Thursday, 20 July 2017

My Topshop sale picks..


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's been a while since I shopped in Topshop.


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. 


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.


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..

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.

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.

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


 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. 

The Summer of Serendipity: Ali McNamara

Friday, 14 July 2017

Friday Favourites 252: Yoshi Bags..

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001 // 002 //003 // 004 // 005 // 006

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..

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.

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.

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...?

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. 

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Blog Tour: Summer's Lease

Summer's Lease: Carrie Elks
I'm excited to be part of this blog tour. I spent the weekend lost in Lake Como in Italy, where this lovely summer read is set. Cesca Shakespeare (one of the four sisters which feature in Carrie's books) needs to get out of the rut she is stuck in. Having never quite made it past something which happened in the past, she's bounced from dead-end job to dead-end job, not quite sure where her life will lead.

When her godfather offers her something to do over the summer; his friends need a house-sitter for their Italian villa, which is due to be empty for months. Perfect for Cesca to get away and focus on writing her next big play. 

Except, things like this never quite go to plan, do they? And soon Cesca is caught up in an ongoing feud with one of the family, as well as getting romantically involved with a local who seems too good to be true. 

Whilst I've not read any of the other books in this series (yet!), I found myself very quickly immersed in the lives of the characters and enjoying the fast-paced writing style. A great addition to your holiday reading pile, for sure. See what the others in this week's blog tour thought, too. 

Summer's Lease blog tour poster

Monday, 10 July 2017

I can see for miles..


Frankly, I'm feeling pretty positive about this week (despite the rain), following one of the nicest weekends I've had in a long time. I managed to fit in time with a lot of my favourite people and am feeling pretty lucky to have some wonderful ones in my life. 


Yesterday, I'd signed up to help out at one of the now monthly open days at the local Lord Hill's Column. I visited this for the first time in 2015 (post here) and I was determined to take more photos, as I only ended up with the couple I'd snapped on my phone from the last visit (we went to Brighton a couple of days after my last trip up the Column and I lost my camera, with the pictures still on it, when our hotel was burgled. 


Yesterday's weather was a lot nicer- sunny skies with some picturesque fluffy clouds making it easier to see a little further than the last time I'd climbed up the 172 stairs.


Built between 1814 and 1816, it's the tallest Doric column in the country and is 40.7m tall, giving lovely views of Shrewsbury town and on a clear day, all the way out over the Wrekin. 


At the moment, the Friends' society are ensuring that the column is opened to the public at least once per month in the summer, as they're trying to raise funds to restore the statue of Rowland Hill which stands at the top, made from Coade stone. Apparently they're expecting this to cost in the region of £500,000. You can book a visit, which costs just £5, here