Archive | June, 2015

Cath Kidston AW15 Preview

25 Jun

Last year I went to my first Cath Kidston press day. I was absolutely blown away by all the lovely fashion and home items in the SS15 collection as well as the lovely way everything was displayed You can see my favourite items from the currant collection here. A couple of weeks ago I popped along to the AW15 press preview and was instantly transported to Christmas time. The press day was kitted out with its very own grotto and santa had turned up in style wearing an amazing Cath Kidston floral print suit.

Cath Kidston AW15 Press Day - ChristmasThere were so many lovely christmas decorations and gifts on display and I’m already excited to start decking the tree and putting up our stockings.
The fashion offerings were some of my favourites yet from Cath Kidston. When I worked there over a decade ago they were just starting out with their gorgeous clothing collections and as each year passes the collections seen to grow and become more fashion focussed. For vintage loving girls there are plenty of lovely dresses which manage to be both modern and nostalgic at the same time.

Cath Kidston AW15 Press Day - Floral Dresses

Cath Kidston AW15 Press Day - Rose Print Top
I am completely in love with these gorgeous rose prints. There are not only dresses but also little twinsets featuring skirts and crop tops.

Cath Kidston AW15 Press Day - Horse Print Dress
If you like novelty prints, then this horse print might be up your street. There is also an amazing penguin dress for winter and a navy dress in the classic cowboy print which I think will look really good with my wallpaper!

Cath Kidston AW15 Press Day - Embroidered Grey SweaterI have my eye on this gorgeous embroidered sweater which I would wear with a pair of vintage trousers or tucked in to a circle skirt.

Cath Kidston AW15 Press Day Tweed Coat
For cold winter days, this tweed coat would be absolutely perfect and it will go with everything!

Cath Kidston AW15 Press Day - Blue Fur Collar

Cath Kidston AW15 Press Day - Fur Collar and Floral PurseOne of my favourite pieces were these lovely fur collars which would look perfect over a dress or jumper and keep your neck warm all through winter. The colours are also gorgeous.

Cath Kidston AW15 Press Day - Shawls

Cath Kidston AW15 Press Day - Squirrel and ScarfAnother warm addition would be one of these pretty scarves. I had one of these last season and they are big enough to be worn as a wrap or a shawl and they are so soft. I wore mine nearly every day and loved it.

Cath Kidston AW15 Press Day - Wooly Hat
I also really liked this little hat, which is so pretty and traditional and would be perfect for keeping my hair smooth in the cold damp weather.

Cath Kidston AW15 Press Day - Retro Striped Pyjamas
For the cold nights I love these pyjamas, they are inspired by classic vintage bedsheets. I’m sure most people are familiar with these classic candy stripes which still seem to be everywhere. I can remember my mum and dad having old sheets in this print when I was little.

Cath Kidston AW15 Press Day - Blue Floral SlippersThere were lots of lovely slipper designs and these cosy floral ones were my favourites.

Cath Kidston AW15 Press Day - Floral High Tops
I absolutely love Converse shoes, but my feet don’t! They are way too narrow for me. I find the Cath Kidston alternatives fit me so much better and these floral high tops would be perfect for casual days or to dress down a pretty dress. I’d go all out and wear them with brightly coloured tights.

Cath Kidston AW15 Press Day - Floral Bag and Scarf

Cath Kidston AW15 Press Day - Watch
As usual there are so many lovely handbags in all the prints. They come in lots of different shapes and sizes and for any other busy bloggers out there, some of them are big enough to fit a lap-top and camera in. Hooray! I also have my eye on the pretty floral watch. So cute.

Cath Kidston AW15 Press Day - Kids Knitted Cardigan
Being a mum of two girls, I’m always on the lookout for nice things for them too. I love these adorable cardigans which would look so cute with little vintage dresses and look very hand knitted.

Cath Kidston AW15 Press Day - Kids Penguin T-Shirt
There are lots of cute soft t-shirts in a great selection of prints. The pretty penguin top is perfect for winter.

Cath Kidston AW15 Press Day - Kids Spotty High Tops
I love these spotty shoes and really want to get matching ones for both my girls.

