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Je m’apelle Lucy et je suis un accro du tissu ….

IMG_1826I haven’t updated for a bit because we went on a little Summer trip.

We ferried it over to Calais then drove to Boulogne to stay nearby at Hotel Chateau Clery. A beautiful building inside and out, set in stunning grounds with friendly accommodating staff. I took some interior pics but my camera packed up on me and when I got it working again – they’d disappeared !

Two night on and many attempts at communicating with the lovely people ( learning to speak more French is now high up the to do list ) we headed back to Blighty and on to Brighton.

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I have written about good ol’ Brighton before because we used to live there –  I love the place and miss it. Personally, I find an abundance of inspiration each time we go and if we could right now  – we’d move back. IMG_1928

There was an extra special reason for this visit ( update in a few days once the cling film is off … hint hint ) but apart from this we did our usual on the Pier action even though it was pouring and of course, wandered The Lanes. I acquired some more cool prints from Ditto Fabrics ( had to keep my blinkers on in there ) the floral one was chosen by elder daughter for her next project!  Also spotted a  few kitsch bits too from some great little independent shops. I got the shopper in a Bet Lynch version as well for my Mum. :) kitsch

Hope you’ve had a good few days – what have you been up to ? Tweet me @lucylovesyablog or leave a comment :)

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May the glory of Hi Tops be with you …

Maybe it’s because she was my childhood Super heroine but I became unreasonably excited when I spotted these Wonder Woman Converse recently. You may already know that I have a slightly out of control collection of hi tops that has grown a little more since the last blog post ( I blame it on being a vegetarian hence most shoe ranges are annoyingly limited ). So it was no bother convincing myself that I needed them. In my life. Immediately.

 

 

 

 

 

The rest is history. They’re here in my grasp and I will cherish and love them forever more !

Who was your childhood hero / heroine ?

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Happy Holiday !

IMG_16435Finally, the Summer holidays are upon us. Woo flippin’ hoo ! It’s helpful being able to focus on sewing when the kiddies are at School but the best thing ever is just spending time with the girls and hanging out. So far I’ve completed my second 5k this weekend with my bro ( they were brilliant supporters, cheering at the side lines along with my Mum and Sister ! ) and we’ve painted the new Summer house in the garden. It was my youngest daughters last day at Pre School on Friday – a very bitter sweet milestone. She has had the most amazing, lovely teachers and has really flourished there. She’s ready though to move on so it’s all good.

How do you say thank you ? I’m sure they receive lots of choccies and wine so I got them some plants and put them in teeny terracotta pots. It was nice to get everyone a little something and it didn’t cost too much. dresses

It’s scary how fast the years pass – I can’t believe both my Daughters are so grown up now. I was having a little sort out of their clothes recently and found the first dresses that I ever made them when I was learning to sew – McCall’s M5033 and Simplicity 3510 patterns – they were huge a few years ago and now they’ve pretty much grown out of them !

That’s why we’re going to make the most of the next few weeks  – quality time and we’ll make sure we enjoy every moment !

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Gold Lucky Coin Necklace by Cabbage White England – plus a 20 % discount code !

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kelly Smithson, founder of Cabbage White England got in touch recently and said she was going to send something over to me, which was nice of her ! I didn’t know what it was going to be which made it even more intriguing …

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A box arrived the next day, beautifully wrapped with a little bow.  Inside was this ” Lucky Gold Coin Necklace ” from the A / W 13 new ” Love and Luck range “. It’s perfect, I love it and with lots of exciting things going on here for me ..  lots of luck is just what I need right now !

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This new range that will be on the Cabbage White England website shortly and represents Classic Vintage Charm Symbols with prices starting at £40 which is very good, I think, as all the pieces are hand designed by kelly and hand cast in silver or 23 ct gold vermeil and then hand finished in her studio.

