Wednesday, 30 March 2011

The Shopping Forecast Weekly Fashions and Trends Round Up

This week I am delighted to share with you some great fashion inspiration from my fashion blogger friends at TSF. From some great news for the very stylish Rachel Zoe to the lowdown on the Marc Jacobs scandal, you can keep up date with all the goings on in the fashion world. There are also plenty of fashion and trends for summer including contemporary, stripey, blue and eco friendly.

Mallory in New York - Marc Jacobs Intern Goes Crazy - Inside the breakdown and major PR scandal
City Style by Jen Danczak - Rachel Zoe it's a boy - great news for one of the most stylish mums around
Freya Hill Talking - Marry Me Darling - A look at how contemporary fashion and accessories are becoming
The Shopping Forecast - Cornflower Blue Dresses for Summer 2011 - a look at the favourite colour of the season
The Fashion Buzz - Earn your stripes- striped picks for spring 2011 - some of the best of the one of the seasons biggest trends
Style Eyes Fashion Blog - Climate week outfit with eco shoes - a look at some of the summers climate coolest trends

Don't forget to stop by The Shopping Forecast and vote for your favourite fashions for the summer. Have a good week!

Image from Freya Hill Talkin

Tuesday, 29 March 2011

Cornflower Blue For Summer

For those that don't already know, I am a Style Councillor and also lucky enough to work with a really amazing fashion forum called the Shopping Forecast. Not only can you have your say on what you would like to see in the shops for the season ahead (don't complain about it if you haven't voted!) and enter competitions to win lots of clothes but you can also have a good nose at what everyone else likes for the summer and get plenty of inspiration.

Over the last few weeks, the voters (or electorate) on The Shopping Forecast have been showing a distinct preference for the colour Cornflower blue both on its own or combined with white in a pretty print and mainly on cute fifties style dresses.

The funny thing is amongst all of the reading up on trends I have done for SS11, I don't think I have heard a single mention of cornflower blue. But I really do love this colour, it is much easier to wear for daytime than the bright/ cobalt blue that I have seen and heard quite a bit about. I am really hoping that retailers are going to take note of this fab colour and serve up lots of beautiful Cornflower blue dresses for us this summer.

If you need any further persuasion here is just a little inspiration:

Popular Cornflower blue items on The Shopping Forecast

Interestingly, the colour Cornflower is most commonly associated with the blue Cornflowers but also a Dutch Painter, Johannes Vermeer who used the colour along with yellow extensively in his paintings. Both provide a great source of inspiration for summer outfits - here's one I made earlier on TSF.

Cornflower Fairy Plate - Heinrich Villeroy and Boch

Mulberry SS11

Stella McCartney SS11

Carven Blazer and Shorts at Net A Porter

 A Cornflower!

 Dress by Jonathan Saunders at Matches - now sold out!

What do you think? would you like to see lots of Cornflower blue in the shops for summer? Please stop by The Shopping Forecast and vote.

With warmest wishes

Ceri X

All catwalk images from

Monday, 28 March 2011

Tapas and Baroque

Dress- Monsoon
Legging Topshop
Jacket - People Tree
Shoes- Spartoo
hairband - Dorothy Perkins

I have decided that Mr Style Eyes and myself really need to get out more. As I hardly leave the house all week when working from home, there is nothing that I love than getting a bit dressed up for a night out (and I enjoy the night out too). On Saturday night we made a start by going to the local tapas bar for something to eat. As we were walking, I had to abandon my heels for a pair of comfy flats but still managed to get a bit more dressed up than I would for an average Saturday night slobbed out in front of the tv.

Tunic - Next (very old)
Bolero - Marks and Spencers
Leggings - People Tree
Necklace - Present
Shoes - Spartoo
Bag - Desigual

This weekend, I have been planning and booking festival tickets and some trips away in our old VW camper van. I can't wait and this got me thinking about what sort of clothes I could wear camping. That got me in the mood for wearing something really colourful.

