Friday, 28 October 2016

Friday Favourites 219..

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Another themed wishlist this week because it seems that lately, everywhere you look there are book prints and frankly, I approve. So, my favourite book-themed items.

001: This Lindy Bop dress sold it in next to no time, but we're being assured it will be back very soon, so keep checking!

002: What better print for a Kindle cover?!

003: Punky Pins have it right - I can't think of an occasion where the book wasn't better. 

004: I love Jelly Button Jewellery's new range of enamel pins and this one, which reads Drink Tea and Read Books would be perfect for so many people I know. I'm holding out for the coffee version, which is currently only available for pre-order, though. 

005: I know I've mentioned this awesome book bag from Yoshi in the past, but it's back in stock and worth mentioning again. 

006: Another gem from Joanie - this book print is the best one I've seen, and comes in a dress version too. 

007: Cath Kidston's book print is still going strong - available in other dresses and skirts, too. 

Celebrated your inner bookworm, lately? 

Thursday, 27 October 2016

And the last one out of the circus has to lock up everything..

I kind of broke all of my own rules with this outfit. I'm not sure why, but I've never been tempted by the whole shorts and heels thing - I just don't consider myself to have the right kind of shape.

And yet, when this playsuit arrived from Trollied Dolly, I was suddenly convinced that they might match quite nicely with the Daisy Street macaroon heels which I picked up from ASOS a little while ago. I think the colours of the heel match the pretty floral print really well. 

Thankfully, the playsuit itself isn't as short as some of the ones I've seen in the shops lately, and although I probably wouldn't wear it with a pair of heels without the tights, I think I'll wear it without tights with flat shoes in the warmer weather. 

The fabric is actually really lovely - I've been chatting quite a lot recently about fabric types; although I know that some people are a little wary about synthetics, I actually don't have a problem with them. I'm more interested in the feel of the fabric, I guess. And this is rayon, with a pom pom trim. 

Brooch: Gift // Necklace: Primark
I dug out this necklace and was reminded of this cute little woodland imp brooch, which was a present from a penpal quite a while ago. I figured that the colours would work well to pick out the print, and quite enjoyed the effect. 

I will confess - I actually thought these were plain black tights, because I didn't read the packet properly in my bleary-eyed 5.30am haze and by the time I went to change from my gym gear into my clothes after my workout, it was too late to do anything about it. I don't mind the floral clashing effect, though.

Zada Shoes: Daisy Street .. Tights: M+S

Are you a fan of playsuits? How would you style this one up? 

Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Everybody's waiting for the next surprise..

Dress: Lindy Bop // Tights: H+M // Throw A Six heels: Irregular Choice
Cardigan: Topshop // Ghost Brooch: Asking for Trouble // Necklace: Vintage

I know it seems a little early for Halloween, but I felt like wearing this dress anyway, so there we are. I snapped it up from Lindy Bop a few weeks ago in my order, but it seems to have gone out of stock by now.

I can't resist wearing this little glow in the dark ghost brooch pretty much constantly at the moment - Marceline's website is a new find for me, but it's filled with cute jewellery and stationery and is definitely worth a look. 

In other jewellery news, I picked up this necklace at my favourite local vintage store the other day because it reminded me of one my Nan used to let me wear when I was staying at her house as a kid. I'm not sure what happened to it, but this looks pretty similar and I love it just for that. 

They haven't photographed too well, but I picked up these glittery tights from H+M last weekend and I think I'll be wearing them rather often - they're lovely and thick which means that they're keeping me warm now that my office temperature seems to have plunged into coldness.

Finally, an ancient Topshop cardigan and my dice heels, which a friend reminded me about last week, and I was done, and rather liked the effect. I'm not often that fussed about actually celebrating Halloween - I can't remember when I last really *did* anything for it, but I'm all about a theme when it comes to outfits.

Monday, 24 October 2016

Fighting off the Mean Reds..


After a little emotional wobble last week, I feel as though things are back on track. A long conversation with one of my favourite people on Saturday and an evening with another one worked wonders to make me feel more like myself again. I'm pretty lucky and I am all about focussing on the lovely things at the moment. Here are some...


This super duper Audrey brooch turned up from Deer Arrow last week. I love Breakfast at Tiffany's so much - I remember reading the book as a child even before I discovered the beautiful movie and I definitely find myself channelling Holly when times get rough. I bought a pink dress from a local vintage shop on Saturday which totally reminds me of the party dress from this movie, too. Oops.


I made some progress with my PodDolly rag doll kit. She's all cut out and I'm super excited to get her done and share the whole process. I know that my sister would very much appreciate her but I think I want to keep her. Watch this space. 


Other happy things from the weekend have included Parkrun, finally getting some time to do some selfish sewing, getting my Christmas cakes started (using this foolproof recipe), fresh bed sheets and a big clear out of some of the clothes I no longer wear. I'll gradually list them over on my sale account, but it's nice to have a little more space. 

Sunday, 23 October 2016

Hollow Harper..

