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April 2015

Fashion & Beauty

LUXURY, HIGH-STREET AND VINTAGE FLOWER POWER

April 27, 2015
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When I was at college and University I used to buy the most outrageous outfits from antique fairs, vintage stores and charity shops. At one point I had an original 1960′s baton twirler uniform which I wore to clubs on the regular. My wardrobe was simply overflowing with an array of rainbow coloured clothes…or perhaps costumes is a better way to describe them!

Although it was so much fun to wear a new era everyday, I now consider the longevity of a piece when I make my purchases and only pick things that I absolutely adore.There is something really satisfying about having a wardrobe containing a small number of things that you cherish rather than heaps of different stuff that you may only wear once. Rather than shopping exclusively vintage (or exclusively any style) I now prefer to mix all different things together, from luxury, well crafted pieces to unusual vintage finds and funky high-street items.

The look in this post combines all three of those categories giving a little nod to the flower power of the 1970′s.

Vintage: These bright bakelite bangles were popular in the 1930′s. Bakelite was an early form of plastic and was a popular material for jewelry due to the bright colours available and a more affordable pricepoint than diamonds or gold (as there was little costume jewelry available). They have since become collectors items. There are lots of current styles that have been modeled on this style such as this square bangle by Mikey and this set of bangles by TopShop.

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Luxury: CRU kindly sent me this beautiful ‘Old Nichol Backpack’. I could tell as soon as I unwrapped the big red parcel that I would cherish it forever. Hours of traditional craftsmanship have gone into the making of this piece and the luxury leather is fully lined with suede.

It was designed in London then handcrafted, stitch-by-stitch and seam-by-seam by a small workshop of skilled Artisans in Portugal. The leather will change and develop character as it ages, like a fine wine. It is great for city break adventures.

20% Discount For LedByLucy Readers: The team at CRU are offering LedByLucy readers a special 20% discount off all orders, simply enter CRU15LBL20 when you reach the final stage of the checkout process. Be sure to check out the Rivington Tote bag too, another favourite of mine.

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High Street:  Before purchasing anything pause for a moment and ask yourself: will it last (both style wise and in design), can I think of five or more occasions where I could realistically wear it and do I LOVE it?

I paused to consider these points and concluded that this dress simply had to come home with me. I love the multi-coulored 70′s vibe, it is really well made, comfortable and I could also wear it in winter with tights. #Winner River Island Brown Textured Floral Print Dress 

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Wearing: CRU Old Nichol Backpack (use  CRU15LBL20 for 20% discount) / Vintage Bakelite Bangles Similar Here / River Island Brown Textured Floral Print Dress/Chunky Sandals (Similar)

Suggested Post: Fairground Fashion

 

Fashion & Beauty

TOPSHOP STYLE

April 21, 2015
Oh hello! Here I am in my new spring mac on the TopShop style website.
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To see more photographs of this outfit follow the link to my Mother’s Day Outfit post.

Fashion & Beauty

Yellow & Polka-dot

April 19, 2015
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This weekend couldn’t have come soon enough. My friend was visiting from London and I was so excited to see her!

We went to Earth Cafe at Manchester Buddhist Center for juices, salad and epic chats. We checked out the vintage and art shops in the Northern Quarter whilst I forced her to listen to Marina and The Diamond’s new album ‘Froot’ on my headphones. Seriously though have you heard it? It’s amazing <3

After our girl’s day out I met my boyfriend at Grill on The Alley for steak, frites and wine.

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Wearing: TopShop Womens LIGHT Suede Fringe LoafersMonochrome Polka Dot Blazer (similar), Starburst reversible tote in coral and silver from Echo Designs, I’m wearing it on the reverse silver side in this postRayBan Wayfarer Sunglasses and Zara Yellow Trousers Similar Here

Suggested Post: Paris Part One

Lifestyle and Interviews

Giveaway and DIY Washi Tape Project

April 14, 2015
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Remember my Dulux paint project from way back when? Well I decided to add even more colour to that lemon table!

I inherited the vintage rug which you can just about see in the photos, it was handmade by my Great Grandma and I wanted the table to match (ish).

