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Back to School

September always gives us that lovely back to school feeling. Who can forget that first day with a brand new pencil case, new shoes and new coat – with name tags firmly sewn in by mum, of course!

Even though we’ve moved on (a little), we still love to surround ourselves with some new stationery to start off the new term in style….

stationery

1. Keep all your good ideas noted down in this pretty notebook.
Marble Blank Notebook, Poketo

2. The only bag our stuff will be seen in, the essential satchel and we couldn’t resist this cute pastel hue.
Baby Blue Double Pocket Leather Backpack

3. Let everyone know it’s yours with this personalised pencil case.
Striped Pencil Case, Tillyanna

4. Who says your pens can’t look pretty? Even when writing boring notes! And these ones even come with some sweet compliments…
Sweet Talk Assorted Pen Set, Ban.Do

5. These fun sticky notes will bring no doubt bring a smile to your face…
Donut Forget Sticky Notes, Paperchase

6.  With this cute planner, there’ll be no excuses for not being organised.
17 Month Classic Agenda in Florabunda, Ban.Do

Instagram Spotlight

We spend a lot of time scrolling through Instagram (we like to call it work!) and we figured it was about time we shared some of favourite ‘grammers with our readers. So prepare to hit that follow button…

Our first spotlight comes from photographer Zoe Power, from Beautiful Simplicity whose pastel seaside images have us all wishing we lived closer to the beach so we could snap those beach huts too!

Zoe Power Instagram Long

Anyone for Tennis?

It’s far too hot to be partaking in any sort of exercise now that the UK is in full heatwave mode, but that hasn’t stopped us coveting these Wimbledon white inspired pieces! We’ll see you court side, just don’t forget the strawberries and cream…

Monki White Pleated Shirt Tennis Dress

Pleated Shirt Dress, Monki

Topshop white Cord Button Front A-Line Skirt

A-Line Skirt, Topshop

Zara white Embroidered cropped top

Embroidered Crop Top, Zara

Meet… Credit Crunch Chic

For the next instalment of our Meet the Blogger… series we grilled freelance writer and blogger Amie from Credit Crunch Chic. We can’t get enough of reading all about her charity shop finds, whilst trying not to go too green with envy!
Read on to find more about the girl behind the blog…

Blogger Credit Crunch Chic

Ok, first up who is ”Credit Crunch Chic” for those that don’t already know?
Well, Credit Crunch Chic is my personal style blog. I have always been an avid charity shopper and I love vintage clothes, and scouring the sale rails for a bargain or two. I was known among my friendship group for my ability to put together outfits and looks on a shoestring budget, and because I love to write, I thought it would be fun to start my own blog to document things I’d found and how I style them!

How long have you been blogging, and what made you want start it in the first place?
I started the blog in 2009 so it’s getting on for over 6 years now! I wanted to to record all my thrifty finds and write about ways to look good on a budget. My boyfriend Adrian was very encouraging and has helped me so much with the blog set up and layout, including drawing all my social media ‘buttons’ (he’s an illustrator) and taking all my outfit photos!

Blogger Credit Crunch Chic Vintage

What inspires your blog posts?
I am inspired by lots of things, from other amazing blogs that I follow to street style, and wanting to talk about a new budget beauty product or fashion find. As my blog has progressed over the years I have drawn more inspiration from the aesthetic as well as the written word, and I strive to make the blog look interesting and exciting with copy to match!

How would you describe your style?
I have a fairly classic style which contains elements of vintage with a muted colour palette. I always say I base my style on a little old French lady; I love that ‘granny chic’ vibe and my vintage shoe collection helps add to this!

What three items can you not live without?
My wardrobe favourites change with the seasons, but I wouldn’t be without my vintage rings, (gifts from Adrian) my Chanel ballet shoes (found on eBay) and a vintage Louis Vuitton wallet (charity shopped in Devon.)

