Saturday, 26 April 2014

Stationery: Santoro London

Hello lovely readers! As you may have noticed, Little Five Friday is on hiatus until next week, but today I have a lovely post lined up for you. After getting in touch with Santoro London last week, the lovely Rebekah arranged for a gift parcel to be sent out to me. The parcel came wrapped in brown paper, and we all know that brown paper packages usually contain wonderful things! I was over the moon to arrive home from work and find such lovely gifts waiting for me, carefully wrapped in pretty lilac polka dot paper. Rebekah addressed the parcel with this pretty card, including a kind message inside - thank you so much!

First up we have the Eclectic Hardcover Notebook and the Slim Label Folder from the Watercolour Birds Collection. This is one of my favourite collections from Santoro London, and birds are my favourite. I think I could be a future bird-watcher in the making. The front and back pages of the notebook have gorgeous bird sketches, and each alternating page has either a birds nest or a little bird in the corner. The labels are gorgeous! They range in size from tiny to large and suit all kinds of uses. You can see I've popped one on my Paperchase notebook that I've been using for my study notes. The detailing on these stickers is beautiful - I can't wait to use them for all different kinds of things.

The other Santoro London collection I was sent gifts from is the Mirabelle Mergirl Collection. I picked the Mergirl design out as my favourite in the Mirabelle range, it's just so pretty! As Rebekah knows I'm studying from home, she picked out things that would be useful in my studying. The little Eclectic Pocket Sticky Notes With Pencil are so handy for marking pages in my study books, and the little Mergirl design certainly brightens up my study days! As does the beautiful Glitter Button Pencil Case, which has two separate zipped compartments. It's great for keeping my highlighters and pens separate inside, and saves them being strewn about my room and being hard to find when I need them. Talking of pens, the lovely If Only Pen writes wonderfully in black ink, and everyone knows I can't resist a pretty bit of stationery! The lining of the pencil case is a gorgeous pink patterned fabric - the details on all of the products are perfect and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend them or to give them as gifts myself.

Mirabelle The Secret Eclectic Card £2.50
Mirabelle If Only Pen £4.99
Watercolour Birds Eclectic Hardcover Notebook £9.99
Watercolour Birds Slim Label Folder £7.50
Mirabelle Mergirl Glitter Button Pencil Case £9.99
Mirabelle Mergirl Eclectic Pocket Sticky Notes With Pencil £4.99

What do you think of Santoro London? Have you heard of any of these collections before? Another favourite of mine is the Once Upon A Time Collection - The Frog Prince design has me in serious lust!

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Monday, 21 April 2014

Adventures: Knowsley Safari Park

Hello there! First of all, I'd like to wish you all a belated Happy Easter. I hope you were all spoilt with chocolate gifts and days off work! Since the move, I've managed to get myself a little job in a local shop where my sister works, and I was working yesterday afternoon before a delicious roast dinner with all my family, cooked by mumma bear of course. I'm still adjusting and trying to find a new routine with blogging, studying, my new job and being in a new place, but I'm getting there. Today I'd like to share with you photos from our adventure to Knowsley Safari Park earlier this month. We were lucky with a warm sunny day and near empty Park!

There were so, so many animals! Lots that we didn't expect to see, a lot more variety than we'd imagined. It's totally up to you which way you decide to do your visit, we chose to do the drive round safari part first and the walk around part second. The animals were so much closer than you'd think, in the lion enclosure we must have sat a bit too long taking photos as they started coming over - at which point we moved on! The baboon enclosure is optional - you can drive round it or through it at your own risk. We chose to drive through it and noticed that the car in front had a baboon on their bonnet who didn't want to get off! But we kept moving at a slow and steady pace, so the baboons didn't bother us. Our highlight of the day was definitely feeding the giraffes! We happened to be in the right place at the right time and after being given a bit of lettuce, felt a big sloppy giraffe tongue licking it from our hands! It was amazing! We couldn't leave without a quick trip to the gift shop for a new keyring, and we can't wait to go again! Have you ever been to Knowsley Safari Park? What was your favourite bit?

You can get 25% off admission until Sunday 27th when you book online!

P.S. I tried my best to label the animals but sorry if I got any wrong!

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Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Little Five Friday #11 (late!)

Hello again wonderful readers, I haven't half missed blogging and catching up with you all lately. It's been a hectic time, Mark and I made the big move on Sunday. It's taking some adjusting and some settling in, but I think we're getting there. Mark started his new job as a postman yesterday, and I've got myself a little job in the local paper shop to get us by for now. My next OU course started last weekend too, so I've got lots of organising and studying to do! Next job on the list... clearing out my old wardrobe here ready for my mountain of clothes!

1. We went to Knowsley safari park and it was amazing! I couldn't recommend
it enough, and will be doing a post with all the photos soon.

2. I started watching the BBC series Hair, and I'm loving it! I didn't know
what it was about when I saw the adverts, but now I'm totally hooked. Have you
been watching? Who's your favourite?

3. It was my first Mother's Day as Rufus's momma and he (Mark!!) spoilt me!
They got me a beautiful big bunch of daffodils and this pretty card. Which
Rufus promptly nibbled on for me!

4. Last week I met Sam of All I Know Now for some shopping in Liverpool. There
was definitely cake involved! It was so lovely to meet Sam and to put a face to the
name (so to speak!). It was the first time I've ever met a blogger, I was nervous
but I had a fab day and hope to see Sam again! Check out her blog post here.

5. Saturday just gone was my last day at work. It was sad to know I wouldn't be
working there again, with the lovely people I work with. I was very spoilt with
cards, chocolates, vouchers and more - I'm so lucky to have met & worked with
such wonderful people and I'm going to miss them all!! Even the customers!!

6. Sunday was of course moving day. Fitting everything in the car was a task,
and we've still left things behind. I left most of my clothes as we're visiting
soon, so we'll bring more then! Unpacking was worse than packing!! Finding
space for all of our things hasn't been easy, but it's slowly getting there.

Please bear with me whilst I'm catching up, things will get back to normal soon :)

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Wednesday, 2 April 2014

OOTD: Markus Lupfer Classic

Half & half choker - Cinderela B via Steph of faiiint
Faux leather jacket - Zara via carboot sale £1.00
'Classic' t-shirt dress - Markus Lupfer via Ebay £21.52
Molotov Kenta skinny jeans - All Saints £85
Frankie flats - Sam Edelman Birthday gift

Hello lovelies, it's moving week!! Sunday is the day of the big move, and we haven't started packing yet..! How has your week been so far? I'm excited tonight because tomorrow is the first time I'm going to meet a blogger in real life. I'm meeting the lovely Samantha of All I Know Now, for some retail therapy in Liverpool after Sam's Thailand injections. I can't wait!

This outfit is from last week, when Mark and I went shopping and then to Frankie and Benny's for dinner. I absolutely love my new Markus Lupfer piece, I love his use of embroidery and slogans and I just can't get enough. His iconic design is the sequin lips on jumpers, but I always lusted after that perfume bottle jumper. Maybe one day..!

I've been wearing the Classic t-shirt dress as a top rather than a dress, it's much more wearable for me this way and long sleeves are something I always look out for. It's the perfect fit, boxy with skinny fitted sleeves - my favourite. I'm sure at some point I will style this eye-catching piece as a dress, but for now it's making my casual outfits a little bit more special.

How would you style a slogan piece like this?

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