Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Wednesday Wants

Hello!  My first blog post as a 40 year old.  Wowzers.  Still not feeling it but hopefully after some time celebrating it this weekend with my favourites I will finally be used to it!  Maybe.  I couldn't miss the opportunity to pull together a Valentines inspired wishlist.  While I can give or take the day (hey Gray and I won't even be in the same county this year) I do love a good heart print and Valentines is the perfect excuse to wear your heart on your sleeve.  I wear my heart on my nails every day of the year after all.  I am interested to see if there are any leap year proposals in my timeline this year, good luck if you're planning something.

Oh my.  I cannot explain how much I adore this dress.  I love the Abigail anyway, such a lovely cut and the perfect length for me but in this print it is outstanding.  I love the inclusion of pink on the hearts as coordinating red with pink is one of my favourite combinations.  I find it quite hard to wear red with my orange hair but for this dress it's defo a case of orange hair don't care!  I am now wishing I had these Orla Kiely shoes to create the perfect outfit.

 Dress: Emily and Fin

Not everyone wants to go the whole hog and cover themselves in hearts for V-day.  Obviously I am not one of those, the more novelty the print the better in my books.  This asos dress is the perfect blend - cute girly style with a knock out red.  Subtle without being too subtle.

 Dress: asos

And for those of you who want to scream out this Lazy Oaf dress does the talking for you!  The big bold hearts certainly pack a sucker punch straight to the heart.  Go bold or go home.  This dress is also awesome, how can you not walk around with a massive smile on your face when wearing it.  It's a mood boost in dress form!

 Dress: Lazy Oaf

If I was putting together my perfect outfit for the lovely romantic meal I am not going on I would have to wear my choice of dress with the Orla Kiely shoes I wish I had and this Olivia Blazer from Joules.  Pink and red perfection.  The tailoring looks spot on and it's the perfect shade of baby pink, not too pastel to wash you out.  I love it.

Blazer: Joules

I have made a Valentines inspired dress the last couple of years, you can see the first one here and last years here.  I have cut out the fabric for this years but am fast running out of time to sew it together :(  But then again a heart print dress is not just for Valentines ;)


Friday, 15 January 2016

Made By Me #170

Hello! How the devil are you all?  I didn't mean to leave it so long in-between posts, I had decided to take Christmas and New Year off and since then everything has been so crazy I just haven't had any time to write.  I spent the evening yesterday making a birthday cake ready for Tate's 3rd party on Saturday.  I really, really hate working with fondant so wasn't sure how it would go and allowed myself two evenings to get it all done.  Thankfully it went pretty well, apart from underestimating the amount of sugar paste I would need for the 6" cake meaning I had to roll it thinner than I would like and it was an absolute bitch to work with that thin.  But it's done and I am pretty happy with it.  I am sure Tate will be amazed and I will be his favourite auntie! I am his only auntie so by default his favourite anyway... ;)  I can have a break from cake making til Fable turns 1 in April, phew!

I made this dress aaaages ago now, 6 weeks according to Instagram.  These photos are pre Christmas and pre my new funky hair cut too.  I look pretty much like a ghost in them too but ya know, the urge to blog coupled with CBA with taking more photos just yet means they are getting used!  I absolutely adore this dress, it is a cotton sateen so a lovely weight with a lovely finish.  Feels pretty luxurious compared to standard cotton and wears really well.  I realise I didn't include a close up of the cute print so here you go, it's cute little deers and although I made it as a Christmas dress it is more of a winter dress so hasn't been put away with the rest of them.  I only have 5 dresses that fit me well at the moment so need this beauty!  I seem to have a thing for spots and dots at the moment, most of the dresses I have on current rotation feature them and the ones I need to get made ready for my 40th birthday are both spotty too.  Urgh, am looking forward to my birthday but not to turning 40.  I'M NOT READY.

I've got a free evening tonight so I am going to whip up a quick dress to give me another choice for work before then making myself two new dresses from cotton sateen fabric to wear for my birthday weekend, I need to schedule in some sewing time over the next week to get it all done in time.  I have missed sewing and am itching to get started, never enough hours in the day.

Dress: Made by me using Spotty Deer fabric by Kokka


Monday, 21 December 2015

Cat Eyes and Duffel Coats

Eeeeeepp!  It's Christmas week, how exciting.  I have two days left at work this year which feels amazing to say.  I am ready to kick back and relax with my family and enjoy the festivities.  I really wanted to share a couple of my recent purchases with you, both of which I picked up in the sales.  I wanted a high wool count coat to keep me warm this winter and this one stood out to me, generally duffel coats are way too short for me to consider.  I really love Dickens and Jones, their stuff is always really nicely made and the insides look as good as the outside does.  It was originally £199 and I got it for £149 but the very next day (after the Black Friday sales had finished) it had been reduced to £119!  SOB.  I hadn't even had chance to wear it so I took it back and got my £30 refunded.  I just looked now to get the link and it is down to under £60.  Damn.  Snap it up, it's an awesome coat at an amazing price! 

I wanted to buy a back up pair of the black Orla Kiely Abigail heels when they got reduced in the sale but I wasn't quick enough.  I quickly decided to get a pair of the Audrey boots and am so glad I did, they are just as comfy as the shoes and are a great price at £80 - half price in the sale.  Most sizes are still available if you want to grab a pair.  Both the shoes and the boots are super comfy, the platform means you don't feel the height of the heel.  I successfully wandered round Birmingham for an afternoon without feeling them.  I recently received an awesome pair of Just Cavalli Cat Eye sunglasses from Sunglasses Shop and have been dying to wear them.  It's been so gloomy recently but we had some sunshine yesterday and I felt so glam wearing them.  The Cat Eye is my favourite style, I always feel like a 50's starlet when I slip on a pair.  There is still time for last minute gifts, Sunglasses Shop have put together an awesome gift guide and are offering 25% discount using code 25XMS by midnight 24th December.  I really like these Michael Kors frames

One last thing from me is to announce the winner of the Elephant in my Handbag fabric giveaway.  I have used to select a comment at random and the winner is comment number 13, unlucky for some, which is Hannah at Tips from my Nan, congratulations!  I will be in touch soon :)

Dress: Made by me using snow globe fabric by Cotton & Steel
Sunglasses: Sunglasses Shop*
Tights: Accessorize 


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