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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:

Shopping: Ted Baker Royal Mint Pop-Up

Shopping: Ted Baker Royal Mint Pop-Up

Can you believe that everywhere is already starting to look a lot more Christmassy? I am a festive season junkie normally but this year my Christmas cheer has been put on hold a little due to a little thing called my wedding!!! However, I couldn’t but feel a little in the party mood when checking out Ted Baker’s amazing Royal Mint pop-up in Selfridges this week.

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Doll Loving: Barbie x Sadie Williams For LFW

Doll Loving: Barbie x Sadie Williams For LFW

I always get a little giddy around this time of year, not because Valentine’s Day is coming up, but because London Fashion Week is only days away and I know that Barbie always teams up with an amazing fashion designer. Previously, my favourite doll has been dressed by Sibling, Nasir Mazhar, Fred Butler, Louise Gray, Roksanda Ilincic and she even got a Christmas makeover from Stephen Jones – well coming Friday this gang of tomboy princesses designed by Sadie Williams will go on sale at Selfridges.

It is hard to top Sibling and Fred Butler, I loved them so much I rushed out and snapped up two, but I love how Central Saint Martins’ graduate Sadie Williams has really brought her own vision to Barbie’s expanding wardrobe. The intricate detail mash-up of hand-collaged prints, which reference vintage sports clothing, graphic Amish quilts, and abstract shapes seen in the work of Frank Stella, really does make the perfect Barbie party look.

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Christmas Windows: Selfridges’ Oversized Winter Wonderland

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I am a bit of a Christmas nut, I love putting the Michael Buble album on repeat, eating copious amounts of mince pies, wrapping up warm with a hot chocolate watching festive movies, and each year I love checking out the Christmas decorations and window displays. If you follow me on Instagram you will have already seen a giant snowglobe in the middle of Piccadilly, a huge reindeer in Covent Garden, as well as sparkly displays in Leeds, and a rocking robin on Carnaby Street. Well yesterday, in between meetings and events, I decided to wander past Selfridges on Oxford Street to see their fashionable take on the festive season, which is all a bit like ‘Gulliver’s Travels’ with its oversized gifts and tiny people and animals.

The windows are amazing and probably the department store’s best to-date, I love the oversized concept – from the giant Charlotte Olympia kitty shoe with twitching ears to an larger-than-life YSL clutch, a fantasy sized Play-Doh and the largest pair of Dr Dre Beat headphones you will ever see. Plus there is a special window for my favourite doll, Barbie.

These windows are certainly a sight to see, my pictures don’t really show off the wonder at looking at them in person. What I loved about seeing the windows up close was that I wasn’t alone, yesterday I took in the creative displays with an elderly couple, they were super sweet and they were telling me that each year they take in all the windows as a festive treat – so cute!!!

As well as loving all the oversized gifts, what captured my attention the most were all the little details, and when I say little I mean the little Santa’s dancing, playing instruments and directing airplanes, the penguins playing, the skaters on the Grey Goose drink, and the elves dancing – seriously adorable. Oh and who couldn’t love the snowy landscapes.

Have you been to check out Selfridges’ Christmas windows yet and visiting the emporium on the fourth floor?

**Want to see more of Selfridges’ windows? Well head on over to my Facebook page where I have added all the snaps I took**

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[Pics: taken by me, Fashionista Barbie with my Nokia Lumia 1020]