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- December 2013

When it comes to jewellery, as much as I love a good statement necklace, I am known to be quite shy when it comes to accessorising- cue an endless lust for simple delicate pieces both fuss free and completely timeless. This is where Minetta comes in. Described as ‘everyday minimal jewellery’ this beautiful boutique boasts simple, ladylike pieces- all handmade in the UK, plus, with everything sitting comfortably under £30- there’s some beautiful gifts in the mix too.

22 year old Valérie is the brains behind gorgeous Belgium based blog, Scribbles of Valérie. At just over a year old, her blog is relatively new, but is the perfect mix of all things beauty, lifestyle and fashion- with some other miscellaneous chatter and happiness thrown in for good measure. Not only is everything illustrated and designed by her (yup she does blog design too)- but this girl also specialises in food, travel and DIY- so you can rest assured you’ll find something to read about here- grab a cuppa and get stuck in!

You know how much of a sucker I am for a one stop shop- and when I’m feeling brave the perfect solution is always somewhere that can provide beautiful statement jewels in a rainbow of colours (and have you ever seen anything as beautiful, and well priced as this selection?!), a good printed blouse (or hey a statement Gatsby style dress) and even some other accessories to boot (think beautiful printed scarves)- which is what makes A Midnight Wonderland so awesome- bookmark!

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Rose Keats not only sounds like the name of a beautiful old Hollywood film star, but is the name of the beautiful lifestyle and fashion blog run by Roisin E Keats- lover of all things classic and British. With brilliant beauty reviews, hauls (don’t act like you don’t love being nosey and knowing what’s in store), adventures and pamper days and all things fashion in-between- this girl has it covered. Plus, not only can this girl write an amazing blog, but she creates awesome Youtube content too- so have a peek at that too while you’re over!

It’s not often you come across a blogger who’s style is completely fresh and original- and just oozes a knack of being able to put really cool outfits together. Hannah from Paloma in Disguise is one of those people- and I wish I could be as adventurous as her when it comes to putting pieces together. Her blog is one of the cutest out there, and I’m pretty sure she could rock a bin bag and make it look awesome- style notes taken.

Little Rose is the gorgeous fashion and beauty blog of 18 year old Rozzi from Bath, which features cute-as-a-button outfits (including ideas for different occasions- whether you’re opting for dressy, casual or glam), budget beauty reviews (everything from skincare (this girl has some lust worthy products), manicure must haves to the essential lipsticks (including Kate Moss- dreamy) and everything in-between.

If you’re on the look out for somewhere gorgeous to spend your Christmas money- then stop, don’t spend a penny before you’ve visited Kee Boutique. Ever wanted to know where to get the Suzy Bishop dress? Want to find the perfect sixties inspired peter pan collared gingham frock? Pink playsuits? Adorable tartan two pieces? Yup they have it all. Not only is everything handmade in the UK (something hugely admirable) but owner Keely is the biggest angel ever- go go go!

Olive and Frank are back this Winter 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 the perfect striped t shirts, cosy chunky jumpers, and more jewellery than even the biggest magpie could wish for (which is saying something)- it’s worth a look in!

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, my Little Pony- 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 £10 lucky dip- there’s no excuse to not get accessorizing, especially at these prices.

Huckleberry Friend is a sweet UK blog written by self confessed directioner, Lottie- currently living by the sunny English seaside. With her blog presenting a series of gorgeous, wearable outfit posts (shown both as still life and posed snaps), dreamy affordable wishlists, helpful make up posts (with easy step by step guides- I could certainly learn a thing or two), a few sunny Sunday adventures (forever supplying a little wanderlust) and a sprinkle of home DIY thrown in for good measure- a perfect all rounder, and one to bookmark!

Lucie Rose is a fashion and style blog, filled with awesome car boot finds, general chitter chatter and adventures from Lucie’s home of France. With wish lists a plenty (I discovered THE perfect pair of ASOS midi heels through her), drug store beauty reviews, gorgeous inspirational outfits, occasional playlist posts- as well as style crush posts to dream about (yup, I’m a huge Fearne Cotton and Solange Knowles fan). A darling corner of the ‘net!

If the fact they have a massive 70% off sale isn’t enough to tempt you over to this online shopping haven, then once you’ve actually seen some of the gorgeous pieces they stock- you certainly will want to hop over. With a handful of independent, creative and truly beautiful sellers all under one roof, The Little Deer is a mini department store for all things indie. From beautiful dresses, nail transfers and beauty bits, to bags and even vintage clothing- you’ll be truly spoilt.

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Created by Central Saint Martins graduate, Hannah- épanoui is an ‘eclectic mixture of colour, texture, modern and vintage elements all intricately woven together to create pieces which ooze individuality’. The home of gorgeous jewellery, épanoui offers sterling silver and gold handmade jewellery, spilling with beautiful detail and a classic aesthetic- making the pieces perfect for everyone- completely timeless, and pretty much stunning.

As on January I’ll be taking a little break from sidebar adverts- but of course will post if anything changes! I want to say a big thank you to everyone that’s chosen to sponsor my sidebar since my blog began, it means a lot- and I’ve had a great time discovering some amazing brands, blogs and boutiques! Happy New Year all!


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