02/04/2014

Snapshots of March

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Pink peonies are like tiny balls of happiness. Sun drenched Oxford mornings. Carpets of blue flowers at the Botanic Garden. Books and a bag from Boden, thank you! A vintage planter, one of a my favourites. Tulips from the Oxford Covered Market. The Audrey (Hepburn) jumper and sunglasses from Boden. A foxy door.

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Enjoying the Vogue Festival. Leopard print shoes, grrrr! My stylish Mum on her wedding day in a coat made by my Grandma and a Biba hat. Happy Mother's Day! The pink lights of Marc Jacobs at Selfridges, London. Vintage shopping in Cowley with my Mum. Ageing at least 10 years while trying to secure Kate Bush tickets, I was successful. I'm a huge fan. How much is that Chanel bag in the window? Seeing the amazing Metronomy in concert.

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The Oxford high street on a gorgeous spring afternoon. Cashmere and Vogue, the perfect combo. My niece's vintage Bambi print, from auntie Candy Pop. I'd love a Babycham. A sunday walk in the woods with my niece, while searching for the Gruffalo. A weekend road trip to Bibury. 1970s Victoria Plum wallpaper found in a Maidenhead charity shop. Flowers at Liberty, possibly the most photographed florist ever.

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There is no such thing as too much blossom. Why have one when you can have two, Diptyque candles. Gothic architecture and pink blossom, just gorgeous! Vintage cats, one from my Mum and one from my man's Mum. My Mum getting lost in the Botanic Garden greenhouse. A vintage pomander from Kat Got The Cream, thank you! Pink on pink on the Oxford high street. Chanel, Bond Street, packed full of beautiful and expensive things. Flowers and windows on Fleet Street.

For more do pop over to Instagram where I seem to have reached 5,000 followers, a drop in the ocean to some, but a milestone for me. And in the words of Joni Mitchell you may even see a big yellow taxi or two!

26/03/2014

Spring Blooms and Pink Gingham

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'If I lived in Oxford I would visit the botanic garden every week 
because it would always look different.'  Roy Denness, my dad

With my parents visiting I had an excuse to be a tourist in my own city. Everything was blooming, and sprouting, and budding, and new. It reminded me of a Beatrix Potter book, and I half expected Mr McGregor to pop out from behind a greenhouse.

Of all the spring flowers my favourites are the teeny tiny blue ones, or scilla siberica to be exact. They are similar in colour to bluebells, and there is nothing prettier than a carpet of blue flowers. Although I'll spare you the 20+ shots I took of them.

Life is moving quickly. You know when you feel busy, but you're not quite sure what you've been doing. It makes me think of the John Lennon quote 'life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans.' If only there were more hours in the day, or better still, I had a PA. How amazing would that be?

I was recently asked to pick an item from the current Boden collection as part of the importance of being Boden campaign. As you know I'm a huge Boden fan, so selecting something from one of my folded down catalogue pages didn't take long.

The item I chose was 'the shirt', which comes in a range of yummy colours and prints. It's a great classic piece for my new streamlined wardrobe, and versatile enough to wear to the office or on a country stroll. From office to countryside!

I have a 50+ hour working week and the only thing keeping me going is the thought of attending the Vogue Festival on Sunday. I'm looking forward to hearing Grayson Perry, Jasper Conran and Lily Allen in conversation. Maybe I'll see you there!

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Shirt - A gift from Boden | Jeans - 7 For All Mankind | Coat - Barbour
Boots - Hunter | Sunglasses - Prada

18/03/2014

Laura Ashley Bedroom Makeover

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When the kind folk at Laura Ashley asked me if I would like to makeover a room at Candy Pop HQ using products from their current collection I couldn't wait to get started! So if you'd like to see my newly styled bedroom do pop over to the gorgeous Laura Ashley blog.

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13/03/2014

Sugar and Spice

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'Spring is the time of plans and projects'  Leo Tolstoy

I'm enjoying the seasonal changes, pastel colours, lighter evenings, open windows, making plans and looking forward to summer. I've also stopped buying stuff, in fact I haven't bought anything since 1st February, can you believe it? And by anything I mean knick-knacks, bits and bobs and so on, the extras I don't really need. My plan is to move into a more minimalist lifestyle, something I would like to explore during the coming decade as I glide seamlessly (kicking and screaming) into my 40s.

In other news the kind people at Boden sent me an exquisite bowling bag in 'fountain' or what I like to call 'Candy Pop turquoise'. It's a dream - gorgeous colour, slouchy luxurious leather, beautifully lined in navy spot print, pockets and an across the body strap. I know I will use this bag a lot, and I'm excited to add it to my collection. The one collection that will remain with the new minimalist me, after all bags are a non-negotiable!

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