An accomplished silversmith, Kelly offers really beautiful collections including Wonderland, Acorns, Buttons ( personal favourite :) ) Cornish Shell range, Birds, Weddings – all innately English and full of originality which is what I really like about them. They are inspired by her favourite things in life – fashion, interior design, nature, the Cornish coast and country walks.

If you want to have a look at all of the Cabbage White England jewellery – the website is www.cabbagewhiteengland.com. Until the end of July there is a 20 % discount on all of the current collections. The code for this is CWE20. For news and updates you can also follow them on twitter @cabbagewhiteeng.

I’ve also noticed that Kelly runs workshops if you are interested in learning how to make unique jewellery yourself. Click here to find out more.

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I have received no payment for this post – just the beautiful necklace to review.

Olly M Jewellery Key Necklace Giveaway worth £69 – CLOSED

I wrote about Olly M Jewellery a few weeks ago after receiving the Dove Necklace which has received many compliments ! As a fan of their gorgeous pieces recently featured in Vogue and Marie Claire – I am honoured to be offering this Key Necklaces as a giveaway prize. It’s 24K brushed, gold – plated and the plating is on to Sterling Silver so it does not tarnish. The chain is 18″ and the key itself is 22mm by 13mm wide. Worth £69 – someone is going to be very lucky indeed. I am really rather envious !

A few things that you need to do if you would like to enter – and they are:

1. Follow both @ollymjewellery and @lucylovesyablog on Twitter and then tweet this quote:

I’ve entered the @lucylovesyablog to win an @ollymjewellery Key Necklace worth £69. Enter here: http://lucylovesya.com/?p=5519

2. Leave a comment under this post to let me know you have done the above. This is all compulsory to be entered.

3. For an additional entry ( and only if you have followed steps 1 and 2 first ) – like both LucyLovesYa and Olly M Jewellery on facebook. 

I will run this giveaway for 1 week, so will pick a winner at random on Thursday 27th June at 7pm and announce it on this blog post.

.. and here are the T’s and C’s

The winner will be contacted at 7pm on 27th June by email. I will need a response within 24 hours or a new winner will be picked.

One full entry per person

Postage supplied. This giveaway is open to UK and Overseas entries.

No purchase necessary and no alternative prize offered.

Overseas winners will be responsible for any duties and customs charges.

Good luck – I hope you win ! :) 

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The winner of this giveaway is ” Cakesphotolife ” aka Angie ! Congrats x

A little bit of a bling.

blueThere are some really simple things that you can do to up – cycle your clothing and it doesn’t have to cost anything or at least very little. In this case I spent £1.05 in total on some new red heart buttons.

This cardigan was okay, nothing particularly wrong with it –  it just needed a few things doing to it so that I felt happy wearing it. In fact, I’m pretty sure I bought it originally to jazz it up a bit but it got neglected… Awww.

The alterations were so simple. I just marked on the arms, the length I wanted them to be adding the seam allowance and chopped off the rest. If you do this – I find it easier and quicker to measure from the cuffs upwards. I then used some of the arm remnants – folded them over and pressed to make the cuffs which I then sewed back on and overlocked.

Then I snipped off the original buttons and put them in my stash for something else – and sewed on the heart ones which are lovely and shiny. :) It only took half an hour so very quick too. :)

Because the pictures are inside and outside, the colour of the cardigan looks quite different. It’s more the top picture and the bright red heart buttons look very pretty against it.

Do you alter your clothes or do you have something lurking in the cupboard that you want to up – cycle ? Leave me a comment if you do. :)

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Don’t forget my Nikki Strange iPhone 5 case giveaway ! Enter HERE.

