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- October 2013

Using upcycled and vintage fabrics, Vardvark Studio is a haven of all things beautiful, creative and completely lust worthy- making Alison’s bags certainly one of a kind. With delicate crochet, twinkling sequin, rose bud floral and Aztec inspired graphic bags available (including gorgeous clutches, make up bags and hold-all totes) it’s safe to say for under Β£50, this lady has everything covered, and with free delivery on bags- it’s hard to resist…

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, THE most lust worthy high street items (we’re talking Zara and beaut winter florals), introducing you to the most talented fashion illustrators (yup, this girl does it all), and stunning outfit and beauty photos – Laura’s blog should be your first stop for fashion and beauty ladies. Plus, she’s just started an online jewellery boutique here- worth a peep!

Looking Glass
If there’s one thing I think a blog should serve (and one thing I really love about them), is acting as a peep into someone’s life through their eyes- and Kate’s ‘Looking Glass Blog’ has quickly become one I look to. Uncomplicated, striped back and so, so well written, this blog by a twenty-something Londoner with a passion for lattes, literature, theatre and Polaroids is a refreshing breathe of fresh air in a busy blogging world. With film reviews, ‘Flash Fiction Friday’s’ and a peppering of ‘What I wore posts’ this is a blog to sit down with a cuppa to.

Sophie’s beautiful blog, Simple Sophie is the prettiest lifestyle blog bought to you by a girl with a love for cats and who resides in Leeds (so good it was shortlisted in the Cosmo Awards too)! Although described as a lifestyle blog, Sophie’s little corner of the internet oozes brilliant recipes (that Quiche Lorraine), perfectly put together outfits (this can can coordinate like no other) and trips to some of her favourite hide outs in the North & South (how yum does Basil look?) and a great girls night in! 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.

Mod Dolly
Having re launched this month with an amazing new layout and design direction, Mod Dolly is the perfect haven of beautiful one off designs, created by Amy He herself. From vintage, to reworked to handmade- there are pieces from all walks of life, each and every one as special as the next. From the most perfect check smock (don’t start me) and pinafore dresses, ’90s tartan galore and velvet collared dresses, the new collection (snapped and filmed by the talented Hanna Kristina) holds some serious treasures to be had, come and see (plus, they’re incred value)!

Olive and Frank
Olive and Frank are back this Autumn with a new look, and gorgeous new collection (accessories included)- enabling you to have a one-stop-shop when doing a bit of outfit shopping- amazing, right? With an exciting new bloggers network and new products made for the ‘hip and stylish’ girl, there’s a bevy of vintage inspired pieces, ticking every trend from ’90s grunge and ’60s swing. With covetable pieces including white cut out Mary Janes, baseball inspired tees, and more jewellery than even the biggest magpie could wish for (which is saying something)- it’s worth a look in!

Who is Tanya
Tanya’s blog, Who is Tanya has quickly become one of my favourite places to click to when in need of fast style inspiration (and to maybe get a little jealous of her beautiful barnet)! This girl not only has the most covetable wardrobe (it boasts burgundy Zara bags, Topshop prints and perfectly sixties roll necks) but she introduces us to some others too with her awesome blogger interviews, with the latest being Alice Boullin. Plus, although a bit of a rare treat- her travel posts are amazing too- there’s not many that can capture such gorgeous candid’s of everywhere from Paris to India- completely dreamy.

Love Hearts
Now, if there’s one place for fail safe accessory inspo- it’s Love Hearts and Crosses. This bustling and brilliant online boutique has every type of accessory you could ever wish for, trust me- you name it you’ll find it here. From cute as a button porcelain animal jewellery (sausage dogs, deers, foxes- they got it all), statement necklaces galore (a winter jumper just won’t look the same), chunky gem and delicate midi rings and even a Β£10 lucky dip- there’s no excuse to not get accessorizing, especially at these prices.


Editor of a menswear magazine by day, a fashion, interiors and beauty fan by night, I Heart Fashion by the gorgeous Victoria is the perfect corner of the internet for all things style, lifestyle and ‘pretty and polished’. With trend led wishlists (this lady knows her covetable), interior inspiration with the best of Pinterest, some inspiring fashion articles (history of the Chelsea boot anyone?), travel and London round ups along with some cute cats thrown in for good measure- there’s not a lot this girl hasn’t got covered, and it’s blooming lovely.


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