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Sunday, 20 August 2017

Sunday Shoes 141: Bunny Hop

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I mentioned that I'm most defnitely falling behind with things. These shoes, one of three pairs which I ordered in the Irregular Choice sale, for example. I can't think how long they've been sitting around in their box waiting to be admired. 

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Bunny Hop came in a few different colours and I liked the yellow best of all. It's a kind of pastel mustard shade, I think.  There's a low block heel which is a metallic rose gold colour, and the uppers of the shoes are covered in embroidered flowers and bunnies.

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The edges are all trimmed with the tiny scalloped details I've come to expect from recent IC collections and the front of each shoe has a bow. I love a good bow. I also love the fact that the bow has an embroidered rabbit on the outside, and these details are mirrored across the shoes, unlike some I can think of in the past where the left and right have been the same. 

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Saturday, 19 August 2017

#FOQ2017..

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This time last week, I was whizzing my way down the motorway to collect Sarah. We then headed to the NEC for the Festival of Quilts.

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Now, I guess you'd be right to be a little confused at that. I'm not a quilter. Despite the fact that I've still not finished my postage stamp quilt, I really don't think I'd ever consider myself one. But there were going to be fabric stalls, of course. 

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We did have a little look around the actual quilt displays as well. Some of them were just amazing - I think that this above, depicting a two-person prison cell, was one of my favourites. 


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There were some quilted items on display which weren't traditional quilts, too. This pirate ship, which is being attacked by The Kraken, was hands down my favourite - and I posted more photos showing some of the amazing details on my Instagram, here.

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This skirt reminded me of one I used to have in my teens, which had appliqued Alice and cards and also a teeny tiny pocket watch. I wonder whatever happened to that.. 

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I loved these chickens - again, so much detail on them all. 

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And technically not on display in the competition categories, but I snapped a photo of this robot backpack because I loved it. Maybe one day I'll progress my skills ebough to make something similar..

Friday, 18 August 2017

Friday Favourites 257..

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Another week, another wishlist. This week I seem to have just focussed on one outfit which I think would work rather nicely as the weather gets a little worse.. 

001: I spied this new Lindy Bop dress on the Thunder Egg site a couple of weeks ago, although haven't noticed on it on the LB site as yet. I love a good cord pinafore dress (I have a couple of cords stacked up to make my own, but never seem to get enough sewing time, so this would be a good alternative). 

002: I think a peplum blouse would look pretty good under this dress - this one from Zaful would be prefect to pick out the blue in the embroidery, no...? 

003: And finally, these shoes would match perfectly. Maybe with some colourful tights, or just some warm black ones.. 

What have you been thinking about Autumnal clothing? The shops seem to be full of Back To School promotions and I'm just wondering how time started to go so fast..!


Wednesday, 16 August 2017

We're the captains of our own souls..

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Dress: Dresslily*
It's been a funny old week. This dress was another which arrived from Dresslily the other day, although for some reason they seem to have sent everything out separately. I was reminded of this necklace when I saw the mix of colours and think it works quite nicely with the V shaped neckline.

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Shoes: Irregular Choice
I wore this for a fairly decent day at work and then to meet a friend for a drink. We sat around in the beer garden in a local pub for a little while, watching the players on the bowling green in full swing until the sun went down. It was rather nice to have a catch up, although a little bittersweet when it became apparent that some people never change.

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Caravan Bag: Vendula London 
This might be one of my favourite novelty bags of all time. I think this might be the first photo I've shared of it (the shame!), but it was a birthday present, and as I've come to expect with anything from Vendula London, it's just awesome. Such attention to detail. The cross-body strap has lovely little tassel details on and the caravan itself is chock full of little details.

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Necklace: eBay
I've had this necklace for a good few years now - one of those "few pence from eBay" ones, which would take so long to arrive that you'd have pretty much forgotten you'd ordered them. As for the shoes (which you can barely see), they're a pair of Irregular Choice which I've had for years and still adore - the fronts of the sandals are adorned with little jewelled frog charms.


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Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Tuesday Titles 139..

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White Lies: Ellie Holmes

I love it when you come to the end of a book and yet still feel as though you're deeply embedded in the story. I read this over the weekend and was still thinking about it on Monday morning. 

A wet night; a car crash; three lives are changed forever..

When Sam Davenport and her husband, Neil are involved in a car crash on their way home from a party one rainy night, they can't possibly know how long they will have to live with the consequences. Each faced with a moral dilemma; Neil has to decide whether to flee the scene, whilst Sam has to decide whether or not she can bring herself to lie for him. 

