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SPRING HOME MAKEOVER WITH LAURA ASHLEY

SPRING HOME MAKEOVER WITH LAURA ASHLEY

Happy Friday to you, the weekend is almost upon us and I have been enjoying our home and garden under rays of glorious sunshine these past few days. With some favourite items from the new Laura Ashley Spring collection, I have filled my home and garden with fresh florals and created a shaded reading spot under […]


ETSY PAGES – FOUR FROM PARADISE FOUND

ETSY PAGES – FOUR FROM PARADISE FOUND

This weeks jungle fun filled items are from my Paradise Found Etsy page. Head turning decor and wardrobe additions x Clockwise from top left –  Tiger Giclée Print - Hello Jenuine, Floral High Waisted Panties – (from maybe the coolest name ever?) Egretta Garzetta, 1894 Antique Parrots Print – Lyra Nebula Prints and 1950s Hawaiian Tropical Cotton Sundress – Female Hysteria.


BRIGHT AND SUNNY SPRING JEWELLERY BOX DIY

BRIGHT AND SUNNY SPRING JEWELLERY BOX DIY

Hello Wednesday people, how are you? We have been enjoying the sunshine here, although it seems to have disappeared for now, so that means I don’t feel guilty about abandoning the garden chores to settle inside at my table and make something pretty. This week I have been repurposing an old cigar box into a […]


A LOBSTER & SWAN BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION

 A LOBSTER & SWAN BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION

Hello to you, it seems it’s Monday again and so soon. Yesterday marked a special day for me and L&S as it was my 7th blogging birthday! I usually completely bypass this event – not intentionally – maybe just one of the hazards of being an Aquarius – but as I am partial to the […]


BODEN SPRING AND SUMMER PATTERN FRENZY

BODEN SPRING AND SUMMER PATTERN FRENZY

The gardens in my neighbourhood are all slowly coming alive – Crocuses Tulips, Daffodils and Irises are all about to bloom, so I am going to try and add some of that colour magic via Boden into my wardrobe this year. I know I have harping on about neutrals and grey forever, but I have […]


VINTAGE FEET – CAPSULE WARDROBE BASICS

VINTAGE FEET – CAPSULE WARDROBE BASICS

For a long time now I have been wearing the same shoes, I had a purge when we built our walk in wardrobe and am left with my battered old boots – worn everyday – a pair of Toms, I am yet to wear in – who knew canvas could be so blister inducing – […]


SPRING RTW – DETAILS I LOVE – AND FLOWERS

SPRING RTW - DETAILS I LOVE - AND FLOWERS

Friday already, and a week from my last post, so sorry, I have been doing hands on things instead of internet things. But today the sun is out in full effect and I think I will take a bus ride and buy some fresh flowers for my bedside table. Along with floral dreaming I have […]


DRAMA QUEENS, CONFESSIONS AND CLOTHES

DRAMA QUEENS, CONFESSIONS AND CLOTHES

My confession to a recent obsession. It started last year – having never seen Gossip Girl it on scheduled TV (we don’t have a television anymore), it was a chilly day, I had the flu and was tucked up on the sofa with the cats and my laptop, desperately looking for something to take my mind […]


ETSY PAGES – FOUR FROM DAZZLE ME

ETSY PAGES – FOUR FROM DAZZLE ME

This midweeks four items shared from my curated Etsy pages are from my Dazzle Me collection. Pretty things for everyday to hide in your jewellery box. Quartz oxidized silver earrings with Herkimer diamond – Bepart Studio, Waiting for Spring Pendant - Firuzan Göker, Gemstone Wrist Wraps – Luxe Divine and Prong-Set Rose Cut Natural Diamond Ring – Lex Luxe.


TONED & TANNED – CAPSULE WARDROBE BASICS

TONED & TANNED – CAPSULE WARDROBE BASICS

My capsule wardrobe basics quest has picked up again this week with another old faithful, the best Tan Handbag. I have been obsessing so much about interiors and decorating since we moved here that my wardrobe has gone to seed! My daily uniform of paint splashed leggings and oversized T-shirt has become very uninspiring indeed. […]


SUNDAY PONDERING – DRESSING ROOMS

SUNDAY PONDERING - DRESSING ROOMS

We have plenty of rooms here, it’s just that they are all of a modest size, so wardrobes would look quite cumbersome in any of the bedrooms. For our bedroom we would like a less cluttered look, more tranquil with only the essentials close by, favourite perfume, the book we are reading, a couple of […]


GIFT GUIDE 2013 GOLD LEAF

GIFT GUIDE 2013 GOLD LEAF

Now for some Friday shimmer, it was only a matter of time before the full on sparkle and glitter happened, so here are my favourite independent boutique and high street finds with extra twinkle x Large Tissue Paper Pom Pom – Pipii, Georgette Trim Sequin Dress – Jigsaw, Glass Baubles – Toast. Glass Gold Pear […]


