Thursday, 23 February 2017

Cinderella said to Snow White, how did love get so off course...?

Ria Dress: Joanie Clothing 
Last night I had an absolutely lovely evening. I pootled off to Birmingham in my new car, which I still truly adore, headed to the Hippodrome where I was able to grab a table and cosy up with a book and a cup of coffee and fritter away an hour or so until it was time to find my seat for the ballet. BRB's current run is Cinderella and it's just fabulous. My favourite part had to be the lizards, mice and frog, as the costumes reminded me of a book I remember having as a child (my love of ballet is certainly something which was instilled in me at a young age by my Mama). But it was all amazing; the ugly sisters were played hilariously, the costumes were beautiful and the sets were amazing.

Coat: Miss Selfridge 
I was pleased to have an excuse to wear a pretty new dress, which had been on my wishlist for a while. The Ria dress - yes, another dress from Joanie Clothing. Yes, I'm still fangirling over them. The Ria dress is the same beautiful fabric they used for the Harlow dress; midi length and sleeveless (tick and tick!) with a bow at the waist. I'm sold.

Also, my Miss Selfridge coat is the only one I purchased this winter. I'm definitely not seeing as many coats I like as I used to, or possibly I already have all of the coats, so I don't need to add to my collection. I have parted way with three so far this week, though, so I don't feel all that bad about them. 

Into The Wild bag: Yoshi*
I still adore my Yoshi woods bag, too. The perfect size for all of the essentials, yet small enough to get away with being an evening bag. Perfect! So, having had a thoroughly pleasant evening in my own company I came to the conclusion that it's not as scary as I thought to be alone sometimes. And in fact, sometimes it can be better than clinging onto something which is causing you misery.

Carpe Dien heels: Irregular Choice
Today's been a mixed bag so far. Powercuts and crazy weather this morning, with a hospital appointment this afternoon. Woop. On the plus side, I now have a weekend in Paris to look forward to. 

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Light up your face with gladness..

One thing I've learnt over the past year or so is that I'm not too great at cutting ties when maybe I should. Once I've recognised that I probably need to, I just let things bumble along regardless. Reading this article this morning, I was thinking more about a couple of things I need to set straight, as they've been taking up far too much of my brainspace lately. 


Instead, I'm choosing to focus on the lovely things which have been making me smile this week. At the weekend I walked up the Wrekin for the first time (ridiculous that I've lived so close and yet never been there!). We reached the top in time to see the sunrise, which was a little cloudy but still a lovely sight. 


I sent some little Valentine's parcels out to some of my favourite people - these girls are the best - to show my appreciation of them. I've been trying to make sure I find time to let the people I appreciate know about it. <3 


I've seen so many amazing live performances lately. As usual, my best friend bought me a year's membership to my local theatre for Christmas, so I've been booking up all of the things of late. I've also been a little further afield, to see this year's Matthew Bourne ballet at the Hippodrome, The Red Shoes, which was wonderful,with fabulous staging, as ever. 

I'm heading over there again this evening to see Birmingham Royal Ballet's version of Cinderella, which I'm super excited about, too. I bloody love the ballet. 

I've also been to watch a local double bill of performances - Afterplay and The Dumb Waiter, which is running for another couple of days and it definitely worth going to if you are local. 


I spent most of my Sunday in the great outdoors, heading to the local National Trust property after the early morning walk. We were running and event for local guiding groups to celebrate Thinking Day, which is actually today. I spent most of my time setting up for things, making coffees and taking photographs, which seems to be about right. It ended in a campfire once the grounds were closed to the public and that was really nice. 


New fabric purchases, from my recent stay with Sarah. A weekend at theirs involved (as usual) SO much food, including one of the best roast dinners in the history of the world. Sarah and I managed to fit in some shopping (of course!) and I came away from Guthri and Ghani with these lovely fabrics, which seem to have kick-started my enthusiasm for dressmaking once again. I'm pleased about this because it's been a while since I made anything for myself. 
We also managed to fit in the whole Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life series over the course of the weekend, and I now seem to be in the throes of an obsession.

So really, a lot of things to feel positive about. What's making you smile this week?

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Tuesday Titles 120.

Lie With Me : Sabine Durrant

Today I'm excited to be part of the blog tour for Lie With Me. I've heard so much about this book over the past few months that I couldn't wait to get my hands on a copy. We all tell lies, right....?

Paul Morris, our protagonist, is about as unlikeable a character as I can remember reading about in recent times. Down on his luck, Paul is now in his 40s and his success has all but dried up. His first book, published when he was at university had been a best-selling success, but when his latest book proposal is rejected, he begins looking for something else to focus on. I mean, someone else to sponge off. 

