18 Jan 2017

Hygge The Danish Art of Living Well With BoConcept Edinburgh

You may have seen or already be aware of the Danish phenomenon of Hygge (pronounced 'hue-gah') as it seems to be the word of the moment. Taken from the Old Norse words hu -meaning thought, mind, courage and hyggia which means to think. Hygge doesn't have a direct English translation but I feel the it can be summed up by one word cosiness. Hygge is a sense of belonging, contentment and the simplicity of being present in the moment. That place that is familiar to you, the feeling of being home, a sense of love. Hygge will be different for everyone as needs will differ from one person to the next. For me Hygge is that quiet satisfaction and security of unwinding in a relaxed and harmonious atmosphere. A space that is just for me or my Fortress of Solitude as I like to call it. A place where I can let go, connect with my surroundings and have an awareness of both my inner and outer space. 

I have been working with *BoConcept the designer furniture store to put together a collection of their pieces to reflect my perfect place for Hygge. BoConcept concentrates on urban danish design for the urban minded customer and they opened a new flagship store in Edinburgh late last year on 26th December 2016. 

I love nothing more than getting cosy on a comfy armchair with my feet up, a good book and cup of tea in hand. with that in mind I wanted to create a place where I could do exactly that. BoConcept have so many fantastic pieces of furniture available it was hard to choose! In the end I went for this green Osaka armchair  and contrasting purple Bermuda footstool. Alongside these I would have the Como wall system to display my colourful accessories and favourite books. All these combined  would create a perfect place of cosiness for me to unwind.

What does Hygge mean to you? The uncomplicated art of living cosy? Or the feeling of warmth when being with family or friends? Whatever it is I think we should all take a page out the Danes book and embrace Hygge in our lives and our hearts. 

'We still carry within us, in a small warm spot, the idea of home. Home as a safe place, a loving place and a creative place. A place of comfort and privacy.A place where we can explore our inner life.'

Llse Crawford

11 Jan 2017

There's More To Life Than Instagram

So lets face it I've been a bit AWOL of late. It's not that I just couldn't be bothered or even that I had lost my blogging mojo. I had things to say but to be totally honest I wasn't ready to share. I've have had many posts planned, in fact I even had them all finished in my drafts ready to go all I had to do was press that publish button. However it didn't feel right. You see things haven't been exactly what they seem. I could have just published the things about the awesome meals, the trips to the theatre and the fabulous nights out I've had but I would just feel like a fraud. 

Last year was a strange one a bit of a head$!#@ for lack of better words. I've been through a break up, house moves and all the things in-between. I need to be honest, I need it out in the open 2016 wasn't the best. I've had a few big life changes and I needed that time to step back from my blog adjust and get my head together.

You see with this thing called social media you can hide things and pretend that everything is okay. You effectively become an edited version of yourself. You can cut out the bad bits, the bits you'd rather people didn't know about. You never see the full picture. It's not healthy and sometimes it just doesn't feel right to me. There's this pressure to have this 'picture perfect' lifestyle . However there's more to life than Instagram and what social media portrays. After all you can't fit your whole story into 140 characters or fit your heartaches, woes and stresses into a filtered square photo. You need to remember that nobody is perfect, not everybody has their sh@# together. I mean who does!? There's life behind the scenes of that photo or witty tweet. A real person. The above picture is a unedited unfiltered photo of me with my spotty chin, wrinkly baggy tired eyes and frizzy natural hair. Thats me. Most importantly you need to remember..

It's okay to admit you are struggling.

And now with this is off my chest I feel like I can move forward and begin the next chapter in my life. Hello 2017 nice to meet you I'm Victoria 34 (tomorrow), single and starting a new. I welcome you with open arms -  Lets do this!

31 Aug 2016

Retro Style - The GlassesShop

This summer has been about holidays, walks in the countryside and beer gardens. All of which required one key ingredient my sunnies. The guys over at the GlassesShop were super kind and sent me these stunning *Cat Eye Sunglasses. I absolutely adore their retro shape it fits right in with my style and love of vintage. 

If you are searching for eyeglasses online the GlassesShop is a great place to go. There are plenty of styles to choose from with a variety of colours and shapes. Prescription sunglasses are also available so you can be practical as well as stylish. Your glasses arrive in their very own case compact with a cloth for cleaning. Prices are really reasonable, a great price for what you get! so why not check out the GlassesShop for cheap glasses?


I am lucky enough to be able to offer my readers 50% off eyeglasses and sunglasses with free lenses (sale frames excluded) with special coupon code GSHOT50!

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