Monday, 5 December 2016

Handsome Stag..


 Life's been trying it's best to swallow me up lately, I think. But I've been kept afloat by lovely little pockets of happiness, and one of those was the arrival of a lovely new necklace.

I'm not the most festive of folk, so I'm not quite aboard The Christmas Spirit Train just yet, but this And Mary stag necklace is I think, just the right side of being too festive for everyday wear. I teamed it with my Louche Julita dress the other day, which I also consider more "winter" than "Christmassy"...

Handsome Stag Necklace: And Mary c/o Lilac Rose
Beautifully packaged, as per usual from Lilac Rose, I was thrilled skinny to have a new And Mary necklace. I used to have a little chipmunk necklace from the brand, which I bought from a small boutique shop in town many years ago, but he didn't make it home from a holiday with me. Poor chipmunk. 

I really love their jewellery - the teeny ceramic animals are so dainty and remind me of the collection of tiny figurines which adorned a corner of a shelf in my grandparents' spare room when we used to go and stay as children. I think those were Wade figures, perhaps, and the animals which And Mary use for their lovely pieces are certainly quite similar in style. 


I have to admit, this necklace is just the right length for my liking as well. I can't get along with a pendant which hangs too low - I always seem to find myself in ridiculous situations where my necklace is inside my dress, or something. (Nobody else ever seems to have these wardrobe malfunctions, so I think this is just me!)

Anyway, it's a truly lovely necklace and I have barely taken it off since it arrived! A big thank you to Lilac Rose for cheering up my week no end. 

Sunday, 4 December 2016

Sunday Shoes 126: Irregular Choice Nibbles McNutty..

Shoes: Irregular Choice
The latest character heels release from Irregular Choice hit the site last week. I've mentioned before how I'm falling off the radar a little when it comes to keeping up with their latest offerings. I'm not dedicated enough to join any of the fan forums, and I don't have facebook, so I don't seem to find out about new things until the emails come out across the mailing list. Which is not a major problem for me. When I saw that there were new Christmas heels (reindeer design with Santa heels and a light-up nose) I dismissed them as I'm not a fan of the gnome heels, but I was rather taken by these little squirrels.

I queued to get onto the site, which seems to be the norm on the release days lately, and although my first choice were the green glitter design, they sold out by the time I'd clicked them into my basket, so I added these pretty  pink heels instead. I think the colour has grown on me, and I'm very taken by the teeny crochet acorns on the sides. 


The fronts and backs of the shoes have huge pink glitter hearts on them and the rest of the fabric is a lovely gold brocade design, which I think gives them a rather luxe effect and goes very nicely with the brown of the squirrel. The heels themselves are around the same height as the rabbits and deers we've seen before, but are a more upright design. Their tummies are flocked, whilst the rest of the body is a textured plastic (resin) effect. Pretty cute, if you ask me.


They seem to be sold out over on the main site. but I'm sure there'll be a few stragglers over on Spartoo before long. They're my go-to for sold out styles as they always seem to get a few!

Saturday, 3 December 2016

His head is filled with cartoons and fairytales..


 King of the Castle Bag: Irregular Choice
Lily Dress: Lindy Bop // Cardigan: New Look
Coat: Vintage
Shoes: Red or Dead // Tights: Lindy Bop

 Ooh, it feels like a long while since I last posted any outfit photos. Everything has been a bit crazy lately and I just don't know where the time goes.

I've been welcoming new additions to my wardrobe lately (mostly with new dresses from Lindy Bop and Joanie Clothing) but I've been falling behind with sharing them. I liked how this outfit all kind of worked together.

It's no secret that I'm a sucker for a border print, and this Princess print one from Lindy Bop has been on my wishlist for months, ever since they released some teaser photos of some of their new prints. A couple of weeks ago, as I did my daily check of the New In section on their site, I realised that it (plus another print I'd been holding out for) had arrived and I wasted no time at all in placing an order.

