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Jan 20 2015

Obsessions: My Need For Designer Stationery

designer-stationery-1I’ve spoken about my addiction to stationery before, I have a love for buying notepads, pens, pencils, cute erasers, and even colourful paper-clips, most of which I find too cute to even use, but lately I think I have been hitting new heights with my latest purchases that I just had to have, designer pieces of stationery.

First up, Kate Spade New York, literally the mecca for the cutest pieces that you didn’t even know you wanted, from bow-shaped push pins to micro-skinny pencils, and even a rotating phrase stamp to graffiti every piece of paper in sight, all of which are currently on my very long wish list. I added to my collection in New York these cool pens with phrases like ‘What’s the Word’ and ‘From the Desk of’, as well as these bookend notepads. The reason why, because they were so adorable I couldn’t possible leave them behind!!!

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Another favourite has to be the Christian Lacroix Papier, which I can’t help myself when I pass by Liberty’s or browsing on Amara. I love the fashion illustration collections the best and I now have a number of his notebooks as well as a cute note card set that I said was to write to friends but I haven’t quite brought myself to use them, I was thinking instead that they would make great additions to my fashion illustration wall.

For posh notepads with a touch of personality there is only one place to go Aspinal of London, I love their refillable journals with the dreamiest of leather covers, and don’t forget to get it personalised – trust me it is worth it. I have a number of them with my initials on and I love them.

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After something fun then you have to check out the Archie Grand range with their witty statements on the front, like ‘Designers I Met And Liked’ and ‘Accessories I Had And Liked’. I find these make the perfect gifts as well as day-to-day pads.

A new favourite has to be Rob Ryan’s collection of notepads, I love his intricate and whimsical artwork and it really does lend itself perfectly for gorgeous stationery that will brighten up any desk. My favourite has to be the bright pink ‘I am the notepad of’ featuring inspirational quotes on the front cover.

Other brands I’ve added to my stationery collection recently and I think you should too, yep that’s right I am enabling so I’m not the only stationery addict are: Sloane Stationery, they kind of mix the best of Aspinal of London with Archie Grand, Cath Kidston, always good for a fun notepad or pen, and Nuuna who do a great selection of handbag sized notepads, I am currently scribbling in their ‘I’d Rather be at the Beach’ notebook, well one can dream while jotting their to-do list.

Do you buy stationery just to look at or is that just me?

For more of my designer stationery selections – scroll through my picks below:

Jan 07 2015

My Wedding: The UK Celebrations & Another Gorgeous Gown

My-wedding-downhall-7It’s been two months since the most amazing week ever, I get to say a week as I was a spoilt bride and I got to do my fabulous day twice, in two different countries, and in two incredible wedding gowns. I have already shared with you New York, it was truly magical, everything I could have wished for and more, I don’t think it could have gone any better, but right from the start we knew that New York was for us, quiet, intimate and romantic, and we’d need a UK celebration to party with our friends and family.

It was the UK side of our wedding that pilled on the stress, from finding the right venue, organising flowers, food, and entertainment, as well as last minute nerves about my dress, well you’ve seen my New York beauty – I was worried that the UK gown just wasn’t special enough, but I think this is so normal for brides to worry about, as on the day I felt absolutely beautiful and I think this Ellis Bridal gown was perfect for dancing the night away at a country manor hotel.

The gown, like for any bride, was very important to me, I wanted something simple, yet stunning, with a little bit of bling, and something that was timeless, which was very important to me as I want to look back at these images and still love my dress, and I think it really does tick all those boxes and more, especially after my amazing seamstress at Fleur de Lys Bridal worked her magic and made it perfect.

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Unlike our New York wedding we weren’t bless with great weather, instead there weren’t any blue skies in sight, so we only had a short window to take our snaps before the torrential rain came down and the light was lost. I think we pulled it off, just, I have to be honest looking at wedding photos really does make you self-conscious, sometimes all I can see are my flaws, and I have shed a tear or two over the UK snaps. But looking again at them with a more positive outlook I really can see the beauty and fun in the day and the gown, it really was such a happy occasion, and I hope that comes across.

What I love most about this gown is the tulle skirt, I just couldn’t stop twirling, and it really did help me dance the night away, as it was super light, very comfortable and even though there was a lot of dress it didn’t get in the way of anything, which was helped as there was no train as I had the seamstress cut it all off and make it more into a ballgown, more Old Hollywood, and a lot easier to walk and dance in.

