Interior dreams focus – bathtubs

March 24th, 2017

Question – where do you go in your home when you really want to relax? For me, the answer is always the bathtub. I fill it with hot water and beautifully scented bubbles, take a good book and a glass of wine, and I lock that door. For thirty minutes or so I am in my own world, away from the family, social media, the telephone, and anything else that might disturb me. I chill and relax, and, at the end of it, I feel ready to face the world again. My bathroom is a form of sanctuary, and my bath is the place where I can find a bit of peace and quiet. A shower probably gets you cleaner, but a bath cleanses mind and body, and would be my choice every time.

Whether you have a corner bath, a whirlpool bath, a stand alone tub, or a walk in bath, your bath can be your own slice of heaven. Size should not make any difference – a corner bath may take up less space, but have built in seat options that make it so comfortable. Disability should also not be a reason to not have a dream bath, companies like Premier Bathrooms have a range of beautiful and luxurious walk in options that are practical and brilliant for those with mobility issues. Your bath can be modern and minimal, or as ostentatious as you would imagine Kim and Kanye choosing, it is totally up to you.

If I’ve not yet convinced you that you should pay extra time and attention to your bathtub, maybe a little trip down Hollywood memory lane might change your opinion. When I think of glorious baths in movies, I think of Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman, Elizabeth Taylor in Cleopatra, or the glamorous Margot Robbie covered in bubbles with a glass of Champagne and scented candles. Think of showers on the other hand, and I struggle to get further than Janet Leigh meeting a sticky end in Pyscho.

So, if you are looking at sprucing up some of your interiors this year, take a closer look at your bathroom and your tub. You know you deserve it.

The Return of the Bumbag

March 23rd, 2017

There are some fashion trends that shine brightly for a while and then disappear forever. Other trends are more mercurial, they disappear, only to reappear, loved once again by a new generation too young to remember them the first time around. One such fashion trend that fits this bill is the once much maligned bumbag, which has popped up again on the Skatehut site in a range of cool designs.

Mi-Pac Cherries Slim Bum Bag – Black £14.95 Click to visit Skatehut

The bumbag was a late 1980s phenomenon, often teamed with a shellsuit and trainers. It was a look that, for a while, was everywhere. But it fell out of favour very quickly, linked to badly dressed tourists who wore them with sandals and sock, or market traders who wore them for a practical, but certainly not fashionable, reason. The bumbag disappeared, seemingly never to return.

But fashion is a strange animal, and the most unlikely of items can make a comeback. Celebrities seemed to rediscover the bumbag, and set out to make it a highly coveted fashion item all over again. Sarah Jessica Parker, Rihanna, Suki Waterhouse and Kylie Jenner showed that the bumbag (or fanny pack as the Americans call it) could be both practical and stylish. Kylie and Suki showed that it was the perfect way to hold your belongings at festivals, wearing their designs to Coachella. SJP, who had worn them as the ultimate style icon Carrie Bradshaw in Sex and the City, now showed that a bumbag could be worn on the red carpet when she teamed a stylish black leather design with an evening dress. Jared Leto, no slouch in the style department, also used a bumbag and totally rocked the look. These new bumbags couldn’t be further away from the idea of Mr Motivator.

Kylie

Suki

Jared Leto

SJP

And it is not just at the festivals or on the red carpet that bumbags have reappeared. They have also returned to the catwalk with embellished ones at Ashish. Celine may have called their version a beltbag, but it most definitely has a bumbag vibe, whilst the Rebecca Minkoff version was neat and quilted, with more than a nod to Chanel.

So why has this most unlikely item made a comeback? The truth is we now, more than ever, like to keep our important possessions safe – our money, our keys, our phones, our credit cards, and a bumbag is the right size to keep all those things in whilst also keeping them close. It leaves the hands free too, so it can be very practical at festivals, whilst riding a bike or a skateboard or scooter, when we dance the night away, or try to push a pushchair or pram. It is a safe and secure place to keep our belongings, and can be worn above, or below our coats, or just over a t-shirt, making it perfect for all seasons.

Spiral Harvard Bum Bag – Jewels Black Now £9.99 Click to visit Skatehut

Spiral Harvard Bum Bag – Quilted Black Now £9.99 Click to visit Skatehut

In addition, with sportswear and sports luxe trends so popular, bumbags actually look a good fit style wise, but the black leather version show that they can also work in a stylish, more grown up way too.

Mi-Pac Mermaid Slim Bum Bag – Blue
£16.95 Click to visit Skatehut

Did you wear a bumbag in the 1980s – would you wear them now?

November Rain Ponchos – Made for the British Weather

March 23rd, 2017

If there is one thing we are guaranteed in Britain, whether it is Winter of Summertime, it is that we will have some rain. Summer holidays, bank holiday day trips, festival season, all of these events can be blighted by inclement conditions. So it pays to be prepared, especially if you can do this in a fashionable and practical way. The ponchos from November Rain allow you to do just that, whilst also giving a little bit back in terms of supporting water related charities.

The ponchos from November Rain have just launched in the UK, after being very successful in America. The brainchild of Belinda Coker, who was the lady behind the Envirosax, the original reusable bag, the ethos behind November Rain ponchos is of a ‘… stylish rain poncho that gives you a waterproof covering at the same time allowing you to carry on your normal activities…’ It is designed to give you the coverage of a poncho, but with sleeve holes so that you are not restricted when you have things to hold – whether it be shopping bags or you child’s hand. It also has a hood, so you can leave your umbrella at home too.

I have been trialing the November Rain poncho in the plain design, which is a beautiful shade of Ocean Blue (there are also printed designs available). The first thing I love about it is the practicality of the product. It comes folded in a little waterproof bag which means it is perfect to have in the car, in your bag, or to pack for traveling.  Basically you can take it with you wherever you go.

 

The design is practical, but also stylish. This is no poncho like those you get for wet rides at theme parks, this is a smart design with sleeves, and great quality Satin Polyester with a strong waterproof backing. The hood is detachable, so if you are not keen on that look you can change it, and with the heat sealed seams you are assured that this is fully waterproof. The design means that you could easily wear this over your outdoor coat and jacket if you happen to be caught in the rain.

I’m heading to Wales for Easter and just know I will be living in this. It is stylish, practical and perfect for Spring Showers or heavy downpours. You can currently buy it from Amazon for £49. Click here to view.