So, as someone that has just bought my own Taylor Wimpey house (yes thats right yippeee) I was searching everywhere for information on optional extras, the choices you get as 'standard' or on top, and of course how much is it going to cost me.

I couldn't find this information anywhere, therefore after my options meeting, I made a few notes and took a few pictures to be able to show you what I bought and how much it cost me! I hope this post helps you in some way!

First of all, I want to say that please don't take my word for it. Prices change and vary apparently across the different developments. Different developments have different incentives, so I am simply talking about my experience of buying a Gosford property - 3 bed semi-detached and the extras/incentives I was given.

The Beginning of my Taylor Wimpey journey

So, I rocked up to one of the Taylor Wimpey developments as it was half way being built. Apparently this was a good move as I have heard when they first start building, house prices are at their highest due to demand!

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Once sitting down and having a chat with the sales manager, she listed 5 'Gosford' properties (the house in my price range and 3 bed) that had been released by the project developers and therefore up for sale. They were still building the rest so don't release them to potential buyers until certain dates. All of these 5 properties were the exact house I wanted, however one small downfall they had north facing gardens and received very little sun light. This was a priority for me - sad I know, but I really did see how important it was when living in my previous property with no sunlight.

However, I thought i'd go and meet the developers and have a look round anyway. When I met him, I told him my thoughts on the north facing garden and he shared with me the whole plan for the rest of the development. He shown me all of the other 'Gosford' properties he will be building, when they plan on being finished, and which ones had the best plots/south facing garden.

Well, this was extremely nice of him and something I would recommend you ask to see. Because initially they aren't supposed to show you this. At the end of the day, they want you to buy one thats already been released! However, I was happy to wait for the perfect one!

Well, he pointed out that if I waited just another 3 months I could have what he recommends to be the best Gosford 3 bed property on his development. Not only did it have a South Facing garden, but it also had a bigger garden area as it sits on a corner and a double drive along the side of the house. This is something that not all Gosford houses have, therefore for the same price I knew it was something to go for. Immediately, I put down my £500 deposit and reserved that plot!

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Note: When it comes to reserving the plot you have to put down a £500 or £1000 deposit immediately. For those buying through help to buy (like me) it is £500 and for the rest, it is £1000. You do however, get this back once you have completed the buying process.

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MY Taylor Wimpey Incentives

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When it comes to Taylor Wimpey incentives, I have heard of so many different stories. From free carpets, to top of the range kitchens and even free blinds fitted throughout. However, I am here to share my experience and what I was offered.

So, as a standard Taylor Wimpey offer their customers (or me anyway) a standard kitchen which comes with an oven, hob and extractor fan, fridge/freezer, dish washer and washing machine, carpets or standard flooring throughout, tiles half way up the bathroom, fencing and turf in the garden, and small things such as a light at the front door. However, recently they have changed their approach.

Many house buyers already had their kitchen appliances or want to have their bathroom done privately so Taylor Wimpey have now priced all of the standard incentives up and provide you with a  voucher of that value to spend it however you like.

I was given a £4500 voucher to spend on my kitchen appliances, floorings throughout, tiles, and upgrades on doors, handles or taps maybe. After a bit of debating on a personal issue, they actually upped this to £5000 for me which gave me an extra £500 to spend.

Having carpets, a fully fitted kitchen, and tiling in my bathroom certainly is a great incentive when buying a new build as we all know how costly this can get!

How much are Taylor Wimpey extras? 

Of course, I don't have a full list and breakdown of all of the costs for Taylor Wimpey extras. However, I do have a list of the extras I chose for my Gosford house and how much they cost me. 

Taylor Wimpey carpet choices:

Taylor Wimpey carpet prices aren't cheap so often people go elsewhere. I however was happy with the standard/less pricey options which you can find here...

I chose the last carpet which is called Stone and had this fitted up the stairs, on the landing, and in all 3 bedrooms. 