I have had this tunic top for years (at least 5) and had forgotton all about it until the Prada SS11 collection with its bold stripes and Baroque prints- ok not quite the same but sort of similar minus the monkeys. It just goes to show that the trends are on a constant cycle and if you hold on to a piece of clothing it is likely to come back into fashion at some point - great news for a hoarder like myself, although the  fact that something isn't in fashion rarely stops me wearing it.   I have invested in  this Desigual bag which is perfect for packing up with everything I will need for camping trips and festivals and I just love all of the colours.

Do you have any of this summers trends hoarded away from previous seasons? and are you planning anything fun for the summer?

With warmest wishes

Ceri X

Friday, 25 March 2011

Friend Friday - Feminism and Fashion Blogging

This weeks Friend Friend Friday topic is Feminism. Quite a difficult one for me to tackle as I am not entirely sure what feminism means especially in the context of fashion and clothing. But in the interest of pushing myself out of my comfort zone and perhaps even learning something new I have decided to give it a go any how.

So here goes:
1. Do you think there is an incompatibility between feminism and a love for fashion? to me feminism suggest some sort of freedom to be who you want to be regardless of your sex, fashion is also a way of expressing who you are so no not really, unless perhaps you work somewhere where the dress code does not allow this expression (luckily this is not the case for me as I work for myself).

2. There is more to each of us than a love for fashion, how do you incorporate every aspect of yourself into your blog? I do write about my work quite a bit on my blog and some other other aspects of my life although I am really quite obsessed with fashion and my blog is an outlet for this. The one thing (and very important part of my life) that I do not feel happy sharing much about on my blog is my children.

3. With the fashion industry still being a male-dominated profession, how do you think it would differ if women played a larger role? I am really not sure. Perhaps there would be less experimental designs and more comfortable clothes. I recently read some where that Christian Louboutin disliked 'comfort' shoes which made me laugh as it is easy to say something like that when it is not you that has to wear them. I don't think style and comfort have are mutually exclusive and perhaps women might design more with this in mind.

4. How is your self-image and the way you carry yourself informed by your beliefs?
I think I have a good self image and I hope that I carry myself well and I guess that is backed up by a strong belief that everyone should be valued for what they are. I think individuality should be celebrated and it is peoples quirks and differences that make the world such an interesting place. I was brought up with a strong sense of worth and that no one was better than me but also to treat others as I would expect to be treated myself. I guess this must form part of my self image.  I am quite shy verbally but prefer to express myself through my clothes.

5. Do you think clothing/makeup/hair helps communicate the truth about yourself or are those things superfluous add-ons? a difficult one. I guess we all communicate in different ways but visual information is probably one of the first things that people notice about you so telling people about yourself in this way makes it quicker and easier for people to get to know you. I also think that if you dress in a way that you feel comfortable you will feel more confident and therefore able more able to express the real you.

I think clothes and makeup can be used as a mask to hide the real you but this would come across as incongruent in a similar way to if you try and behave in a way that is unatural to you or not fitting with your identity, people will intuitively pick up on it. However it is also completely possible to express the real you without clothes and make up if you don't have the option for example if you wear a uniform, for some people like me this would take more effort though.
If you are interested in reading more about this topic there are many more interesting and informed posts to read on Modly Chic.

If you're interested in FBFF, go to Modly Chic for more information then e-mail Katy if you want to join the group.

Thursday, 24 March 2011

Climate Week Outfit With Eco Shoes

Despite managing to wear lots of climate friendly outfits this week, I have drastically failed to take many photos, probably because I have been suffering from a cold and didn't much feel like having my photograph taken. The amazing sunshine that we have had today has made me feel much better though.

Today's climate week outfit was a fairly simple combination of Fairtrade leggings, a charity shop top and a cotton jacket that has been in my wardrobe for years. My favourite part of this outfit is the shoes, not only because they are red but also they have beautiful nautical detail. They are also amazingly comfortable and handmade using vegetable tanned leather by artisans for the eco friendly Spanish shoe brand Pikolinos.

