Thursday, 30 June 2016

June Wishlist

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1.) Body Shop Dress | House of Cards
I'm having a bit of an Australian moment. There are SO many great designs coming out of Oz right now, and being able to keep up to date with them on Instagram is amazing. House of Cards is a great example. All their prints are just amazing! I'm sure these body parts would go down with Helen too, being creepy but I like the striking colour combination and silhouette.

2.) Boston Print Clutch Bag | Quincy Designs
A bit more local, this Edinburgh-based brand is keeping things simple with a striking print- of Quincy Market in Boston- that they're rolling out to a small selection of bags and scarves. It's really effective (and really affordable!). Want!

3.) Orb Bacterio Necklace | Totem Works
These necklaces merge two of my favourite things: geometric shapes and 80s patterns. And what a fun collection! This is another instagram find so I'm not sure when these pieces will be available to buy but please make it soooon!

4.) Star Clear Heels | Public Desire
Public Desire just keep turning out these killer perspex heeled boots. I think I've had at least ten on my mental wishlists so far. I've chosen these as a new fave, but I've actually had a pair of clear shoes before and I know that they make my feet look like swollen sweaty trotters. So maybe these ones will remain here. Maybe the nude sparkles instead?

5.)  Melting Crop Top | Emma Mulholland
Rounding off with another Aussie love affair from Emma Mulholland. This street label is loud but wearable (like anything wouldn't be for me). This is one of my favourites- the only thing I love more than ice cream is an ice cream print in sequins. Delicious.


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1.) Lucky Black Cat Tee | La La Land
I'm forever on the look out for more items to add to my crazy cat lady wardrobe and La La Land have got me covered. This tee has some subtle kitty vibes that would give me a great everyday option. Just look at that cute wee face.

2.) 14K Gold Arc Earrings | Oh My Clumsy Heart
I love the simplicity of these arc earrings. Simple is not usually something you find on my wishlists but there's just something about these that's got me hooked. Oh My Clumsy Heart know how to do clean lines and minimalism to perfection.

3.) Vintage Yellow Summer Dress | Godiva
Yellow seems to be having a moment and I am right on board with that. It puts a smile on my face and a spring in my step. This vintage dress is super cute and would be excellent attire for a summer picnic. Plus it has pockets!And look at the size of them!

4.) Grid Pot | Homebody Makes
Gardening is not my forte. Any plants I've owned have quickly met their demise (well, apart from one cactus which is still going strong). But this pot is too cute to pass up. And, as cute as it looks with some greenery in it, it doesn't have to be used for plants. I'm always on the look out for more awesome storage spaces for my trinkets.

5.) Wristlet Pouch | Laura Spring
Yay for more yellow! This little pouch is available in a whole host of colours but I've been won over by this sunshine shade. It's a handy size and a cute shape. Plus it has a detachable wrist trap to make it super easy to take with you everywhere. 

Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Blog Crushes 22

Kimberley is crushin' on... Tolly Dolly Posh
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I feel like a grandma saying this but- can you believe this girl just turned 16? She's a already got her style aesthetic together and makes me wish that opportunities like blogging were available to me at that age (I was all over embarrassing Live Journal entries then). Tolmeia writes thoughtfully but not LJ- angsty. Okay, there are the occasional playlists snuck in there but I'll forgive you Tolly, because I never thought I'd be taking style tips from a teenager. With aspirations of being a designer, I think this girl might be one to watch.

Catch Tolmeia over on Twitter and Instagram.


Helen is crushin' on... My Rainbow Feeling
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Bright colours - check, awesome hair - check, amazing photos - check. It was pretty much inevitable that I would fall for Mathilde's blog, My Rainbow Feeling. The blog itself may be pretty new but it basically ticks all of my boxes. I love reading about her life in Copenhagen and seeing some of the amazing vintage pieces she has in her wardrobe. Talk about style envy! She inspires me to be more colourful day to day and her photos always make me smile. 

Check out her bright Instagram for load more outfits. It's how I found the blog in the first place. Thanks Instagram!


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Friday, 24 June 2016

Morningside Makers Market

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We love a craft fair. A whole host of handmade goodness under one roof? How could we resist! Shopping local and shopping small are things we always strive to do. So finding a fair that has a good mix of stalls and designers is like hitting the jackpot. The Morningside Makers Market in Edinburgh is one such place. A monthly fair with a a whole host of quality crafts on offer. From bee houses to pottery, jewellery to homeware, there's something for everyone. What makes an afternoon at this craft fair even better is delicious cake and the chance to craft up a storm at one of their workshops. Both things we can get on board with.

We swung by the fair a few months ago and have been sure to go back since. Our afternoon was spent browsing the stalls and falling for a whole host of pretty things. Favourites included ceramics and pom poms from Tea with Jud, Scottish themed goodies from The Braw Wee Emporium and rustic homeware by Upcycle Scotland.

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After a good old look around we were ready to get our hands dirty with Tea with Jud and her fabulous ceramic workshop. Pottery is always something we've fancied having a go at so we were very excited to make an espresso cup. We were even more excited to find out we would be making two espresso cups, coasters and a sugar bowl! Nothing quite beats a full set. We had everything we needed to get designing. Luckily Jud had set us up with the basic mug and bowl shapes. That might have been rather tricky for a couple of beginners. All we had to do was attach the handles, and that was tricky enough! Who knew rolling clay sausages would be so tough? After cutting and shaping our coasters, it was time to let the clay dry. Luckily for us that meant time for a tea and cake break...

