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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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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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Berlin and Biffy in 24 Hours.

IMG_2599This week I had a 24 hour trip to Berlin.

Although it was a mad dash, I really enjoyed the break and tried to pack as much in as possible because I’ve never been there before.

I’m ashamed to say I don’t speak German and really need to learn some. The people that I met were lovely and their English language is perfect.

My husband was working out there so I went to watch the gig which was really good. Mon the Biff ! ;) I decided not to take photo’s as I never really understand why people spend their whole time videoing concerts and not actually enjoying the moment ?! Berlin1

There was a dream sweetie drawer at the Hotel and I managed to only eat a packet of crisps. It took great determination. :)

I wore one of my favourite things in the evening – my Anglomania Lightning Elephant Tee. I read once that we only wear about 20% of our wardrobe and reckon it must be true because I wear it all of the time ! Sorry the photo isn’t clearer !

A ” Cowshed ” parlour resides at this Hotel so my treat was a Lemongrass oil massage the next morning which was wonderful and apparently my shoulders are very tense … from sewing no doubt ! Berlin 2

Enough about me .. :) Berlin is a really vibey ( is that a word ? ) city, full of culture and it seemed really clean. From where we were staying on Torstrasse we wandered to the streets around Alexander Platz and found loads of good stores and places to eat. Only wish there’d been enough time to photograph more of the buildings but have posted a few for you to see.

Cannot wait to go again to have a proper look at the galleries and do a street art tour. It’s definitely in my top 3 of places to visit now.

What’s your favourite City in the World ? 

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Tartan. Leopard print. Studs. Oh yeah !

I know, I know … a grown woman updating you on her Converse trainers collection ! :)

But .. they are tartan and leopard print .. and studded !

We were wandering through Norwich at the weekend and I spotted these Hi Tops towards the back of the shop. They had 20 % off too so no more encouragement was required.

Should this combination work together ? Not sure really – but I think they are my fave’s now along with the Wonder Woman ones.

It’s been a lovely weekend with my Mum’s Birthday and lots of cooking and organising  – and seeing loads of family life long friends which was kind of overwhelming but in a good way. :)

Hope you have had a good one – is your Christmas tree up yet ? :)

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