Friday, 12 September 2014

Holiday shopping

Je suis en vacances! Having a little break in the south of France for a couple of weeks, enjoying the sunshine and mainly spending a lot of time sitting around the pool, surrounded by vineyards. Nice. I did a little bit of holiday shopping before I came, and here's what was on my wish list. As per usual, I've packed for two weeks, but have so far only worn about 20% of my wardrobe. Wishing I'd saved the suitcase space to bring back some wine...

Top row, left to right
Stripe drawstring dress, £32.99 GAP (not the exact one I bought - I found mine for £11 in the GAP sale, but this one is similar); Pleated dress, £74.95 GAP (love this dress, and they also do it in a floral chambray); Leather satchel, £74.95 GAP; Toiletries: travel sized Bumble & Bumble Surf SprayThickening Lotion and Caudalie Beauty Elixir.

Middle row, left to right
Patti patterned front jumper, £59 Reiss; Barry M Lipstick in Coral Blush, £4.49 Superdrug; Poplin sleep set, £29.95 GAP.

Bottom row, left to right
Hush cross strap leather sandals, £40 Office; Foster leather flat sandals, £22 ASOS; Essie Clam Bake nail polish, £10.95 Look Fantastic.

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Making & baking

So, I took an unscheduled blogging break - what started as a few days whilst we moved house (yes, again) turned into a week, then a month and then before I knew it I'd had two months off. And this blog post is partly the reason - sometimes a post will seem to be much harder then the rest, and this one became my nemesis, so I'm just going to go ahead and publish it so that I can purge myself and move beyond it.

I have had a huge amount of crafty projects on the go recently, but been particularly bad about blogging any of them. I think by the time I finish one (I am a laboured crafter, having more enthusiasm than talent for any of it) I am so relieved that the prospect of re-living it online doesn't appeal. However, they say time is a healer so here's a little glimpse at some of what I've been doing.  

{finished map hoops}

I wanted to make something for Bob's wedding, as well as giving the traditional vouchers, that would be a bit more personal and unique. After coming across a stash of old maps for £1 each at the charity shop,  I managed to find three different maps: one of where she lived when she met her husband, one of their first date location, and one of where they live together now. They also make good new baby presents with the map location as the birthplace.

{raw materials - embroidery hoop and map - both from charity shops}

{choose your area}

{assemble your hoop}

{crafting supplies - new scissors from favourite shop M.A.D.E in Cirencester - tricky to use but such a great colour!}

{putting stamp and sticker colelction to good use creating gift tags}

{my new favourite gold glitter alphabet stickers from Waterstones, but can be found online here}

And I've been trying out some new recipes. Tabbouleh was a big success but only after a few attempts and realising I needed to ignore the instructions on the packet which involved too much water and resulted in porridge. For some reason I became fixated with cakes which contained both desiccated coconut and cherries, and have finally settled on the recipe below as my favourite. And the Nigel Slater sausage recipe right at the bottom of this post has already spread like wildfire amongst friends and family, and I have to credit my mum for starting this craze - all aboard!

{first foray into Tabbouleh}

{banana coconut loaf cake}

{ta da!} 

{I kept half for eating, and froze the other half}

{summer in a glass}

{inspiration from Yotton Ottolenghi - N is for new potatoes}

{Nigel Slater's sausages with summer vegetables}

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

H&M - autumn 2014

A little email popped into my inbox recently advertising a 10% discount at H&M until 24.08.14, with the code 2134 (online only). That was all the excuse I needed to browse the website and see what they had in for the new season. The drop in temperature has got me looking at knitwear and sweatshirts again (surprise surprise) and pleasingly they've got a great selection.

Top row, left to right

Marled sweatshirt, £14.99; Merino wool jumper, £14.99; Fine knit jumper, £14.99; Dress in textured weave, £34.99.

Middle row, left to right
Cargo pants, £24.99; Blouse jacket, £34.99; Sweatshirt top, £14.99; Short sparkly stone necklace, £12.99.

Bottom row, left to right
Suede sneakers, £29.99; Figure fit jacket, £24.99; Jersey top, £6.99; Sandals in leather, £39.99.

Saturday, 21 June 2014

Denim jacket update - go collarless

A denim jacket has been in my wardrobe for as long as I can remember. It used to be like my second skin, and my friends were of the same persuasion: we could often be seen going around together like a denim jacket clad army.

I"ve not worn my denim jacket for ages, but when I saw this one in GAP, I fell for it instantly. And when it went in the sale I snapped it up for £14.99 (although strangely it's now gone back up to £24.99, still in the sale). And Jigsaw is also doing a version this summer, as is Topshop in white. I'm drawn to this style of jacket because of it's round necked and short, which is a style I seem to favour.

