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Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Modern Metallics Interior Inspiration


Lately I've found myself lusting on Pinterest at beautifully decorated homes and perfectly styled #shelfies and it's making me feel a little bit restless to have my own place - you know, somewhere I can paint all the walls white and clutter every room with as many copper and gold accessories as I want.

Metallic interiors have definitely been all the rage over the past few months, and in the blogging world you can barely go a day without seeing marble and copper inspired flat-lays or monochrome and gold wall galleries. Inspired by the likes of Kate and Sophie, I've jumped right on board the bandwagon and picked out a few bits and pieces myself that I've been happily decorating my imaginary house with inside my head. 

I often find myself browsing Scandi / Nordic inspired interior magazines, and at the moment I can't get enough of minimal, urban d├ęcor with mid-century furniture and a neutral palette of dark greys and blush pinks. Chuck in a couple of copper and gold accents and it's my contemporary interior dream come true.

Are you all aboard the modern metallics bandwagon too? Let me know your fave pieces. 

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Friday, 1 January 2016

A New Year: 2016 Edition

This time last year I wrote this post, discussing all the things I was proud of achieving in 2014 and a few goals for the coming year. It's interesting to look back at it and see how much has happened over the last 12 months and though many things have stayed the same, lots of things have changed too.

This year has been a bit of a roller-coaster for me - career wise. I spent a lot if time worrying about what I was doing with my life. The new job I was so excited about a year ago didn't work out like I'd hoped, after six months I ended up back at my old place of work and feeling very unhappy and confused about my future. 

Today I can look back at 2015 as a huge learning curve. I'm now very happy to have a brand new job doing what I love, in an industry I'm very passionate about. I get the chance to be creative, working with an amazing group of people and I'm finally feeling like I'm on track to have a career that I'm proud of.

If there's one thing I've learnt from this year it's that, while your job can be a big part of your life, it isn't everything. Whilst I was feeling pretty uninspired at work, I took the opportunity to really enjoy the time I spent at play instead. I ticked a few things off the bucket list and had a great time doing so. Here's a couple of things I did this year that made me happy: 

Festivals - This year I finally managed to make it to a couple of local festivals including Isle of Wight and Victorious. I was sent to IOW as the official blog reporter for Ticketmaster which was a pretty sweet deal. VIP wristbands allowed us entry to the VIP viewing area, backstage passes, as well as sleeping in a beautifully serene campsite. 

I have some amazing memories from both festivals. Spending time with my best friends, drinking wine from boxes and partying the days and nights away in all kinds of weather conditions. Musical highlights included Fleetwood Mac, James Bay and The Darkness. I'm really looking forward to festival season 2016.

Getting the chop - In 2010 I got my long hair cut into a bob and I absolutely hated it. Ever since then I decided to grow my hair and never make the mistake of cutting it short ever again. Over those years I learned that with great long hair comes great responsibility (or something). It takes a very long time to wash, dry and style, it gets knotted very easily, and most of the time if you're a low maintenance kinda gal like me - it just looks a bit crap. 

In the summer of 2015 I went against the oath I'd taken all those years ago, and I cut my very long hair off into a sleek and edgy, collarbone length style. I absolutely freakin' love it. Now I have a new oath, never to grow my hair long ever again.

Friends - I'm really happy to have been surrounded by inspiring and successful friends and family this year. Whether it's promotions at work, moving abroad, getting engaged or changing career / education paths, this year I've watched the people closest to me achieve great things. Good job, guys!

I haven't written many blog posts this year, but there were a few highlights. Let's take a look back at some of them:

Now we've taken a trip down memory lane, it's time to put a few goals in place for 2016. 

New York, New York - Whilst I have a pretty extensive bucket list of different countries and cities I want to visit, New York has always been at the very top. I've never actually ventured outside of the EU, but this year I've decided that a trip to the Big Apple is definitely on the cards. Cocktails in Greenwhich Village, shopping on 5th Avenue, taking a stroll around Central Park. 2016 is the year. I can feel it.

Girl online - As you may or may not have noticed, this year I've been posting on this little blog a lot less than I used to. That's because I've become a little bit uninspired with blogging lately. I'm bored of the same old content, I'm unsatisfied with the whole look and feel of my site, and I just don't make the time for it anymore like I used to.

