From The Archive: 2012

A year of fewer questionable outfit choices, I finally found my blogging groove in 2012, and here you can find some favourite pieces, band interviews as they first appeared and a lot of hats too...


Ladies Behind The Sidebar: November 2012

Founded by the incredibly talented Amy He, Mod Dolly was born in 2010 for modern girls who ‘like to be a little playful in their everyday styling’ by the talented Amy He. Inspired by eras gone by, the pieces channel a modern twist on classic looks, each item carefully handmade and designed to be worn with love. With 30 more dresses appearing online this month (think unique vintage and reworked beauties) along with hair accessory pioneers Crown & Glory, it’s simply too good to miss out on (I love the dreamy 80s peplum dress dress)!

The Strawberry Sisters is written by the stunning Emily and Beth, two gorgeous red headed sisters with a penchant for fashion, food and fabulous cocktails- and is one of my favourite reads. With food photography and recipes gorgeous enough to make your tummy rumble (and recommendations of where to find it), gorgeous DIY’s to get under your belt (erm, HELLO DIY Miu Miu’s!) and shopping trips and dresses to make your heart skip a beat these girls are seriously in the know, are funny and check out their modelling endeavours too- no fair!

Not only is Stephs Blog a collection of honest beauty reviews, must-do DIYs, behind the scenes snap, enviably cool and autumnal outfits (I sometimes wonder if there’s anything she couldn’t pull off… Yup, she can even work a zombie bride outfit and cat ears) and stunning places to visit; but she’s one of the lovliest people ever (yeah I know her red hair is L’Oreal worthy…). With her blog being one of my favourite beauty, lifestyle AND fashion blogs- a visit should be in order from you all; Stephanie Dreams is a dream.

Twenty year old Sheri is the uber talented and doubly gorgeous lady behind, ‘Just Blog It All Instead‘ (trust me, if you don’t fall in love with her style- you’ll be lusting for her beaut of a barnet). Her blog is a sunny mix (even in Autumn) of gorgeously girlie outfits (she knows her prints, ladies- don’t mess), perfectly photographed blue skied adventures by the sea, Christmassy recipes, the hottest ones to watch, beauty tips and tricks all wrapped up with Sheri’s beautiful smile. If you fancy getting lost in a fuzzy warm feeling blog, then I seriously suggest you head over here pronto- the perfect pick me up for these rainy Autumn days (plus she’s got a sprucey new layout)!
Sarah’s uber hip blog is a style, fashion AND beauty blog with ‘touches of music, lifestyle and escapades of ‘The Girl About Town‘. Set up as a means of maintaining her love of fashion, TGAT brings outfits reminiscent of a certain Miss Chung (lady knows how to put some Autumn-savvy layers together- and check out her beautiful hair), straight forward beauty reviews, up-to date fashion posts ( that Toppers coat…) and beautiful pictures documenting her adventures around the world and countryside escapades(you could easily be scrolling for a while…)

Inspired by fashion, photography, interiors and people, Lauras gorgeous blog brings up to date listings of the most covetable pieces, beautiful visits around the globe (Ireland being her most recent and dreamy endeavour) and in the capital (envy o’clock at the popcorn ice cream at Sketch), easy to follow recipes, some seriously striking outfit pictures (girl knows how to put a cracking outfit together), photographic updates of her daily Brighton based adventures and some amazing hints and tips as to the best places to eat and see across the country. Having met the lady herself at last seasons fashion week, I can confirm her as lovely as her blog presents- go go go!

The Style Tag is definitely one of those blogs that when you discover it, you give yourself a tiny kick for not finding it sooner. Plus, if you’re not instantly wowed by Lauren’s beauty (have you SEEN her hair) and Chung-esque knack for styling (this girl can rock a leather pencil skirt like no other) then I don’t know what will (I do fear Lauren could look good in a bin-bag). Plus, this girl has sense. With one of her latest posts talking about giving ourselves a break and the pressure of beauty in the media- she’s got some must read posts that you need to have a look at…

Created by the gorgeous Laura (with a red glossy barnet certainly worth envying) Secret Diary of a Fashion Journalist exhibits only the most covetable of pieces (we’re talking that Missguided sequin sleeve jacket, the hot to trot Kardashian collection and some seriously gorge printed dresses- check the pencil dress)! This lovely lady also treats us to some hot-to-trot beauty tips with the most covetable items along with recipes that will see you hot footing it to your kitchen cupboards- perfect! Plus, she’s a super regular poster so you’ll never be bored for reading.

Ever Ours are an online boutique, that I will never tire of loving. With new clothing, shoes and accessories in weekly, this little boutique run by the gorgeous Kim always has the most up-to date and well priced selection of kitsch, cute and equally as edgy jewellery- as well as some beautiful collared blouses and jumpers, scalloped dresses and printed festive jumpers (plus some pretty cool designer-inspired pieces ssh! -cough- Miu Miu -cough-) an online dream all for under Β£30!

