Sunday, 31 May 2015

Seven Simple Things

Hello lovely folks of the internet... it has been a long time! I have been alike many other students right now, and have nearly disappeared off the face of the earth due to end of term time. I am literally so happy that this is the last time I ever have to go through a 'lets pull an all nighter to finish this coursework/essay'. The next five days are going to be jam packed - seven observations, one assignment, eleven folders to hand in; after that it will truly be time to relax, and catch up with everyday life and other goals other than my main career! I'm ridiculously excited to say, that in two weeks time I'll have finished the Blogcademy in London, which I am more than thrilled to be attending ... it will be the perfect way to start off my summer!

Anyway here are my seven simple things from this week:

1. Big mugs of builders tea.
2. Two trips to London, one to meet the lovely Glitterati girls, indulge in too much sugar and champagne and designing custom flower crowns; the other a family day out ticking some tourist spots off our Merlin pass to do list!
3. Winning the Crown and Glory Still Life competition as part of the Glitterati challenges ... it's made today a much better day!
4. Buying the most amazing 70s poncho/cardigan/blanket/shawl from Topshop whilst up London... I only went in to buy a bag...
5. Trying hummus for the first time... why did I not try this beautiful dip before?!
6. Watching trashy tv (ahem Britain's Got Talent) with my family.
7. Using my Instax and Polaroid at Kew Gardens, and spending the morning wandering the gardens... my last visit was well over ten years ago, and I'm amazed at the size and beauty of the place!

What have you loved this week? I hope you all have a brilliant start to June, and I promise comments/tweets/normal social life will resume during this next month!

Sunday, 10 May 2015

Seven Simple Things

1. I got offered my dream job this week (not once, but twice!) and I accepted a position at a school I instantly fell in love with. This has created a much needed confidence boost to my attitude/course and life right now, and I'm so glad I can finally pursue the career I've wanted for the past four years!
2. And not only myself found themselves with a career movement, as my other half gained a promotion too!
3. Discovering how lovely the library in town is... the town itself is really not great but the library felt like it could fit right in somewhere upmarket.
4. On-going support from family & friends, and how in a crisis, people rally together and show true acts of kindness.
5. Lounging on my parent's new sofa ... it is the comfiest piece of furniture ever.
6. Endless bottles of lucozade to beat flu-like symptoms.
7. Online communities, especially the Glitterati babes, Miracle Workers & Twitter, and the support received and given to one another.

How has your week been?

Saturday, 9 May 2015

The Darling Buds of May; Glitterati May Box from Crown & Glory

This month's Crown & Glory Glitterati box was themed 'The Darling Buds of May' and it is by far my most favourite box! Not that I've mentioned it a thousand times already, but I'm very much obsessed with the 1970s trend right now, so a box full of flowers and orange tones above, was quite a treat! First up, the butterfly and blossom crown... I am so in love with the colour of this crown! The brown base to the crown, means the orange does not just blend in with my newly auburn locks too!
 Next up, the tea rose headband ... the colours are bright pastels, and perfect for the upcoming summer months. At first I wasn't sure whether this band would suit me, but the flowers are a small/medium size (unlike my huge meadow blossom crown!) and suit a range of hairstyles... my current favourite is up with my ponytail.
 The blossom print bow headband is another favourite from this box... from the February Glitterati Box I absolutely loved the heart print headband which is exactly the same style as this blossom headband. In addition, I now have the polka headband which I lusted after for ages, and ended up getting as a swap for an unwanted headpiece (perks of being a Glitterati member!) These are so perfect to wear and spruce up 'everyday' hair... I have so much Crown and Glory now that I'm trying to wear a piece a day including to work, so the headbands fit my high ponytails everyday.
 Another Glitterati favourite at the moment is the slides and hair pins, and after being bee crazy over on the blog the other month, I did get quite excited finding the bumble bee hair pins!
& last of all the peony hairclip... I'm yet to have a go at styling this piece, but I can already envision pin up curls to match a perfect vintage hair do.

If you are not a member, but would love to be, you can sign up for The Glitterati here. (and if you want to, pop my name in the referral box, and we'd both get a £10 voucher!). The box is £23.95 monthly, but I was discussing with another Glitterati member recently, it is so much more than just a box of hair accessories, as there is the Facebook group and community who are absolutely amazing alongside the swap shop, exclusive events (hello Glitterati party this month!) and other fun bits too such as the Spring Secret Santa (which completely turned around the worst day of my month!). I've been a subscriber since January, and I have not been disappointed!

