Lifestyle, Uncategorized

DIY Copper Clothes Rail

​With my feng shui in check I’ve been keen to come up with a minimalist but functional way to hold and display my summer clothes. A whole chunk of my glad rags are screwed up in a ball in my chest of drawers. Over the weekend, however, I treated myself to a few special numbers for the THREE weddings I’m attending this season and these garms do not deserve the same harsh living conditions.

Inspired by the Brighton boutiques I roamed last Saturday – and the the bold industrial interiors that are very in right now -I moseyed on down to my local Wickes store where I bought all of the materials I needed. 

What y’all need: 

  • Aprox 2.5 hrs 
  • 3 x 3m copper pipe  (22ml) 
  • 6 x copper Tee fittings  (22ml)
  • 6 x 90 degree elbows (22ml)
  • Tube cutter ..(Prices of these can be steep, I found one in Wickes for a steal at £2.99! ) 
  • Some super strong metal glue (‘Stix all’ is great, make sure you wear gloves! Super strong stuff!)
  • Copper cleaner & protector (reccomending ‘Hagertys polish’ that I found on Amazon.  It acts as a cleaner, buffer, polish and protector- £4.20) 
  • ..and a little bit of patience 

How to: 

  • Using the tube cutter (which is incredibly easy to use) I cut 3 x 4 ft lengths for the pole at the top and the shoe rack at the bottom
  • I cut 2 x 5ft lengths for the sides
  • 4 x 5 inch pieces to connect all of the poles at the base
  • 4 x 2inches to steady the stand at the bottom like so : 


  • I glued the inside of each joiner and hammered the connectors in to place, making for a mega solid fix. 
  • Wait until the glue has dried then buff and protect the metal before dressing it with a few favourite statement pieces!

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Precise measurements are key to to the success of this project. I first measured the available space I had and then drew out a draft so that what I built fit perfecto.

The beauty is that you’re able to be as imaginative as you want with this. Copper is such a mailable material to work with, I’m definitely going to go ahead with creating some more original pieces.  I’m thinking of adding a ladder for men’s trousers and making somewhere to hang jewellery come take 2, so watch this space! ..(And my depop where I plan to test the waters by listing some of my copper creations!)  

Spending £70 in total, it worked out a slightlyyy cheaper alternative to buying one for a hefty price online. It satisfied my creative craving and I have been rewarded with a sense of accomplishment and a pretty way to present my new dresses!

Lifestyle, Mindfulness, Reading

           Positivity 

Positive vibes are the only vibes anybody needs in their life right now. With all that’s going on in the world and even in your little life, it can be hard to remain positive at all times. I’ve been practicing meditation and reading about mindfulness for approximately six months now and honestly it’s made the world of difference in terms of my attitude towards different situations. 

Everybody has down days, ‘WHY ME’ days and the worst thing is that some people are so closed off that you might not even realise they’re going through something. Two people close to me recently confided in me, telling me of there sufferings with anxiety. One so severely that it had lead her to feel quite depressed. Said person has two degrees, she’s travelled far and wide, she’s beautiful , a talented grade 8 piano player and she’s left without an iota of confidence . She feels like she can’t even apply for a job because her nerves always get the better of her now . I mean, I’m definitely no councillor but when I heard all this it became my mission to help free her of this over baring mindset. 

So to my good friend and anyone struggling with what life has tested them with recently, I leave you with, in my opinion some LIFE CHANGING tasks:

Read ‘The Secret’. I’m not one to over exaggerate but this book changed everything about me. There is officially no room for negativity in my personal space any more. Bare with it ok? Its American, thus quite intense and at times, repetative! But Rhonda Byrne’s words changed me and since reading her ‘self help’ book four years ago, I’ve attracted everything I felt (good and bad) just like she forsaw. 

Spend a certain amount of time as many evenings as possible … alone, thinking and listening to some melo music. Its not meditation in the literal sense. I don’t sit on my floor with incense burning humming ‘OMMM’. I kind of just spend time reflecting. I can’t reccomend ‘Nigel Good- Space Cadet’ enough. It’s an epic album. It’s a journey . You really FEEL when you’re listening to it. 

Finally, be creative. Write, draw, make, sing! Having an outlet to express your emotions lifts so much off of your shoulders! When something’s raw and coming from somewhere real its always so much more gripping aswel. Writing this blog is one of my outlets. One comment of acknowledgment or a friend messaging to say they liked my post, it’s so uplifting. 

I know these 3 simple things aren’t going to rid you of any established issues but I feel like anything that could help just one person… is a subject worth touching on. 


Side note: The positive pens in the photo are from ASOS (£7.99). I gifted them to my friend on the basis that she used them to start writing a new, kick ass CV. (Plus, which female doesn’t love new stationary?) 

