3 December 2016

Strawberry Sundae with Florence Carousel Photography

These are from the first of the two photoshoots I did with Florence Carousel in September (the second shoot is here) and I can't even explain just how much I absolutely adore these images. I've said it before and I'll say it again, Florence is such a talented photographer. You need to check out her main website and her other site, The Street Style Carousel to see just how wonderful she is at capturing style and beauty.

This outfit is possibly one of my absolute bests because it's so matchymatchy and delicious. 

This skirt is another dirndl that was made around the same time as the All Hail The Gingham Queen Skirt in exactly the same way - it's simply just my favourite cotton gingham from Rolls and Rems in Holloway pleated onto a waistband. This one is lined in white cotton, has a centre-back zipper and gigantic patch pockets with ricrac trim.

Simple, but effective! 

Teamed with my original 60's cross-stitch bag with strawberries and strawberry accents on my Miss L Fire Sundae shoes (from 2013) and a handmade strawberry necklace - I will happily say I'm horrendously matchy-matchy, but god, doesn't it just WORK? 

Hair Flowers: Lady Lucks Boutique 
Necklace: Handmade
Brooch: Luxulite
Top: Collectif
Skirt: Handmade
Bangles: Splendette and vintage
Bag: Vintage
Shoes: Miss L Fire

All photos are taken by and belong to Florence Carousel. Use of these photos is only permitted with her approval.

19 November 2016

All My Royal Subjects - With Florence Carousel Photography

Back in September I was lucky enough to do a little shoot with the amaaaazing Florence Carousel after work one warm day whilst the colours of the trees were changing, and I wanted to show you the photos, because frankly? They are AMAZING.

This was the second half of the shoot, and I changed into this outfit in a weird toilet cubicle which was not easy when it was absolutely bloody boiling!

Although this dress isn't technically finished (currently it's strapless as I need to put the straps on, plus add pockets in) it was formed enough to show it off. I bought the fabric from Fabric.com with vouchers I'd been given for my birthday (thanks again, Kristina!), and it's a nice lightweight cotton - nothing too exciting, but it does what I wanted to do, which was simply to make a bright green sundress!

The pattern is the No Cock Nor Tails bodice and a pleated dirndl, of which there's really no more to say than the other dresses featuring the same components, because I have this habit of making the same two dresses.

I'm not very natural at doing any modelling, I can't take myself seriously enough to pose without pulling faces between every shot - but Florence knew what she wanted and made me very comfortable until it started to just flow naturally, resulting in some pretty amazing photos, if I'm allowed to be quite so big headed! She literally has so much talent at portraiture and I love every photo!

Plus she chose a perfect background, this is the fountain outside Buckingham Palace, of which many jokes about me looking over my royal subjects/peasants ensued - because I'm basically The Queen. Right? RIGHT? 

Hair flowers: Lady Lucks Boutique and handmade
Necklace: Handmade
Brooch: Luxulite
Bolero and Belt: Collectif
Dress: Handmade
Bangles: Splendette and Lady Lucks Boutique
Shoes: Miss L Fire

All photos are taken by and belong to Florence Carousel. Use of these photos is only permitted with her approval.

16 November 2016

#China - Snapshots of Shanghai

Since I've never been to Shanghai before, I was pretty excited about everything I saw.

The first three days we were at the show so there wasn't much to see, but the fourth day we were in Disneyland Shanghai (another post for another day),  and the fifth in central Shanghai at the Yuyuan Tourist Market, Jing'an Jade Buddha temple, Nanjing road and then The Bund. 

These are just a little collection of my favourite photos! 

Team Vendula London! 

Literally everywhere had neon signs.

Casual street factory, no big deal.

Just a woman selling budgies on the curb. Again, no big deal.

Pretty derpy looking door handles in Jing'an Temple

Lost In Translation

Yuyuan Market. Such a beautiful place, especially since it's a tourist market.

I wish I knew.

Cute 30s style Chinese woman holding a Rollieflex
Typical tourist photo at Nanjing Road

Nanjing Road - A cross between Oxford Street and half of New York. Also including the Eye of Sauron. God knows why.

The spectacle that is The Bund! 
I'm not sure what tea and punching has in common, but I also don't want to know.

Because you can't go to China and not expect a huge statue of Chairman Mao.

