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Wednesday wishlist

Doesn’t time fly quickly? It feels like only yesterday that I was writing the last one of these, more of which can be found here. Let’s start with a dress, shall we?

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High Socie-tea dress in Floral, $64.99 Modcloth.com

 

This week’s Wednesday wishlist is inspired by this beauty I saw on the Modcloth website. It’s getting colder these days and this dress is the perfect one to wear through the late summer months and into the autumn. And at only $64.99, which works out at around £38, it’s a bargain. If you’re more interested in pastels though, Modcloth sell a similar dress in ‘macaron’. What’s not to love?

Full Pint Buckle Poppy satchel, £115, Brit-stitch.com

Full Pint Buckle Poppy satchel, £115, Brit-stitch.com

 

Next up is the perfect bag to accompany this dress. This one is from Brit-Stitch and the eye-popping red colour will certainly draw attention to any outfit, but that’s all part of the fun, right? Brit-Stitch bags are handmade in the UK, so buying one also means supporting a local business. Plus, it’s always worth following the brand on Twitter or Facebook, as that’s where they post links to special offers and discounts, such as their recent flash sale.

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Kontrary Red Patent Mary Jane shoes, £14, Office

I’ve been dreaming of a pair of bright red shoes for ages now and these, from Office, are the perfect ones. Team these with a summery dress, such as the Modcloth one above, or some indigo jeans and enjoy the attention you get while wearing them. These do however remind me a little of Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz. I’m not sure if that’s a good thing or not.

What’s on your wishlist this week? I love reading posts like this, so send any links my way.


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Wednesday wishlist

It’s Wednesday again and it’s time to talk about what has made my wishlist this week.

Orla Kiely dress, £52.50, People Tree

Orla Kiely dress, £52.50, People Tree

Dresses are my downfall, I swear, and having been in love with the People Tree brand for years, their collection of designer pieces really make me swoon. This Orla Kiely collab is one of my current faves and, best of all, it has been reduced in price within the last week. What better excuse do you need to snap it up? If you’re after another though, the print is made up of dancing girls, neatly hidden so that you have to take a closer look to see them. If you love Orla’s designs as much as I do, then this is the dress for you.

Saltwater sandals, £49.00, Toast

Saltwater sandals, £49.00, Toast

I know everyone has been talking about these Saltwater sandals lately, but with all the lovely weather we’ve been having, I’ve been craving a pair of sturdy-but-cute sandals and, after attending the Toast sale at the weekend (more on that coming soon), I saw a few pairs of the sandals. Unfortunately, there were none in my size and so I had to go way empty handed, but these exclusive-to-Toast purple Saltwaters will brighten up any summery outfits perfectly and also add a pop of colour to the below skirt.

New Look lace skirt, £39.99, ASOS

New Look lace skirt, £39.99, ASOS

This New Look lace skirt is perfect for covering up those white (or sunburnt) summer legs, great for evenings spent walking along the beach and would even be ideal for a Sunday afternoon stroll. I am a big fan of white right now (probably due to Wimbledon recently taking over my life), although sadly I don’t have the tan to make it look awesome, but that won’t stop me from wearing it. Although a white top would look great teamed with the skirt, a colourful cami would also suit it well, don’t you think?

I’ve spent a bit too much money on clothes in the past week, so sadly I probably won’t be able to purchase any of these for a few weeks at least. However, that means I do have a few posts to share with you in the future. Please let me know if you like these types of posts. And have a good week!

More of the same kind of posts can be found here and here.

 


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Dinefwr Literature Festival

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The weekend before last, when it was still incredibly hot, I went along to a lovely, not very well known, festival close to my family home. Despite this only being the second year of The Dinefwr Literature Festival, it has already built up quite a reputation locally and in Wales, although it’s still small enough not to be overrun by people.

As I’m lucky enough to live nearby, it wasn’t much of a trek to get there every day and I could go back to a warm bed and hot shower every night too, which I secretly loved, so I didn’t have to give up any of my luxuries.

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Although mainly a literature festival, there was also a good selection of music and other activities there, not to mention the amazing selection of food places (there was one place which sold the most amazing cake with carrot, apple and various nuts and spices in!)

