sleeve, marl grey, astoundingly cosy top. I'd spied it sitting out of place on the rails in my local Asda store recently, in the wrong size for me but other than that everything I could wish for in a top and so I searched through the store to find more in the hopes my size would be sat waiting for me to arrive - and it was!

I grabbed my treasured prize and headed to the checkout, delighted with my £10 find. It's two days later and I'm still wearing it. No judging! If they had had it in black I'd have gotten that too because I've convinced myself I could legit pair this jumper with anything and everything; jeans, maxi skirts, tube skirts, trousers... in fact, it wears very well as lounge wear too due to the softness of the material.

Because I found myself so incredibly taken with my new purchase, I decided to head to George online to have a little nosy at what else they might have to offer because, much as though I love the fact it's available to us locally, the in store stock could be a little better in my opinion. There are much better options online than in my local store and so the jumper served as a prompt to do some digital window shopping and boy did George at Asda come up with the goods.

My focus was tops, I'm of the belief that if you have a few staples in the bottoms department ie; a pair of jeans, standard trousers and a couple of skirt options, you only need a few good tops to make it appear as though you've opted for a stylish capsule wardrobe. I was blown away by the amount of choice available at the moment and have picked out 15 favourites for you (trust me when I say I had to do a few rounds of narrowing the number down!).

Top row, left to right: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 /
Middle row, left to right: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 /
Bottom row, left to right: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5

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