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Tuesday, 20 December 2016

It's cute in a way, till you cannot speak..

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Dress: Lindy Bop // Jumper: Handmade
I'm still feeling awful, but there's no time to dwell on being ill (or anything else for that matter). I have so much to do and it's stressing me out because I worry too much about everything. Ugh. Most of it, particularly the work parts, are things that I can do absolutely nothing to influence until they happen, so I really shouldn't be worrying about them. But it's a hard habit to break.

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Necklace: Accessorize
Still a week or so of work, I'm kind of trying to get the most from my Christmassy clothes, but added this jumper over my Vivi dress because this cold (or whatever it is) has had me shivering. Luckily a friend came over last night to chat and introduced me to my first Lemsip. They're kind of helping. I've never bothered doing anything other than letting a cold run it's course before.

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Tights: New Look // Shoes: Red or Dead
Trying hard to use this waiting time to get on top of the festive prep. A couple more Christmas cakes delivered, repairs being sorted out for the cars (hopefully), and I'm booking myself on a learn-to-ski course, which I'm excited about. Where's the best place to buy ski clothes from? 

Monday, 19 December 2016

Brocade and broken hearts..

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Dress: Lady V London // Shoes: Carvela
Pro tip: If you're going to get your heart broken, try and make it coincide with coming down with the flu - that way you can pass your teary eyes off as a side-effect of being ill. 

But hey ho. Aside from the above, I had a lovely weekend with some of my favourite girls, which was very much needed. No doubt more on that soon.. 

This week is going to be pretty full-on, with a lot of pretty huge work things which need to be finished and resolved before the festive break, and a lot of the Christmas prep to be finished off as well. I haven't even sent my cards yet (sorry!). I feel as though this serves me right for feeling so smug at the end of November that I'd got all my presents bought - all of a sudden it's less than a week away and shiiiiiiiit. 

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Bag: Miss KG // Tights: V+A museum shop
This outfit was one which I really ended up liking. I chose these shoes and tights to go with this dress, which arrived from Lady V London last week and is currently reduced in their sale. 

The brocade tights were a pair I picked up from the pop-up gift shop at the Undressed underwear exhibition I went to in London recently. And I rather like the way these shoes tie it all together, along with this gold bag.

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Coat: Marks and Spencer

Sunday, 18 December 2016

Sunday Shoes 127: Irregular Choice Pinky Perky..

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So, my Sunday Shoes posts are all about new additions to my shoe collection, old or new styles. Rather than being brand new, these are new to me, although actually when they arrived it turned out they were in pretty much brand new condition anyway, which was a pleasant surprise. 

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Pinky Perky is a style which was released by Irregular Choice back in 2014 and at the time, I think there were other styles which I'd prioritised. Like so many, they sold out quite quickly and I was determined to keep an eye out for them. So I was quite pleased when they made an appearance on eBay recently, and was lucky enough to remember to bid before they ended. (I'm so forgetful, I don't often remember to!)


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When they arrived, I liked them even more than I thought I would. The heels are a fabulous rounded shape and the shoes have gold embroidery to show the fish scales. There are fins on the backs and the sides of the shoes and as usual, there is just so much detail to catch your eye.

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Saturday, 17 December 2016

Christmas Thrifty Gift Swap..

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Every year, Janet runs her Thrifty Gift Swap in the run up to Christmas. As a big fan of snail mail, I'm always keen to sign up. The rules are simple - you have a budget to send a festive parcel to your recipient. Making your money go as far as possible is the name of the game, and charity shop purchases, handmade and recycled / repurposed items are encouraged. 

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My swap parcel arrived from Liz and I have to say, I love every single item - everything is just so me and I'm particularly excited by the teeny tiny T-rex brooch. Charlotte Filshie is a new shop on me, but I love her dinosaur creations and will be visiting again in future, for sure. That's one of the things I love about these kind of swaps - finding new things, websites and sellers. 

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I feel as though Liz had me spot on when she was putting this parcel together. I mean dinosaurs, obviously - a brooch and an Xmas decoration. Also another brooch, from the wonderful Ladybird Likes. 

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I think it's common knowledge that I'm a big fan of snail mail (my work colleagues are always convinced that I'm single-handedly keeping the Post Office in business!) so I was very excited with new labels, stickers and cards to add to my collection. 

Best of all, everything was wrapped in the box inside this creepy-cute Christmassy elf print scarf. At least I think it's a scarf..it certainly will be now. A big thank you to Liz for my parcel and to Janet for organising. 

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Friday, 16 December 2016

Friday Favourites 225..

