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Birthday Wishlist

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It’s my birthday on Monday! Hoorayyyy! Yep, in just a few short days I will be turning the ripe old age of 26, and will be hurtling my way toward my late twenties… *gulp*. In honour of getting a little bit older and potentially a bit wiser, I’ve compiled a few bits and pieces which I’ve been eyeing up over the last few months, which I’m more than likely going to treat myself to this weekend (it’s mainly clothes and Etsy finds, to be perfectly honest). Read More

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A Girl Can Dream

I’ve been doing some internet browsing. Of the expensive kind.

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Kate Spade Handbag // Shore Projects Salcombe Watch // Dr Martens Polley Shoe // Crosley Record Player and Stand

I’ve compiled a little list of those items on my wishlist which are just a little *too* expensive to buy on a whim, unless I want to be eating beans for a month. These are the bits and pieces that I’ve been dreaming about.

I’m definitely an impulse buyer, a habit I’m trying to curb with my Pinterest wishlist, where I’m trying to keep things for at least a month before buying them. The following things have caught my eye recently, however, and are promising to drain my bank balance imminently… I’d better start saving!

First up, a posh handbag. I never used to ‘get’ why people would spend hundreds of pounds on a handbag until recently. They are a proper investment, and I would treasure this Kate Spade creation – just look at that blue hue! I love how it’s the perfect size for carrying all your essentials without feeling too big or bulky.

I’ve also got my eye on another gorgeous Shore Projects watch. I bought their stunning Portland watch about a year ago and basically haven’t taken it off since, and get loads of compliments on it. This rose gold beauty caught my eye as soon as they launched their Project 2, and I really haven’t stopped thinking about it since.

I know, I know. I have enough pairs of Dr Martens to sink a small ship. But these lush T-bar shoes have been on my wishlist for absolutely aaaaaggeeeeessss, and I reckon next payday I may have to make the small (£90) investment. These shoes definitely last for years, after all!

Last but certainly not least is this stunning record player. Ever since my little friend Lyzi posted a pic of her Crosley teetering at the top of a stack of beautiful vintage suitcases I have been smitten, and when you add this delightful ‘Manchester’ record stand you’ve got the perfect combo… if a teeeny bit pricey. Hurry up, Christmas!

What’s on your wishlist?

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Finding a Style

Dr Martens Classic Style

I’ve never been particularly fashion-conscious. Even after 24 years of dressing myself, and almost 2 years of putting it on the internet, I have still yet to find what my personal style is. But the thing is, I’m perfectly fine with that. Sure, I do get envious of my super stylish friends from time to time, who have perfected their own way of dressing, but then I remember this quote from curly haired uber American blogger Delightfully Tacky which seemed to sum up how I feel about personal style:

“One of my favorite things about blogging and personal style is that it’s never locked in to one thing. It can change from day to day and that’s totally ok… I don’t feel the same way every day, so I don’t dress the same way every day… I really enjoy the freedom to wear whatever I want, regardless of whether or not it’s my typical style, or if people expect me to wear it, or if it’s considered “flattering” or not. Nicki Minaj one day, Fleetwood Mac the next, Dita Von Teese the day after that. Who cares!”

I love this. I remember reading it ages ago and had a bit of a lightbulb moment – I think often we tend to get hung up on finding our own personal style and creating a perfect capsule wardrobe that it’s easy to forget that you should just dress to make yourself happy, not others. Love that handbag shaped as a camera? Buy it! Not sure you can pull off a bright yellow fisherman’s coat? Forgeddaboutit. Fancy dressing like a princess? Go for it.

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I’m really trying to pin down exactly what my personal style is at the moment. Looking at my Pinterest board it seems that I have a few recurring themes – bright colours, patterns and collared shirts – which do tend to come across in my wardrobe, but it’s ok to deviate from time to time.

Dr Martens Classic Style
Dr Martens Classic Style
Dr Martens Classic Style

Top & Jeans – Beyond Retro // Shoes – Dr. Martens(*) // Watch – Shore Projects

This top I got from Beyond Retro in their sale last summer, and I love it. I never thought red was a particularly ‘me’ colour, but now I’ve learned not to care. If you want to pair your favourite red shoes with a lace top and mom jeans, then go for it. I won’t judge ya.

Dr. Martens as a brand sum up a true rebellious spirit, and are the pioneers for doing things your own way. I love their Stand For Something campaign, showcasing Dr. Martens wearers all over the globe, their personal style, and what they stand for.

In the spirit of Dr. Martens, I stand for doing things your own way, and dressing for yourself, not others.

