Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Wednesday Wish List

Hey guys,

Sorry that this wish list is a bit later than usually scheduled; I fell asleep when I was writing this up in the wee hours of the morning. I woke up about two hours later still holding on to my laptop in bed, with the TV and the lights still on. Oops. I was shattered.

I wasn't conscious enough to finish the last few sentences before I went back to sleep, but it's only a little late, so I hope you'll forgive me! I've been lusting after some real beauties this week, and I know you'll love them, too. Let's take a look...

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1. I fell in love with this amazing Dorothy Perkins sunflower print jumpsuit when I discovered it online on the weekend. Sunflowers have always been one of my favourite flowers; as they're so bright and cheerful, and it makes me happy to see so many sunflower prints in the nineties revival trend that's dominating the fashion world right now. I was unable to resist this beauty, and may have ordered it... I hope it fits! I'm a bit hit and miss with Dotty P's jumpsuits as they tend to be too short in the body on me, but I'm keeping my fingers crossed.

2. I'm also a sucker for daisies, and this bold daisy-print vest is calling my name.

3, 5, 7, and 12. I discovered a brand called Sugar and Vice- (thanks, Char!)- who make the most amazing laser cut acrylic jewellery. These four are my favourites- especially the beautiful badger and toucan which I need to adopt at some point. Aren't they brilliant? I have at least a dozen of their accessories on my lust list.

4. Another beautiful sunflower print from Dorothy Perkins, in the form of a drop-waist dress.

6. How pretty is this soft peplum top from ASOS Curve?! It looks so cute over denim shorts, as modelled.

8. A tropical palm-tree print maxi dress from F&F at Tesco. Perfect for sipping cocktails on an exotic sandy beach in the sunshine! Or, more likely in my world, on my favourite Cornish beach with a can of pop! Haha!

9. A fantastic animal print tee that I'd love to add to my wardrobe zoo! It has penguins on it!

10 and 11. I'm in love with Liz McClarnon's swimwear range for Fashion World, and I'm dying to own the cherry and flamingo print swimsuits! Even if I can't physically go swimming at the moment, they could be worn to hydrotherapy... if I ever get offered some more sessions...

13. Amazing mint jelly shoes! Although I can't help imagining the blisters they'd give me!

14. I love the eye-catching colour of this Dorothy Perkins sun dress; it's so summery!

15. I also have a weakness for anything grass-green, like this cute midi skirt.

16 and 20. ASOS Curve have recently started selling a small selection of wide fit shoes from other brands (woohoo!), and I really like the laser cut design of these New Look wide-fit sandals.

17. This dress is one of the prettiest I've come across this season. It has a gingham skirt and a broderie anglaise top, which look lovely together, and just so happen to be two of my favourite things. Given half a chance, I'd wear broderie anglaise clothing every day!

18. This panda shaped bag by Orla Kiely may quite possibly be the best bag I've ever seen in my life! It's shaped like a panda! 'nuff said! What more could a girl want?!

19. A pretty hummingbird t-shirt.

and last but not least...

21. The sweetest red rose bracelet from ASOS Curve.

And that's my wish list this week in a nut shell!

What's are you coveting this week?

Sunday, 13 April 2014

Serendipity Sunday

Hi guys,

I hope you're all having a great weekend. It's that time of the week again...

I love this fun, colourful manicure.

This eye make up look is so pretty.

How cute is this Frenchie tattoo design from Sasha Unisex?!

"Mother always did like Richard best!"

I'm a little bit in love with this tattoo; Robin Hood has always been one of my favourite Disney's.

An adorable otter playing with a feather.

This otter pup has the cutest little face!

Hot Cross Bun Eclairs!


An anonymous author's novel written on the walls of an abandoned house in Chongqing, China.


All these outfits are stunning. Particularly the black ensemble, and that amazing grey skirt behind her.

I don't know the story behind this photo as the link was a dead end, but it caught my eye because how often do you see a person riding an ostrich?!

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This beautiful piece of art was made by Zaria Forman using soft pastels on paper! Isn't it stunning? I thought the first picture was a photograph to begin with.


Harlow Darling from Vintage at Heart managed to take her outfit photos with a group of kangaroos! Best blog photos ever? Probably! And she looks stunning, too! 


