Life Lately :: Cooking Up a Storm with Ozeri

Life Lately :: Cooking Up a Storm with Ozeri

They say, ‘You’ll miss it when it’s gone,’ but it’s only when it’s gone that you start to rethink your ways. In this case, I’m talking about being healthy.  For the past week, I’ve been struck with a dreadful bug. I guess it was only a matter of time before it caught up with me. Kleenex, Halls Soothers, Strepsils and Ibuprofen have all been my best friends. I’m not better yet, but hopefully I’m over the worse with the help of this…
What’s the old adage? Feed a cold, starve a fever? Or is it the other way round? I don’t know, but if I’m ever in doubt… I’ll eat, and it’s fair to say, I’ve definitely been feeding this bug! 

Last week, I returned home from work to find a large parcel had been delivered. I always get giddy about post, especially parcels, because there’s always an element of surprise. It helps that I’m slightly forgetful. Inside the packaging was a brand new, bright green Ozeri frying pan. 

At the time, sore throat and lethargy had set in. I’d put it down to a very busy week at work and the stress of upcoming deadlines. However, come Saturday morning, the boy and I decided to treat ourselves to a lazy lie in and a fry up! Mmm, just what the doctor would have ordered…maybe with less fat, just maybe. 

Perfect timing for the Ozeri Green Earth Frying Pan to come into my lifeMade in Germany (aren’t all the best things?), it boasts a non-stick base which is ideal for a cook like me. Cook? Who am I kidding? No one. I’m not a great cook, I struggle with the basics. It’s hard to get excited about pans, but with this one, I did. Why? Because I cooked fried eggs! Real, edible eggs! In no time! Which didn’t stick to the pan! 

On a slightly girlier note, I was taken with the design of this pan. It’s uber stylish, wouldn’t you agree? I am a magpie for bright colours and this pan fits into my kitchen design seamlessly. Did I mention, I can now cook eggs?

In other news this week, when I’ve not been eating, I’ve been curling up in bed with a good book. You may have seen me tweet about my new-found enjoyment of children’s books. It started with The Silver Sword and has now progressed to Goodnight Mister Tom. These were set school texts that I read when I was in year 6. I’d forgotten how good it was to curl up in bed with a good book and a brew. Simply bliss

What have you been up to this week?
Do you get excited by new pans?
 
As always, much love,
Donna x
 
*Ozeri Frying Pan kindly sent to me free of charge for review. All views and opinions are my own.* 
Where I Blog From :: Bedroom Tour

Where I Blog From :: Bedroom Tour

Where do you blog from? When Rachel asked this question of her readers, it got me thinking about my ideal blogging space. Whilst I wish my answer could be, ‘I blog from my office. It’s quirky with a picture wall of my favourite quotes, pastel bunting and shelves oozing with kitsch finds,’ the truth is, I blog from my bed. My office is yet another room awaiting a make over (and a tidy!)
 
For me, my bedroom is the most homely room in my house. When work is finished for the day, I will gravitate to my bed, curl up and blog. It’s far from perfect and can only be described as a work in progress.  I have a bedside table which is almost as old as me and a rickety wardrobe bursting at the seams from years of abuse. My walls are painted duck egg blue, a boyish colour which  just makes me feel cold despite the temperature. 
 
Recently, the team at Argos got in touch and asked if I’d like to review a bed frame from their range. I jumped at the chance! At the time, I had a hand-me-down chunky bed base which seemed to take up the entire room. After quite some time browsing Argos’ selection, I decided to choose a new bed frame. Retailing at £74.99, it’s such a bargain. Its angular lines make it modern and stylish, yet practical. My room feels spacious once again. 
 


It looks as though it was made to match my new Orla Kiely bedding. The bedding was a birthday gift, which I’ve been saving until my bed frame arrived.  Now, because this bed frame was such a bargain, this left me with some money to spend. I chose to put it towards…a brand new TV. Seriously.

I’ve wanted a television in my bedroom for some time, however there’s a long, long list of home things that I need. In comparison, I wouldn’t allow myself to splurge. Thanks to Argos, I was able to afford a 32″ Bush smart TV. Thanks to Argos, I’m now absolutely hooked on Orange is the New Black. Have you seen it? 

It’s so difficult to choose modern furniture when you have vintage furniture. I’m not talking about my wardrobe, nor my bedside table, I’m talking about my dressing table. I bought this dressing table from the British Heart Foundation furniture shop. It was a steal at £45. Everybody that’s seen it in my family, hates it. Nonetheless, I adore it. I love its gold handles, it’s numerous drawers and its huge mirror. Its angular curves and legs make it a perfect match for the Art Deco theme which runs through my house. 

In the near future, the chimney breast will be painted mustard and the remaining walls will be painted a neutral colour. Above the dressing table will hang an array of black photo frames containing black and white prints from the my travels with the boy. 

Whilst my office may be full of clutter, I like to try and keep my bedroom as clutter free as possible. However, I always like having my notebooks and books I’m reading at the moment close by. From time to time, if it’s not too late, I’ll curl up with a novel and switch off from the day. Bliss!

So, there you have it. A sneak peak at my blogging spot. It may not be perfect, but for me, it’s getting there. A huge thanks to Argos for helping me on my way. 

Where do you blog from?
Polkadot Pink is One!

Polkadot Pink is One!

A year ago today, I took the plunge and delved into the unknown world of blogging. Tentatively clicking publish, my first post, a thrifty one called ‘Make Do and Trend‘, went live. And voila, just like that, Polkadot Pink was born. 
 