I sometimes think that if I were to only dress in eco friendly and ethical clothes all of the time, one of the most difficult parts would be the shoes. I do love my shoes and will have to admit that there is no where near as much choice of ethical shoes as there is conventional shoes making it difficult to make a complete switch. Shoes however do have an impact on the environment and sometimes also the health and wellbeing of the workers who make them. The tanning of the leather, the non biodegradable manmade materials which are made using energy hungry processes and the toxic effects of the glues used to stick the together are just a few of the issues. The great thing is though that eco and ethical shoes do tend to be incredibly comfy and well made making them perfect for every day wear. 

If you are looking for eco shoes Spartoo have a great selection including brands like Pikolinos, Birkenstock and El Naturalista including some just like mine in the sale.

Tuesday, 22 March 2011

5 Ways Rework Old Clothes For Summer 2011 Trends

Vintage floral dress with Obi Belt

As part of my climate week posts I thought I would write about ways in which you can reuse clothes and still look on trend. I don't think it is neccessary to buy new clothes every season to keep up with the latest trends. Not only do many fashions just keep coming round again and again but you can also wear your clothes in different ways to give you a fresh and up to date look. Here are 5 ways that you can rework your old clothes for summer 2011.

Oriental - oriental is a key trend for the summer and it is very easy to add an oriental feel to all sorts of different outfits just by adding an obi or corset belt. This is also a great way to add a little bit of shape to a loose fitting blouse, tunic or floral shift dresses. I tend to wear my obi belt quite high on my waist as this is the narrowest part and it helps to highlight it. You can buy a nice ethical leather sash belt from Not on the High Street for £20.

Peter Pan Collar from Hellostrumpet on Etsy

Peter Pan Collars - If like me you  are in love with the cute Peter pan collars that seem to be every where for the summer, you easily update tops and dresses by adding one. There are quite a few tutorials online to show you how. I like how to make a Peter Pan collar in eight easy steps and  how to make a Peter Pan collar with a vintage hankerchief. If you want a detachable collar to wear with different clothes try how to make a detachable Peter pan collar. For those that aren't great with a needle and thread, there are also plenty available on Etsy.

Pattern Mixing - If you have any patterned pieces from previous seasons you can easily update them by mixing them up for summer 2011. Try and match up patterns that have some sort of similarity so two bold and bright patterns or  two patterns with muted or paste; colours. Black and white stripes or polka dots work well with a really bold and bright floral pattern. I don't think there is really any science behind it though, you just need to give it a try and see what works. If you don't have enough patterned items in your wardrobe to attempt this the charity shops are full or all sorts of amazing patterns.

Colour Blocking - another really easy look to make from existing items in your wardrobe is colour blocking. You can combine brights and neutrals for a really on trend look so perhaps a bright orange or blue top with camel trousers or skirt. The key to this look is too keep the shapes simple. A plain loose vest top works well tucked into a pencil skirt or any simple sheath or shift dresses or simple shirts. You can  change a shift dress into a colour block outfit just by adding a pair of coloured tights. Again if you are lacking in brights, the charity shops are full of them.

Bright Accessories - many of us will have lots of neutrals in our wardrobes after the trends of the last few seasons. Neutrals might get a bit boring sometimes but they have a lot going for them as they are so versatile. You can bring last seaosns neutrals up to date with the simple addition of some really bright accessories. This is the perfect opportunity to wear those amazing statement shoes that you saved up for ages for but haven't yet has a chance to wear. Clutch bags with interesting textures in bright pinks, purples, oranges, reds, yellows and blues will all look amazing.  

There are I am sure plenty more ways that you can reuse clothes from previous seasons to lessen the load on both the environmment and your purse. I would love to hear your ideas.

With warmest wishes

Ceri X  

Thursday, 17 March 2011

Friend Friday - In the Beginning

One of my earliest attempts at pattern mixing

This weeks Friend Friday topic is 'In the beginning'  and asks what have been the 5 hardest blogging lesson you've learned during this process that have helped you to become a better blogger as a result? This post actually required quite a lot of though for me. Firstly as I am not entirely sure that I have become a better blogger, although the blog has evolved and changed. It also suddenly occurred to me that this blog has been running for nearly three and a half years and I never even noticed. I think a birthday party (or at least a cake) is well overdue.

