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Monday, 28 August 2017

La vida es chula..

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Rotterdam Bag: Desigual*
I'm not sure what's come over me lately but I seem to have acquired several new handbags. Somehow, that doesn't seem to show any sign of stopping. I thought I was all about the shoes, but perhaps this is a whole new direction of expansion for me..?!

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Anyhow, this is the latest addition and it's even cuter than I expected it to be. I've not had anything from Desigual in the past, although they're a brand I've heard of. This bag is called the Rotterdam and it's described as being mini in size, but I'd say it's pretty perfectly proportioned to carry all of the essentials. 
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It's white, which isn't always my first choice, but the bag is covered in a paint splatter effect print in all different colours, which gives is a whisical feel and allows me to pair it with just about any colour. It;s got a detachable shoulder strap and the main zip compartment is really quite large. There are faux zip and buckle details on the front, whilst the back has this little quote printed on it, which translates to Life is Cool.


Sunday, 27 August 2017

Sunday Shoes 142: Silver Linings



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Don't you just love it when a new pair of shoes arrives? I feel like a kid at Christmas every time I get a delivery from Spartoo with a pretty new pair of heels.. 

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I love delving into the box and scrunching my way through the layers of pretty tissue paper (Irregular Choice sure know how to package their products!) and seeing a little bit of sparkle glinting at me.

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Silver Linings heels: Irregular Choice (here)


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This pair? Well, they're called Silver Linings and they're fabulous. Made from a floral jaquard fabric in tones of blue and silver, the fronts are adorned with a lovely floral corsage with layered petals. 

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The heels are covered in pale blue glitte which catches the light in every direction. Honestly, the attention to detail on these is amazing and I can't wait to pair them with just about anything blue. 

Saturday, 26 August 2017

Up up and away..

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Dress: H+M
This dress is I-can't-remimeber-how-old now, but something reminded me of it the other day and do you ever get that feeling that when you've set your heart on something, nothing else will do..? Well, the search was on to find this dress, languishing away in one of my wardrobes.

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Bella heels: Miss KG
I love that the print is rather muted florals so can be dressed down, but at the same time lends itself to being worn with so many different colours. These purple and green Miss KG heels are a favourite pair - so high and so, so chic.

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Amongst The Clouds bag: Yoshi*
I've mentioned this bag before, I know, so I won't say much other than that it's so lovely..!

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Stockings: What Katie Did
I pre-ordered the new colours of the What Katie Did seamed stockings back in May when they were released and they arrived whilst I was away in France. I kind of put them away because the weather was too warm then for stockings and it's only recently that it had occurred to me to get them out again. I think I should have opted for the smaller size as I find that all of my WKD stockings have a tendency to sag, even with my suspender belt on the tightest strapping. But, other than this, they're superb quality. Unlike many makes of stockings, I never seem to accidentally put my finger through them or anything. 


Friday, 25 August 2017

Friday Favourites 258..

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How fast are these weeks going?! Here are my favourites, as per.

001: In an effort to Be More Fox I seem to be drawn to all of the fox things, lately. This sausauge style fox necklace is by one of my favourite jewellery brands, Little Moose, and I love him. 

002: I am fairly sure I've already got a cloud bag somewhere, but how awesome is this Cath Kidston one with it's rainbow strap?! Surely that means it would go with everything?!

003: Dolly and Dotty, although I've not visited them for a while, are still going strong. I love this floral print and the ruched bodice detail on their Lily dress. 

What are you wishing for this week? 

Thursday, 24 August 2017

I'll miss you when you're just like them..

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Dress: Fever London* // Bag: Yoshi* 
The other day, we were having a conversation about Star Wars at work. I have never seen the movies and I told them this, which was met with some serious disbelief as well as comments like "you have no idea what you're missing!". Hmm. I've seen the Family Guy parody versions, which I'm told are pretty close to the mark, so I do feel as though I've got a fairly good idea of what I'm (not) missing. 

Nonetheless, I did say that I was only interested in seeing the one with the bears (Ewoks?) in it, as they seem to share my aesthetic: look cute, but also be badass

I've been struggling with my aesthetic lately, I think. Although other people can point it out (we were in a restaurant recently and my OH pointed to a little girl in a fairy dress and a pair of silver patent leather knee boots and told me she was very much rocking a "Char aesthetic"), I don't know if I know quite where I fit, of late. 


