Wednesday Wants: Liberty and Marc by Marc Jacobs collaboration

Oooooh….Marc by Marc Jacobs has joined forces with Liberty for the first time in an exclusive collaboration, which launches this very week! The exclusive collection features classic designs in two vintage Liberty prints, including a tote bag, tablet case, backpack and cosmetics case.

Two classic ditsy floral prints have been selected from the Liberty archive of over 40,000 prints to work alongside irreverent Marc Jacobs hallmarks….The Emma and Georgina print is a zesty green and pink mix of two tiny dense floral designs, inspired by Liberty’s large collection of Victorian pattern books. Emma was first produced on Tana Lawn in the 1970s and Georgina was launched in 2000. And the purpley-pink Wiltshire was actually designed in 1933 and has been on classic Tana Lawn fabric since 1979.

The collection is super cute, fun and practical….here are my favourites….

Emma and Georgina Liberty Print Pretty Nylon Tablet Case, £60.00

Clashing prints of Emma & Georgina (main body) and Wiltshire (trims), this tablet case has a plush interior and a nice zip closure. It’s 110% nylon too, so about as practical as you can get for something this pretty.

Wiltshire Liberty Print Pretty Nylon Backpack, £160

A fun new take on the classic Marc by Marc Jacobs backpack, this cute number combines the Standard Supply design with contrasting classic Liberty prints. It features the chunky logo plaque, two side pockets, big contrasting top handles and adjustable shoulder straps. And everyone needs a pretty rucksack.

With its all-over stitched oversized logo and boxy shape, I think this is a really sweet little carry-all. The lining is printed too (a must for makeup bags as they realistically don’t stay makeup free for long!) and in the nylon again is a really practical little piece.
Ems x
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Wednesday Wants…. Sika ‘The Seven’ Collection

After chastising my friend Jo for pointing me in the direction of the new collection from Sika earlier today (like I need the temptation!),  I realised that if nothing else their stunning dresses were the perfect wednesday wish list….

I’d really not come across Sika before, but as soon as I saw their collection of dresses I decided I want them all. There is something so wonderfully retro AND modern about them, all at the same time….the cuts and fabrics are simultaneously vintage and contemporary, and just absolutely perfect I think. Lots of the new The Seven Collection are made from gorgeous Liberty print cottons, and I would happily fill my wardrobe with their dresses, skirts and troos.

Here are my favourites….

Celine Dress, £225, 100% Cotton and fully lines

Kate Skirt, £125, 100% Liberty Print Cotton

Georgia Dress, £189, 100% Liberty Print Cotton

Cosmic Trousers, £159, 100% Liberty Print Cotton

Hepburn Dress, £249, 100% Liberty Print Cotton

Kate Combi Top, £95, 100% Liberty Print Cotton

Pretty lush non?

Ems x

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

Wednesday Wants….. Thank you cards

He came! Father Christmas came! And he brought me LOTS of lovely gifts! On top of a super brilliant Christmas Day, I am now also looking at my haul of pressies and thinking that I really do need to get some thank you cards sent to everyone who gave them to me.

And as such……

Liberty Thank You Telegram Note Cards, £15

Being a bit of a traditionalist, I rather lament the loss of Telegrams. I always thought how wonderful it would be to receive one and remember the joy of having them read out at weddings and such. Still, even if you can’t send a real one these days, these note cards from Liberty make up for it a bit. I love the retro styling and the little tick boxes, and they’re just the right size for a quick note. They are £15.00 for six and come with matching envelopes.

SMYTHSON 'RULES ARE MEANT TO BE BROKEN' NOTE CARDS, £30

Smythson ‘Rules Are Meant To Be Broken’ Note Cards , £30

I do love a play on words, not to mention the slogan ‘Rules Are Made To Be Broken’. And so these gorgeous die stamped cards from Smythson are just perfect for me. As you’d expect from Smythson, they are made from luxurious woven watermarked card, and come along with matching tissue-lined envelopes. It’s £30 for a box of ten.

