Don’t text it – Ploom it

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I’ve also mentioned before that I prefer the old way of saying a ” Happy Birthday ” or ” Get Well Soon ” – of course receiving a text is nice, don’t get me wrong, but when someone goes the extra effort and takes the time to choose a card and write a kind message inside, it feels kind of special. That they have thought about you and vice versa if you’re sending one to them. In our busy lives, I think it’s fair to say we all maybe send one too many texts or emails from time to time. Well, I do anyway. Even calling someone for a chat doesn’t happen as frequently as it should.

What I received in the post recently really made me smile. Not only because Founder of PLOOMS, Sally Page, had read my up – cycling post and really enjoyed it, but she sent me a beautifully wrapped gift. Inside was a PLOOMS fountain pen in purple – to match my new painted chest of drawers. It’s a really lovely, vibrant colour and glides like a dream. The best thing of all about it was that it will encourage me to write more.

In fact Mae has her eye on it for when she receives ‘ pen license ‘ at school soon. A very good incentive  for her and a very special gift ! We will definitely be using it to write my Nanas 94th Birthday card this Friday. :)PLOOMS

PLOOMS pens come in five shades, each inspired by women who brought a splash of colour in to Sallys life. They are all made of brass, chrome and lacquer and come with two cartridges.

I wish Sally lots of luck with her business. I think it’s a brilliant idea and look forward to seeing her fountain pens everywhere !

Lucy x

JORD Ely Maple Watch

pic wIt catches me out every time the clocks change, whether we get an extra hour or lose the hour ? It seems it confuses lots of people. Or maybe they’re just humouring me.

But, it seems we definitely got the good one and had an extra hour this weekend in bed.

Ask any of my family – my time keeping is slightly more haphazard since having children. It used to take one minute to get ready and pop out the door for a coffee somewhere or visit a friend. Now, it’s a case of ” get your shoes on for the fifth time ” or ” have you brushed your teeth yet ” .. and rushing around has become the norm.

I had been thinking for ages about getting a watch. But, it had to be a little different. I don’t want to look like everyone else. Plus, it would need to be light weight – and preferably not rubber or metal.

Then, JORD got in touch with me to see if I would like to review one of their watches and I found exactly what I was searching for on their website. Yey ! Funny how things work out sometimes. JORD watches are hand crafted with various woods, sourced from all over the world – and with their natural grain and  colour every single watch is unique. Every part of their watches are made with sustainable products too. Good news. huh ?

I opted for the Ely in Maple as it’s elegant with a smaller face and will remind me of the date too.My loved ones will be pleased. :) The face is a scratch resistant mineral and it has a deployment buckle with push button at the back which makes it very easy to put on or take off. It feels very comfortable to wear. winner !

JORD make mens and womens watches – some more understated and the larger with coloured carbon fibre colour faces or 3D numeric markers. I really like them all – fantastic designs and if this watch is anything to go by – very well made.

So now there is no excuse. We will be on time for absolutely everything. Maybe even early. ;)

Lucy x

Up – cycled Stripy Dining Chairs

IMG_1245This weekend I have finally up – cycled my dining chairs. Well, my Mum covered them, she’s much more practical than me when it comes to upholstery. :) But, I can take some credit for painting them.

Before they were a stained pine, which looked more like oak and covered in a floral print. You can see them in a recent post.

I bought them a few years ago and had every intention of doing them up straight away to brighten the kitchen. But, of course it has taken a while as most things do in your own home.

In the fabric delivery there were some very welcome sweeties to keep us company. Very nice they were too ! DC1

I’m really happy with the colour that they exude in the day time and evening. It has bought all of the colours in my kitchen together and I think finished it off really well.

This stripe is very bright, I bought it from DeckChair Stripes and they have loads of different colour options. The paint is Clunch by Farrow & Ball.

The print above the chairs is by the lovelyBrighton based artist Kitty Finegan who designed my new LucyLovesYa logo. I am a huge fan of hers. :)

What do you think of my new chairs ? Would love to hear your thoughts. Leave me a comment below to tweet me @lucylovesyablog.

 

Lucy x

Suffolk Food Hall – Local Inspiration

SFH1When my friends or family want to catch up, this is the place we quite often end up meeting up at. It’s equidistant for most of us. Suffolk Food Hall. Because we can eat, the kids can play, then we can shop a little, look at all the plants, eat a bit more and then buy more food to take home.

Suffolk Food Hall has so many home goodies, gifts and yummy food. I want to share one of my favourite places around here – just in case you don’t know about it yet – or love it too and want to share this post with others. SFH2

Yesterday we had a very tasty lunch in the Restaurant. I had fishcakes. In fact, I nearly always have the fishcakes with butter bean mash because it’s so good.

