Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Pop Princess.


If you're a regular reader, then you're no doubt already aware of my love for Disney. If you're new around here, I'll simply say that my best holidays in recent years have been to Disneyland Paris, and one of my goals is to have hair that rivals Ariel's - and I don't think there's anything wrong with that!

Yesterday I wore my new vintage skirt (that I mentioned in my last post) with this retro Disney shirt that I picked up in H&M with some stray vouchers before our holiday in December. I spent an hour or so sorting out my wardrobe over the weekend and rediscovered it, lurking somewhere near the back. I generally reserve shirts like this for when I'm actually in Disneyland, however this one is perfect for simple, yet fun outfits like this that I can just throw on for a day at university - especially since Disney is having a bit of a moment right now.

I spent today in London, accompanied by the charming Kim of Sweet Monday. We were both doing shoots for More magazine's 'How Would You Wear It' feature, and it was nice to see a familiar face (and to have a chat over coffee afterwards!). Kim will be in the issue that's out on February 12th, and I'll be in it on the 19th, so if you're a More reader then keep an eye out for us!

Sunday, 27 January 2013

A lazy Sunday at the market.

Without a doubt, one of my favourite things about living in Bath is the vintage and antique market that takes place at Green Park Station on the last Sunday or every month. Not only is it a treasure trove of beautiful vintage clothes (today I picked up a polka dot midi skirt for £10!), but with an array of stalls jammed with home ware and curio, you never know what you're going to discover. I could spend so much money on quirky odds and ends for the flat, however I'm not sure Grant would appreciate it if I came home with bags of old toys, tins and children's books. Our shelves are getting cluttered enough as it is!

My friend Georgie and I began our afternoon with a pot of tea and slabs of amazing carrot cake from Boston Tea Party, before making our way over to the market. Our first stop was the clothes rails, where I um-ed and ah-ed over a polka dot pyjama style blouse and a couple of dresses before eventually deciding on the skirt that made it home with me. We then wound our way through the various stalls, peering at vintage dolls, antique tea sets and gorgeous millinery. I resent that it only pops up once a month, but I suppose it makes it that bit more charming when it does come around.

The skirt I bought is a few sizes too big, however it shouldn't be too tricky to take in at the waist. I'm sure it'll be appearing in an outfit post sometime over the next week!

Saturday, 26 January 2013

Out and about in Bath.


The ice and snow have finally thawed to the extent that I trusted myself with the walk down into town. I'm not the most graceful person in the world, and considering the walk is mostly downhill I've been reluctant to risk the journey over the past week. Thankfully the worst of the weather seems to have passed, as I was starting to get cabin fever.

Grant and I went for lunch at Pizza Express (thank you, Tesco Clubcard!) and after generous servings of cheesecake and tiramisu we did a little shopping. I treated myself to a couple of new bits of make up - just Rimmel, nothing fancy - and some salted caramel chocolates from Hotel Chocolat. They're amazing! We took the scenic route back to the flat, admiring Pulteney Bridge and the weir. It was so nice to be out and about again after all that snow. Even on an overcast day, the city looked striking as ever. I wish I could have seen it in the snow!

Tomorrow I'm hoping to visit the vintage market with my friend, Georgie. Hopefully I'll get some photos along the way.

Friday, 25 January 2013

Twirly Curly Girly Girly.


I'm not quite sure why it is, but I simply love hearts at the moment. Heart jewelery, heart prints... I've even kitted myself out with a new pair of heart shaped sunglasses in anticipation of the sun coming out. I lived in my pair from Giant Vintage last year, but they got a little scratched up in transit. Now I've got a shiny new pair from Siren London, and they're even bigger and kookier than last years!

Unfortunately today was not a day for sunglasses, heart shaped or otherwise, however the persistent chill gave me the perfect excuse to take my new ensemble from Krisp for an outing. I'm a knitwear hoarder, so when I saw this delicious fondant heart jumper (only £19.99, if you can believe!), I knew it had to be in my wardrobe. Paired with a nude dress skater dress, a preppy alice band and an embellished clutch, this outfit is sickeningly sugary, and I adore it.

I want more clutch bags in my life. Thanks to university and relentless traveling I've become used to carrying clunky satchels around all the time, so throwing a few essentials into a fun-size bag is such a novelty to me. Before Christmas I fell in love with the beautifully embellished box clutches from Accessorize, however I couldn't justify the £50 price tag and they eventually disappeared. At £24.99, this sparkly, pearl encrusted piece from Krisp is an ideal alternative.

Wednesday, 23 January 2013

1500 follower giveaway (pastel pretties!).

I can't believe it's already time for my 1500 follower giveaway! My 1000 follower giveaway felt like it was such a long time coming, but this one just sneaked up on me. Nonetheless, in hopeful anticipation of spring, this giveaway has got a slight pastel theme. Three stunning showpieces from Crown and Glory, and a set of four deliciously scented ice cream bubbles. Grant and I used some as part of our engagement shoot last year and they were so much fun. I hope whoever wins them puts them to good use!

As always I'm hugely thankful to everyone who has followed, commented on, or even just reads this blog. It completely overwhelms me to have any kind of readership at all, so truthfully, from the bottom of my heart, thank you.

Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Once upon a tea break.

I've always been a fan of the humble tea break. It's what keeps me going through university assignments and afternoons spent replying to emails, however with the weather over the past week they've become even more essential. Whether it's to warm us up after a session taking photos in the garden, or simply a cosy ten minutes with a hot brew to make being house-bound a little less tedious, we've been slowly working our way through our vast stash of tea (my personal favourite is strawberries and cream loose leaf from The Tea House Emporium - it's amazing with milk and sugar).

Of course there's more to the tea break than simply a good cuppa. It's a guilt free ten minutes away from responsibility spent doing whatever it is you fancy. I'm usually joined by the most recent issue of my favourite magazine - Company - and a mini scrapbook to stash away anything that inspires me.  And custard creams, plenty of custard creams.

However, my most prominent tea break companion nowadays is probably my iPad. It's made blogging far more laid back and enjoyable, now that I needn't rely on my clunky, aging laptop for everything. If you're considering investing in an iPad, take a look at Carphone Warehouse - now that I've got one I doubt I could ever go back! My iPad usage is primarily split between my three favourite apps - Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. I find some apps feel like a low-rate version of the real thing, but with these apps I actually prefer to use them on my iPad than in a browser. I've been pinning like a mad woman recently, everything from wedding ideas to blog post inspiration. I also rely on the Facebook Pages app to run the Briar Rose page, and I've killed a fair bit of time toying around with the Tumblr and 8mm (a quirky vintage camera that lets you make little videos) apps. 

How would you spend your ideal tea break?


Monday, 21 January 2013

Cherry Cheesecake.


The snow is melting, and I'm not quite sure if I'm ready to say goodbye. It's been a complete pain. We haven't been able to venture further than the shop at the end of our road, we've worked our way through two tubs of hot chocolate powder and we're starting to get bored of being stuck inside, yet it's still so sad to see the snow getting thin and patchy. This icy, slushy limbo is just a bit grim.

Seeing as it's been yet another day stuck inside, I dressed for comfort. In my world, that translates as a simple skater dress, wooly jumper, tights and lace up shoes. I wasn't feeling overly inspired (I'm a bit under the weather at the moment), but I was really pleased with the overall combination of nudes, creams and rich reds. It happened by accident, but I think it's one of my favourite winter palettes.

To battle the lingering January blues, I've been focusing on the fact that spring is drawing ever nearer. I honestly can't wait until the weather's a little warmer and the flowers start to come out. I'm more into my photography than I have been in months and I think spring is such a photogenic season. I'm sure it'll get my creative juices flowing!

Sunday, 20 January 2013

The faces behind the January ads.

Where to begin with Steph! I've been lucky enough to meet and befriend some of my fellow bloggers, and Steph is one of those lovely ladies! She's one of the most charming, genuine girls I have ever had the pleasure to meet, and her fun loving, colourful personality comes across so well in every one of her blog posts. Her outfits are perfect, her hair is gorgeous, and her blog posts will brighten your day.

  Lisette is a lovely grounded lady with a pretty face and spot-on personal style. Whether she's posting fashion, beauty, or general lifestyle posts, she does so with an endearing honesty. You'll be romanced by her down to earth attitude and unfailing charm. She has an eye for a bargain and finds joy in the little things. Her blog is so heartwarming and beautiful.

 Another of my dear friends, and one of my bridesmaids! Paige is a little star with enormous talent. Not only is she an extremely photogenic pixie of a lady, but she's one of my favourite illustrators (the mastermind behind my banner in fact!) and one of the most creative people I know. Her aesthetic is beautiful and nostalgic, and her outfits are pretty and well executed. She's charismatic, bright-eyed and her blog posts always make me laugh!

 An utterly adorable store stocking jewellery, accessories, homeware and stationary. I adore their cute aesthetic and their vibrant, quirky stock. They have one of my favourite collections of greetings cards - there's bound to be something  that will make you smile.

 Vintage Style Me has to be my favourite vintage treasure trove! As far as I'm concerned, owner Rhiannon is the goddess of all things vintage. She finds and restores the most wonderful pre-loved pieces, and is now selling DIY shirts where she'll put together a shirt in a colour of your choice with a custom fabric patch. There's so many combinations and they all look amazing. It's at the top of my wishlist for spring!

 Two stylish ladies blogging together about life and fashion. Their blog is one of the most diverse I have ever encountered, however every style they undertake, they pull off flawlessly. Effortless style, refreshing photos, and all with a charming personal twist.

Hannah is a blogger and illustrator with an amazing, edgy personal style and a sweet disposition. I was lucky enough to meet her in November and she's just as striking in person! Her blog is a charming combination of beauty and fashion, and gives a colourful insight into her day-to-day life. She loves what she does and wears, and all of that passion makes her blog a must-read.

 If you've been following my blog for a while now, you'll know that I simply adore all things Crown and Glory! The main lady herself, Sophie, has been so good to me, and I just love following the brand's journey. Over the past few months I've posted a plethora of their stunning glitter bows and floral headbands, however today I thought I'd share some old favourites of mine - her amazing butterfly hair clips!

 A vast collection of dresses to suit any style, for every occasion.

This shop stocks an extensive range of dresses, catering to every style.

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