Friday, March 30

lovisa burfitt x






i'm always in awe of anyone who can draw in a way that looks completely effortless, but yet is so beautiful & expressive, and for me lovisa burfitt is the epitome of this.  a fashion designer & illustrator who has lived in paris since 2002, her illustrations have graced the walls of H&M in milan,  & the pages of Vogue, Milk & Elle to name only a few.  take a look at more of her work *here*....

for now
xx

Thursday, March 29

pastel dream x


beautiful images to share today....anyone who follows my pinterest boards might recognise the pictures, but they are too lovely to simply confine to a couple of pins. by the photographer peppe tortora, these images are from an editorial spread for L'officiel magazine, titled *lait fraise*, or *strawberry milk*, sweet title.....you can see more *here*

the sun is still shining today, lets hope this continues for the foreseeable future....

for now
xx

Wednesday, March 28

blog crush....hello naomi x


i wanted to share a lovely blog find with you all today....say hello to *hello naomi*....

....once an engineer, naomi is now a cake decorator & party stylist extraodinaire, creating wonderful cakes, cupcakes & cookies with such skill & a gorgeous eye for colour & amazing detail....so in awe of her skill & the attention to detail, not to mention lovely photography to show all those cakes at their best.....take a look here...

ok, off to practice those cake & cookie decorating skills...

for now
xx

Tuesday, March 27

sunshine x


i wanted to bring a little of my sunny day to you all today....it's unseasonably warm, actually hot is probably a better description, and it's so lovely to be outside, to be able to open windows & doors & let the fresh air blow through the house & my thoughts....

....how long this weather will last is anyone's guess, but i'm going to make the most of every sunny minute....

found this amazing version of *you are my sunshine*.....listen & hope you enjoy as much as i did, oh, and if you get time take a look at my very sunny, sunshine story over at *lily&Bloom*....

for now
xx

Saturday, March 24

saturday x

{photos by me}

my saturday
enjoying the glorious sunshine, shopping at the local farmer's market, mowing the lawn, tidying the garden, & now an ice cold glass of wine

&
sharing some links from lovely places
~ newspaper disguised as a stick of rock ~
~ a wonderfully generous post form tulips and flightsuits ~
~ always running late? this watch gives you the perfect excuse ~
~ a treasury perfect for a sunny afternoon ~
~ leather & lace loveliness ~
&
finally
~ gorgeous recipes from sweet paul for easter ~

have a lovely weekend
&
i hope the sun shines for you all

for now
xx

Friday, March 23

eggs for easter x

via

beautiful easter story by dietlind wolf, with photography by julia hoersch, for the german magazine scoener wohnen

the dying for the eggs runs over onto the tableware & tablecloth giving a wonderful watercolour appeal to the styling

beautiful
&
a reminder that easter is not too far away

for now
xx

Wednesday, March 21

when will spring come? x

{top & next: little white horse; next: swoone via we♥it; & last: samantha lamb}

I think the answer is soon; although the mornings still have a hint of mist & cold about them, the days are becoming brighter & sunnier, lawn mowers heard up & down the street

thinking of planting some potatoes this week; new potatoes that will be make great salads

for now
xx

Sunday, March 18

Thursday, March 15

denim & florals x

{top&next: zara; next: cup of jo; next: country home; &last: anthropologie}

sharing some of my most recent pins on pinterest
loving the overwashed chambray mixed with lovely colourful florals

for now
xx

Wednesday, March 14

pattern x



middle of the week already, how time flies

spent quite a few hours on sunday morning browsing lovely artwork on society6, a great on-line store selling affordable artwork. lots of lovely things, but particularly love these illustrations by bianca green, wonderful sketches filled with lovely prints & patterns, so sweet...

for now
xx

Saturday, March 10

saturday x

{all photos by me}

my saturday
fluffy scrambled eggs, lots of cleaning & tidying, a little accounting, & browsing lovely japanese embroidery books

& sharing some lovely links from lovely places
~ a thank you to cyclists with kind street art ~
~ wonderful wallpaper art installations ~
~ tales of fondue & wine served in baby bottles in paris ~
&
~ further reviews of this slightly crazy sounding restaurant ~
~ 50 of the most romantic lines from literature ~
~ a beautiful collection of wants for spring in coral & blue ~
& last but by no means least
~ would love to see this exhibition about Louis Vuitton ~

have a lovely weekend

for now
xx

Thursday, March 8

all the buildings in new york x


i seem to have stumbled upon lots of lovely new blogs over the past few days ~ i love the fact that no matter how many blogs you already follow, there are always some more loveliness & creativity to find out there. and the strange way in which you find one new thing, that leads to another new find, that leads to yet another new artist & before you know it you've forgotten where you started?

today's lovely find comes via jackie magpie, who i found via twitter ~ oh, the wonderful world of social networking ~ jackie magpie is a wonderful blog written by a collective of creative people, sharing creative things, & these sketches caught my eye. drawn by artist james gulliver hancock, who has set himself the task of illustrating all the buildings of new york city. his sketches take on all forms, some being simple black & white scribbles on napkins, others are more detailed works coloured up in acrylic or ink, but all have a wonderful personality to them.
reading an article posted on his blog, i completely agree with james about one of the things that makes new york special; the architectural quirks & different buildings you find just walking along a single street in new york;

"I really love the architectural details, the funny little cornices, finding little alleyways, I like noticing how things really change on a street in New York. You will have a factory, then a three-storey townhouse, then a little bodega and then an amazingly ornate bank. It's just incredible the juxtaposition. I don't remember seeing that in other cities so intensely, and I like it"

for now
xx

Tuesday, March 6

red valentino x

{all images from dustjacket attic}

a beautiful new collection from valentino, red valentino, red meaning Romantic Eccentric Dress....isn't it gorgeous? this diffusion range is, in the designer's words, "a romantic idea of a young girl thinking about fashion; mixing something new with something vintage with something couture". my thanks go to dustjacket attic for sharing the lovely images of this range.

for now
xx

Saturday, March 3

saturday x

{all photos by me}

my saturday
listening to the radio, thinking about spring flowers, eating chocolate cake

& sharing things you might have missed from other lovely places
~ sparkly shoes & positive monday thoughts ~
~ a beautifully light loft home ~
~ wonderful illustrations by danielle kroll ~
~ the yummiest looking egg & bacon sandwich ~
which you could then follow with
~ chocolate cherry butterscotch trifle ~
&
lastly
~ the beautiful ballet inspired fall collection from dior ~

have a wonderful weekend

for now
xx

Thursday, March 1

is spring nearly here? x


a lovely treat through the door at lunchtime today...the spring *cox&cox* catalogue ~ of course, it would be rude of me not to share some of their lovely new finds with you, just to give you the opportunity to swoon over the many many lovely things, like these gorgeous bud vases in new shades of deauville mauve & bungee {see, even the colour names are enough to make your mouth water...}, not to mention this stunning red quilt & bedside table, plus all the loveliness shown above....

today has been just lovely, sun shining, a real spring like day, mostly spent in the garden weeding, and in the kitchen baking....

for now
xx