Thursday, 27 September 2012

Love Letter #10

Hello!  I'm pretty shocked that I haven't updated my blog in so long, September has gone by in a total blur for me!  As happy as I am to be back at uni, my workload for postgrad is so much more intense, so what with juggling that, my new job at the Disney Store and my new role as host to all our friends who've recently moved away from Dundee, I haven't had much time for blogging...  Hopefully I'll soon get back into the swing of things!  In the meantime, here's some lovely pictures for you to enjoy:

When I'm rich, I'm going to have a bar in my house... preferably like this vintage music-themed one from Oh So Lovely Vintage...

Continuing the drinks theme, I love the dapper packaging of these grown up sodas.

This is the perfect autumnal outfit, the coat and the colours are just perfect!

Possibly the dreamiest wedding ever...

All of Jen's cosplay pictures over at Epbot are pretty fantastic, but this little girl is my favourite, flying the flag for girly geeks everywhere!

I wish it was cheaper to order from FredFlare to the UK, because this cheeseboard is pretty adorable!

This made me laugh probably a lot more than it should have...

I'll leave you with this picture of my favourite couple ever, Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield... if only Tetley and I serenaded each other on tiny guitars while wearing fancy hats!

What have all of you been up to this week?

Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Vintage Homes: Mairi's House.

Hey guys!  It's been another hectic week for me - I began my postgraduate studies at university, as well as starting my training for my new part time job at the Disney Store!  Both of these things are super exciting (and pretty terrifying) for me...  The modules I've chosen to study are amazing, though my classes are full of such smart people that I feel like a bit of an imposter, and while working for Disney is my dream job, I hope I can be smiley and bubbly enough to live up to the job's expectations... wish me luck!

A few weeks ago, I shared these photos of my niece Lottie's nursery, but I completely forgot that I also took some pictures of the living room of Mairi's house.  Like the nursery, the living room is super stylish and full of lots of vintage and handmade gems!

Since blogger doesn't cope so well with large images, click on the pictures if you'd like to see them bigger or in higher quality.  I also apologise for the slightly messy room in the first photo - I took these on the day of Lottie's party, so there was very little spare time for tidying up!  Since Mairi's kitchen was ground zero for party prep, I wasn't able to get pictures of it this time, but hopefully I'll get some next time I visit... Mairi's 6-shelf 'Tupperware Museum' is a real highlight...

I hope everyone is having a fantastic week so far!

Thursday, 6 September 2012

Autumn Wishlist.

Hello everyone!  For my first post in September, I feel like it's only fitting to have an autumn theme - autumn is my favourite season, and I think that for me, the beginning of autumn feels more like the start of a new year than the 1st of January.  This is probably due to autumn being the start of the academic year, but there's many other things that make it feel like such an inspirational and exciting time - I love the crisp smell of the air, the beautiful colours of the trees, going out for long walks and getting hot chocolate, having cosy evenings in with comforting homecooked food and great autumn tv (did anyone watch Doctor Who last Saturday by the way, oh my)....  Over the summer, Dundee goes into semi-hibernation when all the students go home, but as soon as Fresher's Week begins the atmosphere in the city completely changes.  Also, the majority of my friends happen to have their birthdays between September and November, so autumn really is the party season for me!

Probably one of the most exciting things about autumn is seeing all the new autumn fashions come into the shops - after months of looking at nothing but pastels, having a new colour palette of clothes to choose from is really quite a relief! I've put together a collection of pieces that I've currently got my eye on, though I feel that this year I'm really spoilt for choice!

I'm in love with everything in the Dear Creatures Autumn collection, but the Chelsea coat and these lovely dresses have to be my favourites!

I'm not usually the biggest fan of gothic style autumn fashion, but I do really love this dress from River Island.

Ruche's Study Hall lookbook is full of adorable back to school inspired outfits like the ones above.

I feel like this coat from Miss Selfridge might soon be making an appearance in my autumn wardrobe...

I recently discovered Sugarhill Boutique and they have so many cute autumnal pieces, I especially love the bow pockets on the coat!

These boots by Jeffrey Campbell have the perfect autumn colour scheme!

Finally, I'm super excited to see the new Modcloth collection designed by Elsie from A Beautiful Mess - I think this dress might be my favourite!

What's your favourite thing from my wishlist?  Are there any clothes you're coveting this autumn?


Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Thrifted Finds: Whitby

While this is totally unrelated to the topic of this post, I just have to start off by saying that I've finally found out that I've got the scholarship I wanted for my postgrad - I assumed I was going to be skint all year, so this is the best news ever!  The worst part was that I was on a computer in the library when I found out and started to cry, awkward times...  These next two weeks until I start back at uni can't go fast enough!