Elvis Thank You Cards by Fancy Seeing You Here on Etsy, £7.64

And as a big Elvis fan too, these brilliant letterpress cards from Fancy Seeing You Here on Etsy are a huge temptation. The dotted borders are so very Vegas, and the brilliant Elvis silhouette is letter-pressed in a lovely dark gold that I love. You get three cards for £7.64, along with coordinated antique gold envelopes.

I hope you got a good haul from Father Christmas too, and that you’re ready for some thank you card writing!

Ems x

Wednesday Wants….Stocking Fillers

To me, stocking fillers have always been things like satsumas and Ferrero Rocher. But I’m noticing lately that the shops are telling us that much bigger (and more expensive!) things will make the ideal thing to bulk out your over sized sock. But as much as I love tradition (and Ferrero Rocher), this post was never meant to be about the things I will possibly have….that would be so dull….it’s about the things I lust after, no matter how extravagant!

So with that in mind, here are a few ‘stocking fillers’ I’ve had my eye on…..

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Diana Baby 110 Gold Edition

I adore my Diana camera, which Adam bought me a few birthdays ago. I love its plasticy-ness and the crazy photos it comes out with….not to mention the way people look at me when I use the brilliantly huge paparazzi-style flash. It’s not *the* most easy thing to carry around though, especially with the umpteen lenses and accessories I was lucky enough to receive alongside mine….but this baby-sized one is! I’m crazy about its shameless glitzy-ness and bling-factor….it’s so different from the super-retro black and blue of the original one. It’ll cost you almost as much as that though, as this special edition is £59 from the Lomo shop. Still, a bit of bling is worth it!

Lee Broom Crystal Light Bulb

I really can’t think of something much more extravant to fill your stocking with than this. Inspired by the delicate craftsmanship of crystal cutting, this decorative light bulb-shaped crystal light fitting from Liberty has been individually hand blown before being cut with a classic crystal pattern and etched with the Lee Broom logo. Apparently it refracts the light beautifully as a play on the common light bulb versus a glitzy chandelier. Clearly for the person who has everything! Especially at £109!

And as a rather blingy theme has emerged….I give you…..

18k Christmas Bow Necklace

I am totally in love with this. It’s sooooo shiny and wonderfully fun and festive. I would like to think it would go with everything too. But then I’ve never been shy about wearing something a little OTT with a T-shirt and jeans. It’s made by hand by ilithe, and is available on Etsy for £625. And I bally love it!

Happy stocking stuffing!

Ems x

Wednesday Wants….. Still banging on about the Union Jack

London is still filled with bunting and more Union Jacks than I’ve ever seen in my life…..it seems all the decor put up for the Jubilee was a bargain really, as it’s been left up for the games too. Double whammy! And because red and blue are my current favourites, I’m still very much into all things Union Jack….. I posted a while ago about lots of Union Jack *things*, but here are my picks of Union Jack wearables…..

I wouldn’t be without my French Sole flats….they are pretty and stylish, but so easy to wear and super comfy. These Union Jack patterned ballet pumps though would make an excellent addition to the collection. They are leather and come in the Henrietta shape which has a nice low vamp (showing just a little toe cleavage). The flag also appears at the heel, so you’ll be patriotic from every angle. They are £130 though, so it’ll be worth waiting to see if they come up in the sale!


Similarly pie in the sky at £249.95 is this Barbour jacket….. I first saw it at the british pop up shop in Selfridges, and I’ve wanted it ever since. Barbour have teamed up with Swarovski Elements to bring a little patriotic sparkle to an iconic jacket. As well as the Union Jack lining, the chest pocket is emblazoned with a red, white and blue crystal flag. Considering all the rain we’ve been having this summer, I guess you could call it a sound investment though!
I also spied these amazing Union Jack gloves by Dents at the Selfridges pop-up, and was smitten right away. Stitched together in red, white and blue leather panels, the gloves are super supple and also boast a silk lining. They come gift boxed too, so a they make a wonderful gift to oneself as a treat for surviving the summer! They are £99.00.
I’m a sucker for a silk scarf as you may well already know, and this one is so very me. It has a wonderful vintage feel with the retro portrait of Her Majesty, and I love the swirling crest pattern over the flag itself. It’s £120.00 from Liberty, although thankfully for the sake of my wallet, it’s out of stock just now.
Ems x

Jewellers en Residence….. launch party for the new Liberty Jewellery Emporium

The iconic department store Liberty has this evening opened their new jewellery showcase, “Jewellers en Residence”, and with a glass of Champagne in hand, I have been having a snoop about…..

