Pinterest Favourites!

Good morning!

Hope that you are all motivated and prepared for the week ahead!

I thought I would write a post to give a little bit of indulgence to one of my favourite tools – Pinterest. I¬†love¬†Pinterest! What’s not to love? It’s the perfect way to capture all of your mood boards, wishlists, makeup and fashion ideas and inspiration in the one place.


I have about 5 colour boards on the go, with one of my favourites being the mint colour board – featuring beautiful images themed around mint, duck egg, turqouise and Aqua!


What’s not to love about a beautiful front door? I always love to see a brightly painted door or an ornate glass window, and even pretty door knockers! They imply entrance to a place of intrigue and adventure, and some imaged I’ve found look as if the door could transport back in time!


I am throroughly British, and enjoy a good cup of tea. The finer the china, the finer the experience! I’ve got serious envy over some of these teacups and teapots – Mad Hatter eat your heart out.


As a bit of a nature nut, and a proud¬†Manchester-dweller, I’ve taken on the bee as a sort of moniker and symbol of hard work and pride. Bee’s are beautiful and are suffused in imagery around not only Manchester, but the world around us.

Amazing Humanity

Sometimes we forget, in the midst of all the horrible things than are going on in the world, that there is some good in it, too. I created this board to remind me of that, and from time to time I do go on here and I smile and sometimes get a little teary, because Humanity can be beautiful.

I have many other boards as well, so fee free to come and check those out.

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How to use your skills for Social Good

Hello readers!

I took part in #BlogHour this week and I asked if people would find a blog post about using your skills to do social good useful. The answer was a resounding yes, so here it is!

I’m sure many of us want to help out charities, but struggle to find opportunities or to know which they would be best suited to. I’ve written a guide crossed with my experiences this year.

What is Social Good?

First, I’d better start by defining what I mean by Social Good. The simplest way of describing it is by talking about the work of¬†charities. Charities exist to address a social or health-related issue, and direct all their efforts and capital towards solving it.

There are other structures that organisations can adopt to address an issue – Social Enterprise, Not for Profits… the long and short of all three of these structures is that they are set up and geared towards delivering positive societal results, or positive social impact – ergo, Social Good.


Volunteering your time

Operating Capital, or cash to spend, can often be hard to come by for these organisations, and they often solely rely on donations coming in, and heavily on their fleet of volunteers. Cash is the main challenge for charities, to ensure a constant influx of income to remain sustainable.

I often wondered, as I met with lots of enthusiastic representatives from charities, or founders of Social Enterprises, how I could help them with my own time and my own skill set.


Volunteering can get a bad rap – think of those mac-wearing ‘hippy-types’* who accost you in shopping centers and make you feel guilty that you have somewhere to be – even though you know you’ve got a list of Direct Debits each month going to charities like those they represent. Volunteering isn’t often glamorous, either, and I can’t really blame people for not being¬†enthused , in spite of stabs of guilt.

Time is precious, right? You want to make sure that any time you give is put to maximum use, and has the highest impact it can.

Charities are often capital strapped, and therefore believe it or not their focusses are in the wrong place. Getting money trough the door is and will always be a struggle. But the problem will still exist and need to be fixed.

It’s a circular problem.

How you can use your skills to best effect

Something in my brain clicked in May this year, when talking to a lovely Lady from British Bee Keepers Association at a conference in London.

“Surely,” I said. “There are ways that you can sell what you are doing as a service, so that you can move on to bigger and better things?”

Her eyes lit up, we started chatting and before I knew it we were in planning workshop meetings with trustees, building a commercial model that might become a business case in the future.

That was me, doing what I do on a daily basis, but helping a cause I was passionate about. It didn’t feel like traditional volunteering. I felt useful.

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What are your skills? Are you a great negotiator? Are you good at debating, at selling an idea? Then there’s definitely a charity that can use your skills. You just need to put yourself in front of the right person.

Are you good at planning? Is organisation your thing? Are you a social butterfly? Then maybe charity events and fundraisers are your bag!

Are you a blogger (I know many of you are!). Do you get a lot of readers? Large social reach? Charities often don’t have the time or capital to invest in social media – could you help them there?

Look out for smaller charities, or new campaigns and initiatives on social media or local community message boards. Connect with the campaign leaders and reach out with a friendly ‘hello, I’m happy to help!”.