The views out across to the Orwell River and Bridge are spectacular in every season. I love to watch the boats and cattle grazing, whilst we eat. It’s very relaxing. The windows of the Restaurant are huge, so you feel part of the vast land outside.

There’s loads of inspiration in the Home and Garden department, I love their recipe book selection too. Everything seems lovingly sourced.SF3

As we are getting in to gardening and growing veg ( remember my VegTrug post ), I spend quite a bit of time wandering around the plant section, which is brimming with colour and floral aromas. The staff are really helpful.

The best bit for my girls is the big Jumping Pillow. Well, actually, we all quite like it. It’s by the ice cream hut. Needless to say, the two go hand in hand on a sunny day !

Recently, they did a cooking course there for a day. They loved it. Not sure how much chocolate actually made it home but they learnt a lot. There’s all sorts of courses – cake making, kitchen club, art and photography and many different types of cuisine workshops.

If you are a foodie – the Food Hall is somewhere you would need to put some time aside for perusing. It’s 8000 square feet of good quality, local produce.

They can always check out their website if you want to know more.

So, now I have told you about one of my favourite places to visit nearby. It’s only fair that you let us all know yours too ? ;) Please do leave me a comment or tweet me @lucylovesyablog.

Lucy x

Vintage Autumnal Wrap and J Brand Jeans

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My friend Geraldine gave me this vintage wrap earlier in the year for my Birthday and I couldn’t wait to wear it. Every girl needs one, don’t you think ? It was blustery on our dog walk with Sandy the other day – hence hair across face shot.IMG_1108

It was time to wrap up and get fresh faced. It’s a lovely Autumnal forest green with rusty threads running through it. I’m not  sure which decade it was made, there’s no label, but it’s extremely snug.

I was lucky enough to be sent these J Brand jeans to road test this week from TRILOGY. Couldn’t wait to try them. I have to say, I’ve had my eye on some of their styles for ages so feel really chuffed. They fit like a dream. I mean, perfectly.

I like jeans that aren’t fussy, just classic – which these ones are. J Brand are all about the cut and boy do they get it right ! These are the 811 Skinny in Faithful style. They have a washed grey finish and mid rise. They fit very closely – and they’re really comfortable.

These will dress up for a night out with heels or down for walks like this and my beloved Converse. :) Definite like !

Trilogy Stores stock some of my favourite designer clothing and jewellery – American Vintage, Chinti Parker, Monica Vinader, Splendid …

A really good denim selection also, including Current Elliott, Rag and Bone and James.

Are you a jeans person type of person ? What’s your favourite brand ?

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Not sure where the week has gone but it’s suddenly Sunday again. I hope you’re having a good one. We are having an easy day today and watching some old Disney films and lighting a log fire. It has been one busy week.

Lucy x

Seaside Bedroom Inspiration

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It’s turning a bit cold outside, we’re lighting the fire in the evenings now. But I stepped outside this morning and the sky is beautiful blue and the colours in the fields are still lustrous. Which prompted me to crack in to this bright fabric bundle because I’m going to make a quilt for my daughters bedroom that I’m just about to do up.

She has gone off pink. It’s all about blue now. But, I’m sure it’ll all change again – so hedging my bets with an eclectic mix.

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One of our favourite family places to go is Southwold, because it’s like a step back in time and there is so much inspiration there to draw from. Luckily we aren’t too far away ( if you ever visit, don’t forget to visit the Electric Picture Palace ! ).. and I love Joanna Corney‘s prints so we are going to use her beach hut matte wallpaper. It will only be one on one wall, so it will add a flavour.

I will make some roman blinds and with added pom poms – and to finish the room off and carry on a vintage seaside, colourful theme – one of these balloon lights by John Moncrieff at NotonTheHighStreet. Screen Shot 2014-10-10 at 11.03.53

What do you think of this combination ? Does it work for you ? Leave me a comment or tweet me @lucylovesyablog.

Have a nice day !

New look LucyLovesYa – and an up cycled Purple Piece

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Welcome to my new look blog ! I am so excited to be sharing it with you. Kim Lawler has done wonders. :) Kitty Finegan designed my new banner logo and caricature. I’ve been dying to show you it .. and now here it is. Over the next few days there will be more little tweaks … keep your eyes peeled.

Todays post is an up cycled chest of drawers – our spare room needed a bit more colour. This was given to us by a family member and it was a teak colour. No idea the era .. maybe you can tell me ?

My wonderful Sis, Clare, turned it in to something much more colourful. The paint is an Annie Sloane one – ” Emile “. I did have a look around at some knobs but the new colour, I think, personally really suits gold. So, I kept them.

