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(Dress: House of Hackney via Urban Outfitters, Sunglasses: Free People, Shoes: Topshop, Clutch: Whistles, Notebook: C/O Petit Renard Rouge)

Now, it's not often I see something I love in the sales, let alone something I've waited for. However, upon browsing the Urban Outfitters sale a few weeks ago, I spotted this House of Hackney dress online (palm prints? Tick!), with my size being one of the last remaining (fate? I think so). Now- don't get me wrong, it still wasn't cheap (and trust me, I wouldn't normally part with much for an item of clothing), but with a handy extra discount and a little bit of savings- I headed to checkout, and I'm so glad I did (even for the fantastic quality alone). Additionally, on the House of Hackney site they even have matching wallpaper and furniture in this print (as they do with all of their dresses and furniture)- which had me at hello, and if I hadn't already decorated I know what my walls would be looking like right now... IMG_2339p IMG_2333p IMG_2347p ...But it's not just clothing I hunt for in the sales- on top of that, it's no secret how much of a stationary hoarder I am (I even managed to pack one in my holiday suitcase) and yes, in school I was that child who got over excited by the pre-term W H Smiths trips. But nonetheless, there is nothing more satisfying than jotting notes, making lists (oh how I love a list) and writing letters and postcards whilst on holiday- even if 3 weeks after getting home, they still haven't made it in the post yet (one day, I hope!)

So, when Florence of Petit Renard Rouge got in touch telling me about her hand book binding company, I got pretty excited. Not only does she give old beautiful novels a new lease of life by binding them into stunning notebooks (including original pages and covers), but she managed to source a beautiful The Catcher in the Rye hardback for me especially (yes, they really make perfect gifts)- which was top of my packing list for sunny Spain, and even came with me on little photographic adventures- but hey, you never know where the next bout of inspiration may come from...

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(Dress: House of Hackney via Urban Outfitters, Sunglasses: Free People, Shoes: Topshop, Clutch: Whistles, Notebook: C/O Petit Renard Rouge)

Now, it's not often I see something I love in the sales, let alone something I've waited for. However, upon browsing the Urban Outfitters sale a few weeks ago, I spotted this House of Hackney dress online (palm prints? Tick!), with my size being one of the last remaining (fate? I think so). Now- don't get me wrong, it still wasn't cheap (and trust me, I wouldn't normally part with much for an item of clothing), but with a handy extra discount and a little bit of savings- I headed to checkout, and I'm so glad I did (even for the fantastic quality alone). Additionally, on the House of Hackney site they even have matching wallpaper and furniture in this print (as they do with all of their dresses and furniture)- which had me at hello, and if I hadn't already decorated I know what my walls would be looking like right now... IMG_2339p IMG_2333p IMG_2347p ...But it's not just clothing I hunt for in the sales- on top of that, it's no secret how much of a stationary hoarder I am (I even managed to pack one in my holiday suitcase) and yes, in school I was that child who got over excited by the pre-term W H Smiths trips. But nonetheless, there is nothing more satisfying than jotting notes, making lists (oh how I love a list) and writing letters and postcards whilst on holiday- even if 3 weeks after getting home, they still haven't made it in the post yet (one day, I hope!)

So, when Florence of Petit Renard Rouge got in touch telling me about her hand book binding company, I got pretty excited. Not only does she give old beautiful novels a new lease of life by binding them into stunning notebooks (including original pages and covers), but she managed to source a beautiful The Catcher in the Rye hardback for me especially (yes, they really make perfect gifts)- which was top of my packing list for sunny Spain, and even came with me on little photographic adventures- but hey, you never know where the next bout of inspiration may come from...

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45 comments:

  1. That dress is stunning Olivia, beautiful photography as always :) I know what you mean about stationary hoarding I always buy pretty notebooks that I don't even use xx Emmi

    http://emmihearts.blogspot.co.uk/

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  2. I love how your dress matches the background in these photos. Good call on getting the dress, sounds like fate to me, when I see things I love in the sale they never have my size.

    Lauren
    livinginaboxx
    bloglovin

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  3. love how you've fitted the dress in with the background!

    also, i'm hosting a GIVEAWAY on my blog at the moment with a mac lipstick of your choice up for grabs so be sure to check it out! UK only though!

    katy x

    http://therawrdrobe.blogspot.co.uk/2013/08/200-follower-giveaway-wow.html

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  4. That notebook (and the dress of course!) is beautiful, I'm a massive stationery geek too!

