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 intotheblue.co.uk 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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Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Wednesday Wants

I do try not to go for a single brand for the whole wishlist post but sometimes it is just not possible! Asos are banging out bloody amazing midi dresses like nobodies business at the moment and this needs to be celebrated.  Long gone are the days of either choosing between bum skimming or ankle grazing skirt lengths, thankfully I think the midi is here to stay and it is looking mighty fine. 

I cannot tell you how much this first dress makes my heart flutter.  It is so, so beautiful.  It is the same shape as the pink asos dress I blogged here which I am sure you'll agree is super flattering.  The fabric looks to be of lovely quality and I love the texture of the jacquard.  Oh someone please buy me this dress and give me an occasion to swirl about in it.  Swoon.

 Dress: asos

Not as cutesy but just as pretty the colour combination on this one is a dream.  The dress is finished off with a back full of bows and would be perfect for a wedding or just chilling in the garden ;)

Dress: asos

Oh gingham, the perfect pattern for summer days.  I still haven't made up any of the gingham fabrics I bought on holiday but this dress is making me want to push other fabrics to one side and get on with it.  I would wear it with a cute cardi to cover up my arms but for those of you blessed with beautiful arms it has a fab racer back detail, great for showing off that tan.

Dress: asos

Kudos asos!

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Monday, 21 July 2014

Spray Flowers

I am a lucky girl!  My lovely friends at Aspire Style surprised me with one of their beautiful exclusive print Emily and Fin dresses.  Such a lovely surprise, it is great to open a parcel and have absolutely no idea what it contains.  I did have that 'what have I ordered and forgotten about' thought flash through my mind - that doesn't happen often ;)  Aspire Style have collaborated with Emily and Fin to design three exclusive print dresses, an Abigail, a Lucy and a long Lucy

Abigail replaced Lucy as my favourite when she was introduced last year so I was thrilled to find an Abigail inside the parcel and knew that I wanted to team it with orange so have waited until I got my hands on my favourite Clarks shoes in orange.  I waited for them to go in the sale and they are now just £19.99! There aren't many sizes left online but there were a few in my local store when I checked last week so go chance it.  And if you get to pick up a pair of the cobalt ones too then go for it, you won't regret it.  A beautiful vamp and comfy enough to wear all day, a winner.





Cardigan: Old
Dress: Emily & Fin*
Shoes: Clarks

I love the way the orange works with this dress, it really brings out the blue.  The dainty flower spray print is adorable, makes for a perfect summer dress.  A big thank you to the lovely ladies at Aspire Style, such an unexpected treat.

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