Harry Duley Top and my home made Colette Clover Pants…


This is the first time I have used a Colette pattern and although I had to fiddle about a bit with it – I’m really pleased with how these pants turned out. I say pants, but to me they are trousers. But .. I’ll go with the original. :)

I don’t know if it’s just me but I cut out the pattern using my measurements and the pants were massive on me ! So I shaved off a lot of fabric from inside and outside leg ( naughty me, should’ve made up a toile first ) and some from the crotch – too much information ? :) Obviously, I had to make the waistband length shorter too which took no time. I used version 1 of the 2 but took out the front pockets.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When I make some more ( which I definitely will because they are so comfortable ) they will be much more fitted and 50s – probably in a gingham fabric.  I’ve cut the pattern to a size 0 now because with stretchy fabric it seems this is the size for me with these … ( not usually the case ! ) My only other observation is that the back waistband sits lower than the front but not a problem – it works.

British Clothing brand Harry Duley very kindly sent me the low cowl neckline, capped sleeve top that I am wearing with the trousers – it was so beautifully wrapped when it arrived. It felt like a real treat opening it up. All of their items are designed and made in the UK – and feel really soft !

I do love a t – shirt and needed a bit more colour in my wardrobe. I’ll wear it for Summer, then layer it up for the colder months. The draped front works on most shapes, I think. It’s good for me as I am quite large busted with a smallish frame and it feels nice to wear.

They also do an item called The Tube which looks interesting, it’s essentially a band of versatile fabric shaped from waist to hem that gives the effect of wearing lots of top layers, without having to actually wear lots of clothes. There’s also one for Mums to Be. Great idea, don’t you think ? :)

Have a look at their site – www.harryduley.com to see more.

Have you tried using Colette patterns before ? How did it work out for you ?

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I have received no payment for this post from Harry Duley. Just the lovely top to review !

Olly M Jewellery

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I was looking forward to checking the post when I got home last week on the return of our holiday because I knew this little package from the lovely Michelle Misra of Olly M Jewellery would be in there somewhere, with something very pretty and shiny inside. :) …

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here it is ! The Silver Dove necklace. It’s had many a compliment already and I’m really chuffed as it’s one of my favourite from the their silver range.

I’m a sucker for eye catching, timeless pieces that are well made. I would always rather have one piece of special jewellery instead of several forgettable bits, so am definitely becoming a big fan of this brand.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Michelle originally made pieces for herself as she couldn’t find much affordable, high end quality jewellery out there – and when lots of her friends started asking where they could get what she was wearing – she realised that she could make a business out of it. So that’s how Olly M started. She only ever uses sterling silver and for the gold items, it is mostly 14 karat, or if gold plated – always 24 karat plated onto sterling silver – so no tarnishing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Things have clearly spiralled at quite a pace as the Olly M gold friendship bracelet is featured in this months Vogue Magazine in the Showstoppers section  – and has also been spotted on ” Made in Chelsea ” Celebrity, Mille Mackintosh.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These childrens Birthstone bracelets are very cute and personal gift idea and a unique keepsake. Olly M have thought of everything ! :)

To see the collections in full pop over to www.ollymjewellery.com and you can also keep up to date on Twitter – @Ollymjewellery or become a fan on facebook.

Make sure you keep checking this blog as there will be an Olly M giveaway here at LucyLovesYa very soon ! … Yey !

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INSPIRE ME – with Zoe McConnell

As someone who uses the point and shoot technique when it comes to taking photo’s  – I grabbed the opportunity recently to ask celebrity and fashion photographer, Zoe McConnell some advice… and then I sneaked in some questions about her recent work…. ;)

How did you get into photography?

My venture into photography was an unexpected one – I was a model for quite a few years and had always been intrigued by the other side of the lens. I was on a modelling assignment in Majorca and the client asked me if I would be interested in shooting for them. I jumped at the chance – straight away I was calling up model friends and inviting myself to their houses to do shoots with them, learning as I went, building up my portfolio and developing my style. It felt right. I started out in the mens lifestyle market and had a very clear idea of how I thought the girls should be portrayed – I wanted to bring out their personality as well as making them look sexy. I was lucky as my style seemed to hit a cord and I was very soon published and things moved on from there!

You work with lots of high profile singers, actors and models – Did this come about quite early on in your career or did it take time to get so many good gigs ?

