Wednesday, 18 September 2019

Wednesday Wish List

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

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Tatty Devine have added some amazing new pieces this week. I'm loving the toadstools, dormice, and cat designs, but especially the toadstool brooch. I only wish their jewellery was a little cheaper so I could afford them.

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Lady Vintage have just released this year's Halloween collection, and the designs are all really fun. My favourite is the Lobotomy print (#3), but it's only available as an Elsie dress so far, and I think it'll be more figure-hugging than I'm comfortable with. I prefer and feel most comfortable in a flared skirt. (Who's with me??) I'd love to treat myself to a Lyra or Hepburn design for fright night, though, as all the designs are amazing.

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I'm also completely smitten with these two floral numbers from Lady Vintage. The red Carmine floral Lyra dress is particularly stunning, and would be perfect for autumn and winter. So tempted... yet so skint...

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The shops are already beginning to fill with this year's beauty Advent calendars, and I've already got my eyes peeled for the perfect calendar to see me through December. I like to get one to enjoy every Christmas, and at the moment, I'm loving the look of the Body Shop calendars. There are three catering to different budgets from £45 to £99, and they're all filled with a variety of Body Shop products. I had one of their calendars four or five Christmases ago, and it was a lovely treat, and so worth the money. I'm definitely tempted to go with one again this year, but I'm going to wait and see what the nail polish brands have to offer before I make a decision. Has anyone found any photos of the Ciaté or OPI calendars yet?

The Body Shop's Christmas range has also started trickling through online, and I love the sound of the new festive fragrance, Rich Plum. I'd love to get a few products to try before it goes. I'm also hoping the Peppermint Candy Cane range will make a return because it smelt so damn good.

I'll admit I'm not the biggest fan of Kawaii, but Pusheen is cute, and this aqua-coloured shoulder bag from Difuzed is even cuter. I want it!

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Lindy Bop have got an incredible range of Halloween print shirt and tea dresses this season, as well as some stunning autumnal designs. I'm crushing hard on the burgundy textured polka tea dress (so beautiful!) and mustard skeleton toile tea dress, but if they could all magically appear in my wardrobe, that would be wonderful. I know I'd wear them all to death this Halloween.

And last but not least... I wish this t-shirt came in my size! I was obsessed with this cartoon when I was little. I think I even had it on video. (Yep, video; not DVD). Who else remembers this programme? Please tell me I'm not the only one?!

If you'd like to see more of the fashion and beauty 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?

Monday, 16 September 2019

Turning Thirty-Four and What I Got For My Birthday

I know you wouldn't think it by looking at my youthful, wrinkle-free face 😉, but back in July, I turned thirty-four. 

How the hell did that happen?! I'd swear I was eighteen two minutes ago. Can someone slow time down a bit, please?

I thought turning thirty-four and easing from my early-thirties to my mid-thirties with very little to show for my life was going to feel horrible, but for the first time in my adult life, I found I didn't care about becoming a year older. It didn't linger on my mind nor did I lose any sleep over it, like I have done over birthdays in the past. I actually felt okay with it. I guess I've finally learned to accept the passing of time, and the fact that my life is probably never going to be like everyone elses or the one I hoped for myself before I got sick. I'm just doing my best to accept my life for what it is, and trying to live it one day at a time without focusing on achieving certain things by certain times, and making myself feel like shit when I don't. I have to say, it's liberating to take the pressure off yourself and go with the flow. 

Thirty-four hasn't been any different to thirty-three so far. It's been mostly boring and uneventful, but my birthday was lovely. Quiet, but lovely. I know it was ages ago now, but I'm behind with my blog posts (again) and I wanted to document a few photos from it, and also show you what my family gave me for my birthday.

On my birthday, I awoke to presents from my parents, and spent late morning to mid-afternoon wandering around The Cotswold Wildlife Park with my Mum. It's only a few miles down the road from where I live, so I've spent so many birthdays there over the years. It's sort of become a tradition. Since I've been ill and housebound, I've found myself craving the outdoors and appreciating nature more and more, and since I hadn't left the house in almost a month by this point, a birthday trip to the zoo was exactly what I needed. As an introvert, I'm not really one for parties or wild nights out, but a few hours surrounded by animals is right up my street.