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Bunny Hop shoes: Irregular Choice // Tights: Gipsy*
I'm not sure if this is a common feeling, or something which is here as a result of some fairly rubbish side-effect of my body image issues, but there we are. 

So, the other day I just let myself be guided by the things I wanted to wear, not being too bothered with how well society would tell me they went together, or not. 

New shoes, new bag, and new tights. Along with a not-so-new dress which I like because of the bow on the front. 

What's your aesthetic? Any tips for me on how to find mine?

Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Amongst The Clouds..


Because I know what you're all thinking right now is "Yes, Char. You really needed a new handbag." Not. 

Well, perhaps not. But I love it nonetheless. This is another of the new season Yoshi bags - told you they were onto some good stuff, right?! - and as usual, of course the level of detail is amazing. 

Although I'd ordinarily perhaps not opt for such a light background colour - cream, with my propensity to spilling things?! - I actually think the cream colour leather is perfect for this design. 

The hot air ballons are appliqued on to the bag, flying above the cityscape, which is in contrast, printed in a monochrome below. 

I failed to get a photo of the back, but there's a solitary hot air balloon on the other side - I love the fact that there's always a little extra detail. Yet another beautiful Yoshi bag.

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

DIY: Bleach T-shirt..

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Since it seems like an absolute age since I actually shared something which I'd made, I snapped some photos of how an idea we'd come across for a craft we could do at our recent camp turned out. 

We'd seen a Pinterest-style photo of bleach-art t-shirts and decided that we'd get some black or navy (note: navy doesn't work as well as black!) garments and give this a try. 

In my head, we'd use some fun foam to cut out letters and a message and/or any design we liked, then fix them to the shirts and spray bleach around them, to get a kind of negative effect. We tried this and it only kind of worked - the bleach kind of soaked everywhere, which meant the designs didn't really come out. 

I had a re-think. 

For this one I still used my foam letters, pinned on to my shirt, and painted around them messily with neat bleach and a paintbrush. This sort of worked although I'm not sure the TINK letters on the front are all that clear. 

Not quite a Pintrest fail, but I'd certainly work on it in the future..

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Monday, 21 August 2017

Best in Show..

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Yoshi Best In Show Shoulder Bag

 Wah, how I wish things would just slow down a little. I have so many lovely ideas floating around in my head, but the time to actually do them...well, that's harder to come by. 
 I've been meaning to share some of the new things from Yoshi for a good few weeks now. I think, despite the fact that I don't really like dogs (I didn't realise *just* how controversial it was going to be to say that on my IG post), that this design might be my favourite of their new things...!  

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As ever with Yoshi, the attention to detail is amazing. The design is a dog show, with dogs in the background playing through the tunnel and performing agility tricks. The three main dogs on the podiums are appliqued onto the bag, making them a little more three-dimensional than the rest of the background.

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Really loving this teal coloured leather which provides a lovely background and the straps are long enough that you can carry the bag on your shoulder with no bother. The colour seems to work really nicely with the muted palette of the design - very harmonious.

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The bag closes across the top with a long zipper, and the main compartment is nice and roomy - more than enough space for everything I carry to work with me on a daily basis, which includes an A5 diary. Inside, there's another little zipped pocket and two slide-in pockets on the other side; perfectly sized for phones and iPods etc. Because of it's size and the shoulder straps, I'm finding that I favour this one most days. 

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On the back, Yoshi have kept up their usual tradition of adding an extra little detail. In this case, it's a trophy, again raised because it's appliqued on. 

Do you have any Yoshi bags? I love them. 

Sunday, 20 August 2017

Sunday Shoes 141: Bunny Hop

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I mentioned that I'm most defnitely falling behind with things. These shoes, one of three pairs which I ordered in the Irregular Choice sale, for example. I can't think how long they've been sitting around in their box waiting to be admired. 

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Bunny Hop came in a few different colours and I liked the yellow best of all. It's a kind of pastel mustard shade, I think.  There's a low block heel which is a metallic rose gold colour, and the uppers of the shoes are covered in embroidered flowers and bunnies.

