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The Perfect Pink Dress for Spring with Laura Ashley

13 Feb

At this time of year, I can’t help looking forward to the warmer months ahead. I absolutely cannot wait to leave the cold weather behind and start enjoying everything that Spring has to offer. Wardrobe wise I am more than ready to hang up my winter coats and start wearing my favourite dresses.

Laura Ashley Pink Dress 1Todays outfit is perfect for the transition between warm and cold. This lovely dress from Laura Ashley has a high neck and long sleeves making it perfect for when the weather is still chilly, but Spring is in the air. I fell in love with it as soon as I saw it at their press day last year and couldn’t wait for it to come in stock.

Laura Ashley Pink Dress 2The colour is absolutely gorgeous, I love grown up classic dusky pinks, which go well with everything. I’ve paired it here with black tights and a hat along with my Orla Kiely shoes, for a warmer option. I love the classic lines of the dress, which pays homage to the classic 50s fit and flare style.

Pink Laura Ashley Dress 5The best part of this dress for me is the little details. At the waist there a stitched in pleats, which make the drape of the skirt absolutely beautiful. The dress fastens with concealed buttons and has a tie detail at the neck. It also has a tie belt and I love the way the bows dress up the simple design. The length is also perfect and on me, sits just below the knee

Laura Ashley Pink Dress 4The dress is made from a super soft very high quality cotton. It feels absolutely lovely to wear. I love the simple and chic design and it is the perfect classic addition to my wardrobe. I went for my usual size 14 and found the fit to be spot on. I think the style and colour are very versatile and this could be styled so many different ways throughout the year.

Laura Ashley Pink Dress 3The dress is also available in a light blue denim, which I also really like. The dress is usually priced at £95 but is currently on offer at £66.50, which is a great price for the beautiful quality. This is definitely an item that will get a lot of wear and will stay in my wardrobe for many years.

I am really impressed with most of the offering from Laura Ashley this season, many of the designs have vintage influences and the designers have looked back at the archives for inspiration.

Find the dress on the Laura Ashley website.

*Thank you to Laura Ashley for sending me this dress for the purposes of review. All opinions as always are my own. 

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Home Inspiration – Pineapple Trend

6 Oct

One of my favourite retro home trends at the moment, would have to be pineapples. Over the last couple of years, I’ve seen loads of fabulous home pieces paying tribute to the good old pineapple ice bucket – the perfect kitsch household accessory. No vintage bar would be complete without one and now these fruity treats are brightening up other gorgeous homeware.

I’ve looked online and chosen some of my favourites….

laura-ashley-pineapplesI love the brass and gold tones of the pineapple range at Laura Ashley. I’ve had my eye on the wallpaper for ages and at the moment it’s top of the list for when I redecorate my living room. I also really love the lamp, which would quite like to take home with me as well. Check out the full pineapple range on the Laura Ashley website. 

oliver-bonas-pineapplesNow we all know I love a cocktail, and I cannot resist the pineapple themed range of cocktail things from Oliver Bonas. I love the mixture of copper, yellow gold and rose gold tones, now I’m writing about cocktails for Vintage Life, I might have to purchase some of this range! See all the gorgeous cocktail goodies on the Oliver Bonas websiteprimark-pineapples

If you read my post on Jessica’s bedroom revamp, you’ll know that I’m loving Primark Home at the moment, they have some lovely affordable pineapple accessories too. These are a bit cuter and less sophisticated than the other brands, but still lovely and perfect if you’re on a budget.

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?

Wearing Gingham in the Rain – OOTD

14 Aug

A couple of days ago I ventured into the city with Fay for a day of taking photos and exploring. The weather in London has been a little unpredictable of late. Sun one minute, stormy skies the next. It has been impossible to know whether to go out in a raincoat or a summer dress! My take on unpredictable weather is to dress for the sunshine and if necessary get wet. There is nothing worse than having to carry a coat and umbrella round on a hot day after all.

20140814-203151.jpgThe dramatic stormy sky made for amazing photos and the view from Madison just can’t be beaten.

We mostly stayed around St Paul’s to take lot’s of pictures before stopping for champagne at Madison and take in the incredible view across the city. We then crossed the river and wandered along the Southbank to watch the sunset. I took a lot of photos which I am saving for another post.

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I wore a dress from Laura Ashley which I had wanted for absolutely ages, but not managed to buy. I was delighted when I spotted a brand new one on eBay last week and managed to get it for a bargain £28. I love it so much I want it in more colours now! Thanks you to Fay for taking my pictures for me. Excuse my hair, I had been rained on quite a bit by this point!

Standard telephone box shot, I felt like a total tourist doing this! Does anyone still use phone boxes?

20140814-203213.jpgPhotos taken using Nikon DC40, Nikon S9500 and iPhone 5.

More London photos coming soon!

How to Make a Pretty Painted Chalk Board

21 May

Today I have one of my very favourites home DIYs that I first made last year. It’s really easy and looks great in a kitchen or kids room. Because you can choose any style of frame you like and any colour to paint it, you can really make this fit with your theme and colour scheme.

Here are my simple steps to make this pretty chalk board frame. As every frame is different you may want to skip some of the steps, for example if your frame is already a pale colour you may not want to use a white coat first. Also you may not need to use wood glue if the frame already has clips on the back.

You will need:

Chalkboard Paint,

Wood paint I used Laura Ashley Duck Egg for this. (excuse the mucky cans!)

White emulsion paint

A dust sheet

A piece of wood or MDF to fit the frame, you could also use foam board.

A Paint Brush

A Frame – I bought a few of these in bulk on Gumtree (don’t worry it’s not a precious old one just a reproduction) You could also try charity shops or car boot sales for cheap frames.

How to Make:

Clean your frame and if it is particularly shiny you may want to sand it a little first.

Then apply a thin layer of white emulsion.

While that’s drying paint your wood using the chalk board paint. It’s best to do a couple of coats.

You can then paint your frame in your chosen colour. Being sure to get the paint into any details on the frame. I used two coats on this one.

Make sure you don’t miss anywhere. Your frame will need to dry for a few hours before moving on to the next step.

Apply wood glue to the inside of the frame, you only need a small amount.

Place your piece of wood inside the frame, and place a heavy object on top for a couple of hours while the glue dries.

Your pretty chalk board is now ready for you to enjoy.

This one is eventually going to go up in Lila’s room as I’m planning to give it a little revamp. I’d like to make lot’s of pretty home-made things to put in her room, so hopefully I’ll do a few more tutorials.

What do you think of this little make? Will you be giving it a try?

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