Saturday, 29 December 2012

2012 Leftovers & Blog Favourites...


I hope you all had a lovely Christmas! I spent mine with Joshua and his family, and it was a pleasant mix of madness and tranquility.
You'll have to forgive me for not blogging sooner - Joshuas parents internet signal is incredibly weak and I couldn't get my laptop to connect try as I might! However now I'm home, I'm hoping this bumper odds and ends post will compensate!

On a quick trip to the shops prior to Christmas (for last minute gifts and wrapping paper!) I wore this H&M dress for the first time.
It is decidedly a summer frock (I picked it up in the Summer sale) and common sense would have told me to wait, but I couldn't resist the pretty floral print!

In an attempt to make the dress look a bit more 'wintery' I'm wearing it with my favourite mustard cardigan (more on that later) scallop lace tights, and Marks and Spencer grey suede brogues I found on eBay.

The locket was late Nannas and has featured on this blog many times! It contains picture of my grandparents shortly after their engagement.

Caught mid leap!

So! This mustard cardigan! From the basic range in H&M it isn't particularly innovative, but I have recently felt that it improves anything I wear!

In some unused photos for the blog taken a couple of weeks back I teamed it with a vintage tea dress, flea market vanity case and my favourite Topshop mary jane shoes.

An outfit I liked so much I wore it nearly the same (this time with ankle boots and thick grey tights!) shortly afterwards...Probably in an attempt to get some blog photos I was a bit happier with!

Worth a mention is that the photos taken on the beach were taken by my dear friend Sam (seen below looking after my stole!)
He is moving to Brighton in the new year, and seems a lot more clued up on photography than I am...So here's hoping I might learn something from him!

My beautiful shoes....Sigh!

These candid photos were taken by Sam as he was trying to show me how to use a setting on my camera I didn't know existed! I feel I reacted as anyone would when they had a camera suddenly pointed at them!

Now whilst I haven't created a highlights of the year video like last year I thought I would share some of my favourite bloggers of the year, also 2012 bought a first for me, as I met bloggers...REAL LIFE bloggers! In the REAL WORLD! Ha!

With an Indian Princess Party, a messy night out in London and a couple of museum visits, it was so lovely to meet the people behind the posts!

Kelly Marie of 'A Harem of Peacocks' 

- This girl is so fabulously stylish right down to the smallest details! A very talented prop-designer and stylist(she has recently departed from Beyond Retro, and some of her work has featured in Love magazine) there is something so elegant about the way she pulls her outfits together. Wearing true-vintage with none of the bravado, she has a incredibly infectious laugh and is the sweetest person you're likely to meet. Long story short? I'm so glad I did! Read her wonderful blog HERE.

Dulcie of 'Human Sea' 

- It is so easy to gush about someone like Dulcie! She's brains and beauty! Reading her gorgeous blog often leaves me reaching for a dictionary (it's always good to extend ones vocabulary!) and her wardrobe leaves me searching eBay for lookalike garments! And despite being in the middle of a huge house-move with her boyfriend this summer, Dulcie still found time to send me a gorgeous cape from her vintage shop...Which will feature on the blog next year!
Have a flick through Dulcies beautiful blog HERE.

The Bright Young Twins, Harriet and Aimee  

- These two are closer than kin! Wearing exquisite vintage with the capability of making it look like it was 'just something they threw on' I always enjoy reading their charming, chatty posts, filled with heavenly clothes and funny anecdotes.
I hope to see them both again in the new year!
Follow the Bright Young Twins adventures HERE.

Amber Jane of 'Theatre of Fashion'

A friend of Kelly-Marie, I met this stylish lady a couple of times as we visited some of this years great exhibitions.
Her passion for fashion, history and art are truly insatiable! Incredibly clued up, impeccably dressed and ever so nice..What's not to love?
Read (and learn from!) Ambers blog HERE

Nicole of 'Fashion Forestry'

Nicole is also someone who obsesses over all things creative. Never have I met someone who has the ability to see the beauty in the mundane so regularly! Her home is packed to the rafters full of her incredible vintage finds, including clothes rails in the hallway!
With a sensational sense of colour and clashing, I really recommend you take a peek at Nicoles blog HERE.

And although I may not have met them, I still thoroughly enjoyed sharing the adventures and thrifty finds of the bloggers below!

(neat as a pin, this girl is stunning, as is her blogs photography!) 

 Emily of 'It Girl Rag Doll'
(I adore her 70's influences - she looks like she stepped right out of woodstock!)

Ashley Ording of 'Fancy Fine' 
(there is nothing this girl wears that I don't want!)

and Ruth of 'Ruby Armoire' 
(I'm quite a new reader but I'm loving going through her previous posts!)

(Informed and imaginative... I think we all have days when we wish we were Rosalind...What a babe!)

(I became an avid reader at the tail end of this year. Like a modern day Annie Hall I can't get enough of this lady's style!)

(Her daily outfit-photos on instagram make my lunch breaks!)

and Kathryn of 'Kitsune-Kun'
(You'd be forgiven for not recognising her! Gone are the long brunette locks for a short peroxide crop...Which I absolutely adore!)

