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Friday, 10 August 2018

Friday Favourites 285..

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More homeware wishes this week, since moving day is merely days away now, and it still feels as though we're in need of so many things. Argh! Here are a few of the bits and pieces which have made it onto my wishlist over the past week or so.. 

001: I wish I'd snapped these up as soon as they hit the clearance area of the Cult website, as these super stools seem to have sold out in this colour now. I'll be keeping an eye out for something similar though, in order that we can use the kitchen as a sort of breakfasting area, too. 

002: Because one can never have enough pink champagne flutes. I'm pretty sure I can sneak these into my basket at IKEA without anyone noticing, since we've got a list as long as our arms of things we need from there anyway. 

003: This lamp has been saved in my favourites since I spied it in my local store - I love the contrast between the glass base and the fabulously bright shade. I'm not sure where it would go, but I'm sure I could find a space for it. 

004: This pendant light, I'm definitely sure would go in the dressing room. I'm going for a kind of vintage Hollywood feel, I think. 

005: I adore this rocking chair - the shape, the colour. It would go very nicely with so much of our colour scheme and furniture. Wanty want.

Anything nice caught your eye, lately?

Wednesday, 8 August 2018

Join my terracotta army..

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A good few weeks ago now, I met up with my fellow #THFC girls and we spent a weekend in Liverpool, soaking up as much culture as we could squeeze into 48 hours. 

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We booked early tickets for the Sunday morning to see the Terracotta Army exhibit at the World Museum. Running until the end of October, this had lots of information about the army, ancient China and how the figures came about, as well as some of the actual figures themselves. 

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The rooms containing the displays were large and there was a lot of information, but also a lot of space so that it was easy to stop and read things at your own pace, without feeling like you were being herded through like cattle. 

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I particularly liked the smaller clay models showing the assumed production line - putting heads onto horses and figures. 

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When we'd made it through the exhibition (and the gift shop), we had a wander around the rest of the museum, and this was my favourite find. I'm being taught more and more about clocks and pretty clockwork designs by my FiL who takes a great interest in these things and this struck me as being really pretty. I adore the fact that the dial behind the face also acts as a barometer - similar in fact to the beautiful Bramwell Brown clock which I've got my eye on for the new house. 



Tuesday, 7 August 2018

Tuesday Titles 160..

Ivy Abe
Ivy and Abe: Elizabeth Enfield

Imagine getting that second chance that people so often wish they'd been given? The chance to put things right. That big break. An opportunity to do things differently, choose the other path, seize that day. What would you change? 

Ivy and Abe get to do just that. Childhood sweethearts who ended up spending decades apart, a chance encounter has them finding one another in later life and they soon wish to make up for lost time. 

But, when their happy ending is cut short, all is not lost for Ivy and Abe. What if they could go back and live their story again? We dive in and out of their lives, picking up at different periods along the way; sometimes one or other is married, sometimes not. Were Ivy and Abe always destined to be together in the end?

I loved the concept of this book. It reminded me of one of my favourite films as a teen - Sliding Doors. That one moment being the deciding factor and allowing you to relive the "what may have been" option. We are presented with many alternative stories, possibilities and what could have happened with them. 

Like I say, I enjoyed the concept. It's execution, however, fell a little flat for me. I don't know whether this is because our first encounter with Abe and Ivy is just so brief that I didn't get much of a sense of their characters, so didn't feel that connected to them, or whether I just wasn't that interested in their story, but I found myself getting a little lost between all of the different story reruns. 

Have you read this? What did you think? 

Friday, 3 August 2018

Friday Favourites 284: Mermaids!

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Even though the weather seems to be playing us for a fool this week, I've been lusting after the seaside. A day trip or a holiday, I'm just longing to be by the sea as I always find it helps me to relax. I think my mermaid-y wishes must've had an effect on this week's wishlist theme...how to be a mermaid!

001 and 003: One of Irregular Choice's most recent offerings; these mermaid print shoes and bag form part of their newest collection,which contains star-shaped heels. I sort of love the fact that they're moving away from their usual lucite round heel, or crazy character shape heel, and really like the star shape on the otherwise regular heel. Pretty! 

002: Miss L'Fire always come up with adorable details, but this season they seem to have levelled up. The heels on this pair of sandals are a lot lower than I'd usually opt for, but they are also in the shape of a fish, so I'd be prepared to make an exception. Perfect holiday shoes? 

004 and 006: Want something a little more demure, but still with a bit of a beach-y, mermaid-y feel? I love the scalloped fronts on this pretty pair of Chie Mihara Mary Janes. And the glittery shimmer of these Nick of Time heels would be the perfect way to finish off any summer outfit.

007: If you want something nautical but a little more comfortable for day trips, or walking through the sand dunes, perhaps a pair of flat sandals. These Miss L'Fire ones feature a cute little sailboat design.

008: I cannot tell you how excited I was to see that these Carpe Diem heels were being re-released. I bought mine several years ago, but everytime I wear them I get several requests asking where they can be bought. They've also brought a flat version out, too!

009: Finally, what could be more inkeeping with the mermaid theme than a heel shaped like an actual mermaid? I do really like these as concept heels go. Pretty cute. 

Feeling the mermaid vibes lately?