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Engagement Tea Party – Saturday 19th September 2015 Last Saturday we held our engagement party at our house, we spent the day with around ...

24/03/2011

Gone Bananas?

As I was flicking through some magazines I noticed that fruit prints were going to be big for spring/summer this year. I think these prints will look great when it's sunny and will work perfectly if you're rocking that quirky/kitsch retrostyle. Replace your florals with fruit. The Prada bananas remind me of the Andy Warhol Velvet Underground album cover which again cements this trend in retro cool, making it fit in perfectly with the 70s trends which will no doubt be the more mainstream trend this season.

Here are a few of my favourite fruit themed pieces:

High End
Prada's banana print skirts


High Street
Will you be wearing fruit this summer?
I think I'm definitely gonna pick up that H! by Henry Holland skirt, I love it!

Gone Bananas?

As I was flicking through some magazines I noticed that fruit prints were going to be big for spring/summer this year. I think these prints will look great when it's sunny and will work perfectly if you're rocking that quirky/kitsch retrostyle. Replace your florals with fruit. The Prada bananas remind me of the Andy Warhol Velvet Underground album cover which again cements this trend in retro cool, making it fit in perfectly with the 70s trends which will no doubt be the more mainstream trend this season.

Here are a few of my favourite fruit themed pieces:

High End
Prada's banana print skirts


High Street
Will you be wearing fruit this summer?
I think I'm definitely gonna pick up that H! by Henry Holland skirt, I love it!

23/03/2011

The Books by Your Bed 2: The Other Boleyn Girl


I have just finished the second book on the pile beside my bed, The Other Boleyn Girl and I loved it. I originally picked the book up almost a year ago now because I enjoyed the film, but I only started reading it about a month ago. I couldn't put it down. I was engrossed in it, I'd be reading it all the time and it's the reason that I have started  reading again, thanks Philippa Gregory.

The book is obviously about the Boleyn's and therefore Tudor England and Henry VIII's reign and so instantly appealed to me, I love a bit of the Tudors - I think it's because the place where I live has a lot of Tudor related history, and it's been ingrained in me since I was little. But the book is not about Anne Boleyn the wife of Henry, it's about her sister Mary, 'the other Boleyn girl' and her life as a member of the English court, being the king's favourite for some time, and then standing out of the way to let her sister take the man she loves and become his queen.

The book's main theme in my opinion is patriarchy. Mary Boleyn is used by her family and in particular her uncle to better the family name and move them up the ranks of the court system, when she is no longer in the King's favour she is replaced by her sister Anne. Even though Mary is released from her duties of seducing the king she must still do the family's bidding and help Anne. It is Anne who tries to escape the patriarchal system by doing as she pleases and opposing her family's rules, she will do anything to become queen, she wraps Henry around her finger and makes him divorce Catherine of Aragon leading to many political complications with the church. But her life with the king does not go as planned as she cannot produce a male heir to the thrown, which is all that Henry wants, another bit of patriarchy there. When Anne falls out of favour with Henry even though she is queen her family just ditch her, apart from Mary of course, which again shows the patriarchy involved in the situation. Her family are already finding another Boleyn girl to fill her shoes, and one that is able to produce a male heir...

Anne is portrayed as a ruthless, power-hungry woman in the book, she is quite unlikeable though, not admired for this like she would be nowadays. The people of England hate her and so do most of the court except for a few of the king's men, and Gregory really makes the reader dislike her too.

Another theme of the book is that of romance and love, Mary is a lover. She can't help it. She falls for the king when she is his lover which is not the right move to make as being the king's favourite is about sex not love. She loves her two children which were born from her relations with the king and she is not allowed to see them for most of the year as they are sent away from the court, at one point when Anne is at her most stressed/mean Mary is forced to give her son to Anne and let her adopt him as then he could be regarded as an heir somehow. She then falls in love with William Stafford who her family would not approve of but she can't help it and they end up getting married and living in his little farm away from the court and live happily ever after.

I would really recommend this book as it's a fascinating read, if you're interested in the Tudors and don't mind a bit of embellishment to the truth I'd definitely pick it up. The book is obviously not a text book so don't be expecting all the facts to be true but it gives a real insight into what life at court in the 16th Century might have been like.

I also watched the film again after I had read the book and hated it! So if you've seen the film and liked it you'll definitely love the book!

You can purchase the book from here for only £4.79, bargain.

The Books by Your Bed 2: The Other Boleyn Girl


I have just finished the second book on the pile beside my bed, The Other Boleyn Girl and I loved it. I originally picked the book up almost a year ago now because I enjoyed the film, but I only started reading it about a month ago. I couldn't put it down. I was engrossed in it, I'd be reading it all the time and it's the reason that I have started  reading again, thanks Philippa Gregory.

The book is obviously about the Boleyn's and therefore Tudor England and Henry VIII's reign and so instantly appealed to me, I love a bit of the Tudors - I think it's because the place where I live has a lot of Tudor related history, and it's been ingrained in me since I was little. But the book is not about Anne Boleyn the wife of Henry, it's about her sister Mary, 'the other Boleyn girl' and her life as a member of the English court, being the king's favourite for some time, and then standing out of the way to let her sister take the man she loves and become his queen.

The book's main theme in my opinion is patriarchy. Mary Boleyn is used by her family and in particular her uncle to better the family name and move them up the ranks of the court system, when she is no longer in the King's favour she is replaced by her sister Anne. Even though Mary is released from her duties of seducing the king she must still do the family's bidding and help Anne. It is Anne who tries to escape the patriarchal system by doing as she pleases and opposing her family's rules, she will do anything to become queen, she wraps Henry around her finger and makes him divorce Catherine of Aragon leading to many political complications with the church. But her life with the king does not go as planned as she cannot produce a male heir to the thrown, which is all that Henry wants, another bit of patriarchy there. When Anne falls out of favour with Henry even though she is queen her family just ditch her, apart from Mary of course, which again shows the patriarchy involved in the situation. Her family are already finding another Boleyn girl to fill her shoes, and one that is able to produce a male heir...