Born from a bucket list, my blog became my escapism. What from? A dull, selfish ex-boyfriend, increased workload and the feeling that there just had to be more to life. Within months of Polkadot Pink’s conception, my life began again. I began to live life in colour. It sounds so cliché, but it’s true. I ditched the ex-boyfriend of six years and began trying to achieve a sensible work-life balance. 

 

In early 2013, I met the boy, John …again. Say, what? John and I had met at university way back in 2006 but it was never destined to be (or so I thought). He wanted to travel (and did so) whilst I pursued my dream and became a primary teacher. Seven years later, we reconnected over claret, latte and a love of photography. The rest, as they say, is history. 
So, one year on, the blog has transformed before my eyes. What started as a blog about lifestyle and thrift has transformed into a personal style/lifestyle blog with a sprinkling of thrift. Looking back through a year’s worth of posts, there are some that make me cringe. I’m leaving them there for nostalgic value. However, there are some I really enjoyed writing so I thought it’d be fun to share some of my favourite posts. 

Fashion

1. The £8 Wonder Dress

2. Apple, Peach, Plum Pie


Lifestyle

1. Stories from Another City, Pictoplasma

2. A Weekend Away, Sheffield

3. The Abandoned Power Station

 

One year on, Polkadot Pink now has over 150 followers. To each and every one, I am eternally grateful. I still can’t believe that people read my ramblings, but hey! Here’s to another year!

As always, much love,
Donna x

Orla Kiely for Uniqlo :: Lazy Sunday Afternoon, I Got No Mind to Worry

Orla Kiely for Uniqlo :: Lazy Sunday Afternoon, I Got No Mind to Worry

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you can’t fail to have noticed Orla Kiely’s new range for Uniqlo. As a fan obsessive of Kiely prints, not buying a piece from this collection was never an option. The only question was, which print should I choose? Finally plumping for a classic print, I broke my spending ban and purchased based on the logic that it was a winter investment. After all, it is a HeatTech top…I’d need it when the weather dropped chilly. However, when it arrived I just couldn’t wait to wear it. After a long, long week, it seemed the perfect pick me up for a lazy Sunday afternoon. 
And very lazy it was. For a start, my day didn’t begin until 11am! I can’t remember the last time I slept in so late, but I can’t even say that I’m sorry. Sometimes I think your body just needs to sleep. My late morning may have had something to do with my late night. I don’t know if you’ve heard of it, but I’m gripped by the Netflix series, ‘Orange is the New Black’. The boy and I stayed up well past our bed time trying to cram in as many episodes as possible. 
What do you do when you wake up late? Well, go shopping of course. Recently, I’ve developed an unhealthy obsession with TK Maxx, it seems I’m in there at least twice a week. Not for the clothes you see (although, I do have a good look, naturally) but more for the homeware. Whether it be Rob Ryan, Le Creuset, Cath Kidston or Emma Bridgewater…there’s always something that catches my eye. Today, it was my Dad’s Christmas present. Don’t worry, it’s not homeware. I figured I needed to start my shopping soon so when I spied a rather beautiful moss green chunky knit sweater the homeware went out of the window. Not literally.
// Top :: Orla Kiely for Uniqlo // Dress :: Topshop // Shoes :: Topshop // Necklace :: vintage// 
 
After a week (and weekend) of long working hours, even a trip to Tesco can feel like a treat. My gratitude was rewarded in the form of £7 sale boots. Who can resist a bargain like that? With a little customization, I reckon they’ll become the perfect winter boots. Watch this space.
 
How’s your weekend been? 
Have you invested in any Orla pieces yet?
 
As always, much love,
Donna x (now on a real spending ban)
DOWN BY THE SEASIDE – THE JOULES DUFFLE COAT

DOWN BY THE SEASIDE – THE JOULES DUFFLE COAT

Joules Duffle Coat – Review

Late last Sunday, I decided that it was time to put the books down and take some time out. As a teacher, I recognise the responsibility my job carries and with that, the extra hours it inevitably brings. However the importance of a work-life balance can never be underestimated. After a weekend filled with work, we decided to drive to Blackpool to enjoy the final night of the illuminations. 

Arriving late afternoon, the boy and I headed straight to the seafront to enjoy the final rays of sunlight. Our timing couldn’t have been more perfect. We basked in the beautiful golden haze that only an autumnal sunset can offer before dusk arrived and the illuminations took centre stage. 


If you’ve ever visited Blackpool in November, you’ll know just how quickly the temperature can drop. A fresh sea breeze combined with northern temperatures means it can get pretty chilly out there. It was the perfect place to try out my new Joules coat. 

The kind folk over at Joules let me choose a new winter coat from their range. Immediately, I was drawn to this classic duffle coat. New in, it’s the ideal coat for the winter season. Lightweight yet warm, a description that may sound contradictory but with its wool content and lined sleeves, you can see why. With a detachable hood, I like that I can change the look of the coat should I fancy a change.
 
As soon as the coat arrived, carefully wrapped in its pretty floral packaging, I knew I’d fall in love with it. It’s such a classic style. Whether I’m wearing a dress, jeans or a skirt, I know this will become my go to item for winter. 
// Coat : c/o Joules :: Floral dress : Primark // Satchel : Cambridge Satchel Company // Vintage riding boots : thrifted // 


For our trip to Blackpool, I chose to team my coat with florals and my new Cambridge mini satchel. Right now, there’s so much blogger love for this Primark floral dress and I can see why. At £8, it’s a steal. Yet another go to item for the winter season. 
No trip to the seaside would be complete without a compulsory listen to Led Zeppelin. Recently, I’ve been dipping back into my collection, especially Physical Graffiti. It was inevitable that they’d feature in this post somehow. There’s a familiar comfort to be taken from music that’s been with you through thick and thin.