When I first starting blogging, the blog was set up to drive traffic to my other websites. However the blog quickly took over and became a creative outlet for me.
Blogging is just a type of social media - in other words it should be social. The reading of other blogs and interacting with the other bloggers that is just as fun if not more so than writing the posts. I didn't really get this at first and just published my posts. It all felt a bit lonely and not much fun. Now I interact much more. I am completely addicted to blogging and reading other blogs and I feel like I have got loads of new friends.

Quality over quantity - at first I used up a lot of energy trying to post something to my blog every day. I ended up compromising on the quality of the posts and feeling like a failure if I didn't manage to post. Now I only post if I feel like I have something worthwhile to say. If I don't feel like blogging one day, I don't! - it would only feel empty and will probably sound empty to readers too.

Start as you mean to go on -  it is easier if you get somethings right at the beginning. It is worth doing a bit of research to start with and getting the right blog name, url and platform that you want to stick with. It saves on loads of time and hassle in the long run.

You don't have to participate in every partnership - If you accept every single offer of freebies, samples or advertising that comes along you might make a bit of money but you will end up feeling like your blog is not your own any more. The turn around for me was when I decided to only write about about products I love no matter what the financial gain. I now turn away advertorial posts posts on the basis that it is a personal blog so I write about what I like.

Have a vision for your blog - in the early days I felt like my blog was meandering along without  a clear aim. When I actually spent a little time thinking about what I wanted from my blog and what I wanted to achieve, it became so much more interesting and also hopefully helped me to differentiate myself from the other blogs out there. I wanted it to be personal to me so I started showing a little more of my personality and make it my own by posting outfit pictures. I also wanted to promote ethical and eco fashion but in a subtle way that would appeal to everyone and not just those who already love it.

Do you have any tips or lessons that you have learnt since you started blogging?

Interested in joining in the conversation? Learn more about Fashion Beauty Friend Friday and then join the Google Group. This will get you access to the Friday questions a couple days early as well as the off-blog conversations we have on any number of topics.

Have a good weekend

With warmest wishes

Ceri X

In case you are a little confused as to why this post has been posted on Thursday instead of Friday, I have decided to participate in the bloggers day of silence For Japan With Love. There is not really anything meaningful I can say about what is happening other than my thoughts and prayers are with all of those who are suffering or have lost people close to them.

Wednesday, 16 March 2011

Climate Week - Cool Outfits Challenge

Kimono Jacket - Ebay
Dress- Marks and Spencers
Belt- Next
Shoes - Topshop

You might have noticed that Friday marks the beginning of Climate Week in the UK . The environment is something that I feel quite strongly about and whilst I am by no means perfect, I try to be responsible and reduce my impact by reducing, reusing and recyling. This extends to my clothes. I know I buy far too many but where possible I choose second hand, vintage and eco fashion.

For climate week I have decided to set myself (and anyone who wants to join in) a little challenge. For the whole of Climate Week (21st -27th March) I plan to theme my posts and outfits around being kind to the environment. These will probably include layered outfits (allowing me to turn down the heating a few degrees), outfits including vintage, second hand and eco fashion and some reviews and news of eco fashion plus any other ideas tips on living sustainably.

If you would like to join in please send over the links to your own Climate week outfits and posts anytime during the week and I will feature them in a round up on Friday 27th (or maybe Saturday 28th). I look forward to seeing how you are joining in with Climate Week. You can also get some ideas on other ways to get involved including events and the official Eley Kishimoto climate week T shirt on the Climate Week website.

Above is a warm up outfit featuring a vintage kimono jacket that I bought on ebay.  I look forward to seeing your outfits and posts.

