August – In A Nutshell (Kinda)

Wow, can anyone believe its the end of August already?! X Factor started again this weekend, which to me, always signifies the end of summer and the beginning of the autumn/winter months. I actually really love the colder seasons. In particular, Autumn. I love the whole transitional feel of it. The changing of leaves, teaming summer dresses with dark tights and chunky knits, brisk walks in the park with the wind making my cheeks pink….coming home from work and putting my pyjamas on no later than 5pm. (Although, to be perfectly frank, I do this all year round, but feel less guilty about it in the colder months!)

Anyway, August has been a so/so month for me. We are still recovering financially from me not working and my student loan running out. I have been working for 2 months now, however, its taking a little bit of catch up time for us to actually have money again. It hasn’t helped that my car needed fixed and that I was also a bit naughty and got a speeding ticket 😦 Own fault I know!!

So, what GOOD things happened in August?! Here are my favourite things –

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I finally got my nose stud changed to a ring! I had been trying to do this myself for a couple of months, ending up a bloody, snotty, teary mess and eventually admitted defeated and paid £5 for my piercer to do it for me. I also went to get my labret pierced but because of my posture and the way I hold my head (on a permanent tilt) he advised me against it. Sob! I’m going to go to yoga and try and to improve my posture then go back again. 

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Ray and I stayed at my Mam’s new house for the first time and coming in after a night out, this made up giggle. Its in her spare room and we just found it so funny. “Come and stay at Mamma’s B&B in Sunny Seaton”. Haha, she’s such a one off!

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ImageNutella French Toast Rolls, as discovered on French For Cupcake. AMAZING and so simple to do. Our new favourite naughty treat.

ImageProper fresh eggs from the market. Lots cheaper, fresher and tastier. They make amazing poached eggs and brilliant boiled eggs. And actually taste like eggs!

ImageMartine Geek Shoes!! Have been drooling over these for a while after seeing them on Caroline of Burkatron. When I learned they were sold out I was so sad…..but after seeing they were back in stock I totally broke the bank and bought them. And I haven’t regretted it for a second. Comfortable from the moment I wore them, I am now a Topshop shoes convert. Image

Cool graffiti. I like the fact it says “marra”. A local word for friend. (Or so I’ve always assumed!)

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The flowers in my garden. So pretty 🙂 I love hydrangeas, they’re so pretty. I would like a pink one at some point 🙂Image

Face painting fun with Alfie and Ray in a practice run for Ray’s next Subdue event (more on this in an upcoming post)

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Sale shopping hauls. The Smock dress second from the right, is one of the most wearable dresses ever! So comfortable and will see me through the winter with tights and boots 🙂Image

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And just some general cat cuteness for good measure. Because cats make me happy, a lot of the time. 

Hope you’ve all had a great August!!

Love 

Nance

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“Its is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them”

Ooops, a little late on the post this week! I’m not sure what happened, I’ve been feeling really tired all week and having a lot of early nights. I haven’t even read any of my favourite blogs! The plan for today is to do the housework and then sit and chill with cups of green tea (yes, we are on a health kick) and have a good blog catch up. Later I’m going to be doing some painting. Ray’s next event is coming up so we have lots of decor to get ready! 🙂 

So anyway, here is my favourite photo for this week. This one is a silly one! It makes me giggle every time. 

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This photo was taken in Ibiza in 2011 and the reason it makes me laugh so much is my friend Jenny’s face. It looks like its melting!! I don’t even know how she managed to get it like that, whether its a fluke of the light or camera, but its really funny! We were on a booze cruise at the time, we had such a laugh. Ibiza is definitely something that every one should do at some point in their life!

Speak soon!

Nance

xoxo

Bella Italia!

Ciao everyone!

I hope you are all enjoying your bank holiday weekend?! We have sunshine here in the lovely Cumbria, so I’m going to go off out with Alfie in a little while and make the most of it. For the past three years Ray and I have attended Solfest on August bank holiday, but this year we decided against it for various reasons. It’s a nice little festival and I would recommend it to anyone, but to be honest, we spend most of our time in the camp site misbehaving with friends and at around £100 a ticket, that’s an expensive chat 🙂 We’ve already attended 3 festivals this year and for me, the thought of waking up in a tent this morning feeling dreadful after 3 days partying was just too much!

Another reason we chose not to go is that we have finally decided to go on our first holiday together! We always spend our summers at festivals and I desperately want to go away somewhere, so we have decided to just do it! 

Initially we were going to just book the same week off work in October and then go down to the travel agents and just book somewhere hot and sunny. However, after seeing someone’s holidays photos from Lake Garda, I came up with the idea of going to Italy. We’ve both been on various package holidays to Spain and I have a real desire to see as many places around the world as humanly possible! Lake Garda is a great destination, as we can easily and relatively cheaply get trains to various places. The plan is to stay in Lake Garda and from there we will be able to visit Venice, Milan, Verona, Florence and possibly Rome (although this is a little further and we will have to see if time and money allows). I’m so excited!

