Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Wednesday Wish List

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

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These Eva swing dresses from Lady Vintage are all so pretty.

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I love these two swing dresses from Collectif. The prints are beautiful.

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I'm obsessed with so many of the palettes and gift sets in Tarte's holiday collection. These are just a few of my faves. The brand is American and isn't widely available in the UK, but QVC always have a fantastic selection, where you'll find items 3, 4 and 5, and many more.

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How adorable are these PJ sets from Dorothy Perkins? The Beauty and the Beast set is amazing!

I'd love to get my hands on Barry M's new nail polish set, which contains thirty bottles from a variety of Barry M's brilliant ranges. They've always been my favourite drugstore nail brand.

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It wouldn't be a wish list without some Lindy Bop dresses. These are just eight of my new favourites. I particularly love the tea dresses.

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Lindy Bop have started selling collar clips, and I love need them all!

And I'm also smitten with this beautiful Lindy Bop fox print handbag. Well, you know me; I'm all over anything fox print.

This lilac velvet pineapple cross body bag from Skinny Dip is so darn cute.

And last but not least, I really like this simple cactus tote bag from Blank Canvas. It would be perfect for any kind of shopping trip.

If you'd like to see more of the fashion and beauty pieces on my wish list, check out my style and beauty wish list boards on Pinterest. You can also find all previous Wednesday Wish Lists here.

What's on your wish list this week?

Monday, 16 October 2017

Hazel The Fox Cross Stitch Kit From The World In Stitches

Last month, I cross stitched another kit from The World In Stitches- a colourful little fox called Hazel.

No, I haven't gone mad and started giving names to cross stitched animals; the design is called Hazel The Fox, and she's a new addition to The World In Stitches' range of colourful cross stitch kits and patterns.

It's far more 'cutesy' than the designs I usually go for, but I've always loved foxes and I thought it was adorable, so I just couldn't resist snapping one up. She turned out to be a really fun project, what with all of those colourful threads to play with, and easy shapes to sew. I particularly enjoyed stitching her little rainbow tail! She only took me a week to make, which was refreshing after spending three months on the project before, and ideal if you want to make something quick and easy.

The kit is suitable for beginners and pros alike, and contains everything you need to make her, including 14 count white aida (fabric), pre-sorted DMC threads, a needle, full colour charts, and even a beginner's guide to cross stitching to help you get started. All you need is an embroidery hoop, embroidery scissors, and something to cross the chart off with and you're good to go.

Everything in the kit is fantastic quality, even down to the paper the charts and guides are printed on, so it's amazing value at just £9.99 from Amazon here and Etsy here, and well worth a purchase. You can also buy the pattern separately as a PDF from their Etsy here for just £2.50.

I really enjoyed making Hazel the Fox, and I'd happily recommend the kit for anybody who wants to learn how to cross stitch, or unwind with a fun and easy project. She'd also make the perfect Christmas gift for anybody who loves to cross stitch. If foxes aren't your thing, The World In Stitches have plenty of other beautiful designs, and you can shop their full range of cross stitch kits and patterns on Amazon here and Etsy here.

Have you cross stitched or crafted anything lately?

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Sunday, 15 October 2017

Sunday Favourites #297

It's Sunday again, and that can only mean one thing around these parts: it's time for another dose of my Sunday Favourites! Enjoy.

These DIY ghost cake toppers from Oh Happy Day are adorable.

Lovely Indeed's DIY Hocus Pocus quote pumpkins are everything.

I've never tried pumpkin pie, but this DIY no-sew pumpkin spice pie slice pillow from Here Comes The Fun is the cutest.

I love these DIY colour-blocked pumpkin candy dishes by A Kailo Chic Life.

Aww Sam's DIY no carve popcorn pumpkin is so creative.

I want to make some DIY colour-blocked honeycomb pumpkins like these ones from Lovely Indeed.

Look how pretty this crochet dream-catcher from Sass and Belle is! I want one!

These monstera leaf coasters from Sass and Belle are so lovely.

I really like this DIY colourful fabric wall hanging by Sugar and Cloth; it's so unique and eye-catching.

This sweet little pumpkin cake from A Subtle Revelry has it's own little pumpkin patch!

Best Friends For Frosting have turned their pumpkins in to a pretty pink swan!

Little Ray of Sunflower's miniature paper plant terrariums are so beautiful.

