10 FALL MUST HAVES

Although temperatures are expected to be in the high 80s for a couple more days, I’m dreaming of sweat(shirt)er weather and cooler temperatures.  Check out some of my current fall must have items below and keep scrolling for an amazing end of season sale. Hint hint — the jacket, jeans, necklace, shoes, bag AND wine glass are all on sale! The more you spend, the more you save! 

The Vandal Necklace // Yes Way Rose! Wine Glass // Gabrielle Eau de Parfum
Nail Laquer in Addisson // Lano Tinted Balm // Hooded Jacket // High Rise Skinny Jeans // Market Shopper Bag // Crew Neck Sweatshirt // Opal Mules

The Shopbop Event of the Season sale ends on September 29, 2017. Some brand exclusions apply.

Five money saving tips to keep your house warm

Surely it is not that time of year already? But the kids are back at school, the days are getting shorter and October is almost upon us, which is when most households start to switch on the central heating.

Heating our homes accounts for almost three quarters of domestic energy consumption, so even the smallest measures to cut costs could have a significant impact on the bill by the end of winter. Here are five things every household can do to keep warm without breaking the bank.


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1) Smart use of curtains

Curtains are not just there to stop the neighbors peering in at you. They can also be very handy for free domestic heating. Open them up first thing in the morning to let all that glorious sunlight into your home, then shut them later in the day to keep the heat in. Doing this will help to reduce condensation, too.

2) Top up with fuel now

Over the next few weeks, people will start to switch on their heating, and the oil suppliers will be getting ready for a deluge of calls from customers who are running low. Prices inevitably rise during the colder months, so even if your tank isn’t empty, get a top up now. It is easy to check the prices and place an order online through a site like emo.ie. Not only will you get a better price, you will also have the reassurance of knowing that is one expense out of the way that you don’t have to worry about for a while.

3) Check the insulation

You probably feel you have been having this drilled into you since you were in nappies, but that’s only because it’s true – houses lose around 25 percent of the heat generated straight through the roof. An additional 25cm of insulation can make an enormous difference and will soon pay for itself. It’s not difficult to install, but make sure you or your willing volunteer wears the right safety equipment, as it can irritate the skin and eyes. Long sleeves, gloves and a dusk mask are essential.

4) Turn down the heating

Sounds obvious, right? Turn down the heating and your fuel bills will be lower. But that is not to say that the entire family needs to be sitting in the living room wrapped up in coats and hats. Research has found that turning down the thermostat by one degree can cut your heating bill by 10 percent. Public health England says 18C is just fine for a living room – what temperature is your thermostat on now?

5) Keep out draughts

Remember those sausage dog draught excluders? Well here’s a secret worth sharing, you can still get them, and they could knock another £20 or so off your annual heating bill! Draughts also come in around poorly fitting windows and doors, so it is well worth investing a few pounds in a tube of sealant and doing a thorough inspection before winter sets in.

Disclosure: This post was written by the client. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I personally believe will be a good fit for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255

5 Things that make living in the UK better than anywhere else in the world

There are many places to live in the large world in which we live. Most of the time people tend to live near their family and rarely venture off to a new area of the world. If you are adventurous and planning on moving to a new place that is vastly different from where you currently live, you may want to consider the UK to set up your new home. This article will highlight some of the best aspects of living in the UK that makes it better than anywhere else in the world.

1. Historical remains. The UK boasts many offerings to its inhabitants, one of which is a plethora of historical remains that are located throughout the country. In both the sprawling countryside and within bustling cities you can find some of the most magnificent historical landmarks that have been preserved for hundreds, if not thousands, of years. For example, if you lived in London you would likely be walking along and stumble upon Benjamin Franklin’s house, or old parts of the London Wall. If you are a history buff, the UK is for you!

2. Tiny villages. “Living off the grid” is becoming more and more popular as time progresses. With the over usage of smartphones and social media, some are finding that they want to disconnect from the world and move to a place that is more quaint and tranquil. The UK can offer a hybrid of this type of lifestyle. There are many tiny villages throughout the UK that offer a quieter, slower lifestyle than what you may find in a busy city. While living in a village will not take you completely off the grid, you will be able to disconnect from the hectic life of the city and slow down to live a quieter life; one in which you can disconnect from social media and instead enjoy the company of others that live and work around you. Some great villages to consider are Avebury, Port Isaac, or Staithes.

3. Greenhouses. The UK can offer great access to some of the best greenhouses in the world. Greenhouses are wonderful for those who are interested in growing their own produce or enjoy growing flowers and other plants that would benefit from greenhouse living. Whether you want a small or large greenhouse, you are likely to find what you are looking for in the UK. For starters, check out https://www.greenhousestores.co.uk/. For great areas to live that offer access to greenhouses, consider Todmorden as it is the greenest city in all of the UK.

4. Seaside towns. The UK has something for everyone and that includes beautiful seaside towns. A seaside town is a great option if you enjoy the oceanside and quiet in the off season but the hustle and bustle of tourists in the warm weather. Seaside towns offer friendly people, beautiful coastlines to explore and enjoy, as well as great food! Living close to the coast is great for those who have a hankering for fresh seafood and the cool sea breeze. Some great towns to consider are Brighton, Tintagel, or Cornwall.

5. National parks. Living in the UK will not leave you with a shortage of things to do. During your free time you can explore many national parks and enjoy exploring castles and museums with ancient artifacts. Whether you are in England, Wales, Ireland, or Scotland, you will be able to find something that suits your fancy.

Disclosure: This post was written by the client. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I personally believe will be a good fit for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255

Shopbop’s Sale on Sale Favorites

You know I can’t resist sharing a good sale!

For 3 days only, Shopbop’s having a sale-on-sale and some items are up to 75% off. Check some of my picks below and guess what? nothing is over $100. Nope, nothing, actually most items are under $70. And you still get to take an additional 20%! Stock up on end of season must haves as well as pre-fall favorites.

Happy shopping!

Chain Necklace // Silver Mules //  Blush Espadrilles // Leather Booties 
Satin Sandals
//Embroidered Purse // Classic Tote // Cute as a button Tray // Long Sleeve Stripe Top//