29 November 2014

a little treat



As a treat to myself I decided the other day (with a reminder from J) to order me and Jaymie tickets to take a few days break to one of my favorite cities.. Paris!  The thought of traveling back to Paris in a month and a bit fills me with crazy amounts of excitement, we are yet to book a little apartment but I'm sure what ever we find will be lovely. We took advantage of the Euro star anniversary deal and we are hoping to stay in maybe an Air bnb apartment they seem good for money and pretty laid back. 

So I am hoping that over the next few weeks I can share with you a few things I want to see whilst we are there and our little adventures we have planned share places to adventure too. Last time we adventured to Paris for a few days one things I really wanted to do was visit the cafe in Amelie, we looked but couldn't find it, so its definitely something that I really want to do this time round.

Is there anything you think that we should see while we are over there?
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27 November 2014

Black friday sale


So its that time of the year again, I have decided this year round I will give my lovely Ella Masters Studio customers 25% off all new/old items in store. Use the code studioblackfriday14 when you get to the check out for money off your entire order, Leading up to Christmas you will also get a fun free item in your order.
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19 November 2014

time

A moments peace finally i am left with two things on my to-do list and I can finally share a few peaceful and beautiful photos with you and a wonderful much needed gift. On armistice day me and mum decided to venture to the tower super early to watch the sunrise and take in the awe inspiring sight that was Paul Cummins and Tom Pipers vision of 888,246 blood red poppies in the moat at the tower. The sea of poppies were something to behold and we got to the tower at seven am and the crowds were building then. So we wandered around for an hour or so and then decided as we hadn't had a cuppa that morning that we would go sit somewhere warm and take in the sight we had just be privileged in viewing, time seemed very important on the Armistice day, a time to reflect, the time the guns fell silent, eleven am, it made me stop and appreciate the time that we do have. Time is important to everyone even if we don't notice it passing.

Yes I have turned into one of those people who drink decaf tea...can't cope with caffeine but for some reason Starbucks (red and black seem to be a bit of a theme today) has no idea what decaf is ha! So we settled down and had a good little chat about life and how much we appreciated each other it was lovely to spend a few hours together. Another thing that I am really appreciating is having a watch back in my life. Talking of time passing, a few weeks ago when I was off out to the cinema, my watch was in my bag and fell out and smashed into a million pieces, it was the first thing I bought with my first freelance job over a year ago I was a rather sad. Cue the beautiful and elegant *Daniel Wellington watch that now adorns my arm. I opted for the Classic Sheffield Ladies watch, I decided to with silver as I only wear silver jewellery. The dial itself is simple and easily read which is always good with a watch.  As I practically live in Breton tops and black jeans the classic watch fits in perfectly with what I wear. Now I have ridiculously tiny wrists which is always a bit of a worry when buying watches online, but the strap is comfortable and there's plenty of loops and notches so it sits comfortably I am rather pleased with it. 

So time, is rather important to us all, we should really spend it wisely and appreciate things a little more, being able to wear such a lovely elegant watch will help me keep track of it, but over the last few days I could do with a little more time in the day to get all my work sorted only if I had Bernard's watch!

The lovely people at Daniel Wellington's have given Ella Masters readers a lovely 15% discount on their watches with the code ellamasters until the end of march.
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17 November 2014

Renegade craft fair london prep 2014


I've been away working my little bottom off getting ready for Renegade Craft fair in London (hello being featured on the front page) this year being full time freelance is a different twist on last year, but I am happily working all the hours I can to get the products and the stall looking perfect. 
So for everyone who can't come to the Renegade fair this year, I have decided to have a sale on all my stock with a 10% discount with the code ELLA14 super excited and so glad you are all loving the new prints.

