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Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Cosy is what we aim for...

Living in London, I often crave the countryside. I miss being able to see a horizon, and I miss being able to breathe deeply without inhaling some pungent exhaust fume aroma, or an eau de ACTUAL TOILET, which seems to be so frequent in the city. So the fact that it's taken me more than two years to get around to visiting Hampstead Heath may come as a surprise. It's definitely worth the bus fare, guys, even if only to see some beautiful rich-people houses!
Autumn on Hampstead Heath
London forest walks
As you can see, I didn't just go for the mansions. I was most definitely in it for the trees. If you're into trees, Hampstead Heath has 'em. I've always associated the Heath with fields and picnicking families (and on that front I was not disappointed!) but there are also some beautiful wooded areas, and some gorgeous scenic views. I was also particularly excited that I could see so many aeroplanes flying overhead, although I appreciate that aeroplane noise might well irritate some people.
ugly sweater style
tree climbing in London
I made sure to wrap up super warm (and also wear a mini skirt, because I live on the gosh-darned edge, motherfluffers) for our little pseudo-country walk. I was also wearing a duffel coat, but I took it off so as to suffer for my art, and also because I knew that there would be too much out-fit repetition if I wore it twice. Trade secrets, guys.
cosy autumn jumper
Jumper - £3 from a market stall in Birmingham
Skirt - H&M basics
Boots - Dr Martens

Tuesday, 5 November 2013

An Autumnal day out in London

Brr. It's bloody cold here in London right now. Luckily, I relish autumnal weather because it gives me an excuse to wear layers and dress from head to toe in colours like mustard, burgundy and leaf green.
ginger london girl
Every year at the beginning of Autumn, I make myself some little goals. I think it's a throwback to my school days, and the feeling of a fresh start happening in September. I don't think I'll ever shake that feeling of September being the start of something.
autumn outings london
Since we're half way through Autumn now, instead of telling you my goals, I'll tell you what I've achieved. I'd like to know what you guys have achieved too. It could be anything, big or small. Let's celebrate success!

Things I have achieved so far this Autumn
- Got a permanent job in an online content team for a well known print publication.
- Went to the Holocaust exhibition at the Imperial War Museum with Dan and sparked some interesting conversations between him and his family about his ancestors.
- Dressed as an Axolotl Princess for Hallowe'en.
- Hosted two parties
- Did lots of housework
- Wore plenty of autumnal outfits
- Did a lot of writing.

girl in wind london
autumn outfits cold weather
I'm off to Budapest for a long weekend the day after tomorrow. I'm pretty excited! I've been before, but it was a school trip and I may not have been paying as much attention to my surroundings as I could have been...!
So guys, let me know what you've achieved this autumn, and we can all feel very congratulatory together. Or have a look at what I was up to last autumn!
Coat and Dress - Topshop
Necklace - Tatty Devine
Tights - New Look
Socks - I DON'T KNOW! I'VE OWNED THEM FOREVER. MAYBE H&M?
Shoes - Office 

Saturday, 19 October 2013

Cute button badges at our wedding!

wedding button pins
We really wanted our wedding guests to have lots of little keepsakes and favours to take home from our wedding, and I loved the idea of button badges. When we were planning our wedding, people kept asking us if we were going to have our cat at the wedding, but we didn't think it would be very fun for our fluffy son, so we opted for badges of the cat!
>bearded wedding guest
There's my excellent stepdad, rocking the (step)father-of-the-bride boutonniere and cat-badge combo. He's just wearing one, but some of our guests collected all three of the different types!
blue bridal dress
Look, see! Bridesmaid Tilly (who takes lovely photographs by the way!) has the full set. She's even been known to wear them on her blazer since the wedding. Just to confuse you, I'm not actually wearing my wedding dress in that photo. I had a couple of costume changes...
I ordered these badges from weebadgers who were amazingly quick and professional, and whom I'd very much recommend. I'll definitely be going back to them next time I need badges. Because, let's face it. I'M GOING TO BE MAKING MORE BADGES.

All photos in this post were taken by the incredible Liz Wan

Friday, 20 September 2013

Summer to Autumn: What I Wore...

