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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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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Objets De Désir Cabot Circus Pop-Up Launch

Back in June (where did the months go?) I went to the launch of online boutique Objet de Désir‘s lovely pop-up shop in Quakers Friars (read all about it here). When I heard another was opening on the top floor of Cabot Circus, I just had to head over and take a look.

Yet again, I wanted everything in the store; the shelves are brimming with everything from unique jewellery to beautiful prints. I especially love the bold pompom trim cushions by Sophiesho and the pretty doll jewellery and prints by Emma Garner. The shop is open until 24th December – I’ll no doubt be getting a fair few Christmas presents for family and friends from here.

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Brands I Love: Bibico

One of the best things about wearing something home-sewn is that you know it hasn’t been made by poorly paid workers in terrible – and in some cases unsafe – working conditions. This is why I also love to buy from ethical brands where I can. Fairtrade fashion has come a long way in recent years; thanks to endorsement by celebs like Emma Watson (who had her own clothing line for ethical fashion pioneers People Tree a few years ago) it is becoming more mainstream, and there are a multitude of exciting boutiques out there that prove buying ethical doesn’t have to mean forgoing the latest looks. Continue reading “Brands I Love: Bibico”

Objets de Désir Pop-up Launch, Bristol

Stumbling across a new and original designer is one of the great shopping pleasures, but it can all too often mean spending hours trawling through the internet to find that dreamed-of gem for your home or wardrobe – no wonder so many shoppers stick with the usual high street brands. Continue reading “Objets de Désir Pop-up Launch, Bristol”