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How can another week have possible zoomed by so quickly?! I feel because I've spent too much of it sleeping - slept my way through two alarms this week, which really isn't good. Anyhow, it's creeping ever closer to the day itself and here are a couple of things I'd be thrilled skinny (that's a phrase which always makes me think of my nan and her Northern roots) to find under the Christmas tree. (Not that I have a Christmas tree, but that's another story). 

001: Another amazing Lindy Bop print. I'm definitely going to make a skiing trip one of my goals for next year and I love this ski print dress. Cute, no?

002: Joanie Clothing have already come out with some lovely bag designs (remember my present bag?!) and this pearl clutch is no exception - perfect to finish off any outfit, IMO). 

003: These knights are possibly one of the best necklaces I can remember seeing for a long time. I love the colours, and the fact that it's a huge eye-catching piece. I love it. 

004: I know that these are found in the men's section of the ASOS site, but I'd be happy with them. 

What's on your festive wishlist?



Thursday, 15 December 2016

Christmas Jumper Day..

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Julita Dress: Louche via Lilac Rose
So, in case you have spent as much of your time asleep lately a I have (physical exhaustion is no fun, guys, my body is basically just like "nope" to everything I try to do of late), you might not be aware that tomorrow is this year's Christmas Jumper Day - an annual event to raise money for Save the Children.

I'm not a huge Christmas fan, but one thing I'm always happy to get on board with is dressing for a theme, so I was thrilled to receive a festive jumper in the post the other day. Sadly I wasn't able to make it to the #JohnLewisChristmas event (the sorry state of our public transport system makes it impossible to go to things in London after work hours if I want to get home on the same day!) where everyone was able to customise their jumpers to add even more festive charm to them.

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Shoes: Kate Spade x Keds // Handbag: Radley
To add to the festive vibe, I hunted out my snowy scene Radley bag, and wore this dress, yet again. I feel as though the snowy print of trees and deer makes it more wintry than overtly Christmas, so I've been wearing it a lot over the past few weeks. It's the same shape as this dress, which I've worn rather a lot over the past few years, so as soon as I tried it on I knew I was onto a winner.

Thick tights and glittery trainers were a must for a day which went straight from the office to an evening ice skating and exploring the German market.

Frankly this star print is probably the perfect kind of Christmas jumper for me - I'm not really into those tacky slogan ones, or anything with pom poms, lights or tinsel stuck on..Whatever you look for in yours, there's still time to get your hands on one if you move quickly. I know that Voucherbox have put together a list of Christmas discount codes, including 10% off at Zalando, and that this Joanie beauty can be with you tomorrow if you order before 3pm. 

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Star Jumper: John Lewis*

Will you be getting involved in Christmas Jumper Day? We've got a bake sale planned, so I've been spending every spare minute (not many of those about lately!) this week rolling out pastry for mince pies. 

Wednesday, 14 December 2016

As we dream by the fire..


Hygge. Whatever our thoughts on it, we've all heard about how it's this year's thing. Even my Nan mentioned it to me the other day, so it must be well and truly here, no? 

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I know that when I first posted about it, I was a little skeptical about the whole hygge phenomenon, but I suppose that taking more time out for rest and relaxation can't be a bad thing, whatever we call it. I know that the marketing peeps have had a field day with this; trying to sell everyone cosy wonderful things to make their homes more welcoming, but for me, cosiness is a warm and welcoming place to kick back at the end of the day. 

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I'm a big fan of candles - scented ones are my favourite and one of the best I've found recently has been this Ilume Grapefruit Oleander candle* from Rooi, who have a website full of awesome homeware ideas. I love the smell of grapefuit and the scent of this candle is really strong - perfect for creating a fruity living room ambience. It also seems as though it's going to last for a long while, as I've been burning it for the past couple of evenings now and it's barely made a dent in it. 

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I've embraced spending more time outside lately - outdoors is good, particularly when it's crisp and cold out. As well as running in the mornings, I've been enjoying long woodland walks - and a chance to break in my lovely new wellies. We spied this holly wreath on a tree on a recent walk through some local woodland. Random, no? 

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Cosy evenings in front of the fire have given me chance to crack on with my current knitting project, which is the Andi Satterlund Hetty cardigan. I'm making slow progress, but adding more rows than I'm having to take out, which is always a good thing. Knitting in front of the fire and some drossy TV seems very hygge


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How are you making your winter cosy?


Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Floral origami dalmatian..

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Dalmatian Bag: Kate Spade 
If I had a penny for every time I've read the style advice section of a magazine, or a fashion website and I've seen reference to the concept of underwear as outerwear, I'd be able to afford, well...some new underwear? The idea has always conjured up dreadful visions of Moulin Rouge style basque get-ups, and I've never really bought into it, until now.

