Outfit of the Day - Chilly Knits

Dress:  Primark (£16)
Leather Jacket:  Vintage (£25)
Snood:  Aubin & Wills (£25, secondhand)
Bag: Vintage (£10)
Boots:  Toast, old faithfuls (£215)
Tights:   Primark (£1.50)
Sunglasses:  Ray Bans, Laramie (£113)

So it's been a little chilly in England of late!  Sadly I missed the snow as I had the flu and spent the entire time in bed.  Now I'm back on my feet, but still feeling a little delicate, I wanted to wear something smart enough for work but that I still felt cosy in, so I opted for a knitted dress.

I bought this dress in the Autumn, from Primark.  I've stated before that I don't like to shop in Primark, and I'd simply gone in to get some tights when I spotted this aztec knitted dress......and well that was it, I had to have it.  At just £16 I'm not sure how long it's going to last or in what conditions it was made, and it's something I struggle with everytime I wear it.  That said, it's a lovely dress, the pattern is great and the muted colours really suit my skin tone.

The snood is one of my favourite winter items, it's from Aubin & Wills, the big sister of Jack Wills, which make beautiful quality clothes, although they are a little expensive (hence it's secondhand!).  I'm sad to say Aubin & Wills is closing down very soon, but on the plus side everything is on sale on their website!

Hopefully I'llbe able to post some more outfits over the coming weeks, I've got a few things I'd like to share with you, now I just need to find some nice locations to take the photos in!

Happy Monday my lovelies.  xx


Friday Fancies & Weekend Temptations - Dreaming of spring!

Apologies for the radio silence my lovelies, I've had a really nasty bout of flu and I'm only just out the other side.  Trust me, you don't want it!  I've spent the last week wrapped up in bed, drinking lots of fluids and missing out on all the snow!  I have to say I am ready for spring!

This past week I've been eyeing up the Spring/Summer collection from American Vintage and I can't wait for brighter days and weather that doesn't require a jacket!  Here are my favourite pieces from the Spring/Summer 2013 lookbook.

(All pictures from here)

I LOVE American Vintage, the colours, the textures, the cuts.  Their clothes are so beautifully designed.  I Love to wear them both to work and for play, and I'm really looking forward to getting my hands on some pieces from the latest collection.

What are your favourite pieces from the new collection?

Having spent the last few weeks couped up in the house I'm looking forward to getting out, The Boy and I are heading to a local Market Town for a day of mooching, coffee drinking and cake eating.  On Sunday we'll be helping my sister-in-law move house and then feasting on a roast dinner with friends.  Perfect.  What are you up to this weekend?

Happy Friday my lovelies. xx


Tuesday is Food Day - The Tenth Hole, Southsea

Wall of cake!

Yesterday The Boy and I took a little day trip for his 40th Birthday.  I'd bought him some vouchers for Pie & Vinyl in Portsmouth for Christmas and thought it would be great to explore the Southsea area for the day.  I'll blog more about Pie & Vinyl soon, needless to say they sell Pie and Vinyl!

I haven't been to Southsea for years, other than going to the Wedgewood Rooms to see bands!  I put a shout out on Facebook to see where would be good for Coffee and Cake and it was unanimous.......The Tenth Hole!  So after a day spent wondering around the junk shops of Albert Road, Fawcett Road, and Elm Grove, and of course Pie & Vinyl on Castle Road, we headed down to the seafront for a brisk walk and then on to The Tenth Hole on Eastern Parade.  

I'd been told by friends that The Tenth Hole has the largest array of cakes imaginable, and in flavours you've never come across before....and they were right.  It's set in what appears to be an old Cricket Pavilion between a cricket pitch and a pitch and put course.  As you walk in you are greeted by what feels like a wall of cakes, all beautifully presented and as warned, in more flavours than you can shake a stick at! I spent a good 5 minutes trying to choose and landed on the Banoffee Pie (not literally!).  It was super yummy with just the right ratio of crust/toffee/banana/cream.  I must have inhaled it in about 30 seconds flat!  