I used mt Washi tape for the project. For those of you that haven’t used it before it is smooth, Japanese adhesive paper. The good thing about it is that you can easily remove and re-apply it without leaving any marks. You can do so much with it, anything from wall murals to nail art. Our house is pretty much covered in it right now, it is so addictive.

ledbylucy-washi-wape-6ledbylucy-washi-wape-5I chose the salmon pink and stripe lilac tape and dove straight in without practicing. I ended up with this funky pattern which I actually really like! The table is now home to my record player and sits prettily on my Great Grandma’s handmade rug.

If you want to get crafty and do your own DIY Washi tape project then you’re in luck, because I have a bundle to give away! mt has kindly provided the stash of five rolls pictured below for you to win.

To enter and win the lot simply follow me on Twitter here and RT this tweet or follow me on Instagram here and like this post. If you’re already following me then just like or RT. Simple!

The competition is open to UK residents only and the deadline is midnight on Sunday 19th May, 2015. One lucky winner will be chosen at random and announced on Monday.

Good luck!

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Fashion & Beauty

Fairground Fashion

April 11, 2015
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Trips away are lovely but sometimes it’s satisfying to act like a tourist in your own city, this weekend I gave it a whirl with a little bit of fairground fashion.

We went boating on the lake in our local park and I pretended we were in the notebook (obvs). Then we went the the fairground and won some tat that we don’t need and donated it to cute kiddies on the way home. I went dancing in the gay village too and saw friends from college.

It was so much fun to re-discover places that have been sitting right under my nose all along.

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Handbag: Starburst reversible tote in coral and silver from Echo Designs. I LOVE this and will be taking it everywhere with me this summer. It is lightweight, foldable and matches just about everything (fab for holiday hand luggage). The coral colour was a little to orangey to go with my red skirt today but the silver side was perfect.

Necklace: On the mark arrow by Stella and Dot in gold a gift from my sisters

Top: Off the shoulder dark blue striped top from H&M (sold out) Matches more than you might think and ever so
comfortable. Find a similar striped top here.

Skirt: ASOS Scuba Midi Skirt (sold out) Find a similar ASOS flared skirt here

Shoes: Black pointed court shoes New Look 

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Travel & Places

Paris Part One

April 1, 2015
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Usually, from the moment a city break is booked the dreaming begins. I gather together gems of advice and compose a wish lists of things to do.

This trip to Paris came as a fantastic surprise from Nick for Christmas. He did everything from selecting the apartment on Airbnb to secretly booking my time off work. I was so giddy with excitement when I found out and he scored some serious boyfriend points!

As everything was already planned (and our schedules have been a little hectic recently) we didn’t give the trip another thought until it was time to pack our bags. No long lists of recommendations, just the hope of a happy holiday!

On the plane journey over there we devised an elaborate plan for our first afternoon in The City Of Love: check out apartment then drink red wine and eat French food!

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Down the cobbled street and up the spiral staircase we went to meet Thierry, the keeper of the keys and the apartment owner’s boyfriend. Imagine an illustration of a French artist, that is exactly how he looked with his aged but handsome features, long messy hair, crumpled suit and flouncy neck scarf.

I so wanted to take a photograph of him but doubt got the better of me, sometimes bohemians don’t want to be papped for the purpose of your blog.

The apartment was stunning with huge sash windows, original wooden floors and a bright orange Smeg fridge.

The beauty of traveling with Airbnb is that each rental is unique and usually represents the owner’s tastes and lifestyle requirements. Some are purely rentals with minimal decor but this one was the home of an artist with chipped paint on the walls and original paintings hung in every room.

That was the first thing on the to do list done, on to the second and third: wine plus food!

We headed into Marais for a bottle of red wine, onion soup (wow- I need to learn how to make it) and potato salad. Marais is one of my favourite areas in Paris, it reminds me a little of Soho in London. It has a cool vibe with lots of contemporary art galleries, independent restaurants and quirky bars.

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Satisfied that we had tackled our epic to-do list we took an evening stroll along Canal St Martin to see some sights. When we arrived back at our apartment we discovered that you could actually see the Eiffel tower sparkling in the darkness through the spare bedroom window. It was pretty magical. I love traveling with Airbnb, you just never know what you might discover!

Suggested Post: Gatsby’s Eyes In Paris