23 Nov 2014

Using colour in interiors

Hi Bellas!

Over the years, it's taken me a while to settle into finding my own interior style. If you had asked me a year ago what my style was, I probably would've said that I didn't really have one. But if you asked me now, I would say that I like a mixture of old and new. My colour pallet tends to stay fairly neutral and I used accessories such as cushions, picture frame and candles to add some colour.

My Bedroom
My Kitchen

I have to say, I'm not one to push my boundaries with interior design. I shy away from using bold colours, not because I don't like them, but because I get worried that the vision I have won't be achieved. I do however, LOVE colours. I'm drawn to colours and patters- they make me happy! So I've been having a little look around the old world wide web to get some inspiration.


*Swoon* I am a big fan of Caitlin Wilson designs and textiles. This for me is the perfect mix of neutrals and pops of colour. The combination of the Bright pink, navy stripe and gold accents works like a charm. Can I see myself going out and buying a bright pink sofa? Erm, no. But, do I love it? Hell yeah!!


Another example of Caitlin Wilson designs. This room again has neutral walls and a whole host of colours here, there and everywhere. Different colours, patterns and textures all mixed together to make a feast for the eyes. It all works amazingly well together and creates a bright and fun workspace.


Salmon and Green? If you had told me that was a colour scheme I would have turned my nose up! However, I love this!! It gives such a fresh, feminine and summery look. The splash of animal print is also a winner for me.


The white furniture against this Coral wall is so effective. It also hosts a gallery wall that has contrasting colours which really makes it pop. I very much doubt that 'Mr A' would appreciate this.....Maybe it's one to consider for my craft room?? 

I don't know about you but this really makes me want to pop down to B&Q and buy lots of paint! ha. I'm going to make a real effort to inject some cloud into my home and be a little more brave. 

Are you daring with colour?? Tag me in your interior pictures on Instagram @bellacoco_ so I can have a nosey!

20 Nov 2014

Will you be my bridesmaid? | Wedding Journal

Hi Bellas!

One of the first things I thought about when it came to planning the wedding! Well actually, I'm not going to lie- I'm a typical woman and had of course thought about this before Anthony popped the question- But it felt a little different when I had to think about it for real!!

Due to getting married abroad, I had to let my bridesmaid know as soon as I could so I could make sure they could make it. I either did this by asking them in person or by text (which is the last thing I wanted to do) Because I had to do it this way, I wanted to do something a bit more special when I asked them officially.

I searched for different ways- some of which were totally amazing, which also meant it would cost a fortune! I decided on making them a card each which mean they could keep it as a memory.

Made the poem for the front and the writing inside using PicMonkey (seriously that site is amazing for things like this!) I mounted them on some card stock and also used my butterfly punch to make the butterfly confetti.

I gave them to each of my bridesmaids and they loved them! It felt so special seeing them open them.

I'd love to know your thoughts! 

Beauty tip #1 | Cleansing

Do you cleanse your skin? Most people who I ask (who aren't my Beauty Therapist friends) say they use make up wipes or wash their face in the shower- at which point I cringe a little inside. Now don't get me wrong, from time to time I have resorted to make up wipes if I have ran out of my ordinary cleanser. But you see, the problem with make up wipes is that yes they remove the most of your make up, but a lot of the time, it just means your are just smearing your make up around the rest of your face.

So what should I be doing I hear you ask? 

Well first of all you want to understand why you are cleansing your skin. Not only is it to remove make up, but you are also removing dirt, bacteria and any pollution you have picked up from throughout your day and it also treats your skin condition.

You may want to invest in a good quality cleanser. For the past few years I have been using Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish and I absolutely LOVE it. It's quick and easy to use, smells gorgeous and is suitable for all skin types. You can use it all over your face, including the eyes (which means no need for an additional product) and you remove it using a Muslin cloth which has been run under hot water. It's so soothing and very effective. You can pick up a started kit for £14.75. Of course, you can use whichever cleanser you like using the same principles below...

When cleansing, you should always perform 2 cleanses.....yes TWO!! This is because your first cleanse will remove the make up, dirt and bacteria, and the second cleanse will work deeper into the pores and help to reduce blackheads. 

You must perform this morning AND night as when we sleep, we continue to produce oil onto the skin which can cause those pesky blackheads.

Do you go to bed with make up on?

I'm always shocked at how many people do. Yes we all have those moments when we stumble in from a night out (if your old enough of course) and gracefully fall into bed and wake up in the morning with mascara all under our eyes! Yep- you know!!
Well let me tell you this little fact before you think about doing that again...For every night you go to sleep without taking your make up off, you age your skin by SEVEN days!!! Shocked?! You should be. Our skin starts to age from as young as 20- so make sure you look after it!

What skincare are you using at the moment? Want to see more posts like this? Leave your comments below and I'll be sure to get back to you :)