Thursday, 11 February 2016

Vendula Sushi Shop..

Sushi Shop Grab Bag*

 It's no secret that I'm a big fan of the Vendula London brand - they come out with some frankly amazing designs every single season. So of course, I was eager to share one of my favourite pieces of their new collection here. 

One of this season's new ranges is this sushi shop. As with most of the Vendula London unique bags, the deign is available in the full range of sizes, from grab bag to purse and with all sizes in between.


The sushi shop front features the attention to detail I've come to expect from this brand. As well as the cute shop window scene which features cats preparing and enjoying sushi. There are sushi motifs stitched onto flaps to form the canopy over the window, so these move a little. The top of the bag is shapped like a roof, and the main compartment fastens with a clasp.


There's a detachable shoulder strap, in the same black snakeskin look faux leather as the base and grab handle of the bag. Seriously, every time I look at this I spot another cute detail, like the little dustbin on the back of the bag.

Inside, you'll find the standard London-print lining fabric, which I believe is used on all of their bags, and there is plenty of space for all of the essentials (even for me, who carries my whole life around with me).

What's your favourite bag in the new Vendula collection?


Wednesday, 10 February 2016

The search for inspiration..

Dress: Jolie Moi // Cardigan: H+M 
Boots: Irregular Choice // Bag: via a blogsale // Brooch: Tatty Devine

 It's already one of *those* weeks. One of the ones where you can't quite get your head around the fact that it's already Wednesday, but your list of things to do just seems to be growing by the second, whilst you battle permanent exhaustion. But y'know, life goes on. I seem to finally be rid of the horrible concussion from last week, so that's all good and I have plenty to look forward to in the next few days.

I wasn't feeling hugely inspired at the prospect of finding outfits, so when I remembered this dress after a cursory flick through my Dressed App, I wore it with the same cardigan and brooch that I'd used last time. But I went for these boots, which I'd sort of forgotten about until I added them to my new shoe shelves the other day (they'd been languishing in a shoebox under the sofa for goodness knows how long!) and my favourite heart print tights, so as to get involved with Erica's hearts for Valentine's Day efforts.

Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Tuesday Titles 079..

You And Me, Always : Jill Mansell

If you've read many of my book reviews, here or elsewhere, you'll know by now that Jill Mansell is one of my favourite writers. That's no secret. So to say I was excited about the release of You and Me, Always, was on understatement. When a copy plopped through my letterbox last week, I abandoned my dinner plans and got started right away.

Set in one of those teeny villages in the Cotswolds where everyone knows each other, Lily was brought up there by friends of her mother, who died when she was only young. Before her death, Lily's mother wrote her a letter to be opened on each of her birthdays and the book begins with the last letter, on Lily's 25th birthday. It contains information Lily has never known of before, and she's eager to track down someone who played a big part in her mother's life, all those years ago.

Coral, who spent her formative years bringing up Lily after her mother died, is one of our other female leads and is coming to terms with learning to love somebody new after the death of her husband, which was dealt with in such a delicate way. I really felt for her. 

Our third major character is Patsy, who used to babysit for Lily when she was younger. Perpetually single, Patsy has entered that scary world of internet dating, so there is a string of  anecdotal duds for her to meet.

As with all of Jill's other books, you're whirled through village life with a smattering of new characters thrown into the mix as the story progresses. There are loves and dramas and Jill does her usual wonderful job of tying it all together. I was a little torn between who I wanted some of the characters to end up with, but I *think* it all worked out right in the end. Let me know what you think..!

Monday, 8 February 2016

I hope she'll be a fool - that's the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool..

Dress: Lindy Bop // Sequin jacket: Vintage shop
Bag: Unknown

A couple of weeks ago, I had tickets to the theatre and was in two minds whether or not I wanted to go. I mean, I wanted to go, but I was in a lot of pain and didn't know how well I was going to cope with sitting there. I ummed and ahhed and then decided with about ten minutes to get there that I *would* go, dosed up on painkillers and with minutes to drag together an outfit. 

