Tuesday, April 30, 2013
I buy quite a bit of stuff from Littlewoods.com, my cardigan & shoes from my outfit post but one were from Littlewoods, one of my favourite skirts also, along with lots of other things. Because their South range goes from an 8 to 24, their stuff often seems more fashion forward than a lot of other plus size retailers. They also have a specific plus line, So Fabulous, which is (I think) less trendy, but goes up to a 28. It did used to be a 32, but sadly they have decreased the size range.
Anyway, being a 26, most of the South stuff still fits me, some things don't work, like trousers, but I don't wear those anyway, and dresses that aren't flared, but almost everything else works for me. I've made a small selection of cute stuff I found on their site today. I actually bought the skirt in white a month ago & it's perfect for summer. I love patterned knitwear, so this jumper is very cute! The sleeveless blouse from So Fabulous, I want to get, because it has pretty details & I think it would go with a lot of stuff. I always forget to buy tops whilst online shopping, I have tonnes of skirts & few tops, does anyone else do that?
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Disclaimer: This post is in partnership with Littlewoods, however all opinions are my own & I will never be paid to promote any brands I have not tried myself.
Sunday, April 28, 2013
HANDMADE BALLOON PRINT DRESS // CLARKS SHOES* // DOLLY DARLING HAIR BOWS // FUZZY NATION BAG // ASOS BELT // ASOS BRACELET // DOLLY DARLING PIERROT RING // EVANS GOLD RINGS
Hey everyone :) Hope you're having a nice weekend! This is my outfit of today, I made this dress last weekend, & have been super excited to wear it out! I actually bought the fabric after seeing my sister's new dress for Harriet (yes, Charlotte is mad! :P), & really liking the print. I searched for it on eBay & it was there, for something like £2.70 a metre, so it cost about £10 for the whole dress fabric. I did have to line it though (with an old sheet), because it was a bit thin & see-through upon inspection.
Before anyone asks, I didn't use a commercial pattern, I made a bodice pattern for my own use from my birdcage dress, & made the sleeves & skirt up as I went along. I am useless at explaining my method, I can just sort of see how flat pieces will fit in a certain way. I'm sure using an actual pattern would be easier though, but nice ones in my size are rarer than gold dust! I even added 2 pockets in the side seams of the skirts, I did take pics using them, but I looked silly, haha!
You might have also noticed that my hair looks a bit different :P I felt like a change & have wanted to try purple for a while now. It's kinda an unintentional dip dye lilac to a pinkier purple, my hair apparently takes dye better at the top, plus I suck at getting it all over the ends because I have so much hair! I like it anyway though. I used SFX Wildflower for those interested, heavily diluted with conditioner as usual.
Daisy, best friend of Daphne
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Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Recently I got the opportunity to try out a Cricut Mini. I'd heard of Cricuts before, & wanted one, but they were a bit out of my price range (I think about £300 at the time). This mini version is a fair bit cheaper, it retails for £129.99. It's also not as big & bulky as the original, with less buttons. You have to have a computer & internet connection to use this one though, I don't think that's necessary with the original.
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Anyway, I actually got sent one months ago now, but I couldn't for the life of me get it to work. I didn't know if it was the software, or the machine itself. I did email Cricut support for help, but as they won't communicate via email on issues, which I found quite frustrating, as I have telephone anxiety. Because I was reviewing it though, I was eventually put in touch with someone who could help me via email. It ended up being that the first one was faulty, & I got sent a new one.
I was a bit apprehensive by this point, sure it was just me & not really knowing what I would do if I couldn't get the new one to work! Luckily, I plugged it in & it worked perfectly from the get go. Phew! So the first one was definitely broken when I got it out of the box. I do have to say though, if I'd actually bought the machine, I would have been pretty disappointed/annoyed at the lack of customer support, & probably just returned the damn thing & not bought another.
I set about planning what I was going to cut out (after a quick trip to Hobbycraft to buy some scrapbook paper & pink card), I knew I wanted to use the machine to help with labels for my shop, so in Craft Room (the Cricut Mini software), I made these labels for my headbands with some of the basic shapes. This brings me to my second negative point, I didn't realise that you couldn't use your own designs as well as the Cricut cartridges/downloads, so that was pretty disappointing.
Cricut just offers a range of clipart like images, you get a basic selection with the machine itself, & further sets are available off their website, but they aren't cheap. The cheapest is £1.99, for one project, up to around £50 for a font & basic shapes set. This is probably great for scrapbookers, & paper crafters, but disappointing for those that want to cut out original designs.
I made the best with the shapes I had on offer, & designed some simple labels & business cards for Dolly Darling. I do like them, & the headband labels especially are neater than my current handcut labels. It would have been nice to be able to cut out the Dolly Darling name in the same writing as on my website though.
I also tried out one of the basic projects that comes with the machine, these birthday cards, pictured below (you can also cut out envelopes, but I didn't bother). I think I should have changed the depth & pressure though, because the machine tore these a bit in places, despite using the same paper/settings I used for simpler shapes. Or slowed down the speed!
You are supposed to be able to cut fabric, cardboard chipboard, & vinyl with the machine as well as paper/card, although I think these require extra prep. I read up on the fabric at least, & you need to stabilize it before cutting, there are instructions to be found online, which I might try in the future. You can actually even buy a Cricut that cuts fondant icing, for cake decorating, which does sound fun, haha!
