Wednesday, 13 February 2019

Wednesday Wish List

Here are a few things I've been coveting this week...

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Erswilder released a brand new jewellery collection last week inspired by all things Spanish called Spanish Fiesta. The eleven piece collection is full of romance and passion, so it's the perfect range of jewellery to shop from for Valentine's Day, especially if silver, gold, or diamonds aren't the way to your / your partner's heart. I couldn't resist treating myself to the Rosa Espanola brooch (#1), and Brave Burro brooch (#3); the rose is even more stunning in person, and the burro is so bloody adorable! I'll be sure to review them both for you soon. You can shop the collection direct from Erstwilder in Australia here, and find stockists around the world here.

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Cath Kidston's Lace Hearts print has returned after a few years away, and been fashioned in to some gorgeous cosmetics bags, purses, homeware, and accessories just in time for Valentine's Day. It's easily one of their prettiest prints ever, so I'm pleased it's made a comeback, and I'm particularly enamoured with the six products above. Maybe I'll have to be my own Valentine and spoil myself with a piece or two this year?

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Another Cath Kidston print making a welcome return this season is their beautiful patchwork print, which is another old favourite of mine. I love a good patchwork print, and it's even better when it's made up of Cath Kidston patterns like these. I never managed to collect anything from the collection the first time around, so I'd love to add a couple of pieces from the new range to my home. I particularly love the bedding set, and storage baskets, but I'm also tempted by the bags, purses, and cases. Oh, they're so pretty!

Vendula London Cuckoo Clock Cross Body Bag

This beautiful cuckoo clock novelty cross body bag from Vendula London has been on my wish list for some time, and I just had to feature it again now that it's half price on sale. I can't really afford to shop right now, but I'll admit I'm tempted to treat myself now that it's down to a more affordable price... That's if you guys don't beat me to it! It's a stunner of a bag, and I love every last detail.

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Speaking of novelty bags, Betsey Johnson's new gumball and succulent cross body bags are both amazing! Sign me up for one of each, please!

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A selection of my current favourite Lindy Bop dresses. I especially love the squirrel print Bretta tea dress (#2), and Claudine black polka dot shirt dress (#8).

I Am Acrylic Snowdrop Necklace

And last but not least, is the loveliest acrylic snowdrop necklace from I Am Acrylic, which looks like the perfect necklace to wear from winter in to spring.

If you'd like more fashion inspiration, check out my style wish list boards on Pinterest. You can also find all previous Wednesday Wish List posts here.

Any favourites this week?

Sunday, 10 February 2019

Sunday Favourites Valentine's Day Special #364

Hey guys,

I'm sorry it's been another quiet week on the blog. I actually spent Monday and Tuesday away from home enjoying some concert adventures, and having some fun for a change, and it's really taken it out of me. I've been so sore and exhausted since, I've barely been able to hold my eyelids open, and I'm only just feeling human again, so I've not had the capacity to put finger to key until now. Hopefully I'll do better this week, but at least I made it back in time for this week's Sunday Favourites.

As we're just a few days away from Valentine's Day, this week I've decided to do a Valentine's Day themed Sunday Favourites post, crammed full of festive inspiration including crafts, recipes, printables, decor and more. I hope you enjoy it!

Show your best friends some love this Galentine's Day with these printable friendship bracelet Valentines from The House That Lars Built.

Club Crafted have created printable popcorn Valentines for you to download, which would be perfect if you're planning a cosy movie night on the sofa with your other half this year.

I really need to learn how to crochet because this free crochet heart pouch pattern from Persia Lou is adorable.

If you can't wait for Valentine's Day, why not count down the days to it with this creative Valentine's 'Advent' calendar from The House That Lars Built?

Valentine's Day isn't just about showing your significant other you care; make sure you treat yourself too- perhaps by making these awesome DIY conversation heart Valentine's Day bath bombs from Shrimp Salad Circus, and relaxing with a hot bath.

These vegan heart cherry turnovers by Aycan from Little White Socks look delicious.

Say it with conversation heart cookies, like these ones from The Sprinkle Factory.

True story. Oh Happy Day show you how to make three easy Valentine's Day gifts, including this awesome conversation heart sweatshirt.

These Valentine tassel heart favour boxes from The House That Lars Built would be perfect for a Galentine's Day dinner / party.

Oh Happy Day show you how to throw a Galentine's Day bash and make these Valentine's Day garlands using a Cricut machine.

I love and want to make this DIY giant Valentine's Day wreath from Damask Love.

