7 January 2017

Snapshots of Tokyo

Happy New Year, loves!

I wanted to start 2017 on a good note and show off a few photos from the biggest highlight of my 2016 - I went to motherflippin' TOKYO.

Shibuya Crossing - The busiest crossing in the world!
Depending on how long you've known me, you may or may not know that in my very early teens I became obsessed with Japanese music and fashion, and it had been a dream for the longest time that I would go there.

So I was pretty excited when I got to go to Tokyo for a week with work to be on the Japan Shop Channel - Yeah. Not only did I go to Japan, I just happened to be on live Japanese TV too.

This is an actual screen grab of me being cheesy on actual TV.
My life is bloody brilliant!

I was there for a week and spent most of time around Takeshita Street/Harajuku/Shibuya, but I wanted to show you a few photos of my new favourite place in the world

This was just a cute place in Kayabacho, where I stayed.
Adorable Tokyo Station exclusive Hello Kitty - She's a train driver!

Sake barrels outside the Meiji Shrine in Harajuku 
Takeshita Street in Harajuku - where all the amazing Japanese Street Fashion brands are!
Ginormous Train Driver Pikachu in the Tokyo Station Pokémon Store!

Votives with thanks and wishes at Meiji Jingu
I'm not even sure what these were but it made a cute photo
A traditional wedding at Meiji Jingu - the kimonos were just too beautiful!!
The gigantic 1:1 scale Gundam at Odaiba. Odaiba is a man-made island off Tokyo that is mostly named after Pokémon towns. Yeah.

Ah damn, this post has made me miss it so much - I can't wait to go back again next month!

Have you ever been? Tell me your favourite places!

3 December 2016

Strawberry Sundae with Florence Carousel Photography

These are from the first of the two photoshoots I did with Florence Carousel in September (the second shoot is here) and I can't even explain just how much I absolutely adore these images. I've said it before and I'll say it again, Florence is such a talented photographer. You need to check out her main website and her other site, The Street Style Carousel to see just how wonderful she is at capturing style and beauty.

This outfit is possibly one of my absolute bests because it's so matchymatchy and delicious. 

This skirt is another dirndl that was made around the same time as the All Hail The Gingham Queen Skirt in exactly the same way - it's simply just my favourite cotton gingham from Rolls and Rems in Holloway pleated onto a waistband. This one is lined in white cotton, has a centre-back zipper and gigantic patch pockets with ricrac trim.

Simple, but effective! 

Teamed with my original 60's cross-stitch bag with strawberries and strawberry accents on my Miss L Fire Sundae shoes (from 2013) and a handmade strawberry necklace - I will happily say I'm horrendously matchy-matchy, but god, doesn't it just WORK? 

Hair Flowers: Lady Lucks Boutique 
Necklace: Handmade
Brooch: Luxulite
Top: Collectif
Skirt: Handmade
Bangles: Splendette and vintage
Bag: Vintage
Shoes: Miss L Fire

All photos are taken by and belong to Florence Carousel. Use of these photos is only permitted with her approval.

19 November 2016

All My Royal Subjects - With Florence Carousel Photography

Back in September I was lucky enough to do a little shoot with the amaaaazing Florence Carousel after work one warm day whilst the colours of the trees were changing, and I wanted to show you the photos, because frankly? They are AMAZING.

This was the second half of the shoot, and I changed into this outfit in a weird toilet cubicle which was not easy when it was absolutely bloody boiling!

Although this dress isn't technically finished (currently it's strapless as I need to put the straps on, plus add pockets in) it was formed enough to show it off. I bought the fabric from Fabric.com with vouchers I'd been given for my birthday (thanks again, Kristina!), and it's a nice lightweight cotton - nothing too exciting, but it does what I wanted to do, which was simply to make a bright green sundress!

The pattern is the No Cock Nor Tails bodice and a pleated dirndl, of which there's really no more to say than the other dresses featuring the same components, because I have this habit of making the same two dresses.

I'm not very natural at doing any modelling, I can't take myself seriously enough to pose without pulling faces between every shot - but Florence knew what she wanted and made me very comfortable until it started to just flow naturally, resulting in some pretty amazing photos, if I'm allowed to be quite so big headed! She literally has so much talent at portraiture and I love every photo!

