07.12.2018- What I Wore Today #357

Friday, 7 December 2018

In terms of day to day dressing, I’m very much a fully paid up patron of the comfort is king school of thinking- especially given that I always tend to find myself in something of a rush when I’m getting ready first thing in the morning. Now that my alarm is going off when it’s still dark, I’m regularly rotating between a steady selection of staples, bolstered by a new addition to my wardrobe which I’ve been living in of late:

Coat- c/o Very 
Top- Commes des Garçons at Dover Street Market 
Dress- Monki 
Shoes- Gap 

This dress from Monki is a real find, and just the sort of addition I’ve been searching for for what feel like ages now. Usually I find that anything pinafore shaped is a tad too small around the hips, but no such problems with this style, which is loosely cut and super comfortable. The pockets are a really practical added bonus too, and as well as this lighter wash, I’ve snapped up a darker denim style too- I’ve genuinely been living in them morning, noon and night for the last few weeks! 

What are your comfortable casual essentials? 

(Image credit: Hannah Hobson, please do not reproduce without permission.)

03.12.2018- My Month in Pictures: November

Monday, 3 December 2018

Well, here we are- on the home stretch towards the end of the year. 2018 seems to have flown by in the blink of an eye, and I'm sure that when I come to penning my final roundup of the year I'll be similarly flabbergasted at just where the year has gone! As much as this time of the year is a real struggle (particularly last week when it was more or less constantly dark!), I've been conscious to enjoy things as much as possible:

Flowers in full bloom!/Autumn veg hauling!/Beautiful blue sky.../...and a stunning sunset/Discovering some new independent shops/11.11.18/Pretty in pink/Winter skincare heroes/New friends!/Christmas at Kew Gardens/Covent Garden looking festive/Celebrating my birthday!

The next few weeks are shaping up to be very busy but should be pretty fun too- see you on the other side!

What have you been up to recently?

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

30.11.2018- Christmas Gifting: Homely Heroes

Friday, 30 November 2018

Now that December is just peeking over the horizon, I’m sure that I’m not alone in wanting to power through my Christmas shopping so that I can coast towards the holidays with my feet up! I’m almost there, and with just a handful of extra bits to pick up, I’m hopeful that I won’t be such a last-minute Linda this year! With that in mind, I’ve rounded up a selection of heavenly homeware to get inspired by- whether it’s for gifting or to treat your own winter den to a bit of a facelift:

Pom Pom Knitted Blanket, £35, Laura Ashley/Round Marble Dressing Table Mirror, £125, Oliver Bonas/Overrose Scented Candle in Ultraflora, £45, Workshop Living/Allium in Vase, £9.50, Marks and Spencer/Ceramic Tiger, £18, Oliver Bonas/Scalloped Pink Glass Bowl, £16, Oliver Bonas/Mini Eco Tote, £21, Tidy Street Store/Follow Your Heart Wall Art, £69, Oliver Bonas/Set of two Stoneware vases, £12, Att Pynta/Polka Dot Cat Spoon Rest, £12, Anthropologie/Rifle Paper Company Appointment Notebook, £14, Anthropologie/Mossarium, £35, Geo Fleur/Mixed Marble Stacking Trinket Pot, £24, Oliver Bonas/Mini Zodiac Notebook, £9, Anthropologie/Olivia Frame, £24, Anthropologie/String Lights, £12, Kikki K/Bulb Vase, £7.50, Petersham Nurseries/Bia Mug, £15, Oliver Bonas/Tiles in Paris Wall Art, £98, Anthropologie. 

This knitted blanket from Laura Ashley is perfect for cosying up with in front of the fire, and having tracked it down in store I’m happy to report that it’s super soft too. If you’re shopping around for some new details for your room, then this mirror from Oliver Bonas is well worth investing in, and a real modern classic too. Candles are always a great gifting option, and this Overrose option from Workshop Living wins serious points from an aesthetic point of view.

Next up, this vase and flower combination from Marks and Spencer, which again ticks all of the right design boxes and is a great low maintenance homeware hack. This Oliver Bonas ornament is a brilliant, characterful touch too- and a great, affordable Secret Santa option if you’re shopping around. Similarly, this scalloped glass bowl is a brilliant finishing addition to any room, and definitely a great go-to option if you’re shopping for somebody who is setting up home. A real eco-friendly and practical prospective purchase comes in the shape of this tote from Tidy Street Store.

A print like this one from Oliver Bonas is a great option if you’re looking to treat yourself (or indeed someone else!) to a motivational addition for the new year- plus great for drawing on some accent colour inspiration. These stoneware vases from Att Pynta are lovely- and a really unique gift option. Anthropologie always have a lovely festive offering, and this spoon rest is (unsurprisingly!) at the top of my wishlist. So cute!

I’m a huge fan of Rifle Paper Co and this appointment notebook is the dream purchase if you’re resolved to get organised for the new year. A lovely gift with longevity comes in the shape of this Mossarium from Geo Fleur- a wonderful gift to keep for the year ahead and beyond. Next up, this mixed marble trinket pot from Oliver Bonas would look at home in any room- I love the subtle pink shade.

Anthropologie’s mini zodiac notebook is another lovely option to give as a gift- and one which feels really personal. Similarly, this frame would be wonderful to unwrap, especially if replete with a meaningful message or snap. These lights from Kikki K are ideal for embracing some seriously seasonal Hygge vibes- I love the ones I have. If you’re gifting someone with green fingers, then this bulb vase from Petersham Nurseries is a good go-to option, and again a nice shout for any potential Secret Santa shopping. Similarly, this mug from Oliver Bonas which has serious decorative potential- as well as the obvious usage! Finally, and probably my favourite piece from this post- Anthropologie’s Wall Art- the dream addition for brightening up even the dreariest of days.

What are you shopping for this Christmas?

(Image credit: Laura Ashley, Oliver Bonas, Workshop Living, Marks and Spencer, Tidy Street Store, Att Pynta, Anthropologie, Geo Fleur, Kikki K and Petersham Nurseries.)
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