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Gen Z yellow ( Paid partnership with Homesense UK)

It pains me to say this, but Millennial pink ( my favourite colour) is about to be replaced by the new kid on the block, Gen Z yellow.

Luckily yellow is one of the colours that I love too.

For those not familiar with the term Gen Z, it’s the generation born between 1995 and 2014.

There’s a lot of speculation as to why yellow is the chosen colour. It could be because they are a bolder generation or  perhaps it’s a colour that matches the ‘notice me’ culture seen on social media.

As you can see, I’ve styled a very vibrant party corner in my home, using yellow accessories bought from my local Homesense store.

I’m sure most of you know Homesense by now, but if not, it’s part of the TK Maxx family and has over 50 stores in the U.K.

You can read more about Homesense in my previous post here. Gen Z yellow Having 2 kids from Gen Z hopefully affords me an insight into how Gen Z yellow could be represented at home.

I’ve noticed that my Gen Z kids love retro brands and logos when they go clothes shopping.

Since fashion trends influence interior trends, I’ve decided to style my Gen Z yellow corner with a cool retro vibe.

I’ve chosen a Pina Colada and banana split party theme since they are both retro ( very 1980s)  and obviously yellow.

I’ve used this orange red trolley £89.99 from Homesense, to contrast and show off the pops of yellow. Standing tall on my trolley is this ceramic blown up yellow dinosaur for £16.99.

It was the first pop of yellow I saw in Homesense, and perfect for adding a party vibe.

I made Pina Colada cocktails with rum, coconut milk and some pineapple syrup I found in Homesense for £4.99.

The cute glasses with gold brush lettering are also from Homesense. They were a bargain at £12.99 for a set of 4, complete with gold straws. I can still clearly remember how delicious banana splits when I was little.

The pair of banana dishes were a steal at £4.99 each.

I must confess I did make some banana split for the photo shoot but the ice cream kept melting.

A party is not a party without some crunchy nibbles right? I bought some spicy snacks which I placed in this £2.99 yellow bowl, another Homesense bargain. As you can see this Pina Colada banana split party has been styled indoors, but it can equally be brought outdoors.

If I had a swimming pool, this is how my chilled poolside party would look.  This large pineapple candle at £14.99 smells of fresh pineapples and Citronella, so perfect for a scented outdoor party without those pesky mosquitoes. So there you have it, my Gen Z yellow party at home.

I say bring back Pina Coladas and banana splits.

Hope you’ve enjoyed the post. Do go and check out all those cool Gen Z yellows in Homesense. Have a lovely day.

( All photography and styling are by me, Geraldine Tan, editor of Little Big Bell)

How-to-style-an-Oliver-Bonas-bar-trolley.l-styled-and-photography-by-Geraldine-Tan-Little-Big-Bell I was super excited when Oliver Bonas set me a challenge to style my very own bar trolley.

(Stay with me on this post, as I have a special bar trolley styling surprise for you too.)

Anyway, back to why I was so excited.

Firstly, I’ve always wanted a bar trolley to style, and secondly, Oliver Bonas is one of my favourite high street homewares brands.

Whenever I see one of their shops, I am in there like a flash, browsing and without fail, spending!

So, indeed this was just the perfect collaboration for me. Bar-trolley-by-Oliver-Bonas-photo-by-Geraldine-Tan Oliver Bonas is renowned for their beautiful bar trolleys. I remember falling for their gold and marble Luxe drinks trolley.

Then for this season, the Studio drinks trolley (image above) was introduced, and it was love all over again. Bar-cart-Oliver-bonas-1-Little-Big-Bell-blog The Studio drinks trolley is finished in a high gloss enamel, in hues of cream and apricot, set against a black metal frame.

In fact, there is a whole Studio collection of tables and shelves in pastel shades of sky blue and mint. So tempting! Are you tempted?

I say why stop there with the bar cart, buy the whole collection! cool-bar-cart-Little-Big-Bell So, how did I style my bar cart?

First, I decided on colours that would work well with the peachy apricot tones of the trolley.

I picked fuchsia, mint, orange, purple, turquoise/teal and my usual favourites – pink and gold.

