Sunday, 30 August 2015

Sunday Shoes 080: Irregular Choice Tiny Ted

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 Oh my. I was surprised by these Tiny Ted heels earlier in the week and can I just say, they've totally stolen my heart.

I'm a real fan of the new style of soles and shoeboxes, This season the theme seems to be leaves, acorns and woodland creatures, matching the fox and mouse on these Forest Pals flats

As for the heels themselves, the first thing I notice is of course the huge soft teddy adorning the front. I love the way he's mirrored on each shoe and looks as though he's waving. The rest of the shoe is covered in this pretty iridescent turquoise fabric, which seems to change colour as the light catches it. 

Of course, the ubiquitous perspex heels make an appearance, in a lovely shade of pale blue. And I love the attention to the little details. The bows on the backs of the shoes, the delicate scalloped edging around the ankle strap and the fronts of the shoes, just add to the cutesy nature of these. I can't wait to wear them.

Irregular Choice Tiny Ted heels*

Saturday, 29 August 2015

Polka dot cottage.

Dress: Handmade (Simplicity 2444) // Cardigan: M+S

Necklaces: Accessorize
Cottage Bag: Vendula London* // Shoes: Lola Ramona*

I really couldn't wait to create an outfit around my new cottage box bag from Vendula London, which I reviewed recently. I decided that the colours in the bag would go nicely with these Lola Ramona shoes, which were a lot more comfortable than I remember them being last time I wore them.

I went fairly basic with a monochrome dress and a cardigan which seemed to match one of the colours of the dots on the shoes. A fairly uninspiring outfit, perhaps, but I kinda liked it.

Friday, 28 August 2015

Friday Favourites 158..

001: Junebugs Squirrel Dress, PUG Clothing $132
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002: Pamela Mann Love Bones Tights, £9.99
We've had some really odd weather this week. Showers and gloomy skies which are reminding me that summer seems to be drawing to a close. What does that mean? Well, I'm thinking Autumn wardrobe thoughts.

001: This is my favourite PUG Clothing dress of all time. Some of my favourite retro style bloggers have teamed up with PUG to create their own line and frankly this is the only dress which really stands out to me, but boy does it stand out. Autumn colour palette and squirrel print, I need you in my life. (I might have tracked down somewhere which sells the fabric...)

002: Sarah's conversation on Twitter recently about the Funnybones books I used to enjoy as a kid had me thinking about Halloween outfit ideas, and then a few days later, completely by chance, I came across these awesome tights. How cute would they be with a plain(ish) dress to give a bit of a Halloween touch to an outfit in October? Want! 

What have you been lusting over this week? Do you think we've seen the last of the summer?

Thursday, 27 August 2015

I'd give you everything and more..

(Image credit: My Voucher Codes)

Every week, I meet my nan for a coffee and a catch up. And almost every week, without fail, she tells me of some new scam she's heard about. Either on the TV, where she's watched something about an old lady who has been tricked out of all of her savings, or she herself might have received an email from a South African prince, or taken a phone call from someone assuring her they can fix her computer which has stopped working.

Every week, I think how good it is that she doesn't fall for these things (she's finally started telling callers that she doesn't have a computer, or using the spam button for her email, but it did get me wondering how many other vulnerable people are out there and at risk of falling into these traps.

After a little research, one thing I've realised is that it's not just the older generation who are at risk of identity theft online. According to research done by My Voucher Codes, it sounds as though the younger generation, despite being considered the tech-savvy ones, are just as likely to have their online content stolen.

Actually, I guess that makes sense when you think about it. With the rise in popularity of blogging and social media over the past few years, some people are even making a career of it and more and more people are sharing more information online about themselves and their lives. With the general consensus amongst readers that they prefer to be able to relate to the person they are reading about, and that they want to read about "real life" as opposed to being fed a picture of perfection (this is something which I hear time and again about bloggers), it's easy to see why writers of blogs are eager to present a slice of their real life.

But, does this come at a cost? With the selfie-generation sharing more and more intimate details about their lives on their blogs and social profiles, surely they are just making it easier for those with an ulterior motive to capture details about them. In some instances, it looks as though these details have been used to apply for things in the blogger's name, or to create fake profiles across social media sites using their photos and information. Just because this is all happening online, it's still real life and it's still classed as fraud, but I guess it's something which it's important to be aware of.

