Swoon List

swoon list #1

1. The Mulberry Suffolk, trust me to have picked the most expensive version of this bag but goodness that colour “pheasant green” it’s sounds wonderfully english and autumnal. Plus look how beautiful, it’s like an old doctors bag but way more chic, I love it.

2. So many seasons I’ve promised myself to buy some wellies, it rains a lot you’d think I’d own a pair but I always tell myself not to bother. This year it’s different and I’ve already spied these Joules ones on Ebay that are going to save my suede loafers from their usual drenching.

3. Love the colour and texture of this Topshop jumper it’s definitely a ‘snuggle up in me’ type jumper, just the ones I can’t resist.

4. Accessorize necklace – I’ve literally had my eye on this statement necklace for the longest time. Seems I’m gravitating toward this colour a lot and oh boy does it look beautiful next to that mustard yellow or even on a crisp white shirt.

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Keep Doing What You Love

I’m the hugest fan of Ellen, I remember stumbling across her chat show back when I was sitting in my sparse american dorm room. From the first show I couldn’t stop watching her, I’d never been big into talk shows but there was something about Ellen that drew me in, the way she made everyone a friend and talked about the funniest, saddest and heartwarming issues, I was hooked. Back in the UK I can only watch shows that are seasons old but her glorious YouTube channel is kept up to date and in fact my old dance teacher posted this link on her facebook and I knew I couldn’t wait to share this video.

If there’s ever the thought that things aren’t going your way and that giving up is easier then this guy is proof that you should never let into those thoughts. Perseverance is something we all need to learn to do from time to time and never to give up on what you love in-spite how difficult it is or becomes. This dancer Evan Ruggiero is such an inspiration and has certainly given me the push to persevere today. “The work is worth it.”

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Work and Play

Gracious it has been the busiest week every and just when I thought it was winding down I went and landed myself an interview (yippee) and minor panic ensued. I decided to keep my outfit simple and monochrome and overall I think it went fine and now I’m just waiting to hear back and of course mustering the enthusiasm to carry on hunting in the meantime.

Slipping back into work mode was actually quite enjoyable all the more so with a work of art cup of coffee (Costa’s Toffee Nut) and a trip into Muji. There is something that delights me in the clinical simplicity of the stuff in that store, alas budget not allowing I window shopped and eyed up these acrylic drawers for my jewellery.

I ended the day going to see the new movie Diana. Unfortunately it really wasn’t very good, certainly not Iron Lady calibre. Something about Naomi’s portrayal was a bit vain and the story line flounced around more unnecessary details than actually getting to know the characters, so for once I entirely agreed with the 2 star movie critic rating. What do you think of the movie if you’ve seen it?

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Cosy Socks and Good Telly

Who could miss the fact that this week has been officially September-ish weather, at least in my opinion, finally I can swan around in a light jumper and jeans and reacquaint myself with my socks. Yes, I am that exciting. Now with my feet cocooned in primarni’s finest cotton blend flying pig socks I can get down the nitty gritty that is my autumn television guide.

tv guide, autumn 2013

1) Downton Abbey – One liners from Maggie and the hope that Mary and Tom will become bff’s both having lost their spouse and having to look after little kiddos. And they all lived happily ever after.

2) Strictly – Yay for Anton having sexy bond girl partner and my general excitement for Brendan Cole…

3) X Factor – drama drama drama I love it, although if they can skip the sob stories this year I’d be very appreciative because if Kevin can’t sing I won’t vote not even when I find out he was teased for having a 6th toe. PS – I never actually vote but do shout when they keep the wrong people in!

4) Vampire Diaries – hurray Elena is human again and there’s 2 Stefan’s. Need to know morreeeee.

5) Awkward – little bit of a wild card but I LOVE this show to death, it’s hilarious, go check out the previous 3 seasons, you’re welcome.

6) Big Bang – love this show, E4 cannot show it enough although the same episodes replayed in the same day, come on guys you can do better than that.

7) Nashville – there was a crash and they ended the season, I do not appreciate those types of endings. Hurry up season 2.

8) DrWho – 50th anniversary special and a new doctor what more could you ask for?

What shows are you excited for this Autumn?

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iDrated

This app has been so useful to me. No I didn’t really need it but it’s so handy and it’s certainly helping me keep hydrated throughout the day. iDrated is an app that monitors the amount of water you drink per day. When you finish a glass, you add the amount and see your ‘hydrated’ percentage . Being slightly smaller than average I looked up how much a person of my height and weight should drink per day (1.7L) and set that as my daily target.

source: google images

source: google images

It’s satisfying to reach 100% and if you do you’re rewarded with little coupons as well which is quite nice. You can always check back through your entire drinking history and see your best and worst days. The most useful part for me is being able to set an alarm for my next drink. I’m terrible at staying hydrated, always have been but I rarely get thirsty, having an alarm reminding me means I’m more likely to reach my goal than not.

