Monday, 31 July 2017

Sacre Bleu..


Yep, we're still in Paris. (Well, I wish I was.) But I'm still sharing photos from it. I'm getting such itchy feet lately and am desperately trying to decide on my next travel destination. Any suggestions?


But, I'll just leave these here for now. Some photos from an early evening wander around our little familiar Montmartre streets. We rode the carousel in the Place Louise-Michel, which was a short walk from our street and is situated right at the foot of the Furniculaire de Montmartre, which we also travelled on later that evening (when we were in heels and didn't fancy tackling the stairs). It was covered as part of our three-day Metro pass anyway, but it's not very expensive to ride (around 1eur50 I think).


The journey lasts all of 90 seconds, but it's still quite lovely to watch the ground get further away from you as you travel to the top. The railway runs after midnight each evening, so we were able to ride back down again after dinner, which was rather nice as it was all dark and you could see the lights of the city twinkling underneath.


For someone who doesn't even go to church, I took a lot of photos of this building, huh? I have a certain fondness for it and it's impressive view over the city and there's always a little part of my head which makes me think of this Snow Patrol video, which I adore. 

Sunday, 30 July 2017

Sunday Shoes 139..


I really need to pull my finger out; I've got so many shoe photos to share, but somehow I just seem to take ages to get around to them. In fact, shamefully, this particular pair hadn't been out of the box until I took these photos a couple of days ago. 


Anyway, this was a collection which had almost entirely passed me by until I received a lovely invite to the Carnaby Street store launch party, along with a catalogue to show me what styles were going to be released. As I think I've mentioned before, I'm not really that into the Disney hype, so I have to admit, there have been other collections which have intrigued me more. 


However, on the day, having agreed to go in the website queue system for a friend who was after a different pair entirely, I guess the excitement of the release got the better of me, and I was ever so taken with the mixture of prints and colours on this style: Sherbet Ice Cream. Before I could give it much of a second thought, they'd "fallen" right into my basket and were on their way. 


I have to say, I'm not suffering from any buyer's remorse, which I'd sort of expected to. Although they're part of the Disney collection, I feel as though they're not immediately recognisably Disneyfied. More the random and eclectic mix of prints, colours and textures which I've come to expect from Irregular Choice. 


I mean, that said, there are of course Disney details. In the box. the print of the tissue paper and the logo inside the shoes, one of which is a mouse shape whilst the other is a bow, around the Disney logo. Then of course, the piece de resistance on this pair - the character heels. 


The heel on these is much daintier than any of the other character heels I've had. It's a Minnie Mouse figurine but half encased in glitter, rather than making up the entire shape of the heel. I love the glitter so this really works for me. 


In terms of the way they wear, these are high. There is a platform, but the height is about 4.5inches. Whilst I don't personally have any trouble with heels of this height, and the heel seems perfectly sturdy, they could possibly be tricky to walk in...? I'm a fan though and have found the sizing to be good with these. I didn't get the option to size up in these as the size above had already sold out, so I've been pretty lucky here. 

What do you think? 

Saturday, 29 July 2017

Blog Tour: To Provence, With Love..

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To Provence, with Love: T A Williams

 A little weekend reading suggestion for you today; what's better than curling up with a lovely book when the weather is horrible outside? Well this could be the perfect one.

Disillusioned write Faye can't believe her luck when she's asked to write the autobiography of a famous Hollywood star. Sworn to secrecy, she heads to the chateau, only having to stop once en route to ask a swoonsome farmer for directions. But, love is the last thing on Faye's mind, right..?

Annabelle Beech has led an interesting life, to say the least, so Faye should have plenty to write about if she takes the job. But, she can't help feeling that Annabelle isn't telling her the whole story. What could she be hiding? And why? 

All becomes apparent. and it's an enjoyable journey to discovery. I love the writing style in this; you're thrown right into Faye's story and everything is described so well. I felt as though I was experiencing the lavender fields and beautiful French countryside along with Faye, which is the mark of a great writer, in my opinion. 

Follow the rest of the blog tour (blogs and dates below) to see what the others thought..

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Friday, 28 July 2017

Friday Favourites 254..

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Frankly, I'm in the throes of an obsession. After rewatching The Graduate on Wednesday at my favourite little indie cinema, I'm not only finding myself humming along to the Simon and Garfunkel soundtrack, but I'm also thinking I might use Mrs Robinson as my style inspiration from now on. 

001: "Wood or wire? They have both." I absolutely adore this coat. I mean, I've spoken before about how I don't really need any more coats in my life. Ever. My  But my goodness, this Biba beauty has such a lovely luxe look and it's removable collar gives it the option to adapt it to suit any outfit..Alternatively, try this one if you're not a fan of the collar. 

