Wednesday, 15 August 2018

Wednesday Wish List

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

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Aussie jewellery brand Erstwilder launched their highly-anticipated 'Out of Africa' jewellery collection yesterday, and it's so perfect I could cry. This whopping twenty piece collection is made up of brooches, necklaces, and earrings featuring some of Africa's most iconic and beloved animals like elephants, giraffes, rhinos, hippos, and zebras, and even a few unusual ones like okapis and bat-eared foxes! There are also a couple of African trees for the nature lovers out there. I'm particularly coveting the fennec fox, gorilla, okapi, bat-eared fox, and rhino, but every single design is amazing, and I would love to collect them all. Sadly, I can't afford to do that right now, but I have treated myself to the adorable Finnicky Fennec Fox Brooch (#2) because I couldn't resist him, and I'm hoping I'll be able to collect others later. As usual, the best pieces always sell out fast, so be sure to pounce on anything you have your eye on. I've linked to Erstwilder's website above, but you can find links to stockists outside Australia here.

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When it comes to Disney characters, I'm not usually interested in Minnie or Mickey Mouse and the gazillion collections of merchandise their faces adorn, but occasionally a MM collection will come along that is so amazing it sends my heart all aflutter- like the new Spectrum X Disney Minnie Mouse collection. Or to be specific, the make up brush set in the new Spectrum Minnie Mouse collection. Spectrum have created the prettiest and most colourful set of make up brushes I've seen in ages, and the want is great. Oh, so great. Just look at how pretty they are! The eight make up brushes include all the essentials, and can be bought separately, or purchased as a set with a choice of a colourful polka dot pouch or metallic Minnie camera bag. Naturally, I prefer the polka dots!

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If you're looking ahead to Halloween already, Betsey Johnson have added some new novelty bags that would be perfect for fright night. I personally love the Day of the Dead 'Kitsch Head Case Crossbody' (#1).

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These floral embroidered crop cardigans from Collectif would be perfect for wearing with pretty dresses and skirts (and just about everything else!) this Autumn and Winter.

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Lindy Bop have so many gorgeous new season pieces right now, and these are just a handful of my new favourite dresses and skirts. I'm particularly loving the Kody and Bretta tea dresses, which are two of my favourite Lindy Bop designs. I love me a good tea dress! I'd particularly love to get my hands on the red polka dot (#1) and berry (#4) Kody dresses to wear this Autumn / Winter onwards; I know I'd wear them both to death during the cooler months because they're so damn pretty, and also really comfortable to wear, too. 

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And finally, acrylic jewellery brand Kimchi and Coconut have released a new collection of jewellery inspired by Van Gogh's iconic paintings, and it's almost as beautiful as the original artwork. The sunflower pieces and water lilies necklace are my favourites, but the starry night brooches are gorgeous, too. You can find the whole collection here.

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

Any favourites this week?

Sunday, 12 August 2018

Sunday Favourites #340

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

This strawberry cheesecake ice cream recipe from Sarah Hearts sounds delicious.

Handmade Charlotte can show you how to make these cute rainbow cupcake toppers out of macaroni.

I love these DIY pom pom garlands from A Subtle Revelry.

These DIY mini confetti print cakes from Sugar and Cloth look amazing, and so easy to make, too.

Aww Sam's frosted animal cookie ice cream bars are so damn cute.

I need this rainbow embroidery board kit by Cotton Clara in my life.

A Beautiful Mess' washable rug DIY looks like so much fun!

I love the look of this DIY dyed ombre basket from The Crafted Life.

These cross stitch patterns from Stitching Land are so pretty. I want to make them all!

I also love this alpine mountain scene cross stitch pattern from Satsuma Street.

How about brightening up your office space with Oh Joy's colourful painted dry erase board DIY?

These ultimate ice cream sandwich recipes from Handmade Charlotte look amazing. Get in my belly now!

Jasmin Charlotte's mixed media embroidery hoop is so beautiful. It's making me want to give mixed media art a try myself.

I wish I had a bearded dragon just so I could dress it up in costumes, like this great white shark costume from Pampered Beardies. How cute?!

And this hedgehog tattoo by Martyna Popiel is absolutely stunning.

Lovely Links

♥ Callie Thorpe opened up about how it really felt to be a plus size bride.

♥ Forever Amber wrote an inspiring piece about how We are all "real women"- so why do we keep insisting that some of us aren't? 

♥ Make Up Savvy shared her helpful flat lay photography troubleshooting tips.

♥ 19 people who survived getting struck by lightning show you what it does to your skin. Call me crazy, but I think there's something oddly beautiful about the scars it leaves.