This box has especially got me excited for the future summer months! If you're a glitterati member, I'd love to see what you received in your boxes this May! What is your favourite piece from the box?

Friday, 8 May 2015

A Day Trip to Brugge

 A couple of weeks ago, during the Easter break, I set off on a day trip to Brugge in Belgium. The day started off particularly early, and most of the day was spent travelling down to Dover, hopping on the ferry over to Calais, then a drive through France & Belgium. The first stop off of the coach was Begijnhof, the courtyard full of daffodils, which was on my to-see list. Then it was off to the main town centre, where there was a variety of cafes, street sellers and an unlimited choice of chocolate shops! During my walk, I discovered the Old Curiosity Shop.
 My other must-see was Minnewater park, which is where these shots were taken. We grabbed some Belgian chips, and our picnic, and headed for a spot to lap up the sunshine.
 The night before, I decided to dye my dark locks a ginger/auburn colour, and then decided with a new bright summer colour, it was perfect time to rock the Meadow Crown in Sunshine by Crown & Glory. I'd had my eye on it for ages, and yellow/orange isn't normally my colour, and I was worried my first crown would be too big and look odd on my hair, but I think it suited quite well!
 I also spent the day wearing my 70s sunnies...
 & this Raspberry Breton Top from Boden. To match I wore the Red Vintage Floral Florence Skirt from Boden... this outfit is my go to for work at the moment!

There were many other things to do in Brugge including walking tours, museums & going on a horse & cart ride to name a few. For myself, one day was definitely more than enough to soak up the atmosphere of this town, and see everything I wanted to see. I went using a coach tour company, and I would definitely recommend coach tours as a way to see new places on a budget, as it literally felt like a mini holiday, all for under £100 for 2!
Have you got any recommendations for  good day trips?

p.s. I completely stalked these ducklings for a good while and definitely did not nearly fall into the lake!

Thursday, 7 May 2015

Early Spring Boot Sale Bargains

Bank holiday Monday in my Filofax normally means one thing... time to hit up a boot fair! Bright and early, we headed to Pedham Place to discover some bargains. This time around, I didn't end up with too much... my normal haul will be about seven to eight bags full of vintage finds! Overall I spent about £12, and came home with a couple of bags of items, some of which you can find over on my Depop account (my username is dearwildflower) and a few bits for the house which I thought I'd share with you today!
Above is a barrel which is quite rustic and shabby... currently in my back garden there is a replica of this, only x20 the size holding what I hope will be a vast collection of towering, bright wildflowers. When I saw this mini barrel, I knew it would be perfect to either be a centre piece for the garden table or a great addition to the kitchen windowsill and at 30p I couldn't turn it down!
 I love flower pressing, and this summer one of my goals is to create and craft some flower pressed gifts. I already have one flower press, but since buying this one, I've realised a little collection of flower presses will hopefully mean I do not get bored and lose sight of my goal!
 This quirky little ceramic house was 50p. I'm not quite sure what the use is... I'm guessing either ornament or due to the hole, a honey jar? (suggestions welcome here guys!) ... I love the cottage feel to it, and after buying my first vintage teapot a while back, I knew this would make a perfect match in my kitchen!
And finally...  Boggle! One thing I absolutely love is playing games... board games, quiz games ...anything! I have a cupboard full of games (current favourite has to be Linkee!), and when I spotted Boggle, I knew I had to snap it up! I'm on the look out for Payday... it was one of my favourite games as a child!
& that's it for now. Generally I scour boot fairs for either vintage finds or pieces for the classroom. I'll definitely be out and about over the summer hoping to stock up for my first classroom!
Have you found any boot fair gems recently?

Monday, 4 May 2015

Spring Favourites

 Today I thought I'd share a little round up of a few of my favourite buys from April. I have been well utilising my Amazon Prime at the moment, as most of these items are from Amazon! First up this mug was a gift, but I had to include it as honestly, when it arrived, I was so pleased with the quality. The set is by Heathcote and Ivory and costs £12, and it is full of gardeners essentials, as well as being a strong, sturdy mug to make a good cuppa!
The Art of Disney postcards I brought as I was putting together a swap package, and since sending snail mail using the RHS post card set, as well as sorting some new frames, I bit the bullet and added a Disney box to my collection. Really the question is, what to buy next?! (I wish there was a Roald Dahl set!)
Rifle Paper Co Notebook Collection : Rifle Paper Co are by far one of my favourite stationery brands this year. I have the A3 calendar which I love... My Pinterest board is full of arty RPC designs, and when I saw these notebooks where £9.99, they had to join my ever expanding notebook collection!
 I'm undecided which is my favourite colour!