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Princess Casual

You might recall that last weekend myself and fellow Blog Club lovelies popped down to the Old Bookshop to sample their awesome roast dinners. Well, I decided to channel my inner princess for the day, and thought I would share what I wore for a trip to Bemmie’s favourite boozer.

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Shirt – vintage // Top – Topshop (old) // Skirt – Sheinside // Bag – pressie from my mum // Shoes – Dr. Martens (*)

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Princess Casual
Princess Casual

This skirt has been getting a lot of love recently. I’ve been wearing it pretty much every day since I picked it up for a tidy sum from Sheinside, even teaming it with sequins for an uber-princess look at Bristol Fashion Week. On this occasion I pared it down with my favourite denim shirt layered over a stripey wardrobe staple, not forgetting some sparkly socks and my new favourite shoes from Dr. Martens.

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Princess Casual
Princess Casual

I was lamenting the fact that I didn’t own a red handbag up until the other day, until my lovely mother gifted me this scarlet satchel beauty, which goes with my red shoes perfectly. I call this look ‘princess casual’ – the type of outfit a pirate princess might wear on her day off, if she fancies popping down to her local for a roast. 😉

I think the tulle skirt trend is here to stay, as I spotted the lovely SJ in one the other day. Have you adopted it yet?

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A Grand Day Out

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Happy Mother’s Day, blog-land! I trust you’ve all had reet good’uns with your nearest and dearest? I went home to visit me mam this weekend – on Saturday me and my little sis ventured up to Brum to see the X Factor Live Tour (ANDREAAAA! <3) and today we celebrated the day of Mothers by gallivanting on a steam train in the great British countryside. It’s nice to pop home every once in a while; now that I’m an actual adult with a 9-to-5 it’s hard to make time at the weekend in between all the housework and the blogging and that, so when we do get to spend the weekend adventuring it makes it proper special.

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Train Day Out
Train Day Out
Train Day Out
Train Day Out

We decided to go on a little jaunt up to Toddington on the Gloucestershire and Warwickshire Railway, which was right up my alley because a) I’m an old person, and b) I bloody love steam trains because I am a massive nerd. This particular train we were travelling on was build in 1906, but the interior had had a delightful makeover in the 1960s. There was lots of old vintage-looking things to peruse, and we even had time to squeeze in a cheeky cream tea and well-deserved brew.

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Train Day Out
Train Day Out
Train Day Out

Hat – H&M // Top – H&M (old) // Necklace – Moxham // Skirt – The Whitepepper (*) // Shoes – Dr Martens (*) // Coat – Urban Outfitters (old) // Backpack – Fjallraven Kanken Classic

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I decided to dress for the occasion in my beautiful new Dr Martens Mary Janes (*), the best skirt that ever existed, plus I gave my Kanken a trip out as well, as it’s the perfect size to hold all of my adventuring essentials in, and I’m a huge fan of its cheery mustard colour. I’ve got a bit of a thing for this egg print at the moment – as well as this skirt I also may have taken advantage of The Whitepepper’s amazing flash sales and bought the matching crop top and also a shift dress. Oops.

Train Day Out

All in all we had a grand day out, Gromit, despite the grey English weather. I’m fully planning on coming back in the summer for some more train adventure times, that’s for sure. I’d probably pack a bit more of a picnic next time, and also make sure I had a first class ticket (instead of sneaking into a first class cabin like we did, ha!).

Hope you’ve all had equally excellent weekends and Mother’s Days, whatever you were doing.

[A massive thanks to my sister and mam for taking these photos!]

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L.A. Punks & Cartoon Heroes: Dr. Martens SS15

There’s a change in the air… the nights aren’t drawing in quite so early, the days are getting warmer, and the birds are cheeping a little louder. Spring is on it’s way! The best part about this time of the year is that it’s time to start building up a new wardrobe in time for summer, because what better way to wave goodbye to winter than to treat yo’self to some new clobber?

Following on from their beautiful AW14 collection, Dr. Martens have just launched their brand spanking new range for Spring/Summer 2015, and I was lucky enough to have a sneaky peek.

Dr Martens Broadmead Bristol Spring Summer 2015
Dr Martens Broadmead Bristol Spring Summer 2015
Dr Martens Broadmead Bristol Spring Summer 2015
Dr Martens Broadmead Bristol Spring Summer 2015
Dr Martens Broadmead Bristol Spring Summer 2015

I popped down to the Bristol Broadmead store to take a look at the exciting new ranges, the most prominent being the West Coast Hardcore collection, inspired by the DIY aesthetic of the 1980s LA punk scene. I love the Bristol shop, the staff are genuinely always really friendly and helpful, plus it’s only a stone’s throw away from Cabot Circus. The new collection was pride of place in the doorway, and the deeper I delved into the shop the more treasures I unearthed.

