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Aug 15 / Erica

My Style: The Ukrainian bohemian dress for under £60

New in embroidered dress, Zara

New in embroidered dress, Zara

I love a bargain. And I love an embroidered dress (particularly of Eastern European extraction – see previous posts here and here).

So when the fashion stars align and the two come together – I am ON IT LIKE A CAR BONNET. read more…

Aug 1 / Erica

I’m Having A Thing About … Neon Signs

Image: Bag and Bones

Image: Bag and Bones

My love for a neon light is not a new thing. In fact I discussed creating a bespoke design here – before realising quite how expensive they can be. You have to treat it as you would an investment work of art – and price it up / save for it accordingly.

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Image: Bag & Bones BUY HERE

Now there’s a new company for me to lust after – and it’s affordable! Say hello to Bag & Bones.

Run by sisters Gigi and Cavanagh Foyle (a former scientist and lawyer), Bag & Bones was founded after Gigi spotted a gap in the market for kid and planet friendly neon lighting.

Their cool designs are actually a combination of flexible neon tubing and light-emitting diodes, which basically means they emit very little heat, are durable and far less likely to break as they’re not encased in glass. You can just plug them in too, no need for electricians.

Image: Bag and Bones

Image: Bag & Bones BUY HERE

Gigi says, “I studied science at University and I’ve always been particularly interested in green energy. Our dad is somewhat of an environmentalist and we spent our youth listening to him lecture us on turning the lights off and the effect of energy use on our wonderful environment. So, when it came to the neon, we wanted to find a solution – the neon feel, without the neon gas!

“We get very inspired by living in London – there is so much beautiful art in everything from music to fashion. And at the moment we are doing a collaboration with interior design duo 2LG which we are very excited about – stay tuned to our Insta feed to see more.”

Image: Bag & Bones

Image: Bag & Bones BUY HERE

The ladies also offer a hire service, so you can borrow their cool lights for events, parties or even weddings.

I absolutely love them. Check out their site and the rest of their designs here.

 

 

Jul 27 / Erica

Five on Wednesday #11

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Credits clockwise from left: Minimal culotte jumpsuit, ASOS | Pom pom edged scarf, Jigsaw | Khaki military jacket, J Crew at Net a Porter | Leopard saddle bag, Boden | Two bar heeled ballerina shoes, & Other Stories

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Jul 25 / Erica

We’re all obsessed with….white lace blouses

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Blouse, Glamorous | Jeans, Boden | Silver bag, M Hulot

I DEFINITELY have a thing for white lace blouses. And judging by the comments and reactions to those I’ve posted on Instagram, I am DEFINITELY not alone! The one I’m wearing above is from Glamorous – a brand not on my radar before. read more…

Jul 22 / Erica

My Style: Summer jackets and office-appropriate print clashing

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‘Iden’ Jacket, Custommade (coming online and in store very soon) | ‘Nantika Dress’ (worn as blouse), Custommade | Skirt, Marks & Spencer (old season, similar here) | Shoes, Julia Mays | ‘Gia’ silver Bag, M Hulot | Sunglasses, ASOS | All photos: Eleanor Skan

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Jul 19 / Erica

A Japanese take on a Brit tea party, with Denby Pottery

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All photography: Eleanor Skan | Styling: Kay Prestney, Kinship Creative | Fabrics: From a selection at Fabric Rehab | All crockery: Denby Pottery

Last week I prayed that the weather gods would be kind, because I had a tea party planned – and YOU KNOW, there was NO PLAN B.

Thankfully, they listened – and the plans I’d been making for weeks came to fruition with a small group of friends chink-chinking chilled Prosecco and supping tea in the sunshine.

We took over my friend Ciara’s BEAUTIFUL garden (because mine is a mud-pit before it gets landscaped) with a Japanese-meets-British-vintage afternoon tea in association with Denby Pottery.

Their new collection features this pretty fashion-inspired range called Kyoto, in collaboration with Monsoon  – and this completely decided the theme of the day. read more…

Jul 8 / Erica

I’m having a thing about: pom pom trimmings

Images: Nina Suess | Pinterest

Images: Nina Suess | Pinterest

I’m not sure whether you’ll find a more cheery trimming than a pom-pom.

In these strange days of ‘is it summer yet? No but really, IS it?’ adding a little jolly row of fluffy balls to an outfit will surely boost your mind every but as much as the sunshine. Surely. read more…

Jul 6 / Erica

Five On Wednesday #10

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Clockwise from top left: Cactus bag, Mango | ‘Tell Laura’ Hot Lips Lipstick, Charlotte Tilbury | Black lace top, La Redoute | Lait-Crème Fluide, Embryolisse at Cult Beauty | Ballet flats in navy, Topshop

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Jun 27 / Erica

The House Files: The downstairs washroom

Image: DecorPad

Image: DecorPad

If you have one (and we didn’t in our old house), the downstairs wash-room is an opportunity for folly.

It’s generally the smallest space in the house, but still one of the most useful which means there are absolutely TONS of ways of making it cool, quirky, stylish and fun. read more…

Jun 23 / Erica

My Style: Never saving anything for best

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Skirt, Marks & Spencer (also available in black) | Sweatshirt, Isabel Marant for H&M (old season, similar here) | Shoes, Jimmy Choo (old season, similar here) | Sunglasses, & Other Stories (old season, similar here) | Bag, Jigsaw (new season update here) | Rings, Renné Jewellery | Intials necklaces, SWYC | Circles necklace, Matthew Calvin | PHOTOS: ELEANOR SKAN

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Jun 21 / Erica

The Etsy Design Awards: Our Winners

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Etsy HQ in Farringdon, London

Who knew sourdough crumpets were the PERFECT accompaniment to judging the Etsy Design Awards?

It only took me and my fellow judges this hearty breakfast, quite a few pots of tea (in cute, mismatched Etsy-purchased china, obvs), a LOT of discussion and only a few minor disagreements to decide on the winners.

But now I am delighted to announce the crafters, makers and creators who will take home the prizes.

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Jun 17 / Erica

My Style: Doing Double Broderie

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Lace top, Iris Fashion | Maxi skirt with broderie hem, La Redoute | Smiley bag, Anya Hindmarch  | Sunglasses, ASOS | Rings, SVP Jewellery | Sandals, Office (old season, similar here) | Necklace, Accessorize | Photos: Hannah Gale

I always thought wearing black and white would make me look as though I was wearing uniform. Probably because from the age of four to sixteen, it was indeed my uniform.

Now I fully appreciate the beauty of monochrome, without feeling as though I should be heading to Miss Humphries’ physics class (and believe me,  NONE of us wanted to go to Miss Humphries’ physics class). read more…

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