 I also brought the Rifle Paper Co Botanicals Garland for £13. When the weather brightens up enough for there to be fabulous sunlight in my house, I have a wee project planned with these, so watch this space! 
 Ever since a certain song debuted on the X Factor, and then was released with one of the most awesome videos I have ever seen, I had the vinyl version of Uptown Special by Mark Ronson on my Amazon Wishlist for ages. When I opened my Amazon package, I nearly fell off the seat when the vinyl was bright yellow! It also came with a free mp3 version and CD which I gave to my sister.
Above is the most adorable set of lights I may have ever seen! This was a part of my Crown and Glory Glitterati Spring Secret Santa present which the Glitterati girls took part in! I came home on a particularly bleak day to a big box full of goodies which put the hugest smile on my face! I need to find somewhere to hang these over the May holiday!
 Also in my Secret Spring Santa present was a colouring book that I had literally put on my wishlist two days before, alongside a set of pencils... I sat down to colour straight away and was addicted so...
 I ordered another colouring book off of my wish list... The Mindfulness Colouring Book, . This book is actually quite small, which I would argue is perfect for a commuter! The patterns in both books are fantastic and so relaxing!

What have you been loving this Spring?

Sunday, 3 May 2015

Seven Simple Things

Seven Simple Things is my new weekly feature here on Dear Wildflower. It's been in my mind for a little while to create a weekly gratitude/loves/generalness feature, and after what I can only describe as a very very rocky week in my world, little things have lightened life this week, which I am more than grateful for! It doesn't matter how many things go wrong, looking for the right things can brighten up days, and I'm hoping this feature will highlight, and promote lots of loveliness and goodness, as well as being a fantastic way for myself to reflect! 

So here goes: 

1. I went head first and have signed up for Gala Darling and Ellen Fondiler's Miracle Worker course - I feel it's time to take some leaps and start investing in myself. The prep work that came through immediately after sign up, left me with a huge smile on my face and the Facebook group is so supportive and a fantastic community to be a part of! Looking forward to the next 8 weeks.
2. And speaking of supportive communities... Crown and Glory's Glitterati has been another source of amazing support and loveliness - I came home after a shockingly horrible day, to find a wonderful gift from my Spring Santa. It contained something I'd been meaning to get for ages to clear my head; a colouring book with a lovely set of pencils alongside some other stunning gifts (a post will soon follow!). Signing up to the Glitterati is easily one of the best things I have done this year! 
3. A Saturday spent with the cutest little kitten snuggled up on me and many inappropriate stories and jokes  that made my face ache from laughing so much. 
4. A Sunday spent wandering around the local garden centre, then filling our conservatory with plants and bright flowers, and starting to clear the garden ready for the summer. 
5. Bank holiday, lazing around with family  and clearing some much needed head space. 
6. My ever growing seventies wardrobe. 
7. Snuggling underneath my favourite blanket. 

What simple things are you loving right now?

Saturday, 2 May 2015

The Old Curiosity Shop, Brugge

 Whilst on a very mini break to Brugge, whilst wandering the city streets, we stumbled upon a shop called 'The Old Curiosity Shop'. From the outside, it looked like a little card shop, and as I was after some postcards as a souvenir, as well as loving the name especially bringing back the nostalgia of reading Charles Dickens and trips to Broadstairs as a child, we took a look inside.
 Inside, we found a vintage treasure/junk shop/classic stationers. I was completely in my element. If you love Snoopers Paradise in Brighton, this was a miniature, European version!
 I'm guessing the owner definitely loves Tintin!

Pieces were varying prices... we came out with a few vintage postcards, but if I didn't have a huge bag weighing me down, and more time, I'm sure I would've come back with the whole shop!

If you are a collector, vintage lover or just love a good snoop around thrift shops and are stopping by Brugge, definitely stop by The Old Curiosity shop! 
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