I brought this fabric from IKEA about 18 months ago, it has been draped and tucked around the chair since then, and to be honest it looked alright. BUT tonight I thought ‘fack it and set to it with manic frenzied staple gunning, and ta daa!
I am REALLY CHUFFED with the results!! So impressed with myself.
Unfortunately I did it so quickly that I did not take any pics of the before to show you. It was a grey/purple and looked a bit drab (read ‘second hand and shit’).
We went to Bath for the weekend and it was lovely. Due to the Christmas Market every hotel was booked up in Bath so we search farther afield and I am so pleased we did! Using the brilliant Airbnb we found our beautiful hideaway for the weekend. We stayed in a beautiful village called Combe Hay just outside of Bath in the nicest little cottage I have ever been in! So cosy and cute. The host was amazing which made it even nicer, if you ever go to Bath I recommend staying at the ‘quirky couples hideaway’, details here!
Just up the road in Combe Hay was a lovely old pub called The Wheatsheaf. We managed to get a table and sat down to a well deserved and some vino. It was needed after the drive from Brighton!
Simons pate (not my cuppa tea)
Rabbit Wellington, seriously one of the nicest things I have ever eaten!
We both went for the Venison. Again, really bloody yum.
A shared pudding (we were quite full of meat and wine by this point). Freaking delish chocolate orange cheesecake. YUM
More about the market and what we got up to later on in the week!
I have long loved Henry Holland and House of Holland SO MUCH. The bold, beautiful creations that march down the catwalk each fashion week, being applauded by basically anyone who is anyone are creations that I want in my wardrobe more than most things. My last fashion post was all about black, this one is basically opposite! Henry Holland is colour, texture, something fluffy, a bit more texture and a bit more colour.
His collections are whacky, and brilliant. Named such things as Rave Nana and Giddy Up, the clothes and styling are fun, current and each time he releases a new collection my heart melts a bit.
These are just a few of my favourite bits from House of Holland, the first Starburst dress below is my ultimate-favourite-ever-in-the-world-dress-ever-ever:
Honestly, I think its one of the most beautiful things ever to be created. The following complete and utter treats aren’t half bad either;
Henry Holland, you are my Man Crush Monday and then some! <3
And it seems everyone else has too, if the masses of sold out items is anything to go by. My request are on my Christmas Wish list, I really hope something beautiful and sparkly is under the Christmas tree!
Starting with this beautiful Skirt, the fabric looks so soft and huggable. I love how its been styled with the shoes.
Perfect tank style top. I’d wear it with black skinny jeans and those amazing shoes from the photo above!
I have asked for this dress to be mine. I hope a 1000 christmas wishes that it is! There is nothing I do not like about it.
Although not crazy expensive, the dresses are upwards of £100.00. These lovely socks at only a fiver are the perfect touch if you don’t fancy spending a *bit* more.
ADORE. The pattern and colours are so pretty. It feels festive because its christmas but i’d wear this all year. For many years!
It’s selling out super quick so if you want something, go go go!!
Hotel Du Vin turns 20 this year and are celebrating by offering a variety of lovely offers! First opened in Winchester in 1994 the hotels are now all over the country, and have been providing a certain j’ai ne sais quoi for two decades.
We went down on Friday to sample there £20 a head menu and it was marv. The tasting menu dishes are from when they first opened all that time ago, so are a bit on the retro side, alas no Prawn Cocktails but we ate soon made up for the lack of Mary Rose sauce.
Please excuse the quality of the photos, the quality if the wine may have affected them slightly…!
To start I had Bruschetta of Taleggio with Chestnut mushrooms and roast garlic. I cleverly deleted the photo I took but let me assure you it was a plate of cheesy, mushroomy goodness that I could eat again and again and again!
Boyfriend chose Caesar Salad and Anchovy Toast:
We both agreed it looked a bit boring, however after eating it all up in about 40 seconds, he claimed it to be ‘the best Salad’ he’d ever eaten. So there you go!
For mains we did what we normally do, ordered something different each and then sampled both! I chose the Pan-Friend Chicken Breast with Chorizo, thyme, garlic and orange lentils and it was completely yum. The chicken was so moist and lovely, and despite it being packed with Chorizo, it sort of felt healthy! It was truly tasty!
Si went for the Pan-Fried Salmon & Spict Rataouille with Black olive tapenade:
(As I said, excuse the naff photo!) Still looks good though ey! Again, scoffed in seconds and proclaimed as the ‘best bit of fish ever!’
Both taking advantage of the offer, we went for pudding as well, one Char-grilled Banana and one Tiramisu, they were both equally yum!
Again appallingly naff photo, I saw quite full of wine by this point! They were both properly yum, it was a fantastic dinner out and a nice way to spend a Friday night, as you can see from this pic, the aforementioned wine went down pretty well too…..
Check out more details and other 20th anniversary offerings here.
I was invited along to the pinnacle of crafty goodness, the new Brighton Etsy Pop Up shop in the South Lanes. Look how lovely it is!
One of the best things about Brighton is the hub of craftiness. Its kind of really obvious as you walk around the lanes, so many individual talented peoples in this city, spreading their craftiness all over the show!
All the stuff I have even seen with my eyes, admired on Instagram and favourited on Twitter has always been really frickin’ COOL. Even if its not your cup of tea, you cannot ignore how much hard work and creativity goes into it all, and thats bloody amazing.