This one makes me laugh almost every day.

Snapshots of the Jing'an Temple

Not long after I took this picture I was blessed by a monk.

9 November 2016

#China - Vendula London at Pure Shanghai!

Well, hello darlings!

As usual, I'm crap at blogging.
I've actually done such little sewing the last few months (boo!), but I've been a busy bee doing some travelling with work and being a social butterfly, so there's always that.

TODAY, my darlings, I'm going to talk to you about something I'm really excited about - at the beginning of October you might have seen on my Instagram that I got the opportunity to go to China to work at Pure Shanghai at Chic 2016.

My main role for this was to basically stand around looking pretty holding bags and getting my photo taken (unless you don't know me - this is literally my dream job haha) and eating char siu bao for breakfast. I love China.

If you don't know already, I work for an amazing handbag company called Vendula London. Our speciality is animal-friendly handbags that are not only amazingly decorative, but incredibly practical as well. We're incredibly well-known for our Shop Front bag styles, which have featured on this blog a few times.

This season we're introducing a new line to our varied product list, which is the Charm by Vendula London range. The gist of this line is a range of gorgeous two-tone, classically-styled handbags with a Vendula London twist - a completely detachable charm-bracelet-style chain and charms!

At the moment we have the Alice Charm and London Charm bags for sale, but there's a whole load more to come, with different charm sets to buy and necklace bases to create entire looks!
I wanted to share with you a few of my outfits, because frankly I'm vain.

Hair Flowers: Lady Lucks Boutique
Top: Collectif
Skirt: Handmade (Not Blogged)
Brooch: Luxulite
Bangles: Splendette
Shoes: Melissa

Day One! Wearing an Alice in Wonderland theme using the Alice Charms and flamingos from the Safari pack, and a petrol blue cross body bag that will be available SS17. I know, I can't wait either.

Hair Flowers: Lady Lucks Boutique and handmade
Top: Boohoo (2015)
Belt: Primark (2014)
Skirt: Handmade 
Brooch: Luxulite 
Bangles: Splendette and Vintage
Shoes: Melissa 

Day Two! Getting my patriotism down wearing the London Charm set - I actually love it as a necklace. Cross body bag is available now!

Hair Flower: Lady Lucks Boutique
Brooch: Luxulite
Dress: Handmade
Bangles: Splendette
Belt: Primark (2014)
Shoes: Melissa 

Day Three! Clearly jet lag had hit me by the absolutely delighted look on my face, haha! Wearing the Frida Kahlo charm with some leaves from the Safari set on my necklace, and the burgundy Alice Charm cross body - available now!

I am so excited about these charm bags, unless you can't tell. What sort of charms would you love seeing on a mix-and-match necklace/handbag set?


17 August 2016

All Hail The Gingham Queen!

It's been said before, but I'll say it again.

I bloody love gingham.

This is the second in three items I've made recently in gingham, and yes, it's exactly the same gingham from Rolls and Rems in Holloway as every other bloody gingham item on this blog.

But hell, when something works for you, it works for you, right?

I've got a bit of a gap in my wardrobe for skirts, and especially one for slightly more casual outfits for when I can't be bothered. So, a length of gingham got pleated up to become my new favourite skirt!

Bloody typical my bag is the wrong way around in this shot!

There's so little to say about this skirt, it's fully lined and has gigantic pockets I keep trying to fit the dog in - with a bit of tiny pompom trim across to make it a little bit more exciting than it really is. It's a simple dirndl skirt, with three-inch box pleats instead of the traditional gathering.

It just so happens that the day I planned to shoot this skirt, the amazing Katy from Luxulite sent me the most amazing brooch and earring set - IT'S BLOODY GINGHAM. Can you think of any accessory better suited to my severe obsession than this? They're absolutely gorgeous, and I can't recommend Luxulite any higher than I already do.


Hair Flowers; Lady Luck's Boutique
Necklace; Vintage
Brooch and Earrings; Luxulite
Top; Boohoo (last year)
Belt; Collectif
Bag; Vendula
Bangles; Splendette and Vintage

And even stranger? Karen at Did You Make That? just announced a Ginghamalong!
Who else is joining me in making a gingham item by 13th September to be in for a chance to win even more gingham? Of course, the self-proclaimed Gingham Queen is on it!!

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