With warmest wishes

Ceri X

The Shopping Forecast Weekly Fashion And Trends Round Up

As summer draws yet closer, there is plenty of fashion inspiration from some of our favourite blogs and even some ideas on spring make up. There is also some news on how one organisation is helping those suffering in Japan by sending shoes.

Freya Hill Talking About Fashion - I'm Turning French - A dedication to French Fashion
Style meets Story - Have a heart donate a soul - Recent Japan earthquake impacts the next Soles4Souls project
Watch This Place - Make-up this season? More is more. Weird and wonderful make-up this season offers a change from monotonous minimalism
The Shopping Forecast - Fashion Inspiration for autumn winter 2011 from Milan Fashion Week -  our pick of the most notable collections
The Fashion Buzz - Orange Picks for spring 2011 - some juicy orange pieces and some ideas on how to wear them
Style Eyes - Tout Noveau - a great place to find some of the seasons hottest prints

Don't forget to pop over to The Shopping Forecast and tell us what you think of the trends for the season ahead.

Image from Freya Hill talking about Fashion

Monday, 14 March 2011

My First Trip To TK Maxx and Outfit Making Competitions

On Sunday, I went on my first trip to TK Maxx. I have heard really mixed reviews about TK Maxx ranging from it is like a 'jumble sale' to it is 'amazing'. For some reason I have never managed to make it over to TK Maxx but on Sunday spurred on by talk on Fashion Pearls of Wisdom and Intrinsically Florrie of Luella dresses, I decided it was about time I checked it out. So with Mr Style Eyes and children in tow I trotted off to the Swindon branch. I went with fairly low expectations of buying some practical clothes for camping over the summer, alas I came home with none. I saw a quite nice floral French Connection dress which wasn't particularly cheap but I decided did quite have that something to make it into my already over crowded wardrobe.

I did however get myself a hat. It was just plonked randomly on the end of one of the rails but as soon as I saw it I knew I had to have it. The leopard print hat by Dents was just £8 which in my eyes is an amazing price for such a style statement. At first I thought it was quite amusing that I had gone shopping for some practical clothes (of which I have very few) and come home with a random leopard print hat. On second thoughts though, the hat is incredibly practical and will keep me dry in the rain. I rarely carry an umbrella due to the demands of young children and a push chair. I am now looking forward to when it next rains so I can wear my hat!

For those that are already addicted to voting and outfit making on The Shopping Forecast, there are some great competitions running to win lots of clothes from the site. All you have to do is join and make outfits using clothes from the site. You can make a summer outfit of your choice or a themed party outfit for American Independence Day on 4th July (just include 4th July in the title). Just remember to go to 'my outfits' top right of the screen and tick the little box to make your outfits searchable so that others can vote on your outfit. Those with the highest average score (summer outfit) and most votes (July 4th outfit) will each win $300/€250/200 to send on clothes from the site.

If makin outfits isn't you thing you can also join in the seasonal points challenge. You can register and earn points by participating on the site (voting, commenting etc). At the end of the summer season (May 1st ) the top 5 points scorers plus one random person can exchange their points for clothes from the site.   (max £250/€300/$400). You can find out further details on fashion competitions.

Shirt - Next
Dress (old)- Oasis
Leggings - Topshop
Boots - Po-Zu
Elephant Necklace - Etsy

Finally todays outfit. I promised to try something a little different this week from black and white and a pop of colour. I am not sure I like this colour scheme half as much though.

I hope that you are having a good week.

With warmest wishes

Ceri X

Oufits: black and white with a pop of colour

There seems to be a bit of a recurring theme with my outfits over the last week . Black (or dark blue) and white with a pop of colour. I seem to get something into to my head and I can't get it out again. I will be making a conscious effort next week to try something a little different.

This weekend I made my first ever trip to TK Maxx, more on that soon! I have also being enjoying the very beautiful and spring like weather. Hoping for lots more of it soon. 

Apologies for the wonky pictures (ask Mr Style Eyes why?) and grumpy face in the last picture (I am generally a really happy person but can't help my upside down smile).

