Hello and welcome to another Wednesday wishlist. Sorry it’s been so long, it’s been so hectic over these past few weeks with lockdown restrictions easing and I’ve had to juggle a lot of content creation with vintage work and the shop reopening. But anyway! So glad to be busy! Below are the things I’m lusting after this week-I’m really gravitating towards baby blue at the moment I’ve noticed, which is definitely obvious by this list (obviously pink is my first love ALWAYS) but baby blue is creeping in ! plus pink and baby blue together is literally a match made in heaven.

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Dress c/o: Fresha London

I’ve realised that out of all the lockdowns we have had (currently on number three and counting) that a winter lockdown is by far the worst. I’ll go as far as to say I quite liked the first one-weather wise at least. Since being in lockdown I feel like I’ve become so much more AWARE of the seasons/the weather/winter dragging on forever (probably because I’m not as busy or going anywhere) And the light is soooo bad in the flat whenever it’s cloudy (most days) so it’s becoming really frustrating when trying to shoot content. I feel like I’m wishing my life away – but I almost want to wish this lockdown away now I’m so fed up. Saying that it is Friday, nearly another week of it done and we are one week closer to getting back to some kind of life outside the four walls of the flat. Saying that I just seem to be feeling extra tired and groggy at the moment, all motivation is out of the window and I feel like I’m just not getting anything done. I hate feeling like this. I think the title of the blog post sums it up-Spring just isn’t here yet so don’t be fooled. Now I feel like I’ve taken the mood down a bit here, let’s talk about the dress shall we? Moving on…

Luckily the weather had a little glimpse of Spring in it the day we shot these, and that little glimmer gave me a little hope, and a reminder, that things won’t be like this forever. This beautiful dress is by a new brand called Fresha London and I can’t wait to show it off properly in the next few months. I’m so in love with the print, it feels quite retro but also modern at the same time?  And that back detail is devine. Oh and it fits like a dream too, so if you were thinking of getting it, take your usual size. Be sure to check them out because they’ve got some gorgeous dresses in other prints on the website too.

As you can see from the photos, I ended up getting both the Prada sandals and headband (whoops) and I’m obsessed with both of them. I have no regrets ! Honestly I’ve now gone off all my other shoes and these sandals have not left my feet since I got them-I’ve been wearing them with socks in case you were wondering if my feet were cold, haha. But this was an unusually warm and sunny day I ventured out with no socks on. I also tried that today and regretted it immediately.

Also I actually bought the Prada headband on sale – top tip: every time I’ve checked on Flannels it mysteriously goes on sale every weekend so if you’re looking to getting one too – click that link on a weekend ! It’s so odd I don’t know why, but let’s not ask any questions about it, shall we !

All images by: Sophie Anneliese

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Dress c/o: Kristinit, Bag c/o: Loueo

Wow ! What a beautiful sunny day it was when Sophie and I shot these a couple of weeks ago. It really truly felt like Spring and it made me realise how much I had forgotten what it was like after all these miserable cold months. I’ve not been leaving the flat a lot recently. Then of course, two days later it was -2 and snowing. But that little window of hope on this day I’ve not forgotten and it’s reminded me that the way I’m feeling and the way it is right now isn’t forever. Too deep for a Thursday? I’m clinging onto that hope anyway.

Right let’s talk about the dress shall we ? The patchwork trend is very much alive and well at the moment and I’ve seen it all over instagram recently (and I’ve been lusting after a lot of very expensive patchwork jackets) so I thought this dress was the easiest way to delve into this trend. But believe me I’ve loved patchwork for a very long time so I’m happy it’s getting a revival !

This particular dress is by sustainable woman owned brand Kristinit, and boy is it a good one. If dresses aren’t you thing, this patchwork print also comes in the from of a top and skirt , trousers and even a jacket! So whichever way you like you can get your patchwork fix. What’s also great about Kristinit is they employ woman owned collectives all over the world, and their items are preorder and custom made to eliminate any unnecessary waste. We love to see it.

The beautiful pink colours in the dress mean that it goes perfectly with my new fluffy pink handmade from new brand Loueo. If you follow me on instagram you’ll have seen me gushing over it ! I’m obsessed ! Who knew a fluffy pink bag could go with…well just about everything in my wardrobe !

This incredible bag comes in three different colours, black, beige and pink, and of course I had to go for the pink. Also to note: pink is set to become a BIG trend this Spring/Summer and a pink bag is a perfect way to add a cute pop of pink colour to your outfit. Overall a pretty amazing dress and bag, by two pretty amazing brands ! I can’t wait to wear this outfit on repeat when it gets (and stays) warmer. I’ve been compiling a pretty cute Spring wardrobe and I’m just desperate to wear it properly. To places other than Big Tesco.

All Photography: Sophie Anneliese 

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Hello! I am back on this blogging bandwagon and I am determined to stay on it. Ok so jumping right in with it, I spent A LOT of time on my phone in 2020. (as I’m sure a lot of you have!) and with that endless hours of scrolling came the inevitable overthinking and comparing myself to others and in turn feeling bad about myself. In doing so I feel like both my confidence and my style kind of got a little ‘lost’ towards the end of last year as looking back I could see I started wearing and trying to shoot photos I thought would ‘do well’ instead of being true to me, and trying trends that weren’t really my style. I’ve decided that this year I think maybe we should stop starting resolutions at the start of the year when it’s cold and miserable haha  (or at all let’s not be too hard on ourselves this year for heavens sakes we don’t need any unnecessary pressure in 2021 it’s bad enough as it is!) but I do think one thing I want to stick to this year is being true to myself and my style.

