Sunday, 15 November 2015

Weekend Project #3

It has been a while. Life has been very busy, a lot of weekend's away and I started studying in September which alongside my busy day job leaves me with very little spare time. But here I am with a really quick and easy DIY project I have been wanting to share for a while. I bought this table too long ago in a local charity shop for £5 with a vision of painting it with some dreamy shade of white/grey to match my sitting room. Low and behold over a year later I have finally gotten around to transforming this little table in less than an hour (excluding drying time, but that bit isn't too taxing) and I love the end result.

I just love Annie Sloan paint for these kind of projects, I didn't have to think about primer or undercoats, I simply bought a sample size pot of Paris Grey and as I already had wax was good to go. The wax is a good investment as it lasts for ages. You don't have to sand the piece down first but I did give the top of this a sanding when I first got it as it was a little gross, I don't think the previous owners had ever heard of coasters! I really love all the two tone furniture out there at the moment so as the legs were in okay shape I decided to leave them as they were and just paint the table top.

To start I washed the table with some warm soapy water. The paint needs a really good shake before getting started. As the pot is tiny I used a cup to pour it into and mixed a couple of drops of water to thin the paint so it didn't get too cakey. It only takes two minutes to work the paint onto the surface, as it dries quick you need to be fast. I left the first coat for two hours and sanded it very lightly before paining another layer. I repeated this one more time as I had watered the paint down lightly it really needed three coats. I then left it overnight before waxing it. I waxed the top and legs which really brought up the wood.

I was really happy with the finished effect and had all of those 'why didn't I do it sooner' thoughts but hey as the wise man once said 'better late than never'. My favourite part was styling the table, I bought a lovely fern which along with the table has brightened up a dark little corner in my sitting room and I also picked up a basket which fits perfectly at the bottom of the table to store all my magazines. Overall the project cost around £15 which definitely hasn't broke the bank.


Monday, 31 August 2015

The Devil's Punchbowl, Surrey

When we first moved to London we both sold our cars thinking surely no one drives in London what with the amazing tube and train networks and no doubt crazy traffic jams all the time. How wrong we were. Yes, lots of people don't drive to work but the majority do have cars ready waiting for them at the weekend where road trips and heck even just trips to B&Q await them. We got by pretty well for the first year, taking the train or often multiple trains when visiting friends in suburbia (yes the ones with houses and kids, so grown up) and sometimes renting cars for longer trips and weekends away. But in March we finally got ourselves four wheels in the form of a little Mini Cooper, I know I know, how very London of us. But really it is the handiest thing for parking on street and whizzing around the mean but often traffic free (really) streets of London.


Thursday, 20 August 2015

Fitness Wish List August

I'm on a bit of a fitness buzz all of 3 days now and I'm already spending way too much time online swooning over new work out gear. I don't know what it is about a new pair of trainers or joggers but they just really get me excited to go work up a sweat like some sort of fitness goddess which I most certainly am not. A lot of these are saved on my Amazon account just waiting for pay day to come around. These New Balance U420 trainers are most definitely top of the list; I love this gorgeous cream and grey combo, I haven't seen it in any other shops which makes them even more appealing. 

I actually picked up these leggings in H&M last week because I needed something cheap and cheerful for yoga. I love the pattern, they are really flattering and the fabric is good quality for the

Sunday, 16 August 2015

Lambeth Country Show

A few weeks ago I met my friend Rachel in Brixton for brunch and as we stuffed our faces with yummy eggs benedict she mentioned the Lambeth Country Show was on in nearby Brockwell park. I had never been before but it sounded amazing - music, markets, best in show competitions, a funfair, food stalls and lots of cider. So off we went for an unplanned day of fun. When we got there I couldn't believe the size of the festival, it was massive so we did lots of exploring before finding a spot by the main stage to chill and enjoy the sun and reggae tunes.

Thursday, 13 August 2015


All the way back in June I was lucky enough to go along to The Mayfair hotel where Glamour were having a screening of Amy Schumer's brilliant new rom-com Trainwreck. I say rom-com half heartedly because this is definitely not your traditional girl meets boy, they date, fall in love, something disastrous happens, boy and girl break up to only to be reunited at the very last minute as one of them is on a plane taxiing out of the airport story. You know the jazz, with a few laughs thrown in, although not real laughs just exaggerated smiles and a bit of a warm fuzzy feeling. Schumer's offering is most definitely not this kind of film. Trainwreck is laugh out loud until you can't breath funny with a lot of of 'did she actually just say that?' moments to keep your mouth-wide-open attention to the very end. It is so refreshing to have actual

Monday, 10 August 2015

C'est la Vie Style Book Club August

Last year my friends and I decided to start a book club (I even posted about it here). But like most grand plans made over far too many glasses of wine our poor little book club never really got off the ground. Most of us did actually go out and buy the books but never all at the same time so when we finally met up one evening in early May we couldn't even discuss one book unanimously so all efforts were abandoned in favour of some more of that pesky vino.

So from here on out I am going to use C'est la Vie Style as my Book Club outlet and hopefully get some friends to join in along the way. 

We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler

First up is We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler which was shortlisted for The Man Booker Prize last year and received shed loads of praise by much more authoritative people than me. My friend Claire actually chose this particular book for our failed book club; as a massive

Friday, 17 July 2015

Skin Booster Summer Smoothie

This is a really simple summer smoothie packed with skin friendly ingredients perfect for breakfast or a post workout refuel. I suffer from pretty temperamental skin but it is always so much better in the summer and I really think it is party due to lots of Vitamin D (well I say lots, while looking out at grey clouds ready just waiting pour down at any moment) and eating way more fresh fruit than I do in the winter months. Smoothies are definitely my second favourite way to up my fruit intake in the summer, my no. 1 favourite of course being glasses of Pimms packed to the rim with strawberries and orange slices. 

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