Accessories were again kept to the minimum, I kept the same Kate Spade clutch from New York, the same Jimmy Choo heels, which I didn’t take off until I was walking up the ten flights of stairs at the end of the night to the bridal suite, the same diamond stud earrings, and even the same bracelet, the only real difference was a switch up on the vintage necklace. For New York I went with pearls, I just think it fitted the vintage dress and city, but for this tulle beauty I thought my Mum’s vintage crystal bead necklace would work better, and I am so glad I did as they sparkled beautifully.

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The day was such a giggle, and I have to really thank my fabulous hair and make-up team, the wonderful Mercedez who did an amazing job making me look beautiful as well as doing the most perfect nail art, and Amy who put together a fabulous hair-do, that was modern and fun with the side braid, while still having that Old Hollywood feel about it. I can’t recommend both ladies enough, they were a calming influence on the day, I think we had a lot of fun getting ready, and I love how my look turned out and it definitely helped me feel more relaxed on the day.

If you are in the midsts of planning your wedding, congrats and good luck, but remember that with all the stress and worry is an amazing day that you will remember for ever, just allow yourself to have fun and enjoy the moment. I sure did, and even though everything didn’t go according to plan, not that anyone noticed, I don’t think we could have plan it any better and I am so pleased that it was the party we wanted to celebrate our marriage and huge thanks to our friends and family who came – you guys made it a day to remember.

So what do you think – do you prefer my UK or New York wedding gown? It is hard for me to choose as they are both so beautiful and different from one another, I’m just so lucky to have found two amazing dresses that were so perfect for me.

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Dec 05 2014

My Wedding: A Closer Look At My Vintage Wedding Gown

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I don’t know any bride, who doesn’t want an incredible wedding gown, but it is hard to get something unique, dramatic-yet-still elegant, with an Old Hollywood feel that is within some reasonable budget. Add on top the rest of my very long wishlist, not too white, a wow skirt, beading or embroidery and with romantic floaty sleeves – I thought it was more fantasy than reality.

I wasn’t against a modern, boutique gown, I would have loved the money to treat myself to a designer number like Vera Wang or Elie Saab, but I was realistic with my finances and I just felt that a vintage beauty would be more fitting to our elopement wedding in New York, and would possible give me that couture, red carpet feeling without the price tag.

I know vintage doesn’t mean cheap, but I was willing to hunt around for the one. Thankfully I didn’t search long for my gorgeous gown, to be honest I didn’t search at all. My gown came to me by chance, we had only been engaged less than a month when our friends who were with us in New York came to stay and we took them to Bury St Edmonds, we kind of took a wrong turn exploring the town and we found vintage store, House Of Huxster. I thought it was a long shot, but as soon as I saw it I loved it, I didn’t think it would fit me, but I loved it and thank god for stretch!

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It needed a little work, it originally had spaghetti straps, which I felt didn’t really do the dress justice, and it didn’t have enough drama on the bottom, but I was introduced the incredible Irene, an amazing seamstress and she really did work her magic. She added floaty sleeves to add a touch of romance, more layers of pouf under the skirt, re-shaped the skirt, added a belt, and made more tulle ruffles that were so close to the original that you can’t even tell which ones are new. Irene basically brought my vision to life, held my hand through those wobbles of thinking I was too fat, the worry that it was too formal for what we were doing, and my last-minute panic that Paul wouldn’t like it, I should have known that he would love it.

The gown to me just felt like it was made for New York. I love everything about the gown and how it combined everything I wanted – the beading, the tulle, the sleeves and the unusual skirt, which is my favourite thing about the dress – it looks great in photos, but more than that it made me feel like I was floating when I walked. It was the most perfect gown and I am so pleased the professional pictures from I Heart New York have come out so well, the dress really shines.

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As the dress makes such a statement I didn’t want to go too crazy with my jewellery so I went for pieces that I felt complimented it. The highlight being my great grandmother’s pearls, they are so gorgeous, I love the off-white colour and the fact that they are 80 years old I just felt that they belong with my vintage number, and when else can you get away with wearing the most exquisite pearl necklace.

