Blogger’s Office First Look!

Since moving out of London and to the Essex countryside, Paul and I have been working on renovating our annex into something really special. We will be living here for a while and so it is only fitting for us to have a lovely space, including a blogger’s office! We are very lucky to have such a wonderful space to work with and I am happy to say that the office corner is now complete! So here is our joint effort blogger’s office first look!

We both really liked the idea of having a clean, white desk to work from- bonus points for a blogger! This structure is actually a two-parter from different places believe it or not. The left hand square box shelves and the part that the PC screen sits on is from Argos, and the drawers to the right are from Ikea. This cost a total of £115 (£59.99+£55).

The desk space is colourfully decorated with a few pieces from Fabriano Boutique*. The cactus pen holder and watermelon sticky notes bring summer vibes to our blogger’s office.

Little touches like our wedding photo plus hanging flowers we used in our ceremony makes it feel really personal and a space for the two of us to use.

In the corner we have a Brackenheath iSpot Blade* desk lamp from Ormrod.com. Ormrod are a premier lighting wholesaler of lighting, both residential and commercial, in the West London area.

The lamp light is fully adjustable in brightness and the head fixture is flexible too. It’s neat, slimline and works so well in our blogger’s office.

Stylish affordability at under £40!

Here’s a sneak peek at what’s inside the drawers…

Blogger mail stationery and press material for days!

Across the room, just behind the desk is my own personal blogger area. I have two units (again from Ikea) to keep my blogger life organised and out of the way.

I’ve decorated the units with minimal but colourful flair. Of course my Kylie lipkits couldn’t go in the drawers, nor my nail polish collection!

The tallest unit on the right has a lift up top with a cute hidden mirror!

I’ve organised the drawers according to hair, body, fragrance, makeup etc.

I hope you like what we’ve done with the space- thanks so much for reading Blogger’s Office First Look!

Saharasplash x

If you haven’t caught up with my wedding posts, there are two parts to check out! Head to the home page to find them under May 2017.

*PR sample

What a tang-tastic time

This week we celebrate Coeliac Awareness Week! So obviously as a coeliac lifestyle blogger, I wanted to bring you something that ties in with the theme. If you are local to London or just passing through I implore you to go visit Tang London. Tang is a fab little noodle bar with a great atmosphere and menu created around gluten and dairy free recipes. What a tang-tastic time I had there!

You can find Tang near Tottenham Court Road and is open Tuesday to Saturday for lunch and dinner. The first thing I tried out was the tofu starter.

It was traditional in its presentation yet modern in its uniqueness. Carefully fried and super yummy! The next thing on the menu (and my favourite thing ever) was the bao bun. The chefs worked so hard on creating the perfect gluten free bao bun with fried chicken and a spicy sauce. The bun is so warm and bouncy, I forgot that I was eating something that’s gluten free!

Next up I had a taste of the glass noodles with a tangy salad and egg- this one is for fans of a less spicy dish but still wanting an Asian style experience.

For mains I chose the chicken tang with rice noodles which was amazing. Again not too spicy but just enough of a kick from the ginger infused broth. The veggies were the perfect amount and I loved the authentic wooden soup spoon for extra slurping!

Finally, a palette-cleansing mini dessert called shiso sorbet made from sugarcane.

You don’t need much of this unusual dessert, it is definitely an acquired taste but well worth trying out!

Outtake of Evie drinking Karma Kola, we both had a tang-tastic time!

Saharasplash x

Thanks for reading what a tang-tastic time, I hope that you have an evening free to go and visit soon- those bao buns are the one!!!

For something a little different, go check out my post on a great jewellery brand here

It’s a love hate relationship

Now you’re probably thinking that I’m going to be talking about a love hate relationship with a person in my life. Sorry to say nope! I don’t think I will ever use my blog as a platform to vent/ air dirty laundry about anyone in my life. I want to keep this a place about sharing my passions about my lifestyle and I am excited to watch it grow a few more branches this year. It’s a love hate relationship story with a particular colour- the colour pink.

