Slowing Down for December

This year has been huge for me in terms of chasing my dreams of writing a book. I did it, I wrote a novel! I’m now nearly halfway through rewriting it, jiggling it around until it makes sense to someone that isn’t me. The blogging side of my life has changed a lot. It’s no longer the be all and end all. I do still love this corner of the internet and although this year has…

This is me- Blog Every Day in November

Hello and welcome to November. This month I’m joining in with Blog Every Day in November, run by Elizabeth Dhokia. Yes I know, EVERY DAY. Since starting the book, my blog has taken a back seat. Which is of course totally fine. But, I do love blogging and what blogging has brought me. And having known Elizabeth for years, I promised myself if she ever did this challenge again, well here we are. (Read more about the…

How to Rebrand a Blog (and why I wanted to)

Follow my blog with Bloglovin After years, yes seriously, of deliberation, I’ve changed my online persona into me. My real name, the real me. Call it a rebrand or even debrand, but it feels like the right time. Welcome to the next phase of my online journey! This decision is something I’ve pondered over for a while. The implications of a rebrand and a URL change a far-reaching and not something that can be done on…

Amara Interior Blog Awards

Hello you lovely lot! How are you? It feels like a while since we last chatted but it’s only been a week since my last post! I have been to Brussels in-between though so that’s probably why. I’ve a little favour to ask of you today. It involves you showing your support for me and this blog by voting for me in the Amara Interior Blog awards. This will be the third year I’ll have been…

Made.com Blogger Supper

Last week I was lucky enough to attend a bloggers supper in Manchester. The event was hosted by Made.com to showcase their ongoing collaboration with rental trailblazers Uncle, ” A landlord that’s got your back”. It was such a great evening! There was a handful of interior bloggers there and it was lovely to catch up with, what are virtually, my colleagues. We were so well looked after and the food was amazing. Catered by Grape…

Ten Books to inspire you

Today I’m sharing with you a handful of books that I’ve found really inspiring. Spring has just about sprung and we are all coming out of what feels like a long winter hibernation. I often turn to books to keep myself mentally energised indoors, when its just too cold and damp to be out and about. These are all non-fiction, some fall into the self help genre, some are autobiographical, some perfect for creatives. All are…

Finding Refuge in Manchester

On a rainy Saturday morning in January recently, I had the pleasure of meeting a few blogger friends who also happen to be local to Manchester. Our venue of choice was Refuge, inside the Principal hotel on Oxford Road. I’d been hearing loads of great things about the rejuvenation, and lets face it completely brilliant restoration job, that was going on at the former Palace hotel, now renamed The Principal. The downstairs hotel bar and restaurant area…

Where I’ve been around the web lately

Today I’m rounding up what I’ve been doing in other places on the web. These articles cover two of my favoute subjects; Gin and Bathrooms! You are probably sick to death of me going on and on about bathrooms lately so lets start with the gin yes? I created a cocktail for the Joanie Clothing blog. Using my current favorite gin, Malfy which is so warm and Lemony. I wanted to try and enhance the Italian(ness?) of…

Day in the Life~ How to run a blog with 2 kids

Hello! Today I’m sharing some insight into how my day to day life goes and how I juggle having kids and working on a blog. I get asked a lot about this, and when people find out I have two children they ask me how? Mainly one, or a number of the following questions; how can I get posts done how can I take photos that are’nt being invaded by children how can I be all…

Interior Blog Awards 2015 Results!

This past week has been a complete whirlwind. With two visits to London in three days and the kids being off school, I’ve only had time to be on social channels rather than here on the blog. So if you follow me anywhere over there you’ll know that on Wednesday night it was the Amara Interior Blog Awards… I made it through {with your voting help} to the finalist stage, and I’m chuffed to tell you…

Wearing Boden on the Roof

Just recently I was invited to the Co-operative head office in Manchester. It’s a stunning building and I’ve wanted to visit since watching it being built in 2013. I was invited to take part in a blogger panel discussion all about how bloggers work with brands, so I wanted to wear something that was perhaps a little smarter than I would normally but still inhabited my personality and style. Seeing as it was late July I…

Blogtacular Outfit

So this Saturday was a huge deal for me. The Blogtacular conference in London. My head is still buzzing with everything I learnt, everyone I chatted to and everything I experienced… So until I’m less tired and can make coherent sense of it all I shall share with you my outfit. I wore a bright red jumpsuit! It was actually something I’d bought with the intention of wearing it to Blogtacular, but I experienced a real…