Au revoir, Janvier

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Ah, January. It's finally coming to an end and I can practically hear the whole planet letting out a collective sigh of relief.

January hasn't been a bad one for me, I've had a lot of spare time to get coursework done and keep wrapped up warm inside. My mum and I went to Sheffield a week ago which is when I was burdened with my third cold of the season. Apart from that, the day was amazing and I managed to buy some lovely things for my journal and my wardrobe. Still, I'm glad to see the back end of this month. I'm looking forward to seeing signs of spring pop up around the place (if the snow eases, that is).

I've had a few technical drawings to complete for my course recently and I'm not going to lie they're not my favourite thing to do, but after I bought a (very cheap) draughtsman board off Amazon it became a little easier (and dare I say fun). Once I have my assignments scanned and photocopied I can submit them and be done with technical drawing (for the time being). I must say, using a scale ruler and a set square does make me feel nerdy and I love it. Using a proper drawing board makes me look like I know what I'm doing even when I don't.

I recently decided to try a new moisturiser and cleanser from Facetheory. I've had the website bookmarked for years so I finally had a browse and came across some products that were exactly what I'd been looking for. I got the Oil-Free Supergel Moisturiser that is packed with camomile, aloe, green tea, niacinamide, vitamin B3, stabilised vitamin C, and hyaluronic acid. Basically every skin-loving ingredient known to man. I love this so far, it's light and a little goes a long way.

I've also been trying out the Clarifying Cleanser that has glycolic acid, salicylic acid, lactic acid, Argenine, sweet almond oil and avocado in it. This stings ever so slightly (not too uncomfortable) but my skin looks phenomenal afterwards. All Facetheory products are cruelty free and free from nasties such as parabens, SLS, SLES, and sulphates. #notspon and #notgifted, just impressed by the brand and products. Oh, and their lab is in Sheffield so the products are being made very local to me!

I'm hoping to take some pictures of my new journal soon that I've been working on throughout the month. It's wonderfully messy and colourful and I am really enjoying using cute washi tapes and stickers again.

Hope January was kind to you, if not I hope February brings you better things.

My favourite places to shop for stationery

Sunday, January 20, 2019

Understatement of the year: I'm on a bit of a stationery kick right now.

I used to be flat out obsessed with stationery when I was in college and university. I owned so much of it but I did most of my work on a computer using Microsoft Office so most of that stationery went unused. But I still kept it all because I couldn't bare to part with my beloved stationery collection.

Fast forward to about a fortnight ago and I finally let go of a lot of unused memo pads, sticky notes and notebooks I had stashed in my drawers (taking up valuable space). They were old and not my style anymore so I thought it best I recycle them and move on. 

However, I then fell down a rabbit hole of watching people do stationery hauls on YouTube and I couldn't help but find myself stationery shopping once again, but this time I wanted to buy beautiful stationery that was pretty to look at, functional, and sparked joy.

So, I've been spending a lot of time browsing stationery stores online. Here are 5 of my favourite suppliers:

↳ Youse Stationery (shop)
This Sheffield-based online store sells the most beautiful mixture of new, vintage and handmade stationery, desk accessories and cases.

Pictured: Vintage Dinosaur Fountain Pen | Pelican Rubber | Vintage Tin Compass

Papersmiths (shop) ↵
A truly gorgeous, design-led store that stocks stationery, books, magazines, homeware and greetings cards. Stocks hundreds of brands. 

↳ Fox and Star (shop)
My go-to place for Japanese and Korean stationery from brands such as Iconic, Midori, Seeso, Livework, and Paperways.

Pictured: MT Pastel Blue Washi Tape | Seeso Vintage Journal v.3 in Mint | Livework Hexagon Colour Palette Stickers

Pencil Me In (shop) ↵
Stocks the most vibrant and unique new and vintage stationery, greetings cards and prints. Their range of quirky slogan pencil sets are my favourite.

↳ Present & Correct (shop)
The most aesthetically pleasing website on the internet. P&C stock every item of stationery you'll ever need or want.

Pictured: Brass Index Clips | Vintage 360 Protractor | Reporter's Notebook

More non-fiction faves

Friday, January 18, 2019

I made my first non-fiction faves post just over a year ago. I still really only read non-fiction; nothing else really floats my boat at the moment. I like to read a book to get the information I need and that's that.

My non-fiction book collection has grown a lot since last time. I have a whole shelf (and a small bit of overflow, oops) full of books about slow living, interior design, beauty, fashion and mental health. It's my absolute favourite shelf and the only one I revisit time and time again.

Since my collection has expanded quite a bit since last time, I thought I'd post a couple more non-fiction faves that I have read and adored lately. In no particular order:

Pretty Iconic

1. Pretty Iconic by Sali Hughes
“Over 200 iconic products that are among the influential in the beauty world - past, present and future. Packed full of beauty wisdom, Pretty Iconic takes us from the evocative smell of Johnson’s baby lotion through to Simple Face wipes, NARS Orgasm and beyond, looking at the formative role beauty plays in our lives.”
↳ A fantastic read, makes you feel very nostalgic.

