Monday, 16 April 2018

Hashtag Dreamweaver // Instagram Accounts Currently Loving

Feel the fear and do it anyway. That's the expression, right? Well I'm jumping in the deep end (whilst holding my breath!) as today marks day one of my new job. Over the years, I've surprised myself with my ability to adapt to seemingly scary situations, considering I'm a bit of a creature of habit. Perhaps, deep down, I have a touch of masochism, in that I continue to walk myself down the less than easy pathways. Who knows. Either way I'm digging deep for courage and keeping my eyes wide open for inspiration along the way.


And here for you, my beauties, is a dreamy selection of inspiringly creative conspirators. Add these to your collection and you'll never be short of a dose of motivation or a swoon worthy image on the run.


@readinginheelsuk

Feminine strength // Paperback treasures // Retro glamour // Indulgent // Knowledge & beauty //

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@tate

Masters old & new // Contrast // Composition // Eye catching // Bite sized classical art

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@lemontierres

Escapism // Storytelling // Soft yet loud // Reflective // Sweet & shadowy // Daydreamy

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@halfbakedharvest

Bold recipes // Edible art // Like a boss attitude // Earthy, organic hues // Sassy snapshots

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@rosieannbutcher

Eye for detail // Highlight & shadow // Playful content // Modern edge with a sprinkle of vintage

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Nimble fingered // Satisfyingly dainty scale // Complimentary & clashing colour // Picture book vibes

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So there we have it, step with me onto the wobbly path away from your comfort zone. Grip on tightly to your hopes, gulp down a big breath, search for inspiration and jump! For a little more visual mojo before setting out to reach your goals, head this way for some pastel treasures or here for some cheerful reflections.

Friday, 6 April 2018

Inspiring Inscriptions // Quarterly Book Review

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This passing season has seen me make my way through a humble pile of books, yet do not let the volume of paperbacks cast judgement upon their content. This small offering of Winter reads holds power and motivation beyond any lengthy tome glanced at with gleeful abandon.


During this last quarter I have read a memoir of a modern woman, a biography of a controversial, historical figure, a heart felt yet pissed off blog post that went viral in the blink of an eye and a collection of wise words that have seen me through times of struggle and that I continue to pass on and recommend to as many people as possible. Stay a while and enjoy my book recommendations and be sure to follow the links for synopsis and further information regarding the author's other works, etc.


Brave Enough by Cheryl Strayed        5* {160 pages}

This little beauty was a re read for me and one that I intend to devour every new year. This tiny collection of ginormous heart gives me the motivation and boost to kick life right in the butt, to fail as many times as I need to in order to pick my darn self up and keep going and is the perfect antidote to the pressures and heavy complications of modern day life. Pick this book up and read it, either a page a day or consume the entire experience in one sitting. And please, please pass it on to others. This is a book to be shared, recommended and gifted to the people around you.


Victoria The Queen: An Intimate Biography of the Woman Who Ruled an Empire by Julia Baird        4* {752 pages}

Sometimes you just need a little historical royalty to float your boat and this detailed insight into England's Queen Victoria and her reign from beginning to end, did just that!

"When Alexandrina Victoria was crowned Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland on 20 June 1837, she was 18 years old and barely five feet tall... " "She was a tiny, powerful woman who reigned for an astonishing 64 years. By the time of her Diamond Jubilee Procession in 1897, she reigned over a fourth of the inhabitable part of the world, had 400 million subjects, and had given birth to nine children."

A surprisingly bold portrait of this regal figure, told with such depth that allows a fascinating glance at her life both before and during her reign. Destined to face controversy and prejudice right from the day of her birth, this biography shines an honest light on how Queen Victoria fought her way through the many layers of imprisonment of her own gender and how she shocked and awed not only a nation but the world and continues to do so today.

I highly recommend this read for any fans of history or the royals or even someone seeking a little motivation for never taking the easy road and fighting for what you believe in.


