Birthday Gifts

I know my birthday was weeks ago (3 weeks and 2 days to be precise, the day the future king was born!) but I still had some birthday money to spend and today was my lucky day! I was having a browse in the Barbour outlet with husband, I made a bee-line for the bag and spotted this pretty print, It turned out it was by William Morris! I first encountered William Morris and the Arts and Craft movement as a design student many moons ago. I was a little undecided about it as there was another style with a plaid print, it was a classic piece. Husband said to put back the William Morris bag and to have another browse before deciding! That instantly made up my mind, I couldn’t let go of the William Morris bag, it was the last one, what if someone decides to buy it!

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Although my one is probably last season you can still get a William Morris print in their current collection here.

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The bag has adjustable straps.

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Pairing it with a vintage brown coat blazer (another birthday gift from my sisters).

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Here is a picture of my birthday goodies I received on the day!

First cycle ride of the year!

We woke up early today and decided a picnic by the sea would be nice! But first we had to do a food shop so we could buy some treats for our picnic. I wanted to wear my new dress I bought from ASOS with my birthday money. This was just one of the dresses, it’s cute grey jersey with black velvet/velour polka dots. It’s a little bit tight but I hope to lose some more weight (wishful thinking!).

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I also got a maxi dress and skirt, a sparkling pink luggage tag and a sunglasses chain! I love the chain, it looks great with my new retro style sunnies my friend bought me whilst I was in Asia. The chain has little spikes along it, I’m not usually a fan of spikes or studs but I felt it made the chain less boring and granny!

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We cycled along a new route and passed some gorgeous countryside and sea views.

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A Day In The Sun

It was so nice to have a bit of sunshine today, it makes everything that much better! I had a leisurely morning of breakfast in bed (croissant and tea), brought to me by husband to wake me up! It’s hard to get me out of bed so the best thing to do is to bring food!
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The rest of the afternoon was filled with more food, husband made me lunch which consisted of things that needed eating up. I thought I’d eat outside today with the sun, it was really relaxing and eventually made me rather sleepy! I imagine that’s what holidays in the sun/beach are like, I’ve never been on that kind, I’m more of a city/foodie breaks girl!
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Lunch was followed by a plate of very ripe strawberries and extra thick cream!

After lunch we headed to B&Q as they have a bank holiday 3 for 2 offer on all plants and I was keen to get more vegetable plants. I never usually go to B&Q as it’s more expensive and less to choose from than the nursery I usually go to. The offer ends tonight so we decided it was worth a look and low and behold I got all of the below for around £6! The poppy was looking sad, it was on sale for 50p, I love poppies so rescued it to try and make healthy again! All in all a fun and thrifty day out, the check-out girl was friendly and even complimented on my neon orange nails!20130527-174957.jpg

My outfit today:
Outfit May

May

Wow it’s nearly been a month since my last post! I’ve had a really busy month at work which means I’m usually knackered by the time I get home, so the last thing I want to do it use my brain a write a post. I really wish I have the energy to post regularly, I’m going to try to at least blog once a week… We will see how that goes!

Ok so lets see what I got up to in the month of May:

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I’ve been helping my friend with her wedding photography business, she’s based in Taiwan and I’m helping her promote it in the UK as a pre-wedding destination for engagement photos. It’s really popular for the Chinese to take a load of pictures before hand and Taiwan is a go to destination for it as it boasts a variety of amazing scenery. It’s also great as it has delicious street food too! I’m hoping to visit her in December. Do check out the Facebook page for more pictures and information, oh and I’d be most grateful if you like the page too! 😘😞

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I’ve been hanging out with Ziggy and taking pictures of him being cute!

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There’s been a lot of murals graffiti style dotted around the city, I like this one of a fox and birds.

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I’ve been obsessed with cute socks lately, I’m still not over it and on the lookout for more!!

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Talking about obsessions, I’m also into these way too much! We got one last Saturday and I was hooked, we went back to the supermarket yesterday and I bought 3 bars! Lol

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Last Sunday we went out with the family for lunch at Bill’s, everything I ordered was great, apart from the banoffee pie, so I’ve shown you in the picture above the dessert I should have ordered, creme brûlée!

Posing Hasbeen!

After being inspired by a twitter friend, Vicky from The Owl and Accordion I decided to try my luck and enter the Style-Is competition. To enter you have to take a photo of yourself in an outfit that is either sustainable, vintage, second hand, upcycled or something made locally. In return you could win £100 of vouchers to spend in Spartoo, a footwear company.

I knew I’d be able to come up with something as I tend to shop a lot in charity shops and vintage stores, plus I make my own things when I have the time. I did however have a hard time in deciding what to wear, but I knew I wanted to pose in my new Hasbeens, so the task was to dress around them! I was originally going to wear my charity shop vintage M&S faux fur-coat on top of the dress but I decided against it. Although the fur would not be out of place considering the chilly weather we’ve been having, I wanted a spring look, so chose an old jacket from River Island bought in sale. I like to try and get away with clashing print on print!

Now onto the outfit, here I am rocking sustainable style for the @style__is Fashion Bloggers Competition:

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My outfit consisted of: Jacket from River Island (sale), Bally handbag from Charity Shop, Sandals from Swedish Hasbeens, Dress made by my own fair hands 2 years ago!

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Me with Ziggy sleeping by my feet.

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Me posing to the side so you can see my hair-clip I made.

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Me having a rest!

I’d like to see your outfits if you enter! 🙂

Definitely not a has-been!

20130421-151304.jpgA few weeks ago we took a mini break to London to celebrate our 13 years of being together anniversary. We spent part of our time over in East London wandering the shops and I spotted some Swedish Hasbeens in the window of an empty unused shop. I blurted out to my husband how much I loved the brand and was startled when a lady replied back, “come back Thursday, we’re opening then!”. It was then I realised that the lady was setting up the window display and probably setting up shop for the brand, though I’m not sure if its just a pop-up shop. The advice from the lady was no use to me as we were leaving before Thursday so we just said goodbye and crossed over the road to wander a bit more. When we reached the other side I noticed some Hasbeens in a shoe shop called Author, I had to pop inside to have a look! My husband persuaded me to treat myself so I did and bought my very first pair, he even helped me decide on the colour! I’ve been eyeing up Hasbeens for a few years now but never got any as the only way to purchase them was online, which is expensive as they are a Swedish brand. Now you can get your hands on them here in the UK, which is great because it works out cheaper then buying them online, even though online they do free delivery to the UK! It goes to show how weak the pound is.

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After having had these Hasbeens for two weeks I have finally been able to wear them out yesterday! I can see myself wanting more of these clogs and who knows I may try other brands! I’ve had a search online and think the clogs from Lotta look cute too, and even more so when the price of them are a lot cheaper than the Swedish Hasbeens. They seem to be a smaller brand and based in London so I guess it’s good to support the little guys and keep the pound in the UK!

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