Patterns galore

Patterns galore

Let me just start off saying the rain today was insane. It was definitely a gumboots sorta day. I contemplated taking a bus from the city but the rain had eased to a light sprinkle by the time I had arrived. CRAZY.

So having worn solid blocks of colour for most of my life, I find myself lusting over patterns and reaching for them more often these days. One of my favourite jumpers in my regular winter rotation is a J.Crew polka dot and stripe little number. Now let’s make it clear, I’m on window shopping mode O-N-L-Y! :)

I saw this Portmans stripe skirt and top ensemble on one of their marketing advertisements and fell in love with the entire outfit. I adore the off the shoulder top. Girly without being too girly. If it were summer, and if I could pull off crop tops, I’d be all over this.

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Continuing with the stripe theme, this Country Road stripe top intrigues me. I love the bold/fine line contrast. I’m always struggling to find pretty looking long sleeve tops for winter.

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And my other favourite pattern of the moment – floral. I can’t go past a bold, floral print. The tangerine in this Cue dress makes it all the more special, and it just scream spring. Anything sparkly or material with a slight sheen always seems to capture my undivided attention.

Cue floral dress

And finally just for fun, this flirty neon Gorman skirt will bring life back to your monochromatic office wear. I love how it looks completely different up close to how it appears from afar. Plus it’s lilac, and I love all shades of purple.

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Online shopping from DJ’s

Online shopping from DJ’s

I’m attempting to be on a spending ban. But I’m not doing very well at it. I don’t think I did myself any favours by logging onto Vogue forums. I found a voucher for David Jones that took off $15 if you spend $50 or more. I’d been meaning to get ONE of the two items, so I guess it’s ok? :S

One of the items I ordered was only available through their warehouse, so I opted for free delivery. I thought the inside of the DJs box was very fancy. I want to keep the box, but have no idea what I’d use it for! Anyway. Here’s what I ended up with.

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I got a Tahaa Glasshouse candle, my old one finished weeks ago and I’ve been meaning to repurchase. I needed to get over the $50 mark. Whilst I contemplated a second candle, I spotted some MBMJ stud earrings in gold ON SALE. I ended up paying $32 for the candle, and $28 for the earrings. Surely that’s worth breaking the shopping ban? Or at least that’s what I’ll keep telling myself…

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Have you purchased any bargains lately?

Ikea paper shop

Ikea paper shop

I saw a preview of the Ikea paper shop on the Decor8 Blog the other day. Needless to say I’m pretty excited and I  hopehopehope HOPE it comes downunder. Surely it has to. Right? So far it is available in the UK + Sweden.

There are some great colour and patterns in the range. I don’t even know where to start with what I want. I’m a bit reluctant with getting non-original washi tape (I’ve had some bad experience with them not sticking nicely in the past), but I’d definitely check out the rest of their stationery. I’ve been told I have enough, but really, when is enough ever enough.

Here are some bits and pieces that I thought were particularly noteworthy. The paper shop spans notebooks, gift wrapping, note paper, ribbons and more!

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Please tell me I’m not the only crazy stationery freak out here?

Iyama design studio

Iyama design studio

I have a thing for washi tape. Something about the pretty pastels and bright coloured masking tape just keeps drawing me in. There is nothing more that I’d love than to visit the washi tape museum in Japan. But. Not for a while to come I think. I saw this MT installation by the Iyama Design Studio. Swoon.

I would however wonder what would happen with the dust sticking to the tape. It might not even be sticky. Who knows. Anyway. I like it.

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What creative stuff have you made with washi tape?

Patterned paint rollers

Patterned paint rollers

I adore patterns. I wallpaper is complete eye candy to me. There is nothing more I’d love than to plaster one wall of my house with a lovely feature wall of flocked wallpaper. I’m a bit wary of what will happen when it ages. I’ve seen wallpaper at auntie’s places that are peeling at the corners. Not a good look.

I came across Clare Bosanquet of The Painted House on Etsy which stocks paint rollers that have seamless patterns and designs that are dainty and pretty.

Patterned paint roller

Patterned paint roller

Patterned paint roller

They can be used straight onto walls, on fabric, or my personal favourite, to make your own wrapping paper. As a personal owner of innumerable rubber stamps, this idea appeals to me immensely.

Check out her store + full range here.

Manicure: Two tone houndstooth nail stamp

Manicure: Two tone houndstooth nail stamp

I love the houndstooth pattern that came with the last Bundle Monster set. It’s a large, clear pattern and is just so striking and dramatic (I’ve used it a bunch of times in the past). I was a bit sick of my orange and bronze nails, so I decided to do a two tone stamp.

Manicure: Two tone houndstooth nail stamp

This time I used China Glaze Light as Air for the base, and stamped with a combination of Revitanail Coral Cascade and China Glaze Spontaneous.

Manicure: Two tone houndstooth nail stamp

I used Spontaneous and Light as Air a while ago for a similar manicure, but I thought I’d mix it up for a little something different. I wasn’t sure whether I’d like how bold it would turn out, but with the weekend nipping at my feet, I had no real qualms trying it out.

Manicure: Two tone houndstooth nail stamp

I was a little apprehensive about how bright and in-your-face it came out, but it is slowly growing on me. Not sure if I’ll keep it until the working week. We’ll see.

What do you think of bright polishes?