1. Remembering the little things

    August 7, 2014 by cleverbuttons

    Hello, it’s Emma again!

    Today I’m having a bad day, my body is aching all over and my IBS has been flaring up over the past few days which (amongst other things that we don’t have to mention, haha) means that I’m KNACKERED.

    But, instead of focusing on the bad, today I wanted to share some things that I’ve been trying to do to make days like these a little bit brighter.

    Listen to good music – this is probably one of the most crucial things for me. If I don’t listen to music I find it really hard to concentrate. I mainly listen to metal and hip hop/rap at work since it’s fast-paced and aggressive which makes it really easy to get in to the sometimes repetative and quite menial tasks I have to do. I’ve been listening to a lot of Swedish music lately, so if you like foreign stuff you should check out Lillasyster, they are from Gothenburg and they are awesome  :)

    Talk to a friend! – I do this a lot, sometimes things just overwhelm me and I need someone to put my mind straight and give me some kind words of support. I tend to make things a lot bigger than they are, so luckily I have some lovely people in my life that can talk some sense in me!

    Make your workplace inspiring – I work in quite a crowded office which is not the most suitable place to be when you’re not feeling well. Since I spend so much time here I decided last year to make my desk more ”homely”, this is how:

    You already know that I love cats. A couple of years ago I made my boyfriend buy me a Chinese ”waving cat” after a few cocktails in town and I decided to put him on my desk at work. Best decision ever, he’s so cute and reminds me that cats actually exist, so the world can’t be all bad!

    I got myself some desk plants. I currently have five plants, four succulents and one cactus. Having plants on my desk make such a massive difference to my mood, they are green and pretty and alive and they make me happy. Succulents and cacti are really good to keep at work since they don’t need a lot of sun, plus, you only need to water them about once a month.

    In addition to the cat and the plants I’ve got: a Lisa Simpson Lego figure, a Centurion Lego figure riding a Lego horse, a tiny, fluffy chicken, some stickers and a fluffy cuddly sheep. These are just random bits that I’ve been given/bought over the past few years, they’ve made their way on to my desk and that’s where they’ll stay.

    Make plans to do something for yourself – I tend to go for the short-term plans and think about what to do the same day. My plans for this evening is to go home, sit on my sofa with my cat and play Zelda with by boyfriend on our new WiiU. Sometimes the best thing to do is pretty much nothing at all. I tend to relax by reading, watching TV or playing video games. I crochet sometimes but I’m a beginner, so for now it’s been mainly granny squares. I do want to learn more complicated stuff so hopefully I can show you!

    Last and probably the hardest and most important one:

    Don’t take your frustrations out on yourself: Whatever is the matter, remember that you are wonderful and important and that you deserve happiness. Take a deep breath.

    If you have any tips or thoughts about this I’d love to know!  We are getting our Facebook page up and running very shortly so please follow us and get involved!

    Keep being awesome,
    Emma xx

  2. Hello!

    August 3, 2014 by cleverbuttons

    Hello, readers of cleverlittlebuttons!

    Today is one of those glorious sundays where I have nothing I HAVE to do and the weather is a bit crappy, so I can sit on my sofa in my chill out clothes without feeling bad. Gotta love it!

    So yeah, this isn’t Cass! You are going to see my posts pop up on here from now on, so I thought it was only polite to introduce myself! My intention is to bring some of my thoughts, pictures and random musings in to your lives (and hopefully you will like it :)).

    Who am I?

    My name is Emma, I’m 26 years old (although I will be 27 this coming Tuesday), I’m originally from Sweden and I’ve been living in the UK since I was 20. I currently live and work in Manchester and I have to say, I love it here.


    These are a few of my favourite things…

    Fantasy – books, movies, games. If it has dragons, I will enjoy it regardless of the rest of it. I’m currently reading The Liveship Traders Trilogy by Robin Hobb.

    Animals – I guess you could say that I’m a crazy cat-lady in making, I live with a furry, black gentleman called Charlie the Puma. I love all kinds of animals, but I currently have a bit of an obsession with donkeys (it’s the fluffy, long ears).

    Nature – I just really love nature, being out in the country side soothes my soul and I occasionally hug trees (my favourite kind of tree is Oak!).

    Really excited about working together with Cass on this blog, watch this space!

    Much love xx

    (you can follow me on twitter @redinemma)

  3. 5 Ways to Update Your Rental Bathroom

    July 30, 2014 by cleverbuttons

    If you’re sick of trawling sites like Utopia and Pinterest in the vain hope that your landlord will somehow find your laptop, look at your browsing history and discover your obsession with new bathrooms, then you’re in desperate need of a bathroom overhaul. Alright, so you haven’t quite plucked up the courage to actually speak to your landlord yet. So if you’re planning on dealing with your bathroom the way it is just a little bit longer, then here are a few ideas to making the most of the bathroom you have.

    The Shower Curtain

    Of course, you cry. Your landlord might have left you a shiny new shower curtain when you moved in, but it wasn’t the nicest or most well made one. It’s probably even a little mildewed by now too. So, one of the quickest and most instant ways to update your bathroom is to swap your shower curtain out, and more often than not, it has a transformative effect. They come in all sorts of different patterns, so whatever style you’re going for, you’re bound to find one that will inject a bit of colour and personality into your bathroom.

  4. Starting from Scratch: Moving Out for the First Time

    by cleverbuttons

    Moving into your first home – whether rented or bought – presents an opportunity to start from scratch and create a space that you love. Once the dull legalities are over, you can get started.

    Save, Save, Save

    Hopefully you’ve started saving already, because starting from scratch in a new home doesn’t come cheap. In the last few weeks or months before you move in, take your savings up a notch. Sacrifice eating out and trips to the cinema, and put every last spare penny into that savings account – when you’re able to splash out on the finishing touches for your new bedroom a few weeks down the line, you’ll thank yourself for it.

  5. How to Create a Romantic French Bedroom

    by cleverbuttons

    There’s something eternally sensual about the French. Whether it’s the décor or their style, they always seem to get it right. So if you want to take that sensuality into the bedroom and decorate in a romantic French style, then take a look at our tips for the perfect bedroom.

    romantic bedroom

    The Colour Palette

    Muted greys, layers of whites and blush pinks create a calm, elegant palette for any romantic bedroom. Jewel colours add a pop of colour, but use sparingly unless you want to create a jewel box room.