Guest Post – Transform Your Fashion Style into Your Home Design

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For those of us who love fashion, picking a perfect outfit for the day is important. It has to reflect our mood, the place we are going and more importantly it has to be within the borders of our style. We all have our ways of wearing clothes and designs we absolutely adore. Moreover, as much as we love fashion, we love the design of our homes, as well. That is why the design of your home should reflect your own style and you can easily incorporate your accessories, favorite materials and patterns in it.

Play with Patterns

Patterns are the most interesting way to elevate any of your outfits. So why not incorporate them in your home? You probably have a dress or a shirt that has fun patterns on it, and you should consider putting them in your home. For example, if you enjoy wearing floral patterns, you can easily find cushions of the similar design and refurnish your chairs. Lovers of geometrical shapes can arrange throw pillows with circles, triangles or any other shapes they like. Also, any wearable pattern can be turned into wallpaper that can make a great accent wall in the living room.

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Your Favorite Colours

Colours define styles. Whether it is a vivid style with plenty of vibrant colors, or one with darker shades, there is no doubt it will be unique and personal. The same goes for home designs. If you just can’t resist wearing bright and warm colours, you can incorporate them by painting any room you like in light shades of yellow, beige or cream, and use brighter colours, such as light blue, green or orange to create a fun atmosphere. For those of you who like darker shades, stick to the elegant colours, such as Lost Lake blue, Mole’s Breath gray and Dark Teal green to create the foundation, while you can add colour pops of light pink, dark red and purple to make a more pleasant sight. Those small colour pops can easily be introduced through bigger pieces of furniture; but you can use smaller accessories, too.

Accessorize with Accessories

An outfit is not complete without accessories, and the same goes for your home. Plain walls, empty dressers and lonely coffee tables are monotonous. There is a simple solution – use your accessories as an inspiration for home accessories. Transform the design of your bronze or copper bracelets into simple accessories of the same materials. You can use it in the details of the lamps, find figurines that remind you of the bracelet or anything else that comes into your mind. Also, you can turn the style of your favorite elegant Mecque earrings into a gorgeous chandelier for the living room that will exude sophistication. If you like gold or silver jewelry, dress your home with gold and silver details or add a few lines in the same colors on the wall. Just look through your wardrobe and jewellery box, and you will surely find something that inspires you.

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Incorporate Fur

There is a great deal of people who go crazy over fur or faux-fur in their style; and this material can easily be fitted in your home. Fur rugs always look mesmerizing, warm and elegant in any room, so why not add such a fluffy detail. Also, you can cover your dining room chairs with pieces of fur and instantly elevate their look. Moreover, you can make your bedroom even more inviting by arranging a few fluffy throw pillows or a blanket for the ultimate softness. To make things even more interesting, using fur will warm up your home and prepare you for the cold winter days, just like your outfit.

Reflect on Your Favourite Clothing

You certainly have a favourite dress, shirt, skirt or any other piece of clothing. Use that opportunity to dress your home. Your summer dress with floral patterns and bright colors can easily be turned into a picture. Just reflect on the same colors and similar patterns and voila! The same goes for any other piece you love wearing; you can turn their design into wall art, covers for the couch, throw pillows and so on.

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Be creative and your style will find its way into your home. So, next time you are looking for new accessories for the home, think about what you would wear.

Written by Elise Morgan. Follow her on Twitter @elisemorgan1

 

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New Shoes for Summer from Jones Bootmaker

It’s always time for some new shoes and I have recently come across some fabulous shoes and Summer sandals at Jones Bootmaker.

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I always thought Jones only offer boots and so tended to avoid them throughout the Summer months. I was looking for a pair of comfortable shoes ready for these slightly warmer days and that would be perfect for my upcoming holiday.

One aspect Jones Bootmaker particularly prides itself on is its quality. They are renowned for its fantastic quality of shoes and although they are on the more slightly pricey side you are definitely gaining excellent value for money!