I have (unsurprisingly, as an aspiring designer) long since suffered a self-confessed addiction for the jewellery room at Liberty. In fact the whole building is somewhat of a Mecca for me, with its perfect blend of on-trend spectacle and classic luxury. Nestled between the desperately dangerous stationery room and the awe inspiring handbag department, it’s hard for a girl with magpie-like tendencies to pass without popping in.

The showcase is a four day event, designed to celebrate the launch of the new Jewellery Emporium. There are exclusives, new collection launches, designer appearances and over 4,000 treasures on show! This evening, Carol Woolton, Jewellery Editor for Vogue, was there to open the event and offer some personal styling advice to us. Following that, there is a packed four-day schedule of over 30 events, including complimentary engraving with the purchase of Monica Vinader pieces, personal gemstone colour consultation at the Pomellato counter, and the chance to make bespoke vintage charm necklaces with Lulu Frost founder Lisa Salzer.

Me being me though, I couldn’t help but pick out some favourites…..

I’ve been admiring Aninna Vogel‘s collections for the longest time. Of all the jewellery in that room, hers is the display cabinet I’d want to walk out with in full. As part of the event, little biography cards had been put out, telling us about the designers, and it was Vogel’s that I most remember….. she’s been collecting vintage charms since she was a little girl, and her collection at Liberty celebrates all that is nostalgic and collectable. Her display cabinets are bursting like little Aladdin’s caves, brimming with vintage treasures that have been transformed into new and wearable statement pieces. Every piece is unique, and part of their incredible charm is knowing that they have a story. I would kill for a stack of her charms on a long chain, or for one of the beautiful necklaces or rings cleverly made from antique brooches! (Anyone fancying buying me a pressie should consider this amazing necklace made from a Victorian brooch…. it’s a Lily of the Valley, which is my favourite flower, and is only £250!)

Another faithful favourite is Kojis, who also specialise in antique statement jewellery. Their collection tempts with “a mixture of fine antique and eclectic pieces, from Classical Antiquity through the Golden Age of European luxury of the 18th and 19th centuries, to contemporary classics.”  Since it opened in the 1980s, Kojis has sought after, curated and sold some of the finest pieces of jewellery available, and always with an eclectic but classic eye. There are always several pieces I “need” when I pop in…. like this incredible spider web brooch…. it’s £5,500.

Newer to me though is Annoushka‘s remarkable work. Since early last year though I’ve been coveting her inspired, magical treasures. Everything is so wonderfully eclectic, and the display cabinets look rather like a particularly good personal collection from someone’s travels. The Fantasy range is especially amazing…. I love the clashing colours, over-sized features, and, well the fantasy element. This one is definitely in my list of wants…. it’s the ‘Fantasy Jungle Jumble Ring‘ and it’s £12,000.

The event runs right through into Saturday, with lots going on in store…. there’s a full list here.

Enjoy! (And good luck to those as easily tempted as me!)

Ems x

Wednesday Wants….. All about the animals

So it’s no secret that I love all things animal related and this week I’ve come across lots of cutesy critter ‘wants’……

How incredibly adorable is this little deer?! I’m crazy about the colour yellow at the moment and I have long since loved the Sylvac style of pottery. This little beauty is a planter too and would look super cute holding a big bunch of daffodils or tulips!

