Dream skin

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It’s not often you get to nourish your skin and sleep like a baby. In fact if you’d told me I’d be out for zzzzz’s with ease from just slapping on some cream, I would have rolled my eyes. A lot!

Yet, after 3 days (yes 3 days) of smoothing cream onto my arms, only my arms so far, every night has found me in the land of nod before you can say it. My skin feels better as well. I’m going to see what one month of application does.

I came across this product thisworks® sleep + dream body through a recommendation by a friend. The skincare company thisworks®  is dedicated to high performing skincare with minimal unnecessary chemicals added to their products. Always a joy to my skin to know this.

My beauty products are almost always bought from Victoria Health. The recent launch of marvellous price friendly The Ordinary, has my skin glowing and my bank balance happy – what’s not to like!

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Future proof staples

There comes a point in your fashion fix life when you have to choose your style. Easier said than done when your personal preference is Grace Kelly meets Ali MacGraw meets Jackie O meets Pippi Langstrumpf (Longstocking). Its a nightmare. Oh to find oneself in category beloved of fashion writers. Yet modern day dressing offers some hope of self expression and versatile pieces to keep the spending down. It’s true my wardrobe is full to the brim with clothes; I wear some more than others but I love the diversity it affords me and I do use them all. But less is more when you’d rather save your money, and be more sustainable with your clothes purchases.

One aspect of fashion I do shy away from these days is fashion trends. Although I did fully embrace the cold shoulder look with 2 items, when you’ve got good shoulders, flaunt ’em. But the key for me now is pieces that have longevity. My question to self, when embarking on a purchase, used to be ‘would x wear this?’ For x interject Jackie O, Katharine Hepburn, Emmanuelle Alt and Sophia Loren! Now, my first thought is ‘will I still be wearing this at 80!’ I’m tired of shopping but equally want a wardrobe I can wear with ease. I’ve got enough stripes and sparkly tops to last me until I’m 80, so that base is covered. Ditto white shirts. Oh hang it you can never have enough white tops in my world so this shirt from Toast has enough of a point of difference to my others and meets the wear at 80 criteria.

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Cotton Khadi Shirt £89.00 Toast

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Deck The Hall

If interiors excite you then Christmas provides the perfect backdrop to dress up your house and add to the bauble collection. This year I decided to select white, gold, green and wood as my theme for the tree. In a departure from tradition I also went and bought a fake one, tree that is not Christmas.

Yet my small contribution to festive cheer was ‘nowt’ compared to the beautifully decorated show home of Antler Homes at Claygate in Surrey. The house was decorated for This Morning when a section of the show was shot here. The Christmas decorations were fantastic.

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The Christmas Wreath

Of course I wished I could make off with the wreath given it fitted it with my chosen theme for the festive season. As splendid as the door looked dressed with the wreath, the hallway and the two tress in the living room and kitchen were beautiful.

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Perfectly positioned!

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Not only perfectly wrapped presents but the most delightful present guard!

If the splendour of the decorations weren’t enough, I was also able to admire a superior interior styling of a show home. As a stylist I was impressed with the attention to detail and how each room was completed. The overall sense of styling was calm, neutrals with either stark graphic emphasis or blended patterns and injections of colour.

However I was pleased to spy a light shade that looked expensive and dramatic and realised if was from Next!

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The hallway needed an extravagant shade and this would translate to a living room or master bedroom when opulence is called for.

My favourite element of detail in respect of the design of the rooms, was the master bedroom’s walk in wardrobe.

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In my dreams!

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The quality of the house built by Antler Homes is clearly a cut above given that its value is £2.1m. The layout, use of space and finishes are excellent. Even down to detail such as a sun hole in a windowless en-suite.

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Being the sort of person who prefers plain over patterns: (except when it comes to stripes) the wallpaper selections were bold and dramatic, but used minimally on only one wall, which gave the right injection of flourish to the room without overpowering.

img_7395The context of this wallpaper was a single room suggested for a young girl. The style was dreamy and enchanted.

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Next to stripes are stars in my wardrobe indulgences and now  I have this wallpaper to covert!

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The New York wallpaper was another one added to the interior wish list.

Even though I’ve not got the budget for a £2.1m house I could really appreciate the fact of how one could scale the effort into your own home. Of course Pinterest affords us lots of living space oggling and this was a step up from the gaze to the actual reality of what a company like Antler Homes delivers. It was a splendid way to spend an afternoon appreciating quality.

Kate Battrick was invited to a community event in the Antler Home show home. The community event is undertaken as a thank you to the local community for tolerating a new build within brown belt land. 

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Travel Essentials 1

This item has been everywhere with me for over ten years. When I pack it in a suitcase, or back neatly into my travel draw at home, it carries all the places and holds all the memories in its fabric. It is the handiest and most loved item I have. My hammam towel.

I bought mine all those years ago from Toast, but have recently noted that they are now available anywhere and everywhere. Online Sorbet do a lovely range in an array of colours.

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