Thursday, 24 May 2018

Cath Kidston X Disney Alice in Wonderland Complete Collection Preview

The wait is almost over for the highly anticipated Cath Kidston Disney Alice in Wonderland collection, and I'm so nervous and excited, you'd think I was waiting for gig tickets to go on sale! I've been sat here with butterflies in my stomach all afternoon impatiently waiting for the presale to begin, worrying I won't get my hands on the pieces I have my heart set on. Apparently that's what happens when two of your favourite brands join forces, and you haven't got a life! 

A couple of weeks ago I featured preview photos of the Alice in Wonderland collection on the blog (here), and today I've got images of the entire sixty-eight piece collection to show you in better detail before the collection goes live. The collection includes fashion, bags and accessories, homeware, and children's ware, and if you love Cath Kidston and Alice in Wonderland, trust me, you're going to want to see these. They're sure to send your hearts all aflutter.

Below the images, I've also included the advertised prices of each item to help you plan ahead if you're hoping to shop the new collection tonight / tomorrow, because you won't have long to decide once it goes live; the best pieces from the Cath Kidston Disney collections always sell out in minutes, and products in your basket won't be reserved. You'll have to move fast if you want to get your hands on your favourite pieces, so planning ahead is recommended.

You can check out the full collection in all its glory below.


1. Alice's Meadow Cotton Sateen Dress £90 // 2. Alice's Meadow Skirt £65 // 3. Alice's Words Cotton Shirt Dress £80 // 4. Painting the Roses Embroidered Jacket £75

1. Disappearing Cheshire Cat T-Shirt £38 // 2. Disappearing Cheshire Cat Disney Jumper £55 // 3. Painting the Roses Disney Print Jumper £55. // 4. Falling Alice Square Shawl £45

Bags and Accessories

1. Alice Meadow Applique Tote £65 // 2. Falling Alice Reversible Backpack £45 // 3. Alice and Friends Leather Lozenge Cross Body Bag £115 // 4. Falling Alice Reversible Cross Body Bag £45 // 5. Painting The Roses Disney Tab Saddle Bag £45 // 6. Painting The Roses Disney Shoulder Tote £48 // 7. Alice Words Buckle Backpack £60 // 8. Cheshire Cat Perforated Cross Body Bag £100.

1. Alice Meadow Continental Wallet £40 // 2. Painting the Roses Disney Small Continental Wallet £30 // 3. Disappearing Cheshire Cat Leather Wallet £65. // 4. Set of Two Alice and Friends Pouches £15 // 5. Painting the Roses Disney Washbag £24 // 6. Painting the Roses Disney Cosmetic Bag £18

Cheshire Cat Coin Purse With Wrist Strap £18

1. Alice Words Mini I.D. Tag £8 // 2. Falling Alice Lanyard £4.50 // 3. Alice Hearts Minilite Umbrella £30 // 4. Falling Alice Moving iPhone 6/7 Case £22


1. Alice Hearts Double Oven Gloves £16 // 2. Falling Alice Apron £24 // 3. Set of Two Falling Alice Tea Towels £15 // 4. Alice Hearts Foldaway Shopper £10

1. Alice Words Bedding Set From £65 // 2. Set of Two Alice Words Pillow Cases £30

Alice Meadow 40 x 40cm Cushion £25

1. Alice Meadow A5 Hard Back Notebook £10 // 2. Alice Meadow Chunky Pen £7

1. Falling Alice Lanyard Drinking Bottle £15 // 2. Alice Meadow Boxed Gift Mug £12

1. Alice Words Cake Stand £30 // 2. Alice Words Tea For Two £35 // 3. Alice Words Jug Vase £14 // 4. Playing Cards Salt and Pepper Shakers £20