This app is super easy to use, to customise and for someone who likes checking things off a list, this is sort of equivalent to that! Let me know if there are any little apps you find really useful, I’d love to check them out.

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ps. cannot wait for apple keynote in 1 hour!

Hidden Book Art

Now there is little more exciting than a book, like an actual physical book. As much as I try I cant get into tablet reading, it hurts my eyes to read for a long time on my iPad and I’m not about to invest in another gadget just to read on. So real books it is and how impressive would it be to have your own personal library? I think that’s been one of my ambitions to have a little snug/library room with a comfy armchair, tonnes of blankets and the beautiful smell of books and dark wood wafting around. Doesn’t this picture from the Shakespeare and Company shop in Paris remind you of an Ollivander of books type shop?

source: shakespeareandcompany.com

source: shakespeareandcompany.com

One of my favourite arty/nerdy sites is Colossal and that’s where I came across these hidden fore-edge artwork books from the early 19th Century. The hidden art on these books were found by the University of Iowa but many more have been found and the technique is thought to have originated from the 1650’s. These gorgeous images can only be seen when the pages are fanned which makes me think about all the hands these books have been in and how many of them actually discovered the secret hidden among the pages. The paintings are beautiful and so is the idea of putting them there, it’s the type of thing that gets my nerdy little brain very excited. Click the picture below for the full Colossal article and for more images.

source: thisiscolossal

source: thisiscolossal

Did you know that the “old book smell” is actually a specific type of mould that’s only found on books. It’s believed some old scholars, upon being surrounded by these books for long periods used to get a little high on the fumes!!

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What happened to the Mixtape?

There seems to be something indescribably cool about ‘retro’ about ‘vintage’  which nowadays covers anything that’s 10 or more years old. We’ve all been witness to the 90’s revival but hello, the 90’s were only last year…wait…?

It got me thinking about how technology is stepping into every crevice of modern life and how, not that long ago mobile phones could just phone people, when you picked books off a bookcase and tablets were something children from the Victorian era wrote on in school. I love technology but I do wish from time to time I could embrace a techno-free week – enjoy every literal page turn, catch up with friends in person, not skype, and look forward to catching the latest episode of some show rather than watching it online, alone, just so I see it a week before everyone else…like everyone else! But I’d spend the following week ‘catching up’ which defeats half of the purpose of ‘switching off’.

source: google

source: google

Technology you help me so much. Having no sense of direction, GPS has been a god send but maybe I would have learnt if it wasn’t there as my crutch. Going back to the original point however – I found old mix tapes whilst deep-tidying my room and started reminiscing. I remember waiting by the cassette player to press record when the perfect song came on, then the hours of repetition when I’d finished a ‘mix’, there’s something so marvellous about it, more covetable and personal merely due to the hours it took to curate. Now the closest you get are playlists on your ipod or 8track or spotify and it’s so easy so why wouldn’t we migrate to them? Can we really afford to spend so much time on something we can now do in a matter of moments?

So should miss the mix tape when arguably it’s still alive and kicking just in a different form; having rapidly evolved over the last decade or so? What do you think, is it nostalgia for nostalgia sake that some a migrating back or because it’s cool to be “old school”?

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Cassadee Pope

I recently came across this lovely lady whilst I was listening to Renegade Radio and completely fell in love, I’ve since Spotified her and although there aren’t many songs on there I knew I couldn’t wait to share how much I liked her with you. She’s a little bit country but not too much and it’s definitely something I’d imagine being played on One Tree Hill (sob…when it was still on).

I’m awful at explaining music but take a listen to the video above which is actually the first song I found and probably my favourite. She was the series 3 winner of the US version of The Voice and was mentored by Blake Shelton, but according to a Rolling Stone interview she wasn’t influential on song choices and the direction of her music…. sure sure. But hey, I’m not complaining!

Check out the rest of her music, hope you like her as much as I do.

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Roadtrip

My pinterest feed has lately been littered with my postings of roadtrip-esq photos which I guess means I’m subconsciously craving a little trip, perhaps up to Liverpool for a Beatles tour and some shopping or what I’m really fancying; a trip to Brittany. A few days in a caravan with some good friends, food and wine to make the most of the last days of summer. What are you wishing you could do in these last days before summer?

source: pinterest

source: pinterest

source: pinterest

source: pinterest

source: pinterest

source: pinterest

source: pinterest

source: pinterest

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