002: All of the animal print is the most apparent thing, and I've been noticing a lack of leopard print in my wardrobe of late. This top is just £7.80 in the Collectif sale, and they're currently offering a further 50% off everything with the code NIFTY50 so I'd urge you to make the most of that if you haven't already.

003: Because I never really need an excuse to shop for lingerie. And this suspender belt is just beautiful. Perfect seductress vibes, no? 

004: Probably one of those retro styles which I've always shied away from, but these wide leg palazzo pants just look so airy and comfortable as well as giving the air of effortless chic. I think that the patterned ones might risk looking a little too much like pyjamas, so am wondering about a plain pair...? I'm not sure I can *do* trousers, though.

Who's your style icon this week? Do you ever see something and then take inspiration from it, or get a little obsessed like I do? 

Thursday, 27 July 2017

If this were a movie..

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I feel as though I've been to the movies a lot more lately than I have for a while, but it's been a while since my last round-up post. Here's what I've seen since then (I think). 

The Graduate: This is an absolute classic, which I've of course seen before. (On VHS, a long while ago). Digitally remastered and released in some cinemas to mark it's 50th anniversary. Yes, seriously, it's been fifty years since poor, lost soul Benjamin first asked "Mrs Robinson, are you trying to...seduce me?!
Yet sometimes, even if I've seen something before, it's kinda awesome to see it on the big screen, no? I thoroughly enjoyed rewatching this, laughing along with the rest of the cinema-goers and of course trying hard not to sing along to the soundtrack. 

Transformers: The Last Knight: I have to start by pointing out that I've never see any of the other previous Transformers movies, so was at a little bit of a disadvantage when this was one of our recent picks. I liked it, sure. And it was quite amusing, I enjoyed the character development and managed to pick up enough of the back story to get by, but still something just felt a little formulaic about the whole thing. 
I mean, this was my tweet the following day and I stand by it: 
Really enjoyed Transformers, but is it bad that my highlights were the little robot dinosaurs and Laura Haddock's ass in a pencil skirt...?

The Red Turtle: I have to admit, this was my very first Studio Ghibli film. I have lost count of the number of people who've told me that I should really watch My Neighbour Totoro because I'd love it. And I even have the DVD ready and waiting for me. After seeing The Red Turtle, I'm probably more keen to watch more. It was just beautiful. Animated and wordless, the music is perfect and I quickly felt as though I was immersed in the story. So, so nice. Despite being animated, I love that this is so much more "realistic", which I know is a dumb thing to say about a movie which has some magical forces in play, but things like the fact that subjects such as death aren't skirted over just because it's an animation, appeal to me. 

My Cousin Rachel: As I've mentioned before, I tend to prefer to have read a book before I watch a film adaptation of it, but actually, I've not yet read this du Maurier. I'm not sure why, as I quite enjoy her books. I rather enjoyed this film, following the life of Philip as he comes of age and vows to get revenge after his cousin Ambrose meets an untimely death in Florence. Rachel, Ambrose's widow, soon has Philip under her seductive spell. With it's moody, psychological thriller vibe, I have to admit my loyalties were tested and I really didn't know who to believe. 

Despicable Me 3: Oh, considering I'm someone who really doesn't "get" the Disney hype, I sure like a minion movie. I was excited to see there'd be a new one of these. Typically, the third film in a franchise like this is usually hopeless, but I'd read reviews when this first came out that it was the best yet. Whilst I don't think I'd agree with that tall claim (the first movie will always be my favourite). A new villain and Gru's long-lost brother add some new characters to the old favourites, and I certainly enjoyed it better than the second and the standalone Minions film. Hilarious, you know what you're getting with this series and it doesn't disappoint. 

Spiderman: Homecoming: Right away, I enjoyed this more than I'd expected to. For me, Andrew Garfield / Emma Stone will always be my best Peter Parker / Gwen, so I wasn't really sure how I felt about (another) remake. But. kudos to the writers, because this was great. As a big Avengers fan in general and a big RDJ fan in particular, I was pleased to see some Iron Man in there but I don't think it was just the Avengers magic which made this great. I loved the fact that Peter's a bit of a nerd who is trying too hard to impress; rather than being a true hero fulfilling his destiny, he's just the loveable loser trying hard to be noticed by his crush, and desperate for his hero Tony Stark to need him again. Things like his video diary from the great Avengers fight (which we saw in Civil War) and the fact he leaves a note on a bike asking people not to steal it, really made me warm to him as a character on his own, not just as Garfield's successor and I'm excited to see where they go with this. 

