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all white vintage bedroom with fairy lights


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Cute ways to create a vintage style bedroom

Creating a vintage style bedroom isn’t difficult and shouldn’t have to cost the earth either. In fact, it’s pretty easy if you know how, and I’m having a go at creating vintage boudoir in my cute little caravan for guests to enjoy when they stay over. Take a look at these tips that I’ve picked up along the way and you’ll be going to bed happy in your new vintage bedroom every night!

The Colour Scheme

The vintage colour scheme is often very girly or very masculine. Assuming that you’re going for a feminine feel with your bedroom, you can go for pastels for a romantic look, all white for instant Hollywood glamour (like the room I’m coveting below!) or bright pinks and reds for a retro bubblegum look.

all white vintage bedroom with fairy lights
All-white vintage bed with my favourite lighting idea ever: fairy-light trees!

Vintage Prints

Birds, butterflies, florals and branches, along with vintage stamps and postcards are all great vintage prints. Use them in your bedding, curtains and cushions for a busy, layered look.

Lace and voile are lovely feminine fabrics that, when hung in the window, diffuse light and offer privacy from the world. Hang a single panel to keep it fresh and avoid grandma-esque ruffles.

Add a Screen

Whether you use it as a room separator or simply against a wall as a moveable feature, it is a classic Hollywood element that instantly harks back to that era. You can find vintage inspired reproduction ones from a variety of outlets, but trawl vintage fairs or online for an original and do it up yourself for that little bit of extra satisfaction.

girly vintage bedroom ideas

A sturdy metal bed mixed with soft pastel florals create a fab vintage look

Statement Furniture

Invest in statement furniture, like oversized mirrors or antique sets of drawers. If you don’t think your budget will stretch that far, make your furniture into a statement, like taking a solid oak bed from Metal Beds, and add a feature like voile and string lights together wrapped around the headboard for a girly, fairy inspired look. Or, give a dull piece of furniture a new lease of life with a ‘distressed’ look. Paint a base coat on to a prepped piece of furniture, then, when dry, apply furniture wax sparingly on to exposed edges. Paint your second colour (usually a darker colour) and wipe away the wax. You’ll be left with a piece that looks like it’s been that way for years – and it’ll look great.

Don’t Forget the Lighting

A chandelier is always in order for a romantic or glamorous style vintage bedroom. If gold is too much for you, go for a soft bronze instead. Make sure your lamps are in vintage style patterns and you’ll have the style down to a tee.

My outfit for the UK National Blog Awards 2014


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What to wear to the ‘Oscars of the blogging world’?!

If you’ve not heard me shouting about it already, I’m a FINALIST in the National Blog Awards 2014! I’m going to the awards ceremony on Friday night and it’s been described as the ‘Oscars of the blogging world’ so I’m expecting a fabulous night out in London and looking forward to meeting lots of glamourous bloggers. My best friend Jenna from Glitter Daze blog will be among them, as she has been shortlisted in the Wedding Blogs category, so it will be amazing to catch up with my Northern buddy after a few months apart! After my initial excitement, my thoughts obviously turned to what I should wear (I am a retail and FASHION finalist after all!) and of course I had no idea. Jenna always looks super-fabulous with just the right amount of glitz and glam in her outfit choices so I’ve been discussing my dress plans with her and have finally settled on this…

ladies joules tweet jacket with pink detailing and bird lining

My first choice was this blazer from Joules. I’d had my eye on it for while because the cut is beautiful, the tweet is such great quality with pretty rainbow colours subtly sprinkled throughout and I wanted to wear something smart as a nod to the importance of the event. Plus, when I tried on the jacket I needed a SIZE 8 (there is no way that’s right!) and that made me feel good ;) I think it’s because it’s such a fine piece of tailoring that it fits me so well in the smaller sizes and it looks great left open (although it does button up too, honest!) so my dress will still show beneath it. Which leads me on to my next choice:

ladies fashion look for spring 2014 with pink new look dress and joules tweed blazer

I am in love with this New Look dress. I have honestly looked at every single dress online and visited the store 4 times this month to try on dresses before I took the plunge and went for this ‘online exclusive’ pink lace dress. The A-line cut is really flattering and I think I’ll be able to fit in quite a few desserts before the dress starts to bulge! I also love the cute sweetheart neckline which doesn’t feel too revealing because of the layer of lace over the chest. I also like that the dress covers up my arms because I’m more likely to take off my blazer if I have a little arm protection beneath! I love the fit and style so much that I’ve since ordered it in black as well and got a bargain because it was reduced online, yikes! As you can see from the photos, the dress picks out the pink elements of the Joules blazer (the collar even has pink velvet underneath) and when I turned back the cuffs, the lining was also pink so I think I’ll wear it like this – Wham! style ;)

My outfit for the UK National Blog Awards 2014

I’ve instagrammed my accessories choices last week and here they are – a pair of black suede wedges and a gorgeous envelope clutch bag, both from New Look. I’m not sure if I’ll be in black tights or nude (I guess it depends on the weather and how brave I am feeling) but I think that the bag and shoes will go well with either, and they look great with the black & gold belt that came with the dress. Plus there’s plenty of room for business cards in my clutch for all the networking I’ll be doing ;)

So now I just have to get my face and hair sorted and I’ll be ready for the big day! What do you think of my outfit choice? Any ideas for how I should wear my hair? Are you going to the National Blog Awards too? I’d love to hear from you so please tweet me @Cassiefairy

 

tuesday shoesday mens shoes grey farli limit brogues from clarks


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Tuesday Shoesday – Dapper Mens Shoes

Today we are taking a rare look at menswear. I know I should focus on fellas footwear more often so I’m starting today with a look at smart mens shoes and hopefully inspire men all around the country to smarten up for special occasions!

