The Lockdown Arms

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The Great British pub has been a staple tradition of UK culture for centuries. The Lockdown Arms has been keeping spirits high through this tough time.

They have created a range of clothing and other items for you have your own pub experience at home. Have you ever wanted to be a pub landlord? Now you can be your own lockdown landlord with one of the classic lockdown arms polo shirts.

You can also take part in the worlds largest lock in on the 3rd of July (which happens to be my birthday!)

They have a great range of clothing from polos to t shirts and also pint glasses with beer mats for a true pub experience.

All of the clothing I tried was a womens medium and they come in a variety of sizes suitable for everyone.

I think the lockdown arms is a great concept as it has really been difficult for most of us not being able to go to our local so what a great way to celebrate lockdown this week before the pubs re open on the 4th of July.

Sarah x

My new hoodie from Rydale

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As I am trying to steer away from wearing just black and white all the time, I decided to go for a more colourful hoodie and something not my usual colour.

Rydale have an amazing range of hoodies and they are such great quality. I wanted to share my thoughts with you about my new hoodie.

The one I went for was the Lucy striped overhead hoodie in navy/sorbet in a size 12.

I wanted something with a pattern on and I think vertical stripes look really cool, this one has thicker stripes on, there is also an option for smaller stripes but I prefer the bolder look.

It fits perfectly, I usually wear a 10-12 in t shirts and jackets so always go for the slightly larger option if in doubt and this is spot on. It’s easy to get on over your head and the length of the hoodie itself as well as the arm length is spot on.

Sometimes it can be hard to order clothes online if you are between sizes or not sure what size to get but as I don’t like skin tight hoodies I went for the 12 and I am so happy with the fit.

It didn’t take long to arrive so I was really impressed with that and it arrived packaged really well.

It is made from a really soft and comfortable material and you can tell it’s really good quality. It’s so nice to wear and will be ideal in the summer to put on in the evenings if sat outside.

They do this exact hoodie and colour combination as a zip up hoodie too for those that prefer that kind of style.

Sarah x

Converting Your Loft? These Ideas Will Inspire

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Converting your loft into a livable space is a great idea when you are looking for ways to increase space in your home or are looking for ways to get a return on your investment. Because you are transforming something unlivable into a place you may find yourself in all the time, it can be hard to visualize how it will all come together. If you are looking for some loft inspiration, these loft conversion ideas will help get the creative juices flowing.

Go For An Open-Plan

The open floor plan will make your space feel much more spacious and airy. Creating an open floor plan does not just include the actual floor; it also includes furniture and toying with different heights and materials. The goal is to look for things that create different areas within the room, but all cohesively work together.

Use Natural Light

Natural light is the one thing that will instantly open up a room. Natural light also includes things like considering the movement of light and the perceptions of space. Think about where you could include some full-height glazing or even a balcony or terrace. If you are looking for a more contemporary design, make sure you keep your sightlines to a minimum. Clean lines are important.

Make Sure The Loft Is Personal To You

When you are decorating something, go beyond what looks nice. Try to incorporate something that is unique. This is what gives the room personality while the design itself will give it flair. It could be anything from a piece of furniture, the materials you use or even the shape of the space. Make it your own and incorporate yourself into it.

Your loft can be anything you want it to be. If you love reading, transform it into a library with a reading alcove. If you love working out, transform it into a gym. If you just want a place where you can chill out and not be bothered, but all your favorite things there like a TV or video game.

Bring The Outside Inside

Well, not literally. Create some outdoor space as part of your loft conversion like a balcony or terrace you can sit on. It does not matter if your loft conversion is a master bedroom, guest room, office or playroom. Having some space outside will improve the look and feel of your conversion.

Transform Your Loft Conversion Into A Luxury Bathroom

If you did not get the bathroom of your dreams, you still have a chance. Turn your loft conversion into a luxury bathroom or a wet room. Make sure you measure enough headroom for the shower. The tub may not require as much headspace as the shower, so you can place the tub against any weird, sloping ceiling without losing its functionality. Equally important is incorporating an extractor fan for ventilation and extending plumbing and waste pipes into the loft.