What have you seen lately? Anything you'd recommend?

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Does Yogi Bear like picnics..?

Dress: Lindy Bop (similar here)
Well, I hate to be all British about it but the weather's really given us the run-around the past couple of days. Going from glorious sunshine one minute to a horribly humid rainstorm this morning, I'm not sure whether it will be picnic weather for the outdoor theatre event I'm off to at the weekend after all, but here's hoping...

Picnic Pin: Smile and Make // Hermione Sweater: Joanie Clothing
After umming and ahhing over this picnic sweater on the Joanie Clothing website, I took the plunge last time they had a discount code about and I'm really glad that I did. The embroidery design is lovely, although I wish I'd gone for a size down as it's much more generous that I'd thought. The fabric seems to have a lot of stretch. 

I added my new Smile and Make picnic basket pin to the sweater, although this didn't last long as it was rather warm so I moved it on to my dress. Inspired by one of Lucy's husband's favourite phrases, her new picnic pin is just lovely with amazing attention to detail (as with all of Lucy's items!).

Bag: Accessorize // Shoes: Irregular Choice x Blythe
Speaking of which, I decided this dress would be kinda perfect to match with the picnic theme, what with this quirky print of these lady cyclists out enjoying the sunny weather. I love the contrast of the polka dot bodice and printed skirt; perfect for me who would always rather wear a dress than a skirt and top, although this kinda looks like the latter. Lindy Bop are coming out with some seriously great things, of late!

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Also, a chance to wear some (unusually flat for me - my feet felt a little weird all day!) shoes which rarely ever seem to come off the shelf. It's been years since the Irregular Choice x Blythe collections came out but I'm still sometimes hopeful that I'll manage to track down the few remaining pairs I'm missing (those dice boots evade me). I love the little doll faces and the polka dots and ruffled fronts. 

So, anyone for a picnic? 

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Tuesday Titles 136..

The Honeymoon: Tina Seskis

In what seems like direct contrast to the kind of things I've been reading lately, The Honeymoon is dark and chilling and has absolutely stuck with me since I finished it on the treadmill the other day.

Jemma has been planning her perfect wedding for years and has her dream honeymoon all sorted, too. A remote island in the Maldives, with their own private beach and staff to attend to their every need. She could be in paradise, except for one thing.

One morning, she wakes up to find her new husband has gone. Disappeared from the island, without a trace. Suddenly Jemma's dream becomes a nightmare and as the others at the resort start to wonder whether Jemma might be involved, she begins to remember things which happened leading up to that night.

A lot of the story is told using flashbacks to Jemma's relationship, the wedding plans and otrher things which had happened and this builds on the eerie feeling that the reader is being kept in the dark about some of the things which might be important. As slivers of the truth are eked out of the story, things fall into place and my theory began to come together.

Billed as a "shock twist that you won't see coming", I have to admit, I really didn't. I think I must have been visibly surprised when I got to the big reveal as one of my gym buddies even asked what was up.

Unlike some books of it's genre which I've found can fall a bit flat after the reveal, The Honeymoon kept me interested in guessing right up until the end. I'd absolutely recommend it to anyone who likes a good thriller.

Monday, 24 July 2017

That little pot of gold..

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I still have so many photos from this year's travels, which I've totally failed to do anything with, thus far. But since we've spent a decent part of this weekend trying to decide on our next travel destination, I thought it was high time I downloaded them from the camera and shared away. 

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In Paris, we stayed in a little Air B+B apartment in the centre of Montmartre. which is the hill in Paris' 18th district. Having had no real desire to stay in any part of Paris in particular, I narrowed our search parameters to Montmartre because it's just got a lovely atmosphere; every time I've visited the city I've thought so. Known as the artists' district, there's plenty of evidence of that to be seen on the walls and we saw a lot of studios and gallery spaces whilst exploring. 

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Another thing I love about Montmartre is that it's home to the Sacre-Coeur (which I'm sure anyone following our Instagram accounts is bored to death of seeing photos of) but that from it's steps, you get an amazing view over the city. On our first evening in Paris, we explored a little just as it began to rain and as we got to the top of the stairs, saw the most incredible rainbow, which added to the magic.

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We ate our final night's evening meal in one of the restaurants in the open area of the main square - a tourist trap for sure, but one of those lovely things you totally have to experience. As an avid people-watcher, I thoroughly enjoyed seeing everyone going by.

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With so many tiny little side streets it took me quite a while before I finally started to get my bearings, but when I'd go out in the mornings I'd look for the Scare Coeur to make sure I was heading in the right direction home, since it's kinda hard to miss. 

