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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:

My Wedding: The UK Celebrations & Another Gorgeous Gown

My Wedding: The UK Celebrations & Another Gorgeous Gown

It’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.

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My Wedding: A Closer Look At My Vintage Wedding Gown

My Wedding: A Closer Look At My Vintage Wedding Gown

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.

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My Style: ASOS Floral Dip-Dye Dress

My Style: ASOS Floral Dip-Dye Dress

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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