Sunday, 21 May 2017

Sunday Favourites #276

It's that time of the week again, and I've got so many awesome things to share with you this week, so let's get cracking.


I love this hand-painted acrylic whale brooch from Winnifred's Daughter.


How good do these glazed chocolate cake doughnuts from Studio DIY look?!


I need one of Sasha Unisex's beautiful red fox patches.

This piece of body positivity art from Shut Urp makes a valid point.


I need some of these DIY hanging wall terrariums from A Beautiful Mess in my home.


These DIY paper pilea plants by The Apple of My DIY are perfect if you want house plants you can't kill.


I love this DIY crystal and cactus terrarium from A Beautiful Mess. It's so pretty.


Aren't these axolotl pins from Oh Jessica Jessica adorable? They're the next best thing to owning an actual axolotl. I've always wanted one!


This bug print breakfast tray from James Barker Draws is so cool.


This hedgehog tattoo by Lazer Liz is too cute for words.


I know I shared some of  True Fort's embroideries last week, but I just had to show you this beautiful cacti wall party piece. The detail is amazing.






New York based floral designer Lewis Miller has been creating floral arrangements all over Manhattan in a bid to create an emotional response in the gloomy metropolis, and it's wonderful.


Kaylah from The Dainty Squid has been making more awesome beach trash art. I love her rainbow arrangements; who knew trash could look so pretty?!


A puppy mill poodle who had spent her whole life locked in a cage in a basement until the mill was raided by America's humane society, finally gets a happy ending and a forever home. How anybody could look at that face, and treat her so cruelly is beyond me. Low life scum.


This set of affirmation art prints by The Wheat Field are so lovely.






Artist Vivien Szaniszlo portrays the feelings of ballet dance in her paintings to show how important passion is.







Filipino artist Patrick Cabral creates these stunning, intricate paper cut-outs of animals to raise awareness of endangered animals from all over the world. I think the pangolin has to be my favourite.

And this tattoo from Merry Morgan is spectacular.

Sunday Favourites





♥ ASOS backlash for listing UK size 10 as a 'large'. Do they not realise how damaging that can be to young impressionable girls who are constantly made to believe that being 'large' is wrong, and their bodies aren't good enough??







♥ Ian Brady letters: inside the mind of the Moors' murderer. I found this article really fascinating.


For daily favourites, check out my Pinterest and Tumblr accounts. You can also find all previous Sunday Favourites posts here.

Thanks for reading!

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Wednesday Wish List

This week, I have been lusting after...


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These colourful, cheerful hand-painted wooden brooches and necklaces from Layla Amber on Etsy.

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Lindy Bop have released another big batch of amaaazing dresses this week, and I'm particularly besotted with the twelve above. The wonderfully vibrant yellow skyline print Audrey swing dress {#2) is probably my ultimate favourite, closely followed by dresses  numbers 1. 3. 4, 7, and 8. I wish they'd all just get in my wardrobe now!


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Lady Vintage's latest releases are all drop dead gorgeous. The banana, bird city, and toucan prints are to die for! These are just a few of my current favourites; there are dozens of other beautiful frocks you should check out on the website if you like the ones I've shared above.


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These palm leaf bags from Skinny Dip look like the perfect Summer day bags.


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I love Vendula London's Sewing Shop collection, especially the Sewing Shop Box Bag (#5). The little hand-sewn details on each piece are too cute, and I love the duck egg blue and white colour scheme.


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I'm completely smitten with these stunning embroidered Isla maxi dresses from Boohoo Plus. I'm dying to get my hands on the poppy red version for my Summer wardrobe. It's so beautiful.


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I also really like these embroidered tees from Boohoo. I have a pinafore dress they'd go perfectly with.


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Scarlett & Jo have restocked their heart print Lollidot dresses, which I've been dying to get my hands on for about a year. The print and colours are so pretty, and of course, I love the shape of the dress, too. Fingers crossed I manage to acquire them both before they sell out this time.


ASOS Avocado Coin Purse

How cute is this avocado coin purse from ASOS?


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And these pineapple and flamingo keyring purses from Oasis are adorable. They look perfect for Summer, and for popping in to beach bags when you're soaking up some Summer sun on the sand.

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

What's on your wish list this week?

Monday, 15 May 2017

The World In Stitches Geometric Heart Cross Stitch

If you read my cross stitch posts, you might remember those colourful modern cross stitch kits from The World In Stitches that I was raving about around a month or so ago. I'd picked up four new kits- two mandalas, a geometric heart, and a geometric square made up of lots of little geometric squares, and couldn't wait to get started.

Well, I've already completed the two geometric kits, and I've got the first one to show you today. (Technically, it's the second one I made, but it's the first one I have ready to share).



If you hadn't already guessed, this is the geometric heart, which is without a doubt one of the most fun and colourful cross stitches I've ever made. It was also one of the most enjoyable, because I got to play with a whole rainbow of coloured threads- and you guys all know how much I love to play with colour!



It was an easy little project to stitch because the entire design is made up simple colour-blocked triangles, and just a handful of single stitches. Once I got used to the sequence, I barely even needed to refer to the chart as I went along, and I actually found the simplicity and repetition really therapeutic.



It took me just over a week to finish it by putting in an hour or two at a time, along with a couple of five or six hour stints where I sewed rainbow triangles for hours on end. If I'd stepped up my game and dedicated more time in each sitting, it could've easily been made in just a few days, so it's a great short-term project if you want to cross stitch something without months or years of commitment.

I'm so pleased with how well my attempt turned out. I  love the end result,and how bold and colourful it is; it's so different to anything I've ever made before, and I definitely need to make more designs like it in the future. I still need to get it framed, but it's going to look great on the wall when I do, brightening up the room with that explosion of colour.





The kit includes almost everything you need to make the geometric heart- thick 14 count white aida, beautiful pre-sorted DMC threads, a needle, a colourful and easy to follow chart printed on thick, good quality paper, an image of what the completed cross stitch will look like, and even a beginner's guide to cross stitching to help you get started. You'll just need to get your hands on an embroidery hoop, embroidery scissors, and something to cross the chart off with as you go along. The entire kit is fantastic quality down to the paper the information is printed on, and I'm personally impressed given it's small price tag of just £8.49. It's amazing value for money!



If you're thinking of giving this cross stitch kit a go, I honestly couldn't recommend it to you more. It's perfect for beginners and pros alike, and the pattern is even simple enough for anyone who has never cross stitched a stitch before in their life to follow easily. I promise you'll quickly get the hang of it, and you'll enjoy making it!

You can find the geometric heart cross stitch kit over on The World In Stitches' Amazon and Etsy stores, along with lots of other gorgeous cross stitch kits and patterns.

I'll be back to show you the finished geometric squares cross stitch really soon.

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