Dr Martens New Collection SS15
Dr Martens New Collection SS15
Dr Martens New Collection SS15
Dr Martens New Collection SS15
Dr Martens New Collection SS15
Dr Martens New Collection SS15
Dr Martens New Collection SS15
Dr Martens New Collection SS15
Dr Martens New Collection SS15

“The Dr. Martens’ SS15 range is hardcore style mixed with pure Americana, re-creating the rebellious self-expression and creativity of the 1980s US West Coast hardcore scene.”

This collection is a celebration of colour, creativity, and individuality. A traditional British classic meets the American cultural underground, creating a capsule collection inspired by those early hardcore musicians touring the UK and taking a little piece of our heritage back with them. They were responsible for the first wave of imports of Dr. Martens into the US, and would customise their boots by painting them, even the sole, which is replicated in the ‘rub off’ colours of the new collection.

In keeping with the brand’s tradition and wanting to evoke a nostalgia of that era, the brand’s designers have tracked down vintage pairs to create both authentic versions and modern takes on original styles. I love the colourways of the new collection, it’s use of Japanese tattoo prints, and the unique shape of the new range of women’s styles.

Dr Martens Broadmead Bristol Spring Summer 2015
Dr Martens Broadmead Bristol Spring Summer 2015
Dr Martens Broadmead Bristol Spring Summer 2015
Dr Martens Broadmead Bristol Spring Summer 2015
Dr Martens Broadmead Bristol Spring Summer 2015
Dr Martens Broadmead Bristol Spring Summer 2015

As well as having a look at the brand new range, I was incredibly lucky to be asked to pick out a pair for myself. I chose these absolutely beautiful Mary Janes(*), which are part of the Archive collection, again celebrating the heritage of the Dr. Martens brand by drawing inspiration from the original footwear made popular by those early fashion pioneers all those decades ago.

It was love at first sight with these shoes. I bought a pair of the 1461 originals last year and they have hardly left my feet since, but I was on the lookout for something a bit different. The colour of these Mary Janes is a super vibrant cherry red, and I reckon these will dress up just about any outfit. As with any pair of Dr. Martens, at first these and my feet weren’t pals, but a few Compeed blister patches and some sore heels later and I’m finally starting to break them in.

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As well as the West Coast Hardcore range, Dr. Martens have also just announced a collaboration which has got the internet very excited – Dr. Martens x Adventure Time!

For those who don’t know about Adventure Time (have you been living in a cave for the last few years?!), it is a Cartoon Network series following the adventures of Finn, a human boy, and his shape-shifting talking dog, Jake. It’s a surreal jaunt into the colourful land of Ooo, where inhabitants are made of cake, and there’s always danger and excitement around every corner. It’s technically a kids show, but there’s some dark elements and bits of surreal humour in there enough to entertain the adults, too.

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I was so excited about this collaboration when I first heard about it because to me, it is quite simply a match made in heaven. Adventure Time is eclectic and independently minded, just like the Dr. Martens brand. The new boots are modelled around the two main characters, with a limited edition run of only 1460 pairs created. The new styles look brilliant – it’s as if your feet have magically morphed into Finn and Jake!

The new collection lands in the Bristol Broadmead store on Monday 2nd March, and to celebrate, there will be a special Adventure Time themed morning with the staff dressed up as Jake and hopping around on Finn spacehoppers. If you fancy getting in on the action it’s all taking place from 9:30-10:30 – pop in and say hello!

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The West Coast Hardcore and Adventure Time collections are available at Dr. Martens Bristol, 16 Broadmead BS1 3HH. 

A massive thanks to Dr. Martens for inviting me to collaborate with them on this post.

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Christmas Wishlist!

Christmas Wishlist | Lily Doughball Bristol Lifestyle Blog

Ok, so I’m beginning to get just a teeny tiny bit excited about Christmas now – today we spent the day Christmas shopping, and I’ve bought our first bottle of Baileys, which is the official sign for the festive season beginning.

With that in mind, and the fact that the big day is only 32 DAYS AWAY, I’ve made a shortlist of beautiful treasures that I hope Father Christmas will be popping in my stocking this year.

