Sunday, 30 April 2017

Sunday Shoes 134..


I was a little unsure about adding this particular new pair to my shoe collection, if I'm honest. I'm not sure where my reluctance came from now that they've arrived as they're absolutely lovely in the flesh. I think I was just a little worried that they're sort of similar to a pair of red metallic IC courtesans that I've had for yeeeears (and almost worn to death). They're these ones, FYI.


Anyway, my friend Goo had a good point, in that I should probably have a back-up pair. Enter Peach Melba, which are the wonderful usual IC court shoe shape, finished in a mix of glitter, lace overlay and well....more glitter..! Oh. and a rather huge satin floral corsage on the front. 

There's not a lot else to say about these other than they're perfectly proportioned, and ridiculously comfortable to wear. My favourite shape of shoe, I guess. 


Friday, 28 April 2017

Friday Favourites 242..

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Whilst I'm trying to keep dry in my tent this weekend, here are a few of the things which have caught my eye this week.

001: This Joules dress is their latest version of the Amelie, which they bring back in a new print each year and I *have* to add to my collection. Love the pale grey background with it's floral print. 

002: Love this kawaii deer brooch - one of many awesome designs on the LuxCups Etsy store. They also have some uber cute enamel pins as well. I'll definitely be ordering some.

003: I love that Joanie Clothing have named this cute novelty bag Michelle - it reminds me of that joke about the fancy dress party! Love the glittery shell bag as well - the perfect holiday bag, no?

004: Loving the cutesy rabbit print on the new season Irregular Choice things at the moment - the current season boxes are covered in this print, too. I really like these pink bunny print brogues with their tulle laces.

Spied anything amazing this week?

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Long live the pioneers, rebels and mutineers..

Isabelle Dress: Zoe Vine
This dress was waiting for me when I got back from my travels last week and I'm completely smitten. Having spied it on the utterly adorable Kayla, and recognising the Isabelle dress from one of my recent favourites post (I featured the green polka dot version here), I decided that the time had come to place my order....only to receive a refund shortly afterwards, as they'd just sold the last one. 

Dejected, I had a little look around but couldn't find it online anywhere else, so had almost given up hope when someone got in touch via Instagram to tell me they'd seen one on sale in The Whiting Post shop, so perhaps I should give them a call. I did, and they were suuuuper lovely - I was able to buy it over the phone and it was sent out to me that very day! A big thank you to them. 

Shoes: M+S Limited Collection
These shoes, too, are new to me. I was definitely only popping into one of the local charity shops to drop off a bag of donations, but they happened to catch my eye as I turned to leave, and happened to be in my size. What's more, they were brand new M+S Limited Collection and were just £4,99. I couldn't reeeeally leave without them, could I?! 

Bag: Ollie and Nic
I've not used this bag for a while now. I'd thought I should really pick something a little more nautique, but this one always makes me think of cheerful spring days. Finishing things off with a really neutral cardigan, and some bright red lipstick (argh - there's something *so* self-conscious about lipstick), I was ready to face the day.

Cardigan: Primark 
I'm definitely overcoming some demons this week, but I'm being thankful that I have some lovely people to help me out with this - special shout outs to those who'll put up with late night "talk some sense into me" phone calls, and those who've arranged lovely plans to look forward to. Think positive thoughts, and positive things will happen, a wise man told me today. We'll see. 

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Tuesday Titles 129..

The Kicking the Bucket List - Cathy Hopkins

This book was one I read whilst away in Switzerland; I managed to find quite a bit of time to crack on with some of my to-reads, which was very good indeed.

Iris Parker leaves her three daughters a message in her will which they weren't expecting. They can have their inheritance, provided that they agree to spend several weekends together over the course of the next twelve months and partake in the activities which Iris and her friends have arranged for them.

Creative Dee, uptight Rose and impulsive Fleur haven't had a close relationship for as long as they can remember, so their mother's wishes fill them with unease.

Reluctantly, coerced by the charismatic and spiritual Daniel, the sisters try to overcome the decades of fallings out and misunderstandings and begin to find one another once again.

I found this book particularly poignant as one of three sisters who aren't particularly close and found myself subconsciously comparing us to the three characters, and frankly wondering how we'd cope with these challenges.

Then, one evening as I was nearing the end of this book, I suddenly came to the twist I was *not* expecting, and woke the next morning wondering if I'd dreamt it. I hadn't, and it was a brilliant ending.