Credit Crunch Chic Blogger Vintage Chanel Shoes

What do you get up to when you’re not blogging?
Outside of blogging, I love to charity shop (of course) as well we taking Latin and Ballroom dance classes. I love to keep fit with yoga and pilates and I also like to attend gigs and see friends.

Tell us something no one else knows about you…
My guilty pleasure is watching snooker! I really enjoyed the World Championships and was so pleased Stuart Bingham won!

And lastly, to coincide with our forthcoming issue, we want to know your favourite childhood memory.
I remember getting my very own dog, a collie cross when I was about 9 and a half. I called her Sophie because I was obsessed with the film ‘The BFG’ and the little girl in the film was called Sophie.

Flower Power

Now that Chelsea Flower Show is in full swing we’ve only got one thing on our minds when it comes to our wardrobes. From skirts to dresses, our baskets are full to brim with floral-inspired pieces. Here’s our pick of the bunch…

Zara High Waisted Floral Shorts

High Waisted Floral Shorts, Zara

Oasis Yellow Floral Midi Skirt

Lemon Zest Full Midi Skirt, Oasis

Drop Waist Dress In Botanical Floral Print

Drop Waist Botanical Print Dress, Asos

Somedays Lovin' Seeker Floral Dress in Black

Seeker Floral Dress, Somedays Lovin’ @ Urban Outfitters

Colouring in the lines

The craze for art therapy and adult colouring books has been going strong for a couple of years now and it shows no sign of slowing down. These illustrated books feature designs that are much more elaborate than their kiddie counterparts, providing grown-ups with both a creative outlet and a some relaxation. Once you’ve added the finishing touches to each page not only will you be far more chilled out, but you’ll also own some artwork that is totally unique to you.

Here are some of the best colouring books for adults, handily selected for your enjoyment. Pens at the ready!

Millie Marotta’s Animal Kingdom: A Colouring Book Adventure

Millie Marotta’s Animal Kingdom: A Colouring Book Adventure

This beautiful little book was a Sunday Times bestseller. It features lovely illustrations that are all based on the natural world. You can add colour to everything from a curled-up fox to a magnificent flamingo and all of the drawings contain miniature plant life motifs. Her follow up, Millie Marotta’s Tropical Wonderland, inspired by birds of paradise and rainforest fauna, comes out in July.

The Mindfulness Colouring Book: Anti-stress Art Therapy for Busy People by Emma Farrarons

The Mindfulness Colouring Book Emma Farrons

This pocket-sized colouring book can easily be tucked into your bag and contains detailed doodles which aren’t so tiny or complex you need to get the magnifying glass out. The drawings are simple and fairly easy to colour in, making this the perfect option for a beginner looking to de-stress.

Enchanted Forest: An Inky Quest and Colouring Book

Enchanted-Forest-Colouring-Book

Enchanted Forest is the second colouring book by Johanna Basford, illustrator of the wildly successful Secret Garden, An Inky Treasure Hunt and Colouring Book which has sold over 1.4 million copies worldwide. The skill of the artist, who draws everything by hand, shines through on every page. You’re invited not only to colour to your heart’s content but also to find hidden objects which allow you to unlock the secret castle at the end of the book. Utterly charming.

The Art Therapy Colouring Book

Art Therapy Colouring Book

This book features the illustrations of three artists: Richard Merritt, Hannah Davies and Cindy Wilde. It’s unique in that it allows for a wider range of artistic involvement from the reader, with some designs left incomplete so that you can draw, as well as colour in. Ideal for creative types who aren’t sure where to start and those who enjoy doodling as much as colouring.

Words by Kate MacCarthy

Meet… The Lovecats Inc

The Lovecats Inc, is the fashion and beauty blog from 22 year old journalism student. Helen. Her blog covers everything from blogging tips, recipes, fashion and beauty…. you won’t find much about cats sadly!

Read on to find out more about the girl behind the blog… 

The Lovcats Inc Blog Headshot

Ok, first up who is ‘The Lovecats Inc’ for those that don’t already know?
The Lovecats Inc is a personal style and beauty blog run by a girl from up North called Helen. It’s an outlet for all of my ramblings on fashion, beauty with lots of cake and other things thrown in.

