I think we are all aware that I’m in the throws of a huge vintage jewellery obsession at the moment! I’ve done two jewellery hauls on the blog this year and have bought a few more bits since. As well as buying original early plastic pieces, I’m always really happy when I find modern pieces to accessorise my vintage outfits. When I spotted that Cath Kidston had some new bangles, which pay homage to vintage celluloid bangles, I knew I had to have some.

Cath Kinston Yellow and Pink Moulded BanglesI chose the yellow and pink ones, because they go really well with some of the original vintage bangles I have. I love the pretty floral mouldings on the bracelets and when compared to an original early celluloid piece from my collection, you can definitely see where the inspiration came from.

Cath Kidston Celluloid Style Moulded BanglesThe patterns are really similar, and although the design on the older original is slightly more intricate and has sharper details, they really do all go very well together.

Cath Kidston Reproduction Celluloid BanglesThe Cath Kidston versions are quite a bit thicker ad stronger and are made with a modern plastic, which is more robust than older cellulite. They are also less flammable, as celluloid is  renowned for being dangerous around flames, so always take care when wearing it. I love the more modern brighter colours as well, rather than being a replica they are a lovely updated version of an early plastic classic.

Cath Kidston Bangle ReviewUnfortunately I can’t see the bangles on the Cath Kidston website, but I am pretty sure they are still available in stores. I’d love it if they made these in more colours, so I can build a stack.

Cath Kidston Celluloid Style BanglesI’ll definitely be keeping an eye on Cath Kidston’s jewellery ranges in the future, with the hope that they start making more gorgeous pieces inspired by real vintage jewellery. Imagine if they made something to look like carved bakelite, that would be amazing.

Cath Kidston Moulded Floral BanglesI’m really looking forward to incorporating these into lots of outfits to share here on the blog. Mustard and coral shades have always been two of my favourite colours to wear, so I know I’ll be wearing these loads this summer.

Cath Kinston Yellow BangleI also wanted to say a  big thank you to my friend Holly for picking these up for me. I love them!!!

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Recently I’ve been making plans to give my house a little revamp. Having lived here 4 years, my inner interior designer is telling me it’s time for some changes. When we bought our house we did a full renovation, totally gutted everything and started from scratch. Most of the rooms were decorating in very neutral colours and I still don’t feel like we’ve made our mark on the place. So over the next few months I’m going to work on each room one at a time and I will definitely be documenting everything on here.

Todays post is inspired by the Debenhams Spring Summer press day that I went to at the end of last year. I love going to press days for interior inspiration. It’s great to see rooms laid out, using all the products from that particular store. I’m going to be doing lots more interior posts and although I won’t be recreating the exactly I will definitely be taking lots of inspiration from the gorgeous curated home looks. I’m breaking the posts up into themes to make it easier!

Exotic Tropical Home InspirationTropical: If you’re bored of neutral colours and all things cream and beige, then you can’t go wrong with an exotic tropical look. I love bright colours and rich textures, which are perfect for creating a warm cosy environment. Take inspiration from all over the world with sumptuous deep colours and opulent finishes.

Exotic Tropical Inspired Living Room DebenhamsI love the mix of red and blue tones in this gorgeous living room, as well as the inlaid wood furniture. The look is inspired by travel and warm climates. This look is from the Butterfly Home range by Matthew Williamson at Debenhams.

Exotic Tropical Interior ideas DebenhamsEven if you don’t change the colours of your walls or your furniture, you can add tropical touches with richly embellished textiles and bright home accessories.

Exotic Tropical Bedroom DebenhamsThis gorgeous bedroom features the beautiful pink and turquoise colour tones which feature in many Matthew Williamson designs. I love the digitally printed bedding combined with the traditional throw. My favourite piece would have to be the palm tree lamp on the bedside table.

Exotic Tropical Inspired Textiles DebenhamsAgain mix and match cushions really finish the look, I love all the pom pom trims, which could easily be recreated yourself very quickly.

Exotic Tropical Garden Entertaining DebenhamsIf you don’t feel like updating your decor, the tropical theme also works really well for entertaining. I love the idea of a tropical themed barbecue or garden party.

