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22.4.14

Zakka Anti-Skimming Passport Case

Daisybutter - UK Style and Fashion Blog: Zakka anti-skimming passport wallet, travel accessories
Daisybutter - UK Style and Fashion Blog: Zakka anti-skimming passport wallet, travel accessories
Daisybutter - UK Style and Fashion Blog: Zakka anti-skimming passport wallet, travel accessories

Finally got my hands on a Zakka Anti-Skimming Passport Case after weeks of having it on my YesStyle wishlist and it selling out a day before payday.

Thank God for eBay.

Time to compartmentalise my travel related goods into perfectly sized sections because I currently have a ridiculous obsession with slotting things away. Imagine if that translated to my room organisation... it only took me 17 minutes to find a pair of jeans this morning. (Oops.) Oh, and now that I have my fancy passport case, I can get round to booking my next holiday of the year. It only makes sense.

Shop the Zakka Anti-Skimming Passport Case right here!

21.4.14

Stars spelling out your name

Daisybutter - UK Style and Fashion Blog: what i wore, 7 For All Mankind jeans, silk shirt, how to wear patterned jeans
Daisybutter - UK Style and Fashion Blog: what i wore, 7 For All Mankind jeans, silk shirt, how to wear patterned jeans
Daisybutter - UK Style and Fashion Blog: what i wore, 7 For All Mankind jeans, silk shirt, how to wear patterned jeans
Daisybutter - UK Style and Fashion Blog: what i wore, 7 For All Mankind jeans, silk shirt, how to wear patterned jeans
Daisybutter - UK Style and Fashion Blog: what i wore, 7 For All Mankind jeans, silk shirt, how to wear patterned jeans
Blueberry silk shirt, Popbasic; Embellished cigarette jeans, 7 For All Mankind; Tan sandals, Zara; Origami fox necklace, LHC Jewellery; Mulberry Alexa in Petticoat White and Rose Gold.

Hello hello from Chez DB and sorry for the radio silence in these parts over Easter. Too much chocolate consumption and some family time was a’happening - how else would a long weekend pan out for a Chai, eh?

Inspiration refreshed and energy sorta recharged, I’m coming back right atcha with a spring-esque outfit that I wore to venture over to Milton Keynes with my brother, my sister and my brother’s girlfriend. I plumped for my Blueberry silk shirt by Popbasic that I’m still indelibly in love with; it offers up that I-just-picked-this-off-my-floor charm with just a hint of relaxed tailoring that I looove. I’m a little obsessed with these tile print jeans from Topshop that the whole British high street lover population is wearing. But without a single idea of how to buy jeans online, I dug around my own jeans collection and re-discovered these 7 For All Mankind ones. Five months of healthy eating, moderation and light exercise later, I actually fit into these again - hallelujah! Finished everything off with my Zara tan sandals (these are about a year old - sorry!), my rose gold origami fox necklace and rose gold Mulberry Alexa. Perfect casual spring chic.

In between shopping for Pretzel M&M’s - so incredibly tasty! - soaking up new surroundings and realising that Pacman Smash air hockey is the best game at the arcade, this week/weekend also marks 100 weeks since I moved home from Uni. Weird. I think I’m going to write some thoughts down about post-Uni stuff right after I post this. Lots swimming about my mind at the moment that I need to put somewhere before I go crazy! ;)



18.4.14

The Waffle House, St. Albans

Daisybutter - UK Style and Fashion Blog: waffle house, st albans
Daisybutter - UK Style and Fashion Blog: waffle house, st albans
Daisybutter - UK Style and Fashion Blog: waffle house, st albans
Daisybutter - UK Style and Fashion Blog: waffle house, st albans
Daisybutter - UK Style and Fashion Blog: waffle house, st albans
Daisybutter - UK Style and Fashion Blog: waffle house, st albans
Daisybutter - UK Style and Fashion Blog: waffle house, st albans
Daisybutter - UK Style and Fashion Blog: waffle house, st albans
Daisybutter - UK Style and Fashion Blog: waffle house, st albans
The Waffle House. Kingsbury Watermill, St Michael's St, St Albans AL3 4SJ
01727 853502.


Weekends around Chez Chai include sister dates with my, er, sister. I like to put aside an entire day or afternoon to spend with my best friend and do something that isn't our weekday nuance of lazing on the sofa with Bertle and Eric.

This weekend, we took advantage of the April spring sunshine and drove over to St. Albans, about 40 minutes away from home. St. Albans has always been a forgotten favourite place of mine: it's stupidly picturesque and has some pretty good shopping too, but the most hidden gem (to me) was The Waffle House.

The Waffle House is a chain restaurant that solely sells waffles. But don't be fooled: their menu is still pretty extensive, with sweet and savoury options, as well as chef's specials, some sides and all the standard drinks. Additionally you can pick between, white, wholemeal or spelt waffles, for those health nuts ;)

Louise opted for a naughty banana and cinnamon waffle (for lunch, may I add) and I went for cheese and tomato with guac on the side. Both were deeelish and I'm a new convert to the savoury waffle. I love the variety on the menu and their specials this weekend looked incredible. Jerk pulled pork on a waffle?! HELLO.

Our meal for two waffles, two extra sides (guac and ice-cream) as well as two drinks came to under £20 which is SO darn reasonable for a Sunday brunch fest. Hugely recommend and we're totes coming back in the summer for another sister date.

