Spring in London is so beautiful. It always reminds me why I’m still living here when I’ve just about had enough of the seemingly endless months of depressing grey winter. Along comes Spring and the trees burst into blossom and yellow daffodils carpet the parks. Here are a few photos I snapped on my walk to work recently.
Wilton Way Blossom outside Violet Cakes.
There is a massive pink cherry tree that is putting on a spectacular display around the corner from my home that I haven’t managed to snap yet as I never seem to have my camera when I go past. Hopefully, I’ll manage to capture it before it has all fallen.
…this ASOS Salon prom dress in gem floral print. Oh the swishing one could do on the dance floor in that. Gorgeous.
ASOS have just added a few new frocks (want them all) to their Salon collection which launched earlier in the year. And I have a bit of thing for brown floral at the moment and recently wore a Liberty lawn-esque (not sure if it actually is or not) dress of my mother’s from the 70′s to a wedding recently. The pussy bow and knee-length style is still just as fabulous as it was when she wore. Thanks mum for keeping your dresses!
Santa kindly gave me a cold for Christmas. I’ve had it ever since and it seems to be getting worse, not better. And this morning, after two days in bed I woke up with an eye infection to top it off. A runny nose, dry cough and bung eye does not equal glamour in my books. Fortunately I have some lovely plates on the wall and Columbia Road roses courtesy of the Mr to cheer me up from my sick bed.
I hope to be back at work and back in the land of the living tomorrow. x
I was reading about online vintage seller Allen Company Inc over at the lovely Wish Wish Wish and accidentally made my first purchase from Etsy.
So right now I have in my hot little hands this wonderful embroidered 1950s bag…
Photo: Allen Company Inc
Isn’t it gorgeous? Bought on Friday, waiting on my kitchen table when I came home from work on Monday. Talk about speedy. This lovely purse will be going on its first outing to a wedding in Northumberland this coming weekend. Goes quite nicely with my pale gold silk frock. I love the embroidered Pansy faces. I’ll be saving my pennies for one of the beautiful fifties frocks the Etsy based Allen Company Inc next.
I also had another package waiting at home for me yesterday – birthday present from a friend back home. A beautiful Witchery black cuff. But more on that another time. Such lovely things made my Monday so much better.
I seem to have developed a bit of an obsession with Violets lately. The flower not the colour, although I am not opposed to a lovely purple frock. Here are some of the bits and bobs I’ve collected in my travels:
Old Violet postcard picked up for less than a Euro in Ghent, Belgium. Always thought this would be a good tattoo design with the ol’ anchor there. Wish I could understand what was written on the back.
A Violet pin/spray (slightly blurry) but perfect on a coat.
Lovely tin from Columbia Road markets. Bit dented but pretty all the same.
Violets growing wildly on the cliff tops at St Ives.
A pressed (squashed) violet from the cliff tops in St Ives. It now lives on a Susie Cooper cup and saucer.
I also have a ‘Sweet Devonshire Violet’ cloth bought for a pound from a Cornwall junkshop – but it badly needs an iron before it features here.
Violets seemed to be in full bloom everywhere during Spring. Even spied growing all around Kings Cross, the least green place I’ve ever lived. Read more about that here.
It’s my 30th birthday tomorrow. Death to my twenties. Perhaps it’s time to treat myself to the most inappropriate and frivolously girly pair of shoes I can find me thinks. I’ve been salivating over these delicious wedges from Topshop for months…
Even if they will make me 1. ridiculously tall and 2. look like I should be wandering in meadow… they would look fabulous on my shelf though. Next to a teapot or two.
Maybe I should go for a more practical flowery footwear. Quite like these little cuties from Office.
Maybe turning 30 deserves both pairs.
maggie harkov photography for designsponge
I found this lovely little pot of roses at designsponge – a gorgeous site which makes me pine for my own little house/flat/place. The rose and jasmine arrangement (by sarah brysk cohen from blossom and branch) reminds me of a bunch I did for my primary school flower show competition when I was about 10 years old.
We always had the flower show contest in Spring on the same as athletics. While I could quite happily ignore the sporty side of event, the flower show cup bought out my competitive side.
For the unusual container section I used an old enamel brown teapot that had been found rusting in my grandma’s garden, a relic left over from the days of camping at the beach. The flower show cup was mine that year. Wonder where the rusting teapot is now…