Monday, 31 January 2011

Paris in embroidery

Some samples and more drawings I did for the short embroidery project that I did on Paris. I had never done any embroidery before so the samples are pretty wobbly and simple but I quite like them like that. Wish I could carry on this project and produce something better but next I'm learning how to knit!
Hope you all had a lovely weekend xxx

Wednesday, 26 January 2011


I haven't baked in such a long time. It's so much easier at home with all the equipment, pretty decorations (and free ingredients!). I'm nipping home this weekend for my dad's birthday and I'm already starting to plan my next baking session.
Now, which ones to make...?

YUM. Have any recommendations?

Monday, 24 January 2011

Paper hearts

Love love loving these pretty paper heart garlands made by Dottie Angel.  So simple and pretty, and perfect for Valentine's Day! Can't wait to get my hands on a sewing machine now...

Thursday, 20 January 2011

Paris illustrations

I'm in the middle of my three week embroidery block, learning machine and hand embroidery techniques. The title of the project is "architecture" and I chose to look at Parisian architecture - I just think it's so beautiful. Here are some photos of pages in my sketchbook... most of them were done quickly due to the length of this project!

And here's a little Eiffel Twoer that I sewed while learning how to applique. I think it's quite cute :)

I'm going to Paris in 3 weeks with my university and I'm so excited! The trip has landed on my 20th birthday, which will make it even more fun. I can't believe I'm going to be 20! No longer a teenager...


Wednesday, 19 January 2011

Reading nook

How lovely and cosy does this little reading nook look? I would love to curl up on those cushions with a good book and a mug of hot chocolate!

Monday, 17 January 2011

Winter to Spring

When I arrived in Bath, I was suprised and disappointed to discover that there wasn't a Zara shop to be seen. I don't buy a lot from Zara, but to me it is a staple high street shop, just like H&M and Topshop. So I've had to make do with looking at the beautiful clothes on the website instead.
I've recently been on a bit of a shopping spree so I've had to resist ordering anything for now! But I know that I'll probably be visiting Zara when it comes to updating my spring wardrobe. 

A lot of these items are quite similar - casual and easy to throw on - which is what I've been doing recently, especially at university. Loose dresses with skinny belts, baggy blouses tucked into jeans, and comfortable patterned trousers

Friday, 14 January 2011

Blog award and questions

Thank you to Louise from Glitter Ball for passing this award along to me! It's been fun :)

Share 7 random things about yourself:
1. I'm vegetarian
2. I can't wait to have children, it's the one thing I'm sure I want to do when I'm older
3. I'm highly allergic to horses, but they're my favourite animal
4. It  annoys me when people make grammatical mistakes. The worst is saying "your" instead of "you're"
5. I adore Lindt Lindors
6. The South of France is my favourite place in the world
7. I'm terrified of heights
I'm going to pass this award along to...

1. Why did you create this blog?
My friend and I began a blog together in 2009 to blog about high street fashion. I only read one or two blogs before that, so it took me a while to get the hang of blogging. However, my friend wasn't so interested, so this time last year I deleted our shared blog and started this one. I love being able to post my interests and loves on here, and "meeting" people through blogs.

2. What kind of blog do you follow?
All sorts! Mostly interiors based, but lots of fashion ones too, and foody ones. And blogs about random things! I find it more interesting when you feel like you get to know the blogger as well, through them sharing little bits of their lives.
3. Favourite make-up brand?
Mac and Benefit. I love Bobbi Brown and Clinique as well. I'm a bit obsessed with buying make up at the moment!
4. Favourite clothing brand?
Topshop does produce so many lovely clothes, though I'm actually a little bored of it at the moment so I'm not sure! I mainly shop there, Urban Outfitters, Zara, Gap and H&M.

5. Your indispenable make-up product?
Hmmm it's a toss up between mascara and Mac blusher in "Dame". And I don't know what I'd do without my concealer!

6. Your favourite colour?
Duck egg blue

7. Your favourite perfume?
Coco Mademoiselle by Chanel

8. Your favourite film?

9. What country would you like to visit & why?
I'm not very well travelled so lots of places! I'd love to go to Greece for the beautiful coast and beaches, America, New Zealand - it looks so beautiful!

10. Are you a cat or dog person?
Neither, I'm allergic to both. But if I had to choose, cats because dogs are just annoying sometimes. And too slobbery.

