Nanushka

I recently discovered a wonderful women's wear brand called Nanushka. The label manages to blend casual pieces together with sharp tailoring to create looks that seem totally effortless and thrown together. My kind of vibe. Burnt orange hues, drapey blouses and kaleidoscopic accessories make for a very interesting S/S 2015 collection indeed. See my top picks below...









The Dales

Tonight I'm off to the Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District for a little holiday. I'm going to try and write a few blog posts whilst I'm there as I've had a request to write how to create origami clothes after posting this Instagram photo. Also, if you're interested, last year I wrote a pretty comprehensive guide on the Lakes and the Dales so please take a look if you're planning a trip.


Egg Decorating Ideas

I've collected my favourite Easter egg decoration ideas for you all. Perfect if you have some excited chocolate fuelled kiddies to entertain or you want your house to look festive for any guests arriving. I'm off for an Easter lunch and walk tomorrow with a bunch of friends so I may have to try all of these out and give them as wee Spring presents.




Let nature do the work. Apply egg white to the back of a leaf or sprig with a tiny paintbrush before dyeing to create natural silhouettes.


In my opinion, the only thing better than a monogrammed egg is a monogrammed egg coated with glitter. Use a glue pen and glitter or embossing powder to create this classic designs


Create gradient designs by using a wax-dipping technique. In this technique, wax is applied to the egg with a paint brush. The egg is then dipped in colored dyes. When the wax is melted off, it reveals all the colours beneath.


Masking means making a barrier on the egg so the dye can't get through. Do this with tape, lace, rubber bands, and other materials. When you remove them, you'll reveal the design.


Dip the sponge into watered-down acrylic paint, and dab the egg randomly. Start with light shades and layer on darker colours.

Images via Martha Stewart

New Housemate

Last Monday Simon and I welcomed a new addition to our small family. We have adopted a sweet Cavalier King Charles puppy! We've named him Max and he's seven months old. If I'm a little bit quieter than usual on the blogging and social media front its because we are either running around or cuddling this crazy little man.

Simon and I adore him and we can't believe that we are now proud puppy parents.


Kreafunk

Whilst browsing the internet searching for cool scandi brands ( self proclaimed Scandinavian obsessive over here ) I stumbled across Kreafunk, don't love the name but I love the products. Kreafunk are a tech brand that specialise in producing well made electronic products that blend seamlessly with our home life and interiors. I don't know about you but I need those headphones!




West Elm Leather Accessory Workshop


I wanted to let you know that on the 29th of March from 1:00pm- 2:30pm I will be hosting a leather accessories workshop at West Elm on Tottenham Court Road in London. Tickets are £25 and you will leave with a handmade leather keyring and a handy wallet, perfect for gifts or to treat yourself. There will be two styles of leather wallets to choose from.

I will teach you how to work with leather and metal hardware to leave with skills that will make it simple for you to make your own leather goods at home. A selection of high quality beautiful coloured leathers and faux leather will be provided so anyone can come along. This workshop requires no previous experience and any skill level can join in on the fun.

I hope to see some of you there! You can buy tickets here.
 




Appointed

I was emailed the other day by the creators of a new, beautiful and very exciting stationery brand and I had to share with you all. Appointed was set up by Suann Song, a graphic designer and founder of SIMPLESONG Design.  Appointed is Suann's years-long dream in the making, culminating in the creation of an entire suite of desktop tools that are practical and polished and have been prototyped to perfection.

On March 3, 2015, Appointed officially launched with a Kickstarter campaign that will support the building of the brand and put their signature products into production. I'm backing the project, I adore stationery and the Appointed aesthetic is very similar to my own. I can't wait to receive my monogrammed books.




Book Wish List

This is a silly thing to say considering I live in a flat filled with books alongside someone who works in publishing but I feel as though I have run out of books that I really want to read. I'm currently reading Jamaica Inn by Daphne du Maurier, its good but it sure ain't Rebecca. I feel like something new so I've compiled a list of books I'd ready like to pick up. Its a mix of autobiographies, novels, craft and self help books ( why are self help books so horribly designed? Someone should really do something about that).


Yes Please by Amy Poehler


Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham


Girl Boss by Sophia Amoruso


The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey




The Five Minute Journal by Alex Ikonn and UJ Ramdas


Oh Joy! 60 Ways to Create & Give Joy by Joy Cho


Merchant and Mills Sewing Book by Carolyn N.K. Denham


Tove Jansson Work and Love by Tuula Karjalainen


The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

Small Pleasures

Are you in need of a pick me up today? Just in case you're feeling a little blue or you know someone else who is I've put together a list of treats that will definitely brighten up any day.


1. Its proven that red tones brighten and energise you. I always find that a pop of red lipstick improves my mood immensely, its hard to feel down if you're wearing a vibrant colour. Plus sometimes its just fun to play around with makeup when you're not feeling too great.

2. New stationery always cheers me up, perhaps its the organisational freak inside me. I find writing a list so calming, try writing down what you'd like to achieve this month and you'll feel so satisfied checking them off.

3. A spritz of my favourite perfume reminds me of the things I should be most happy about. Simon bought me my signature scent, Joy by Jean Patou. It reminds me of our first Christmas together and I always wear it when we go out so it has some very positive connotations.

4. Treating yourself to a small edible indulgence will improve your mood, just don't go so far that you'll feel guilty afterwards! If you live in London I recommend popping down to Violet Cakes in London Fields. They make the best cupcakes and the cafe is filled to the brim with delicious treats.

5. Photos of family and friends. Pretty self explanatory but its nice to look through memories and adventures with whoever is important to you.


Animal Phone Wallpapers


Remember my free Valentines gift tags I designed? Well I have decided to offer those illustrations as phone desktop wallpapers too! I had so much fun painting my three favorite animals that I wanted to share them with you again. Click here to download the deer, here to download the wolf and here download the bear. Enjoy!