A conversation over a coffee lead me to agree to working with a campaign leader for Cats Protection on their strategy and community engagement plan.

Another conversation and I was helping a social enterprise Cathartic on investigating Crowd funding as an option to seed-fund the business.

To summarise, thinking laterally about what you are good at and the problem that needs to be solved can often throw up very interesting and highly rewarding opportunities for you and for charities and Social Good organisations. Donating your time pro-bono can be very rewarding, anfd who knows, it could lead to something wonderful!

Have you got charities you’re passionate about? Drop me a comment and we can chat about how you can get involved!

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*I do not mean offence by this generalisation!

Larch Living

Anyone who has followed my blog for sometime now will know how much I love supporting small businesses. They may also know that I moved into my first home this September in Manchester, and naturally I had my eyes open for cute living items to make it feel like home.

Larch Living, a company I have been following on Instagram for a while now, really caught my eye with their eye catching Skandi-style homeware items in monochrome hues, as well as offering a delightful selection of Jewellery and miscellaneous gift items perfect for Christmas.

Who doesn’t love scatter cushions, I ask?

The Cloud and Raindrops¬†cushion was ¬†the one I fell for- shop it here. its a beautiful soft linen fabric, and although you can’t see in the photo, the reverse is patterned in tiny black raindrops!

Here it is in pride on place on the bed!

Seeing as I mentioned the jewellery, I thought I would show off what is by far one of the most beautiful pieces of jewellery that I think I will ever own! A ceramic hummingbird. The quality of this piece is beyond what I was hoping for, with a delicate chain. The colours of the paint and the enamel glaze are really beautiful. Shop it here, it’s on sale at the moment too!

Visit their website as there’s not of items on sale right now so you can pick up a bargain in time for Christmas.

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Jake Shoes Review

I’d love to begin this blog post with a happy birthday shoutout to Jake Shoes, an independent shoe retailer based in the North West, with bases in Stockport and Manchester City Centre. they celebrate 40 years of business this year, staying strong when many small independents have been closing down. I support small businesses however I can as a blogger, and in the run up to Christmas, shopping small and local is more important than ever!

I’m rather sheepish to say that I didn’t get them a gift for their birthday, but instead they sent me a very generous gift which I’m sharing with you today.

These amazing Vagabond Chelsea boots!

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Chelsea boots are a wardrobe staple, and I have to admit I’ve been hankering after a pair for a while. I’m rather fussy with boots – high street copies of real leather styles just don’t cut it, both visually and in terms of how they feel on your feet.

These Chelsea boots are real leather, and after wearing them in with extra thick socks I can envisage them being comfortable for years to come.

the elastic around the ankle is robust yet gives enough for me to tuck in my jeans. I love the rich tan colour of the leather, they are perfect for autumn days, and will carry me well into winter and spring with the durable heels and soles. They are available in various other colours and styles, too.

I found them pleasantly neat on my feet – as a size 7 chunky boots make me feel rather stomp-y.

I styled them with my skinny jeans from Next and my zip grey tee from M&S.

I made my selection by using their new website, which is easy to navigate and filter down to style or brand of my choosing.

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Jake Shoes do their own designs as well, which you can browse on their website – I must admit I’ve got my eye on a few pairs of shoes at the moment!

Thank you so much to Jake Shoes for the opportunity to write for them. It’s always great to support Manchester Businesses, and see the Northern powerhouse growing.

The boots were selected by me and sent as a gift from Jake Shoes, however all opinions are my own!

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Etsy Spotlight : Rosewood Sunglasses from IXcymru


Hey everyone! Wow has it heated up this week!¬†¬† When it gets hot like this fashion and beauty sometimes goes to pot.¬† We Brits aren’t used to this weather! Our wardrobes aren’t equipped for sweltering heat, and our makeup bags become forgotten!

Well, I thought I’d share my summer essentials with you starting with these gorgeous upcycled¬† and 100% recycled wood sunglasses from IXcymru , a small Welsh Etsy shop! Aren’t they fab?! Daniel was sweet enough to send these to me,¬† choosing the Cat eye Rosewood frames.

They’re super light,¬† comfortable and come in a beautiful bamboo box. I also got send a quirky free gift of a bamboo “speaker“! Now free with orders for a limited time.

