Whoops ! Posting this on a Thursday (well ten past midnight so I missed out by ten minutes) because I have basically lost track of the days at this point. Sick of the cold and the grey and judging by this wishlist-dreaming about Spring! I’ve just been in the flat with the heating on pretending we are there already. Yes this lockdown is making me loose the plot but it’s too cold to even be outside at the moment. My three favourite colours seem to be pink lilac and green at the moment and I’ve been lusting after that Prada headband forever. Next on my list ! I’ve ordered a pale pink one from Etsy (I would link it but it was a one off ) to see if I suit these kind of headbands before I invest !

 

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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 sorry for the delay but I promise it is worth it, it’s finally time for my last instalment of small businesses to shop, and today it is the wonderful turn of homeware. Especially as we’ve spent so much time in our homes this year. Hm. I live in a rented flat so I sadly cannot do much in the way of physically changing anything so I love adding new bits and pieces in to ‘decorate’ my flat instead. Here are some of my favourites…

SUMMER MORNING STUDIOS

For candles that are wayyyy too pretty to light, look no further than Summer Morning Studios aesthetically pleasing handmade candles. Pastel candle perfection to dot around your home. And if you do decide to light them…they smell delicious too.

Sarora Knots

Speaking of pastels, I’d like to introduce you to Sarora Knots. These beautiful handmade and eco friendly macrame plant hangers come in a wide variety of colours, but the pastels are my favourite. Perfect to add a little colour and hang your plants proudly on display.

E.G.N Prints

If you’re looking to add some artwork to your walls, E.g.n Print has the most beautiful, stylish and colourful floral artwork and textiles to enhance your home. All her prints are Giclée printed on paper which lasts 200 years. Beautiful lasting, sustainable prints to fill your home with!

Harlie Briggs

Another beautiful artist now, Harlie Briggs creates the most stunning abstract nudes and nature art pieces (name a better combination) and also paints her beautiful art work onto vases that she up-cycles. She makes weekly drops or so on her instagram and her art involves women sharing their empowering nudes with her, for her to capture and paint to celebrate the female form.

Vaisselle

A recent discovery of mine, and now I am obsessed. The prettiest hand painted gingham sustainable  tableware from new brand Vaisselle (which is French for dishes). They are inspired by Spanish antique ceramics, but with a colourful twist. It’s no secret that I love gingham, and now my obsession has extended to my home too. Putting everything on my Christmas list immediately.

The Stitch Company

An absolutely gorgeous gift idea now from the Stitch Company, they do the softest embroidered fluffy towels which are perfect as a gift for someone else, yourself, or even your dog ! I’ve got Stanley a personalised blanket for Christmas, hope he’s going to love it! You can get three different sized towels and choose from lots of different fonts and colours too. They also do personalised gift boxes for Christmas!

Rose England

I just adore these beautiful illustrations from print designer Rose England, who in her own words is: ‘Representing all women through art alongside nature’s true forms’. And how stunning is her work? All the prints are printed on environmentally friendly bamboo paper for the longest life for your prints.  You’ll want to fill your home with them!

Sedgwick

Now these are candles you can light, and make sure you do because they smell incredible! New handmade candle company Sedgwick has created three deliciously smelling candles that fill your whole room with their beautiful scent. And for the perfect gift you can even get them personalised. Oh and they are 100% sustainable and vegan too.

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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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Hello and welcome to this weeks instalment of the Wednesday wishlist (and my sincerest apologises for the break over lockdown) – although it’s a wishlist and we can all window shop, I didn’t feel comfortable continuing promoting clothing with everything going on, and let’s face it, there was no where much to wear it! But now we are back, out of lockdown, and in full festive season, it being December and all, even if the closest thing you might get to a party is a fancy zoom. I’ve been drawn to all things cream and pink, floaty, and sparkly if you couldn’t tell, tis the season after all ! Would love to dress like a winter angel for Christmas.

 

 

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