There are so many more things to see in the shop, I couldn’t post them all! They are all available to buy from Saturday, go. there. and. buy. all. the. things. Before I do. Serious.
I LOVE these gorgy shoe clips by B Millinery, so much glitter and so much pretty!
More brilliant glitz from Beksies Boutique, I freaking love bumbags and these are just epic. Having had a snoop around her site, there are some total gems on there, go look!
This Hello DODO print is so fab. Lovely smiley lion, lovely smiley face from the person who receives it for christmas! I love all their puns a mega lot.
I kind of couldn’t *not* love this Cat-a-Cat necklace because its got my name on it…… Its also really bloody cute.
A long time fan of Designosaur jewels and a even bigger fan of the duo behind it, I just love them, and their stuff! My fam have been given a bit of their collection near on every Christmas/Birthday since they launched. (Being pals with them means total ‘in awe of’ face a lot of the time because its awesome what they have done :-))
This. Is. The. Best. Card. Ever. I like I like Cats, like, a lot! Such a cool range of stuff, my sister already owns a Cat based make up bag which she adores. Also, follow I Like Cats on Instagram, his daily cat doodles are great! <3
There is so much more to see, make sure you go to the shop which is offish opening on Saturday and staying popped-up until the 7th of December.
…. Only the ‘You’ in ‘Lemme upgrade you’ actually means home, ta daa!
After spending our early twenties taking any old bit of furniture off anyone that offered it, we realised at the beginning of last year that if you actually looked close enough at our collection of stuff, the thin veneer of ‘lovingly eclectic’ was in actual fact just ‘a bit tatty’.
Its so easy to get obsessed with buying ‘house stuff’, these are a few of my faves –
We recently moved into a new rented flat, when we moved in there were these horrendous lampshades. We whipped them down in a jiffy and replaced them with these AMAZING vintage style bulbs. We got ours (went for the big circular one on the left after much debate!) from a little shop in Brighton called Edwards & Hope. You can find all sorts of styles online at Amazon too.
Prints for the walls -
Invest in some nice prints, get them framed and *think* about where to put them up, we used to have a million photos of people we knew randomly whacked up on any wall. When we moved we brought some prints, repurposed the frames and it looks so much better! I have this ‘Lucy Loves This‘ Brighton print, its lovely! It was a gift from work but can be found on Not On The Highstreet.
Invest in furniture -
I am pretty lucky, and live with a bloke who can make pretty much anything I request! My boyfriend runs his own side biz in making bespoke metal furniture (check out his website here, and his Facebook here if you fancy!) This is the first of his new collection, totally handmade, and bloody lovely even if I do say so myself.
Teeny Tiny meaningful bits -
For a final touch, I have been collecting ‘hangy things’ from places we have been. I love our little boat from a trip to Copenhagen, its tiddly but people always clock it!
Have you got any quick and easy household tips? Let me know!
I love clothes (and bags, shoes, jewels, more shoes…you get the idea), anyhoo, I really do love them! And as I have been spying brands and collecting pics of items that I love for ages, I thought I should start a regular post to show you some of the gems I have found.
Mostly spotted on the web and in mags etc. I am really looking forward to doing this…. its mainly so I can look at the brand website again, and lust, and then look at the photos of them again, and lust (and imagine them living in my wardrobe happily and then being on me as I prance around like a twit). I hope you enjoy!
Sophia Webster’s shows look like a mix of the best dream ever and some crazy acid fairytale. Looking at them all together I am always in awe of how she manages to come up with so many amazing ideas. I can’t choose a favourite pair, but these Rainbow Lacey shoes look so, so, so good.
Ever since he burst down the catwalks with his slogan tees I have loved him. His S/S stuff this year was amazing, in particular this Star Burst dress which I totally ADORE. I cant find it online anymore (sob) but for some reason, I have a weird feeling that i’ll end up owning one someday so i’ll console myself with that until I own one!
These are three of my total faves, three more next time!
My Man Crush Monday is the incredible, wonderful, bicycle riding and fashion history-documenting, Bill Cunningham.
Bill has spent 50 years cycling across Manhattan, documenting true street style for The New York Times. He’s now at the grand old age of 85, and is still a regular fixture at fashion week, often the only person Anna Wintour will stop for.
A quick Google Search brings up the most sumptuous eye feast of photos and style pages, showing the true fashionista’s of NYC. We are planning on a trip to New York next year, my life would be made to see him, biking around in his Blue Jacket. If he wanted a photo of my outfit (although I dunno how last seasons Topshop goes down in NY?) I think i’d fall over.
The “Bill” in question is 80+ New York Times photographer Bill Cunningham. For decades, this Schwinn-riding cultural anthropologist has been obsessively and inventively chronicling fashion trends and high society charity soirées for the Times Style section in his columns “On the Street” and “Evening Hours.” Documenting uptown fixtures (Anna Wintour, Tom Wolfe, Brooke Astor, David Rockefeller—who all appear in the film out of their love for Bill), downtown eccentrics and everyone in between, Cunningham’s enormous body of work is more reliable than any catwalk as an expression of time, place and individual flair. In turn, Bill Cunningham New York is a delicate, funny and often poignant portrait of a dedicated artist whose only wealth is his own humanity and unassuming grace.