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Friday, 15 August 2014

It's been a long week...

...and boy am I glad it's Friday!

Not that I have a relaxing weekend planned, quite the opposite in fact. Rich and me are doing a bootsale tomorrow. Luckily for us it's a late starting one, so we won't have to be up at the crack of dawn, thank god! I hate bootsales. Well, I actually LOVE bootsales, when I am buying things. But I hate doing the selling. Blerrrrrgh. If we didn't need the money I wouldn't bother, I can think of some much nicer ways to spend my Saturdays! Needs must, I suppose, and to be honest, we could do with the space too. Logan's clothes and toys are trying to take over the world.

Speaking of Logan, he has become obsessed with the Toy Story films, and I have watched mixture of the 3 films at least 5 million times over the last week. Bless him. I bought him a t-shirt the other day with Buzz Lightyear on the front, and now everyday when I ask him what he wants to wear, he says 'BUZZZZZZ!' very excitedly. Unfortunately today it was in the wash after he covered it in chocolate mouse yesterday, so after a very grumpy look, I promised him I would have it ready for him to wear tomorrow.

Anyway, I must stop procrastinating. I need to leave for work in 45 minutes, and I need to get changed yet. Wish me luck!

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Small Steps...

I feel that lately, there have been lots of small steps being made in different areas of my life, all leading towards a final goal. This makes for a happy Carly. A busy, exhausted, but happy Carly.

On the Lucky Sew and Sew front, we have finished gathering fabrics for the new collections (Autumn/Winter and Bridal) and have started cutting out the new sample pieces. This is a long process, but it is a small step to the finish line. We have also been getting more orders through Etsy, which is a step in the right direction to making our online business take off.

On the life front, I have put away savings this month, and have surpassed my savings goal for the month. We are saving up a deposit to buy a house, and are really proud of us for saving well. It's not easy, especially with a toddler! 

I made a very difficult and and grown-up decision last month and decided to find some part time work. This isn't because I don't want to work on Lucky Sew and Sew as much, the opposite of that, in fact. It really boils down to the fact that we REALLY want our own house, and if I can find a few hours each day to do some work for a reliable income, then why not? I was really lucky and managed to find a job the same day I started looking. It's not glamorous and it's hard work, but I did it. I now work 5.30 til 7.30 every Monday-Friday evening.

My days are now pretty full. I am with Logan during the day, working on Lucky Sew and Sew when he has his 2 hour afternoon nap. I am then leaving home to go to work when Rich is on his way home, usually passing on the way. I get back home at half 7, shower, eat dinner then get to work on Lucky Sew and Sew again until I decide I can't do anymore and fall into bed. 

All of these are small steps on the long road to success in one area of life or another, and I just wanted to share a little determination with you. You can do anything if you set your mind to it, whether it's saving for a house or a car or a holiday, starting a business, or even small things like nailing that brownie recipe, or finishing a piece of work on time. 

You are the key to your own success.

Monday, 11 August 2014

A July Wedding

I recently attended my Grandad's wedding at The Old Rectory at the end of July.

It was a scorching hot day, and the ceremony was held outside. Boy am I glad I had decided to go for an stuck to sweaty head is never a good look!

I went to the Vanity Box for my up-do on the morning of the wedding. I didn't have a specific style in mind and let Verity go with the flow. She really took everything into account, including the length of my hair and the colour. As you know, I bleach my hair and colour it lilac with La Riche Directions hair colour. I dilute Violet and Carnation Pink with conditioner to get a pastel shade, but I always inevitably end up with a few bits darker than other areas, which doesn't bother me. Verity really used this to my hairs advantage, as she said she wanted to add in as many small details as possible to really show the tones of colour off. 

For the occasion, I decided to go for a 50's style of dress. I always try and wear dresses that nip in at the waist, as this my smallest part. I spent forever searching online for the right dress and in the end I chose to go for a Lindy Bop dress. 

I was a bit apprehensive of wearing such a bold and bright dress, as I thought it might look a bit much with my lilac hair...but in the end I just figured 'sod it' and go for it anyway. I seem to be thinking this a lot lately!

I kept accessories minimal, opting for nude shoes with a few sparkles, and no jewellery other than the earrings I wore for my wedding.

 It really was the most beautiful wedding. My mum was a bridesmaid for the day and looked absolutely stunning! I hope I got a lot of her genes! The bridesmaids wore yellow, with the maids of honor wearing grey. The men wore coordinating grey suits with yellow accents.

Logan wore a cute outfit from Verbaudet, which was trousers and braces with a collarless white shirt. I even managed to get Rich to wear a shirt with some pink in it and a black Dickie Bow! They both looked so cool!

I can't wait to see the official wedding pictures, the photographer was like a ninja, hiding behind trees and such to sneakily snap pictures of guests that were unawares!

We all had a fantastic time, especially Logan who loved running around with the little girls!

Congratulations Grandad and Kim, and welcome to the family! X

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

New Stockists - The Vanity Box Salon and Shop

We are so excited to announce that we will be stocking the brand new Vanity Box Salon and Shop housed within the Antiques centre in Battlesbridge!

For those of you who haven't heard of Vanity Box (have you been living in a cave?!), they are a company that offers vintage hair and make-up. Pretty much the whole package! They have worked with some amazing companies and models over the years, including Vivien of Holloway, Outerlimitz, Bettina Scarlett and even on the West End!

I have been fortunate enough to get to know Verity (the Hair half of the Vanity Box), over the last few months. She is an absolute doll. She is opening a salon at the very picturesque setting of the Antiques Centre in the very quaint village of Battlesbridge, which happens to be about 10 minutes from where I live! As well as the salon where Verity will work her magic creating amazing hair do's, there will also be the shop where, as well as our lovely lingerie, you can also purchase things from around 12 other companies, including clothing from Bernie Dexter and jewellery from Bow and Crossbones.

I was lucky enough to have my hair done in a very retro up-do by Verity recently for my Grandad's wedding and I fell in love with it! Even my Husband said I should have my hair done at least once a week by Verity. From my husband, this is probably the nicest compliment my hair will ever recieve...I am going to do a special blog post to show you all my amazing hair very soon, and also the Lindy Bop dress that I wore for the day.

As well as the Vanity Box Salon, the Antiques centre also houses Rock the Frock, which is an insanely awesome vintage bridal boutique and I wish it had existed when I was getting married! It is run by the lovely Karen, and she sources the most amazing and unique wedding dresses and accessories, vintage inspired and true vintage to boot.

Battlesbridge really is a treasure trove of amazingness. There is the Battlesbridge Custom Culture show on in a few weekends and I am really hoping to go....but I know i'll just end up spending all my money! #worthit

So what are you waiting for?! Head to Battlesbridge and go and visit this treasure trove of vintagey goodies housed within!

  • Maltings Road
  • Battlesbridge
  • Essex
  • SS11 7RF 

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