If you want to create a gorgeous tablescape for your Valentine's Day dinner, you'll want to check out this Cricut Valentine's Day table decor tutorial from Damask Love.

These DIY cassette tape notebook Valentines from A Kailo Chic Life are too cute. Cassette tapes were the best!

A Kailo Chic Life have also created some fun Valentine's Day printable art for you to download. Rule number one: love is a battlefield.

Share the love with your plants this V-Day with these DIY tattoo Valentine plant pots from A Bubbly Life.

If flowers aren't your partner's thing, how about gifting them a DIY doughnut bouquet, like this one from A Subtle Revelry? I wouldn't say no.

You are welcome! A Subtle Revelry have also compiled a list of 25 quotes for Valentine's Day letter boards for those of you who have difficulty saying it with words.

I love these DIY ombre Valentine's Day heart wreaths from Bliss Makes.

I'd love to have a go at making A Kailo Chic Life's DIY faux latch hook heart wall hanging.

Lovely Indeed have the perfect candy cupcakes for Valentine's Day for those of you with a sweet tooth.

And how cute is Lovely Indeed's DIY mail box gift wrap idea for packaging Valentine's Day candy?!

And Carrie Colbert can show you how to make the prettiest dessert board for Valentine's Day. Doesn't it look amazing?!

For more Valentine's Day inspiration, check out my Valentine's Day board on Pinterest, which is packed full of fun ideas. You can also find all of my Sunday Favourites Valentine's Day special posts from previous years here.

How will you be celebrating Valentine's or Galentine's Day this year?

Wednesday, 6 February 2019

Wednesday Wish List

Here are a few things I've got my beady little eyes on at the moment...

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These post box bags from Vendula London are fantastic. I'd particularly love to add the post box cross body bag (#2) to my novelty bag collection. It would be perfect alongside my old Accessorize red phone box bag! There are several other designs in the post box collection, including purses, too, and they're all vegan friendly.

I absolutely adore this spider monkey necklace from Tatty Devine. Isn't it gorgeous?! I only wish it was a little cheaper so I could afford it. 

Spider monkeys have always been my favourite kind of monkeys. When I was seventeen, I did four weeks of work experience at Twycross Zoo, assisting the primate keepers in caring for about forty different species of monkeys. (Twycross have many other animals but they famously specialise in primates). I worked in a different monkey house each week, and the most memorable was the week a young male black-headed spider monkey called Monty arrived from another zoo as part of the breeding programme. Monty was the sweetest little thing, and would come up to the glass or the mesh with his arms spread out asking for hugs throughout the day, each and every day. We couldn't give them to him, but his affectionate nature was adorable. (I can't remember if he'd been hand reared or not, but he was used to being handled at his old zoo). He was lovely, and quickly bonded with me and one of the keepers while I was there. I was sad when I had to leave him behind at the end of the week. It was almost sixteen years ago now, but I still remember him fondly. It's one of the reasons why I love, want, and need this necklace.

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Being a colour addict I love accessorising my outfits with a good pop of colour, so I'm naturally rather taken with this acrylic rainbow heart gem necklace and matching earrings from Sugar and Vice. These would be ideal for Valentine's Day, especially if you prefer to avoid the traditional pink and red colour palette the holiday typically favours.

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These Hepburn swing dresses from Lady Vintage are both so pretty. I'd love to add them to my collection to wear to death this spring and summer.

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My thoughts are also currently preoccupied with these two gorgeous powder blue dresses from Lindy Bop. Naturally, the polka dot Polly swing dress is my favourite, but the daisy print Tally shirt dress is just as lovely. I could see myself getting so much wear out of both of these during the warmer seasons.

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And last but definitely not least is a new dinosaur jewellery collection from British acrylic jewellery brand Kimchi and Coconut, which I'm totally obsessed with right now. The collection is made up of twenty-three necklaces and brooches, and features a variety of well known dinosaur species in a range of colours and finishes. The designs are all fantastic, and I'm having a hard time narrowing down my favourites, so my only option was to feature sixteen of them. You're welcome. I haven't been able to shop lately, but I hope I get to pick up a couple of pieces before they all sell out. You can find the full collection on their website here.

If you like my style and want to see more of the things currently on my fashion wish list, check out my style wish list boards on Pinterest. You can also find all previous Wednesday Wish List posts here.

Did anything catch your eye this week?

Sunday, 3 February 2019

Sunday Favourites #363

Hey guys!

