Friday, 29 April 2011

Pretty Photos

Today I didn't get the day off, I had to work 12.30-4.30pm. But I am glad to say I was able to see the arrivals, the dress and the vows of the royal wedding before I had to leave. I thought Kate looked beautiful in her Sarah Burton/Alexander Mcqueen dress. I do sort of wish I'd been able to be part of a street party today.

Anyway, onto some other beautiful things. I'd like to share with you a few pictures I have had stored on my computer for quite a while. They are various images I have loved and been inspired by and saved to my computer. I can't remember the various sources. Most are a few years old.


Gorgeous houses in South Kensington, London


Cath Kidson


Country Living


Images of an 'Enchanted Palace' installation project at Kensington Palace


Oli


I still love this campaign pic from Hobbs a year or two ago. It was what the Miss Doir Cherie campaign is to me now. I'd still love to look like this!


Just Cavalli


I love this Louis Vuitton look


THAT campaign



Not sure where those last 2 came from, but I like them.

I hope you enjoy these pictures too.

Monday, 25 April 2011

More Homemade Cards (#2)

If you liked the Homemade Cards post, here are some more for you.
These are some photos I have on my computer of just a few of the cards I have made in the past.






Sunday, 24 April 2011

Happy Easter

A VERY HAPPY EASTER TO YOU ALL!

As a Christian, I believe in the Easter Story. I believe a man was born that was the son of god, that he died on cross, and that he rose again. What’s more, I believe he did it for me, and for you. I believe he changed lives thousands of years ago and still does now.
Some people think that Christianity is about telling people that they are wrong all the time and shouting ‘repent’ at them. But it’s fundamentally all about love; yes there are rules god wants us to follow, but did you know that the most important commandment is to love?
Some people think that Christianity is just a crutch for weak people that need something to believe in. Being a Christian isn’t easy, especially in a world where so many people say they think that it’s nonsense. It’s much easier to just hold onto trying to control your own life; I still do it and many other Christians too. If people have made you feel like Christian’s just look down on you and tell you you’re not good enough – don’t let that be your definition of God. He doesn’t do that.
On this Easter Sunday God loves you, regardless of whether you believe it, and he has always felt that way about you. If you want it to be true, just ask him to show you. If you still think this is rubbish, well, at least just bear in mind what Easter is supposed to be about.
Whatever you think, I hope that you will experience happiness and peace today.



'Calvary' and 'Ressurection Morning' by artist James Martin.

The Tokenhouse

If you liked the Spring Windows post, you should like this one. On Tuesday evening I went to an event called 'Trashion', in which there was a fashion show of work that first year fashion design students at Nottingham Trent University had up-cycled from the local Oxfam. There was some really good work and I will write a blog about it once there are some pictures I can use.
I had dinner with my best friend and went into the city with her, but she needed to be there for a dance class at 7pm and the event didn't start until 8pm. I had an hour to kill, which is difficult when all the shops are shut. Then I realised that closed shops and a quiet street meant I could take pictures without looking strange. So, I decided to share with you a place in Nottingham called 'The Tokenhouse'.


This is a shop that sells lots of lovely stationary, gift wrap, teddy bears, aprons, utensils, cushions, doormats, jewellery, bags, etc.

Their displays didn't disappoint. On the right a lovely easter display, and on the left a royal wedding themed window.



The side entrance window...


I went up close to the window to get a picture of some of the lovely things for the home inside, just for you guys.

Tuesday, 19 April 2011

Homemade Cards


I love making cards because it's such a simple easy craft with good results. I like making cards with a person or occasion in mind and creating something unique. I like the endless possibilities. Why have a trip out to the shops and spend a few pounds a time on a card that's the best you could find, but often isn't quite right? Even if you buy beautiful cards, you're spending money on things that will probably end up in the bin very quickly. Plus, making them is enjoyable.

I don't buy lots of fancy card making kits. I just save cards I would throw away to recycle and use things like newspaper, magazines, coloured paper, buttons and ribbon. A few weeks ago I had 3 cards to make for the same day. I had agreed to babysit my friend's adorable daughter and so I threw some scissors, double-sided sticky tape and lots of old cards and scraps of paper into a bag with some blank cards to make them over at her house. I borrowed some pritt stick from them too!

