Just the other day I joked with my friend on the way home from school, saying that I am so glad that I don’t have to currently go to an office to work. People still laugh and joke with me that what I do from home isn’t a “real job” (or rather they don’t quite get “blogging” – which I am always happy to talk about), but either way I feel very fortunate at the moment to have something I love doing, that is so varied, and enables me to stay at home with my kids whilst they are little and study too!

When I hear about the office politics and remember the ugly chairs and desks I once worked at back in the day, I am grateful that I now work from the comfort of my own home with my own style around me!

Before anyone thinks I am boasting, this post is by no means a criticism to anyone who does work in an office – I recognise that I am fortunate to be in an industry that means I can work from home and make money doing something that I enjoy and that I have built up from a sad chapter of my life – it suits me and it suits our family, and I find it such a blessing and have always seen it as a gift to our family from Poppy (for she was my inspiration for writing it).

Blogging is hard work some days and take a lot of imagination other days – the work isn’t always consistent and I also find that working around young kids has its drawbacks and struggles too, but ultimately I am glad I do it, and that I work from home. I guess what I am saying is that when I hear of the problems Nath feels from his back from spending the day at his desk, or when I think about personally being confined to an office 9-5 like he is, I am rather glad that that isn’t my life right now, and I am incredibly grateful to him for working hard for us whilst I can do my thing at home (or in a cafe with WIFI and cake)!

I fully expect/plan on working when all the kids are in school (and when I have completed my therapy training), but again this work will eventually be me seeing clients in our own home in a purpose built office space (eventually being the key word there) as well as part time elsewhere (I hope).

With all of this in mind I have been asked to share some ideas about #MYChairStyle – a campaign looking at how the office furniture we choose (be it at home or Furniture At Work) is reflective of our personality or we can have it reflect our fave celeb style.

So here is what my dream space would look like (courtesy of Pinterest of course).

My dream office Space 

My dream office space would have to be designed to be a calm and relaxing place. Whilst I love vibrant colours and crazy prints (check out Olivia Nicole Silk’s home office – its ideal), I have to exercise an element of self control to recognise that this isn’t everyone’s taste and that an office space used to offer therapy in also, would need to feel calming to the clients I am seeing.

I have thought a lot about this, and would go for greys or whites, or monochrome with maybe small accents of colour. This way it is calming and cool but holds elements of me too to be happy to work in!

The office furniture would include a desk, bookcases for therapy books and files, and some lovely plants in cool pots! I would need a comfy chair or small couch.

and then the final touch – #MYChairStyle – Well that would of course have to be something like this (I can’t be too conservative!).

*Collaborative post – All images are taken from Pinterest! 

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If you didn’t know already, ZARA is absolutely (without a doubt) one of my favourite shops to buy stuff from for myself! Next to H&M it makes me so happy to browse in, wish for and their jeans fit me the best (along with H&M), out of all of the high street stores (isn’t it funny how different we all are?)! Yes Zara is a huge gorgeous love of mine!

Of course then it’s no surprise that I leap for joy whenever there is a seasonal sale! Their sales are always amazing, with many a bargain to be had on many lovely things, and their recent Spring/Summer 18 Sale was no different.

My budget this year was minimal – like almost non existent! So I stuck to shopping online so that I could be in more control. Money is rather tight at the moment so I had to be very selective, but as I just really wanted a couple of new tops to brighten up my wardrobe, I avoided looking outside of that (and the dresses)!

Red Stripe Top – 

The first thing I added was this cool, retro feel top! I loved the bold colours and stripes, long sleeves for the Autumn, and generally just felt like it was me! It was £3.99 from £17.99 and feels a little bit like an old school football top! It will be great with both boots and pumps!

Crazy Shiny Top – 

Next up is this top, and quite possible my new fave! It is a mix of beautiful colours, with a shine through for added measure and looks great with most of my jeans! I like that it’s comfy but looks a bit posh too. A bargain at £3.99 from £17.99!

The Granny dress! 

I call this my Granny dress and it makes me very happy to own!! I actually picked this one up in store when I went to get a gift for someone last week! It was only £5.99 and I love everything about it – the colour mix, the crazy sleeve details and style, and the fact it’s midi length, modest and perfect for church!

I wore it last sunday with pink heeled sandals and pink tassel earrings for a posho church look, but I know it will also look good with my white pumps or silver mules for a more chilled out look too!

I also bought another yellow dress for £5.99 from £25.99 (which I loved) but unfortunately the fabric causes it to cling in the most awkward of places and it looked dreadful. So yeah, it’s sadly a goodbye to that one!

I love these bonus extras to my wardrobe and love what massive bargains they were too – I look forward to wearing them regularly! I was extra good too as I sent a selection of tops and a dress to the charity shop yesterday so as to avoid a hoarding situation occurring – Mr Smith was most shocked!

Did you find any good Sale pieces this time round? Where do you like to shop?

