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Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Tuesday Titles 121..

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If Not for You : Debbie Macomber
A heart-warming fluff of a book to share with you today. If ever you needed a self-affirming reminder that sometimes the best things can come from the most unexpected of circumstances, this is probably it.

When Sam, a mechanic with some dark secrets in his past, is set up on a blind date by some mutual friends with Beth, he sees no future for them. Why would Nichole and Rocco even think they'd have anything in common?

Beth, who has only recently managed to get away from her parents controlling her every move in life, is trying to find her feet in a new city.

On their way home from this awkward first meeting, something awful and life-changing happens to Beth and Sam can't bring himself to walk away from her. Could this be the start of something wonderful after all...?

I really liked all of the characters in Debbie Macomber's latest offering, which is quite a rare feat. Usually I find at least someone I'm not keen on. I guess Beth's parents could be a pain, but her aunt's character rather makes up for that.

I loved the gentle, slow-burning way in which Sam and Beth's relationship moved along, finding it much more relatable and realistic than so many happily ever after fairytales. I'd definitely recommend this - out on 7th March!

Sunday, 26 February 2017

Sunday Shoes 131..

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A new-to-me old style of Irregular Choice to share with you today. These, as far as I can tell, are a style called One Today. In their traditional pink and green box (I have far more of these boxes than of any other style -  I think that Gemma did a really great round up of all of the different styles of IC boxes over the years, although I can't find it at the moment - will update when I do). 

I cleared out a lot of my shoeboxes when I put the shelves into the wardrobe room last year, as it's easier to store them directly onto shelves, but there's space on the top for two rows of stacked boxes on the top of the shelves and for four boxes high on top of the wardrobes, so I've made sure to keep a selection of the designs and use them to store other shoes, or handbags in. 

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These have a small kitten heel, which sort of reminds me of a little peg. Although I definitely wouldn't say that kitten heels were my favourite, I have amassed rather a lot of them over time, as IC seemed to favour them at one point. They also have a super cute ankle strap, which is quite wide. The main detail on the front of the shoe is the kind of gathered bow effect of the blue uppers with the pink peeking through underneath. 

There's a pink charm on each shoe, attached onto the laces with the words 1 Today - the kind of thing you'd expect to see on a cupcake or a birthday card, I guess and the effect is finished off with two long sets of laces in blue and pink. Cute pastel colours; kind of simple at first glance, but actually there are quite a number of subtle details in there. 

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Saturday, 25 February 2017

And just like the movies, we play out our last scene..

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I mentioned that my best friend always buys me a theatre membership for Christmas each year. Luckily, my local theatre pass also works for our lovely little indie cinema - The Old Market Hall - and lately there have been a lot of films I've been keen to see.

Here's what I've been to watch in the past few weeks, with a few thoughts.

Manchester By The Sea - At first I wasn't sure about this one; the first time I saw the advert it didn't grab me and it took me a few weeks to get around to booking it. But I'm glad that I did. By about five minutes into the film I'd fallen hopelessly in love with Lee Chandler and I so desperately wanted him to find a way to be happy after what had happened to him. Definitely, definitely recommend: I could have happily spied on their world for hours more.

The Light Between Oceans - Honestly, for me this one was a little hard to watch in some places. I struggled with the emotional turmoil Isabel went through everytime she lost one of her unborn babies. But, a lovely island and Tom's dapper outfits were something to be seen. I don't know what I'd have done in their position - the things we do for love, hey?

A Monster Calls - Another one I wasn't drawn to to begin with as I've not read the book, and would generally prefer to have read a book before I see the film adaptation. Conor is 12 and watching his mother's demise. He's struggling to deal with it; am unapproachable grandmother and a father who lives in America make it hard for him to find anyone to confide in and he's hiding a secret. In the middle of the night, a monster appears. Although I was clearly in the minority when I left the screen without tears running down my face, what really won me over were the amazing storybook paintings depicting the stories told by Conor's monster - so beautiful.