Keiko Lynn shared 7 easy Halloween make up tutorials for you to try, and her easy deer make up tutorial looks particularly awesome.

Lovely Links

♥ Chester Bennington's Carpool Karaoke has been released and it shows the face of depression. You never would've guessed he was suffering, but that's the thing about depression; you can't always tell. You can put on a front and pretend everything's okay, or have moments of happiness, and then when it's over, come home, hide yourself away, and be overwhelmed with feelings of despair and hopelessness that suck the life out of you like a Dementor. It's a fucking complex illness and it doesn't have just one face. (Also, I still found Linkin Park's Carpool Karaoke hilarious!)

♥ Woman shares the devastating effect an energy-drink-habit had on her husband's brain while she was nine months pregnant with their child. I should mention, the photos aren't graphic, but the man's missing a large portion of his skull from his operation, and has an open hole on the top of his head you can see in the last photo. 

♥ 12 reasons humans are adorable. This is so cute!

♥ A man accidentally stole his neighbour's cat and gave it drugs for anxiety because it was acting 'strange'... The worst part is, the cat was a different gender, and the vet didn't even realise.

If you'd like to see more stuff like this, check out my Pinterest and Tumblr. You can also find all previous Sunday Favourites posts here.

What was your favourite thing this week?

Friday, 13 October 2017

101 Things On My Bucket List

I have no intention of kicking the bucket any time soon, but being an ambitious person, I've always had a bucket list etched in to the back of my mind of all the things I hope to achieve before I die. 

My bucket list is made up of hundreds of goals that include the places I want to visit and the experiences I want to have, to the things I want to learn, and the personal accomplishments I want to make- and everything in between. I want to do it all! I know it's unlikely that I'll ever manage to achieve them all, especially now I have chronic illnesses and chronic pain that keep me house-bound and prevent me from living a normal life, but I still like to dream. I have to hope that one day I'll be able to achieve my dreams, or there's really nothing to keep fighting for.

Anyway, I thought it would be fun to share some of the goals on my bucket list with you today, so here we are. Don't worry, I won't list them all; I'll stop when I reach 101 or you'll be here reading them all 'til Christmas!

Here's 101 goals from my bucket list...

1. See the Northern Lights.
2. Go whale watching / see a whale in real life in the wild.
3. Visit Austria.
4. Own my own home.
5. Learn how to drive.
6. Go to Australia to see all the weird and wonderful marsupials.
7. Do a parachute jump / sky dive.
8. Get a Sasha Unisex tattoo.
9. See Niagara Falls.
10. Learn how to crochet a granny square blanket.
11. Go back to college / uni and gain another animal care qualification.
12. Work in animal care again (preferably in a zoo or animal rescue centre).
13. Visit Italy.
14. See an active volcano.
15. Do a bungee jump.
16. Learn how to play the piano.
17. Take a road trip across America. (I want to see all corners of the country).
18. Experience New Year's in New York City.
19. See the Alps.
20. Go back to Paris and explore it properly. (I've only ever driven through it on my way south).
21. Explore northern Scotland.
22. Own a Kate Spade novelty handbag.
23. Experience Autumn and Halloween in New England.
24. Swim with dolphins, sharks, sea turtles, and tropical fish.
25. Learn how to surf.

26. Live by the sea.
27. Get some resemblance of a life back.
28. Take a hot air balloon ride.
29. Visit an elephant orphanage.
30. Go on safari in Africa.
31. Learn how to make my own dresses and skirts.
32. See Evanescence and Panic! at the Disco perform live.
33. Make a cross stitch of my own design.
34. Own an African pygmy hedgehog.
35. Visit Greece.
36. Step foot on a white sand beach with palm trees.
37. Go snorkeling.
38. Visit the Anne Frank house.
39. Learn how to make a patchwork quilt.
40. Return to NYC one day.
41. Experience a white Christmas.
42. Take a sleigh ride in the snow.
43. Get an Alice in Wonderland tattoo.
44. Learn how to make my own jewellery.
45. Have a big walk in closet.
46. Work with tapirs, giraffes, anteaters, aardvarks, and armadillos.
47. Be pain free again.
48. Visit Hawaii.
49. Try a freak-shake.
50. Get a sleeve tattoo.

