Sunday, 22 May 2016

Sunday Favourites #187

It's that time of the week again...

These cat patches from Pony People are adorable.

This manicure almost looks good enough to eat.

How cute are these DIY emoji lollipop balloons?!


I love Kat's pretty pastel plaits.

Sounds legit to me.

Amanda's gingham outfit is perfect. I love Katie's harlequin ensemble, too.

I love the Handmade Charlotte denim embroidery kits, currently available from Hobbycraft- Bohemian Paisley //  Floral Explosions // Tribal Medallion // Worldly Elephant. I think I'm going to treat myself to the Floral Explosions kit, even if I do already have so much sewing to do!

This strawberry rose tart looks so beautiful.

These citrus stained glass popsicles look so good. One I want to try when / if the weather warms up.

How cute are these DIY gold leaf colour-blocked letter soaps?!

These pom pom creatures are incredible.

Such pretty hair!

I love the look of this colourful geometric embroidery kit.

Gemma's Irregular Choice bag collection is the thing of dreams.

This squeaky little bat just loves to be tickled. So cute!

Rai has the best camera bag ever. Fact.

I wish it was legal to keep foxes as pets in England, as Kaylah's Dad's cubs are the cutest.

I'm completely in love with the new Alice in Wonderland Tsum Tsum collection, but I forgot they were due out this week and missed out. I'm hoping my sister will be able to hunt some down at Disney World, Florida in a couple of weeks, as they're not due out in America until June 7th. I would love to own the entire collection, but I definitely need the Tweedles and Absolems (one as a caterpillar, one as a butterfly) in my life.

Louise's Lovely Links

♥ Is this photo of a man holding his son in the shower disgusting or beautiful? The controversial photo has been shared thousands of times on social media, showing a father cradling his poorly son in the shower, trying to bring down the boy's temperature, before he was hospitalised with salmonella poisoning.

♥ XOJane writer calls friends death 'a blessing' because she was 'too mentally ill to be helped.' That has to be one of the most disgraceful, selfish, rage-inducing articles I've ever read. A death is NOT a 'blessing', and NOBODY is 'too mentally ill to be helped'. 

♥ Unexplainably weird skeletons found in sealed basement beneath London orphanage. Whether or not the collection is real is debatable, but either way, it's still a pretty cool collection.

♥ Kaylah blogged about her visit to Brown pet cemetery, and the headstone inscriptions left me all teary-eyed.

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Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Wednesday Wish List

These are some of the beautiful things I've been coveting this week...

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Collectif is so colourful right now, I could cry! I'm particularly in love with their cherry lips print Ramona dresses (#1, #3, and #5), and the Lucy strawberry motif cardigan (#2).

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I'm loving all of these fun accessories from Punky Pins, which are all currently available through Collectif. The fruit-themed pieces are my favourites, especially the strawberry acrylic necklace (#6).

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I really want one of these 1960s inspired Sun Jellies basket bags. They'd go perfectly with some of my Summer sun dresses, and I think they'd be ideal for Summer day trips and holidays in the sun.

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I probably don't have the cleavage for these Tara Starlet polka dot peekaboo dresses, but I'm crushing hard. Aren't they gorgeous?!

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I'm loving all of these stunning dresses from ASOS Curve and Alice & You. This colour palette is to die for! My favourite has to be the Alice & You embroidered folk dress (#2).

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These short PJ sets from ASOS Curve are really cute. I need that cactus print set in my life.

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These shell purses and cross body bag from New Look, and pineapple purse from Typo are adorable.

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I'm in love with these dresses from Lindy Bop.

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And, finally, these geometric brooches from Sketch Inc are amazing. I can't decide which ones I love best.

If you'd like to see more of the fashion pieces which I'm lusting after each week, check out my style wish list boards on Pinterest (there are several). 

What's on your wish list this week?

Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Colourful Collage: Purple

I'm sorry that it's been so quiet on the blog this past week. I've had a painful, misshapen-claw for a hand since I tried to write two paragraphs on a medical form last Tuesday, and I've been struggling to use my hands to write and type ever since. It's left me with horrendous pain in every bone and muscle in my hands, which has been more painful than the time I broke my wrist, and it's only just beginning to ease now, a week later. My hands are still really sore, but they're less stiff now, so I'm beginning to type again, albeit ridiculously slowly. I'm sure they'll be back to normal in a few days, and once they are, I'll do my best to catch up with comments and emails as soon as I can.

I've had issues with my hands painfully cramping up during some tasks for years, but this is definitely the worst case yet, and the more it happens, the more sure I am that some kind of arthritis is to blame. It does run in both sides of my family. I'm going to bring it up with the rheumatologist again soon, as it's getting worse and happening more frequently, and that's beginning to worry me a little. I'm doing absolutely fine, so don't worry... I'm just stupidly worrying about what state I'll be in when I'm a crotchety old lady if I can't even hand write two paragraphs in capital letters at thirty. Old age is going to be funnn! Haha! 

