Inspired by Vintage Bicycles

June 6, 2013 | Inspired by...

For Christmas last year I bought Dave one of Quaint Co.‘s Vintage Camera Print sets, which we both really love – and which was even more beautiful in person! They’re actually screen printed, not just digitally printed, so have a lovely feel to them.

Anyway, I went back to their site the other day and noticed they’ve now also got Vintage Bicycle Prints! There’s just something so charming about vintage bicycles, don’t you think?

Vintage Bicycles

Around the same time as discovering the bicycle prints, I also happened to stumble across these actual vintage-style bicycles from Papillionaire.. aren’t they fantastic?! I would love to have one in cream I think.. and with a basket of course ;) I’d probably also have to pretend I was living in Paris and fill my basket with fresh flowers and bread sticks. Perfect!

Papillionaire has loads of gorgeous bike styles and in lots of different colours too. Which would you choose?

Vintage Bicycles

If you love vintage bicycles as much as I do, make sure you go and check out Quaint Co. for some bicycle inspired artwork, or Papillionaire for the real deal! Happy biking :)

Inspired by natural beauty products

April 18, 2013 | Inspired by...

Ah, beauty products. Do you have any favourites?

I’ve found that as I’ve grown older, I’ve become more attracted to the natural and organic beauty products, especially when it comes to basic skin care. I think I’d like to branch out and try more natural products for my shower routine too, which leads me to my amazing finds below!

It all came about when I was scouting around Etsy today for something totally unrelated, and I came across this delicious sounding bath soak from Herbivore Botanicals, which then sent me on an hours-long adventure into the world of natural beauty products on Etsy. There are loads of great options, and these are just a few of the ones that stood out to me. Aren’t they just lovely?

Any take your fancy too? :)

1. Coconut Milk Oatmeal Bath Soak from Herbivore Botanicals
2. Vegan Soap Set from Right Soap
3. Gentle Day Moisturizer from Conscious Skincare
4. Balancing Face Oil from Kadria Skincare
5. Lip Balms from Herbivore Botanicals
6. Grapefruit Musk Bath & Body Oil from LucaBello Skincare
7. Flower Power Bath Salts from Spa Goddess
8. Body and Hand Sugar Scrub from Lady Gatsby

Inspired by Jessica Day’s Bedroom

February 19, 2013 | Inspired by...

Have you guys watched New Girl? And if you have, did you take any notice of Jess’s bedroom? Do you like it? I do!! I am completely IN LOVE with her quilt!! You can see it here and here in case you’ve never watched it before.

Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve been scouring the internet from top to bottom, left to right and in every dusty corner to try and find that quilt (or even just the fabric) without any success, which made me so sad!

UNTIL, one day last week completely out of the blue, I actually found the EXACT fabric (also here)!! I couldn’t believe it! I’d lost days of my life in pursuit of this elusive fabric… victory was sweet.

Just as a side note – my eventual success was due to the discovery that there is actually a NAME for this style of fabric (as opposed to ‘floral’ or ‘paisley’ which is what I was searching).. it’s called Jacobean. I’d never even heard of it before, but it turns out it’s a style I adore! Way to learn new stuff! ;)

Aaaanyway. Now that I’ve found the fabric, my idea was to buy some and make my own quilt with it.. however, I’m now second-guessing myself. See, to order the fabric in that quantity and have it shipped to Singapore won’t be a cheap exercise, and I’m a bit worried that a black bedspread will turn out to be a bit garish and heavy in my bedroom. Now that I’ve looked back at photos of Jess Day’s bedroom, I also worry that the quilt looks so good because her room is all awesome and industrial. Our apartment isn’t even close to industrial, so I’m just not sure anymore.

I also should mention that I’ve never made a quilt before either. Minor detail.

Help?

Because I’m a visual person, I put together a collage of products that I thought would be great with the black fabric. I found that they needed to be quirky, fun and bright to balance the black:

Bedroom1. Yee Ha! Screen Print by Castle   2. Lyle – Fox in the field Print by Amber Alexander   3. Antique Primula Print by 1001 Treasures   4. Burlap Headboard from Target   5. Wild Oak Table Lamp from Anthropologie   6. St. Thomas Ebony by P. Kaufmann from Hancock’s of Paducah or HouseFabric.com   7. Hemnes Nightstand from Ikea   8. Yellow Spot Pillowcase by Castle   9. Dandelion Pillow Cover by Blossom Pillow Co.   10. Handmade Fox Plush by Sleepy King   11. Chevron Pillow Cover by Blossom Pillow Co.

Then, to get even more of an idea how it might look, I took a photo of our actual bedroom.. then photoshopped the fabric and cushions into it.

What do you think? Unfortunately we probably wouldn’t need the bedside tables (there’s a wide ledge behind the bed that acts as bedside tables at the moment), and we can’t hang any pictures behind the bed for obvious reasons.. but I think it still gives a pretty good idea of how it might look. I also thought some cool red lamps might work too, instead of the root-style ones.

I’ll definitely keep it in mind over the next weeks and maybe also look for other Jacobean fabrics, but I’d love to hear your thoughts! :)

Inspired by a spotty Fossil bag

January 7, 2013 | Inspired by...

You’d have to know that anything with “spotty” and “Fossil” in the same sentence would be a winner in my eyes! Yep, I’m in love with this bag.

Isn’t she lovely? AND it even comes in a pale blue and red combination too.. be still my heart.

SO, let’s put it together with an outfit, shall we? I chose to go with a fairly neutral scheme.. I already own a pair of pants in this colour (and adore them) so thought it’d be a good place to start :)

What do you think? What would you wear it with?

Clockwise from top left: Cute Breton Stripe Crew Neck from Maison Scotch, Hepcat Shades from Madewell, Key-per Flap Bag from Fossil, Jiselle Flats by Tony Bianco, Lightweight Pima Cotton Chino from Maison Scotch, Heather Stainless Steel Watch from Fossil.

 

Inspired by New Year’s Eve

December 27, 2012 | Inspired by...

Can you believe we’ll be seeing in a new year in just a few days? It’s time to get your party shoes on and let a little glitter into your life! I say that and then will probably be in bed by 10 that night haha. I’m big into Christmas, not so much into New Year.. so, let’s remedy that shall we?

How about some bright, warm colours, hints of gold, and some glitter.. oh, and confetti of course! I even added a gorgeous plum jacket for those of you celebrating in the northern hemisphere ;)

Clockwise from top: Tassel Garland Peach/Pink from Confetti System, Giant balloons from Geronimo, Bow Coat in Cabernet from JCrew, Confetti Peach/Pink from Confetti System, Rosy-Cheeked Coupes from BHLDN, Sequined Jacquard Dress from Anthropologie, Crystal Starlet Earrings from JCrew.