1. Twin Peaks Colouring Book
2. AllSaints ‘Hawks’ Leather Jacket
3. Bill Murray T-Shirt
4. Dr Martens Joyce Brogues
5. imo ‘Sunrise’ Camera Strap
6. Lush Rosie Gift Set

The first item on my list needs no introduction, nor explanation. It’s a Twin Peaks colouring book, from one of my favourite illustrators on Etsy. It’s a Twin. Peaks. COLOURING. BOOK. It’s like someone has read my mind and smushed my two favourite things together. Just remember to get me some crayons, too, Santa.

With this next item I am totally dreaming. I can most definitely not afford it, that’s for sure, but I’ve been searching for the perfect leather biker jacket for some time now and this ticks all the boxes. It’s from AllSaints new collection, which is all absolutely stunning, but this one definitely stood out for me for its classic style but little details like the texture on the shoulders.

If somehow that beautiful jacket ends up under the tree this year, I reckon this Bill Murray T-Shirt would go rather nicely with it. I imagine having Bill Murray emblazoned across your entire upper body has the same effect as wearing a poncho – we all know it’s impossible to be unhappy in that situation.

My Dr Martens collection definitely needs expanding. These beautiful brogues caught my eye because they kind of resemble Audrey’s (from Twin Peaks, obvs), plus I can just picture them jazzing up a cute floral dress or even teamed with a nice pair of jeans (Pssst – don’t forget, you can get 15% off until the 30th at the Bristol store – 16 Broadmead, Bristol BS1 6HH. More details here).

I really hate having the strap attached to my camera – it’s ugly, awkward, and I can’t help feeling that I’m ever-so-slightly gloating having ‘CANON’ emblazoned around my neck. The thing is, I am very afraid of smashing it. I think this adorable camera strap from ‘imo’ on Etsy might make me less reluctant to properly look after my belongings.

You can’t have Christmas without a bit of Lush, or I certainly can’t anyway. I can’t think of a more perfect gift set from Lush this year – this Rosie set not only has the best Lush product of all time, Rose Jam shower gel, it also has its namesake bubbleroon bubble bar and Ro’s Argan with the same amazing smell, plus a whole host of other rosy-scented goodies. Yes please!

What treats are on your Christmas list this year?

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Perfect Winter Boots: Dr. Martens AW14

Occasionally, an email will drop into my inbox and I will do a proper double take. This was most definitely one of those occasions. I’ve been wearing Dr. Martens boots since I was about 3 years old, and am now the proud owner of three pairs, and myself and Thomas almost exclusively live in Docs throughout the winter months.

This exciting email was offering me a sneaky peek at the brand new AW14 Rugged and Casual ranges, which have just hit the Bristol Broadmead store. I was invited down to take a closer look, and to pick out a pair to road test and to style an outfit around.

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Dr Martens Broadmead Bristol sign
Dr Martens boots in Broadmead Bristol
Dr Martens boots in Broadmead Bristol

As with previous Dr. Martens collections, they have drawn inspiration from the culture that the brand is so deeply rooted in. From Northern Soul-style monkey boots, to a nod to their rebellious nature in the biker boots, and even the shearling lining of the Core Premium Jay boot which echoes the clothing choices of those early 60s skinheads; everything is referencing the culture that Dr. Martens is celebrating.

All of these little touches make for a really refined and striking collection, which as well as looking amazing (I would buy any of these boots in a heartbeat!), they also have the reassurance of fantastic quality which is built to last, and would all be the ideal winter boot.

Dr Martens boots in Broadmead Bristol
Dr Martens boots in Broadmead Bristol

On arriving in the Broadmead store I was met by Kat, who as well as rocking some awesome tattoos and Bettie bangs, really knew her stuff when it came to Dr. Martens. She talked me through the new range – what was new, what was different (lots more styles in the gorgeous supple gaucho leather), and in the end pointed me towards a beautiful pair of Alexandra boots. Soft black leather meets a higher heel in a traditional-styled boot, but with an interesting twist in the detail around the ankle.

Dr Martens Rugged Collection style outfit post | Lily Doughball UK Fashion blog
Dr Martens Rugged Collection style outfit post | Lily Doughball UK Fashion blog
Dr Martens Rugged Collection style outfit post | Lily Doughball UK Fashion blog
Dr Martens Rugged Collection style outfit post | Lily Doughball UK Fashion blog

On getting them home, I decided to style my boots simply. I opted for a charity shop denim dress, my favourite necklace, and a brand new Harrington jacket I picked up last week – in another nod to the 1960s Dr. Martens culture. The Alexandra boots set off the outfit perfectly, but to be perfectly honest, you could style them with anything. They’d look good with a bin bag on.

