Friday, 10 October 2014

Z for Accessorize

I know this range isn't exactly hot off the press, but last weekend was the first time I'd seen it in its gold-plated flesh.

It's a well priced, beautifully designed range which looks and feel much more expensive than it actually is. All the items are gold plated and any embellishment is using crystals or semi-precious stones. For those of you thinking about starting your Christmas shopping (I know! How organised?) then this would be a great place to start. Use voucher code STUDENT4ACC for a 10% discount when you check out.

{Z for Accessorize jewellery range}

Top row, left to right
Crystal tab short drop earrings, £12; Aura precious stone ring, £15; Evil eye cord bracelet, £10.

Middle row, left to right
Azure bands stack set, £15; Cassius long coin pendant necklace, £17; Cut out hexagon stud earrings, £8.

Bottom row, left to right
Galaxy pave disc ring, £15; Simple triangle necklace, £12; Kiki hexagon long pendant necklace, £22.

Monday, 29 September 2014

Tonight we will online shop (with 20% discount)

20% discount codes are spreading like a rash at the moment, with Boden (promotion code J5Y8), Atterley Road (promotion code NEWSEASON20), My Wardrobe (promotion code WITMYW25, and actually it's 25%) and Hobbs (promotion code ATUMN) all offering the discount.

So, given that it's pay day tomorrow, you could save yourself some serious money by getting online and clickety-clicking that mouse. You could even get ahead with your Christmas shopping (less than 90 days to go, people!) - don't forget that Boden also sells menswear, for those essential socks / pants / knitwear based man-presents.

So I looked to my two favourite retailers out of the bunch, Atterley Road and Boden, to see what would tempt me from their new season edits (don't forget that these codes don't apply on sale items) and here are my top picks. And oops, I've just ordered the jewelled pumps from Boden, which I believe will not leave my feet for the whole of Christmas and New Year. They're festive greetings in shoe form.

All prices below are listed BEFORE discount, so you might want to get your calculator.

Top row, left to right
French Connection Emmeline wide leg trousers, £95; By Malene Birger Acalion chunky necklace, £109; Boden raglan sweatshirt, £49; People Tree Hallie stripe t-shirt, £38; People Tree, Stella fitted dress, £25.

Middle row, left to right
Boden flirty pencil skirt, £69; Boden slip-on trainer, £69; Selected Femme Kanna jumper, £45; Boden jewelled pump, £129.

Bottom row, left to right
Boden boho boot, £119; Boden woven front jumper, £79; Boden colour pop blouse, £119; Atterley Road Kelly Leopard clutch, £55.

Monday, 22 September 2014

Weekend away: Bridport

If you're trying to think of somewhere to go for a little weekend away, then you couldn't really go wrong with Bridport in Dorset. Dorset is always the county which we drive through on the way to Devon, never stopping to find out more about the area. So this time we dedicated a special trip to the area.

I'd heard great reports about The Bull Hotel, which also has a cider and pizza restaurant in the stable block out the back, as well as its own restaurant, bar and cocktail bar. It packs quite the punch. And the town has an enviable antiques market on a Saturday morning, as well as being packed with independent high street shops in its vintage quarter and a bustling arts centre. Oh and there's also a hefty dose of charity shops. All in all, it's quite the Lemonade Pockets sort of place.

Lyme Regis is nearby for a visit, but be warned it is jammed full of tourists in summer, although Popeye and I managed to get ourselves a session on the outdoor table tennis tables complete with sea view for a competitively fought game.

The best local beach is Burton Bradstock, only about a ten minute drive away, for some stunning Jurassic Coast sea views and marvellous food from the Hive Beach Cafe.

{The Bull Hotel}

{table tennis comes with a view of the famous Cobb}

{sea views from the Hix Oyster & Fish House, Lyme Regis}

{The Stables in Bridport - anyone for cider?}

{cider with a side of pizza}

{cocktails in the Venner Bar}

{new toothbrush mug from the vintage market}

{my favourite stall at the market - Jenny Sibthorp - that's her!}

{my lobster pot zipped purse - similar here although I'm loving the dry stone wall print too}

{Girl's Own Store, Bridport}

{huge array of flowers at the market}

{Burton Bradstock beach with the famous Hive Beach Cafe}

{the biggest pork scratchings at The Bull restaurant}

{er, more cocktails}

Friday, 19 September 2014

Basket case

I like a browse of the ferm LIVING website occasionally, loving all the contemporary Danish products they sell and their beautifully styled photos.

I've long been a fan of these wire baskets, which are sold in several sizes to store blankets, cushions, magazine, knitting… anything which needs to be amalgamated into one place to stop the place from looking untidy.

{baskets come in a range of sizes}

{available in four different colours}

{wooden tops for the baskets are also available}

{prices from EUR 58.00}

When I found this dusty, misshapen wire basket in the attic of an old building I decided to attack it with the spray paint to try and create my own (admittedly more rustic) version of a ferm LIVING wire basket. And also we needed a bin in the study so this was a cheap solution. But it's strictly for paper only - no apple cores allowed.

{the original version - a bit misshapen}

{choose your paint colour and spray away}

{the finished version, with a little bending back into shape}

And for something a bit more purse-friendly, H&M have got a range of wire storage items online at the moment, starting from £6.99.

{wire storage available from H&M}

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.