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Friday, 22 June 2018

Friday Favourites 280..





Oh, this week feels as though it's absolutely zoomed by in a flash. A little like the whole of the year seems to have, as we've now passed Midsummer's Day and therefore halfway through 2018. It makes me feel a little giddy, to be honest.

In between chasing up things to do with moving house (why does this take so *long*?!) here are a couple of things which have taken my fancy in a recent browse online. 

001: This cardigan is the kind of thing I look at sometimes and think I could emulate. But, since I don't seem to have time to breathe lately, let alone crack on with craft projects, I think perhaps it's better admitting defeat and purchasing. Bottle green is a lovely wardrobe staple for me, and the thread it metallic, so that's a winner in my book.

002: This skirt. I'm sure I've mentioned it before. I don't know why but the combination of the buttons to the front, the vintage style pockets and the cute duckling border print, really appeal. 

What's catching your eye lately? Any sale bargains? 

Tuesday, 19 June 2018

Tuesday Titles 157..

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A little while ago (I think it was the start of May), I took part in a book swap, arranged by Gwen and Alex. We got paired up and sent over books which we'd enjoyed to our fellow readers. Here's the parcel I received from my sender, Sarah, and a little confession... I'd planned to read all of these and then do a little post with a review of all three. But, lately things are getting rather hectic and so far I've only managed to read my first..

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I have to admit, I was pleased when I unwrapped this title as it's one I've heard a lot about over recent months. Sooo many people seem to have read and raved about it and frankly, I was intrigued. 

Right from the start, Eleanor draws me in with her introverted personality and her overwhelming sense of loneliness. She's the misfit every office worker can picture - that one person nobody seems to know much about, who avoids social interactions wherever possible. Eleanor's home life consists of routine grocery shopping, two bottles of vodka per night and weekly phonecalls with Mummy. 

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Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine: Gail Honeyman

Eleanor seems content with her life as it is, until one day she sees the object of her affections; a pop star. She imagines a life and a future with him, much different to how her current life goes and sets about making some changes - new clothes, hair and a makeover - in the hope that she will be noticed. 

Towards the end of the book, there's a twist which I felt was a little superfluous, but that seems to be the way of recent fiction. I'm not spoiling anything by saying that things change for Eleanor.

I, like Sarah's parcel tag says, also wasn't sure I was going to like this one- I just never seem to be on the same wavelength as those high-popularity award winning titles. But, enjoy it I did. I wouldn't rush out and a buy a copy for everyone I know, but I didn't hate it. I'd say it's somewhere in the middle, for me. 

Friday, 15 June 2018

Friday Favourites 279..

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Even though I definitely should not in any way be shopping. At all. But, naturally, I haven't let this stop me. These things are just calling to me from the depths of the internets.

001: This Yoshi bag has been one of my favourites for sooooo many years. I LOVE jammy dodgers, although I haven't had one for years. I'd definitely share my love for them by wearing my heart on my sleeve as it were. 

002: These clowns are just amazing. I'm sure I must have mentioned them before. I love that there's one happy and one sad and how good they look against the black and white stripes. 

003: This Joanie dress is the stuff of dreams. Seriously. Jam jar print dress and a jammy dodger bag - what could be better?! 

Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Tuesday Titles 156..

Ali McNamara
Daisy's Vintage Cornish Camper Van: Ali McNamara
If you're looking for the perfect feel-good holiday read, you need look no further. You've found it.
I've read a few Ali McNamara books before and they certainly fall into the comfortable chick-lit category. Easy to curl up with and read on a park bench or a sun-lounger by the pool.

Welcome to the gorgeous Cornish town of St Felix, where there's magic in the air...
When Ana inherits a broken-down camper van from her best friend, she takes the chance for a quick trip to Cornwall - some sea air and fish and chips on the beach is just the tonic she needs.
But St Felix has bigger plans for Ana. She discovers a series of unsent postcards, dating back to the 1950s, hidden in the upholstery of the van. Ana knows that it's a sign: she'll make sure that the messages reach the person that they were meant for. And as the broken-down van is restored to gleaming health, so Ana begins to find her way back to happiness.

