Things have been a little quiet around here of late and I'm very pleased to announce the reason - after many months of set backs (the joys of renovating a period property), I am finally ready to share my second Wayward Daughter handmade collection.
In celebration of this, I would like to offer a 20% discount to my blog readers, using the code 'WDTWENTY', running until November 5th. Remember, remember...
Model - Rachel Jackson with Model Team
Makeup - Jenni Muir
Photography - Adam Wilson with special thanks to Alan McCredie
No Sunday Best this weekend, I'm afraid. Truth be told, I've spent my whole weekend in jeans (yes, jeans!) busy with an exciting project. Ever since I started on the road towards opening Wayward Daughter I've been working out of our little study, which is little more than a broom cupboard and was actually supposed to be Adam's Man Cave... a silly name drafted up on a gin fuelled evening with friends. Only since Wayward Daughter is already off to a flying start, I thought it was time to set up WD HQ... so to speak.
On Friday I recommissioned our sparsely used dining room, made a trip to Ikea and then spent the whole weekend priming and preening. Its not quite there yet but it already feels like home. Adam has already christened it my Girl Cave, which is really quite fitting. There are so many pastel colours, the room is practically oozing Estrogen.
My guilty pleasures thus far have to be sticking pretty pictures on the wall under the guise of inspiration and bulk buying stationary. This is the beginnings of my wall of Wayward Daughters - As you can see Z Berg, Annie Monroe, Megan Fox and Françoise Hardy have already made the cut.
Would you believe if I told you all of those note books came to £2.25? I nipped into Asda for a pint of milk and there they were, 25p for a pack of five!
From the very first moment I saw tba's debut collection, I was swept away. Completely and utterly head over heels in love with Binbin McNiven's designs. Each season she continues to steal my heart and AW11 is no different.
What I love about tba is that their pieces are so effortlessly cut in flowing silk and gossamer organza but at the same time are so easy to wear. They are so perfectly thought out that all I ever have to do is choose a pair of shoes and I'm ready. Another thing that keeps me coming back time and time again is their value for money, I have worn my black silk dress with the beaded collar from SS10 to the point that my friends mock me for not owning another party dress but I don't care a bit because its the most perfect dress and I love wearing it. My only regret is that I didn't buy it in Navy and Fawn too!
This season draws inspiration from the 60's, with an added hint of austere 40's. Suggestive sheer panels alongside tba's signature peter pan collars come together in an all together sultry manner while triumphantly remaining delicate and feminine. Out of all the reasons that I love tba, this is why I love wearing their clothes - they are are designed for girls who dress to please themselves and most certainly not boys!
Which is your favourite? I'm already devoted to the first dress - Isadora, I fear the world will end if I do not own it.
All images courtesy of tba.
First off, I have a confession to make. I'm no nail expert, I've never even had a manicure. When I actually paint my nails its usually right before I go out, between sips of gin and tonic with only moments to spare. This method was learned through trail, error and a few stellar tips from my future Mother-in-Law, Lilian. She's true Geordie lady, always perfectly turned out with a standing manicure appointment.
I've always admired half moon manicures but it was only when I was watching Atonement a few weeks ago, where in one scene Emily Tallis lays her perfectly manicured hand on Bryony's shoulder that I really fell in love with them. At first I tried to cover my half moons with stickers usually used for french tips but on my nails they were a little uneven so I tried circular stationary stickers and it worked perfectly. Admittedly its all a little fiddly but if I can turn my hand to it (pun intended) then anyone can.
- Nail Varnish
- Circular Stationary Stickers
- Quick Dry
- Cotton Pads
- Nail Varnish Remover
Once they are all stuck on firmly, with no gaps otherwise the vanish will seep under, paint on two coats of your favourite colour and wait a few minutes. I already had the toothpick to hand for the final stage but I found that they were pretty useful for peeling off the stickers while avoiding any smudges. When all nails are sticker free, paint on a coat of quick dry coating. This was the first of Lilian's tips but after sceptically paying nearly £7 for Save The Nail "45 Second Dry" I am entirely convinced. It does exactly what it says on the bottle and leaves your nails with a super glossy coating, like a 'proper' manicure.
Lilian's second stellar tip is for mini DIY cotton buds made from cotton wool pads and toothpicks. They are perfect for dipping in nail varnish remover and cleaning up any smudges and are so much more accurate than ordinary cotton buds, even the pointed kind. Just put a little NVR on a cotton pad and roll a toothpick on the pad until a little comes away. Smooth it off with your finger and clean off the smudges. Thanks Lillian! x
I love little treats, don't you? Little things that you really don't need but brighten up your day. I thought I'd share these with you because I've been raving about them on twitter and they seemed to raise a few questions.
I didn't mean to buy all three, really I didn't! I just went to buy a can of diet coke... Only then I noticed the free teeny, tiny Benetint on the cover of Glamour Magazine and was compelled to walk two miles and visit six different shop in order to nab myself mini Posietint and High Beam to complete the trio. All for six pounds sterling! The only problem is that I'm stuck with three copies of a magazine that I have no interest in reading. Hats off to Glamour magazine's marketing department!
The Girl of My Dreams
Dear, sweet, illusive Lula stole a corner of my heart from the very moment I spyed Kirsten Dunst coyly peering from the cover. Now, twice a year I make the pilgrimage to Anologue Books - the best bookshop in Edinburgh, where they always keep a copy for me. Probably because I incessantly hassle them on twitter. Thanks for your stellar service and sorry for being annoying!
Issue 12 is captivating as ever, with interviews from Mia Wasikowska, Kinga Burza and a hoard of beautifully styled editorials. I especially enjoyed Troop Lula by Rory Satran. She writes about her love affair with Girls Scouting and the trials and tribulations of joining an American troop whilst living in London. Rodarte and Orla Kiely have also contributed 'Troop Lula' uniform designs alongside stills from Troop Beverly Hills (yes, that is young Jenny Lewis) and The Parent Trap (with Hayley Mills, not the awful remake) which I haven't seen for years. I wish I could say it was a childhood favourite but I was only three when it was released and in reality I only found it when I was about 17 and completely obsessed with Rilo Kiley. However, I managed to unearth a copy and I am pleased to report that Shelley Long's modified troop leader costume is still wonderful and Jenny Lewis is still cute as a button!
This weekend my favourite things are 40's style waves, rose lemonade with paper straws and my new Le Comptoir Scandinave sandals from Spartoo.
My fringe has hit that totally awkward stage in the growing out process. Too long to be a blunt fringe but not quite long enough to be swept to the side. My solution is a sort of side swept quiff and 40's style curls. I'd always thought those sort of hairstyles were ridiculously hard style but its actually so easy. I just put in a few big rollers with lots of hairspray, wait until they have cooled then brush out the curls and there you have it.