Monday, 24 April 2017

Tie them to the trellis..

Trellis Dress: Laura Ashley // Shoes: Irregular Choice

At one point, Laura Ashley were definitely my go-to for dresses. A few years back, it seemed as though every dress in their collection was very heavily 50s inspired, and I loved it. Map prints, florals, you name it. Then, they kind of had a couple of years where their dresses didn't seem to be the kind of thing which would suit me (I'll never have the right body shape to feel comfortable in A-line anything!)


So, until last week, when I was walking past my local store, it had been an absolute age since I'd bought anything new from Laura Ashley. In the middle of their window display was this dress, part of the archive collection (which seems to be all about bringing back some of their older prints and styles), and that it was in the sale. 

I'm feeling Monday as a new start this week - very much needed all round. 

Friday, 21 April 2017

Friday Favourites 241..

It's been a little quiet around these parts; I've been off in Switzerland and haven't quite had chance to download any of my photos since my return, but naturally I've still had chance to browse the shops..

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I think I've got itchy feet as I've only been home a few days but all I can think about is my next trip. Next month, I'm off to Paris for a few days and I'm planning my wardrobe for whilst I'm there...
001: Joanie Clothing's new arrivals seem very fitting - Parisienne style to the max. I adore the scalloped front of this sundress; super chic and would be perfect with either flat sandals for daytime exploring, or with heels for an evening on the town..

002: I've been making a little list of all of the new IC styles I'd love to add to my collection and I think these blue Silver Linings heels are up near the top. They're so subtle (for IC, anyway) and yet would go with so much..

003: No sightseeing outfit would be complete without a pair of chunky sunglasses. Here's hoping the weather will be nice enough to require them, anyway.

004: Every season, I think that Kate Spade couldn't possibly top their previous designs and every season, they prove me wrong without fail. I love the awesome detail on this peacock design bag. Plus, it's big enough to hold all of the essentials!

Anything caught your eye this week? 

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Tuesday Titles 128..

Blokes, Beers & Burritos - Jo Blakeley

 I'm quite glad to have had some time travelling in order to catch up on some of my reading, as I've had stacks of books which I've been meaning to get to for a while now. Blokes, Beers & Burritos is one which kind of skipped the queue when it arrived, as I was a little intrigued.. 

Cath, whose relationships seem to follow the same old pattern every time ("it's not you, it's me..."), decides that she is going to up sticks and spend some time travelling. Heading to Mexico to find herself, she meets lots of people in similar positions to herself, as well as some whom she probably ought to avoid. 

Whilst updating her travel blog (where she makes everything sound great) and replying to her best friend's emails (where her accounts suddenly become more realistic), Cath notices a message ping into her inbox from someone calling themselves The Bliss Expert. Intrigued, she opens the message and is a little perturbed to discover a message with advice for her trip - even right down to which men she should speak to and which meals to avoid. 

Who is sending these emails and how do they know so much about the decisions Cath is going to have to make? She isn't sure whether to take the advice or not and we follow her often amusing adventures around her travel destinations as she tries to figure out the way to be happy. 

Enjoyable, flippant and probably a nice holiday read for a hot weather destination....

Monday, 17 April 2017

Easter Swap Parcel..


So, it's safe to say that I love a good snail mail swap - I'm always up for putting together a pretty letter or a parcel for somebody. I signed up to a lovely themed swap hosted by one of the people I follow on Instagram and although I'm hopeless and failed to photograph my parcel before I sent it out, here's the exciting one which I received from my swap partner, Rachel.


Lots of sweets and chocolate which I packed to take with me on the journey to the airport on Thursday, because early morning airport runs often need snacks.. A fluffy pen, which is awesome and the cutest little brooch (which I think is handmade). 
In my parcel, I also hand-knitted something, from this tutorial and was amazed by just how simple it was to complete. 

Sunday, 16 April 2017

Sunday Shoes 133..

Irregular Choice: Off Beat

 I feel as though I've rather fallen behind with some of the things I've been wanting to share on here, lately. Not just completed projects, new shoes and clothes, things I've been watching or listening to, but also lots of things about life in general. But hey ho. There's no rush. A bit at a time, and whatever you can manage, is just okay.