If you are coming to the market this year on my stall I will have new Iphone cases, prints, t-shirts, totes, purses and hopefully once i've sorted my sewing machine hello cami tops. Also this year I will be offering a commission service were you can fill info out and order work from me! eek excited I hope you can all join us this weekend (21st and 22nd November all info in the above link)

What fun have you been upto so far this week?
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10 November 2014

Christmas tag


So the lovely Mark from That Gent Mark tagged me to do my Christmas tag, it is only November but I am currently making Christmas stock so its never too early for me, I love Christmas. If you want to get involved an nominate yourselves or others please feel free. Just copy and paste the questions and get involved. 

1. what is your favourite Christmas movie/s?
It wouldn't be Christmas without a good Christmas movie,  Die hard, Elf, nightmare before Christmas Christmas Carol- Jim Carey and Muppets Christmas carol, Greatest store in the world.

2. do you open your presents on Christmas Eve or Christmas morning?
We have always opened our Christmas presents on Christmas morning, I'm one of five all hell would of broken loose as a child if we opened them Christmas Eve.
3. do you have a favourite Christmas memory?
Most of my happy memories are from when I was a lot younger, the Slade "it's Christmas" song evokes a happy memory of Christmas morning unwrapping my cabbage patch doll, while my sister played on her new keyboard. 
One of my favourite memories is decorating the house when I was a child with all the family, I got to spray that fake snow stuff on the windows I was in heaven!

4. favourite festive food?
Food is a massive part of Christmas too me, its probably the roast dinner that makes the happiest, good home made gravy and roast potatoes! Cheeselets and twiglets also make Christmas for me.
5. favourite Christmas gift?
My family isn't too big on Christmas gifts but my parents a few years ago bought me a ruby and opal ring that i love.
 
6. favourite Christmas scent?
Its an odd one, but when we were kids we were allowed to put all the decorations up and the smell of cheap plastic always reminds me of christmas weird! haha i also love the smell of Van.ila, roast diner cooking
7. do you have any Christmas eve traditions?
 In our house we don't do a lot Christmas eve just because its nice and chilled, but we normally a few days before Christmas head to Oxford to the covered market and buy all our food for the roast and take in all the sights.

8. what tops your tree?
Depends what decoration or what colour theme mums gone for this year. Its normally a fairy.
9. as a kid what was the one (crazily, wild, extravagant) gift you always asked for but never received?
Oh gosh now that's a hard one to remember? I always wanted to be a fashion designer so probably something ridiculous around those lines, I never really asked for much as a child, I did ask for a dolls house but my parents bought me one many years later when i was about 18.  

So there are my boring answers haha gosh I do love Christmas, I tag 
Lisette - Lisette Loves 



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6 November 2014

Next press day SS'15


So today I spent it catching up with friends Lyzi, Jazmine and Kristabel I haven't seen for a while and looking at beautiful pieces from the spring summer 15 collection with Next. So I fell in love with a few pieces, mainly the red jacket it was pretty perfect, lovely shape and I'm really into my oversized wool jacket at the moment. 

I did love the amount of patterns that were dotted across the collection, I really liked the mix of reds and pea greens, colour combinations that I never thought would work. Co-ords are definitely still a thing, I am personally yet to wear a co-ord don't think they're my thing ha!

You can always rely on Next for having nice pieces of home ware, so pistachio, green and Lavender play a large part of the spring seasons colour palette. Think floral with a mix of nature, butterflies and dragonflies. So me and Lyzi both fell in love with the sofas and arm chairs, the arm chair I snapped above was to die for! The mix of teals and cyan colours with pops of ochre really create a clean and fresh look.  Next are really working the statement lighting, I loved the copper pendant style lighting, i'm just jealous of anyone who has their own space, I would love to have that in my life.

The children's collection is always my favorite part of press events, the colour combinations and fun print. I enjoyed the seaside themed dresses that are obviously going to be everywhere this summer as i've seen similar items on instagram. Love a bit of the seaside and bright colours. 

Now my favorite part of today was getting the chance to sample some lovely next inspired biscuits and having a much needed warm chai latte. I do enjoy the small things!
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