28.09.2016- Creative Calligraphy with Quill London

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Relaxation. Not something which I'd ever thought you could proactively 'do', but as I've grown older it's something which I've definitely tried to make time for, especially at the weekends. Over the last couple of months, I've well and truly fallen back in love with reading as a one-stop unwinding shop, and have been spending plenty of time in the garden too. However, with winter on the horizon, my thoughts have been turning to some additional indoor-orientated activities, and, with an eye on sprucing up my room with some new wall art, I've been giving calligraphy a go:

Booking a calligraphy class at Quill London is something I've been meaning to get around to for what feels like forever, but in the interim their starter kit is perfect to get practising with at home. I've never been particularly good at anything arty, but this is something I've really taken to- and believe me, no one is more surprised than I am! It's really easy to get cracking with, and the guides are perfect to use as a reference too. I'm already desperate to put pen to paper again and it's only been three days- a great sign if ever there was one, don't you think?!

Have you tried any new hobbies recently?

(Image credit: Sarah Farrell, please do not reproduce without permission.)

26.09.2016- What I Wore Today #279

Monday, 26 September 2016

Whilst this changeable weather is proving a little bit tricky to navigate, the sudden spells of brightness which are punctuating the start of autumn are also providing a wonderful opportunity to extend summer (sartorially at least!) for a little while longer. As ever, I'm putting off digging out my winter coat for as long as possible (with mixed levels of success, let me tell you!) and have been well and truly making the most of any bursts of brightness- with some style staples to match: 

outfit26september Shirt- Zara 
Trousers- Zara 
Shoes- Adidas (via Surfdome)
 Bag- SkinnyDip London 

How amazing is this shirt?! Whilst I'm slightly miffed that it's a piece which I've only just discovered, it's brilliant for seguing from summer into autumn whilst keeping hold of a sense of fun- and the print is a brilliant pick me up when my alarm goes off first thing in the morning! As well as that, it's a really versatile piece too- great for dressing up with some slightly smarter trousers as I did here or teamed with jeans for a more relaxed feel. I'm sure it'll be perfect for layering under knits as the temperatures drop too- although let's keep our fingers crossed that we've got a little while longer to wait for those days just yet! 

What are your autumn style staples? 

(Image credit: Hannah Hobson, please do not reproduce without permission.)

23.09.2016- Most Wanted: Oliver Bonas Interiors

Friday, 23 September 2016

As I've touched on in a few previous posts of late, the change in seasons is something which tends to imbue almost everything with a sense of change. Whilst I'm yet to embark on a full-blown wardrobe clear out and dust off my autumn essentials, I've been making a few little interior alterations- I don't know about you, but the prospect of going into hibernation mode makes me all the more eager to spruce up my little spaces of sanctuary! As ever, I've been picking up plenty of inspiration during spots of window shopping- and it will probably come as no surprise that I'm head over heels in love with more or less everything in store at Oliver Bonas at the moment: 

Estella Mini Bowl, £7/Large Round Marble Mirror, £45/Agate Stone Book Ends, £60/Elo Block Geo Pillow Sham, £45/Gold and Glass Hanging Wall Frame, £26/Bubble Glass Vase, £28/Pineapple Trinket Dish, £9.50/Gold and Glass Mirrored Tray, £14/Fika Mug, £6/Round Marble and Copper Trinket Pot, £22, all Oliver Bonas

Over recent weeks, I've been keeping my eyes peeled for little touches of colour to brighten up my room, and this gorgeous turquoise bowl is well and truly fixed at the top of my shopping list. It's a perfect option for stashing lots of my jewellery, and the finish makes it feel really luxe too. Speaking of luxe, this mirror is another wonderful discovery, and a piece which I think looks infinitely more expensive than it is- a great shout if you're looking to spruce up your dressing table.

With the evenings drawing in and winter on the horizon, I'm sure I'm not the only one looking forward to the prospect of entering into hibernation mode accompanied by plenty of good books. These agate and gold finished bookends would be a beautiful addition to any home library, and pretty perfect for helping to curate a reading list to brighten up even the dreariest of winter days, don't you think? If you're looking for another simple addition to your interiors, this frame is a great option- especially if you, like me, have got a stash of prints desperate to see the light of day! Regular readers will know that I'm a huge fan of fresh flowers, and this vase is the perfect option for displaying any blooms elegantly- as well as offering a brilliant excuse to keep shopping for flowers well into winter. 

Keeping brightness well and truly on the agenda, this cushion, which provides a host of co-ordinating options and is a lovely accent piece. For a tropical touch, look no further than this glorious trinket dish- pineapple perfection if ever I saw it! For me, the arrival of autumn also offers the perfect opportunity to significantly increase my tea consumption, and therefore offers a great excuse to invest in a new mug. This blue and white design really reminds me of summer holidays, which is no bad thing when the temperatures start to drop. I've also got a big clearout on the cards over the next few weeks, so have been on the hunt for some storage solutions. This tray is a wonderfully simple option for keeping your space calm and ordered, and this pot is another classic piece which would fit seamlessly into any room. 

Have you picked up any interior inspiration of late?

(Image credit: Oliver Bonas.) 
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