Debenhams Tropical Matthew Williamson Butterfly Home WishlistGet the Look: 1. Palm Tree Lamp £80 – 2. Orange Bird Cushion £20 – 3. Embellished Cushion £25.60 – 4. Paradise Vase £14.40 – 5. Pom Pom Throw – £80 6. Cuba Bedding Set £36-£62 – 7. Embellished Cushion £20.80 – 8. Pom Pom Cushion £20 – 9. Bird Appliqué Cushion £25.60 – 10. Embroidered Cushion £22.40 – 11. Pink Sequin Cushion £28 – 12. Tall Glass Vase £26 – 13. Swirl Vase £16 – 14. Jungle Bird Mirror £40 – 15. Bird Print Cushion £20 – 16. Tropical Cushion £17.60 – 17. Pink Photo Frame £12 – 18. Mimosa Scented Candle £8 – 19. Candle Set £8 – 20. Pink Box £11.20 *some items are currently reduced, so prices are correct at time of posting but may change.

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I am always busy, be it running my kids around, cleaning the house, writing blog posts and lots of fun things like going to events and sourcing vintage for my business. The negative side to always being busy, is that I get really tired all the time. Now I’ve turned 30 I’m more aware of the negative impact this can have on my skin. I do eat very healthily and try really hard to drink enough, but I also try to have a really good skin care regime too.

Ark Skincare Skin Perfector Hydration Injection MasqueAs I’ve mentioned many times on the blog, I’m a bit of a skincare addict. When shopping for beauty products it’s always skincare items that I enjoy buying the most and will invest slightly more of my budget on. I was recently offered a new skincare product to review. I have been aware of ARK skincare for a while, but had never tried any of their products. They produce a beautiful range of specially formulated for different aged skin. They also avoid harmful chemicals in their products and favour natural ingredients, which is always something I look out for when choosing any kind of beauty product.

Ark Skincare Skin Perfector Hydration Injection MasqueI was sent the Ark Skincare  Skin Perfector Hydration Injection Masque, which is aimed at all ages of skin. This product is perfect for the summer months when a mixture of sun, late nights and cocktails can get the better of us, especially during festival season. This SOS rescue masque is designed to instantly rehydrate the skin and get it back to its former glory.

Ark Skincare Skin Perfector Hydration Injection MasqueIt is packed with lots of lovely ingredients including; Vitamin A to help keep skin supple; Vitamin B5 for smoothness; Vitamin C for brighter-looking skin and Vitamin E for antioxidant protection. Hyaluronic Acid Booster drenches skin with moisture, optimising the circulation of water through all skin layers and providing 24-hour protection against water loss. Sugar Beet and Abyssinian Oil intensely nourish the skin for a plush, luxury skin feel.

Ark Skincare Skin Perfector Hydration Injection MasqueThe product is easy to apply, you just smooth a thin layer over freshly cleansed skin. The amount of time that you leave the product on depends on your age. Having just entered the 30s bracket, I left it on for a full 10 minutes. I then gently removed it with a muslin cloth.

Ark Skincare Skin Perfector Hydration Injection MasqueSo what did I think? My first impression was how much I liked the formula, it has quite a thick honey-like consistency, with a lovely natural smell. It feels really nice on the skin and I found it easy to relax and read my book for 10 minutes while the mask worked its magic. After removing it, I could definitely feel a huge improvement in my skin, which felt soft and less tired. Appearance-wise my skin definitely looked brighter and less tired after using the mask.

Ark Skincare Skin Perfector Hydration Injection MasqueI’ve been using the product once a week for the last few weeks and I still absolutely love it. The quality is fantastic and I am really seeing and feeling a difference in my skin since using it. I will definitely be re-ordering this one and adding it to the few favourite products which I use every week. I’d also love to find some other items from the ARK Skincare range to try.

Find the full range on the ARK website or find a local supplier in their list of stockists.

*This product was sent to me for the purposes of review by Ark Skincare. All options are my own and I only recommend products that I have tried for a few weeks myself and have really loved.

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Around the same time that I started this blog just over four years ago, I met a lovely lady called Ronke, who had just launched her first collection for her brand Love Ur Look. I instantly fell in love with all her beautiful dresses, which were vintage inspired, but also fun and quirky. Love ur Look dresses are made from beautiful fabrics and always have loads of interesting details and four years on I have quite a few in my wardrobe.

