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Heading into Autumn with Lighthouse Clothing

I love the Autumn, it’s my favourite time of the year. The slightly colder days, the changes in the trees, conker picking with the children, hot chocolate, the log burner, Sunday afternoon snuggling on the sofa watching a film not forgetting long walks in the woods with the dogs.

Heading out for family walks is something we all love, even though we don’t get out together as often as we should do. My Hubby is the main dog walkers he heads out for miles over the fields and I take them for a quick walk around the village between working and collecting the children from school.

Autumn at the moment is all about the rain! I mean it’s rained everyday for the last couple of weeks. It’s been awful, you look out of the window to find bright skies then 5 minutes later the heavens have opened and we have black skies and heavy rain.

Lighthouse Clothing Review

Luckily the lovely Lighthouse Clothing offered to send me out a coat, scarf and hat to help me through the rainy Autumn into the Winter. I looked that their large collection of lovely coats and quickly found the gorgeous Alanna coat in the Night Sky shade, which is a lovely rich navy colour.

My gorgeous coat

navy alanna coat from lighthouse clothing

I just loved the Alanna because of it’s length. I like a longer coat, I don’t like waste length because I’m quite curvy and heavy on the hips so I like longer coats to cover my bum. The other thing that really appealed to me is the hidden pull cord to help create a waist line within the coat. So it sits just how I like it.

Of course its fully waterproof Teflon, which is just perfect for the weather that we are currently having. It has a super soft lining, hidden pockets and pockets on the outside perfect for dog treats and poo bags. I took my coat on a weekend away in Hull, good job I had it with me as it rained just about the whole time we were there.

The hood on my Alanna coat is also detachable, which is a great addition, but I don’t think I will remove it. I quite like the added hood.

I have warn this coat lots over the last couple of weeks it’s honestly been perfect for all of the rain we have been having. It has kept me dry on the dog walks and also on the school run. I’ve also had to wash it as the muddy dogs jumped up, but it wasn’t a problem because it washed beautifully and dried quickly.

All of the pockets have proven very useful and it look fabulous on. I’ve had a few nice comments on the school run.

Hat and Scarfs

lighthouse clothing hat and scarf

Not only is the coat gorgeous but the hat and scarf I also got to go with it are just lovely. I chose the Hannah Bobble Hat in stone and the Merino Scarf in Lilac Dusk Blue Stripe. Choosing the scarf took me longer than choosing the coat. As yet I haven’t really needed to wear the hat and scarf as the weather hasn’t been quite cold enough yet. But I cannot wait for the temperature to drop a bit more so I can get lots of wear out of them.

lighthouse clothing scarf label

I’m so pleased with the coat from Lighthouse Clothing that I have been looking the different styles for the children. I will be using Lighthouse Clothing again, the quality of the coat is fabulous and I really feel that their items are good value for money. It really pays to spend a little more on coats so they last you.

Thank you Lighthouse clothing for sending me my lovely new coat, hat and scarf to help keep me warm and dry over through the Autumn and into the winter.

 

Sustainable designer jewellery by Sacet

As you all know I love gorgeous things and at the top of that list is jewellery. I just love it. Although I love costume jewellery, the items that can be be bought cheaply and only worn once or twice. However what I really love is high quality designer items.

Buying jewellery online can be difficult, I like to see and feel what I can getting. It’s always a worry when you spend a lot of money on something that you haven’t seen before. Then you have the worry about sending it back via the post and having the extra costs of postage.

Sustainable designer jewellery

sacet earings and necklace

Sacet are designer online jewellery boutique, that have some of the most beautiful items I have seen in while. Not only that but they are a sustainable brand, because each items is made to order, within their artisan workshop by some amazingly talented craftspeople.

Sacet do any much as possible to ensure they remain sustainable by by using recycled silver. They source this as often the larger silver mines do not have the best working environments, which Sacet pride their selfs on.

Gemstones and diamonds are used in almost all of their items, and Sacet ensure they choose suppliers that adhere to good working conditions and offer their worker fair pay.

Ordering from Sacet

sacet necklace

One thing I love about Sacet is you are able to order samples of the items you would like. You get to choose 3 sample items with get sent our to you with free returns. You are able to trial them for 5 days. Once you have chosen your items then it will be made bespoke just for you. If however you do not return them then you will get charged £25 per sample item. The samples although look like the real deal, they are not.