I then went for Tiffany infinity bow bracelet that was a present from Paul a couple of years ago, which looked great with my silver heart bracelet from my friend Sarah, I just loved that she made Paul give it to me on the plane over to New York as she received one before her wedding, and the final piece of arm candy was my pearl and silver cuff from the Jenny Packham for Debenhams collection that I found in my jewellery box just before we flew out, I love how it has similar beads to my dress. The final touch were my Kenneth Jay Lane sparkly earrings, something simple that catches the light.

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The last thing to mention about my New York wedding look are my shoes. My plan was to have navy blue, to match Paul’s tux jacket, the only problem was that my vintage gown didn’t have the height to take anything higher than 2 inch heels, which I am so pleased about now, and I just couldn’t find anything I liked. I wanted designer shoes without the price tag so I went on the sample sale hunt and that’s when I spotted these white Jimmy Choo with a tiny heel, they are super comfortable and I love the pointy toe on them.

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The surprise addition, which looks like it was made just for me, was my Mr And Mrs clutch from Kate Spade. Paul actually ordered this beauty and picked up on our wedding day, it was such a lovely surprise and it seems I am not the only one loving it as it has been a bit of a hit on Instagram. Well if you can’t find statement heels you have to do a clutch!

It feels like an end of chapter finally showing off my amazing wedding gown, especially as I kept it a secret not just from Paul but nearly everyone as I wanted it to make a statement, which I hope it did. I know everyone has an opinion on wedding gowns and I would love to hear what you think of my choice, as I really couldn’t be happier with it.

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Sep 07 2013

My Style: ASOS Floral Dip-Dye Dress

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Before the fashion craziness of September, my boyfriend and I always try to get away for a mini-break, so last week we headed to Wales for a spot of relaxation at a spa in Anglesey. More to come on the amazing hotel, the treatments and the island, but as I haven’t blogged an outfit post in nearly a month, so I thought I would share with you one of my favourite looks from my holibob.

This floral dip-dye smock dress is from ASOS and I bought it on a whim as it was in the sale, it still is and is only £18, I like the shape and the idea of wearing florals without being too girlie and bright. The thinking was I could wear during the summer with bright accessories and then come winter I could layer up with tights, boots and a chunky cardigan.

For dinner at the hotel one night I decided to wear this beauty paired with my bright orange heels from Marks & Spencer, I got them for a wedding last year and they are super comfortable and I love the pop of colour with the burn-out floral design of the dress. As I don’t have an orange belt, seriously the only colour I don’t own, I went with my trusty flower clasp beauty from Dorothy Perkins as this dress really needs to be nipped in a little otherwise it looks a little unflattering.

Finishing off my look I kept my jewellery simple, mainly because we were away to relax not get dressed up, so I wore my trusty Fossil watch that my mum got me for my birthday and my new favourite piece of arm candy – this cute bow bracelet from Kate Spade.

There is something about this dress that I love, and I think it works against the gorgeous backdrop of Anglesey, as it makes the pop of colours in the flowers and palm trees look even more vibrant.

Are you a fan of floral dresses and would you wear this beautiful dip-dye number?

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My Style: Floral smock dress, ASOS // Belt, Dorothy Perkins // Watch, Fossil // Glasses, Karen Millen at Specsavers (c/o) // Bow bracelet, Kate Spade (c/o) // Orange heels, Marks & Spencer (c/o) //

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Jul 20 2012

For iPhone Lovers: The Adorable Moschino Gennarino Bear

You may have already seen Anna Dello Russo tweet a piccie of her new iPhone case from Moschino this week but I couldn’t resist sharing the beauty that is simply known as Gennarino, the Moschino mascot bear.

Coming to Moschino boutiques in September this adorable iPhone case will set you back around $75 but come on it is so worth it – I have to admit I am loving my new HTC One X but this beauty makes the iPhone very appealing!!!

I love the brown bear with a red bow – but I am also hearing that iPhone addicts will also be able to spoil their mobiles with either a yellow bear with a blue bow or a pink bear with a green bow – I have to be honest all three sound good to me.