13308322_1220204077999454_7711865981558834745_oRonke’s latest venture is a collaboration with several other vintage inspired brands. The Pin Up Pop Up is a fantastic selection of independent brands, all gathered to together in one pop up shop, to provide everything a vintage enthusiast could possibly need. The pop up is running until this Tuesday and if you can get yourself over to Shoreditch before then it is an absolute must visit. I popped in yesterday to have a look around and I found myself in clothing heaven.

Love Ur Look Pin Up Pop UpBrands included in the fabulous line up include;

Love ur Look: for gorgeous beautifully made dresses and skirts in stunning prints.

Pin up pop up love ur lookLady K Loves: for the best jeans ever (I live in mine) and fabulous vintage inspired separates.

Lady K Loves Pin Up Pop UpSilly Old Sea Dog: for fun quirky dresses in lots of fabulous novelty print fabrics

Pin Up Pop Up Silly Old Sea Dog Inna Box: for cute quirky jewellery and accessories.

Pin Up Pop Up Imma BoxIf you’re on a budget, there is also a sale section in the shop, with lots of bargains to be had. I came home with a lovely new dress from Love Ur Look and a new wrap top from lady K Loves, which I’m sure I’ll be sharing on here really soon.

The Pin Up Pop up shopMy favourite thing about this shop, is that it supports several small businesses all run by inspirational women who have worked really hard on their businesses and have come a long way to get to this point. I am really proud to be supporting their brands because they are all fantastic!

The Pin Up Pop Up runs until Tuesday 14th June and can be found on Dray Walk, which is just off Brick Lane. Full details on the flyer I have posted above.

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I’m always excited to try out clothes from reproduction brands who I haven’t tried before. One such brand is Voodoo Vixen. I’ve seen their lovely clothes modelled by some of my favourite bloggers before and loved seeing their collection at the last London Edge, so I was really happy when they recently offered me a dress to review. Choosing was hard, as there are so many gorgeous styles and their prints are absolutely amazing.

Sheila Voodoo Vixen Dress ReviewIn the end I chose the Sheila dress which I liked because of the colours and the lovely cat print. Despite being a big fan of cats and owning two of my own, I had no clothes which featured our feline friends, so this was definitely the dress for me. I love the mix of mid century atomic inspired pattern next to the abstract cats, it really is a gorgeous print.

Voodoo Vixen Sheila Cat Print Dress ReviewMy favourite thing about the dress is all the extra details, which I often find lacking in other vintage inspired clothing. The pockets are a really nice detail, they are turned down and fastened with a button and have plenty of room inside for essentials such as an oyster card and a lipstick, which I never go anywhere without. The dress has a piped trim around the collar and pocket, giving it a more expensive finish which makes the dress that little bit more special to me. The covered black buttons on he chest and pockets bring out the black in the pattern and again, make the dress stand out from other dresses I’ve seen. The dress comes with a matching cotton belt, in the long run I will probably use a more robust one of my own to nip in the waist a little more.

Voodoo Vixen Sheila Dress PocketsSize-wise I went for an XL, which is equivalent to a UK 14. Having lost a little weight recently I’m quite a small 14 now, so I found the dress came up a little big on me, although not by much. There is a full size guide on the website to guide you through choosing the right size and having measured the dress I found the size guide to be accurate.

Voodoo Vixen Sheila DressThe overall quality of the dress was really good, the fabric was nice and heavy with a little bit of stretch. It is 97% cotton and 3% elastane. All the finishes are neat and well made and the zip is nice and strong, so I know I can wear it a lot without worrying about it falling apart. The dress is machine washable, which is an essential for me.

Voodoo Vixen Sheila Cat Print DressThe skirt is reasonably full, but personally I wouldn’t wear this one with a petticoat, I think it looks fine without.

I teamed my dress up with some original vintage bangles and my pink Donna shoes from Hotter.

I loved wearing this outfit, it was fun, easy to wear and very comfortable. The quality of the dress is lovely and it’s definitely something i will be wearing a lot this summer. I can’t wait to revisit the Voodoo Vixen website in the future and choose more of their lovely clothes.

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