I’ve had a bit of a break recently so this is sort of my comeback into fashion post, so it’s got to be strong. Which is why I’m sharing a few of my feelings on pink. Many of you who know me closely will laugh at how much I go on about hating the colour pink. I know, pink! I don’t really know where this comes from, but all I know is throughout my life I have had a real problem with the colour pink. Perhaps it’s a deep down rebellion for gender stereotyping, or perhaps it’s as simple as my own unique preference. Whatever the cause, I think that it’s rather odd that recently I’ve had a change of heart. Now I still cannot stand a garishly hot pink- it’s just not suited to my personality or my aura. But dusty pink or metallic pink- now that’s another story!

So I decided to embrace the change on this particular photo shoot in the heart of London shot by Ewa Piatkowska of Horaczko Photography.

Horaczko Photography

We had a marvellous morning selecting the locations. Ewa really knew how to capture the right moment and the shots came out so well!

Horaczko Photography

Horaczko Photography

Throughout the wardrobe changes I wore the same shoes, as these really are the perfect shoes to go with the pink! They are from Deichmann* and are a lovey nude suede boot with warm tones and a chunky heel. I felt great posing in them for the whole morning, and would definitely go from day to night wearing them!

Check out their range of affordable sassiness right here

Horaczko Photography

I’d like to thank Ewa and you all for being so patient while waiting for this post, and I really did enjoy being seen wearing pink for the first time in my adult life. It’s still a love hate relationship though, who knows what will happen next season!

Do you have a love hate relationship with any particular colour? Let me know in the comments below 😘

*gifted product/ pr sample

What my mum is made of

I’m doing a ‘What my mum is made of’ post around the theme of Mother’s Day this year! So…Tracy Vince was born at home on the 22nd September 1963. She grew up in Ipswich town with her older sister and parents. It was a fairly normal household but of course not without its ups and downs. She started work alongside school as a teenager and began to make a name for herself in the world like many of us do. After school, she decided on a career move and switched to insurance and got a company car.

She had a soft spot for music like Michael Jackson and Earth Wind and Fire as she started into her twenties. She moved on up in her professional career and made new friends and relationships. Then came the year of 1988. She was living in her own home and soon after was burgled, hence the call out to my dad (unbeknownst to her at that time) to come and install a burglar alarm. Then in the year 1990, I was born!

I grew up with my mother, and instead of going back to work, she decided to open up a nursery in our home so that she could look after me full time as well as earn some money. 24 years later, the nursery is still going and growing strong (thankfully not in our home anymore!) as well as my mother. She took a big risk and it definitely paid off which has given my sister and I the best lives we could ask for.

My mum is there for the whole family whenever they need her. She manages her business every day, she never misses a single thing from school concerts to my graduation. She has driven miles and miles to get me when I have been sick and I know that I can rely on her for anything and everything.

Photo by Camera Hannah 

What my mum is made of is independence, determination and a hard working ethos. This has had a great effect on who I am and the morals I live by. I am taking risks in my blogging career move just like her, and I hope to report that in 24 years I will be just as successful as my mother!

I hope that for all of us out there lucky to have our mothers today, you will recognise her every day, not just one day out of the year plus on her birthday!

I have two lovely little gifts that are just perfect for the hard working mothers out there that will last a lot longer than chocolates or flowers:

Angels trumpet candle- DL & Co

To me this candle symbolises the relationship I have with my mum- at some times heated but sweet-smelling every day. The packaging is so graceful and there are many unique scents to choose from on Rooi.com

Big Love Heart spoon set 

I love this cute heart spoon set! It’s a little treat for your mum so that every time she goes for a tub of Ben and Jerrys, or in my mum’s case apple pie, she will know that you love her.

Thanks for reading what my mum is made of. I hope you had a great Mother’s Day this year and keep checking back for brand new posts on Saharasplash.com!

