Sunday, 14 August 2016

Summer Jewellery favourites

Summer is almost over so I'm making the most of wearing my seasonal jewellery. I'm a big fan of quirky necklaces and have been since my early teens. I've collected some colourful pieces, some I've kept to this day although some, like a multicoloured chain mail number, didn't quite make it into my grown up jewellery box!

I really like pieces that mix unusual with classic. Three of my current favourite brands are Bill Skinner, And Mary and Alex Monroe. All three have lots of animals and nature in their designs which I really like.

 For today's post I want to share some amazing pieces from the And Mary range. All made from porcelain and hand painted in Scotland. I'm really excited by these new additions. I've been wearing the strawberry necklace a lot as well as the little bee - which I blogged in my last post (here) sorry for not including a photo!

The detail on all of the jewellery by And Mary is amazing, from the little leaves on the pineapple to the wings on the blue tit. I felt inspired by the jewellery to create a tropical summer painting too. I haven't managed to paint very often, or nearly as much as I would want, but when I have I've been creating colourful little watercolours to add colour into my surroundings.

And Mary have so many beautiful pieces on their website, I really adore the little acorn necklace (here), which will go on my Autumn wish list. Until then I'm hoping for more sunshine as I'm just not ready to say goodbye to summer.

Which necklace is you're favourite?

Emma Xx

Necklaces - C/o And Mary - All opinions my own.
Pineapple - here
Strawberry - here
Blue Tit - here
Humming Bird - here

Sunday, 10 July 2016

Oasis - Secret Garden Collection

Dress - Oasis c/o House of Fraser
Bee Necklace - c/o And Mary
Belt - Primark - old
Embroidered espadrilles - vintage

This is my garden, my secret resting place, where you'll find me on a fine day, tucked away in a corner listening to the bees buzzing and birds chirping away. I've always been an outdoors person. I can't stand staying inside buildings for too long, which is why - when my health allows me, and the weather, of course -  I'll be outside, with a book or my eyes closed in meditation.

Despite not being able to get out into the real world, I've been making more of an effort to wear outfits that make me feel happy, embroidered blouses and floral prints are my staples. This dress by Oasis is a perfect piece to make me feel happy, with a nod to the 60's and those amazing bell sleeves I couldn't resist it. The dress is part of the Chelsea Physic Garden collection by Oasis. A twenty-five piece capsule collection of stunning botanical prints inspired by London's oldest garden, the Chelsea Physic Garden. A red bricked wall encases this very special garden. A place that has been influential both in medicine and art for hundreds of years. I've never visited the Chelsea Physic Garden, but I feel inspired by this collection to add it to my list of must see places for when my health improves.

Bees are my favourite little insect, they give us honey and they pollinate our plants and crops; essentially we would not survive without our glorious buzzing friend. This beautiful little porcelain bee necklace has been handmade by And Mary with so much detail it really feels alive.

My garden may be wild in comparison to a well kept botanical garden but it's one of my favourite places to be. So if the weather is good, you know where I'll be.

Emma Xx

Saturday, 18 June 2016

Vintage Blossom

This year my blog has taken more of a back seat, this is mostly down to my health getting worse and because more recently I've been exploring new possibilities towards the path of good health. I guess for now you could call me a sporadic blogger and I'm ok with that. Despite seeing this debated over Twitter a lot, I will be bold enough to say there is no right or wrong way to blog, no set amount of posts to make you a real blogger. A few years ago I felt very differently about this. Back then if this outfit didn't hit the Internet pretty much the week it was photographed it would cause me great anxiety and stress over missing my weekly target. A silly thought, especially when you live on such little energy. I admit I did wonder if I should share it now, weeks later, a whole season later. Yes! - Is the answer to that. 

Taking photos like this is becoming more difficult for me, it's a massive task for my body but it's something I love doing. My blog allows me to express who I am, lets me be just me for a while and not only that girl with complex chronic illness. No, sporadic will suit me just fine for now, although I hope there won't be many posts to come that are published a whole season late! 
So even though Spring has long gone and a very grey British summer has set upon us, here is my vintage Spring outfit. I bought this dress through the app Depop a few years ago now. It's one of my favourite dresses for warm spring days. It's one of those dresses you just want to twirl in - and that makes me happy!

I hope you're having a good day.

Emma Xx