I’ve always been a big fan of gingham. It’s so pretty and classic. I’ve featured some of my red gingham dresses on here before – My sainsburys one, my original vintage horrockses one and my Collectif one. But I’ve never owned a green gingham dress before. When Dolly and Dotty invited me to try another of their dresses, the Janie seemed like a great choice. This pretty shirt dress, has a lovely classic shape that would work well for both 40s and 50s looks.

The Perfect Green Gingham Dress?

Dolly and Dotty Janie Vintage Style Green Gingham Dress ReviewI wore mine for a windy walk around the Hampton Court gardens with Rob. It was a refreshingly warm but windy early autumn day. The dress is perfect for both summer and autumn. It looks great on it’s own, but it could also be layered up with a chunky knit on a colder day.

Material and Fit:

Dolly and Dotty Janie Vintage Style Green Gingham Dress ReviewThe dress is made from 95% and 5% elastane. this gives it that authentic soft cotton feel, with a little extra stretch to help with fit. The material on the dress is really lovely. It’s heavy enough to hang well, but is also very soft and comfortable to wear. I love the V neckline. The little gathers where the sleeve meets the shoulder give the dress a lovely 40s feel. The dress also has fabric covered buttons, which is a detail I always appreciate. The large gingham works well and stops the dress looking like school uniform.

I went for my usual size 14 and the fit is pretty good. Shirt dresses can be a bit tricky as I’m quite busty. This one didn’t gape at all and sat really well across my chest, while still fitting at the waist. I’d say this one is pretty true to size. The length is also just right. It sits at the knees on me and I’m 5’6″.

How I Wore Mine:

Dolly and Dotty Janie Vintage Style Green Gingham Dress ReviewThis dress would be really easy to dress up and accessorise, as I’ve mentioned above it would look great with a knitted cardigan. I wore mine with a luxuriate brooch from Etsy, a vintage belt from Beyond Retro and my beloved Clarks Orla Kiely Abigail shoes. I’ve worn this belt with just about everything recently. If you follow me on Instagram you’ll see that I’ve put this with a lot of dresses! You just can’t go wrong with a gold belt, it finishes a simple outfit perfectly. Dolly and Dotty dresses do come with matching belts, but I usually add a true vintage one, for my own look.

The dress is currently available in the sale on the Dolly and Dotty website at just £19.99. There aren’t many sizes left in the print. The Janie dress also comes in other prints so it’s well worth a look.

What do you think? Is this the perfect green gingham dress? I absolutely love it and would like to pick up another colour.

*This dress was sent to me for the purposes of review, all opinions are my own. 

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I discovered Joanie Clothing at some point last year and fell in love with their modern twist on classic styles. The first dress I got from them was a fabulous cherry print shirt dress which you can see on my Instagram. I’ve also featured two outfits from them on the blog. My striped shirt dress review and an outfit featuring their Bonjour sweater and polka dot skirt.

Their new stock recently landed and there are quite a few things that have caught my eye. I love their blouses and sweaters which are perfect for mixing with jeans and vintage skirts. Their dresses are always amazing and I can’t get enough of the blue and red colour palette and poppy prints. The denim blouse would be perfect for under my pinafore dresses and I love the ruffle sleeves and 70s vibes of the polka dot dress.

My Joanie Clothing Autumn Wishlist:

Joanie Clothing Autumn Wishlist

Top Row: Floral Collar Dress – Pussy Bow ShirtPolka Dot Dress

Middle Row: Get off my Cloud Jumper – Poppy Print Wrap DressRed Cable Knit Cardigan

Bottom Row: Floral Collar Dress – Poppy SweaterPoppy Print Midi Dress

What is your favourite piece from my Wishlist? Have you ever bought anything from Joanie Clothing and what did you think? Are there any other brands you love, that you’d like me to create a Wishlist for? Let me know what you think in the comments.

Find the full range on the Joanie Clothing website. If you’re looking for a bargain there are also some great pieces in the sale section.

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It’s Friday 13th and halloween in just around the corner. It’s time to think about halloween decorations. I never used to be that into halloween, but I love many excuse to dress up, bake and decorate, so in recent years I’ve just embraced the fun of the season and gone pumpkin crazy. If you’re still looking for some unique ways to decorate for halloween I’ve found 13 fabulous and quirky decorations on Etsy. These are all from UK based sellers too, so you don’t need to worry about them arriving in time for halloween.

I think it’s really important to support small businesses all year round, but celebrations and holidays are a really good time to move some of your spending to independent businesses. Etsy is a really great place to do that. I love the tradition orange and black pumpkin theme myself, so I’ve gone for that look with my choices.