Not only does The Tenth Hole do cakes, and in generous portions may I add, but it also does an array of savoury food, with choices for all the family......and from what I could see the portion sizes were great for the savoury food too.  And if you fancy a real treat I'd recommend the High Tea, a family over the way had this and it looked beautiful!

There's lots of seating inside and out, and they not only provide blankets for outside seating but hot water bottles too!  AMAZING!

If you're in Southsea you must make a stop off at The Tenth Hole, I'm already planning a return trip! 

Happy Tuesday my lovelies. xx


Being Present

Be Present Every Day - print of original illustration
(Print available to buy here)

Today I went to the funeral of an old work colleague and neighbour. It's the third funeral I've been to in the last year and at every single one of them I learnt things I never knew about that person.  It got me thinking about one of my 'areas of work for 2013' - To be present!

I love spending time with friends and family, enjoying the fun things we get up to, but how often do I really listen to what they are saying?  I like to think I'm a good listener, but it's easy to think about what the next question is you're going to ask and not really listen to what it is that they are telling you.  Sometimes it's also about asking the right questions, meaningful questions, not just 'stock' questions which we've all been programmed to ask through social norm.  In 2013 I'm really going to be present, listen properly, ask questions and spend time finding out more about my friends and family.

I also think it shouldn't stop with those nearest and dearest to you.  Since the advent of smartphones and tablets it seems many of us live in our own little social media bubble.  I ride the bus to work sometimes and you see everyone with their heads buried in their phones.  I've never been one for engaging in conversations with strangers, it's always made me feel a little awkward, I don't know why.  In 2013 I'm going to make an effort to respond to those who engage with me, they are clearly doing so for a reason, and therefore I should listen, and be present.  Even though you don't know the person doesn't mean they have nothing to offer, even the briefest of chats can have meaning.

Here's to being present in 2013, and beyond! xx


2012 - You Were Epic!

A good lesson
(Piccie from here)

So another year passes and a new one begins.  2012 was EPIC, so much happened, my life changed beyond measure.  I started training as a silversmith in January, we got burgled in February, went on a wonderful holiday to Rhodes with The Boy in April, I opened my online Jewellery shop in May, I started a new job in June, went to Latitude Festival with friends in July, had a fantastic birthday in August, buried two Grandparents in September, left my job and started a new one in September, took up cycle commuting to work, lost a dress size, bought a new car in November and had the most amazing family festive season.

2012 really was a rollercoaster, I learnt a lot about myself, especially during the more challenging times, and I think it’s made me a better person……although there is definitely more progress to be made.  I’m not one for making New Year’s Resolutions, I never have been, but I’ve been thinking a lot about the person I’d like to be and so I’ve put together a list of things I’ll be focussing on in 2013.  Here goes:

  • Do more for others.  I’d love to start volunteering but with a full time job, two businesses, and a husband it’s difficult, so I’m going to make random acts of kindness my place to start and see where it takes me.
  • Live more.  I’m going to take the opportunities which life throws at me, and not be afraid to embark on new projects and adventures.
  • Live more simply.  Since I got another full time job I’ve slipped into my old pre-redundancy consumerist ways.  I want to take it down a notch and return to my thrifty roots.
  • Spend more time talking and less time interfacing.  I’ve really been working hard on building my online presence, it helps with the online shops and I love blogging, but this year I hope to be out and about a bit more, with old friends, and making new ones and being inspired by other people’s lives.  I want to be present!
  • Be respectful of other people.  Everyone is on a different journey, if someone is crabby with me, or non-responsive I need to remember they are on their own journey and as close as I am with them I will never truly know what their journey is all about but I must respect where it takes them.
  • And finally be more respectful to myself.  I am going to trust in my beliefs, care for myself more so that I have the capacity to care for others when they need me.   I started this last year when I started cycle commuting to work.  Fitting some exercise into my daily routine has really helped and it’s not a chore, in fact I love it (even the rain isn’t as bad as I thought!). 

So there you have it, these are the areas of my life which I’m going to work on, I don’t set targets, because it’s easy to feel bad if you don’t achieve them and what good does that do anyone!  Do you make resolutions?  Or are there areas of your life you’d like to work on?  I’d love to know, I might have missed something from my list!

Happy New Year my lovelies. xx

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