Overall, once I had got a working machine, I was happy with the whole process & how easy it was to use, just wish I could cut out custom images. There are other brands on the market which do offer this, so if I were to actually buy one myself, I would plump for one that had those features, rather than just a cartridge based system. If you'd prefer not to the designing work yorself & use it for things like scrapbooking, card making etc, then the Cricut does quite well for this - as long as you don't mind spending extra on the cartridges!
Friday, April 19, 2013
PROJECT D @ SIMPLY BE BRODERIE DRESS* // SOUTH @ VERY CARDIGAN // MISS SIXTY SHOES // ROMWE COLLAR // CHEAP FRILLS BUNNY BROOCH // ASOS BUNTING BRACELET // HANDMADE FLORAL HEADBAND // HANDMADE BOW BELT // FUZZY NATION DACHSUND BAG // JI JI KIKI CAKES RING* // DOLLY DARLING TEACUP RING
Hi everyone! Today I'm taking part in a one off Five Take, with 4 other fab bloggers, to show how we could style the same dress from the new Project D Collection at Simply Be. Check out how the others styled theirs:
We all picked out the same dress, although some of us went for the black version instead. Obviously I chose the ivory, & styled it in a very me way, with pink & purple colours, flowers & a novelty dog handbag. The dress itself is extremely pretty, with gorgeous scalloped edging, & pretty floral lace detail at the top which is covered by my cardi, sorry!). It's fully lined, so no worrying about underwear being shown through the dress, haha! It was just a bit too cold to wear it alone, as it's probably intended, being a summer style dress.
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The length is probably a bit longer than I'd usually wear, but not too long. I am 5"9 though, so if you are shorter, it will probably be past your knees. The fit is also great, I ordered my usual size 26, & it was a perfect fit, especially at the waist, where things can be a little large sometimes on me. It does have elastic at the back for comfort/ease of fitting.
The only problem I had is that the straps aren't adjustable, & I found them a bit big, which is probably why you can see the back of the dress dipping in these pics. The other downside is the price, this is £90, & whilst a lovely dress, I'm not sure I would have paid that much for it. I would have preferred to see it selling for £50 or less, but as this is one of Simply Be "designer" type brands, prices are usually quite a bit more than normal.
Daphne, my dachsund :P
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
I think New Look has really been improving their plus size offerings recently, I've wanted to buy quite a lot of things. Inspire, their range of plus size jackets, dresses, skirts & more, has the pretty skirt & top pictured above for sale, which teamed with some more of their cute accessories, would make a perfect spring outfit. I always think their prices are reasonable too, with the exception of the shoes above (which are by cute indie shoe brand Shelly's), the whole outfit comes under £50. That's definitely not bad!
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I've noticed ASOS has started to stock the Inspire range too, so now it's even easier to buy. What about you, seen anything by New Look you like recently? I'd love to see your Spring picks!
Disclaimer: This post is in partnership with New Look, however all opinions are my own & I will never be paid to promote any brands I have not tried myself.
Monday, April 08, 2013
VINTAGE DRESS, VIA ETSY // DOC MARTENS // ASOS SATCHEL // OLD ENGLAND POCKET WATCH* // NEW LOOK BOW
I got this dress a while back, after seeing the lovely Ragini tweet about it. I rarely see vintage in my size, & if it is, it's usually not cute, so of course I snapped it up! It's a tiny gingham fabric, which I think you can just about see. I went with an Alice in Wonderland theme, which you probably already noticed, haha! Charlotte said I looked like I was a cosplayer, but there's nothing wrong with dressing up like a favourite character, I don't think!
Friday, April 05, 2013
HAND EMBELLISHED ASOS COAT // CAMBRIDGE SATCHEL // LE BUNNY BLEU FLATS // ASOS BOW // ASOS DRESS // VERY BLOUSE // DOLLY DARLING OPAL QUARTZ RING // OTHER RINGS UNKNOWN
Just before Christmas, I sewed some dalmatian fur to my old pink coat, & have only just got round to taking pictures. These were take up in Wales, unfortunately the last of my Wales pics, but oh well! I also have a little detachable fur collar I made to go with it ages ago, but I forgot to put it on for the pics.
A lot of my outfits in Wales no one ever saw, for it was pretty cold & I wore my coat most of the time. So this is what's underneath, a dress that I got from Charlotte, layered with my frilly blouse from Very. I didn't get good pics of my shoes, but they are my trusty bunny flats you've seen many times before.
One morning whilst we were up in Wales, a strange noise woke me up. It was a weird scratching noise, I thought it might be rats fighting (do they do that?) outside the door, but it turned out to be this little chap, who seemed pretty eager to get to the bird feeders! Unfortunately he did not succeed, although he came back about 4 or 5 times to try his luck. I ended up putting a bun on the windowsill for him, since he seemed so desperately hungry, haha! He didn't come back after that, so he must have appreciated it :P
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Anyway, talk to you soon,
Monday, April 01, 2013
ASOS DRESS // ASOS FLATFORMS // H&M CARDIGAN // BAG FROM TKMAXX // HANDMADE GARLAND // HANDMADE BOW RING // REPUBLIC HEART RING // PRIMARK FLOWER RING
We don't really do much to celebrate Easter in our family, but this year we were invited for Sunday lunch at my Grandparent's, so I decided to get dressed up in my favourite dress for the occasion, along with my most Easter egg-y shoes! It was actually quite warm & sunny, compared to how the weather has been recently. Anyway, I had a lovely time, hope you all had a nice day too :)