I'm not going to go in to the visit as I've blogged about my trips to The Cotswold Wildlife Park so many times over the years (here, here, here and here), but we had a lovely few hours at the wildlife park enjoying the animals and plants, and these are some of the best photos I took.

The rest of my birthday was spent quietly at home recovering and resting because I was worn out from wandering around the zoo. My Mum put together a buffet birthday tea for me with plenty of tasty snacks from M&S and a Patisserie Valerie chocolate cake, which we ate while watching Mamma Mia on Netflix. 

My parents had a Patisserie Valerie celebration cake custom made for me, and it was one of the most delicious cakes I've ever eaten. I can only remember having one other birthday cake that wasn't homemade or from a supermarket in my life, so it was a real treat. It was a chocolate sponge with layers of Chantilly cream and chocolate cream mixed with fresh raspberries and strawberries, with chocolate cream icing, strawberries and red currants on top, and chocolate curls around the sides. It was amazing! The celebration cakes are expensive, but they're so good I think they're totally worth it for a special treat.

Along with cake, I was also spoiled with presents from my family.

My parents gave me some money which I naturally spent on a couple of Erstwilder Endangered Animals brooches, which conveniently went on sale on my birthday. I also pooled my birthday money from my Nana and Aunties together, so I bought six brooches altogether from the collection. I just couldn't help myself... I bought the kakapo parrot, blue whales, bilby, tarsier, pangolin, and red panda brooches, which I recently blogged about, and you can read my full review of them here.

I also received a big box of Lindor chocolates from the parents, and a set of Sophie Conran Port Meirion Colour Pop pasta bowls to add to my collection (not pictured as I can't get down to the kitchen to get them to photograph, but these ones. Mum found them in the outlet village in Swindon for half the price). I've been slowly collecting the range piece by piece over the last year and a half as it's expensive, but I love the pretty pastel designs and the quality is fantastic, so I think it's worth the investment. I'm already planning a lifetime of colourful tablescapes for special occasions in my head! 

My younger sister, Sarah, gave me two awesome novelty bags from Truffle Shuffle- a Harry Potter Hogwarts letter clutch, and a Moomin house cross body bag. The Moomins was one of my favourite programmes growing up so it's basically the best bag ever. I will try to do a separate post to review and give you a closer look of them both soon.

A week or two after my birthday, I received a parcel of presents wrapped in Care Bear wrapping paper and colourful tissue paper in the post from my other sister, Marie, and brother-in-law, Steve They gave me the most random assortment of presents I think I've ever gotten.

I got a gorgeous Drop Caps edition of Five Children and It by E. Nesbit. It has a beautiful teal cover with teal edged pages and it's even illustrated. It's definitely my favourite gift they gave me this year. When we were kids in the early nineties, we loved watching a BBC Sunday teatime drama of the same name, but I never realised it was based on a book until I received it (or if I did, I've forgotten). I can't wait to read it.

They also gave me a flamingo cross stitch kit from Riverdrift House, a couple of cute magnetic needle minders (one is a flamingo design, the other is layered with cakes), and a pink polka dot Q Snap needlework frame. I've never tried one of these square plastic frames before, but it holds tension so much better than the wooden embroidery hoops I've always favoured, and it's actually kinder to my arthritic hands, too, as it's bigger and holding it scrunches up my hands less. If you embroider or cross stitch, I would 100% recommend you get your hands on one. You'll never want to use an embroidery hoop again.

My other presents included a couple of bags of fudge-flavoured chocolates, an adult colouring book, and some Crayola crayons and coloured pencils. Yes, you read that correctly; my 40 year old sister gave me a box of crayons for my 34th birthday... You'd better believe I thought this was hilarious and amazing, and that I've totally began using them to colour like a five year old! I regret nothing.

Thanks again to my family for the lovely presents! I love them, and they're very much appreciated.

Well, that was my birthday this year...

How did you celebrate your last birthday?

Sunday, 15 September 2019

Sunday Favourites #385

It's been a couple of weeks, but I'm back with a brand new batch of Sunday Favourites for you guys... Enjoy!

I love this art print from Kayley Camus Designs.

This splatter cake from Club Crafted looks so pretty.

