Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Clarks Spring/Summer 2015

As you might be aware if you've been a reader of my blog for any length of time I am a big fan of Clarks. I actually think a few years back I wouldn't have considered them to have been such a design led brand. Maybe their designs have changed a little over the past few years or maybe I'm just a bit slow on the update but they are now one of first stops when I look to footwear. 

Not living in London often means I miss out on press days but as fate would happen I was due in the city that day anyway and I was really excited to be able to make it to the Spring/Summer 2015 preview.

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Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Hotel Living

You might have noticed lately that I've been hopping about the place a fair bit. Over the past month or so I've probably been visiting London weekly. Even weeks when I think I won't be going anywhere I somehow always getting attracted by it's lure, or lets face it something like a Boden press show ;)

Although Bristol to London is just under two hours and so totally do-able in a day occasionally when something requires a 9am start it's hard to imagine leaving the house so earlier or in fact being able to afford peak time train tickets *shakes fist*. In these cases I'm probably more likely to head up the evening before after Tom's got home from work and I can hand over and rush out the door.

The other day I was faced with one of these dilemma's and after a busy week there was nothing I wanted less than to navigate leaving the house at 5 something and only returning late that evening. Thankfully for me I had the opportunity to test out loyalty scheme. They idea being that like lots of loyalty cards you buy ten and get the 11th free.

When I used to work as a P.A my office was next to a brilliant sandwich shop of which loyalty scheme I was part of. I have to say 'free sandwich day' was one of my favourites and handing over my fully stamped collection of ten dots and receiving my favourite sandwich for free did put a spring in my step. Same goes for 'free latte day' with my Asda Living cafe card. I know I how to live.

I love the idea that if you are the sort of person that often uses hotels then by using a discount site like you are not only saving money but being rewarded for your loyalty by a free stay every 10 bookings. Actually once you've made twenty bookings your reward automatically upgrades to an other perks like an executive room. I used my free booking to grab a brilliant nights sleep at the Hilton and waking at 7.30 instead of 5am was so worth it.

The service itself is very easy to use and you can choose to redeem your free stay and then pay for any extras (a room upgrade or breakfast for example) and it's as easy as booking a regular stay.

What do you think of reward schemes like this?

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What We Wore

What we wore - Comfy Casuals


Jumper - Next
Dress - People Tree (get 10% off with code TIGER10)
Boots - Boden
Necklace - I am Acrylic (from my shop)

On Wilf:

Coat - Yellow Lolly
Jumper - Mama Owl
Jeans - H&M
Wellies - Joules

Just a silly little gif we did on the weekend. Still so full of cold, I feel dramatic moaning about how much having this cold effected me. Colds just sound like you have a few sneezes but this one knocked me for six, for weeks! This outfit isn't the most exciting but is so comfy and comforting when you want a simple weekend.

I'm sure our neighbours think we are a little odd taking pictures like this on our Saturday morning! 

Monday, 24 November 2014


Cardnest first got in touch with me a couple of months ago to see if I would like a trial of their service.

I'm a big fan of snail mail, both sending and receiving and I feel so sad that it's not something I take the time to do very much. If I'm honest I only really remember to do it on special birthday occasions and even then it's often late (sorry!) and rushed.

Cardnest offer a service of sending you three cards a month every month designed by independent designers. As you can see the illustrations are fantastic, nothing cheesy or garish, in-fact I've kept a few of them as prints for Wilf's room! You can choose to add three first class stamps to your membership package for an extra £1.86 a month which is actually really useful considering I'm the sort of person that never has stamps to hand.

Something I love even more about the company is that they are based locally to me (Bristol). It's great to see such creative business in our city and although I do love London it's nice to see more spring up in other locations than the big smoke ;)

You can read all about the contributing artists and their other work here.

I have a discount code for 50% off all sign ups (including packages with first class stamps for the UK) by using code TIGERLILLY50. If you sign up before the end of the November you'll be able to received the special Christmas cards too!

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