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The edges are all trimmed with the tiny scalloped details I've come to expect from recent IC collections and the front of each shoe has a bow. I love a good bow. I also love the fact that the bow has an embroidered rabbit on the outside, and these details are mirrored across the shoes, unlike some I can think of in the past where the left and right have been the same. 

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Saturday, 19 August 2017

#FOQ2017..

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This time last week, I was whizzing my way down the motorway to collect Sarah. We then headed to the NEC for the Festival of Quilts.

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Now, I guess you'd be right to be a little confused at that. I'm not a quilter. Despite the fact that I've still not finished my postage stamp quilt, I really don't think I'd ever consider myself one. But there were going to be fabric stalls, of course. 

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We did have a little look around the actual quilt displays as well. Some of them were just amazing - I think that this above, depicting a two-person prison cell, was one of my favourites. 


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There were some quilted items on display which weren't traditional quilts, too. This pirate ship, which is being attacked by The Kraken, was hands down my favourite - and I posted more photos showing some of the amazing details on my Instagram, here.

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This skirt reminded me of one I used to have in my teens, which had appliqued Alice and cards and also a teeny tiny pocket watch. I wonder whatever happened to that.. 

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I loved these chickens - again, so much detail on them all. 

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And technically not on display in the competition categories, but I snapped a photo of this robot backpack because I loved it. Maybe one day I'll progress my skills ebough to make something similar..

Friday, 18 August 2017

Friday Favourites 257..

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Another week, another wishlist. This week I seem to have just focussed on one outfit which I think would work rather nicely as the weather gets a little worse.. 

001: I spied this new Lindy Bop dress on the Thunder Egg site a couple of weeks ago, although haven't noticed on it on the LB site as yet. I love a good cord pinafore dress (I have a couple of cords stacked up to make my own, but never seem to get enough sewing time, so this would be a good alternative). 

002: I think a peplum blouse would look pretty good under this dress - this one from Zaful would be prefect to pick out the blue in the embroidery, no...? 

003: And finally, these shoes would match perfectly. Maybe with some colourful tights, or just some warm black ones.. 

What have you been thinking about Autumnal clothing? The shops seem to be full of Back To School promotions and I'm just wondering how time started to go so fast..!


Wednesday, 16 August 2017

We're the captains of our own souls..

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Dress: Dresslily*
It's been a funny old week. This dress was another which arrived from Dresslily the other day, although for some reason they seem to have sent everything out separately. I was reminded of this necklace when I saw the mix of colours and think it works quite nicely with the V shaped neckline.

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Shoes: Irregular Choice
I wore this for a fairly decent day at work and then to meet a friend for a drink. We sat around in the beer garden in a local pub for a little while, watching the players on the bowling green in full swing until the sun went down. It was rather nice to have a catch up, although a little bittersweet when it became apparent that some people never change.

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Caravan Bag: Vendula London 
This might be one of my favourite novelty bags of all time. I think this might be the first photo I've shared of it (the shame!), but it was a birthday present, and as I've come to expect with anything from Vendula London, it's just awesome. Such attention to detail. The cross-body strap has lovely little tassel details on and the caravan itself is chock full of little details.

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Necklace: eBay
I've had this necklace for a good few years now - one of those "few pence from eBay" ones, which would take so long to arrive that you'd have pretty much forgotten you'd ordered them. As for the shoes (which you can barely see), they're a pair of Irregular Choice which I've had for years and still adore - the fronts of the sandals are adorned with little jewelled frog charms.


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Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Tuesday Titles 139..

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White Lies: Ellie Holmes

I love it when you come to the end of a book and yet still feel as though you're deeply embedded in the story. I read this over the weekend and was still thinking about it on Monday morning. 

A wet night; a car crash; three lives are changed forever..

When Sam Davenport and her husband, Neil are involved in a car crash on their way home from a party one rainy night, they can't possibly know how long they will have to live with the consequences. Each faced with a moral dilemma; Neil has to decide whether to flee the scene, whilst Sam has to decide whether or not she can bring herself to lie for him. 

Decisions are made and the Davenports have to try and carry on with their lives as normal, but this proves nigh on impossible. Their marriage, which was already at breaking point, might not be able to take any more...