Stone carpet price breakdown:

  • As a standard you have to pay £98 to have your doors to be adjusted for the carpets - £98
  • Stairs and landing in the stone carpet - £238
  • Bedroom 1 - £256
  • Bedroom 2 - £199
  • Bedroom 3 - £154
As you can see, I decided to go with the last carpet in the whole of upstairs (other than the bathrooms and en-suite of course). It went well with the white walls and of course isn't too light to show up every mark.

Taylor Wimpey wooden flooring/vinyl choices:

When it came to my downstairs flooring options, such as my living room and hallway - most people choose to have the same carpet. However, I am a huge lover of wooden floor with thick rugs. Wooden floors again at Taylor Wimpey are very price, therefore in the end I decided go for a wooden floor effect vinyl to go throughout the whole of my downstairs.

This included in my hallway (as you enter), in the living room, downstairs toilet and upstairs bathroom/ensuite and through to the kitchen. Having consistent flooring throughout makes it appear bigger and more spacious! This is the flooring I chose...

This is called Noma Nature!

Wooden floor effect vinyl breakdown:

  • Hallway and cupboard - £97.00
  • Downstairs toilet  - £55.00
  • Lounge - £300
  • Kitchen - £632
  • Bathroom 1 - £74.00
  • Ensuite - £87.00

Taylor Wimpey Kitchen Appliances costs:

I absolutely love the ALL white kitchen look with all of the appliances built in. When pricing this up I was extremely nervous because I knew it weren't going to be cheap and will probably push me over my £5000 voucher. However, you'll be surprised to hear it didn't. I had money left off! 

I chose (unsurprisingly) the white gloss cupboard doors which come as standard FREE options. You can of course pay to upgrade the doors and the handles but as you can see they're beautiful as they are. The doors are called Woodbury White with White Carcass.

And to match, I chose a basic white top called Alpine White. Again FREE of charge but you can pay to upgrade.

There were plenty of beautiful free standard choices including a wood effect one too. This is the same cupboard and worktops in this picture. 

The cost of my Taylor Wimpey kitchen appliance extras: 

  • White gloss cupboard doors - FREE
  • White alpine worktops - FREE
  • Single oven - FREE
  • Electric hob with the flat built in hobs to the surface -  £91.00 ( I paid tis to upgrade from a standard gas hob - easier to clean and looks more modern)
  • Fridge/Freezer - £482
  • Dishwasher - £420
  • Washing Machine - £450 
And then SHOCK you have to pay extra to have them built in/integrated. 

The cost for integrated appliances: 

  • Making the dishwasher integrated - £90
  • Making the fridge/freezer integrated  - £230
  • Making the washing machine integrated - £90
Upgrading the kitchen to a soft close doors - £241

Taylor Wimpey Bathroom tiles costs: 

Tiles half way up in my main bathroom and just above the sink and around the shower in the en-suite came free as charge. This is apparently standard across all developments but of course it depends on what tiles you chose. 

I went for the grey tiles at the bottom! They have a slight textured affect and gloss look. 

And they look great with the white and random house plants

My Taylor Wimpey optional upgrades:

So, on top of all of this - I decided to upgrade on my internal doors into my living room and kitchen as it is something I spotted when looking round the show homes. I upgraded to full glass internal doors as it lets in so much light and makes your home appear much brighter.

These cost me £235 each which is very steep in my eyes but worth it.

I also upgraded the radiator in my en-suite to a heated towel rail. These are much nicer appearance wise and cost just £68 each

And lastly, in the kitchen you don't get spotlights as standard. This is something I really wanted and knew wouldn't be easy to do myself once I had moved in. Therefore paid an extra £272 for them to add them in for me.

The total amount of my options and upgrades came to £5112. Of course, takeaway the £5000 voucher I was given my Taylor Wimpey - this leaves just £112 to pay. I don't think I did too bad do you?

I am guessing that you have read this post because you are too buying a Taylor Wimpey house and wondering about the options prices. I hope this post has helped and of course you can ask me any questions or follow me on Instagram at CarrieRosePR. You will be able to see my pictures and find inspiration too!