I hope there were a couple of blogs in that lot that you hadn't heard of, or perhaps which you agree with!
If you're a UK based blogger and you think there's a reasonable chance of us being able to meet, do get in touch...I'd love to!

And finally thank you all for your kind words, your encouragements and suggestions, and for sharing 2012 with me! I had a lot of fun documenting my adventures through the blog and have so many exciting ideas for 2013!

I'll see you soon!

Love Yours Truly, x


  1. Wow, you've given me hours worth of blog reading here! So nice to find some new ones and to see what you're inspired by. Hope you have a great NYE and hope to meet up with you in 2013! Let me know if you're ever in London and vice versa!

  2. I really adore your sense of style

  3. thanks for the introduction to all of these bloggers! i will be heading to their blogs in my free time. and i do agree with the mustard sweater adding to outfits, i love how certain colors can always add a "pop" to anything!

    lindsey louise

  4. In my eyes, there is nothing wrong with wearing a summery dress in winter time - I think you look adorable!


  5. Amazing post! I must check their sites :)
    Btw you´re gorgeous!

  6. Oh, thank you so much for including me on this list - I'm thrilled! I now have a stack of new blogs to trawl in the new year, so thank you for that. And finally, what a gorgeous ensemble. Both of those dresses are very lovely, and Brighton makes a great location. It's somewhere that I definitely want to visit this year.
    thank you again, and wishing you a happy new year.

  7. this is such a lovely post. i love your blog so much dear. you look precious in these photos and i am so happy for all these blog recommendations! will be checking out these girls :) love the last photo of you too. too cute.
    xx rae

  8. Thank you for such a great post! This is the first time I've seen some of these blogs before and I'm now following most of them.

    I've never met another blogger! I'd love to but I'm so socially awkward haha!


  9. Beautiful post! your clothes are so amazingly put together! I love the blogs that you have listed, It Girl Rag Doll and Ashley Ording 'Fancy Fine' and Bright Young Twins to be my favourites! I have been introduced to Kate Louise Ford's blog!

    I hope your year ends and starts well!
    Aimée x

  10. I love your shoes! And Brighton seems a very refreshing place to visit! I loved all the bloggers you mentioned, thank you for introducing me to new inspiration! xx

  11. Another lovely post! Thanks for linking to these bloggers, I'm now following them all! Looking for vintage new year outfit inspirations :) Happy new year :)
    Rachelle x

  12. Oh Kerry thank you so much! :-) Once again you have writen such lovely things. I have to say that meeting you was definitely a highlight of my 2012 and I really hope that we get to spend lot's more time together in 2013. I never thought my blog would lead to me meeting and making special friends but it has and I'm so grateful for meeting you, you beautiful and lovely lady. Happy New Year darling, I hope you have a great time. I have a feeling 2013 is going to be Mega. See you soon and lots of love xxx

  13. I couldn't agree more about your mustard cardigan - it makes everything look fab! (Well.. more fab!) : ) It suits your hair so beautifully too! And I LOVE your blogger list! There are definitely a few of my favourites in there - Katie-Louise Ford, Fancy Fine, and Kitsune-Kun for sure! : )

    Lost in the Haze: a Fashion Photography Blog

  14. Thanks so much for including me! I feel so honoured! You are so sweet! Wow :) And I better not make any spelling errors now you've set the bar so high for me. eh? :P hehe

    Can't wait to see you in your cape, it was a pleasure to pass it on as it just looked a bit ridiculous on me!

    Happy new year xxxx

  15. Thank you for giving us such a lovely list of blogs to look through. There are some old favourites on there but - perfect timing as I was beginning to feel a bit blog uninspired - some great new finds for me too. I've just spent far too long admiring Katie-Louise Ford's immaculate haircut and amazing sense of style! Happy new year and look forward to seeing even more great outfit selections from you in 2013.

  16. I agree that a mustard cardigan can improve any outfit! I was so happy when I bought one last year and wore it constantly. Thanks for sharing these blogs too! There's a bunch I haven't visited before, and I plan on heading over to a few very soon!

  17. Katie and Emily have some of my absolute favorite blogs as well. Those black Mary Jane's of your have me sighing as well. Oh so beautiful. Have the happiest of new years, darling!
    xo, Tori

  18. Ooh I can't believe I've been included with such an amazing bunch of blogs, thank you!

    Love your Mary Janes - I end up buying a pair of similar-styled lovelies each year because I wear them to death (they go with everything)!

    Happy New Year my dear,

    Ruby xx

  19. Wow, we follow a lot of the same blogs but there are some new ones here that I have to check out! Thanks for sharing and happy new year!

  20. Oh thank you so much Kerry! I just saw this post now, it brightened my day!

  21. What an absolute treat to be included in this lovely post! Happy New Year darling, can't wait to see what 2013 has in store for Yours, Truly x

  22. hey thanks so much!! so honoured- your blog is one of my favourites too:)