Hopefully, these ideas helped you visualize the endless possibilities for your loft conversion.

Sarah x

Ready For A Big Adventure? Moving Abroad Made Easy

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Moving abroad is one of the most exciting things that people can do. But it isn’t easy to start planning, or to even know where you want to go. If you have been away for more than a few weeks, you know how intoxicating it can be to be in a new place, soaking up the culture and enjoying the company of new people. 

Yet, once in a while, there is a little seed of an idea about how much you might enjoy living there – for a while, or forever.

Adapting to life abroad can be an adjustment, learning the language, the cultures of a nation and the food too. But once you are settled in, it might be hard to imagine you lived anywhere else. 

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Here are some steps to consider when you are discussing moving abroad. 

Work

If you are a freelancer this might be pretty simple for you. You will need to register and do your taxes in your new country of residence, but in general much will remain the same. However, if other members of your household aren’t fluent in the new language, and don’t have a job, it might take a little longer to find work. Luckily in almost every country there are provisions and opportunities for people who aren’t native and don’t speak the language. Registering with expat networks and recruitment agencies is a great place to start. 

Home

Some housing markets are hot and move quickly, with high prices. You may have to be prepared to travel back anf forth a few times. It is often a good idea to hire a moving expert – they can source housing, banks accounts and arrange school appointments too. Moving your household goods can easily be arranged with an international moving company like Chess Moving

Visa

Many countries will require you to have a visa, and sometimes that will depend on the working situation. If you have a certain amount of savings then often you can get a visa for a time, as you can support yourself. A work visa can take a number of months to arrive, which gives you time to pack and solidify other parts of your plan. 

Insurances

Almost all countries require you to have some sort of health insurance. You need to bridge the gap between your home country’s health insurance and your new country’s companies. 

There are usually a few levels of insurance, you should carefully consider what level of cover you will need, and what you can afford. 

Appointments

In many cases you will need to register yourself as living within the country or city. You’ll need to bring proof of identity, like your passport, a residential address, and a range of other supporting documents. 

Registering with a doctor and a dentist is something that you should do pretty quickly upon arrival. There are typically many medical professionals that speak a number of languages, and usually English is one of them. But you should try to learn some of the language so that you can get by in the early few months. 

And the most impotant thing is time. Give yourself plenty of time to move, and plenty of time to settle in when you arrive. 

Sarah x

7 Lockdown Date Night Outfits That Are Bound to Impress

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Whether you live with your partner or not, the pandemic has undeniably put a stop to your traditional date night plans. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t have a date night – even if it’s a little different to those that you are used to. If you don’t live with them, this could involve heading out into the park for a romantic picnic, for example.

But if you do live with them, there’s nothing to say that you can’t enjoy a wonderful dinner at home. Although it’s tempting to dress down throughout this time, it’s the perfect opportunity to dress up! But then comes the tough and daunting decision of what you’re going to wear. You want something that you’re comfortable in, but that’s still stylish.

Before your date, you can spend the evening beforehand pampering yourself! Run yourself a lovely hot bubble bath, put on a face mask and relax. If you fancy, you could also shave your legs and pluck your brows – whatever you want to do. This self-care is the ultimate relaxing activity to enjoy that will help you to unwind before heading down (or out) for your date night. 

If you’re unsure as to what to wear for the evening, here are some ideas that you can use for inspiration. Bound to impress, they are ideal both now and throughout the year.

A Blazer Dress

If you’re looking for an outfit that will turn your partner’s head, look no further than a blazer dress. The perfect statement piece, it can be paired with some designer glasses (such as these web choice ones) and heels. As it’s a very trendy look, you’ll also easily be able to find one of these at a price that suits your budget! 

Retro Jumpsuit

Alternatively, if you love retro clothing, then maybe opt for this elegant look instead. Comfortable and stylish, retro jumpsuits are ideal – whether you’re heading out for a romantic walk with your partner or indulging in a dinner at home. Available in a range of colours and styles, you’ll be able to find one that fits you to a tee.

