Sunday, 18 March 2018

Sunday Favourites #319

Here's another round of my Sunday Favourites to bring a big dose of colour to your day. Enjoy.

This rainbow cheese board from Sarah Hearts looks so delicious.

I love these enamel cacti pins from Paige Poppe.

Studio DIY's cactus clutch is pretty darn cute.

This awesome Sunnylife neon ice cream light.

This pretty dream catcher.

I love these DIY origami stars candle holders from A Subtle Revelry.

This strawberry heart cake topper from The House That Lars Built is so lovely.

I really like these DIY tassel macrame planter hangers from Aww Sam.

If you want to master embroidery, The House That Lars Built has got you covered with their ultimate guide to embroidery.

These colourful outfits as worn by the Oh Joy team.

This gorgeous pink cactus watercolour print from Paige Poppe.

Beautiful animal illustrations with floral crowns by Mia Charro.

A Kailo Chic Life's guide to making these fun faux terrazzo vases.

I adore this colourful desertification art piece by St├ęphanie Kilgast.

And this faux terrazzo hanging planter DIY from Oh Joy looks like fun.

Lovely Links

♥ 6 frustrating aspects of being a young person with chronic pain. This, especially doctors being dismissive of your pain. Why is it so hard for some people to comprehend that young people get ill, too?

♥ The last photos of a 14-year-old Polish girl in Auschwitz get colourised, and they'll break your heart. Just a warning, there's a photo of a monk on fire further down the page, which you might find upsetting.

If you'd like to see more like this, check out my Pinterest and Tumblr. You can also find all previous Sunday Favourites posts here.

What were your favourite parts this week?

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Wednesday Wish List

Here are a few things I've been coveting this week...

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I love Northern Spells' collection of enamel pins. Their designs are amazing! I think I'll be needing the R.I.P. Social Life Tomb pin (#8) in memory of my own. Social life? What's one of those?

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La Lisette's leather novelty bags are all so gorgeous. I can't even decide on a favourite; I want them all!

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Gingham and fruit prints are two of my favourite things, so naturally, I'm completely smitten with the gingham and pineapple print Dolores gypsy dress and flared Matilde skirt from Collectif. They're so pretty!

Urban Decay's upcoming Backtalk palette, which features eight nude-mauve, soft berry, and muted rose eyeshadows, and four coordinating shades of blushers and highlighters, looks absolutely dreamy. I may just need this one in my make up collection...

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I adore these new arrivals from Lindy Bop. I was unable to resist the beautiful black and magenta 'Sukey Do Re Mi Deer Print Wrap Dress' (#1), and ordered one for myself a couple of nights ago. Fingers crossed it fits!

Tarte's Be A Mermaid & Make Waves eyeshadow palette is absolutely dreamy.  Not only are the fourteen matte and metallic eyeshadow shades gorgeous, but the palette is the most amazing iridescent blue seashell! I'm in love.

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Evans have some surprisingly cute embroidered shoes at the moment. I'm loving these trainers and ballet pumps.

I love this Wicker South Beach cross body bag from ASOS. It would be perfect for taking on picnics and trips to the coast in the Summer.

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And last but not least, I also have my eye on these two tops from Boohoo Plus. I'm wondering if the Lisa sun, moon and star over-sized tee (in black or possibly white) will go with my pinafore dress. I might have to treat myself to one and find out...

If you'd like to see more of the fashion and beauty pieces on my wish list this week, check out my style and beauty wish list boards on Pinterest. You can also find all previous Wednesday Wish List posts here.

What pieces do you like best this week?

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Vendula London Russian Dolls Cross Body Bag Review

A couple of weeks ago, I finally treated myself to a beautiful novelty bag which had been on my wish list for about a year- the Russian Doll cross body bag from Vendula London.

I'm head over heels in love with my new bag, so I just had to give you a peek at it and review it for you today. I know many of you will love it as much as I do.

The Russian Dolls cross body bag is a beautiful little bag in the design of a black, red, and cream Matryoshka doll, which you'll probably know better as a Russian doll; a painted wooden nesting doll traditionally from Russia, The wonderful thing about this bag is that it features stunning embroidery and applique detailing, and has been handmade from high-quality vegan leather.

It looks like real leather; it feels like real leather; but no animals were harmed to make this lovely bag, which is fantastic. While I do buy leather bags from time to time, I will always prefer a good- quality, cruelty-free alternative because I hate the thought of animals suffering for fashion. It's so unnecessary, especially when there are great, fashionable faux-leather alternatives out there, like this funky little bag from Vendula London.

I mean, look at this amazing bag; the design is perfect! I just couldn't resist it- even though I already had a Russian doll novelty bag in my collection. This bag is just so pretty.

Her beautiful round face is Geisha pale with rosy pink cheeks, wavy black hair, perfectly embroidered red lips and long embroidered black eyelashes, with a crown of cream and burgundy dots above her head. The best part? Her face doubles up as a little zipped coin purse, which I think is a cute and ingenious little feature. With it, there's no need to carry a separate purse, so it leaves you more room in the main compartment for your other essentials- something that's definitely appreciated when it comes to novelty bags, which only give you a small space to fill.

