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Sunday, 14 September 2014

Smiling Sunday!

This starry dress from Cath Kidston's new range for this season. Love anything with stars and the pleated skirt is adorable. 
Via Cath Kidston

This series of tiny tattoos photographed on matching backgrounds. I'm a fan of little tattoos on wrists.
Images are via Laughing Squid.

This swimming pool, how great would it be to have this at your home?
Via Pinterest

This cute fox wallet from Sass and Belle.
Via Sass & Belle

This London train ticket cushion from Not On The High Street , quirky but good. 

These Disney princesses and villains leggings from Black Milk. Think I'd go for the villains, love the darker colours.
Via Black Milk
Via Black Milk

This great silhouette card of Amy Winehouse by My World. Really simple design.

This cute little Lego rubber, I'll make lots of mistakes just so I can use it :)

What's been making you smile this week?

Peebreeks xx

Sunday, 7 September 2014

Smiling Sunday!

Here are some things that made me smile this week.  Try not to faint in shock that I've actually managed to post a 'Smiling Sunday' on a Sunday :) 
 I have featured and linked some designers'/ bloggers' websites in this post. I would just like to reiterate that as always, my opinions are my own and I have not been asked or sponsored to feature these, nor am I in anyway affiliated with these designers/bloggers. I just happen to like their designs/websites!!

1. This colourful world map fabric.  Spotted this for £9.99 per metre in the Lanes, Brighton. Have plans to make this into a skirt or a dress. It reminds me of the 'Miss World' range in which Truly Sopel has incorporated her dress and sleep set designs.  I first saw her design on an old Sindy doll, as she collaborated with Jolly Dolly Shop. It caught my eye as my sisters and I had old Sindys when we were little! See below for a photo collage of her Miss World range and Check out her website Trulyknickers.

Via Truly Knickers Blog 

2. As I mentioned Jolly Dolly Shop, it occurred to me that although I loved their designs when I saw them on a stall, I've never looked at their online collection. It has to be said that there's a fair amount of nostalgic fondness when I see old Sindys but how freaking cute are the clothes and camping gear?!! I wish I was a child again :)
Via Jolly Dolly Shop

Via Jolly Dolly Shop

3. These cute card and print designs by Lola Hoad Design, I really like the looped handwriting and simple design. I desperately want one of the framed expressions/quotes but I've started with a little card for now!  All of the designs are printed on 100% recycled paper.
You can check out her online shop here.
Here are some more of her designs framed. Photos below are via Lola Hoa Design.
Bloody good advice!

I need to live by this!

4. This 99 problems beach bag. Saw it in Rose Hill Boutique in Brighton about a month ago and had a little giggle. You've got to love a canvas tote bag with a pun! You can also buy it online from Not On The High Street for £20.
4. This fox design fabric by Jen Moules Textile Design.  You may remember I featured Jen's watercolour goldfish wallpaper designs some time ago on my blog.  This week I was delighted to discover that she now has fabric available on Etsy! Am gonna have to get me some fox fabric, I can't resist...
Via Etsy

5. This outfit post by Mermaidens. I discovered her blog this week and I love the retro-style swimsuit and the doughnut rubber ring :)
Via Mermaidens
Via Mermaidens

Via Mermaidens

6. This driftwood mirror with a shelf for candles. Have been hunting lately for reclaimed timber/driftwood mirrors/something like this (but more affordable!) to go in my room. 
Via Driftwood Ocean Art
 7. These mint ombre legwarmers by GraceandLaceCo.
Via Etsy
8. These hand-painted galaxy Converse by Emily Tam. I would definitely wear these with some white laces.
Via Etsy

Via Etsy

Via Etsy
What's been making you smile lately?

Peebreeks xx

Saturday, 6 September 2014

Style: Carrie Bradshaw

Sorry not much blogging recently as I've been away on holiday, hope to write more about this soon. Treated myself to a season of 'Sex and the City' to watch on my Kindle on the train/plane this summer. Had forgotten how much I loved the series which was on Channel 4 when I was a teenager, remember encouraging even my guy mates to watch it!  Wasn't a massive fan of either of the films but do like the style and storylines from the TV series.  My favourite character was obviously Carrie; not as slutty as Samantha, not as prim as Charlotte, but more fun than Miranda! 
Revisiting the series recently made me remember that I was a big fan of some of Carrie's outfits.  I thought I would share some of my favourite looks of hers from the series with you,  I've also snuck in a couple from the films.  The stylist for the TV series and subsequent films of 'Sex and the City' was Patricia Field, who won an Emmy for her work on the series and no less than four Costume Designers Guild awards.
Via The fabulous life
Via Pinterest-Carrie Bradshaw
Via Stylechi
Via Intospotlight
Via Fab Sugar
Via Fab Sugar
Via Pinterest-Carrie Bradshaw
Via Pinterest-Carrie Bradshaw
Via Pinterest-Carrie Bradshaw
Via Paperblog
Via Media

I loved the flower corsages Carrie wore.  I seem to remember that I bought a few high-street rose versions myself, in the vain hope of somehow managing to appear as stylish!

