K WEST HOTEL & SPA REVIEW

As someone that lives a lifetime away from London (five hours, to be exact) I'm always on the hunt for top notch hotels that are central, stylish (for the gram, obvs) and somewhat affordable, which - as I'm sure a lot of you will know - isn't the easiest thing to find in the big city. However, a few weeks back I had the pleasure of staying at The K West Hotel & Spa, and it was so good I just had to spread the word.

Now, I have a little confession to make. Despite visiting London countless times over the year I still - quite frankly - have no idea where I'm going. Thank God for Uber. So you can imagine my excitement when I found out that the K West was literally a five minute walk from Shepherds Bush tube station. I didn't get lost once (and trust me, that's an achievement). The hotel itself was - as you can tell from the pictures - stunning. I could have literally spent the entire morning just Instagramming various parts of the lobby. 

The same goes for the room itself - it was honestly bigger than my first house! Upon arrival I was greeted with a platter of sweet treats, and instantly regretted scheduling a full day of meetings. I just wanted to sit in my big bed, plush robe on and watch reality TV whilst scoffing sweets. It didn't feel like I was smack bang in the centre of town. instead, it felt more like a little spa day getaway. Speaking of which..

The spa. Oh the spa. It was so unlike any other spa I'd been to. Of course, you had your saunas and steam rooms, but the real selling point? The snow room. It was literally like walking into an industrial freezer. Trust me, it was a whole lot more relaxing than it sounds. After spending some time in the saunas, the idea is that you head on into 'Snow Paradise' to help increase circulation and improve your immune system.

I must have spent hours alternating from various spa stations. From the snow room, to the sauna, to the hydrotherapy pool (lots of bubbles!) to the sanarium. I stayed right up until the spa closed, showered, and then snuggled up in bed for a good nights sleep. And boy oh boy, was it a good nights sleep. I could have probably stayed there all day if it wasn't for the lovely man that woke me up for room service the next morning. Being woken up is my least favourite thing, but being woken up with fresh pastries and smoked salmon bagels? I'll let that one slide. But seriously though, can I stay here like, every time I come to London? Serious question..

K West Hotel & Spa - Richmond Way, London W14 0AX

Copper and bronze homewares for every budget

 Affordable copper and bronze homewares for every budget cheap

So it just dawned on me that I haven't really blogged that much over the past week or so. I mean, Fashion Week does have a fairly big part to play in all that, but it's also down to the fact that I've finally come down with the flu. I say finally because I've practically been putting off getting ill since around the time I went to Sweden - the other day I finally took a day off to chill and alas, I woke up the next day with a nose filled with not-so-nice things and a headache from hell. So what do you do when you're feeling under the weather? We online shop baby.

Now it's no secret that copper is kind of a big thing right now, but damn, that shizz can be expensive, and I don't know about you guys, but I'd rather not spend a weeks rent on a fancy candle..you know? So here are the best budget bits. Thank me later!

H&M Copper Hanging Mirror - £12.99
Adorn Hanging Copper Plant Triangle - £35.00
Dunhelm Copper Pendant - £19.99
George Home Copper Finish Clock - £12.00
The Paper Bunny Wanderlust Foil Print - £16.12
H&M Copper Basket - £12.99
Matalan Copper 'Welcome' Sign - £5.00
Wilko Copper Kettle - £20.00
Homebase Copper Desk Lamp - £24.99

The best websites for interior inspiration

 Holland & Green / Homify

Holland & Green / Homify

I think it’s safe to say that us internet folk have developed a bit of an obsession with all things home-related. I mean hell, if I’m not out buying another useless piece of home decor on the high street, I’m sat at my desk bookmarking practically everything I see on Pinterest in preparation for the scandinavian mansion I’m 100% going to have one day (trust me, it’ll happen..maybe).

Since coming back from Sweden I’ve had so many ideas about how I’m going to style up our next home (did I mention we might be moving again soon!?) so I’ve decided to share a few of my favourite pictures and a few of my favourite sites that make me want to spend way too much money on updating our living spaces. Don’t blame me if you start spending all of your life savings on floor tiles and coffee tables..

Homify

Homify is probably one of my most recent discoveries but it’s quickly become one of my faves. It covers everything from architecture to interior design, but lately I’ve been loving it mostly because of the amount of bathroom ideas it’s been giving me. It has pretty much every style imaginable from minimalistic to seriously futuristic. Who knew there were so many different ways to dress up a bathroom? Goodbye money.

My Scandinavian Home

I've been following this blog for years now, but it's still my number one source for pretty much anything Scandinavian. If I could physically move every single image from my laptop and into my house, I'd be a happy girl. Someone invent an app that does that please?

Bella Mumma

If there's one website that makes me want to press 'pin it' every five seconds it's Bella Mumma. The team cover everything from interiors to food, and beauty to travel, and the photography is always amazing. Same goes for the interior design choices!