Harper dress: Joanie Clothing 
It's been a bit of a funny week. A change of scene, which I wasn't really pleased about, ended up giving me a bit of time to reflect on some things which were bothering me, so in actual fact was probably very useful. I got a bit emotional and wrote an epic blog post draft which I doubt I'll ever post. And I was more productive than I've been for a while in terms of actually getting some stuff I'd been putting off for ages done. And felt a couple of massive weights lifted from my shoulders, for various reasons. I feel a lot more "me" again. That can only be a good thing. 

Penguin Bag, Tights: F+F 
So, sticking with a focus on the positives, I'm excited about an evening out for dinner and the theatre, giving me an opportunity to wear this lovely new dress from Joanie Clothing. I'm absolutely fangirling over their site, lately - and they keep dropping more and more fabulous stuff on there. The Harper dress arrived last week and I knew I wouldn't be able to wait long until I wore it.

Blazer: H+M // Necklace: Karen Mabon
Teamed with these velvet sandals and a pair of patterned tights, I opted for a plain black blazer to match this cutesy penguin bag. The dress seems such fabulous quality - a lovely, thick satin feel to it, very reminiscent of the recent Kate Spade offerings, and the skirt is nice and full due to it's pleats - no need for a petticoat here. I'm sometimes a little wary of wrap fronts, as I don't have much of a bust, but there's plenty of overlap on the bodice so no fear of baring too much flesh!

Sandals: Topshop

Saturday, 22 October 2016

How to solve the Fear Of Missing Out..


Recently, I've felt a little bit lost, incredibly tired and frankly, I've not been as strong as I should have been. Instead of pushing myself to be the usual busy bee that I am, I've been letting my mood sink further and allowing myself to sink into hibernation mode whilst I did so. If I've had plans, it's not taken me much persuading to abandon them and that's something I'm not proud of. 

Having been someone who thrives on being busy, this change in pace has definitely had an effect on my mood. A friend told me that he was worried that I seemed sad recently, and that I worry too much. And I know he has a point. I have been. I've noticed the triggers and I don't want my illness to rear it's ugly head so I'm squashing it, resolving to grab more opportunities with open arms, and make #GOMO my new thing. Going Out More Often.

We're always hearing about the FOMO concept - the fear of missing out. Social media doesn't help, as we look at the things other people are doing and we wonder why we weren't included. I'm starting to understand that. Why our life doesn't look like that, or we aren't doing the same things. Well? Why aren't we? What's stopping me, you, any of us from grabbing those opportunities and making things happen? I need to restore the natural order and fix this. 

I know I can be the absolute worst at taking my own advice, in so many instances, but I'm forcing myself out of my funk. I need to stop being so scared of what *might* (but probably, in reality, never would) go wrong, and have a little more self-confidence. In myself and in my ability to achieve a little more. 

Sure, I often set myself goals - run 5k, lift 100kg, tackle a new project, whatever it might be. I reach those goals, meet those targets and still feel a little dejected. It's not enough. I'm not clever, talented, strong, thin enough. In short, I'm not enough. 

I'm starting a list of the things I want to do this Autumn. Here's what I have so far.
  • See fireworks. Fireworks are one of my favourite things, so I'm definitely going to a display or a party this year.
  • Go to a gig - it's been so long since I last saw any live music and I miss it. 
  • Keep Parkrunning. I'm enjoying seeing the change of season each week in our local park.
  • Walks through the leaves. 
  • Make some progress at the allotment - I want to build some raised beds in readiness for next year. 
  • Take more photos outdoors.
  • Visit the seaside. I think I have that one covered at the end of November.
  • Finally book a city break. 
What are you planning to do this Autumn? Do you suffer from FOMO? Or do you prefer to stay cooped up and cosy?

Friday, 21 October 2016

Friday Favourites 218..

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I think it's almost officially Autumn, which is the time when the nights start getting colder and I consider shutting the windows a little at night. I mean, I'm not thinking about putting the heating on or anything *that* crazy (hasn't ever happened in all the time I've lived there), but for me, closing the window, even a little, is a big deal.

So I'm seeing all of the cutesy knitted accessories everywhere and getting excited about the prospect of coats and layers and everything. Here's my pick of the autumn accessories which have caught my eye this week:

001: Joanie Clothing are fast becoming one of my new favourite websites and they've had another bundle of loveliness arrive this week. One of the things I'm loving is this fox scarf. So cute! 

002: The George pub is a classic Vendula design, but the colours are perfect for the leafy tones of autumn - I'd love to add it to my fast-growing collection. 

003: Little Moose have some wonderful new bits in their new collection - I'd love these little girl earrings to finish off just about any autumnal outfit.

004: Lindy Bop have been getting more and more new items (although not the four I'm holding out for, just yet) and this masquerade print skirt is superb - I figure it's rather versatile as it would be a classy solution for a Halloween costume party, but is also understated enough that you could wear it anytime...

005: Oh, autumn always has me thinking about ankle boots, as I *always* feel as though I need to make sure I've got something suitably transitional. I wasn't sure about the returning embroidered boots trend. That is, until I saw this Miss Selfridge pair and now I've decided that I need some in my life. 

What are your Autumn essentials?