So it's finally autumn... the season craved by internet-dwellers everywhere, who whimsically imagine themselves frolicking in piles of crisp russet leaves, or snuggled up by a fire with their mittened hands curled around a mug of something hearty and satisfying... Unfortunately, Autumn in London isn't that haven of crispy orange joy we've been drip-fed by American TV shows - It's much greyer, wetter and grumpier!
Perhaps this is why I went for a super colourful outfit the other day?! Don't get me wrong, I LURVE earth tones and muted autumnal palettes, but sometimes I just have to deck myself out in all the colours, you know?
colorful fall fashion
Oh, and this is the perfect time to introduce you to my new shoes! Shoes, this is the internet. Internet, these are my shoes. I spent a long time looking for the perfect pair of shoes for autumn, and I think I came pretty close with these. They're not great in puddles, and they do make my second from last toe pop out of joint every now and then, but apart from that, they are excellent. Lots of ankle support, nice laces, and they look good with pretty much every outfit. I bloody love 'em.
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Stay tuned to see what other outfits I wear them with! Spoiler alert: It'll be most outfits. See how my fashion choices become more and more dominated by scarves and knitted berets... Marvel at the majesty of my shiny cold nose. Autumn is well and truly on the way! Oh, and look; there ARE some crispy leaves in that picture! Plus, I did a LOT of baking today, and that's totes Autumn.

Jumper: H&M
Dress: H&M
Tights: Topshop
Boots: Office
Woah, my outfit is SUPER "High-Street" today...

Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Our Wedding on Far From the Wedding Crowd!

Hi all! Just a quick post to let you know that our wedding has been featured over at Far From the Wedding Crowd! We're super excited about it because that's a top notch, high quality wedding blog... What an honour! Also, now that it's been featured, I can write some blog posts over here about some of the details and DIY aspects.
sparklers and fireworks wedding photography
Credit for this amazing photo (and indeed ALL our beautiful wedding photos) goes to the incredibly talented and dedicated one-woman photography powerhouse that is Liz Wan.
So, hello new readers, who may have come here from the land of weddings! I hope you stick around! We've got a cute cat, and now an axolotl... And cake! Plenty of cake!

Tuesday, 20 August 2013

How to Enjoy Long-haul Flights

I love flying. I especially adore long haul flights. The longer, the better. I love aeroplane food, I love in-flight entertainment, I love aeroplane seats... I am completely loop-the-loop crazy about aviation, and I'm not ashamed! I'm not going to lie, one of the aspects of our honeymoon about which I was most excited was the long plane ride over to Asia! So here are some of my top plane-ride enjoyment tips, interspersed with photos I took on the plane to and from Hong Kong last month...
airplane window twilight
1. Wear comfortable clothes! One of these days, I'll show you my favourite plane outfit, but what it boils down to is, layers, nothing tight, and wear shoes you can slip on and off!
2. Book a seat that makes you feel more comfortable. I love the window seat because I like to lean against the wall, and I love to look out of the window whilst we are slipping through the night sky. Some people prefer the aisle because they can get in and out easily, and they might not like seeing out of the window! You can even book seats with extra leg-room on some flights and airlines. Do some research and find the best seat for you - You're going to be sitting in it for long enough!
airplane interior photo
3. Pack a little bag in your big bag! I like to have all my bits and bobs nearby, so I have a little bag inside my big bag, which I take out upon boarding the plane, and put under the seat in front of me. My big bag goes in the overhead compartment.
4. In your little bag, pack your see-through zip-lock toiletries bag, so you can have that on hand during the flight. I usually carry hand sanitiser, moisturiser, lip balm, deodorant, and makeup wipes in mine. I don't bother with in-flight makeup, although I kind of envy those who do. I always wished I was a bit more high maintenance!
airplane window london rain
5. Scope out the in-flight entertainment as soon as you're on the plane! Have fun planning a little viewing schedule for yourself! Plan it around meal times, and don't feel guilty if all you want to watch is comedy, or action movies!
paradise island hong kong from the air
6. Take little walks. Even if you're in the window seat! Suck it up, and ask the person in the aisle to let you past! Have a little wander to the loo, stretch your legs! Peek at what other people are watching on their tiny screens! Look out of the emergency exit window... grab a snack! Loads of airlines have snacks in the galley so you can pick them up whenever you like. Pro Tip: Cathay Pacific often has cup noodles. If you buzz your little buzzer and ask for noodles, they bring them to you, even in the middle of the night!
airplane window sunset ice
7. Accept that it's cramped, and you're stuck there. Treat it like a bit of down-time. You're neither here nor there! You don't exist on planet earth at that moment, and so you can do whatever the hell you want! You are cocooned in a magical metal beast, flying through the sky, and your only obligations are to curl up with a blanket (ask for an extra early on in the flight or they'll all go!) and watch crap telly!
What are your best in-flight enjoyment tips? Or do you hate flying? Let me know in the comments, if you like!

