Saturday, 27 May 2017

Organised Chaos..


I don't think anyone would ever describe me as particularly organised. Certainly not anyone who knew me very well, anyway. I'd describe my life as organised chaos to anyone who asked, I guess. 

Naturally that meant that on Friday morning I'd not really started packing for the trip I was leaving for on Friday afternoon. Yes, that same day. I'd kind-of made a list. 

Here's what I ended up with, for 10 days in France; the first week of which will be spent relaxing by a lake, followed by a weekend in Paris. I've never been that good at capsule wardrobes, or packing light, but I did try hard here. 

From the top: I packed all this into my huuuuuuge Care Bears holdall, which was an IG competition win and has come in useful for so many trips since.
Towel and washbag containing all of the essentials. I didn't go for travel-size anything, because I'm not restricted on baggage on the way out. Instead I took things which I know I'll finish whilst I'm over there, so I don't need to fly back with them. 

Camera, PJs and running gear - I love exploring places I'm staying, and try to do that by running when I wake up (since I tend to wake much earlier than most of my guests). I'm still not a fan of running (see this post for more of my thoughts on the subject) but it's a nice way to explore somewhere new and get some time with my thoughts. And my iPod.

This amazing Paris theme handbag is a Yoshi one - they're just brilliant when it comes to cute designs and I picked it up very cheaply on eBay with it's matching purse, in advance of my trip. I know I'm a geek, but I'm cool with this.

I recently finished these Turia dungaree shorts, and have brought a selection of vests and tees to go with them. Also my floral playsuit, because it's a staple when I go anywhere and it's sunny. And the dinosaur shorts I made last year before my America trip, plus some more tees. We have a week of pretty much relaxing / doing very little planned, so I've gone for pretty casual attire.

Two cardigans, which will go with anything (in my world anyway). four dresses for the days in actual Paris itself, and two pairs of sandals. 

Now, what have I forgotten...? There's bound to be something. 

Friday, 26 May 2017

Friday Favourites 246..

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Oh, this week has gone far too quickly, which is always the way when you have a long list of things to get done before it ends. But I shouldn't complain as I'm off on adventures now. Yay! Here are a few of the things which have made my eyes heart-shaped this week..

001: I think just about everyone in the world (well, on my Inst feed anyway) already has this lovely dress, but I'm so smitten. I don't even like watermelons. Or Dirty Dancing. But, I think this would be cute and perfect for summer days nonetheless. Bravo, Collectif. {Incidentally, they're offering £17 off AND free shipping until May 31st, with the dicsount code BIRTHDAY17, when you spend £75 or more, so take that opportunity!}

002 // 004: It's been several years since I used to fold the pages of my mum's Joe Browns catalogue at the items I liked (I don't think she ever took the hint), and I have to admit, it's been a long while since I looked at their catalogues. But last week, I was flicking through one at a friend's house and realised how many lovely new things they seem to have. Tiger Milly have started stocking the Joe Browns shoe range, and I love the polka dot / floral shoes and matching bag. Cute, no?

003: Ah, those amazing folks at Designosaur have done it again. They're always coming up with new and dino-inspired designs and I really love the bright colour and simplistic design of these earrings, showing mountains, cactii and dinosaurs roaming free.

What's caught your eye this week? 

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Climb every mountain, ford every stream..


Frankly, it felt as though we really did climb every mountain we saw in Switzerland. It's been a good few weeks since my Switzerland trip, but life happens and I'm only just getting around to sharing some photos. The world doesn't end if things take a little longer than expected, I've found. 


We stayed in a chalet at the top of a mountain just above the teeny town of Adelboden, for four days over the Easter weekend, and the weather was fairly decent and spring-like. Getting the train across the country from Zurich to our destination was rather nice as there was a visible change in the scenery as we headed further into the mountains. I was childishly excited that there was still snow on the tops of many of them. 


The chalet was, like many of the others in the surrounding area, entirely wooden and our room was pretty cute. Naturally, I packed light - I managed to take just enough shoes for the four day stay. But forgot *any* t-shirts. Because I am a packing halfwit. 


Many more photos to follow..

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Tuesday Titles 132..

