New year, new skincare

Happy New Year all! I’m not usually one for making New Year’s resolutions, but, as I’ll be reaching the big 3-0 this year (eek!), I think making more of an effort with skincare might be one of mine for 2017.

I’ve never been ultra fussy when it comes to choosing skincare products – usually my only criteria is that they have to be natural, or at least contain some natural ingredients, and free from parabens and other nasties. So I was intrigued to find out more about a new-to-me brand called iS Clinical, a cosmeceutical skincare line that uses pharmaceutical-grade botanical ingredients, at a blogger event held at Bristol’s S-Thetics Clinic in Queen Square at the end of last year. Continue reading “New year, new skincare”

Winter sewing shortlist

Sometimes it seems like the sewists I follow on social media have a secret magic watch that stops time so they can sew up a whole wardrobe of amazing dresses before breakfast, then skip off to work and get on with the rest of their day (wearing an amazing handmade dress from said wardrobe, obvs).

And then there’s me, just about managing to make a simple stripe tee over the course of a couple of weeks, snatching 20-30 minutes of sewing time here and there. I don’t even count myself as particularly busy, but somehow time just speeds by and I realise that the ‘quick project’ I’ve been working on has taken me over a month to complete. In fact, one such quick project, the Tilly Dominique skirt I started making at the end of summer from a lovely rust-coloured crepe from FC Fabric Studio, will probably have to wait until next spring to be finished as winter has well and truly arrived. Sob. Continue reading “Winter sewing shortlist”

Spotted

Well, this project was a long time in the making. I kind of lost my sew-jo over the last few months, but I think it’s finally back!

The kind people at the-stitchery sent me two metres of this gorgeous red spot peachskin last year, and I’ve been itching to get it finally sewn up into a simple summer top. And, at long last, here it is! (Sorry it took so long!)

I’ve actually had it finished for about a month now, but every time I’ve had a spare day to photograph it, the British weather did its usual thing (i.e. rained non-stop). So, when the sun finally came out to play I grabbed my camera before it could change its mind. Continue reading “Spotted”

Making sewing plans

If you’re as much of an Instagram addict as I am, you may have noticed your fellow Instagrammers’ penchant for planners (usually snapped artfully placed at an angle on an impossibly tidy desk, accessorised with a frothy coffee, an expensive candle and a perfect manicure).

We seem to be obsessed with planning, and the more colourful stickers, washi tape and to-do lists we can throw at it the better. I even treated myself to a Filofax this year (90s me would be so proud – back then I had to make do with a Funfax). Continue reading “Making sewing plans”

Photo Diary: Seaside

While some bloggers post photos of hipster cafes, buzzing city streets or far-flung sun-drenched beaches, I bring you…the British seaside. In winter. Sorry guys.

Anyway, if you’re planning a seaside trip, I recommend going armed with plenty of 2p coins, because you’ll probably spend a lot of time on the slot machines trying to win pointless stuff (and failing, because who the hell has ever won something on those things?). Continue reading “Photo Diary: Seaside”