Anyway, now I've bored you to tears, let's move on to the proper blog post...

It's been so long since I last put together a colour-themed flatlay, and I have to say, I've missed making them. Now I've finally got myself some large sheets of blank card to give my photos clean, uncluttered backgrounds, I'm eager to continue with the series, so here we are. The last collage I blogged was navy blue themed, so I'm continuing on the flatlay rainbow with some of my purple-coloured possessions today. These are all little things I had lying around in my bedroom.

1. My battered old copy of Stephen King's 'Pet Sematary'.
2. A bottle of The Body Shop's Frosted Plum shower gel.
3. A bar of The Body Shop's Frosted Plum soap.
4. A frog queen Christmas decoration from The Christmas Boutique.
5. A dark purple beaded necklace. I've no idea who by. I think my Mum gave it to me years ago.
6. A bobbin of metallic purple curling ribbon from Paperchase.
7. A shiny snowflake Christmas decoration, also from Paperchase.
8. Richard Laymon's 'Dreadful Tales'.
9. A tin of Moomin notecards.
10. Lilac Kiko nail lacquer, shade 338.
11. Lavender Kiko nail lacquer, shade 332.
12. Lush Emotional Brilliance liquid eyeliner 'Feeling Secure'. It's dried up, so I need to repurchase.
13. A little book of Moomin sticky notes.
14. A pair of old dark-purple button-like studs from Accessorize.
15. A pair of purple rose earrings, I think came in a set from Accessorize.
16. An awesome lilac macaron ring from And Mary a few years ago.
17. A faded glittery, sequined eyeshadow brush from the late Be Never Too Busy To Be Beautiful. 
18. Plus a blusher brush in the same design. They're at least 7-8 years old but I still love them!
19. A cheap candle lighter.
20. Trio of Bourjois Paris Smokey Eyes eyeshadows in 'Violet Romantic'.
21. A roll of lavender geometric washi tape from Paperchase.
22. An awesome My Little Pony Brooch made by the lovely Rachel from Old Lady At Heart.
23. Four Inglot eyeshadows in a four pan palette.
24. A bold beaded bracelet that came as part of a set from Dorothy Perkins.
25. A small metallic star Christmas decoration from Paperchase.
26. A wooden ring, I think I bought from Camden Lock Market many moons ago. 
27. A roll of stripy lilac washi tape from Sainsburys.
28. A DVD of Friends series 10, episodes 5-8.
29. My old little Canon point and shoot camera.
30. A fabric hair tie from Accessorize.
31. Three mini Crayola colouring pencils.
32. Barry M nail paint, shade 161 'Vivid Purple'.
33. Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure nail polish, shade 'Bewitched'.

Do you own many purple things?

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Sunday, 15 May 2016

Sunday Favourites #186

These are some of my favourites this week...

I want to make some rainbow swirl ice cream!

I love these DIY letter cork-boards, and the pin collection looks awesome, too.

How cool is this tie-dye cheesecake?!

These art prints from Kirbee Lawler are so beautiful.

This chocolate Nutella roll cake looks delicious! I love the look of the rhubarb strawberry cake, too.

These hand-crafted sugar cookies look amazing. They're all vegan friendly, too!

Another pretty tattoo from Martyna Popiel.

This week the critically-endangered Sumatran rhino population rose by one, after the birth of this precious rhino calf.  It's heart breaking that there are just a hundred of these rhinos left on the planet, and that it's likely too late to save them from extinction.

NOT a favourite, but something that filled me with shock, rage, and disgust... There are vendors in China that sell 'living keychains'. Small animals like turtles, salamanders, fish, and frogs are sealed in small plastic bubbles, often filled with colourful dye and beads, and sold as souvenirs to tourists. The animals are unable to move and will suffocate as soon as their limited oxygen supply runs out- which is a few days at most. They're basically living coffins. Anybody stupid enough to buy one of these key chains in the first place isn't going to free the animal before it suffocates, and the majority die. Can you imagine how distressed these poor animals must be? How would these people feel if they were thrown in a transparent coffin alive and well, trapped inside, and carried around like a toy until they died from suffocation, only to get dumped in the trash without a second thought or an ounce of remorse? I doubt they'd be on board with it. Seriously, people, if you want a pet on a key chain, get a fucking Tamagotchi! Animals aren't toys, and shouldn't have to suffer for five minutes of entertainment. 

True story.

I love this pretty cactus terrarium water colour.

Louise's Lovely Links

♥ Trees blogged a really fascinating post about her trip to a Chinese cemetery in Manila

♥ I also enjoyed Kaylah's post about her visit to Greenlawn Cemetery.

♥ 17 struggles of being a pale girl in the summer. I'm already one giant freckle before Summer even starts!

♥ This incredible mile long xylophone plays Bach when you roll a ball down it! That tune still reminds me of primary school assemblies.

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