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Showing posts with label spring. Show all posts
Showing posts with label spring. Show all posts

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

What happened this Spring?

summer london bus
Since Summer is truly underway, I thought I'd do a little round-up of what went on in the world of Owl Girl this Spring, to give you a chance to catch up! All the images are clickable and will take you to other posts! :)
I spent most of my time in London, trying out some cafes such as the Vintage Emporium in Shoreditch, and several Ice Cream parlours around the city. Check out my Top 5 Ice Creams in London if you're in need of some cool and satisfying icy goodness this summer, and if you're a tourist, check out my tips for tourists in London.
Oddono’s gelato review
yellow tights for summer

I blogged about the bubbles at our wedding, as well as why we had a costume change in the middle. This Sunday it is our one year anniversary, and we're going to Oslo for a minibreak to celebrate. Stay tuned for some epic blog posts about our tiny holiday in Norway - it's going to be amazing.
wedding bubbles

I've done a couple of 'How-to' posts for you as well, including How to wrap a present for Easter (because eggs are soooooo last year, dahling) and How to make a Strawberry and Basil mojito syrup (your new favourite Summer drink?)
Strawberry basil Mojito
Easter gift wrap

We took a trip to Cambridge to see friends, and gatecrashed a champagne garden party all in one weekend, like true rock-and-rollers.
white people on a log
Bourgeois ridiculous

Finally, I had a life-changing salf-beef sandwich on the South Bank, and received a beautiful dress full of family history from my Grandma.
Southbank Bagel
Grandma's Vintage Dress

So, what does the future hold? Well, in addition to our little holiday next week, we've got a big house move coming up this summer, and plenty of home renovation things to look forward to as well as a whole new area of London to explore. Please stick around for all of my adventures! And if there are any posts you've particularly enjoyed this Spring, now is the time to let me know! What did you like? What do you want to see more of? TELL ME ALL THE THINGS.

Tuesday, 6 May 2014

Summer London, havin' a blast!

sunny summer london fashion
What better way to spend an unexpectedly sunny Bank Holiday holiday than in the park? It’s not quite hot enough for bare legs and arms yet, but I wanted to at least acknowledge the sun a little bit, and frolic in the park near where I live. This summer, I hope to eat dinner outside more, take more photographs and move into a new flat. Hopefully.
yellow tights for summer
My mum bought me this skirt from Primark years and years ago and I still get compliments every time I wear it. It reminds me of the patterns on fine china, and it is very versatile. I paired it with some sunshine yellow (mustard) tights, and a burgundy top. My natural fashion style is very autumnal, so I’m going to have to make a big effort as the days get warmer to actually dress like it’s summer.
summer duck london park
What’s this? WILDLIFE? IN LONDON? I know right? London is so people-saturated, that I can’t help but rejoice when I am reminded that there are non-human creatures on this earth! I get very excited when I see a mangy city fox, or a nonchalant duck in London.
windy London summer fashion
I hope you all had a lovely Bank Holiday weekend, if you’re in the UK, and a good… Monday… if you’re elsewhere. What’s your favourite season for fashion? Do you wish you could wear sandals all year ‘round, or are you more of a scarves and coats kind of person? I’d love to know!
Top - Primark Basics
Skirt - Primark (oldddddd)
Shoes - Dr Martens

Sunday, 6 April 2014

How to wrap an Easter present!

Easter gift wrap
When I was little, I never finished my Easter eggs - they would still be hanging around in their boxes by the time Christmas came around. So after a while, my parents decided that it would be much more sensible to get me a book or a video (showing my age there...) for Easter. Presents need wrapping, and Easter is a great excuse for some adorable chick or bunny-themed decorations, so let’s get started!
I’ve gathered together some brown wrapping paper, raffia, colourful washi tape, and those iconic little fuzzy chicks that seem to pop up everywhere from the beginning of March. Washi tape is available from most craft shops, as well as places like Paperchase. You can use normal sticky tape, but I think this cheerful stuff makes a nice little statement!
washi tape gift wrap
how to wrap a present
present wrapping chick
Wrap your present as you normally would, and don’t worry too much about it being perfectly neat – you can cover up all manner of sins with cute accessories. (A mantra for life). Tear the washi tape rather than cutting it with scissors as this gives it a more rustic look, which goes well with the brown paper.
raffia for giftwrap
Tie the present with a few strands of raffia so that the bow or knot is on the opposite side to all of the washi tape. I trimmed the ends so that they were all a similar length. Oh no, the little chicklet fell on his face!
fluffy easter chick
Tape the little chick next to the knot in your raffia. It also secures the raffia so it won’t slip off in transit.
Pretty easter gift wrapping
Finish the presents off by writing the recipients’ names on the presents. I chose to just monogram them, using a fine-tipped pen.
Easter gift wrap
These presents are for my little brother and sister who (unlike my childhood self) absolutely LOVE chocolate. I wrapped the chocolate eggs up in this adorable tissue paper which I saved from a recent trip to Tiger. They change their packing paper with the seasons and I always try to save it whenever I buy something from there.
So that’s how I wrapped my presents this Easter. I am obsessed with packaging, wrapping, crafting, and making things lovely, so stay tuned for more seasonal gift-wrapping posts.
Oh and I’d love it if you checked out the article I wrote about blanket-forts (ie my favourite thing in the whole world) over at Mookychick a fabulous alternative online zine with a feminist outlook. Let me know what you think!

Saturday, 14 April 2012

Rather Dapper.

Why hello there...

A couple of days ago, I put together an outfit entirely comprised of clothes that are at least four years old. Unfortunately, it was rather cold so I had to put on my jacket, but then that looks pretty old too, so I don't think the effect was ruined too much.

I've been really enjoying wearing clothes that I wouldn't be able to wear to work, during the school holidays. I don't really own many 'smart' work outfits, and being a mere trainee, I can't afford to buy beautiful new clothes at the moment, but I do try... Anyway, during the holidays, I relish wearing clothes that are work-inappropriate.
I wore this outfit to check out the new Westfield Shopping Centre in Stratford and to purchase some bits and bobs we needed for out home (mundane stuff such as those clips to close food bags... oh my Rock 'n' Roll life...).


I am lucky that Dan will take pictures of me in our garden, and indeed that we have a garden in which we can take pictures! Our next weekend-project is to clear out the weeds and get rid of the broken garden furniture that came with the flat, so that we can spruce the garden up for summer. I would love to be able to eat dinner in the garden, and have people over for barbeques. It is time that I got out of my antisocial rut!
This was the view from our back door. I had to snap this one quickly, before we shut the door and came back inside. We live in a densely populated area and so the garden is kind of cosy, and those clouds just looked so incredibly fluffy!

I hope you are having a lovely spring, and enjoying your weekend!

Tweed Blazer: Zara
My Little Pony T-Shirt: Urban Outfitters c.2007 
Watch Necklace: Urban Outfitters
Red Waistcoat: 'Hand-me-down' from my friend Eleanor. Originally H&M.
Tweed Shorts: Topshop c.2007
Green Tights: H&M c.2008
Dr. Martens