Wednesday, 21 September 2016

5 homeware picks under £20: Rose & Grey

(All images via Rose & Grey)

I have to admit, shopping for home decor gets me going on the same level as the Boots '3-for-2' label when I'm going in on a mammoth makeup buying spree.

So let me introduce you to one of my favourites homeware boutiques, Rose & Grey. They've nailed their range of unique home furnishings and basically speak to me on a spiritual level. I'm forever on the hunt for stylish interior bits that don't break the bank so here is a round up of five of my current favourites from Rose & Grey - all for under £20!

You would never suspect this faux Yakima succulent (£12.95) wasn't real, would ya? Abigail Ahern's faux botanical range is awesome. The perfect shelf accessory and you'll never have to worry about killing this muted cutie either. Next up is the No.4 Teakwood & Tobacco soy candle (£18) by the P.F Candle Co. Is there a better time than now to crack out the candles for Autumn? Hell nah. With packaging this beautiful you'll definitely get your money's worth by reusing the jar. I'm dying to see what this best selling scent smells like!

Opt for this pint-sized terracotta macrame wall hanging, £12.50 to add some texture to the mix. It's so affordable and you can hang it pretty much anywhere for a touch of warmth. Plus if you're feeling extra spendy you can buy its sassy, older sister here too. I'm lucky enough to already own a smaller version of the large antique brass frame, £17.95 which make a lovely addition to photos and prints. Available in portrait or landscape and in various sizes, these are definitely worth a purchase for your very own Pinterest-worthy gallery wall.

My final favourite is the matt basket, £19.50 for adding that 'organised chaos' feel to your home style, a philosophy I definitely practice. You can whack anything in these - bathroom toiletries, office stationery, beauty bits - it will still look classy as f whatever the weather. Naturally I was drawn to the black version of these stackable señoritas but why not go for gold? This basket is a nod to the minimalism gods whilst keeping it bright and playful.

And there we have my 5 favourites for under £20 - for effortless style without the hefty price tag it's no wonder I always go back to Rose & Grey. Do you guys have any homeware hidden gems you'd like to share? Please leave a comment if so, I'd love to check them out.

Happy browsing! Now what's my Paypal password again..?

Friday, 16 September 2016

Travel guide: A long weekend in Copenhagen

No trip for me is complete without a little pre-holiday research, yes I know I'm so spontaneous it hurts. For my birthday last year, Nick and I took a summer trip to the Danish capital and I can't wait to go back again. I'm a magpie when it comes to the Scandinavian aesthetic so I couldn't wait to do it like a Dane for a few days. If like me you prefer to suss out the vibes before you book a trip then you may find this mini guide useful. Takk for reading!

Best time to visit: Summer months - June, July, August.
£££: Won't break the bank for a short weekend unless you're a fiend for fine dining.
Don't miss: The street food market on Paper Island and Tivoli Gardens at night.

Where to stay

This Airbnb was the bomb and has to be my favourite find so far. We stayed in the stylish neighbourhood of Vesterbro in Line's apartment which you can find here. Plonked right in the heart of the area on Krusågade, we had an abundance of cute cafés and bars right around the corner. Our host couldn't have been more helpful making us a list crammed full of local gems, I would highly recommend staying in this laid-back neighbourhood located next to Central Station.

The apartment itself was a dream and it really put the cherry on top of the trip being able to sit out on the balcony with beers and blankets after a day of exploring. You should definitely check out Airbnb the next time you're hotel hunting, it truly is babein' to live like a queen for a bit and still have some pennies left over. If it's good enough for Kim K, it's good enough for me.


Food & Drink

Mad & Kaffe, Vesterbro - Our first food voyage was a short walk from the apartment, a brunch spot sitting on the corner of Sønder Boulevard. Their concept is to create your own breakfast combo by ticking off your choices on the list. This place was voted Copenhagen's best cafe in 2015 so it will be busy but it's worth it for the bangin' scrambled eggs.

Cafe Taxa, Nørrebro - After cycling our butts off one day we discovered this gem on the corner of Jægersborggade and made a pit stop. We sat outside and basked in the sun whilst enjoying a delicious cup of coffee and Taxa's take on huevos rancheros. A great all rounder!

Copenhagen Street Food, Papirøen - Roughly 10 minutes from Nyhavn, this indoor street food market is heaven on a plate. As 80% of our relationship is based around eating, it was essential that we located this bad boy. Offering international cuisine from Korean to Moroccan, the Paper Island trucks boast delicious, sustainable food made with locally sourced ingredients. We sampled the pulled confit duck burger with Sriracha and the Brazilian grill plate below - oh hot daaaang it was tasty.

Meatpacking District, Vesterbro - Such a good place to visit day or night with the markets, plenty of restaurants and colourful nightlife. You could easily stay fed, watered and entertained the whole evening yet walk less than a mile. We went to Tommi's Burger Joint twice because the burgers were so j-j-j-juicy but we probably should have saved some belly room to give the pizza at Mother a whirl. We did try out Paté Paté but to be honest it was a bit out of our price range by the end of the trip so we sacked it off after the starter. Oops! I'm sure it was lovely though...

Fermentoren, Vesterbro - A cozy, craft ale bar with oodles of choice for beer enthusiasts. I must admit a visit here was mainly to satisfy Nick's penchant for pale ale but what I did try was pretty tasty, plus you can buy a standard drink if beer gives you nothing but a bubble belly. Brilliant staff, wonderful atmosphere and a beer named after Ryan Gosling - what more could you need?

Things to do

RENT A BIKE. Your vagina may resemble a mashed avocado afterwards but this is the best way to discover Copenhagen. The city is made for cycling so don't worry about standing out like a sore thumb - literally everyone rides. We had so much fun exploring and it cost roughly £30 each to rent for 3 days. I couldn't think of a better way to get around. Unless of course the bike seat came equipped with ice-cube filled cushions to soothe my battered flaps. Ouch.

The first must see place is obvs picture-postcard Nyhavn, we stopped off here after spending the day at the street food market. You might get ripped off as this is a tourist hot spot, so if you're looking to save some cash just get some road beers from the shop, whack on Spotify offline and perch on the quay side to admire the scenery.

The next day called for a visit to the famous amusement park, Tivoli Gardens. Nestled right in the city centre, we didn't know what to expect but absolutely loved it. Strolling down from our apartment late afternoon we arrived in time to experience Tivoli at sunset and as evening came, the place was pretty magical to be honest. Bonus points - there's a Wagamamas inside, hoorah!

Now then, Freetown Christiania the self-governed free state. Your interest in err, herbs, may sway your opinion on whether you stick with or skip this. We went out of curiosity and it was pretty intense, too many dudes in balaclavas for my liking and strictly no cameras allowed. Don't get me wrong it was really interesting to see but I'm not in a hurry to go back. Our final stop was the Botanisk Have at the University, a must for all the green-fingered Grahams out there. Expect beautiful blooms and tropical temperatures so don't skip the deodorant, s'all I'm sayin'.

A truly wonderful city with so much more to discover. Where would you visit in Scandinavia?