♥ 29 oil paintings illustrating how people with bad eyesight see the world when they take off their glasses. As someone with very poor eye sight, I can say the artist has nailed it. Some of these are pretty spot on to how I see the world without my glasses on. Thankfully, my vision is better than some of the blurriest ones, though!

♥ 19 of the most mysterious places on Earth it's forbidden to visit. Is it weird that I've always wanted to visit Chernobyl?

♥ This poor hawk got his beak stuck in the front of a car. I love a good animal rescue story. Poor hawk.

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

Any favourites this week?

Wednesday, 8 August 2018

Wednesday Wish List

These are some of the things on my wish list this week...

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Tatty Devine have just launched the most beautiful range of Autumnal nature-themed acrylic jewellery, and I'm completely smitten with the entire collection. The designs feature charming woodland critters, conkers, acorns, russet leaves, and harvest wheat, and they're absolutely stunning. For some reason, they're making me all nostalgic for Harvest Festival at primary school, and childhood Autumns scavenging for conkers. I only wish I could afford a few pieces for my Autumn wardrobe, especially the badger and harvest mouse brooches. I've wanted a badger brooch for so long!

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If you hadn't guessed by now, I'm loving Cath Kidston's new 'Otters' and 'Badgers and Friends' collections, and once again, I've fallen in love with all the new homeware pieces that have been released this week. From hedgehog planters to otter catch-all trays, badger mugs, and squirrel egg-timers, it's all so undeniably cute. I have a feeling my kitchen is going to look like The Animals of Farthing Wood threw up on it by the end of the year.

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I really like these pretty Autumnal iPhone cases from Skinny Dip, especially the sunflower print design. (Sunflowers have always been one of my favourite flowers). I can't help thinking they'd make pretty Autumn flat-lay props, too.

How amazing is this set of Little Mermaid cosmetics cases from Danielle Nicole?! I don't need any more make up bags, but OMG I want them!

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All you talented sewers out there might appreciate Vendula London's newly refurbished Sewing Shop collection, which has undergone a transformation from duck egg blue to grey denim-style vegan leather. There are six different bags, and five wallets and purses in the new collection, and while I admit I prefer the original range, I love the four styles above. They're all available to preorder now.

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And last but by no means least, these fruity enamel necklaces and earrings from Buried Diamond look like the loveliest summer accessories to wear with just about any summer outfit. I can't decide if I prefer the strawberry or the watermelon designs...

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

Any favourites this week?

Tuesday, 7 August 2018

Cath Kidston Disney Alice in Wonderland Haul

If you're a fan of Cath Kidston or Alice in Wonderland- or have just read my blog lately- you'll probably be aware that Cath Kidston recently released a highly anticipated Disney Alice in Wonderland collection. 

As a big fan of both Alice in Wonderland and Cath Kidston, this is a collection I've been hoping and wishing for ever since Cath Kidston created their first Disney collection a few years ago, and it's even more perfect than I could've dreamed.

The sixty-eight piece collection features fashion, homeware, stationery, and children's ware with classic Alice in Wonderland characters and quotes from the movie beautifully entwined with original Cath Kidston prints and designs. The result is a unique and truly wonderful collection that fans of Cath Kidston and Alice in Wonderland have been going crazy for- myself included. (Not that you would've guessed with the amount of times I blogged about the range before its release, or anything).

I naturally had a Cath K Alice in Wonderland wish list as long as my arm, and thanks to a surprisingly easy pre-sale shopping experience and a nice little rebate, I was able to buy all the pieces I wanted (that I could afford). I may have gotten ever so slightly carried away and purchased eleven pieces in total (although I've since sold one), and I thought it was about time I showed you my Cath Kiston Alice in Wonderland haul. 

First, let me apologise for how atrocious today's photos are. I've been struggling to edit them for months, but I just can't get them to look half-decent whatever I do, so I'm admitting defeat and posting what I've got. I know they look terrible, but I hope you won't hold it against me! You've probably already noticed that I suck at photo editing!

I'm going to start with my favourite purchase from the range, which has got to be the Alice Meadow Applique Tote £65. It's a stunning sky blue tote with a placement print of Alice sitting in a meadow of daisies watching the bread and butterflies fluttering above the flowers. It's so beautiful! I think it has got to be my favourite design from the collection. The meadow and sky stretch around all four sides of the bag, with Alice and the hybrid insects only present on the front. It also has white applique leather daisies embellishing the print, which is such a lovely touch. All I feel the imagery is missing is Dinah; she would've looked so cute sitting amongst the daisies. I can't believe Cath Kidston kept her out of the designs! The tote features long shoulder straps, a zipped inside pocket in the Alice Words print, and a clasp-fastening in the centre. It's a generous size, too, so the bag will be ideal for shopping, and those days when I need to carry everything but the kitchen sink around with me. I don't actually own any other large tote bags, so it's great to fill a gap in my wardrobe, and try a different style for a change. I honestly didn't think I was going to be lucky enough to get my hands on this bag before it sold out, so I'm so happy to have it in my collection. I know it's going to get a lot of use.