Cath Kidston AW15 Press Day - Girls Dresses

Cath Kidston AW15 Press Day - Kids Backpacks
Cath Kidston backpacks are great for school and last forever, I usually end up using them for my instead though!

Cath Kidston AW15 Press Day - Kids Section Plates
The robot print is absolutely fantastic and would definitely be perfect for both boys and girls.

Cath Kidston AW15 Press Day - Clock
There are loads of great new home pieces, I think you can get pretty much anything in a Cath Kidston print now! The clock is lovely.

Cath Kidston AW15 Press Day - Dachshund Teapot
I always love the doggy designs and this little dachshund teapot is absolutely adorable.

Cath Kidston AW15 Press Day - London TeapotBeing a little obsessed with all things London and a total tea addict I instantly placed this tea set top of my wish list. I even sent Rob a picture of it from the press day. I absolutely love it!

Cath Kidston AW15 Press Day - Floral Printed Glass

Cath Kidston AW15 Press Day - Leaf Shaped Plates

Cath Kidston AW15 Press Day - Woodland Squirrel Print Glass
This autumnal tableware is really cute and I absolutely love the red squirrel print. The leaf shaped plates would look perfect alongside vintage china.

What are your favourite bits from the collection? I personally want everything!

3 Fabulous Home Looks Wish List

22 Jun

I haven’t done a home with list in absolutely ages. Being an avid interior design fan I thought it was high time I shared a little home inspiration with you. Today I have wish lists for three different rooms, all with a completely different theme and feel. There’s a little inspiration here for all tastes and I love all the beautiful items I’ve included.

Shabby Chic Bedroom: I love using light pastel colours in my bedroom as well as pretty floral prints. Set against painted white furniture the colours are both restful and cheerful. I’ve chosen the colours I used in my old bedroom before we moved up to the loft. Pink and blue look so pretty together and if you’re creating a shabby chic look these are really great colours to use. I love mixing up textures and prints within my colour scheme for that perfect vintage inspired mix and match look.

Bedroom Wishlist Blue and Pink

Get the look: Blue Rose Duvet Set £16.99 Yorkshire Linen Co. – Old Rose Paint £22.40 Laura Ashley – Cloud Cushion £18 Cath Kidston – Duck Egg Cushion Cover £5.99 Yorkshire Linen Co. – Blue Rose Mug £6.50 Cath Kidston – Blue Rose Curtains £22.99 Yorkshire Linen Co.

Green and White Vintage Kitchen: My own kitchen has very similar colours to the bedroom stuff I included above, however when it comes to fashion I’m totally addicted to gingham and would love to include it a little more in my home. Red gingham is an obvious choice for a kitchen, but since green is my favourite colour I thought it would be lovely for a fresh green and white kitchen look. I’ve complimented the green curtains and chair cover with simple white accessories or if you’re going for a more mid-century look the plates with their abstract leaf design might be more your cup of tea.

Green and White Kitchen Wishlist

Get the look: Green Gingham Curtains from £9.99 Yorkshire Linen Co. – Green Gingham Seat Pad £4.99 Yorkshire Linen Co. – Chicken Storage Jar £13.20 Laura Ashley – Egg Holder £16.00 Laura Ashley – Green and White Tea Towels £8.40 Laura Ashley – Green and White Plates from £2.50 IKEA 

Opulent Living Room: I’ve gone for something completely different in the living room. At nearly all the press days I’ve been to recently, metallic and copper tones have been everywhere. This autumn and winter the key home look will feature earth tones, velvet and fur and brass and copper accessories. I’ve included a photo from the Laura Ashley AW15 press day and I’ve been really inspired by the rich cosy look, which I’ve tried to recreate in my wishlist. With this look you can go for a more classic simple feel or add industrial elements to make the look a little more retro.

Copper home wishlist

 Get the look: Opulent Velvet Curtains from £32.99 Yorkshire Linen Co. – Opulent Velvet Cushion Cover £5.99 Yorkshire Linen Co. – Vases Lamp and Ornaments all from Next – Cluster Light £150 BHS – Record Player £100 Urban Outfitters

Which is your favourite look from the ones above?