Take your spring cleaning to the next level with Goodbye, Things by Fumio Sasaki. A best-seller in Japan, this book uncovers why we want to own more than we need, what this mentality does to our wellbeing and how we can live better by owning less.”
An intense look at minimalism, but it's full of amazing tips and advice. ↵

Remodelista: The Organized Home

“Live Green is a practical guide of 52 changes - one for each week of the year - you can make to your home and lifestyle to reduce your impact on the environment. Tackling all areas of your life from your cleaning routine, home furnishings, food shopping, fashion choices, natural beauty and Christmas, this book has all the ingredients to help you achieve a more sustainable year.”
↳ Such a lovely read, full of practical advice that isn't patronising or intimidating.

4. Remodelista: The Organized Home by Julie Carlson
This compact tome shows us how, with more than 100 simple and stylish tips, each clearly presented and accompanied by full-colour photographs that are sure to inspire. Readers will learn strategies for conquering their homes' problem zones (from the medicine cabinet to the bedroom closet) and organising tricks and tools that can be deployed in every room (embrace trays; hunt for unused spaces overhead; decant everything).”
Loved the straight to the point, comprehensible advice for organising your home. A must have. ↵

The Great Interior Design Challenge Sourcebook

5. The Great Interior Design Challenge Sourcebook by Tom Dyckhoff, Sophie Robinson, and Daniel Hopwood
“This great new book is packed with practical advice on how to achieve the look you want, for a budget you can afford. Before you begin any kind of home-decorating project you need to make sure your canvas is in good order. We include a handy checklist of common problems to look out for and how to fix them - including cracks in walls, creaking stairs, damp patches, draughts, leaking roofs or blocked chimneys. Doing it yourself is fun and economical, so we include step-by-step instructions on how to achieve a variety of home improvements.”
↳ This book has been a life-saver during my interior design course.

Restored 17th-century stables in Dorset

Thursday, January 10, 2019

St Giles House is owned by the Earl and Countess of Shaftesbury who have transformed their early 17th-century Riding House into wedding guest accommodation, as the house is a sought-after wedding venue. One of the bedrooms is in a loose box with the en suite in another, the sitting room has a bar in the corner that would have been a feed store, and the dining room - where the horses' stalls would have been - showcases the original wooden partitions. 

It's the most unique restoration I've ever seen. So much of the building's originality and charm still shines through. I love that the owners filled the Riding House with old furniture from the St Giles attics or country auctions; it makes the place feel and look so authentic. Nothing looks overly modern or out of place. 

The colours and textures that have been used are so rich and energetic; there is nothing flat or lifeless here. Every square inch of the place exudes character. It may be one of my favourite builds I've ever come across, it's such a treat to the eyes.

Photographs © Paul Massey. Originally featured in House & Garden.

Alessandra Rich Spring 2019

Sunday, January 06, 2019

Adore this year's spring collection by Alessandra Rich. So many luxurious fabrics, vintage patterns, glistening jewels, classic cuts and pearly embellishments. This collection is pure old school glamour.

See more of this collection here.

All photography courtesy of Alessandra Rich via Vogue.

January bedroom details

Saturday, January 05, 2019

A typical dreary January morning. Grey sky, nothing exciting. The Christmas spirit has well and truly left.

I decided this morning I would finally clean and tidy my bedroom - it's been waiting for a good dusting for months - then take photos of my efforts because it will never look this good again (or at least not for a month or two).

Bed cushions are mostly IKEA, Wilko and H&M. Bedding is old as hell, I think it's Wilko but from about 2 or 3 years ago. I only love this one because the colour suits my room so well.

Wall hanging above my bed was made by my best friend for Christmas.

Queen records I haven't got space for, so they live on this shelf for now. Got Queen and Queen II at a record fair a couple of weeks ago for £3 each, probably my two favourite albums of theirs.

I used to be a real magazine hoarder, but now I only keep my favourite issues in two floral magazine files. This one in the photo has back issues of 91 Magazine, Positive News, MADE and Creative Countryside. The other has all the 2018 issues of The Simple Things which will get recycled out as new issues are published.

Candle was a Christmas gift. Brassy cat was also a gift (mentioned here).

Currently housing two huge library books (Romantic English Homes and Perfect English Townhouse) and Mad About the House, a Christmas gift from my brother, on my desk.

The duck egg compact patent Filofax is an old one. You can find it on eBay second hand if you love the colour.

Cotton buds are now stored in a honeycomb jar I got for Christmas which had Burt's Bees lip products in them. The pot I store my makeup brushes in is an oldie but a goodie from IKEA. They sell something very similar here and here.

Too much skincare...! Recently bought this Turmeric Blemish Control Clay Mask from Botanical Lab, have yet to try it though. Heard good things. Also got some brand new The Ordinary products too that I'm a bit scared to use (ones a peeling solution, ones a retinol).

Current wardrobe. Everything's a bit dark with pops of rust and yellow at the moment. Very autumnal, but autumn colours are my absolute favourites.

That's all, folks. What are you up to this rather boring January day? I'll be drawing some finicky scale drawings and inking them in (and trying not to throw a paddy when I fuck them up for the third time). Wish me luck and patience!
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