Thursday, 29 November 2012

DIY: concertina fan decorations

Concertina fan decorations
I'm a bit of a fiend when it comes to stationery. I actually have to stop myself from buying endless stacks of notebooks and letter writing sets - but I just couldn't help myself when I spotted this gorgeous Lisa Stickley flatwrap at TK Maxx. It's been tucked down the side of my wardrobe for a good few weeks now and last night I finally got around to using it.

These DIY concertina fan decorations were so easy to make - all you need to do is cut a couple of squares out, fold them up, glue them together and hang them evenly on a piece of thread. Looks great with this upcycled mirror, don't you think?

Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Gift inspiration: Ginger Pickle prints

Avada Ked...av...ra... No, that's not right...
Oculus Reparo print image (c) Ginger Pickle
I am in love with the prints and stationery on Ginger Pickle. The cute and quirky website is a new one on my radar and is full of all the loveliness that I imagine has fallen right out of Zooey Deschanel's brain.

I hate to mention the impending festive season so soon (I haven't even seen the Coca-Cola advert yet so technically it's not even happening for me) but if you're looking for some kitschy stocking fillers for that special bespectacled person, give GP a try.

Monday, 26 November 2012

Wedge wellies: hot or not?

Some brands just so inherently and wonderfully embrace the great British countryside. Mulberry, Barbour, Burberry, they all remind me of strolling through the woods with a large Labrador at my side, on my way to a jolly good picnic. I say 'remind', I actually mean dream. First of all, because nobody in Wales ever dresses like that and secondly because my countryside walks usually end up like this scene from the Vicar of Dibley.

Image from
Anyway, all that being said, such British brands, you would think, have an idea of the British weather and how to cope with it. So why, oh why, oh why have Hunter jumped on the totally impractical footwear bandwagon with these heeled wellies? Yes, Darcey Bussell looks like a good old sport strolling along in them, but I imagine she can afford someone to remove all the mud, stones and tree roots from her own private path through the forest.

Fulbrooke Tall, £125, Hunter; Red Wedge Welly, £24.99;  
Pink and black Wedge Welly, £16.34, both M and M Direct
What do you think? Will you be rocking a welly wedge anytime soon?

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

A toast to early mornings

Toast plate, £100, CharlotteMei
This week I have not wanted to get out of bed. I mean in a full on stroppy five year old kind of way: testing my cough to see if a sore throat has arrived; making sure I haven't broken any bones in my sleep; thinking up any and every possible excuse just to stay all snuggled and warm.

I'm pretty sure, however, if I had this little wonder to eat my breakie off, my morning routine wouldn't so much of a struggle. How can you be grumpy with such a cute face looking back up at you?

Monday, 19 November 2012

Bargain of the week: CÉLINE style printed top at River Island

CÉLINE Printed t-shirt; Mon Cheri t-shirt, £15, River Island
Ah, CÉLINE. Probably the only label I'd break my rule on wearing brand names across my chest for. Except this time, I'm still not actually going to do that, what with this lovely tee being *slightly* out of my price range.

Instead, I've hunted down this cute Mon Cheri top from River Island. Still oversized, still French(ish) and bearing all the hallmarks of a well aimed homage to the fashion powerhouse.

Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Statement pull-overs that pop!

A guest post from Matches fashion.

3.1 Phillip Lim Ka-Pow print sweater, £390, all Matches Fashion

Bleak as it is once the long winter nights start to draw in, even the sun worshippers amongst us have to admit to getting slightly excited at the thought of cosying up in a woolly jumper and woolly socks with a big mug of something warming.

I’ve built up quite a collection of knits over the years. My jumper stash has become a mix of everything from animal prints, prints of animals, cropped ones, slouchy ones… I even have a chunky calf length polo neck picked up during a mid-winter trip to Siberia (I kid you not) and, the pièce de résistance, a vintage liquorice allsorts patterned jumper from the 80s.

So as you can imagine, this season’s trend for statement pull overs has been like a dream come true for me! Not only does it mean I can wear my loudest of jumpers and be right on trend; it is a great opportunity to pick up some new beauties. Some of my favourites are the cartoon and pop-art inspired ones. Granted most of these from Matches Fashion are only wish-list material but it’s better than dreaming about next summer already!

Tuesday, 13 November 2012

Add a bit of glitter to your barnet

There's a chill in the air and frost is creeping across the ground; winter is very nearly here so take the chance to show off a hint of your own sparkle with one of these glittery wonders.

1Etoile hairclip, £27, Boticca
4. Kylie crystal hairclip, £15, Coast 

Monday, 12 November 2012

Bargain of the week: £10 Oasis gift card for £1

This is a very last minute bargain but totally worth rushing out for. Look magazine (12 November 2012 issue) has the most amazing free gift: a no strings attached £10 Oasis gift card. All you have to do is pick up a copy of the magazine and you can put the credit towards any full price item - except jewellery - before 18 November.

Even better, Look is just £1 in Tesco at the moment so essentially you're increasing your investment ten times. Smart shopping or what!

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Latest in Beauty's advent calendar

Latest in Beauty advent calendar
All I want for Christmas is this beauty advent calendar. Sure, it's well over a month to go (and I don't know about you, but I'm actually still recovering from Halloween), but this is has to be the best way to count down to the big day.

You get 24 treats worth over £210 for just £59.95 in this Latest in Beauty box. Although if you don't fancy such a big splurge, take a look at their little beauty boxes - at £1.50 for 3 samples, you can't go wrong! Read my review from earlier this year here.
Contents may vary of course but you are quite likely to find these tucked behind the calendar doors: Jo Hansford Intensive Masque (40ml), Nicky Clarke Instant Calmer (30ml), Bioeffect EGF Serum (3ml), Balm Balm Organic Lip Balm (7ml), Perricone MD No Foundation Foundation (7.5ml), Philosophy 3-in-1 Cleanser (30ml) or Daily Facial Wash (30ml), the Vintage Cosmetic Company Eyelash Curler, Steamcream Moisturiser (75g; designs vary), Aromatherapy Associates Revive Bath & Shower Oil (3ml), Eve Lom Rescue Mask (15ml), Balance Me Radiance Face Oil (10ml), St. Tropez Instant Glow Body Lotion (50ml), Trilogy Rosehip Oil Antioxidant+ (2.5ml), Espa Lift & Firm Moisturiser (7ml) and Lift & Firm Intensive Eye Serum (3ml), Yardley Refreshing Body Spray (75ml – fragrances vary), Mavala Rouge Rubis Nail Varnish (5ml), Benefit They’re Real! Mascara (3g), L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream (10ml), Richard Ward Volumiser Root Booster (50ml), Dermalogica Favourites Pack (7ml, 7ml, sachet, 5ml), Bellápierre Eye Shadow (2.35g), Mirenesse Lip Lift Moisture Shine (1.5g), Mont Bleu Crystal Nail File (90mm) and AS London Candle.
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