Things I Love Thursday // Family Camping

This week we have been camping at Highlands End Holiday Park in Bridport with my little family, Brad, Logan and Puggy. We arrived to our coastal cliff side campsite in torrential rain and winds on Monday afternoon, and were met with several other tents already ruin by the elements. Brad and I looked at each other and sarcastically and toyed with the idea of turning around and heading home! But instead we took a deep breath, took the dogs along the pebbly beach for a walk in the rain and prepared our plan of action for erecting the tent in the blustery weather. Luckily by the time we had walked just a short way along the beach, the horizon was looking a lot clearer and we decided to make the most of the window of clear skies and get the tent up, quick style. No longer than we had put the last tent peg in had the heavens heavens opened again.

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Our first night was needless to say a restless one with the tent being battered solidly for the entire night, we barely got a wink of sleep, but luckily that was the worst of it and since then we have had some drizzle on and off but the nights have been quiet which means we have had a good nights sleep ready for lots of walking in the day.

 

Things I Love Thursday

Starting the holiday off with a weekend full of friends fun and filth with Fenner, (my best friend the bride) Helen and Dani (my fellow bridesmaids) for bridesmaid dress shopping in Bristol.

Having a week off with the family with limited social media access (by choice!)

Walking with the dogs, on the beach, through the forest around the Dorset towns.

Starting on Orange is the New Black, were hooked. I have been reluctant to start since I know what I’m like on binge watching on Netflix when I get hooked but as we have the week of it seemed the perfect time.

Meeting up with Mum and Grandma and getting some lovely birthday gifts.

Spending last night with our yearly holiday buddies Kat and Nick for WAY too much Chinese and sofies (sofa selfies, obvs!)

Reconnecting with my DSLR taking lots of photos with Brad and the pooches. Can’t wait to share with you next week.

The fact the weather has been kind to us considering the forecast.

Swimming in the lush indoor swimming pool here in Bridport.

I posted this Mermaid post a year ago, it came up on my timehop app, maybe there is just mermaid in the air this time of year.

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Business & Blog Stuff

I am very excited that blogging buddy, Lily has moved over to my side of town!

5 Essentials of a great Blog 

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Fun Stuff

8 questions answered on young marriage

Fellow shed office owner shares her own shed story.

Looking for a cheap get away??

You’ll need to come back tomorrow for this one! 

Think I might give this British Tag a go (tagged or not!)

Oh I could drink this right now!

 

Style & Design Stuff

Top 5 Bronzers on the high street

I love to fill my home for free and this sign that Vicki picked up is ace!

These sunglasses and shoes, though!

Eeeek, Pug Love!

 

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Tuesday Treasures // A Sparkly Rockstar

Is it just me or does autumn feel like it is just around the corner? This week I have had my socks on more days than not and I have even put a hat on on two occasions. Although I do love summer, I have to say, autumn is my favourite time of year. Well actually I love all times of year, our british weather gives us such a variety, and you know what they say – Variety is the spice of life.

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I do love it when the cooler air kicks in and the leaves start dropping from the trees, usually I don’t find myself saying this until at least after my birthday (which by the way is on Saturday!) but I am more than happy to start embracing the new season. It also means a whole new wardrobe change, which is never a bad thing (apart from for my bank balance!). Having said all that, we are down in Bridport camping this week with the pooches for a little family holiday on the lead up to my birthday (errr did I mention it is my birthday soon!?) so I do hope the rain holds back for us. Other wise we will have a week of wet dog in a small confined tent – with views over the Jurassic coast none the less!

Featured in the Photos: Sparkly Hat (Charity Shop) ♥ Purple Shirt (from an old lady at the car boot) ♥ Peace & Love Muscle Tee (Primark) ♥ Floral Jeans (Asda 3 years ago that I finally got back in to!) ♥ Melon Earrings ♥ Sugar Skull Necklace ♥ Metallic bag (Claire’s – Similar) ♥ Cleated Sole Boots (River Island Sale – Similar) ♥ Rings ♥

In addition to the awesome accessories you can see featured in the outfit photos, I thought as usual, I would pull together the best sparkly rockstar products online so you can be your own rockstar!

