24.02.2017- My Sentimental Heart Meets: A Petal Unfolds

Friday, 24 February 2017

Regular visitors to these pages will be well aware of the fact that I’m something of a self-confessed floral fanatic, whether it’s nurturing new blooms in the garden or searching out pretty floral prints in the shops. About a year or so ago, I was lucky enough to cross paths with the lovely Sue of A Petal Unfolds, when I was invited along to Cath Kidston’s flagship Piccadilly store to learn how to craft some of her signature paper blooms- and, since then, I’ve become an avid follower of her work (showcased beautifully on her amazing Instagram page!) With spring (and the wonderful flurry of flowers which the season is so synonymous with) peeking over the horizon, it seemed like the perfect opportunity to sit down with Sue and hear all about what she’s been up to of late… 

Tell us a little about how A Petal Unfolds began...
I originally trained in Fine Art at university and worked mainly with digital photography. I kind of got to a point where I felt like I was missing making things with my hands and I started trying out a few crafts for fun. In 2013 I took an online paper flower class with the blogger Brittany Jepson of The House That Lars Built. I loved it so much and then picked up a vintage book off eBay that taught me more techniques. When I started making my own designs I began posting photos to Instagram and quickly started growing a following which led to commissions and teaching workshops.

What are your favourite flowers to make? 
I do have a real weakness for Ranunculus, I love all the layers and colours, they look so beautiful together.

What would you say have been the biggest challenges to date? 
I’m so lucky to have this life, although it can be really hard to balance everything myself, especially when my flowers are incredibly time consuming to make. Finding time for social media, finances, responding to emails as well as working on projects, developing my work and having time to myself is a challenge every day.

Where do you visit to get inspired? 
I was brought up in the countryside so I do like to get out of Brighton when I get the chance and take a walk somewhere in the middle of nowhere. It clears my head and gives me new things to see that can feed in to my work.

What have been your favourite collaborations so far? 
I really love all the projects that I've worked on, although his year has been really fun so far. I collaborated with Tatty Devine last month, making paper versions of their new floral jewellery collection. I’ve also just finished making some flowers for Liberty and their pop up in Tokyo this month which is really exciting!

Crafting is having a bit of a renaissance at the moment- why do you think it's so popular? 
I think people really want less screen time and to feel that they are connected and spending time on themselves again. I'm regularly told when teaching my workshops how relaxing people find making the flowers and that it's been such a long time since they simply sat and spent time making something.

Do you have any dream projects that you would love to make happen? 
It would have to be working on flowers for a fashion show by a high fashion brand such as Chanel or Dior. That would really be the biggest dream world.

What's coming up next for you? 
Mother's Day is my next big project. I'll be working with a lovely stationery brand making lots of flowers for some in- store demonstrations and giveaways. I can’t wait!

Sue will be hosting a Paper Peony Workshop at Quill London on 19 April- book tickets quickly as they sell out in a flash!

(Image credit: A Petal Unfolds.)

22.02.2017- Beauty Buys: Spring Staples from Birchbox

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Whilst I'm hastily crossing the days off of my calendar until the arrival of spring proper (it's March next week, wahooo!), I'm also gearing up for the arrival of the new season by road testing some fresh beauty essentials. I don't tend to deviate from my day to day routine all that often, but these goodies have definitely made an impression over the last couple of weeks:

Loc One and Done Shadow Stick, Laura Mercier Primer and Amika Bombshell Blowout Spray. Cat trinket dish from Oliver Bonas.

This trio are favourites from a Birchbox which my lovely friends got for me for my birthday back in December, and have become real go-to essentials for me lately. The LOC shadow stick is a great, ultra long-lasting eyeshadow which is perfect for everyday, and is wonderfully hassle free if I find myself in a rush of a morning. Regular readers will know that I'm a huge Laura Mercier fan, and use the tinted moisturiser religiously. This primer is another hero product, and a great lightweight base option for spring. Finally, Amika's volumising spray does everything it says on the tin, adding plenty of texture and body to your barnet- I'm reaching for it regularly now that my hair has had the chop!
Have you snapped up and spring beauty essentials?

(Image credit: Sarah Farrell, please do not reproduce without permission.) 

20.02.2017- What I Wore Today #292

Monday, 20 February 2017

Sometimes all that it takes to help in rediscovering some old style favourites is a good old fashioned clear out. Whilst I'm yet to tackle a full (and long overdue) dissection of my wardrobe, I've been having intermittent rummages over the last couple of weeks, primarily motivated by an need to seek out some much needed insulation! In so doing, I happened across an old favourite, and one which I've really enjoyed switching up and styling of late:

Coat- Topshop 
Top- ASOS 
Trousers- ASOS 
Shoes- Adidas (via Surfdome) 
Bag- Skinnydip London

I picked up this bold blue coat in the January sales a fair few years ago now, and it's a classic which I'm really happy to have rediscovered, especially as the pop of statement colour is a wonderful diversion to a lot of the darker hues which tend to dominate my wardrobe at this time of the year. On a practical note, the oversized fit is perfect for me as I've been bundling up rather a lot, and anything which resembles a blanket gets a huge thumbs up too! This top from ASOS is a fairly new piece which I picked up before my birthday last December, and I've been wearing it more or less once a week since- not only do I love the print, but it's one of those great staples which lends itself perfectly to both smart and casual styling.

Have you rediscovered any style staples recently?

(Image credit: Hannah Hobson, please do not reproduce without permission.)
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