Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Wednesday Wants

My favourite hem length is usually the most difficult to find (isn't that always the way!)  I do not suit a maxi hem at all, makes me feel incredibly frumpy, and no longer want to show my bum to the world in the crazy short skirt length that seems to have become the norm.  I didn't ever want to truth be told but was limited by the options presented.  Whilst I have loved the availability of the midi hem in recent times I am still not 100% sold that it always suits me.  More often than not midi dresses end up being returned as I am just not sure I can pull them off.  Oh to be tall!  I can always rely on knee length when I can find them and it is the hem length of choice for most of the dresses I make myself. 

You'll need to give me a moment.  I need to compose myself after fawning all over this beauty from Boden.  Isn't she just perfect?!  I love that Boden often manage to make the dresses that are in my head, a high neckline, nicely fitted bodice, a full skirt and elbow length sleeves.  Oh my!! She is called Amy and I am a bit in love.

 Dress: Boden

I love seeing what prints Cath Kidston have come up with for the new season and my favourite by far this collection is the burgundy backed clocks print.  The colours are perfect and the print oh so cute.  My only criticism is the dress is described as jacquard online but it is the same fabric as the bird and mushroom print dress, a barkcloth kind of fabric.  Whilst I love the fabric it is not as special as the description makes it sound.

 Dress: Cath Kidston

How pretty is this floral fantasy print dress from Warehouse?!  I love the mix of pinks and blues and the cut looks very flattering.  I managed to track it down to my local store and had a little stroke, it is as lovely as it looks and would be perfect for a wedding.

Dress: Warehouse


Monday, 28 July 2014

There's Nothing Like A Staycation

I have a guest post for you today on a subject that is close to my heart - holidaying in the UK.  For the past three years we have spent our holidays in the UK and whilst we haven't always been blessed with great weather we have always had a fab time!  My passport has just run out and I am in no hurry to renew it, there are loads of great places right here in the UK we are yet to explore.  Plus I want to stay in that chapel!!

 (photo taken in Babbacombe)

When we think of summer holidays, it's often holidaying abroad that springs to mind.  But should we really be overlooking what's right under our noses?  Sure, the UK doesn't have the climate of Southern Europe or further afield but it does have plenty of other things going for it - and when the sun does shine you certainly know about it.  People are instantly happier, pub gardens are packed, people flock to the seaside, you can smell the barbecues going from about lunchtime onwards and, of course, there's the unmistakeable sound of the ice cream van doing its rounds.

 (Photo taken in Ilfracombe)
The UK has some amazing places to visit and something to suit every holiday preference, so what kind of accommodation can you stay in while you're exploring our green and pleasant land? Take a look:

Boats - That's right you don't have to stay on land if you want to holiday in the UK - why not take to the water and explore the beautiful canals and other waterways throughout England, not to mention those in Wales and Scotland too.  Perhaps stay on a beautiful canal boat and navigate along your chosen route, mooring up in a different place each night, sunbathing on deck in your swimming costumes (if you need a new one for your trip choose from the great range of George's swimming costumes), popping into the local riverside pub for dinner and discovering the pretty towns and villages along your way.

(Photo taken in Brixham)

Glamping - Camping is so much more than it used to be.  Gone are the days when you had to rough it in a field full of mud with only a shared toilet and shower to freshen up.  These days you can holiday in luxury yurts, tee-pees, pretty bell tents, beautiful huts in the woods, traditional gypsy caravans and even state of the art tree houses.  Four poster beds, heating, your own private meadow and stunning interiors await you if you fancy something a bit out of the ordinary.  A particularly unusual choice is The Chapel in the grounds of Walcot Hall in Shropshire.  Nestled deep in the trees, this beautiful chapel has been lovingly restored and was even featured on George Clarke's Amazing Spaces on Channel 4.

Unusual Choices - Of course you can't get much more unusual than a chapel in the middle of the woods for your holiday accommodation, or so you would think.  Why not stay in a lighthouse cottage, or even a windmill?  Perhaps you're a history buff and would like something more than staying in your very own castle or historic manor house.  Or maybe a working farm is somewhere you'd enjoy staying if you have a love of animals and the countryside.

In terms of accommodation to suit every taste, the UK really does have it all, so dream big and imagine where you would love to stay - chances are you'll find it right here!

 (Photo taken in Brixham)


Friday, 25 July 2014

Made By Me #29

I met up with Gemma and Sarah a couple of weeks ago for lunch and a catch up.  Whilst we were there Sarah bought herself a new perfume and I went on a quest to smell the new Daisy Dream that has been teasing me all over instagram.  It smells really good and got me thinking about perfume on a whole and how personal it is.  I have used variations of Marc Jacobs perfume since Daisy was first launched but have been wondering whether I should stop wearing such a commercially successful perfume and find my 'signature scent'.  I have toyed with the idea of creating my own perfume before and think it would be a really interesting experience, has anyone done it before and did it result in a really lovely scent?  I found an experience near me via where I can do just that for £49, less than that bottle of Daisy Dream is going to cost.  

I totally squealed when I first stumbled on this fabric.  I had been searching for cotton gingham looking for the elusive 100% cotton yellow 1" check when my search led me to Dragonfly fabrics.  I didn't find the gingham I wanted but I did find this beauty.  And isn't it a beauty.  I love everything about it, from the colours to the fact the cotton is 150cm wide so used at full width resulted in an extra full skirt.  The only thing I don't like about this dress is how it photographs.  In real life I look the same in this dress as I do my other me made dresses, in these photos the checks make my torso look really wide or am I alone in thinking that?!

Dress: Made by me using Miley Check from Dragonfly Fabrics
Shoes: M&S

Char is coming to visit this weekend and the Warwick Folk Festival is on.  I am thinking about making a visit but always worry about making plans when it has been as muggy as it has been this week as I always end up getting caught in a downpour!  I got caught out last Saturday and still didn't get to see any of the amazing lightning bolts the whole rest of the country managed to catch.  Gutted.  I hate umbrellas so really need to invest in a quality waxed jacket to protect my dresses (and me!) from downpours.  I am thinking along the lines of this Barbour jacket from Accent Clothing.  Isn't the lining beautiful!  It is a good price and Gem swears by the Barbour jacket she has.


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