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It’s probably not too much of a surprise that I love flamingos – after all, what’s not to like? As well as the obvious great colour and gorgeous shape, these exotic birds remind me of being in my spirit home in Florida – and I always make a beeline for them at the zoo. We’ve decorated our home with little flamingo motifs here and there, but I also like to grab any opportunity to incorporate the pink ladies into my wardrobe!

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When I unboxed this cute Dancing Flamingo necklace by I Love Crafty at Cheekyboo Emporium, it was love at first sight. It’s cheery colour and flailing dancing legs reminded me of myself when I hear Prince on a night out (minus the excited squealing, that is).

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I couldn’t wait to wear it, and thought it would look ideal with – you guessed it – more flamingos!

With a flock truly starting to form, I loved where this outfit was heading. I’m really digging powder blue and bright pink as a colour combo right now, and when I seen the vivid acrylic necklace paired with my Coco Fennell flamingo dress felt like it was meant to be.

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My little Dancing Flamingo came beautifully wrapped in rainbow tissue paper and lots of stickers (just the way I like my mail!) from Cheekyboo Emporium, an awesome online boutique who stock a carefully-chosen selection of handmade accessories, gifts and homeware. With new makers being added to the store regularly, they are certainly one to watch!

I was VERY tempted to stand on one leg (a la flamingo) in these photos – but I don’t posses the same grace as our feathered friends! I did however, have a lot of fun flailing around to a questionable Spotify playlist instead…

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My Dancing Flamingo Ensemble includes:

Dress: Coco Fennell

Necklace: I Love Crafty at Cheekyboo Emporium

Shoes: Fred’s Shoes

Peony hairclip: Crown and Glory

It’s safe to say that this cheery necklace has danced its way right into my heart and I can see myself wearing it a lot over the coming months.

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Do you love flamingos in fashion too? Can you stand on one leg without falling over?

Love,

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With thanks to Cheekyboo Emporium 

Yay! A 500k Giveaway!

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I’m sure I’m not alone when I say how much I love using Pinterest, right? For me, it’s not just a form of social media (though it is easily one of my favourites!) – it’s a great way to get creative, feel inspired and share ideas. I can happily spend time pinning photos I’ve taken, sharing blog posts and discovering everything from interiors to recipes – and beyond! We even started a board when we bought our new home, and still add ideas to it regularly.

Not long after joining in the fun on Pinterest, I started to see an increase in follower numbers. Even though I believe that interaction and quality content are the most important parts of growing your blog or brand online, I would be lying if I said I wasn’t just a tiny bit jazzed about this increase. I’m truly grateful for every read, view, click and follow that I get, whether it’s here or across social media – you guys are seriously awesome! I wanted to do something special to mark hitting 500,000 followers over on Pinterest, so thought it was high time I hosted a blog giveaway to say a HUGE thank you!

Today, I’m happy to launch my Yay! 500k Giveaway!

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Ever since I started blogging, a huge part of what really gets me feeling inspired is discovering amazing independent businesses and sharing them with you. So, for this giveaway, I’ve teamed up with the fabulous Ginger Pickle online boutique to bring you a bag jam-packed full of goodies!

Ginger Pickle stock a gorgeous range of handmade gifts and accessories, all by British creatives and made with love. As well as stocking their own-brand pieces, you can expect pieces by some of my favourite indie designers, like Crown And Glory, Ladybird Likes and Kate Rowland. I’ve hand-picked a selection of items that I genuinely want for myself, and that all make me smile. I can’t wait to give them to one of you…

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The prize: 

A dino-tastic pink laser-cut triceratops necklace by Designosaur. Rawr!

An adorable wooden koala bear brooch by Ginger Pickle (I think it’ll look great on a denim jacket!)

A turquoise chevron Moleskine notebook by Finest Imaginary – perfect for scribbling down ideas, plans and to-do lists

I couldn’t host a giveaway without some ace hair candy – so you’ll bag a gold glitter bow by Crown and Glory

Three mini-prints by Ginger Pickle featuring positive and inspirational quotes

A friendship card that was just made for popping in the post to your BFF as a sweet snail mail surprise

All of these goodies will come in a soft canvas Be Cheerful tote by Alphabet Bags

The rules: To be in with a chance of winning, all you need to do leave a comment below – be sure to include your email address so that I know how to contact you! I’ll pick a winner at random on Sunday at 6pm, and the contest will run from now until then. If you think your girl gang might like the sound of these prizes, feel free to spread the word on Twitter! This giveaway is open to UK entrants only this time (but I will look at the logistics of an international contest next time).

There’s a really great mix of items by Ginger Pickle and the designers that they stock – maybe you’ll even discover a new-to-you brand that you’ll want to see more from! Don’t forget you can keep up to date with the latest Ginger Pickle news on Facebook.

Sound good? I almost want to enter myself!

Good luck everyone and if you haven’t joined me over on Pinterest yet, come say hi!

Feeling inspired and grateful,

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For The Love of Snail Mail

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Like a lot of people, I spend a LOT of my time communicating in the online world. Whether I’m writing here, contributing content elsewhere, chatting on social media, replying to emails…well, the list goes on! I don’t think it’s so much a ‘blogger’ thing – it’s just the way a lot of us tend to live now.