Beauty, Lifestyle

      New obsessions 

Dont you love it when people compliment your fragrance… and then you’re little miss forgetful when they question what it is because you know it means they’ll smell as good as you within the week if you spill. Welll, I’m almost reluctant to share this post because once the secrets out there’s no going back but selfish isn’t a trate I would like to be known as. Basically of all the perfumes I’ve ever purchased I have found more than one ultimate favourite in New Looks NEW Fragrence collection. Perfectly priced at £4.99 for a handbag sized 20 ml and often part of a 3 for 2 beauty promo, which means you can take advantage of all their custom scents! 

Oriental night is the lushest thing that’s ever graced my nostrils . I’m bored of the standard sweet & floral fragrances doing the rounds and  loveeeee the spicey undertones with the sweetness of that honey in the purple box . It’s like a female version of Spice Bomb by Viktor & Rolph (MMM)!! This plus the ‘seductiveness’ of midnight bloom = SCENTIN’ ELL! 

They’re totally on to something with this fragrance layering idea , if one smells good … 2 together smells amaze . My most recent purchase is number 1 , ‘Exotic rose’. I can smell actual Turkish delight in there somewhere! They’re all kind of worldly and  interesting. (I’ve always regarded interesting as the highest compliment you can give anything/one).

It’s an affordable way to change up your scent regularly and I’m totally buying in to it. Make sure you try some of the combos and report back with the thumbs up & no go’s. Plus, let me know of any other fragrances I should be spritzing! 

finances, Lifestyle, Money

    ‘No regrets’ fund 

This a short but sweet post on how we should all try to have no regrets.  I recently read a story about a girl who had to say  no to a trip with her sister due to financial reasons.. within months the sister unfortunately passed away. Not being able to take the trip due to her finances was her biggest regret to date. 

..That’s what inspired me to create my ‘No regrets’ fund. It’s different from your standard  ‘life stuff’ savings account for your mortgage, car and uni. Log on to your banking app , add an e account , rename it ‘No regrets’ and next time you find yourself with a little extra dollar $$..  transfer ‘x amount’ over. Make use of the money you would usually waste on the top you’ll wear once,  deposit your birthday money and any extra cash you make on eBay-VOILA ! No longer will you have to suffer with FOMO (fear of missing out) . Next time you want to treat yo’ self to some fancy cocktails or book gig tickets with your BFF’s before they sell out, you can!  – without dipping  into your current account and feeling forever guilty. Plus even if you can’t cover the whole cost , you’ve already got a little stashed away which will soften the blow! You can say YES..with NO regrets! 

Beauty, Lifestyle, Skincare

Lotus Flower & Tiger Lily 

I am a sucker for a skin care product. For years I neglected my face with a really basic skin care regime. A couple of years ago after using my magnifier mirror and noticing the beginnings of the aging process , faint wrinkles and signs of sun damage, my attitude towards skin care changed dramatically and without sounding like ‘I LOVE MY FACE’ , the results were incred! 

There’s a whole load of products I can’t wait to share with you but with the introduction of face pack Sunday (Ta’ Gem & Lex-the pals who shared this Sunday ritual with me) my skin quickly looked & felt mucho healthier.

I usually use charcoal based face packs or ones with Kaolin and bentonite that mattify my oily skin by adsorbing all the excess sebum (sexy greasiness) but I can’t resist a newbie on the market, especially the exotic flavours of the Boots sheet face masks. 

Over the course of the last few weeks I’ve tried all 3 and I’m actually v.impressed! All 3 mildly tingled my little face in an ‘ Oo this is actually working’ kind of way a few mins after application. I was initially upset that they weren’t quirkily scented, in retrospect though I see that as a positive as I can be sure all the products used are as natural as they portray . I put on some chilled music and had 15 mins  T.O where I literally just lay on my bed. I kid you not I could almost feel the product being absorbed by my pores. My only issue really was  that you can’t move even the tiniest facial muscle without it slipping off. Aside from that and the fact you look like you belong in a horror film for a quarter of an hour, I would highly reccomend a trial of them. They’re super soft , (tiger lily in particular)so peeling them off feels veryyy satisfying.

I rate the Rooibos,  highest. From what I gather Rooibos is a South African plant extract. I’ve only ever had it in tea but why not put it on your face!? I’ve become a bit of a night owl recently and noticed some bag-age under my eyes, it genuinely faded those darker circles and I did feel more energized post face mask.

What I liked most is that you don’t have to deal with the faff or removing all that dry mud off your face, you’re able to massage the remaining product in to your skin.  I had so much excess left in the packet I’ll moisturise with a little later in the week.

I’m  keen to try the FACEINC flower bomb face pack by Nails inc next. I’m going to invest in a few more of the Garnier moistire bombs for when my skin feels abused after a being outside post winter walks too! 

Always grateful for skincare reccomendations and reviews …