So I wanted to share with you some colours that make me feel happy and outfits I feel good in, I’ve been drawn to lots of colour (and gingham) recently and they are really brightening up these moody miserable lockdown months. My style has definitely evolved and changed since last year, and these are my favourites.

PINK

Pink on pink. My name is Sara and I am obsessed with pink. There I said it. If you follow me on Instagram then you’ll know ! So I finally got my hands on a La Veste gingham shirt when it came back in stock briefly after lusting after it for the majority of last year (however I sadly got stung with the new Brexit customs charges as I waited to long) but honestly, this shirt is definitely worth it. Worn with my beloved baby pink Zara flares I found second hand on eBay and with my gold Gucci shoes, I can’t wait to wear this when we are allowed out. And minus 4567 layers of course.

BABY BLUE

Baby blue. I’ve gone from avoiding blue at all costs to wanting a wardrobe filled with baby blue pieces. What can I say, maybe it’s because it reminds me of the summer blue skies I’m craving? This Ganni horse print on baby blue maxi dress was THE dress I was lusting after-and I finally managed to find one on Depop. Worth checking religiously as both the mini and maxi are sold out everywhere now. Cannot WAIT to wear this without the polo neck and with some chunky sandals when the weather gets warmer.

LILAC

Lilac ! My love for lilac knows no bounds. Haha. It’s another colour that makes me feel happy and it’s an instant mood boaster for me. I’m just loving the tonal outfits too ! This outfit is from ethical brand Vjera V and all the beads on the jumper are hand sewn on-it’s like a work of art! I’ve linked the jumper here, and the lilac gingham (oh yes double points for this skirt being BOTH lilac and gingham) here.

 

GREEN

Green (and Lilac. Preferably together.) There’s just something about this combination I just cannot get enough of ! This green vintage cardigan is absolutely amazing, I’ve never come across a vintage knit like it, I could not resist keeping it when we went vintage buying last year. And the collar is from Delphi Eva, she actually named it after me too so I’m just over the moon about that as it’s so me !

So there we have it, the colours and outfits that are making me happy so far this year, I’ve decided no more dark colours and I’m filling my wardrobe with colour !

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Hello and welcome to the third instalment of my small business Christmas shopping extravaganza. haha. Anyway, today it’s the turn of the ACCESSORIES, and what cute accessories do we have here. Thank me later. Whether its a personalised scrunchie, snazzy bag or even a phone accessory-I’ve got you covered. Perfect for stocking fillers, or as a gift to yourself, these are some of my favourite small brands.

Kairi London

Two words…shell bag! Omg. Kairi London are a sustainable accessories brand and they have also launched a plant based leather collection this year which are plastic free and 100% vegan, so you can choose that iconic shell bag to be leather or vegan. A bag to treasure forever. Oh…and they’re all designed and handcrafted in London too.

Maison Archives London

Hi and welcome to hair clip HEAVEN. I’ve got quite the collection from Maison Archives (I think I may be aiming to have one of everything eventually ) as they are the cutest (sustainable) hair accessories around. If you love everything cute and colourful then I think you are going to love these. My favourite thing from them has to be all of their bows, but the hair clips come a close second. It’s an online treasure trove.

Willow and Hive

How beautiful are these! Willow and Hive are a handmade leather goods brand, everything is designed and made in the UK by hand, and the best thing? You can personalise everything. The pouches are perfect for your passport, coins or even as a makeup bag as they come in all different sizes and they also do keyrings, belt bags, bracelets and card holders. A lovely unique gift.

Palomino

Speaking of things to put in pouches, let me introduce you to Palomino. This aesthetically perfect brand (just go have a look at their instagram!) is a new one, and what a good one it is ! Dreamy hair accessories, just look at those pearly combs ! Not only do they look good, they’re eco friendly as well, and their bamboo cotton towelling scrunchies are perfect after a shower, they prevent hair damage and helping reduce drying time too. Not just a swoon worthy brand -they’re so much more than that.

Roop

A firm favourite of mine, Roop is a handmade, sustainable bag (and now accessories too) brand based in Manchester. All of the products are handmade using quality and luxury vintage and remnant fabrics – meaning the collections are limited edition, but ensures you get an amazing unique bag that no one else has.  They’re just about to bring out that incredible fluffy number above (in black and pink) on the 5th December !

Little Fashion Finds

Another Manchester based handmade brand, in the form of Little Fashion Finds. And another one with the option to personalise, for that absolutely lovely extra touch. A girly paradise where you’ll find the prettiest accessories including scrunchies, charms and more. For this brand it’s the attention to detail for me that sets it apart from the rest. The personalised scrunchies are my favourite. Ooh and they do gift wrapping too !

Olivia Wolfe

Made to order puffy braided accessories are Olivia Wolfe’s speciality, and I’ve never seen anything like them. The handmade bags with the puffy braided handle are just too cute for words. And you can even get a headband and collar to match to complete the look. All their fabrics are locally sourced too.   The bags each take around four hours to make, which is such a labour of love.

Daisy and Valentina

For bespoke beads, look no further than Daisy and Valentina. They can make everything from glasses chains to phone beads, to anklets, I’m obsessed with this brand, as I love jazzing things up and making them look more unique. They also take commissions for bespoke designs and have a strong focus on sustainability. They only use beads made from glass and crystal, so no nasty plastic.

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