It sure is a huge amount of digital interaction, but on the flip side, I also get a massive kick out of sending and receiving post. It might not be as quick (actually, it DEFINITELY isn’t!), but there is still something really special about a letter or parcel landing on my doormat. Today, I want to revel in my love of snail mail a little bit!

Even when I was a kid, I used to get very excited if I had any kind of mail. At that time though, chances were that my post was coming from one of the following two sources:
1. My granny, who without fail would post me a birthday or Christmas card (even though we saw each other all the time and she could have just as easily given me it in person!), or
2. The horse that I had adopted (adopting animals was pretty huge when I was eight. You could either have a dolphin or a horse, from what I remember). I was clearly so giddy from receiving the mail to wonder how the horse managed to type said letters.

Now, I may be older but the novelty of snail mail still lingers. A few of my friends live quite far away, so we only get to see each other once or twice a year. As sucky as that is, we’ve turned it into a positive through keeping in touch by post! Not only does it give me the opportunity to actually USE some of the cute stationary that I have a habit of accumulating hoarding, but I genuinely love the ritual of writing a letter or putting together a wee care package.

It feels genuine and personal, which is why I enjoy it so much.

When I first started hanging out with my friend Xandra, she sent me a ‘real life friend request’ card, which really made my day when it popped through the letterbox. Super cute!

So, it’s probably not too much of a surprise that I am a huge fan of subscription boxes. which are having a real moment right now. Here’s why I think they are the bee’s knees: they combine the awesome charm of traditional mail with the excitement of either discovering new creatives, or supporting your favourite brands. All that with the added fun of having a parcel of surprises delivered to your door!

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The first company that really got my attention with their subscription box was Lucky Dip Club. Run by the supercool Leona, this box is perfect for anyone that loves jewellery, stationary and the odd crafty kit (think budgie bunting and mini hamburger mascots). The fact that Lucky Dip Club comes from the girl who brought us Lady Luck Rules OK (one of my big favourites from my uni days!), should tell you just how kitsch and kickass the designs are.

This year, Lucky Dip Club has teamed up with more indie designers, which helps to spread the love and introduce new makers. Their recent LDC x Folksy box was a celebration of Folksy’s talented alumni, and boxes sold out in minutes.

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My addiction to beautiful hair candy is well-documented, so when I signed up to The Glitterati – a subscription service by my favourites, Crown and Glory – I just knew that I wouldn’t be disappointed! I love their themed boxes, which always get it just right. The last two were tropical tiki and kitsch Americana themed, and I adored everything inside! With massive bang for your buck, one-off designs and exclusive preview pieces, it’s like being part of the best-accessorised girl gang in town.

If you fancy signing up to The Glitterati yourself, mention that I sent you and we’ll both bag a Crown and Glory gift voucher. Pretty sweet, right?

This brings me to a new box on the block, that I am excited to tell you guys about. The Badger Box has been created by the guys at The Clever Badger, an online boutique run by an amazing couple that have a passion for design. This subscription box promises a curated selection of unisex products that are practical as well as pretty!

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You can expect homewares, stationary, food, gifts, art and more. As well as being hand-picked from independent artists, The Badger Box’s contents are all specially commissioned, which means you won’t find ’em anywhere else.

I tried out The Badger Box’s June edition and I wanted to share what was inside, and what you can expect from this one! With a strong summertime vibe, this box was titled It’s Getting Hot Out There. The first thing I noticed was all of the little custom stickers that decorated the box, and the cute packaging inside too. A handy, well-designed newsletter let me know what the four items were and a bit about the brands behind them.

A silk-screened card by Stormy Knight adorned with a cheeky seagull was the first thing I pulled out, followed by a grenade-shaped seed pack by Scottish company Kabloom. I spied something bright yellow and fuzzy, and best of all, shaped like the sun! It was a felt coaster by indie brand Pygmy Cloud, and I can’t wait to pop it on my bedside table – after all, who doesn’t like waking up and seeing the sunshine?!

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Finally, a kawaii illustration by London-based artist Tim Easley completed the contents. This was probably my favourite part of the box, ‘Ice Scream’ was a fun and uber-colourful print depicting some summertime treats.

What I really liked about this box was the variety inside – ideal for being introduced to new (or just new-to-you!) brands.

If you’re after fashion or beauty subscriptions, The Badger Box is probably not the one for you. But, if you love quirky, well-made gifts and finding out more about new designers then it’s certainly worth checking out! Their next themed box is called Great Adventures, which sounds like something I can TOTALLY get on board with. You can find out more about The Clever Badger, and The Badger Box over here.

All of these companies have the option to buy a one-off box, which makes for some pretty amazing snail mail whether you’re treating yourself or sending a surprise to one of your posse!

I think it’s important to keep the fun ritual of snail mail alive, and letting someone know how awesome they are the old-fashioned way. As much as I love being online, I think there’s plenty of room for doing both, don’t you? After all, if that horse can write a letter (ahem!), so can the rest of us!

What are your thoughts on snail mail? Do you hoard cute stationery too?

Sealed with a kiss,

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Note: I was sent the June edition of The Badger Box to share my thoughts with you guys. As always, all of my opinions are honest!