    Louisa's Notebook

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  5. Ahhh that is such a gorgeous dress, i love the print! xo

    I'd love it if you would check out my Michael Kors Giveaway - http://prettypetticoats.blogspot.co.uk/2013/08/michael-kors-giveaway.html

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  6. Love the notebook, it is such a great idea! x

    Maddy from UNSTITCHEDD 

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  7. You look stunning and the notebook is lovely - I've only just learnt how much I love stationary and it really encourages you to do work when you're surrounded by so much prettiness!

    Chloe. x

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  8. I absolutely loved this House of Hackney palm dress! It's perfect for you. *Giudy*
    www.blogandthecities.wordpress.com

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  9. This dress is gorgeous! I love that you were able to get it on sale. The print is just so pretty and that's awesome that it has matching furniture.

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  10. So beautiful as always Liv, the setting is equally pretty and eek - that book binding service sounds dreamy! xx

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  11. A very nice outfit.

    Love, unicorns and glitter on you. <3

    Florian,
    http://www.like-enchanted.com

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  12. beautiful pictures! I love these colors <3

    nice outfit;)

    http://norapredatora.blogspot.com/

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  13. Gorgeous dress, it looks so lovely on you. Looking beautiful as always.

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  14. I am always a sucker for Urban Outfitters sales too haha

    xo Jennifer

    http://seekingstyleblog.wordpress.com

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  15. This outfit is gorgeous. I love your retro style :)

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  16. these pictures are beautiful. perfect dress for a perfect surrounding. xxx

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  17. You look incredible Liv! I love that dress, so beautiful! xxx

    holljc.blogspot.co.uk

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  18. Lovely photos, and that dress is so beautiful, truly love it!
    I would have crush too if I'd seen it ;-)
    xoxo
    Melodie
    http://sevenlivesandmore.blogspot.fr/

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  19. You look utter perfection Olivia!
    Sophie
    X

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  20. Your dress is absolutely gorgeous! :)

    Melissa | MELISSA LOVES THIS

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  21. That dress is gorgeous!

    www.thestylecheck.com

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  22. Your photos are always so beautiful, just like the dress you're wearing! xx

    Martyna | NEON MIZZLE

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  23. ahh you look so cute :) the dress is perfect!

    http://prowsed.blogspot.co.uk/

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  24. what a lovely dress!
    great photos :) xx

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  25. What a gorgeous dress, I love it when you have you hair up like this, it looks lovely! Great pictures. xx

    www.ferdies-place.blogspot.com

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  26. Ooh, I'm such a stationary hoarder as well! And such a lovely ensemble and very fitting photographs as well! Lovely post!

    xx
    Mere

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  27. Love the book! What a gorgeous idea. Fantastic dress, also. Going to take inspiration from how you really colour coordinate each post.. looks great.

    I'm new to the blogging world, check out my blog about second-hand style here if you like... http://worn-again.blogspot.co.uk/ <:-)

    Sophie x

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  28. The outfit is beautiful and so is that hand-bound book!

    Ellie | Ellalogy 

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  29. What an absolutely beautiful dress! I love palm print clothing too! X

    | Taxi for Jackson |

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  30. You are looking lovely in this outfit. The sunglasses and sandals are really nice.I also have a pair of sandals like this one and I bought them from Metro shoes.

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  31. I absolutely love your dress and your sunglasses!
    Danielle xo - Lilyofthevalley

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  32. Gorgeous dress and stunning photos!
    http://abigailalicex.blogspot.co.uk

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  33. wow I am so much loving your dress, that print is rad! it was definitely a great purchase! :)
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    Ester @ Drawing Dreaming

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  34. You are so pretty and really inspirational! Your my role model ! http://www.flosanowl.blogspot.co.uk/

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  35. love the dress, definitely worth the money 'cause it looks so gorgeous on you and the book binding is such a great idea, authors would be happy about that idea <3

    http://amelodyofdiaries.blogspot.co.uk/

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  36. gorgeous photos and dress!

    Hayley xx
    www.addictionstoshopping.blogspot.com

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  37. That dress is so pretty! Oh my goodness, that is the best idea ever - I need to go check out her Etsy shop asap!

    xoxo,
    Laura
    http://lauraisthriftingthroughlife.blogspot.com/

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