Posts Categorised: Fashion

Their Nibs – Tutu skirt review

IMG_2272As I mentioned earlier this week, chickenpox was in the building for a while here.

When a little parcel from Their Nibs turned up for my daughter, it brightened up her day. Especially as she loves skirts, pink and tutu’s. :) She’s wearing this today and in her words it is ” beautiful and comfy “. The skirt has 4 layers in total – a cotton lining and 3 layers of netting. The waist is elasticated and fits her very well. With my beady eye I can confirm also that it’s really well made. :)

Their Nibs have an array of pretty vintage inspired dresses and separates this season. It’s very flattering that they like my blog because we love their designs – the check cape in wool is one of our favourites ! They also make great nightwear plus stylish clothing for boys and babies.

This brand is timeless yet unique and the items would be welcomed I’m sure by friends and family when outgrown  – and I really like that aspect.

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I was very kindly sent this skirt to keep for the purpose of this review but have received no other payment. All opinions are my own.

Geisha girls jumper LOVE

Having written about Markus Lupfer before – I don’t want to repeat myself too much on how much I love this brand.

Then he puts Japanese Blossom and Geisha girls on his jumpers and I have no choice in the matter ! These are for sale exclusively on the Net a Porter website.

His pieces are always so distinctive and well made too in my opinion. I have spotted Zoe Ball wearing them a fair bit so she must be a fan.

What would be really appreciated ;) is a slightly more affordable line to make these beauties available to all. I know that there was a Topshop one a while ago and everything sold really quickly.

Can we have some more please, Markus Lupfer ?

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Vintage Venture at The Corn Exchange

IMG_2188Just recently, my friend Sarah Belinda and I took some space at The Corn Exchange in Harleston, Norfolk, selling our dresses, bags and cushions. Sarah is a very talented dressmaker who has taught me so much – she also stocks a gorgeous collection of vintage frocks and scarves. IMG_2181


The place itself is an absolute dreamy haven for vintage lovers and open 7 days a week. I feel like I have stepped back in time when I walk through the doors. There’s a tea room and even an old fashioned pub along with lots of retro finds – I also spotted some perfectly kitsch pieces. With various shops to peruse – it’s well worth a visit and Harleston is a very pretty town with a real sense of creativity.

Andy and I have got our eye on some of the vintage music items – but this vinyl musical jewellery box is my favourite thing so far. Excuse the slight glint but I took the photo through the glass. :) Corn

If you can’t make it to the Corn Exchange at the moment then there’s always my Etsy shop for now ;) …

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My new Crayons print dress – fabric from Minerva Crafts


The lovely people at online craft store Minerva Crafts got in touch to ask if I would like to pick a dress fabric of theirs to use in a project which gave me the opportunity to make something for myself – always a treat :) There were loads to choose from but I plumped for the Pencil Crayons by Timeless Treasures. It’s bold and kitsch and exactly my kind of print.

As I didn’t want to lose the print in gathers or panels, I thought a simple skirt part which I drew up myself – and for the top just a few darts and also lined it ( but not the skirt ). It sits just under the knee and I will probably wear this dress in the Autumn with a top underneath and leggings. IMG_2087


It was a nice fabric to work with – good quality cotton … and I have a little bit left over so might make my girls a little skirt each too :) I will definitely be using more of their fabrics and they have a whole host of other items for knitting, sewing and crafts  – have a look if you fancy – – fab shop !

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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.


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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Love to the Moon and back …

Is it safe to talk about Autumn / Winter ranges ? I think you’ll forgive me when you see this ….



















Tatty Devine have done it again ! A stonkingly cool oversized statement La Luna necklace. What do you think ? As you know, I am a huge fan of this brand and interviewed Rosie and Harriet a little while back which was a real treat. I cannot wait to see the rest of the the Season.

I might have to go and have a little rifle through my jewellery box and find my favourite Tatty Devine pieces to post here.

Who are your favourite jewellery designers – do you like to sniff out and support the small independent companies or prefer to shop the big highstreet brands? :)

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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 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:

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