GIFT GUIDE 2013 HOLLY BERRY

GIFT GUIDE 2013 HOLLY BERRY

    Holly berry bright reds are cheering my cheeks in todays gift guide. Any Hastings locals will love to know that Butlers Emporium in George Street are selling a selection of these most delicious Melt candles in different scents while stocks last xxx Pickle Jar Lamp – Rose & Grey, The Go-Getter Art Print – Janet Hill […]


GREYSCALE – MY CAPSULE WARDROBE BASICS

GREYSCALE - MY CAPSULE WARDROBE BASICS

A fruitless shopping trip turned into a wardrobe epiphany this week when I was out and about in Central London with my friend Judith, although she may have been at the end of her tether and exhausted by my quest to find a winter coat, I had a break through. I left without a coat […]


TIDYING UP MY LOOK WITH HOBBS WORKWEAR

TIDYING UP MY LOOK WITH HOBBS WORKWEAR

Ever since I started working from home, I have become a self confessed lazy dresser. Today in my oversized sweat shirt and shorts, I am hoping to inspire anyone else in this kind of slump to get smart with some lovely ladies workwear looks I have found over at Hobbs. Even if my office is just […]


LATE NIGHT SPREE – BLACK & WHITE

LATE NIGHT SPREE - BLACK & WHITE

I have been remembering the good old days this evening, when I had money to burn, on clothes, fun, booze and cigarettes, (I no longer smoke – yay – or can afford to drink!) Late night shopping sprees, trying on clothes until 10pm and trotting home with all the shoes I could carry. These days […]


PRETTY AS A PICTURE

PRETTY AS A PICTURE

If budget were no object or I needed a head turning coat or two, more than a new bathroom suite then these blossom covered beauties would be coming home with me next Spring. Dolce and Gabbana RTW SS2014. All images Vogue.com


BURBERRY PRORSUM SPRING RTW 2014

BURBERRY PRORSUM SPRING RTW 2014

Something pretty and pastel this afternoon, with the memory of Summer ice creams still in my mind or a new season of decorating iced biscuits ahead. The catwalk of the latest Burberry Prorsum Spring 2014 RTW collection was a fast moving train of perfectly edible candy coloured sugary sweetness and just the right amount of sparkle. With a […]


STAYING DRY AND TOASTY THIS AUTUMN WITH JOULES

STAYING DRY AND TOASTY THIS AUTUMN WITH JOULES

So, here I sit writing this post with chilled hands and nose, half under a blanket with a cat under too, curled by my knees purring, Autumn has finally blown in, stripping the apples of our tree and turning our home into an igloo. I have been meaning to buy a weather proof coat ever […]


COUTURE PRAIRIE BOOK GIVEAWAY WINNER!

COUTURE PRAIRIE BOOK GIVEAWAY WINNER!

Hello to you on this fine and grizzly grey September Tuesday, I am popping in with the winner announcement of my Rachel Ashwell book giveaway with Ryland Peters Small and Cico Books. The proud new owner of this shabby inspiration bible is the lovely Katie of Annabella Whispers Photography! I am sure the book will give […]


CRISPER DAYS AND A LITTLE LESS DAYLIGHT

CRISPER DAYS AND A LITTLE LESS DAYLIGHT

Happy midweek lovelies, last year the Summer never was and winter arrived abruptly in August with a storm that stripped the trees and ended at the beginning of this June, I think there was a Spring but it happened in the blink of an eye. This years glorious Summer has filled me with hope. When Mother […]


SEPTEMBER – THE FIRST TASTE OF AUTUMN

SEPTEMBER - THE FIRST TASTE OF AUTUMN

Cosy colours and light layers mixed with thick sweaters, satin dresses with checked over coats. Collecting favourite comfort recipes and noting them down. Gathering logs together to keep the winter fire burning. Trying out a new homemade beauty regime to save Autumn skin. Making the most of chillier and rainy days indoors with my four […]


SHOPPING A CORAL SUNSET

SHOPPING A CORAL SUNSET

With my peonies from yesterday nearly in full bloom, and of course a long standing love affair with all things coral, my attentions this afternoon have been caught up with finding many things in this beautiful bright Summer hue. With hopes low for being able to grom my own versions of these flowers, the exposed, […]


THREE SIMPLE LOOKS – KAREN WALKER RESORT 2014

THREE SIMPLE LOOKS - KAREN WALKER RESORT 2014

One smart, one work, one day off. Love these three simple looks from the Karen Walker Resort 2014 Collection. All images Style.com