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Savannah bodysuit: Ann Summers 
This is the Savannah bodysuit; a fine mesh with floral embroidery all over it at the front, and a much more sheer net at the back. I have to admit, I don't often frequent their website but had spied this on someone's Instagram post a while ago, worn with a dusky pink tulle skirt and I thought it looked really lovely. I was quite surprised to learn it was from Ann Summers. 



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Blazer, tights: H+M // Skirt: Choies
Late to the party (as ever), I missed out on it online but as luck would have it, managed to snap one up in my size on eBay. Wearing it with this skirt was something I thought of as soon as it arrived and the outfit worked quite well for a not-quite-festive meal out on Saturday evening. I haven't worn this skirt for a while, but seem to drag it out around Christmas.

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Heels: Irregular Choice

I was rather excited to get a chance to drag my little dalmatian bag out for it's first use. Cute. As an aside, thus far, this week can do one.  

Monday, 12 December 2016

Have yourself a Yoshi little Christmas..


I know I mentioned yesterday that this weekend, despite visiting the Christmas Fayre, I've not been feeling particularly festive. My Rangers take to calling me a Humbug and I guess they have a point. I was reading Sarah's very eloquent (as ever) post on people's differing views on Christmas and I don't know which camp I fall into. I certainly don't have a theme. Most years I don't even decorate. (Seriously: I gave my Christmas tree away last year as the guides needed something to use for the annual tree festival, and I was happy not to have it back, as it had been in storage for the three years previous). 

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I don't really have Christmas traditions. I think that's mostly because I'm never that fussed about Christmas so I've always just kind of let it happen around me. I don't have an advent calendar (I think some of the ones on sale these days are just amazingly crazy) and I don't have a work party to arrange. I don't have a set plan of where I'll be, who I'll see and how I'll account for every moment of the big day (much to the annoyance of the lovely people who have invited me for dinner etc - I am aware that I'm being frsutratingly flaky!). In the past, I've looked forward to a day to myself, with no need to spend it with anyone else (although I've found that people do seem to react a little strangely when you tell them you want to spend Christmas Day on your own). 

The parts I do like about the festive period? Well, I'm always happy for an excuse to shop and love nothing better than deciding upon the perfect gifts for the people I love. I adore buying (or making) something which I'm confident someone will be pleased to receive, and wrapping it up and giving it to them. That's one of the reasons I enjoy running my annual #bloggersecretsanta gift swap.

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Yoshi Christmas Decorations

I love writing Christmas cards, but only the type where you can fill the insides with a little letter, too, and catch the other person up. A friend once told me that if you write fewer than eleven words in a card, it wasn't worth sending it and he has a point. 

Christmas baking also fills me with joy - enhancing just about any recipe with mincemeat to give it a festive twist - all joking aside, I tried an amazing mincemeat sausage roll recipe, which I'll be searching for again this year. 

I like the crisp, cold days that sometimes surround the festive period. One thing I do remember from being younger is taking the dog for a walk around the village in the days leading up to Christmas and seeing the lights and decorations of the nearby houses. That was something which used to make me feel a little more like Christmas was on it's way. Any walked where you have to wrap up in scarves and hats get my vote, as I enjoy the cold weather, and even better if it snows!

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Percy Penguin : Yoshi Bags*

Another lovely thing is the kindness you seem to experience around Christmas. I've been making sure that I do at least one act of kindness per month - it was one of my goals for the year - but there seem to be a lot more of them about once you get into December. 

I was pleasantly surprised by this lovely parcel plopping through the letterbox last week. Upon opening, I discovered this little penguin decoration and he's almost making me wish I had a tree to hang him on. I'm hoping that Percy's Christmas spirit rubs off on me this week..

How do you prepare for Christmas? Are you all about the theme, a last minute shopper or have you had the festive preparations ticked off for weeks now?

Sunday, 11 December 2016

Do you think we'll be in love forever...?

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Gilda Dress: Lindy Bop // Lola cardigan: Joanie Clothing 

I'm still not feeling in the least bit festive, despite this weekend's trips to Christmas Fairs and Markets. I'm just not really fussed, y'know. I can't recall whether this has been different in previous years or I'm just always not bothered. Ugh. 

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Throw A Six heels: Irregular Choice

What I do seem to be really excited about (wait for it!) is the new Lindy Bop stuff. Again. I know, I sound like a broken record. but how cute is this Alaska print dress? I love the colour palette, the fact that it's got cable cars, eagles and deer all over it. It's kinda making me want to watch The Revenant again, or maybe that one with the animals which get stuck on their way home (Homeward Bound?)...

