Achievements and Resolutions 2016/17

So here it is, a brand new fresh year to start again. New ideas, new focus but also a good time to reflect on all the fantastic achievements from the last year. I always take a day between Christmas and New Year to do this. I usually head out of the house (most likely to my local Starbucks) grab myself a mocha and write two lists. I start by writing all of my achievements for the year, using social media and my blog I start at January and work my way through the year, noting key highlights and achievements along the way.

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This is such a feel good exercise and truly makes you focus on all the positive aspects from the year, opposed to the negative which is often what we tend to do without really meaning to.

The next list I create is my resolutions list. It’s worth noting that both of these lists that I write are kept in my notebook that I carry everywhere with me. It helps me keep track that I am actually on course to achieving my goals for the year. I look back at my resolutions twice in the year. The first is at 6 months – usually when I am on holiday in the Summer. I look at what I have achieved so far and make notes on how I can keep on track to achieve the others going forward. I then look at it again in December when it comes to making a new list to find those resolutions I can carry over into the new year and to produce new ideas for future resolutions.

My Highlights and Achievements of 2016

Passing my driving test – It took a couple of attempts but I’m finally out on the road! Hooray!

Getting a new car – My dream first car, a Ford Fiesta, 5 door in red.

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Moving into a new job – I now am in a brand new college, meeting new people and getting involved in new challenges (which involves learning about a whole new range of careers!)

Visiting beautiful Lake Garda in Italy – On my wish list for a few years now and I finally was able to go and visit this beautiful lake.

Started Hula Hooping – Through attending HulaFit classes.

My Resolutions for 2017

These are a few of my top resolutions for 2017! Hopefully they give you some ideas for your New Year’s resolutions too!

To find a new hobby – I am such a creative person and I think this is something that has truly been lacking in my life. I’m setting out to find a new creative hobby and hopefully I’ll post some of my makes up on this blog!

To go on more day trips – I have made a list of days out in the UK and plan to visit at least one per month.

To walk more – I have set myself the challenge of completing one long walk a month and entering myself into a walking challenge. I am due to have another foot operation so we’ll see how we get on with this one! In some ways in may aid my recovery!

To read more – I have set myself a target of 2 books a month minimum.\

To have a Sunday night movie – I find this is the best way to help me relax for the week ahead. I’m planning to make a record of all the movies I watch throughout the year.

To be more creative – I feel so much better when I have spent a few hours being creative. I would like to draw at least once image per month and also create one collage a month. I’ll be posting these on my Instagram too to prove it!

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What are your new year resolutions? I’d love to hear what you have planned for 2017!

Becky at Pretty & Petit

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Guest Post – Transform Your Fashion Style into Your Home Design

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For those of us who love fashion, picking a perfect outfit for the day is important. It has to reflect our mood, the place we are going and more importantly it has to be within the borders of our style. We all have our ways of wearing clothes and designs we absolutely adore. Moreover, as much as we love fashion, we love the design of our homes, as well. That is why the design of your home should reflect your own style and you can easily incorporate your accessories, favorite materials and patterns in it.

Play with Patterns

Patterns are the most interesting way to elevate any of your outfits. So why not incorporate them in your home? You probably have a dress or a shirt that has fun patterns on it, and you should consider putting them in your home. For example, if you enjoy wearing floral patterns, you can easily find cushions of the similar design and refurnish your chairs. Lovers of geometrical shapes can arrange throw pillows with circles, triangles or any other shapes they like. Also, any wearable pattern can be turned into wallpaper that can make a great accent wall in the living room.

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Your Favorite Colours

Colours define styles. Whether it is a vivid style with plenty of vibrant colors, or one with darker shades, there is no doubt it will be unique and personal. The same goes for home designs. If you just can’t resist wearing bright and warm colours, you can incorporate them by painting any room you like in light shades of yellow, beige or cream, and use brighter colours, such as light blue, green or orange to create a fun atmosphere. For those of you who like darker shades, stick to the elegant colours, such as Lost Lake blue, Mole’s Breath gray and Dark Teal green to create the foundation, while you can add colour pops of light pink, dark red and purple to make a more pleasant sight. Those small colour pops can easily be introduced through bigger pieces of furniture; but you can use smaller accessories, too.

Accessorize with Accessories

An outfit is not complete without accessories, and the same goes for your home. Plain walls, empty dressers and lonely coffee tables are monotonous. There is a simple solution – use your accessories as an inspiration for home accessories. Transform the design of your bronze or copper bracelets into simple accessories of the same materials. You can use it in the details of the lamps, find figurines that remind you of the bracelet or anything else that comes into your mind. Also, you can turn the style of your favorite elegant Mecque earrings into a gorgeous chandelier for the living room that will exude sophistication. If you like gold or silver jewelry, dress your home with gold and silver details or add a few lines in the same colors on the wall. Just look through your wardrobe and jewellery box, and you will surely find something that inspires you.

