Saturday, 1 October 2016

September Favourites 2016

It's been a while since my last monthly favourites post because I'm just that useless, so I've combined my favourite things from over the last few months for today's post.

These are some of the things I've been enjoying lately...


I have a real weakness for fun novelty brooches, so I couldn't resist treating myself to this cute resin owl brooch from Cath Kidston a month or two back. In fact, I had to buy it the moment I first saw it. In all honesty, I got bored of the owl trend a few years ago, but I think this little guy is adorable, and it's the perfect finishing touch for Autumn outfits. He's really study and well made, and the best part is he was only £8! (Psst! I blogged about him in more detail here).


I know I've not blogged any outfit photos in forever (sadly, I've not been physically up to it in forever), but that doesn't mean I haven't acquired a new dress or two lately. One of my favourite new additions has to be the Brittany blue lipstick and lips print swing dress from Lindy Bop; it's one of the most beautiful dresses I've ever seen or owned. Along with that amazing print it has the sweetest little love heart pockets (yes, it has pockets!), short sleeves, a heart cut-out to the back, and a big flared skirt. Every last detail is perfect. The fit is quite generous, so I'd recommend sizing down if you choose to buy one, but I can promise you, it's well worth a purchase.


Being unable to leave the house much this year, I haven't had much opportunity to wear make up (it seems pointless putting on my face for bed rest), so I've only recently started trying out the Urban Decay Vice 4 eyeshadow palette I got last Christmas... and I adore it! I'm not sure why I'm including this set since it was a limited edition set and it's no longer available to buy, but the colours are so pretty and the shadows so high-quality that I felt it deserved a quick mention. It has an amazing variety of colours, and I love that it has a mixture of brights and neutrals. Of course, the bright shadows are my favourites- especially that amazing emerald green shade 'grasshopper', which I'm rather obsessed with. (Green eye make up is my favourite). I personally think these are some of the best colourful eyeshadows out there. The colour pay off is incredible, they're long lasting, blendable, and feel velvety-soft on my skin. They're perfect in my eyes. Step aside from the Naked range, and try some of Urban Decay's colourful make up, too- I promise you won't regret it!

I've been working my way through the new nail polishes I gained over the Summer, and I've already managed to wear each polish more than once. I have to say, I bloody love all of them! Both brands of nail polish are fast-drying, glide on wonderfully, and remain chip-free for at least a couple of days. The Mavala nail colours tend to be chip-resistant for a little longer than the Sally Hansen polishes, but they're both great quality formulas. Every shade is beautiful, too. The Sally Hansen Salon Manicure polishes featured above are Frutti Petutie, Aria Red-y?, and New Flame, and the Mavala polishes were all from the Shades Of Summer set, which includes Madrid, Sunset Orange, Nice, Osaka, and Bangkok. As I'm sure you can tell, I love wearing reds, oranges, corals, and dark pinks on my nails! 



As usual, I've been busy cross-stitching away, and after finishing my Home Sweet Home sampler in August, I began working on this very colourful patchwork Christmas kit from Riverdrift House. It's been really fun to work on so far, and it's so easy to follow as the entire design is colour-blocked in simple patterns. It's bigger than it looks, though, and the largest I've attempted, but I'm hoping I'll manage to get it finished in time for Christmas. Fingers crossed! 5/8ths down, 3/8ths to go!


I haven't watched a huge amount of new films or TV shows lately, but I've been enjoying Containment, and loved watching The 5th Wave, 10 Cloverfield Lane, The Giver, and The Longest Ride for the first time. All such great films. I was most surprised by 10 Cloverfield Lane; it was so different to what I was expecting, and nothing like the first film at all, but I loved it. Although I'll never look at John Goodman in the same way again; dear God, he's terrifying in that movie!

I've read several books over the last month or so, although I'm ashamed to admit that three of them were Nicholas Sparks novels. I'm not usually one for soppy romance / chick-lit novels, and would generally rather stick pins in my eyes, but for some reason during an August heatwave, I had an urge to read something easy I could read in a day without thinking... and ended up reading three. I must have had heatstroke. Ahem. As romance novels go, The Lucky One, and The Rescue weren't too bad, but The Choice read like a sloppy teenage fan fic. Not necessarily a bad thing if you like that sort of thing, but his books really aren't for me. I did however thoroughly enjoy The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge, and The Quality of Silence by Rosamund Lupton- both great books I would highly recommend. I'm hoping to review them properly as soon as I get a spare second.

I'm now reading Wool by Hugh Howey, which has been on my to be read pile for years, and although I'm only a couple of chapters in, I'm loving it so far.


And last but by no means least, I've been enjoying working my way through the latest book in the Listography series; Spirit Listography: My Inner Self In Lists. Like the other Listography books, it's a fun creative writing book, packed full of listing prompts, with a full page beneath each one for compiling the list, and a pretty watercolour illustration on the adjacent page. As the name of the book suggests, the lists focus on topics about our inner selves; our minds, bodies, and souls; our thoughts, feelings, and beliefs, and what have you. The lists featured include: 'little things I love in life' to 'what I've learned from my mistakes', 'values that are most important to me' to 'what I would tell my teenage self'' and so many more. It has a really interesting range of prompts, that help to get you thinking about topics that are important to you, and ones you may never have given much thought to, and if you enjoy writing lists as much as I do, I think you'll love this book. I personally think it's fantastic. It's actually the seventh Listography book in my collection, but it's definitely one of my favourites, and I'll be reviewing it in more detail with plenty of photos really soon.

What have you been loving lately?

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Wednesday Wish List

This week I have my beady little eyes on...


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These long-sleeved Lyra dresses from Lady Vintage's Lady Voluptuous collection are so gorgeous.