Italy looks absolutely beautiful and I’m really looking forward to travelling around and seeing the places that have always looked so amazing……

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Of course with the prospect of a holiday, comes the prospect of a holiday wardrobe, right? 😉 

 

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 1. All That and Demure Dress, Modcloth $189.99 (approx £121.99)

2. Meet Your Matcha Dress $79.99 (approx £51.36)

3. Cayenne and Then Dress, Modcloth  $79.99 (approx £51.36)

4. The Sky Sewn Bright Dress, Mocloth $162.99 (approx £104.66)

5. Hot Air Balloon Dress, Lady Vintage London £45.00

6. Scene and Believed Dress, Modcloth (no longer available but has been on my wishlist forevermore!!)

7. Luxury Craft Dress, Modcloth $149.99 (approx £96.31)

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1. Passport Holder, eBay £9.99

2. Nude Brogues, Red Herring £20.00

3. Multi Print Raffia Satchel, Red Herring  £15.20

4. T Bar Shoes, ASOS, £22.00

5. Vintage Floral Suitcase, Not On The High Street, £45.00

Have already splurged and bought the Hot Air Balloon Dress! Tried getting it a few weeks ago and it was sold out, so when I saw it was back in stock, I had to act fast! Lady Vintage only make a limited number of their dresses, so I didn’t want to run the risk of not getting it!

Hope the rest of your bank holiday is fantastic!

Back soon

Nance

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“You can not look at a sleeping cat and feel tense.”

This week we have a photo of the very handsome Joey Gingerpants! Do not be fooled, this guy is an absolute pest! Don’t think I’ve ever owned such a naughty kitty. Must be the firey redhead 😉

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Cats Sleep Anywhere

Cats sleep anywhere, any table, any chair.
Top of piano, window-ledge, in the middle, on the edge.
Open draw, empty shoe, anybody’s lap will do.
Fitted in a cardboard box, in the cupboard with your frocks.
Anywhere! They don’t care! Cats sleep anywhere.

Eleanor Farjeon (1881 – 1965)

“Taking pictures is savouring life intensely, every hundredth of a second.”

The best photos I find are most definitely the ones that we take spontaneously and on our camera phones. Some of the most precious photos I own have been taken on my phone and in a single shot. 

One of the best and most beautiful photo’s I have ever taken is this one, of my lovely friend Sally on  her big day!

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Guess where I took it?! Well, I’ll give you a hint. This photo was taken whilst my friend Jen and I were doing girly duties, helping Sally out as only good girl friends can on a friends wedding day……yup, it was taken on the toilet! I think Sally looks absolutely radiant and so happy, and this photo was just snapped in the moment. Pretty good work by me if I do say so myself! 

“Create your own style… let it be unique for yourself and yet identifiable for others.”

Hey Everyone,

Style inspiration can come from many places. Celebrities, eras, history, friends, people you see on the street, films, adverts, Facebook photos, other bloggers…..I constantly check out other peoples clothes, I worry that this might make me look a little weird, and this is why blogs are so great! You can pore over other peoples style and outfits at leisure and even find out where they are from! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen a dress on someone in the street and wondered where it’s from but never had the nerve to ask. And why not? Whenever someone asks me, I’m more than happy to answer and find it flattering! Although, I have to admit,  I have a little bit of a territorial issue over my own style and get a bit miffed if people copy it. I think we all get influenced by our friends, but when someone appears at a night out dressed as a carbon copy of you, complete with matching hair and make up, things start to feel a bit Single White Female. Imitation is the most sincere form of flattery, right? Its also the most creepy.

Anyway, I thought I would start with the biggest influence of all over my personal style……Zooey Deschanel!

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What do I love about Zooey Deschanel? Where do I begin?

I love how she is influenced by the 1960’s. She dresses in a way that I find absolutely timeless and extremely feminine.

She rocks really cute pyjamas. (I am aware that this is in New Girl as Jess, but hey, I’m pretty sure Jess IS just totally based on Zooey Deschanel).

She posts really cute things on Hello Giggles and I’m positive that if I were to go into her house, I will have died and gone to heaven.

She has amazing hair.

She just seems fun!

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Pyjamas, Charlotte & Co £22.50

Cream Lace Dress, River Island via ASOS £22.50

Navy Sailor Dress, Modcloth $89.99 (approx £57.45)

Green Dress, Modcloth $139.99 (approx £89.36)

So there you have it! My confessed love for Zooey Deschanel!

Back soon 🙂

Nance

xoxo