Guess who's back!

It feels like I haven't blogged in years, but it's only been eleven days since my last post. I guess in the fast-paced world of blogging, that might as well be years, though. Centuries, even. I think this may be the longest I've gone without blogging since I started the blog almost seven years ago. I've felt like I've been missing a limb.

So, let's start with an apology: I'm sorry that it's been so quiet on the blog this past month. I've been struggling with both my physical and mental health since Christmas, and haven't been well enough to put content together. All of my conditions have been flaring up on and off all month, with my arthritis and fibromyalgia proving particularly tormenting and challenging. The pain and fatigue have been a lot worse than normal, my hands have been swelling up again, and the brain fog has been ridiculous, so I've not been a lot of use to anyone. I did attempt to write a few times, but with a mind clouded by fog, the words just wouldn't come.

My tachycardic heart has also been racing erratically, jolting, and palpitating this past week, so I've been having a grand ol' time so far this year. I've not even been able to go near my phone or laptop much lately as, bizarre as it sounds, they've just been aggravating my heart rate, so that's why I've not posted since last Wednesday. It's not the start to 2019 I hoped for my health or my blog, but I'm going to believe that things can only get better from here. Even if I am currently in the midst of another fibro flare, and know it's probably not true. It doesn't hurt to hope and dream.

I'm beginning to feel a little better now, so I'm hopeful I'll be able to get back in to the swing of things this week. I'm going to ease back in to things today with a brand new selection of my Sunday Favourites, and see where I go from here. I hope you enjoy it.

As an eighties/ nineties kid, I'm loving these new Care Bears t-shirts (boyfriend t-shirt and baseball t-shirt) from Truffle Shuffle. They cater up to a 2XL, which, I'm surprised to learn is a UK 24-26 in their sizing.

Irene Strange's curious amigurumi crochet patterns are so adorable. I've never attempted to crochet before, but I need to learn so I can make that awesome little anteater!

Kate from Scathingly Brilliant has shared a great tutorial for a DIY button display. I'd like to do something similar to display my brooch collection.

Sound advice. Does anyone know who created this so I can credit them?

These colourful DIY pom pom gloves from The Crafted Life are so cute.

Damask Love show you how to make your own lip print trainers using a Cricut machine. How cool is that?! I need to get my hands on a Cricut so I can try this.

I also want to make A Kailo Chic Life's super pretty DIY Valentine's Day neon yarn wall hanging.

This colourful tassel necklace DIY from A Subtle Revelry looks like a fun and easy craft to try, even for beginners.

This pink champagne cake from Best Friends For Frosting is so beautiful. I really need to learn how to decorate cakes.

Sugar and Cloth's white chocolate funfetti popcorn would be the perfect treat for your next girl's night in.

These Swedish princess cakes by Sprinkle Bakes are so darn pretty, and they sound bloody delicious, too.

I love this DIY tassel wall hanging by Honestly WTF. I'd probably make it in pastel colours for my home, though.

I never get bored of seeing Sasha Unisex's fox tattoo designs; this one is a beauty. The dream is to get one inked on me one day.

I'm blown away by how gorgeous Vera Shimunia's nature embroideries are. Her work is stunning.

Lovely Links

♥ Crafting queen, Aycan, from Little White Socks shared her 10 best tips for new crafters. If you want to start crafting but don't know where to begin, Aycan's tips will definitely help you find your feet.

♥ Kirsty Leanne wrote the ultimate guide to using Instagram hashtags to boost your engagement, which you'll find helpful if you're looking to grow your following. I certainly picked up a few new tips.

♥ Fee from Make Up Savvy shared helpful advice on how to tackle late payments as an influencer from her own experiences and legal research. 

♥ If the new CMA rules have left you confused as hell, never fear; Sinead from Love Style Mindfullness wrote a great post explaining what they're all about.

♥ Rebecca of From Roses also wrote about #ads and online disclosures to tell you everything you need to know about the new disclosure laws.

♥ Danielle Vanier shared her tips for dressing in a stylish way when you have a chronic pain condition. It can be done, even if you need to put comfort first, as Danielle will show you.

♥ And the Curvy Fashionista has written a helpful list of 10 secret online shopping tips for the plus size shopper to make shopping for fashion that little bit less stressful for us plus size ladies and gents.

If you'd like to see more like this, make sure you check out my Pinterest and Tumblr, which are both packed full of inspiring images. You can also find all previous Sunday Favourites posts here.

Any favourites this week?
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