Wednesday Wants: It’s National Stationery Week!

Did you know it’s National Stationery Week?! Now I don’t need any excuse to get excited about stationery, but this seemed like a good reason to feature what is certainly one of my favourite things on this week’s ‘Wants’ list. And what better way to indulge in some of my other favourite things….robots, neons, dinosaurs, mythical creatures…..stationery does it all!

It’s glossy, it’s blue, it’s covered in robots. Oh, and you can fill it with cool pens. What’s not to like?!

How adorable is this illustrated notebook by the talented Emma Randall? I love the blue unicorn, and that cheeky octopus!

I’ve been ever so slightly obsessed with neons for over a year now. Fluorescent stuff reminds me of my childhood, especially when that stuff is stationery. It puts me in mind of staking out Woolworths in the school holidays, plotting how best to spend my pocket money. So of course, I’m crazy about these super cute bear highlighters with their sweet expressions.

Just think of the things I could neon-ify with these babies…..

Fluoro meets Egyptology. Way cool. I’d stencil hieroglyphs onto everything with this. Probably with my neon pens.

And when I have to be a little more grown up, these lush Liberty prints will help soften the blow. I love adding pretty stickers to parcels when I send out my orders, and these would make packing even more satisfying.

Dinosaurs on parcels, on envelopes, on notebooks, on little notes, on the back of my hand, and probably all over the walls if I had my way….all possible with these bad boys.

And what could be more of a productivity boost than a bright yellow notebook telling you to ‘Make if Happen’? For lists, doodlings and planning great adventures….I’m pretty sure this notebook could help me make it happen. (Also, these Panama notebooks have proven to be super practical for me….they’re a great size for carrying around, and the supple cover holds its own even at the bottom of my junk filled handbags!)

Happy National Stationery Week everyone! Go forth and treat yourself to a fancy new pen or something!

Ems x

 

Wednesday Wants… Easter eggs and other gift ideas

For weeks now I’ve been ogling the supermarket shelves as they’ve filled up with rows on rows of Easter treats. There’s no worse time of the year for chocolate temptation, in my opinion….as much as Christmas tends to bring with it more than its fair share of chocolatey goodness, there are so many other treats on offer that chocolate pales in comparison. We’ve already eaten our first Cream Eggs (keenly lamenting the loss of their traditional recipe), and scoffed more than one bag of Mini Eggs, which are clearly the work of the devil due to their temptation factor.

As usual though, I’m also massively drawn to pretty packaging, and I just adore the look of some of the more ‘luxury’ type of Easter treats. None more so than Booja Booja‘s Easter Collection which looks simply divine….

Featuring hand-painted, papier-maché Easter eggs made in Kashmir, each is hand-packed in Norfolk with delicious chocolate truffles in several flavours. If you’ve not tried Booja Booja chocolates before, I highly recommend that you do. And once you have, I bet you’ll find it hard to believe that they’re vegan, and free of gluten, dairy and soya.

The truffles are seriously luxurious, rich and dreamy and melt-in-the-mouth. You can choose from Hazelnut Crunch, Around Midnight Espresso, Banoffee Toffee, Almond and Sea Salt Caramel, or Fine de Champagne. Small eggs, which include three truffles are £9.99, whilst the large eggs, which contain twelve truffles, are £24.99. Plus of course you get to keep the beautiful egg once you’ve finished off the contents, and use it to hoard treasures and trinkets!

Booja Booja Hazelnut Crunch Easter Egg, Under A Glass Sky

Booja Booja ‘Hazelnut Crunch’ Easter Egg

Booja Booja 'Around Midnight Espresso' Easter Egg, Under A Glass Sky

Booja Booja ‘Around Midnight Espresso’ Easter Egg

Booja Booja 'Banoffee Toffee ' Easter Egg, Under A Glass Sky

Booja Booja ‘Banoffee Toffee ‘ Easter Egg

If you’re trying to kerb your chocolate consumption though, perhaps try this yummy sounding lip balm from Sweet Cecily’s. The entire range is hand-made and natural, paraben and SLS free, and never tested on animals. This one even looks like a chocolate bar….but with the advantage that it won’t go straight to your hips!

If you really must ditch the chocolate entirely though, I think these adorable egg cups by Quail Ceramics are a perfect Easter treat. I’ve long since lusted after their adorable animal inspired treasures, and these three are just so perfect for a Spring breakfast spread.

And because it’s not *all* about food (well, almost), I think this super cute trinket dish would make an adorable Easter gift. Just look at that podgy little bunny, waiting to tidy up your treasures! He’d be a lovely addition to a dressing table, or would be perfect to pop next to the sink for when you need to take your rings off!

I hope you have a lovely Easter filled with whatever treats tickle your fancy!

Ems x

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

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