Monday, 30 November 2009

a ridiculously gorgeous photo shoot by robynne

one of my favorite bloggers of all time, Fashion on Edge, recently posted an Autumn / Fall photoshoot she took, and i just had to show you guys. it's absolutely amazing, and I wish this was how I looked all the time...




she's done some other amazing shoots too, time goes by was extremely fabulous, english heart made me want to wear hats every day and the chameleon post was just amazing too. robynne nows how to style a look together, and how to work vintage...i am in awe.

ballyhoo, bally who?

i've been researching vintage dresses for an article i've been writing, and i stumbled across Ballyhoo Vintage whilst searching for vintage 60s dresses. ok, so it may not be the most beautiful website, but the clothes are absolutely stunning! here's a sneak peek at some of the things i'm longing for...


and if that wasn't enough, they've got some very cute vintage aprons, pretty 50s swimsuits and amazing gloves...oh my word! plus some of the items on there have NEVER been worn, ever.

Saturday, 28 November 2009

a handmade christmas



it's official, i'm making a whole bunch of gifts this year, each with a really unique twist, hopefully. i've done some homemade gifts in the past, but i'm really stepping up a notch this year...

i can't tell you exactly what they are, just in case my family and friends are reading this, because then the gifts won't be a surprise, and we don't want that now do we? but, i can tell you the general areas of things i'm making, and no-one will know who they're for...

  • jams and jellies - delicious first and foremost, but also excellent because they don't have to eat it right away
  • homemade muesli and granola - as part of a breakfast special!
  • pancake mix - a bit of buckwheat flour, a bit of gluten free, some cinnamon and a special sprinkles section, delicious
  • chocolate truffles - i went on a course a while back, on how to make perfect truffles, with a delicious ganache centre. so, i'll definitely be making some of these in the week before christmas
  • cushion covers - i went to Ikea to buy some thick fabric for making cushions, and the prints in there are so much fun, i'm sure everyone will love the cushions. i'm adding some personalisation to it as well, with some peoples initials handstitched on in felt, and some with an individual design
  • aprons - these are really easy to make and accessorise, i've made one for myself in the past, and i love it loads. i especially love that the ties are really long so you can wrap it round and tie a bow at the front!
  • christmas cards - i haven't actually decided on a design yet, although i'm sure i will soon... perhaps i will make them tomorrow!

i've got a couple of other ideas too, but these are the definite ones so far. have you got any good ideas? i've been searching craft blogs for ideas, and actually i find most of my inspiration comes from blogs that don't actually relate to crafts necessarily, like A Field Journal, Design Sponge and Oh Hello Friend.

this last Thursday, I went to the switching on of the Christmas lights in my home town, do you remember? Anyways, it was amazing, super festive with carols and fireworks, and the lights in the town centre are gorgeous. and even though some people were complaining that it felt too early to start getting all christmassy, i disagree, i think it was the perfect way to begin the festive season. (we went for a milkshake afterwards too, i had a raspberry one, yum.)

and to continue with this festive spirit, tomorrow we will be going to the advent procession at our local cathedral, something we have never done, but everyone has said that its the most magical thing ever. and then the weekend afterwards, i'll be making mince pies and christmas decorations, which we'll put up with the tree on sunday! oh, how i love Christmas!!

ps. if you would like me to do tutorials on any of these projects just let me know?

Friday, 27 November 2009

it doesn't matter, it's b + w

i realise it's been a while since my last outfit post, so here's one of my latest concoctions...in black and white to honour the colour of the clouds :)

the hat says 'la vie est belle', which is 'life is beautiful' in french, cute eh? oh, and that's the skirt i made a few weeks back, which from today i've decided never to wear with high heels and tights, it's a little bit too figure hugging to not make me feel a bit too vampy...
i bet you all have some amazing hats..? i think perhaps one day i'll start a vintage hat collection, wouldn't that be amazing!
i've been trawling through, and scanning in old photos of me and my family from when i was little, perhaps i'll show some to you in my next post?

Thursday, 26 November 2009

i'm learning to knit...again

me and my mum went to chichester festival theatre the other day to go see an adaptation of pride and prejudice. and before we went in to the theatre we went to do a little bit of shopping... and it was the craft shop that really took our eye; upstairs they had everything you could ever want to craft with, oh my word!

i've been thinking about knitting again for a while, but just haven't got round to actually buying any wool. so, when i saw a huge load of very cheap wool by Robin, i couldn't resist, especially when i saw this beautiful color...



i learnt to knit once before when i was much younger, i had to be an old french woman for a play so there was a bunch of us on the side knitting. i could even do it without looking at it. that's how good i was. i'm picking it up again now, and it really isn't complicated at all, and it didn't take too long to remember which way to loop it and stuff.

perhaps before long i'll learn how to purl..!


this is how far i've actually got...i'll keep you updated on my progress. somedays i do just one row, others i'll manage about ten. maybe i'll be finished before christmas. but i think i'll run out of wool quite quickly as it's a pretty wide scarf!

thanks to Sadie's Wardrobe for the awesome inspiration to actually pick up the needles again!

giving thanks and my obsession with toast

I wanted to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you to all of my blog readers! it means such a great deal to me :) at this most appropriate time of year (even though we don't have thanksgiving in the uk) i hope you are all feeling super thankful for awesome things that have happened in your life this past year...