It took a few years to build up to celebrity work – At the beginning I was shooting friends and models, shooting a lot for myself and exploring my style and establishing relationships with clients. It takes time to build up trust and get yourself known. I was fortunate to have a two day shoot with Rihanna recently, which was a real pleasure as her energy and vibe are right up my street.

What kind of qualities are important to have if you want to be a successful photographer ?

Before doing photography professionally myself, I thought it was as simple as pressing a button and being creative – as it turns out that is a very basic part of it !

Patience, energy, the ability to problem solve, people skills – it’s important to be able to lift people’s spirits and keep your team motivated. On a shoot, as well as being photographer, I am a clown – I’m not sure that makes me successful, but it helps the day and it gets the models laughing !

What do you love most about your job ?

Being able to express myself creatively and more often than not, getting paid to do so! I love to make people look good, making them feel good about themselves.

After a good shoot you get a rush of adrenalin and want to do it all again, much like a performer leaving the stage – that feeling is addictive and motivates you on to the next one. Travel. There isn’t much I don’t like really – that in itself is a great and rare thing.

Where do you find most of your inspiration for your work ?

Inspiration comes from all around – clothing and how clothes can be used in a sexy way is a big one for me.

I search the internet and magazines for visual references on a daily basis, it’s important to know what other people are doing and inspire new ideas, but overall the inspiration comes from the people I shoot. For my personal work, I style a lot of my own shoots as I love to tailor the looks to the subject and my idea of how they should be seen for that particular shoot.

Two ends of the spectrum … What’s the most lavish photo shoot you have found yourself on and the… erm, most challenging… ?

My most challenging photo-shoot was an advertising shoot with a famous face. I will avoid naming names, but there wasn’t much about the shoot that wasn’t a stress. We had travelled to an old vintage location in the middle of no-where to do the shoot and even though it provided some cool backdrops it was freezing cold – add to this a very grouchy, unwilling model, we were never going to be in for a good day !

I’m not sure if lavish is the correct term for any of my shoots, I tend to find myself in East end studios that are lit like airports or waiting around for celebrities – but I love it and the outcome is lavish to the viewer and that is what matters ! It’s all smoke and mirrors and very bright lights !

Your photo’s always looks beautifully lit – is this an important factor in your work ?

Thankyou! : ) I’m all about immediacy and high impact, so high powered flash is the way I go – it’s also incredibly flattering in most cases which never gets complaints. I like my lighting to be very bright and punchy, with the odd exception. I like to keep it simple, raw, but polished.

What kind of first camera would you recommend to someone wanting to become a fashion or portrait photographer ?

I wouldn’t necessarily recommend it professionally, but the Canon Powershot series are great little cameras and come in at an affordable price – I have a g12 that I use regularly and it’s great in both manual and auto modes. Also, never cut out the possibility of using film – play around with lomography and vintage cameras to work out the look that is right for you and sees out your vision.

I started out with a Canon 1DS Markii – it was a fab camera and really allowed me to work how I wanted to. I still work with Canon (now a 1DS Markiii) and also a Hasselblad which are truly beautiful cameras – perfect for crisp portraits with lots of detail and integrity, but rather pricey – so something to build up to !

Can you offer some advice on how to have a long career in the media industry ?

Work hard, keep learning and moving on in what you do – don’t stand still as no -one will wait for you. Meeting people and self promotion are really important – although the latter is the one thing I really struggle with !

Is this year going to be a busy one for you ? What’s coming up ?  

This year is looking positive so far – I’m looking forward to a couple of trips to Ibiza this month ( one for a fashion campaign and the other a celebrity cover shoot ) – it’s always great to explore new locations, get out of the studio and get some sunshine !

There are few more cover shoots on the horizon and this year I am keen to shoot a great deal more for myself – expanding the portfolio. Things tend to come up last minute, so you never know what could be round the corner…

Thanks so much, Zoe. So nice to learn more about someone with such passion for their work. Her energy is very inspiring.