1. Halloween Wreath

Etsy Halloween Decorations WreathI love this fun garland. I usually opt for decorations that are a little more grown up and this really fits the bill. This is perfect for hanging up on your front door, or just as a decoration inside the house.

2. Crocheted Pumpkins

Etsy Halloween Decorations Crochet PumpkinsI love handmade items, as no two are exactly the same. I also think its a great way to support maki=ers and crafters. These sweet crocheted pumpkins are just perfect for the season. I like the idea of having a few and scattering them around the house for a little halloween fun.

3. Pumpkin Pie Candle

Etsy Halloween Decorations Pumpkin CandleI’m constantly burning scented candles and love finding new ones to try. This pumpkin pie scented soy candle would look great as a subtle decoration. And again I think this would work well with a more grown up theme.

4. Knitted Pumpkins

Etsy Halloween Decorations Knitted PumpkinsWhile browsing Etsy I spotted so many hand made pumpkins that I really liked. These knitted ones are so beautiful, I love the orange and black combination. These would be perfect for bringing out each halloween and building a collection of special decorations.

5. Pumpkin Plates

Etsy Halloween Decorations PlatesIf you’re having a party for halloween these plates would look fabulous on an orange and black themed table. Don’t forget to stock up on orange jelly beans!

6. Fabric Pumpkins

Etsy Halloween Decorations Fabric PumpkinsMore handmade pumpkins! These cute fabric pumpkins are perfect for a homely display. These come in a great selection of different orange fabrics.

7. Felted Garland

Etsy Halloween Decorations Felted GarlandI really like the colours used in this felted garland. This could either be hung up or just used as part of a display. They are also neutral enough to be kept up all year round.

8. Pumpkin Garland

Etsy Halloween Decorations Pumpkin GarlandFor a more traditional halloween garland, these pumpkins are just awesome!

9. Fan Decorations

Etsy Halloween Decorations Fan DecorationsAnother decoration that would be perfect for a more grown up theme are these hanging fan halloween decorations.

10. Boo Sign

Etsy Halloween Decorations Boo SignThis boo sign would look great hung up on your front door, or again anywhere around the house. It ticks all the halloween decoration boxes, with its colour and bats, ghosts and spiderwebs!

11. Tassel Garland

Etsy Halloween Decorations Tassel GarlandTassel garlands have been really popular over the last couple of years. They are a really simple and easy way to decorate and brighten up the home. These orange and black garlands are perfect for creating a fun and modern halloween look.

12. Bat Brooches

Etsy Halloween Decorations Luxulite Bat BroochOf course your house isn’t the only place that needs halloween decorations! These bat brooches from Luxulite are perfect! I love everything on their shop anyway, its well worth checking out.

13. Pumpkin Mug

Etsy Halloween Decorations Pumpkin MugAfter all that decorating I think you deserve a big cup of tea. Whether you’re serving up a trick or a treat, this pumpkin mug is perfect for a hot beverage as the nights draw in and the ghouls come out!

Will you be decorating for halloween this year? Do you have a theme or just go crazy with the halloween decorations? Which is your favourite one from above?

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Over the last few years, I’ve had so many parties and events that I’ve needed to invite people to. From my wedding, to the girls christenings to lots of birthday parties. I’ve always tried to use interesting invitations, some I’ve bought and some I’ve designed myself. I recently discovered a company who take the stress out of creating beautiful party invitations. Basic Invite have a huge selection of fully customisable party invitations on their fantastic easy to use website. I had a go at creating some invitations for imaginary parties I wish I was actually having in the future.

Basic Invite Customisable Party InvitationsBasic Invite are all about choice, not only can you choose from a huge selection of designs, but there are also lots of different coloured envelopes and customisable inserts. You can also order custom samples of your designs, which makes it a lot easier to make a final decision. I ordered all of my designs as individual samples and they arrived in record time and were absolutely wonderful quality.

Its worth noting that although the company is based in the US, they came quicker than a lot of UK companies would be able to do it.

Customisable Party Invitations:

The process of designing your invites is surprisingly simple. First you can select the type of event you are having. Then you are shown a large choice of different designs. Once you have chosen, you can edit the text. From there you can change the colour of every element and edit the fonts, to create something uniquely yours.

The best bit, is the absolutely huge choice of colours. This means you can work to your own colour scheme quite closely. There are in fact 180 different colour options, making the designs almost endless. The picture above show the design from the website and the one that I redesigned in my own colours. As well as being perfect for personal events and parties, this would also be a great way for brands to create an invitation or card that fits with their aesthetic. There are over 40 different envelope colours. So your invitation can make an impact before the recipient has even opened it.

