Tuesday, 30 November 2010

A little bit of sparkle...

Last week I posted about a pretty pair of vintage-inspired shoes from New Look Limited Edition, so here are some more of my favourite party pieces from the sea of glitz that's out there. I think there is a similar retro-theme running through most of my choices, but styled up with modern, simple basics I think any of these pieces would add just the right amount of glam to an evening out.

As with make-up I'd always suggest going with one statement piece whether that's a dress, a top or a jacket - oh and I added in the coat because in this weather you need something gorgeous to put ontop!

Dress - Reiss - £149

Fringed jacket - Kate Moss for Top Shop - £80

Coat - Orion London - £115

Maxi dress - Libelula - £365

Ruched top - Max Studio - £49

Jewels in the night...

We have finally fitted the lights in our living area after 5 months of bare wires poking through the ceiling. Three ceiling pendants that we agreed on and within budget were proving a tricky and expensive problem, so I finally managed to find some cheap coloured glass pendants that we both liked.

I love coloured glass - we have stained glass panels on our internal and external doors, and I have pretty votive candle holders on the mantle piece that sparkle like boiled sweets with tea lights in them, so I was quite chuffed to find these in the BHS sale.

The catch has been not fitting them on naff white plastic rose and cables but spending a little more on chrome fittings on-line. These also have the advantage of having longer, adjustable cables that can be fitted lower as we have over our dining table. These were from

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow...

Sheffield is covered in a blanket of beautiful, white snow, like someone has frosted us in delicious, white icing. Of course it will soon turn to brown sludge but for now we are enjoying the views and Noah his loving is bright, engine-red sledge.

With more forecast tonight we're waiting to see what we wake up to, I'll let you know!

Thursday, 25 November 2010

Just gorgeous...

Ok I couldn't resist posting these beautiful shoes from New Look Limited Edition.

They so pretty and delicate, like a really great vintage find, not like the ugly platforms and stack heels that are still all over the high street at the moment. I won't be going to many parties this christmas, but if I were I'd be wearing these with a great slim pair of cigarette pants - very cute! And navy is definitely my favourite.

Book club

I've lapsed in my posts these last few weeks as the real world has occupied my days and nights. Noah is now 2 and growing chattier and cheekier everyday. I never realised just how tiring it would be to be a full-time Mum - it doesnt help that he is awake at around 5am which means the days feel very long.

Another thing that has filled my evenings is a new book club that I've joined with other local Mums. Interesting and compulsive, the books have reignited my enjoyment of reading after my English Lit degree all but snuffed it out!

The first book was The Crimson Rooms, and was not the type of book I would have ordinarily picked up but the whole group agreed it was a really gripping read. Set in the 1920s it's the story of Evelyn Gifford and her struggle to forge a career in one of the last bastions of male dominated society - law.

It also interweaves several other narrative strands about a murder case that she becomes involved in, and the appearance of her brother's son and his mother from Canada. There was so much going on but I found myself really drawn into the experiences and the vivid depiction of 1920s London life.

Our second book was Eat, Pray, Love as the film had just been released so we enjoyed going to the cinema too to watch Julia Roberts - of course this is all really an excuse to get out of the house for an evening to have a good natter and a glass of wine!

A very modern story of self-discovery through travel and meditation, it is a journey through the author's experiences of trying to find happiness and balance in Italy, India and Bali.

There was a notable divide in the group over those who enjoyed the book and those who just weren't that bothered. I definitely sat in the first camp and as we sat in the Bull's Head discussing the merits of book versus film I found myself getting a little carried away with my own stories of yoga and stress! Sorry girls!

I think for many people, like myself, there is a very personal connection with the emotions that Elizabeth Gilbert experiences in reaching the point in her life where she needs a change. For anyone who is interested in spirituality I think it's a really good read - Elizabeth Gilbert is a really likeable writer, although the critics in the group thought she was over-indulgent and selfish. For me, she managed to make an esoteric subject very accessible.

Our latest book is The Help by Kathryn Stockett, and I'm loving it - my favourite yet I think, so I'll be sure to post once I've finished it.

The moral of this story is definintely to try books that you wouldn't ordinarily pick up - it's very rare you;ll be disappointed.

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