The Rules Do Not Apply by Ariel Levy        4* {207 pages}

Yikes. I picked up this book without prior knowledge of its contents and opened its pages one day only to be knocked off my feet by its power and pale, twisting grief. This memoir invites you into the private life of Ariel Levy, a writer and journalist. Levy bares all, standing empty in the middle of vulnerability and yet carefully carries the reader through her often harrowing 40 something years, and out the other end, gasping for breath.

This is an extremely emotional read and one I would take time for yourself to truly get into (side note, consider this if reading in public). You will not want to be interrupted during this one. Read it, feel it.


Why I'm No Longer Talking To White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge        4* {249 pages}

Ok, I will be honest with you. The title of this book both scared and intrigued me, being a white person with a considerably privileged existence. But then again, after reading it, it seems that that was very possibly the point.

A profound and beautifully informed and written piece that clears the bullshit, educates exquisitely and takes a no nonsense approach to racism that yes, even in 2018 is still a very big issue within our society. I loved this book and read it in one sitting for fear of losing the spell under which I had fallen as soon as I opened its pages. This book is not an angry rant or a long lesson in right and wrong or a discussion about slavery but all of those things and much more.

This book should be taught in schools. It is a bite sized look at black history in Britain and shares the importance of this knowledge in informing our communities. A shared personal experience with living in an incredibly rigged system and a caring account of where we are going wrong, as we encounter this mammoth task of setting new standards of equality and inclusion, in the modern world.

Highly recommend for everyone but even more so for young people of every race and gender.


Quite the array of non fiction to kick off my year so far, naturally one needs some swashbuckling escapism from time to time, hence my current devotion, Drums of Autumn, the fourth book in the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon. What have you been up to the last while? Read any good books or heard of any hot tips for new releases? Be sure to let me know and feel free to add any suggestions for my next pick!

Monday, 2 April 2018

Spring Forward // Mood Board Curations

Happy Easter/ April/ Spring! Here is a little breath of fresh air in the form of my favourite visual inspirations; mood boards. Take this moment to soak up the colours, forms and compositions in the hopes of boosting your productivity, adding a seasonal punch to your motivation and maybe stir up a creative buzz, to get this shiny new month off to a blooming great start!


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For more scrumptious imagery feel free to glance these February Elements, these sultry Winter Daydreams and the fresh and fruity Vault of Sky. Or head straight to the center of creativity where I source and collate all images.

Friday, 30 March 2018

Take Time To Just Be // Weekend Thoughts

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"Let me tell the tale
Of a girl who didn't stop,
Who climbed up every mountain
Without a pause upon the top.
She'd dance until each blade of grass
Was clothed in drops of dew,
And the sun knew her by name
But the silver moon did too.
For a fear had settled in her bones;
A fear of sitting still,
That if you're not moving forward
It must mean you never will.
So in time her dance got slower
And she looked at all she'd seen,
But found gaps inside the places
That she'd never fully been,
For she was a human doing
Human moving, human seeing,
But she'd never taken time
To simply be a human being."

- E.H.


Wishing you a wonderful Easter weekend full of sweet nothings. Take time to appreciate those simple moments, the softness of breath and sigh. Take time to just be.

Friday, 23 March 2018

Blue Steel // Tilly & The Buttons Coco Dress Pattern Hack

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Hurrah! I'm here today to share with you my second addition to my #2018makenine challenge! When compiling my list of makes for the year I wanted to ensure I would be enriching my closet with items I will not only love but will actually get a use out of and this latest creation ticks both of those boxes!


You can't beat a classic Tilly & The Buttons Coco dress for ultimate comfort, so a creative pattern hack was naturally the next step to sprucing up an already favourite design. I knew I wanted to keep the colour palette workable with my blue/ grey obsessed wardrobe as cotton jersey can be a clingy so and so and opted for a rich medium blue with a fine navy striped contrast yoke and sleeves. I picked this fabric up during my trip to the Handwerkbeurs in Zwolle earlier this year, as the light weight nature and super soft qualities sang "Coco"!