And check out this post about travelling with a disability written by Hayley-Ezti!

Tuesday, 13 August 2013

A Whimsical Hen Party in Brighton

Like many people, I chose to have my Hen Party in Brighton. Unlike the vast majority of the hens to be seen in Brighton on a Saturday night, I grew up there, so I feel like my reasons for "henning" there may be somewhat more sentimental - perhaps I'm wrong.
Initially, I wasn't going to have a hen party. The idea of running about blind-drunk, with novelty penis items adorning my body isn't really my idea of a jolly day out. I might be wrong, but I think that a lot of the people who end up having hen parties like that are just doing it because it's the "done thing" rather than because they think penis-shaped deely boppers are the secret to festivity. That said, I have absolutely nothing against people who go all-out and have a traditional booze-up for their hen party - as long as that's what they want to do!

flowering tea in brighton
In case I hadn't already made it obvious, that sort of hen party isn't my cup of tea! I was incredibly lucky to have my perfect hen party organised by my whole group of bridesmaids! Oh, and I should mention, THE WHOLE THING WAS A SURPRISE. I mean, I knew there would be hen activities, but I had no idea what they'd be! We started the day with a beautiful afternoon tea at Metro Deco in Kemp Town, which is a part of Brighton. Each of us got to pick our own tea from an incredible list.
afternoon tea hen party brighton
Tilly looks particularly elegant as she pours her tea! We were then treated to what can only be described as a feast! There were tiny sandwiches, macarons, eclairs, and scones with clotted cream and jam...! The meal was rounded off with some Prosecco in vintage Babycham glasses.
afternoon tea girl brighton
I was overwhelmed with delight, as you can see. Our next stop was Queen's Park, where we had a picnic, despite vowing only half an hour earlier that we'd never be able to eat again after such an amazing cakefest. After our picnic, we had a quick game of croquet, overseen by Bridesmaid Eleanor (who is a very talented set and costume designer as you can see).
hen party picnic brighton
croquet hen party brighton
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All the while, I was convinced that the day couldn't get any more perfect, which was pretty much as wrong as I could get! Once our game of croquet was finished (I can't remember who won!), we had a cocktail or two at The Mesmerist, a retro-cool bar/venue in central Brighton, before heading down to the beach for an epically whimsical hen party finalé!
sky lanterns on Brighton beach
sky lanterns on by the sea
We all wrote well wishes and good lucks on the lanterns before sending them off out to sea (no, we didn't burn anything down, we were very safe and sensible, before anyone asks!). It was a completely unbelievable day, and I can't believe how perfectly it went! Big thankyous and eternal gratitude go to Tilly, Eleanor, Emma W, Emma D (a couple of the photos in this post are actually from her camera!), Sharon, Michaela, and Bex for making it such a wonderful day!
sophisticated hen party brightonI'll leave you with this last photo taken by some friendly tourists on Brighton beach.
My Dress: Dorothy Perkins (Old)
Tights: H&M
Gold Shoes: Schuh (Old)
Michaela's Spotty Blue Dress: Vivien of Holloway

Monday, 8 July 2013

The First of Many Wedding Posts!