Sully - A film about the event which was dubbed "the miracle on the Hudson", I mostly saw this because Tom Hanks was in the title role. Having not actually heard about the event itself (seriously, I sometimes wonder if I do live under a rock), I liked watching things unfold on the fateful journey and then awaited the outcome of the aftermath with bated breath. Great acting from my favourite - but I would say that.

La La Land - Sorry to be right on the top of that bandwagon, but I'm a fan. Having had next to no idea what I was letting myself in for when I booked my ticket to this back in November, I was mesmerised by every beautiful little part of it. The songs, which had an eerie familiar feel despite being original and that feeling of longing for things to work out for Mia and Sebastian. A beautiful yet heartbreaking visual feast of first love and how that can shape a person. This one, I'll admit I drove home from in tears and I've been listening to the soundtrack on repeat ever since.

Jackie - Telling the tale of First Lady, Jackie Kennedy and how she dealt with the aftermath of the assassination of JFK. I was intrigued by this one when I first heard about it, although I'll admit I don't know a lot about the Kennedys. I don't know whether it was that, or the film itself, but I found it all a little...flat. Natalie Portman had a lovely wardrobe, though.

Have you seen any of these, or anything else lately?

Friday, 24 February 2017

Friday Favourites 233..

Crikey, today has really run away with me - I think this might be the latest wishlist post I've ever done! I've been catching up on all of the things I didn't manage to get done yesterday as the power was out for most of the day.

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 I seem to have run with a bit of a theme this week - pretty pastels and candy-coloured sweet treats for all...

001: You'd never believe where this is from - Becks shared this Aldi duvet set with us the other day and despite the fact I really don't need any more bedding, I'm super tempted to stop by my local store..

002: Jelly Button Jewellery is the perfect place for cutesy jewellery and these donut necklaces are complete with sprinkles and perfect to add a sweet finishing touch to any outfit.

003 and 004: Yoshi have so many fabulous biscuit designs at the moment. I think that the jammy dodger might be my favourite, although I've always had a bit of a fondness for Bourbon biscuits, too.

005: Not a sweet, perhaps, but this bubblegum shade of blue is just so cute and I love the bow. Bravo, Joanie. 

006: ASOS have this cute little biscuit ring, complete with sparkly sprinkles - snap it up quick as it's apparently limited edition!

007: Eep - I was excited to see that Irregular Choice had brought back their ice cream heels this season. A chunky, ice cream shaped heel and glittery straps. These would be perfect for summer holidays, no?

What's on your wishlist this week?

Thursday, 23 February 2017

Cinderella said to Snow White, how did love get so off course...?

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Ria Dress: Joanie Clothing 
Last night I had an absolutely lovely evening. I pootled off to Birmingham in my new car, which I still truly adore, headed to the Hippodrome where I was able to grab a table and cosy up with a book and a cup of coffee and fritter away an hour or so until it was time to find my seat for the ballet. BRB's current run is Cinderella and it's just fabulous. My favourite part had to be the lizards, mice and frog, as the costumes reminded me of a book I remember having as a child (my love of ballet is certainly something which was instilled in me at a young age by my Mama). But it was all amazing; the ugly sisters were played hilariously, the costumes were beautiful and the sets were amazing.

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Coat: Miss Selfridge 
I was pleased to have an excuse to wear a pretty new dress, which had been on my wishlist for a while. The Ria dress - yes, another dress from Joanie Clothing. Yes, I'm still fangirling over them. The Ria dress is the same beautiful fabric they used for the Harlow dress; midi length and sleeveless (tick and tick!) with a bow at the waist. I'm sold.

Also, my Miss Selfridge coat is the only one I purchased this winter. I'm definitely not seeing as many coats I like as I used to, or possibly I already have all of the coats, so I don't need to add to my collection. I have parted way with three so far this week, though, so I don't feel all that bad about them. 