Skinny Dip Rita Clutch Bag

This iridescent mock-croc clutch bag from Skinny Dip is really fun.


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Lindy Bop are still rolling out heaps of amazing new dresses and skirts, and they're all so pretty I could cry. Mostly because I don't have enough zeros on the end of my bank balance to afford a Lindy Bop spree. The prints on these new pieces are fantastic; there are flamingos, puffins, swimmers, lemons, florals, hearts, musical notes, cats and birdcages and even a couple of pieces that feature classic Alice in Wonderland prints! My favourites are the Clarissa swimmer print tea dress, the purple Ophelia Alice in Wonderland print swing dress, and the Juliet green puffin print tea dress- I adore the prints, the styles of the dresses, and the gorgeous colours of the fabrics.


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I love these fun swing dresses from Boohoo Plus. With the exception of the tartan number, they're perfect if you want to embrace the Halloween spirit but don't want to dress in fancy-dress.


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Dorothy Perkins have so many beautiful dresses right now. I'm smitten with more than just these nine.


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These two dresses from ASOS Curve tick all the right boxes. The smock dress must be mine.


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These brocade bags from ASOS are absolutely stunning. The fabric and prints are to die for.


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Aldo's blush lips clutch, and Monki's fox coin purse are adorable.


I love this ring from Wolf and Moon. The good news is, it has an adjustable band, so it should fit almost all fingers; even chubby ones like mine.


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And last but not least, I need one of these amazing mermaid blankets from Club L, so I can pretend I'm actually a mermaid. These must be the best blankets ever made! 

If you'd like to see more of the fashion pieces that catch my eye each week, check out my style wish list boards on Pinterest.

What's on your wish list this week?

Monday, 26 September 2016

My Favourite Things To Do In The Autumn

Just a quick one from me today, as I'm just back from a hospital appointment and am so shattered I can barely keep my eyes open. 

Now we're officially in Autumn, I thought it would be a good time to share a list of 50 of my favourite things to do in the Autumn, so that is exactly what I'm going to do.

1.  Go for long walks, preferably in the countryside.
2. Crunch through paths of fallen leaves.
3. Take photos of the colourful, pretty scenery.
4. Listen to the sound of the rain.
5. Curl up under cosy blankets, and read for hours.
6. Visit museums.
7. Explore cemeteries.
8. Buy new school supplies / stationery- even though I've not been a student in thirteen years!
9. Shop for new gloves, scarves, hats, and winter coats..
10. Watch fireworks pirouette across the night sky.
11. Go to bonfires.
12. Play with sparklers (responsibly, obviously!) like an overgrown child.
13. Wear ankle boots with everything.
14. Watch Halloween-themed films and scary movies.
15. Spend dark, cold, dreary days cross stitching.
16. Crunch over frost-covered grass. (Am I the only one who finds that satisfying??)
17. Carve pumpkins.
18. Spend free time at home crafting.
20. Paint my nails in gorgeous deep jewel tones.
21. Wear clothes and accessories in deep colours like burgundy, forest green, raspberry, plum, teal, mustard, rust, and emerald.
22. Eat comfort food.
23. Bake delicious food. 
24. Watch The Bake Off.
25. Take long hot bubble baths.
26. Write to my heart's content.
27. Take trips to the theatre to watch musicals.
28. Start lighting candles every evening again. (I don't tend to burn candles during the warmer seasons; I reserve them for those cosy cold, dark evenings in).
29. Go shopping for new Yankee Candles. (At this time of year, I love the ones that smell of baked goods).
30. Go blackberry picking.
31. Spend time walking around beautiful Oxford- it's so pretty in the Autumn.
32. Go for a walk in the rain, get soaked (on purpose), and come home to a hot shower, and comfy PJs.
33. Eat soup with freshly baked bread.
34. Get a fresh hair cut- new season, new me.
35. Start preparing for Christmas.
36. Have pamper evenings- face masks, mani pedis, delicious food, a few drinks, the works.
37. Make blackberry and apple crumbles, and apple pies.
38. Breathe in the smell of bonfires and wood fires.
39. Barricade the windows and doors to keep out daddy-long-legs'. (Failing that, just burn the house down!)
40. Prise conkers out of their green, thorny pods.
41. Drink hot mugs of cocoa.
42, Have movie marathons in my PJs, wrapped up warm like a burrito under cosy blankets.
43. Learn something new.
44. Take random drives in the country. (The Cotswolds, which I live just on the edge of, are picture postcard pretty during the Autumn, so random drives are always gorgeous at this time of year).
45. Go to a farmer's market.
46. Spend time outdoors.
47. Watch a scary movie at the cinema- the suspense and scare factor is always more intense.
48. Dig out my sketch book and art supplies and spend time drawing and painting.
49. Lie back and look up at the stars, while wrapped up warm.
50. Go to a zoo or wildlife park.

What are your favourite things to do during the Autumn?

Sunday, 25 September 2016

Sunday Favourites #205

It's that time of the week again...


Everybody needs some bat-shaped balloons in their life. I never do much for Halloween, but I know I need these.




I love these beautiful nature portraits by Sister Golden. 

These double chocolate waffles look amazing.


I love this photograph showing two very different, but equally breathtaking, sides of New York City. 




I want all of the candles from Grave Digger Candles. I might need a spine or two- you know, since I have problems with my spine, an' all.


This! And this applies to both mental and physical pain.


I love this pool girls clutch from Lizzie Fortunato.





Archaeologist, Essence of Ash, decorates mandalas on animal skulls with gold ink to honour the fallen animals, and the result is beautiful.





Silly Old Sea Dog's 'Glow in the Dark' and 'Bats' Halloween dresses are to die for, and they come in both straight and plus sizes, too!














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