Plus she chose a perfect background, this is the fountain outside Buckingham Palace, of which many jokes about me looking over my royal subjects/peasants ensued - because I'm basically The Queen. Right? RIGHT? 

Hair flowers: Lady Lucks Boutique and handmade
Necklace: Handmade
Brooch: Luxulite
Bolero and Belt: Collectif
Dress: Handmade
Bangles: Splendette and Lady Lucks Boutique
Shoes: Miss L Fire

All photos are taken by and belong to Florence Carousel. Use of these photos is only permitted with her approval.

16 November 2016

#China - Snapshots of Shanghai

Since I've never been to Shanghai before, I was pretty excited about everything I saw.

The first three days we were at the show so there wasn't much to see, but the fourth day we were in Disneyland Shanghai (another post for another day),  and the fifth in central Shanghai at the Yuyuan Tourist Market, Jing'an Jade Buddha temple, Nanjing road and then The Bund. 

These are just a little collection of my favourite photos! 

Team Vendula London! 

Literally everywhere had neon signs.

Casual street factory, no big deal.

Just a woman selling budgies on the curb. Again, no big deal.

Pretty derpy looking door handles in Jing'an Temple

Lost In Translation

Yuyuan Market. Such a beautiful place, especially since it's a tourist market.

I wish I knew.

Cute 30s style Chinese woman holding a Rollieflex
Typical tourist photo at Nanjing Road

Nanjing Road - A cross between Oxford Street and half of New York. Also including the Eye of Sauron. God knows why.

The spectacle that is The Bund! 
I'm not sure what tea and punching has in common, but I also don't want to know.

Because you can't go to China and not expect a huge statue of Chairman Mao.

This one makes me laugh almost every day.

Snapshots of the Jing'an Temple

Not long after I took this picture I was blessed by a monk.

9 November 2016

#China - Vendula London at Pure Shanghai!

Well, hello darlings!

As usual, I'm crap at blogging.
I've actually done such little sewing the last few months (boo!), but I've been a busy bee doing some travelling with work and being a social butterfly, so there's always that.

TODAY, my darlings, I'm going to talk to you about something I'm really excited about - at the beginning of October you might have seen on my Instagram that I got the opportunity to go to China to work at Pure Shanghai at Chic 2016.

My main role for this was to basically stand around looking pretty holding bags and getting my photo taken (unless you don't know me - this is literally my dream job haha) and eating char siu bao for breakfast. I love China.

If you don't know already, I work for an amazing handbag company called Vendula London. Our speciality is animal-friendly handbags that are not only amazingly decorative, but incredibly practical as well. We're incredibly well-known for our Shop Front bag styles, which have featured on this blog a few times.

This season we're introducing a new line to our varied product list, which is the Charm by Vendula London range. The gist of this line is a range of gorgeous two-tone, classically-styled handbags with a Vendula London twist - a completely detachable charm-bracelet-style chain and charms!

At the moment we have the Alice Charm and London Charm bags for sale, but there's a whole load more to come, with different charm sets to buy and necklace bases to create entire looks!
I wanted to share with you a few of my outfits, because frankly I'm vain.

Hair Flowers: Lady Lucks Boutique
Top: Collectif
Skirt: Handmade (Not Blogged)
Brooch: Luxulite
Bangles: Splendette
Shoes: Melissa

Day One! Wearing an Alice in Wonderland theme using the Alice Charms and flamingos from the Safari pack, and a petrol blue cross body bag that will be available SS17. I know, I can't wait either.

Hair Flowers: Lady Lucks Boutique and handmade
Top: Boohoo (2015)
Belt: Primark (2014)
Skirt: Handmade 
Brooch: Luxulite 
Bangles: Splendette and Vintage
Shoes: Melissa 

Day Two! Getting my patriotism down wearing the London Charm set - I actually love it as a necklace. Cross body bag is available now!

Hair Flower: Lady Lucks Boutique
Brooch: Luxulite
Dress: Handmade
Bangles: Splendette
Belt: Primark (2014)
Shoes: Melissa 

Day Three! Clearly jet lag had hit me by the absolutely delighted look on my face, haha! Wearing the Frida Kahlo charm with some leaves from the Safari set on my necklace, and the burgundy Alice Charm cross body - available now!

I am so excited about these charm bags, unless you can't tell. What sort of charms would you love seeing on a mix-and-match necklace/handbag set?

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