I recently went for a Canon Powershot too – glad it was a good choice … just got to learn how to use it well now !

If you’d like to see more of Zoe’s photography, she has a website www.zoemcconnellphotography.com or follow her on Twitter – @ZOEMCCONNELL

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Guest Post by Curious Furnishings

Today I have a Guest Post for you by the lovely Kate, owner and designer behind Curious Furnishings who makes all of her unique home accessories and gifts with a beautiful vintage hand winding Singer sewing machine.

Thought you might like to know a little bit more about Kate and her company …

I didn’t take sewing at School, I always liked the thought of sewing, I liked the fabrics, ribbons and the tiny bobbins full of thread, it just didn’t appeal to me back then, cooking was what you did, so that’s what I took.  Little did I know that decision would come back and haunt me.

After school I thought I wanted to work in media, but it came apparent I didn’t enjoy it so decided to take a 2 year travelling excursion through Australia, South East Asia & India it was there where I really got into sewing and discovered a real passion for fabric, I knew I wanted to create with it, I had always had a passion for the vintage way of living and vintage fabrics were defiantly my thing, but sewing with an electric machine wasn’t. I didn’t enjoy it, it just wasn’t me, I just couldn’t connect.

I was out in a local charity shop when in the corner of the room I spotted an old looking box with the Golden words “Singer” I unlocked it to find a perfect hand winding machine, I snapped it up and went home to start learning how to use it ! Now having not taken sewing classes at school, I felt slightly defeated from the off, but I have a very talented Nan who I knew would come to my rescue and teach me how to use my new found love.

After some lengthy lessons, I gradually bonded with my machine and began to experiment, and learn how to sew at my pace, I started designing different items, and it really developed from there.

Now having used my hand winding Singer sewing machine for the past 2 – 3 years the thought of going back, trying to  understand an electric machine makes me shudder, and to be perfectly honest I don’t think I would want to.

All of my Curious designs and products, come from this hand winding machine, I feel it gives that extra personal touch,  everything I create reflects the vintage era it’s from, where the heavily massed produced world didn’t exist, and that mass-produced world is why I have always created products that are not only unique but affordable.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The very first piece I created on my machine is my signature piece, the Curious Mini Apron, of course it took time to develop, but I got there.  The thing I love about the Curious Mini Apron is the femininity, and what it represents when you wear it. The era of the kitchen goddess has all but gone, but with the resurgence of baking and cooking and eating at home the KG is coming back with a bang. I want women to feel beautiful and unique when cooking, and that’s what I feel my range of Curious Aprons does.  I am very excited to launch a new design for 2013 my Curious Mini 1950s  Apron that I designed late last year is one of my favorites,  it is a double lined scallop hem apron with thick sash ties, and made with fabrics that bring out the wild, vintage and shy side of anyone. I can’t wait for it to be available. ( April 27th ).

Over the years of designing and creating a business from my box room, to now my kitchen table, I have introduced a number of different product lines, from my Curious Mini Aprons, to Needle books and lavender pillows, all have been created & inspired by a range of different mediums.

I am a child at heart and hold my hands up and say that Alice in Wonderland, like so many designers out there, plays a huge part in my design inspiration. I have an eclectic passion for the fashion industry, and keep up to date with seasonal trends, and colour palettes, I am a great believer that fashion doesn’t just have to be for you wardrobe, and trending prints, colour’s and fabrics can work just as well, and even better in your home. My third source is the overall vintage style of the 50s, my signature 1950s mini aprons play homage to this era, and is something that I work hard to replicate when creating new designs.

So that’s me, and how I became to design and create my products within Curious Furnishings. Please feel free to view my website, and the products that I create, and if you fancy follow me on twitter @kateofcurious for Curious chat and updates on new designs for 2013.

Thanks very much, Kate ! 

Do you own a Vintage Machine or have you ever tried using one ? I am really tempted now .. might have to go looking for one ! 

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