I've always been quite careful to avoid posting *too much* information. Obviously, I like to share certain things on my blog, but there are areas of my life which are off limits, partly because I don't like the idea of posting anything which affects anyone else and partly because some of those things just aren't relevant or appropriate. I've also always been one of those people who doesn't turn on location settings - I've never really understood that 'checking in' thing.

How do you decide how much to share online? If you'd like to read the article I found, it's here on TechLounge.

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Oh wait, you're fossilized..

Dress: Handmade (Sewoverit Betty) // Cardigan: New Look
Brooch: Gift // Necklace: Primark
Shoes: Irregular Choice // Bag: Primark

Things are back to normal now, really. For the next week or so anyway. I have no spare time, but this is nothing new. Juggling far too many things as ever. 

Here's one of my recent makes - this dinosaur print fabric is yet another to add to my collection of homemade dinosaur dresses. I love the pastel colour scheme on this and decided it would make a great Betty dress, to which I added some little bows on the shoulders. 

Sticking with the pastels, I dug out some absolute favourite shoes, which I've had for many years and almost worn to death. They're certainly much more loose on my feet than they were ten years ago. I love this dinosaur brooch, which Sarah sent me for my birthday. She's a present buying genius, that one. 

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

I'll dress this city in flames..

Dress: Handmade (see this post) // Shoes: New Look // Necklace: Accessorize
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On Friday morning, I boarded the coach along with 38 other guide and senior section members from my county. The day was finally here- the trip I've been stressing out about for the past few months. After a long journey, a calm ferry crossing and a couple of service station stops, we arrived at the hotel on the outskirts of Paris and the girls spent the evening planning their team strategy for Saturday's wide game around the city.

Saturday itself was a rather crazy, full day. My team were great, they'd put a plan together including which metro stations we'd need to head to in order to find the zones we'd find our clues in. The weather was more than great - it must've been 30C, which I suspect slowed us down a little. 


On Sunday, the girls were excited to have tickets to Disneyland and once I'd dropped them all off (leaving them with other responsible leaders, of course) I caught the train back into Paris for a day of sightseeing and exploring. 

One thing I hadn't really realised was that so much of Paris is closed on a Sunday. Not museums, which seem to be open as do most of the tourist attractions) but the shops - I'd hoped to find some fabric shops but no luck there. Instead, I wandered down the Champs-Élysées although none of the shops took my fancy and then walked around the Arc de Triomphe, before heading back towards the river to cross to the Eiffel Tower.

I walked up to the second floor for the second time in as many days, but the view is totally worth it. After a little souvenir shopping, the next wander was along the banks of the Seine, until I reached Pont de la Concorde and crossed so that I could head for the Louvre through le Jardin des Tuileries, which were just beautiful.

Finally, after spying a little grocery store and buying 40 brioche and 40 apples as snacks for the journey home, I was able to sit and watch the world pass at a pavement cafe and practice my terrible pigeon French with the poor unsuspecting dwellers of the next table. I tried my first macaron, which was OK. The fresh raspberries were the best thing about it, to be honest.

I grabbed the Metro back to Châtelet and hopped on the train, which as luck would have it arrived at the gates of Disney just as my group were leaving. A lovely day of nothing at all and yet lots of sights. The last time I was in Paris was about 15 years ago on an exchange trip and there was a lot I didn't see (there are still plenty of things I'd like to see or spend more time at) but maybe I'll go again. 

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Monday, 24 August 2015

Tiny little robots..

Dress: Handmade (Sewoverit Betty) // Shoes: ASOS
Necklace: Accessorize
Tights: New Look // Cardigan: H+M
One of the fabrics I'd received for my birthday but have only just got around to making up into a dress. I love the fact that the robot print is so tiny on this fabric that from a distance it kind of just passes for polka dots or something. 

I seem to be going through a bit of a phase with this necklace; I've been teaming it with everything, I've found I do often do that with jewellery. I'll wear a certain necklace or pair of earrings loads for a few weeks and then put them away and not wear them for an age.

This suitcase is actually a little metal one, which I'm going to use for storage. I just kind of thought it looked cute. Not so practical as an actual handbag, though.