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Popcorn Bag: Kate Spade

Anyway, I couldn't wait to wear it when it arrived and teamed it with my awesome Lola cardigan from Joanie Clothing, which is another brand I'm absolutely living for lately. Add to this my dice heels, a pair of fishnet holdups because I only seem to have to look at a pair of tights lately for them to tear, and my popcorn bag. 

How's your weekend been?

Saturday, 10 December 2016

Origami Dalmatian..

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 Not a lot to say today, but I'm excited to share some photos of one of the cutest bags I own. I feel as though he needs a name or something. Wildly impractical, but immensely cute. Which is pretty much what I look for in life.


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Dalmatian Bag: Kate Spade 
 

Friday, 9 December 2016

Friday Favourites 224..

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 This week's Friday Favourites post is a little round up of some wonderful gift ideas, for anyone who is yet to do their Xmas shopping but is looking to spread a little festive cheer.

001: If you know any crafty knitters out there, one of these Wool and the Gang jumper kits would be the perfect thing to get their crafty juices flowing. 

002: This book is wonderful - I was lucky enough to be sent my very own copy, which I've had lots of fun with, and I've bought a copy for a secret santa present as well, as I know it's going to appeal to so many.

003: I've shamefully never seen this movie, but so many people have told me I need to. But I'd appreciate the cuteness of this mug - it even has a lid to keep your drinks warm. 

004: Lindy Bop are just fabulous, of late. This roller skating dress just happens to be one of my current favourites, but they've also started offering Gift Vouchers, in case you're not sure which amazing dress to go for for your recipient. 

005: You can't go wrong with And Mary jewellery, can you? Lilac Rose has a great little selection and they offer free delivery on all of their jewellery, too. 

006 and 007: The Tatty Devine homewares range is just amazing. For all of the gin lovers in your life, how about these awesome gin fairy lights, or the matching coin purse? Berylune has the whole range, as well as being jolly lovely to boot. 

Spied anything which would make an awesome Xmas gift? Holler! 


Thursday, 8 December 2016

#bloggersecretsanta update..

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A big thank you to the people who signed up to take part in this year's #bloggersecretsanta - it's so much fun to organise and every year it seems to get bigger and bigger. 

Just a little reminder that your parcels should be on their way - let me know when you receive yours. I'm trying hard to keep the list up to date!

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Get your skates on..

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Into the Willd bag: Yoshi*
If I were the type of person who was organised enough to have sections of my wardrobes, the Lindy Bop section would have grown exponentially, of late. I know I've said this a few times but I really do think that this dress could be my favourite Lindy Bop one, of all time. I saw a preview of this Vivi dress in the Central Park ice skating border print on their Instagram page months ago now, and have been stalking the new arrivals section of the website ever since. I snapped it up last week as soon as it landed, and couldn't wait to wear it.

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Over Knee Boots: Matalan
My boots of choice this week have been a little less "exciting" than usual, I guess. But I really like these. I've been on the lookout for some over-knee boots with a heel for a while now. but I often struggle with the fit over my calves, so I was pleased when I spied that Matalan had a wide fit version. They make a nice winter-friendly wardrobe staple, I think. They're also super comfortable. I've worn them every day for the past three days, which is unusual for me, but they're like gloves for my feet!

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Vivi Dress: Lindy Bop
I absolutely love everything about this dress; the print, it's layout and the shape of it. I often shy away from cross-over bodices, but I think that the turn-down collar makes the shape of the V neckline even nicer, as well as much more modest. The turn-up sleeves are lovely, as well, and I definitely prefer this sleeve-length to a longer cuff.

As for the print: the snowy-topped trees and the instantly-recognisable NYC skyline gives way to a wonderfully wintry ice skating scene, with horse-drawn sleighs right around the bottom hem. 

I've gushed over the dress a lot, but the other thing which is giving me a little warm and fuzzy feeling is my Yoshi woodland bag - I'm using it constantly at the moment and it's just perfect.

Monday, 5 December 2016

Handsome Stag..

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 Life's been trying it's best to swallow me up lately, I think. But I've been kept afloat by lovely little pockets of happiness, and one of those was the arrival of a lovely new necklace.

I'm not the most festive of folk, so I'm not quite aboard The Christmas Spirit Train just yet, but this And Mary stag necklace is I think, just the right side of being too festive for everyday wear. I teamed it with my Louche Julita dress the other day, which I also consider more "winter" than "Christmassy"...

