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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

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.labrador dog fashion blogger

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

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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Tatty Devine Bunting Necklace

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Whoop ! It’s here. For once, it’s not bunting that I’ve made – but an acrylic necklace by Tatty Devine. No secret that I’m a huge fan of theirs ! Bunting makes everyone happy doesn’t it ? It always reminds me of fresh lemonade, strawberries and tombola’s.

If you want to grab one of these necklaces before they all go then hurry because it’s half price !  So are lots of other goodies on their site.

If you cast your mind back – I did a  little interview, a while back with Harriet and Rosie, the founders of Tatty Devine. You can read it here if you wanna !

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Hey, I’m going to Ibiza…

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Birkenstocks. Maybe the most comfortable sandals ever – but I have an up and down relationship with them. One year I like them lots and then the next I feel a bit fuddy in them.

I’m quite taken with these Madrid style ones though because they have a Liberty London floral print. It’s real pretty !  I’ve talked before about how tricky it is to find non leather shoes and up until recently have been wearing my Converse but the Summer has got the upper hand and I needed something cooler.

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I bought these denim joggers from Warehouse too. I haven’t bought anything from their store for years but have been looking for ages for a pair and almost made some but saw these for £45. I got them to go with the Birkenstocks. Splendid do a really nice pair too in a darker shade.

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Lowie have some cute little numbers at the mo – am thinking of treating myself to their jersey coral t-shirt to round the outfit off. I am going to Ibiza soon and will be wearing this on the way.

Do you have a favourite brand ? Do you have your eye on anything in particular this summer ?

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Fab Finds

It’s been ages since I posted a little collection of favourite finds. Really should do it more often as there are so many beautiful designs out there, and talented people.

Here are 5 things that I am currently drooling over ( I apologise now for the image in your head on that one ) …

Viva Designs who are on Not on The Highstreet stock a fantastic range of printed retro phones. My old vintage style phone is falling apart … hmm ..

Wowzers ! The colours, images in this Japanese inspired print. How could it not make you smile every time you study it ? Rosie Wonders is a website brimming with cute, eye catching products. I think my girls would be all over the temporary tattoos. :)

Luna and Curious have some beautiful things – this scarf is printed in Japan using a hand printed technique. Apparently, it’s called Furoshiki which is which is used several different ways including as a scarf, for wrapping a gift ( lucky person ! ) or for attaching to a handbag.

The dolls on the Lapin and Me website are so adorable. I could look at them for ages. It’s the combination of colours with the sweet little faces. Aww.

I must have at least ten tape measures dotted around the house. I love this though. I’m pretty sure any sewing enthusiast would. It’s from Liberty London in Margaret Annie print.

What do you think of this little selection ? Has anything caught your eye recently ? Leave me a comment or tweet me @lucylovesyablog

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Right up my Street

I wish I could offer you a scratch and sniff service with my blog !

As scented candles go – this Jonathan Ward candle is a truly sumptuous one. Carnation, Sandalwood, Rose, Jasmine, Ylang Ylang, Bergamot, Patchouli, Amber and Cedarwood. It comes in a really nice stylish box and it’s from Lost Laundry in London via the new website StreetHub.

I was asked to do a a little review of their website and used their service to get this ultra cool retro tape cassette desk tidy too from j – me store, which is perfect for all of my bits and bobs in my sewing room.

StreetHub is essentially a click and collect website, brimming with tasteful and unique gifts, clothing, accessories, homeward and artwork boutiques. Currently covering London – they are expanding to cover the UK. You can find all the nice stores local to you on the site, with what is available right now. If you within a 3 mile radius then you can even have the purchase delivered to your day on the same day.

If you’re like me, I faff around for ages in shops looking for the perfect gift, but also have quite a busy lifestyle which leaves little time for doing the faffing in the first place – so StreetHub is a great solution.

What I did was have a look around the site at all the different Boutiques items and then clicked on the 2 things that I needed and reserved them. Shortly after, I received an email to confirm the items were in stock and then picked them up. Job done.

I had such good fun looking at all the unique things that are on offer and have also seen a Kokeshi lamp which might just a fair swap for my Birthday money. ;) It can only be a good thing to support these businesses and you can do it all under one roof.

So, you probably get the picture that I’m giving StreetHub a thumbs up. :)

Looking forward to watching them grow over the next few months. Coming to your neck of the woods very soon.

Oh, and if you subscribe to their updates, you will receive a £7 voucher code.

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Meandering in London

Yesterday, I had a really nice time just drifting around London. It’s not something I get to do very often these days, there’s so much to see, people to watch – I love that place. There’s nothing like it for inspiration.

Having been born in London, then spending my childhood in the Country, back to London for a long period of work and now back in the Country for my kids to grow up – I get a little confused sometimes about which is really my home.

The best thing I suppose about being in the sticks now, is that I can enjoy the craziness of London and then have time out here. Now that I’m a Mum, I also find it really upsetting to see people wandering around, clearly off their heads on something. They were babies once – what went wrong ?

On a lighter note – Around the East London area, especially, I love the random creativity – walking along Brick Lane takes ages because of all the art ! Not keen on the scribbled stuff.

My first memory of London was on Carnaby Street, we went to see Oliver and my Mum and Dad were both actors at the time too, so they spent lots of time attending castings there – as did I, some time later. I shall blame that on my obsession with Liberty London – and why I may have arrived home yesterday with some more fabric. Oh well, it’s for the 70s dress that is in progress today …

Where do you call home ? Are you a city or country person ?

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A selection of makes over the last few years !

As some of my readers are potentially new, and I have been blogging for over 2 years now and I have only just discovered how to do collages ( yes, really ) .. thought it a good time to show some of my makes over the last few years. I haven’t added them all, but here ‘s a good selection. Hope you enjoy looking at them !
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Birthday Outfit Numero Quattro

The penultimate choice on my list for my upcoming special Birthday outfits !

Found this Lilli Ann vintage coat and dress outfit on FarFetch recently and think it’s a winner. The lapels and piping make me weep with happiness. :) Okay, it’s not ideal for February, but hey.

Lilli Ann was a ladies suiting company from the 1930’s to the 1980’s and was sold on but then closed by 2000. They started small in San Fancisco and offered very flattering silhouettes, spreading their wings after World War II to Paris and beyond. The down side ( in my opinion ) was their use of fur in some of their garments, but I admire their astute designs without.

The dress here is from their 60s mod inspired lines.

I will be posting one more outfit soon – that I am making. ;)

What do you think of this outfit ?

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