Bambula Blog

Naku's blog is my go-to source for all of the finer details in home decor. Her blog makes me want things I never even knew existed (hello, DIY hanging moss balls!?) and better yet, she actually tells you how to make them too. Genius.

The Design Chaser

The Design Chaser covers practically everything and anything to do with homeware and design, and man, does it look good. Literally every post makes me want to live in a white box, and I mean that in the best possible way.

What are your favourite websites to find inspiration from?

How to decorate your home on a budget

How to decorate your home on a budget
How to decorate your home on a budget
How to decorate your home on a budget
How to decorate your home on a budget

I'll fully admit to being 101% obsessed with interior design. I mean, don't get me wrong - I know absolutely nothing about any of it. I can paint a few walls, position things nicely on a shelf, but that's about as far as my interior design skills get me. So when we moved from our ridiculously tiny house into this bigger place with (wait for it) white walls instead of pine (ya really) I decided to try and make it a bit more homely. We've been renting this place for around five months now, and for the first time in those five months I feel remotely okay about giving you nosey lot a little sneak peak into where I do my thang. And actually, I feel pretty proud that we managed to do all of this (even though it might not look like much) on a pretty modest budget. 

Now you only have to go and look at my Pinterest to see that I'm into my nordic and scandinavian styles. But alas, I live in a place where IKEA is but a myth (and postage costs more than my electric bill each month), so finding anything affordable that isn't either crap quality flat pack or just plain gross is near impossible. Near impossible, my friends, near impossible. Anyway, enough of my blabbering. Today I'm going to be talking you through a few tricks I've come across to help Ollie and I get our house remotely presentable. Ish. 

Trash = treasure, or at least something that looks cool

And by that no I don't want you to start pinning banana skins to your ceiling. Or apple cores. What I'm getting at here is that you should recycle your, er, recycling and turn them into things you can actually use - or at least look at. Unless you're some sort of DIY expert (side note: I am not) you won't be coming up with an extravagant sculpture any time soon. Instead, try spray painting old jars or shoving candle sticks into wine bottles. It may not be the most original idea in the world, but when you're living in an empty room with a few armchairs it'll at least add a little bit of colour to the place - and give you an extra thing to dust on the weekend. #FUN.

That being said, I did manage to DIY a marble table once upon a time. Go ahead, feast your eyes on the craftsmanship.

Decorate using your belongings

Alright look, I'm a 22 year old student that would rather buy takeaway than works of art. Sorry. Not. Sorry. But that doesn't mean I don't like things to look nice, so when decorating our c r i b I decided to utilise some of my prettier belongings to make the room look a little more full. I'm talking shoes, magazines, cheap candles. Only the best for my new living space. I like to pretend that I have magazines lying around as if they're for my guests. But seriously, if you move my magazine and don't put it back where it belongs..you're probably not going to be coming around again any time soon. I'm kidding. But really, don't disrupt the feng shiu. 

Not everything has to match

Oh man I still struggle with this one. We have three different chairs in our lounge. Three. But you know what? Now I try to embrace it. I'm young, I spill food pretty much every time I consume anything and I have two spoilt cats that like to attack anything that's not their own. We picked up one sofa that was about to be thrown for £20, one brand new tub sofa from GumTree for £50 and we managed to get our hands on the arm chair for free through a friend. The cats have ripped them to shreds. C'est la vie.

Raid your local bargain stores

Poundland, B&M, Home Bargains. Three places I've learnt to absolutely adore for home bits. Okay, so you might have to spend a good hour or so rifling through a junk, and you'll probably end up coming home with far too many multi packs of biscuits you barely even like, but when they're good. They're good. See that little leather footstool in the first picture? Four pounds. You know you've become an adult when you start getting excited about faux leather foot stools.

Invest in a few statement pieces

Now whilst I haven't spent much money on the majority of our downstairs, I did decide to splurge a little on a few pieces I really fell in love with. Notably the dark brown side table in the second to last picture. Now this definitely isn't a flat pack IKEA jobby - instead it's a 150 year old butter churn combined with a milking stool. Yup. I found it a few months ago when scrolling through a local sell and swap site on Facebook. I originally found the mid century sideboard I had been looking for all my life / a few weeks, and then when I went to go take a look the guy selling it pretty much had an Aladdin's cave of all things old. That sounded a lot more magical in my head. But anyway, I came, I saw the sideboard, then I saw the side table, then I lived off of soup for a week. Girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do.

Then we have my newest household addition that comes in the form of my steel shoe rack from Ziito. It's practical, sturdy, and god damn does it look good. And it came fully assembled when I received it. So you know, bonus points.

Do you have any tips for decorating your house on a budget?

