…Just get me to the airport, put me on a plane…hurry, hurry, hurry!…

…Just get me to the airport, put me on a plane…hurry, hurry, hurry!…

After an eventful few days exploring the Danish capital, I am now back on English soil with a meagre 367 photographs, a couple of souvenirs and a lot of good memories. Whilst I recover with a hot bath and clean pyjamas, here’s a snippet of what my camera spied during our trip…

 

‘Wonderful, wonderful Copenhagen,
Friendly old girl of a town,
‘Neath her tavern lights,
On this merry night,
Let us drink, and clink one down,’
 
An amazing place, full of beauty, I can’t wait to share the details with you. But, for now, all the best for 2013. See you on the other side! 
Izabel London Sale!

Izabel London Sale!

This one’s for Erica, of Being Erica. If you haven’t come by her blog, why not? Go read! It’s great. I’m a fan.
 
You might of read my blog about packing hand luggage for five days, no? It’s here. Anyhow, in this post, I mentioned this little dress. A cute mustard yellow polka dot dress, which is great for layering, from Izabel London. Erica took a shine to this dress, so I just thought I’d let you know…
 
 
It’s now on sale for a tenner! Yes, you heard me right, a tenner! And it’s here…
 
There are so many dresses that start at a fiver on Izabel London. When I bought the dress, their service was excellent, items are sent by next day delivery and when I last ordered, delivery was free!
 
So, will you be partaking in the sale? If so, what items are taking your fancy?
Have you spied any other super sales?
 
As always, much love,
 
Donna x
 





Wonderful, Wonderful Copenhagen!

Wonderful, Wonderful Copenhagen!

Most people I know, will be, by now, finishing off the final morsels of their Christmas pudding, watching old films, tidying away or laying on the sofa, finishing off the Quality Street (and hiding the wrappers, with shame) …Oh wait! That last one’s me! But one thing I do know is, tonight is the night when I decide to be brave and pack for Copenhagen.
 
 In less than 48 hours, I will be arriving in Denmark, where the weather is forecast to be freezing (if I’m lucky), with just hand luggage. Yes, you heard me right, hand luggage. Why, you ask? Because, in six years of travelling around Europe, I’m sick of lugging luggage through city centres and on public transport.
 
So, here’s the brief. Five days in Copenhagen, where the weather could be anything from 8 degrees to minus 3, must be able to walk distances and must be warm. If I’m fashionable, that’s a bonus.
 

Here’s a snippet of some of the things I’m taking…

 
The basics. One neutral, warm coat. Two pairs of warm, comfortable shoes…one of which will be a pair of boots. One pair of jeans. All of which, I will travel in. As long as I get the basics right, I know I will be okay.
 
One necklace. Yes, just the one. Necklaces are heavy, hard to transport and easily tangled. This necklace was a present and I love how my friend knew that it would match everything!
 
 
Dresses as skirts.  I stumbled across the ingenious invention of layering quite by accident. I had lusted after a yellow polka dot skirt, yet could not find one anywhere. When I found a dress in the same pattern, I shoved a jumper over the top and voila! I had the skirt I had wanted. Yes, I know… I’ll never be Einstein.


I’m planning on layering dresses with shirts and jumpers for a day look and uncovering the dress for a night time look. If I want to be a little more casual, I may even layer a khaki shirt over the top and add a pair of grunge like boots.

Pinafore dresses are great for layering too!

Not exactly ground breaking, but space saving.

Accessories.  Let’s face it, it’s going to be cold so my coat will be zipped up A LOT. Which means, on view, will be my winter woollens! Scarves, hats and gloves can all be bulky and take up valuable space in my luggage. So, as my coat, is neutral, my woollens are monochrome with a pop of yellow.  As these will be on show for the majority of the holiday, I’ve sneaked in an extra scarf. I don’t know what you think, but the tartan scarf completely changes the look.
Liquids. When my mum goes on a mini-break, she buys miniature shampoo, conditioner, mousse, hairspray…you name it. How much do we actually use and how much is left in the hotel room? This time, I’m taking shampoo and conditioner in sachets, you know the free ones from magazines? In my plastic bag will be lip balm, shampoo and conditioner sachet, mascara, liquid eyeliner, hand moisturiser, toothpaste and deodorant. That’s my lot.
And, if there’s room! I’ll sneak in my leather satchel. If not, I’ll stuff my camera and lip balm in my coat pockets and hope for the best. I’m tempted to sneak in an extra set of thermals and maybe my cuban heeled boots. Oh, and if there really is space, then my hair curlers… that’s pushing it!
 