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Marcus Lupfer Chunky Embellished Beanie ♥ Vague Muscle Tee ♥ High waisted Floral Skinny Jeans ♥ Bright Pink Bag ♥ White Sole Cleated Heel Boots ♥ Chunky Necklace ♥ Plum Nail Varnish ♥ Dark Crystal Ring ♥

Mermaid Gossip - A Sparkly Rockstar6I do love it when the cooler air kicks in and the leaves start dropping from the trees, usually I don't find myself saying this until at least after my birthday (which by the way is on Saturday!) but I am more than happy to start embracing the new season. It also means a whole new wardrobe change, which is never a bad thing (apart from for my bank balance!). Having said all that, we are down in Bridport camping this week with the pooches for a little family holiday on the lead up to my birthday (errr did I mention it is my birthday soon!?) so I do hope the rain holds back for us. Other wise we will have a week of wet dog in a small confined tent - with views over the Jurassic coast none the less!  I do love it when the cooler air kicks in and the leaves start dropping from the trees, usually I don't find myself saying this until at least after my birthday (which by the way is on Saturday!) but I am more than happy to start embracing the new season. It also means a whole new wardrobe change, which is never a bad thing (apart from for my bank balance!). Having said all that, we are down in Bridport camping this week with the pooches for a little family holiday on the lead up to my birthday (errr did I mention it is my birthday soon!?) so I do hope the rain holds back for us. Other wise we will have a week of wet dog in a small confined tent - with views over the Jurassic coast none the less!  I do love it when the cooler air kicks in and the leaves start dropping from the trees, usually I don't find myself saying this until at least after my birthday (which by the way is on Saturday!) but I am more than happy to start embracing the new season. It also means a whole new wardrobe change, which is never a bad thing (apart from for my bank balance!). Having said all that, we are down in Bridport camping this week with the pooches for a little family holiday on the lead up to my birthday (errr did I mention it is my birthday soon!?) so I do hope the rain holds back for us. Other wise we will have a week of wet dog in a small confined tent - with views over the Jurassic coast none the less! Mermaid Gossip - A Sparkly Rockstar6

 

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Things I Love Thursday // A Very Kitsch Shed

There is a lot to love this week, first and foremost, is my shed… It is now (almost) fully decorated and I am currently sat in my pink gingham fireside armchair with puggy on my lap. Surrounded with white wooden walls and kitch pastel teal and pink canvasses up and pink rose fairy lights twinkling around me… I even picked up a teak fold down table from a junk furniture shop and have half covered it in pink floral sticky back plastic (I didn’t work out how much I needed so I need to go and get somemore and hope that they have the same pattern!) This is finally my perfect work area! There’s still lots I want to do with it such as have a bit more furniture, some shelving or something to store a few bits and pieces. I need a floor lamp for working in to the evening and possibly a heater for the colder winter months that feel like they are closing in. Aaand there is a few finishing touches to made to the paint work around the doors and windows, but I was so eager to get in here, I just couldn’t wait to start work any longer! I think it may even be a space that Brad and I can sit of an evening enjoying the view, with some dinner and wine!

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Things I Love Thursday

Decorating my shed inside and out, my office is finally in use.

 Of course, launching my new Mermaid Gossip website and getting some great feedback.

 Covering my fireside armchair myself, saving £400 if I had have got someone else to do it, it is by no means perfect but it will do me and my shed.

 Discovering this Wifi Extender existed to allow me to work at the end of the garden with no trouble with a dropping internet connection.

 Getting back in to my jeans, this actually happened last week but I think I forgot to mention it, I am officially a stone lighter than I was in January! Wuhoo! Go me!

 Spending time catching up with Grandma over the weekend

 Being back in Bournemouth and realising how much I miss the beach, especially now I have Puggy, we went for at least four beach walks over Saturday and Sunday to make the most of it!

 Spending last night with Brad in the shed, eating a lovely meal that he cooked, and making 90s nostalgic playlists on Spotify and blasting music out of the Basscase until midnight last night! So much fun.

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Blog & Business Stuff

 If you are looking for some blogging inspiration, The Blogcademy have release four more Home School videos to help.

 Are you so busy you are burning out? I was there just a few weeks ago, put things in perspective, dude!

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Fun Stuff

 I love all the treasures that The Dainty Squid has collected from the beach, just makes me wish I was still living near the beach even more!

 All the celebs are doing the #ALSIceBucketChallenge and donating money to a great cause, but this one Katy Perry did is brilliant!

 HAHAHA! These perfectly timed doggy photos are just brilliant!

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 Style and Design Stuff

 I am so excited to see more of Kelly Osbourne’s new range – Stories

 How cute is Megan’s Blogstock festival outfit – I hope there will be a round two of this festival so I can go next year!