Vintage Yellow and Green Ceramic Deer Planter, from Jen’s Closet on Etsy, £12.85

I’m also crazy about all kinds of birds, and adore the pretty little humming bird. I fell in love with them when I first saw them on holiday a few years ago and have since painted some too. These clever bookends show off their pretty hovering flight and long, slender beaks…. in fact the black powder coated, laser cut steel makes them look like they are actually hovering over your books when viewed from straight on. Pretty and clever!

Hummingbird Bookends, from Llustre, £12

Most of all though I’m bonkers about dogs…. I have adored the little waddle of the Dachshund for ages, and the bonus of them being so popular right now is that there are lots of gorgeous things featuring their lovely little selves. I so want this cushion, printed with the cutest Dash wearing a Union Jack and sunglasses!

Hot Dog Union Jack Cushion by Rory Dobner from Liberty, £95

All so cute!

Ems x

Something from the weekend….. May Day Bank Holiday

So they promised us a weekend free of rain. They lied. Still, I did manage to pack in plenty this weekend (thanks to the very welcome extra day!)…..

On Friday evening we did an early shop at Waitrose to stock up for the weekend, and then made Keralan fish curry for supper. I love the idea of a traditional fish supper on a Friday, especially when I get the chance to buy up some lovely fresh fish to cook right away.

Keralan Fish Curry

There were more culinary treats on Saturday morning, when Adam took me on a date for breakfast at The Luxe. I’m not quite sure how it was a date, other than that we called it that. I guess we just decided that we’d not been on a ‘date’ for ages, but then we realised we’re always going out for fun adventures so we don’t really need to! I rather over ate at breakfast with a full English (wish I’d gone for Eggs Benedict like Adam!) and so I was a little sluggish as we headed around Old Spitalfields Market for Judy’s Affordable Vintage Fair. I did manage to pick up lots of treasure though…. some gorgeous vintage buttons, several old keys to make into charms, a folding silver cake stand and a little glass footed bowl. I love treasure hunting!

Treasure finds

Vintage Buttons

Old keys

Despite the rain, we decided to walk from there down to Whitechapel and wander through the street market. I’ve only ever dashed past so it was good to have a proper snoop about all the fruit and fashion stalls. From there we dropped into the huge Sainsbury’s there to get Adam’s Kraken rum (we can’t get it nearer to us)….. what should have been a quick stop before home turned into a full on shop because the place is so temptingly big. We picked up pink and a green swing top bottles to put some of our flavoured vodkas in, as well as some custard slices to have with tea back at home. And we were glad of them too, by the time we got home weary and wet!

Custard Slice

For dinner we made a yummy veggie stir fry, then watched UP. I’ve not seen it since the cinema, and have rather avoided it if I’m honest because I got so emotional watching it. But I thought the time had finally come when I could handle it…. but no. I was a blithering wreck from just two minutes in. It is the most beautiful and funny film, but if you’re planning on seeing it for the first time, seriously, make sure you have plenty of tissues ready.

On Sunday we were out and about again, heading to Somerset House to see the Kokoro exhibition. On show were lots of stunning paintings on silk, by Japanese master Horiyoshi III. Each piece, based on Japanese myths and legends, encapsulated ‘kokoro’, which means the heart or meaning of things. The craftsmanship is incredible and had me inspired to try painting on silk…. as well as maybe painting some dragons!

Whilst there, we also dropped in to see the Wendy Ramshaw exhibition called ‘Room of Dreams’. One of Britain’s leading contemporary artists, Ramshaw is primarily known for her distinctive jewellery design, but has more recently gained acclaim for her larger scale public art work. The exhibition houses work from the last fifty years, including maquettes of her designs for the Hyde Park Gates. I was delighted to see some pieces of jewellery using found treasures like old watch faces and keys….. in fact there were several pieces that reminded me of my own designs. And there was certainly plenty to take from her work in terms of inspiration too.