I adored how easy it was to get transported to St Felix through the pages of this book. As a reader we follow Ana and her grief process as she comes to terms with what her dearest friend has left for her. Slowly, it becomes clear that life doesn't always turn out as you'd planned, but perhaps that's OK.
As ever, thank you to Little Brown for providing me with a copy to review. This title is available from 14th June 2018. 


Sunday, 3 June 2018

Sunday Shoes 152: Shoely Not..

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Oof, it's been rather a while since my last Sunday Shoes post, hasn't it?!
One of the latest pairs to join my collection - I've been saving up some rewards points for a while now, and managed to reach enough to cash them in for a new pair of shoes. This pair of Shoely Not has been top of my wishlist for a while now, so I didn't have to hesitate before I made my decision. 


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Arriving a few days later in their bright yellow box, I eagerly unwrapped the tissue paper and took all of the details in. I don't know if these are considered one of the "concept heels", but the shape of the heart heel is one of the things which most drew me to this pair. Something completely different from anything else in my collection. 


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The fronts of the sandals are adorned with fabric hearts, embroidered with the text "Love Me...", which is pretty cute and also reminds me of a pair from a long long time ago, which had "Kiss Me" on the fronts. (And also their sister pair which I've never been able to track down which said something else: "F*** Me"). 

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The shoes themselves are mostly a metallic pink glitter PVC, with the fronts being made from a navy chiffon-look fabric with gold metallic polka dots. Obviously the hearts on the fronts draw attention, but so do the lovely ankle straps, which fasten with a buckle and are adorned with pearls all the way round. 

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A peep toe front, but thankfully not enough of one to make me wary (I'm just not a fan of the way some peep toe shoes look - on me - ), and then the main feature...the heel. 

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The heels on Shoely Not are a solid heart shape, in metallic pink to match the platforms. The heel tip is a regular round stiletto one, and the heel height measures a very reasonable (and comfortable!) 4 inches. 

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As with so many of the new Irregular Choice designs, there is just SO much to catch the eye and the attention to detail is really high. They're definite head-turners. Also pretty low in comparison to a lot of my collection. Speaking of which, I'm undertaking another "wear all my IC collection" challenge - over on Instagram if you'd like to follow my progress. I'm aiming to post a pair each day. 



Friday, 1 June 2018

Friday Favourites 278..

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Oh, this weather has been crazy this week, but I've been turning my thoughts to holidaying. I've got a couple of city breaks to look forward to this summer and I've been turning my attentions to pretty and yet functional footwear for sightseeing and exploring. Comfortable shoes are a must when you've got lots of ground to cover, I think. 

Here's a little round-up of some of my current favourites. Which would you pick?

001: What could be better than a pair of trainers which look like ice creams? There's so much going on here and yet it all seems to work so well together, just like a knickerbocker glory!

002: These Cath Kidston seagull espadrilles are currently on sale and would make the perfect pair of shoes for the beach.

003: I love these cute floral pumps. Anything with a Liberty print is always a winner for me.

004: I didn't think I was a fan of rose gold until I saw these Ted Baker trainers. I really like how the muted metallic works across the whole of the shoe.

.005: I think these might be my favourite - sharks, fishes and glitter - oh my! If that wasn't enough, the soles of these actually light up as you walk. 

Friday, 18 May 2018

Friday Favourites 277..

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A few colourful things which have caught my eye this week, as I've been asked for birthday ideas etc lately. Here are some of the things I'd be most thrilled to receive. 

001: This Collectif cardigan is beautiful and yet so simple with it's pointelle finish. I love wrap-around cardigans; they're so flattering, and I think it would be the perfect summer wardrobe staple.

002: This Seasalt print is everywhere lately and rightly so. Tiny village fete shenanigans. Could this be any more summery? 

003: Topping my endless IC wishlist of late is this pair. The floral background, the cockatiel on the front, the ankle strap; they're pretty much perfect, in my opinion. 

004: I noticed this lovely embellished clutch bag on Instagram lately and could barely believe it was from M+S. What a gem!

What's on your wishlist this week?