I also bought the matching Alice Meadow Continental Wallet £40, which features the same design of Alice sitting in a meadow of daisies on the outside, and the Alice Words print lining the inside. The wallet has a big zipped pocket in the centre for coins, along with five other compartments, and twelve card slots, so it has heaps of room for organising your cash, cards, and receipts. I love Cath Kidston wallets, but this one is my favourite one yet. It's just so damn pretty!

Of course, being a stationery addict, I couldn't resist buying the complimenting Alice Meadow A5 hardback notebook £10, and Alice Meadow chunky pen £7, on impulse, too. I can never resist Cath Kidston's thin-ruled notebooks because they're my favourites to write in, and the pages are always made from great quality paper. The Alice Meadow notebook is no different, and it's so beautiful with that meadow print on the front and back covers. The pages are thin-ruled, and are completely plain, which I have to admit is a little disappointing as Cath Kidston's notebooks usually have pretty CK borders and illustrations on each page, so it feels like the notebook is missing something. It's still a gorgeous notebook, and it's going to get a lot of use, but I think a few daisies or Bread and Butterflies on each page would've made this notebook a little more special. 

The Alice Meadow pen was a completely frivolous purchase, but I love the way these black ball-point Cath Kidston pens make my hand-writing look, so I decided to treat myself. Well, I have to write in the Alice Meadow notebook with something, don't I? It's currently out of stock online, but might still be available in store, so it could be worth visiting your local branch.

You might be thinking I just bought up the Alice Meadow collection, but I did buy lots of other designs, as well, including the Painting The Roses Washbag £24, and matching Painting The Roses Cosmetics Bag £18. These PVC-coated-cotton cases feature sketched-style illustrations of Alice in her iconic blue dress and apron with a paintbrush in hand painting the roses red. Blue vintage-style roses of the Cath Kidston variety, to be specific. Alice blends in so perfectly with the classic Cath Kidston print, and she's quite subtle, which you might appreciate if you're not a fan of loud, in your face Disney designs. Both the wash bag and cosmetics bag have plenty of room for the essentials, so they'll be ideal for travelling, and they're also easy to wipe clean, which I'm sure will be appreciated if there's any major shampoo explosions when travelling.

I didn't need any more cases, but I still found myself adding the Set of Two Alice and Friends Pouches £15 to my order. The duo includes a large zipped polyester pouch with a sketch of Alice on a red polka dot background, and a complimenting smaller case with a grinning pink Cheshire Cat on a background of navy spots. I haven't decided whether I'm keeping them for myself or adding them to the present stash yet, but I'm sure they'll come in handy for storing craft supplies, make up, or medicine if I do decide to keep them. 

One of my favourites from the whole collection has to be the Playing Cards Salt and Pepper Shakers £20. I fell in love with them as soon as I saw the preview photos of the range, and knew I had to have them. Inspired by the card men from the Alice in Wonderland movie, these amazing bone china salt and pepper shakers have been designed to look like, well... playing cards. The pepper shaker has an image of The White Rabbit who's running late for a very important date, and the salt shaker displays an illustration of Alice on a ladder preparing to paint the roses red, both complimented with Cath Kidston florals. They're so gorgeous and have such a retro feel to them. They even come presented in their own blue cardboard box, decorated with images from the Alice Words design, so they'd make such a lovely gift for an Alice in Wonderland fan. Trust me, you need these in your life!

Another of my most coveted pieces from the collection was the Alice Words Jug Vase £14. This light cream vase has a pretty sketched illustration of Alice in her blue dress and apron with quotes from the film wrapped around it, with some Cath Kidston florals and Bread and Butterflies mixed in for good measure. It's so lovely, but a lot smaller than I was expecting, which was a little disappointing as I'd hoped it would be large enough to display a bunch of flowers. It could work as a vase for some small blooms, but I'll probably make some felt flowers for it instead, or perhaps find a use for it in the kitchen.

I also treated myself to the Alice and Friends White Rabbit Mug £10. It's an off-white earthenware mug with sky blue polka dots and an adorable sketch-style illustration of The White Rabbit blowing a trumpet on either side, and it's ca-uuute! The mug is a mini Stanley mug, so it's a little smaller than I was expecting, but still the perfect size for a cuppa. There are also three other Alice in Wonderland mugs to collect from the range, including designs of some of the most beloved Wonderland characters, Alice, The Cheshire Cat and The Mad Hatter.