I’m specifically targeting this blog post at my husband because we’ve got a couple of important events coming up this weekend; the National Blog Awards in London and our best friends’ wedding, where hubby is doing a reading during the ceremony. I’m not saying that he’s usually turn up scruffy to events like this – in fact, he scrubs up very well and looks great in a blazer – but I wanted to make sure that his shoes were equally as well buffed-up as his well-ironed shirt!

clarks smart shoes collection 2014 review

He certainly did need a new pair of smart shoes for the ‘wedding season’, but what to go for? All the smart shoes I’ve seen on the high street are basic (boring) black or brown and although I love a pair of brogues myself, hubby wasn’t too sure that something decorative was for him. That was until we headed to the menswear section at Clarks. I usually have to drag my husband into a shop and it’s tough to get him to spend more than 1 minute looking at something before making a purchase but this time he was like a kid in a sweet shop (or a man in a shoe shop) and spent ages looking at the range, actually trying on shoes, getting the right fit and choosing from all the surprisingly funky styles of smart shoes in store. I’ve included a few images of the shortlist above - what do you think of these smart shoes from Clarks? The trouble was getting him to settle on just one pair but after about an hour (that’s quite an achievement to keep any man in a shop for that long eh Clarks?!) he finally chose this lovely pair of grey brogues.

Tuesday Shoesday - Dapper mens brogues shoes from Clarks

Somewhere between a smart dress shoe and a casual bowling shoe, the funky design of the ‘Farli Limit’ shoes stood out from all the rest and the distressed grey leather had hubby hooked straight away. I know he loves to polish up his shoes (that’s the boy-scout in him!) so we picked up a pot of grey polish too and he’s all set for our weekend of events. I know he is planning to wear his grey blazer to the blog awards so the shoes will look rather funky with his smart/casual outfit for an evening of fun. For the wedding day he has picked out his trusty pinstripe suit and I’m certain the shoes will look great with such a smart get-up for this special occasion too. I think that these are a great pair of investment shoes that can be worn for pretty much any smart occasion and now that my husband is happy with his choice I know they will come out of their box at every opportunity!

tuesday shoesday mens shoes grey farli limit brogues from clarks

What do you think of these dapper mens shoes? Would you choose these yourself? Tweet me with your favourite smart shoes this Tuesday Shoesday at @Cassiefairy :)

Void landscape of waste packing by Andy Greenacre 2014 aldeburgh beach


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Thought-provoking artwork on the landscape of waste packaging

I went as far East as possible yesterday. That IS what Easter means, right? ;) I headed to the East coast in East Anglia and braved the coastal winds to enjoy a walk along the seafront with my family. I enjoyed a traditional fish and chips lunch and a cup of afternoon tea before walking the promenade and ogling all the gorgeous seafront properties with much jealousy. One of the more interesting buildings on Aldeburgh seafront is the South Lookout Tower, an art space owned by Caroline Wiseman Modern & Contemporary which plays host to artists-in-residence and presents engaging exhibitions.

Aldeburgh beach south lookout tower gallery

This weekend’s art offering included seascape photography in the very top of the tower (for those who could brave that spiral staircase in blustery winds!), an installation in the middle of the tower to represent how writer Laurens van der Post had used the lookout Tower in the past to write, and a though-provoking exhibition entitled Void – The landscape of waste packaging in the gallery space. The artist invited holiday-makers, visitors and locals to join in with the creation of a ‘landscape’ of waste by bringing their own used packaging to the exhibition in order to have it cast in concrete. The resulting sculptures formed an industrial landscape which grew over the course of the artist’s Easter residency and joined the existing waste landscapes that the artist had previously cast, painted and photographed.

Void landscape of waste packing by Andy Greenacre 2014 aldeburgh beach

Power Station 2014 by Andy Greenacre

This intervention discussed the levels of waste packaging in the UK and I was shocked to find out that we each create 38kg of plastic waste per year – the exact volume of concrete used in each landscape – in spite of our recycling efforts at home. I was certain that when I picked up every plastic bottle top, washed each piece of used foil and took my glass to the bottle bank, it would  actually be recycled and reused in the next incarnation of packaging, but it turns out that only around 25% of our waste is genuinely recycled. Whether this is our fault for not knowing exactly what can and can’t be recycled, or the council’s fault for incinerating perfectly usable materials, or the government’s fault for sending our waste plastic abroad, whatever the cause I’d rather that the items I put into the recycling bin are actually reused as intended.

void landscape of waste packaging by andy greenacre 2014 aldeburgh south lookout tower gallery caroline wiseman

Caroline Wiseman south lookout tower gallery installation by Andy Greenacre 2014 VOID - The Landscape of Waste Packaging

Despite the serious subject area, it was a playful exhibition and children were enthralled as they watched the artist popping concrete ‘sandcastles’ out of interestingly-shaped biscuit packaging and yoghurt pots. The fact that the installation grew over the course of the weekend was particularly captivating, and demonstrated how our own recycling waste would have grown over the same period of time. What do you think about waste and recycling? Did you visit this exhibition yourself? Please tweet me @Cassiefairy and we’ll carry on the discussion :)

Caroline Wiseman south lookout tower gallery installation by Andy Greenacre 2014 VOID - The Landscape of Waste Packaging sculpture

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Happy Easter

Happy Easter everyone! I’m taking a day off and heading to the seaside so I’ll see you all after the Bank Holiday! In the meantime, here are some lovely images from my ‘Special Holidays’ board on Pinterest that I’m sure you’ll enjoy looking at over the Easter weekend – have fun and let me know what you get up to!