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Into The Wild bag: Yoshi*
I still adore my Yoshi woods bag, too. The perfect size for all of the essentials, yet small enough to get away with being an evening bag. Perfect! So, having had a thoroughly pleasant evening in my own company I came to the conclusion that it's not as scary as I thought to be alone sometimes. And in fact, sometimes it can be better than clinging onto something which is causing you misery.

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Carpe Dien heels: Irregular Choice
Today's been a mixed bag so far. Powercuts and crazy weather this morning, with a hospital appointment this afternoon. Woop. On the plus side, I now have a weekend in Paris to look forward to. 


Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Light up your face with gladness..

One thing I've learnt over the past year or so is that I'm not too great at cutting ties when maybe I should. Once I've recognised that I probably need to, I just let things bumble along regardless. Reading this article this morning, I was thinking more about a couple of things I need to set straight, as they've been taking up far too much of my brainspace lately. 

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Instead, I'm choosing to focus on the lovely things which have been making me smile this week. At the weekend I walked up the Wrekin for the first time (ridiculous that I've lived so close and yet never been there!). We reached the top in time to see the sunrise, which was a little cloudy but still a lovely sight. 

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I sent some little Valentine's parcels out to some of my favourite people - these girls are the best - to show my appreciation of them. I've been trying to make sure I find time to let the people I appreciate know about it. <3 

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I've seen so many amazing live performances lately. As usual, my best friend bought me a year's membership to my local theatre for Christmas, so I've been booking up all of the things of late. I've also been a little further afield, to see this year's Matthew Bourne ballet at the Hippodrome, The Red Shoes, which was wonderful,with fabulous staging, as ever. 

I'm heading over there again this evening to see Birmingham Royal Ballet's version of Cinderella, which I'm super excited about, too. I bloody love the ballet. 

I've also been to watch a local double bill of performances - Afterplay and The Dumb Waiter, which is running for another couple of days and it definitely worth going to if you are local. 


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I spent most of my Sunday in the great outdoors, heading to the local National Trust property after the early morning walk. We were running and event for local guiding groups to celebrate Thinking Day, which is actually today. I spent most of my time setting up for things, making coffees and taking photographs, which seems to be about right. It ended in a campfire once the grounds were closed to the public and that was really nice. 

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New fabric purchases, from my recent stay with Sarah. A weekend at theirs involved (as usual) SO much food, including one of the best roast dinners in the history of the world. Sarah and I managed to fit in some shopping (of course!) and I came away from Guthri and Ghani with these lovely fabrics, which seem to have kick-started my enthusiasm for dressmaking once again. I'm pleased about this because it's been a while since I made anything for myself. 
We also managed to fit in the whole Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life series over the course of the weekend, and I now seem to be in the throes of an obsession.

So really, a lot of things to feel positive about. What's making you smile this week?

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Tuesday Titles 120.

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Lie With Me : Sabine Durrant

Today I'm excited to be part of the blog tour for Lie With Me. I've heard so much about this book over the past few months that I couldn't wait to get my hands on a copy. We all tell lies, right....?

Paul Morris, our protagonist, is about as unlikeable a character as I can remember reading about in recent times. Down on his luck, Paul is now in his 40s and his success has all but dried up. His first book, published when he was at university had been a best-selling success, but when his latest book proposal is rejected, he begins looking for something else to focus on. I mean, someone else to sponge off. 

Controlling, lecherous and fairly grim, Paul sets his sights on a widowed lawyer he meets at a dinner party, who he feels might be his next meal ticket. Sure enough, he receives an invitation to join her at her holiday home in Greece, but Alice has other things on her mind. 

Tempers and temperatures begin to rise in Pyros and frankly, I couldn't put this book down once I'd begun. See what the rest of the tour have to say, below. 


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Saturday, 18 February 2017

Florals on florals..

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Dress: Lindy Bop // Tights: Primark
I've been quite excited recently to have cleared out a lot in the wardrobe room, which means that as well as being a lot tidier, easier to get into the room itself and just generally...much nicer to be in, I've managed to find a lot of dresses which I'd squirreled away before actually wearing. This floral print dress is a Lindy Bop one called Sasha Bee, covered in floral print with bees dotted around and it's lovely. 

