Saturday, 29 December 2012
Lauren, of Rose and Whimsy is not only one of the sweetest ladies you will ever have the pleasure of meeting, but she is also the brains behind this blog's lovely layout- something I'd never be capable of creating myself. Not only is Lauren a HTML wizard (those scalloped borders didn't create themselves) but her blog is the perfect combination of stunning heart warming photography, little pleasures, beautiful words, outfits and her adventures in the big wide world.
Founded by the incredibly talented Amy He in 2010, Mod Dolly was born for modern girls who 'like to be a little playful in their everyday styling'. Inspired by eras gone by, the pieces channel a modern twist on classic looks, each item carefully handmade and designed to be worn with love. With beautiful, trend led pieces ranging from 60s inspired leopard capes, check tartan pinafores, and the most awesome paisley quilted skirt (watch out J dubs) along with hair accessory pioneers Crown & Glory and playful Me & Zena pieces, it's simply too good to miss out on!
Inspired by fashion, photography, interiors and people, Lauras gorgeous blog brings up to date listings of the most covetable pieces, beautiful visits around the globe (if you didn't want to visit Paris before reading you will now) and in the capital (want to know where the best burgers lie- Laura's your girl), easy to follow recipes (peanut butter cookies anyone), some seriously striking laid back luxe outfit pictures, photographic updates of her daily Brighton based adventures and some amazing hints and tips as to the best places to eat and see across the country. Having met the lady herself, I can confirm her as lovely as her blog presents- go go go!
Created by the gorgeous Laura (with a red glossy barnet certainly worth envying) Secret Diary of a Fashion Journalist exhibits only the most covetable of pieces and being a complete beauty novice myself; supplies simple, honest reviews that are perfect in order to find that perfect product. This lovely lady also treats us to some hot-to-trot lust-haves, along with recipes that will see you hot footing it to your kitchen cupboards- perfect! Plus, she's a super regular poster so you'll never be bored for reading.
Ever Ours are an online boutique, sourcing 'beautiful, exciting, unusual designs, all hand picked from around the world,' that I will never tire of loving. With new clothing, shoes and accessories in weekly, this little boutique run by the gorgeous Kim always has the most up-to date and well priced selection of kitsch, cute and equally as edgy jewellery- as well as some beautiful collared blouses and jumpers (most of which are now £10 in the sale), scalloped dresses and printed kitty knits (plus some pretty cool designer-inspired pieces ssh! -cough- MIU MIU -cough-) an online dream all for under £30!
If you're ever in need of a sparkly and reasonable (yet indulgent) jewellery fix; Tentative Decisions should be your first internet stop. There's not many places you can buy beautiful hand crafted raw crystal jewellery online all for under £50- so this is certainly one to be adding to your favourites. With handmade crystal jewellery coming in dozens of beautiful rainbow colours and styles (from jewelled collar necklaces to rings), this treasure trove (or online twinkling cave) has all the rocks you could ever want; and being crafted by hand has the beauty of sentiment too- see you at the checkout!
Emily's blog- Curly Cutie is the perfect dose of girlie night-in fun I look to in a blog- from make up, to books, films and fashion (and her musings with MIC boiz). With her down to earth and friendly blog and Youtube channel being the perfect source for digestible and honest beauty reviews, her 'Emilys Adventure' posts being the perfect catch up into her day to day outings- Emily's is a brilliant new blog you should be all checking out.
One of my complete faves comes from, 'It's a LDN thing' by (far) too cool for school and completely gorgeous Millie Cotton. This girl could wear Nikes with a bin bag and look bloody cool. Writing about all things fashion, lifestyle, beauty and music- its' not hard to see how this lady picked up Highly Commended Best New Fashion Blog at this years Cosmo awards. Additionally, Millie has some of the most enviably simple yet incredibly well crafted style out there (Cara D in blogger form maybe?); and has a serious knack for everything worth seeing in the capital; making hers a blog worth adding to your reader ASAP.