At Somerset House

Somerset House

From there we sauntered through Covent Garden (eyeing up the goodies in Hope and Greenwood and finding a dreadfully loud experiential marketing attraction by HTC right in front of the Opera House) and had a look around the pretty craft and art stalls to get more ideas for my own. We popped into Joules off Long Acre (I’ve been eyeing up this skirt) before heading through China Town and over to Piccadilly to get ourselves some bubble tea at the wonderful Bubbleology (I had hot taro with tapioca pearls and Adam had a blend of cocoa and vanilla). Then it was up to Carnaby Street, which we’d only planned to walk through on our way to Liberty…… but somehow I managed to get the blame for Adam’s buying up of three pairs of shoes! We spent an age in Onitsuka Tiger choosing two pairs of trainers for him, and then it was a quick purchase at Converse (he knew he just wanted a red pair).

At Bubbleology

Bubble Tea!

We finally got to Liberty where we had a snoop about the amazing jewellery and handbag rooms, the basement (where I’ve never been before because it’s just boy stuff) and the wonderful stationery shop. And after that we needed a coffee to help us home, so we tried for the first time the Speakeasy Coffee Shop just off Carnaby Street who made me a gorgeous latte.

Bunting at Liberty

Speakeasy Coffee

Once home we began preparations for a yummy sunday roast…… we wanted to use some of the veg we’d saved up from our Abel and Cole box, plus we had some very good nut roast to go with it. The biggest triumph of the meal was perhaps the butter-fried flat beans and kohl rabi. Lush!

Sunday Roast

We finished up a lovely Sunday by watching Sabrina, one of my favourite Audrey Hepburn films (and the first film Adam and I ever watched together!).

And thanks to the bank holiday, Monday began with a nice long lie in, before I continued with the Spring clean. By lunch time I deserved something filling and yummy, so with our new veggie box delivered (cue another bout of rummaging, sniffing and getting excited about the contents!) we put together a delicious fresh salad for lunch. Then it was back to sprucing up the flat until it was time to make supper (Char Siu pork, which was AMAZING!). I managed to fit in a little testing and prep for some new jewellery I’m making, before slobbing out on the sofa to start the second series of The Wire. I started to fall asleep towards the end of the second episode, so it was a relatively early night to finish a jam-packed weekend.

Super yummy salad

Char Siu Pork

Hope you enjoyed the long weekend too!

Ems x

Wednesday Wants…… in print

So apparently it’s May now. Spring in fact. Well, I’m yet to see any evidence, but I always have hope….. So the only thing to do is buy up those pretty, dainty, flowery prints that are everywhere…..

Nobody quite does country glamour like Joules, and right now I’m in love with this cutesy skirt. I have long loved a good toile pattern, and this pretty blue is so very Spring. The shorter length and full pleating are very Jess Day indeed, and ever so wearable I think.

Joules Amantha Skirt £39.95

As you probably know, I love a good collaboration! I’ve been coveting the Liberty print Air Max since they came out and I can’t get enough of my Liberty print lined Barbour jacket. And so it’s no surprise that I’m now hankering after the new Dr Martens Liberty print collection….. The collaboration brings together the quality and craft of both brands by updating the iconic boot with the darling and girly Liberty print. I can’t quite decide between two of the patterns…. but that’s ok because there are also satchels to choose from!

Dr Martens Liberty Print 8 Hole Boots in Martens Flower, £170

Dr Martens Liberty Print Satchel in Strawberry Thief, £195

Those who know me will tell you I have a bit of a silk scarf obsession. I’ve not counted recently, but I guess I have near 50 of them. I’d like to think I have one for every occasion and outfit (which is why I’m always on the look out for more!), but it’s more than their versatility and ability to brighten things up that I love them for….. I feel I have a little bit of fashion history in all those prints and designs, and so Oasis’ new scarf collection was bound to catch my eye. Inspired by Nicky Albrechtsen’s books, Oasis have created a stunning collection of silk separates which incorporate her most gorgeous vintage prints…… this dress in particular has my attention with its deliciously retro pattern, cleverly spaced over a wonderfully vintage shape.

Oasis Silk Scarf Print Dress £85

All we need now is a little sun to shine!

Ems x