Wednesday, 30 July 2014

July's memory: pottery painting

Should I start by addressing the fact that I've got crazy different hair here? I've been wanting to go pink for a while now, so on the first day of the summer holidays I bit the bullet and did it! We used Bleach London in Rose, as per the instructions, after lightening my hair. But it went to this peachy colour? I don't actually mind it 90% of the time, but every now and then it looks slightly more orange than pink...which I'm not a fan of! 

Anyway - on with the memory!  Zara's choice of pottery painting was on this month's agenda, so we headed to a local craft village to get the job done.  Zara went for a cat bowl, but I've learnt from previous experience that I much prefer the freedom of a flat surface to get creative with.  In the end I opted for this little tile which I'm planning to use as a coaster, and painted it with feathers.

We ended up staying there for a good couple of hours; it was nice to be tucked away in a corner together and left to chat uninterrupted.  The process of painting was really relaxing and therapeutic, and I relished having the opportunity (and almost 'obligation') to just let our creativity run wild. 
Once we'd finished painting and left our wares to be glazed, we headed outside to the sweet cabin Zara had clocked on the way in.  Loaded up with varieties of fudge (I went with smarties fudge....delicious!) we finished the morning with ice cream and a wander around the cute shops.

I think this has been one of my favourite challenges!  It was a great way to de-stress and really inexpensive as well.  Definitely something I'll be making the time to do more of!

Friday, 25 July 2014


It's a sad fact that I'm not jetting off anywhere on holiday this year, so when Debenhams got in touch asking if I'd like to take part in their #britaintobarbados campaign I eagerly said yes, in the hopes of injecting a little bit of summer into my wardrobe instead.  The premise is simple; I was to choose a maxi dress and a pair of sandals then style them to reflect how they can be transferred from Britain's unpredictable weather to Bajan heat.

The dress I went for is this beautiful Grecian-style maxi from Butterfly by Matthew Williamson.  It's a lovely fit and really flattering, and although the colour is a little out of my comfort zone I actually really like it.  For shoes, I was drawn to the classic simplicity of these gold sandals from Carvela; they're a little lot higher than I'm used to but they're such a classic style, I know they'll have a place in my collection for a long time to come.  So how did I style them for each brief?

This dress isn't your everyday casual maxi, it's the sort of thing I'd wear to an posh evening out or even a wedding.  I had a summer ball in mind when I put together this look and opted for a white pashmina to keep the inevitable chill off when the evening draws in.  For accessories, I went for my Kurt Geiger laser-cut bag - the colour is a beautiful nude and I love the way the pastel pink hearts contrast nicely with the dress.  And in keeping with the Grecian theme, the final touch was my House of Harlow necklace.  Oh, and not shown is the umbrella I'd have to hand for when it decides to rain!
If I were to wear this dress in Barbados, the main difference would probably be that I'd take the shoes off!  I'm picturing beach parties with pina coladas; shoes off and dress hitched up with some sort of tropical flower tucked behind my ear.  Lacking a beach, cocktail or exotical plant, I've worn it here with my River Island wayfarer style sunnies (again, I like how the red frames contrast with the dress) and some Kate Spade New York bracelets stacked up my arm.  And not that you can see it (it was too sunny!) but I unleashed my inner Yonce dancing on a beach to Drunk in Love with eye make up and went for a smudgy smokey look.

I really enjoyed thinking about how style can reflect different climates; is there anything in your wardrobe that you style up for weather at home as well as hotter countries?

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

bookmarked #4

Image found via pinterest

Wow, I can't believe this is the fourth month I've been doing these posts!  Here's this edition of the sites I've been bookmarking recently...

 - I've been nosying through the popular page on Instagram lately and finding a few new blogs to follow that way.  First on my discovery list is Carin's blog, Paris in Four Months, which I've fallen in love with for everything from it's header to the beautiful photography.
- So I'm going to sound incredibly ignorant when I confess that I'm not entirely sure which language Interiors Originals is written in but wow, do they include some beautiful interiors!  From what I can understand it's a collection of images sourced online and it definitely gets me all inspired to give our home a little make over.

- I've been toying with the idea of a city break to Rome for a while now, but watching Brogan's Rome Vlogs has sealed the deal.  Now I just need to get my act together, stop spending and book something for next year.
- You probably all follow idressmyselff already; I discovered her through another big YouTuber and I really like her style.

- I've mentioned before that I'm permanently on the hunt for silver rings, and I think that this one may be a potential purchase.  It's hard to judge from a website though, I can't work out if it'll be tacky in real life!
- Kimonos.  Kimonos, kimonos, kimonos....I am obsessed with them.  Or perhaps it's just the idea?  I can't every decide on one to buy, and the ones I do end up liking are always too expensive to justify.  On the shortlist is this one from asos, this blue Urban Outfitters number, this Fashion Union tile print one or this black one.

- Speaking of Instagram earlier, I discovered Stephanie's account and absolutely love her style.  Mixing soft greys with black and a distressed brick wall background, she's a girl after my own heart.
- We're slowly introducing plants into our home (and just about managing to keep them alive!), so I've become a little addicted to looking at house plants on pinterest.  This board is a favourite, and I'm detemined to track down *The* perfect industrial silver plant pot.  I know I've seen them somewhere, but now that I actually want one I can't remember where....

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Video: Love Me Beauty box unboxing

It's been a while since I've done one of these videos.  I forgot to get my order in last month so didn't actually get a box....but I've got July's!  Find out what products I received in this video, and let me know if you're subscribed to any monthly boxes!