Boden AW15 Preview

16 Jun

I’ve always really liked the classic styles and prints of Boden clothes. They can fit really well into a vintage wardrobe and I always love to see how other bloggers style their Boden outfits. One of my favourite dresses is the Nancy Dress which I wore in an outfit post last year. A few weeks ago I popped along to the Boden AW15 press day to see what they had in store for us later in the year.

Boden AW15 Press Day - All Hail New British

The press day itself was absolutely gorgeous, the decoration was amazing and the quintessentially British theme worked so well alongside all the lovely clothes. Each area was sectioned off to look like little shops housing different parts of the collection and there was a central area with park benches, trees and even a busker!

This Autumn and Winter sees a new chapter for Boden, they have completely shaken up their offering with a far more fashion forward approach to their designs. The look is very different to their past collections and although I liked what they were doing before,their new designs offer the same quality we’d previously seen with a far more innovative feel.

All Hail New British is the theme of the day and Boden are trying to be bold as they reinvent themselves while still retaining the former warmth and wit that has always made their clothes stand out against their competitors.

Boden AW15 Press Day All Things Graphic

The colour palette begins with a selection of bright bold feminine clothes and block colours. This is all about mixing and matching and being brave with colour. There was  great selection of separates which would be absolutely perfect for forming a capsule wardrobe. The collection is complimented by bright accessories and shoes to finish the look perfectly.

Boden AW15 Press Day All Things Eclectic

If cooler more muted shades are more your cup of tea, the mint, dusty pink and soft neutral shades sat beside the new Hunters of Brora Hertitage Tweed archive items, will be more up your street. This classic feminine colour palette has some beautiful key pieces and they all mix and match perfectly.

Boden AW15 Press Day Tweed AccessoriesThe complimenting accessories were my favourite pieces from the collection and I just think the tweed looks absolutely perfect on bags and shoes.

Boden AW15 Press Day Johnnie B Shoes

The Johnnie B teen collection is eclectic and very trendy. With it’s spirit of youthful rebellion the fun colours and absolutely amazing shoes, would be perfect for fashion focused teens. I’m eyeing up all the cute accessories for myself too!

Boden AW15 Press Day Gold DressThe range that I found most inspiring was a throwback to the sixties and seventies with a fantastic eclectic colour palette and a quirky use of fabric and texture. The gold dress pictured above is the piece I particularly have my eye on and I can’t wait to get my hands on it.

Boden AW15 Press Day Kids Knitwear

For the little ones, there is plenty of the usually cute and comfy clothing you’d expect from Boden. The children’s collection features lots of colour and pretty printed cottons and fairisle knits. I’ve always loved Boden’s children’s clothes and wish they were slightly more in my budget so I could deck my two girls out in their lovely stuff!

Boden AW15 Press Day Kids Woolies and WelliesTo keep the small people cosy and warm as the weather gets colder there are lots of lovely wellies and adorable knitted accessories as well as a great selection of coats.

I was really impressed with Boden’s new approach to their already successful brand and I’m really looking forward to seeing people’s responses when the new pieces become available later in the year.

Life Lately in Pictures

15 Jun

I cannot believe I have not so much as looked at this blog for a whole week. It’s unusual for me to go more than a couple of days without sharing a post, but I’ve needed a break. Life has been really busy recently, with blog stuff, family stuff and our trip to the Isle of Wight, not to mention launching my Etsy shop. I’ve tried to fit so much in that I ended up getting exhausted and getting a really bad cold. Something had to give and it ended up being my blog.

I mentioned before I went away that I wanted to start doing more Week in Pictures posts and then ended up not doing one for three weeks. I thought it would be best to just do them when I feel like it, so kicking of from where I left my last post, this is my Life Lately in Pictures. (Can I also point out this doesn’t include the mountains of washing, the many school runs and all the boring bits!)

25th May – This was me and Rob’s 7th wedding anniversary, I really don’t know where the times gone! We got up early and headed to Southhampton with the kids to get our ferry to the Isle of Wight. When we got there we headed straight to Godshill Model Village which I blogged about here.

Life Lately - Godchild Model Village

After that we visited Carisbrooke Castle which was absolutely amazing and the kids loved all the brilliant activities they got to take part in.

Life Lately - Carisbrooke Castle

26th May – We headed to Blackgang Chine, which is probably the best theme park ever. The girls love exploring all the little worlds there and pretending to be princesses, fairies and pirates.