Alternatively, get inspiration by going to my home section on this blog! 
This time last year I was packing to on my first ever cruise around the Caribbean! Admittedly, I didn't have a clue what to wear. With a mix of articles and blog posts sharing all different sorts of advice, I thought I would put together a post to share my experiences of style on the ship and give suggestions of what I think you should pack!

Formal night style on the cruise

Firstly, formal night! Formal night is something I got completely lost at. I didn't have a clue what to wear. How formal if formal night on a cruise?

Well this is what I wore and certainly felt it was the perfect choice

What to wear through the day on a cruise?

When I am usually on holiday, hot pants and a bikini top usually do the trick but on a cruise you just get that feeling of covering up that little bit more.

I of course took plenty of bikinis but the odd swimsuit did help! The majority of the people on the cruise are above the ages of 35 therefore many were seen to be wearing swimsuits. As a young adult, I certainly weren't up for covering up all the time especially in 35 degree heat so a swimsuit like this was perfect for covering up, whilst looking stylish too.

This specific swimsuit is from Boohoo and one similar can be found here 

When it comes to exploring off the ship, or gong for lunch throughout the day I guess this would be like any other holiday. A simple throwover dress like this would be perfect to be able to cover up but then slip off when heading to the beach.

Shorts and a vest top is also a good option, especially if you choose to take off your top for tanning but also feeling cute in your style

shorts can be found on Missguided here

And lastly, beach cover up like this one is something I would definitely recommend. More to use whilst on the ship, laying around the pool or walking around the decks. Walking in your bikini can feel slightly uncomfortable on a cruise therefore being able to throw a cover up like this really is something that I see as a must to pack. You can find out where this is from here 

A casual/drinks evening

Many think that when on a cruise, formal evening wear is something that is needed every night. This is not true at all. Over the two weeks I was on the cruise, two formal nights occurred. You do have the choice to go to the more formal restaurants if you want extra nights as dressing up but casual drinks and 'night out' wear is definitely accepted and worn across the board.

Here is some of the outfits I wore whilst having drink nights on the ship!

The below outfit is something I took to add a bit of brightness to my winter holiday wardrobe! As you can tell from my Instagram I love colour when it comes to fashion. Colour makes you stand out and certainly your tan.

This outfit can be found here

Are you going on a cruise and want some extra advice? What company to book with or where to go?

Happy to answer any questions! Comment below or tweet me :)
Just 4 weeks ago I put away my sandals and pulled out my knee high boots and roll neck jumpers! I was not born for winter - if I could live in summer dresses and cute boho tops all year then I would be happy. However, I cant! and I have just got to accept that my mum brought me into this world living in England where winters are freezing and summers aren't that warm either!

Because of this hatred for the colder months, I often struggle of what to wear, how to put a cute outfit together without looking frumpy and bland.

So with a little inspiration from Pinterest (of course), I have put together three different outfit choices for winter.

Outfit number 1: The cute but casual look

Brands: Esprit, Pretty Little Thing

  • Blended wool coat £125
  • Soft Knit Yarn Scarf £25
  • Ribbed Knit Wool dress £59
  • Knee high boots £45

Outfit number 2: The everyday winter warmer look

Brands: Missguided 

  • High waisted skinny jeans £20
  • Nude jumper £18
  • Black heeled boots
  • Pink Faux Fur Pom Pom hat £20
  • Biker suede Jacket £40

Outfit number 3: The dressing up but staying warm look

Brands : Pretty Little Thing

  • Furr Shoulder Bag £18
  • Black Platform Shoes £30
  • Premium Lace Dress £40

It's wedding season and although you brides are probably planning your big day focusing on your own outfits, hair, makeup flowers and oh yes the venue …. there is one thing that I can help with and that's the bridesmaids gifts!

These are the girls that have helped you plan the whole thing, helped keep you sane when the mother-in-law has been muscling in on your plans, and who have treated you to the greatest hen-do of all time. So, they deserve something pretty special, right?

If you’re out of ideas then you’ve come to the right place, because in today’s post you’ll find gift ideas that go from traditional to quirky, so you’re sure to find the perfect gift for your girl squad.

