Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Long live the pioneers, rebels and mutineers..

Isabelle Dress: Zoe Vine
This dress was waiting for me when I got back from my travels last week and I'm completely smitten. Having spied it on the utterly adorable Kayla, and recognising the Isabelle dress from one of my recent favourites post (I featured the green polka dot version here), I decided that the time had come to place my order....only to receive a refund shortly afterwards, as they'd just sold the last one. 

Dejected, I had a little look around but couldn't find it online anywhere else, so had almost given up hope when someone got in touch via Instagram to tell me they'd seen one on sale in The Whiting Post shop, so perhaps I should give them a call. I did, and they were suuuuper lovely - I was able to buy it over the phone and it was sent out to me that very day! A big thank you to them. 

Shoes: M+S Limited Collection
These shoes, too, are new to me. I was definitely only popping into one of the local charity shops to drop off a bag of donations, but they happened to catch my eye as I turned to leave, and happened to be in my size. What's more, they were brand new M+S Limited Collection and were just £4,99. I couldn't reeeeally leave without them, could I?! 

Bag: Ollie and Nic
I've not used this bag for a while now. I'd thought I should really pick something a little more nautique, but this one always makes me think of cheerful spring days. Finishing things off with a really neutral cardigan, and some bright red lipstick (argh - there's something *so* self-conscious about lipstick), I was ready to face the day.

Cardigan: Primark 
I'm definitely overcoming some demons this week, but I'm being thankful that I have some lovely people to help me out with this - special shout outs to those who'll put up with late night "talk some sense into me" phone calls, and those who've arranged lovely plans to look forward to. Think positive thoughts, and positive things will happen, a wise man told me today. We'll see. 

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Tuesday Titles 129..

The Kicking the Bucket List - Cathy Hopkins

This book was one I read whilst away in Switzerland; I managed to find quite a bit of time to crack on with some of my to-reads, which was very good indeed.

Iris Parker leaves her three daughters a message in her will which they weren't expecting. They can have their inheritance, provided that they agree to spend several weekends together over the course of the next twelve months and partake in the activities which Iris and her friends have arranged for them.

Creative Dee, uptight Rose and impulsive Fleur haven't had a close relationship for as long as they can remember, so their mother's wishes fill them with unease.

Reluctantly, coerced by the charismatic and spiritual Daniel, the sisters try to overcome the decades of fallings out and misunderstandings and begin to find one another once again.

I found this book particularly poignant as one of three sisters who aren't particularly close and found myself subconsciously comparing us to the three characters, and frankly wondering how we'd cope with these challenges.

Then, one evening as I was nearing the end of this book, I suddenly came to the twist I was *not* expecting, and woke the next morning wondering if I'd dreamt it. I hadn't, and it was a brilliant ending.

Monday, 24 April 2017

Tie them to the trellis..

Trellis Dress: Laura Ashley // Shoes: Irregular Choice

At one point, Laura Ashley were definitely my go-to for dresses. A few years back, it seemed as though every dress in their collection was very heavily 50s inspired, and I loved it. Map prints, florals, you name it. Then, they kind of had a couple of years where their dresses didn't seem to be the kind of thing which would suit me (I'll never have the right body shape to feel comfortable in A-line anything!)

So, until last week, when I was walking past my local store, it had been an absolute age since I'd bought anything new from Laura Ashley. In the middle of their window display was this dress, part of the archive collection (which seems to be all about bringing back some of their older prints and styles), and that it was in the sale. 

I'm feeling Monday as a new start this week - very much needed all round. 

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..

001 // 002 // 003 // 004

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..

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..


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.


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..

Irregular Choice: Off Beat

 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.


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. 


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.