Category: accessories

Trends x

Natural or not is the big question. Along with fad versus longevity. Both comments a reflection on a turn in the tide, a smell in the air heralding a new desire strong colour. The clash, the crash, the sheer excitement of the wrong made right – except, bright colours are natural and have already stood the test of time as the animal kingdom proves. What’s fascinating for me is when life is often at it’s bleakest – I’m writing this questioning how the whole infrastructure of the UK seems to be crumbling with panic buying, shortages and empty shelves (and all the time asking myself, how many years has this current government been in power?) fashion responds by becoming it’s brightest…

(All pics pinterest)

Now to find myself a pair of emerald green culottes and a pair of pink pointy kitten heels…

Laters, Kate x

Monday, Funday.. x

So this post was going to be a homage to my Best Buy of the summer – a black, trench length pac a Mac from Muji that has been worth every penny of the £9.95 I paid for it, particularly given the strange weather we’re back to in London – rain, rain and more rain. But there are no pictures or mentions on Muji’s website, so you’ll have to take it from me – I’m having to buy another one because everyone in the house keeps nicking it; small, lightweight and does exactly what it says on the tin. Ding dong.

And now, a selection of pictures that sit on the more unusual spectrum of life, because if you can’t have basics, then reach for the stars…

(All pics Pinterest)

Laters, Kate x

Bling x

I love words.

I love Jewellery.

Jewellery plus words equals a match made in heaven.

Especially if they’re rude words. Or rather the words that hit the sweet spot of irony.

(All pics Pinterest and Hoopsandchains.com)

Hell yeah.

Laters, Kate x

A Gem x

So here’s the thing – I did a post about brooches a while back. But my love of them shows no signs of abating, instead the need to embellish is growing and multiplying like a sparkling, cabochon mold.

But there’s something else that’s caught my eye, away from the traditional magpie pull of vintage costume jewellery; beautiful handmade and handcrafted brooches, little masterpieces of creation, witty takes and outrageous pieces of inventiveness.

(All pics Pinterest)

I love.

Laters, Kate x

Sparkle!

Gorgeous, no? And (I say this in a whisper) High street….£35 well spent from &OtherStories: Hitting the mark in pocket friendly presents that capture the jewellery zeitgeist with their power to elevate and add that Christmas luminosity.

(All pics Pinterest and &OtherStories)

And of course….there’s always the sales………

Laters, Kate x

Rejoice!


This shop has a piece of my heart and remains open for Christmas orders until 21 December. Ethically aware – everyone in the supply chain is respected and paid a fair wage – and beautifully produced, East End Press offers a unique line of paper garlands, wooden decorations and so much more.

(All pics Pinterest and East End Press)

The colours, the care, the backstory? This is what really sings Christmas!

Laters, Kate x

Christmas ug!

Which effectively stands for ugly – because, be still this beating heart – Swedish Hasbeens have come up with a winner: The perfect hybrid of never mixed with genius, a Frankensteins child where all the stars lined up and bowed down, a glorious fug of Dorothy meets nerd whilst waltzing to Lala Land.

(All pics Pinterest and Swedish Hasbeens)

Come to Mama.

Laters, Kate x

Pressies 2

I spoke to my gut the other day and asked it what the theme for Christmas would be this year, it said cottagecore all the way: home made, simple, unfussy, thoughtful. I said thank you very much and felt our bond. The above is from a great little independent shop called Midgley Green – what could be more hands on and satisfying than artisan soap and a thrown soap dish? Maybe the price point – £5 for the soap, £15 for the dish. £20 all in? Bargain.

Midgley Green also have these beautiful tea towels – which are fab just as that – but….wouldn’t they make the most beautiful pair of cushions stitched onto an enveloped piece of linen? Guaranteed washable.

(All pics Midgley Green and Pinterest)

On my personal Wishlist this year is this Welsh throw. I’m thinking sofa, candles, fire. And a large glass of egg snog. Sigh.

Laters,

Kate x

Mini Morris! x


So William Morris – who will always and forever had a piece of my heart – has teamed up with Swedish brand DockATot to produce some of the most edible nursery soft furnishings I’ve ever seen. Which is mind bending on several levels – 1. why has no-one thought of this before? and 2. No-one has because we compartmentalise everything away, with Morris floating under Victorian in big letters, and masculine in little. Which means should we throw all conditioned thinking under the nearest bus? And 3. If you’re thinking pah! I have no need for nursery whimsy – I would further highlight the perils of conditioned thinking, because their floor cushions are any-excuse-for-any-room-to-die-for.

(All pics Pinterest and DockAtot)

Dog bed. Anyone?

Laters, Kate x

Transition shoes x

Are clogs the new winter shoe? Possibly. The pandemic has had a strange effect with changes rippling out and now clogs make sense – perfect for sliding on for little trips to nowhere. And then flinging off on return; they are the ideal indoor shoe for the modern person. But if this is the purpose of clogs, the sheepskin versions seem much softer and more appealing – I’ve been wearing my ancient shearling Celts complete with worn toe holes since summer first started waning, but if I was going for an upgrade, it would be for these Birkenstocks. My only fear would be the temptation of the rest of the Birkenstock range…

(All pics Pinterest and Birkenstocks)

Mighty fine….

Laters, Kate x