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I don’t know about you, but after spending so much time indoors in the past year I’m a little bored of my surroundings. I’ve been staring at the same four walls every day and trying to get work done but feeling totally uninspired. I’m someone that thrives off of novelty - I love to be in a new environment, I love having lots of plans and things to do - so when the pandemic took that away I completely stalled and really struggled to find motivation.

How I Prep My Skin for Travel

How to get clear skin before travel

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I’ve you’ve followed me on Instagram for a while, you will probably have heard me mention that my body confidence is very much linked to how clear my skin is. I know that it shouldn’t matter but it does, and if my skin isn’t clear then I feel self conscious all day. I find that my skin breaks out after I’ve been travelling anyway but I try to keep my skin clear as much as I possibly can in the run up to travel so I can feel great while I’m exploring a new city. With this in mind, I thought it might be helpful to discuss some of the things I use to get my skin ready for my next adventure. To keep things simple I’ll split them into categories so you can skip straight to what you need.

10 Interior Design Trends For The Autumn

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Autumn is the perfect time to decorate your home. As the weather grows a little colder you’ll want to make your home a snug and beautiful space. Unless you’re very creative you might not know how to style your home. To give you some fabulous ideas these are some of the hottest interior design trends for the autumn.


1 . Earthy Colours


Earthly colours usually make an appearance around the autumn time, but which shades should we be focusing on? Look out for shades of golden, sandstone, earthy brown, wine red, and evergreen. Designing a beautiful home is about choosing the colours that make you feel warm and relaxed. When you’re painting your walls try plant-based paint to avoid bringing toxins into your home.


It can often be a little tricky to choose which colours will suit your rooms. Thankfully there are a few VR apps that can help you to test out different colours. A few of the best options include Paint My Place and Colour Portfolio.


2. Vintage Meets Modern


This autumn it’s all about creating a ‘vintage meets modern look’. You might use the ‘Grandmillenial’ interior design style to achieve this. According to LivingEtc, Grand Millennial style is essentially about modern-day design co-existing with retro elements about incorporating hand-me-downs and inherited pieces, alongside second-hand vintage pieces and reclaimed furniture and making them look at home in a modern interior.’ 


To create this style you’ll want to mix modern furniture and accessories with tasseled objects, pleats, frills, and vintage chic. We’re seeing lots of scalloped furniture and wallpaper with botanical prints.


3. Room Dividers 


Over the last year, more people have been working from home and this has dramatically changed the way we use our spaces. We’ve needed to utilize areas as workstations while creating space between our leisure and work areas. Room dividers are a great way to partition a room, you can essentially create two separate spaces, without needing to make any structural changes. Room dividers come in many different forms whether it’s a bookshelf or a kallax, or a hanging wall divider. There are many ways that you can creatively partition a room.


4. Elements Of The Outdoors


This autumn there’s a focus on using elements of the outdoors. By using nature, you can create a relaxing and beautiful space. House plants are the first step to embrace nature, and beyond this, it’s all about using natural materials to furnish your home. Try fibers like wicker, wood, and rattan, along with fabrics like wool, hemp, and organic cotton.


5. The Green Home


Modern interior design means keeping things as green as possible. When you’re decorating your home, focus on eco-friendly materials and methods. Purchase your decor objects from earth-kind brands, try green fabrics such as hemp or soy cashmere. Incorporate second-hand and vintage items where possible, it’s pretty easy to do this if you are creating a grandmillenial style.


Equally, think about energy efficiency, to reduce your carbon footprint. When it is time to upgrade your insulation, insulation boards are a great choice. You can shop for these boards in many different sizes, from 75mm boards to 150mm Insulation Board. A smart meter can be helpful to monitor and reduce your energy usage.



6. Sculptures


Looking to decorate your home with some beautiful artwork? This autumn we’re seeing lots of sculptures, particularly in the living room. When you add a sculpture to a room you immediately add a touch of elegance. sculptures are a fantastic focal piece, helping to bring together the different elements of a room. To choose a sculpture for your room you might want to ask yourself the following questions:


  • Which style am I looking for (minimal, abstract, art decor, etc.)?

  • Which room will this sculpture go in?

  • How much am I willing to spend?

  • Do I have a colour scheme or material in mind?


7. Reading Corners


Reading corners work just perfectly in the autumn time. When the weather gets a little chilly there’s no better way to relax than with a good book in a comfy armchair. There are many ways to get creative when you are designing a reading corner. Consider layering different materials, from cushions to throws and rugs. All of these elements will help to create a super cozy feel and improve the ambience of the room. Low-bookshelves can add to the comfy feel, adding a touch of charm to the space. Creating a reading corner is the perfect excuse to get some great new books!


8. The Gallery Wall


A gallery wall means hanging lots of smaller pieces of art on one wall, to create a gallery effect. You can choose art of the same type, or mix several different styles. Whether you like hand-drawn pictures, paintings, or digital prints, there are lots of different options to choose from. Gallery walls work great in any room whether you’re creating a luxury bedroom or a vibrant living room.


When you're choosing your artwork it’s a great idea to look at online marketplaces such as Etsy. Here you can find affordably priced art in a wide range of styles, plus lots of different frames of art frames. To get inspiration for your gallery wall, check out the hottest interior design influencers on Instagram.


9. Wallpaper Is Returning


Wallpaper is certainly back in style, and this autumn we’re seeing tonnes of it. The trick is to figure out which type of wallpaper suits your home best. A few of the trending styles include botanical prints, geometric shapes, and textured wallpaper. If you’re looking to make a statement you might consider using mural wallpaper. You can find wallpaper that represents forest scenes, or cities, for example.


With so many design trends for the autumn, it’s difficult to know where to start. Before you start decorating it’s helpful to make a plan for each room. In your plan you can include the furniture, colour schemes, and ideas for decor.




What Went Wrong: Cruising Edition

Plus size blogger The Owlet watching cruise ships in Torquay


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In my last instalment of “What Went Wrong While Travelling” I said I had a huge list of cruise related things to chat about, so I thought we’d make part three into a “What Went Wrong While Cruising”. As with the previous two instalments I’m not saying that what I did was necessarily the best option in that situation, and yes I was an idiot at times. If you’re a more experienced traveller than me then you’re probably thinking I’m an idiot for some of the experiences I’ve shared, but we all have to start somewhere and the only way to learn is by trying your best and making mistakes. Having said that, feel free to have a laugh at my expense!

5 Unmissable Destinations for a UK Road Trip

Plus size blogger The Owlet in South Wales, UK


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Lockdown is easing up and the world is beginning to feel a little more accessible again, but for a lot of people (including me) it feels just a little bit soon to be starting to travel internationally. Last summer Jack and I went on a mini road trip around the South West region of the UK; even though the idea was born out of being desperate to travel but not feeling safe to go abroad we absolutely loved it and I’m now totally sold on the idea of a road trip in normal times too, not just as a pandemic appropriate holiday. 

Why the Productivity Movement is Toxic

Plus size Bristol blogger The Owlet in Bristol

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This past year has been the year of the side hustle. Saving hours of commuting time every day, multiple lockdowns and not being able to be social in our down time has led people to question what we do with all this free time? And the answer seems fairly obvious on the face of it. There’s so much content online about creating financial freedom and being your own boss - you’ve got all free now so why not start working on growing your brand/business/freelancing career so you never have to go back to the office when this is over with? It seems like an ideal plan, but it’s toxic.