Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Wednesday Wish List

This week I'm lusting after...


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These beautiful Rosalyn dresses from Lady Vintage.


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These pins from Skinny Dip look awesome, especially the lemon and the flamingo pool float.


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I also love these funky Skinny Dip bags.



These Erstwilder swallow brooches are gorgeous. I need the purple one in my life.


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I love these patterned reversible hair bands from Collectif.


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The new 'Mini Owls and Flowers' collection from Cath Kidston is really cute.


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These City Chic pieces are all so pretty. I can never get enough of mint green.


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I want so many pieces from ASOS Curve at the moment, but especially these six beauties. I'm loving all the denim and the beautiful mesh embroidered skater dress by Alice & You (#4).


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An awesome bow clutch and diamond purse from ASOS.



These teddy bear pyjamas from ASOS Curve are so cute. They look so cosy, too.



And last but not least, I adore these checked skirt from Modcloth. The colours look so good together.


If you'd like to see more of the fashion pieces I covet each week, check out my style wish list boards on Pinterest. I pin things I like to them as and when I find them, and most never make it on to the blog.

What's on your wish list this week?

Sunday, 24 July 2016

Sunday Favourites #196

Here are some of my favourites from the last seven days.




These nostalgic nineties wrapping paper printables look awesome.

This make up look is a work of art. So many pretty colours.

Somebody make me a frosted circus animal cookie cheesecake! Please?

I love these DIY fruit slice shelves. A whole wall of these would be perfect for displaying my novelty bag collection.



Would you look at all of these amazing galaxy cakes and cookies! (1, 2, 3, 4).There are loads more via the link.



These beautiful tattoos. One day I shall get my geometric fox tattoo; one day.




These rainbow sweet platters look amazing. So much colour!






These Light Paintings by Stephen Knapp look absolutely amazing!


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Saturday, 23 July 2016

Cath Kidston Little Flower Buds Owl Brooch



I'm sorry to say, I have a soft spot for many materialistic things in life; novelty handbags, printed dresses, colourful eye make up, pretty notebooks, quirky jewellery, Alice in Wonderland memorabilia, and anything Cath Kidston, to name but a few. They all send my heart all aflutter.

Now, show me quirky jewellery from Cath Kidston, and I'll be all over it like syrup on a stack of pancakes. I'm ever so slightly obsessed with their resin brooches, and have been collecting them for a few years now. Sadly, they only bring out two or three a season, at most, so my collection is a small one of eight, but I still find myself regularly keeping my eyes peeled on their website in the hope of finding a new design to love.

I was excited to discover that a new brooch had finally popped up in their first early Autumn drop last week; a navy and grey floral owl from the new 'Owls and Flowers' collection. I couldn't help myself and bought one immediately, along with another new notebook in the sale. They arrived a few days later and I'm happy to say I wasn't disappointed. 

The Little Flower Buds owl brooch is one of the cutest brooches I've ever seen, and fits in perfectly with the other designs in my collection. It has a navy, pink, and grey floral print as the base, with grey wings, a cream face and breast, and little blue eyes- one open, one closed in a wink. 



Like the others, it's made out of strong, sturdy resin, which is hard-wearing, and easy to clean if it gets a bit grubby. It's just under two and a half inches long, so it's a great statement piece that will work with all kinds of outfits, and if my other Cath Kidston brooches are anything to go by, it'll be a great conversation starter, and should attract a lot of compliments, too. It's adorable!



The great part is, it was so affordable at only £8, so it didn't even break the bank! I think they're so reasonably priced, especially when you compare them to the similar Erstwilder brooches which retail around the £20 mark. I only wish Cath Kidston would bring out a few dozen designs each season, so I could build up a big collection. I think they'd make a killing if they did!


As yet, I haven't been able to find any trace of any other new Cath K designs that could be released this Autumn, but I'm hoping a few more brooches will appear over the next few months. I'd love it if they brought out some hedgehog, fox, and deer brooches to tie in with the new 'Forest Animals' range. I guess we'll just have to wait and see. Until then, I know I'll be wearing my awesome little owl to death, along with all of my old favourites. They really are the best brooches ever!

Are you a fan of Cath Kidston's brooches?

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Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Wednesday Wish List

So, who's been enjoying the mini heat wave this week?

If I said I have / am, I'd be lying. It was 35 degrees here yesterday, and it was like hell on Earth. My house was like a furnace, and I got so hot and over-heated that I felt sick the entire day and like I was going to pass out. I couldn't even go live in the shower or lounge around in my underwear until the evening as I had to wait around for a delivery all day and look after the pup. It was horrible. Don't get me wrong, I love the sunshine, but I just don't cope with the heat very well. I'm always over-heated because of chronic pain, so when it's a million degrees I just end up feeling super sick and uncomfortable; I'm best suited to the cold. I really feel for all of you who had to work all day in that heat without air-conditioning! How the hell do you guys in tropical climates cope with the heat for months on end?? I don't think I could do it! 

It's thankfully a little bit cooler today, and there's a nice breeze coming through the patio doors as I type, so I don't feel so uncomfortable... yet. I can actually bare to turn on the laptop, which I couldn't do yesterday, so I've found time to put together this week's wish list. I haven't spent as much time online due to the heat, so I haven't done a lot of nosing around online this week, and I've only really been lusting after Lady Vintage's gorgeous new dresses, so this week's wish list is dedicated solely to Lady V. 


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I love these new tropical-print Isabella dresses, especially the kingfisher and flamingo print designs. The sweetheart neckline, capped sleeves, and flared skirts are a cute combination, and the best part is they cater to sizes 8 to 28/30!


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Normally, I'd rejoice at finding a beautiful collection of dresses with sleeves, but the thought of sleeves in this heat is almost too much to bare. However, the Maria dresses are gorgeous and I can see myself wearing them to death when the sun turns its thermostat down again. The 'violet rose & grey leaf print' (#1) is my favourite. They come in sizes 16 to 30/32.


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With their cute short sleeves and big flared skirts, the Estella dresses look much better suited to wearing in the Summer sun or during any weather, really. I love the shape of these frocks, and the cross-over detail over the bust. These dresses are available in sizes 16 to 30/32.

To see more pieces on my wish list each week, check out my style wish list boards on Pinterest.

What's on your wish list this week?
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