1. Set of Two Alice Words Tumblers £22 // 2. Alice and Friends Set of Four Coasters £24 // 3. Alice and Friends Bowl £10 // 4. Alice and Friends Plate £10 // 5. Alice and Friends Mug £10 // 6. Alice and Friends Cheshire Cat Mug £10 // 7. Alice and Friends Mad Hatter Mug £10 // 8. Alice and Friends Rabbit Mug £10 // 9. Alice and Friends Tea Cup and Saucer £18 // 10. Alice and Friends Teapot £38

Babies and Kids

1. Alice and Friends Beaker £6.50 // 2. Alice and Friends Beaker £6.50 // 3. Alice Heart Drinking Bottle £8 // 4. Late For Tea Drinking Bottle £8

1. Alice Heart Medium Kids Backpack £30 // 2. Alice Heart Shaped Handbag £18 // 3. Alice Hearts Double Zip Pencil Case £11

1. Late For Tea Mini Backpack £22 // 2. Late For Tea Kids Backpack £36 // 3. Disney Novelty Medium Backpack £30 // 4. Disney Novelty Medium Backpack £30

Alice Words Tote Changing Bag £90

1. Alice Kids T-Shirt £18 // 2. Disney Novelty Cheshire Cat Kids T-Shirt £18 // 3. Alice Words Mini Sleeveless Dress £30 // 4. Alice Words Mini Baby Eleanor Heart Dress £26

I'm particularly hoping to get my hands on the duvet set, salt and pepper shakers, jug vase, Alice Daisy tote, the matching wallet, and the White Rabbit mug, but I could happily buy one of everything; they're all gorgeous!

The collection launches with a pre-sale online and in 19 selected stores at 7pm tonight, ahead of its general release nationwide tomorrow morning. If you haven't already signed up for the presale, you won't be able to access it online, but you can find a list of all the stores taking part in the pre-sale tonight here. You can find all the other information you need to know over on the website, including tips for shopping the pre-sale with the best chance of success.

If you'd like to learn more about the collection, you can do so here.

Are you hoping to shop the Cath Kidston Disney Alice in Wonderland collection? Which pieces have you got your eye on?

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Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Wednesday Wish List

This week, I've mostly been coveting all the quirky jewellery (and all the Cath Kidston Disney Alice in Wonderland collection, due out tomorrow), so this week's Wednesday Wish List is filled with amazing novelty jewellery for the second week running.

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Erstwilder released their South American Socialites collection last week, and the entire twelve-piece collection is amazing. The designs feature alpacas, flamingos, tapirs, anteaters, sloths and more, and they are the cutest brooches and necklaces I've ever seen. I may have gotten carried away and purchased six of them... and I'm tempted to go back for more. (Namely Alan the Alpaca). I'll be blogging a review of them in a few days, but until then, you can see a sneak peek of the brooches I bought over on my Instagram here. Many of the designs are sold out from Erstwilder, but they're all currently available from Glitterally, who've just restocked, so I've linked to them above.

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Sugar & Vice have launched a fantastic Mental Health Advocacy Capsule Collection, to raise awareness for mental health conditions, and help end the stigma surrounding them. The collection is made up of six statement acrylic necklaces with amazing designs for both mental health sufferers and people with other invisible illnesses. As someone who has been afflicted with both physical invisible illnesses and mental health conditions (depression and anxiety), I think the collection is fantastic, and such an important cause to get behind. The best part is, Sugar & Vice are donating 10% to the Blurt Foundation, who are dedicated to helping people affected by depression, so if that's not a good reason to snap some of these necklaces up, I don't know what is. I think I might need the 'Invisible Illness Club' and 'Spoonie' necklaces in my life. 

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I love this gorgeous acrylic four seasons tree necklace, and matching Spring, Summer, and Autumn brooches from I Am Acrylic. They'd be perfect for wearing all year round, no matter what the season.

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I adore this range of beautiful hand made acrylic brooches from Kimchi and Coconut so much. The designs and galaxy-style painting are stunning. I especially love the orca, humpback whale, and the octopus pieces.

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I stumbled up on this lovely collection of handmade wooden jewellery by Jemity on Etsy, and now I'm completely smitten with the whole range, especially these four wonderful brooches.