Dr Martens Rugged Collection AW14 Alexandra boots
Dr Martens Rugged Collection AW14 Alexandra boots
Dr Martens Rugged Collection AW14 Alexandra boots
Dr Martens Rugged Collection AW14 Alexandra boots
Dr Martens Rugged Collection AW14 Alexandra boots

Stepping into these boots for the first time was like stepping on clouds. Usually Dr. Martens boots take a bit of commitment to break in the first time, but the softness of the leather on these boots meant they were unbelievably comfy from the get-go. The colour of the leather is something I love too – it is listed as black, but due to the dying process, has a striking green tinge to it, which again is a nod to the military theme which Dr. Martens is emulating with this collection.

Everyone needs a decent pair of boots for the colder months, and I’m a firm believer in comfort and quality when it comes to choosing them. The latest Dr. Martens campaign is #STANDFORSOMETHING, showcasing something you believe in, and what you stand for – as cheesy as it sounds, I stand for comfort, especially when it comes to shoes! I’ve had far too many blisters from cheap bad shoes, but all my Docs have been worn in to the point that they are like carpet slippers. So. Comfy.

As well as finding my own pair of perfect winter boots, you’ve also got the chance to find yours. Dr. Martens have very kindly offered a special discount for my readers! Now’s the chance to bag a 15% exclusive discount at the Bristol store – just print off this page and take it to to the Bristol store at 16 Broadmead, Bristol, BS1 3HH. This discount will be valid until 30 November 2014, so you’ve got a good few weekends of shopping time left to use it. Now’s the chance to finally get your hands on that pair you’ve been dreaming of for months.

A massive thanks to Dr. Martens for inviting me down to look at their range and letting me road test a beautiful pair of their boots, and of course for treating my readers, too!

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Autumn Wishlist

A/W Wishlist | Lily Doughball UK Lifestyle Blog

1 // Dr Martens ‘Spirit of 69’ Leroy Loafers

2 // Casio Rose Gold Bracelet Watch

3 // Brit-Stitch Half Pint in Caramel

4 // Coco Fennell ‘Silence of the Lambs’ Bee Collar Dress

5 // Sterling Silver Antler Ring

The nights are drawing in, the mornings are getting chillier, and autumn is finally here! I am beyond excited about Autumn this year, I have a mental list of things which I am aiming to tick off, of which I have already done a few – drink a Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte (check!), make cinnamon rolls, go to Westonbirt and look at all the leaves, and fill my wardrobe with brown and black and orange clothes ready for the new season.

With this in mind, I’ve compiled an autumnal wishlist, with items off my shiny new Pinterest board. I’ve been reading a lot into minimising and streamlining your wardrobe, and one of the top tips that most articles give is to keep a wishlist, and keep it updated. Try to avoid on-a-whim purchases by pinning the item straight to your board and keeping it there for a week. If you still want it, and have a genuine need for it, then go for it. By resisting the urge to splurge your money at once you’ll feel less guilty, plus having items next to one another makes you realise which ones are of the most importance to you. This article is particularly useful for some more info on the subject.

First up on my wishlist are a pair of shoes I have fallen head over heels for (no pun intended). Me and Tom practically live in Dr Martens. I have three pairs already, so you could argue that I have enough, and this would only be adding to my problem. However, I like to think of it as ‘all bases covered’ – 16 eyelet black boots, short practical brown chelsea boots, classic black shoes, and now these tasselled loafer beauties, in a beautiful oxblood vintage leather finish. These are absolutely perfect for the change in weather, and I can just picture them on my hooves kicking through golden leaves. I’m going to have to do some saving up, though, and these might be on my wishlist for a while!

I’ve never been much of a watch person. I’ve often noticed beautiful timepieces adorning the wrists of the most fashionable and wondered what it is which is so appealing about them – to me, they were just another unnessecary piece of jewellery. However, I recently took the plunge and bought a rather stunning watch from Shore Projects (post to follow) and have now got used to wearing it so much my wrist feels naked without it. Since I’ve gone over to the dark side I’ve been eyeing up watches left right and centre, and this rose gold Casio beauty from ASOS is pretty special, plus its classic style isn’t likely to fall out of fashion in a hurry.

I have a bit of a confession to make with this next one. I broke the rules I laid out in the beginning of this post by splurging and purchasing this one as soon as I saw it. In my defence, it was half price (HALF PRICE!) in a one-day LFW special that Brit Stitch were having last week, and my spur-of-the-moment decision was egged on by the fact that the website told me that there were only 4 left in stock! I panicked. Since its arrival I haven’t taken it on an outing yet, merely staring at it sat in its box and cooing at its beauty. The colour is absolutely gorgeous – a little less vibrant than the above picture, but a beautiful warm orange colour which sums up the essence of autumn.