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Shoes: Irregular Choice
Another thing I've been doing lately is trying to sort through my coats - I keep being told that I have too many (in fact a friend recently told me he was concerned I might die in a coat avalanche if I wasn't careful, as they've been hanging on hooks on my bedroom door and it's sometimes tricky to get past them. I've sent one or two off to the charity shops lately and have sold a few others, so the number is gradually dwindling and I'm figuring out better storage options. 

In doing this, I rediscovered this coat, which I made a couple of years ago, and I've been wearing it all week. Florals on florals, with some stripey tights and my Russian doll heels for a day of appointments at banks and house hunting.

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Coat: Handmade (Vogue V8346)

Friday, 17 February 2017

Friday Favourites 232..

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Happy Friday, folks! Here we are again. I think I'm coming down with a cold and it's all been pretty quiet around these parts because everything else in my life is going nuts. 

Despite the fact that the weather isn't really on board, this week's picks seem to be screaming springtime at me. 

001: New to me this week., I'm really excited about this new site; Zoe Vine. This dress in particular is calling out to me. It comes in green or yellow polka dots, or a lovely sailboat print. One of each...? 

002: Ahhh. Irregular Choice has some lovely new stock in and I'm excited about so much of it. These rabbit mid-heels are a lot lower than I'd usually wear but I'm loving the colour scheme (they also come in a pale yellow) and the fact that they have a bow on the front, of course.

003: Vendula London have also been coming out with some absolute gems, lately. This sewing shop bag is probably my absolute dream bag - could it be more perfect for me, really?! I love the generous size of their grab bags - you can fit all of the essentials in them - and the fact that they give you the option of using the shoulder strap or not. 

What's been catching your eye this week?


Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Yarn Along {11}..

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It seems like a really long time since I last joined in with the #yarnalong, and that's mostly because I've not really made any knitting progress for a while now. I took my Hetty cardigan (yes, still working on that after beginning it in November) to Sarah's at the weekend and after a couple of false starts, I think I've progressed one of the shoulders. After the other one, it will be just the sleeves and the neckline and then it will be done - yay. 

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On the Other Side - Carrie Hope Fletcher

Bookwise, I've been finishing off several things recently, this one at a friend's house - I've been reading a few more chapters each time I've stayed there.

Having just read up on this, I now know (although didn't before) that this was written by an actress / vlogger, who I've got to say I hadn't before heard of. This book took me a little while to get into, but was a perfectly nice love story between two people who couldn't be together. So far, so much like any other romance novel, surely.

But when Evie Snow dies, she finds that instead of moving on to the next life, she's back to being 27 years old, where her life took some turns and she's able to visit those that she left behind. A smattering of magical happenings and a fairly primitive writing style made this book one which was fine for reading before bed, but not one I'd be likely to pick up again.


Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Tuesday Titles 119..

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The Vets at Hope Green : Sheila Norton

After some of my recent reads, I decided it would be nice to have a bit of a change and jumped right into The Vets at Hope Green.

Following the life of Sam, who works as a receptionist at a veterinary practice in London, we find that she's having second thoughts about her relationship and her career choice. She decides she needs some time away from the big smoke and decides to visit Nana, who lives in a small village in the countryside: Hope Green.

Sam isn't quite welcomed into village life; some of the locals are less than friendly. The worst of all being the local vet, who of course takes an instant dislike to Sam. So, when a job position becomes available in the practice, should she consider it?

At the moment, the book is being released in parts via Kindle, but the paperback will be available in June. 


Friday, 10 February 2017

Friday Favourites 231..

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A rather plastic fantastic wishlist this week; I've rounded up some of my favourite jewellery pieces from across the internet. 

001 - This triceratops necklace is just fabulous and comes in just about every colour option you could possibly imagine. Glittery or non-glittery, neon or not: there are just so many choices! I'm not sure which colour to go for, but I'd love one. 

