26 January 2019

The Monthly Playlist : January

I'm kind of sleep-walking my way through this month, so here's a collection of music I've been listening to whilst usually hibernating in a nest I've made on my living room floor - wrap yourself in a blanket, light some candles & grab a brew...

1. Joseph - Sister Winter 
2. The Bird and the Bear - As Soon as Winter Comes
3. Tracey Thorn - Like a Snowman
4. Sufjan Stevens - Size Too Small
5. Beach House - Norway
6. Beirutt - Nantes
7. (Sandy) Alex G - Mis
8. Kings of Convenience - Renegade
9. Fleet Foxes - White Winter Hymnal
10. The Head and the Heart - Winter Song
11. Iron & Wine - Winter Prayers
12. Ben Howard - Old Pine
13. Lucy Rose - Shiver
14. First Aid Kit - Tender Offerings
15. Bombay Bicycle Club


17 January 2019

One smock, two ways.

The latest edition to my winter wardrobe is the above navy smock dress from Cos. I originally tried it on in the fitting room with socks and trainers - and even though it's January and far from spring, I immediately knew this was the smock for me.
So when I brought it home I got to thinking that I simply couldn't wait until warmer weather to wear it, and thought about how I could style it during winter.

L O O K  O N E
The first look is definitely inspired by the oversized nautical collar and is how I'd like to think I'd dress if I was a french sailor. Layering is key here - I'm wearing a navy H&M cashmere turtle neck and thick cotton Boden breton, which just peek below the collar and cuffs to add interest. Teamed with a pair of off-white cropped kickflare jeans and white/navy Stan Smiths to complete the nautical colour palette.

L O O K  T W O
This is my babushka doll outfit. All bundled up and ready to brave the cold winter months. Again, layering with the navy turtle neck and breton, but I wanted to wear it as a dress this time. Wearing my winter staple: the Primark super cosy tights, and my new Russell and Bromley faux-fur hiking boots and grey scarf for extra warmth and cosiness. 


13 January 2019

January Reading List

What better start to the year than a pile of books you received for Christmas and a blanket? When I shared the above image on my Instagram during a late December weekend hibernation period - I was asked if I could share my thoughts on them after I've finished reading them.

So I thought it might be a nice idea for a monthly blog post. I'm a bit of a book worm and love nothing more than getting stuck into a new book. However, life does sometimes get in the way and I don't really spend as much time as I'd like to with my head buried in the pages of a novel that I can't put down.

One month might be really quiet and filled with Sundays spent on the sofa reading, others might be hectic with the only time I get to read is whilst I'm crammed between fellow commuters on the train struggling to turn the pages.

So I'm not going to commit myself to X amount of books each month, but I would still love to share what's on my monthly reading list - and even more if you shared your thoughts too!

N U M B E R  O N E
The Little Book of Hygge
 This had been on my reading pile for a very long time, but something I always forgot to pick up on my visit to the book store. To be honest I haven't put it down since I started reading it last week, which hasn't happened since Harry Potter.
I'm sure we're all acquainted with the term "Hygge" by now (which yes, I had been pronouncing "Hig" for two years). It's positive, cosy, and enabling my Danish obsession to such an extent I'm one more chapter away from booking flights to Copenhagen.

N U M B E R  T W O 
The Grand Budapest Hotel
This was a Christmas gift from my boyfriend - my obsession with Wes Anderson was well established early in our relationship, and this was the first film we watched together. A beautifully thoughtful and sentimental gift which I'll treasure always. It's a gorgeous coffee table book filled with behind the scenes photography, incredible insights and an interview with Wes himself. A must-have for all W. Anderson enthusiasts.

N U M B E R  T H R E E 
In Paris by Jeanne Damas
A collection of 20 profiles featuring a variety of different Parisienne women, from the ultimate French it-girl - Jeanne Damas. Definitely a Saturday-morning-in-bed-with-coffee kind of book. I've had a quick flick through and it looks to be filled with beautiful and inspirational images that I'm sure will be inspiring my wardrobe next month.

Have you read any of the above? If so, what did you think?!

4 January 2019

New Year New Interiors

The Christmas tree is out to be recycled, the decorations have been put away and the fairy lights taken down. I thought the best way to beat the January blues was to update a few interior furnishings and add a breath of fresh air to little spaces around my home.

Starting with my favourite cosy corner - my bedroom. I’ve always taken great pleasure in having beautiful bedding, and there’s no better feeling (IMO) than waking up on a weekend morning in fresh sheets and enjoying a coffee with a book. After all we spend a good portion of time in our beds, whether it’s catching up on well-needed sleep, having some down time reading or watching a film, or creating a comfortable space to research creative inspiration online and plan content.

Therefore I wanted my new soft furnishings to reflect my personal taste for interiors and my love of vintage design. I have been a fan of Orla Kiely and her beautiful patterns for most of my adult life, and I love the pop of retro charm that the delightfully bright and beautiful Summer Flower Stem duvet cover has added to my bedroom.

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