Sunday, 10 May 2015

Seven Simple Things

1. I got offered my dream job this week (not once, but twice!) and I accepted a position at a school I instantly fell in love with. This has created a much needed confidence boost to my attitude/course and life right now, and I'm so glad I can finally pursue the career I've wanted for the past four years!
2. And not only myself found themselves with a career movement, as my other half gained a promotion too!
3. Discovering how lovely the library in town is... the town itself is really not great but the library felt like it could fit right in somewhere upmarket.
4. On-going support from family & friends, and how in a crisis, people rally together and show true acts of kindness.
5. Lounging on my parent's new sofa ... it is the comfiest piece of furniture ever.
6. Endless bottles of lucozade to beat flu-like symptoms.
7. Online communities, especially the Glitterati babes, Miracle Workers & Twitter, and the support received and given to one another.

How has your week been?

Saturday, 9 May 2015

The Darling Buds of May; Glitterati May Box from Crown & Glory

This month's Crown & Glory Glitterati box was themed 'The Darling Buds of May' and it is by far my most favourite box! Not that I've mentioned it a thousand times already, but I'm very much obsessed with the 1970s trend right now, so a box full of flowers and orange tones above, was quite a treat! First up, the butterfly and blossom crown... I am so in love with the colour of this crown! The brown base to the crown, means the orange does not just blend in with my newly auburn locks too!
 Next up, the tea rose headband ... the colours are bright pastels, and perfect for the upcoming summer months. At first I wasn't sure whether this band would suit me, but the flowers are a small/medium size (unlike my huge meadow blossom crown!) and suit a range of hairstyles... my current favourite is up with my ponytail.
 The blossom print bow headband is another favourite from this box... from the February Glitterati Box I absolutely loved the heart print headband which is exactly the same style as this blossom headband. In addition, I now have the polka headband which I lusted after for ages, and ended up getting as a swap for an unwanted headpiece (perks of being a Glitterati member!) These are so perfect to wear and spruce up 'everyday' hair... I have so much Crown and Glory now that I'm trying to wear a piece a day including to work, so the headbands fit my high ponytails everyday.
 Another Glitterati favourite at the moment is the slides and hair pins, and after being bee crazy over on the blog the other month, I did get quite excited finding the bumble bee hair pins!
& last of all the peony hairclip... I'm yet to have a go at styling this piece, but I can already envision pin up curls to match a perfect vintage hair do.

If you are not a member, but would love to be, you can sign up for The Glitterati here. (and if you want to, pop my name in the referral box, and we'd both get a £10 voucher!). The box is £23.95 monthly, but I was discussing with another Glitterati member recently, it is so much more than just a box of hair accessories, as there is the Facebook group and community who are absolutely amazing alongside the swap shop, exclusive events (hello Glitterati party this month!) and other fun bits too such as the Spring Secret Santa (which completely turned around the worst day of my month!). I've been a subscriber since January, and I have not been disappointed!

This box has especially got me excited for the future summer months! If you're a glitterati member, I'd love to see what you received in your boxes this May! What is your favourite piece from the box?

Friday, 8 May 2015

A Day Trip to Brugge

 A couple of weeks ago, during the Easter break, I set off on a day trip to Brugge in Belgium. The day started off particularly early, and most of the day was spent travelling down to Dover, hopping on the ferry over to Calais, then a drive through France & Belgium. The first stop off of the coach was Begijnhof, the courtyard full of daffodils, which was on my to-see list. Then it was off to the main town centre, where there was a variety of cafes, street sellers and an unlimited choice of chocolate shops! During my walk, I discovered the Old Curiosity Shop.
 My other must-see was Minnewater park, which is where these shots were taken. We grabbed some Belgian chips, and our picnic, and headed for a spot to lap up the sunshine.
 The night before, I decided to dye my dark locks a ginger/auburn colour, and then decided with a new bright summer colour, it was perfect time to rock the Meadow Crown in Sunshine by Crown & Glory. I'd had my eye on it for ages, and yellow/orange isn't normally my colour, and I was worried my first crown would be too big and look odd on my hair, but I think it suited quite well!
 I also spent the day wearing my 70s sunnies...
 & this Raspberry Breton Top from Boden. To match I wore the Red Vintage Floral Florence Skirt from Boden... this outfit is my go to for work at the moment!

There were many other things to do in Brugge including walking tours, museums & going on a horse & cart ride to name a few. For myself, one day was definitely more than enough to soak up the atmosphere of this town, and see everything I wanted to see. I went using a coach tour company, and I would definitely recommend coach tours as a way to see new places on a budget, as it literally felt like a mini holiday, all for under £100 for 2!
Have you got any recommendations for  good day trips?

p.s. I completely stalked these ducklings for a good while and definitely did not nearly fall into the lake!

Thursday, 7 May 2015

Early Spring Boot Sale Bargains

Bank holiday Monday in my Filofax normally means one thing... time to hit up a boot fair! Bright and early, we headed to Pedham Place to discover some bargains. This time around, I didn't end up with too much... my normal haul will be about seven to eight bags full of vintage finds! Overall I spent about £12, and came home with a couple of bags of items, some of which you can find over on my Depop account (my username is dearwildflower) and a few bits for the house which I thought I'd share with you today!
Above is a barrel which is quite rustic and shabby... currently in my back garden there is a replica of this, only x20 the size holding what I hope will be a vast collection of towering, bright wildflowers. When I saw this mini barrel, I knew it would be perfect to either be a centre piece for the garden table or a great addition to the kitchen windowsill and at 30p I couldn't turn it down!
 I love flower pressing, and this summer one of my goals is to create and craft some flower pressed gifts. I already have one flower press, but since buying this one, I've realised a little collection of flower presses will hopefully mean I do not get bored and lose sight of my goal!
 This quirky little ceramic house was 50p. I'm not quite sure what the use is... I'm guessing either ornament or due to the hole, a honey jar? (suggestions welcome here guys!) ... I love the cottage feel to it, and after buying my first vintage teapot a while back, I knew this would make a perfect match in my kitchen!
And finally...  Boggle! One thing I absolutely love is playing games... board games, quiz games ...anything! I have a cupboard full of games (current favourite has to be Linkee!), and when I spotted Boggle, I knew I had to snap it up! I'm on the look out for Payday... it was one of my favourite games as a child!
& that's it for now. Generally I scour boot fairs for either vintage finds or pieces for the classroom. I'll definitely be out and about over the summer hoping to stock up for my first classroom!
Have you found any boot fair gems recently?