Whilst I'm not really using this space for much anymore, I still want to have somewhere where I can document my travels, my evolving style, and my thoughts. So this year I'm going to do some brainstorming and put some work into recreating my online presence... Watch this space.

Creativity - Whilst my job can involve being quite creative, it also involves a lot of time at a computer. This year I want to put more time into channeling my creativity outside of the world wide web. The past couple of months has seen me picking up my paintbrushes and sitting at the piano a lot more than I have done for years and I want to continue this into 2016.

As well as being more creative myself, this year I want to visit more art galleries and exhibitions, attend more gigs and festivals, and just generally immerse myself in the wonderfully cultural and creative world that we live in. 

Congratulations if you made it to the end of this monster of a post! Let me know what made you happy this year, and if you have any exciting plans for 2016. 

Happy New Year! xoxoxo



Saturday, 7 November 2015

A Timeless Gift for Him & Her

Now that Halloween is over and the crisp autumn weather is slowly turning into winter, it can mean only one thing. The run up to Christmas has officially started and it's time to start thinking about presents. 

Christmas shopping is one of my favourite things about this time of year, wrapping up warm, browsing the shops and spending money without guilt. I like getting organised, writing lists and spending lots of time thinking about the best, fun and personal gifts to get for all my favourite people. However, sometimes the best presents really are the classic ones - and sometimes they come in the form of dark brown leather straps with minimal faces, encased in subtle, rose-gold hardware.  

If you're struggling to think of the perfect gift to get your girlfriend or boyfriend this year, Daniel Wellington have lots of timeless - see what I did there - style watches available for both him & her and you can get 15% off with code 'sarahnunn'.


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Wednesday, 14 October 2015

Hello, October

A perfect weekend always starts with a walk along the beach, especially at this time of year. Crisp air, fallen leaves and bright sunshine are some of life's best, simple pleasures and I love to make the most of them.   

Since I started working full time in a not-so-inspiring job, I've discovered that getting some fresh air once in a while and a chance to spend time outdoors is a real luxury - and one that I like to take advantage of whenever I can. I happen to live by the sea, which for me has always been the perfect place to go to escape the stresses of everyday life and remind yourself how to be calm, peaceful and happy.

Last Saturday I took a walk along the seafront with my old friend Josh. We walked and talked for absolutely ages but just had to stop at the old yellow shelters as they happened to match so perfectly with my 70s-inspired shirt from the new Megan X Asos collection. Isn't it just great when your surroundings co-ordinate with your outfit?

At this time of year I find myself gravitating towards warmer colour palettes, and this mustard, corduroy shirt has been a great addition to my Autumn wardrobe. I layered it up with a high neck top underneath to keep off the chilly October breeze, and I paired it with some basic skinny jeans and my favourite new Topshop boots for a relaxed weekend vibe with a subtle retro hint. These boots are made of the softest leather, I can already tell I'll be getting so much wear out of them this season that I might just have to buy the black pair too... 

Whilst my weekend may have started with a healthy walk in the sunshine, it ended in a pile of blankets, watching endless old-school horror movie reviews (YouTube can take you to some strange places) and eating a large supply of crisps and hummus. Living for the weekends? When they're as great as that, it's hard not to.


Friday, 25 September 2015

Markus Lupfer | London Fashion Week SS16

A barren wasteland comes to life... The idea of endless arid landscapes interrupted by lush nature inspires an image of playful versus moody femininity.

I could barely wait to show you these pictures that I took of the Marcus Lupfer SS16 presentation at London Fashion Week. It was by far my favourite collection that I got the chance to see first hand, with an absolutely beautiful setting, truly amazing designs and some super funky sunglasses to boot. 

The luxe fabrication, clean A-line shapes and a colour palette of harsh blacks against taupes, light pinks, and floral accents really reflects the 'moody femininity' vibes that encapsulate the collection.  

I always prefer presentations to actual runway shows as it gives you a chance to get up close and personal to the designs and you can spend as long as you like looking around and soaking up the atmosphere. Marcus Lupfer filled his presentation space with hundreds of flowers scattered around on the floor, which almost gave the effect of the models standing in a meadow. 

The luxurious setting offset the beautiful, intricate craftsmanship of the designs. Sheer fabrics, quirky patchwork and sequin embroidery all featured heavily in the collection and you could really see how much effort had gone into designing and crafting each individual item.