Shoestring: One Year Later...

Today marks the one year anniversary that we signed the papers for our first home. And what a journey it has been!

- - -

30th October 2013 was the day my life changed.

Rob and I had been wanting to get our own place for quite some time, but the stress of saving for a mortgage was really getting on top of us. There's not really a way to describe it: I'm a family girl - a home to me, means somewhere you start your family and build up memories. I so desperately wanted that to begin with Rob, but house prices were (and still are) absolutely ridiculous, making it hard for young people to get a look-in.

After buying the boat, we felt that sense of 'home', and we could finally begin this amazing chapter of our lives together.

I think a lot of people misunderstood our situation, and thought we were buying a boat until we could afford something 'better', like a house. But to us, there isn't anything better. Sure, it was a cheaper alternative, and it's not something your average 20-somethings do, but that's what makes it so much more fun and exciting!

So one year on... what's changed?

  • We decorated! Looking back at these pictures I posted last December, you can see just how different it looks. Rob worked so hard, bless him - it's so ideal having a boyfriend that doubles up as a handy-man!
  • We welcomed another family member! I'm sure if you follow me on Instagram you'll have been bombarded with my puppy pictures... 6 months ago, we bought Sid into our lives. He's a gorgeous, well-behaved, sassy little Golden Retriever and we don't know what we'd do without him.
  • We have our own documentary! I wrote about this a while back. It aired on Channel 4 last month, and is part of their series 'Home Truths'. We had one episode dedicated to us and our life on the boat.
As so many of you guys love reading about life afloat, I decided to set up a brand spanking new blog, which will be much more lifestyle focused - all about our little family and what it's like to live, well, on a Shoestring! You can take a peek here.

And what do we have planned for the future? Well for that, you'll just have to stay tuned... ;-)


What I Wore: AW14 Lookbook #4

I've done a bad blogger thing. I bought this amazing coat last month, and kept meaning to get this post scheduled, but with work and every day life getting in the way, it meant that I haven't had chance to upload it until now.

And, well, you guys know the deal with Topshop. Something as iconic as this gorgeous coat is bound to sell out right away. And it has... BUT I just had to blog about it - even though it's sold out online, there's sure to be some floating around shops somewhere!

Ever since I spotted printed baroque style coats on the runways, I've been lusting after one. With a majority being out of my price range, I gave up a little bit.

Then, on one of my Saturdays whilst browsing through the Topshop 'New In' section, I spotted this beauty.

You know when you see something and you just know you have to have it? Well, that's exactly what I thought when I saw this coat.

Autumn colours? Check.
Amazing print? Check.
Goes with everything? Surprisingly, check.

Here I've teamed it up with my trusty roll neck jumper and go-to Topshop Jamie jeans (the absolute BEST jeans, IMO). For boots, a simple black ankle boot is my favourite this season, although I will admit, once I stepped outside, I switched them for wellies (much more appropriate for the dog walk I was about to embark on!)


What I Wore: AW14 Lookbook #3

Dress | Necklace | Thigh-high Boots

For the third installment of my lookbook feature, I thought I'd show you two of my favourite things: Joules and jewels.

As soon as I set eyes on this Joules dress, I instantly fell in love. It's not their signature floral print, but rather a navy hand-drawn, baroque-style print on an emerald green background.

Unfortunately for me, there were none of my size available, but luckily the shape and style of the dress means that I could size up and still get away with it. It's supposed to be an oversized tunic dress anyway, so it didn't seem to make much difference.

I seem to have purchased a lot of green lately. When organising my Autumn and Winter wardrobe last week, I discovered that it's one of the most popular colours in there, even though I haven't intentionally bought lots of it.

It seems to go well with my skin tone and hair colour, so I shall definitely be purchasing more!

Teamed up with this navy blue necklace I bought a while back from New Look, I think it makes the perfect smart/casual look to go out in.

New Look are always my go-to for statement necklaces. They're extremely well priced yet expensive-looking, and you definitely get your moneys worth!