Controlling, lecherous and fairly grim, Paul sets his sights on a widowed lawyer he meets at a dinner party, who he feels might be his next meal ticket. Sure enough, he receives an invitation to join her at her holiday home in Greece, but Alice has other things on her mind. 

Tempers and temperatures begin to rise in Pyros and frankly, I couldn't put this book down once I'd begun. See what the rest of the tour have to say, below. 


Saturday, 18 February 2017

Florals on florals..

Dress: Lindy Bop // Tights: Primark
I've been quite excited recently to have cleared out a lot in the wardrobe room, which means that as well as being a lot tidier, easier to get into the room itself and just generally...much nicer to be in, I've managed to find a lot of dresses which I'd squirreled away before actually wearing. This floral print dress is a Lindy Bop one called Sasha Bee, covered in floral print with bees dotted around and it's lovely. 

Shoes: Irregular Choice
Another thing I've been doing lately is trying to sort through my coats - I keep being told that I have too many (in fact a friend recently told me he was concerned I might die in a coat avalanche if I wasn't careful, as they've been hanging on hooks on my bedroom door and it's sometimes tricky to get past them. I've sent one or two off to the charity shops lately and have sold a few others, so the number is gradually dwindling and I'm figuring out better storage options. 

In doing this, I rediscovered this coat, which I made a couple of years ago, and I've been wearing it all week. Florals on florals, with some stripey tights and my Russian doll heels for a day of appointments at banks and house hunting.

Coat: Handmade (Vogue V8346)

Friday, 17 February 2017

Friday Favourites 232..

FF232 Image
001 // 002 // 003

Happy Friday, folks! Here we are again. I think I'm coming down with a cold and it's all been pretty quiet around these parts because everything else in my life is going nuts. 

Despite the fact that the weather isn't really on board, this week's picks seem to be screaming springtime at me. 

001: New to me this week., I'm really excited about this new site; Zoe Vine. This dress in particular is calling out to me. It comes in green or yellow polka dots, or a lovely sailboat print. One of each...? 

002: Ahhh. Irregular Choice has some lovely new stock in and I'm excited about so much of it. These rabbit mid-heels are a lot lower than I'd usually wear but I'm loving the colour scheme (they also come in a pale yellow) and the fact that they have a bow on the front, of course.

003: Vendula London have also been coming out with some absolute gems, lately. This sewing shop bag is probably my absolute dream bag - could it be more perfect for me, really?! I love the generous size of their grab bags - you can fit all of the essentials in them - and the fact that they give you the option of using the shoulder strap or not. 

What's been catching your eye this week?

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Yarn Along {11}..


It seems like a really long time since I last joined in with the #yarnalong, and that's mostly because I've not really made any knitting progress for a while now. I took my Hetty cardigan (yes, still working on that after beginning it in November) to Sarah's at the weekend and after a couple of false starts, I think I've progressed one of the shoulders. After the other one, it will be just the sleeves and the neckline and then it will be done - yay. 

On The Other Side
On the Other Side - Carrie Hope Fletcher

Bookwise, I've been finishing off several things recently, this one at a friend's house - I've been reading a few more chapters each time I've stayed there.

Having just read up on this, I now know (although didn't before) that this was written by an actress / vlogger, who I've got to say I hadn't before heard of. This book took me a little while to get into, but was a perfectly nice love story between two people who couldn't be together. So far, so much like any other romance novel, surely.

But when Evie Snow dies, she finds that instead of moving on to the next life, she's back to being 27 years old, where her life took some turns and she's able to visit those that she left behind. A smattering of magical happenings and a fairly primitive writing style made this book one which was fine for reading before bed, but not one I'd be likely to pick up again.

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Tuesday Titles 119..

The Vets at Hope Green : Sheila Norton

After some of my recent reads, I decided it would be nice to have a bit of a change and jumped right into The Vets at Hope Green.

Following the life of Sam, who works as a receptionist at a veterinary practice in London, we find that she's having second thoughts about her relationship and her career choice. She decides she needs some time away from the big smoke and decides to visit Nana, who lives in a small village in the countryside: Hope Green.

Sam isn't quite welcomed into village life; some of the locals are less than friendly. The worst of all being the local vet, who of course takes an instant dislike to Sam. So, when a job position becomes available in the practice, should she consider it?

At the moment, the book is being released in parts via Kindle, but the paperback will be available in June.