Showing posts with label Olivia Burton. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Olivia Burton. Show all posts
I don't know whether it's a sign of me getting older, but whereas I used to look forward to weekends flitting hither and thither, recently I've found myself craving some quality time at home. Don't get me wrong, I love planning days out and catching up with friends (usually over some delicious grub), but sometimes a girl just needs to schedule in some quality pyjama time, know what I mean? For me, weekends at home are usually reserved for some serious box set binging, as well as tacking life admin and an occasional bit of baking. Over the last few weeks (and in preparation for spring!), I've also been having a bit of a declutter, sprucing up my room with some new additions to brighten things up. Inspired by plenty of time spent on Pinterest, I've picked up some lovely new bits and bobs which are adding a breath of fresh air to my space:

From top: Swan trinket dish, Oliver Bonas, Olivia Burton Watch/Rifle Paper Co. calendar, Kate Spade pen pot, Sloane Stationery notebook/V&A postcard, Wilko frame.

Anyone who knows me well will happily tell you that I've got enough jewellery to open my own shop, so I'm always on the lookout for dainty little trinket dishes and boxes to keep all of my favourite pieces stashed away safely. This swan shaped piece is from Oliver Bonas, and it's become a real favourite- I love how elegant it is, and it's a perfect statement ornament to have on my dressing table. Not only that, but it complements my Olivia Burton watch pretty well too!

Since the start of the year, I've made a concerted effort to get a little bit more organised in life- and have been putting pen to paper far more frequently than I used to, whether that be jotting down to-do lists or potential blog posts as and when they start brewing in my brain. I've had this Sloane Stationery notebook for a little while now, and the simple, sophisticated design means it tends to be one of the first things which I reach for when I need to get scribbling. I don't have a particularly dedicated workspace in my room, but a little corner of my dresser is given over to some planning paraphernalia, including this lovely Rifle Paper Co. desk calendar which was a present from Sarah. Not only is it indispensable in helping me to try and plan my weeks, but I'm also holding on to the prints to pop them in frame as they are just so pretty. This pen pot is also a rather recent purchase from Kate Spade, and it's exactly the kind of thing I was after to keep everything neat and tidy. They've got some seriously stylish homeware in at the moment, so well worth having a browse if you're in the mood to spruce things up.

Finally, I'm a great believer in the power of small details making a big impact, and one of my favourite things to do is collect prints and postcards to pop into frames. After visiting Savage Beauty a few weeks ago, it seemed only fitting to alternate some of my usual favourites with some stunning McQueen themed shots from the V&A shop, and these frames from Wilko are only few pounds each- so ideal if you want to switch things up for spring on a shoestring.

What are your favourite interior pieces?  

(Image credit: Sarah Farrell, please do not reproduce without permission.)

30.03.2015- Interior Inspiration

In my book, you can't beat a burst of florals to welcome in the spring. Whilst, in the immortal words of Miranda Priestly, they may not be groundbreaking, there's no doubt that they're a real seasonal failsafe, and are perfect for pepping up transitional favourites too. One of my favourite things about the change in seasons is being able to rediscover some of my favourite prints at the back of my wardrobe, as well as browsing for some new key pieces in the shops and online. With brighter days and warmer weather (hopefully!) just around the corner, I've been eagerly keeping my eyes trained for the pick of the floral crop springing up- and so far I've found a real bounty of beautiful, botanically inspired pieces:

Poppy Print Jacket, £60, Warehouse/Flower Pussybow Blouse, £38, Topshop/Dutch Master Floral Print Trouser, £20, Oliver Bonas/Shadow Floral 2 in 1 Dress, £55, Oasis/Laura Mercier Cheek Melange, £32, Space NK/Winter Garden Navy Watch, £75, Olivia Burton/Hotpotch Trainers, £59, Boden/Blue Flower Statement Necklace, £28, Warehouse/Pretty Flower Ring, £6, Accessorize/Gardena Georgette Blouse, £70, Ganni/90s Black Floral Sweatshirt, £25, Rokit.
This poppy print jacket from Warehouse rocketed to the top of my wish list as soon as I saw it. Not only does it incorporate a really stylish, ultra modern long line, but the print is really unique and packs a punch without proving too overwhelming. It's also a really versatile investment, and ideal for styling with some simple tailoring, or with jeans for a slightly more relaxed feel. Much like the humble shirt, the basic blouse is another largely unsung wardrobe hero of mine, and this design from Topshop is simple, chic and sophisticated. I love the painterly feel of the print, and the subtle colourway makes it the perfect piece with which to bridge the gap between winter and spring in your wardrobe.

I've posted on countless occasions in the past about my love for the floral trouser- the many pairs in my collection are, without doubt, some of my most worn wardrobe staples. This pretty pattern from Oliver Bonas caught my eye in their sale- what an absolute steal! I'm already eyeing them up in preparation for the arrival of the warmer weather- it pays to be optimistic after all! In recent weeks I've also noticed that there's a definite gap in my wardrobe for some new season dresses- and this chic design from Oasis ticks all of the right boxes. I adore the sophisticated pattern and the shape is perfect for carrying through from winter.

