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Friday, 21 April 2017

Friday Favourites 241..




It's been a little quiet around these parts; I've been off in Switzerland and haven't quite had chance to download any of my photos since my return, but naturally I've still had chance to browse the shops..

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I think I've got itchy feet as I've only been home a few days but all I can think about is my next trip. Next month, I'm off to Paris for a few days and I'm planning my wardrobe for whilst I'm there...
001: Joanie Clothing's new arrivals seem very fitting - Parisienne style to the max. I adore the scalloped front of this sundress; super chic and would be perfect with either flat sandals for daytime exploring, or with heels for an evening on the town..

002: I've been making a little list of all of the new IC styles I'd love to add to my collection and I think these blue Silver Linings heels are up near the top. They're so subtle (for IC, anyway) and yet would go with so much..

003: No sightseeing outfit would be complete without a pair of chunky sunglasses. Here's hoping the weather will be nice enough to require them, anyway.

004: Every season, I think that Kate Spade couldn't possibly top their previous designs and every season, they prove me wrong without fail. I love the awesome detail on this peacock design bag. Plus, it's big enough to hold all of the essentials!

Anything caught your eye this week? 

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Tuesday Titles 128..

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Blokes, Beers & Burritos - Jo Blakeley


 I'm quite glad to have had some time travelling in order to catch up on some of my reading, as I've had stacks of books which I've been meaning to get to for a while now. Blokes, Beers & Burritos is one which kind of skipped the queue when it arrived, as I was a little intrigued.. 

Cath, whose relationships seem to follow the same old pattern every time ("it's not you, it's me..."), decides that she is going to up sticks and spend some time travelling. Heading to Mexico to find herself, she meets lots of people in similar positions to herself, as well as some whom she probably ought to avoid. 

Whilst updating her travel blog (where she makes everything sound great) and replying to her best friend's emails (where her accounts suddenly become more realistic), Cath notices a message ping into her inbox from someone calling themselves The Bliss Expert. Intrigued, she opens the message and is a little perturbed to discover a message with advice for her trip - even right down to which men she should speak to and which meals to avoid. 

Who is sending these emails and how do they know so much about the decisions Cath is going to have to make? She isn't sure whether to take the advice or not and we follow her often amusing adventures around her travel destinations as she tries to figure out the way to be happy. 

Enjoyable, flippant and probably a nice holiday read for a hot weather destination....


Monday, 17 April 2017

Easter Swap Parcel..

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So, it's safe to say that I love a good snail mail swap - I'm always up for putting together a pretty letter or a parcel for somebody. I signed up to a lovely themed swap hosted by one of the people I follow on Instagram and although I'm hopeless and failed to photograph my parcel before I sent it out, here's the exciting one which I received from my swap partner, Rachel.

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Lots of sweets and chocolate which I packed to take with me on the journey to the airport on Thursday, because early morning airport runs often need snacks.. A fluffy pen, which is awesome and the cutest little brooch (which I think is handmade). 
In my parcel, I also hand-knitted something, from this tutorial and was amazed by just how simple it was to complete. 

Sunday, 16 April 2017

Sunday Shoes 133..

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Irregular Choice: Off Beat
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 I feel as though I've rather fallen behind with some of the things I've been wanting to share on here, lately. Not just completed projects, new shoes and clothes, things I've been watching or listening to, but also lots of things about life in general. But hey ho. There's no rush. A bit at a time, and whatever you can manage, is just okay.


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It seems like quite a while since I shared a new pair of shoes - most new additions to my collection lately have been second hand, but here is my first pair from this season and so my first bunny print box. I love the muted pastel tones of this colourscheme; it seems perfect for springtime, and as is usually the case these days, the soles match the print on the box. 


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Anyhow, this style is Off Beat and they caught my eye first because of the lovely colourful stacked heel. The fronts are decorated with music notes and I love the mix of colour and glitter. The T-shaped Mary Jane strap is just a lovely finishing touch, in my opinion. 


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Friday, 14 April 2017

Friday Favourites 240..

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So, Easter weekend is upon us and although I'm away and therefore not doing anything special, here's what I'd love to be wearing as a kind of Easter themed outfit..who needs chocolate eggs?!

