3 inspiring blogs you will want to start reading immediately

I am a very new blogger; in fact I never really wanted to blog.  For me I have fallen in to it as a means to highlight my love of all things vintage and to share my repurposed and reused vintage jewellery in my Etsy shop here.

Entering the world of blogging has been a scary experience for me, it wasn’t so much the newness of it all but blogging is a tightly knit community with rules and etiquette that has taken me a while to understand and get to grips with – although there is still so much I don’t understand or know!

What has helped me along this journey is those wonderful bloggers who are inspiring, fun and supportive.  So here are my top 3 blogs that everyone should be reading:


The must read blog for hints, tips and resources for bloggers:  Skinnedcartree  

The blog is run by Corinne.  She describes her blog as ”light hearted and sometimes amusing posts for those who are interested in fashion and life.”

But it is more than that.  I have found her blogging tips to be invaluable and written in her witty style.  How to Disclose Partnerships and How to use Buffer are just some of the excellent tips she has shared.  What has amazed me about this blog is that at such a young age (compared to me!) Corinne has wisdom and insight that is often found on the shoulders of someone older.

If you need any kind of hints or tips to do with blogging this is the first one to go to!


The inspiring blog for the fashionista: xloveleahx 

I’ve just started to read Leah’s blog, she describes it as one where you will find posts about “plus size fashion and radical self-love, plus occasional beauty, travel and lifestyle posts.”

Leah is truly inspiring with her fashion posts and her love of fashion comes through really strong and one can only smile at her fun, fearless and cute outfits!   I love Halloween so for her to review the CowCow Boo Halloween dress with a statement “It’s never too early for Halloween clothes” just sang to me!

A must for not just the fashionista but a must for all fashion craving women out there!


A parenting/lifestyle blog for the real life junkie / mummy:  Lylia Rose

The blog is run by Victoria who introduces herself as a “30 year old Mum of two, is self-employed and a stay at home mum.”

An entrepreneurial wonder woman if you ask me!  What I absolutely adore about Victoria’s blog is her willingness to share in an open fashion the ups and downs of being a mother and business owner.  As if that’s not enough she is passionate about helping and promoting small businesses and her services are extremely competitive.  I have had the pleasure of working with her recently and I can’t speak highly enough about her professionalism, friendliness and willingness to help me when I have tons of questions!

It is no wonder she has won a slew of awards for her success such as #QueenOf and the #SBS award from Theo Paphitis!




Vintage Baking:  Pains Au Chocolat

It is said that Marie-Antoinnette introduced the croissant to France!  I’m not sure about that but I do know the croissant first appeared in the French dictionary in 1863!

So in the spirit of the Great British Bake Off and pasty week I opted for Pains Au Chocolat early on Sunday morning, what more could you ask for with a lovely cuppa and sitting down on a relaxing Sunday?

Of course being a Sunday morning, there was no way I was going to make my pastry from scratch!  So I opted for ready made pastry – quick and easy if you ask me lol.


320g of all butter puff pastry (equates to one pack of ready made)

100g of milk chocolate (I opted for an organic bar of good quality chocolate)

1 egg beaten for brushing the pastry


Preheat your oven to 220C or Gas mark 7

Unroll your pastry on to a floured surface, then cut the pastry in to equally sized rectangles.

Cut your chocolate in to equally sized rectangles (two portions per cut pastry)

Take each rectangle and place a piece of chocolate on the shorter edges and then roll each side up to the middle, turn over and place on a baking tray then repeat for all rectangles.

Brush a little egg on the top of each pastry and bake for approximately 12 minutes until they have risen and are golden brown.

Sit down with a lovely cup of tea and enjoy 🙂  Remember if you are looking for a vintage cake stand and vintage tea cups have a wee look at my Etsy store here.


Review: Hollah! Preserves Chutney made with chilli, strawberries and prosecco!

Based in Moira, Northern Ireland, Hollah! Preserves is a wonderful business run by two exceptional entrepreneurial women, Paula Latuske and Trudy Hodkinson.

They produce a magnificent array of chutneys and chilli jams with such a fun twist, I had the pleasure of tasting* their most popular chutney made with chilli, strawberries and prosecco. I mean what is not to love about food with prosecco!

This is a real winner for me, I have served it with salads, chicken dishes and hamburgers the past weekend – it is a jar of deliciousness with just the right kick of chilli.  It is bursting with amazing flavour and such a versatile product. There is just a little left (which I have hidden!) but I intend using that just for myself served on freshly baked bread with a slice of brie and a glass of prosecco just to top it off!

If you want something to spice up your food and extremely delicious then you just must head over to Hollah! online here to buy their products if your local supermarket doesn’t stock them.  You can also follow them on Twitter here to keep up-to-date with their latest creations.

They offer a fantastic range of other preserves to tantalise your taste buds, you will certainly be wowed by their perserves.


Elf x


*Hollah! Preserving sent me this product to try.

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Hello Autumn, Hello Woollie Jumpers, Hello Slipper Socks!

So today, 22nd September 2016 is the Autumn Equinox.  This is the official start of autumn when the sun passes directly over the Earth’s equator and creates a day and night that are the same length.


With autumn come the longer nights and shorter days that will eventually lead us in to winter time.  I personally love autumn, I love the colours that mother nature gives us as leaves turn brown and fall from the trees.  There is something so pretty and magical seeing leaves assembling on the ground and walking through them – this is fun at any age!


The air is so crisp and refreshing that I get an intense feeling of wanting to be snug.  So out comes those woolly jumpers, scarves, gloves and slipper socks – perfect!


To celebrate the Autumn Equinox I have pulled together my favourite vintage autumn jewellery finds to share with you.  Let me know what you think.  All items are now in my Etsy shop here.  So if you would like some autumn inspired vintage jewellery that is unique head on over.


Happy autumn.

Elf x











Cleaning the Vintage Way

You know I am no fan of cleaning but it has to be done.  I’m not the kind of person who cleans everyday, I just think there is more to life than worrying about cleaning!

Although there is nothing like the fresh smell of lemons in the home – having them in gin is just perfect but there are times when they come in handy for cleaning too!  In my quest to become more environmentally friendly – not to mention how expensive some cleaning products are – I decided to look in to vintage ways of cleaning.  After all they didn’t have products that promised 99% removal of all germs years ago!

So below I have listed some vintage ways to help you on your way to keeping your home clean and at the same time using environmentally friendly items – a win/win if you ask me.



Honestly it used to take me ages to clean the windows – I don’t know which was worse – the dirt before I cleaned them or the streaks after!  That was until I decided to go the vintage way.  I also remember my gran using this recipe years back.  If you mix together a 50/50 solution of white wine vinegar and hot water in a bottle, you squeeze a drop on your window and clean with a cloth or better still use a sheet of newspaper.  My gran was right, this is the best and only way to clean windows.



Here come the lemons!  Squeeze some lemons in to hot water – you could use an old spray bottle.  Spray around the house –  lemons also have anti-bacterial properties so you could use in the kitchen too.


General purpose cleaner

Again lemons are at the heart of this recipe!  Mix together white wine vinegar to two parts water and add a squeeze of lemon juice, this mixture is great for kitchen worktops and in the bathroom – you could even use to clean the floor.



Again lemons to the rescue!  This time mix one part lemon juice to two parts olive oil, put a small drop on a cloth and then polish up your wooden surfaces.  Perfect.


If you want some more ideas, I can highly recommend this book called Spit and Polish – more ideas on old fashioned ways of banishing dirt, dust and decay!


Happy cleaning.


Elf x