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?

Sunday, 25 August 2019

Sunday Favourites #384

Who's ready for some Sunday Favourites?

A Kailo Chic Life's DIY felt fruit drink stirrers are so darn cute.

We may be enjoying a summer heatwave in England this weekend, but there's no denying autumn is on the way. Damask Love are already looking ahead and have shared an easy pom pom fall centrepiece DIY in the prettiest autumn colours.

Not everyone will get it or you and that's okay. Artwork by Emily Cox Head.

The Sprinkle Factory can show you how to make these beautiful rose cookies from a candy corn cookie cutter.

Maritza Lisa can teach you how to make these lovely monstera earrings- without tools!

I love the look of these DIY 80s-inspired geometric splatter paint earrings from Club Crafted.

These New York, London, and Paris cross stitch patterns from Satsuma Street are too cute.

If you're looking for a different, easy, and colourful way to display your plants, check out A Kailo Chic Life's DIY colour blocked tall planters.

New Look have the cutest little planters at the moment. (Flamingo // koala // sloth). I wonder how easy it would be to remove the fake plants and gravel so I could use them for real plants?

I love Club Crafted's customised rainbow rickrack dress. I want to try this!

These object arrangements by Adam Hillman of Witenry are so satisfying to look at.

Cats in hats made from their own shed fur.

And last but not least, I'd love to have a go at this unique colour blocked thread wreath from The House That Lars Built.

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 for similar inspiration.

Thanks for reading! I hope you have a great Bank Holiday weekend!

Any favourites this week?

Friday, 23 August 2019

Erstwilder Endangered Animals Brooches

Last month, Erstwilder, my favourite Australian jewellery brand, launched their amazing Endangered Animals collection, a fifteen piece collection of necklaces, brooches, and earrings featuring designs of some of the world's most vulnerable species. There are blue whales and bilbies, pangolins and penguins, tarsiers and tree frogs, and so much more.

Being both an Erstwilder jewellery addict and a huge animal lover, I could not have been more excited about this collection, and I found myself coveting the whole collection before it was even released. As luck would have it, the range launched on the morning of my birthday, so I was able to buy four brooches with my birthday money, and also treated myself to two more because, hey, it was my birthday and it would've been rude not to, right?! Right!

My brooches arrived a few days later and I sure wasn't disappointed. The designs are all amazing! I've been wearing them to death since I got them, so I think it's about time I gave you a peek at them all 'cause I know you'll love them as much as I do.

First up is Benevolent Behemoths, a mama blue whale swimming with her calf. I've always been fascinated by whales and didn't have a whale brooch in my collection, so I just had to have this adorable brooch in my life. The whales have been made from the most beautiful blue and turquoise marbled resins that remind me of the ocean on a sunny day, with shiny resins in contrasting shades of blue and teal layered underneath to create their bottom jaws. They're a stunning pair, and definitely one of my favourites of the six. It'll be perfect for wearing on trips to the seaside or with nautical-themed outfits.

Did you know: Blue whales are the largest known animals to have ever lived, and their tongues weigh as much as an African elephant.
Plight: There are only 10,000-25,000 blue whales left in the world.

Next up is a bilby brooch called Bouncy Burrow Dweller. If you're not familiar with bilbies, a bilby is a desert-dwelling marsupial and species of bandicoot from Australia which basically looks like a rabbit-eared opossum crossed with a chinchilla. It sounds weird, but they're oh so cute! (Google it!) I was thrilled to see a bilby brooch in the collection as I'd missed out on the previous designs, and I wasn't disappointed. This brooch is adorable! This cute little critter has been made from marbled grey resin which shimmers in the sunlight, with darker grey and white resins for its tail, and pale pink bubble resin finishing its ears and nose. I think they've captured the bilby perfectly, but it's a piece that will definitely keep most people trying to guess what it is.

Did you know: A bilby's pouch faces backwards to prevent dirt from getting in while they're digging.
Plight: There are only an estimated 600-700 bilbies left in the world.

My favourite from the collection is probably Kakapo on Show; a kakapo parrot brooch. The kakapo- or owl-parrot- is a flightless, nocturnal parrot native to New Zealand with yellow-green feathers, and a cute, round, almost owl-like face. Erstwilder have made their kakapo out of the most amazing lime green pearlescent resin streaked with black, plus textured brown and off-white resins for its face and feet, and a pale grey bubble resin for its beak. It's so beautiful and has so much character. I can't stop wearing him!

Did you know: Kakapos are the world's only flightless parrots, and they're one of the longest-living birds with an average lifespan of 95-125 years.
Plight: Sadly there are just 142 kakapos remaining on Earth.

One of my favourite animals is the pangolin, so I was so excited to see Erstwilder had included a pangolin brooch in the collection. (Although, you couldn't have an Endangered Animals collection without the world's most trafficked animal). Their Roly Poly Pangolin brooch is a dainty piece made from just two layers of resin. The bottom, making up its face and feet, is a plain coffee-brown, and the top is a stunning caramel-coloured marbled resin, skillfully etched to give the little scaly anteater his scales. It's quite a simple design, but boy is he cute!

Did you know: While they look similar to anteaters and armadillos, pangolins are more closely related to bears, cats and dogs!
Plight: Pangolins are the world's most trafficked mammals, with tens of thousands poached every year for their scales and meat. Of the eight pangolin species, four are critically endangered, and four vulnerable.

Up next is the Eyes Wide Open tarsier brooch. For those of you who aren't familiar with this little critter, a tarsier is a tiny primate with huge round eyes- very similar to a bush baby. I couldn't resist Erstwilder's derpy-looking take on a tarsier- it's ridiculously cute. It's been crafted from shimmery grey marbled resin, and also has a caramel-coloured marbled face, big glittery silver eyes, and burnt-orange coloured bubble resin ears and feet. The little guy is also holding on to a green stalk made of shiny textured resin. He's probably my least favourite of the six I purchased, but I still think he's utterly adorable.

Did you know: Tarsiers have the largest eyes (in relation to body size) of all mammals, and each eye is heavier than their brains.
Plight: There are eighteen sub-species of tarsiers in the world, and they're all endangered. 

My final purchase and undeniably one of the cutest pieces in the collection, was the Lesser Rusty Red Panda brooch. I love red pandas and have never seen a red panda brooch before, so I couldn't resist snapping this little guy up with some birthday money from my Nana. Rusty Red is made from the most amazing vibrant red marbled resin, with a swirling textured white pearlescent resin for its ears and facial features, and black hand-painted details finishing his face. Oddly, my favourite part is the back which is marbled in swirls of red, orange, and pink... which I forgot to take a photo of. The design is so striking, especially worn against black, and I can't stop wearing it! It's amazing.

Did you know: The red panda isn't actually related to the giant panda, but in a class of its own. It has an extended wrist bone with a sixth digit, or false thumb, which helps them to grip branches and eat bamboo, their favourite food.
Plight: There are only around 10,000 red pandas left.

Overall, I'm really impressed with the Endangered Animals collection, and love all of the pieces I chose. I've worn them all so much already. A few designs have sold out already, but most pieces are still available. You can shop the collection with Erstwilder here, but if you're outside Australia, you can find a list of stockists around the world here. There are loads of places to shop for Erstwilder in the UK. I've shop between several of them, but would particularly recommend Glitterally and Lottie & Lu.

Have you bought anything from the Endangered Animals collection yet? Which pieces do you like best?

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