Blonde bombshell (and hair dying phenomenon) Jenni, is the brains behind Bows Bangles & Bakes, where you can expect ‘expect to find baking, DIY projects, fashion and beauty posts’ with a few other surprises thrown into the mix. With an enviable eye for bargains, frugal fashion tips (yes, she found this coat in Primark) and some of her adventures documented with some seriously gorgeous snaps- Jenni’s blog is one to add to your bookmarks as you’ll be sure to keep popping back.

If you’re ever in need of a sparkly and reasonable (yet indulgent) jewellery fix; Tentative Decisions should be your first internet stop. With handmade crystal jewellery coming in dozens of beautiful rainbow colours and styles (from collar necklaces to rings), this treasure trove (or online twinkling cave) has all the rocks you could ever want; and being crafted by hand has the beauty of sentiment too- see you at the checkout!

Twenty year old Ash’s blog had me at it’s amazing layout, but as soon as I delved into her well written and beautifully photographed posts, I loved it all. Some Say I’ve Snapped is a beautiful blog ‘documenting the life and times of Ash Park- a thrifty student with a weakness for clothes, red lippy, and scones’- basically, a lady after my own heart. From beautiful outfit posts at her stunning campus, to recipes and some stunning photography- this blog has it all.

If well prices, bargainous, quality vintage is your kind of thing- then The Vintage Set is the place to go. With hand picked garments from around the globe, and all the garments and accessories your vintage adoring heart could desire, these ladies aim to ‘provide you with a vast range of vintage wonders’ of fine quality, and for any budget- j’adore!

Having previously spotted her unique and incredibly crafted illustrations in both Company and Lionheart magazine, Illustrations graduate (first class hons may I add) Abby Wright is one of the most incredible fashion illustrators out there. With amazing intricate detail, a careful yet vibrant use of colour- Abby’s illustrations are one of a kind that ooze quality. The perfect lady for a one of a kind personalized illustration (blog headers and Christmas gifts anyone?)

catherine lou
Belfast based Catherine Lou’s Blog is a fantastic beauty, fashion and lifestyle blog, filled with friendly chatter, helpful tutorials and tips, gorgeous trend led pieces (Melissa heart heels envy) and her Sunday summary’s are the perfect accompanier for an end of the week cosy hot (peppermint) chocolate- bliss! This beautiful lady also has a Youtube channel which is seriously worth checking out too- go go go!

Rhiannon’s blog focusses on her musings of ‘fashion, art, music and sparkly things’ and anything she find interesting- which is reminiscent of the cool Topshop Inside Out Blog. Introducing brand spanking new music and awesome playlists, hot to trot street style from the big smoke, hot new brands, outfit posts and exclusives from the ones we love, the coolest models and some seriously bad-ass nail art, Rhiannon offers a little (lotta) something extra in the sea of fashion blogs and I can’t get enough of it- one to watch.

The beautiful Bailey Cakes is written by the lovely Hannah, who ‘doesn’t take life seriously and like to find the joy in the little things’- which paints a picture of her heart warming, real and whimsy blog. Her ‘Happy things’ posts, sweet tooth recipes, coastal discoveries along with her formal and helpful posts about mental health all make her space a breath of fresh air in such a big blogging world, and feel like a catch up with an old friend.

Written by self confessed ‘daydreamer and hopeless romantic’, Livvys beautiful blog, Tea Toast Fashion is a hazy dream like treat with some of the most beautiful photography on the blogosphere. Not only is she talented behind the camera and documenting her beautiful English adventures, but Livvy’s outfits are some of the most pretty out there, with her attention to detail being second to none- and always have me heading to my wardrobe to recreate them, perfect.

Not only is daisy one of the loveliest (and most beautiful) girls out there (and proudly one of my bffl’s) but she has a pretty damn lovely blog too (there’s not a lot this girl can’t do). With fabulous beauty reviews, perfect documentation of her adventures both in London and Birmingham, recipes (yes, she makes her own marshmallows) and insights to the most trend and make up savvy celebrities out there- Daisy’s blog has something for everyone and you can see why she’s a best bud ; )

There’s very blogs out there which can muster the perfect balance of (cool) music and fashion- but The Robyn Diaries has got it down to a tee. With Robyn’s style oozing girlie-yet grunge cool (in the most wearable way) and her music taste constantly keeping her loyal followers up to date on what we should all be listening to- Robyn is a girl after my own heart (and having met her last week can confirm she is just as lovely in real life!)

Emily’s blog- Curly Cutie is the perfect dose of girlie night-in fun I look to in a blog- from make up, to books, films and fashion. With her down to earth and friendly blog and Youtube channel being the perfect source for digestible and honest beauty reviews, her ‘Emilys Adventure’ posts being the perfect catch up into her day to day musings- Emily’s is a brilliant new blog you should be all checking out.

Last, but by no means least is ‘It’s a LDN thing‘ by (far) too cool for school and completely gorgeous Millie Cotton. Writing about all things fashion, lifestyle, beauty and music- its’ not hard to see how this lady picked up Highly Commended Best New Fashion Blog at this years Cosmo awards. Additionally, Millie has some of the most enviably simple yet incredibly well crafted style out there; and has a serious knack for everything worth seeing in the capital; makig hers a blog worth adding to your reader ASAP.

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