Saturday, 22 July 2017

Dogs in the moonlight..

Dress: Joe Browns 
And, as if by magic, it's the weekend once again. I'm not entirely sure what's planned now as those I'd had have fallen through and I'm hopeless at decision-making. But I'm sure it'll be grand nonetheless.

Bag: Kate Spade 
This pretty dress was one I'd had my eye on for a while in the Joe Brown's catalogue, and I pounced as soon as the sale began. I wasn't disappointed - their dresses are such nice quality. Fully lined, with a waist ribbon tie and an elasticated panel at the back of the bodice. I love the scooter print on this and thought I'd continue the impromtu Italian theme with this Kate Spade dog bag. Unsure why they seem to go together, but it works in my head..

Shoes: Red Herring
These sandals always surprise me with how comfortable they are, although the pom pom on the front isn't very well suited to the rotten weather we've had for the past couple of days.

How's your weekend? 

Friday, 21 July 2017

Friday Favourites 253

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Happy Friday, folks! It's been a funny old week, which seems to have both zipped by and also kind of dragged. As usual, I've not managed to do all of the things I'd planned, but frankly when is that not the case..?! I've managed to go all heart-eyes-emoji over the following dresses, though..

001: Another beautiful dress from Joanie Clothing. I'm aware that I'm beginning to sound like a broken record, but I will continue to make room for the beauties they come up with. This yellow sunflower print just screams sunshine to me and I want! 

002 and 003: Absolutely loving the range at UK Lingerie at the moment - this Pour Moi set is right up my street and so reasonably priced, too. Absolutely love the cage effect of the knickers. They also come in red if you don't have a "black underwear only" rule like I do.. I always want to think of myself as someone who swans about in a babydoll like this, but.. 

004: Because a girl always needs a new pair of shoes and there is just not enough glitter in the world. I love the shade of blue of these glitter heels from ASOS and, of course, the fact that the heels are embellished with all kinds of floral cuteness.

What's caught your eye this week...? 

Thursday, 20 July 2017

My Topshop sale picks..


Having recently reached a bit of a milestone, I'm starting to wonder if maybe I'm feeling my age, when it comes to fashion trends. I've always been someone who knows what they do and don't like, but recently more than ever I've been despairing at some of the things which are on sale on the high street. Crop tops, cold shoulders and Granny-slipper-mules are never going to be my cup of tea. So, I guess what I'm saying's been a while since I shopped in Topshop.


Last week, I saw someone post about some cute brooches they'd picked up in the Topshop sale. They sent me a link and there were a couple of enamel pins from the Topshop Unique range on sale. I placed a Click+Collect order and ventured in on Saturday to pick them up. 


As I was in the queue for the counter (unsure why there only ever seems to be one of the umpteen members of staff behind the counter when it's busy) I had a little look at the jewellery display, most of which was also on sale. This sequin collar necklace was £1 and the two keyrings (pineapple) and unicorn were £3.25 each.


As for the pins I'd ordered - this deer was a lot larger than I'd expected and was down to £2, whilst the others were boxed sets of three pins, all down to £5. I think there are also some other options available, but they all seemed quite similar. I particularly liked the colourful stars in this one

Seen any bargains lately...? 

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Narwhals narwhals swimming in the ocean..

Matilda Dress: Limdy Bop
Every now and then I'll peruse the New In section on the Lindy Bop website and will notice something amazing. This narwhal print Matilda dress (which also has tiny unicorns in diving masks as part of the print) was definitely one of those and I wasted no time at all in popping it into my basket and hitting checkout.

Triceratops Bag: Kate Spade
It arrived and I wasn't disappointed (apart from with the fact that the belt would probably fit around me twice - I wonder if perhaps I got the wrong one in my parcel). I love the print and the cut and the pretty pastel tones which lend themselves to being paired with my triceratops bag.

Shoes: Lola Ramona
These Lola Ramona shoes have been some steady favourites for pastel coloured outfits for several years now; they're pretty comfortable and have a nice sturdy heel which was good for a Monday evening guides meeting. I was greeted when I arrived by excitable small people teaching me a song about narwhals - seems they were almost as excited about my dress as I was..! 

Monday, 17 July 2017

Blog Tour: The Summer of Serendipity


 Eep, happy Monday and I'm rather excited to be starting off this week's blog tour. The weather this past couple of weeks has been glorious and naturally has got me thinking about summer holidays. If you're planning one, I'd ceratinly recommend today's book to keep you company on the plane or by the pool...

