30.03.2015- Interior Inspiration

Monday, 30 March 2015

I don't know whether it's a sign of me getting older, but whereas I used to look forward to weekends flitting hither and thither, recently I've found myself craving some quality time at home. Don't get me wrong, I love planning days out and catching up with friends (usually over some delicious grub), but sometimes a girl just needs to schedule in some quality pyjama time, know what I mean? For me, weekends at home are usually reserved for some serious box set binging, as well as tacking life admin and an occasional bit of baking. Over the last few weeks (and in preparation for spring!), I've also been having a bit of a declutter, sprucing up my room with some new additions to brighten things up. Inspired by plenty of time spent on Pinterest, I've picked up some lovely new bits and bobs which are adding a breath of fresh air to my space:

From top: Swan trinket dish, Oliver Bonas, Olivia Burton Watch/Rifle Paper Co. calendar, Kate Spade pen pot, Sloane Stationery notebook/V&A postcard, Wilko frame.

Anyone who knows me well will happily tell you that I've got enough jewellery to open my own shop, so I'm always on the lookout for dainty little trinket dishes and boxes to keep all of my favourite pieces stashed away safely. This swan shaped piece is from Oliver Bonas, and it's become a real favourite- I love how elegant it is, and it's a perfect statement ornament to have on my dressing table. Not only that, but it complements my Olivia Burton watch pretty well too!

Since the start of the year, I've made a concerted effort to get a little bit more organised in life- and have been putting pen to paper far more frequently than I used to, whether that be jotting down to-do lists or potential blog posts as and when they start brewing in my brain. I've had this Sloane Stationery notebook for a little while now, and the simple, sophisticated design means it tends to be one of the first things which I reach for when I need to get scribbling. I don't have a particularly dedicated workspace in my room, but a little corner of my dresser is given over to some planning paraphernalia, including this lovely Rifle Paper Co. desk calendar which was a present from Sarah. Not only is it indispensable in helping me to try and plan my weeks, but I'm also holding on to the prints to pop them in frame as they are just so pretty. This pen pot is also a rather recent purchase from Kate Spade, and it's exactly the kind of thing I was after to keep everything neat and tidy. They've got some seriously stylish homeware in at the moment, so well worth having a browse if you're in the mood to spruce things up.

Finally, I'm a great believer in the power of small details making a big impact, and one of my favourite things to do is collect prints and postcards to pop into frames. After visiting Savage Beauty a few weeks ago, it seemed only fitting to alternate some of my usual favourites with some stunning McQueen themed shots from the V&A shop, and these frames from Wilko are only few pounds each- so ideal if you want to switch things up for spring on a shoestring.

What are your favourite interior pieces?  

(Image credit: Sarah Farrell, please do not reproduce without permission.)

27.03.2015- What I Wore Today #215

Friday, 27 March 2015

I'm genuinely not sure when we can start saying that it's definitely spring (is it Sunday? I'm sure it's Sunday??!) and it seems like the Great British default setting of not wanting to jinx things has got us all holding our breath in anticipation of a) being able to leave the house without a coat and b) a guarantee of it not snowing in April again like it did a few years ago. As I type this, I'm bundled up with a blanket and a few layers of thermals, so perhaps we can't quite claim victory against the winter weather just yet, but there has definitely been more than a hint of the new season in the air over recent weeks- I'm talking sunny days, trees in bloom, you get the idea. The brighter days have definitely encouraged me to have a rummage through my wardrobe in search of some bolder pieces, and a few weekends back I made the most of the unexpected warm spell to give a fairly recent purchase a much deserved outing:

Dress- Vintage (via Beyond Retro) 
Coat- c/o Very 
Boots- Urban Outfitters 
Bag- c/o Atterley Road 
Sunglasses- ASOS

This dress from Beyond Retro has become such a staple for me over the last few months- one of those amazing (and all too rare!) impulse purchases which actually pays off! Needless the say the vivid pattern was what caught my eye in the first instance, but the subtle 60s inspired shape is perfect too- and ultra easy to wear. Not only that, but it's really warm, so has proved an absolute essential this winter, particularly as the punch of pink is the perfect antidote to so many of the darker pieces in my wardrobe (and, more than that, co-ordinates with the blossom bedecking the trees at the moment!) They just don't make 'em like this anymore, do they? Here essential accessories came in the shape of my Atterley Road backpack (which I'm now more or less surgically attached to!) and oversized ASOS sunglasses. I'm also grinning from ear to ear after having finally rediscovered my suede desert boots from Urban Outfitters in the depths of my wardrobe during a sort out- sometimes it's the little things, isn't it?!

Are you looking forward to the beginning of spring?

(Image credit: Sarah Farrell, please do not reproduce without permission.)