Kate Gabrielle has created the cutest retro stickers and used them to give her kitchen canisters a vintage look

This DIY woven cane latch hook wall hanging from A Kailo Chic Life would be so fun to make on those cosy dark evenings at home snuggled up on the sofa in front of Netflix.

I love Oh Happy Day's amazing rainbow faux flower centrepiece so much.

I want to make this DIY faux latch hook pillow from A Kailo Chic Life just so I can stroke it when it's finished. It looks so tactile.

I'd love to make Oh Joy's stylish DIY living wall display for my home.

Another one from A Kailo Chic Life... this time a reveal of their pretty new studio. I love how colourful their space is!

I don't care if these are aimed at kids- these hopscotch cookie treats from Handmade Charlotte as too damn cute not to share.

Handmade Charlotte also show you how to paint your own faux collars and they're adorable.

This colourful snake tattoo by Zihee Tattoo is so gorgeous. I really want a snake tattoo now.

I'd love to have a go at this painted buttercream cake from Kate Sabbath. I suck at cake decorating but this one looks like it would be a lot of fun to attempt.

A stunning lion tattoo by the genius that is Sasha Unisex.

And finally, some amazing giant inflatable rainbow spheres by Elsa Tomkowiak residing on Lake Annecy in France. I'd have loved to have seen these.

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

Thanks for reading! Have a great day!

Any favourites this week?

Wednesday, 11 September 2019

Wednesday Wish List

Hey guys,

I'm sorry it's been so quiet on the blog lately. My laptop broke after taking an impromptu trip to the floor (it slipped off a low table and broke the screen), and I had to send it off to get repaired. I finally got it back a few days ago, and it seems to be in full working order again now, so I'm ready to start catching up and get back in the blogging game. 

Naturally, as it's Wednesday, I'm going to kick things off with a brand new Wednesday Wish List. It feels like forever since I last put one together, but it's only been a couple of weeks.

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I'm loving this colourful venn diagram jewellery collection from Tatty Devine, especially the two incredible statement necklaces. They make my colouring-loving soul happy.

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Yesterday morning, Erstwilder released the first of two Halloween collections for 2019 called Out of the Shadows, and I am obsessed. I love the retro, kitschy style of the designs. I think it's their best Halloween range to date. I particularly love the Patch the Pumpkin (#1), Raven Mad (#14), and Take a Bite (#4) brooches, but I could happily snap up the whole collection. Sadly, I'm poor and can't afford to splurge this time, but I did treat myself to Patch the Pumpkin because I had to have it. Look how cute it is! It'll be the very first Halloween brooch in my collection... but hopefully not the last.

I've linked to my favourite UK stockist, Glitterally, above, but you can shop the range direct from Erstwilder in Australia here, and find more stockists around the world here.

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To coincide with Out of the Shadows, Erstwilder also launched some Halloween Essentials; a range of stud earrings to compliment their Halloween designs. I think they're absolutely gorgeous. The crescent moons come in a variety of other colours and finishes including black and silver, but my heart belongs to the yellow and orange pairs. Even though I bought ten or twelve pairs from the last Essentials collection a couple of months ago (blog post coming soon), I had to add a couple more to my collection, and went for the marbled orange circles (#8), and the marbled yellow crescent moon studs (#2). I can't wait for them to get here!

The Heartbreaker eyeshadow palette from Sugarpill is the eyeshadow palette dreams are made of. Those colours! *Insert heart eyes here.*

Dolly Dimple Design Puffin Brooch

This acrylic puffin brooch from Dolly Dimple looks spectacular. The best part is, for every puffin brooch purchased, Dolly Dimple will donate £2 to the Scottish Wildlife Trust to help conserve puffins, so it's a good excuse to treat yourself, right?

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Lindy Bop have done it again with these gorgeous Bletchley shirt dresses. I'd happily wear them both to death this autumn / winter.

Cakeworthy Hocus Pocus Winifred Shirt

And last but not least, I love this Hocus Pocus shirt from Cakeworthy. The most surprising thing is, it goes up to a 4XL!! Truffle Shuffle have sadly sold out of most sizes now (hopefully they'll restock it), but it's still available in larger sizes from the American Shop Disney site here.

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

What's on your wish list this week?
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