Welcome to Ballykiltara; a gem in the midst of the remote Irish countryside and the venue for Ren and Kiki's next business deal. Se(Ren)dipity Parker and her friend Kiki work as property scouts, finding the perfect homes for their clients to buy. Within just a couple of days of arriving in town, it seems as though they might well have found what they are looking for.

The Welcome House, however, has other ideas. Known in local legend as a safe house, where people who need it can go and stay, the cupboards are always stocked with food etc, the girls struggle to find out who to approach about selling the property. Perhaps they'll need to stay in town a little longer than they'd originally thought to uncover some information about the house and it's history.

Peppered with little nuggets of history, Ren's visit to Ireland is filled with chance encounters and a little bit of mystery. But which one of the locals can help her solve it? The writing style throughout this book is lovely and I'd definitely make sure you pack it into your case for any summer trips you might be planning. 

The Summer of Serendipity: Ali McNamara

Friday, 14 July 2017

Friday Favourites 252: Yoshi Bags..

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Oh. My. Goodness. I'm doing a little internal squee of excitement, right now. One of my favourite brands for quirky cute handbags has just had a little redesign of their website, so naturally I couldn't resist having a little browse.. 

My goodness, have Yoshi snuck some freaking amazing new designs on there when I wasn't looking. Here are a few which I absolutely adore, but seriously, I found it difficult to narrow it down to just these..!

001: As I admitted on Instagram the other day, I don't really like dogs that much. (Sorry, world.) However, this bag is just amazing. I love the pale mint shade of the background with the lovely dog show design. 

002: The detail of the cityscape underneath these hot air balloons is just amazing. I recently took my Paris city bag to France with me, as you do, and this would be perfect for city break getaways I think. 

003: I think this little guy might be my favourite. I think he's the same size as my best Yoshi bag (this Into the Wild one) and since I seem to be living by my #BeMoreFox motto lately, I think he's basically an essential. 

004: I've loved the idea of one of the Yoshi biscuit bags for so long, I've just not been able to decide on my favourite. This jammy dodger is so nostalgic and cute, though.
005: I adore this cat and rooftop design. It reminds me of a bunch of postcards we were very taken with when I was in Paris recently, and the rooftops certainly remind me of Paris. Want want want! 

006: Because satchel bags are never not useful, and I've been looking for the perfect one for my bike. I think this floral print one would fit the bill nicely. 

What do you think of the new Yoshi site? And which is your favourite design? 

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Keeping me hot like July forever..

Jade Dress: Collectif
This dress has been on my wishlist for so long, I'd almost given up hope of it hitting the sale. But then...not only did it get reduced in the summer sale, but Collectif also ran an "extra 25% off" thing and I was sold. I absolutely love it and couldn't wait to wear it when it arrived.

Bug Tights: ASOS
Matching the blues in this scenic print to my current best handbag - the Vendula sewing shop which I've been using pretty much every day for a good while now. I'm still loving the fact that it's big enough to carry all of my essentials including my diary, so I'm using it as my daily work bag.

Sewing Shop Bag: Vendula London
These bug tights have been patiently waiting to be worn and failing finding any other tights I fancied, I threw them into the mix. And as for the shoes? Well, they're the latest in my newly found Orla x Clarks obsession. I bought the Dotty heels from the original collection, ages ago now, and haven't really been that fussed about them until recently, where I seem to be tracking them down on eBay like there's no tomorrow. These mustard platform sandals were the first but since then I've picked up Angelina in two colours, these Beryl sandals and a pair of Betty sandals. Obsessed much...?

Beryl shoes: Orla Kiely x Clarks

Anyhow, it's been a wonderful week so far. Things are pretty good right now, to be honest, and I'm trying not to feel too smug about that. Long may it continue, frankly. 

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Blog Tour: Summer's Lease

Summer's Lease: Carrie Elks
I'm excited to be part of this blog tour. I spent the weekend lost in Lake Como in Italy, where this lovely summer read is set. Cesca Shakespeare (one of the four sisters which feature in Carrie's books) needs to get out of the rut she is stuck in. Having never quite made it past something which happened in the past, she's bounced from dead-end job to dead-end job, not quite sure where her life will lead.

When her godfather offers her something to do over the summer; his friends need a house-sitter for their Italian villa, which is due to be empty for months. Perfect for Cesca to get away and focus on writing her next big play. 

Except, things like this never quite go to plan, do they? And soon Cesca is caught up in an ongoing feud with one of the family, as well as getting romantically involved with a local who seems too good to be true. 

Whilst I've not read any of the other books in this series (yet!), I found myself very quickly immersed in the lives of the characters and enjoying the fast-paced writing style. A great addition to your holiday reading pile, for sure. See what the others in this week's blog tour thought, too. 

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