Sunday, 19 April 2015

Sunday Favourites #130

It's time for a very colourful dose of my Sunday Favourites...

I'm loving this watermelon and polka dot manicure, and the photos are gorgeous, too.

These creative, colourful photos from Carolin Wanitzek are amazing.

I also adore these beautiful bold photos, which are part of a collection called 'Blossom' in which nature has been playfully combined with pattern by artist Karan Singh.

A few of my new favourite Sasha Unisex tattoos. The dachshund is too cute for words.

Kaylah's living room is seriously cool. I need that rug!

Is this not the most perfect pastel outfit you've ever seen?!

This may be the only black flamingo in the world!

To celebrate Singapore's fifty years of independence, Australia are sending four koalas to the island as gifts- and they're travelling over in business class!

This photo is stunning.

I love the colour palette in this photo.

These ice cream cone cupcakes look amazing!

This cat has the cutest, most expressive face ever!

Louise's Lovely Links

♥ Becky wrote a fascinating post about her little taxidermy collection.

♥ Bride-to-be Shannon Dolton wrote an inspiring post about the pressure society puts on brides to lose weight for their wedding days, and why she is happily marrying while fat,

♥ Kailey's What's In My Bag? post is really cute. I have the bag, too, and I have to say it's pretty much perfect!

♥ A cinema-goers guide to cinema etiquette. Noisy, phone-using, food-rustling cinema goers take note!

♥ These baby otters are soooo cute

♥ I laughed waaay too much at this. So funny!

♥ I somehow found myself reading this post about 15 phenomenal female circus performers, and it made for an interesting read.

♥ Love animals? Check out these 22 animals with different coloured eyes.

♥ These 24 tattooed seniors reveal how tattoos look on aged bodies, and if you ask me, they all look pretty darn awesome! 

and, finally,

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Thanks for reading!

Friday, 17 April 2015

My Cath Kidston Heart Print Collection

It's no secret that I'm a huge Cath Kidston fan. I feature their products regularly on the blog in everything from outfit posts to wish lists, and home tours to What's In My Bag? posts. I adore their quirky prints, and I've built up a large collection over the years because I just can't resist them! While I own many different prints, I think my favourite to date is the red and white heart print, which launched earlier this year. 

The heart print is so bold, eye-catching, and fun, and it's a great alternative to red and white polka dots. I'm slowly collecting the pieces I want from the range- just a piece or two at a time, because I'm not rich- but I thought it was time I blogged about the ones I have so far.

My favourite heart print piece so far is the large dot hearts travel case. It's probably the best travel case I've owned to date. It has two large compartments, with plenty of room to be used as a wash bag for holidays, and more than enough room for holding make up essentials, with room to spare. I can even fit my make up brushes in with them. I'm hoping to pick up the smaller case to go with it, so I can use one for make up and one for beauty products when I pack for future holidays. Since they're made from PVC, they're easy to wipe clean, and should withstand major shampoo explosions!

The dot hearts make up case is great for carrying my make up essentials in, although I can't quite fit everything I need in it at once. (Which is why I want to get the smaller travel case). It fits a decent amount of products inside, though, with more than enough room for eye make up, lippy, blusher, and powder. If it was just a little bigger, it would be perfect. I do love the design, though, and enjoy using it. I think it could also work well as a pencil case.

I bought the dot hearts zipped travel purse to use when I'm carrying smaller bags with limited space, like my New Look novelty clutch bags. The star print clasp purse I usually use is getting grubby and tarnished, and this purse seemed like a good alternative. It has a zipped compartment for cash, and space for a few cards, or tickets. It also has a key ring that can be zipped in with money, so it's a convenient little purse, and ideal if you need to travel light. It doesn't take up much space at all, so it's perfect for clutch bags. The only negative is that it's a bit over-priced at £12. (Thankfully, my sister's student discount saved me a couple of quid).

The mini dot hearts key fob is one of the nicest key rings I've ever owned. It's so pretty, and looks really smart. It's my second CK key fob, and I only replaced my last because it's starting to get a little grubby around the edges. I've had that key fob for at least six years, and I'm impressed by how well it's held up. Apart from the dirty edges, it's still in great condition, and I see no reason why this one won't last as long. It's strong and sturdy, and can be easily wiped clean if it gets dirty.

The hearts Stanley mug is the newest addition to my collection, and has become my new favourite mug. The design is so lovely, It's a good size and shape, and it's really well made, too. I think this is the third or fourth CK mug I've owned, and one of the reasons I love them is because drinks always taste so nice from them. That probably makes me sound crazy, but it's true! The right mug, cup, or glass makes a difference!