This beaded jacket is one of those things I'd expect to see my Nan wear on a cruise ship. My magpie tendencies got the better of me when I saw it in a vintage shop and I decided to wear it with this lovely Lindy Bop dress, which I was sent as a gift last year by one of my Twitter followers.
As I was off to see The Great Gatsby, I grabbed this little bag to finish things off. I picked this up in a charity shop so many years ago and sadly have no idea of brand as it had no tags. My trusty Irregular Choice gold boots to combat the torrential rain, and I was out of the house within ten minutes - I made it just in time.

Spatz boots: Irregular Choice

Sunday, 7 February 2016

Sunday Shoes 097..

Red or Dead Olivia heels

I'm so predictable, it has to be said. Anything cutesy or kitschy and I'm there. Shoes with eyes? Yes please. Shoes which have eyes and are also in the Schuh sale? It's a double yes from me! 

These are the Red or Dead Olivia shoes; part of the Red or Dead x Ashley Williams collaboration. And yes, they're lower heels than I would usually opt for, but I made an exception for those cute little faces.

The side panels of the shoes are made from a kind of Airtex fabric, which gives them a sort of sports-luxe appeal and I think will look great with some bright coloured tights through them (hot pink springs to mind, perhaps to match the eyes).

How would you style up these shoes?


Saturday, 6 February 2016

The physical appearance of the please makes no difference..

Dress: vintage store // Lace body: Primark
Tights: Primark
Shoes: Emma Go
 On Thursday this week, I had the day off to go and visit my sisters in Wales. I figured I'd debut these minion tights - I had a good clear out of my tights collection the other day and realised that I hadn't yet worn these ones. They call for a little shorter-than-usual hemline, so I decided to go for these Emma Go flats, which I haven't worn since my trip to the Lake District, but again, rediscovered the other day when I was reboxing shoes. 

This dress is one of those which I've almost donated to charity on so many occasions. It's a cute print, but I've never been quite sold on the shape of it - it's very low cut so I've tended to avoid it. I think I managed to solve it by layering this lace bodysuit underneath and save my modesty.

I spent most of the day sitting in doctor's waiting rooms, but it was nice to catch up with the sisters and we got an ice cream at the best ice cream shop I've ever been to - you can't go to the seaside and avoid that, can you? 

I got back in time for the gym, where I think I may have managed to give myself a touch of concussion. Super. My head is still hurting now.

Friday, 5 February 2016

Friday Favourites 181..

Friday Favourites 181
001 // 002 // 003 // 004 // 005 // 006

Another week, another wishlist. This time I seem to be drawn to all of the pretty Spring colours. And also, dinosaurs (of course!).

Exciting news from Erstwilder this week as they have launched a collection of dinosaur jewellery (mostly brooches). I don't yet own any of the brand as until now I hadn't seen any designs I loved, but this might change in the future. My favourites are these collar clips (004) and this little baby triceratops (002).

This Voodoo Vixen dress (001) is another which has been on my wishlist for months now. I think the cut-out details at the neckline give it that extra little something. And then of course, there are the pockets. Pockets make a dress for me.

Vendula London have come up with so many pretty new styles for this season - top of my list is this grab bag (005) from their new Ladies Day range. I love the colours, and the shoe design, of course. 

Have you seen the latest character heel offering from Irregular Choice (006)? These flamingo heels are so pretty, although I'm a little worried that the heads could get damaged when you walk, but those who have already taken delivery of their pairs assure me that they seem very sturdy. They were released in a few different colourways and designs, but I think this pale floral is my favourite.

And Moony Mood have also come up trumps in the footwear stakes. A favourite brand of mine, they never fail to come up with super affordable but lovely deisgns. These ankle boots (003) would, I think, be perfect for the change of season; a lovely colour to pair with a pretty floral dress and some tights.

Has anything caught your eye this week?