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what i wore - striped polka dot top & pineapple brooch

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polka dot and striped top
i love that i can wear sweaters again without melting! i know most people are sad to see summer fading away, but autumn is my favourite season so i for one am happy for leaves changing colour and to have cooler weather. if it could just not constantly rain though, that'd be good, wouldn't it?

years ago i thought i wasn't a 'hat person' in that i could never find a hat that looked good on me, but i found this bowler hat in accesorize last year and i think it's perfect. i would love a nice felt hat too. any recommendations?

polka dot and striped top w/ heart necklace & pineapple brooch
polka dot and striped top
i also got a recent addition to my brooch collection! the lovely anna of custom made sent it to me, and i swear as soon as i opened the package the grey skies turned sunny! what other brooches have that power, eh? only pineapple ones. i'm keeping an eye out for some more fruity ones. i really want a banana and i've wanted a cherry brooch for years but never found one that i've both liked and been able to afford. i've seen some amazing vintage ones though, and i quite like this one!

top // charity shop (originally from gap)
necklace // charity shop (i had to replace the green-skin-making chain!)
brooch // ℅ custom made
skirt // red herring

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book review / decorate with flowers by holly becker & leslie shewring

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book review / decorate with flowers
today i'm reviewing decorate with flowers by holly beckerleslie shewring. i actually won this book a while ago, but it was one i had wanted to buy at some point anyway as i love flowers, ideas and books. the perfect match, don't you think?

underneath the dustcover is a beautiful turquoise hardback, which, as a lover of turquoise i admire. also on the end-pages is a lovely watercolour pattern matching the one on the spine. i love little details like this!

book review / decorate with flowers
book review / decorate with flowers
book review / decorate with flowers
the book is very well laid out, and well organised. it has chapters about different florals and scenarios they'd be best in, as well as little tips and DIYs for containers and ways to display. i love the moodboards throughout the book too, they really ...well, create a mood and have a good sense of colour that may help you find flowers that will really compliment your decor.

it feels like a lot of thought (and hard work) has been put into the look of this book, but unlike some other books this one doesn't fall on the content front! enough to keep you informed and inspired, but the kind of thing you can easily put down if you want to get started on one of the projects within.

book review / decorate with flowers
book review / decorate with flowers
whilst i feel decorate with flowers may appeal mostly to people who are into interiors and/or crafts, it's definitely worth looking into for a little floral inspiration and information. a book for beginners as well as those a little more immersed in the world of decor or flowers. if nothing else, it'll make you go into a little daydream about your perfect home and how you'd decorate it. or maybe that's just me.

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cable and cotton - cotton candy

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cable and cotton - cotton candy lights
besides the front room, our flat is quite dark. we don't get much light in the living room due to there being a house next door, and the kitchen has no windows, only the back door. also, because we live on a main road, it's quite a noisy place too. recently (and i don't know why we didn't do it before) we decided to start sleeping in the spare room.

oh my, so much quieter! but also the darkest room in the flat. because we don't really use it much, the only light in there is the ceiling one. that is until recently when these beauts from cable and cotton* came along. i've actually been a fan of cable and cotton for a few years now. i can't remember how i discovered them, but most likely through twitter - the place where i've found some fantastic businesses, big and small.

cable and cotton - cotton candy lights
i went with the cotton candy ones as i loved the pinks, purples and blues. it's so nice to have some soft lighting in there for the evenings when we sit in bed watching things on the laptop and they're just bright enough to read by too. i also like that they don't get hot like some lights do, though always best to be safe and not leave them on too long.

because you have to put these together to use them (super simple - just push the fairy lights into the holes in the balls) i like that you can then take them apart if you want to rearrange the order. gotta love when something is customisable like that, right? i will definitely be getting more in the future - probably a set with more lights - there's 20 here - as i feel they'd fill a space better. i really like the turkish delight ones!

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* these lights were sent for review - as always all words and opinions are my own!

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