Tuesday, 27 May 2014


It's been ages since I've done a little update post, mainly because we've spent every weekend for as long as we can think back to, tearing up and down the motorways visiting friends and family. But it was all in the name of fun and we fitted in an awful lot into those always too short weekends.

Here are the highlights which can mainly be summed up as food - vintage bargains - food - more food.

{asparagus season has arrived and we're massively onboard}

{new white leather vintage handbag - complete with leather care products - make a HUGE difference}

{not just a roll on the side, but your own personal loaf, with probably the best butter in the world}

{I have never experienced ham, egg & chips like it - see it to believe it at The Foxham Inn}

{sea view}

{catch of the day at Crabshack}

{unearthed a Liberty silk scarf at a carboot sale for £1}

{birthday cake}

{vintage Dotty P's sun dress}

{pile of stripy bags, 20p from car boot - wrapping (small) presents has never been so easy}

Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Burberry inspired wedding outfit

I loved the Burberry SS14 show, which was a surprise because they are not normally a stand-out show for me. But the combination of black, white grey and brights really appealed, as an extension to the monochrome look we've been seeing this season, pairing neutrals with bright, spring-like pinks and greens.

{my all time favourite look from the SS14 shows}

{stripes, spots and fretwork style patterns were in full force}

I'm jumping aboard the look this summer for a wedding, and am already armed with the black, white and pink clutch from this post, and am pairing it with a lace top, similar to the Whistles one below to wedding-it-up a little. For a more casual look, a simple t-shirt or nice bit of crew-neck knitwear will do, with a pencil skirt with a little bit of pattern or texture being the crux of the outfit.

Here's my pick off the high street (yes I know, selections from both Mint Velvet and Boden - I am obviously feeling the affect of my recent birthday).

Top row, left to right
Step hem jacquard lace jumper, £20 Warehouse; Luxlight sweater, £14.99 GAP; Leith lace top, £115 Whistles; Wool & silk top, £49 Cos; Round neck sweater, £44.95 Massimo Dutti.

Middle row, left to right
Wow pencil skirt, £89 Boden; Cashmere round neck sweater, £59.90 Uniqlo; Liza print pencil skirt, £69 Mint Velvet; Merino Tippi sweater, £69.50 J. Crew; Billie print pencil skirt, £69 Mint Velvet.

Bottom row, left to right
Golden mid heel court shoes, £58 Topshop; Brianna box clutch, £65 French Connection; Clutch bag in sequin check, £14 ASOS; Flower necklace, £19.99 Zara; Bright pink leather pony skin cross body bag, £65 River Island; Glory high heel shoes, £58 Topshop.

Thursday, 15 May 2014

On the money

I've been looking for a new purse for ages, and I think most of you'd agree that it's one of the hardest things to shop for.

My main criterion is that it shouldn't be too bulky - once you cram your stuff in there it ends up being the size of a brick, and bulky to carry around, and I've found that too many compartments contributes to this. So I've been looking for one with just a few compartments to keep things, er, compartmentalised.

My leading option for a while had been the Uterque snakeskin purse, to be used in happy partnership with a card holder, like this Liberty one, to end to debit and loyalty card deck shuffle which I end up doing at every till. But I just happened upon the navy-blue one from Zara, and clickety-click I ordered it and it's on its way.

And I always buy leather, and am prepared to pay a little more than usual - after all, you'll use it constantly and it should last you for years.

Top row, left to right
Snakeskin double purse, £44 Uterque, to use in conjunction with Red Liberty London card holder, £45 Liberty;
Gold small purse, £33 Betty & Betts (available in loads of different colours).

Bottom row, left to right
Leather purse, £45 Cos
Evie purse, £120 Ally Capellino
Limited edition leather wallet, £25.99 Zara

Wednesday, 7 May 2014

Birthday list 2014

Another year, another birthday list. My birthday this year has coincided with me running out of nearly every toiletry item that I own, so it was hard not letting this list just sound like a copy and paste of the Boots website. Still, it's lovely to receive beauty products as gifts and why not make the most of your birthday to stock up your bathroom cabinet?

I've also started up a few making projects which had been languishing in a dusty corner for a while, so tools and materials have featured in this list, as well as the obligatory accessories which make every birthday a joy: namely shoes, bags and jewellery.

Top row, left to right
- HealGel Intensive £37.50 www.healgel.co.uk - this will solve 256 of my skincare complaints.
- Beaded clutch bag, £19.99 New Look from ASOS - this is a key part of a wedding outfit master plan.
- Skin Food, £9.95 Weleda - VB swears by this stuff so I'll give it whirl too thanks.
- Gingham top, £28 ASOS - chic checks.
- Organic Argan oil, £17.50 Neal's Yard - good price, good quality and a multi-tasker. Use it on hair, skin, nails and salad.
- Ceramic peg knob, £6 Anthropologie - I have a project in mind to change the four drawer knobs on a old chest of drawers I have to these little beauties.

Second row, left to right
- Mya bag in leopard, £66 Boden - and so ends my quest for a new leopard print bag.
- Picasso shirt, £43.95 The Breton Shirt Company - stripe perfection in my book.
- White & crystal effect gold necklace, £35 Next - I know! Next! Who knew?
- Vetyverio eau de toilette, £55 Diptyque - if you like a woody fragrance then you'll like this, and apparently Vetiver helps to reduce stress and anxiety so spray liberally.
- Menu Salt & Pepper grinders in nude, £39.95 Hus & Hem - I am not sure how much I can go on about how excited I am about these and that they will change my life. My relationship with my Cole & Mason grinders is at an all time low, as they incontinently drip their way around the kitchen and into the dining room. Yes, they are pricy, but the savings we will make in buying coarse sea salt will be immense.

Third row, left to right
Tangle Teezer gold rush compact styler, £12.49 John Lewis - tried a friend's and was instantly impressed. Got to confess that I'm a wet hair brusher. Can't stop, won't stop, but s'okay if I use this. Phew. 
- Clinique Repairwear Laser Focus Wrinkle Correcting Eye Cream, £30 Boots - the best I've tried in a long time and I've just scraped the last out of the jar.
- Flat leather sandals, £59.99 Zara
- Paint brush by Annie Sloan, £12.95 - this paint brush is joy to use for painting furniture. Despite months of searching, I lost mine in our last house move, only just admitting to myself that I've seen the last of it. Want anuva.
- Bestiary folder tray, £34 Anthropologie - one up from the glass tray, this tray has sides which I am particularly thrilled about, to stop those top heavy items toppling over.

Bottom row, left to right
- Yes to Carrots body butter, £8.50 ASOS - heard good things about this to tackle bumpy upper arms so fingers crossed…
- Tropical print slippers, £29.99 Zara Home - I know, I know, there's not much natural fibre to be seen in these slippers, but I like them A LOT and can buy a leather insole so shhhhhhh.
- L'Oreal Paris Infalliable 24hr lipstick in Toujours Teaberry, £9.99 Boots - this has been touted as one of the best MLBB lipsticks around (that's My Lips But Better, er, hashtag).
- Chanel Les Beiges healthy glow sheer powder, £39 Boots - I am told that this is better for pale girls than bronzer. And I am a pale girl.