With the arrival of spring, I'm sure I'm not the only one who reaches for some new season beauty buys. This gorgeous Laura Mercier palette is the perfect purchase if you're looking for a fresher face-and the floral theme is ultra pretty too. If you're looking for something slightly more subtle, then search no further than this lovely Olivia Burton watch- ideal for adding a splash of spring chic to your perennial style favourites. You might remember that back towards the end of last year, I fell in love with the bevy of botanical designs at Boden's SS15 press day. Whilst I'm waiting for some of my favourite pieces to appear online, I'm biding my time by pining away for these amazing printed trainers- an ideal purchase if you're looking for a practical punch of colour to see out these dull winter days in style- and perfect if you're always on the go. If you can't quite bring yourself to bid farewell to some of your woollen warmers just yet, then adapting them for the transition into spring with some key accessories couldn't be easier. This gorgeous statement necklace from Warehouse offers an instant update to your wardrobe staples, and this pretty pink ring from Accessorize is a lovely subtle touch, don't you think?

Now, I'm sure I'm not the only one who is eagerly anticipating the arrival of warmer days if only to be able to leave the house without being wrapped up in layer upon layer. This Ganni blouse just screams out for 'no coat' days, and the delicate print is a really refreshing change from so many of the darker, solid block colours which make up the majority of my winter wardrobe. Definitely one which I'm adding to my shopping list! Finally, if you're after something unique and full of character, look no further than this vivid sweatshirt from Rokit- the perfect purchase to make now if you really can't wait for spring. 

Are you looking forward to waving goodbye to winter? 

(Image credit: Warehouse, Topshop, Oliver Bonas, Oasis, Space NK, Olivia Burton, Boden, Accessorize, Ganni and Rokit.)

27.01.2015- Spring Shopping: Fresh Florals

After last weekend's gorgeous sunny spell, I've been itching to pack away my woolly jumpers and winter coats in favour of some summer essentials. I'm not a great fan of flashing the flesh the moment the tiniest ray of sunshine appears- and after this week's commuting escapades I'm still not convinced that beachwear belongs anywhere other than at the seaside or in your holiday wardrobe- certainly not on the Tube anyway! As a rule, my summer favourites tend to be more vibrant versions of my staple favourites and I'm always on the lookout for pretty prints and basic, easy to wear pieces to style for the sunnier weather. Last Sunday, I reached for some new favourites:

Blouse- c/o Madia & Matilda 
Trousers- c/o Boden 
Sandals- River Island (via ASOS) 
Sunglasses- ASOS 
Watch- Olivia Burton 

When the lovely Shalize from Madia & Matilda got in touch to introduce me to her pieces and the opportunity to style some favourites, I couldn't say no. Taking discarded pieces and upcycling them with a distinct nod to vintage inspiration and sustainable ethics, Madia & Matilda was founded in 2013. This gorgeous cream blouse from them is my favourite type of summer staple- light and loose but with pretty details too. I love the lace additions around the sleeves and neckline here, and this is such a versatile pieces- I can't wait to team it with some of my existing wardrobe favourites. Last weekend, I paired it with these rather jazzy printed trousers from Boden which are set to prove another summer favourite, and these new sandals from River Island. I'd been after something a bit sturdier than my favourite flip flops for a while and after spying these had sold out online, I searched high and low for them in store- but to no avail. Thankfully ASOS came to the rescue and I snapped up the only size eights left-serendipitous or what?!! 

What have you been wearing during the sunny weather? 

(Image credit: Sarah Farrell, please do not reproduce without permission.) 

24.05.2014- What I Wore Today #187

As I mentioned in my suitcase shortlist post from a little while ago, packing light is definitely a challenge which goes hand in hand with planning a weekend break away. I remember that for my last proper holiday to Spain a few years ago, I more or less rammed my suitcase closed, but only ended up wearing about 40% of what I'd packed. Fast forward to my trip to Edinburgh last October and I definitely had to downsize- particularly as flying with easyJet doesn't really allow much scope for excess baggage without being made bankrupt! Streamlining my wardrobe for our trip to Dar Lazuli was something which I really enjoyed, especially as it gave me an excuse to rediscover some of my favourite pieces from last summer:

Blouse- Celia Birtwell for Uniqlo 
Trousers- Celia Birtwell for Uniqlo 
Shoes- Converse 
Bag- Vintage (via Rokit) 
Sunglasses- Vintage
Watch- Olivia Burton

This printed top and trouser combination from Celia Birtwell's collaboration with Uniqlo was one of my savviest purchases from last year, and something which I got a fair bit of wear out of too. So, when the time came to pack my suitcase for our trip to Essaouira it was a pairing which I just had to make room for. Not only did the combination of blue and white tie in perfectly with our picturesque surroundings, but on a more practical note it was the perfect outfit to wear for exploring the town before heading to the beach to soak up some much needed sunshine. 

Do you find it easy to travel light?

(Image credit: Sarah Sandiford, please do not reproduce without permission.)

02.03.2014- What I Wore Today #173