I recently posted on Instagram about The George in MontClair, New Jersey. It has been designed by beauty legend Bobbi Brown. I have become slightly obsessed with the interior, it is just beautiful and many of the interior design magazines have been writing about it (The Cut, Architectural Digest etc). She uses red and the union jack against dark greys very carefully which gives the rooms just the right amount of pop.
So I had a good look around to see what great accessories you can use to get a similar effect to update your greys and whites. Using the reds, tartan and union jack subtlety just like Bobbi Brown.
This large tartan throw over the bed will be perfect to give some bright colours to your bedroom. Tartan throw by John Hanley – Bear and Bear
I love a union jack cushion, but my husband won’t let me have them. Don’t worry I don’t usually listen to him so they will appear shortly.
Union Jack Cushions – Red Candy
A Wild and Wold 746 telephone from Robert Dyas. These phones always speak to my love of retro and there is no need to worry about getting your finger stuck on this one, it has been totally updated.
I love this Faux Book which actually has gin inside (you’ll look well read but can have a sneeky drink) available form Fortnum and Mason by Chase Distillery.
You can’t get more British than a red mini with a union jack on top – This will add a bit of fun to the room without going ott from TK Maxx
Not so subtle but I blinking well love this, it is a closet, yep a closet. I can’t tell you how much I want this. If you get it, I want to see pictures!! From Maison du Monde
I also wouldn’t be able to help myself from jumping out of it in a superhero outfit!
the main image is taken from The George website. credit: The George.
When I was a teenager my sister, brother in law and mum saved up their hard earned pennies to take to me and my niece to Disney World. Then it was a holiday of a life time and growing up on MTV, LA Law and Dirty Dancing of course the US of A was exciting.
My sister had done a lot of reading up on what you should and shouldn’t do. Taking stuff on rides was a no-no, bum bags were the way to go in order to keep your belongings whilst hanging upside down on the highest, largest, fastest rides in the world.
The blog post by Ainsley Louise – Inspo – Fanny pack, reminded me of the day we were waiting for the Disney parade to start. We were early and eager to have a good view. The crowds started to build and a lady stood next me, in order to pass the time she said started conversation. Her opening gambit was “Lovely Fanny pouch” pointing to what I thought she meant my nether regions. Slightly shocked and moving closer to my sister, she said it again “nice fanny pouch”
Now we didn’t know in the US, fanny meant bottom, as it means the complete opposite part of our body parts in the UK, there was my sister and I thinking she was complimenting my lady garden and not my bum bag.
I am so glad that the fashion industry have decided to rebrand the Fanny Pack/Bum Bag to the Belt bag. Now no 13 year old is going to get complimented on her lady garden, but quite possibly her designer belt bag.
Here are my favourites:
Anna Belt Bag Kiss
Clare V Fannypack
Zara Belt Bag
Top Shop Panther Bum Bag
Chloe Pixie mini suede and leather belt bag
When I had my henna tattoo on holiday, I had no idea there was a difference between black henna and real henna.
But when I became allergic to the Black Henna, the doctor said that there was no way I would have had the same reaction had it been real henna (obviously some people can be allergic to anything but it is less likely from a natural substance).
Black Henna contains chemicals (PPD’s) to enhance the black pigment in the tattoo so that it is a darker black (like a real tattoo) and the paste can contain illegal amounts within the dye. PPDs can cause serious allergic reactions including anaphylaxis shock.
Please, please ensure that you do not go for black henna (or have a skin patch test first) but the real henna, see this link to the NHS website about the dangers and how to tell the difference between the two hennas.
5 things to do if you have had an allergic reaction to Black Henna
- If to hand, take an antihistamine tablet or medicine
- Go straight away to the doctors or to A&E, it will only get worse if you don’t get it treated.
- Do not put water on the affected area – Water will only make the dye penetrate the skin further
- Do not put anything on the skin until the doctor has seen you, this will irritate the skin further
- Make sure you go to a Doctors or A&E straight away and inform them that it is an allergic reaction (yes I know 5 is the same as 2 but it is very important to get seen.)
It seems a funny place to start but it’s where my life changed, so I feel like it is a good place to begin. The combination of holidays and tattoos doesn’t sound like a good one and it wasn’t for me.
Henna vs Permanent
Luckily I didn’t have a permanent tattoo (but it was on my mind and I didn’t know what tattoo I could live with forever) therefore I opted for a Black henna tattoo, that I could sport whilst on holiday and it would wash off in time for me to return to work.
I went for a nice rope pattern around the upper arm and as I was in my early 20’s had lovely toned arms, I thought I looked the nuts. It lasted the whole holiday and I even got to show my friends back at home.
After a couple of weeks the black henna tattoo could no longer been seen but arm started to itch in the exact same place.
A rash appeared in the exact same pattern of the rope henna tattoo. This took a few weeks to appear and was very itchy. I visited the doctors and they gave me some cream which didn’t help.
Another week went by and my arm had started to swell and another rash appeared across my whole body and my arm had start to weep.
I was then sent to A & E as nothing the doctors gave me was helping and luckily the nurse on duty was training in dermatology who spotted it was an allergic reaction to the Black henna tattoo. It took a few weeks to clear up with a Zinc and iodine application along with antihistamine and that was that. No more tattoos on my mind or body.
If you have been allergic to holiday henna tattoos head straight to A&E, as the allergy can escalate very quickly.
Let me know in the comments below whether you or someone you know has had an allergy.