11 September 2013

Your daily dose of pretty: Balloon brooch

I love brooches. I do think I should wear them more often, but I never remember to put one on even though I have some really cute brooches. Despite this, I think I might need to add one of these balloon brooches to my collection, so that I can then forget to wear it:


Each brooch is hand cut from paper covered wood and covered with a layer of varnish. The rope is made from white leather cord. There are four colours available - pink, blue, mint and yellow:


The balloon brooch is £11 from Folksy seller Lucie Ellen.

07 September 2013

Wear PUNJAMMIES™. Wear hope.

I'm not only in love with these pyjamas, I'm in love with the idea behind them:


This is the story behind PUNJAMMIES™, as told on the International Princess Project site:

"In February of 2005, International Princess™ Project founder Shannon Keith went on a trip to India that opened her eyes to devastation of lives happening on the streets and in the brothels. After visiting a red-light district, she could not forget what she saw - young girls sold by their families, orphans picked up off the street by pimps, even young mothers just trying to feed their children. Many were held against their will. Others were trapped by economics. Those who escaped the brothels often returned just to survive.

Compelled by the magnitude of this reality, Shannon and her team of volunteers founded International Princess™ Project to advocate for these women, give them opportunities to restore their broken lives and empower them to live in freedom. The traditional Indian Sari, worn in even the darkest places in India, became the inspiration for International Princess™ Project. The sari’s bright color and beautiful design are fit for princesses.

Women who leave the brothels need occupational training and job opportunities to help them find dignity, self-worth and hope for a future outside of the red light districts. When women become a part of an International Princess Project sewing center, they take the first step toward supporting themselves in a dignified way.

PUNJAMMIES™, pajamas made from the beautiful Indian fabrics by women employed at sewing centers in India, are exported to the U.S and sold as a premium-brand of sleepwear. Proceeds from these sales go back to paying the ladies fair trade wages, money towards their living expenses, holistic support and restoration, funding towards their children’s schooling and operational support for the program. International Princess™ Project is committed to creating self-sustaining enterprises in India that provide opportunities for women formally enslaved in prostitution a place to heal from the past and find hope for the future."

Made from 100% cotton, in a gorgeous range of colours and prints, PUNJAMMIES™ come in full-length, capri, and shorts, and there are a variety of tees and tanks available on the site too.

It will cost you $35.00 for a full-length pair like those pictured above, available from PUNJAMMIES™.

16 April 2013

Music Robot Necklace

How cute is this wee dude?


Admittedly cute in a "I'm going to murder you in your sleep" kind of way, with those googly eyes and that wide grin. But hey, he's on sale for NZ$10, so even if he does murder you in your sleep you've still got yourself a bargain.

The Music Robot Necklace is available from New Zealand store Finesse Boutique.

31 March 2013

Your daily dose of pretty: Cartable bag

There is so much to love about this bag: the retro vibe; the mix of pretty prints; the cute hardware; and it even converts from a shoulder bag to a backpack;



Available from Australian retailer Monsterthreads  for AU$89.

14 February 2013

Your daily dose of pretty: Daleks for Valentines

Happy Valentines everybody. Eccentric English Boyfriend and I don't actually do the whole Valentines Day thing, but if we did this is what I'd ask for:


Dalek earrings? Oh yes please! £39.99 from Harlequin Goldsmiths, who have a whole range of Doctor Who jewellery to deck yourself out in. Also, check out their version of the Add To Cart button:


My kind of people!

30 January 2013

Your daily dose of pretty: Have a Ball earrings

I've been knitting since I was about eight years old. Although it took a bit of a back seat when I started my family 17 years ago I've recently found myself with renewed passion for woolcraft, so much so that a few months ago I also taught myself to crochet. From right handed instructions. I'm left handed, you know. Smug much? Hell yes!

Anyway, these earrings are a cute and subtle way to express your love for knitting:


The Have a Ball earrings are available from MimiJewels on Etsy for NZ$8.58 / US$7.00.

25 January 2013

Your daily dose of pretty: Sugar Skull Flower Earrings by Paisley Phoenix Designs

Eight months have gone by since I last blogged here. Or anywhere for that matter. So let's just put that behind us and start 2013 as we mean to go on: with pretty things.


These adorable (and yes, slightly creepy in a most delicious way) Sugar Skull earrings are available in several colour combinations from Paisley Phoenix Designs on Felt for NZ$18. I'm particularly partial to this striking pink and turquoise combination.

02 May 2012

Your daily dose of pretty: Claire Gent Painted Cherry Blossom Cuff

I still have a few discoveries from the Very Vintage Day Out to show you, but I spotted this cuff on Pinterest and fell in love with it so of course I had to share:


I don't actually wear cuffs because I have short arms, and wide cuffs make them look even shorter. A bit like this:



The Painted Cherry Blossom Cuff is £25.00 from Claire Gent on Folksy.

16 April 2012

Your daily dose of pretty: Skully Necklace by Miss Sparrow

I think I missed the Miss Sparrow stall at the Very Vintage Day Out. Or possibly it was one of the ones I had a quick glance at en route to something else. And it's probably a good thing because if I'd seen this necklace it would have been mine. And Eccentric English Boyfriend might not have been quite so reasonable about how much money I spent!:



At first glance this appears to be simply a lovely glass bead necklace. But look a little closer. Skulls! I dare you to wear this to the next afternoon tea with your elderly aunts!

The Skully necklace is NZ$90.00 from Miss Sparrow.

15 April 2012

Your daily dose of pretty: Le Petite Fleur Earrings from Whimsy Fix

Whimsy Fix is another retailer we spotted at the Very Vintage Day Out yesterday. Well, in truth we didn't just spot them, we bought from them. Which obviously comes as no surprise.

These are not earrings we bought from them. But they are very cute and I want them:


According to the listing these are "10x14mm Pearlised Vintage Bead decorated with a Vintage BlueRose & nestled inside an Antique Bronze Lace setting - fixed with a dangle earring". They're also pretty.

The Le Petite Fleur Vintage Earrings are NZ$17.00 from Whimsy Fix.