These works of art were created by Japanese artist Hikaru Cho using acrylic paints. The series, entitled 'It's Not What It Seems', was created to play with perception, and to redefine how an object is perceived by painting it to look like something else. She also wanted to challenge viewers to not be quick to judge based on first impressions.


Be proud of each step you take towards reaching your goals, whatever they may be. Be proud of yourself. Always.


I love this quote.


These Blackberry Hazelnut Meringue Cakes look delicious.


Artist Andres Amador spends hours creating these beautiful, intricate works of art on sandy beaches using a rake! His designs are temporary, washing away with the tides, but they're absolutely beautiful.


Grid waves on the French coast.

This is my idea of paradise. Koufonisia Islands, Greece.


Mount Fuji, Japan. So pretty.


I love this manicure.

Confetti dipped Easter eggs! These would make a fun decoration on Easter Sunday.


I love this. What a great parent!


So true.

♥ Hanna, Leah, and Vicky all shared their thoughts on the the current tensions in the plus size blogging world. 

♥ Former health minister, Lord Warner is proposing that the government start charging patients for visiting their GPs, overnight hospital stays, and even a monthly charge for NHS services. If this was put in place, it would be disastrous for so many sick, injured, disabled, and vulnerable people who depend on our free health care system. If you agree, please sign the petition to tell the government we don't want a privatised NHS!

♥ Which 90s Kids Movies Have You Seen? I've seen 79 out of 146!

♥ Some outfits and outfit posts I've enjoyed this week: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10.

Thanks for reading!

Friday, 11 April 2014

Cut Make Trim Leather Barrel Bag Review

When the lovely people from the London-based satchel manufacturer Cut Make Trim contacted me recently and offered me one of their beautiful bags for review, I didn't need to be asked twice. Well, you know how much I love handbags!

I was allowed to choose a bag to review in the colour of my choice, and I instantly fell in love with their barrel bag, which appealed to me as it was a little different to the average satchel. (More on that in a minute!) There were twenty-one lovely colours to choose from and believe me, choosing wasn't easy! (It took me over an hour!) I eventually decided to do something out of character and went with the fuscia; a colour I have very little of in my wardrobe. I'm not a 'pink' person at all, but the bold colour stood out to me on screen, and when it turned up on my doorstep a few days later, I wasn't disappointed. 

As you can see, the bag is absolutely beautiful! I may have squealed with happiness when I opened the box to find this beautifully crafted bag inside. I instantly loved everything about it.

This barrel bag is Cut Make Trim's fantastic alternative to the classic satchel. The reason I say that is because it's so much wider than the average satchel, which means it has lots more space for all those essentials- without compromising on that beautiful classic style we all know and love! It's the perfect satchel for anybody who likes to carry everything but the kitchen sink around with them in their handbag, but it's just as functional if you prefer to travel light. It's a good medium-sized bag, measuring approximately 31cm long x 19cm wide x 22cm deep (at the widest points).

I took my bag out to the cinema last week, and I was impressed by how much I was able to fit in it. I managed to fit all my essentials in with room to spare, even after the addition of a cardigan, Kindle, and a beverage! It was one step away from becoming a Mary Poppins bag; I was sure if I dug deep enough, a lamp or a coat stand was going to appear from its depths!

One of the qualities I look for in an every day bag is enough room to carry a book and a drink alongside all the usual essentials, and this barrel bag more than caters to my needs. It's not just stunning, but it's practical too. It's a fantastic bag for both work and play, and will instantly make any outfit look stylish!

Like all of Cut Make Trim's bags, this barrel bag has been hand crafted by a small team of experienced crafts people in a small workshop in London, using high quality leathers and fittings. I have to say, the quality of both the materials and the skills of the team really do shine through in this high quality bag!

The leather is of fantastic quality, which is obvious in the thickness of each piece, the good weight of the bag, the overall sturdiness, and the flawless, smooth texture. The leather is so smooth I can't stop myself from running my hands along it every time I pick it up. (Maybe I shouldn't admit to that?)

The barrel bag is secured by two metal buckles on the front, which need to be fastened by hand. It can be a little inconvenient when you're in a rush to grab your phone or your purse, but with a little patience, it doesn't take too long to buckle and unbuckle the straps. I've yet to see a vintage-style satchel with poppers or clasps underneath the straps, so the buckles are a common feature and add to the beauty of the design.