Christmas is Just Around the Corner:

With Christmas fast approaching, now is the perfect time to get planning your parties and of course order your Christmas party invitations. I designed one that I think really reflects my tastes and has a festive feel without being too Christmassy. But there is just so much choice, that you could match your invite to your own Christmas decor or theme. They also have a great selection of holiday cards, so even if you’re not having a party, you can still customise something for the season.

Something for Every Occassion:

As a mummy, I’ve organised my fair share of parties for the girls. Basic Invite have a great offering of kids party invitations with lots of different themes. There is lots of choice for girls, boys and unisex ones and of course they can all be changed up to suit your child and their tastes. There are all kinds of different themes from baking parties to science and skating parties, which makes a tricky job that little bit more simple.

Of course if I was organising a birthday party for myself I would choose an afternoon tea. I has a look at all the customisable party invitations and thought this one was absolutely perfect. It started life as a Spring Soiree invitation and I reworked it to make it perfect for me.

So whatever you have coming up and whether you need holiday party invitations or a formal party invitation, check out Basic Invite and see if you can create the perfect invite for you.

Use the code holi30 for 30% off your order.

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Fellow tea lovers, will understand how excited I was to hear about Whittard’s new tea tasting subscription box – The Tea Club. One of the joys of my tea obsession is getting to try lots of new flavours and varieties, but I don’t always want to buy a big box of every tea I want to try. If you could see my tea shelf right now, you’d know why! So getting a generous sample size of different teas is a great option for me.

Whittard Tea Club - Tea Subscription BoxA while ago, I was sent the first tea subscription box to try and I’ve been a bad blogger and not got round to writing about it for a while! In the meantime I’ve been happily trying the included teas a few times. I thought it was high time I let you know what I thought.

Whittard Tea Club - Tea Subscription BoxThe box is small enough to fit through the letter box, which is super handy if you won’t be at home when it’s delivered.

Whittard Tea Club - Tea Subscription BoxEach box has a theme and this one was ‘A Very British Summer’, It’s nice trying seasonal flavours and brewing them in different ways.

Whats in the box?

Whittard Tea Club - Tea Subscription BoxSo what was inside the box? Basically the box comes with three gorgeous loose leaf teas, a scoop to measure out just the right portion and some loose leaf tea bags if you need them. There is also an information card for each tea. The cards give you some back ground on each tea, explain how to brew it and give recommendations of different ways to serve. For tea geeks like me, this is the perfect little extra.

Whittard Tea Club - Tea Subscription BoxThe sachets of tea are quite generous and you can quite a few helpings out of each one. This gives you the chance to try different preparations. It’s also a to get an impression of whether this is a tea you’d buy again in the future.

Robert Fortune Blend:

Whittard Tea Club - Tea Subscription BoxThe first tea in my box is the Robert Fortune Blend. Named after the 19th entury botanist who brought Chinese tea producing techniques to India. This is a beautifully blended black tea from both China and India. Whittard Tea Club - Tea Subscription BoxThis one can be enjoyed with or without milk. I’ve tried both and as usual I prefer it with a little dash of milk.

Strawberry Mint:

Whittard Tea Club - Tea Subscription BoxThe next tea I tried was the delicious Strawberry Mint. Nothing pleases be more than attractive tea leaves and this one is just so beautiful. With spearmint and sweet strawberries, this is every but as refreshing and tasty as it looks. Whittard Tea Club - Tea Subscription BoxI drank it hot, but I also think this would make a delicious iced tea. The taste card also includes a recipe for strawberry mint ice cubes. I really want to try them in a glass of Pimms.

Summer Pudding:

Whittard Tea Club - Tea Subscription BoxThe final tea in the box was the delicious Summer Pudding. This one is a black tea blended with summer fruits, including juniper berries, strawberries, blackcurrants and redcurrants.

Whittard Tea Club - Tea Subscription BoxThis has a rich and fruity flavour and can be served with or without milk. I liked it black. On the tasting card they recommend cold brewing this one, which I would love to try.

How to get your Tea Club subscription box:

Whittard Tea Club - Tea Subscription BoxThe tea club box costs £12.95 a month with free delivery. This is a similar cost to other types of subscription box, so I think it’s about right for what you get. I always really love boxes like these, as it feels like getting a little present from yourself each month and there’s that extra element of surprise.

Sign up to The Tea Club on the Whittard website.

Check out the tea section of my blog, for more delicious recommendations.

*Thank you to Whittard for sending me this box to review. All opinions are my own. 

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