So, I'm officially a married woman now! Tomorrow, we're off to South Korea (and then Japan) for our honeymoon, but before we go, I'd like to share a little detail of our wedding - our RINGS!

Dan and I went to get them designed and hand made at a little jeweller in Cambridge, called Harriet Kelsall. We got our lovely engagement rings there, so we knew they'd be amazing, and we weren't disappointed! Our engagement rings match one another, and so we went for contrasting designs for our wedding rings. Here they are:
The rose gold one with a ruby is Dan's, and mine is the sapphire, topaz and diamond channel-set one. I am so happy with how they turned out, and I can't wait to wear mine for ever! The great thing about designing a ring yourself is that you know it'll be more-or-less unique, and you can also put a lot of sentimentality and emotion into the ring before it has even been made. We tried to be as creative as we could with everything about this wedding, and designing our own rings was a very special part of the wedding planning. The designers at Harriet Kelsall are really, super lovely too! (And nobody is paying me to say that, by the way!)

When the professional photographs are ready, I'll be sharing a lot of those, but if you are interested in seeing any sneak peaks in advance, search the hashtag, #dandysaur on instagram. We had a mega day!

Monday, 1 July 2013

I was a fashionable child...

Hi there, long time no speak! I've been up to my ears in work and wedding planning, and I've really missed blogging! As part of our wedding, we're having a photo wall, with pictures of ourselves as kids, and of our parents and grandparents too. It's going to be a fun thing to prepare the day before the wedding. Family members have been sending me an absolute truck load of amazing photos, so I thought I'd share a few with you.
new york child
fashion dungarees
red knee socks
I'm only showing you ones of me, because I haven't asked anyone else's permission to put their photo online, but I'm sure you'll agree that I was a very well-dressed child! Props to my mum and dad for dressing me in some excellent, tiny outfits. Also, props to the 90s for being such a hilarious decade for fashion!
I'll be back soon with some photos from my "hen party", and of course I will be posting plenty of wedding photos when the time comes! :)

Sunday, 12 May 2013

How To Frolic: A Guide For Beginners

We've emerged, blinking into the springtime sunlight, after the longest winter we've ever experienced. I feel like I've had to re-teach myself how to deal with sunlight and warmth! There have been far too many times when I've gone to work in a coat and regretted it on the way home. However, I'm still pretty suspicious of the weather and I feel like if I start going without a coat, I'll be caught in a torrential downpour. Because that's how these things work.
My favourite part of the week is watching all the commuters and city workers letting their hair down on a Friday afternoon. There's such a feeling of weekend camaraderie, and everyone seems to be filled with contentment. Businessmen loosen their ties and cool beers are consumed on the way home from work. You just don't get that in the winter.


dangerous redhead

There's still a load of scaffolding up on the back of our house, but nobody seems to be working on it anymore... Very bizarre. But on the plus side, it makes for some excellent frolicking! Here I am, failing to do a pull-up. I don't have the grip strength! Still, it's fun to swing around like a child. Observe my ridiculous backwards elbow...

bucktoothed ginger

In other news, my hair is getting super long. I'm doing that thing wot people do, and growing it for the wedding. I thought that having long hair would mean I wore it in different styles every day, but I am too lazy. I think I'll have to make an effort to make the most of my long hair, and try out some new styles. Any suggestions? I'm pretty lost when it comes to long hair!

awkward ginger

I'd like to make it known that I did NOT break that bench! It was already broken when we moved into this flat! We're looking for a new place to move into, which is pretty stressful. It's also less than two months until the wedding, and there's still so much preparation to do! I can't wait to share some of the details! I'm in the process of collecting old family photos to include in a big collaged display. It's going to be propa nostalgic like. Also, stay tuned for a round-up of my favourite necklaces (basically my necklace wishlist, let's not lie!).
Necklace: Tatty Devine
Patent brogues: Schuh
  

Monday, 25 March 2013

Top Ten: Brooches and Pins!

