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I hate January (sorry everyone born this month) it’s grey, cold and I’m always skinto. So I dream of nice things that I might be able to afford one day to make myself happier! Yes, it makes me happy! So what?!

So here are some of my picks of niceness to perk up the grey old days this month!

For warmth… 

Soft, warm and long enough to double wrap! What's not to love?!

Soft, warm and long enough to double wrap! What’s not to love?!

I totally want to snuggle up with this gorgeous cowl by Suzana Davidovic found over on Ravelry. The Calm Cowl looks soft, comfy and has that grey tone I love.

For eating on…

Too pretty to cover with anything except cake, pretty cake, at that!

Too pretty to cover with anything except cake, pretty cake, at that!

Good old Anthropology never fails to have products with just the right amount of quirk to be cool. Take this Natural World Dessert Plate, £16. I would probably be tempted to put it on my wall rather than hide it away in the cupboard!

For my feet!

Boden shoes

The Milan Court, £110, from Boden, is a sight to behold! Great for sping, and certainly able to cheer up a miserable January day! Might have to save the pennies for these though…

For getting me there on time…

Red, white or green? Snap-up a statement clocks!

Red, white or green? Snap-up a statement clocks!

I’m a bit of a clock-fiend and these rather fun little numbers by Newgate Clocks are totally on my must-have list. I’m hankering after the green one as I love a pop of colour and this shade is really vibrant. £57, but worth it for a modern classic.

 For every day…

Pretty and neat, neat and pretty. Yup!

Pretty and neat, neat and pretty. Yup!

The Crossbody Leather Mini Bag, £45, from Oliver Bonas is really sweet, bright and I insist on cross body bags – none of this two piddly handles business!

For my wall…

A is for .... ah lovely!

A is for …. ah lovely!

Another Oliver Bonas treat (there are so many!) and one that embraces the on-trend copper colour, this wire letter is only £10 and will look superb on my dining room wall. Hope they cheer y’all up too!



The art of letter writing is somewhat on the wane in this modern computerised world, but oh, how I love to send a card, a letter or simply scribble down my thoughts. So to breathe new life into letter writing, why not buy some new stationery – you never know, you might get a letter back! The Spring bird card above is £5 from Papermash.

I love quirky things and this sausage dog notepad from Anthropologie made me titter! £10

What about a card that’s a box, that’s a cake box card type thing? Cool huh? £11.50 from Present and Correct.

Bring back the old school paperweight I say! This here pretty little one is from Papermash is £22.50.


You can always rely on a pair of pretty red shoes to lift the spirits on a Wednesday morning – and aren’t these just peachy? These Chia Mihara Osmo sandals (yes, really!) cost £225 and I found them on a rather nifty little online vintage-inspired boutique called Ruby Plum. Choc full with gorgeous dresses, knits and bags, the only problem is deciding what to keep in my basket!

I have had my eye on this Marianne bag (£130) for some time and may have to start dropping some p-r-e-t-t-y heavy hints soon to the other half. Surely I deserve it?!?!!


I know we’re not meant to like bugs, and I’ll be the first to swipe at a wasp after my sandwiches at a picnic, but these insect-inspired designs by UK based Warbeck & Cox are the bee’s knees! I stumbled across them while browsing the excellent Poppytalk monthly online street market. The Grasshopper cushion above costs £40.

How about offering your dinner guests these beetle napkins. £20 for a set of four. They don’t just go mad for bugs, either. I rather fancy this Key mug (£10) and the fab irons teatowel (£8.50)!

Who said domesticity had to be boring??


This rash of hot weather has put me in the mood for the great outdoors. So to help you all feel the spring time vibes, here are a few nice little finds from around and about…

First up, check out this great little site. Idyll Home . There is a lot of amazing stuff here, be warned, but I have picked out a few things that made me smile…

This super swish indoor outdoor plastic mat would look rather good in my little courtyard garden – it comes in a few colours, but I like the purple: £27.

Next another purple pretty: this kitchen storage box makes me want to spring clean my cupboards! £12.

Bring the springtime bloom into your bedroom with this stunning ‘Fluttering light’ curtain  – but have a look at the other curtains in this range from Anthropologie…breathtaking!

Happy shopping and enjoy the sun (while it lasts!)


If you want some cute vintage-inspired jewellery, look no further than Elsie Belle. I came across this little lovely at a craft fair last Christmas and meant to blog about it then, but never got around to it.  From lockets to rings, I love the cute attention to detail, the delicate woodland-creature-adorned necklaces, a nod to the current obsession in interiors for animalia.

I have picked out a couple that caught my eye – and they are really well priced to boot! At the top is the Florence pendant –  a 1950s Japanese pearlised porcelain cabochon mounted onto a raw brass floral locket. Fill with keepsakes or photos of your loved ones. £16.95

The Littlest Things locket is also uber-sweet. You can choose a vintage enamelled bird or butterfly cabochon. £13.95.


Oh God! Don’t you just LOVE these oversized clutch bags by Nigerian designer, Dolapo James- who also goes under the name of Urban Knit. They cost £79 and the vibrant mix of Englishness and African textiles just works. I am coveting one of these – badly!

I spotted them on The Shop Project (theshopproject.com) but I warn you – you will get addicted – it is my fab find of the moment.


 

Oh! I could just take a bite out of this kooky little apple candle; Le Pomme mini. You can find them at Liberty’s online shop (or in-store) and they come in three other colours – green (see below), gold and rose. They aren’t cheap at £30 but my they are pretty!


 

I LOVE letters and typography and all that jazz  – I think my penchant for the humble letter comes from never ever ever getting any gift with my name on when I was a child (Veritys can n’er be found on keyrings, pencil cases, badges, you name it (badum bum) they just don’t do Veritys!) Thankfully, now there are so many unique web shops out there selling all manner of letter-inspired stuff, I can find something to satisfy the addiction, so here is my pick:

Alphabet Bags (see main image) does what it says on the tin, good price and eye-catching…they cost around £9 and I reckon they look rather swish.

Kikki K – Aussie shop that sells exquisite stationary – like this set of alphabet stamps which costs AUD$ 24.95 and this super cute apple stamp (ok it’s not a letter but i can’t resist!) which is a tasty AUD $8.95.

 

Over on Etsy there is a whole feast of typographical treats to tantalise the design tastebuds – I love the witty designs of Alexandra Ferguson – check out her shop

Cushions are pricy at around US$90 but man, oh man, they are on my wish list!

 

One more…another Etsy find, these cute applique letter purses by Chirp and Bloom would look pretty in my handbag carrying my old bus tickets and loose change no doubt! They cost around £15 each.

 


I have been promising for ages to blog about some of the super-cute products for babies and children with a design slant for those mummies who prefer a bit of edge rather than the schmaltzy stuff that is on the highstreet. So first up is an excellent site I subscribe to called Project Nursery – it’s great for getting inspiration for your own little one’s rooms and I often find a new online boutique to check out.  The stunning nursery below was created by one of the PN members – now that’s how to do pink!

Another great site that has caught my magpie eye recently is ModGenes Designs – and Etsy store – this talented lady creates customisable prints for your little tinkers – there are some really funky designs.

The images above are totally my cup of tea, but if I was choosing one for my little Elsie Valentina, it would be these beauties…

ModGenes Designs are all fully customisable and cost around a tenner a print. Created by Lori, an art therapist who works primarily with children and adolescents who have been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, the company is based in the States but will ship over to the UK. I reckon it makes a change from all the pink fluff you usually get! Happy browsing!