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.
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.