I like that as well as the cutesy princess, horse and carriage print, with castles in the background, the Lily dress comes with a silver belt and has some super teardrop shaped cute cut-out details to the neckline. It's rather perfect if you ask me. 

Continuing the Cinderella theme, I opted for this silver glitter pair of Red or Dead shoes, which were an eBay bargain recently. They arrived in brand new condition and I wasted no time in wearing them for the first time. 

Another new addition - I was stuck in London for an afternoon a couple of weeks back, and stopped into the Irregular Choice store in Carnaby Street before heading to the V+A. I couldn't resist picking up this unicorn bag, which I've had a stock notification set up on for months now - I never manage to get onto the site quickly enough to snap it up when the email pings through, so I was pleased that they had this one in stock in the window display, and couldn't go home without it. I'll do a full post on it soon, no doubt, but it's super lovely.

With the cold weather we've been having, I brought this fur coat out of hibernation. It was something I bought from a vintage shop in Ludlow a good number of years ago now (sadly the shop no longer exists) and although it was quite pricey at the time, I've definitely had more than my money's worth from it. I need to repair the lining where it's coming out of the neckline and also replace one of the fur hooks at the front, but it'll be a winter staple for years to come, I'm sure. 

Friday, 2 December 2016

Friday Favourites 223..

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A handful of lovely independent companies have caught my eye this week and I'm all for championing smaller businesses, so  I thought I'd pick out some lovely present ideas...

001: Perfect for any seamstress, these cute doughnut pattern weights are all handmade and would be ideal for cutting out your next project.

002: I love retro style lingerie and the pieces from My Retro Closet are no exception. The Jayne ruffle set is currently on sale - now all I have to do is decide on my favourite colour...!

003: Fairytale Collars also sell a few amazing pins and this little Loch Ness Monster is probably my favourite pin design for a long while. 

004: I still absolutely love my sewing themed mug from Teaplease, and there are so many customisable designs to choose from that you're sure to find something which suits even the most tricky person to buy for...

005: Another local maker, The Whistling Cowgirl never fails to come up with some cute and lovely designs - this toadstool cushion would cheer up any comfy sofa.

006: I only recently discovered Oscar and Clarke, but I love the idea of recycled bottles being used to hold candles - these champagne ones are my favourite.

Have you seen any amazing gift ideas?

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

You can't cage a wild thing..


Sometimes, when you're having a rotten week, a wonderful parcel of loveliness can change everything and cheer you up no end. A box arrived yesterday containing the recognisable print of a Yoshi dust-bag and frankly, it cheered me up no end.


This is the amazing Into The Wild tote bag, which reminds me so much of Where the Wild Things Are - did you read that book when you were young? I didn't, but I adored the film and would like to sleep in a pile, to be honest. 


The bag is beautiful. Aside from the lovely bears, bird and deer on the woodland design on the front, it's got some fabulous little details, like this fox peeking out from a tree trunk on the back. The grab handles of the bag are such a lovely design (it sounds like a funny thing to say but they just feel right) and it's got a detachable cross-body strap as well, which clips onto the loops by the top zip. 


If you're looking for something amazing to give someone as a present this Christmas, I assure you you could do a lot worse than choose them a Yoshi bag. I've loved every one which I've seen thus far and have bought two as presents so far, as well. 

Monday, 28 November 2016

Blog Tour: All I Ever Wanted..

All I Ever Wanted : Lucy Dillon

Nancy is four, nearly five. She talks all the time: in the car, on the way to nursery, to her extrovert older brother, to her collection of bears. But then, one February morning, everything changes. Nancy's mum and dad split up. Her father Patrick moves away from their Bristol home to Newcastle. And Nancy stops talking. 

Eva is forty-four, nearly forty-five. She didn't expect to be the third wife of a much-loved household name, but eight years ago, she and semi-retired bad boy Michael Quinn fell in love. Eva knew marrying a much older man meant compromises, but it was the love of a lifetime for them both - until Mickey dies suddenly, leaving Eva alone with his gossipy diaries, their two pugs, and a distressing voice in the back of her mind, wondering if perhaps she's sacrificed more than she meant to. 

