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DIY HULA HOOP WREATH


I was browsing through the H&M Christmas catalogue recently when I noticed a beautiful large wreath with twinkly lights hanging from the wall in one of the shots. I instantly had the idea to make this myself using a hula hoop. 

Things you need
  • Christmas tunes to get you in the mood (get Michael Buble on) 
  • Hula Hoop
  • Battery fairy lights
  • Foliage 
  • Brown paper
  • Sellotape
  • Wire
  • Scissors 
  • Pliers 
  • Ribbon & Bows to decorate

Trying to find a hula hoop in a shop was impossible at this time of year (apparently they only come out in the summer) but thanks to good old Amazon I managed to order THIS one.

Next on the list of things I needed were lights (which I picked up in Tesco) and green foliage which I went foraging for in the woods and successfully brought a large bag home with me.
I started off by cutting strips of brown paper and wrapping it around the hula hoop securing it with sellotape.
Once I had covered the whole hula hoop in paper the fun could begin. I carefully selected the greenery and attached it to the hula hoop using some wire that we had kicking around in the garage.
Once I was happy with how the greenery was looking I carefully wrapped the battery lights all around and secured the battery pack to the back of the wreath using cable ties so that it was hidden when attached to the wall. The only thing left to do was to attach the ribbon and baubles and voila. A simple wreath that was incredibly fun to create (especially when you have Christmas songs playing in the background)

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COSY IN MUSTARD

Mustard - Its one of those colours that I'm drawn to but it doesn't always suit my skintone.  You definitely have to find the right shade. I find the more browny shades suit me better than say the more yellow tinged.  This cardi from Romwe is just the right shade for me and lovely for staying nice a cosy throughout these cold winter months.

These photos are from a couple of weeks ago when Dylan was still away on his 3 month detachment. Fletcher and I definitely created an even bigger bond whilst daddy was away. The first month of Dylan being away was so tough and Fletch missed his daddy terribly but I feel like the last month and a half we literally had the best fun together and got into our own little routine. It's so nice having Dylan home now though.

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TOPSHOP | NOT JUST FOR TEENAGERS

Whenever I need to update my wardrobe my first stop is ALWAYS Topshop. I've been shopping there since I was about 12 years old.  I will never forget my first Topshop purchase. It was a purple t-shirt with blue piping around the cuff and neck. I remember feeling so stylish every time I wore it. Fast forward 22 years and it's still my go to shop in fact I'd say 80% of my wardrobe is Topshop (it's not just for teenagers and students after all)

As we've just moved into the new season (I can't believe its December) I've picked up some real gems  from Toppers for my winter capsule wardrobe and have also dragged out some old faithfuls too.

I'm really into skirts this year and absolutely love a bit of denim and I think the zip at the front just gives it that something extra. I've paired it with this gorgeous cherry print shirt which I also think will look fabulous with jeans, my red trousers and also my leather skirt.
I simply love the Clueless vibe of this checked kilt skirt. I really need to get me some knee high socks and a matching blazer so that I can channel my inner Cher (not the singer btw)
Speaking of blazer's this is an oldie from last year and the t-shirt is even older but I just love how putting a blazer over a plain white tee can make such a difference to an outfit.

I hope you enjoyed seeing how I styled some of the pieces from my capsule wardrobe and no doubt I will be sharing more with you over the coming weeks.

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xxx

*This blogpost is in collaboration with Topshop and contains affiliate links. If you click on a link and make a purchase from an affiliate site, then I may make a commission from that purchase. 


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