Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Tesco Spring/Summer 2015

I know its raining and cold and summer seems so very far away but I for one love a bit of colour and seeing lots of bright yellow, blue and tropical colours in the Tesco Spring/Summer collection for 2015 was a lovely treat in November. Not to mention a favourite new collection of mine Stockholm that adds a bit of vintage style.

Here are some of my favourite bits.

Love Lemon x

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

High Street Goodies

Recently I have been thinking about my own personal brief for my home and looking to buy some new bits and pieces. I have a wish list however I also have a very tight budget. A budget that does not stretch to my visions full of room of luxurious fabrics, an Ercol love seat, Parker Knoll armchair, G-plan units, Anglepoise lamp and a Heals sofa. It does mean I have to work with what I have, search vintage stores, auction rooms, eBay, paint items to fit in with my scheme and be patient. To be honest all of that is a challenge but also stretches my imagination and helps me stay focused. I like to buy vintage pieces but I also like to shop on the high street and mix and match. I often find bits and pieces that are great copies on expensive designs for a fraction of the price. Here are a few of my favourites at the moment.

There are quite a few sofas on the Made.com site that I like. So many have that 60's style about them and I love the colours available. This is the Jonah 2 seater which is £499.
I recently bought this lamp that was a bargain price of £49.99 from The Range
This chair is perfect for a lounge with vintage character. At only £150 from IKEA I think it's a great price too. It can be hard to find a vintage chair without some work needing to be done to the wood or re upholstering necessary. For me this chair offers the vintage style without the work and endless searching on EBay!!
I bought my g plan sideboard quite a few years ago on eBay for £50. I was quite shocked I managed to get it for that amount and I love it. However I did find a great option to buy a new sideboard that looks the part but doesn't break the bank. This is from the Stockholm range at Tesco and is only £319 (currently on sale). I love the American White oak and cut out handles. Such a solid piece of furniture.
Now all you need are a few colourful accessories!

Have you found great vintage style pieces on the high street?

Love Lemon x

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

The Shift Dress

The shift dress has to be one of my favourite classic vintage designs. When I signed up to my first dressmaking course I had my heart set on a shift dress with a peter pan collar which you can see here. I wear it so much and went on to make another. 

I particularly like pockets or a collar on a shift dress and there are so many variations on the design.

The shift dress became popular in the 1960's but has been around long before then. It really came into it's own on the dance floor in block colours and bold patterns. It feels like this dress will always be around in some way, shape or form. It can be worn as a casual dress in the daytime or dressed up for the evening. Worn by Jackie Kennedy and Audrey Hepburn this dress will always be seen as a classic design.

I have around 6 different shift dresses in my wardrobe now, all very different from each other. I absolutely love this easy to wear jersey cotton shift dress with pockets from Fever London who also have a great selection of shift dresses. 

Someone wanted in on the action!

It was so windy the day my husband took these photos!
What is your favourite style of dress?

Love Lemon x

PS. Thank you to Fever London for the dress, please note all thoughts are my own.

Monday, 13 October 2014

Styling the Seasons - October

Had I written this post on Sunday I would of described October as a beautiful month of sunshine and blue skies, however the rain has been pretty bad here for the last 24 hours and doesn't look like it will stop anytime soon. Still I feel thankful we have had some warm weather this late in the year. 

My styling at home for this months #stylingtheseasons involved moving lots of pieces from my front room to mix things up a bit. I am really enjoying changing this area of my home and it feels nice to see different bits and pieces from my collection here. 

You can read more about Style the Seasons on my first post in September here.

This month I have also added my new print by Samantha Eynon.

Love Lemon x

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Fever Trousers

Trousers you say?! Yes, I chose trousers over all those gorgeous Fever dresses. I was curious and just couldn't get the print out of my head. Based on a tile design these trousers look great for daytime or evening. I wore them with heels and flats, a plain t-shirt and they look best with red nails and lips.

With the weather cooling these trousers feel like a much better option to getting those jeans and tights on just yet. 

Love Lemon x

Thank you to Fever for these trousers. Please note as always the thoughts above are my own.

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Styling the Seasons - September

I really love this idea of styling a corner of your home for the season that was introduced by Katy from Apartment Apothecary and Charlotte from Lotts and Lots. This is a sideboard in my kitchen that I like to re organise with the seasons and sometimes when I just fancy a change.

I decided on some darker colours for September with the deep green runner, purple flowers and newly acquired dark blue vintage coffee pot. I often collect a lot more bits on here but its a new chapter for us and a school start for our little boy and it felt like we needed to clear some bits and make space.

Please share your #stylingtheseasons below, I would love to see them.

Love Lemon x

Emery Dress + Liberty

I completed my 2nd dressmaking course at The Felixstowe Sewing School and chose a vintage inspired dress pattern which was a little more complicated than my first simple shift dress including a gathered skirt, pockets and a lined bodice. I was looking forward to making something different but also excited about trying the pattern by independent pattern designer Christine Haynes. After looking at so many gorgeous patterns I chose the Emery dress.

I absolutely love this dress. I made some alterations to the bodice and decided on a combination of short sleeves and a collar and I just love that it has pockets. I am thrilled with the Liberty fabric and contrasting red collar. I have worn it so much. I really do need to make another. A great dress to wear with tights and a cardigan in the winter too.

What do you think?

Please excuse my poor modelling skills!

I would love to hear about your dressmaking if you want to add a link below.

Love Lemon x