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Saturday, 22 July 2017

Dogs in the moonlight..

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Dress: Joe Browns 
And, as if by magic, it's the weekend once again. I'm not entirely sure what's planned now as those I'd had have fallen through and I'm hopeless at decision-making. But I'm sure it'll be grand nonetheless.

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Bag: Kate Spade 
This pretty dress was one I'd had my eye on for a while in the Joe Brown's catalogue, and I pounced as soon as the sale began. I wasn't disappointed - their dresses are such nice quality. Fully lined, with a waist ribbon tie and an elasticated panel at the back of the bodice. I love the scooter print on this and thought I'd continue the impromtu Italian theme with this Kate Spade dog bag. Unsure why they seem to go together, but it works in my head..

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Shoes: Red Herring
These sandals always surprise me with how comfortable they are, although the pom pom on the front isn't very well suited to the rotten weather we've had for the past couple of days.
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How's your weekend? 

Friday, 21 July 2017

Friday Favourites 253..

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Happy Friday, folks! It's been a funny old week, which seems to have both zipped by and also kind of dragged. As usual, I've not managed to do all of the things I'd planned, but frankly when is that not the case..?! I've managed to go all heart-eyes-emoji over the following, though..


001: Another beautiful dress from Joanie Clothing. I'm aware that I'm beginning to sound like a broken record, but I will continue to make room for the beauties they come up with. This yellow sunflower print just screams sunshine to me and I want! 

002 and 003: Absolutely loving the range at UK Lingerie at the moment - this Pour Moi set is right up my street and so reasonably priced, too. Absolutely love the cage effect of the knickers. They also come in red if you don't have a "black underwear only" rule like I do.. 

004: Because a girl always needs a new pair of shoes and there is just not enough glitter in the world. I love the shade of blue of these glitter heels from ASOS and, of course, the fact that the heels are embellished with all kinds of floral cuteness.

What's caught your eye this week...? 

Thursday, 20 July 2017

My Topshop sale picks..

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Having recently reached a bit of a milestone, I'm starting to wonder if maybe I'm feeling my age, when it comes to fashion trends. I've always been someone who knows what they do and don't like, but recently more than ever I've been despairing at some of the things which are on sale on the high street. Crop tops, cold shoulders and Granny-slipper-mules are never going to be my cup of tea. So, I guess what I'm saying is...it's been a while since I shopped in Topshop.

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Last week, I saw someone post about some cute brooches they'd picked up in the Topshop sale. They sent me a link and there were a couple of enamel pins from the Topshop Unique range on sale. I placed a Click+Collect order and ventured in on Saturday to pick them up. 

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As I was in the queue for the counter (unsure why there only ever seems to be one of the umpteen members of staff behind the counter when it's busy) I had a little look at the jewellery display, most of which was also on sale. This sequin collar necklace was £1 and the two keyrings (pineapple) and unicorn were £3.25 each.


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As for the pins I'd ordered - this deer was a lot larger than I'd expected and was down to £2, whilst the others were boxed sets of three pins, all down to £5. I think there are also some other options available, but they all seemed quite similar. I particularly liked the colourful stars in this one

Seen any bargains lately...? 

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Narwhals narwhals swimming in the ocean..

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Matilda Dress: Limdy Bop
Every now and then I'll peruse the New In section on the Lindy Bop website and will notice something amazing. This narwhal print Matilda dress (which also has tiny unicorns in diving masks as part of the print) was definitely one of those and I wasted no time at all in popping it into my basket and hitting checkout.

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Triceratops Bag: Kate Spade
It arrived and I wasn't disappointed (apart from with the fact that the belt would probably fit around me twice - I wonder if perhaps I got the wrong one in my parcel). I love the print and the cut and the pretty pastel tones which lend themselves to being paired with my triceratops bag.

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Shoes: Lola Ramona
These Lola Ramona shoes have been some steady favourites for pastel coloured outfits for several years now; they're pretty comfortable and have a nice sturdy heel which was good for a Monday evening guides meeting. I was greeted when I arrived by excitable small people teaching me a song about narwhals - seems they were almost as excited about my dress as I was..! 

