Thursday, 22 June 2017

Designosaur? Yeah!


I guess the eagle-eyed Instaviewers out there will have already seen this, but it's so cute that I wanted to share some more photos of it. A lovely birthday gift; I was very excited to receive this DesignosaurYEAH necklace. I've had a necklace from them in the past and frankly love it. My George necklace has seen a lot of wear and is still a firm favourite, so I already have a fondness for the brand. 


Anyhow, I was super excited to open this present and really love the design of the necklace. Those pastel shades are perfect together, in my opinion and I love the levels of detail. Bravo, Designosaur for always making such lovely things! 

Triceratops Necklace: DesignosaurYEAH

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Yarn Along {12}


It's been absolutely yonks since I joined in with one of these, but I did quite a bit of work on my current knitting project whilst I was in France, and unlike the usual measure of things (which is to set it down when I get home and then promptly forget about it for ummm...ages), I've actually kept some momentum with this. I suspect that'd because it's nearly finished, and knits up quite quickly so I'm seeing progress. 

I'm making a mermaid tail blanket from a BlackSheepWools kit I bought at the Hobbycraft show last year. It seemed like a nice contained project to take with me on holiday, with the added bonus that I knew I had everything I needed for it in the kit. (Always a gamble trying to figure out how much wool you're likely to get through on something you've not knitted before, I've found.) 

As for books? Well, I'm currently in the midst of a couple:

  • Right Here Waiting for You  - I'm currently reading this on the treadmill on my Kindle. Written by someone I've followed on Twitter for a long while, I was confident that she'd have written something great and she really has. The perfect summer read. 
  • The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet - I picked this up in Shakespeare and Company when I was in Paris, because the other three were all reading the same thing. And I have to say, much like anything Alex recommends to me, I'm really enjoying it.. 

Read anything good lately?

Friday, 16 June 2017

Friday Favourites 248..

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001 // 002 // 003 // 004

Ohh, for all I was complaining about this week getting off to a kinda ridiculous start, it's (yet again) zipped by. I've barely done any of the things I'd meant to, but there we are. Sometimes that's just how it goes.

Some of my favourite things this week, then? 

001: This cardigan, from Joanie, which I'm fairly sure I've featured here before. But it's still awesome and I think it would match this week's dress rather perfectly.

002: Speaking of which, I've been seeing this Unique Vintage dress pop up all over the place (Instagram) lately. I absolutely love the bodice button detail, and the tie straps and just about everything about it. Plus, it's currently on final sale, which kind of means it's now or never, no...?

003: Ah, Mal E Bow. Every time I spot a new colourway of these, I wonder how my Irregular Choice collection can possibly still be lacking in any. But it is. 

004: And, just when I thought Kate Spade had my heart when it came to novelty bags, in steps Betsey Johnson and this freaking fantastic frog clutch. Want want want. 

What's caught your eye this week...?

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Vendula Sewing Shop Grab Bag..

Vendula Sewing Shop Grab Bag
Has there ever been a more perfect design for a handbag, in all of the world....? I mean, I'm going to go with "no, there has not." For me, anyway. This is the freaking awesome SEWING shop front bag, from Vendula. I know that in the past I've waxed lyrical about so many of their amazing designs, but I think that this one might just be my absolute favourite.


As with every other Vendula bag I've seen, this is just full of wonderful little detail. The rolls of fabric, and the shop-sign attached by chain give it a lovely three-dimensional feel. 


As with most of the grab bags, the top of the bag is hinged and shaped to look like a shop canopy, and I love the blue and cream used here - probably my favourite colour combination. The top of the bag is sturdy and it's a great size to keep all of the essentials in (even my diary, which I'd be lost without, but is quite large).


More amazing detail, with the street number printed on the front and some lovely heart-shaped bunting just making up some of the little touches. So much to take in.


Perhaps my favourite part of all - not only is this a tiny sewing shop, but on the back, there's also a pink bike, filled with supplies. It's basically me. All in all, a wonderful birthday present which I totally adore.

Wednesday, 14 June 2017


Dress: Rosegal // Bag: Yoshi
So, I know I've talked about this dress before and the whole dilemma behind fast fashion / making your own clothes. Since the last time I mentioned it, I've probably not worn this dress all that much - maybe a couple of times. Nevertheless, it was one I definitely *had* to take with me to Paris.

Sandals: Irregular Choice // Cardigan: Collectif
I mean, I kind of feel like maybe this outfit overdid the Paris theme, just a little, what with the bag and the dress, but I'm kinda still cool with it. It's not as though I get to visit all that often, is it?! And my amazing, wonderfully sparkly shoes were an unexpected birthday gift whilst I was there - I wasted little time in wearing them out for dinner on Sunday night and received plenty of comments on them.


Ridiculously, or possibly just incredibly organised, we'd already decided that we wanted to try and track down this wall before we even got to the area. Pretty cute, no? I felt a little sorry for the people who clearly live in this building and have to put up with heaps of people taking photos of their flamingo mural wall, though. We'd assumed it would be on the wall of Flamingo Pizza, but it totally isn't. 

Monday, 12 June 2017

Melancholy and champagne..

Dress: Joe Browns
Pretty much already exhausted after the weekend, which is kind of ridiculous considering it was super chilled. I spent a lot of it drinking coffee, catching up with friends and even managed a little sewing, with some assistance from Sarah. I'm feeling pretty excited to get some more projects done - I just need to actually find some time now.

Shoes: Irregular Choice // Tights: ASOS
This outfit was hands down my favourite one for a while, mostly down to the fact it's made up of presents from some of my favourite people. The shoes (so freaking sparkly!) were a gift from my fellow Paris-goers, and I wore them out for dinner one of the evenings and they received sooo many comments! The dress was a birthday present from my favourite family and this little t-rex is a gift from a while ago - he has been hanging about for a while, waiting for his chance to shine.

Bag: Kate Spade
I got all excited about the sunshine last week, but normal service does seem to have resumed now with grey skies and my mood to match. Luckily I have plenty planned this week to keep me busy.

Sunday, 11 June 2017

Boys only want love if it's torture..

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What is this weirdness? A Sunday, and yet no new shoes. I mean, there are new shoes. I just haven't managed to get around to taking any decent photos of them. So, instead, here are some of the things which made up my week in France recently. 

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Most of my days were spent by a fishing lake. Super remote, and I went for a run around the area each morning, which made me feel a little less awful about missing the gym. There was a lot to explore and plenty of random wildlife to see. Who knew that snakes could swim in lakes?! 

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It was my birthday whilst I was there and my friends made a secret surprise birthday cake, which was pretty awesome! 


One excursion was to a local cave site, which had some amazing stalegmites and stalegtites. We learned about how they were formed on our journey through the caves, 30metres below ground level. 


Since it was a pretty chilled week, I mostly wore my new Turia dungarees, which I finished recently. Generally accessorised with stripes and sunburn, as it was nigh on 30C most days. 


I got a lot of knitting done - I bought this kit a the Knitting and Stitching show last year - to make a mermaid tail blanket and it's almost done, which is exciting. 


There were also plenty of trees to climb - either to pick cherries, or just for fun..