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Super cute handmade bag from miss ella on etsy

Super cute handmade bag from miss ella on etsy

I’m back working on fab craft mag, Craftseller after an eight month maternity break and I’m being super-inspired by just about everything in the forthcoming issue! They have just had a new redesign and I love the new look! Check out the Craftseller blog for lots of tips, inspiration and more! Better still, buy the mag ūüôā

This cat and bear ears bag by the supremely talented Ella Goodwin is on my must-have list – what a cute idea! See her fab store on Etsy

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As a fan of red lipstick, I am constantly on the search for the exact tone to match my skin, and I am pleased to have found Rockalily Lipstick! Set up by Ree Ree Rockette, Rockalily Make-up was created after she got sick of hunting for the right shade (I feel your pain Ree Ree!) So if you hanker for that foxy 1950s look, get over there!

I have a feeling I’m a Rockette Red – but which are you?


There’s nothing like a bit of humour in fashion, let’s face it, those designers can take themselves so seriously! So I have found some happy little bits and pieces from across the web guaranteed to make you look great, and make you feel fun!

First up is the cute ‘Shipmate’ hoodie found on Lazy Oaf’s site – they are London based but sell online too. This top costs ¬£44.

Inject a touch of pierrot into your wardrobe with this ‘Super Size-me’ tee – ¬£24 also from Lazy Oaf.

If you head over to Fredflare (US based) you can grab one of these funky make-up bags based on the DC comics. I love the colours and think it would be a shame to hide it away in the bathroom ($8). Be warned – once you are on this site, it will be hard to not buy anything! It’s got so much great trashy stuff that you really don’t need but desperately want!

Last up is the happy/sad sweater also from FredFlare.com – with a happy face one one side and a sad face on tuther! ($44) I think it’s the cat’s pjamas!


If you live in or around the Bristol area and love home-grown fashion, then you should get down to The Hamilton House Fashion Bazaar. This FREE event is organised by The Bristol FASH PACK Рa group of Bristol based designers and independent shop owners including:  SHOP DUTTY/ SEW THAT JAZZ / OOMOOS ATTIC / MADIDAS HARISSA / AD HOC / PUCKOO COUTURE / HUNTING GOLD / BITCH& STITCH

It kicks off on Sunday December 6th from 1pm to 6pm in The Canteen at Hamilton House.

You can take part in a clothing swap, workshops, customisation stations and browse the stalls. There is also a fashion parade, auction and competitions, all to a great sound-track provided by local kick-ass DJs.

The event starts at 1pm, with the charity auction starting at 5pm. Auction items can be viewed all say in the Canteen.

All donations and a percentage of sales go to two charities: MALAWI EDUCATION PROJECT and CANCER RESEARCH.
Hope to see you there people!

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I have been busy seeking out some sumptuous treats for your delectation this Spring and have found some truly exquisite pieces for the taking (and some that will be appearing soon on a wall / cupboard / sideboard in my home!)

First off, let’s say we need some new threads. The winter cardies and trousers, tights and scarves were great for the nippy weather, but not now the sun is shining, the birds are singing – that means a whole new wardrobe!

Over on Plumo there are some really stunning dresses, below are a few that have tickled my fancy.

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I love this yellow vintage tea dress, it’s all cornfields and sunshine and costs¬† ¬£159 from Plumo (it is made of lovely silk georgette, mind.)¬† Or this pretty folk dress below for ¬£139.

 

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I’m really liking this folksy vibe that is hot at the moment, it’s the ultimate femine look and makes me feel like sipping home-made lemonade in the garden. For a cute accessory, I rather fancy this Bali bag – what a fab shade of green! It too is not the cheapest in the world but I would fork out the ¬£59 for it in a heartbeat!

 

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Finally, from Plumo, I adore this little leather purse (£25) I think I had something similar which I purchased from the caravan site shop on holiday in Wales many moons ago. Ah the nostalgia!

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Over at Toast, I am really loving the uber blue shoes they have such as this soft nappa sandal and this strappy azure blue beaded thong sandal Рboth £89. Like wearing the sky on your feet!

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So to the home front. Old reliable Graham and Green have got a great 20% off voucher code running at the moment and I’m tempted to splurge on a few things I have had my eye on for some time such as this lovely branch vase below which cost between ¬£37 and ¬£42.

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Or these beautiful angel wing mirrors as seen in Living Etc Рthey are really unique and totally worth the £189 G & G are asking.

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Maps are p-r-e-t-t-y handy things to have about one’s person, particularly when in an unknown region but what’s even better is that they are fashionable now. Yup, maps are big in interiors, fashion and general fabulous design-type offerings. Perhaps it is something to do with our globalisation obsession, or that travelling is cool, or maybe it’s because people like others to think they are well travelled, and nothing say that more than a big old map on your wall. It’s the stuff of dreams: plotting your sejourns across the globe, imagining what life is like in these strange, foreign lands…

Anyway, I digress. To illustrate this little micro-trend, as I am calling it, I have found some places to source some of the best travel-inspired objects, from fashion to jewellery.

First up is the map bowl above, which can be sourced from Not On The highstreet . Made by Bombus, each one is orginal Рand start from around £65.  In fact Bombus does lots of map-inspired goodies like the love heart art  which sells for £25 Рtotally unique!

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Or how about this rather lovely pair of earrings I spotted on Etsy. They are¬† made with recycled silver and snippets of old dictionary text and vintage maps.¬†Created by ‘Foundling’ there are lots of other unusual jewellery offerings available too.

 

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I love this map badge too and the best thing is you can choose your own home town and get it made up! Nothing like a bit of patrotism eh?

 

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So you get the idea…

However, this rather charmless jacket might be taking the trend j-u-s-t a little tooooooo far…but don’t let that put you off!

 

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