Wednesday, 24 December 2014

diy - cutlery pockets

So when December started I thought I would have so much time to relax and do a few blog posts etc, however this was so not the case.

I have been working nearly full time hours and spent my days off xmas shopping, catching up with friends and feeling perhaps a little too festive (but I don't think that's possible). So now, on Christmas Eve, I finally sit down to write this month's post. And as its xmas eve I feel that a little festive post is in order.

I have decided to do something a little different and do a DIY post. Crazy I know! 
I call them my 'cutlery pockets'! 

You will need: 
- 1 meter of hessian - natural
- Green thick string
- Big needle
- Serviette
- Your favourite cutlery

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As our Christmas colours this year were Green and Natural, these were the perfect addition to the theme. They are simple and easy to make and give the table setting just that little extra something. And another bonus is that they can be used for any occasion not just Christmas. 

Bonus number 2 is that they can be customised - just sew someone's name into them. Or stitch yellow or pink stitching instead of green. Did someone say Girl's birthday lunch??

ps: As its xmas eve and I haven't set the table yet for Christmas Day dinner, I'll insert a photo when the table has been set. Until then - Merry Christmas everyone xxx

Xmas Day Setting

Monday, 24 November 2014


I have a confession to make...
I have only just realised this in the last few minutes so this post is very spontaneous. 
I have an obsession with anything marble.

Now that you can rest easy, probably thinking that my confession was a whole lot more juicy that my marble fixation, I believe we need to address this situation.

For those who follow me on instagram (stellaws) you will be familiar with my regular flat lays on my marble bathroom bench top. I originally began to use this area as I wanted a large amount of space that wasn't wooden floorboards or the pavement outside. As I tried to photograph on other surfaces I was just not satisfied with the image and I think this was where my subconscious obsession began.

Slowly I have noticed marble bits and bobs appearing in shops and as a fashion print (not to be confused with the awful 'crackle' print that did its rounds). Even at my work we received a marble iPhone 5 cover in stock, but much to my horror my chubby little iPhone 4 wouldn't fit! I even considered upgrading not for the phone but for the cover - I have since been brought back to reality, but the thought still crosses my mind..

Marble has now entered by life and I can safely say it is my new favourite trend :)

Here are a few of my instagrams and other favourites:

Thursday, 13 November 2014

lwd - little white dress

So this past month has been a hectic one and as I sit down to write this I can happily say that I have finished my Arts Degree in History. Woohoo!
So what next?

Well right now I'm going to write a post on my new favourite summer essential the LWD - little white dress.
We all own a LBD (little black dress) but isn't it time for a LWD? Actually most of us will already own one without realising. As we all know that usual talk of a little black dress will never go out of fashion and you can wear it all year round blah blah, well the same rules apply for the LWD.

What I am trying to say is that for the warmer months its time to tell your LBD to step aside and let the LWD do the talking.

What is so fabulous about the little white dress is that:

1. It enhances your tan - who could say no to that!
2. It can be accessorised with ANY colour, even its own.
3. It can transition to sandals by day and heels by night
4. It is an ageless classic
5. And why do I need another reason - Go get yourself a LWD!

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

the casual pearl

As I scroll through endless photos of street style fashions, I realise they are all missing something. 
I have come to the conclusion that they are missing 'the casual pearl'. 
There are countless images of the casual jeans and t-shirt, the black jeans and coat, or even the lbd and they are all missing the one thing which I think would totally make their outfit, a long simple chain with just one or two pearls - aka 'the casual pearl'.

Ever since Chanel brought out their oversized double pearl choker, there has been a new take on pearls and their traditional style. But I think there needs to be a new approach to pearls.
I think we should all give our pearls a bit of every day loving. We don't need to save them for that annual Christmas party or for our grandmas 90th, I think we should embrace them and show them to the world. 
I'm not saying don't wear them on that special occasion, but just a single pearl whether on a ring, bracelet, necklace, wherever can shed a new light on what was other wise, (lets just say it), a boring outfit.

Here are some images where I think a long simple pearl necklace would bring this outfit out from the typical and into the envied: 

Here are some of my other favourites:

Monday, 15 September 2014

leafy green

Let's just start this off with a nice and simple topic of green leaves. Thoughts?

In all honesty the idea of eating a healthy salad just bores me to tears, I mean plain green leaves with olive oil on them... well not even olive oil because god forbid that might too fatty... come on! Yes okay maybe I haven't experienced a yummy healthy salad yet, but I would much rather eat something that I actually enjoy than get bits of leafy greeness stuck in my teeth. Am I alone here?

Alrighty so now that we have established that I don't like to eat green leaves - I very much like the idea of wearing them!
Lately I've been noticing that the 'leafy print' has nudged its way into stores and I like it!
It's a little something different than the standard tropical or floral print.
The banana leaf seems to be the most dominant but who knows maybe the fern print or cactus print might grow popular.

This print not only looks great on clothes, but also on accessories or cushions would be cute for the spring months.

I have attached some of my favourites:


Wednesday, 27 August 2014

the mid heel

Ooo aren't you lucky two blog posts in a month! My new favourite thing just happens to be a pair of heels, well actually 'the mid heel'.

Now if you're 5ft11 like me then wearing heels can sometimes be a struggle. Don't get me wrong I love wearing heels... I just feel like a giant when I do. It also doesn't help that my closest friends all seem to be about 5ft5! So for an on looker I must look like the mother giraffe with all her giraffelings (must be a word). 
Previously I had connected this type heel with kitten heels (which ain't nobody got time for), however thankfully the mid heel is different. 

So long story short, I have discovered the answer to my giant problems (get it?!) and it comes in the form of the Trenery Alicia Mid Heel Sandal. This classic and affordable shoe comes in black and tan, and is suitable for all ages, even my mum considered buying them!

 They have a flattering cut and the wooden heel is what makes them look trendy and expensive. The block heel actually makes these shoes wearable and sturdy enough to stand for the whole night. 

Great with jeans for a casual girls lunch, or perfect with a dress for a birthday or event. 

I have attached some of my images below: