Taking a break

I’m just back from a wonderful, relaxing holiday in Northern Ibiza. It’s not a big island, measuring 28 miles long by 16 miles wide but we were worlds away from Privilege, Amnesia, Pacha, and all the other clubs the island is famous for. The north of the island is beautiful and unspoilt, with sandy beaches…

Back to the 80’s and Smelling the roses

I woke up the other day and thought ‘I really want an 80’s shirt’. That sounds like something no one would ever say, a joke, even, but I did, bizarre! In a moment of nostalgia I decided to hunt for a genuine article, something that would evoke a ‘girls just wanna have fun’ moment. It…

Love the life you live

Sometimes I get an ear worm, a song that, once heard, keeps going around in my head. This also happens with quotes I’ve heard,  half of one that’s been with me for a long time is in the title above. The whole quote goes; ‘Its not about living the life you love but loving the…

Lazing on a Sunny Afternoon

The Met Office told us it was the hottest early May Bank Holiday on record. So we wanted to make the most of it. Between Friday night and Monday morning we practically lived outside. On Saturday, we had a family day out, making the most of a get together. A dog, a picnic (no lashings…

Upcycled and Inspired

I finally finished the skirt I showed in progress in last week’s post. I changed the decoration slightly but went with the black Broderie Anglais trim. I wore it yesterday on a visit with a friend to the Fitzwilliam Museum, it’s a while since my last visit and every time I go back I’m reminded…

In the pink, floral inspiration

I saw these flowers… I know they look a bit raggedy but the colours, wow, I love that combination. It reminded me of a scrap of fabric I had that I’ve featured before, that became a skirt… that lasted until I decided to unpick it: I was fully intending to turn it into a cushion…

Dare to be Different

Last weekend I went to see the musical ‘Everybody’s talking about Jamie’ at the Apollo theatre in Shaftesbury Avenue in London’s Soho. I had been looking forward to it for a while. I love humour mixed with triumph over adversity because it’s so uplifting. The story is based on the experiences of Jamie Campbell, a…

After so long in the red, I’m back in the black!

I’ve worn so much red this winter. I love it, it’s warm and mood boosting but I think it’s time for a change. I’ve been trying to step away from the red! When I was in my twenties, along with many of my generation, I owned few clothes that weren’t black. When I look back…

From crochet to crocus

Back in December I read a post by Vix (here) The book she shared, Exotic styling, had some wonderful crochet that got me thinking. I’ve done lots of crochet but never clothes (unless you include scarves). Vix went on to make a lovely crocheted jacket from a blanket her mum had made. I had already…

Red and Olive; a complementary collaboration

I’ve mentioned before how I find some blogs and bloggers inspirational. Reading these blogs is uplifting and brightens the day. One such is Meadowtree style; a blog by Terri, who is an artist, teacher, and fashion blogger with an emphasis on slow, ethical fashion and individual style. She supports local designers and buys from charity…

Cupid and Psyche, the heart and soul of February

It’s hard to ignore the fact that the middle day of this month is marked by the madness of pink hearts and cards with, often, nauseous messages in them, that is Valentine’s Day. You may love this day, or like many you may have had a sine wave relationship with it, i.e. very up and…

Brightening up the grey days of January – part 2

  It’s the fourth week of January and until now we’ve had no more than around six hours of sunshine (although today is making a liar out of me, it started damp and grey but the sun has come out, it’s so good I feel like running down the street with my face to the…