SHIRLEY, AUDREY AND PHILIP


On Thursday night I had two little creatures enter my life by the names of Shirley (above) and Audrey (below). Well, they didn't arrive with those names on their kitty birth certificate, but these two balls of black fluff deserved names to match the divas they are. Shirley Bassey and Audrey Hepburn are now firmly part of my family. 

I had been considering for a while whether to get some cats. I say some because these would have to be house cats so it wouldn't be fair to just have one with no playmate. When I saw a post on Facebook saying two sister kittens had been abandoned, I was almost like fate. I've been away a lot over the past couple of weeks so had to wait until Thursday night to get pick them up and bring them home. 





They seem to be settling in well, although we've had a toilet incident on the cream carpet already (Shirley hasn't mastered the art of opening the flap to go in her litter-house yet) and I still can't find my plug which one of them stole from the kitchen last night and hid somewhere. But it's nice to have something other than my reflection in the house. Plus they are super cuddly and crave attention which is just the sort of cat I wanted. Cats who just do their own thing are a little boring to say the least. 



The only problem is, in the three years since having my old cat Chloe, I seem to have developed an allergy - which means tight throat, itchy eyes and running nose. I can't believe even after having my own cat for 18 years, I have developed this now. So it's onto the tablets for me and I'm hoping that after a month or so the allergy will be normal enough for me to live with. 

Now, I also wanted to introduce you to another new kittie in my life, Philip. Philip is the brainchild of design house Blunderpuss, whose collection of sartorial felines screen printed onto 100 percent cotton tees here in the UK are perfect for any cat-lover like me. Look how smart he looks in his blue single-breasted blazer and dickie-bow. I'm a massive fan of anything graphic, and this t-shirt is almost too good to put away in a drawer - hence me showcasing it on my new wall of prints. Plus, I saw this designed from inception to finish so it's amazing to see the final product. 






I even love the stickers which come with each package - these are waiting to be stuck on Audrey and Shirley's bowls at some point. Anyway, check out the Blunderpuss website by clicking here and let me know which one is your favourite. I don't think you can get any cooler than Betty but you might think differently. Here's to many feline years of #CatsofInstagram posts. 

FIVE PAST FRIDAY: FIVE STYLISH COFFEE TABLE BOOKS



As we all know by now, there are some bloggers that just have it, whether it be in their fashion choices or their interiors, they ooze style from the inside out. Design Bloggers at Home takes twelve of these creatives and discovers where the magic happens in terms of their homes and work spaces. From pared-back monochrome cabins in Scandinavia to an eclectic colour-filled apartment in California, the book even includes a chapter on setting up your own blog. A debut for interior journalist and stylist Ellie Tennant, there is no doubt a sequel is needed. 


The second instalment to come from sister design duo, Elsie Larson and Emma Chapman, Happy Handmade Home was one of my favourite Christmas presents this year. I actually bought this for my sister and my mum bought this back for me, so you can already tell we have the same sense of style - like Elsie and Emma ironically. Separated room by room, this book has easy DIY's through to more complicated furniture restyles. I read this book cover to cover, and I've already planned some bits I'm doing for up-and-coming DIY's for the blog. Just check out how much you can do with just a Shapie pen.


Created by stylist to the stars, Rachel Zoe, Living in Style is a follow up to her first book, A to Zoe. Dubbed the "bible for advice and inspiration for living in style", this hardback takes a look into Zoe's life and discovers her secrets for a stylish life across beauty, home design, entertaining, travel and of course, fashion. Filled with never-before-seen photographs from Zoe's personal collection and tips from colleagues, celebrities and family members, this is a book for those looking to be inspired by the Hollywood crowd. 


One of my favourite designers, this book is a classic coffee table book, with its beautiful front cover design and huge catalogue size. Designed as the definitive home-decorating guide, this book offers professional advice on both the practical and aesthetic aspects to interiors design. Alongside gorgeous photography and room schemes, Hoppen offers expert guidance on how to use scale and proportion, colour, texture, lighting, furniture and art - from kitchens, living rooms, bedrooms and bathrooms to media rooms, home offices, gyms and spas. A beautiful book from start to finish.


One for the fashion girls amongst us, this book is from designer Kate Spade and is perfect for fans of beautiful photography and the designers work. Comprising twenty chapters, each one is filled with inspiration from the colour red, to a well-placed bow. Part visual diary, part inspirational reference, this oversized book features playful tips and practical advice, and is a beautiful compilation that visually represents the spirit of Kate Spade New York - "a place where the colours are bold, smart design is key and fashion is fun" as Spade herself describes. 