In other news, I've finally got round to taking some pictures of my amazing Whitby bootsale haul.  Some of the things I found might only appeal to me, but I thought I'd share anyway in case there's any other nerdy 90s kids out there!

My bootsale finds assembled!  I also got an orange tupperware dish which I forgot to include in the picture, that and the tupperware salad spinner in the background are presents for my sister Mairi.

Possibly my favourite find was this annual, I don't usually look through boxes of annuals at bootsales but I'm really glad I checked out this one!  The annual is from the 50s and has loads of amazing retro-futuristic illustrations, I'm not sure whether to keep it as it is or use it for some kind of craft project.

Here are some of my favourite pages, I especially like the dog saying 'Yark Yark!'

Continuing with the geeky theme, Tetley and I got a good few pokemon toys - the Snorlax plushie and the pokedex are Tetley's but the rest are mine!

For my charm house, I found this slightly odd truthful horse and another couple of owls...

I also picked up some animals for my mini charm house - you can't tell in the photo, but these are all only about an inch tall, they're super cute!

This Aladdin mug is another very 90s find to go with my retro mugs collection, when you put hot water into it the genie appears.

Last Christmas, Ruaridh and I made wreaths from kitsch Christmas ornaments, so I picked these up to make another one with this year!

Finally, I managed to make a massive addition to my badge collection.  I think the ones in the photo directly above are my favourites, loving that ice cream pun!

What's your favourite things to look out for at car bootsales or thrift stores?


Thursday, 23 August 2012

Lottie's 2nd Birthday

Hello everyone!  I hope you've been enjoying these last few weeks of summer!  I can't believe I haven't updated in so long, this past week has gone past in a blur...  I'm back up to full-time hours at my summer job in the University halls of residence as we're busy preparing all the flats for the students to move back in in September; plus I had a friend to stay at the weekend; had a few fun nights out; accidentaly invited 9 people round for dinner as a result of one of those nights out; ran a stall at the bootsale and made nearly £200; and had a brief visit to the hospital with a concussion!  What with all of this combined with my still-dodgy internet, I might not be properly back on my blogging schedule until next month!

Keeping up with the past week's hectic theme, I'm going to share some pictures from a very hectic weekend when Tetley and I went to stay with my sister Mairi to help out at my niece's 2nd birthday party.

As you may have gathered from my previous post, Mairi loves vintage style, but is also a total perfectionist, which makes party preparation quite a scary experience!  Mairi's partner Carrie had to make Mairi promise to calm down this year after we helped out at Lottie's first birthday and were forced to deflate and then reinflate most of the balloons to make sure they were all exactly the same size...  If  there was a birthday party version of the word 'bridezilla,' it would definitely apply to Mairi!  That said, Mairi's perfectionism does always result in a pretty amazing party, and this year was no exception.  Somehow Lottie's birthday was lucky enough to fall on a sunny weekend, so we were able to hold the party in the garden, with Mairi's homemade banner making an appearance on the shed.  Every year, we add a new picture of Lottie's face to the display, and I put together this year's rabbit hat!

For party entertainment, Mairi put together a ridiculously elaborate puppet show with help from my three nephews.  It was called 'Intergalactic Lottie' and was the story of Lottie's journey to space to find fame, complete with four set changes and well over ten puppets - I'm not sure how Mairi plans to top this for Lottie's third birthday!

There were also a lot of retro-style party games, including pass the parcel, a dancing contest and pin the tail on the donkey.  I painted the donkey but I feel it was slightly wasted on two year olds who were lucky if they managed to stick the tail on the paper, let alone the donkey itself!

We added a sign and balloons to the door and hung up a pinata (which turned out to be rididulously hard to beat as it was so flat, it took my nephews about 15 minutes to get to the sweets...)

The night before the party was spent making food - we went with a retro theme again with homemade biscuits, jelly boats, cheese and pineapple on sticks, and sausages on sticks displayed in some adorable hedgehogs that Tetley constructed.  Also note the beer and wine hidden behind the jugs of juice... there were a lot of mums and dads at the party too!

The hardworking party planners enjoying a glass of said wine!

The beautiful birthday girl in her new party dress!

My nephews Sam and Leo... when Tetley saw their matching tshirts from afar, he thought Mairi had made 'Lottie's party' tshirts for all the guests, I really wouldn't have been surprised!

Some of the other lovely guests!

Lottie with her grandparents...

...and her Mummies!

Finally, instead of making a big cake, Mairi and I decorated these cupcakes - we were meant to stick to four different animals but it quickly became more fancy!

I'm sorry this has been such a long post - there was so much going on at the party and so many photos taken that it was really dificult to narrow it down.  Mairi claims that after all the effort put in this year, she's going to take Lottie to Pizza Hut next year, but I'm sure when the time comes Tetley and I will be called in again to create an even more elaborate party!