Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Wednesday Wants

Lots of lovely new season goodies have been arriving online in the last couple of weeks.  Although I have taken advantage of the sales I always wish they would hurry up and finish so I can see what's coming in next.  Forever impatient!  I'm really looking forward to seeing the AW15 shoes, I am hoping for lots of mid block heeled goodness but then when am I not?! 

I'm not really a fan of the bodice on this asos number and cut outs really have had there day but I am drawn to the colours and that full skirt.  I would stick a cropped jumper over the top and let that awesome fabric swish around my knees.

 Dress: asos

I love seeing what Cath Kidston have in store for us and from the new dresses online this one is my favourite.  I love polka dots and absolutely adore the little scalloped neckline, too cute!

 Dress: Cath Kidston

Oasis are back with another V&A collection and it is stunning!  This top and skirt are my favourite from the collection, the colours are just perfect. 

Top & Skirt: Oasis


Monday, 27 July 2015

#BloggerLodge - 48 Hours In York

This time last week Gray and I were on our way to spend a couple of days in York. I love York but haven't managed to visit in a good few years so was really looking forward to wandering around and rediscovering the beauty of the city as well as eating my way round!  We stayed in York Central Travelodge*, it is a couple of minutes walk from the impressive Clifford's Tower which provides panoramic views of York and a nice bit of cardio from walking up all of those steps!

We were lucky to have a  room with a view, we were overlooking the mill which is part of York Castle Museum.  Unfortunately it's not a working mill having been moved from elsewhere in Yorkshire and rebuilt alongside the River Foss but it sure made for a pretty view each morning.  We really enjoyed our trip around the museum, they have just installed a new exhibition marking the centenary of the First World War which was really interesting along with the Victorian Street.

My favourite part of the exhibition was the The Sixties, I loved looking around the fashions, homeware and listening to music of the decade.  There is even a little section on home sewing and a 60's Singer sewing machine.  Gray's favourite bit was looking at the children's toys through the ages.  It did make us feel old though seeing toys we played with in a museum!  Oh hello, Care Bears!!

We wandered round the City Walls, felt like we had gone back in time walking down The Shambles before being left speechless at the magnificent York Minster.  The Minster is truly breathtaking, it always amazes me how buildings this grand were built without all of the equipment we have now.  They really were a labour of love.

My favourite place to visit has to be the Museum Gardens.  The botanical gardens are set in the medieval ruins of St Mary's Abbey and are simply stunning.  We had a good walk around the gardens as well as a little stroll alongside the river.

I decided not to include photos of the food we enjoyed as this post is already pretty photo heavy.  York has a nice mix of high street chains and cute independents.  We ate in both Byron and Bill's, Byron because we wanted an awesome burger and don't have any branches near us and Bill's because their breakfast is tasty though I am not sure about the apple, carrot and ginger juice!  We also had a lovely Thai lunch at Evil Eye Lounge followed by a trip to Betty's on Gray's birthday, you can't really go to York without going to Betty's after all.  We also treated ourselves to a hot chocolate at York Cocoa House which was practically liquid chocolate.  We had a little walk around the shops too, I found some fabric I had been trying to track down for ages (result!) and got a pair of Cath Kidston PJ bottoms in the sale that I hadn't been able to find in my size.  We had a thoroughly enjoyable stay, thank you for having us Travelodge.


Monday, 20 July 2015

Made By Me #154

Unfortunately these photos haven't come out as well as I had hoped, the only problem with Liberty Tana Lawn is how lightweight it is - the slightest breeze and it just will not behave and sit where it is supposed to!!  I have a few photos where the skirt is round my ears but thought I would spare you those, haha.  That aside I really do love Tana Lawn, it is easy to wear and a joy to sew.  This fabric was kindly provided by Fabrics For Sale, I very nearly went for this awesome print but was swayed by the berries.  As Liberty fabric is wider than standard I didn't use the full width of the fabric for the skirt, I went for two 100cm lengths instead as I didn't want it to be overly full.

Fabrics For Sale have recently opened online offering a range of fabrics including Liberty Tana Lawn and a section of vintage fabrics, I really love this one.  They have kindly offered up a 10% discount code, the code is AMILLIONDRESSES is valid from now until 26th July.

I am currently on my way to York for a couple of days, let me know if you have any recommendations please :)

Dress: Made by me using Liberty Wiltshire Fabric
Pattern: Emery by Christine Haynes 
Shoes: asos
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