While Nancy's parents negotiate their separation, the question of weekend contact is solved when Patrick volunteers his sister Eva's house. It's in Longhampton, an hour out of Bristol, with plenty of room for her to get to know a niece and nephew she's barely met - even if Nancy continues to refuse to speak. Patrick is sure it's just a phase but his soon-to-be-ex-wife is worried that something more traumatic lies at the heart of their daughter's selective mutism.


I was thrilled to be asked to host a stop in the blog tour for Lucy Dillon's new book, All I Ever Wanted. I've heard great things about her writing, although this was my first of her books and I couldn't wait to take it away with me for the weekend. Reading it in front of the log burner, I was transported from my cosy armchair to Caitlin's Bristol home as her world begins to fall apart.

Eva, Caitlin's sister-in-law is finally finding her feet again after being widowed two years previously. Suddenly, her brother Patrick makes a suggestion that she could host his contact weekends with the children and she worries about the chaos which will no doubt ensue. How will she cope with the chaos?

I found all of the characters in this book totally endearing, with the exception of Caitlin at certain points where she seemed a little irresponsible for a mother of two. Most of the time she seemed to be quite a normal person, sometimes overwhelmed at life and I guess I found that quite endearing. 

The children were written in a lovely way, as was the way in which Nancy's issues were resolved. All in all, I found this a rather lovely read, despite dealing with a few things you might not expect from a regular chick-lit novel. Definitely give it a read! All I Ever Wanted will be released on 1st December 2016.

Friday, 25 November 2016

Black Friday Favourites..

I didn't think it would be right to pass up an opportunity to share my favourite Black Friday sale picks with you, so here we go..

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001: Aspire Style's Black Friday sale section is the place to snap up this Emily and Fin Florence dress - love the cute print on this.

002: Lindy Bop are adding more and more items to their Black Friday sale, including this lovely matryoshka print skirt. 

003: Marceline has 20% off everything on her website, with up to 40% off some selected items. This little Mount Fuji enamel pin is one of them. 

004: Amazing acrylic jewellery makers, La Vidriola are offering 20% off their site until 29th November, with free gifts if you spend over a certain amount. This Rudolph necklace is amazing - his nose lights up! 

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005: Joanie have all kinds of reductions going on - their Black Friday sale is up to 50% off, so head over there and find your Christmas party outfit - sooo many pretty things!

006: Damaris and Mimi Holliday are fast becoming a site I drool over most days, so I was super excited to see that they have some huge Black Friday reductions.

007: Yoshi are offering 20% off all full price items today only with the code THANKYOU20 and I'm so tempted by this jammy biscuit bag. 

008: Collectif have 25% off everything in their own brand lines, until midnight on 28th Nov. This dress has been in my dreams for so long now - perhaps it's time to take the plunge!

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009: Playful Promises have a huge sale on at the moment - I might need to be restrained.

010: Little Moose are offering 20% off everything with the code LMBF20 until midnight on Monday.

011: Kate Spade also have 20% off your purchase with the code SKYLINE. Also ends midnight on Monday.

012: You can pick these Irregular Choice x Alice heels up from Schuh with 32% off in their Black Friday sale. 

Other offers to be aware of:

  • Hannah from Doodleheart is offering 25% off her prints until tomorrow with the code "BLACKFRIDAY16".
  • For fabric lovers, there's up to 70% off in Miss Matatabi's fabric shop on Etsy, whilst The Village Haberdashery have 25% off for today only with the code BLACKFRIYAY25.
  • Searching for wedding shoes? The code BLACK20 will get you 20% off shoes on Elegant Steps.
  • Vendula London have 30% off selected products on their site until Monday.
  • Book of Deer have some beautiful clothes on sale in their Black Friday selection.
  • Sugar and Vice have 20% off the site with the code BLACKFRIDAY, which ends midnight tonight.
Have you spotted any amazing deals?