This next one is a dress which I have seen doing the rounds on Pinterest for a while, but sadly I had no idea where it was from. Imagine my delight when I discovered that this beautiful little bee embroidered dress is from eccentric London designer Coco Fennell, whose shop is stuffed with other delightful whimsical treasures. This Silence of the Lambs inspired dress features embroidered bees on the lapels of the oversized collars, which I absolutely adore; bees are probably my favourite animal, ever since I got a book about beekeeping a few years back… (such a nerd). Do you reckon I could get away with wearing this to a winter wedding?

ALast but by no means least is this sterling silver antler shaped ring which I found on the Lost Lanes, made by Aether Design. Taking inspiration from the natural world, designer and jeweller Amber Tenzin-Dolma creates beautiful pieces using precious metals and stones. I have been looking for an animal-inspired piece of jewellery for a while and instantly fell in love with this one, plus I think the modest price tag means it won’t be on my list for long.

What’s been taking your fancy this autumn?

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A whole week of Primark

I’ve been meaning to write this post for absolutely ages. A few weeks ago, I decided that I wanted to do more outfit posts, and as I had recently been on a bit of a spree in oh-so-glamourous Primarni, I organised a few outfits (five, to be precise), got an early bus into work each morning, and took a snap of what I was wearing that day.

Now, like most other people, I have I bit of a love/hate relationship with Primark. There is the obvious ethical argument, (which I won’t go into for fear of being sidetracked, and more likely contradicting myself massively) but there is also the deep-rooted psychological fear of abandonment; of being stranded in a strip lighted nightmare all by myself on a Saturday afternoon, elbowed out of the way by some hungry bargain-hunter with nothing but towering piles of discarded jersey basics for comfort. That is my real fear.

I’m not the best when it comes to shopping anyway, preferring to do most of it in the comfort of my living room over my good friend the internet. But a few weeks ago my lovely lady friend Lisa and I went to get our nails done, and she tempted me to break my 18-month avoidance of Primark with the promise she would help me pick out some new clothes. Here is what I came back home with.

(WARNING: you are about to see a lot of pictures of my chubby face, pulling lots of stupid expressions)

// MONDAY //

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Shirt – Primark, £6 // Skirt – Primark, £3 // Shoes – Dr Martens

I hate Monday mornings. I am still in weekend mode and would rather slouch off to work in my pyjamas rather than bother to get dressed. I chose the next best thing – grey cotton might just be the most comfortable material in the universe, and when it has the Jurassic Park logo emblazoned across the front, it might just make the most awesome T Shirt in the universe. I don’t think I have properly introduced you to my shoes, seeing as I’m not the biggest fan of outfit posts. I bought these in January and they have not left my feet since. If only it would stop getting warmer, I could wear them all year round.

// TUESDAY //

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Dress – Primark, £3 // Necklace – Sobeys Vintage, Bristol // Lipstick – MAC ‘Please Me’

I liked Tuesday’s outfit. I like the opportunity to dress like a girl; I often don’t feel very ladylike and so when given the opportunity, such as this ALMIGHTY BARGAIN in the form of the most ridiculously cute dress I have ever seen for a mere £3, I jump at the chance to prove my femininity. I even managed to do a mini beehive, and put some lipstick on. Go me.

// WEDNESDAY //

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Shirt – Primark, £5 // Jeggings – M&S, £19.50 // Lipstick – Lime Crime ‘Cosmopop’

AHH! JEANS! Jeans are my nemesis – I have yet to find a pair of jeans in a high street shop which fit correctly. These are what the young folk call ‘jeggings’, and are an exception to the Primark rule, having come from that old favourite, Marks and Sparks. This daisy print beauty is from Primark, and was one of those sod-it-I’ll-buy-it-even-if-it-don’t-fit moments, as it is a size 20, but I think it looks better oversized, anyway. The reason I am stroking my face like a bit of a nutter is because I liked the colour combo of my fabulous orange lips and my spring green/pistachio nails (in case you were confused) – the lippy is Lime Crime, and the nail colour is Butter London.

// THURSDAY //

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Corduroy pinafore – Primark, £5 // Nikes – eBay (fakes) // Shirt – Superdry (old) // Necklace – New Look

Much like my hatred of jeans, I also feel a little uncomfortable about coloured tights. I reckon they look awesome on other people, but I get a little ‘chubby knee’ conscious whenever wearing them, although I do enjoy the weird looks people give me on the bus. I teamed my mustard legs with bright purple fake Nikes, an old Superdry shirt and this black cord pinny dress from Primark, which was a mere £5.