In collaboration with Rooi.com 

 

 

Simply Argan Brunch

This post is going to be very to the point and simple. I’m not going to put my usual spin on things as there really is no need. If you are ready for a no nonsense post then you are in the right place! I don’t feel like this needs any elaboration as the products speak for themselves, it’s that simple! So here is a little glimpse into a fantastic time at the Simply Argan Brunch.

I met with Yasmine, a selection of bloggers, our hosts Cat PR and representatives of the brand Simply Argan. The location was a niche little cafe called Friends of Ours on a bright and chilly morning, just a few days after getting married. First things first, food order and a hot chai tea latte…

We were introduced to Simply Argan’s main man Darren Smith and their beauty expert and product developer Amanda Cooper, who were just so lovely and eager to tell us about the brand.

They are both local to Wilmslow which is just below Manchester. It’s here they decided to open up their first shop after the huge success of launching Argan oil in the UK. Before this time you couldn’t easily find a good stock of Argan oil anywhere in the United Kingdom, so the plan was (and is) to bring back a slice of the golden goodness from Morocco so that we can all enjoy it.

You can learn more about their amazing back story and journey here via the website.

Onto my second drink- a matcha latte!

I was so impressed by the cafe’s food at the same time listening to what Darren and Amanda had to say. A perfectly cooked egg with runny middle atop the creamiest sauce, crushed potatoes and salty bacon crispies!

A few of the key benefits to Argan oil is that it’s moisturising, anti-ageing and can help acne and stretch marks.

Here are my top three products!

Left to right:

Simply Argan Collagen Facial Moisturiser

Simply Argan Pure Organic Argan Oil

Simply Argan Hair Treatment

Yasmine and I at the Simply Argan Brunch

There’s only one place to buy Argan Oil in the UK and that’s from these guys! www.simplyarganoilshop.com

Saharasplash x

If you enjoyed this post or want to ask me any questions about the products featured, put a comment down below and I will be happy to talk more!

A Cadvent Kind of Christmas

I hope that 2017 has been treating you right so far. I am just settling into married life, though I don’t see much of Paul with his crazy busy work life, and into our new home. For those of you who don’t know, Paul and I moved out of London over the Christmas period and into an annex attached to his parent’s house. We were always planning on doing this after getting hitched so it’s not something we jumped into. I have some wonderful memories and photos I’d like to share with you all from the past few weeks and it involves lots of chocolate! This Christmas has been a Cadvent Kind of Christmas indeed!

Cadbury’s and I have worked together before if you remember back to last summer’s Obey Your Mouth campaign. So it was lovely to hear all about the launch of their first ever Cadvent knitwear collection last month. I think that this is a wonderful step in an ever expanding direction for Cadbury’s, so of course I had to get involved!

The products come with hidden compartments including a scarf with deep 18cm pockets that can conceal even the most generous of gorgeous goodies – such as a box of Cadbury Roses or Cadbury Heroes?!

A great idea to keep the cold and the cravings at bay!

My friend Tash helped me take some shots in Saffron Walden, I adore this snowflake-bedecked hat. I felt bad making her take shots while it was sub-zero in the centre of the town but it was too lovely a winter’s morning not to!

I also had to get my Great Dane to strike a pose with the scarf, isn’t purple just his colour?!

The collection is now launched on Cadvent.co.uk so why not take a look and see for yourself?

Now onto a few memories from Christmas 2016.

Paul and I had my friend Natasha over for a few days. We had a day trip out to Shoreditch’s underground mini golf course The Junkyard and I took Tash to see Ipswich as well.

We met these cretins (otherwise known as Evie and Ruby) and my oldest friend Cleo for a few rounds of a pub quiz (Talking Tables).

We munched on these Cadbury snacks and the snow bites went down a treat!

Let’s hope next year is a Cadvent kind of Christmas too, you can never say that too much chocolate is a bad thing around Christmas time to see you into the New Year!

Saharasplash x

Up for more winter fun? I teamed up with Simply Be and one other sassy blogger for this post- size doesn’t matter, but style does