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As some of you have noticed (and to those who have, thank you for the concerned tweets/emails) I haven’t been very active on this blog or the various linked social media sites for a while.

In a nutshell, I’ve made some big changes to my life over the past few weeks; I’d go as far as to say it’s unrecognisable. The decisions I’ve made haven’t all been easy but I’m in no doubt that they were all 100% the right choices for me. I feel at peace with where I’m going and I’m much happier.

I intended to take a short break, putting this blog on hiatus, but in truth I’ve found I haven’t missed it half as much as I thought I would. It turns out that despite all the fun times and amazing experiences it’s become more of a chore than a labour of love. I’m enjoying living life more than I am writing about it. So, for the time being at least, this blog is no more. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all of your support.

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Working girl

Home office

Following on from my room tour post, another new piece that’s had a big impact on my life is my chunky Scandinavia pine desk and stool; I can work pretty much anywhere but there’s something about sitting properly at a desk that makes me that bit more productive. It really is great to have so many drawers too – I like everything to have it’s proper place and these are a great size for storing all the boring/ugly essentials that I need easy access to, like my hairdryer.

It helps to have all of my daily essentials close at hand of course: headphones (so I can listen to boy bands alt-J on repeat without driving my housemates insane), tea and snacks (marshmallows are my current sugary treat of choice), magazines, stationary and scented candles.

For more interior design inspiration take a peek at Argos’ Pinterest boards (and my own too!).

ELLE UK (March 2013), Firmoo geek glasses, I Heart NY mugUrbanears Plattan headphones in tomato redDiptyque and Dermologica candles & marshmallowsNo7 Polish in Temptress & Astley Clarke thin silver ring

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Sale shopping spree

Westfield Stratford City

Apparently I’ve not blogged about Westfield Stratford City yet (the reason escapes me as it’s pretty awesome) but when you’re feeling the effects of moving house and they kindly offer you a £50 gift card to spend in the sales you say “YES PLEASE” and sprint to the tube station.

You should know that I take sale shopping seriously and I have firm rules: I only buy things I know I’ll wear and that work with my current wardrobe, and I’d much rather take home 1/2 quality pieces than bags and bags of rubbish. Also, I think it’s really important to only buy things that fit properly – we’ve all succumbed to ‘bargains’ that don’t see the light of day again until you’re making a pile destined for the local charity shop/eBay.

I drooled over this spotted shirt dress for months so I had to have it when I saw it was reduced by 70%: with it’s polka dot print and buttoned-up collar it’s pretty much my dream dress. This vintage-style cameo necklace (another 70%-off bargain) takes me just under budget and is so classic I’ll be able to wear it season-after-season. I was hoping to be able to show you my buys in a proper outfit post but the weather won’t cooperate so keep your eyes peeled for that soon! What did you buy in the sales?

January sale buys | Boutique by Jaeger dress + Accessorize cameo necklace

What I bought:

Boutique by Jaeger dress = £160 £45

Accessorize cameo necklace = £12 £3.60

Westfield Stratford City, Stratford, London, E20 1EJ (nearest tube/rail: Stratford)
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