It seems like quite a while since I shared a new pair of shoes - most new additions to my collection lately have been second hand, but here is my first pair from this season and so my first bunny print box. I love the muted pastel tones of this colourscheme; it seems perfect for springtime, and as is usually the case these days, the soles match the print on the box. 


Anyhow, this style is Off Beat and they caught my eye first because of the lovely colourful stacked heel. The fronts are decorated with music notes and I love the mix of colour and glitter. The T-shaped Mary Jane strap is just a lovely finishing touch, in my opinion. 


Friday, 14 April 2017

Friday Favourites 240..

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So, Easter weekend is upon us and although I'm away and therefore not doing anything special, here's what I'd love to be wearing as a kind of Easter themed outfit..who needs chocolate eggs?!

001: This Collectif dress just screams springtime to me. I have this in another colourway and love the shape and the effect of the tulle overlay and think that they've managed to nail the current embroidery trend in a beautifully elegant way.

002: These awesome socks would go perfectly with the dress, and UK Tights are currently running a 10% Easter discount with the code EASTER10 until Monday.

003: The new Palava collection is full of awesome new prints and I was excited to see that they've got more knitwear - including this awesome yellow swallow print cardigan. I bought a flamingo cardi from them last year and adore it, so I know this is going to be good...!

004: I remember at one point my shoe choices were all very much like this - the higher and the more leopard print the better. I love these sandals and think they'd be the perfect finishing touch to this outfit.

Any Easter wishlists?

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Some recent purchases..

I must admit, I'm not usually one for " haul" or "things I've bought" posts. This is often because I'm so eager to wear my new things that I don't stop to take a photo. Or because I'm forgetful. Or a combination of the two. But I've stacked up a few new things which have arrived over the past few weeks and here they are. 

Dress // Blouse /. Tights - Joanie Clothing

Having been eagerly awaiting the arrival of this NYC border print dress on the Joanie website, I couldn't wait any longer to place an order when it finally arrived. I'm still waiting for the Eiffel Tower print cardigan (which I definitely want to wear for Paris) but that doesn't seem to have landed just yet. I did also order the Paris print blouse, which has a lovely big tie at the neck and a pair of red tights, which were in the clearance section, and are somehow a colour I don't seem to have. Honestly, my obsession with this website grows on an almost daily basis. 

House bag: Cath Kidston // Floral Bag // Fish Purse - Primark 

On Sunday afternoon, once Amy and Sally had gone to get their trains, I was left unattended in Grand Central before heading home. Unwise? I ended up picking up the bag I've been umming and ahhing over for a while from Cath Kidston, and dismissing most of their new clothing as not-quite-my-thing. I used to adore their clothes, but having been kinda disappointed with the dinosaur dress, I'm no sure I'm that taken with them any longer. This bag, on the other hand...

Also, a ridiculously tiny bag and a coin purse from Primark, which I'd popped into to try and track down a couple of cardigans I'd seen...

I'd mostly been looking for the ladybirds, but couldn't resist the flamingoes either. Cute, no?

Sparkly Tote: Primark
This tote hadn't been on my list, but as one of the handles on the bag I've been using for the gym broke recently, I decided that this would be an easy-to-carry replacement for that, as well as being useful to carry my purchases home in. 


The other thing I always check out in Primark is the bedding. Although Asda currently have my heart when it comes to duvet cover sets, Primark never fail to come out with some lovely printed sheets and bottom pillow cases, and I threw one set out recently in my Spring cleaning, so was pleased to replace them with these.


Finally, a pootle into  Flying Tiger, which resulted in a couple of new rolls of washi tape, which I use for all kinds of things (mostly decorating snail mail and parcels, making birthday cards etc), a bowl and a roll of sheep ribbon, which was too cute to pass up. Also this little tin, which I'm planning to use to keep the essentials on my bedside table contained in.

Bought anything great, lately? 

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Tuesday Titles 127..

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The Lauras - Sara Taylor

This book is a journey, in the most literal sense as we follow Alex and Ma across America. They leave one night - Alex doesn't know where they're headed, and to begin with we're unsure whether Ma does either, but as we journey through her past and across the states, it becomes apparent that she's got a destination in mind.

Alex, too, is on a journey of...I guess you'd call it discovery. Having decided from a young age not to be defined by either gender, it's interesting to see other people react to this choice, which Alex and Ma just consider to be a fact.