And finally, I'd love to get my hands on this adorable handmade, laser-cut wooden bunny piece from Dolly Darling, which can be made as a necklace or a brooch. Naturally, I'm tempted by the brooch, but the necklace looks super pretty, too.

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

Which pieces do you like best?

Sunday, 20 May 2018

Sunday Favourites #328

Hey guys,

I hope you're having a lovely weekend so far. I'm just having another lazy one at home, doing lots of crafting, and of course, putting together this week's Sunday Favourites for you. I hope you enjoy it.

I love these colourful works of art from Starla Michelle Halfmann.

These mini funfetti cheesecake bites from Faith Food Family Fun look so delicious.

I'm loving this DIY framed candy feature from Damask Love.

This DIY beret make over from Oh Happy Day is so cute.

Hobbycraft can show you how to make a fat-quarter notebook cover.

I really like the mint storage coffee table upcycle from Oh Joy. I could do with something like that for my craft supplies.

These fun DIY patterned paper planters from Maritza Lisa.

Aww Sam's apartment is soooo beautiful. I need that pink sofa!

These funky DIY 80's inspired soap bars from A Kailo Chic Life

These embroideries by Ell Violet are absolutely stunning.

Pretty pastel homemade candy wafers from Sprinkle Bakes.

I love the colourful Palm Spring inspired doors in Kelly Golightly's laundry room.

Look how cute these ice cream cone cupcakes from Studio DIY are!! I want to make some.

This print, developed from a handmade papercut by Jessica Baldry, is so beautiful.

Oh Joy's floral dining room is super pretty.

Lovely Links

♥ This post from It's Little Lauren: Depression; why it's never too late to seek help.

♥ Georgina of She Might Be Loved wrote a helpful post about bras for chronic pain.

♥ Think blogging is dead? I'd recommend reading this post from And Roses: 6 reasons while blogging will always be important.

♥ Scientists have found new deep sea species in seas off Java. The little crab in the first photo is so cute!

♥ A family realise their pet dog is a black bear after it doesn't stop growing. They thought it was a mastiff. How stupid can you get?!

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 were your favourite parts this week?

Thursday, 17 May 2018

Erstwilder Australiana Brooches

I've always loved Australia's weird and wonderful wildlife, so when Aussie jewellery brand Erstwilder released a new Australiana brooch collection, a couple of weeks ago, I was instantly smitten with the whole collection.

The Australiana collection is made up of nine resin brooches of Australia's native flora and fauna, and like all Erstwilder jewellery, have been designed by skilled artists in Melbourne and handmade from layered resin.

So far, I've collected four of them. In the space of a week. After initially intending to purchase just one. Don't look at me like that; I couldn't help myself; the designs were just too cute!

Today, I thought I'd give you a little peek at the Australiana brooches (and a few others I've collected this year) because I know many of you love novelty jewellery and Erstwilder brooches as much as I do.

First up is Spiney Seedling, an adorable brown marbled echidna poking his head out of a purple marbled flower pot that's been sweetly decorated with a glittery flower and leaves. Isn't it cute? Echidnas are one of my favourite Aussie animals, so I just couldn't resist him. I mean, how often do you see an echidna brooch? Even in Australia, that must be a rarity. The flower pot is giving off garden vibes, so I think he'll look great worn with florals for spring. (Ground-breaking).

Nifty Numbat, surprisingly, has turned out to be my favourite of the four I purchased- surprising as I was drawn more to the echidna and antechnius mouse online. It's the cutest little critter, made from magenta, pearl, and beige textured resin, and hand-painted little details. He's a little smaller than the others, but what he lacks in size, he makes up for in character and uniqueness. It's a hot pink numbat, for fuck sake! I don't know about you, but I've never seen a numbat brooch before (come to think of it, I've never seen a numbat in real life, either, but man, are they cute!), so I couldn't resist snapping him up, mostly so that I could say I have a numbat in my brooch collection.