 Did you see my post yesterday featuring my new Mermaid nails? – Here’s some more cute nail designs.

 Eeeeek and these space cat designs are too cute for words!

 I love this Japanese street style, makes me want to go to Japan!

 I really want to try some of these awesome colour contact lenses for some of my outfit posts in the future.

 I am huge fan of doing and making things for free or almost free, this is such a great way to save £s on a new bed!

 

(if you would like to catch up with older Things I Love Thursday, please go here!)

 

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DIY Tutorial // How To Do Mermaid Nail Art

If you have been following me on instagram or on my you tube channel, you will know that one of my favourite things to do is go and get my nails done with Kaycie Kyle. I have been going to see Kaycie every four weeks (or more) since December 2012 when I first moved to Bristol. This was the first set I ever had done and I have never looked back. You will never see me with out my nails done, and they will more often than not be embellished with studs, designs and the latest nail trends. I have never had the same set twice becuase there is soooooo many design combinations to try out. In fact, each time I go I say “next time I think I will go for something simple” and it rarely happens, they seem to get more extravagant each time!

If you are in Bristol, I can not recommend Kaycie highly enough, she really is a fantastic nail artist, she has such an eye for detail and has such control with miniature art. Her salon in Brislington is beautifully decorated and adds a touch of luxury, whilst being affordable and fantastic value for money. However, I appreciate, not everyone will be able to get a nail salon, so for the past few months we have been creating videos for you to try these things at home. The videos range in ability and a lot of the videos have been inspiration up until now, but since I have my new blog to create awesome content for (which is all very exciting) we have plans to create some fantastic nail tutorials that you can easily accomplish at home, we will be testing out new techniques and just having fun with nail design. I really hope you continue to enjoy our videos and inspiration.

This week (because I have gone a bit Mermaid mad!) with the launch of the new blog, it seemed only right to do something mermaid inspired, check out the video below to see how we achieved the look.

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Tuesday Treasures // Mermaid on the Rocks

Many of you will be familiar with my on going series from my previous blog space, Tuesday Twinkles. In light of my new space here on Mermaid Gossip, I wanted to rename the series to something more apt. The Little Mermaid is my favourite Disney movie and further to that, Part of Your World is my (probably all time) favourite song, so this new series Tuesday Treasures is inspired my all the treasures ariel has in her cave.

“Look at this stuff, Isn’t it neat? Wouldn’t you think my collection’s complete? Wouldn’t you think I’m the girl, The girl who has everything? Look at this trove, treasures untold, How many wonders can one cavern hold?”

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Tuesday Treasures (just as Tuesday Twinkles always was) is a cavern of treasures that every wanabe mermaid could ever need in her life. For the most part it will be fashion related and include an outfit post each week, but sometimes I may just spice things up a bit with some gadgets and gizmos a plenty! (see what I did there!) For my first ever Tuesday Treasures, it seemed only fair to keep things mermaid inspired (I am riding this ship as long as it sails!). Back in December I put together this Mermaid Style post, and it was one of my all time most popular Tuesday Twinkles, so I know you love a good mermaid inspired outfit.

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This weekend just gone, I was down in Bournemouth for a wedding with the photo booth, and whilst I was there I was mentally planning all the things I wanted to create for this new blog space of mine. It was well timed and I just HAD to get down to the beach and take some outfit posts and in true mermaid style, I went and sat on some rocks down at Avon Beach to launch this series with a real splash! (Literally – I even got my feet wet and splashed around in the sea!)

Featured in the photos: Shell Headband ♥ I’m really a mermaid collection ♥ Tutu Skirt ♥ Denim Shirt (carboot) originally from Topshop ♥ Jelly Shoes ♥ Socks from Primark ♥ Anklet custom from Disco Beads ♥ Metallic Bag from Claire’s Outlet 

In addition to the most awesome accessories you can see featured in the photos, I also wanted to share the best mermaid inspired treasures that I could find online.

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Shell Charm Necklace ♥ Anchor Necklace ♥ Mermaid Tail Earrings ♥ Urban Mermaid Crop Top ♥ Disney Ariel Handbag ♥ Nail Varnish ♥ Starfish Ring ♥ Little Mermaid Dress Washed Up Mermaid Hair Dye ♥

 

In other mermaid news:

I NEEEEEED one of these in my life so bad it hurts… Who has $900 to lend me!!??

I must hold a mermaid party just to hire these gorgeous!

This is such an AWESOME way for men to rock the mermaid-man look

 

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