002 - I seem to be having something of a zombie moment of late and these snowglobe necklaces are awesome. They depict scenes of people fighting off zombie attacks. This lady in the yellow dress is so full of sass. 

003 - To be honest, this pick is cheating a little bit because I already own this brooch. My friend stocked some Nelly Jane Crafts bits in her shop and I loved her wooden brooches, One day when I was working there, she brought some new stock in and I asked if she might be able to design a dinosaur girl brooch. Which she did - it arrived a couple of weeks later and I totally loved it. I had no idea it would make an appearance on the Etsy shop, too, but I'm super excited that it has and that it's my namesake..! 

004 - Another homage to another film I adore - Moonrise Kingdom. Suzy and Sam make excellent bunnies, I think. Want wanty want.

005 - Since I'd still put Audrey Horne up there as one of my favourite female fictional TV characters, I absolutely love this little brooch set from Hungry Designs.

006 - La Vidriola have so many awesome necklaces on sale at the moment. This jester is not only super cheerful, but can also be changed about so that he's in different positions, by moving the clips on the chains and attaching to his hands, feet etc.

Anything awesome caught your eye this week? 

Thursday, 9 February 2017

Soundtrack of my life..



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It's very rarely that I'm at home alone in absolute silence. If I don't have my iPod (my 30GB Classic is still going strong after 11 years and I'm absolutely dreading the day it gives up the ghost..) on shuffle via my Bose speakers, it's likely that these days I'll have a podcast on the go. 

Only recently (about October) did I really begin downloading and listening to podcasts. I'm not entirely sure what prompted it, but it's much easier to concentrate on sewing or knitting with a podcast on rather than a DVD in the background, I've found. Here are some of my favourites: 

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We're Alive: How would you deal with a zombie invasion? Well, I'm only a few episodes into I'm Alive, but so far Michael and his merry band of friends seem to have a plan. I kind of love zombie stories, so I'm excited to listen to the rest of this and see how things turn out for them.

On the Shelf: Sophie and Nemat are two thirty-somethings who give their relatable and down-to-earth take on the world of online dating, along with lots of other topics. They give advice to their younger selves and I like the way that they're only a few episodes in but I feel as though I'm really getting an insight into their lives.

Welcome to Night Vale: Oh, this is so creepy and yet also brilliant. Night Vale is a fictional town in the middle of the desert in America. I'm getting such feelings of nostalgia listening to this one because I can absolutely picture the town I drove through en route to the Grand Canyon when I was staying Vegas. In Night Vale, however, all of the conspiracy theories come real, there are creepy goings on and we hear it all reported by the community radio station. Each episode features a song in place of the weather report and I listen to this one when I'm struggling to get to sleep, as I love his gentle, monotonous tone of voice.

My Dad Wrote A Porno: I feel as though I got into this one pretty late - back in October, when the rest of the world had already listened to the first series of MDWAP. I was fine with this, as it meant that I could binge catch-up with all of the episodes and bring myself up to date. The premise is simple with this one (just in case there's anyone out there in the world who hasn't heard of it!) - Jamie's dad wrote an erotic novel, which he and his friends read and comment on. Very funny, although listening to two seasons in close succession got a little samey, for me.

Guys We Fucked: I was a little lost after running out of MDWAP and perused the charts for something which took my fancy. I was hooked by the title with this one and started from the first episode, which I tend to do with any podcast (I'm not a fan of jumping right in to the latest episodes). I'm now up to date (I think that's about 170 hours or so). I absolutely love this one - Krystyna and Corinne talk about sex, relationships and everything in between, No holds barred, which is the approach I've always taken to talking about sex. I really relate to them and my eyes have been opened to a few of their topics, but have pretty much enjoyed every episode.

The Receipts Podcast: This is a really new find for me; I listened to the first couple of episodes this week. Like On The Shelf, this one is UK-based and themed on relationships and just about everything else. So far I've listened to the four hosts cover topics such as dating, guys with female friends and being cheated on and I love that it's so relaxed that I feel as though I'm a fly on the wall of their conversation.

