Valentines Eve 2014

The Norwich Lanes have certainly rekindled the old Jack Valentine’s tradition! Jack Valentine’s came about in the Victorian era; a mischievous man who would knock on people’s doors and play pranks. If you were lucky in love he may leave a nice present for you too! Back then, Valentines wasn’t just for sweethearts- family members and friends would all show their love and appreciation for each other with gifts, food and cards.

I had an absolutely gorgeous night last night, enjoying some rather yummy cocktails in the Birdcage. This little number is called a Lovers Tif- made with vanilla vodka, Kahlua, milk and grenadine. Think of an alcoholic milkshake and you’re away!

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I also decided to treat myself to some love heart sweeties and a valentines cupcake!

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I also had a little look around the city. Root had a brilliant “Jack is Back” window display with confetti hearts. Roots do lovely local food in a warm, cosy atmosphere.

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Around the corner is one of my favourite places in Norwich- Biddy’s Tea Room! With glorious 1940s wartime decor, cream cakes and plenty of delicious blends of tea, this pretty tea room is my idea of heaven. In the window were two incredible wedding cakes, and lots of old-time Valentines memorabilia.

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And what would the day be without the man himself? Jack Valentine turned up at The Birdcage on my way back- ready to surprise all the adults and children with chocolate hearts! Doesn’t he look dapper?!

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Lula Magazine S/S 2013

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You may not have known this, but we’re absolutely obsessed with Lula Magazine- every issue is chock full of pages upon pages of the most whimsical fashion and art, and their S/S 2013 issue is no exception! What caught our eye was Codie Yungs mane of wavy poker red hair, what a starlet! In this issue Codie Young and Damien Heath team up to create this wonderfully dreamy, springtime photo-shoot with a focus on yummy dresses, floral print,  lace and cobalt blue. A combination to die for!

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Ah, to be by the sea, doesn’t Codie look like an absolute siren here?

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Love the daisy motifs on this sheer dress, reminds me of the 1960s when things were so much simpler and life was obviously far more blissful!

There’s always an air of playfulness in Lula Magazine, they also keep a wonderful scrapbook on their website, documenting their fashion-filled adventures. In glorious pastel pink and grey cameos, we see maidens play and blow kisses. Their videos and documentary style is really reflected throughout their entire website and publications, they certainly give me a feeling that I can just kick back and stop worrying about the world. Do check out their wonderful website: http://lulamag.com/

Love Vintage Craft

I am absolutely hooked on PiP Studio and have finally found my fix of PiP Products in the UK! I’ve seen the PiP crockery, wallpaper and bags on lots of other sites, but this site is by far the cheapest, and they send stuff SO quickly! Check them out here: Love Vintage Craft

Not only that, they also stock a whole range of gorgeous gifts, cute toys and other products with a vintage / handmade vibe. Their blog is a treasure trove of information on how to make the most out of Christmas gift-gicing, how to syle your wardrobe and interior design ideas too. Love it!

I’m also hungry to get some fabric from them, they do Tula Pink, Kaffee Fassett and Amy Butler fabrics which are perfect for patchwork, but are also stunning patterns to make into clothing. They do ribbons, trimming and all sorts of lovely things in their haberdashery section. If you’re handmade crazy you will absolutely love this site!