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Incorporate Fur

There is a great deal of people who go crazy over fur or faux-fur in their style; and this material can easily be fitted in your home. Fur rugs always look mesmerizing, warm and elegant in any room, so why not add such a fluffy detail. Also, you can cover your dining room chairs with pieces of fur and instantly elevate their look. Moreover, you can make your bedroom even more inviting by arranging a few fluffy throw pillows or a blanket for the ultimate softness. To make things even more interesting, using fur will warm up your home and prepare you for the cold winter days, just like your outfit.

Reflect on Your Favourite Clothing

You certainly have a favourite dress, shirt, skirt or any other piece of clothing. Use that opportunity to dress your home. Your summer dress with floral patterns and bright colors can easily be turned into a picture. Just reflect on the same colors and similar patterns and voila! The same goes for any other piece you love wearing; you can turn their design into wall art, covers for the couch, throw pillows and so on.

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Be creative and your style will find its way into your home. So, next time you are looking for new accessories for the home, think about what you would wear.

Written by Elise Morgan. Follow her on Twitter @elisemorgan1

 

29. The Treasured

My featured business this week is…The Treasured!

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If you need amazing gift inspiration this is the number one place to visit! From homeware to stationary to fabulous accessories this website literally has a gift for everyone in your life.

The website hosts a range of beautiful imagery of their products along with costs averaging under £20 a gift so perfect for special occasion purchases! I love how simple this website is to navigate which is great for when you’re in a hurry for last minute present buying.

Orders are processed, packaged and posted within three working days and if you’ve opted for second class packages will be delivered within five working days although they usually arrive sooner.

I’ve included some of my favourite treats from the website but let me know yours in the comments!

 

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Sleep Tight ‘Hoopla’ Hand Embroidery Kit – £11.50

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Cloud Desk Tidy – £14

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Metallic Shape Notebooks (Set of 3) – £10

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Miss Unicorn Tote Bag – £11.99

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Mr Panda Cushion – £14.99

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Pyrite Bunting Necklace – £16

Click here to visit their website for the full range of wonderful gift ideas.

Becky at Pretty & Petit

#LoveMe Challenge – Day 7

Prompts

One thing that’s just for you

One thing I absolutely love is to be creative. I love to draw, paint, colour, make collages, photograph and design new outfits. I have had a few people ask me why I don’t pursue more of a creative role in my profession. I think elements of marketing and certainly now working in events, are creative. I am however, reluctant to pursue a creative career. I studied a media degree at university which I absolutely loved it and I received a 1st for my fashion photography final major project but my desire to continue on into employment within this area expertise just was not there. Looking back now, I think something such as a creative director for photo shoots would have been quite a fun career path – maybe one day!

I enjoy the time that I do work on creative projects and I don’t think I would want to spoil that feeling by associating the pieces I am working on with deadlines. This is why I would say my creativity is just for me. (As well as anyone who visits me to see an abundance of sketchbooks and paintings!)

Becky at Pretty & Petit

15. Bohemian Jewellery Tattoos

My featured business this week is… Bohemian Jewellery Tattoos!

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Metallic Transfer Tattoos are set to be one of the biggest trends of SS15 and I was lucky enough to test them from Bohemian Jewellery Tattoos over Coachella weekend! I absolutely love tattoo transfers. They give you the flexibility for different designs, are so quick to apply and are completely safe to use.

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There are a whole range of different collections to choose from on the website costing £16.95 per collection and I purchased the Zenia collection. Delivery was quick and cost £2.95 which I thought was very reasonable considering the beautiful bubble wrapped packaging they arrived in.

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I tested the collection with my sister and 7 year old niece and we had a wonderful, creative afternoon trialling on the different designs included. There were 4 sheets in total and the length of the tattoos meant we could be as creative as we liked so we could create bracelets, anklets and rings.

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It took 10 minutes for the tattoo to originally dry on the skin and a couple of hours for the tattoo to set completely which was what the instructions stated. The tattoos stayed on for a few days and can be washed off with soap and warm water. They would be amazing for a night out or a festival!

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I will definitely be purchasing the Nahla collection which has a beautiful aqua blue in the designs for my holiday this year! I feel the tattoos were definitely worth the price in terms of quality and the amount of tattoos available.

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I also love the stunning henna inspired designs of the Vandana collection.

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Becky at Pretty & Petit

All images taken by myself and taken from the Bohemian Jewellery Tattoos website.