Other go-to podcasts (other than my daily fix of The Archers, of course) include Gilmore Guys (which I'm planning to listen in between rewatching the series, as I love the guys' commentary but it's been a while since I last watched the series), and basically any Radio 4 comedy or drama series. I also always make sure I have a couple of episodes of The Infinate Monkey Cage downloaded because all I want to listen to sometimes is the lovely Prof. Brian Cox. I adore him.

Any podcast recommendations?



Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Wishing for Spring..



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Dress, Jacket: H+M 
Ohhh, is anyone else bored of the chilly weather yet? I'm worried that all of these cold mornings are going to wear out my heated seats. (Still loving the new car, in case that wasn't obvious!)

I'm embracing Springtime in my outfit choices if nothing else. This dress is such a lovely shade of spring green and I found it again recently - after a shuffle around of the wardrobe room I've managed to get back into one of the wardrobes which has been behind a clothes rail for an absolute age. It's like having new clothes without even having to shop!

I love this jacket - I can't remember how many years ago it was that I spent a few days in London and shopped to excess. (It sort of seems like a lifetime ago.) But this jacket was one of those things which I still absolutely adore, despite not being quite my usual style.

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Pretty Poodle heels, Kind of the Castle bag: Irregular Choice // Cardigan: New Look
Still using this bag - because I'm basically too lazy to change my things over. I clearly carry too much crap around with me. I seem to be having a patterned tights phase as well, which I'm completely cool with. (Better photos of them here). 

Although there have been a few work-related frustrations, this week has been a vast improvement on recent ones. So that's cool. 

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Tights: Jonathan Aston*

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Tuesday Titles 118..

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The Puppet Master - Abigail Osborne 

I hate to start with a trigger warning to any book review, as I'm very much of the opinion that triggers can be incredibly subjective, but this book made for difficult reading at times. I wouldn't recommend to anyone who would be affected by issues surrounding child abuse etc.

The character cast in the title role of puppet master was one of the most awful people I've read about. 

Billie, one of the victims, has been living her life in hiding since those dreadful days. It's the only way she can deal with life since escaping from her childhood tormentor. Little does she know that whilst he may not be showing it, he is keeping tabs on her and knows exactly where she is at all times.

Whilst there were a couple of issues which I found rather difficult to believe (the love story element was a little far-fetched, IMO), all in all the story was fast-paced once you discover each puppet's role and the fear sets in as you realise that actually once Billie makes an awful discovery, she may also be fast running out of time. 

As a debut novel, I found that this drew the reader in and enjoyed the writing style.

Monday, 6 February 2017

Sequins and spotty dogs..

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Skirt: H+M // Bag: Kate Spade
Eugh, Monday again so soon? This weekend seems to have flown by, to be honest. I mean, this isn't a bad thing. It was full of friends and fun and films and several productive hours at the allotment, so I have no complaints, other than it being over too quickly. 

This was Friday evening's outfit for drinks with some friends. One of those "I'll only be out for an hour or so" moments, where you roll home at 2am and remember it's Parkrun in the morning so you should probably get some sleep. Ah well. Nobody ever sits on their deathbed and says they wish they'd had an early night, do they?!

This skirt is actually a much longer, more awkward length, but I'm wearing it a lot higher up with a top layered over it. I love the colour, but the midi length really wasn't doing me any favours.

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Top, cardigan: New Look // Pixie Dust heels: Irregular Choice


Sunday, 5 February 2017

Sunday Shoes 130.

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Super excited about this little new addition to my Irregular Choice collection. They're Toodle Loo, which I have had for a while in another colourway and really like. This pair arrived this week and I'm already super excited to wear them. I love the big bow on the front (obviously!) and the fabulous gold / purple brocade uppers and even more sparkly than I'd expected. 