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Their stores are often beautifully designed and located in small towns and cities across the UK. They offer excellent customer service – with welcoming, kind smiles, a helpful approach but also leaving customers to browse which I think is the most perfect way to shoe shop.

As the weather has been so toasty lately I have particularly been looking at sandals for the Summer. I have been looking for something comfortable so I can walk long distances but also look fashionable, keeping my feet cool at the same time. I have listed my favourites below so make sure you check them out!

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After finding these fabulous sandals for the day time I also found these great sandals for the evening too! Here are my top 5!

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You can find the full range of Womens Sandals by clicking here.

They also have a fabulous sale on right now so make sure you check it out and pick up some bargains! Sale

Becky at Pretty & Petit

Festival Style with La Redoute

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1. Chisuzu Long-Sleeved Printed Bomber Jacket – £59

2. Leaf Print Dress – £35

3. Chuck Taylor All Star, Oil Slick Toe Cap – £55

4. Adjustable Cuff – £15

5. Embroided Clutch Bag – £19

My festival style outfit from La Redoute encompasses a tropical print theme. This is something I love right now – the bright colours and the clashing prints, they look fabulous together! I chose a lightweight dress, as I always enjoy wearing cotton, fun printed dresses at festivals. They are so good if it gets a bit too warm in the sun, and easy to layer up if there is a chilly breeze. My favourite part of the outfit is the printed bomber jacket and it is what inspired the outfit overall with its bright orange with the contrasting palm leaves, it is the ultimate must have to complete any festival outfit!

To add a grunge effect to the outfit I added the Chuck Taylor oil slick toe capped trainers. I love the effect these have on the toe area, definitely something unique! In addition I have added a cute beaded cuff and embroided clutch bag, great for an over body bag or for using as a clutch.

This outfit was created as part of the Festival Style Competition from La Redoute. Click here to find out more!

My Festival Wishlist

Whilst clicking through the La Redoute website I found so many different outfits, from cute dresses, pretty accessories, through to bold prints and bright shorts! Here is my wish list for Summer! Let me know what you love in the comments!

 

29. The Treasured

My featured business this week is…The Treasured!

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If you need amazing gift inspiration this is the number one place to visit! From homeware to stationary to fabulous accessories this website literally has a gift for everyone in your life.

The website hosts a range of beautiful imagery of their products along with costs averaging under £20 a gift so perfect for special occasion purchases! I love how simple this website is to navigate which is great for when you’re in a hurry for last minute present buying.

Orders are processed, packaged and posted within three working days and if you’ve opted for second class packages will be delivered within five working days although they usually arrive sooner.

I’ve included some of my favourite treats from the website but let me know yours in the comments!

 

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Sleep Tight ‘Hoopla’ Hand Embroidery Kit – £11.50

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Cloud Desk Tidy – £14

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Metallic Shape Notebooks (Set of 3) – £10

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Miss Unicorn Tote Bag – £11.99

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Mr Panda Cushion – £14.99

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Pyrite Bunting Necklace – £16

Click here to visit their website for the full range of wonderful gift ideas.

Becky at Pretty & Petit

27. Impossible to Buy For

For those of you who are stuck for ideas on what to buy for loved ones for Christmas this year don’t despair! I have a fabulous business to share with you this week called Impossible to Buy For.

Impossible to Buy For is a website suited to those who are totally stuck for gift ideas for loved ones in the run up for that special occasion be it Christmas, Birthday, Valentines Day etc. Set up by blogger, Louise Croft who owns blog, Pauper to Princess. All of the gifts are supplied by Amazon to provide gifts for literally everyone in your life!

“So many of my friends and family are impossible to buy for, and I knew I couldn’t be the only one feeling this way, so I figured it was time to fix the problem.” – Louise Croft, Founder of Impossibletobuyfor.com

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What I love about Louise’s website is how easy it is to find a gift. What I often find with larger department store websites is that it can take a while to find the perfect gift but this has all the ideas in one place for any budget.