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Well, I have a new love in my life peeps! They are these super cool and comfy new sandals I picked up in Lidl this last week (like 3 days ago) and the best part? They were a bargainous £5.99 – I couldn’t believe it and just had to have them.

I have always loved the Birkenstock look and the comfy vibe of this style of footwear for Summer. However, as someone who lives on modest budget I have never felt able to justify the price of buying a real pair for myself (I have high hopes though that I will one day). I therefore have always being drawn to find look a like budget versions that I can live in for Summer and that I can be confident with for my go to shoe! I found some gold ones in Primark around March for our USA holiday and have practically lived in them since. I have had a huge amount of compliments on them, but as a result of daily wear and cheap merchandise, they have been looking pretty worse for wear these days and I have for a little while been hoping for some new sandals to see me through the remainder of the Summer and even into next Summer!

On Tuesday, after a 9.5 mile hike, my sister in law and I found ourselves in Lidl buying 45 ice creams for the girls up at “girls camp” where we were as leaders. As I passed my the middle section – with all of its random bargain buys and weekly offers, I noticed these beauts. As I looked up and noticed their £5.99 price tag, I was stopped in my tracks – I had to have a pair!

They are super comfy, work well with almost everything for this Summer season and I love the subtle pattern on them too.

I am no stranger to Lidl, in fact the trousers in these shots are from there too, which I picked up last Summer for £7. I shop there most weeks for our food shop and always have a scout in their offers as they often have really nice kids and adults clothing for such cheap prices. I am so pleased that I found these £5.99 comfy Summer sandals…they are a reminder that you don’t have to spend a lot to look good and be comfy!

Lidl also had the single strap style and both came in white, black and sparkle silver (if you’re feeling glam!). They are easy to wear and easy on the price strings – my ideal thing!

*This is not a sponsored post – I just love them! 

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This Summer I am more than a little skint and so haven’t really had the opportunity to do some major SALE shopping as I would have hoped to. I usually look forward to getting a few new tops and dresses around this time of year to update my wardrobe for Summer and enjoy sale shopping. As I don’t have much surplus cash to spend on these items and because I don’t technically “need” anything, I am trying my best to resist the temptation to check out the ZARA sale (that would most likely be dangerous territory)!!

I couldn’t however hold back from my second fave shop and consequently had a little snoop around H&M last week where I found myself a top and Alice a few 2-3 extras. I have found that from almost all of the shops local to us in Beverley (H&M, Topshop, DP and RI) there are some really great bargains to be had. Here in this post I shall share with you the few things I did end up buying, that were both lovely and very cheap, and that would update mine and Alices wardrobe for Summer!

Sainsbury’s

Sainsburys was my first SALE shopping snoop. A couple of weeks ago in Manchester on our way back from the Bryan Adams concert, I eyeballed it for my orange mules I wanted in the 25% off they had. I also looked in the sale section and found myself a lovely peachy, tie blouse with embroidered flowers – it was £18 and 1/2 price in the sale – a bargain yes, but even more so because it had the extra 25% off! I love it with shorts and skinny jeans!

ASDA

Supermarkets stock some lovely things that turn out to be complete bargs during sale season, so again I had to have a quick look in George when I was in ASDA 2 weeks ago. I bought Alice some Summer pumps for £3. Unfortunately we now have one missing and I have to go buy her a pair of sandals today!

But for £3, they were good whilst we had them. I am hopeful the other shoe will turn up soon!

H&M

By far my weakest spot, I simply love H&M for me and the kids! In this sale I got myself a gorgeous orange Tshirt with ruffle bottom – it was £8.99 to £4 and a Jumper out of the Mens section for £6 from £29.99 I believe it originally was.

I love the top and already have it in black which I bought in the January sales for £3 – I find it super comfy, versatile and a little fancy! The jumper is great because with it being a mens it is longer and the arms are really long… I bought a small and think it will be fab for not only Autumn/Winter with my jeans, but for cooler nights on the beach and hanging out when we go camping. Its ace to throw on over my jeans/shorts and Ts!

For Alice I bought her a pack of long sleeve tops – 1 Black, 1 White – they were down to £2! I also bought her a lovely little blue pinafore for her birthday, complete with white TShirt under. It was a lovely bargain at £4.

River Island

I rarely shop in River Island, but discovered a few bargains today in their Sale. I got myself a long, multi fabric T-shirt with frill detail for £4 from £24 and also a yellow tie waist blouse for £2!! I had my eye on a chunky cardi that was £30 down to £6 but I don’t think that beige really suits me!

In the kids section the deals continued with kids pumps and boots as low as £6, and I almost bought Alice some glitzy pumps, but sadly she threw a hissy fit when I put them anywhere near her! Instead we went for a summery little playsuit that was £4 from £10!

I am really impressed with this seasons sales. There are some huge savings around if you are willing to have a little rummage and, whilst we don’t have a huge amount to spend in them, I am really please with my 4 new tops, jumper and the little outfits I got for Alice! I didn’t do half bad and Mr Smith barely noticed the expenditure 😉 Its a winner!

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