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Following the instructions that came with the original PDF download and swapping out several steps for the savvy Contrast Yolk Coco Variation, I developed the pattern and fitted it to my measurements. The sizing on the Tilly patterns are generally spot on for me although I did grade out slightly at the hips and in slightly at the high waist just to personalise the overall silhouette.


Keeping the length fairly standard, I chose a 3/4 length sleeve and kept the classic neckline giving a clean and simple shape.


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The guide was, as ever, super easy to follow and the fabric was lovely to work with, despite that classic trait of knitted materials to curl up at the edges. Well, you can't have everything I suppose!


Over all I was really pleased with how easy it was to work this new pattern development into the existing design and considering I've been living in this little guy the last couple of weeks, I'd say it was a success. I will be keeping an eye out for any fabric that catches my eye to make a contrast top version, as I think there is a lot of fun to be had with combining colours and patterns! Although, I may steer clear of teeny tiny stripes in the future... That was a challenge to cut out straight! (Don't look too closely!)


All in all, I'm chuffed with the latest piece in my handmade wardrobe and can't wait to get started on a few more projects to tick off the list. A scrumptious mustard yellow knitted cardigan is in the works and a lovely floral number might be hitting my cutting table shortly! Stay tuned for more pattern reviews and home made sewing and feel free to follow along on my journey to creative living!

Monday, 19 March 2018

Hashtag Pastel // Instagram Accounts Currently Loving

This round up of Instagram Accounts that I simply can not get enough of, might very well be my favourite as of yet. I can swoon over these images for hours, and do actually! The thought out compositions, the deliciously delicate details, oh and the colours... Please treat yourself to a browse of my Current Favourites and be sure to add any that jump out at you to your feed. You need this kind of inspiration in your life, trust in me.


@afashionnerd

Vintage pussycat // Glamour // Specs appeal // Colour love // Bold & beautiful // Prints & pattern

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@craftwerking

Handmade // Creative living // Tailor fit // Honest reviews & reflections // Crafty motivation

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@arrohome

Pastel delights // Day dream haze // Contrast in scale // Interior gems // Home-wear trend setting

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@mollymgoddard

Fierce silhouette // Bold design & concept // Storytelling // Mouth watering colour // Frothy texture

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@satellitejune

Breath of fresh air // Traveller // Snapshots // Captured emotions // Film hues // Retro vibes

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@jessicasilversaga

Sheer elegance // Lover of exquisite detail // Softness // Eras gone by // Clothing that tells a tale

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So there we kick off an exciting week with another dose of stunning visuals. I love creating these posts and sharing my finds. I am and always have been a collector of treasures and these daily galleries add a spring to my step and a flutter in my little creative's heart, so why not shine a light on what makes me happy? Maybe (most likely), these gorgeous works of art will bring joy to you chaps and give you that wee kick up the backside to live your cutest most darndest lives too! Until next time x

Thursday, 15 March 2018

The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle // Book Review

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"Dazzling. A revolving door of suspects (and narrators); a sumptuous country-house setting; a pure-silk Möbius strip of a story. This bracingly original, fiendishly clever murder mystery - Agatha Christie meets Groundhog Day - is quite unlike anything I've ever read, and altogether triumphant. I wish I'd written it." - A.J.Finn, #1 New York Times bestselling author

"This book blew my mind! Utterly original and unique." - International bestseller Sophie Hannah

"Agatha Christie meets Downton Abbey with a splash of red wine and Twin Peaks. Dark and twisty, lush and riddled with gorgeous prose, part of me will always be trapped in Blackheath." - New York Times bestselling author Delilah S. Dawson

One of Stylist Magazine's 20 Must Read Books of 2018

One of Harper's Bazaar's 10 Must Read Books of 2018


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'Somebody's going to be murdered at the ball tonight. It won't appear to be a murder and so the murderer won't be caught. Rectify that injustice and I'll show you the way out.'