Here are the 3 cards I made that night, made mostly by recycling bits from a few old cards.

A mother's day card....


A christening card....


I'd had this idea in my head for a while. I came up with the idea of 'button nose and tiny toes' as a little rhyming phrase to describe a baby and thought it would be nice to put buttons in place of each 'o', this gave me a reason to use it.

And a congratulations on your engagement card (for the uncle of the christened baby incase you're wondering)....


I wrote them using the felt tips at my friends house and tidied up. The parents were praising of my cards on their return which is always nice to hear, and very kind. Especially kind considering I'd spilt coffee on their cream carpet.

(I had found stain remover and given it a good scrub, and rest-assured after further treatment it's now gone.)

Do you like making cards too?

Wednesday, 13 April 2011

Spring Windows

When the Spring/Summer collections hit the shops it's so much more eventful and noticeable than when the Autumn/Winter ones do. It must be because people get so excited about the arrival of summer and being able to wear pretty dresses and shoes and not having to just pile on the layers. I've found this means some lovely displays, designed to get you thinking of walks in the park and picnics on the beach and whisking yourself off on holiday. On the one hand it's just cruel sales tactics, but on the other it's lovely inspiring windows to put you in a cheery spring mood.

So, I have decided to compile a top 5 of the best shop window displays I have seen to start the season. Here we go...


NO. 5 : JOHN LEWIS
I love the flowery grass sofas!


NO. 4 : TOPSHOP
I love the brights against white idea and the backdrop. I also like that it's different because it's not going for the obvious use of flowers.



NO. 3 : HOUSE OF FRASER
A perhaps predictable spring garden look, but its very well done. I love the piles of rustic crates, terracotta pots of flowers and the wall print background.

NO. 2 : MONSOON
These dresses totally stand out as a much stronger silhouette than all the clothes in every other window. It really grabs your eye as you walk past and makes you stop in awe of their 'fifties icon' presence. Then you step back a little and notice that the backdrop to these dresses is an equally beautiful photo, and the whole thing is framed in pretty flowers.



NO. 1 : MARKS AND SPENCERS HOME
I don't even know where to start. It's just gorgeous, beautifully arranged domestic bliss. The open cook book page effect (genius) is done as a double spread in the Chester city centre shop window where I first saw this. These pictures are taken in Nottingham (England), as are all of the above.

I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

Katie

Sunday, 10 April 2011

Brogues


I bought these brogues a month or two ago. You may have seen them in the A Thank You post. They're nothing fancy, just a standard affordable high street pair, but I absolutely adore them. You see, every now and then a fashion item really gets stuck in my mind and I muse over it for a long time deciding whether to go for it. Not too long ago I felt like this about the Gilet. Mostly I think because of this outfit from the Michael Kors A/W 2010 Campaign shot by Mario Testino


I didn't buy a Gilet however, and I'm glad because I would have bought a cheap one that wouldn't last through another season and as good as it would have looked with the tan jumper I'd have to have bought with it, that would probably have been the only way I could have thought to wear it.

I did the same thing with brogues. I'd seen a pair of gorgeous mens Paul Smith light tan brogues in the right size in an Oxfam, but couldn't find it in me to part with the cash for fear I wouldn't wear them enough. Then last a/w season I saw lots of lovely images of brogues, they hit every high street store and Paul Smith did a feature about them.

Finally, I decided I had to have some. I went around all the high street shops looking at lots of brogues, lots of price tags and trying some on. I went for the pair you see above, £19.99, from Bank. I cannot express how worth it that was. Why have I never bought brogues before? They go with so many things, and more importantly with things that no other shoes will go with! Best of all, they are comfortable. My feet are hard to please, they get easily hurt by heels and hard shoes (these are the softer type that's around now). They are flat, comfortable, and make so many more outfits possible. Plus, brogues are timeless. When they get ruined, I'm buying another pair of brogues right away.

If you don't have a pair, you need one. If you've been thinking about it, go for it.

I would love to know your thoughts, send a link to a picture of your favorite brogues perhaps (I'd appreciate you linking back here too). Before I go, when looking for that Michael Kors picture, I saw another lovely pic from the same campaign....

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