Bedroom Transformation

So after several weeks of manual labour (after surprising myself with my physical strength!) with lots of help from the mother, my bedroom transformation is finally complete! Well, 90% there at least. Barring a few tweaks with light switches, tidying up jewellery storage and framing a few pictures for the wall, I am so happy with the results!

In my last bedroom overhaul update (here) I posted a couple of pictures of inspiration, particularly for the open closet section and in terms of the colour palette I wanted to apply. Given I don’t actually have a walk-in wardrobe (one day…) I wasn’t sure how this open closet concept would work and whether it would make my bedroom look more like a store room by having all my clothes ‘on-show’. And since I already had fitted wardrobes, the biggest battle was re-arranging storage. But I am so glad I went ahead with the idea. Strangely, although there’s now a huge custom wardrobe in the room, the new composition and layout seems to make the bedroom much more open.

I am now pleased to share my before and after photos with you all! Of course, if money was no question I’d also strip out the carpet, change the doors, add intriguing vintage ornaments of some sort… but I think I did the best job I could on a budget! I am still yet to sort out the shelf next to the wardrobe and also the shabby cupboard under the noticeboard, but once I get round to all those finishing touches, I will share those photos too. If you have any lovely ideas, please feel free to share them!

Before… A mixture of everything accumulated since the age of 7. The keep, donate and bin process started…

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After…

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There are actually more bags stuffed and hidden at the back!

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It is weird to feel satisfied at the look of neatly folded trousers??

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Practical and cheap: an accessories hanger from Ikea…

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A vintage-inspired worn frame from good old TK Maxx…

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Some tins I have yet to find any fundamental use for. But they look pretty and they’re from Paris!

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Re-using a dusty pink shoe box to create different height levels and displaying other objects. I don’t actually use the Miss Dior Cherie perfume anymore, but it’s too pretty to throw away… I also love my lucky Mulberry bird randomly perched on the end!

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These shelves have been sitting in a mess for weeks now! But the aim is to have one shelve dedicated to jewellery and the next just for beauty products. Next point of action: de-tangling jewellery nightmare…

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Another set of practical and cheap buys: velcro show boxes from Ikea. Although you will need to bear in mind that any pair of heels taller than 3 inches will not fit upright inside.

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Temporary window sill display… Ralph Lauren Home fragrance diffuser and a ceramic gift token.

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What’s on my bedside cabinet…

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Cute dish (from Ikea again) for those everyday bits and bobs…

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New chandelier from BHS…

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Two shelves that need further organisation and thought…

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I hope you have enjoyed reading about this project, if you are doing something similar, please share your link and I would love to have a look!

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America Photo Diary

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So I have been lacking lately due to a trip to America, coupled with a snowballing amount of work and looming deadline. But this week I’ve managed to take some chill time and finally getting to post some travel pics! This trip was an incredible experience for me in terms of overcoming many ‘firsts’ – first flight alone (I have always been able to share my travels with at least one other person), first time in Dallas (admittedly it was only the airport!), first visit to Austin, first time in Arizona, first time leading business meetings independently… Basically a lot! And although many if these were initially unnerving, it was a positively challenging experience and I loved every minute of it.
My first stop was to Austin, Texas for 3 nights where I took a drive by tour of quirky Austin, met some super friendly locals and worked with lovely colleagues based in the office out there. What I was most impressed about Austin was the variety of food. It is clearly a hub for upcoming street food as we drove by streets of people swarming and queuing for the latest food truck delights. Wurst Tex and Vietnamese Mexican were just a few concepts I spotted. If I had more time in downtown I definitely would’ve liked to waste away the day trying everything! All in all I would definitely recommend anyone to give Austin a visit, for it’s super friendly, chilled atmosphere and intriguing eats.

Scoffandstyle on Instagram

As I know I won’t be available to blog as often as I would like, in the next couple of weeks or so (due to a business trip in the US), I thought I would remind you guys that you can follow my travels and happenings on trusty old Instagram. Here are just a few from the past month :), without repeating any already shared on this blog. You can follow me here.

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Keep your eyes peeled for an Instagram log of my travels to America in a few weeks time – although I will do a full photo diary for you all here as soon as I get back!

