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.

14 April 2012

Your daily dose of pretty: Giant Rosie Hair Bone Clip by Rosie Squish

16 Year Old Daughter and I went to the Very Vintage Day Out today. We even dressed the part, in fishnet tights and high heels and pencil skirts. On an unrelated note my feet hurt. But that's beside the point - it was a fabulous day of watching burlesque dancers and rockabilly singers, and browsing clothes and jewellery and trying very hard not to Buy All the Stuff. At which it has to be said we failed.

16 Year Old Daughter came home with one of these in purple:

Seriously, how awesome are those hair bones? I'm tempted to order a couple of the mini ones for myself!

The Giant Hair Bones are NZ$20 and the Mini Hair Bones are NZ$8 for two from Rosie Squish.

There were so many tempting pretties at the Very Vintage Day Out that there are several more blog posts' worth to share with you over the next few days!

13 April 2012

Your daily dose of pretty: Cap Sleeve Dress from Get Cutie

I love Get Cutie. They make a range of vintage-style skirts, dresses and accessories which you can order in any of the fabrics they have in stock. And the range of fabrics is BIG (123 different fabrics big), so I'm a bundle of indecision right at the moment.

I want this dress:

In this fabric:

Or this fabric:

But, how cute is this:

And oh my goodness this!:

This (as pretty as it is) would probably be a bad idea - too much white for me to spill stuff on:

Or CATS! In kimonos!:

So, that's narrowed it down a bit. While my head explodes from the indecision you can go check out the Short Cap Sleeve Dress (£110.00) on Get Cutie. And you can check out all 123 fabric swatches here.

12 April 2012

Your daily dose of pretty: ASOS Bird Print Chain Clutch

It would appear I am still obsessed with bird prints, if my love for this purse is anything to go by:

I love the colour, and the kissing birds print. I also love the fact that it's currently on sale on ASOS for £12.50. Although as always that's not an excuse for me to buy it...

04 April 2012

Your daily dose of pretty: Shadow Circus Burlesque Fairy tote from HautTotes

I absolutely love the artwork on this tote bag:

Isn't that just gorgeous? The artwork is by Amy Brown, and the fabric is printed exclusively for HautTotes with images licenced fromt the artist. So you know you're not going to see this fabric used for anything other than HautTotes bags.

The Shadow Circus Burlesque Fairy tote is US$49.75 from HautTotes.

03 April 2012

Your daily dose of pretty: iGirl Tie-Front Patent Platforms from YesStyle

It's funny how tastes change. It's not that long ago that orange was one of my least favourite colours - possibly from being a child in the 70s when orange (normally combined with brown) was everywhere. Then I started wearing orange nail polish a few months ago, and next thing you know I'm lusting after orange shoes. Specifically these orange shoes:

Too cute! The Tie-Front Patent Platforms by iGirl are US$70.00 from YesStyle.

I still really, really don't like brown though. At least until I decide I do.

02 April 2012

Your daily dose of pretty: Duck Family Necklace from Love Hearts and Crosses

So this is on sale at Love Hearts and Crosses, and it's adorable:

Where we live in West Auckland we have ducks that just wander the streets (and come into our houses begging for food). In Spring and Summer I love watching the wee ducklings because they are just little fluffy balls of adorableness. When they're tiny it's almost as if they're attached to their mum by a piece of elastic - they'll get a certain distance away from her an then suddenly PING they're back in their wee line again. Ducklings are awesome!

Here's a very grainy photo of my boy when he was little with a motherless duckling that we rescued. 

The Duck Family Necklace is on sale for £7.20 from Love Hearts and Crosses.

01 April 2012

Your daily dose of pretty: Babycham Sherbet Polka Dot Cork Wedges from ASOS

I don't know why I do it, but every year when New Zealand summer is drawing to a close and autumn and winter styles are appearing in the shops I torture myself by looking at the summer shoes coming into UK stores.

So, the fact that we've been having an Indian Summer here the last week or so is a good excuse for buying these, right? Because look at that cute bow, and that pop of blue. Too cute!

The Babycham Sherbet Polka Dot Wedges are £49.99 from ASOS.

31 March 2012

Your daily dose of pretty: Irregular Choice Fresh Cut Grass Mary Jane Pump

Irregular Choice would have to be my favourite shoe brand. Some of their designs are a little on the outrageous side, but some of them are just too adorable. Like these:

How ridiculously cute are they? And just look at the design on the sole. These are firmly in the "if I don't have them I will cry" category. There will be tears.

The Fresh Cut Grass Mary Jane Pump (seriously, Irregular Choice? Seriously?) are US$155.00 from Endless.

30 March 2012

Your daily dose of pretty: Skirt by B Original

Following on from yesterday's "curtain fabric but in a good way" post, today's pretty looks like it was made from curtain fabric from the 70s. But in a good way.

That's a very bold print and I'm pretty sure my friend's parents had curtain made from this when I was a kid, but again I like it! On sale for NZ$70.40 from New Zealand store B Original.

29 March 2012

Your daily dose of pretty: Black Lace Print Pocket Dress from Dorothy Perkins

I have to say there's a bit of a "curtain fabric" feel to this dress. And y'know, I quite like it that way:

It's certainly far sexier than anything Julie Andrews ever whipped up from the curtains, isn't it?

The Black Lace Print Pocket Dress is £26.60 on sale from Dorothy Perkins.