25.03.2015- On the Menu: Casa Brindisa, South Kensington

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Whilst I love a good burger (mmmm Patty & Bun) as much as the next person, sometimes it's nice to be a little bit more refined and indulge in some more delicate dining. I'm a huge fan of Spanish cuisine (thank you summer holiday trips!), and since a few local tapas favourites closed their doors a little while ago, I've been searching for something to fill the Serrano ham shaped void in my life. Brindisa is one of my go-to favourites at Borough Market (you haven't lived until you've tried their olive oil crisps), and their South Kensington sister restaurant has become a real favourite for when I find myself on the other side of town. A few weeks ago, after visiting Savage Beauty at the V&A, my mum and I popped in for lunch- and, as ever, the menu was perfection on a plate:

For me, the beauty of tapas lies in the variation which you can enjoy across so many different dishes, and the smaller plates are a great way to be a bit more experimental with your eating. Brindisa's menu has lots of traditional favourites, including an amazing charcuteria selection, as well as seasonal house specials which you'll only find at the South Kensington restaurant. My favourites (and most ordered dishes!) include boquerones, chilli garlic prawns and ham and chicken croquetas with goats cheese- mouthwatering morsels which are perfect for a light, lazy lunch or as a great way to round off the day. If you're planning a visit, I'd also recommend ordering a basket of bread as it usually arrives at the table when it's still warm- heavenly!

Are you a fan of Brindisa?

(Image credit: Sarah Farrell, please do not reproduce without permission.)

23.03.2015- Beauty Buys: Essie Bridal Collection

Monday, 23 March 2015

With spring creeping over the horizon, I'm happy to report that  yesterday I spent some quality time packing away my knits for another few months, and digging out some old fair weather faithfuls. With the clocks going forward at the end of the week, we've only a little while longer to wait until those much anticipated lighter evenings arrive, and, in true spring spirit, I've been seeking out some new season shades. I've got my eye on a few bits and pieces for my wardrobe, but in the beauty department it will probably come as no surprise to learn that I've been getting some inspiration from Essie's latest collection:

Essie Bridal Collection SS15: Brides No Grooms, Vanity Fair and Hubby For Dessert

Although these hues come from the Bridal Collection, they're absolutely perfect for spring, whether you're in the midst of marriage preparation or not (needless to say, I fall very firmly onto the 'not' side of that particular fence!) As with all Essie shades, the glide on formulation is perfect and comparatively hardwearing, and these smaller bottles are ideal for introducing some new hues into your nail polish collection without committing to full sized purchase. Brides No Grooms is a bold fuchsia tone,  but slightly paler than Essie favourites such as Style Hunter and Watermelon. Vanity Fair is a pretty, pearlescent pink with subtle hints of shimmer running though it- the dream polish if you're looking for a more natural, understated finish for spring. Finally, Hubby For Dessert is perhaps best described as a close cousin of Lilacism- but with a slightly lighter, blue infused finish. All in all, each of these pretty polishes are perfect for the change in season, and well worth a look if you fancy pepping up your existing stash of supplies. 

Have you picked up any new beauty buys for spring?

(Image credit: Sarah Farrell, please do not reproduce without permission.)

19.03.2015- Most Wanted: 70s Chic

Thursday, 19 March 2015

I think it's fair to say that one of the biggest style stories for SS15 is 70s chic. In the midst of a fashion flashback and with the return of Poldark to Sunday night telly (yes please!), it seems that our collective nostalgia for the era has reached something of a pinnacle, and you only have to saunter down the high street to notice an abundance of 70s inspired style staples taking over the shops. Whether you're feeling flares, bohemian prints or off the shoulder chic, there are plenty of potential wardrobe investments to take your fancy- so here's a little look at a selection of some of my current favourites:

Daisy Print Shirt Dress, £55, Topshop/Piper Trousers, £30, Monki/Camel Felt Fedora, £25, Miss Selfridge/Printed Shirt Dress, £89, Boden/Cat Eye Sunglasses, £10, River Island/Orla Bella Shoes, £100, Clarks/70s Blouse, £25, Rokit/Messenger Bag, £29.99, Zara

This dress from Topshop ticks plenty of new season boxes, and is a piece which I think would rapidly become a perennial favourite too. The print is perfect for tapping into a distinct 1970s style without being too in-your-face, so is something well worth investing in for spring. As far as denim goes, flares are a huge fashion story at the moment, but I'm not 100% convinced on the practicality- particularly as I struggle not to trip over at the best of times! These jeans from Monki are the ideal halfway house, with the slightly higher rise tapping into a more retro aesthetic without the peril of being sent flying when you're legging it for the Tube.

Anyone who knows me well will tell you that I have notorious problems with finding hats which fit, but this design from Miss Selfridge is simply too good to ignore- the camel hue makes it an ideal transitional staple and a real essential in the making. Regular readers will also know that I'm a huge fan of Boden, and this gorgeous dress has been on my radar for a little while now- needless to say I'm well and truly sold on the print. If you're looking to update some existing favourites with a peppering of 70s chic, then you can't go far wrong with these super stylish cat eye sunglasses from River Island- they are firmly fixed on my new season shopping list.

If you're after some 70s originals, investing in some vintage gems is definitely the way to go. Plenty of my favourite printed pieces are vintage, and having a rummage though the rails is a great way to get your hands on some real one offs, like this ultra jazzy blouse from Rokit. Speaking of print, I'm seriously coveting these shoes from Orla Kiely's latest Clarks range, and they tie in perfectly with the new season penchant for pretty patterns (plus the low heel gets a huge thumbs up from me!) Finally, it's rare that I can resist a good bag, and this small yet perfectly formed piece from Zara is s definite spring spend in waiting.

Are you a fan of 70s chic?

(Image credit: Topshop, Monki, Miss Selfridge, Boden, River Island, Clarks, Rokit & Zara.)
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