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A Winter Wishlist


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Surprise! I’ve been spending a lot of time browsing the delights of winter shopping the last few weeks, so what better way to get it off my chest and share a few of my favourite things on here. I’m holding out until ‘Black Friday’ next week to see if any of my wish list picks go into the sales. A reduced Gucci bag is slightly acceptable.. right? Probably not.

1. ASOS Coat in chunky orange faux fur – This coat is literally the dream. Whenever I’m illustrating, I love to use orange as it is such a good colour to pull things together. I have a feeling this coat may be the same situation. Sometimes these sort of items do make one look slightly obese, hoping this won’t be the case with this bad boy. I’ve had this in my basket for a week on and off, but trying to be a semi responsible adult and wait till the potential sales. Friday you will be mine!

2. Andy Warhol Limited Edition Barbie – I want to be this doll, she’s just the best. I was super obsessed with Barbie as a girl and had everything, pretty much. This Barbie is making me want to start a collection again. Mattel you are winning at life.

3. Topshop Straight Leg Spiral Hem Jeans – Sometimes it’s good to not just wear black. These look like they would be quite a nice fit, yet to try on IRL. I think I need to branch out from wearing the same Jamie jeans a million times a month. Can anyone recommend ASOS jeans?

4. Lush The Magic of Christmas bubble bar – Admittedly I stock up on these AFTER Christmas on Boxing day when they’re hella reduced, but I do love to use them before too. This particular bubble bar is one of my faves, it’s so warm and cinnamon-y with added orange freshness. Fave combo. Almost as good as the Sparkly Pumpkin..

5. Gucci Disco Soho Bag in black – At £715 I’ve never spent that much money on any item of clothing, ever. I’ve been mulling this over for a few months and am going to see if the sales can take a cheeky few hundy off this bad boy and I may consider the options (my boyfriend or mum might kill me). I might be a bit sick to drop £700+ on a tiny bag. But jeez it’s a beauty :( (I think it’s the giant tassle that gets me..)

6. Olympia Le- Tan – The Story of O.L.T – Olympia Le-Tan is my ultimate girl crush, I wish we were friends. Her bags and fashion line are SO fun, colourful and full of personality and I’m obsessed with her Instagram. By day I work at Sanrio (Mr. Men Little Miss/Hello Kitty) and we’ve collaborated with her twice, we have a few in the office and they are the most beautifully hand created pieces you’ll ever see. This is her new actual real life book (not a bag book!) and I need to get a copy so I can love her even more ASAP!

7. Urbancode Leopard print faux fur scarf – I mean essentially I want this because it’s fucking freezing in London right now and it looks very fluffy and warm. And it’s pretty. Am totally digging that bottle green colour right now too.

8. Baia Mini in spot hair on hyde – When I stumbled on these bags on Instagram it was love at first sight. I had never heard of the brand Baia but the whole collection they have is gorgeous. At around £150-250 they are slightly more affordable than the above. Handmade in Yorkshire, I may be slightly biased but that makes these bags 100% cooler.

9. DIPTYQUE – Le roi sapin scented candle – This candle smells like Christmas sooooo much. It’s painful it’s as glorious as an actual Christmas tree. It reminds me of when you get your tree out the attic and all your decorations are a bit dusty, it encapsulates that smell PERFECTLY. Smelt in Liberty, not in my flat… yet.

BRB need to sell my kidneys to buy nice things.



Lots of animal illustrations for Boden


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Mouse t-shirt at Boden

Here are some animal illustrations of mine that are currently used in Boden’s Spring 2016 collection for teenage girls. It’s so fun seeing my work on t-shirts that are being modelled and styled. I was so excited to see the DOG PAJAMAS(!) too. How cute are they! 16 yr old size totally fits a size 10 ;)

Admittedly all the Boden kids clothes make me want a baby just to dress up… There are so many amazing cute patterns and designs, especially the little dinky dresses and rompers.
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Check out the headdress hedgehog skinny fit t-shirt here.
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Doggy pajama sets here and here.



Interview with The WHITEPEPPER



The WHITEPEPPER interviewed me for their blog feature ‘Customer Of The Month’ which was lovely of them as I adore their clothes – and wear at least one piece a week! Also they have the best sample sales – and lots of them. Winner.

Where do you get style inspiration from?
I’ve always been pretty into the aesthetic of the 60’s mod girls, and the kinderwhore look from the early 90’s – like Kat Bjelland and Courtney Love. Though as I’ve gotten older I’ve become more simplistic with what I wear and try to stick with things that I know suit me. I usually try and look a bit like a smart girl in a uniform. Maybe with a touch of scruffy though!

You can read the rest on their blog here.

And check out their new Autumn collection – it’s pretty fun!

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How to dress up like a Harajuku girl


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Recently my friends had a Japanese themed party to celebrate their engagement (it happened in Japan). At first I was like OMG best theme ever. But the more I thought about it, the harder it was! It’s actually a very vague theme, because there are SO many options. My attitude to fancy dress parties is that you should go as something that people will recognize, but something that’s not the immediate choice. I also think you should always put in 120% effort to your outfit, including make-up and hair. What’s the point in doing it at all, if you don’t go all out!