How long have you been blogging, and what made you want start it in the first place?
I’ve been blogging for three years in May and I started because I read a lot of blogs and decided I’d have a crack at it myself!

What inspires your blog posts?
I honestly just talk about things I like, so if I’m loving any makeup or skincare that week, then I’ll blog about it. Similarly if I’m obsessed with an outfit, I’ll post about it. It sounds rather self indulgent, but I think showing things you actually love makes for a better blog as your personality can come across more.

Goup of pink beauty products

How would you describe your style?
I try to be minimal, but I’m not sure if I’m quite doing it as well as others. I would say it’s a mix of basics, lots of denim, staple pieces and some timeless designer classics mixed in.

What do you get up to when you’re not blogging?
I really like baking and cooking, that’s my new obsession now I know I can do it! I also love Xbox and recently have been playing Mario Kart since I got it last week!

What three items can you not live without?
My Emma Hardie Cleansing Balm, my Phillip Lim Pashli bag and my Isabel Marant boots.

cedric charlier pink coat leather trousers jeans topshop magnum boots celine audrey 6

Tell us something no one else knows about you…
Well, some do know, but I have my septum pierced but no one ever sees it!

And lastly, to coincide with our travel issue, we want to know your favourite holiday destination.
I really loved Rome when I went and would really love to go back to Italy!

Say It

Forget wearing your heart on your sleeve, we’re all about wearing our words where everyone can see them. Check out some of our favourite slogan tops perfect for spring…

Asos Slogan Top

As the words suggest, this peachy pink number might just become the new ‘love of your life’… or just your new spring staple!
Asos, £25

Missguided slogan tee

We’ll be adding a bit of Spice to our wardrobes with this cute oversized t-shirt featuring lyrics from everyone’s favourite ’90s girl band!
Missguided, £12

UO

They say picture is worth a thousand words, or if you’re like us we’ll usually settle for an emoji, so let this cheeky little number do all the talking…
Urban Outfitters, £25

Time to Say Goodbye

Monumental, historical and a patriotic time for us Brits – and it is a sad, sad thing that we must say Goodbye to the Olympics – for now at least. In honour of this awesome occasion, we decided to make tea bag biscuits – Olympic ring style! Keeping it patriotic, we thought that tea and shortbread – two very British things – would be most fitting! With a spin on traditional shortbread we used Earl Grey tea leaves in them as well. Inspired by French blogger http://bit.ly/MS8fLql, here is our own adapted version of Tea Boogies – great for any occasion!



Ingredients
Makes 10
 
4oz Extra fine self-raising flour
2oz caster sugar
3oz butter
¼ tsp salt
1 earl grey tea bag
3 oz cooking chocolate
Extras
String
White tissue
Coloured card: blue, yellow, black, green and red
10p coin (draw around the coin on the card and cut out a mini Olympic circle from each colour)
Scissors
Method
 Heat oven to 160C
-  Soften the butter in a mixing bowl
- Sieve in the flour and salt, and then add in the sugar and earl grey tea leaves
-  Rub the butter into the dry ingredients: rub, press and knead the mixture until a malleable paste is formed
-  Roll out the mixture and use a tea bag to cut a tea bag shaped shortbread shape out of the dough
-  Place onto a greased baking tray and insert holes at the top of the tea bag for that the string to go through after your biscuits are baked
- Bake for 30-35 mins until golden
- Take out them out of the oven and allow them to cool
- Put an inch of water into a saucepan and put the cooking chocolate into a medium sized bowl and put the bowl in the pan but above the water – it should not be in the water – then gently heat the chocolate and stir until the chocolate is nearly all melted
-  Take off of the heat and stir to make a smooth paste, spread onto the biscuits to give a tea bag effect
-  Put the biscuits in the fridge for the chocolate to cool – thread the string through the hole and attach an Olympic ring onto each one
-       Dunk into your celebratory tea! Yum yum.

By Melodie Walter

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