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Handsome Stag Necklace: And Mary c/o Lilac Rose
Beautifully packaged, as per usual from Lilac Rose, I was thrilled skinny to have a new And Mary necklace. I used to have a little chipmunk necklace from the brand, which I bought from a small boutique shop in town many years ago, but he didn't make it home from a holiday with me. Poor chipmunk. 

I really love their jewellery - the teeny ceramic animals are so dainty and remind me of the collection of tiny figurines which adorned a corner of a shelf in my grandparents' spare room when we used to go and stay as children. I think those were Wade figures, perhaps, and the animals which And Mary use for their lovely pieces are certainly quite similar in style. 

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I have to admit, this necklace is just the right length for my liking as well. I can't get along with a pendant which hangs too low - I always seem to find myself in ridiculous situations where my necklace is inside my dress, or something. (Nobody else ever seems to have these wardrobe malfunctions, so I think this is just me!)

Anyway, it's a truly lovely necklace and I have barely taken it off since it arrived! A big thank you to Lilac Rose for cheering up my week no end. 

Sunday, 4 December 2016

Sunday Shoes 126: Irregular Choice Nibbles McNutty..

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Shoes: Irregular Choice
The latest character heels release from Irregular Choice hit the site last week. I've mentioned before how I'm falling off the radar a little when it comes to keeping up with their latest offerings. I'm not dedicated enough to join any of the fan forums, and I don't have facebook, so I don't seem to find out about new things until the emails come out across the mailing list. Which is not a major problem for me. When I saw that there were new Christmas heels (reindeer design with Santa heels and a light-up nose) I dismissed them as I'm not a fan of the gnome heels, but I was rather taken by these little squirrels.
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I queued to get onto the site, which seems to be the norm on the release days lately, and although my first choice were the green glitter design, they sold out by the time I'd clicked them into my basket, so I added these pretty  pink heels instead. I think the colour has grown on me, and I'm very taken by the teeny crochet acorns on the sides. 

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The fronts and backs of the shoes have huge pink glitter hearts on them and the rest of the fabric is a lovely gold brocade design, which I think gives them a rather luxe effect and goes very nicely with the brown of the squirrel. The heels themselves are around the same height as the rabbits and deers we've seen before, but are a more upright design. Their tummies are flocked, whilst the rest of the body is a textured plastic (resin) effect. Pretty cute, if you ask me.

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They seem to be sold out over on the main site. but I'm sure there'll be a few stragglers over on Spartoo before long. They're my go-to for sold out styles as they always seem to get a few!

Saturday, 3 December 2016

His head is filled with cartoons and fairytales..

 


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 King of the Castle Bag: Irregular Choice
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Lily Dress: Lindy Bop // Cardigan: New Look
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Coat: Vintage
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Shoes: Red or Dead // Tights: Lindy Bop

 Ooh, it feels like a long while since I last posted any outfit photos. Everything has been a bit crazy lately and I just don't know where the time goes.

I've been welcoming new additions to my wardrobe lately (mostly with new dresses from Lindy Bop and Joanie Clothing) but I've been falling behind with sharing them. I liked how this outfit all kind of worked together.

It's no secret that I'm a sucker for a border print, and this Princess print one from Lindy Bop has been on my wishlist for months, ever since they released some teaser photos of some of their new prints. A couple of weeks ago, as I did my daily check of the New In section on their site, I realised that it (plus another print I'd been holding out for) had arrived and I wasted no time at all in placing an order.

I like that as well as the cutesy princess, horse and carriage print, with castles in the background, the Lily dress comes with a silver belt and has some super teardrop shaped cute cut-out details to the neckline. It's rather perfect if you ask me. 

Continuing the Cinderella theme, I opted for this silver glitter pair of Red or Dead shoes, which were an eBay bargain recently. They arrived in brand new condition and I wasted no time in wearing them for the first time. 

Another new addition - I was stuck in London for an afternoon a couple of weeks back, and stopped into the Irregular Choice store in Carnaby Street before heading to the V+A. I couldn't resist picking up this unicorn bag, which I've had a stock notification set up on for months now - I never manage to get onto the site quickly enough to snap it up when the email pings through, so I was pleased that they had this one in stock in the window display, and couldn't go home without it. I'll do a full post on it soon, no doubt, but it's super lovely.

With the cold weather we've been having, I brought this fur coat out of hibernation. It was something I bought from a vintage shop in Ludlow a good number of years ago now (sadly the shop no longer exists) and although it was quite pricey at the time, I've definitely had more than my money's worth from it. I need to repair the lining where it's coming out of the neckline and also replace one of the fur hooks at the front, but it'll be a winter staple for years to come, I'm sure.