Wednesday Wants…. Fluoro Neon Shiny Fun

What is it about Spring that makes us go crazy for colours?! Yes, I know all the flowers are blooming in their cheery tones, but wouldn’t it make more sense to get vivid in the winter months when there aren’t so many pretty shades about?

Nevertheless, I’ll embrace the idea with gusto as usual, and what could be more colourful than a full-on palette of super bright fluorescent neons?! As such, I’ve rounded up a few ways to put a vibrant zing in your outfit….

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French Sole‘s new neon collection features bright and shiny patents in solid fluorescent blue and yellow, as well as plain whites with neon piping. It’s their neon Henrietta design featuring darling little cut out hearts and contrasting trim though that really has my attention. I’m in love with all the colourways….pink with green trim, green with pink trim and orange with blue trim….and I really can’t decide which ones I’d choose! They are £120 a pair.

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I adore the classic Cambridge Satchel Company‘s bags, and have for ages had my eye on their Fluoro collection. Just like all their other satchels, they are made by hand in high quality leather and you can have your initials embossed for a little extra. They start at £115 for the 11″ satchel, but you can get £15 at the checkout with the offer code ‘SPRINGFLO’.

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I’ve been thinking for ages that I’d love to design my own Converse….you can create your very own personally designed pair of hi tops or low tops in various styles on their website. I only just found their neon version though, the Chuck Taylor All Star Ox Canvas Neon (£54) and the Chuck Taylor All Star Hi Canvas Neon (£60). You get to choose which colours you want where on the shoe, and you can even add your name or initials at the heel!

What do you think about these crazy shades? Too much? Or just enough?!

Ems x

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Wednesday Wants…… The Hello Kitty Collection from Zatchels

Hello Kitty Satchel Collection

Nearly all the left-overs and puddings are eaten….I’ve taken the cards down….and  I’m slowing packing away the decorations. It’s no good. The festivities are over. And there’s really nothing for it but to cheer myself up with some shopping.

I heard a little while ago that the wonderful satchel people at Zatchels were planning a special collection dedicated to the fabulous Hello Kitty. Of course I promptly forgot, until a picture of one came up in my feed just now, so I’m only just snooping their new offerings.

I’ve had a fondness for the Hello Kitty character for aaaages. I remember years ago getting seriously over-excited when I found a whole load of Hello Kitty products in Hamleys, and promptly bought myself some very necessary things such as a travel-sized cotton bud / Q Tip holder and a hand-bag-friendly plaster / Band Aid wallet. I got EVEN MORE excited when Liberty launched their collaboration with Hello Kitty and produced some darling stationery, gifts and toiletries, which I also snapped up a good helping of! Most exciting of all though was when I found Hello Kitty flannels in the amazing Grayson Perry exhibition I saw last year…..they really are art!

I suppose the most appealing thing for me with Hello Kitty is that you get to feel like a girly child again with fun and playful designs, but on more grown-up-friendly things. I believe many an eight year old girl still swoons over a mini Hello Kitty ruck-sack, but the brand somehow fits beautifully into that middle ground where it’s ok for kids and adults to like it. And maybe that’s why the Zatchels collection works so well. They claim it “has something for Hello Kitty lovers of all ages”, and they’re not wrong….the pretty polka dots and bold colours would suit anyone dedicated to keeping their wardrobe fun and bright, whilst the various styles and sizes available could surely find a home in any accessories collection.

Here are my favourites from the collection…..

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Hello Kitty Black and White Polka Dot Saddle Bag

This Hello Kitty Saddle bag features an adorable Hello Kitty print in white and red on black leather with matching printed black attachments. It’s finished with matching black stitching and a silver nickel buckle and comes in two size….£65 for the small, £75 for the large. I’ve always loved the classic combination of red, white and black and the saddle bag is such a darling useful little carry around.

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Hello Kitty Polka Dot Bows Barrel Bag

This Hello Kitty barrel bag has a super cute print of polka dot and bows, in pretty sugar-sweet colours. It’s finished with classic black attachments and a silver nickel buckle, and is a lovely little hand size. It’s £55.

