WHAT I WORE THIS WEEKEND

If this were a question.. the answer would be — SWEATS CO-ORD!

I’m channeling my ‘Danny Zuko’ so Emi would say! Ah Grease! – classic film but unnecessary insult?!

Who said sweatpants can’t be fashion? I say wear them with heels! our weekend ‘get up’ can be found everywhere these days! Last week, on Loose Woman they debated whether or not everyday sweats are acceptable… what are your thoughts? We’re with you Stacey Solomon — “Chang chang changity chang shoo bop that’s the way it should be”!

Here’s a couple of my favs this season:

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DAILY DECOR DETAIL

Did you see I was the winner of last weeks #dailydecordetail on the babygram? Apparently they couldn’t resist the industrial shelving, the mid-century sideboard + the OVERALL ambiance of Wilbur’s digs! It’s a shame he doesn’t sleep it in!

Being “winner” meant I had to decide on the following weeks winner + do a bit of a Q+A about me.

What is the history of you and your home?

I don’t remember a time I wasn’t in love with Interiors + looking at people’s houses. Mum + dad did up houses for a living so it’s kinda everything we knew. I studied Art + Design and Textiles at A-Level + wanted to be an interior designer.

We bought our first house in 2007, an 1880 end terrace cottage DREAM – we tore it apart, stripped it back + put our stamp on it! – back then we were young, had time and money + no real commitments!

Second time round, my hand was forced! My (now) husband isn’t handy at all + we knew our plans for the imminent future involved marriage + babies. Que boring brand spanking new build…

What is the history of you and your home?

Unlike our first house, which we absolutely gutted, we bought this house off plan + Redrow did the grafting. We picked an ace plot, chose the kitchen + flooring but didn’t actually have to get dirty! During the last 3 years we have decorated throughout + built a fireplace, got married + had our first baby… Wilbur is 18 months this month + takes centre stage on here. I have been pottering with interior styling for many years as a bit of a side line; I quit my full time job in Residential Lettings for a corporate company at the beginning of this year to concentrate on mum life + set up a business with my sisters.

What 3 words would you use to sum up your design style?

I consider my style to be relaxed and attentive, practical but with an element of surprise. I think Instagram + Pinterest inspire change so much so that you can radically change your vibe from one month to the next. Generally, I love the mix of old + new; but I think monochrome is my staple.

What are your favourite buys – the buys that show your personal style the best? Your go to stores?

I live in the past a little; I love a good story, nostalgia + history behind items. I have a lot of stuff from charity shops + salvage yards plus many inherited pieces. I love Pedlars they influenced my style a lot when I was doing my A-Levels. I also love Homesense, who doesn’t.

Best Buy?

The secondhand retro sideboard pictured in Wilb’s room!

What are you top interior decor tips?

Establish a colour scheme – I come up with a basic colour scheme for the whole house, and then I take that from room to room. Also, do a vision board, or hire me to do one! It’s a great way to piece together a room before you get ahead of yourself.

What have you learned through your interior journey?

Don’t settle for “just for now purchases”! You end up making do but spending more later on down the line!

What is still to come.. What pieces are you listing after? Your next “project”?

Expansion! Family. Extension. Business. But for now, I want to finish the bathrooms..

Happy reading, H x

A FRENCH AFFAIR

Last month, I had the pleasure in doing the makeup for one of my friends who was getting married in France, where she lives.T

The morning of the wedding was so calm; listening to music, drinking coffee + eating pastries! Oh tellement français! 🇫🇷

We had previously done a trial and ran through likes, dislikes + finished up with a natural glam look. However, on the morning of the wedding my friend decided she wanted a statement lip + opted for a rouge, I couldn’t agree more it was so fitting with the theme + style of the wedding.

Are you planning your big day + yet to find an artist? Let’s chat – get in touch ✖️

Ciao, Jess x

VILLAGE AT HOME | Lighting Specialists

We all know that poor lighting can cause eye damage especially when reading, but what other effects can poor lighting have on us in our homes?

Believe it or not, insufficient lighting has been found to contribute to depression and vitamin D deficiencies, while proper lighting is known to improve mood and energy levels. So, when I was approached by a design manager at Village at Home last month to review one of their lights from their new catalogue I couldn’t decline for, well, health reasons! 😉

Based in Manchester, their in-house design team create new lighting ranges every Spring/Summer and Autumn/Winter to ensure they consistently provide trend led, value for money products each season.

Our guest room is a little different in style to the rest of our home + I wanted something relatively traditional to compliment the iconic classic William Morris wall covering.

I opted for the Grantham Light Ceiling Fitting, a classic candelabra style 3-light ceiling fitting finished in satin nickel supplied with a slubbed white cotton shade. Easy to install (my husband + father-in-law managed it), the fitting works perfectly in our guest room, providing ample lighting + bringing the scheme together.

Perks + Quirks of Village At Home

  • They offer free delivery on all orders over £50 and 10% off your first order when you sign up to our monthly newsletter at the bottom of their website.
  • Download their handy lighting guide from their website aimed at making your choice easier.
  • Monthly email newsletter available filled with products, exclusive offers, trends, competitions and much more.

Happy reading, H x

https://www.lights.com/how-lighting-affects-mood-productivity

THE PROPOSAL

13 years + the moment we had all hoped for happened – Joey FINALLY proposed.

We went on an Island hop holiday to Greece + started out in Mykonos + ended our trip in Santorini where he popped the question.

We’ve been to Santorini before + went back to the same hotel we LOVE, West East Suites . The island is the most idyllic place we’ve even been + seen, it is hard to describe the setting to really appreciate it for what it really is – heaven.