 
So! That’s my packing almost sorted. Now, I just need to think of another space saving way to whittle down three shirts, four jumpers and three dresses!
 
 
Are you jetting away anywhere this Christmas break? Do you travel light? Or, do you take as much as you can carry?
 
Merry Christmas!
 
Much love,
 
Donna x
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
My Best Friend is Expecting!

My Best Friend is Expecting!

My best friend is expecting! I can finally share the news. I’m so excited! In fact, I may be more excited than her. I joke, I joke! But, I am very excited. Just think of all the  lovely* things I can make! I’m almost squeeling as I type this. Baby M is due in June, so plenty of time to panic stitch/ knit/ crochet.
So, this is a post about Jenna. One of my best friends. Here are some embarrassing pictures of us through the years. Back when we were young(er) whippersnappers…
Jenna and I have been friends for almost ten years now, since we went to university together as shy 18 year olds. My! How the time flies! The first time we spoke was by text message. We had been to college together for two years, had mutual friends, and had chosen the same degree at the same university, but had never ever spoke. I will never forget waking up, in my hall of residence, for the very first lecture and finding a text asking did I want to walk over to the lecture together. Bless!
Since that day, we have laughed at the good times, and my God, cried when times got tough. At uni, we spent countless nights up ’til the early hours completing assignments that we should have started weeks before. Why? We were too busy enjoying ourselves.  In later years, I was Jenna’s bridesmaid at her wedding, and if I ever get married, you can bet she’ll be up there with me. And now, Jenna is gonna be a mama! Another chapter to unfold.
So, I’d better get practising my crafty skills! After seeing this gorgeous blanket that the crafty What Peggy Said has made, it’s made me want to learn to crochet.
What would you make? Do you have any good ideas/ projects/ books to recommend?
As always, much love,
(Auntie) Donna
Please note * denotes my interpretation of lovely, just may be different to yours
Nautical Love Affair

Nautical Love Affair

My name is Donna and I am a nautical addict.

For as long as I can remember, I’ve always had a ‘thing’ for nautical clothing. When I say thing, see slight obsession. It all started with my first sailor dress, the dress was monochrome, with micro polka dots and thee cutest sailor nap. It fitted like a dream and I’ve always regretted giving it the heave ho.

Then there are my nautical coats…

I’ve had the navy Topshop coat for countless years. The buttons have fallen off many a time, but I love it too much to let it go. I’m not making that mistake again. Each year, as my wardrobe evolves, I wear it in a different way. This year, I’ve seen it worn by The Magpie Girl with an Orla Kiely for Uniqlo dress, a dress which I own. I fully intend to be a copy cat, because the combination is simply gorgeous! Go see The Magpie Girl’s look here. (Warning: you will fall in love with her blog.)

The mustard coloured coat was a recent addition to my wardrobe. It’s originally Topshop, but I paid over the odds for it on eBay (as you do)A deadly combination of the colour and sailor styling bowled me over. Inside it has *the* cutest gingham check pattern. It has quite a boxy shape, so I like to wear it with skinny jeans and pumps. Then there are the t-shirts, tops , dresses that have been lost in the sea of eBay, left to memory. Digging through the archives of photographs (yes, I’m also a lover of photographs), it wasn’t hard to find a large selection of nautical clothing from the past five years. I will point out, some of it was fancy dress!

So, there you have it. My love addiction for nautical clothing. Do I plan to change my nautical ways? Not in the slightest!

And now, a new (to me) sailor dress has finally winged it’s way to me via pigeon post. My wardrobe has come full circle. Although, this time I intend to pair it with berry coloured tights and a printed cardigan. 

 What are your favourite items of clothing? Do you have a nautical obsession too? 

Much love,
Donna