Knitted baby (or bunny) socks

My lovely cousin has just had her second baby and after knitting her first one a hat I thought I’d try a pair of socks this time. They did go a bit wrong, but as long as you can’t see a picture of how they were supposed to look you’d never know! To see them in their full glory I thought I’d model them on a bunny that sits on my shelves and they look fairly good, I might even try a pair of adult socks next! I’ve been lucky enough to have a day off work today, although after working for 10 hours on Sunday I think I deserve it, so after I've posted these off to Ireland, I’ll be spending the rest of the afternoon watching Home Alone and doing a bit of Christmas crafting.


Wardrobe essentials - the cream top

This is the first item of clothing I’ve brought in what feels like ages, not because I’ve stopped myself spending, but because I’d not seen anything I liked (well, for a reasonable price)! I blogged a few weeks ago about a few basic style rules fashion blogs have reminded me of recently and the necessity for ‘wardrobe essentials’ should definitely be added to the list. This cream top from Next is stylish and will go with pretty much everything in my wardrobe; it can be dressed up or down and was only £16!

The embroidery is beautiful and the pleat detail on the back is also a really nice touch, making it look far more expensive than it is. In reality the top isn’t as fitted as it appears in the image, but this is a good thing as the fabric doesn’t have much stretch. It also comes up quite big – I tried mine on in store and ended up with a size 6 and am usually an 8 or 10, so be warned if you’re buying online. For its first outing I think I’ll be paring it with jeans and a blue Zara blazer for work this week.

What are your wardrobe essentials?

                                                               Image from Next

 Close up of detail on front, love the paisely design.

Pleat detail on back.


Picture postcard #3

This week’s picture postcard was taken this afternoon in the Cuckmere valley, we stopped by the river for a quick walk after a pub lunch (is there any better way to spend a Sunday?) and the light was just beautiful. I love water when it’s this still too. The sunshine had obviously brought everyone out and it seemed half of Eastbourne had the same idea as us - there were people everywhere. It was a lovely moment of peace before what’s going to be another busy week at work, and a six day one at that. But for now I better get back to my online Christmas shopping, everyone seems much more organised than me this year!


Finished project - knitted blanket

This was another of those projects that I started years ago then gave up/forgot about, and I’m so happy to have finally finished it. Even though the design is a heart (you can tell better in the last picture) the combination of red and white feel quite Christmassy and being wool it’s perfect for colder winter evenings. Despite taking a long time to make, it’s really simple – just knit lots and LOTS of squares arrange into your desired pattern and sew together with wool. Don’t you just love that feeling when you finish a project that has been on the go for ages? I’ve also got some red and white wool left so am in need of inspiration for a Christmas themed knit.


Picture postcard #2

This week’s picture postcard is one I took last weekend at Pulbrough Brooks RSPB reserve; the boyfriend and I were lucky enough to get within a few feet of several deer whilst we wandered around! Ever since then I’ve had the ‘doe, a deer, a female deer, ray a drop of golden sun, me, a name I call myself, far a long long way to run...’ song from the sound of music in my head, somehow I know most of the words without ever having watched the film. Sadly the sun had stopped shining by the time we’d spotted these deer and it was just starting to turn to dusk, I hate these darker evenings. I don’t think they’ll be any time for exploring the outdoors this weekend, I’m planning to start sorting Christmas – so it’s a weekend of writing lists, present shopping and Christmas crafting.


Three things I’ve learned from fashion bloggers

You might not guess it from the blog recently but I love fashion and style; although at the start of this year I had completely fallen out of love with it. I was a typical ‘loads of clothes but nothing to wear’ kind of girl and was never happy with what I had on. But one thing in particular helped me out of my style rut – fashion bloggers.

An early floral and feather attempt at an outfit post

And here’s three style rules I've learned...
#1 My wardrobe is full of clothes not outfits – mix them up. I’d stopped trying to create new outfits and was wearing the same tops with jeans and the same cardigans with skirts.
#2 People really do wear cardigans, skirts, tops and dresses backwards and it looks good.
#3 You should want to look like you, not anyone else. So dress for yourself.
They all seem really obvious when I look at them again! But these three things were exactly what I needed to start looking at my wardrobe in a new light. And of course, I couldn’t write this post without listing a few of my favourite fashion bloggers.
Maria from Frills and Spills
Tanya from Fashion knows no limits  


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