It is meant to be a celebration but it ends in tragedy. As fireworks explode overhead, Evelyn Hardcastle, the young and beautiful daughter of the house, is killed.

Evelyn Hardcastle will die every day until Aiden Bishop can identify her killer and break the cycle. But every time the day begins again, Aiden wakes up in the body of a different guest. And some of his hosts are more helpful than others..."


Absolutely my book of the year.

This is a very special book and one that I recommend to lovers of all genre of literature, as it covers several themes and bases, is written exceptionally well and is completely encapsulating as a story.

You could label this book a murder mystery but that would seem too simple a tag. A classic piece of literature? A historical work of fiction? A supernatural tale? However you choose to describe this fantastically dark yet glamorous piece of writing, no review will see fit to do it justice. 

From the very first page this book had me jumping to conclusions, scratching my head as the puzzle pieces warped back and forth, swooning over the delicious setting and gasping aloud at the nail bitingly tense scenes, written to perfection.

I implore that you to pick this novel up and treat yourself to the most twisting and keep-you-guessing thrill ride- one which will stay with you long after setting it back upon the bookshelf. You deserve it!

Fabulous, original, sumptuous in character, haunting and truly the best book I've read in a while.

Monday, 5 March 2018

The Shape of Hollywood // 90th Oscars Academy Awards 2018

As awards season reaches it's highest peak, last night movie lovers the world over celebrated the 90th Oscars, honouring the best in the business of storytelling on screen. There were some real treats nominated this year and much to my surprise many of my favourites took home a statue.


Once again the stars took to the podium to shine that ever burning spotlight on causes greater than film and tv and much more personal to our society and cultural norms. Equality is a subject that needs as much conversation as we can give it, for the first step towards making a change is bringing that topic to everyone's attention, relentless until the wheels of reform are firmly in motion.


Besides the winning of awards and the social politics, the eternally fun side to the Oscars is of course, the fashion! Whether it's an opportunity for a new designer to step forward, a chance for a Hollywood legend to make a statement or simply some light hearted glitz and glamour, here is a round up of my favourite looks of the night!


Sass and Glamour

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Metallic Moments

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Rainbow Regency

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Classical Hollywood

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Strikingly Other

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Before the dust glitter settles be sure to check out all the behind the scenes snapshots from the Vanity Fair after party and take a moment to appreciate the timeless beauty and style of Rita Moreno recycling her 1962 Oscar's gown! As ever, feel free to follow me down the rabbit hole over at Instagram and Faded Windmills facebook page for extra goodies in between posts!

Thursday, 1 March 2018

Frosty Ramblings // A Sunny Stroll Around Bronkhorst

Fearing instant backlash from my friends and family back in the UK, currently battling the Beast from the East, I'm here with you today to post my fresh and frosty walk around the tiniest city in the Netherlands- Bronkhorst! Yes, it was bobble hat and mittens cold but my goodness was that blue sky and February sunshine glorious. Sorry Brits!


Once upon a time this Dickensian, cobble stoned gem was a crucial part of the kingdom in the East, boasting trade access via the river Ijssel. Bronkhorst in it's current state is a village housing an entire 157 inhabitants within it's characterful and charming grounds. This is a favourite of mine to stretch my legs, blow out the cobwebs and to soak up the stillness of this quaint place.


If you ever find yourself in Gelderland be sure to add this little beauty to your list of hotspots, if not for the cottages and countryside then for the Charles Dickens museum and the best hot chocolate this side of the low lands!


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It was indeed a mighty cold day and that icy stretch of winter doesn't seem to be shifting any time soon, but boy what a pleasure it was to explore a little. We're still snow free here in the Netherlands at the moment with not much sign of Spring on the horizon, well... besides those dainty snowdrops and ever so slightly lighter mornings... She's on her way, y'all!