The Next Instalment: Rifle Paper Co.

23 November 2014

Long gone are the days I sigh and swoon over the latest must-have handbags (ok, that's a lie) but my interests have somewhat shifted. Rifle Paper Co certainly have me weak at the knees, quite impressive I dare say for a stationary brand. Featuring a wide range beautifully hand drawn illustrations and prints, Anna Bond's boutique range of stationary including notebooks, cards, calendars etc are a haven for floral lover.

Having spoken about my trip to their H.Q in Florida last year, I may have indulged a little in my fleeting visit to NY earlier this year...

Flying home with me came a selection of postcards just asking to be framed and adorning the house I am yet to own. Excitedly I also bought some sheets of printed gift wrap much to my parents amusement, which I also plan to frame! The calendar was a sweet birthday gift from my work friends, but I dare say another calendar also made it home with me from NY too. Next on my Rifle Paper Co list are more city prints - I may as well spray paint my future home with Rifle, thank goodness they sell wallpaper eh?

Enough ramble, here are a few stationary shops worth writing home about are:

- Paper Source, NY. A calm amongst the bustling streets of Lower Manhattan, I spent a good hour looking through their range of cards and stationary. A fabulous section on crafting, it was hard to return home with a suitcase full.

- Posman Books, NY. The most wonderful bookshop I stumbled across in the Chelsea Market, they have an excellent range of hand-picked titles - admittedly I found a great deal of gifts for people! Not to be missed are their extensive number of notebooks, heaven.

- Quill, online. My go-to for Kate Spade stationary and just about everything stylish in correspondence. I'm shouting loudly about Quill, and so should you.

- Liberty, London. Getting lost in the stationary hall is my favourite thing to do in the Liberty department store. It's so British it's wonderful.

Tell me, what other stationary shops should I visit?

Thoughts: She believed she could, so she did.

16 November 2014

It's been a while since we last sat down and had a chat, over the last month my blog has somewhat become an ode to Kate Spade (sorry not sorry) and although my blog doesn't really get much deeper than that, sometimes I like to ramble. So here goes.

Since turning the grand old age of 25, I've definitely suffered a quarter life crisis. Symptoms include: buying two bedside table lamps for the non-exsistant house, hurrying to book in for dentist and smear tests (I'm too young for dentures!), drafting a saving plan so I can buy non-exsistant house and basically, everything on this Buzzfeed list. Career/money/health worries, 25 has been hard already.

Following the manta 'buy less, choose well' truly backfired this month, online shopping cursed me like a scorned women with terrible sizing - and whilst I may not have any wardrobe additions (sob), I actually bought most of my Christmas shopping. Which theoretically means that I totally get to blow my December paycheck on presents for oneself right?

Speaking of the festive season,  I'm going all out this year already. Who knew planning your gift wrap was so important? My Christmas jumper(s) are just itching to be worn, festive recipes are waiting patiently to be baked, merry dates are filling my diary and alas, the biggest gift guide post known to man is taking shape on the blog (watch this space).

Indulging in: The Rosie Huntington-Whitely plush dressing gown for M&S has become new obsession, I feel like I'm wafting around in a soft heavenly cloud / slash / wearing a big cloak on The Wall ala Game of Thrones style. 

Beauty Pick: Feeling fierce I totally rocked a red lip to work (thank you Nars Cruella), brightening up a dull day - I've totally got this statement lip down. Also, a strange one. But the Radox Nourish shower gel leaves your skin feeling silky smooth, get on it. 

Lust: These fur lined slippers with a fluffy pom pom from Boden - I say no more.

And just because, it would be rude not too - there is 20% off the new UK Kate Spade website with code 'BEMERRYGB'. Hop over to Charlie's blog and enjoy her stateside posts. For many crimes against drunk vlogging, see me debut in Corrie's vlog here. Note, naughty ribeana's should totally be a thing and Kim K's bum is massive in RL. Go watch the video.

So what's new with you?

Beauty Talk: The Matte Lip

13 November 2014

I'm seriously late to the party, but boy am I a convert to the red luxe lip. For such a bold look, it took some major baby steps but fast forward a couple of months, I've well and truly smitten. What do you ask is my lipstick of choice? The overly hyped (and with great reason) Sephora Matte Long-Wear lip colour in Scarlet. A lipstick hybrid of gloss meets stick, this ultra light-weight formula is impressively long wearing, beautifully pigmented and moisturising on the lip. Quite possibly the perfect balance. Not quite completely matte - there's a slip, with a slight sheen. I'll take one in every shade please!

What is your go-to red lipstick/gloss of choice? 

The Sephora lip products are available to ship to the UK with free shipping on orders over $100. Tempting.