Skinny Jeans and a Floral Blouse

For a more casual look that still oozes style, why not try a pair of skinny jeans with a floral blouse? Comfortable yet still date-night worthy, it’s the perfect alternative to a dress. Also, many people will already have these in their wardrobe, meaning that they don’t have to order any new pieces online. Pair these with dangly earrings and ballet shoes. 

Co-Ord Set

As it’s getting closer to summer, the temperature is starting to heat up. And because of this, you’ll undoubtedly be looking for clothing that’s light and breezy. This is where a co-ord set comes in. Available in different combinations, from a skirt and a top to shorts and a top and trousers and a vest, there are so many different options for you to choose from. 

A Maxi Skirt with a T-shirt 

If you’re looking for an outfit that’s feminine, but still casual for your next date night, then a maxi skirt and t-shirt might be just the ticket. There are so many different ways you can style this, from a skirt that’s floral-patterned to plain and heels or flats – whatever you’re comfortable in.

Off-The-Shoulder Skater Dress

Yet again, this classic look is bound to go down a hit. Paired with flats or heels, it will get you in the summer spirit in no time. As simple or as extravagant as you want, this popular look is suited to any type of date you plan.

The Iconic LBD (Little Black Dress) 

And who could forget the classic little black dress? Fitted or not, this iconic look is a staple for date nights. Due to its muted colour, it can be paired with any colour of jewellery, shoes or bag. Plus, it can match any style – you don’t have to be uber-feminine to wear it!

5 Lockdown Date Night Ideas 

Although we’ve already touched on this briefly above, it’s good to have an idea of what you can do for your date night throughout the lockdown. So, to help guide you, here are 5 ideas you can use:

Take Delight in A Virtual Trip to the Theatre

If you love to go to the theatre and are missing it during this time, then you’re in luck! So many shows are being streamed for you to enjoy together. Available across different platforms – from Disney+ (Hamilton) to the BBC, there are so many options to choose from. Plus, a lot of them are free, so you don’t have to worry about this date night breaking the bank! 

Simply set up some blankets, grab some popcorn and enjoy a night at the theatre from the comfort of your home!

Get Competitive with a Game Night

Ok, so you may be fed up of all the quarantine quizzes you’ve had to attend. But now’s the time to enjoy a fun game night with your partner! Bring out a good old-fashioned board game and indulge in a night of competitiveness and laughs. Paired with your favourite tipple, this is an extraordinary way to spend a date night during the pandemic. 

Indulge in a Cheese and Wine Night

If you both love cheese and wine, why not make a night of it for your next date? Romantic and exciting, you can sample various wines and cheeses whilst catching up. A unique idea, it’s bound to be unforgettable. Alternatively, if you’re not fans of wine, why not mix it up and try a cocktail sampling/making night or a gin and tonic night – whatever floats your boat!

Take on a New Hobby

Alternatively, if you’re looking for a more casual idea for your next date night, then why not try taking up a new hobby together. From painting to pottery the possibilities are truly endless when it comes to ideas that you could use. Although this might not be the first idea that comes to mind, it can prove to be very fun – both throughout the lockdown and once it’s lifted.

 The ultimate bonding time with your partner, it takes you away from the TV and into an activity that you can enjoy together.  

Set up an Outdoor Cinema 

If you’re fed up of watching films in your living room or bedroom, why not change it up and head outside to watch a film? With the weather improving, it’s the ideal opportunity to grab a blanket, set up a screen (either a laptop screen or projector screen) and enjoy a classic movie. There’s so much inspiration for how you can set up the area (e.g. on Pinterest) that will make the night even more magical. 

Final Thoughts

So, there you go! Those are 7 on-trend and stylish date night outfits that you can take inspiration from throughout the lockdown. Alongside this, you can also choose from one of the above date night ideas. But, at the end of the day, no matter what outfit you wear and what date night you plan, you’re guaranteed a wonderful night with your partner that will create fond memories for many years to come!

And just think, in the near future when the world is back to normal you’ll be able to choose from an even wider selection of date night ideas. But for now, it’s the perfect opportunity to enjoy them from home or to take advantage of the nature around you – as long as you social distance from other couples of course!

Sarah x