Skirt- Debenhams Edition, Preen
Top - Dorothy Perkins
Handbag - Monsoon
Scarf - Vintage, Liberty
Leather Jacket - Getuz

Zebra Cropped blouse - H! by Henry Holland at Debenhams#
White top - Next
Cropped jeans - Dorothy Perkins (I think)
Shoes - Dkode at Spartoo

Dress - Dorothy Perkins (sleeves removed)
Scarf - Vintage
Obi Belt -
Shoes - Top Shop
Clutch bag - Dorothy Perkins

Hope you had a good weekend.

With warmest 

Ceri X

Saturday, 12 March 2011

Tout Noveau

I am all for prints and patterns. Generally speaking, the brighter, the bolder and the more unusual the better. I love a polka dot as much as the next girl but sometimes I just need something with a bit more zing. Lately I have noticed that prints and patterns have been getting more and more artistic. A plain old repeating shape is fine but it doesn't give that feeling of butterflies in my stomach that some of the amazing frenzies of colour that I keep on spotting around . 

I haven't reviewed any new labels or designers for a while. I guess I just kind of got fed up with saying the same old things - 'very wearable', 'very elegant' blah blah blah, perhaps a symptom of how uninspired I feel. Then out of the blue, whilst still reeling from the shock of the Mary Katrantzou AW11 collection (how amazing was that?), I stumbled across Tout Noveau.

I love the fact that each of the pieces is unique and individual. Tout Noveau promote and sell the work of new gradiates from art universties in the UK and beyond. They help to bridge the gap between education and industry whilst also providing an great (although more expensive) alternative to the high street.

Here are some of my favourites:

Friday, 11 March 2011

Friend Friday - Finding the balance

I am really excited to have been accepted into the Fashion Beauty Friend Friday Group. I have really enjoyed reading all of the Friend Friday posts on other blogs and decided I would love to join in the conversation. This weeks subject is finding the balance which is incredibly relevant to me and my life at the moment.

I think this is one of the hardest things for us as bloggers to deal with. How do you do it all and still live, work and play as you should?

1. When it comes to prioritizing your life, in what place does blogging fall? I don't spend nearly as much time blogging it as I would like. I have two children aged 8 and 3 and also run my own business which means I work 35-40 hours a week around looking after and spending time with children. I work most evenings until 11pm and most weekends. As I work in online marketing, PR and blogging, quite a bit of my work time is also spent writing and blogging for customers, this is however very different to writing my own personal blog which I have much more creative freedom over. It is also really important to me to keep fit so I exercise 3 times a week. I never watch TV or read books as I don't have time and much prefer to blog.

Blogging kind of comes at the end of quite a long list but that doesn't mean that it isn't important to me. I started my blog as a creative outlet so perhaps the fact that it is so low down the list at the moment is a just a symptom of an overly busy life. Not complaining though as I love my life, for me I am achieveing the ideal of work life balance and if I didn't keep busy, I would get bored. As long as I get some time each week to blog I am happy (well most of the time anyway).

2. We all wish we had more free time to dedicate to blogging and all it entails. What are your tricks for taking advantage of the time you do have to be as productive as possible? Yes I wish there were at least four or five more hours in the day. I have just invested in an iphone 4 which is great for catching up with my favourite blogs whilst waiting outside the school, on the train or  waiting to go in to a gym class. I have cut down on the number of posts that I write recently and think this has probably benefitted the blog by allowing me to focus more on quality than quantity. I also try not to check emails/ blog stats etc too often as this can be distracting.

My final and post important trick is to stop as soon as you get a mind block or become unproductive and find something else to do instead.

3. Have you discovered any short-cuts that makes blogging easier or more time efficient? The only thing that I do  is scribble notes in a note book so that I never spend time at my laptop trying to get inspiration, when I sit down I am ready to write. I also try and make a quick plan in my head or on paper of the points that I want to cover before I start writing.

