Thursday, 24 July 2014

Kate Spade & Sunflowers

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Tonight I'm off to the Blogcademy Mixer Event in London. I'm currently in the middle of getting ready and rushing about getting bits done!
I'm bringing my trusty Kate Spade bag to carry all my essentials... business cards, camera, phone, ipad, notebook, make up!
 Below is a sneak preview of the mini bags I'll be handing out on the night.
I'll be posting a full post at the weekend!
Have a lovely Thursday folks!
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Wednesday, 23 July 2014


 photo Photo05-04-2014140852_zps3c7c53d1.jpgHello lovely people! Okay so today's post is a bit of a different one! I'm on the lookout to collaborate with a wide range of wonderful people from bloggers to business owners, fashion lovers to pet owners! Instead of clogging up your (&mine) twitter/social media feeds, I thought I'd put it all into one post, with some explanations of what I'm looking for.
When I say drop me an e-mail... is the details you need!
First up, the Dear Wildflower Etsy Shop is looking for models! I'm on the lookout for hair models, for headbands & scrunchies, as well as models for vintage clothing. Any sizes are welcome to send me details along. If you are local to London & are interested in a shoot, that is fantastic. Those not so close to me, still drop me a line & we can discuss collaborating & try to work something out!  
In September, the Dear Wildflower stationary line will be up and running. Any stationary lovers out there, or those who love to plan (like me! I have a Filofax, 2 calendars & numerous to do lists), get in touch too! I'll be looking for bloggers to review my creations from the 1st September!
Letter Love...
When I was researching marketing/ business ideas, the idea of a newsletter came up tons of times!
I'm going to be writing a newsletter, which you can subscribe to by e-mail.
Lovers of snail mail, get in contact too. I'm thinking of setting up a letter swap, after being a part of postcard swaps this summer! And let's face it, who doesn't love packages full of goodness through their door!
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Vintage enthusiasts... I'm starting a segment over on this space, which is basically a vintage Q&A. Photographs of your vintage treasures, with your best finds & top tips will hopefully be the ingredients for a successful, interesting interview!
If you would like me to send you the questions, then let me know!
Behind the Scenes
Another new series... business owners, bloggers, creatives... anybody awesome... I'm looking to see the behind the scenes of what you do! If you're a blogger, a peek into your work space, if you're a business owners the workspace which makes your business flow or an artist, your studio... I want to hear from you! I would absolutely love to be sent, or come to photograph your space, and have a good old natter about what you do!
I would love to hear from you guys about any of the above, or if you have any other idea, come at me with it! I'd love to hear your thoughts!

Thank you all for your wonderful support so far, it has been lovely reading all your comments & tweets!
You can contact me at or @dear_wildflower
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Monday, 21 July 2014

