Finishing touches to the bathroom

Like the back yard, there is plenty of work still to be done on the upstairs bathroom. It doesn’t quite radiate the look and feel I was going for several years back when I first designed it. I believe this can be attributed to various things such as the toilet and bath tub looking a bit dated, and the walls not catching the light the way I wanted.

So to overcome this, I’ve decided to make some positive changes, that will bring my vision to life. In other words, out with the old, in with the new. There are many things my bathroom lacks, and that includes a mirror, wish is probably shocking to hear considering I work in fashion and appearance and presentation is very important. I do have a large mirror in my bedroom, but having one in the bathroom is just far more convenient, especially when getting out of the shower to do your hair.

The plan is to modernize everything and combine it with a lick of bright colors that will make it look far more inviting than it currently is. Whether that means painting the walls and getting rid of the old dark tiles, is another thing, but I do know, the old square base toilet has got to go. So, after conducting several hours of research into the best toilets on The toilet throne website, I have found a good match that looks fantastic and comes with an elongated bowl and doesn’t have a bulky feel to it, which was one of my hang ups previously.

According to my father, it’s got a good flushing system installed that doesn’t use a lot of water too. I guess that’s as great an extra as any.

The bath tub currently is square and a horrid green color, attached to the wall. This will be completely replaced with a standalone tub that’s white and more of an oval shape. Once I clear all the fixtures out of the way, It will be put in the center of the room, which is something you’ll find in modern bathroom designs.

Whatever paint color I end up choosing for the walls, I know it’s going to be bright, and the flooring will be torn up and replaced with wooden oak floorboards. I love the light walls, wooden floor combo, they are so complimentary to each other.

How well this works, I don’t know. I’m not exactly a builder, but one things for sure, it’s going to beat the current design by miles.

Designing my back yard

As a fashion enthusiast, I take pride in my appearance. But sometimes I forget to take pride in other important parts of my life. For example, the back yard is in a terrible state. Over winter, the grass has become overgrown, bushes and trees unkempt, and the patio decking needs painting and repairs. If only I had the spare cash to throw at a gardener to do the majority of those tasks for me. Wouldn’t that be something!

Unfortunately, it’s looking more and more likely I will be buying a new pole saw using those researched here as a guide. Not much of a DIY enthusiast myself,  my cousin told me about various pruning tools that could make life easier for myself when I get round to cutting the trees back. I told him it’s a shame you couldn’t cut them back yourself! But to no avail, this is something I’m just going to have to roll my sleeves up for and do myself.

I hate the garden. That’s not something that’s not unknown judging by my tone above. The the mud, dirt, and insects that go side by side with any tasks associated with it is enough to put any fashionista off. However, I’ve put on some of my old clothes, and made a start, putting my Greenworks pole saw to good use.

Pruning, and trimming back branches with this power tool is actually easier than what I thought it was going to be. However, cutting back the hedges I found the shears were better in order to keep a straight, well kept line.

The patio repairs and painting is on my to do list, once I get the paint and varnish delivered, and the wood on the steps leading up to it, is not something that will be completed anytime soon. However, the majority of the things making the garden look ugly have been dealt with and it’s breathed fresh life and color into it that I forgot it had.

Watching the TV in front of the fire

After a long day at work, there is nothing quite like spending time watching my favorite TV shows, warming my feet next to my wood stove. Being on my feet constantly takes its toll on my body and relaxation is certainly the way forward.

Yesterday evening, for example, it was pouring down with rain outside, I was quite enjoying just sitting there in silence with the warm glow of flames, listening to the pitter patter as the rain drops hit the roof.

I enjoy my Fridays especially. I rarely get more than a day off, but last Friday I was well aware that whilst sitting on the couch, I have the whole weekend to myself. Now, don’t get me wrong, I love my job, in fact it’s a dream job, but having some time to yourself works wonders on your morale, and it’s this alone time that ensures i’m able to face the week full of positive vibes, and hopefully an increase in productivity.

As I was sitting down, curling up by the fireplace, fully aware of the nice long weekend ahead of me, I begun to find a decent book to read. Outside the regular fashion magazines like Vogue, and ELLE, I’m not normally much of a reader. Up until recently that is. But in the past few months, especially over the colder, winter evenings, I have appreciated both the warmth of my wood stove, and the story lines of various novels on my bookcase.

Now that winter is over, I will be cleaning the fireplace out simply because the soot on the chimney is not a great look. Not only that, but I can’t see myself using any form of heating device in the summer. This is because work goes into overload, and I’m completely overwhelmed with new magazine issue releases, blogging, designing, and plenty of other things. All the more reason to take a moment and enjoy the down time.

Welcome to my blog

Hello. Welcome to Mind of a Fashionista. This is my fashion and lifestyle blog that will share my thoughts about the latest trends and what I get up to in my spare time. Having worked at various magazine publications throughout the 90’s I took a keen interest in the latest fashion designers, and their clothing lines.

Throughout the 00’s, I’ve worked tirelessly on my own publication, and lines. Currently I have a list of fifteen models under me, and growing with each week. You will see some of my work on this blog from time to time, as well as comments on others too.