17.4.14

"Grab a Cuppa"

Daisybutter - UK Style and Fashion Blog: Cuppa magazine
Daisybutter - UK Style and Fashion Blog: Cuppa magazine

A few weeks ago, the lovely Si emailed me about her University project, Cuppa. An independent publication dedicated to young tea drinkers, it instantly took me back to my own undergrad days of founding Aesthetic, so of course I accepted her offer of being featured in the magazine.

Cuppa celebrates the beauty and serenity of tea; sharing the curiosity of fashion, photography and London with other tea drinkers. The Cuppa reader is youthful, cutesy, bashful and quirky.

Si interviewed me and we chatted all things University, post-grad and career, as well as a good helping of blog chatter. It really took me back to my Aesthetic days and completely inspired me to make a cuppa, sit out in the garden and refresh and reconnect with my own personal goals.

Cuppa is certainly going to be popped on my deskside for inspirational reading and an evening peruse. Beautifully written and put-together, a huge congratulations to Si on this issue.

16.4.14

Kirei

Daisybutter - UK Style and Fashion Blog: what i wore, mint green coat, spring coat
Daisybutter - UK Style and Fashion Blog: what i wore, mint green coat, spring coat
Daisybutter - UK Style and Fashion Blog: what i wore, mint green coat, spring coat
Daisybutter - UK Style and Fashion Blog: what i wore, mint green coat, spring coat
Daisybutter - UK Style and Fashion Blog: what i wore, mint green coat, spring coat
Daisybutter - UK Style and Fashion Blog: what i wore, mint green coat, spring coat
Daisybutter - UK Style and Fashion Blog: what i wore, mint green coat, spring coat
Daisybutter - UK Style and Fashion Blog: what i wore, mint green coat, spring coat
Daisybutter - UK Style and Fashion Blog: what i wore, mint green coat, spring coat
Daisybutter - UK Style and Fashion Blog: what i wore, mint green coat, spring coat
’Bonjour’ varsity sweater, Zara; Jeans, Miss Selfridge; Burlap trim desert boots, c/o TOMs; Mint green coat, Sammydress.co.uk.

It’s been a long, long time since I’ve been able to shoot in real-time for my blog. Working 5 days a week as well running this here blog means I pretty much slot in photo sessions whenever and wherever I can! A spring revelation for bloggers everywhere though? The new spring and longer days.
kirei: 綺麗 (-na inflection, hiragana きれい, romaji kirei); pretty, pure, beautiful
Yesterday evening (so close to real-time T____T”) my sister and I decided to take a walk by the lake to shoot my outfit - a super relaxed one for a busy sample day in the office! - and to soak up some Vitamin D while picking wildflowers for our tortoises. I feel like all I ever do is talk about how much I adore this place, but it is seriously my favourite. There’s something so incredibly calming and serene about being by the water.

My outfit was a bit ill-advised to be cooped up in the office but actually worked well after hours. Truth be told, I wore this ‘Bonjour’ varsity sweater with my pink skirt and ballerina flats at work, but slipped into these really-old jeans and my shiny new TOMs desert boots for the walk. I love love LOVE these boots, while we’re here, a touch of comfort - breathable linings ftw - and a touch of that rustic country charm that I’ve never managed to get into. Just lovely.

Thank you for all of your super sweet comments on my blog recently! I hope you guys know that it never ever goes unnoticed. I love chilling out at my MacBook and reading through your lovely notes to me - they absolutely make my day! Smooches all around! ^_~

PS. It would mean the world if you could pop in a nomination for Daisybutter under Best Fashion or Best Personal Style Blog in this year's Company Style Blogger Awards. Click here to do so!

15.4.14

Tips for Staying Blog-Inspired

Daisybutter - UK Style and Fashion Blog: waffle house, st albans
Daisybutter - UK Style and Fashion Blog: what i wore, Morocco fashion, what to wear in Morocco, Dar Lazuli riad, UK fashion blogger
Daisybutter - UK Style and Fashion Blog: what i wore, Morocco fashion, what to wear in Morocco, Dar Lazuli riad, UK fashion blogger

Four and a bit years of blogging behind me, the blogosphere has changed beyond recognition. Gone are the days of a sneaky webcam snap of your new buy and a few words to go alongside it - with the competitive edge of editorial blogging creeping in, it can be daunting and difficult to stay inspired with your blog 'content' and ideas for new posts. Etail PR asked me to contribute some 'blogger tips' to their blog so I thought I'd share some here too! You can read my full post on their blog.

Round these parts at Daisybutter, my content has evolved from its' original postings. I now blog a range of things from outfits, posts dedicated solely to how much I want/need a new bag, detailed snippets of new style accents, recipes, reviews, lifestyle ideas and more.

Here's some of my top tips for staying inspired to blog:
  • Half an idea makes a full post: Those half-formed sentences and ideas that pop in your head throughout the day? Note them down in a notebook or on the notepad app on your phone. On a quiet Sunday, collate those half-ideas and see what they could formulate.
  • Use your tools: Twitter is the voice of reason. My favourite social media network aside from Instagram – follow me at @winyeemichelle – is Twitter. It’s a great, instant way to chat to your readers and other bloggers in the community, and it is perfect for gauging potential responses to new posts. If I’m thinking of writing a feature but don’t feel 100% about it, I’ll Tweet and ask my followers for their opinion. The evenings are best for this I find, but you’ll get an instant response and reaction, and get to really engage with your readers.
You can read my full post on staying inspired over on the eTail PR blog here.