Monday, 20 February 2012

one day















Cushion covers to-be; a little light reading; comfortable blankets for a poorly pickle; dress-shaped deliveries; vintage finds; thrifting success; tiny shoes; classic reading; angelic glow; crafting delights; later afternoon winter sun; IKEA; a long-awaited purchase.
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Saturday, 18 February 2012

clothes for the day - week 33




Dress: ASOS Maternity // Cardigan: Thrifted // Coat: Thrifted // Bag: Thrifted // Boots: H&M

Anyone who reads this blog regularly will know that I love two things in life (apart from my wonderful family) - crafts and clothes. I've spent most of my life chopping and changing, and experimenting with different styles, I've swapped between eras and taken inspiration from everyone from Kate Moss to the Olsen twins. But during pregnancy, I experience some sort of utter despair with clothes, totally lose my way, and end up wearing jeans (usually fastened below the bump) and t-shirts - I can never find anything that fits properly, and by the last few weeks my dressing time is usually punctuated with, "but I look like a frickin' whale!" Which is why, although I've posted pregnancy photos, I haven't done an outfit post for a very, VERY long time, and I feel like this one should be accompanied by a drum roll.

The dress is from ASOS Maternity, bought during their sale for a teeny tiny £10 - it's a 60's style shift, and should still look fine after littlest Owl puts in an appearance. The biggest problem I have with buying maternity clothes is that apart from being overpriced, they only fit for a few months - oh, and most of them are incredibly boring, or even worse, just plain ugly. This dress was like a shining beacon of fashion hope, and it really couldn't be more comfortable either. I found the coat in a charity shop, for a mere £6 - it's teal, which has been on my wish list for aaaaages, and also it's a 60's swing style, which will hopefully sit snugly round the baby when she's nestled up against me in her sling. 

I'm thirty-three weeks now, and can't help but wish I'd made more of an effort for the rest of this pregnancy, a la the fabulous Miss James of Bleubird Vintage, who I'm sure never set foot outside of the house wearing jeans fastened with a hairband.... Hopefully I'll manage to squeeze in another few outfit posts before baby puts in an appearance - I've got some more thrifted goodies and new shoes to show off, and I don't think I can wait almost seven weeks to do it!
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Friday, 17 February 2012

etsy love





















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This weeks Friday Etsy Love is a round-up of my latest vintage obsession - anything that happens to be, or look like it might be, midcentury modern. Eames, Danish furniture, retro prints, vintage toys... it's all in there. I'm not sure what started drawing me to this era, as when it comes to clothes and shoes, I'm parked pretty much in the 60's and 70's camp - but there's something about the simplicity and cleanliness of the designs that just make me swoon.
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Thursday, 16 February 2012

boxing clever


If you follow me on Pinterest, you'll know that I recently developed a near obsession with using storage crates   rather than shelves on the wall for the Boy's room - it all started pretty innocently, a pin here, a pin there, but then turned into a full blown eBay search where I actually considered paying £15 for an old plywood box. Pinterest, Apartment Therapy - you have a lot to answer for. When I found the image above, it only cemented my longing for box-y wall mounted storage - the stencils on the side, the beautiful paper on the back.....all utterly lush. I'm not sure how easy they are to come across in the US, which is where most of the interiors blogs I read are based, but over here they seem to be harder to find than a needle in a haystack. I tried literally everywhere, and then quite accidentally stumbled across the PRANT box from Ikea (there will be many, many more IKEA related posts coming up - we are absolute converts). Ok, I thought, it's not vintage, and it's not quite as big as I wanted, but it's in stock and it's big enough. Time to make do.

Please don't judge me on the bathroom floor.... we're renters...



In my over-excitement, I assembled the first one before thinking about the practicalities of a) painting it and b) fixing the paper to the bottom (back?), which meant the whole thing ended up being far more complicated than was necessary. I have to say, though, that I am over the moon with the outcome - the birdy paper is actually scrapbooking sheets from Hobbycraft, at 65p per piece, and the boxes were £6.99 each, so as well as being beeeyoootiful, they didn't break the bank either.

We're currently in the process of redoing bits to every room in the flat before baby puts in an appearance, so there will be big reveal posts coming up - including one showing the boxes in action. I'm now terrified that I'll try to mount them on the wall, and the whole thing will just fall apart in front of me!
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Friday, 10 February 2012

etsy love












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Record players / vintage linens / beautiful prints / peter pan collars / patterned knitwear / seventies platforms.

It's my birthday next week, and I've been trying to decide what I want more than anything in the world. The husbands (and parents, for that matter) budget won't stretch to a Canon 5D MkII, so I'm opting for a record player, and some money to put towards the post baby wardrobe. Happy Birthday to me!
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