Inspiration!

Why is it that inspiration strikes at the wrong time for me? When I didn’t work, inspiration struck whenever I laid my head down to sleep at night. Now, I get ideas at work where I can’t put them into action until I get home. And by the time I get home I’m too tired to do anything particularly useful. So, there’s the problem, now how do I fix it?

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I think the trick is finding a way to inspire yourself when you’re feeling the opposite. Surround yourself with inspiration. Ask yourself what inspires you and put it all in once place, maybe a notebook, so you can flip through whenever you want to get something done. You could do it with anything that needs work to get done. 

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For me, it’s a combination of my blog and my two online shops that I need to work on more. So I want to gather together things to inspire me. I’m a very visual person, so my inspiration notebook will be filled with photos of fashion, craft rooms etc, articles about successful businesses and inspiring quotes. 

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More of a digital person? Do it online. Pinterest looks like a great way to gather inspiring things together in one place. I just got my invitation today after a few weeks of being on the waiting list so I can’t wait to get started. We’ll see how it goes.
 
What inspires you? How do you inspire yourself when you feel lazy?
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My week 13

Ok, serious lack of photos from during the week. I was not well at all on tuesday and had to stay home from work for the first time with this job. I never take sick days so this was for a good reason. So we will have to make do with what I’ve got.
 
The bf had the same virus so couldn’t come over to take care of me but my housemates’ cat Rose was my nurse instead. 
 

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Her idea of taking care of me was to head-butt me in my face, walk over my stomach (ouch) and stick her nose, then her paw in my ear. 
 
She was also very sweet and curled up next to my head and a bit underneath. Kinda like a furry pillow. I am so getting my own cat one day 🙂
 
I had to take some photos of her, even though I look as awful as I felt, since she looked so cute. Covered it up ok with a filter though, ha ha.
 
On Sunday, I went to a car boot sale and got:

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A teapot shaped like a carousel! – £1
2 Harry Potter board games in perfect condition – £2
A tea set where the tea cups have feet! So cute! – £1 for 4 teacups and saucers
2 films – 30p and 50p I think.
 
How was your week?

 

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Outfit post: I love dresses

Being a tomboy as a teen, if you had told me that I would own as many dresses as I do now, I would have looked at you in disgust. My love of dresses has only lasted the last few years, but it’s a love affair that I can never see dying. Plus they hide my thighs superbly!
 
Now you’ve seen this dress before hanging on my wardrobe when I first bought it a couple of weeks ago, but I finally wore it to work.

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Look – natural light! At 8 in the morning I am impressed! Looking forward to getting a proper camera and a tripod.
 
I love the shape of this dress – it fits me like a glove.

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Yes I must insist on holding out the skirt (I am such a girl). You would have had to suffer some twirling pics but I really don’t fancy falling down the stairs.

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This is my version of wearing pastels. Probably about as close as I’ll get for now.

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I love this hairband. It’s from H&M and I was originally going to get the black but I liked the contrast against my hair.

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Didn’t get a photo of them on but I teamed the dress with tights and these shoes which I love! Medium heel and something different for work instead of courts. 
 
Dress: Dorothy Perkins
Hairband: H&M
Shoes: New Look
 
How is everyone enjoying the sunshine?
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My week 12

So, blog post number 50. Exciting!
 
Here is my slightly belated week in photos. Lots of food and running – totally balance each other out. 

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*Another 1930s shoe from my calendar – I’m really liking this decade in terms of footwear
*I wore my new zebra blouse on Monday both to work and the Fiona McIntosh talk for the Manchester Fashion Network which was great btw.
*My face – just to prove to you that I in fact have a face.
*Butternut squash and sweet potato soup and a magazine – lovely!
*Went to Wales for most of Friday for work. Was amazed at the name of one of the towns we went to: Llanfairpwllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch. Awesome.
*Couldn’t find Rose for a bit. Turns out that she had found a tiny space on my bookshelf to hide in. 
*I splurged on makeup this week.
*Enchiladas make the weekend awesome.
*I enjoyed running around dressed as Gromit on Sunday. We raised £65! Wanted to die in my suit with the hot weather, but it was worth it.
*May have stopped off at Hey Little Cupcake…in costume. Oh yes (I also drove my car in costume – another weird thing to tick off my list). Went for a mint whoopie thing but saw that it was the last day they were selling these savoury cupcakes: Smoked salmon and cream cheese. So got one for later. Another interesting new thing I’ve tried. 
 
So how was your week?
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Oasis Spring Summer 2012

I bought Company High-Street Edit for the first time this weekend and was engrossed with all the gorgeous clothes for the season. 

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The one that stood out to me was Oasis. I love walking into an Oasis store but the clothes tend to be a bit out of my price range. Still, I can drool over their S/S 2012 collection.

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This dress is adorable! Makes me think of picnics, holidays and sunshine. Shame I couldn’t trust me and my clumsy ways wearing this much white.

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Love these outfits – so 50s-esque!

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Oasis is the temple of prints. Even though I can’t wear some of the colours, they are so pretty I would frame them and put them on my wall. 

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I love this blouse and pray to Oasis that they have a dress version. It would be an amazing statement piece. Still, the blouse and skirt (below) are beautiful. If I had to pick one to invest in, it would be the skirt just because I could see it fitting into my wardrobe better. Will be keeping an eye out for that on the website.

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Company High Street Edit also had a feature about how Oasis get their design ideas. In a nutshell, they look to the streets and markets around the world for vintage print inspiration. That sounds like my ideal job! I do that kind of thing for my small vintage business, but it would be amazing to create something original out of it.

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It’s a nice change from all the pastels I’m seeing, which I like but aren’t very wearable for me. I feel like I could actually wear a good chunk of this collection. Love it! 
 
Which Spring/Summer collection is your favourite this year?
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