Bowtie Diarycomes straight from beautiful 18 year old Estonian Piia. With a passion for all things fashion based, Piia brings a wonderful selection of stunning outfits (all with a beautiful snowy backdrop- dreamy right?) an intricate eye for detail, an enviably cool selection of accessories and a real love for food and cooking. If her smile isn't enough to keep you reading, her ladylike style will be- and you won't be disappointed.
Back with a new look and new direction, and selling a selection of completely handmade jewellery, Little Nell stocks some of the most gorgeous accessories. Created using unique charms, stunning gem stones, and quality chains, the shop stocks everything from pendants to earrings- all for under £20. From beautiful gold charm necklaces ranging from moons to antlers- all made to order, Little Nell is more than worth a cheeky peek...
Founded by the lovely Chloe, Olive and Frank 'like their wardrobe to be fun, inspiring and unique'- which is pretty clear by the amazing range available on their site. From pearl collared shift dresses with girlie embellishment, scalloped shorts, blouses with the most wonderful collars around- plus more jewellery than you could waggle a treasure chest at, there is something for all trend-savvy ladies here- and with prices like these, you can afford to be going back for more!
Run by two friends living in London, Craft Patch is a gorgeous online shop, filled with beautiful interior furnishings in the shape of handmade cushions and home accessories. With every fabric and shape hand selected, pieces range from gorgeous (and adorable) Scottie dog cushions, cuddly owls and elephants- and cool 'tash cushies- and after becoming infatuated with Kirsties Vintage home- it'd be rude to not head on over...
In between wondering why I'm not the third strawberry sister and envying their adventures with the gents of Chelsea, I'm often found reading Emily and Beth's blog- The Strawberry Sisters. Written by two gorgeous red headed sisters with a penchant for fashion, food and fabulous cocktails- this is one of my favourite reads. With food photography and recipes gorgeous enough to make your tummy rumble (and recommendations of where to find it), gorgeous DIY's to get under your belt and shopping trips and dresses to make your heart skip a beat these girls are seriously in the know, are funny and check out their modelling endeavours too- no fair!
Not only is this girl one of the sweetest ladies I've met- she has a blog I adore, a style I completely envy and her dreamy photographs of trips to tea rooms and the British seaside always have me coming back for more (especially if I can invite myself along). With a fashion sense gorgeous enough to rival that of Leith Clark (yes, that gorgeous), photography to make you book that train to Falmouth (or London, depending where she is), and storybook writing skills- Charlie's blog is one of my absolute faves, go go go!
Whether it's seasonally appropriate recipes you like (Christmas cake, to meatballs to scrummy hot-pots), laid back girlie style you love- or just the honest and friendly insights to one's adventures in the north- Leeds based student Sophie's blog is probably one for you. A beautiful new lifestyle blog by a girl who loves photography, writing and cats (my kinda girl) this is a totally heart warming blog and one where you can click for hours, see you there!
Having only recently discovered Love Hearts and Crosses, I am now wondering where on earth I have been buying my jewellery all this time! With few pieces ranging above £30, and styles ranging from kitsch embellished collars (completely beautiful) to stunning charm necklaces, friendship bracelets, brooches and collar tips- this site has EVERYTHING (no exaggeration). If you're looking for the perfect outfit finishing touch, there's no other place to head- and having appeared in all manor of magazines, you'll be wondering why you didn't discover them sooner too.
Kim, Kim, Kim. One of those blogs you come across and then think 'WHY HAVE I NOT BEEN READING YOU SINCE DAY ONE' (capitals totally necessary). A girl whose style is completely spot on, outfit posts completely beautiful and smile (usually red lipped) completely infectious. Whether she's sporting another fantastic collar with another fantastic dress, updating us all with a charming Instagram post or merely posting 140 characters on her twitter (usually wit filled)- Love Cloth is one to follow- you'd be daft not to.
I'm taking a little break from blog advertising throughout January, and working on a new ad package in time for February! If you'd be interested in hearing more stay tuned or email me over at firstname.lastname@example.org- where I shall email you when all is ready! Thank you so much to all my amazing sponsors in the past year, you have been amazing.