15 February 2015

This Week // #26

big bunches of flowers
{a suitably romantic picture for Valentin's weekend! Photo by Luisa Brimble}

Doing: Some resting. This weekend has been all about the rest. Last week was really busy and I'm suffering for it now with a very irritating cold. I'm currently surrounded by tissues, mugs of tea and bowls of soup- pitiful! I'm a little peeved considering Harry and I wanted to go to the reopening of the Whitworth Art Gallery on Valentines. Instead, I ate chocolate on the sofa and watched films from the 90s... the glamour! So, apologies for the lack of exciting blog content, I haven't left the flat or managed anything worthwhile this weekend! I'm pretty much posting this so that I can have achieved something today...
Loving: Hot baths and candles. There have been a lot this week and I'm very OK with that (even if I have used up too much of my favourite bath oils!) Anytime I'm ill I pretty much live in the bath, I just love feeling so warm!
Wearing: My black jeans, probably too much. Does anyone else go through clothing phases? I fall in love with an item and then don't want to wear anything else for an age!
Daydreaming: About being married. It is all suddenly hitting us that this is happening soon and Harry and I keep on looking at each other and smiling. I thing absolutely nothing will just but at the same time everything will be different- does that make any sense?

Links of the week: 
I've mentioned on my twitter and instagram that Lucy Siegle's book is a brilliant read, and this TED talk of hers is an illuminating one. The sheer scale of consumption is almost terrifying when you see it laid out in numbers like this...
I'm really excited for this pop-up at Selfridges! Gender neutral shopping. I can't wait to see their edit!
Style Stories is my new favourite tumblr. I am so fascinated about how people shop, why they wear what they wear and how their clothes make them feel. Plus there is some great style inspiration!
This GIF made my valentine's day!
New York Fashion week has begun and I have to admit, I almost love the street style more than trawling the shows. I love this collection of snaps.

Catch up with Chambray and Curls
// cuffed //

      

11 February 2015

STYLE // Cuffed

grey duster jacket and cuffed denim
High waist black jeans. Maybe the most essential wardrobe basic there is and I have been without them for months since my old ones finally bit the dust with a gigantic tear. Jeans shopping is a nightmare at the best of times, but trying to find an ethical pair at the same time? Nigh on impossible. After many, many hours trawling the internet, Nobody Denim are now my new crush. Everything is made in Melbourne, Australia and accredited by Ethical Clothing Australia and they product the holy grail of the perfect skinny jean. Their Cult Skinny might be all I buy forever more. They are pricey but I managed to snag this pair second hand for under £10, as a way of testing the waters with their jeans and I can confirm- it is love. When these die, I'll be buying another pair in an instant, full price or not. The dye is a true black, they are soft enough to be comfortable but not so much they lose their shape in a single wear, the waist is truly high and the branding is subtle. Perfect!
grey prince of wales check duster jacket cuffed high waist denim Nobody Cult Skinny Jean felt wide brim hat and cashmere scarf
Wearing: Hat : ASOS Catarzi; Duster, ribbed polo neck, boots: Charity shops; Cashmere Scarf: Gift; Jeans: Nobody Cult Skinny (available from Gather & See, here)

xxx

      

08 February 2015

This Week // #25

the future is bright
{print by Cat Coquillette}

Doing: all things wedding! This week included finishing designing the invites, getting them printed and sent out, finishing the wedding website for all the guest information, emailing far too many people and an absolute ton of wedding dress sewing. I am ridiculously excited that my dress is now structurally finished! I just have finishing details to go and it is so satisfying to see it come together how I wanted. We have 10 weeks until the wedding and it is all starting to feel very real, in a great way.
Loving: Manchester. Harry and I have been making an effort to go out and about at the weekends, meeting up with friends and exploring new spots, making me fall in love with this city all over again. We are so lucky to have everything literally on our doorstep but it is easy to get in a rut so we've been actively trying out somewhere new each week. Going for coffee, having brunch with friends, wandering around the city and art galleries... Life is good.
Wearing: The jumper from last week's style post! It is so warm and so snuggly and so easy to wear that I have been finding myself pulling it out the wardrobe on every occasion! It is however, the fuzziest jumper on earth and I've been finding black fluff absolutely everywhere...
Daydreaming: Of the future. As the reality of getting married kicks in, Harry and I have found ourselves talking about and planning what we want to do over the coming year, individually and together: Trips we want to make, things we want to achieve and generally thinking about this life we're building together. It keeps giving me a little excited twist in my tummy!

Links of the week:
Sophie's Minimal Wardrobe 12 month update was a great read. I do like finding inspiration from others who are trying to step away from the more consumerist approach to style and fashion.

Valentine's day is looming and gift guides are everywhere. So far, the only one which has really stuck home is this one, with 25 Gift Ideas based on the 5 Love Languages. (if that means nothing to you, you can take the test here). Things that don't have to cost anything but will actually make your loved on feel cherished... what is not to like!

Who doesn't like a little midwinter wanderlusting? This gallery of beaches had me wanting to visit every single one.

Whilst I've been wedding planning, the thought of being a wife has hit me and the term doesn't feel like it fits yet. So cue the most perfectly timed discussion on The Man Repeller... why is it that the title of 'wife' can seem like it takes away from so many other areas? It clearly doesn't have to.

I'm definitely guilty of getting the Sunday Night Blues and this post on how to make Mondays work for you might be just the thing to kick me into starting the week happy.

Catch up with Chambray and Curls
// Scandi //