Spandex and the City: Jenny T Colgan
I'm rather pleased to be part of the blog tour for this book. Spandex and the City is the book I took to Switzerland with me and read on the trains as we travelled to and from the airport. I was quickly drawn into the witty writing and quick-fire banter between the characters, here. 
Holly, described as being one of those unlucky in love people, is always being set up by best friend Gertie, but to no avail. One night, as they're out celebrating. the bar they're at is robbed and Holly throws herself in the way of the perps in order to stop her friend's ring from being stolen. This plan kind of backfires for Holly as she finds herself being tied up and dragged away. 

Luckily, local spandex-wearing superhero, Ultimate Man, isn't far behind to save Holly, and she becomes something of a media sensation when she gets back to work. The question on everyone's lips is whether she knows the real identity of their local hero. Holly doesn't. But,it's not long before their paths cross again and she's able to figure out who he really is.

Can she keep Ultimate Man's true identity a secret? Why does Holly always seem to end up stuck between the hero and his arch-nemesis, Frederick Cecil, who seems hell-bent on causing chaos wherever he goes? And what do they want with Holly...?

If you can keep up with the fast pace at which this story moves, it's certainly an enjoyable read for slightly-daft, escapism purposes. 

Follow the rest of the blog tour below.

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Sunday, 21 May 2017

Sunday Shoes 136..


A few little photos of one of the -many- pairs of shoes I've added to my collection, lately. I don't think I was even familiar with this style before seeing them pop up on a recent eBay auction, but they're called Stick of Rock, according to their box. 


Very similar in shape and design to Trinkletina, which I have in a few different colours, I was already well aware of how they'd fit {i.e. pretty much perfectly}.The mixture of fabrics; red and white polka dots and also a pretty, ditsy floral print work really well together, in my opinion.


Again, just like Trinkletina, they've got a bundle of three detachable charms; on Stick of Rock it's an ice cream, a panda and a bunch of grapes. I think these are a really cute touch but I'm also glad they can be detached, as I do find that they can bump around on things, which can sometimes be unwanted.


And as for the fronts, they're adorned with a sequinned bow in red, gold and green and then finished off with a pretty heart and arrow charm. A lovely addition to my collection, which I know I'll get a lot of wear from. 

Friday, 19 May 2017

Friday Favourites 245..

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I really like how this week's wishlist picks seem to go rather nicely together in colour-scheme. They'd make a lovely outift, no? Here's what's been catching my eye this week, anyhow.

001: This amazing Little Moose necklace - have they ever made anything I haven't loved?! - would be the perfect addition to just about any dress, I think. Pretty little seahorses. 

002: Lindy Bop have been coming out with heaps of lovely new prints and I adore this bright yellow background colour, with it's lovely skyline border print. 

003: I first spied this Cath Kidston bag in the airport store, en route to Switzerland, but I decided my already overstashed holdall couldn't stretch to it. I love that although the print is large, it ends up being rather subtle. It's only when you look quite closely that you realise it's bananas, and so are the handles!

004: Another new discovery for me in the form of Isa Duval brooches. So many beautiful retro ladies to choose from. I love this air hostess, but there are loads of others too.

What's caught your eye this week?

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Found a demon in my safest haven..


There's definitely something to be said for taking the pressure off. Even just a little.
As someone who will tell you until I'm blue in the face that I work so much better under pressure, even I have come to realise that you can't be under pressure 100% of the time. It just doesn't work. So, I'm starting to try and be less hard on myself. In a number of different ways. This past weekend was a really good example, I think.



I've been super behind with the allotment this year; so much so that the prospect of spending a lot of time there has been filling me with a kind of...guilty dread? But on Saturday morning, since there was no Parkrun to be done due to an event in the usual venue, I trundled down there and spent a few hours digging things over. I had a finite time, as I was being picked up later to go help out at the local campsite work day, and that probably helped. I just did....what I could. And what I could was enough, because actually, it is. I mean, no, it's never going to be the tidiest, or the best laid out, or the most award-winning allotment. But I enjoyed my time there, and feel enthused about doing a little more as and when I can and anything we can consume as a result of my efforts is a bonus. Less pressure: can be a good thing, right?