I thought it would be fun to add this light box with the suitably selected words ‘Happy Hour’ and ‘Cheers’ in my chosen colour palette.

Every stylish bar trolley should have some gold accessories on it, to give it that touch of glamour.

I’ve chosen a golden pineapple from Oliver Bonas, to remind me of warm Summer months. That perfect time of year for sipping icy cold cocktails.

I’ve also picked a gold bottle opener (seen on the light box) in the shape of a cat, or is it a fox? How-to-style-a-bar-cart-by-Geraldine-Tan-Little-Big-Bell I’ve seen many beautifully styled stand alone bar trolleys, but I often feel there is something lacking.

I think what surrounds the bar trolley is just as important as what is placed on it, to create that overall design look.

A framed print in a similar colour palette to that used to style the trolley, is a great way of completing the look.

One of my favourite things to buy at Oliver Bonas, is their wrapping paper. I have amassed quite a huge collection.

In fact, I have framed two of them, one placed above my bar trolley and the other on the floor, adjacent to it.

What do you think? Colourful-wrapping-paper-Oliver-Bonas-photo-by-Geraldine-Tan-Little-Big-Bell Here’s a better view of my framed Oliver Bonas wrapping paper. It really compliments the colours I have chosen.

A cocktail shaker is an absolute must. My gold polka dot shaker is from Kate Spade New York.

What is your favourite cocktail?

I recently attended a good friend’s dinner party and we had Cosmopolitans.

I loved the colour and taste of that vodka infused with freshly squeezed limes and cranberry juice. It’s now my favourite cocktail. flower-on-bar-cart-styled-andphoto-by-Little-Big-Bell Here are two more essentials for making a bar trolley pretty.

Colourful patterned coasters and fresh floral blooms in a little vase. How-to-create-a-cool-bar-cart-from-Oliver-Bonas-photo-and-styling-Little-Big-Bell Of course a bar trolley won’t be a bar trolley without the alcohol and glasses.

My advice is to decorate with only a few bottles of your favourite tipple and avoid clutter. It helps to have pretty bottles on display too.

Glasses needn’t be plain nor boring. I have hopefully injected some fun with these colourful Champagne glasses from Oliver Bonas and the pretty patterned glasses from West Elm London.

Another easy way to add colour and interest to your bar trolley is to stack glasses on books with colourful spines.

My books are cookery related, but you could get more relevant ones, like those ‘how to make a cocktail’ books.

I simply had to use those books, which I also bought from Oliver Bonas ( see I told you I shopped there a lot!) for their colours.

Isn’t that bright pink and green just divine? They go so well together. Straws-on-bar-cart-styling-and-photo-by-Geraldine-Tan-Little-Big-Bell All bar trolleys should have a display of straws. Mine were naturally very colourful. Stocking-a-bar-cart-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell In addition to using flowers to soften and give the trolley a feminine touch, I made a little cream paper pom-pom ball, which I attached with some ribbon. Styling-a-bar-cart-Little-Big-Bell The final touch is the addition of some celebratory helium balloons.  Colourful-bar-cart-styled-by-Geraldine-Tan-Little-Big-Bell So, what do you think? I hope you like what I’ve done and the little styling tips. oliver bonas pinterest competition Here’s my special bar trolley styling surprise for you. It’s a Pinterest competition.

You too can style your own Oliver Bonas bar trolley and be in with a chance to win one of the 5 Oliver Bonas items you have used to style it.

All you have to do is follow the instructions in this link to the My OB Studio Trolley competition on Pinterest.

Remember to pin what you would use to style your trolley with.

It may be some colourful glasses or maybe a gold pineapple from Oliver Bonas.

I’m super excited to see what you pick, and hope you will enter. The competition ends on 15th April.

((Update 24/04/16: Thank you all for participating in this competition, the winner has been announced. Congratulations to Anna Tuckett.))

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend.

( All photography and styling are by Geraldine Tan, Editor of Little Big Bell, with the exception of the last competition image. This post has been done in collaboration with Oliver Bonas. I was gifted the bar trolley which I used for the styling. All opinions expressed are my own.)

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