One of life’s greatest pleasures is drinking a nice, hot cup of tea. Any time of the day, a cuppa can help you relax and unwind. My dad loves to drink it piping hot by slurping it straight from the mug, much to my hubbies distain, but that is another story!

I’m not sure where my obsession with Emma Bridgewater came from but it has grown over the past year. After posting my TK Maxx mini haul this week and mentioning my love for EB, I thought I would share my collection. I know it is a little different from some of my other posts but it is another bit of my world to share. Also The Duchess of Cambridge visited the factory this week so it has the royal seal of approval 🙂

Image from @emma_bridgewater Instagram account

Image from @emma_bridgewater Instagram account

I buy most of my EB from the outlet section of the website as it is a little cheaper and although they are slight seconds they are near perfect and each has a little bit of its own character. TK Maxx stock them sometimes but not often enough for my liking!

I have a range of mugs, cups and a rather lovely wedding plate.

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My animal collection. The badger mug was for my hubby who has a random badger love stemming from uni days listening to weird and random YouTube vids like these!

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The Mr and Mrs set came from the Emma Bridgewater factory in Stoke that we went to on the way back from our spa mini moon in October. Loved the factory and how much was on offer so I had to be careful not to spend too much!

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I also have a set of Christmas mugs and a lovely set of mini mug candles.

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Although my hubby isn’t too keen, my EB collection will continue to grow and is love to get sets of plates, bowls, etc… in the future. But that is for when we settle and become grown ups!

Do you have any collections you love (other than beauty products!)? Does anyone else have a love for EB? Leave a comment below and let me know your thoughts 😊

Becky xx

Hello lovelies,

I’m trying to get myself back in to blogging now I’m starting to feel a bit better and I thought I’d ease myself in with a post about one of my favourite shops – TK Maxx.

With TK Maxx I can take or leave the clothes and shoes but I absolutely love wandering around the home section when I’m bored or fed up. I love that the collection of stuff is so random and I usually come away with something weird and wonderful.

My most recent trip left me with these 3 little beauties:

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A lovely notebook to write down some of my future blog ideas and maybe keep a bit of a diary of positive things to help keep me on track.

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A lovely Jessica Custom Nail Colour in SHOWSTOPPER. I’ve only had my nails painted with Jessica when I’ve had them done at the salon so at £3 I thought it was a bargain.

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But my favourite purchase has to be my Emma Bridgewater mug. I have an obsession with these mugs and although they are not cheap they are beautiful and always a great buy if you can find them in TK Maxx as they are much less than the retail price! I picked up this chicken mug as I have another with chickens on that I bought from the EB factory so now I have a pair. The hubby doesn’t see the attraction but I love my collection 😍

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Who else has a love for TK Maxx? Can you find bargains or do you tend to get fed up with looking through so much stuff? As always let me know what you think by leaving a comment below.

Becky xx

So as some of you may (or may not) have noticed, I have been missing from the blog for a little while. I have needed to take a little bit of time out to get myself feeling more positive. I have posted before about how hard that can be for me here.

I have taken a bit of time off work on the advice of my doctor and am slowly starting to feel a bit more human. Getting upset constantly and crying so much I can’t breathe at some points, had to stop so I finally accepted I needed some space. I can’t keep pretending I’m ok when I’m not.

I have tried to write posts a few times while I have been off but I’ve found it really difficult to write when all I want to do is pull the duvet over my head and hide from the world. This video is a good example of how it feels sometimes. However, I have to remember that a big part of this blog was to connect with people and giver an outlet even when I wasn’t feeling like it in the ‘real world’.

I have started yoga and using some meditation breathing exercises in the hope that a bit of relaxation will help me feel much better but a bit of breathing and stretching can’t fix my problems over night. I think my main issue is I know what I want in life but struggle with the motivation to do it, then get upset that I haven’t done it! I am also struggling with some things that seem out of control at the moment but I’m not going to let my issues rule my life. Instead I’m going to stop over thinking and start doing!

Although I love watching beauty videos on YouTube (especially the lovely Pixiwoo ladies) and spending on new beauty buys, most days I don’t leave myself time to do a full face of make up. I love to look good but I also love to have a little bit more time in bed! With this in mind I thought I would share my two make up essentials that I never leave the house without.

I tend to have regular breakouts or scarring left from these on my chin so need to cover up.

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After my morning skincare routine, which currently includes moisturising with my Grandma’s beauty staple of thick Nivea cream, I prime my skin with Benefit POREfessional . I love that this has a little colour so it smooths my face and makes it look a bit healthier and a bit less walking dead!

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The primer itself doesn’t help me feel confident enough to leave the house. The spots/scars always get the MAC treatment with my Pro Longwear Concealer in NW20. This is my saviour and covers so well. I feel as though I don’t need anymore coverage with this and can leave the house with primer and concealer alone.

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If I’m feeling a bit fancy I might even put on a little mascara but I don’t always get that carried away! 😊 That said when I’m not at work, on special occasions or when we have visitors at work I love getting made up.

What products can you not leave the house without? Does a no make up look fill you with dread or leave you feeling free? As always let me know your thoughts below.

Becky xx

After taking a little break I thought I’d do a bit of a change of pace with my posts today. I have been trying to get myself out of a real funk recently and one thing that still helps is looking at our wedding album.

I didn’t think being married would change anything. I thought we’d bumble along the same with my just having the hassle of changing my last name. Honestly though, something has changed. I can’t really put my finger on what but it feels different. It feels secure. I don’t know if it was the nerves before the wedding that have now settled, but it’s a nice feeling.

I won’t go in to detail about the whole day as it would end up as a mammoth post but I loved planning the little touches and ended up with a look and feel that I was really happy with.

Pictures

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The theme was a sort of woodland/rustic/vintage vibe and it worked so well on a sunny day in a October.

Make Up

Make up wise I chose to do my own with help to get the light smoky look on the eyes. I am so glad I did my homework for a good base as I had a mega cluster of spots that popped up on my chin on the day so really needed the coverage! I went for Armani Luminous Silk in the end, as after LOADS of testers, it sat the best on the skin and photographed well with no flashback. I am obviously biased but I think it looks great in the photos!

I used:

Primer- Benefit Porefessional

Concealer – MAC Prolongwear in NW20 (a bit darker than the foundation shade I usually go for but it sits well on the skin)

Base – Georgio Armani Luminous Silk in 4.5

Bronzer – Collection Bronze Glow Matt Powder in Terracotta

Blush – No7 in Soft Damson

Eyes – Smashbox Eyeshadow Primer / Naked2 Palette / Benefit They’re Real Mascara / Sleek Eau La La Liner in Cocoa 327 / Sleek Brow Pencil in Dark

Lips – Vaseline / Sleek Eau La La Liner in Lingerie 214 / Bourjois Rouge Edition Lipstick in Beige Trench 02

Our photographer put loads more pics on his blog here if you want to see more amazing shots of the day (my sister may kill me as she hates the ones of her with no make up but I just love them all!)

Have any fellow bloggers/readers been married recently and still love looking at your pics? Are any of you getting married soon and can’t wait? As always comment below and let me know what’s in your head.

Becky xx