December on Instagram

 

1. Crisp air and blue skies  2. Me in my favourite fluffy coat on a walk in a village near my hometown 3. Some lovely recently purchased vintage sewing goodies 4. My favourite new cat earrings from Catkin Boutique 5. A pretty pink sky 6. A vintage milk jug used to serve the gravy on Christmas Day 7. My Christmas Day table 8. A pre-Christmas hot chocolate and Baileys at the market 9. The latest additions to my fabric stash – leopard print chiffon and flower-embossed scuba

I’ve arrived fashionably late to the Instagram party – some might say too late – having only just got myself a phone with the capability to get involved in it (I know, I’m way behind, especially for a blogger). This will be the first of no doubt many monthly Instagram round-ups. December started off in a blur of Christmas shopping (with a bit of fabric buying thrown in for good measure, naturally) and finished on a rather calm note, with lots of good food, a bit of sewing and a few country walks. Here’s to more of the same in 2015.

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Leopard Print + Fur

To paraphrase Carrie Bradshaw, I’ve never been the girl who can wear white and not spill on it – I even got curry sauce on my back once when wearing a white vest top. No, I don’t know how either. So I’m not really sure what possessed me to head to the Dorothy Perkins till with this cream-coloured fluffy coat in hand. It might be something to do with how darn soft and fluffy it is – I feel a bit like a baby polar bear in it, which is no bad thing I’m sure you’ll agree. Continue reading “Leopard Print + Fur”

91 Magazine’s Print Issue

While I love the convenience of digital magazines, there’s nothing quite like casually flicking through a printed mag on a relaxed Sunday morning with a cup of coffee in hand. You don’t have to scroll too far down my blog page to find out that I’m a long-time fan of 91 Magazine – I’ve even contributed a few articles myself – so I couldn’t wait to have a read of their first ever print issue, created in collaboration with Mollie Makes.

This 32-page special features the usual gorgeous home tours (which look even better in print), as well as an interview with the creator of Pygmy Cloud‘s whimsical designs in the Folksy Seller Spotlight, plus plenty of ideas for getting creative and crafty yourself. I particularly love the tips for decorating with paper – such an easy and effective way to add a unique touch to a room.

With the Christmas break fast approaching, this lovely issue will be just the ticket on those lazy, in-between days spent eating chocolates and doing very little.

You can purchase a copy for yourself on the 91 Magazine website – it’s an absolute steal at just £2.95 including P&P.

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Christmas Shopping at Bicester Village

I’ve been wanting to go to Bicester Village for yonks. I’ve heard so many people wax lyrical about it, that I sort of imagined it to be a magical place where fashion dreams really do come true – a Disneyland/Toys R Us for clothes, if you will. And it kind of was – as long as you have a fair bit of spare cash, of course. I don’t, however, recommend going the day after the dreaded Black Friday as I did (or, indeed, on Black Friday itself) as shoppers still seemed to be in frantic bargain-hunting mode, though the stores did well to keep the queues moving.

While I saw plenty to tempt me to splurge, especially at Kate Spade, Vivienne Westwood and Mulberry, I’m trying to save the pennies at the moment (and I do have that Harvey Nicks voucher to spend) so I instead just treated myself to a few beauty goodies from L’Occitane. I also wanted a peek at the shiny things in Pandora, but the relentless queues meant I didn’t get a chance. I’ll definitely be back – preferably on a slightly quieter weekday, nowhere near Christmas – and next time, I might just have to get me a little something from Kate Spade.

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91 Magazine’s Latest Issue

December is a time for curling up on the sofa with a cup of something warm (and, preferably, mulled) and something good to read – and, luckily, the latter has arrived in the form of 91 Magazine‘s new issue. And it’s just in time too, as it really has turned rather frosty.

This issue has plenty to inspire you during December and beyond. The gorgeous feature on winter pastels is a particular favourite of mine, as is the piece on trend predictions for 2015 (you heard them here first, folks). Continue reading “91 Magazine’s Latest Issue”