Life Lately Blackgang Chine Pirate Ship

After a morning playing, we had such a relaxing afternoon visiting Newtown Town Hall, a pretty National Trust property, before taking a long walk around Newtown village and the beautiful salt marshes nearby.

Life Lately - Newtown Old Town Hall

Life Lately - Newtown Isle of Wight27th May – In the morning we popped back to Blackgang Chine do do a few of the things we’d not managed to fit in on our first visit. Jessica went on the rollercoaster over and over while me and Lila ate ice-cream.

Life Lately - Blackgang

Then we went to a gorgeous pub in Godshill, which not only had amazing food, but also a climbing frame, bouncy castle a huge maze! We had a huge helping of carvery and relaxed for the rest of the afternoon while the kids played.

Life Lately - The Falcon Godshill28th May – We went to one of my favourite places on the island. Not only does the Needles Park have amazing views over the needles themselves, it also has The Sand Shop. The Sand Shop is one of my favourite memories of trips to The Isle of Wight as a kid and I still love filling little glass jars with coloured sand and so do the girls. It was such a windy day so we didn’t stay in the area long and I nearly got blown away trying to get a good picture of the needles!

Life Lately - Needles Park

On the way back we stopped in Yarmouth for lunch in gorgeous tearoom by the sea. The view was absolutely lovely and the food was amazing.

Life Lately YarmouthWe spent the rest of the day on the beach successfully getting our kite in the air for the first time ever and looking for shells and treasure on the beach.

Life Lately - Thorness Bay Beach29th May – I was so sad that this was the last day of our trip. In the morning we went to Osbourne House, former home of Queen Victoria which was absolutely breathtaking. Sadly this was the only day of the trip where the weather was absolutely terrible so we didn’t get to explore the beautiful grounds properly, before it started pouring with rain.

Life Lately - Osbourne House

Osbourne House Angel Statue

Then it was home on the ferry and back to London. Despite getting in at about 9pm, I started on the holiday washing straight away as I hate leaving it in the cases!

30th May – Lila and I headed to Morden Hall Park for a lovely picnic with her nursery friends, and then had a lovely walk to Deen City Farm to look at all the lovely animals. It was such a lovely way to spend the day. In the evening I popped out to see some of my other mummy friends for a quick drink.

Life Lately - Deen City Farm

31st May – I spent the whole day catching up on blog admin, answering emails, checking my social media and adding listings to my Etsy Shop.

1st – 5th June – The kids went back to school and I also had a delicious meal in Balham with some friends to celebrate my lovely friend Jo moving into her new flat. The rest of my week was spent catching up on work, repairing vintage and working. I was feeling really tired all week and didn’t do as much as I usually would.

Life Lately - Dinner Balham

6th June – This was an absolutely wonderful day. I have been a member of a Facebook group which arranges Meet-ups for people who love the 40s and 50s. I went to my first meet-up which was in Brighton and it was so nice to meet some other lovely ladies who all looked beautiful. We all really hit it off and I loved getting to know them all. I’m really looking forward to doing it again soon. I also took Jess with me and she had a really good day too. (thanks to Pauline for the pic)

Life Lately - Brighton meet-up

10th June – The next week I had a really bad cold so I didn’t do a huge amount. On Wednesday I did pop into London for two fantastic press days. First up was Laura Ashley and as usual I was absolutely blown away by their gorgeous home range.

Life Lately - Laura Ashley AW15 Press Day

I then went to the Cath Kidston preview. There is so much gorgeous new stuff coming in later this year. I’ll be showing you all my highlights of both press days in a future post.

Life Lately - Cath Kidston AW15 Press dayAnd that’s about it for now! I hope you’ve enjoyed catching up with what I’ve been up to. I can only apologise for my lack of posting lately. Sometimes it all gets a bit much and I just need to catch up on rest and take it easy. I have so many posts to get written in the next couple of weeks and lots of new things to add to the shop so I definitely won’t be so quiet this week!




What You’re Wearing

7 Jun

I get inspiration for my vintage themed outfits from all sorts of places, magazines, books and other blogs to name a few. But nothing beats seeing real women rocking their favourite frocks and feeling fabulous. Wearing pretty vintage style outfits always makes me feel fabulous. Even when I’m missing my pre baby figure and not feeling very confident, wearing something lovely always gives me a little boost.