I really like the inverted shape of the heel, which I think draws the eye. Super pretty and bound to be a pair which get a lot of wear, if my heart print ones are anything to go by.

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Saturday, 4 February 2017

Tuppence a bag..

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Dress: Handmade .. Bag: Irregular Choice
It feels like a long time since I took, let alone posted any outfit photos. There's nothing particularly special or exciting about this outfit, but I guess that sometimes there doesn't have to be. This is what I wore to take my little sister out for lunch as she was visiting for a few days.

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Tights: Matalan // Boots: Irregular Choice
These tights have been so useful - they're so cosy and it's rare to have a cute pattern on a pair of knit tights, so I'm gutted to report that they've got a couple of holes in them and are destined for the recycling bin. Boo. I wonder if Matalan still sell them. 

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Necklace: Accessorize
The print on this dress, which I'd forgotten I owned until my recent reshuffle of the wardrobe room, is of lots of ducks and I figured that the pastel colours in the print would work quite well with this corsage necklace.

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Carsdigan: H+M
I finished up with my trusty Miaow boots and my unicorn bag (that bag because I've been using it all week and was too lazy to change things over...)/ I'm so ready for the weekend, even though it seems to have come around in a flash again. 


Friday, 3 February 2017

Friday Favourites 230..

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How is it Friday again? Here's what I've been going heart-eyed over all of this week...

001: So many pretty new prints have hit the New In section of Lindy Bop lately - these mirrors make me think of my Nan's dressing table when I was a little girl. We used to be allowed to play with the hairbrush / hand mirror set when we were having our hair dried after bathtime. 

002: I love sequins. I'd cover everything with them if I could have my way. This top from Joanie is a relaxed enough shape that I think I could wear it with a smart skirt to the office. Or, alternatively with a tutu style skirt and some killer heels for a drinks date...

003: I've been swooning over the new Irregular Choice stock on the Spartoo site, as well. I think that these heels are my current favourites with their heel giving them that 70s vibe. Again, drawn to sparkles like a magpie!

004: I don't drink tea, which means that my kitchen is therefore kind of lacking in a decent teapot. I reckon this would be the perfect one to rectify this issue - plus, it would make things easier when tea-drinkers come to visit. Well, it would if I also started remembering to buy milk...

005: George always seem to come up with the very best homewares. I'm really loving their cute animal cushions and thinking I could maybe swap out a couple of my most tired-looking older cushions and adorn my sofas with something new. 

006: This Kate Spade handbag would be the perfect thing to take on my Valentine's trip. Ach, I love it so much. 

Thursday, 2 February 2017

Life finds a way..

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It's been kind of quiet around here for a little while. I guess I've been keeping something of a low profile whilst I focus on making things a little better. Step by step, I think I'm making progress. I have been turning my focus to the little things which make me happy and I've been grabbing onto the opportunities to try new things. 

I'm slowly but surely learning that actually, it's OK not to be busy every second of the day. Relaxing can be important and recently my weekend mornings have started off like this when I've been home. Coffee in my new favourite mug, a crafty project and my favourite cosy corner, made all the nicer by a handmade crochet blanket which one of my favourite Internet-come-real friends made for me for Christmas. 

I've been making slow progress with my current knitting project, which is a Hetty cardigan. I'm not in any real rush, though and I've been enjoying the making of it when I've had time to add to it. These are the best kinds of projects, I think - no point putting more unnecessary pressure on yourself for something which is supposed to be fun.

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Triceratops Mug: NHM Shop*

This mug is kind of awesome. First of all, it's crazy huge which means you can fit more than half a cafetiere of coffee in it - a big plus for someone like me, who mainlines caffeine! It's also dishwasher safe, super cute, and shaped like a dinosaur, which is always a plus. I seem to have amassed such a collection of dinosaurs. Weird, no? I love that the NHM Gift Shop has a whole section on dinosaur related gifts on their site - just perfect for any dinosaur fan.  

Anyone else finding that concentrating on the little things make everything else seem better, lately?