001: This Collectif dress just screams springtime to me. I have this in another colourway and love the shape and the effect of the tulle overlay and think that they've managed to nail the current embroidery trend in a beautifully elegant way.

002: These awesome socks would go perfectly with the dress, and UK Tights are currently running a 10% Easter discount with the code EASTER10 until Monday.

003: The new Palava collection is full of awesome new prints and I was excited to see that they've got more knitwear - including this awesome yellow swallow print cardigan. I bought a flamingo cardi from them last year and adore it, so I know this is going to be good...!

004: I remember at one point my shoe choices were all very much like this - the higher and the more leopard print the better. I love these sandals and think they'd be the perfect finishing touch to this outfit.

Any Easter wishlists?

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Some recent purchases..




I must admit, I'm not usually one for " haul" or "things I've bought" posts. This is often because I'm so eager to wear my new things that I don't stop to take a photo. Or because I'm forgetful. Or a combination of the two. But I've stacked up a few new things which have arrived over the past few weeks and here they are. 

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Dress // Blouse /. Tights - Joanie Clothing

Having been eagerly awaiting the arrival of this NYC border print dress on the Joanie website, I couldn't wait any longer to place an order when it finally arrived. I'm still waiting for the Eiffel Tower print cardigan (which I definitely want to wear for Paris) but that doesn't seem to have landed just yet. I did also order the Paris print blouse, which has a lovely big tie at the neck and a pair of red tights, which were in the clearance section, and are somehow a colour I don't seem to have. Honestly, my obsession with this website grows on an almost daily basis. 

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House bag: Cath Kidston // Floral Bag // Fish Purse - Primark 

On Sunday afternoon, once Amy and Sally had gone to get their trains, I was left unattended in Grand Central before heading home. Unwise? I ended up picking up the bag I've been umming and ahhing over for a while from Cath Kidston, and dismissing most of their new clothing as not-quite-my-thing. I used to adore their clothes, but having been kinda disappointed with the dinosaur dress, I'm no sure I'm that taken with them any longer. This bag, on the other hand...

Also, a ridiculously tiny bag and a coin purse from Primark, which I'd popped into to try and track down a couple of cardigans I'd seen...

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I'd mostly been looking for the ladybirds, but couldn't resist the flamingoes either. Cute, no?

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Sparkly Tote: Primark
This tote hadn't been on my list, but as one of the handles on the bag I've been using for the gym broke recently, I decided that this would be an easy-to-carry replacement for that, as well as being useful to carry my purchases home in. 

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The other thing I always check out in Primark is the bedding. Although Asda currently have my heart when it comes to duvet cover sets, Primark never fail to come out with some lovely printed sheets and bottom pillow cases, and I threw one set out recently in my Spring cleaning, so was pleased to replace them with these.


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Finally, a pootle into  Flying Tiger, which resulted in a couple of new rolls of washi tape, which I use for all kinds of things (mostly decorating snail mail and parcels, making birthday cards etc), a bowl and a roll of sheep ribbon, which was too cute to pass up. Also this little tin, which I'm planning to use to keep the essentials on my bedside table contained in.

Bought anything great, lately? 

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Tuesday Titles 127..

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The Lauras - Sara Taylor


This book is a journey, in the most literal sense as we follow Alex and Ma across America. They leave one night - Alex doesn't know where they're headed, and to begin with we're unsure whether Ma does either, but as we journey through her past and across the states, it becomes apparent that she's got a destination in mind.

Alex, too, is on a journey of...I guess you'd call it discovery. Having decided from a young age not to be defined by either gender, it's interesting to see other people react to this choice, which Alex and Ma just consider to be a fact.

The more of Ma's past we find out about, the more it seems that perhaps she is still a searching for something, too. What is "home"? Foster homes, past loves and places she's known all piece together like a patchwork quilt of her past, which helps Alex to understand more about the person she is today.


I didn’t realise my mother was a person until I was thirteen years old and she pulled me out of bed, put me in the back of her car, and we left home and my dad with no explanations. I thought that Ma was all that she was and all that she had ever wanted to be. I was wrong...