I asked some of my friends from my favourite Facebook group to send me pictures of them wearing their favourite vintage themed outfits and asked them why they love vintage style. I was so pleased with the response, what I wanted was women of all different ages shapes and sizes, who feel fabulous in what they’re wearing and that’s what I got. It’s lovely to have a mix of professional photographs and simple selfies what all of you have in common is that you look amazing. I hope you like all the outfits and I’m really hoping to make this a regular feature on the blog!

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I’m starting out with a picture of me from our recent trip to the Isle of Wight. I wore this outfit for a day out with my family and it wasn’t one I was going to share with you. I can’t believe I plucked up the courage to wear a cropped top! It is completely out of my comfort zone and just showing that couple of inches was a real test of my confidence. I’m wearing a skirt from Primark with a Beyond Retro cropped top and a Banned Clothing cardigan.

What your wearing Hayley

Hayley had this wonderful photoshoot for her hen night and looks absolutely fabulous! Her dress from Vivien of Holloway looks absolutely perfect on her and I love her hair and make-up. Check out Hayley’s make-up business, she’s planning on doing lots of vintage make-up looks soon.

What you're wearing MarieMarie looks really lovely in both her photos, her Lindy Bop wiggle dress is so flattering and you can’t beat a pretty circle skirt and paired with a neck scarf and Bardot top this look is just lovely, I definitely want to recreate this fun look myself so I’m going to stock up on some similar tops to wear with my favourite skirts this summer.

What your wearing Pauline

Pauline is an up cycling genius, she made the gorgeous dress she’s wearing the picture from a vintage table cloth, I think she looks absolutely lovely in it too, her make-do-and-mend attitude to her wardrobe is inspiring. Pauline loves vintage style but finds it hard to find pieces in her size, so makes her own dresses, which I think is fantastic. I can’t wait to see more of her home made pieces. Also how amazing is that lucite handbag?

Your Outfits Leanne

I love the touches of red in Leanne’s vintage style outfit. Her red cardigan is from Next, The dress is Ruby Rox, her belt was a car boot find and the shoes are from Debenhams Good for the Sole collection. Every piece of her outfit is second hand and the dress was a gift from her mother in law and her other half altered it to fit her so the dress always brings back happy memories. Leanne loves vintage style because it makes her feel feminine and finds it very comfortable. Leanne says “My love of vintage clothing and looks stems from my love for Madonna and then the film A league of their own I absolutely loved the fashions it is a recent move of mine from jeans and t-shirts to daily vintage inspired outfits”.

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Katrina aka Kitty Spitfire looks so glamorous in this fabulously bright outfit. The dress is one of her favourites and comes from British Retro, who have lot’s of absolutely amazing dresses. Katrina loves styles from the 1940s and 50s because they are both feminine and elegant. Her style icons are Grace Kelly, Lauren Bacall, Veronica Lake and Rita Hayworth to name just a few! Katrina was also Vintage Life Magazine’s Miss June this month, which is absolutely fantastic!

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Lastly we have the lovely Sofia, who is looking beautiful in her gorgeous vintage accessories.  Her sunglasses are original 1930s from a car boot sale, her beret is vintage Kangol from a charity shop, her 1930s coat is from Etsy and her Shearling collar is from her own vintage shop. Sofia says “running a vintage clothes and textiles shop in sunny Rye. It feeds my love of history, magpie tendencies and being surrounded by vintage glamour all day. I love vintage as it allows me to express my own style, I’m researching and learning new facts every day, plus I get to be the guardian of some beautiful and precious things, which hopefully future generations will be able to appreciate too.” I’m a little jealous I’d love my own shop! If you find yourself in Rye you can visit her shop at 4 Cinque Ports Street, Rye, East Sussex, TH31 4AW. 

I hope you agree that all these ladies look wonderful. I love the mix of true vintage and reproduction as well as a little high street. I’m all for mixing it up and most of all having fun and feeling great in what you’re wearing. I just want to say thanks to everyone who sent their pics in for me. I’m hoping to make this a regular feature so please send me your pictures and I’ll include them next time.

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