Anne is portrayed as a ruthless, power-hungry woman in the book, she is quite unlikeable though, not admired for this like she would be nowadays. The people of England hate her and so do most of the court except for a few of the king's men, and Gregory really makes the reader dislike her too.

Another theme of the book is that of romance and love, Mary is a lover. She can't help it. She falls for the king when she is his lover which is not the right move to make as being the king's favourite is about sex not love. She loves her two children which were born from her relations with the king and she is not allowed to see them for most of the year as they are sent away from the court, at one point when Anne is at her most stressed/mean Mary is forced to give her son to Anne and let her adopt him as then he could be regarded as an heir somehow. She then falls in love with William Stafford who her family would not approve of but she can't help it and they end up getting married and living in his little farm away from the court and live happily ever after.

I would really recommend this book as it's a fascinating read, if you're interested in the Tudors and don't mind a bit of embellishment to the truth I'd definitely pick it up. The book is obviously not a text book so don't be expecting all the facts to be true but it gives a real insight into what life at court in the 16th Century might have been like.

I also watched the film again after I had read the book and hated it! So if you've seen the film and liked it you'll definitely love the book!

You can purchase the book from here for only £4.79, bargain.

22/03/2011

Top 5: New Look

I love New Look, I always have. They do fashion fast and cheap, and their shoes are some of the best on the highstreet.

Here are my top 5 picks from the website:
Are you a fan of New Look?
 I'm counting down to payday so I can buy that blouse :)

Top 5: New Look

I love New Look, I always have. They do fashion fast and cheap, and their shoes are some of the best on the highstreet.

Here are my top 5 picks from the website:
Are you a fan of New Look?
 I'm counting down to payday so I can buy that blouse :)

21/03/2011

It's Written in the Stars.

I saw this posted on A Daisy Chain Dream and thought it looked fun, I love looking at people's handwriting; I think it shows a lot about your personality and I'm just nosy. So I thought I'd give it a whirl and show you mine, I'd love it if you did it too so I can have a nose at your scribblings.

Here are the rules if you fancy having a go:


1. name and blog name
2. url
3. write 'a quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog'
4. favourite quote
5. favourite song
6. favourite band(s), artist(s)
7. anything else you wish to say..


:)


It's Written in the Stars.

I saw this posted on A Daisy Chain Dream and thought it looked fun, I love looking at people's handwriting; I think it shows a lot about your personality and I'm just nosy. So I thought I'd give it a whirl and show you mine, I'd love it if you did it too so I can have a nose at your scribblings.

Here are the rules if you fancy having a go:


1. name and blog name
2. url
3. write 'a quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog'
4. favourite quote
5. favourite song
6. favourite band(s), artist(s)
7. anything else you wish to say..


:)


19/03/2011

Pink.

I recently did a post on my red lipsticks and thought it was about time that I did the same for all my pink ones, I didn't realise how many I had! Here goes...




The swatches with flash are more true to life I think :) 

I'm quite surprised that none of these lipsticks are exactly the same, kind of justifies the amount...
As you can see I prefer a more vibrant pink than a muted one, if I wear a pink that is too nudey I just look dead!

If you have any questions or would like swatches of these lipsticks on the lips just let me know : )



Pink.

I recently did a post on my red lipsticks and thought it was about time that I did the same for all my pink ones, I didn't realise how many I had! Here goes...




The swatches with flash are more true to life I think :) 

I'm quite surprised that none of these lipsticks are exactly the same, kind of justifies the amount...
As you can see I prefer a more vibrant pink than a muted one, if I wear a pink that is too nudey I just look dead!

If you have any questions or would like swatches of these lipsticks on the lips just let me know : )



17/03/2011

Bag Lady.

My whole family calls me the bag lady as when I was younger I might have been a little bit obsessed with buying bags, not nice bags either. I had a whole array of those stuffed animal style ones, I even owned a Bear in the Big Blue House one (Why? I do not know! Don't think I even liked that programme!), it's no wonder I got bullied at school really is it?

Anyhoo, back to the matter at hand; bags. I'm a lifelong fan but rarely buy them any more, I just use the same ones everyday and for going out. I'd much rather spend my money on makeup...

But there is one bag that I have been lusting after since 2007. yep.

The Prada Fairy Bag of Miuccia's 2008 Spring Collection.

I adored it as soon as I spied it on the blogs and forums that I used to follow and have wanted it ever since, I sometimes even find myself daydreaming about it! 

It's made of deerskin leather and this is rumoured to have a very subtle sparkle effect going on with it, which would fit the ethereal theme if true. The illustrations are by James Jean and are a part of the wearable art movement and I love them, they give an almost doodle like feel and are completely enchanting. Having them on a bag would be like carrying a work of art around on your arm! I love that they aren't all colour and just the fairies have colour on them, I think that's what keeps the bag chic and grown up, something worthy of Prada. I think it's the fact that it's not too overtly adult-like that attracts me, it looks youthful and even timeless but it's definitely not a classic bag. I imagine that it would make a great heirloom as when do fairies and nature go out of fashion? Especially in springtime.



I would love to own one but they were only very limited and cost around £2000 at the time (God knows how much they'd be going for nowadays!) so I doubt one will be on it's way to me particularly soon. I can but dream.

Is there anything you've been lusting after for years?