my thanks list is fairly endless, but here are a few of the things i am thankful for:
  • my awesome family. who keep me strong and level headed
  • my fantastic friends. who make it ok for me to be me
  • my health. which although its been dodgy, is ok now and is always improving
  • my life. there are so many people i know who have lost relatives and friends this past year, and i am so thankful that i am still alive and my closest people are too
  • the weather. this may seem a bit odd, but i love the english weather in all its beautiful changes! today we've got a beautifully sunny day after many weeks of rain, and i can really appreciate how magical such a clear day is
  • good food. oh this year has been filled with amazing and delicious food experiences, i am thankful that i have been able to enjoy new food and enough food to keep me well and happy
  • animals, especially cute little cocker spaniels, actually this year i finally realised i quite liked cats...which was a definite step in the right direction i think
  • money. this year i've whined a lot about money, but when i think about how much i've had access to, in order to do all the amazing things i've done, i am massively grateful!
  • opportunities. i live in a country where i am able to choose to do what i like as a job, i am not restricted to doing one thing, and actually have difficulty choosing what career paths to take
  • fantastic music. this year i've started appreciating classic fm, loved Snow Patrol no matter how samey their songs are, and enjoyed playing with Shazzam on my iPhone

that's just a sample of the things i am thankful for. but there are so many!

and now, i want to share with you a company that definitely requires more attention than i think it gets. i first found out about this company when i was about 15 when a brochure fell out of my new copy of vogue, and then a few weeks later when i complimented my art teacher on her awesome outfit, to which she said it's toast.

Toast is absolutely stunning, it's got this simple, classic design with quality fabrics. it's snuggly and warm, and perfect for winter, and i just want to wear everything in every catalogue. oh and did i mention they have a home section too (divine!) they deliver to loads of different countries, so its definitely worth taking a look at their full range. but here's a delectable sample:

well i hope you all love toast! i'll hopefully be posting soon with some outfit pictures! today i'll be going for a swim at the gym and scanning in thousands of old photographs to use as christmas presents...and finishing by going to see the turning on of the christmas lights in my home town and drinking a milkshake. i hope your days are equally lovely!

Friday, 13 November 2009

shake up your style

hey lovely readers, i'm sorry it's been so long since i posted, but life has gotten in the way, and it's been stressful and hectic since coming back from holiday. the weather here has been truly horrible too; as i'm writing this it's really dark and windy and raining. i'm glad i'm inside, but it is quite depressing...

but, i got an email that i thought you all might be interested in, because i was super excited to be reminded of this awesome company!

styleshake.com are having a party in London on the 18th, and if I wasn't busy I'd definitely be going :) they are such an amazing company, that basically let you design your dream dress and then they make it for you and ship it!!!!! amazing!

so, there are obviously some limits, because they only have a certain amount of colors and fabrics to choose from, but otherwise the world is your oyster. it'll probably come in at under £100 and they ship internationally too. it just gets more and more exciting! i can't think of a better way to buy bridesmaids dresses or a special occasion dress when the shops start to feel all same'y

i would love to show you guys pictures of what i've worn over the past few days, but what with the rain and clouds, the lighting has been terrible and my camera isn't really that clever :( i did make a dress though, and right now i'm sat wearing my vintage fur gilet to keep me warm. i'm also considering making christmas present cushions tonight, instead of messing around on my computer like normal. hmm.

over and out.

Monday, 2 November 2009

shopping in padstow & cornish beaches

i'm back! as you know, i've been in cornwall for the past week, and before that I was visiting my auntie/uncle/cousins near bath.

we went shopping in Bristol, and out to eat at Cosmo's (if you live locally, but have never tried it, do.), an all you can eat buffet. i didn't actually buy anything, but saw some gorgeous things in Zara, as always. i was on the lookout for the perfect pair of knee socks to wear with boots, but couldn't find any that I thought were a reasonable price...any suggestions?

we also went to Bath, to do a little shopping, but mainly to hit the spa there. so amazing, it's just the most relaxing thing EVER! then we came home a chilled, as none of us could move due to severe relaxation. we watched How to Marry a Millionaire. awesome movie, i especially love the scene with the mini fashion show!

then off to Cornwall...

we stayed in Bude, which is a pretty seaside town, with a few shops, and some nice beaches. did i tell you lately that i love this season's Fat Face collection?!

we went to Padstow on one of the days, and I thought i'd share with you my favorite stores:

Fusion - filled with unique brands, this is one of the only stores in Cornwall not filled with surfer gear.


The Summerhouse - i want my whole house to be filled with everything from this shop.


Buttermilk - fudgy snacks are very important, especially when you have so many flavours to choose from.


Custard - this delicious restaurant is the most awesome place to eat lunch.


Atlantic Blanket - so many styles in luxury wools...i can visualise myself wrapped in all the blankets in the store.


Rick Stein's Patisserie - custard tarts in here are so amazing!



Teri Walter - unique home decorating ideas

we went for a walk on the beach every day. summerleaze beach always has surfers in the water, even at the end of october! every single day, from sunrise to sunset you are almost guaranteed at least 3 surfers.

you aren't guaranteed good weather though, BUT it was mild whilst we were there, which was great! it only actually rained once the whole week - during the day that is.

the sunset at the beach is beautiful...

and even on an over cast day, cornwall is still magical, and all the english still leave their houses to walk their dogs on the beach.