My biggest splurge was on the Alice Words Double Duvet Set £80, although, I decided to sell it a couple of months ago as I couldn't really afford to keep it. I loved the set, but it was too frivolous to justify keeping an £80 duvet set, and I couldn't help thinking it was a little childish for a woman in her thirties. The set was gorgeous, though. It's made from silky-soft, great-quality white cotton, and covered in quotes form the movie, including "oh, my fur and whiskers!", "when you come to the end, stop!", and "what kind of garden do you come from?". It also features beloved Alice in Wonderland characters, from Alice and The Mad Hatter, to the Dormouse, dandelion, pansies, and Bread and Butterflies, plus iconic Cath Kidston prints such as toadstools and florals. There is so much detail to it, it's almost like a giant picture book for adults. The set comes with a matching cotton drawstring pouch for storage, or it could even be used as a pyjama bag while it's in use. Unfortunately, the duvet set is sold out online in both sizes- in fact, it sold out just three minutes in to the pre-sale (I have no idea how I managed to snag one!), but perhaps try in store or eBay if you want to get your hands on it.

And that is my lovely Cath Kidston Alice in Wonderland haul!

I'm so happy with everything I bought. It's all so gorgeous, and as always, wonderful quality. If I were rich, I could've easily bought more from the range, but I managed to restrain myself. I'm still hoping to get my hands on the Alice Words Cake Stand at a later date, though! 

You can find all available pieces from the Cath Kidston Alice in Wonderland collection over on Cath Kidston's website here, and of course, in Cath Kidston stores nationwide. Daisy Park also have a selection of products from the range on their website here. Most of these pieces are still available, and there's dozens of other wonderful products to shop from, too. Get them before they're gone!

Have you purchased anything from the Cath Kidston Disney Alice in Wonderland collection?

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Sunday, 5 August 2018

Sunday Favourites #339

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

The cutest grocery tote bag from Eva Stalinski.

Going back to school soon? Persia Lou can show you how to paint your own palm leaf pencil pouch.

These chocolate cookie waffle pops from Studio DIY look delicious.

I love these colourful rainbow necklaces from Buried Diamond.

I really want to have a go at this colourful embroidery kit from Oh Sew Bootiful.

I'm crushing hard on all of these beautiful book collections, and all of the other gorgeous book porn on Bluestocking Bookshelf's blog. I have a couple of the Puffin in Bloom books (second to last photo above), and they are stunning.

Salty Canary's watermelon ice cream recipe sounds perfect for a hot summer's day.

A Kailo Chic Life are taking us back to the eighties with their fun DIY 80's design drink stirrers and pitcher.

This sunset landscape embroidery from Be Co Productions is absolutely stunning.

I love Oh Joy's colour-coordinated walls and cool colour-blocked cubbies. 

I need this TYPO shark throw!!

How cute is Bertram the Pomeranian?! He looks like a cuddly little bear cub!

A Beautiful Mess' colour pop movie ticket display is an ingenious idea for displaying old ticket stubs. I'd love to do this with all the concert tickets I have stored away in my memory box.

This brownie ice cream sandwich recipe from A Subtle Revelry sounds amazing.

Enthralling Gumption have created this funky DIY summer striped planter simply by adding washi tape to a plain white planter!

And these cactus and plant cotton applique hoops by Be Co Productions are such beautiful works of art. I really need to learn how to applique.

Lovely Links

♥ I related to Beth of Mermaid in Diguise's post about guilt and chronic illness.

♥ And also From Roses' piece about feeling lonely and the lonely slump.

♥ In Colourful Company wrote a wonderful post about being highly sensitive-  five superpowers every highly sensitive person has.

♥ Forever Amber wrote a brilliant post about 6 things that make her feel hopelessly awkward, and I related to every last one of them. Seriously, this is so me.

♥ Zoe London asks a question which has been plaguing the blogging community a lot lately-  'Is blogging dead?'

♥ I'm in love with Salt and Sea Stories' photos from the Isles of Scilly.  If I could step in to her beach photos and live in them, I would.

♥ I found these 8 comics on being an incredibly shy kid so relatable. I was the shyest kid on Earth.

♥ A lion is being kept on display in a small enclosure in a Turkish cafe, and this breaks my heart. How can anybody think this is an acceptable way to keep a wild animal? What's worse is somebody is allowing it to happen, and people are happy to eat there while watching the poor animal suffer. Eurgh. I hate people sometimes.

♥ Please stop holding it against me that I can mask my pain. Trust me, somebody might be composing themselves well, but behind that smile and face of make up they can be suffering enormously.

♥ 18 taboo thoughts about chronic illness you're not the only one having. I'm sure everybody with a chronic illness thinks at least some of these from time to time.

♥ The rescue baby beaver that loves building dams in his house. This is the cutest thing I've ever seen!

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

Any favourites this week?
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