Bedroom & Closet Overhaul

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One of my key projects for the new year was to finally get round to revamping my bedroom, which up until now, has not had an update since I was in high school. And after only 3 weekends of:

1. Going through my entire wardrobe and sorting clothes into: ‘Keep’, ‘Sell’, ‘Charity’ and ‘Bin’
2. Clearing and organising all my shoes under my bed (and hours of much needed hoovering under there!)
3. Painting all four walls a new pale, dove grey colour
4. And, partially building a new custom-wardrobe

I cannot wait to get to the furnishings and decoration! Here are just a few things from my Pinterest board I’ve been using to log my inspirations…

thecoveture inspiration songofstyle inspiration pinterest board

I also read recently on Superficial Girls blog here some really useful tips on how to get started if you too are thinking of doing a bedroom/closet/wardrobe overhaul. One thing I will add when sorting through the clothes is to be firm and brutal – if it feels like a ‘maybe’, throw it out!

I find cupcakesandcashmere.com a great place for home decor ideas and generally everything from Aimee on songofstyle.com! I will be sure to share final before and after transformation pictures of my bedroom soon!

Patara, Knightsbridge

A couple of weeks back I had a catch up with my lovely University housemate at Patara (website here) in Knightsbridge, London. We opted for its lunch menu which offered 2 courses for around £13, which was fantastic value for money given that main courses are priced at £15 and over and portions were decent.

To start I ordered Phed Nam Peung, honey marinated duck breast pieces, wrapped in Pandan leaf and fried. At first I thought it would be rather heavy because of the ‘frying’ aspect, however the duck was cooked just right and not oily at all. Although I would only recommend ordering this if you are particularly hungry at the time.

Pictured below with my starter is also the tofu salad ordered by my friend.

Patara starters

For mains I chose the Gang Kari which was a yellow coconut curry with New Zealand lamb, new potatoes and onions. In terms of flavour the curry was amazing, although if I was to be picky I would probably make it a little hotter. Lamb was not overcooked either. I just wished there was more of it!

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Atmosphere: despite visiting on a weekday and just after the usual lunch rush, there was a fair amount of tables occupied and definitely made it less awkward, as the waiters/waitresses liked to stand and watch you from afar. Nevertheless it was comfortable to sit in and the decor was typical of high-end dining.
Service: all staff were all extremely friendly, the older gentlemen who served us was particularly warm and welcoming with lots of smiles and interest in conversing with the customers.
Food: excellent flavours, although probably more on the light side compared with the Thai food I have had Asia.
Price: the lunch offer was amazing value for money, the jasmine tea was also reasonably priced. Although I’m not sure if I personally would pay for the evening prices myself.

I would definitely like to go back and try some other dishes and the location is nice and away from the hustle/ tourist-crowded surroundings of Harrods. Have you been to Patara before? What did you think?

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Like an annual tradition, my mother, sister and I get super excited about the Christmas and January sales and somehow muster the energy on early Boxing Day morning to join the queues outside our favourite stores. Not the extremists however, who queue outside Next at 2am or camp overnight outside Selfridges! We’re not that hardcore. Or insane. However, I have noticed this year that perhaps this queuing craze is starting to die out.

Retailers announced a nose dive in footfall after the initial Boxing Day chaos, with sales tailing off dramatically. By the end of December 2012, stores were noticeably quieter as shoppers realised that better bargains can be obtained online. In fact, one of the best designer discounts I noticed this year came from Mulberry’s very own official site. Slashing tags by 50%, even on the good stuff! Definitely no need to battle it out on the handbag floor with selfish hoggers at Selfridges!

And despite being a little disappointed with Zara’s discounts this time round (£20 off an £80 bag really is not a bargain is it?) I still couldn’t resist snapping up several items, especially as I know smaller sizes are like gold dust in Zara. And yes, I queued an hour inside the store to pay at the till. Only to return half the items… And the funny thing is, I will probably do it again next year!

Here are some of my favourite ‘bargains’. What do you think of sale shopping?

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New Year, New Bag, New Inspiration

Happy 2013 bloggers and readers! I hope everyone has enjoyed the festive season and feeling fresh and ready for a bright, new year. And what better way to start the year than to be spoilt with a gorgeous surprise Mulberry bag, for my 23rd Birthday from my lovely mother!Mulberry 2013

2012 was a roller coaster year for myself, with the highest of highs and also the lowest of lows. Many of us have experienced elation, achievement, loss, love and bereavement at some point in our lives. Sometimes these emotions seem to bombard us all at once, challenge us in ways we ever could have imagined and evoke the most enlightening questions about ourselves we never thought to be significant. One valuable lesson I will take from my 2012 experiences is the strength of the mind. Whatever the challenge, a positive mind never fails to power you through. Its consistency builds confidence, happiness and spreads infectiously to all the people around you.

So whatever you come across in 2013, approach it boldly, do it with confidence and smile as you do it. You’ll be surprised at the gains you can make with such simple adjustments. Here’s some words of inspiration to take into 2013…

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