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Maltesers Dot Dot Dot – Maltesers Luxury chocolates have arrived.

Good morning. Breaking news! Something unusual is happening in London, because everything is turning red with gold polka dots. Even the post box has contracted this case of MALTESERS Dot Dot Dot. This London phone box, in front of Big Ben, has transformed too.

That red bus better watch out, or it’ll be next. There was no escaping at home either, gold polka dots have infiltrated. All because this gift arrived in the post. Dare I open it? I had to know. Maltesers Luxury chocolates Ta dah! The reveal. 16 pieces of Maltesers Luxury chocolates wrapped in red and gold polka dot foils.

If you are a Maltesers fan like I, then this is probably music to your ears. These Luxury chocolates were so precious, hence the gold and glass box above. As you can imagine, because of my love for Maltesers, my glass box soon emptied out.

Tea was already made in anticipation. What does it taste like? I couldn’t wait to sink my teeth into one. I wasn’t the only one, as my son was already waiting in anticipation.

This was therefore the fastest photo shoot I had ever done. Here it is all unwrapped. A milky chocolate outer layer, so smooth to bite into. Right in the centre is a delicious chocolate and malty filling, encased in a wafer shell, real MALTESERS Teasers pieces and covered in milk chocolate.

As much as I tried to resist, these chocolates didn’t last for long.  Don’t you think this would be the perfect Mother’s day gift? You can purchase a box now at Debenhams for £6.

I can’t believe that as a result of this post, I may well have tempted myself to go get another box. Have I tempted you too?

For more information, do check out MALTESERS’ Facebook page and Instagram account. Wishing you a wonderful week ahead.

( This is a sponsored post with Maltesers Luxury Chocolates . All photography and styling are my own except for the first three images that are by David Parry/PA wire. All opinions are my own).

How to pick the right sofa.

As the days get lighter, I’m getting that seasonal urge to do an interiors Spring refresh at home. I’m currently on the lookout for a new sofa.

I have set 4 criteria to help me on my sofa hunt : colour, tufted with buttons, piping and extra comfortable.

The sofas at Darlings of Chelsea ticked many of these boxes. I will be talking through my “how to pick the right sofa” criteria, whilst showing you my favourites.

Colour

There are 3 on trend colours this season that will continue into next year – green,blue and pink. Since I already have 2 green and a dark blue sofa, it’ll have to be a new pink one for me. I say that with an indulgent smile, since I have always yearned for one. I’ve been waiting for the shops to embrace that hue, and now is definitely pink’s moment for the limelight . You may also be thinking, why does she need so many sofas? Sofas to me,are like how shoes and handbags are to some ladies. As if that is a tangible excuse! No, the truth is I love styling room sets, so the sofas come in handy for photo shoots too.

This pretty pink sofa from Darlings of Chelsea (above) is called Arden. It is a corner sofa inspired by the classic style of the 19th century. It features delicate curved arms, fibre seats with foam cores and buttoned fixed back.

Tufted with buttons.

The whole tufted with buttons look has always been associated with being too traditional or dated. However, this is no longer the case, in fact that look has been steadily or even stealthily creeping back into interiors. I’m already spotting tufted doors, walls and beds everywhere. Talking about tufted bed, I may be getting one soon.

This is the Paisley sofa and stool. A classic Chesterfield that is tufted with deep buttoning. Isn’t it a beauty?

Piping

I always remember that time I saw my sister’s new sofa. It was shipped all the way from New York. It had white piping against grey. I remembered thinking to myself how that simple contrasting feature could elevate a sofa from plain to top elegant.

This is the Olivia sofa in extra soft brushed cotton blossom. Look at those chic contrast piping and button back cushions. I am seriously tempted.

Extra comfortable

This is obvious right? However, I think sometimes we can compromise a bit of comfort for style – yes, talking from my own experience! The sofa market is now so competitive that I think you really can get both comfort and looks in one. I suggest reading reviews, request fabric samples or even physically getting down to that showroom to try out that sofa. After all, you are about to spend a four figure sum for a quality sofa right?

This is the Lorena sofa. A beautiful Italian style piece with a metal frame. It comes with a manually adjustable headrest for extra comfort. There is also a recliner option for indulgent lounging. I say we definitely need these after our hard days at work.

Last but not least. I may have missed out fabric in the criteria for ‘how to pick the right sofa’, but actually this is intentional. I think fabric choice very much depends on one’s lifestyle. Velvet may be on trend this season, but may not be a practical choice if say, you have a young family ( thinking back to my own experience), then perhaps wipe clean leather for those spills may be a better investment. It also depends on the climate of the country you live in. If warm, you may want to go for cooling linen or cotton fabrics instead. I really think the choice is dictated by what you will be using your sofa for.

Anyway, hope you’ve enjoyed my post on how to pick the right sofa. I think writing this all down has also helped me consolidate what I need when searching for my next piece. The thing is, all the sofas I have featured totally tick all the boxes. Which one is your favourite? I would really love to hear what you think and how you pick your sofa.

Wishing you a beautiful day.

( This is a sponsored collaborative post, however all my writing, views and opinions are my own .)

printing photos from phone Printing photos from phone or camera with Printiki and an Instagram Giveaway.

I love colour hunting when I travel. Unsurprisingly, my camera card and I-phone gallery are now packed full of images.

I have recently returned from a trip to LA and Palm Springs. As you can imagine, I have amassed quite a collection of photos.  It would be so nice to see the physical copies of those photos on holiday.

It was perfect timing when Printiki contacted me to try out their service for printing photos from phone or camera.  Have you noticed the trend for 4″x4″ photos? I’ve certainly seen many high street shops now stocking frames for that size.

I’ve purchased the colourful frames above to create a large gallery wall. I’m still waiting on a few more frames, so will show you when the wall is completed, at a later date.
You can order the 4×4 photos with a thin white border or in a polaroid style. They come in either a matte or glossy finish. I have chosen matte.

I’ve decided to display my photos on a blue wire mesh board, using colourful paper clips. printing photos from phone The board currently sits on one of the walls in my creative work studio.It has become both a decorative feature and visual mood board for me. I can see my favourite colours of pink, sky blue, pops of yellows and natural green. It’s so interesting to see how I gravitate towards those hues when photographing. How do you like it? Another idea for the printed photos, is to make postcards.

As you can see, I have attached my photos to bright pink cards, all ready to post. You can order your photos just by using your phone, adding the images straight from your Instagram account, Facebook page or camera roll. There’s even an option to add caption.

Printiki  can also print photo books and posters. There are various size options and finishes available, all at affordable prices.

They post internationally and delivery is super fast, as the photos can be printed locally in many countries, such as the UK, USA, Australia and more. Now for the GIVEAWAY. How would you like to win an amazing wire mesh memo board, similar to the one I have above, along with a voucher code to print 30 of your own photos from Printiki?

The instructions for the giveaway are on my Instagram.

It really is so easy printing photos from phone or camera. Do give Printiki a go, and I’m pretty sure you’ll love it as I do.

( All photography and styling are by Geraldine Tan, editor of Little Big Bell. This is a sponsored collaboration with Printiki, but all views are my own).

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