Can’t wait until September to give your iPhone a make-over? Why not try one of these designer beauties:

1. Karl, £35 from Netaporter.com

2. Kate Spade – Pardon My French, $40 from KateSpade.com

3. Marc by Marc Jacobs – Lips, £30 from Selfridges.com

4. Lanvin, £45 from Netaporter.com

Jun 18 2012

My Style: I Brightened Up My Weekend With Olivia Rubin For Dorothy Perkins

This weekend I embraced the sun, granted for most of the weekend it was a little glum but when the sun did shine I was totally dressed for the occasion in my Olivia Rubin for Dorothy Perkins printed maxi dress and peplum top.

On Saturday, the weather wasn’t amazing I am in slight denial I want it to be summer so I can wear all my pretty clothes, so I decided to do just that with this pink and white floral printed maxi dress, which is one of my favourite pieces from the Olivia Rubin for Dorothy Perkins collection.

My beautiful and uber-comfortable maxi was teamed with my adorable Kate Spade New York Armadillo, it’s first outing since I was gifted it at the Kate Spade event I went to a few weeks ago and I am totally in love with it. Finishing off my look is a Barbie pink cardigan from New Look and a stack full of bracelets from Thomas Sabo, Ernest Jones, as well as two I made and my white gold bangle that my Mum got me for my 21st birthday that I just re-discovered in my jewellery box.

 

Yesterday, I went for a more casual vibe for hanging out with my friends in the garden, while trying to enjoy the rare glimpses of sun. This pink sleeveless bird print top is fast becoming one of my go-to tops, I love the shape, the vibrant print, as well as the exposed back zip, which I stupidly forgot to snap!!!

With the unpredictable weather this top is perfect teamed with jeans, the ones I am wearing here I have only had a few weeks but they are my new favs and they are from Warehouse, they are a little higher in the waist than other high-street jeans and so comfortable – they make me feel and look a little slimming, which is always a good thing.

Because my top is so bright I decided to go neon with my jewellery with my pink, orange and yellow bracelets, teamed with my Thomas Sabo pink bracelet but this time with my new dragonfly charm that I got for my birthday, and finishing up with my neon pink F*** Me I’m Famous Ice-Watch.

Finishing off my look are my Chanel sunglasses, I do love these beauties mainly for the cool chain-arm, but they are a little loose so I am afraid that I am going to damage them, and comfort rules with this outfit so only my bright pink Keds would do.

Saturday’s Look: Olivia Rubin for Dorothy Perkins black printed maxi, now only £25Kate Spade New York Armadillo (c/o); pink cardigan from New Look; black Thomas Sabo bracelet with Barbie poodle charm; pink Thomas Sabo bracelet with butterfly charm; White gold bangle; shell bracelet; red beaded bracelet; and silver wrap bracelet from Ernest Jones (c/o); brown buckle flats from F&F at Tesco; and Versace sunglasses.

Sunday’s Look: Olivia Rubin for Dorothy Perkins sleeveless bird print peplum top, now only £17; Thomas Sabo dragonfly charm; Ice-Watch (c/o); Warehouse ultra skinny jeans; Chanel sunglasses (c/o); and pink Keds (c/o).

Which day do you prefer? Also do let me know if you have bought any of the Olivia Rubin for Dorothy Perkins collection, if not check it out online as a lot of the line seems to be in the sale.

Apr 11 2012

Beauty: Kate Spade New York Launches Nail Polish

As well as falling in love with Kate Spade New York’s straw bags I was also drawn to the brand’s first nail polish collection inspired by Australian artist Florence Broadhurst. Once again the brand has created the varnishes alongside beauty expert Poppy King, who help with the label’s lipstick line, Supercalifraglipstick, and they work perfectly with the brand’s preppy style.

This limited edition travel set hits Kate Spade NY stores and online this month and comes in a gorgeous summer palette of yellow, blue, orange and pink. As you all know I am a lover of nail varnishes especially of the pink variety, and I love the ‘Watermelon Fingers’ shade, or to you and I that is the flirty watermelon pink shade in the set.

As well as great beachy bright shades perfect for summer, I love that each one is named after Florence Broadhurst’s iconic patterns, so the pale blue is ‘Sea Foam Swirls’, the hot orange is ‘Solar Orange’, and my second favourite the sunny yellow is called ‘Yellow Cockatoo’.

For miniatures they are a little pricey at £25 a set, but if like me you are hoarder of great shades and love a limited edition they these are the perfect addictions to your collection.

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