// FRIDAY //

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Dress – Primark, £5 // Shirt – Threadless // Shoes – Urban Fox, Bristol // Lips – Lime Crime Velvetines

Yay Friday! I like to use Fridays as an excuse to dress as ridiculously as possible, and on this occasion I chose another pinny-like denim number from Primark, with my favourite cat T Shirt (alas, you cannot see his face), the best vintage shoes I have ever found, and bright pink lips courtesy of Lime Crime Pink Velvet. Sometimes I think I should probably stop dressing like a child, and then I remember that that’s no fun.

So, I think what I have learned from this valuable life lesson is that Primark isn’t as scary as it seems, and once I get over the fear of the large open space, the seemingly endless queues and the bags which have no structural integrity when it rains, there are indeed bargains to be had. And it takes a brave woman to find them. But when I overcome the initial fear of entering I’m as giddy as a kid in a sweet shop, and exit on the other side with a whole weeks’ worth (and more!) of outfits.

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January Favourites

This is a little early, but I’m all for waving a massive goodbye to January already; in my humble opinion, it can DO ONE.

I like February, it is my new favourite friend. February has way less days than January (at least 3 less), so any diety or dry January plans are far more achievable in our friendly favourite month, February. The reason I am so bitter about January is because I vowed to not eat cheese for the whole month, until it got to the 16th and I was so depressed that me and Tom just had to go to Pizza Provencale (which is excellent, by the way) and order their largest, cheesiest pizza. This is when I discovered my fun fact for the month, cheese is actually addictive.

Anyway, despite crushing disappointment in myself, January has actually been quite a fun month…

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I reviewed some Mr Natty products // I bought an awesome Fisherman’s coat // and some shiny new Dr Martens // I went to Bristol Bloggers Meet and got a very generous goody bag // I became slightly obsessed with Twin Peaks // #BLOGCLUB // I attempted ABM maiden braids // saw one of my favourite bands at the Fleece // I knitted some houses at the M Shed, more on that soon!

So, goodbye January, take your broken promises and stinky weather with you. Roll on February, and let’s hope it warms up soon!

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Fisherman’s Friend

You guys. I’ve had a brainwave.

I didn’t do it all by myself – I was talking to a friend at work, lamenting the fact that I read all these awesome fashion blogs and how I wished I could do my own outfit posts and how it is so hard because a) Tom is not very comfortable taking photos, b) this makes me a reluctant model and c) the weather is currently horrendous and it gets dark really early. Then he suggested something and I had a lightbulb moment – I have a studio! OK, it isn’t mine, it is at work, which means I only have a half hour lunchtime window to take and edit the photos, but hey, that’s plenty of time, right?!

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Coat – Le Petit Bateau @ Atterley Rd [sold out] // Dress – unknown // Necklace – Sobeys Vintage, Bristol // Shoes – Dr Martens

Firstly, let’s get the apologies out of the way. As you can probably tell, years behind a camera has made me particularly awkward being in front of one. Also, in one of these I think I look a lot like Alan Carr.

I thought that for my second ever outfit post it would be a good opportunity to show off my brand spanking new Fisherman’s coat which arrived on Friday, just in time for the horrible weather over the weekend! I’ve been looking for a coat like this for months with no avail until last week when, browsing the sales, Google finally got an ad right.

It took me to Atterley Road, who I had not shopped with before (but are pretty speedy with delivery) where I found this mother – and on spotting that it had been reduced by about 60%, snapped it up for around £59. What an absolute bargain. It does the job at keeping the rain out and it has a lovely soft cotton stripey lining to keep you snug whilst skipping through the rain.

My shoes are also a staple in this kind of weather. I bought them around a year ago and they are still holding up, which is testament to the lasting power of a proper pair of Docs. They may not be 100% waterproof, but it takes a lot to get them completely soaked, and they do the job walking back from the bus stop. They are also like carpet slippers once you break them in.

Plus I think it adds to my fisherman style, what do you think?

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Belated Christmas Wishlist

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Happy Christmas Eve Eve! I cant believe it’s so close to Christmas, where is the snow?! I think I’ve used up all my festive cheer in the last few weeks and now I’m sitting in a cold boat being blown around by the horrendous weather outside, and passing the time by peeking at things which I’m hoping to get for Christmas Day.

When I was younger I hated the 23rd December, it would feel like a trick day, designed by calendar companies to make you wait even longer for the big day. How many crap films can you squeeze into one afternoon? Why can’t they just get rid of the 23rd, and then Christmas will always be a day early?