ten vintage books you should read

Today's post is a little different to normal. I've compiled a list of some vintage books, I feel you should definitely read. Some of these books I've owned for years, some I've checked out from the library & some are fairly new to me! With a six week holiday coming up, I'm going to be using these a lot to aid my vintage projects!
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This Old Thing by Dawn O'Porter. After having a catch up with Dawn's series over on Channel 4 this week, I'm hooked! The show is full of tips on where to shop vintage, on top of re-making vintage... I've already dyed a jumpsuit I brought from the East End £1 sale from a stained white to mustard yellow because of episode one!
I've ordered this book, but looking on Amazon, you can see it will be packed of brilliant retro images, alongside guides to each of the vintage from the 20s to 60s! If you haven't seen the show already you should definitely watch it on 4OD as I'm sure, like me, you'll go on to order the book!  
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Gil Elvgren: All his Glamorous American Pin Ups , for £7.25 on Amazon is a real steal! I have had this book for about eight years now, and still love it as much as when I opened it on Christmas morning! It is full of the most gorgeous pin up illustrations. It is where I first got my old blog name 'Sitting Pretty'. This book is worth a read especially for outfit inspiration & classic poses.
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American Pin Up by Charles G Martignette, this book I had a browse of in HMV a few years back, then couldn't find it again in shops so kept forgetting about it. Hello Amazon, & being able to solve these issues! For £5.20 this book is full, once again of the gorgeous pin up models. Another brilliant book for outfit inspiration!
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It by Alexa Chung. I checked this book out from the library, mainly through pure shock of seeing an Alexa Chung book in the library! I honestly never really saw the huge appeal of Alexa Chung, so would never of dreamt of buying this book, even though I have seen it on many bloggers Instagram feeds, looking lovely on the shelf. I must say I was really surprised with the contents of the book! It had really good outfit, hair & make up inspiration as well as some informative musings! It is definitely worth a read at some point!
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The Vintage Tea Party Year by Angel Adoree. I haven't yet read this little number, but I have wanted to browse this for AGES! I have been on the look out in local charity shops & my local library but am yet to find it. Based on customer reviews & the description, this book gives you every delightful for hosting a tea party. I'm hoping to have a read before New Years, so I can incorporate some classic tea party ideas into the celebrations!
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Pearl Lowe's Vintage Craft... I got brought this book for my birthday this year & I wrote a post especially showing my love here. It is on my to do list, to try out some of the crafts in this book this summer.
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Kirsties Vintage Home by Kirstie Allsopp. I just love Kirstie Allsopp. Her shows, her writing, her twitter feed! I have ordered this book, and cannot wait to read it over the summer for some inspiration for the home. I'm also hoping to get to the The Handmade Fair this September, as Kirstie herself will be there! I really would love to see the Kirstie in conversation with Cath Kidston event but unfortunately won't be able to due to it being a school day at work! Let me know if your heading to the fair this Autumn!
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I love the Style Me Vintage Series. They have brilliant, easy to read step by step tutorials, and ideas based on all the most popular eras & looks... Victory Rolls anyone?
& there we have it. I hope this may have opened your eyes to some new vintage books, or outfit style ideas books. As much as I love Pinterest, since getting a library card especially, there is nothing like a good book, made with actual paper! Just a little note, that I've used links to the books on Amazon here, simply because I use it as an easy way to keep a list of all the books I want using the wish list! You may be able to find the books cheaper elsewhere or even at boot fairs or charity shops!
What vintage books do you like to read?
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Sunday, 20 July 2014

Cece's 1st Bath

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We gave Cece her first bath a few months back, and trust me she has had many baths since! Cece is the dog that goes for a walk and comes back covered in mud!
I wanted to share a couple of my absolute favourite bath time products for her as well as share her soppy (literally soppy!) photos!
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 (it is way too hard getting photographs of a dog that just wants to jump out of the bath!)
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During Cece's first bath, she kept scrambling to get out. Nowadays she stands still in the bath and if I'm having a bath myself, she will come and jump in with me!
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The Ultimate Dog Wash's range of shampoos and conditioners are fabulous! I cannot find a website for them, but you can buy these in TK Maxx for £2.99 each for 500ml which is extremely good value. I have coconut & lime, but they have more scents including mango! They leave Cece smelling amazing!
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Another brand I love is Animology ... Their nourishing dog sprays are brilliant, especially for a quick freshen up for Cece! I have Dogs Life (pictured) & Dirty Dawg at home, & their Puppy Love shampoo was the first shampoo I ever brought Cece, & is what we used for her first bath! I was lucky enough to win a huge tub of their Clean Sheets in their Twitter competition which once all these storms settle down, I'm sure we'll be using once we take Cece around the fields when we go walking!
Luckily, Cece has been flea & tick, fox poo & grease free, but Animology also offer shampoos & conditioners to combat these nasties too!  You can often find Animology in pet stores, or TK Maxx again, but it can be hit and miss (as it always is in that shop!) with the stock levels!
What products do you use for your pets? Also I'd be really interested to know how often you bath your dog if you have one... seems stupid but I don't actually know, but want as much advice as possible, yet the internet can be so conflicting & confusing!
Have a lovely Sunday evening folks!