Thursday, 31 March 2011

A few little things i'm loving...

Vintage alarm clock from Armenia, £22 ish
...because this would look right at home on my bedside table

Blue bird wire pillow cover, £15 ish
...because I love birds, and blue, and lying on pillows

Aynsley England Bone China Tea Cup and Saucer, £19 ish
...because i'm English and I drink copious amounts of tea everyday so I might as well look chic whilst doing so

Victorian Filigree Ring x 2, £10 ish
...because they're cute

Brighton Pier - Embroidery Textile Art Canvas, £35 ish
...because the Bot and I are thinking of moving down this way, eek!

This week has kinda escaped me. So much has been going on with work, hen do preparation and a new an exciting project i'm going to be working on that I feel like i've neglected the blog a bit.

No style photos these week i'm afraid (if you could see me now you'd understand - hedge, backwards spring to mind) so instead I thought i'd share a few things i'm loving on Etsy right now. I adore Etsy because everything is either handmade or vintage, in turn making it unique. It's the best place to buy presents, especially if you're thinking of buying something for me (just kidding. actually, i'm not, i'd love all of these things).

Toot de suite xx

Wednesday, 30 March 2011

Sample sale alert!

The Secret Sample Sale is taking place this weekend in the Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane.

Brands include: Dolce & Gabbana, See by Chloe, Joseph, Iggi, Chan Chan, Vivienne Westwood, Swagga and Soul, amongst many others.

Opening times:
  • Friday 12-8
  • Saturday 12-7
  • Sunday 12-6 
Absolutely gutted I can't make it but i'm knee-deep in hen do prep and of course it's Mother's Day on Sunday so will be doing the dutiful daughter thang!

Enjoy, and if you do make it down let me know what beauties you got your hands on! xx


As you know, I went to Amsterdam for the weekend.  Now, normally when I go away for the weekend I end up taking a gizillion photos, half of which I forget about and never really do anything with.  So this time I decided to film everything instead, and I thought i'd share that little video with you. Enjoy! xx

Monday, 28 March 2011

Spring break

Hope you all had wonderful weekends.

We're back from an amazing weekend in Amsterdam - seriously considering moving there!
Taking a couple of days break from blogging to catch up on a few things so i'll see you later in the week my lovelies. Mwa xx

Friday, 25 March 2011

Down by the river

I know, the Kate Kanzier brogues have made another appearance - I seriously can't stop wearing them.  Comfort and stylish, oh yeah baby!

The Bot took these photos when we went to visit his parents on Sunday.  I always try and get some outfit shots when we're down there as they've got a river at the bottom of their garden, rad.  Although saying that I haven't taken photos here since last summer. Damn, must get better at taking outfit shots in cool locations!

Do you recognise the print on this skirt?  It's the matching skirt to this shirt of my gran's that I wore a little while back.  Both of which I got at the same time as the hat from Monday's post. Damn my gran was a stylish lady.  I do often wonder what she'd make of me wearing all her clothes now!  I'm sure she'd have a little smile on her face - that and be taking the mic out of me taking pics of myself all the time!

The breakdown
Cardigan: Peacocks, £10 ish
Top (barely seen): free, via my sister
Skirt: vintage, via my gran
Brogues: Kate Kanzier, £25

I don't think I told you guys that i'm off to Amsterdam for the weekend, did I?  It's a friend of the Bot's 30th birthday so 16 of us are flying out tomorrow.  Wish me luck - i'm sharing an apartment with 5 boys, 2 girls and one toilet.  Eek!  Oh yeah, and randomly my boss's wife and son are also going to be there.  Ha ha!

So, by the time you read this (if i've figured out how to do scheduled posts) i'll be in sunny Amsterdam!

Have a wonderful weekend everyone.  See you next week for some more fun times xx

Thursday, 24 March 2011

Matalan press day: high summer

On Tuesday evening I attended the Matalan 'high summer' press day on the roof terrace at the Sanctum Soho hotel. There I was transported to a tropical wonderland of sumptuous summer prints, washed down with some ice cold bubbles.  Heavenly.

I absolutely adored the cute horse and bird prints.  I'm very partial to a horse print as it reminds me of my dear horse Buttons (he was the oldest horse in Britain at one point, but then he died) and the birds reminded me of some cute vintage fabric I saw a while back.  And i'm always partial to a bit of vintage in my life (be it inspired or genuine).

Now I know these owls are everywhere at the moment but how can you resist those big gawping eyes?

This floral number was my fave.  Floral, tie-front, vintage-esk and all for £12.  Get me that top now!

Ooo, they have lots of jumpsuits in store at the moment - this is pyjama-chic at its best.  Rock that 70s trend by throwing on a floppy sun hat and mahoosive platform wedges and you're done.  Actually, throw in a Pina Colada and then you're done.

More cute ditsy prints.  Actually one of the Matalan girls was telling me that they don't re-use the same prints across the whole collection, which I thought was pretty cool.  Especially if like me you're slightly addicted to florals, that means you get basically get your entire floral wardrobe here and you won't be repeating yourself on the prints. Lovely.

Totally fell in love with this Roman-esk coin necklace

Ooo and what do you think of my nails?  The lovely ladies at Barry M were giving everyone a manicure and I couldn't resist getting in on the crackle band wagon.  I know, I know this isn't exactly a new phenomenon but whenever I try to buy the stuff it's sold out.  This is a mushroom base with the black crackle overlay.  Rad or what.  And it's still going strong two days later. Love it.

