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Lobster & Swan. Writing, Design, Photography, Things of Beauty & Inspiration

Lobster & Swan. Writing, Design, Photography, Things of Beauty & Inspiration
Hello, Wednesday people! With my bathroom makeover still bottom of the to do list – I get my kicks by watching Kimberly’s renovation with anticipation and indulging with my favourite beauty products. Today I thought I would share some of the lovely things I can’t live without in my bathroom. These are all products I have and use at home, and they deserve better than sharing space with peach marble tiles and broken windows. Like me they also dream of one day being set down in a beautiful space – like the ones featured in this post! Clarins pure melt cleansing gel – with Marula oil.

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thorn + sparrow: home i know we're all freaking out over geometric patterns + gold glitter, but i feel like that's everywhere at the moment -- don't get me wrong, i love those triangles + shiny gold accessories! whenever something becomes super popular, i start looking to other things for inspiration, things that aren't being raved about. it's a fun hunt for me... + lately i can't seem to get emerald off my mind. i think it started when i found a vintage, emerald tahari blazer earlier this year. emerald is a complex color to me, almost a double edged sword.... a little far in one direction + it might look leprechauny, but i think when it's paired with the right textures + tones, it's absolutely stunning! happy friday everyone!!

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John Lewis Winter Luxe Edit - sponsored styling with John Lewis. Recently I styled up a vignette taking inspiration from John Lewis’s new Winter Luxe EDIT. Winter Luxe to me screams a cosy blanket, steaming hot tea and sweet treats. Then, to snuggle up in a warm blanket with a favourite novel! I have picked the super soft Flannelette Herringbone Throw from their collection. Cozy Homemaking Nothing much to say today but wishing a super happy birthday to a most wonderful & stunning person on this planet, someone who's been a light on my path, and who taught me so many things in/of life. Happy birthday sunshine, I love you so very much ! And a little something for you here ... ox

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