I really enjoyed the variety of artists and bands who were playing; namely Cate Le Bon, Climbing Trees and Gruff Rhys (who was worth a watch just for his act in-between the songs) and discovered a whole load of newer bands that played my kind of music.

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A replica of the Dylan Thomas shed even made an appearance, to celebrate the centenary of the poet’s birth

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Climbing Trees were one of the new bands I discovered while at the festival

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Dinefwr provided the perfect tranquil backdrop for the festival

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Perhaps the highlight for me though, was Laura Bates, journalist, founder of the Everyday Sexism website and author of a new book, also called Everyday Sexism, who gave a brilliant talk about sexism and the situations that she and other women have found themselves in, that unfortunately a lot of women can relate to. Perhaps because that was the first talk I went to, but it really put me in an empowering mood and I really enjoyed the rest of the weekend at Dinefwr.

Apart from the many bands I went to see, I also enjoyed the literature and poetry events, like the poet Gillian Clarke. Gillian, the current National Poet of Wales, performed a few of her poems and, although I’ve seen her before, she is really good and has such a stage presence that makes you want to watch her again.

If you’ve never been to Dinefwr, it should be somewhere to put on your wishlist straightaway. The setting was spectacular and the festival was so relaxing and lovely that I’m sure it will be a success in the future. I hope the next one isn’t too far away!

 


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Wednesday wishlist

Now that summer has actually arrived and we’re planning our festivals/summer holidays/beach trips/barbecues, it’s time to start dreaming of all the clothes we can wear to these events (and pretty much constantly throughout the next few months).

First up is the Topshop Frill Hem Cami, which I’ve had my eye on for ages. Annoyingly, it was out of stock when I planned to buy it, then back in stock, back out of stock and now it’s back online again. I’m not sure whether it’s only available online, as none of my local Topshop stores seem to sell it, but if you want it, I suggest you get in there quickly.

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Frill Hem Cami Suntop, £26 from Topshop

 

Another item that has stayed in my ASOS saved items for a while are these Daisy Printed Culotte Shorts. They also have a similar playsuit, but shorts are far more practical for someone tall like me. I can just imagine wearing these with pretty white tops all summer long.

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Daisy Printed Culotte Shorts, £15 from ASOS

 

A colleague of mine recently bought these beauties, the Keel Multi Weave Silver sandals from Office. Although slightly pricey at £45, there’s something so mesmerising about these sandals and I love the whole weave look that’s been around for a little while now. It won’t matter if I turn up to work in the same shoes as the colleague in question, will it?

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Keel Multi Weave Silver Leather sandal, £45 from Office

 

I’d love to know if you like these kinds of posts. I’m not sure whether I’ll make Wednesday Wishlist a weekly feature, but it’s fun to dream about clothes, right?

I hope you’re all enjoying and making the most of the sunny weather outside. Do you have any barbecues planned?


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Wednesday wishlist

It’s Wednesday, it’s midweek and we’re all feeling the effects of tiring ourselves out over the bank holiday weekend. In the spirit of cheering us all up, and since I often pore over shopping websites on my lunch hour, I thought I’d introduce my wishlist for the week. In amongst all the craziness of the past week, these are products that I’ve been dreaming of buying.

Firstly, who doesn’t love a good quality leather bag. This one from Brit Stitch is a keeper, that’s for sure. The colours are great, the size is perfect for day trips and I love the little heart.

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I’m a sucker for any kind of brogue. I think I actually own a stupid amount of these shoes, but don’t yet have a two-tone pair. These Bertie Lilirose ones would be perfect for adding to my collection.

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This Aubrey Rose skirt has been a favourite of mine for a little while now. It’s floral design is perfect for summer and for flaunting those tanned legs. Plus, it would be perfect for sunny day picnics.

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Let me know what’s on your wishlist this week and whether you’d like to see more of this kind of content on the blog.


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A day trip to Hereford and Hay-on-Wye

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Last week, Mum and I went on a little adventure to one of my favourite towns, Hay-on-Wye, otherwise known as the town of books. If you’ve never been there, you really must. It’s a pretty town, tiny and right on the border of England and Wales (It’s technically in Wales, just so you know!).