Via Pinterest-Carrie Bradshaw
Of course, I can't write a post on Carrie Bradshaw style without featuring the necklace. You know the one.  Any woman who was a style fan of the show (myself included) has one of these with their own name, am I right?
If I had to pick a favourite out of the outfits I've featured here, I would go for the tulips dress with the black necklace and bun, so cute and colourful. Sorry for graininess of some of the photos, had to work with what I could find online!
 You can probably tell that after more than a decade since I first saw an episode, I still have a great fondness for 'Sex and the City'.  Yes it romantizes the city and people of New York massively and Carrie can be extremely melodramatic at times, but the sentiment and style of the series still appeal to me.  Would love to go to New York someday.

What are your favourite looks from the series?

Peebreeks xx

Saturday, 23 August 2014

Make-up review: Estee Lauder Double Wear BB Cream

Whilst browsing cheaper foundations in Boots recently, I was approached by a Estee Lauder employee and asked if I wanted a free sample of Estee Lauder foundation. (Are they allowed to poach customers from lower-end brands like this?!). I (of course) agreed and a few minutes later found myself with a sample bottle of Estee Lauder Double Wear All Day Glow BB Moisture Makeup in shade 2.0, which has a SPF of 30.

I took this away with me to try out whilst on holiday (the tiny 10-day bottle was a very convenient addition to my liquids bag for my hand luggage!)  I was expecting great things from an expensive high-end BB cream (£20.50 in Boots) and a dewy glow with moisture as the name would suggest.

I was thoroughly disappointed with this product. I have dry and sensitive skin.  It felt cakey as soon as I started to apply it to my skin; it seemed to dry very quickly. The coverage felt thick and looked very matte, not at all what I wanted. You could add a moisturiser to it I suppose, but doesn' t that defy the point of using a BB cream to save you using multiple products?  I don't know whether it was due to the high SPF but this product seemed to clog my pores.

I can only think this product might fare better on oily skins.  I prefer a light to medium coverage and a dewy finish as my skin is so dry. There didn't seem to be any moisturising effect in this product and I think Estee Lauder test on animals which definitely puts me off using their products anyway.

Let me know if you've tried this product and how you got on.
Peebreeks xx

Friday, 22 August 2014

Smiling Sunday!

Yet another Smiling Sunday Friday!
Sorry I've disappeared again this week, bad blogger I know. Was away in Spain for ten days so here's what I've been loving over the last couple of weeks in England and Spain. Will try to post various bits of my trip as soon as possible: out and about in Barcelona, food reviews, beauty products etc.

1. This message board, if only everyone made life this simple...

2.This exercise/dance routine by Naomi di Fabio to 'Million Pound Girl'. I really wish that I could dance like this.

3. Mae Bradbury: I discovered her on YouTube recently when I was searching for Kate Rusby. She has done a number of cover versions but I really like this song which is her own.

4. This tiled mosaic of a kiss in Barcelona.  Apparently the local community contributed the photos of loved ones for the tiles which were used to make the mosaic. What an awesome idea :)

5.Pig mug by Donkey products. This made me giggle when I saw it. Donkey products is a German company but you can view the website in English and I think they deliver to other European countries, not sure about USA.

6. Mr Wonderful notebooks, mousemats, mugs (I'm slightly mug-obsessed atm). This is a Spanish company that I recently discovered during my trip to Barcelona. I love their cute illustrations and feel-good quotes in English or Spanish.  The company is comprised of a Spanish husband and wife team, which makes them even cuter to me!! I want all their products. You can order from their website and pay for delivery or you can buy their products in Natura and El Corte Ingles in Spain.
A unicorn on it...I'm there.
Adorable illustrations and loopy writing :)
How sweet is this mug?!

8. Ultimate Covers playlist on Spotify.  As you all know, I love a good acoustic cover version.  Found about this playlist from a friend recently and I loveeeeeee it! Some of my favourite covers on this playlist are 'What would you do' by Bastille, 'Say you'll be there' by M0, 'Timber' by Tyler Ward , 'I kissed a girl' by William Fitzsimmons and 'This woman's work' by Greg Laswell.

What's made you smile lately?

Peebreeks xx