Stylish dressing tables and makeup inspiration

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How beautiful is this dressing table (image)

Growing up I always had a dresser, a vintage one my mother had picked up from an Auction before I was born, it had little shelves on each side where I could store all my goodies. Even though I was never a pink girly girl I liked having a space I could customise and make my own, somewhere to organise my letters, diary or keepsakes. It's something I have really missed because as you get older you of course accumulate a lot more things, perfumes, makeup etc and now more than ever I would love to have a dresser to keep all of these things in some kind of organised manor because at the moment they are strewn over our chest of drawers with no real home to call their own.

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I love this colourful and quirky bedroom and dresser space (image)

You don't even need a lot of space and in fact you could make a custom dresser to fit into an alcove or even a solid wooden shelf with a nice chair underneath will do. I am currently on the lookout for a piece to up cycle or lovingly bring back to life, perhaps a car boot find, I have not had any luck of yet but I keep my fingers crossed.

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How great is this picture frame nail varnish DIY storage cupboard (image)

Even though I don't wear the biggest amount of makeup I do like to have good quality products and believe a good skincare routine is a must plus a foundation that suits your skin shade and have recently become a huge fan of light powders. I have also been exploring a lot of different lipstick shades and honest feel more confident when I wear lipstick and I think that can be a powerful thing.
I love to be creative and I often wonder if I could go back in time if I would do anything differently or even if I had more time I would love to do a short make-up artistry course as there are a few looks I would love to achieve but feel I need some direction on learning how to do them successfully.

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What beautiful wall paper and vintage dresser (image)

What would you do if you could go back in time? Would you consider training as a makeup artist? Well there are lots of interesting jobs available if you do and thats one of the positive things about receiving an education in makeup artistry at somewhere like Cosmix School of Makeup Artistry, you can truly pick from a wide range of jobs. I also know a few bloggers who are MUA and they always look amazing and you could also work in the following industries.

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I love wearing a little bit of lippy 


If you’ve always wanted to work in the fashion industry, now’s your chance. The fashion industry is home to some of the best makeup artists in the world. This exciting and competitive industry offers a wide range of job opportunities for makeup artists, from doing makeup for catalogs and print ads to music videos and runway shows.


Makeup is essential in an industry that revolves around beauty. The beauty industry is also a great place to find work for makeup artists and recent graduates of makeup schools. You can do makeup for weddings and special events, own you own business, or even work with a dermatologists or plastic surgeon.

You could always give Cosmix a look at is one of the leading makeup artist schools and provides makeup classes in fashion, beauty and special effects makeup artistry.

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Swimming in the sea and eating street food in Antibes

So if you read the blog you will know we had a fantastic trip last month to Paris and the South of France, staying in a stunning James Villa near Cannes which was a perfect base for explore the French Riviera. There is so much to see and do along the coast line and we had heard of a wonderful public beach right next to the old town in Antibes and though it would be the perfect place to go swimming in the sea, as well as trying out some yummy street food.

The first stop we made before heading to the beach was at the popular Gelateria Del Ponto where they had a huge array of ice-cream flavours and choices and shaped the ice-cream into flowers, Mr A loved it and it seemed only appropriate with spending the day by the seaside. After that we made the beach, which lies just behind the old city walls our home for a few hours, enjoying the warmth and the sunshine. Now we had a beautiful pool at the Villa but I have to admit I love swimming in the sea, it's one of my favourite things to do. Mr A was a little apprehensive but soon found his feet and really enjoyed splashing in the shallows and going out deeper riding on our backs. We stayed until the  early afternoon before heading to the old town in search of a falafel street bar we had heard about on Tripadvisor and had been given rave reviews for not only being reasonable but also incredibly tasty. I would highly recommend trying out Wyndham Vacations and James Villas if your travelling as a family and want space to roam an area.

My brother and I both went for wraps which were so fresh and delicious while John opted for a mixed plate of various delights while we all shared their amazing homemade hummus and warm pitta breads while mr A dug into a falafel and rare plate of chips as a treat.

It was lovely walking past all the yachts in the harbour with the castle on this hill is the distance as well as watching some locals playing Boules. If I won the lottery this is the kind of place I would love to buy a bolt hole and visit every year near the end of the summer season when it's lovely and tranquil but still has enough going on to be the perfect place for families and exploring the outdoors.

Must have style items for busy mums

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If you are a new mum, or expecting to be soon, and you are worried that your style halo might be about to loose its sparkle, here are five great maternity buys to ensure you will be in style heaven, even after the stork has made its delivery.

MY WINTER BOX from the fantastic Parisian maternity brand, Envie de Fraises, is a sleek collection of three maternity pieces that will see you through your pregnancy and into the months that follow. The kit includes a flattering, soft, long-sleeved dress with matching leggings and a contrasting wrap belt. The combination has that certain ‘je ne sais quoi’ that will add a touch of French chic to your maternity wardrobe.

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My Winter Box from Envie de Fraises

The Babymel Big Slouchy changing bag looks as good on the outside as it is useful on the inside. Almost as cute as your new baby, this bag comes in a range of designs (including bang-on-trend tweed), has plenty of pockets inside and out and ingeniously tucks away a coordinated changing mat and insulated bottle cover.

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I love this Babymel sloughy bag 

If your new addition cries in the key of Hendrix, then the Super Cool Rock Star Baby Bib from Baby Moo’s could be just the job. With a black-and-white rock print front and a waterproof backing, your baby won’t lose style points when things get messy.

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How cute are these rockstar baby bibs from Baby Moo

There is always room in your home for design that makes you smile. The Lawn Countertop Drying Rack from innovative Australian brand, Boon, will bring a breath of fresh air to your draining board. Styled to look like giant blades of grass, this handy mat with incorporated drip tray will efficiently hold all your baby accessories so that they can dry thoroughly and safely, making sure you won’t lose all those fiddly lids and attachments. And it doesn’t even need mowing.

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Literally the coolest drying rack I have ever seen from Boon

Snuggling with your new baby is one of the pleasures of being a new mum, and to bring a little luxury to your cuddle time, what better than the Knitted Merino Wool Baby Blanket from Baa Baby. Made with pure Merino wool that is smooth next to the skin, these light, warm blankets come in a beautiful range of colours with a delicate diamond pattern and scalloped edge. The open texture and soft knit will help to keep baby comfortable and cosy in timeless style.

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This Knitted Merino Wool blanket from Baa Baby looks so lovely and soft

This list of must have accessories is a collaboration with Toothpick, another must have accessory for busy mums. Toothpick helps you find and book dentist appointments in London and around the UK and it’s free!


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