I even have some heart-print tissues! I bought a couple of packs a month or two ago when I had that awful cold, and was low on handbag tissues. I'm usually a Kleenex girl, but I'm impressed by the quality of CK tissues. They're reasonably thick, and they look cute, too. These don't appear to be available online, but there are other designs here.

And that's my heart print collection... so far. I'm still hoping to get my hands on the sandwich plate, small travel case, and ticket holder before the season is over and the design is retired. I only wish there were more items in the print, especially more homeware, stationery, and luggage. I'd kill for a good heart-print purse or wallet!

Do you have anything from Cath Kidston's heart print range yet? Which piece is your favourite?

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Wednesday Wish List

It's time for another Wednesday Wish List...

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My favourite find this week is the amazing dinosaur dress "Dino My Gosh" from Modcloth. I think that print might just be one of my favourite novelty prints to date! It's awesome and cute rolled in to one, and the colour only tempts me more. The good news? It goes up to a 4X!

Another favourite of mine is the pretty floral Dorothy Perkins dress. I just love the print and the delicate colour palette. So perfect for Spring!

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I'm lusting after a bunch of beautiful dresses from Tatyana, and these are just some of the pieces which have caught my eye. I've never shopped with them or even heard of them until this week, but everything looks stunning. I think every one of these dresses goes up to a 4X, too, which is fantastic.

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These dresses from Matalan all need to join my Summer wardrobe.

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South have a gorgeous collection of dresses available through Very right now. I think the black heart print number is my fave, but I love each of these and several more. (I've had to link back to these dresses via Pinterest, as Very's website was down as I was writing this. If you click on the images on Pinterest, they will take you through to Very).

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Modcloth's bunny ears ballet pumps are so bloody adorable! I want them so badly!

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Monsoon's 'Louise' dresses are so beautiful. I obviously need them, since we share a name, and everything...

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I adore these satchels from River Island. I already have several of their satchels, but I'd love to add the lilac and grey to my collection.

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And finally, I love these two bags. The colour block bag from Simply Be is so cheerful, and the cloud print clutch from Modcloth is so cute.

If you want to see more of the items I'm coveting, check out my fashion boards on Pinterest here.

What's on your wish list this week?

Sunday, 12 April 2015

Sunday Favourites #129

It's that time of the week again... 

I love these geometric paper aardvark sculptures from artist Wolfram Kampffmeyer. There are lots of other creatures in her collection, but the aardvarks have particularly captured my heart. So cute!

My latest favourite tattoos from Sasha Unisex. The fox is absolute perfection.

This lady has the prettiest hair.

I love this colourful make up look.

These images of animals in the womb are incredible. At first I thought they were of real life foetuses, but they're actually just highly realistic images enhanced by computer graphics. That's still pretty amazing. I think my favourite is the penguin, although those bats are bloody adorable! They look like little aliens!

This is awesome!

Love this quote.

The Orion Nebula is so beautiful.

How cute is this little guy? He looks like he'd make the perfect Scooby Doo side-kick!

They sure do.

I love how these four ladies styled up their Sun Jellies bags. Don't they all look fabulous?!

Have you heard about Arttu the red squirrel who was rescued and raised by humans? No? Click through the source above to hear his story, and see more adorable photos of him.

Is this cat walking up or down the flight of stairs? I personally think he's walking up them. How about you?


I love this embroidery-hoop wall.

This raspberry and rhubarb tart looks delicious.

If you won't judge me for looking like crap, I won't judge you!

I love these brilliant cartoons from artist Gemma Correll. There are many more at the source.

Louise's Lovely Links

♥ Vicky wrote an eye-opening post about the cruelty behind horse-racing. If you're thinking of betting on the horses this year, I'd recommend you read her post first.

♥ Betty Pamper wrote her perspective on being the fat kid in a thin family.

♥ Why banning ultra-thin models is bullshit, by The Militant Baker. Amen.

♥ Mandy wrote an interesting post about transparency in the blogging world.

♥ Kristina welcomed Spring in the cutest pastel outfit.

♥ The story behind Kaylah's blog The Dainty Squid made for a really interesting read.

♥ These 20 purple hair styles will probably make you want to dye your hair... Y'know, if colourfully dyed hair is your thing...

♥ Rami the pitbull-daschund cross is probably the most adorably weird dog I've ever seen!

♥ Rare footage of an owl swimming in Lake Michigan.

and, finally,

Thanks for reading!

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