Each strap has four notches. I keep mine on the tightest notch, but the others will be invaluable if the leather slackens over time, or on those days I pack a little too much.

It features a handle on both the front and the back of the bag. This design doesn't have a handle on the top.

It also comes with a detachable shoulder strap, which can be adjusted to sit on the shoulder or across the body. It can be adjusted to seven different notches, which helps to cater to our different needs and preferences. I'm 5'6'' and the bag, fully extended, sits on my hip across the body, and at the top of my thigh on the shoulder. I'm pleased about that, because I prefer a longer length.

As for the colour, this shade is known as 'fuscia' and it's a stunning deep magenta, which I think looks stylish- and not tacky like some pink accessories can appear. I'm not much of a 'pink person', but I fell in love with it online, and I love it even more in person. The colour is so bold and cheerful, and it definitely advertises my love of colour! It makes a statement, that for sure, and I love how the fuscia adds a modern spin to a classic style of bag.

If pink isn't your thing, the barrel bag also comes in twenty other colours! From classic tan, black and navy, to colourful purple, green and yellow, fashionable neons and pretty Spring pastels, they've got the classics, the trends, and our colour preferences covered! 

The barrel bag currently retails at £84, which is fantastic considering it's a handmade leather bag, using leathers of higher quality than many of the leading satchel manufacturers. The price is affordable and cheaper than similar satchels I've seen by other companies. This is because Cut Make Trim bags are ordered direct from the makers, which means you aren't paying for the expensive adverts or the cost of running brick and mortar shops, so we are able to get their beautifully made products at a smaller price. They also offer free delivery on all of their products, which is brilliant!

Alongside the barrel bag, Cut Make Trim also make saddle bags, and satchels in three sizes (11.5"13" and 15"), with prices starting at £44. All items can be bought via their website in a wide range of gorgeous colours. They are also available every Saturday and Sunday at the Jubilee Hall Craft Market in Covent Garden, London, where you can see all the designs in person.

I was provided with a special code so that I could 'purchase'* this bag from the website myself, in order to get a real feel for the full shopping experience. The website was very easy to shop from. I shopped, checked out, registered, and paid for my purchase within two minutes! The great thing is that you don't have to register before you add items to your basket; it can be done at the checkout, and only takes a minute. Unlike some websites, you aren't asked to fill in a million details to sign up. It was extremely easy!

The website was very easy to navigate. It's simple, clean, and uncluttered, and I had no problems finding what I was looking for. The information available is quite basic, and I would personally love to see  some advice for caring for the bags- such as what to clean the leather with if something is spilt on it and so on. Apart from that, it told me everything I needed to know, including a little about the brand, their London workshop and the designs themselves.

The delivery service was completely free, and I'm pleased to say my order arrived within three working days without a hitch.

The only thing I feel is missing from the design of the bag is an indication of who made it; there isn't a label inside proudly displaying the brand! It would also be useful to have a dust bag to protect it when its not in use; a leaflet or label provided with care advice; and perhaps a little information about where it came from!

However, the main factor is the product, and I'm extremely impressed with my beautiful barrel bag. It's wonderfully made, stunning, and practical, and I have a feeling this bag is going to stay with me for many years to come! I love this bag so much, I'm already thinking about saving up for the same bag in fluorescent orange!

I'm smitten with Cut Make Trim's striking designs and wonderful craftsmanship and I think we should expect good things from them in the future! 

If this review has interested you, why not pop on over to their website here where you can get a closer look at the full range of designs available!

Thanks for reading.

*The barrel bag was gifted to me by Cut Make Trim in exchange for a review. As always, all words, opinions, and photographs are my own.

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Wednesday Wish List

Hey guys,

I can't believe it's Wednesday again already; where has this last week gone? This year is ticking past so fast!

As it's Wednesday, it's time for my Wednesday Wish List, full of clothes and accessories I've been admiring over the last week. While I haven't been head-over-heels-in-love with many new pieces, I have still come across some lovely gems I'd love to add to my wardrobe...

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I'm going to keep the chatter short and sweet today as tomorrow's post is going to be a bit of a long one. I think the clothes and accessories speak enough for themselves without me waffling on, but as you can see, there's the usual mix of patterns, colour, dresses, and a novelty accessories! I never change!

Which one is your favourite? I'll take one of each, please!

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