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- May 2013

Founded just at the beginning of last month (Mai jewellery- May? Geddit?) by the incredibly talented UCA Jewellery Design graduate Kimmi Piggott, Mai Jewellery is the home of one off, beautiful pieces- that are there to cherish, and wear as a walking piece of art. Specializing in the use of silver, resin, precious stones and sometimes dinosaur bone (I know right!)- this girl has it all, plus has gorgeous costume pieces, and certainly something for that special someone.

The Cinnamon Slipper comes straight from the beautiful and incredibly talented former red head Rebecca. Her blog documents her adventures into the world of presenting, fashion and upcoming trends- as well as lots of beautiful lifestyle based posts that will have you lusting after cupcake printed frocks (she has a seriously envibale collection of pretty dresses), sea and countryside adventures and a vintage shopping trip, pronto.

Chloe Marie’s World comes from the gorgeous 21 year old Chloe, a girl living in Cambridge channeling her love for fashion and style through what she describes as her ‘online scrapbook’. With everything from inspiring interviews (her latest being with a certain yummy cake company), gorgeous summery outfit posts, wish lists which’ll have you scarpering for the nearest online checkout, recipes AND food pics galore- we’ve been completely spoilt rotten here.

An Tentative Decisions is an absolutely magical online Aladdin’s cave, filled with semi precious and raw crystal gems which will leave you seeing stars. This site is one site to bookmark and head to when a simple gold chain just isn’t satisfactory. From shimmery double banded rings adorned with the most beautiful amethysts, to droplet rainbow crystals that add the perfect bohemian sparkle to any outfit (planning a Glasto outfit? Head here)- this little shop has some real handmade treasures and all for incredible value for money.

For a long time, Brighton based What Laura Did Next has been a go to for me- from everything fashion, wish listing and the best places to head to 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 (let the lusting begin) to styling the summers most covetable looks (she rocks the white jeans and that Monsoon jacket, and teaches us what the perfect wedding guest outfit is) as well as keeping us in the loop with hot to trot press days- not bad huh?


The simply stunning Paige Calvert is a girl of endless talents. Not only is her blog a haven of whimsical, vintage inspired and nostalgic fashion- but she’s handy with a pen (queen bee illustrator right here) and even created her beautiful layout herself. Her beautiful corner of the internet documents her pretty day to day adventures, recent craftiness (yes, she created her own fanzine) and stunning outfits- which will have you pining to add to your Pinterest boards- so sit back, grab a cuppa and get lost in her blog.


Little Nell is the perfect online boutique selling a darling selection of hand made and handpicked jewellery and vintage scarves- stocking everything from delicate gold and silver charm bracelets, quartz, amethyst and hand painted pendants to stunning bobby pins (the perfect way to snazz up a messy bun, no?) and cute antler necklaces- which scream festival season cool. Additionally, recent site new-ins include perfect paisley vintage scarves- a.k.a the perfect festival accessory, which no neck- or up do will be complete without- head here before going to Glasto…

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The blog of Jessica Emily is a completely striking corner of the internet, and one of which I wish I came across more. Her blog is a tale of beautiful places and an overflowing wardrobe, with each outfit post photographed as if it were part of a stunning editorial- which is certainly something to be proud of. With each outfit carefully crafted, and equally as gorgeous- each post is a story in itself, and I could easily spend hours scrolling through her amazing blog.

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 twenty something girl loves to see the best in things, and with that eye- she captures her adventures across the south of England 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 cafe/market trips, insightful and honest make up posts and a peek into her day to day musings and a bit of fitness- the perfect recipe for a dreamy lifestyle blog.

Created by the beautiful and talented Jade Murray, Ginger Pickle offers a beautifully curated range of handmade gifts made by the best British independent designers- from jewellery (everything from bunny rabbit bobbypins to hand jam tart brooches) to beautiful home wares and stationary (including inspirational screen prints and thoughtful cards)- it’s the perfect location for pretty finishing outfit touches, a perfectly on point birthday gift with a card to match (that no one else would have picked up) or something to make a house a home- all completely on budget. Perfect.

Nowadays finding the perfect online boutique, which is well priced can be pretty tricky. That is, however, until you come across the beautiful Olive and Frank. With items described as ‘fun, inspiring and unique’ (all true), talented founder Chloe makes sure this cute boutique shop is fully stocked with the most interesting and original pieces (some of which are currently on sale-yay!) With covetable pieces including a white embroidered collar dress, chunky platform boots (’90s at its best), a tiger t shirt and jumper reminiscent of a certain catwalk number and more jewellery than even the biggest magpie could wish for (which is saying something)- you’ll just have to see it to believe it.


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