SHOPPING EDIT: MINTED ARTWORK


Buying artwork and prints for my house is fast becoming an addiction. Right now, I have four pieces just sat waiting to be framed in my spare room and I'm already looking for more to buy. I also constantly Pin statement walls on Pinterest which feature rows and rows of carefully curated pictures and photographs, hoping someday I can achieve something similar in my living room. 

So when I came across these gorgeous pieces on a new website Minted, you can imagine how many "where shall I put it, how can I afford it, when shall I buy it" went through my brain. Minted, if you haven't come across it already is an online platform based in the US which brings together artists and creatives from all over the world and highlights their best pieces of work - you get to learn the story behind each designer which I love.

Another part of the Minted offer, which is great for those of you with a wedding coming up, is their design service for stationery, allowing you to create something amazing to post through to friends and family when your big day arrives. And you won't even have to post them as Minted do it all for you. Now all I need to do is find the groom and I can get straight on with this.

Check out the website site here and let me know which is your favourite piece from above. I think I'm going to have to go with the pineapple photograph, I mean, how can I not. 

FIVE PAST FRIDAY: FIVE INSTAGRAM ACCOUNTS FOR INTERIOR LOVERS


I love an aesthetically pleasing Instagram account and those that feature gorgeous interiors are always going to be the ones I scroll through again and again. So for this Five Past Friday, I wanted to bring together five of my favourite Insta-feeds, some of you may have heard of, and some I'm hoping become new favourites - but all of which are beautifully curated.
 
 
Brought to you by lifestyle blogger Geraldine, Little Big Bell is a new find for me after coming across the winners list from the recent Amara Interior Blog Awards. This feed is bold and bright - expect pretty London doorways and colourful pops of florals.

 
One of my favourite lifestyle blogs, Kate from Gh0stparties is like my kindred spirit when it comes to interiors. Copper, wall art and pineapples are featured throughout, and although her Instagram isn't dedicated solely to interiors, you'll find it inspirational nevertheless.
 
 
I love, love, love Victoria's sense of style, which she dubs "bohemian modern", and her SF Girl By Bay feed doesn't fail to excite. Pretty San Francisco houses sit next to pictures of vintage finds and relaxed interiors. Make sure you bookmark her blog as one to follow as well if you don't already - it's definitely one to inspire.
 
 
A connoisseur of colour, Will Taylor of Bright Bazaar always manages to cheer me up with his vivid Instagram feed. From his travels around the world, to his beautiful artwork placed around his even more beautiful house, if you love colour then this is the place to be on a dull winters morning.
 
 
A slightly more subtle feed than the ones mentioned above, Lobster & Swan is the brainchild of Jeska Hearne and is all misty photographs, hearty food on wooden table tops and crafty goodness. I like Instagram accounts that have a recognisable personality - one that you can pretty much tell instantly it's from that blogger - and this one certainly has that.
 
I hope you liked this rundown and if you have any other interior Insta-feeds you think I'd like then leave me a comment as always. Have a great weekend lovelies.
 

TRUE ROMANCE FROM APPLEYARD LONDON



OK, so Christmas is firmly in the past and Cadbury Crème Eggs are on the shelves (don't event talk to me about the new chocolate!), which means one thing. Valentines Day is just around the corner.
 
And although I doubt I'll be spending February the 14th with a hunk in trunks, I'm still always happy to receive beautiful flowers. Appleyard of London is a flower delivery service who contacted me recently about the chance to review some of their Valentines flowers so of  course I did the rational thing and said "thank you, that would be amazing, could you please deliver them to my work so people think I have a secret admirer."



The flowers I chose from the company's website was the True Romance collection, which as you can see are absolutely beautiful. From the packaging (a large black box with simple but chic branding), to the next day delivery service, the whole thing felt very, well, special.
 
True Romance, for those flower fans, includes a mix of captain romance calla lilies, luxury red grand prix roses and pink bouvardia with cerise alstroemeria and fresh green hypericum berries. I couldn't tell you which were which, but what I can tell you is the whole thing smelt beautiful.
 
So here's the bit we all like, from now until the big day, Appleyard London are kindly offering readers of I Heart Fashion a huge 40 per cent off any bouquet (excluding the Flowers by Post range) by entering the code BLOG40 at the checkout.  
 
So even if these are the only flowers I'll receive this Valentines Day, I doubt any other bunch would come close anyway. Thank you Appleyard London for putting a smile on my face.


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