Monday, 15 September 2014

Happy Mondays

News Flash! Happy Mondays is back, but with a bit of a new flavour to it!

For ages it has been in my head that I want somewhere to share all of the links, posts, photos … odds & ends that have made me happy, or I've found useful & worth a good read. At first I thought, I'd add it in to my simple pleasures series. Then I had the brain wave… re-think the old Happy Mondays from my old blog Sitting Pretty, and turn it into something new!

Blog Posts
Honestly these past two weeks I haven't read my normal bunch of blogs I would normally read… being back at 'school' and 'uni' all in one go is ridiculously tiring. Luckily I've sorted a routine, which will incorporate blogging properly back into it! On the plus side, I have a load of fantastic posts stocked up from over the summer which I loved…

♥ Becky's Florida Harry Potter Wedding … just bloody wow! I'd been waiting to read about Becky's wedding post for ages, and after finally catching up on all her posts, I found this and was so happy and wowed by it all! Becky's wedding outfit is the perfect combination of Harry Potter, Wedding-ness & Theme Park too!
♥ Carrie's engagement over on Wish Wish Wish made me smile so much! How cute!
♥ Ella's wedding post ... the first time I ever spoke to Ella, it was about wedding planning on Twitter. I've loved reading her blog ever since, and am so pleased she has a date set! I cannot wait to see future wedding posts over on She & Life!
♥ Megan's Little Mermaid Cosplay & Frozen Cosplay have ignited my Disney love again, and I quite want to look at planning a Cosplay outfit for some time in the future … Megan's outfits really just look so perfect to each character!
♥ I was so overjoyed to hear that Rock n Roll Bride is becoming a national monthly magazine & that Gala has a book coming out! Since attending the Blogcademy Mixer, signing up to some Homeschool modules as well as reading through all the Blogcademy headmistresses blogging advice posts, I've been seriously inspired, and I think their success is so well deserved! It's ridiculous how far blogs can go from being a draft on a computer screen to worldwide successes! I cannot wait for both to come out!
♥ Stereotypical Rockabilly Girl  style from ReeRee… I'm completely in love with her t shirt in this post.
♥ Hannah's craft swap post rounding up what she sent (to me!) & received was wonderful. I was seriously so grateful for all her wonderful gifts & I can't wait to take part in this months swap!

On the T'Internet 

♥ Proof that all Celebrity Men Should Grow a Beard Immediately … aka the best buzz feed ever. I just drooled the whole way through.
♥ The Vivien of Holloway Facebook page is so fantastic in so many ways. The 50s & vintage dresses on their website are just outright stunning, but following Vivien of Holloway on Facebook, with their constant updates of their customers in their clothes are so lovely to see, and a daily reminder to dress wonderfully as much as possible.
♥The Flimsymoon Kickstarter is underway. As I'm typing the project already has 99 backers, but still has some way to go. Some of the pieces are so darling, and all photographs of different backing prices are on the page. My favourite has to be the bespoke embroidered bag & french knickers.

Shopping Loves
Being back at university is scary, as I don't have a huge regular pay check anymore but hello student loan! I've used this opportunity to buy some winter staples from my wardrobe as well as treat myself to some pieces I've had my eye on.

♥ I've been eyeing up dresses on Vintage Style Me for ages. I'd fallen head over heels for the Heritage Smock Dress which popped up on my Twitter feed, and after lusting after the Tartan Smock Dress since god knows when, I popped an order through… totally acceptable need for my work wardrobe!
♥ I kind of have this little addiction to an app called Depop … one blogger who I love buying from is Ellie from Pretty Much Penniless. Ellie posts loads on her Depop, mostly lots of vintage lovelies… this weekend I brought the fur shawl, What Katie Did Waspie & deputy head girl badge … her Depop name is prettymuchellie & you should definitely check it out.
♥ This Joules Knitted Cape is so perfect for Autumn/Winter.
♥ After entering Sarah's amaaaazing blogiversary giveaway … I had this obsession with looking at La La Land's website. I ordered a few a lot of bits from the website including this necklace (don't ever show me something with a sunflower on it… it's dangerous!), a Ryan Gosling inspired 'The Notebook' , Game of Thrones Temporary Tattoos to fulfil my inner Lannister, and the fact I want the lion tattoo in real life so it's a perfect way to see whether it'll suit, as well as a variety of Popcult Pencils (ahem Clueless/ Mean Girls / It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia). I love this Charlie Kelly print too!
♥ A 90s Clueless t shirt, fur ear muffs and H&M floral trousers… all eBay & Depop finds.

Odds & Ends … the personal happy moments. 
♥ Having a car crash week (I had to get a taxi to work one day due to buses not showing up!) … but having ridiculously wonderful support to get through it all.
♥ Winning a sweet hamper from Hope & Greenwood completely gorging on the Clotted Cream Fudge and realising years ago when me & my Dad attempted fudge … we thought we got it wrong when actually we made it perfectly. Newsagents fudge in the wrappers … not real fudge guys! I am for sure ordering myself a couple of boxes and going to try the Salt Caramel Fudge too.
♥ Receiving my Kate Spade glitter phone case.
♥ Being told I'm now 'sophisticated' by the pupils at work!
♥ Visiting the garden centre, looking around the Christmas section, seeing Reindeer, stocking up on plants & shopping at the farm shop, where everything is super cheap, free range, out of this world quality. Honestly, if you have a farm shop near you, shop local it is so worth it!
♥ Starting a new education blog to assist my training studies. If there are any teacher bloggers out there, say hi! I'll send you my link!
♥ Being gifted a gorgeous cake stand due to my love of the Great British Bake Off.
♥ Strictly Come Dancing with Max Branning on it … #weirdcrushalert
♥ Although I've taken a bit of a backseat with blogging, and I don't really think much of 'blogging milestones' with terms to followers, it was nice to get an e-mail notifying me of 250 followers… so thank you all so much! It really means a lot that you lot all read this space, and I have lots planned for the upcoming months (especially Christmas!) so watch this space!

This week I'm hoping will be wayyy more relaxed than the last few. Tomorrow I'm off to the Bloggers Love event in Leicester Square, which I'm so excited about since I had a blast at the last one! Then a week of intensive training at university then hopefully a relaxing weekend!

I hope you all have a wonderful week!

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