28 March 2012

Your daily dose of pretty: Mancienne Ankle Strap Platform from YesStyle

Oh look. Bubblegum pink platform shoes with a chunky heel.

Yeah, these shoes pretty much have "Selina" written all over them. Not literally, obviously. Unless it was in invisible ink. Admittedly I'd prefer them without the ankle strap because you have to have long slim legs to get away with that, and mine are neither!

The Mancienne Ankle Strap Platforms are US$28.80 from YesStyle.

27 March 2012

Your daily dose of pretty: Daisy Shirt by Deadly is the Female

Hello all, and apologies for my extended absence. My MS flared up again and prevented me from blogging for a while thanks to bad double vision. However I'm back now, no longer seeing two of everything, and I have a pretty for you from a shop with quite possibly one of the awesomest names ever - Deadly is the Female:

Daisy Shirt (£55.00).

I don't often wear shirts because my big boobs make the buttons gape. So frankly I think they'd look pretty awesome in this one!

The name of the shop makes me think of this song, which I love:

07 February 2012

Your daily dose of pretty: Blackboard Pendant Necklace by Artisan Jouel

This blackboard pendant necklace is an awesome idea.

I would use it like  real-life Twitter, and update my status on it throughout the day: "The lady beside me is wearing a hideous jumper." "Lady in the hideous jumper just read my necklace and she looks grumpy." "Running away from angry lady in hideous jumper."

The blackboard pendant necklace is NZ$35.00 from Artisan Jouel on felt.co.nz.

04 February 2012

Your daily dose of pretty: Orange Bodycon Dress by Dorothy Perkins

Tucked and pleated neckline and sleeve detailing is turning up a lot at the moment, and this dress is a beautiful example of how this detailing can lift an otherwise ordinary (but chic) dress to something special.

Gorgeous. I even love the colour. Despite the fact that it's orange. Don't ask me how that works, it just does. Does anybody else really hate the term "bodycon" though? To me it sounds like an aerobics class from the 80s. I did aerobics classes in the 80s - complete with high cut leotard, legwarmers, and permed hair. Not something I want to be reminded of.

The Orange Bodycon Dress is £28.00 from Dorothy Perkins.

03 February 2012

Your daily dose of pretty: 100s & 1000s earrings by Saskian

I love 100s & 1000s. So much so that as far as I'm concerned icecream only has value as a delivery mechanism for 100s & 1000s. I never thought of doing this with them though:

Yes, that really is a pair of earrings made with real 100s & 1000s cast in resin. AWESOME!

The 100s & 1000s earrings are NZ$25.00 from Saskian's Store on felt.co.nz.

02 February 2012

Your daily dose of pretty: Green Mini Messenger Bag from The Yellow Brick Road

How cute is this mini messenger bag?:

It reminds me of my first school satchel (in the days before we all had backpacks) only way cooler. My satchel was eye-scorching fluorescent pink - great for visibility but nowhere near as awesome as green with polka dots.

The Green Mini Messenger is NZ$49.00 from The Yellow Brick Road, or if you're in Auckland you can pop into their store at 279 Parnell Rd.

31 January 2012

Your daily dose of pretty: Corset Belts by Red Curry Designs

Corset belts are brilliant. They look pretty and they do lovely things for your figure. What more could a girl want?

Red Curry Designs have some really pretty corset belts, like this one:

And it's reversible:

The corset belts by Red Curry Designs are US$54.99 each, plus they have a few on sale including this cutie for US$39.99.

30 January 2012

Your daily dose of pretty: Bags by JumpFromPaper

Some days, don't you just really wish you lived in a cartoon? With the bright colours, and lots of white space?


Only me then?

Well, thanks to JumpFromPaper, I may actually be able to fulfil my cartoon wishes. At least with my handbag.

That there is an actual handbag. See:

Actual handles, and pockets, and zips.

JumpFromPaper is the brainchild of Taipei-based designers Chay Su and Rika Lin, and this is how they describe their inspiration:

"One cozy afternoon, the two girls were chatting, when they got to sketching their dream designer handbag. A surprising idea popped up – 'How amazing it would be if a two-dimensional hand-drawn illustration could come to life as a real bag!' They explored every possibility, rendering fantasy handbags in perspective, and giving birth to JumpFromPaper™."

The Bonjour (above) is US$80.00,  and I'm also quite partial to the Play Hooky (US$80.00):

What do you think? Could you see yourself carrying one of these around?

15 January 2012

Your daily dose of pretty: Jeffrey Campbell El Carmen shoes

Sometimes - just sometimes - it's a good thing when something you really want is sold out. Trust me on this, it is.

Like for instance right now, when the credit card is maxed-out post-Christmas and the bank is dragging its heels over loaning money for the renovations and I'm browsing my newest shoe site find and lusting after all the pretty shoes and then I find The Awesomest Shoes Ever and they're on sale and OMG I really must have them even though they're completely impractical and I'd probably never wear them because what would I wear them with seriously but look at them they are so beautiful they're almost art and THEY'RE SOLD OUT!

Look at them. Are they not the most ridiculously gorgeous things you have ever set eyes upon? And if they hadn't been sold out it would have taken several strong men to wrestle the credit card off me because I would quite happily hand over US$99.95 for the Jeffrey Campbell El Carmens quicker than you can say "have you noticed the hole in the toilet floor has gotten bigger".

They do come in other colourways though, which I'm also quite partial to.

Have you noticed the hole in the toilet floor has gotten bigger?