Sunday, 26 April 2015

Pretty Spring Things


I thought I'd put together a little post with some lovely new bits I've acquired recently. Spring is 'in with the new' (I definitely need to have a sort out for the 'old with the old' bit!) and it's nice to have a change up. In this post I talk about a beautiful new lingerie set (always a nice pick-me-up) and some cute house things.

Elle Macpherson Intimates Set at Bras & Honey

Recently I've been loving this gorgeous Elle Macpherson Intimates set from Bras & Honey*. Bras & Honey are an online lingerie and swimwear retailer who are known for specialising in larger cup sizes - though they cater for pretty much anybody!

They stock a great range of brands like Freya, Curvy Kate and of course - Elle Macpherson Intimates.

Elle Macpherson Intimates Dune Sunflower Set
Elle Macpherson Dune Sunflower Longline Bra and Brief - Bras & Honey*
Elle Macpherson Sunflower Lace Lingerie Set

I chose this beautiful 'Dune Sunflower' lace set. I was taken with the bra as I love longline styles; I really like the contrast of the black satin with the delicate lace cups.

This set features pretty black lace in a repeat sunflower pattern, layered over a camel coloured backing. It's a really classic and wearable combination.

I was really impressed with Bras & Honey's customer service. My usual bra size was out of stock, however after chatting to one of the girls at B&H, I followed her suggestion of going up a cup size and it fits perfectly! She told me that Elle Macpherson styles, like many Australian brands, come up slightly small.

Flamingo Gifts

Flamingo Gifts is an amazing destination for quirky presents and gorgeous things for the home. Flamingo Gifts are probably best known for their jar candles in a diverse range of scents and the cute flamingo motif on the front.

They however have much more than candles! The website is split into some great gift guide sections; whether it's for your mum, friend, boyfriend or grandma - there's a selection of perfect gifts!

Here's what I chose.

Fox Cushion from Flamingo Gifts
Paddy the Fox cushion - Flamingo Gifts*
Flamingo Candle pink raspberry salted caramel

I'm so pleased with these things! The fox cushion caught my eye first (naturally) and it now has pride of place in the middle of my sofa. This particular one is out of stock at the moment but they have two more versions in different colours and prints.

I just had to try one of the flamingo candles. They have so many scents, it was really difficult to choose one. I chose the raspberry & salted caramel for the colouring as well as the flavour and I'm really impressed with it. The scent is really sweet and stays in the room for ages after the candle has gone out. I can't wait to try more of these.

The notebook is a great example of the brands that Flamingo Gifts stock. They have a huge range of Ted Baker stuff - from laptop sleeves to manicure kits. I've wanted to get an extra nice notebook for ages to write down ideas for my blog and plan posts; this is perfect and really beautiful for spring with the floral prints inside.

What new things are you coveting this spring?


Monday, 6 April 2015

A Wax Jacket in the Yorkshire Countryside


Most of you will know me for being a Manchester girl - the city that's been my home for the past four years. What you may not know is that originally, I'm a country girl. My family's home is hidden away in the depths of the Yorkshire Dales, in the middle of the three peaks (you've maybe heard of the three peaks challenge?) - a small hamlet in the absolute middle of nowhere!

While I love living in the city, I do like to head back now and again for a bit of R&R; it's a great place to wind down away from the hustle of Manchester and to do some much-needed head clearing.

On a recent trip home, I took my new wax jacket from Country Attire* and thought the Yorkshire countryside would make the perfect backdrop for some photos.

Black wax jacket - Country Attire*
Roll neck jumper - Label Lab @ House of Fraser
Ripped jeans - Ragged Priest
Boots - Vagabond

My dad took these photos - how good?! And a photographer he is not. His best bit of kit is his Fuji point and shoot digital camera, circa 2005.

This location is 5 minutes down the road from my parents'. In the background is Ribblehead viaduct - the longest on the famous Settle to Carlisle railway line with 24 arches. The mountain behind the viaduct is Whernside which is the largest of the Yorkshire Three Peaks - pretty cool!

Anyway, onto the jacket; which was kindly sent to me by Country Attire. This online designer destination are known not just for their country clothing but sell a huge range of top brands including Calvin Klein, Lacoste and Vivienne Westwood. Country Attire have recently launched their own branded range which is made in England. The range is really classic and in line with their roots, with a great selection of women's wax jackets.

I chose this style as it's a little more biker-esque; it reminds me of a Belstaff jacket I used to have when I was younger. The quality is impressive for the price, with a waterproof waxed cotton outer by British Millerain. I love the breathable checked cotton lining too and especially the ability to personalise it with the sharpie marker Country Attire provide - such a lovely touch!

I haven't really got a proper waterproof jacket so this is definitely a welcome addition to my wardrobe. I love how the belt cinches the jacket in at the waist for a more feminine shape and the cord-lined collar fastens high on the neck to keep out the wind and rain.

What do you think of this look?

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