Below the coin purse, the Matryoshka's body is a deep shade of red, and is decorated with applique vegan-leather flowers and foliage, along with beautiful embroidery in shades of black, red, and khaki green.

I have to say, I'm really impressed with the quality of the stitching, which was all done by hand- it's so neat and carefully stitched. I've attempted hand-embroidery myself, and let me tell you, it ain't easy; it takes real skill to embroider like that. The craftsmanship and quality of their work is wonderful, and it was something that attracted me to the bag in the first place. You just don't get the same quality and attention to detail with mass-produced bags on the high street.

The rest of the bag is plain black, apart from the two peach hands resting at her sides, and the pretty navy and white floral folk print cotton lining of the bag. It's not often I say this about the lining of a bag, but it's almost as pretty as the outside, with roses, flowers, chevrons, and dots running along it in stripes. I love me a good folk print.

Inside the bag, there's a little open-top pocket sewn in to the lining for holding your mobile phone, and the main compartment of the bag is just about big enough to carry the essentials. I can fit a small purse, phone, keys, lip balm, medication, camera, and a little make up in it with room to spare. It's the perfect size for those times when you don't want or need to take the kitchen sink with you, such as for shopping, going out to dinner, or for nights out. I can't carry a heavy bag around anymore, so it's the perfect size for carrying what I need. (If you love the look of this bag but like to carry more stuff with you, I'd recommend checking out the larger backpack / cross body bag, which has at least twice as much room inside. I originally purchased it, but swapped it for the smaller cross body as it was too big for my needs).

The bag has a zip fastening to keep your belongings secure, and its gold zipper is decorated with a pretty iridescent mint green vegan-leather tassel. 

It has a slimline faux-leather cross body strap that can be worn on the shoulder or across the body, and has seven notches and a buckle fastening for adjusting it to the desired length. I'm 5'6'' and at its longest, it sits on my hip across the body, and at the top of my thigh on the shoulder. It's a little shorter than I prefer, but not uncomfortably so; I just like my cross body bags long. If you're shorter or slimmer than me, you should find it a little longer. The straps are also removable, so you could even use the bag as a clutch if you wanted to. It's so versatile!

Another little detail I was pleased to discover was that the bag came with its own bright pink dust bag to protect the bag, and keep it in top condition when it's not being used. Hopefully this will help prolong its life and keep it in my bag collection for decades to come because I can see myself using this bag again and again for many years to come.

I'm so happy with my beautiful Russian Doll cross body bag, and I'm glad I finally got my hands on one. I snapped it up for just £23.50 (down from £47) in Vendula London's sale, which was an absolute steal, but I can honestly say, I would have happily paid full price for it. The Russian doll design and the quality of the bag are both amazing. It's one of the best novelty bags I've ever seen or handled, and worth every penny!

The good news is, the Russian Doll cross body bag is still available to buy online in both black and red, for the bargain price of £23.50, so snap one up now before they sell out! You won't be disappointed.

I'm so impressed with my Russian Doll cross body that I'm now tempted to treat myself to the equally gorgeous Russian Dolls tote bag. I'm trying to restrain myself from shopping, but I have a feeling I won't be able to resist it much longer! It's just too beautiful.

Have you ever purchased anything from Vendula London?

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Sunday, 11 March 2018

Sunday Favourites #318

It's that time of the week again...

These beautiful and inspiring illustrated quotes by artist Mia Charro.

I love Sara's gorgeous green and pink ensemble. I never would've thought to pair pink and green together, but they look so good together.

This DIY mandarin slice pouch by A Beautiful Mess is so cute.

A Subtle Revelry's marshmallow creme slime party cake looks amazing.

This card from Northern Spells.

I adore this 'Little Stargazer' enamel pin set from Northern Spells.

Pretty DIY pastel abstract wall art from Maritza Lisa.

Want to make your own DIY pineapple notebook? The House of Wood can show you how.

Lovely DIY bubble art gift wrap from Enthralling Gumption.

I'm obsessed with these DIY mini gradient egg cup planters from A Beautiful Mess.

I want to make a wreath like these ones from Be Color And.

I'd love to get my hands on these colourful fruit design table mats and coasters by The Art Rooms.

These incredible embroidered clothes by Lisa Smirnova.

This pretty watermelon trinket tray from Dot Com Gift Shop.

How tasty does this birthday cake cookie butter from A Beautiful Mess look?!

Lovely Links

♥ 'Please don't mistake my honesty about my illness as negativity.' This, too. There's always at least one person who tells me to 'think positive' when I try to talk honestly (not negatively) about my health. So frustrating!

♥ I love this kitchen tour from Kaylah of The Dainty Squid.

♥ I really enjoyed Emma's post about some of her favourite places in Cornwall. Well, you guys know how much I love Cornwall!

If you'd like to see more stuff like this, check out my Pinterest and Tumblr. You can also find all previous Sunday Favourites posts here.

What did you enjoy most this week?
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