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Oh and look ! There’s us. I couldn’t bear to part with our wedding cake toppers so I bought a globe and popped us inside. We can live in a happy bubble forever more !

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It is very difficult to find wall lights that are unique, kitsch and yet not too garish. These ones are from Lighting Majestic who very kindly wrote about LucyLovesYa a little while ago. They’ve a big selection of lighting if you’re ever looking.

In other news – I have been shortlisted, thanks to you lovely people for an Amara Interiors Awards 2014 in the Best Colour Inspiration Blog section. It has been narrowed down to 5 of us now. Very grateful that you voted for me. Thanks. The decision is in the hands of the judges now !

Hope you love the new look LucyLovesYa as much as I do. Tweet me @lucylovesyablog or leave me a comment. :)

Pootling and Pottering

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This weekend, so far, has been all about pottering.

A month on and I am starting to get some energy back, but it is in short supply, so I decided to pop on to the Common near us and pick some blackberries to make an apple and blackberry loaf – found on the GoodFood website.

Andy had taken Mae to a Taekwondo exam ( she passed !! ) so I had a bit of time to pootle around the kitchen and take a few pics of things that actually probably need tidying up a bit ! Favourite tunes on in the background – It’s been ages since I heard it but fell in love with Here’s where the Story Ends by the Sundays, all over again. The nostalgia kicked in. :) Was there ever a better invention that Spotify ?

The Dahlias were from Mae, earlier in the week. She has a good eye for colour. I want them to last forever, they’re so beautiful. She’s such a sweetheart.

Anyway, the loaf turned out well and full of flavour – first attempt. I’d recommend giving it a go. Baking is the new running at the moment, I’m missing my trainers !

Just a cheeky reminder that if you fancy voting for me as  “Best Colour Inspiration Blog ” ( and you can also enter to win £50 worth of Virgin Experience vouchers too once you’ve voted ) – that it’s nearly time for the blogs to be shortlisted. You can vote for me here. Don’t delay .. do it today ! :) 

Have a great Sunday and if you have any autumnal recipes to share, please do leave a comment. :) Would love to see them.

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More Converse. Oh yes.

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Just when you thought I was all out of Converse posts !

Since the last update just after Berlin – there have been a few more little additions to the Converse family along the way.

These are the newest. They were from Office – Ring Doughnuts. Mmmm. :) They make me feel a bit hungry when I wear them though.

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These ones were in the sale at ASOS and I had already pinned them to my Pinterest board. Random My Little Ponies, skulls and rainbows. Why not.

I’d love the job of coming up with the fabric designs for each season. A popular one this season has a giant burger image on it. It’s great, except I’m a vegetarian so maybe they will do a nice Linda McCartney’s sausage or something for the hippies amongst us next season :D

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Another pair from ASOS in the sale. Zebra print. They are from the ‘ dainty ‘ range so quite as high and slimmer. A slightly more subdued print but lovely all the same.

Have you ever tried designing your own Converse ? I saw a really sweet pair on ” Don’t tell the Bride ” made with lace and satin. The bride wore them with a Vivienne Westwood dress. Maybe not traditional but she looked great !

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House bound but happy :)

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Last week I mentioned that I have been ‘ juicing ‘ recently. It’s to help get me healthy again  after a virus that I wouldn’t wish on anyone. I am still taking it easy as apparently it can come back if I don’t.

The positive thing from it all is that I have changed my diet – no more chocolate or crisps to aid recovery ! Instead I am having a couple of juices a day. In the morning I have this one, which is 1 grapefruit, 3 oranges, 1 lemon and 1 lime. Which boosts the Vit C and then later in the day I have a vegetable based one – usually raw beetroot, celery, carrot, cucumber, ginger and apple. Not so keen on celery but you hardly taste it amongst the other flavours. It’s something I’d like to carry on doing – and keep away from all the refined sugar !

My skin is ( ironically ) glowing, apparently. It was a case of doing this or taking some very strong medication that possibly wasn’t going to work, so I decided to do it the natural way.

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Having had so much time in bed, I fiddled around with lots of phone apps and came across Polagram. You can choose all your favourite phone photo’s to have printed, by just clicking on them and then entering your details. They arrived this weekend and I’m so impressed, thought would let you know about it. We are going to use these for my daughters Summer holiday project – but I will definitely be ordering more. They’re really good quality.

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Hopefully this week I will feel well enough to start making a dress from this ‘ Stylish Dress Book ‘ book by Yoshiki Tsukiori. It has some really simple, cute smock dresses.

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In the meantime .. wishing you a good week and I will update again soon. :)

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