Entrance to West East Suites Hotel

Set the scene, I was still in my swimming costume when he asked me! Admiring the caldera views + midst photoshoot, Joe utters turn around + that was it, he asked me!

It really was a magical moment + extra special that Joe captured my response…

HAPPY!
(Swimsuit from ASOS)

We came home to a fuss (+ a messy house). The sisters had broken in + decorated, I’m still finding confetti now!

So, is West East Suites a potential wedding venue? Who knows! Believe it or not we’re in no rush to get down the isle.. I’m still relishing in being a fiancé for a while!

Mrs Tanton-to-be 🖤

SPRINGFIELD HOTEL WEDDING FAYRE

Wedding fayres form part of the adventure for any bride and they are definitely worthwhile if you’re in the midst of planning your big day.

Whilst some find planning overwhelming, I believe attending venue open days help alleviate those stresses + put those ‘to-do’ lists in order.

How? Well, from meeting florists, stationers to hair + beauty to name but a few suppliers, they will take the time to talk you through each sector, arrange consultations to suit you + ultimately help carve out your plans with you.

SPRINGFIELD HOTEL OPEN DAY

It was my first time exhibiting my Makeup at Springfield’s wedding fayre and overall it was a success.

It was a great afternoon meeting lots of recently engaged couples + their families and networking with other suppliers was a real insight too.

Setting up our stalls pre-opening 08/04/18

Springfield Hotel has recently undergone a refurb from the sign to the hallway and reception areas and were opening it’s doors for their first open day of the year. Clearly investing in their hotel was a great move based on the numbers attended.

I very much look forward to the potential bridal business + working with Springfield again in the coming year.

https://www.thespringfieldhotel.com/upload/docs/springfield-hotel-wedding-brochure.pdf

AND JUST LIKE THAT, IT’S 2018!

Happy first of the month – chapter one of 12, page 1 of 365 days!

I’m excited about this year for many reasons. I’m excited to watch my little boy develop + grow + celebrate his first birthday. You can follow his adventures on @alongcameherbaby and I’m excited to work with my sisters + blog about it all, together on here!

So what’s happening in January…

I’m looking forward to chilling out this month, I feel like I took a lot on towards the end of last year + felt majorly under pressure the week before Christmas with my breastfeeding peer support assessment + coursework – but so pleased I did it! Wilbur’s first Christmas flew by – it was ace! We even hosted New Year’s Eve! #verymethischristmasmarlarky

January, for me, is about getting prepped for the year ahead! I have packages to return, accounts to sort out + complaints/niggles to box off! We also need to hang pictures + repaint scuffed walls before Gav goes back to school next week.

Ok, so first week of January is chaotic! But there after … ZEN!

Also in other news, this month, Emi is training in http://nouveaulashes.com I am beyond excited. Look out for our post on how it goes + up + coming offers!

H

ROSE GOLD GALORE

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It’s finally the weekend + as the first scattering of snow… ahem… hailstones hit North Wales this morning Jess, Wilbur + I headed off to an early #thestacksisters appointment! It’s pretty chilly out there – Wilbur was doubled up in layers + a bobble hat! Our bride had cups of tea waiting for us + Peppa Pig on her TV ready for Wilbs! WE LOVE OUR CLIENTS!

Today’s dual appointment was for her first makeup trial, a quick run through on the wedding stationary + of course some of the pending styling plans!

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Lauren has such AMAZING ideas for her day at Tyn Dwr Hall, Llangollen and we are so pleased to be apart of it!

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Styling plans are under wraps I’m afraid but it’ll be elegant + romantic with shimmers of Rose Gold complementing Tyn Dwr Hall’s fusion of historic meets contemporary. My favourite kind of fusion! Oh if i were to marry again…

We can however give you a glimpse of one of the looks from today!

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Using an Urban Decay Heat Palette Jess blended a striking eye look which illuminates Lauren’s amazing blue eyes, and amongst other things, she finished the look with a highlighter by L’Oréal. (You can tell I’m not very make-upy)! Millie (Lauren’s little girl) also had a sparkly shimmer applied! With that, they both plan on staying in that night watching I’m a Celeb!

Good Saturday night plans I’d say!

H

HAIR OVERHAUL

Emi is somewhat jinxed when it comes to her hair. On all occasions where she’s looking to revamp her look it has ultimately gone wrong. We laugh because she has a genuine phobia of hair salons; the staring competition in the mirror + awkward small talk, topped with sweaty palms. So after many failed attempts, she’s done a ‘box job’ + gone back to her long luscious locks. I took inspiration + decided to do the same as my hair was looking a little washed out. Cue the before + after pics..

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It’s the first time I’ve used L’oreal Paris Excellence + opted for the 5.6 Rich Auburn tone. It took well + is almost a match to the box promo swatch. Overall verdict – 8/10.

J

FIRST BLOG POST

This is our very first post. Well, this is exciting. And equally, a VERY long time coming!

We are The Stack Sisters; Hannah, Jess + Emi. You can read about us in our cleverly titled ABOUT section. In a nutshell, we are inseparable creatives. Between us, we can turn our hand to Makeup + Beauty, Interiors + Crafts, even some mediocre Fashion designing.

We have wanted to work together on something for such a long time. At the end of each year, we mutter the same words – this year is OUR YEAR!

So 2017, I am currently on maternity leave (and it would appear I have crazy breastfeeding time slots and therefore time to think, and create). Here it goes. Maybe this year is our year!

H