{new GAP collarless denim jacket, complete with vintage tasselled brooch}

And this is something which you could easily do a DIY and create yourself: studying the collar of my old denim jacket, it looks easily removable, so just remove it using a quick unpick, and then leave the edge raw, just sewing about 5mm from the edge of the neckline to prevent further fraying.

{collarless denim jackets}

Monday, 16 June 2014

Statement bags

'Tis the season for weddings, christenings and garden party gatherings, and as such I spent an aaaaaawfully long time a few weeks ago searching for something of a statement bag, to fill a gap in my current collection of very plain, simple leather clutches. I felt the need for one which was a bit more special, a bit more stand-out, whether in colour or sparkle or shape. And I felt quite drawn to the little, boxy kind which don't fit much in (so make sure that you wear a jacket with pockets or take your partner, for some extra carrying space).

I went for this one in the end from ASOS, but these bags below also were in contention, and some of them are now in the sale - yes, summer sale time already!

Top row, left to right
Brianna box clutch, £65 French Connection; Neon square bead clutch, £28 Coast; Beaded box clutch, £59.99 Zara.

Middle row, left to right
Margeurite clutch, £28 Coast; Tortoiseshell minaudière, £49.99 Zara; Beaded box clutch, £39.99 Zara.

Bottom row, left to right
Bright pink leather pony skin cross body bag, £35 River Island; Woody clutch, £28 Coast; Turquoise leather giraffe cross body bag, £35 River Island.

Thursday, 12 June 2014

A simple stool makeover

{newly recovered stool}

When I went to visit friends recently at their new flat, they were sorting through some furniture left by the previous owners, working out what they'd keep and what they would chuck. When it came to this stool they decided to chuck it and so instead of pointing out how easily it could be re-covered and transformed I agreed to take it off their hands.

I still had some of the same fabric left over from covering these chairs and this chest, so I didn't need to buy anything new for this project, as the foam underneath was still in good shape (although if I'd have been really serious about it, I might have replaced it with a more dense foam, to give it an even firmer surface). The stool makes a handy side table, but also doubles as a foot rest or extra seating for when friends come round.

I can't tell you how easy this was - no previous upholstery skills needed, just a good staple gun and an afternoon to spare. Give it a go! And if you do, send me your pictures of how you get on via Facebook or Twitter

{the original, covered in plastic faux leather}

{the plastic cover went all the way underneath the stool too, in one moulded piece}

{I just needed scissors to cut off the covering}

{blurry photo - a dismantled stool - the legs just un-screwed}

{the legs were not in great shape so I decided to sand them all down}

{my first experience with an electric sander}

{legs sanded and feet removed}

{I cleaned the legs with white spirit after sanding, and oiled with Danish Oil}

{I painted the underside of the stool white, as it is no longer covered by the upholstery}

{staple gunned the fabric around the foam and base}

{the corners were a little tricky - needed careful folding}

{the finished article - left the metal covers off the legs for a more streamlined look}

p.s. don't forget my first blog giveaway to win a vintage Trifari necklace - more details here.

Saturday, 7 June 2014

Vintage jewellery giveaway - Trifari necklace (now ended, and the winner is...)

Whether you're a die-hard Lemonade Pockets reader (thanking you kindly) or are new to these pages, welcome one and all to my first blog giveaway!

I must say, researching my last post on Shopping for vintage jewellery led me on a journey of discovery, unearthing some hugely collectable and covetable items in my vintage jewellery stash.

One such item is this Trifari necklace, which is now the prize of my blog giveaway - the perfect addition to or starter piece for anyone's vintage costume jewellery collection.

{blog giveaway prize - vintage Trifari necklace}

For anyone who's keen to build a collection of their own, it's worth reading up about Trifari, one of the heavy-weights of the costume jewellery industry for many years. There's an impressive selection of classic Trifari pieces available on Susan Caplan Vintage retailing for over £200, in a similar style to my own (especially here and here) some of which has been featured in Mad Men.

As Susan explains, Trifari is another example of something that no one was interested in a few years ago. But its top designer, who worked there from 1930 to 1960, came from Cartier and Van Cleef & Arpels", which is one reason behind its huge increase in popularity today.

 So, what do you have to do to be in with a chance of winning this necklace?

If you're a Facebook user:
- like Lemonade Pockets on Facebook, and then share the giveaway Facebook post.

If you're a Twitter user:
- follow Lemonade Pockets on Twitter, and then re-tweet this giveaway tweet.

If you're not on social media...just email me! Send an email to with "giveaway entry" in the subject line.

It's that simple! And if you use all three methods of entering, you get yourself three chances of winning. Win-win. Win.

Good luck!
Sorry, this giveaway is open to UK entrants only. The giveaway is open until Sunday 15th June. The winner will be announced on Tuesday 17th June.

This giveaway has now ended. Thank you to to all of you who entered, and the winner is... Holly Dolly Radish! Well done Holly, I'll email you to arrange delivery. I know you'll wear it with style. x