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Hello Kitty Town Satchel

When in Rome though…… If I had to choose just one, it would have to be this super-kitch and pink Hello Kitty Town print satchel. Look at it! Castles! Rainbows! Balloons! It has EVERYTHING!!

It’s handmade in England from the finest quality leather, using expert craftmanship, as you’d expect from all of Zatchels’ satchels, and they will happily add on a top handle for £6, a strap slider for £6 and even emboss a 20-character message inside for £20. It’s available in 11.5” at £110, 13” for £120, and the 14.5” is £130. Love!

Ems x

Something from a pie-filled weekend…..

Good morning and a happy Monday! How was your weekend?

I’m feeling the effects of a weekend filled with pie…that is, I feel a bit like a pie myself! Still, it was fun…..

If you read my post on Friday you’ll know that I was looking forward to a weekend celebrating British Pie Week. On Thursday, we started the weekend early with a trip to Apples and Pears for pie and cocktails. As such, Friday evening was a quiet one…..

After a little early-evening shopping we settled down to watch David Lynch’s Inland Empire, with a pizza and wedges for supper. The film had us both utterly confounded, and we spent much of it staring at the screen in disbelief or laughing nervously. It’s not at all a film with a linear plot, and nor do you get a nice rounded off ending…. but the basic idea behind the film (I think) is that an actress takes on a new role in a film, which is expected to do very well and get her very noticed….. but the screenplay is based on another film, which was started but was never completed because the story was said to be cursed, and the male and female leads were murdered during the filming. Beyond that, I understand very little (although reading some reviews on it since, I don’t think you’re supposed to) but the film certainly kept us entertained (with characters’ heads turning into rabbit heads, and big scary faces all up in the screen). I don’t know that I’ve seen anything more bizarre in my life…. and the whole reason we were so keen to watch it was how much we’d enjoyed the utterly crackers Twin Peaks. But as Adam said, Inland Empire rather makes Twin Peaks look like neighbours!

The flower stall entrance at Liberty

On Saturday morning it was a breakfast of cheese omelette to set us up for a busy day….. we started by giving the flat a quick clean before I headed into town, leaving Adam playing Playstation. I had a very important rendezvous with Siobhan at Liberty….. I was going along for her first wedding dress fitting!!!! Arriving a little early, I got off the bus next to H&M and had a quick look at their Marni collection, before heading over to Liberty to dribble over the Manolo Blahnik window displays.

Marni at H&M

Manolo Blahnik at Liberty

Manolo Blahnik at Liberty

Bursting with excitement to see the dress (and to have the excuse to potter about Liberty) I arrived to the lovely flowery entrance, and we went up to the fitting rooms (oohing and ahhing at lots on our way). Of course everything regarding the dress is top secret, but I will say that Siobhan looks absolutely stunning! We rounded off our visit with a little browsing…. I tried on the lovely new Liberty print lined Barbour jackets (really have my eye on the navy one!)…. and we couldn’t help but linger a while in the handbag department and around the incredible vintage costume jewellery (want it all!).

Fitting rooms at Liberty

Next, it was back on the bus to head over to Spitalfields and meet the boys. The market was hosting a Women’s Fair to celebrate International Women’s Day, and we enjoyed a root about the lovely stalls of jewellery and gifts etc. Favourite though was the East London Women’s Institute stand, from which we purchased several delicious slices of cake! By the time we’d eaten those though, we needed a rest before heading over the road to Poppies for our supper, and so we tootled back to the flat for a sit down.

Adam and I have been experimenting with lots of different home-flavoured vodkas, and with a new rose vodka to try, we had Siobhan and Matthew as guinea pigs. This flavour is probably one of our favourites now….it goes incredibly well with lemonade (I garnished with a slice of lemon and a dried rose bud) and was well-recieved all round. Next up, we sampled our cardamom vodka with lemonade, bitters and lime (another favourite of mine) and then our jasmine tea vodka with lemonade and lime. I think I’ll post a bit more about our vodka flavouring soon.

