22.10.14

Print Run


Wall decor for my HK apartment.
Preparing to move into my Hong Kong apartment full time means that I'm finally looking more to decor ideas and interior inspiration instead of wondering how many beauty products I can haul during a week-long visit.

Like so many friends and family have mentioned to me, moving across the world on my own is probably going to be, like, a tiny bit lonely. Along with hastily getting many an Instagram and photo printed, I've been scouring the Innernetz for the best prints that'll make my apartment feel more homely and, well, more like me.

Stay Hungry Stay Foolish and London Prints by Ella Masters Illustration - £6
Ella's pretty yet kitsch aesthetic will forever remind me of a) her awesome talent, and b) her ability to make me laugh forever. Her 'Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish' print is certainly on my wishlist for my living room as a little reminder never to take life too seriously. And for the sake of reminding myself of home, the London one is close enough, right?!

Secrets and Accessorise Prints by Natalie Lines - £10
I dithered for a good hour when I came across Natalie's shop. Perfectly illustrated by hand and coloured with dimensional shades, her prints are so stylish it hurts. Currently dithering between her Secrets print and her Accessorise 2 print for the space beside my TV.

Frenchie and Pug Print by Jolly Awesome - £19
For my bedroom, this French bulldog and pug print would look perfect alongside home photos, framed patterns and little Polaroids. You just can't beat an adorable pup!

World Map Wall Sticker by The Binary Box - £29.99
Last but not least, I couldn't move abroad and not include some sort of world map in my apartment, right? At home-home we have a huge world map in our living room, so I'm kinda keen to get either this destination marker wall decal or scratchable map by the front door as a nod to home and to highlight all the places we've been to.

Photo from Myparadissi.com.

21.10.14

Home Updates: My Jolie Candle (And A Giveaway!)


Another candle addition that I can't stop feeling feverish about.
Hands down, the best part of any autumn weekday is returning home in the evening, getting those slippers on, bra off, hair up and winding down with a candle and a set of blogs to read, amirite?! So I'm a huge cliche but who cares when evenings are this cosy?

The other day at work, I was pleasantly surprised to return from a meeting to see a parcel from the My Jolie Candle team sat at my desk. Amongst candy necklaces, fun stickers, crayons and a notebook, they sent me a personalised Daisybutter passport holder and one of their new candles which smells out-of-this-world good. Of a range of 5 scents, I received Rose, featuring top notes of violet leaf and blackcurrant berry, heart notes of rose, tea, lotus and plum and finished with white musk, raspberry and cedarwood base notes.

It's the perfect grown-up scent: clean, fresh, feminine and elegant all at once with a 40 hour burn time. And what's more, inside hides one of 100 bracelet, ring or necklace designs made with Swarovski elements. What a concept! I've already packed mine ready for the move but it'd make an extra chic homewarming gift for a best friend, or you know, why not YOU.

My Jolie Candle were kind enough to offer my readers a candle with a hidden bracelet to win. All you have to do is a follower of them on Twitter and also of me on Twitter! Good luck!

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20.10.14

Sugar-cloud kisser


Daisybutter - UK Lifestyle and Fashion Blog: aland, how to style river island camisole, topshop jamie jeans, south korean street style
Daisybutter - UK Lifestyle and Fashion Blog: aland, how to style river island camisole, topshop jamie jeans, south korean street style
Daisybutter - UK Lifestyle and Fashion Blog: aland, how to style river island camisole, topshop jamie jeans, south korean street style


Cropped T-shirt, NOIR at Åland; Burgundy strapped camisole, River Island; Topshop Jamie ripped knee jeans; Peeptoe heeled boots, F&F; Coat, JAY.S at YesStyle; Longchamp Le Pliage.
With the British autumn in full swing yet that whole Indian October thing here to play, everyday dressing takes on a new complication lately. It's been an odd sort of season for me so far: packing to move country has finally begun and I've put myself on a strict ban for buying anything knitwear or coat related. So that's fun.

This is one of my favourite outfits at the moment. I wore it about a week ago to work and got SO many compliments on it -- my head was certainly expanding to awkward proportions. It's casual but cute and super practical with weathering the brisk autumn chill that sits against surprisingly warm sun moments. The foiled polka dot T-shirt is from NOIR, a South Korean brand that Åland holds. I picked it up on holiday in Hong Kong and immediately fell in love with it, a million thank you's go to Winnie for finally introducing me to that slice of sartorial heaven. To extend its' wear - who really wears cropped tees in October except from Tumblr girls? - I layered it with a camisole and jeans. I couldn't decide if I needed a coat so I wore to be on the safe side and almost literally sweated it off. ;)

So I finally started the packing process at the weekend. Currently in my suitcase: many leaving cards, photo frames, one set of bedsheets and 4 pillowcases, 3 jackets and wax strips. It's pretty safe to say I'm crap at this! Packing has made me realise just how much unnecessary stuff I possess. Y did no-one stop me?! Yesterday I completely sacked off responsibilities and packing and hopped onto a train to try Sticks'n'Sushi with my girls Zoe and Winnie - so good. Review coming v.soon. Also! I finally caved & read Gone Girl and dat ending tho. T_____T"

18.10.14

Packing Is Not Going Well


Life admin bulletin/inconsistent train of thought re: moving abroad.
Hong Kong updates: my one-way ticket is booked to Hong Kong! I fly out on Thursday 30th October, landing on Halloween but let's pretend that doesn't panic me at all. Do you know what? Up until the ticket confirmation came through, this whole debacle didn't even seem real to me. But it really does now. I've been seriously busy with leaving drinks, meals and all that fun stuff since I announced it - girl needs a break to pack.

Btw, I don't have a suitcase.

Or a sofa.

But I am pretty sorted with a wishful capsule wardrobe list that I'm tempted to stick to and document while in Hong Kong.

My boyfriend took us out to London Zoo last weekend and we had the best time. I'm not sure if the whole zoo thing will be a bit controversial, but regardless we had the best day. We got to see the cutest baby monkey, visit a giant tortoise, see the gorillas and hang out with penguins. Then we took a Saturday stroll through Camden, chowed down on burritos and caught a sleepy train home.

I'm also currently trying to pick paint colours for my apartment that is largely stuck in the monochrome 80s. I'm leaning towards an antique white for the living/dining area and a duck egg blue for my bedroom. All these teeny decisions for a big move eh?

Interiors Inspiration


Some interiors inspiration for Michelle's Big Move.
The last time I wrote one of these I was trying (and failing) to make my final year University room and house feel more like a home. Haphazard DIY projects, many IKEA trips and candles later, I did actually meet a happy medium and achieve a room I felt happy in.

Fast forward 30 months and I'm moving to our family apartment in Hong Kong! It's a cute little place; the apartment that we stay in whenever we holiday there... But my Grandad got it in the 70s and it could do with a lot of work. With the help of Pinterest and Tumblr, here's my current inspiration for a Chez Daisybutter revamp:

Dove grey hues + plenty of soft and textured throws + ballet pink, duck egg blue, golden yellow and white cushions + hanging prints + a money tree + a glass coffee table (HK small spaces take small spaces to the next level) + paper cranes by the window + glass tealight holders + a grey sofa + a low pile rug + fairy lights + square frames and photos from home.

More inspiration:- Pinterest & Tumblr.