51. Travel first class.
52. Visit The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
53. Learn how to play the violin.
54. See the World Trade Center memorials.
55. Experience Christmas in NYC and see the Rockefeller Christmas tree.
56. Get a novel or short story published.
57. Learn how to take and edit great photos.
58. Own a DSLR camera.
59. Dive the Great Barrier Reef.
60. Take a road trip across Europe.
61. See the tulip fields in Holland.
62. Experience the Holi festival.
63. Visit Amsterdam.
64. Sleep under the stars.
65. Go glamping.
66. Ride a rollercoaster.
67. Go to Reading Festival.
68. Learn how to paint with gouache paints.
69. See a snow-capped mountain.
70. Go skiing. 
71. Visit Disney World.
72. Learn how to design images for my blog.
73. Learn another language.
74. Dye my hair a rainbow of colours.
75. Get something pierced.

76. Take part in a colour run.
77. See The Grand Canyon.
78. Experience a lantern festival.
79. Take a creative writing class.
80. Learn how to use a sewing machine.
81. Visit some European Christmas markets.
82. Make a rainbow cake.
83. See dolphins in the wild.
84. Own a designer handbag.
85. See the Easter island heads.
86. Do the whole tourist thing in Edinburgh.
87. Get my teeth done.
88. Visit New Zealand.
89. Go kayaking / canoeing.
90. Travel by sleeper train.
91. Stay in a the fanciest room in a five star (or higher) hotel.
92. Take a helicopter ride somewhere with an amazing view.
92. Go to Tokyo.
93. Eat gelato in Italy.
94. Visit Highgate Cemetery.
95. See penguins in the wild.
96. Get a tattoo to represent my chronic pain and all I've been through and overcome.
97. Go horse back riding.
98. Run a successful blog- make it the best it can be.
99. See the pyramids in Egypt.
100. Travel all over the world and step foot on every continent.
101. Live a full and happy life.

Well, that's my bucket list.,, what's on yours?

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Wednesday Wish List

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

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I'm loving Skinny Dip's new dinosaur print phone case, wash bag, and make up case- the print is so damn cute! The pink pineapple print iPhone case is rather lovely, too.

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These collared dresses from Joanie Clothing are understated but so pretty at the same time.

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Vendula London's Love Boat and Cottage bags and purses are too cute!

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I'm in love with these two dresses from Collectif. The Amanda party swing dress would be perfect for the Christmas party season, and the Violet winter flamingo print dress for every day wear. At least, I'd wear it every day; it's too lovely to save for special occasions.

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These amazing novelty bags from Current Mood would be perfect for accessorising all of those Halloween outfits.

I'm completely smitten with Ciaté's new Mini Mani Month Advent calendar for 2017, which was released last week... so much so that I may have purchased it over the weekend... I'd been saving up money I made through answering surveys especially to treat myself to a beauty Advent calendar, and Mini Mani Month was the one for me. It has a gorgeous selection of nail colours inside, and the packaging is really beautiful, too. I can't wait for Advent to begin so I can start opening the boxes and try everything out. I'm going to review it properly really soon, but I couldn't not include it in this week's Wish List- if you're a nail polish fan, you need to snap one up, too!

I also have my eye on Ciaté's 12 days of Ciaté London make up Advent calendar, which is similar in design to Mini Mani Month, but is filled with make up instead of nail polishes. It looks lovely. I've never tried any of their make up range, but this calendar looks like a good place to start.

OPI Love OPI Nail Polish Collection £49.95

Another beauty Advent calendar I'd love to get my hands on is OPI's Love OPI nail polish collection, which is filled with twenty five mini OPI nail polishes. It looks divine. It usually retails for £69.95, but it's currently just £49.95 from Nail Polish Direct, which is an amazing discount! I might have chosen this one over Ciaté's if it had a door for each day of Advent, but it seems to have just five doors that reveal five polishes at a time, which didn't seem as fun as the traditional way of enjoying one new gift each day so Ciaté's won.

By the way, if you want to find out what beauty Advent calendars are available this year, I'll be bringing you a huge round-up post of all of this year's beauty Advent calendars really soon! 

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As usual, I'm obsessed with approximately 63292 Lindy Bop dresses and skirts. These sixteen are just a few of my current favourites. Aren't they all gorgeous?!

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And finally, Lindy Bop have began selling bags, and their collection of printed satchels and shoulder bags is wonderful. I think the 'Bessa' purple Daschund print shoulder bag is my favourite, although the cherry print designs are fab, too.

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

What's on your wish list this week?
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