2012 Leftovers & Blog Favourites… – Yours Truly

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 containspicture of my grandparents shortly after their engagement. 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. – 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 hervintage 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! Katie of ‘Katie Louise Ford’  (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! She also has very beautiful blog designed by Enfold Theme – a professional designer.) Rosalind of ‘Clothes, Cameras and Coffee’  (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!) Kater of ‘All This Happiness’  (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!

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