But before then, we travelled a little bit further down the road to Hereford, a cathedral city half an for away from Hay. We didn’t have much time in Hereford, but we did manage a little look round a few of the shops and the cathedral. Plus we ate a really nice lunch from a sandwich shop in one of Hereford’s alleyways.

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Of course I had to visit a craft shop in Hereford!

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Some of the shops in Hereford are really sweet

The reason for our visit was that it was Mum’s birthday and we have a, kind of, family day trip tradition on birthdays. We’d also planned to visit a jewellery shop in the town for a little while and Mum’s birthday was the perfect excuse to go.

We arrived in Hay mid afternoon and we headed straight for the jewellery shop, with vague notions of buying a ring each as a memento for the day. Unfortunately, neither of us managed to find a ring we liked, but the Hay Festival is coming up at the end of this month and they promised to have more by then.

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This cute child’s chair was on sale outside one of Hay-on-Wye’s antique shops

After visiting every jewellery and antique shop in the town, we stopped for a coffee in Shepherds, our go to coffee shop. By then it was nearing half five and there were still a few shops left to visit so we quickly rushed around the rest of the shops, before heading back to the car.

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Every time I visit Hay there are noticeable changes. One of the biggest changes I’ve seen in the time I’ve been coming here is that there are now far fewer bookshops than when I was a child. If you know or have heard of Hay, you’ll know that it is known for its annual literary festival as well as its bookshops, so it’s weird to see another type of shop taking the place of a bookshop you used to go in every year.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m happy that Hay has more to offer than bookshops and, believe me, there are still plenty of those. I just love exploring the different, irregular, rooms of those shops and choosing a novel.

My next visit will hopefully be for the festival, which is always an exciting time for the town.

Have you ever been to Hay? Are you looking forward to the festival this year? Who are you going to see?


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Clarissa Hulse screen printing workshop

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When I was in London last month, I was invited to a screen printing workshop held by the lovely Clarissa Hulse. Clarissa is a textile designer who specialises in home accessories, wallpapers and fabrics. Inspired by colour, her designs are often taken from the nature around her (if you follow her on Instagram, you’ll know that she posts inspirations daily) and her style is eclectic and completely individual.

Rows of silk fabric are lined up in preparation for our workshop

Rows of silk fabric are lined up in preparation for our workshop

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Clarissa's wall of inspiration in her studio

Clarissa’s wall of inspiration in her studio

 

Her studio and shop is in Islington (what a lovely part of London!) and I made my way across the city one morning. There were only a small number of us attending the workshop, which meant it had quite a personal feel.

Firstly, Clarissa talked us through the process of screen printing and told us a little about where she gets her inspiration from. We then watched as she demonstrated what we needed to do and she produced a lovely cushion with colours chosen by a member of her team.

Clarissa explained the process of screen printing to us before we began

Clarissa explained the process of screen printing to us before we began

We each chose a fabric for the front of our cushions, a contrasting fabric for the back, a design and paint colour. I chose to make a maroon cushion, with a turquoise back and turquoise paint. There were many prints to choose from, but I stuck with a small floral design that had caught my eye as soon as I saw it.

Clarissa explained that we could do an ombré design if we wanted or print onto the fabric with two different paints, but I went for the simpler option of just using one paint colour as I felt it would look better on my cushion.

We then printed onto our fabrics, with her team giving us a hand so we did it properly and literally watched the paint dry for a minute or so. Once it was dry to the touch, we hung the cushions up to dry further, ready for them to be sent off and sewn.

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Printing the design onto the cushion and backing fabric

Printing the design onto the cushion and backing fabric

A close-up of my design

A close-up of my cushion

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The finished cushions, hung up to dry

A couple of weeks later, my cushion arrived, all ready and looking great. The best part of doing the workshop was that I had something pretty that I had made to decorate my home with.

I had such fun at the workshop and, although I’ve never tried screen printing before, I’d definitely like to have another go at it. And now I have another cushion to add to my collection at home.

Keep in touch with Clarissa via her website, her Twitter, Facebook page and Instagram.

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