Monday, 17 July 2017

Blog Tour: The Summer of Serendipity

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 Eep, happy Monday and I'm rather excited to be starting off this week's blog tour. The weather this past couple of weeks has been glorious and naturally has got me thinking about summer holidays. If you're planning one, I'd ceratinly recommend today's book to keep you company on the plane or by the pool...

Welcome to Ballykiltara; a gem in the midst of the remote Irish countryside and the venue for Ren and Kiki's next business deal. Se(Ren)dipity Parker and her friend Kiki work as property scouts, finding the perfect homes for their clients to buy. Within just a couple of days of arriving in town, it seems as though they might well have found what they are looking for.

The Welcome House, however, has other ideas. Known in local legend as a safe house, where people who need it can go and stay, the cupboards are always stocked with food etc, the girls struggle to find out who to approach about selling the property. Perhaps they'll need to stay in town a little longer than they'd originally thought to uncover some information about the house and it's history.

Peppered with little nuggets of history, Ren's visit to Ireland is filled with chance encounters and a little bit of mystery. But which one of the locals can help her solve it? The writing style throughout this book is lovely and I'd definitely make sure you pack it into your case for any summer trips you might be planning. 


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The Summer of Serendipity: Ali McNamara


Friday, 14 July 2017

Friday Favourites 252: Yoshi Bags..

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Oh. My. Goodness. I'm doing a little internal squee of excitement, right now. One of my favourite brands for quirky cute handbags has just had a little redesign of their website, so naturally I couldn't resist having a little browse.. 

My goodness, have Yoshi snuck some freaking amazing new designs on there when I wasn't looking. Here are a few which I absolutely adore, but seriously, I found it difficult to narrow it down to just these..!

001: As I admitted on Instagram the other day, I don't really like dogs that much. (Sorry, world.) However, this bag is just amazing. I love the pale mint shade of the background with the lovely dog show design. 

002: The detail of the cityscape underneath these hot air balloons is just amazing. I recently took my Paris city bag to France with me, as you do, and this would be perfect for city break getaways I think. 

003: I think this little guy might be my favourite. I think he's the same size as my best Yoshi bag (this Into the Wild one) and since I seem to be living by my #BeMoreFox motto lately, I think he's basically an essential. 

004: I've loved the idea of one of the Yoshi biscuit bags for so long, I've just not been able to decide on my favourite. This jammy dodger is so nostalgic and cute, though.
005: I adore this cat and rooftop design. It reminds me of a bunch of postcards we were very taken with when I was in Paris recently, and the rooftops certainly remind me of Paris. Want want want! 

006: Because satchel bags are never not useful, and I've been looking for the perfect one for my bike. I think this floral print one would fit the bill nicely. 

What do you think of the new Yoshi site? And which is your favourite design? 

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Keeping me hot like July forever..

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Jade Dress: Collectif
This dress has been on my wishlist for so long, I'd almost given up hope of it hitting the sale. But then...not only did it get reduced in the summer sale, but Collectif also ran an "extra 25% off" thing and I was sold. I absolutely love it and couldn't wait to wear it when it arrived.

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Bug Tights: ASOS
Matching the blues in this scenic print to my current best handbag - the Vendula sewing shop which I've been using pretty much every day for a good while now. I'm still loving the fact that it's big enough to carry all of my essentials including my diary, so I'm using it as my daily work bag.

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Sewing Shop Bag: Vendula London
These bug tights have been patiently waiting to be worn and failing finding any other tights I fancied, I threw them into the mix. And as for the shoes? Well, they're the latest in my newly found Orla x Clarks obsession. I bought the Dotty heels from the original collection, ages ago now, and haven't really been that fussed about them until recently, where I seem to be tracking them down on eBay like there's no tomorrow. These mustard platform sandals were the first but since then I've picked up Angelina in two colours, these Beryl sandals and a pair of Betty sandals. Obsessed much...?

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Beryl shoes: Orla Kiely x Clarks

Anyhow, it's been a wonderful week so far. Things are pretty good right now, to be honest, and I'm trying not to feel too smug about that. Long may it continue, frankly.