I also set up a Formspring if you want to ask me anymore questions!

Wednesday, 12 January 2011

January Sales

Usually I'm not a huge fan of sales. I do love finding a bargain, but I find the messy rails of clothes and hoards of crowds off-putting. I like shopping to be an enjoyable experience! However this year I've managed to pick up quite a few reduced items in the sales, which I'm quite pleased with. Along with these things I picked up a Pure digital radio, some lovely underwear and a cardi from Gap.
Sorry that some of the photos aren't great quality - I find photographing clothes difficult, especially in my little uni room! I've added the sale prices as well (I got everything at least half price), in case you feel like checking out the shops to see if they're still there.

Topshop, £3

Warehouse, £10
Urban Outfitters, £20
Urban Outfitters, £10
Urban Outfitters, £7

Urban Outfitters, £65

As you can see I kind of splashed out in Urban Outfitters! They have great sales. The floral top and rug arrived in the post today, something I ordered to cheer me up when I got back to uni. I can't decide where to put the rug - it's only about 2 by 3 feet - but I thought it would brighten up my room. My favourite buy is probably the blue playsuit. I wanted it for ages before Christmas, but the price of £55 put me off.
I was ill in bed yesterday. I don't often get ill and it was really frustrating having to miss my embroidery class. So I better get back to work as I have a lot to catch up on! Hope you're all having a lovely week

Monday, 10 January 2011

Seventy Tree Shop

I have followed the Seventy Tree blog for a while now, and mentioned it a few times on my blog as one of my favourites. Kerry has opened a shop fairly recently, selling her own prints and postcards. The prints are so lovely and everything is really reasonably priced. These are two of my favourites:

A3 Big Drop print, £19.50

A4 Bear of Few Words (Peach/ Blue), £10

Kerry's work has a really distinct and lovely style and I wish her the best of luck!

Friday, 7 January 2011

New Year Resolutions

1. Work harder at university
Since starting university I have lost my passion a little bit for textiles, and I think it's because I've been so distracted with settling down, making friends etc. I need to get back into working hard, reading design magazines and drawing and creating in my spare time, which I haven't done in a while.

2. Be more positive
And don't worry so much! I love Diana's idea of writing down 5 things that have made me happy that day every night before going to bed. I think it would be so nice to read back through when I need cheering up, and help me to appreciate the little things.

3. Eat more healthily
This is a usual on most people's (including mine) New Year Resolution lists. Yet now I'm cooking for myself instead of eating my mum's healthy meals all the time, I need to make more of an effort. I want to make more vegetable soups for meals, eat more salads and snack on fruit instead of chocolate.

4. Organise a job in the summer
Preferably nannying. I did this last summer for 5 weeks and it was fun and paid well! And maybe get some work experience if possible

5. Take more photographs
When starting a new project, I often trawl through my photographs looking for inspiration or things to draw. If I had more, this would be easier!

6. Visit friends at uni or have friends come to stay at least once a month
I was awful at doing this in the first term. I guess it was harder when I was trying to settle in, but there are no excuses now! And I realised how much I had missed them when I saw them in London this Christmas. I just need to get booking those train tickets...

7. Read more
Kind of self-explanatory. And stay away from Gossip Girl and Shopaholic books.

8. Get enough sleep
At uni I get homesick when I'm tired, so I need early nights as much as possible. Basically any time before midnight!

What are your New Year resolutions? xxxx

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Thursday, 6 January 2011


When in Paris, my friend and I came across this adorable French children's clothes shop called BONTON. It sold other things as well, including wrapping paper, room decorations, and cupcakes I think? But the clothes are just so so cute. I think I'll have to make a shopping trip to Paris as soon as I have children. I love the muted colours of the clothes, and their French style.

My poor children are going to have no say on what they wear!

Saturday, 1 January 2011

Happy New Year!

I hope you had a lovely Christmas and New Year! I've eaten way too much and been pretty unproductive over the last week! But it's been so nice and relaxing seeing family and friends and watching loads of Christmasy films. These are some of my Christmas goodies which I am very grateful for - the photos mostly show stocking fillers apart from the slippers, Bobbi Brown palette and Pattern book. The last couple of years I've been given lots of wooden rubber stamps and I've built up quite a collection now. I've just been making Thank You notes with them. What did you get for Christmas? xx

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