29 May 2014

Home: Surprising Finds

- Mint fluted glass table lamp - £30 - George at Asda Homeware
Menagerie fox ornament - £138 - Jonathan Adler
Antique Startburst Mirror - £30 - BHS
Porcelain box - £6.99 - H&M Home
Pink ceramic jar - £3.99 - H&M Home
Eiffel Tower table lamp - £20 - George at Asda Homeware
Diamond cushion in mint - £10 - Tesco Home
White and yellow / pink ceramic prep bowls - £4 each - Tesco Home
White and mint large mixing bowl - £8 - Tesco Home

Lily Says: This collection consists of homeware picks from places you wouldn't necessarily think to look! From supermarkets to highstreet fashion stores, I was surprised at the attractive range of affordable homeware on offer out there - perfect for anyone setting up their first home or looking for a penny-pinching refresh. If you exclude the Jonathan Adler fox (which I only included because I felt it went so perfectly with the more thrifty mint lamp), the whole collection comes in at £116.98 - not bad considering that includes two table lamps, a statement mirror, a cushion, ceramic and porcelain trinket boxes and a set of three handy mixing and prep bowls! 

28 May 2014

Home: Boudoir de Beaute

Lily Says: I had to share these two pretty glass jars I picked up recently from Dunelm Mill. Available in two sizes - small: £5.99 and large: £6.99, the jars are ever-so-slightly frosted - which gives them a vintage feel - and feature a pewter lid tied with a dusty lilac ribbon. Printed onto the glass are the words Boudoir de Beaute, Paris. I think they are a steal and have already filled them with cotton wool pads and other such dressing table essentials!

21 May 2014

Accessories: Blue Gems

Marseille Heavy Gem Clutch - £32 - Accessorize
Double Engraved Bar Necklace - £8.50 - Topshop
Small Blue Leather Ianthe Notebook - £45 - Liberty
Whale Seven-Year Pen - £6.95 - Liberty
Amazonite Multi-Stone Ring - £195 - Alexis Bittar
Green Molly Wallet - £6 - Monki
Susie Cat-Eye Sunglasses - £14 - Accessorize

Lily Says: This collection of Accessories revolves around that amazing Gem Clutch Bag from highstreet favourite Accessorize. If I owned this bag I think I'd keep my jewellery rather simple so as not to look cluttered - with that in mind, this simple silver Double Bar Necklace from Topshop would be ideal! To continue the gem theme, you could throw some rocks on your fingers - I love this Amazonite ring from Alexis Bittar and would probably limit it to one stand out piece of jewellery so as not to detract from the bag. The simple green Molly Purse from Monki is a steal at £6 as are the gorgeous tortoise-shell effect Cat Eye Sunglasses from Accessorize at £14! Both could be easily popped into the clutch along with a handy Small Blue Notebook and slim-line Seven Year Pen and you're good to go! 

7 May 2014

Home: Wooden Monkey by Kay Bojesen

This wooden monkey is somewhat of a Danish design classic and something I've been lusting over for years, so I was over the moon when I received this little chap as a gift from my parents when they returned from a short break in Copenhagen recently. (Dog-sitting while they were gone was worth it! Haha.) Originally designed by Kay Bojesen in 1951, the monkey is made of teak and limba and treated with natural oil. Bojesen believed that his creations should feel pleasing to touch, and with its smooth finish and rounded silhouette, this monkey certainly holds true to that design philosophy. The movable arms and legs are finished with playfully hooked hands and feet that allow the monkey to hang much like its real-life counterpart. The right foot is branded with Bojesen's design stamp to prove authenticity, as you can see below . . .
Above: Kay Bojesen's stamp in branded on the monkey's foot.
Above: Monkey can't resist swinging in the trees! 
(For this photo only, he is now safe and sound inside!)
Above: With a pleasing expression and rounded lines, the monkey holds true to Bojesen's design philosophy.

2 May 2014

Accessories: Keep it Colourful

Punched Love Heart Poppy Bag - £148 - Orla Kiely
Metal Arm Cat-Eye Sunglasses - £16 - Topshop
Yellow Metallic Necklace - £19.99 - Zara
Flamingo Midi Ring - £4.50 - Topshop
Gold Cora Cuff - £69 - Hobbs
Joss Heart-Studded Leather Wallet - £145 - Anya Hindmarch / The Outnet
Brushed Metal Ring Set - £10 - Warehouse

Lily Says: Another collection inspired by a clutch bag - this time the pretty Punched Love Heart Poppy Bag from Orla Kiely. To accompany it, I've picked jewellery with a gold-tone base to complement the gold hardware of the bag - the Gold Cora Cuff from NW3 at Hobbs is a prime example. Not only does it tie in with the colour scheme, it also complements the 'punched' style of the bag. The Yellow Metallic Necklace from Zara is a statement piece that continues the colourful, summery vibe of the collection, as do the lilac Cat-Eye Sunglasses from Topshop. And to tuck inside the bag, what better than this Heart-Studded Wallet from Anya Hindmarch? Not only does it fit the colour pallet, but it is also rather exquisite in its own right! 

1 May 2014

Fashion: Flamingo Shoes!

Above: Felicity Flamingo Slip-Ons - £29 - Accessorize

Lily Says: Thank you Accessorize for giving us the gift of FLAMINGO SHOES! How cute are these?! Subtle enough to be wearable but still featuring embroidered little pink flamingos to brighten up your toes! With my well-documented love of flamingos, I definitely need to swing by my local Accessorize to try these on! 
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