Jewellery is a girl’s best friend

If you’re a traditional group of girl, then you can’t go wrong with some classic, elegant jewellery. A gorgeous necklace, bracelet or anklet will never go out of style, and it’s something they will be able to keep with them, wear to all of your future nights out, and still remember your special day.

In particular, charm bracelets* are often a great option. You can choose a specific style that ties in with your wedding theme for them to wear on the day, but pick different charms for each of them, so that they mean something to your friendship. You can even mix and match additional bracelets to go with it to reflect their individual style.

Champagne with a twist
After the wedding, you’ll probably find yourself swimming in fancy wine glasses, cutlery sets and glass vases – yes, the wedding gifts will come flooding in, but did you ever think of giving something like this to your bridesmaids?

There are tonnes of companies out there who make personalised glassware, and there is surely no classier way to celebrate your wedding day that by buying your bridesmaids all individual champagne flutes with original designs. Or, you could paint them yourself!

Think practical

There’s nothing wrong with getting your bridesmaid something they will use every day. In fact, it may help to make those mundane activities raise a smile, as they’ll always be reminded of your awesome wedding when they look at it.

Things like clutch bags that match your colour scheme, makeup bags with personalised embroidery, or personalised flip-flops if you’re having your wedding on a beach, are all great alternatives to pricier gifts, but they’re still just as thoughtful.

Something for their desk

Let’s not forget that you girls are all hard-working, professional women, so what better way to remind them of their time served as bridesmaids, than by having paperweights made to sit on their desks at work? You can have a photograph from your hen-do put into the centre, or a funny quote from when you first met to remind you of your friendship.

Are you panicking about bridesmaid gifts? Comment below what you think would make the perfect present to say thanks to your girls!
As mentioned in my previous outfit post , last week me and my boyfriend sailed the Mediterranean visiting places such as Monaco, St Tropez and Florence. You can see what I got up to on my Instagram here however before I write a travel post with all my holiday pictures.. I will be starting with a few outfit posts for those looking for holiday inspiration. So keep an eye on my fashion posts for more inspo.

This lilac Kaftan is from the Iconique Cruise collection mentioned here and was one of my favourite day outfits during this holiday! This piece was the perfect cover up for the beach and when talking a stroll through the beautiful streets of Monaco. I don't know about you but I always have this good idea before holiday to dress up during the day, create beach waved hair with some heeled sandals and a cute beach bag. BUT we all know that doesn't work out. The 35 degree heat just ruins that idea completely and the thought of wearing thick clothing and my hair down with curls makes me feel sweaty already. 

Therefore lightweight thin kaftans were perfect for holiday this year... so easy to throw on and looks beautiful too.

As you can see on my Instagram I LOVE showing of my tan with bright coloured clothing and this did exactly that!

*I was not paid for this post

Recently I returned from my second cruise of the year! That's right ... in January I experienced my first ever cruise where I sailed around the Caribbean and had the best time of my life! As mentioned in my post here , I was never keen on the thought of a cruise however spending 2 weeks in paradise visiting islands such as Antigua, Barbados and St Lucia ... I can honestly say it was the best thing I have ever done and therefore booked another!

Last week me and my boyfriend sailed the Mediterranean this time visiting places such as Monaco, St Tropez and Florence. You can see what I got up to on my Instagram here   and before I write a travel post with all my holiday pictures.. I will be starting with a few outfit posts for those looking for holiday inspiration. So keep an eye on my fashion posts for more inspo.

After announcing the exciting news I would be cruising around the Med, Patricia Eve  got in touch introducing their Iconique Cruise collection! Their style is inspired from the fresh natural atmosphere of the Mediterranean coast and includes colourful cover ups, flowing dresses, and beautiful kaftans. PERFECT!


lace dress picture

white lace dress picture

white lace picture

 The maxi lace dress (RRP £67.45) is not something I would normally wear however being in St Tropez, the style was perfect. The bottom half of the dress was absolutely stunning, with layered lace and white mesh. The dress was so flattering, and finished perfectly with a large beach hat. This one is from Primark for just £5 

** I was not paid for this post