Friday, 28 October 2011

Cosy Things

Its been so lovely and Autumnal today, the sun is out but there is a chill in the air. Its perfect weather for a nice long walk. Sadly, I've been at work, so no time for walking! I have though been wearing warming colours of reds and oranges this week, I think it suits the weather. This combination below is one of my new favourites : sheer coral blouse with a nice thick vest underneath and a cosy scarf.

Its not quite got to the point where I need a huge jumper as I'm not outside much, so this blouse is really nice to wear, and I have been wearing it with this thrifted rose print skirt. The pattern is gorgeous and it feels really autumnal with the colours. I have been wearing it with nice thick tights and cosy boots though to keep my feet warm (always the first place to feel the cold!)

This afternoon I finished work early and had to pop to the Supermarket to get some bits for dinner. I decided to skip into the charity shops on my way, and was pleasantly surprised to spot this red enamel coffee pot up on the top shelf marked "damaged, £3". The only "damage" that I can see it that the hinge is broken, but the lid still fits and its in quite good condition too. 

So I came home, gave it a little clean and scrub before popping it in the kitchen next to this pastel blue one, which I bought in Fleetville Vintage Emporium. I really love enamel things, especially for the kitchen, I'd love to start a collection, old enamel bowls, and utensils, jugs and tea pots. I also really love those little enamel candlestick holders you get in lovely colours. I think they make a room feel so cosy!

We have been doing a little bit of re-jigging at the BFs, introducing some pretty glass bits and bobs that I myself have been purchasing. I found this gorgeous vintage glass cake stand in Camden Market and decided it had to come back with me. Luckily the BF says its ok to keep it at his, and all my other junk too! The glass jars are waiting to be filled with sweeties, I am thinking sherbert lemons and strawberry bonbons would look nice.

This lamp is one of those clever touch sensitive ones (honestly, I've never been so impressed with a lamp  before!) its nice, but I am thinking it needs jazzing up with some pretty fabric. But then again I am thinking I wont be allowed, it does give off a really lovely cosy light though!

I think cosy is my word of the moment, I have been lighting tea-lights every night, keeping the lamps on to give a lovely glow. This tiffany style lamp is my mums and gives off a really warming light. The clock  is Laura Ashley but found in a charity shop! I like that it has a retro kind of look. Thats always what I'm looking for when I buy things for home, or the BFs. Retro/vintage style items that create the look I love, but on a budget!

Also keeping me cosy is a nice big mug of tea (in a Union Jack mug of course), a naughty little treat (I love Tunnocks products, so nostalgic and sooo yummy!)

The little tea plate is "on loan" I took something home on it from a tea party, and am slightly dragging my heels about actually giving it back! Its so cute and yellow!

I hope you have been keeping yourself cosy this week :)

Wednesday, 19 October 2011

Little Things...

Sometimes its the little things in life that can change your mood, lift you up and make you happy. 
These are the little things keeping me happy this week:

Thing 1: This gorgeous Candied Violette lip balm which was a lovely little gift from a friend.

Thing 2: Making and taking notes, planning things for the future, and forming new ideas for decorating.

Thing 3: Doing this using pretty notebooks and pens :)

Thing 4: Seeing my matching Johnsons Brothers jugs matching the wall!

Thing 5: Choosing which pretty little earrings to wear today, I went for pink roses (again!)

Thing 6: Wearing my all time favourite perfume, the bottles are beautiful and the scent makes me happy.

Thing 7: Being inspired to bake at home, well, if these vintage scales don't inspire me what will!?

Thing 8: Enjoying said baking, on a sweet little plate with a cup of tea :)

What has been making you happy this week?

Saturday, 1 October 2011

Fashion For Fall

As you will know if you are a regular reader of my blog, I love cute clothes, and I really LOVE Primark.
These days, I pretty much only buy my clothes from Primark. 
Need a pretty dress? A tracksuit? Some tights? Go to Primark. I mean, the prices are amazing, the quality has increased dramatically since I first started shopping there, and more importantly the items are totally gorgeous and on trend. By the way, this isn't a sponsored post, I just LOVE Primark and I tell anyone who will listen about it! I think its perfect for someone like me who doesn't have a huge budget for clothes, yet wants to keep up with the latest looks.

Anyway, I was in Primark at the weekend in Watford and I made two little purchases for my Autumn/Fall wardrobe. I loved the scalloped peter pan collar on this blouse and it also has scalloped edged sleeve cuffs too. Its sweet enough to wear dressed up or down, smart or casual and it goes really nicely with the rust coloured lace skirt I picked up. The skirt also came with the snakeskin style belt that you can see in the photos.

The skirt is a little bit long for me so I need to take it up just a bit for it to sit in the right place, but the colour and fabric was so lovely I couldn't resist! I'd genuinely love to hear what you think about Primark, do you shop there? Hate it? Love it?

With the above items I shall be wearing...

Black tights with these smart brown loafers, and swinging my floral satchel bag (both *ahem* Primark)

Small peach rose earrings - still in love with my rose earrings (nine months since this post!) and wear a pair of them daily. Need more colours though, as some of them have broken :(

I shall be painting my nails using one of these gorgeous colours, I currently have the one on the left on my fingernails and the middle one on my toenails. They were 99p each - yes just 99p from Tesco and are fab quality - four days in and only minor chipping!!

So what do you think of my outfit, and more importantly of Primark?
Do tell!
x gem x