From The Archive: 2013

With magazine placements on the side, 2013 was the last year I juggled blogging as a side gig. Things get a bit girlier in the style department too, with a lorra love for the sixties and a 'hive!


Ladies Behind The Sidebar- March 2013

Like last month; for March my top sponsor is the beautiful jewellery company Love Hearts and Crosses. This beautiful online boutique has every type of accessory you could ever wish for, and I can guarantee you’re favourite outfit won’t be complete without one of their pieces. From beautiful porcelain animal jewellery (yes, we’re talking pugs and bunnies), knuckle and midi rings, stunning timepieces and amazing sale buys (yes, this weekend there’s an extra 25% off too using the code ‘Easter’ too)- there’s no excuse to not get accessorisin’ your favourite looks with pieces that simply aren’t available on the high street.

Emily and Beth O’Regan are the seriously stunning sisters behind fashion (come-foodie) blog, The Strawberry Sisters. Now, if a page of reading this doesn’t make you want to be the third sister, than I’m not sure what will- as these girls have THE most gorgeous wardrobe collection (think matching pastels and striking monochromes) and a pretty impressive portfolio of foodie reviews in our great capital (these girls know a good burger, or two. Or three.) These ladies take you on global adventures from music festivals (with some kick ass style), Budapest to the Big Apple- and even take you across the web to Youtube- where they’ve showcased some pretty damn funny vids too- bookmark ’em or else (I promise you won’t regret it).
It’s not often you find such a beautifully crafted blog, which not only oozes beautiful photography, well written content and stunning outfits- but someone who simply doesn’t take themselves too seriously. Sarah, of Friday is Forever pretty much defines two key things as to what blogging should be about; having a bit of fun and being honest and clear with your readers (two things that make her blog wonderfully endearing). From lifestyle posts, well shot beauty and some gorgeous outfits and product reviews this little piece of the internet has it all, and is definitely worth a visit (again and again).
With the amount of online boutiques popping up on a daily basis, it’s completely understandable that finding somewhere beautiful to shop can be quite hard to come by. That’s until you come across Olive and Frank. With items described as ‘fun, inspiring and unique’, founder Chloe makes sure this beautiful (and well priced) shop is fully stocked with pieces your wardrobe will love you for- and all for under 30 fine pounds. With covetable pieces including a knitted cat face dress (yes, I love it), chunky DM style bow brogues and more jewellery than even the biggest magpie could wish for- you’ll just have to see it to believe it.

Laced with current trends, wishlists and beautiful (and achievable) outfits, Lauren, of London based The Style Tag has quickly become one of my most clicked blogs- and it’s not hard to see why. Not only has the beautiful Lauren (yeah, there’s a reason she’s modelled for Mod Dolly) got some serious skills in the styling department (seriously folks, you best get pinning- this girl knows the recipe for a good outfit) but she’s one of the loveliest ladies I’ve had the pleasure of meeting in the real world, and that certainly comes across on her gorgeous, well written and down to earth blog. One for your favourites, that’s for sure.
For a long time, Brighton based Laura’s blog has been a go to for me- from everything fashion, wish listing and the best places to head to (whether in Paris or London- she’s got it covered) and trust me, she knows her stuff. This twenty-something girl picks out the most beautiful items; be it jewellery from the stunning Alex Monroe or covetable kitchen items (nope, you wouldn’t have even seen them on Pinterest), styles an array of wardrobe basics in THE most exciting ways (leopard and stripes are super cool fyi) and from time to time even throws a must-create recipe in the works- what more could a girl want?
Hannah’s blog, Baileycakes is the perfect sit down read, when cosied up in doors when the sunshine is streaming through your windows- all in tow with a cup of sugary tea. This girl loves to see the best in things, and with that eye- she captures her adventures across the south of England (and sometimes in more tropical climates) in the most beautiful light- making you feel like you’ve gone along with her, wellies in one hand and camera in the other. Additionally, there’s treats of restaurant trips, beautifully honest words and a peek into her day to day musings- the perfect recipe for a dreamy lifestyle blog.

Fashion journalist, Laura’s blog is the perfect insider peep into the big wide world of fashion and beauty, and boy does she do it well. With honest, straightforward beauty reviews (this girl knows her stuff- perfect for a novice like me), THE most lust worthy high street bargains (you’d be surprised at all the Primarni gems this one has picked up…), super covetable celebrity style (including statement summer shades your eyes will love you for) and stunning outfit photos which will certainly have you lusting after the latest high street buys (and her beautiful barnet and Colegate smile)- Laura’s blog should be your first stop for fashion and beauty from a girl seriously in the know- who will have you coming back again and again.
simple sophie
Sophie’s beautiful blog, Simple Sophie is the prettiest lifestyle blog bought to you by a girl with lots of passions (including photography and dancing), a love for cats and who resides in Leeds. Although described as essentially a lifestyle blog, Sophie’s little corner of the internet oozes brilliant (and pretty impressive) recipes, perfectly put together outfits and trips to some of her favourite hide outs in the North (which are definitely worth taking note of- Love Rouge is a dream). A girl after my own heart, Sophie is an expert at styling a good hat and I can promise her blog will have you scrolling for hours.

An absolutely magical online Aladdin’s cave, filled with semi precious and raw crystal gems that your jewellery collection certainly won’t be complete without, Tentative Decisions is one site to bookmark and head to when a simply gold chain just isn’t satisfactory. From shimmery double banded rings adorned with the most beautiful amethysts, to droplet rainbow crystal necklaces that add the perfect bohemian sparkle to any outfit (festival season is gonna LOVE this site)- this little shop has some real treasures and all for incredible value for money, oh and did I mention it was all handmade? Perfect.

little nell
Little Nell is the perfect online boutique selling a darling selection of hand made and handpicked jewellery- stocking everything from delicate gold and silver charm bracelets, quartz, amythest and hand painted pendants to stunning bobby pins (a.k.a the perfect hair accessory) and stunning arrow earrings- which scream festival season. On top of that; there’s simple statement pieces (a.k.a the perfect gift) in the shape of delicate heart and star braclets and necklaces. Additionally, with many pieces being made to order; there’s the opportunity to add a little something extra special to each individual purchase- dreamy right? I’m off to lust over the Stag Antler necklace…


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