So are you looking for some gift ideas? I’ve put together a few lists for you below for the different people in your life! I hope it provides you with some inspiration!

Gifts for the lady in your life

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Kate Spade Watch – £173.50

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Pink Lemonade Candle – £12

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Bottega Gold Prosecco – £47.99

Gifts for those who love a good book

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Invisible Bookshelf – £39.90

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Dawn O’Porter Book – £14.99

Gifts for those who love to bake

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Macaron Pyramid – £22.81

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Mug Cakes Recipes – £3

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Retro Waffle Maker – £27.15

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Chocolate Brussel Sprouts – £9.95

Gifts for the creative ones

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Artistic Clutch Bag – £29.99

 

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Illustrated Map of London – £13.99

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Vogue Colouring Book – £7

and of course I have to include my total faves!

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LOVE Light – £29.99

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Dressing Table – £69.97

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Fujifilm Polaroid Camera – £76.49

Do you have any gift ideas? Share them with us in the comments!

Click here to visit the full range of products available.

Becky at Pretty & Petit

Images taken from impossibletobuyfor.com

25. Miss Milly

My featured business this week is…Miss Milly!

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Miss Milly are a wholesale jewellery business that I came across when I attended Pure London last February. Launching in 2012, they have some stunning pieces which look like miniature pieces of art!

Usually I’m not overly keen on large designs in jewellery unless I’m wearing a fairly plain, simple outfit, however all of these designs seem so versatile that I feel I could quite easily adapt an outfit to the design of the jewellery I choose to accessorise with.

I have a super long wishlist of jewellery from Miss Milly, most of which will definitely be going on my Christmas list this year. The colours are absolutely gorgeous and they can be dressed up for a night out or can be worn in the daytime to work or out with friends. All jewellery is nickel-free, lead-free and cadmium-free.

Every item has free delivery in the UK and comes with free gift packaging – the perfect way to shop for Christmas gifts!

After buying my gorgeous faux fur scarf from Miss Selfridge recently, I have gone navy obsessed! Navy is definitely the new black for me so when I came across this necklace (and matching bracelet!) on the website I knew it had to go top of my wishlist for Christmas.

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I have received three beautiful pieces from Miss Milly to review with each item delicately wrapped in a purple tissue paper, they were beautifully presented. The first was this stunning long heart necklace. Decorated with intricate detail, this pretty necklace has a long chain with a heart charm. I was pleasantly surprised by this necklace as I often find these to be made of quite a thin metal. This necklace however, felt well made and durable. £11.85

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The second piece was this set of starry earrings. Besides my pearl earrings that I literally wear on a daily basis, I go through phases of getting addicted to wearing the same pair of dangly earrings. I feel like space, stars and planets are definitely in trend for Autumn/Winter 2015 so I’ll definitely be using them to glam up my evening Christmas party outfits! I love the different colour metals used, it definitely gives them that unique, handmade look. £12.45

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My favourite piece that Miss Milly has been kind enough to send through to me has to be this blue disc bracelet. I loved the stones in this bracelet and love that it is elasticated meaning it is so easy to put on and take off. When holding the bracelet up in the light the stones sparkled with a rainbow of colours. I will definitely be taking this on my holidays next year when I jet off to Dubai. The perfect way to accessorise a cute holiday outfit!£16.50

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Make sure you follow Miss Milly on Twitter @MissMillyUK and click here to visit their website.

Best of all, in association with Miss Milly I am delighted to offer my readers a 10% discount! Make sure you use the word TEN in the shopping basket before going through to the checkout. Perfect for Christmas shopping!

Do you have a favourite piece of jewellery from Miss Milly? Let me know in the comments!

Becky at Pretty & Petit

*Items were supplied by Miss Milly to review for this blog post. Thank you Miss Milly!

Images are either my own or taken from the Miss Milly website.

24. Noah’s Ark & Crafts

My featured business this week is…Noah’s Ark & Crafts!