The more of Ma's past we find out about, the more it seems that perhaps she is still a searching for something, too. What is "home"? Foster homes, past loves and places she's known all piece together like a patchwork quilt of her past, which helps Alex to understand more about the person she is today.

I didn’t realise my mother was a person until I was thirteen years old and she pulled me out of bed, put me in the back of her car, and we left home and my dad with no explanations. I thought that Ma was all that she was and all that she had ever wanted to be. I was wrong...

Friday, 7 April 2017

Friday Favourites 239: Spring has sprung!

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Argh, this week has zoomed by in a mixture of sunny days and springtime flowers and frankly amazing new arrivals from some of my favourite corners of the internet.

001: This NYC print from Joanie Clothing is probably one of my favourite prints for a long long while. It's amazing - cityscapes and polka dots - and there's a dress version, too. 

002: This lilac Lindy Bop cardigan would match the print rather perfectly, in my opinion.

003: This is one of my favourite Vendula designs - possibly ever! A cute little caravan bag, with a cross-body strap adorned with bunting. 

004: Miss L'Fire never fail to come up with something amazing, and these floral shoes are no exception. I love the ankle ties, which make it look as though they're growing up your leg.

What's caught your eye this week? The lovely weather is making me want to shop for summer sandals.

Thursday, 6 April 2017

In fact, that's a lie, I want you..

Dress: Orla Kiely // Cardigan: Primark 
It feels like such a long while since I've taken any proper outfit photos. The corner I've turned lately has been more about my emotional happiness; my body confidence is still at zero. But, something made me a little braver than usual and I actually left the house in this dress, despite freaking out a little that it's kind of short. But hey, the world didn't end at the sight of my horrible legs. so there we are.

Letter Brooch: Accessorize // Swan Pin: FairytaleCollars 
A chance to show off one of my newest pins (the swan) on what must be one of my oldest but also most favourite coats. Too much nostalgia to consider parting with this one. And some new shoes (well, new to me), which I'm really liking. All in all, a lovely day really, filled with fun things like dinner with friends before watching a dance show at the theatre which one of my best friends was performing in.

Coat: Next (many moons ago) // Shoes: Irregular Choice

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

She's so hard to please, but she's a forest fire..



I'm not sure what I've done, or more to the point how I've done it, but somehow I seem to have turned a corner recently. Having been annoying myself with the time I've spent unable to shift this miserable fug, I feel as though I've come out of the other side. It's true, all of those helpful advicey things which people say about moving on, no longer letting someone have a million second chances (I appreciate that's an oxymoron!) and that actually, at some point, you'll wake up and realise that the things you'd been so sure about, maybe weren't so certain after all. 



Basically, having felt as though I could make something I thought I wanted happen, by perseverance and little else, it turns out that it wasn't what I needed anyway. Which is sometimes the way of things. Anyhow, things are pretty great at the moment, really, and I've been trying hard to remember this by turning my focus to the good things, be those big or little. I've taken a bit of a leap of faith when it comes to certain things lately, but they're working out okay and maybe, perhaps, sort of, not quite as scary as I'd worried that they might be. 

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Yesterday's good thing was spending my evening with some of my favourite people, who never fail to make me feel loved and welcome. Which is a pretty awesome feeling. I've long struggled with that feeling of belonging, which is a topic for another post one day, perhaps. We went on a long walk with the dog, across the countryside and it was lovely to just take it all in and explore. I guess we have some pretty nice sights on our doorstep, which is something I often take for granted. I have friends visiting this weekend and am keen to make sure they see the *nice* parts of where I live, but I think that sometimes I forget that quite a lot of it can be rather nice, if you know where to look. 

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Tuesday Titles 126..

The Reunion : Roisin Meany

This book was the perfect accompaniment to a chilled Sunday afternoon; I read it in a couple of hours, which is always a sign that a book has managed to grab my attention. If I'm enjoying the story I won't want to put it down until the end. 
Caroline and Eleanor Plunkett are both invited to their 20 year school reunion. Neither sister wants to go; their lives took very different paths but they are similar in that respect at least.

Throwing the reader right into their family lives and then back into the years as the girls were growing up, we begin to learn that both sisters have been keeping secrets, from one another, as well as the rest of their families for many years. But suddenly, one is about to become known. 

I really enjoyed the writing style - flicking between the years and the sisters' lives, the story was pieced together quickly, although with a few twists and turns along the way. Thoroughly recommend to anyone wanting to while away a weekend afternoon.