Thank you to everyone at Matalan, Yellow Door and especially the lovely ladies at iProspect for looking after me so well!

Happy Thursday lovelies, I hope you're somewhere nice enjoying this gorgeous sunshine!

Tuesday, 22 March 2011

A stroll in the park

Wasn't the weather utterly delightful on Saturday?  

As soon as I woke up and saw blue skies that was it - I was running around getting ready, crazy excited that Spring is FINALLY here!  This winter has been far too long - i've enjoyed the layering, the fur, my boots, but i'm sooooooooo ready for light-weight cottons, open-toe shoes, pretty sundresses and floppy hats.

Alas, it wasn't warm enough for a tea dress, but my ankles did get a lovely glimpse of the sun beams.  After breakfast I dragged the Bot down to the common and the lake.  Considering this place is right on our doorstep we sure don't visit it enough.  This may sound weird but we're always walking the other way, so always seem to miss it.  I have a feeling it might become a bit of a regular spot though over the summer.

If you follow me on Twitter you'll have seen be banging on about my new Kate Kanzier brogues - i'm totally in love.  I wrote about them here too in my ode to the film A League Of Their Own.  Anyway, I absolutely love them, especially the little cut-outs on the side.  They're the perfect shoe for Spring!

What are your thoughts on the hat? I don't think the Bot was too impressed but I kinda liked how it worked out.  It was actually my gran's (you can see more of my great gran steals here) - i've not worn it before but I have to say it was a very good hat to wear.  I've got a small head you see (the girls call me pea head) so hats tend to either swamp me or not stay on very well, but this hat stayed on a treat!

The breakdown
Coat: eBay, £12.96
Shirt: Primark, £12 ish
Jeans: BDG, $50 ish
Brogues: Kate Kanzier, £25
Hat: vintage via my gran
Watch: vintage via my other gran!

Happy Tuesday lovelies, I hope Monday wasn't too stressful.  I'm off to Matalan's press day this evening to i'll be sure to share some photos with you later in the week!


Monday, 21 March 2011

Craft show - Olympia

A paper-covered giraffe

How were your weekends, lovelies?

This weekend was full-on crafting, which I loved!  On Saturday I went to the Stitch & Craft show at Olympia.  As expected there were quite a few 'naff' and 'older-style' craft stalls, but there were also some pretty rad ones too.

There were some amazing knitted goodies, including a tea cosy made of pom poms which I loved.  And I also had a go at knitting with the largest needles in the world!  The needles were so huge and I could barely lift them, but it was worth it - you paid £1 to have a go and all money raised goes to Breast Cancer Care.

I also picked up this amazing paper, Decoupage, which you can use to decorate bits of furniture.  I've already attacked a table I picked up for free - i'll be sharing the tutorial soon so watch this space!

Loving the huge button detail on this knitted bag

Pop art gets a knitted make-over

Natalie having a go on some giant needles

An incredible Polish lady who makes intricate paper cut outs

A pom pom tea cosy - how cute?

Me and the largest knitting needles in the world!

Happy Monday all xx

Thursday, 17 March 2011

S/S 2011: tangerine dreams

 From top left-right
ASOS £25 / Urban Outfitters (Sparkle and Fade) £35
Modlcoth $52.99 (plus international shipping costs)
Kate Kanzier £65 / Topshop £45
Ooo I love this juicy colour, so zesty!  And don't you think it contrasts so nicely with blue?  Love a good colour clash!


Wednesday, 16 March 2011

How do you wear yours?

I've been growing my hair for a while now.  I've always dreamt about long flowing locks but after years of bleaching and straightening it never seemed possible.  Anyway, thanks to my lovely hairdresser and investing in some killer products (I swear by Redken) my hair is finally growing.  Which of course means I want to cut it. Isn't that always the way?

So in order to 'spice up' my hair without cutting or colouring it i've been looking for new things to do with it.

1. Cinnamon rolls - sound delicious already, huh?

I found this tutorial over at A Cup of Jo - if you don't read her blog already you are missing out.  Full of inspiring images, bits and bobs, this New Yorker has a great eye for detail.
Back to the hair! This is a great little up do that takes minutes to do and looks really cute.  Check out Jo's blog for the full instructions, but in short you split your hair in three and twist each section up and pin.

What d'ya think?
from the side
from behind

2. Loose waves

The second tutorial comes from another blogger, the fabulous Orchid Grey, another one from across the pond.  It's not too dissimilar from the above, except the buns are the 'before' rather that the 'result'.  Make sense?  Nah, didn't think so!

In order to inject some waves into your hair you need to do the following:
1. Wash you hair
2. Dry it so it's about 90% dry
3. Twist your hair into two buns (or three, whatever takes your fancy) and leave.  Potter, make breakfast, cycle to work...
4. Release the buns et voila

Yup, this is how I did my hair t'other day.  What I like is that is doesn't look too 'done' - know what I mean?

I'm always on the look-out for easy ways to make my hair look more interesting so if you know of any tutorials or have any tips to share let me know.  Oooo and then I can try them out and post them here.  Share the hair love people!

Happy hair and happy Wednesday lovelies xx