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The Tea Jenny had put on quite a spread! It was tough to choose but we knew it would be delicious, whatever we went for. After being thoroughly refueled it was time to get back to work. The paint brushes were out and we got busy adding the finishing touches. Now, glazes can be a bit of a mystery when it comes to ceramics. What they look like in the tub can be totally different once they're been fired. But we threw caution to the wind and added as much colour as we could. Jud then took our creations away to be finished and fired, and we kept our fingers crossed that everything would come out of the kiln in one piece.

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A few weeks later and our creations were ready to be picked up. And they were all intact! What do you think?

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The Morningside Makers Market returns to Columcille Centre on Saturday 2nd July and there's another Tea with Jud workshop happening at the fair in August. We thoroughly recommend you get yourselves signed up!

Thank you to The Glasgow PR Girl for inviting us along, Tea with Jud for being an excellent teacher and the folks at Morningside Makers Market for being so welcoming.

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Styled by Helen: Never Monday

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While Kimberley's been creating a monochrome look for summer (dangers and all!), I've been figuring out how to work sequins into my day time outfits. I love sequins at any time but it's true that they're usually more of a night time thing. I have persisted and, thanks to this top by Never Monday, I think I've found the way to do it. The key is to keep it colourful. The bright design on this mesh tee and the white base help to keep it summery. Tying the top in a front knot also gives a beachy/casual vibe. Matching it with simple blue jeans keeps the sparkle down to earth and perfect for a day of walking in the sun. Volia! I can shine all day long.

As much as I adore this top I'm still not quite sure what the motifs are. To start with I thought it was broccoli. I admit that purple broccoli does seem a little unlikely. Others have suggested cauliflower. Kimberley is convinced they're lilies. She's probably right, but I'm sticking with my first guess. It makes the top even more weird and unusual in my eyes. Which is something I always enjoy from my clothes.

Top | Never Monday
Jeans | Primark
Shoes | ASOS
Satchel | Yoshi
Ring | Made by me

To carry on the relaxed vibes I put a bit of a wave in my hair. It's an easy peasy style that I don't do often enough. I've since had quite a bit chopped  off so I may not be able to recreate it for a while. My hair had started to feel way too long and as a results a bit dull. Looking at these pictures I kind of miss the extra length a little bit. Hair cut regret, it always creeps in at some point. I might give the curls a go on my shorter locks though. It could look even better. Or, it could look more like a birds nest. Place your bets now!

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Monday, 20 June 2016

Styled by Kimberley: The Whitepepper

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Not gonna lie, I'm in love with the colours in these photos. What started as a few outfit photos to add into the Tea Green Atelier post took on its own life. I love it when that happens! This is my favourite outfit of the moment too- it works on both sunny and rainy days (Scottish summer), it's comfortable, and it's got a pop.
The cute little onigiri striped top is the one I picked up in the The Whitepepper bank holiday sale a while ago. There was a little bit of drama behind it though...

I bought the top in a large (because I am clueless as to my current size) so it is admittedly pretty roomy as a cropped knit. The arms are particularly big on me. However, I can't return it...
I was pretty excited to try it on as soon as I rushed home from the Post Office depot, parcel in hand. I quickly threw it on over my head... and it got stuck. Properly stuck, attached to my ears and all. And my ears are pretty small, but clearly my head is not. If you have never got your head stuck in a jumper, I cannot explain the level of panic it induces. Seriously, something primal takes over. I started to sweat. I felt sick. I suddenly felt very alone. My life flashed before my eyes.
I gave a huge yank down in my struggle. So, now it was no longer on my ears, but I was stuck in it. Idiot! Cue Bridget Jones-esque hopping around my bedroom with a jumper neckline stuck to my face, until the thing finally gave way and ripped open at the back.
Voila, it is definitely non-returnable now!
I'm fairly certain it was not supposed to be that tight. But now it is faulty in new ways, with a hole and foundation trim from being against my face. I have literally never got foundation on a piece of clothing before but it gave me teen Internationale fitting room flashbacks (where every item seemed to have a dusting of it). The shame! There was very little stretch in the bottom of the neckline, so I assume there was a tight line of stitching in the knit itself that needed loosening (read: my head's gigantic). Perhaps not in the way I did it, but at least the hole was at the seam so I was able to easily sew it up.

I repaired it, washed it, and kept the top in my drawer for almost two weeks, hating it (and my massive head) and suffering PTSD. But it is so cute! I couldn't resist forever. I finally dragged it out.
And it is adorable, if a little large overall. I kind of love it.
Even now, though, I have to ensure I have no makeup on and my hair down to get it on. I mean, I knew I had quite a large head, as every ladies hat reminds me, but I didn't realise it could be a potential hazard. So, every time you see me in this top, consider the risk I'm taking just putting it on in the morning.

Top | The Whitepepper
Skirt | New Look
Shoes | Clarks
Bag | Jasper Conran at Debenhams*
Earrings | The Whitepepper
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It's doing wonders for my self esteem. Who knew that head circumference would be another unrealistic beauty standard for women? Not this tattie heid, that's for sure.

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Friday, 10 June 2016

Happy Birthday Kimberley









Happy Friday one and all! Today Kimberley turns 30 so here's some photos to celebrate. There have been many different expressions, poses, hair colours, hair lengths and outfits over the years. Here's just a snap shot. We'll save the terrible teenage fashions for our own amusement.

Now were off out to have some birthday fun. There shall be cake, cocktails and 90's R&B galore! Just the way it should be.