Aren’t they the coolest?! Priced at ¬£29.99, they’re guilt free! One thing I should point out –¬† I don’t believe the lenses are UAV/UV protective. So fashionista only!





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My New Joy Louche Dress!

Hi Everyone!

I wanted to share my outfit with you today because I am super in love with my new Joy Louche dress! The sale in there at the moment is amazing! This dress cost me ¬£24.00. I’ve been a fan of Joy for ages, and when the opened in Manchester recently I was really excited!

I chose this dress because it flatters my shape and gives me confidence. I really wanted to wear more dresses with summer being here. What do you think?

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You can shop the sale here – I couldn’t find this particular dress though!

This style of dress (fit and flare) is flattering for all body shapes, and I like the way it’s not too short. I can’t stand too short dresses. Calf length is king!

I paired the dress with my new New Look ballet pumps Рan absolute steal at £7.99! I opted for Nude pink for maximum co-ords with my current wardrobe, but they have some other lovely colours Рat that price you can afford to get a few!

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To accessorise I wore my Aubergine Fox cloud brooch, and my Oh Kuol Druzy necklace. I’m so happy that brooches are making a real come back as an accessory! Aubergine fox are one of my favourite Etsy shops, and their Instagram feed is an absolute dream.

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Oh Kuol Druzy Necklace and Aubergine Fox brooch. The lipstick in Clinique

My Clarks leather handbag also made an appearance!

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It may be raining outside but I am dressing for the weather I want not the weather I have! Thank fully my bag is big enough to hold my brolly!!

Find me on Bloglovin’

Hey guys!

I realise that a lot of people prefer to use Bloglovin’ to read their favourite blogs and keep up to date with posts! I’ve been on there for a while and have rectified a slight issue where I had two blogs that were in effect the same, since I validated my domain name last year.

Pop over to say hi and give my blog a follow!

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coconutty goodness from Treaclemoon- Click me for original blog post!
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Next Loafers – Click me for original blog post!
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How I use my Thursday’s Child Design Clutch – Click for original blog post!

New Shoes : My super flamboyant Rocket Dog Pumps!

Did you know a group of Flamingos are collectively referred to as a Flamboyance? I didn’t until recently- I’ve never heard of anything more appropriate either! Apparently most birds are given unique names to refer to them collectively… Anyway, enough Ornithology.

I won a competition over on the wonderful instagram account Labels for Lunch to win some Rocket Dog Flamingo pumps. You can buy Rocket Dogs at Schuh stores (and probably elsewhere too) and they are super comfortable footwear. I had some purple pumps once upon a time ago and I used to put them through the washing machine and wear them constantly. They honestly were so comfortable!!

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Rocket dog shoes along with some other pink goodies!

I think I am going to wear them with my super cute holo bag which I bought last year. The pink tone in the shiny shoulder bag will work really well I think! Now I just need to wait for it not to rain so I can wear them outside!

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Holo bag by LYDC

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Do you like my new shoes? xx

Nautical AND Nice! : my Anchor and Crew Bracelet

Hi guys, or should I say, “Ahoy!”

For a month or so I have oggling at Anchor and Crew over on Instagram. Based in the UK, they design and hand-make jewellery inspired by nautical mechanical objects Рthink Anchors and Rope pulleys!(Or most astutely as their website states, Naval Heritage with a modern Style.) 

I was super excited when head Shipmate Andrew contacted me and asked if I would review one of their pieces. 

My first challenge was to decide which one! Their pieces are real silver, combined with ‘rope’ in varying colours combinations, silver chain or leather. I decided I was fixed upon getting something with an anchor at the very least, and so that narrowed it down. I eventually settled on the Admiral Bracelet in Yellow – What better colour to choose for Spring/Summer?!

The bracelet arrived in a beautiful presentation tin perfect for makeup brushes, and comes also with a 1 year guarantee and care booklet.

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I even wore my Yellow Henry Holland sandals for the occasion!! I popped down to the Riverside by my work place to take a few photos in the sunshine as well.

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I would like to thank Andrew and the lovely Mateys (I need to stop with the nautical puns…) over at Anchor and Crew, and wish them all the luck in the world launching their beautiful products in the UK and beyond. I could easily build a massive collection of these, if they’d let me…

I was quite taken with the Mauve Leather anchor band as well as this all black number

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You can explore their shiny and sleek website here, and follow them on Facebook here!