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I found out about Noah’s Ark & Crafts whilst in Southampton visiting a new boutique concept in which small businesses and individuals hire space to display their products for sale. I came across Noah’s Ark & Crafts as one of these small businesses and absolutely loved their products.

The specialise in kitsch cushions and fun bunting. Cushions are great to brighten up plain, dull furniture and especially these which will be the most eye catching accessory in the room! The bunting available provides a great addition to any kids bedroom with a whole range to choose from.

Some of my recommendations include:

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Comic Strip Hero Cushion – £15

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Marvel Heroes Cushion – £15

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Aloha Girls Cushion – £15

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Marvellous Marvel Bunting - £10

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Click here to visit their website and view the full range of great products available! Perfect for Christmas!

Becky at Pretty & Petit

All images from the Noah’s Ark & Crafts website. 

22. My Flash Trash

This week my featured business is… My Flash Trash!

My Flash Trash are a jewellery business based in London. I first came across them at a Pure London event as I spotted their mini trash cans and thought they were such a unique, cool way of storing jewellery! They were originally founded by Amber Atherton who developed a blog into an online marketplace for up and coming jewellery designers. My Flash Trash now has a celebrity following with everyone from Rihanna to Beyonce, Cara Delevingne to HRH the Duchess of Cambridge.

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They specialise in charm jewellery and specifically a unique style of charm bracelet. I love charm bracelets as they’re such a cute way to keep memories with you and My Flash Trash offer a range of different charms for every occasion. I have included a couple of my faves below!

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I absolutely love their quote: “we create playful and bold accessories to bring out your sassy side. we share a passion for not taking life or fashion too seriously, and believe in empowering girls to run the world.” I love the playful nature of this business, emphasising that girls just want to have fun!

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My Flash Trash has recently also just launched in Topshop so make sure you head down to Topshop Oxford Circus to check out their range of fun charms available and why not personalise your own!

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To visit their full range click here to visit their website and let me know in the comments which are your favourite charms!

Becky at Pretty & Petit

All images are taken from the My Flash Trash website.

20. Alfie Moon Designs

This week my featured business is… Alfie Moon Designs!

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I came across Alfie Moon Designs on my Twitter feed this week when a fellow small business retweeted their cute designs. I instantly fell in love with Slouchy the Penguin, Pete the Panda and the Alfie and Tommy Moon cats! These designs are printed onto mugs, tote bags, clocks and money boxes and are the perfect addition to any shopping trip, coffee table or desk at work.

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There are several collections to choose from including the loveable characters, woodland animals and a mix of modern twists on vintage classics! I especially love these tote bags below featuring a fox and a print from Alice in Wonderland.

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If you love your pet there is also an option to personalise a mug or tote bag with your favourite photo! These are very reasonable at only £7.50 for either a tote bag or mug.

If you are looking for a wedding gift this Summer then check out these cute printed ‘The Perfect Pair’ mugs, a cute gift for animal lovers!

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There is also a fantastic range of wall art available on the website including the loveable characters and other prints. I especially like the music notes and Pete the Panda!

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Click here to view the full range of characters available.

Becky at Pretty & Petit

All images taken from the Alfie Moon Designs website.

19. Iced Rainbow

This week my featured business is… Iced Rainbow!

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Iced Rainbow is a fun, quirky jewellery and accessories business which creates fun unique pieces of jewellery using brightly coloured and metallic perspex.

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I loved the bright colours used within the collections and the range of different designs available. I purchased a selection of items from the website which came very quickly and were packaged well and they go perfectly with my summer outfits! These items (shown below) came from the Eclectic Collection which is part of the SS15 collections.

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I also love the Rainbow Collection which is a new collection for SS15 and includes fun Summer inspired necklaces including designs such as a cute ice cream, funky fruit and golden rainbows.

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Click here to view the full range and make sure you enter discount code: P15 to receive 15% off your order!

Becky at Pretty & Petit

All images taken from the Iced Rainbow website or by myself.