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Sainsburys ampersand cushion

IKEA foot stool

Nicholas Vahe coasters

eBay geometric rug

Dunhelm Mill geometric bowl

Dunhelm Mill LED arrow light

Flamingo Gifts telephone *

Ziito stainless steel shoe rack *

I tripled my blog traffic in 2 weeks (without selling my body)

How to triple blog traffic more followers

Blogging isn't all about numbers - let's just get that little nugget out of the way. But no one can deny the joy that comes with visitor growth going up, up, and up. It's like crack, but you know, the good, non-illegal sort of crack. Uhh. Don't do drugs kids. Drugs are bad. 

So for the past few weeks I've been doing things a little differently on the old blog, and in that time I've seen my traffic (along with my unique visitors) triple. Once, it even quadrupled for a few days. Okay, I'm showing off a little here, but hey, I'm pretty excited about it!

I think transparency with bloggers is seriously importantly - especially with so many blogs now working with different companies and brands. By now, I hope you all recognise me as a pretty open person. If you can see my granny pants through a pair of white trousers, I'll be the first to point it out, so when I'm sitting here bragging about all the new people I've got rocking up to my blog, you should know that I'm going to spill all my secrets to you guys. Let's face it, it's pretty damn annoying when people don't give you the full picture. Agreed? Agreed. So here it is, the full pictures (or at least as much of a full picture as I can give you without publishing a novel the size of War and Peace).

So about my stats. I used to get around 250 Unique Visitors each day, meaning 250 lovely individuals strolled on over to my blog on the daily (ps. thank you). Now? I'm getting anywhere from 650 to 1100 a day. Now unless there's some unknown naked picture of me foliating around Google, bringing all of these people to this blog to laugh and mock at me, I'd say it's down to all the things I've been doing differently lately. Normally I'd ramble about every point in twenty different paragraphs, but chances are you came here because the title caught your eye, so I'll get straight to it.

Choose an eye catching title

If in fact the reason you came here was because of the title of this post, then yay (!) - it works! Keywords are important when it comes to choosing your title, because more often than not they're the things people will be searching/looking for when browsing on the internet. The words 'tripled' 'blog' and 'traffic' are three beautiful words that are probably going to intrigue anyone, whether their traffic consists of 10 Unique Visitors a day, or 10,000. People always want more.

Be informative and have a purpose

Not only do people want more, but they also want information. This isn't to say you should make 'how to' posts every second of the day (although, go ahead if you're up to the challenge!) but I have noticed that actually having a point to a blog post really helps. Sure, some people can get away with just talking about their day in a post, but I find visitors stick around longer when there's something in it for them. Whether that's blogging advice, beauty hacks or when a sale is on - it's all down to you. One thing I do like to do however, is make as much of my content 'evergreen' which basically means it's always useful no matter what the season/year/situation. Kinda like this post, really.

Post as much as possible (within reason)

Chances are, the more you post, the more people will be inclined to stop by your site - you know, just incase you've published something new that day! I'd like to post every day, but right now University is telling me otherwise, so instead I just post as often as I can. This isn't to say you should just post a picture of your cat every four minutes to generate traffic (you know, unless that's what you're audience are after..I'm game) - ideally you should still be posting quality content, only more often.

Traffic comes from humans, talk to them

It's easy to forget that these numbers that happen on Google Analytics are actually real life, breathing, walking, people. Unless they're those spammy robot things..ignore them. Whenever people comment I always try to message back as often as possible. It can be difficult to stay on top of comments as and when they come, so I like to try and put aside twenty minutes a few nights a week to reply to different people. If they took the time to comment, comment back! Not everyone will do it, but if you reply to someone chances are they'll click back to see what you said. Hello, one extra page view - but most importantly, hello brand new actually living internet friend!

Share the love (and your blog posts)

This is probably the main thing that's helped me during the past few weeks - and some of you may well have noticed. Normally, when I posted something online I'd simply tweet about it once and maybe promote it on Facebook if I felt productive. Now? It's a whole new ball game. Obviously no one wants links shoved in their face 24/7, but at the end of the day who doesn't love a bit of self promotion? I like to promote my 'evergreen' posts on rotation. I find they tend to be the posts that get the most views, and since they never really go out of style it doesn't really matter if I promote it three weeks from now! Stumbleupon is also good for lazy promotion.

Divulge in a spot of SEO

SEO (Search Engine Optimisation) is like your least favourite grandparent that you dread to see...but they give you chocolate when you do see them. Basically, when you put the effort into SEO you're bound to reap some sort of benefit. I've been doing this a lot more lately and it's boring as hell, but seriously helpful. I'll be doing a more in-depth post on SEO soon enough (I even went to the library to STUDY SEO????) so stayed tuned for that bad boy!

Hope this helped! Share any of your tips in the comments, because it's nice to be nice ;)

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