Decisions are made and the Davenports have to try and carry on with their lives as normal, but this proves nigh on impossible. Their marriage, which was already at breaking point, might not be able to take any more...

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I was keen to know what inspired Ellie to write White Lies and here's what she had to say: 

I am fascinated by deception in all its forms and I wanted to write a story where someone is faced with a moral dilemma (I chose the car crash) and makes a snap decision as to which path to take.  Then, once they are on it, they have to carry on down that path.   I also wanted to explore the idea of one lie leading to another and another so that a character becomes imprisoned by their own lies and somehow has to find their way back to themselves.

I think everyone will at some stage in their lives have told a white lie but even the simplest lie can have unexpected consequences.  Hopefully readers will put themselves in the shoes of the characters and think 'What would I have done?'

I also wanted to explore how our parents imprint themselves on our lives both in good ways and bad.  All of the main characters are shaped by their parents' failings/lives - Neil because his own father failed in his profession driving Neil to succeed in his place, Sam being scarred because of her father's infidelity and David because he lost his parents at a young age and never came to terms with the grief.  This also gave me the opportunity to explore the idea that sometimes the biggest lies we tell are often the lies we tell ourselves.  In White Lies the characters only become true to themselves once they face up to their parents' influences and move beyond them to become their own people.

I was absolutely hooked, all the way through this book. It has an almost creepy undertone; I was suspicious (mostly of David's motives) and keen to find out what happened to all three of them. I vacillated between Neil and David in a bid to try and decide who was most worthy of Sam's attentions, although was conscious all the way through the book that her actions weren't entirely blameless. Even at the end, I wasn't sure whose side I was on and therefore how I felt about the way things turned out. But I'd absolutely implore you to read it and see what you think... 

Monday, 14 August 2017

I hold the sky in my hands..

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Want to see something awesome? I was hoping that the photos I took when I tootled down to the pub with this last week would come out a little better but they're rather blurry, so here are some close-ups of the newest addition to my Vendula London collection. 

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This is The Crown Grab Bag: similar in style to the old favourite, The George pub, but with a bunch of new details. Just check out the roaring fire through the window, and that leather armchair. 

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As usual with the grab bag, the top of the bag takes on the roof shape, with clasp and hinge in the middle of the roof. Again, the level of detail here is amazing. I honestly don't know how the team at Vendula keep coming up with such lovely designs and making them so, so perfect..! 

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As well as being plenty big enough for all of my essential daily bits and bobs, there's a back zipped pocket; a good size for tickets, phone etc. There's an inner pocket, too, which I tend to use for my iPod. 
The Crown comes with a detachable top grab handle, and a cross-body strap which can be clipped on and off, as required. The shoulder strap is adjustable so can be worn across the body or on the shoulder as preferred. I tend to favour the grab handle but like the option of being able to add another strap just in case. 


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All in all, I'd definitely recommend this bag to anyone looking for something a little quirky but a decent size. You can get the full range of bag sizes in the Crown design, but this is the best one, in my opinion. Bravo, Vendula London!


Saturday, 12 August 2017

I wear my heart on my sleeve..

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Hermione jumper: Joanie Clothing
As a treat for the end of a superbly successful long weekend at guide camp, we headed out into the rainy town after the most long-awaited showers ever to catch a movie. Dunkirk, to be precise. More on that later. 

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Heart Bag: Topshop // Blind Love brogues: Irregular Choice
These shoes arrived just before I went away and I couldn't wait to wear them, so had spent the day planning an outfit in my head to go with them. The blue fishnets (again, I know!) to pick out their blue bows, and this heart shaped handbag to go with the mesh hearts across the shoes.

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Trench Coat: F+F 
I've always been one to wear my heart on my sleeve, in some respects. Figuratively, of course. I'll fight for what I believe in, to the end and I'm not afraid to speak my mind, even if that gets me into bother. And yet, there are certain situations where I should probably speak my mind a little more, on emotional matters anyway. Because sometimes people don't know the things you assume they know.

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Skirt: Book of Deer // Tights: ASOS

Anyhow. Less of the DMC; I dug out this Book of Deer skirt, last worn here, and the recent Joanie picnic jumper, as I often find I'm cold in the cinema. After a weekend of wearing shorts and either walking boots or wellies, it felt nice to get back to my kind of normality..