My third purchase from the collection, was the adorable An-tea-chinus Mouse; a little brown antechinus sitting in a pastel pink rose-print tea cup. So much cuteness! I love the marbling to the little critter and the tattoo-style flowers on the cup, and the pastel colours are perfect for spring. I'll be pinning him on to all the pastel outfits I can this season. I'd never even heard of an antechinus before I saw this brooch (a rare moment for this animal lover, I can tell you!); but I now know it's a small marsupial that resembles a mouse, and it's adorable. Especially when they're sitting in pastel pink tea cups in brooch form.

I was so pleased with my first three Erstwilder Australiana brooches, that I tracked down the sold out Royal Reeler kingfisher brooch soon after their arrival from UK stockist Kitty Kat Accessories. (They've now sold out, so I've linked to The Midget Gem). I've always loved kingfishers, and I just had to have the beautiful Royal Reeler in my collection. He has the most stunning azure-blue marbled head and body, with marbled grey wing feathers, a matte orange breast, a textured silver beak, and iridescent markings on his face. He's a beauty. I think he'll go with just about everything in my summer wardrobe, and will be perfect for walks down by the river in the summer. I have to admit, I've never seen a kingfisher in real life, and I didn't realise Australia actually have kingfishers (besides kookaburras) like we do in the UK, so Erstwilder have even taught me a thing or two with this collection.

The Australiana collection also features five other brooches, including a wombat, bat, kookaburra, frilled lizard, and a kangaroo paw plant, and they're available from Erstwilder now. You can also buy them from UK stockists Daisy Park, Glitterally, Kitty Kat Accessories, Lottie & Lu, and The Midget Gem which should save you a few pennies on shipping and tax charges if you're in the UK.

I only discovered the UK stockists a couple of months ago, so while I've lusted after Erstwilder jewellery for years, my collection is still very small as I could never justify the shipping charges from Australia. My collection only began in March, when I picked up four of their Christmas brooches on sale, and I thought I'd give you a peek at them today, too. I wanted to show you them sooner, but I couldn't dedicate a post to Christmas brooches in spring without looking like a crazy woman.

I fell in love with last year's entire Erstwilder Christmas collection in December, but couldn't afford to treat myself at the time, so when I stumbled up on them on sale in March, I knew I had to snap a few up to wear during future Christmases. I've always wanted some Christmas jewellery in my life. I started with 'The Christmas Cardinal', a beautiful red cardinal resting on a sprig of holly, and 'Mary's Bells', a pair of pearlescent bells decorated with red, pink, and yellow designs and a glittery green bow, both of which I bought from Lottie & Lu for £14.95 each. I was so impressed with them, I wasted no time in buying 'To Be Jolly', a glittery green and white snow-draped Christmas tree decorated with a rainbow of baubles which was £15.00 from Daisy Park, along with a second for my Mum who fell in love with mine on delivery. A couples of weeks later, I then tracked down 'Kiss Me Kindly', a big sprig of holly wrapped with a glittery white bow, from Glitterally for £24.95, which had to be my favourite from last Christmas' collection. It's gorgeous and so festive. I paid full price for it, but I love it so much it was worth every penny. I know I'll be accessorising all of my festive outfits with them for many Christmases to come. I love them even more than the Australiana collection, and can't wait to wear them all this December- only seven more months to go before I can break them out!

So, that is my little Erstwilder collection, and what I fear is the beginning of a very large Erstwilder collection in the making... I say that as I've already added a few more to it this morning from the amazing new South American Socialites range that came out today. I couldn't resist! You're just going to have to wait and see which pieces I picked up, but I will say one of them is a tapir (my favourite animal, OMG!!), and the South American critters look even cuter than their friends down under. Keep an eye on my Instagram over the next week, as I'll likely share photos of them on my Insta stories as soon as they arrive, before I get them on the blog. In the mean time, you guys need to go check that new collection out! Trust me, you're going to love them!

Which brooch is your favourite? Do you have any Erstwilder jewellery in your collection or your eye on any pieces at the moment?

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