Anyway, there have been a few wishlist posts floating around on my favourite blogs in the last few weeks, and instead of creating mine in the weeks leading up to Christmas I have, like everything else in my life, left it to the last minute. I’ve chosen a few bits off my Amazon wish list to share with you all, with the false optimism that these will be waiting under the tree the day after tomorrow. I can hope!

Number one is a book which I’ve been after for quite some time. I first discovered The Selby is in Your Place whilst browsing Pinterest for boat design inspiration, as one of the homes photographed by Todd Selby for the book is a young lady living aboard on a beautiful boat in London. It seems to be a regular feature on the Guardian website too, for seemingly obvious reasons – from the looks of things it seems to be quite an interesting insight into the lives of others that I can only aspire to.

Secondly are these absolutely adorable plushie balloons from Etsy. I stumbled upon these during one of my late-night Etsy trawls, and fell in love instantly. You can buy them ready-made, or if you are looking for something a little challenging, like me, you can buy the printed cotton and assemble them yourself. I spy a new year craft project coming on…

Third up is another pair of Dr Martens. I don’t think a month goes by when I’m not lamenting over another pair of DM’s I can’t afford – Tom has just bought these shoes but in their waxy brown ‘gaucho’ finish. Being somewhat of a Doc Marten traditionalist however, I prefer these guys, with a smooth black leather finish and vibrant yellow z-welt stitching. Perfect.

Finally, a Christmas wishlist wouldn’t be complete without a novelty gift or two. In search of stocking fillers to beef up my Christmas list I went over to dotcomgiftshop, the kings of affordable, charming and quirky gifts. I found this little guy, who I’ve also seen pop up on Tattooed Tealady’s Instagram quite frequently, and I think he would look very proud sat up next to our telly.

So, it only remains for me to wish you all a very merry Christmas, I hope you all drink too much, eat too much, and get everything you wished for this year. See you in a week or so!

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Winter is Coming…

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Hasn’t the weather changed?! I can’t believe that 2 weeks ago it was blazing sunshine, and when I woke up this morning the first thing I did was put the heating on. This post was originally going to be titled ‘Autumn is Coming’ but by the looks of the pouring rain outside it has most definitely already upon us.

Autumn is my favourite season, no doubt about it. Despite having a summer birthday, I’m not one for warm weather, much preferring the cold (but maybe not so much the rain!). I’ve been planning for winter for months, and now that the A/W wardrobes have finally arrived in the shops it’s time to do some serious spending, and some serious knitting!

First up is this ‘Nicola’ knitted cardigan by Boohoo.com. All of my current knitwear is a bit knackered, and I have been after a giant chunky cardigan for ages. This one is a bit of a bargain, too, being only £20. But when I last checked on their website it had sold out in my size, gutted!

Of course when planning for winter you have to sneak some knitting projects in there too. I’ve been aware of Tiny Owl Knits for a while, discovering it when I first joined Ravelry, and always do a little ‘squee’ when I see what delights she comes up with next. This little fox stole has been on my knit list for a while, and I must get round to making it before the weather changes!

Tom owns a spectacular Howick duffle coat which he gets out every winter, and I’m a little bit jealous. This beige beauty off ASOS doesn’t break the bank, and looks pretty damn comfortable.  I love the checked lining, and because of the colour I reckon it could go with pretty much everything.

Next up is this lovely little scalloped bag which is also off ASOS, and also a bargain at a mere £30. I love satchels, but some of the bigger brands can be quite pricey. I took the plunge and bought a Zatchels bag over the summer, and as much as I adore it I can’t seem to fit much in it. This seems a little bigger, at least. Enough for me iPad and boat key, which happens to have a massive inconvenient cork float attached to it!

Oh man, do I love my DM‘s. I already own a couple of pairs, and bought their brown Chelsea boots for last winter, just before the massive snows hit us, and was a little bit smug stomping around when other people were sliding down the street. However, I’m trying to be a bit more of a lady nowadays, and these bloody gorgeous Casey boots will go nicely with all the dresses I wear to work.

Speaking of, I spotted a beautiful twinkly nail polish on my friend at work, and when she told me it was from Butter, I took one look at their website and was hooked. I’m quite a fan of my nail art, and am recently coveting shiny and metallic shades. This one, ‘Thames’, seems to be the best of all worlds – metallic shinyness, and in my favourite shade of green. My nails will look like an Aston Martin.

Despite all my dreaming, though, this is all going to have to wait til the end of the month. Hurry up, payday!

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