Now, I love a good brooch; I think the right brooch can really complete an outfit. When I think of accessorising an outfit, I always think of necklaces, but deep down, I've always been a brooch-lover. When I was a teenager, my bag straps were always covered in button pins, and these days I often have one on my coat. This post is going to be a round-up of some of the brooches that have caught my eye recently. I think I'm going to have to start adding a brooch to my outfits more often!!
1.
rustic pine cone brooch
This simple pine cone brooch from cabin + cub design would make a lovely lapel pin. I've always loved collecting pine cones.
2.
constellation brooches
I love all of these beautiful constellation brooches from ShadeOfABonsai. I'd wear one to accent a dress, like Katie of Skunkboy Blog!
3.
woodland deer brooch
I love the detail in this deer brooch by Layla Amber via Hannah Zakari. It's all the best bits of a mounted deer head, without the death and... lack of wearability.
4.
plane pin brooch
Anyone who knows me will be well aware of my obsession with aeroplanes. I love this little red brooch by Hug A Porcupine via Hannah Zakari because it is so stylised. It reminds me of the vintage toy planes that hung from my Grandpa's workshop ceiling.
5.
paper plane brooch
Ahhh, and another beautiful little aeroplane brooch by stoicandpariah on Etsy. This one is unbelievably whimsical, don't you think?
6.
twin peaks brooch
I actually own another Twin Peaks inspired brooch by Kate Rowland via Hannah Zakari. I got it from a dear friend for my birthday, and I love it to pieces, but I kind of want this one too now! I love anything Twin Peaks themed, to be honest...
7. nerdfighter brooch
Another brooch (this one's definitely more of a lapel pin though) that I own. I am a self-confessed nerd and Vlogbrothers fanatic, so I was very pleased when Dan bought me this "Nerdfighter Pin" for Christmas last year. Sometimes I wear it to work in the library. It seems fitting.
8. tatty devine swallow brooches
I am in forever-love with practically everything made by Tatty Devine, and these brooches are no exception. I love that they come in pairs. I know that the nautical look goes in and out of fashion all the time, but I'll never stop loving it!
9.
Sylvia Plath Brooch
These Women In History Brooches by nappyhappy on Etsy are just PERFECT. My absolute favourite is the Sylvia Plath one (middle on the bottom row), but then it would be, I suppose! If I owned this brooch, it would be a struggle not to wear it EVERY day!!
10.
moonstone brooch
And finally, (this one is definitely out of my budget, but it's beautiful nonetheless!) this gorgeous moonstone brooch by CharlotteBezzant on Etsy. Moonstones are my absolute favourite semi-precious stone, and this piece has obviously had such careful and skilled craftsmanship go into it, that I just wanted to share it with you!
So there are my top ten brooches and pins! I wish I had enough money to own each and every one of the brooches shown above; they are all things of beauty!! I hope you enjoyed seeing this array of pretty things. The next "Top Ten" post will be for hair clips and accessories, so stay tuned!

Sunday, 24 March 2013

Feeling Blue in Wintery London

The weather in the UK has been unendingly miserable for the last few months, and London is no exception. My morning commute is dominated by a sea of unhappy faces, dead eyes focused grimly on the gum-flecked pavement ahead. Dan and I have both been working full time, and even though it's been getting slightly lighter in the mornings and evenings, it still feels like we spend all our daylight hours indoors. I guess that's the world of work, but I'm hoping that one day, I'll have a job where my hours are a bit more flexible and I can feel less like a cog in an unending... box? of cogs... Not sure where that simile was going, but you get the idea.
Still, there is beauty to be found in this gloomy, grey landscape. I've been snapping some photos on my iPhone on my way to and from work in the last few weeks and I think they give you a fairly good idea of the general mood in London at the moment!
Grim South London south london trees
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I can't wait until it stops snowing and raining, and I can find daylight hours to take photos for this blog again. I spend a great deal of time fantasizing about the carefree summers of university, making particular usage of my keen ability to look back on things through the hazy glasses of nostalgia! It's going to be amazing when the sun comes back!! Until then, I have to make time and make an extra special effort. It's not all been doom and gloom anyway. I've met some lovely new people at work, and our wedding planning is coming along very well. Stay tuned for some wedding-related bloggage!
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