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I was keen to know what inspired Ellie to write White Lies and here's what she had to say: 

I am fascinated by deception in all its forms and I wanted to write a story where someone is faced with a moral dilemma (I chose the car crash) and makes a snap decision as to which path to take.  Then, once they are on it, they have to carry on down that path.   I also wanted to explore the idea of one lie leading to another and another so that a character becomes imprisoned by their own lies and somehow has to find their way back to themselves.

I think everyone will at some stage in their lives have told a white lie but even the simplest lie can have unexpected consequences.  Hopefully readers will put themselves in the shoes of the characters and think 'What would I have done?'

I also wanted to explore how our parents imprint themselves on our lives both in good ways and bad.  All of the main characters are shaped by their parents' failings/lives - Neil because his own father failed in his profession driving Neil to succeed in his place, Sam being scarred because of her father's infidelity and David because he lost his parents at a young age and never came to terms with the grief.  This also gave me the opportunity to explore the idea that sometimes the biggest lies we tell are often the lies we tell ourselves.  In White Lies the characters only become true to themselves once they face up to their parents' influences and move beyond them to become their own people.

I was absolutely hooked, all the way through this book. It has an almost creepy undertone; I was suspicious (mostly of David's motives) and keen to find out what happened to all three of them. I vacillated between Neil and David in a bid to try and decide who was most worthy of Sam's attentions, although was conscious all the way through the book that her actions weren't entirely blameless. Even at the end, I wasn't sure whose side I was on and therefore how I felt about the way things turned out. But I'd absolutely implore you to read it and see what you think... 

Monday, 14 August 2017

I hold the sky in my hands..

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Want to see something awesome? I was hoping that the photos I took when I tootled down to the pub with this last week would come out a little better but they're rather blurry, so here are some close-ups of the newest addition to my Vendula London collection. 

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This is The Crown Grab Bag: similar in style to the old favourite, The George pub, but with a bunch of new details. Just check out the roaring fire through the window, and that leather armchair. 

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As usual with the grab bag, the top of the bag takes on the roof shape, with clasp and hinge in the middle of the roof. Again, the level of detail here is amazing. I honestly don't know how the team at Vendula keep coming up with such lovely designs and making them so, so perfect..! 

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As well as being plenty big enough for all of my essential daily bits and bobs, there's a back zipped pocket; a good size for tickets, phone etc. There's an inner pocket, too, which I tend to use for my iPod. 
The Crown comes with a detachable top grab handle, and a cross-body strap which can be clipped on and off, as required. The shoulder strap is adjustable so can be worn across the body or on the shoulder as preferred. I tend to favour the grab handle but like the option of being able to add another strap just in case. 


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All in all, I'd definitely recommend this bag to anyone looking for something a little quirky but a decent size. You can get the full range of bag sizes in the Crown design, but this is the best one, in my opinion. Bravo, Vendula London!


Saturday, 12 August 2017

I wear my heart on my sleeve..

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Hermione jumper: Joanie Clothing
As a treat for the end of a superbly successful long weekend at guide camp, we headed out into the rainy town after the most long-awaited showers ever to catch a movie. Dunkirk, to be precise. More on that later. 

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Heart Bag: Topshop // Blind Love brogues: Irregular Choice
These shoes arrived just before I went away and I couldn't wait to wear them, so had spent the day planning an outfit in my head to go with them. The blue fishnets (again, I know!) to pick out their blue bows, and this heart shaped handbag to go with the mesh hearts across the shoes.

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Trench Coat: F+F 
I've always been one to wear my heart on my sleeve, in some respects. Figuratively, of course. I'll fight for what I believe in, to the end and I'm not afraid to speak my mind, even if that gets me into bother. And yet, there are certain situations where I should probably speak my mind a little more, on emotional matters anyway. Because sometimes people don't know the things you assume they know.

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Skirt: Book of Deer // Tights: ASOS

Anyhow. Less of the DMC; I dug out this Book of Deer skirt, last worn here, and the recent Joanie picnic jumper, as I often find I'm cold in the cinema. After a weekend of wearing shorts and either walking boots or wellies, it felt nice to get back to my kind of normality..