Such a wonderful idea, I love that you can try before you buy. Sacet items are investment pieces and you need to be sure

My Sacet items

earings by sacet

I was kindly sent out the Classic Pave Diamond round earrings and necklace. They are beautiful, very simple and elegant they also look beautiful on. I love that they are very understated so can be worn all of the time, both with jeans and a t-shirt and a dress out for dinner. It’s wonderful to have something so pretty that I can always wear, without going for one of my large statement items, that I love but it isn’t always suitable to wear them all of the time.

Thank you Sacet for sending me these gorgeous items. I love them.

Beautiful wooden blinds from Make My Blinds

Finding curtains and blinds for our new house hasn’t been easy. Partly because I wasn’t 100% sure what I wanted and partly because I’m so indecisive about things I just couldn’t choose something. I knew that I wanted wooden blinds for our bedroom and possibly for the bathroom. When Make My Blinds got in touch to ask me if they could send me out some for the new house, I was over the moon.

Did you know what wooden blinds come a whole range of colours, with tapes, without tapes, different coloured tapes, wooden, faux wood not forgetting the different widths they come in. There really is a lot to think about. Make My Blinds have fully customisable blinds up to 260cm wide for the faux wood and 240cm for the real wood, perfect for almost all windows.

Make My Blinds offer a free sample service, which for someone like me is perfect. I was about to select a range of different colours, tapes and both the wooden and faux wood. I ordered a collection of different samples and they arrived within a couple of days, it’s amazing how many different shades of white there is. I read that the faux wood is better for bathrooms, because they are 100% waterproof so they are perfect for all the water and moisture in the bathrooms.

Choosing my blinds from Make My Blinds

After a lot of wondering which would be better in our bedroom and which in the bathroom, I decided on Editions Angel White with Lilly Tape for the bedroom and Editions Brilliant White with Lilly Tapes for the bathroom.

After I placed the order it took about 10 days for them to be made and delivered, then took us about another month to have the bedroom ready to put the blinds up. In fact, the bedroom is still not finished, I was really hoping that I would now have wardrobes build in and no boxes all over the house. However, it’s very difficult to get hold of a joiner to come round to give quotes. I just hope it’s all in place before Christmas, which sounds so far away but it’s already July.

make my blinds in packaging

Installing the blinds was easy for my Hubby who was tasked with the job, the instructions were simple to follow for him. Not sure I could have got them up, but he did an fabulous job. And you know what they look fabulous, I love them in our bedroom they look just as I had imagined them to. I cannot wait to see what they look like in the bathroom.

I have started to leave them down, but turned to open and from the outside of the house they look really eye catching, I like looking up to see the wooden slats. You can choose which way your slats are angled, up or down, then open closed or completely up. 

My only criticism is that they are by no means a black out blind, sounds obvious I know, but when the sun comes up in the morning it really does shine though, not completely but the room becomes very light, great on school day, not so wonderful on the weekend. However, we have had the bedroom blind up about a month now and we are starting to get used to how light the bedroom is each morning.

I know a lot of people choose to place curtains in front of their wooden blinds. I have chosen not too, I actually like the look of my blinds sitting within the window frame. We have actually sat them towards the from of the window recess so I can pop some items behind the blinds without catching them when they are put up and down. 

Although we have also got bathroom blinds, we have not got them up yet. Very annoyingly we have not only had issues getting the bathroom fitted, but once it was fitted and painted then all of the painted started peel from the walls. Even though we prepped all of the walls correctly and used bathroom paint, I have no idea why but now we have got to remove it all and start the painting again.

I’m so pleased with my blinds, they look fabulous, they are easy to put up and down. They are also reasonably prices, not cheap which as we all know isn’t the best thing but they are also not the most expensive. The finish on these are really high quality, even my Hubby mentioned how well made they are and he is very picky about these things. He really likes how they are finished across the top with an extra slat, it really sets the tone for the quality of them.

Pop over to the lovely Rachel Bustin’s blog, she has spoken about interior ideas for a small home, a great little read if you are looking for ideas.

*Thank you so much Make My Blinds for sending me these gorgeous blinds for our forever home, I love them.*