4. Do you have an editorial calendar or something similar that helps you plan ahead? Not really I find being too regimented stifles my creativity plus I would feel a real sense of failure when I didn't keep to it. I might come up with an idea that I love the sound of to start with but a week later it sounds really boring and I can't be bothered to write about it. I have a white board and lots of notebooks with scribbled ideas but it is all quite random.

5. If time wasn’t an issue what you would be doing on your blog/for your blog that you aren’t doing now? I would spend lots more time improving my photography skills and making outfits. I would love to have a regular feature to show how you can style charity shop clothes to fit with this seasons trends, I would also love to spend much more time finding out about new eco/ ethical designer doing interviews and making DIY pieces.

I would love to hear what you think about finding the right balance. Do you have any tips?

You can find links to all of the Friend Friday Posts on ModlyChic.

Happy Friday!

With warmest wishes

Ceri X

Wednesday, 9 March 2011

Early Spring Florals

I am always ready for spring and summer way before they actually arrive and this year is no different, those floral dresses have been wanting to bust out for weeks now. Today, the sky was blue and the sun was shining. I say 'was' because it didn't seem to last much longer than a hour after I got dressed but it gave me enough of a spring feeling to go for a floral dress, albeit layered with leggings, top and jacket. I even decided to get my toes out (big mistake) not something I would usually do until the weather is much much warmer.

Part of the reason for wanting to get my toes out was these new shoes that I have just got by Dkode from Spartoo, I love the bright orange with neutral greys. I also got the chance to wear the new necklace that I treated myself to when I was in London last week. I am pretty uninspired by much of the high street jewellery at the moment and wanted something a little different. I found this necklace in a little shop/ stall in Victoria station.

The dress was sent to me by Motel last year and I love the print but I have always felt a little uncomfortable wearing it as the children always pull on my clothes and it wouldn't take much for it to end up around my waist! I felt much more comfortable with a top under it and the leggings were a wise choice too on such a windy day.

Anyway I decided to make the most of the natural light by taking some photographs outside. I soon changed my mind when I opened the door and got an icy blast of wind. It was definitely much colder than it looked so I opted for the lounge instead which gets plenty of morning sunlight.

Striped Top - local charity shop
Floral dress - Motel Rocks
Leggings - People Tree
Denim Jacket - BCBG MAXAZRIA Jeans (swapped on Posh Swaps) 
Shoes - Dkode from Spartoo
Necklace - Jewellery shop at Victoria Station
Ring - New Look

Are you feeling ready for spring now? what are your favourite spring clothes?

With warmest wishes

Ceri X

Monday, 7 March 2011

DIY Fruit and Stripes Top

I haven't done a DIY post for a while now. Mainly because the creativity for such projects usually comes when I am feeling relaxed with a little time to spare. Unfortunately this hasn't been happening too much lately. But my latest project has made me realise how much I enjoy a bit of diy so hopefully will be doing some more soon.
This project was inspired by all the fruity fashions I have been spying lately (especially Prada) and the whole nautical and retro thing.

First I popped into the local charity shop to shop tops for a few pounds. This wasn't too difficult and I found just what I wanted immediately. Actually they needed to be made of cotton for the transfers to work and only one of them was, so I just kept the long sleeved one as it was.

Then I bought some t shirt transfer sheets from Wilkinsons. For those who don't have a Wilkinsons nearby., it is one of those shops where you can buy anything and everything. You can find them online here

I got my daughter to draw a picture of some cherries and colour them with her pens. She also went around the outline in black to make it stand out.

I scanned the picture onto the computer then edited it so I had lots of cherries in an a4 sheet area.I printed the cherries onto the transfer paper using the highest quality print settings.

I cut out the cherry transfers leaving a small border of White around the edge of the cherries. I applied the transfers to the t shirt using an iron according to the instructions.

That was how I made my fruity top. You could also use all sorts of other designs on a striker background including other fruit like bananas or watermelon.You could also use whatever you like really as long as it is bold and bright, flamingoes,cupcakes , flowers or butterflies. A great little top to wear with a pair of blue jeans.

Have a great week!
With warmest wishes

Ceri X