For the Japanese party I debated going as various animated characters, at one point I was even about to make a Pocky or Milky costume. As usual, time ran away so I decided to go as a Harajuku girl – I originally thought that maybe it was a bit too obvious, but it was actually quite a hard costume to pull together. Maybe harder than making a costume! There were so many parts to it..

For inspiration, I trawled Pinterest for days, which you can see on my Japanese themed board. Search terms like ‘Decora Girl’, ‘Pastel Goth’, ‘Fairy Kei’ became commonplace. As well as looking up classic Fruits magazine and book images.

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Above: Image sources on my Pinterest here & here.

The approach I took was to go as colourful, pastel and plastic as possible!
So here’s how I found my outfit…
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Drawing dogs for Boden – Johnnie B t-shirt


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Another t-shirt I illustrated for Boden is now in the shops. Hooray! This might be my favourite one yet, but that’s maybe a no brainer because it includes lots of dogs. The design was inspired by my Drawing For Dogs project – in which I raised over £1500 for Battersea Dogs & Cats Home. For Boden I included Johnnie Boden’s own pup Sprout in the design :)
You can buy the shirt here. (It’s in the teenage range but age 16 fits a size 10-12 – if you like this kinda thing!)
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What I wore today – NEW FLAT!


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Breton top, c/o: Petit Bateau – Skirt: Gap – Pumps: H&M

Please excuse the fact I look a little bit awks. I’m so tired after moving flats! Almost a week later and everything is finally tidied away and all IKEA furniture is built. Phew. After realizing I have too many clothes, here is an OOTD ;)! I kind of match my new sofa, right…? Also minimal French style is always a good shout when you don’t know what clothes are where and finding items that match is more effort than it’s worth.

Now time to catch up on crappy YouTube videos and blogs. Flat tour soon? Oh… and those Istanbul photos I wanted to edit weeks ago. Oops! Hope everyone in blog land is good. xx



What I wore today – English summer rain


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Jacket: Forever 21 – Shirt: Zara – Trousers: Topshop – Bag: c/o Radley – Boots: Zara – Watch: Marc Jacobs

June is my favourite month for clothing because it’s the time of year where you can dress lightly, but it’s not too hot so you don’t have to bare all your flesh to the world!

At the moment I am pretty obsessed with these cigarette trousers from Topshop. I’ve got two pairs of them in different floral patterns already… They’re defo the type of item you either love or hate. Even if you don’t like the pattern, they are SO comfy!

The bag was kindly sent to me by Radley. I love this, it goes with loads of things and is very simple but a little bit different. It looks like a mini hat box (just me?)! I’m the kind of person who carries around a lot with me, but this does fit a couple of necessary items in for a day or night out. Anything smaller I wouldn’t cope! I overfilled it on my birthday (26! Woo, not!), got hideously drunk and lost my make up after I forgot to zip it up. I’ve not tried to put too much in it since :’). Radley do have lots of nice leather bags at the moment, I’ve been eying up the simple backpacks.

The shirt and boots are from Zara, the shirt is really baggy but very thin and light for summer – I love the collar on it. The boots have seen better days and I’ve worn them to death but can’t find any similar to replace them with :( Please give me a heads up if you have?!

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5 Things I like this week – Spring wishlist


5thingsspringAhhh,  I am so excited for nice weather. Bike rides in dresses by the canal, Pimms in beer gardens and getting home from work and going to the park. Here is my Spring style wish list right now:

1. Topshop lightweight swing jacket – Khaki isn’t a colour I’d normally go for but I do think it looks lovely with brown hair and red lipstick! This jacket looks like the perfect warm-but-not-warm-enough outerwear that April showers call for.

2. Happy Plugs rose gold in-ear headphones from Selfridges – I used to hate in-ear headphones a lot, and still the sound is never as good as a pair of over the ears. However, when you live in a city and walk across a lot of dangerous roads, it’s a lot safer wearing in-ears. Also they are great for the gym.  Anything rose gold, like a blogger fucking cliche it is, I LOVE! They’re £40 which is more than I’d like to pay but not too much that I wouldn’t pay…

3. Topshop raw edge 60’s style dress – This colour is perfect and again would be so nice with bright red lipstick, or a nude lipstick and a strong cat eye liner for a night out. Now it’s getting a little warmer out sleeveless dresses are again an option without freezing to death.

4. Marc by Marc Jacobs mini drawstring bucket bag from Net-A-Porter – I love bucket bags but think the big ones probably wouldn’t be ideal in terms of practicality, you’d totally loose your keys in there. This diddy one is so cute though! ASOS have a cheaper one here for £20 and it’s leather.

5. Chanel Le Blush Creme De Chanel in Revelation – Lisa Eldridge uses a cream blush on Alexa Chung (who I spotted in the pub last week! #omgzcelebspotting – she looks just as stylish IRL) in this tutorial. I purchased the one from Rimmel in Sunkissed Cherry that Lisa used and it is really lovely to apply. I previously thought cream blusher would be a weird consistency but it actually works really well. Now i’m lusting after this Chanel one as the quality feels much nicer and I’m a sucker for nice make-up.

Follow me on Pinterest to see more wishlist items and please link me to your clothing or style boards, I would love to have a little stalk! x