Rose vodka with lemonade all round

Suitably rested, we went back over to Spitalfields to have supper at one of our local favourites, Poppies Fish and Chips. It was the first time Matthew and Siobhan had been, and we were a little bothered to have to wait a while for a table (I didn’t know before, but you can book!)…. still, we chatted away the wait and it wasn’t long before they’d made up a table for us and we were yumming up our supper. It being pie week, I opted for the veggie pie…. Poppies take great pride in where their ingredients come from (the sustainable fish is from Billingsgate, the potatoes from Turnips in Borough Market, the chicken is free range…) and I was delighted to see on a previous visit that their pies are supplied by non other than Wrights Pies of my home town Stoke on Trent! In Stoke, we have pie shops dedicated to their wonderful products and I really do miss them! With Poppies chips, mushy peas and gravy though it was a real treat and I devoured the lot along with my pot of tea! The others enjoyed the lemon sole and rock, as well as some of the wonderful Meantime beer they stock. And so we practically rolled out of Poppies and back to the flat for a flavoured vodka night cap, before Siobhan and Matthew headed home.

Hot chocolate with marshmallows (photo courtesy of Adam)

By Sunday morning we were in much need of a lie in, and so it was a lazy start to the day we enjoyed. For breakfast, Adam made amazing hot chocolates from especially thick Jersey milk, with little marshmallows on top. Then after a bit more faffing about, we popped to Waitrose for groceries (and Duchy Originals hot cross buns for tea!). When home, we completed the crossword as tradition dictates, before we began preparing an early dinner…. We couldn’t end pie week with anything other than pie, and I’ve been meaning to make my (Savoury) Sweet Potato Pie for Adam for ages. And so Adam grated the potatoes whilst I made the almond-rich pastry….and an hour later it was ready to serve up warm with a yummy fresh slaw (grated carrot, thinly sliced onion and red cabbage, mixed with olive oil and lemon juice, then sprinkles of sesame seeds and pumpkin seeds) and a dollop of creme fraiche. Lush!

My sweet potato pie with slaw and creme fraiche

We finished up a relatively restful day slobbing out in front of Scott Pilgrim vs. The World…. I’ve not seen it since the cinema although we’ve had it on Bluray for ages, and I’d forgotten how truly awesome it is. If you’ve not seen it I would really highly recommend it to any Edgar Wright fans, comic book fans, computer gamers and musos. I still can’t decide if I want to be Ramona or Knives more!

Anyway, hope you had a great weekend….do share any pie-based adventures!

Ems x

Wednesday Wants…… Spring Handbags

I love this time of year. Although it’s still rather chill, the sky is more often blue and the snow drops and blooming blossom trees promise that Spring is near. The shops too are filled with light and floaty things ready for the warmer weather….and of course the handbags have lightened up too.

And so here are my pick of rather aspirational spring handbag ‘wants’……

Alexander McQueen, Ivory Canvas Spike Tote

I absolutely love this ivory canvas tote by Alexander McQueen. It’s not just the classic tan leather detailing and strap, but the rather more edgy gold-tone brass spike detail, and the lovely triple buckle. At £895 from Liberty it’s not likely to join my collection any time soon, but one can still dream…..

Alexander McQueen, Ivory Canvas Spike Tote

Alexander McQueen, Ivory Canvas Spike Tote

A little more realistic, although still very aspirational at £450 is the stunningly vintage styled Eva from Lulu Guinness. Infused with 1940s glamour, I adore the sleek shape and the wonderfully cute heart-shaped clasp. Not to mention the gorgeous stripey lining…..

Lulu Guinness, Stone Leather Medium Eva

Lulu Guinness, Stone Leather Medium Eva

Lastly, I’m loving the large Vida Weave bag in natural and black leather from Reiss. I love the perforated leather and chunky tassel charm, and at £265 it’s not *too* pie in the sky.

Reiss, Vida Weave Slouch Shoulder Bag

Anyone found any cream handbag treasures to share?

Ems x