I was browsing flickr again the other day. After a Facebook discussion Holly had, about whether flickr is moving with the times, or being left behind, as people turn to instagram, facebook or pinterest instead.
Flickr seems to have fallen down the list in terms of people's favourite online sources of inspiration, and its a pity as its such a global base and has brought many of my friends to me over the years. It lacks the real time interaction of facebook or instagram but this could be improved if there was a better app on the iphone. Of the ones i have Flickr stackr is the most reliable.
However having said this, there are advantages that flickr does still retain over the other new options. I still turn to it as my first port of call for inspiration. Not so much fashion and style but certainly in terms of photographers, nature, interiors and crafters.
I think it is still the most distinct way of finding the origin of an image. The galleries and favourites linking straight to the owner of the photo.
I love the mosaics and how they can be made with the credits given beneath. I don't use pinterest to chat with others whereas I still do so with flickr just maybe not as often.
Both store inspiring images for me and give me ideas, just in differing ways.
There is definitely a place for each in my Internet browsing. I think flickr still remains for me an invaluable way to make contacts and friends and to find artists or bloggers through stumbling upon their streams.
All my pinterest contacts have been friends I have made elsewhere and carried over to there. It doesn't feel as easy to navigate and make friends there.
While I was catching up on what my favourite photographers have been sharing I went by Holly's stream, (all the photos in this post are hers). It struck me that when you are very successful in one field sometimes other things you're good at don't get the same focus. We know Holly as a fabulous blogger of course, and now an author and international speaker are strings added to her bow.
But she is also inspiring in her interior styling too. So I made this little collection to show case some of my favourites of Holly's own photos and show her style in creating little displays around her home, which as you know is something I like to do too.
Stop by Holly's flickr for inspiration - all the photos featured in this post are her own - but she also uploads images from her design blog there and she keeps an interior styling group, full of ideas and beautiful photos of people's own home styling from around the world. she also keeps a lovely personal blog called Haus Maus
Today i have a lovely Giveaway from the jewellery website So Charming.
They are stockists of one of my favourite jewellery ranges - Dogeared. Here are a few of my favourites online at the moment...i love the tiny charms - butterflies and birds, that can hold personal significance, and the new healing gem range.
So today you can win the sweetest pair of angel wings on a pin! (shown in the first photo with my angel, and below) just right to place on a sweater or coat, and help remind you that your angel is never far away.
To enter, its easy, just leave a comment on this post.
If you would like further enteries, you can also...
"like" the facebook page of So Charming. (or if you already follow let me know and thats a 2nd entry too)
"like" my facebook page Secrets of a Butterfly (or if you already follow let me know and thats a 2nd entry too)
tweet or share the link about the giveaway on your blog or facebook
Just let me know that you have done so, so i can count any extra entries for you.
i shall select a winner at random on the 1st November. (you can enter from any counrty)
Isabel Lucas is an australian actress who initially became known through her role as Tash in the soap Home and away many moons ago, and has since gone on to make her career Stateside, most recently with a role in the Transformers movie.
Her look is very much her own, vintage bohemian, relaxed & 70's-esque.
I like the colours she goes for, all either pastel or earthy tones. And the flat footwear - thats a given in her dressed down style.
In a world so full of fashion do's and don'ts, Isabel isnt concerned with whether she is breaking them or making them, she dresses for herself alone, and if others approve, well, that's just a bonus.
You can tell this must be her outlook, because she looks so comfortable in her own skin, and is able to carry off any item and make it look just right.
With her lifestyle comes the need to dress for premiers and fashion shows,and even here she seems unphased and meets the challenge, retaining her uniqueness and independant spirit without disappointing in the glamour stakes. (below right is at a Chanel show)
Whether blonde or brunette, off duty or on, at work or play, Isabel follows her heart, wears what she loves and inspires me to remember, that fashion is about how what you choose to wear makes you feel
Its about wearing what you are drawn to, what makes you feel yourself - not somebody else. It can be relaxed and still stylish, it can be environmentally aware and still have edge, it can be vintage and still of this moment.
Isabel is an actress who's career i shall follow with pleasure, i hope very much she finds roles come her way that allow her to blossom and use her superb acting talent.
Things have been a little difficult and then my lovely netbook developed a small problem and is away being made better, so its been a bit harder for me to get online to compose more posts - even though i have ideas of things i want to tell you about. (I have yet to find a way of doing posts on Typepad on the ipad ?).
Anyway i am here today and i can show you some of the outfit inspiration i have been finding. I don't know about you, but alot of the ranges this year, i haven't found as inspiring, so i have had to hunt around for alternatives in places i wouldnt normally look. Which is fine and easy enough considering its all done via the web (smiles)
What are your favoutite high street shops? I used to be a big on French connection, but i stopped liking their ranges as much a couple of years ago. Then in recent years i moved to finding some nice pieces at Whistles, but then their prices have crept up and up, and the majority of this seasons collection is not me at all.
Luckily I have found a few places that carry more of what i was looking for - i'll mention those another time. Meanwhile these collages are designed to give a bit of inspiration in combining pieces and colours.
I find when i'm online shopping (or online window shopping, which is mostly the case) that it doesnt matter what the prices of the pieces are, because what i'm looking for is simply ideas. I can then find alternatives for less, all be it not quite so nice as the designer ones, but still the same sort of look or color. I also tend to make a note if there is a designery piece that i really love, and watch out for it when sale time comes. (speaking of sales Urban outfitters have a good mid season one online now)Sometimes i have been lucky & what i liked gets marked down considerably, especially with online sales nowadays, its easier to find a bargain.
So the photos this post are a mix from various nooks and cranies around the web.
The first set at the top, has a YMC cord dress at Asos, an outfit by Sessun with a navy dress and burgundy coat, and the third look is at H&M, i liked the long maxi skirt.
These natural tones of beiges and soft browns i like alot - they are light, and uplifting, yet still from a wintery colour palette.
The brown cords are by Rag and bone at Asos, and have a beautiful flare cut, they are the higher price bracket, but plenty of alternatives about of course, the skirt i love for its woodlandy feel, its unusual to find a maxi thats not black, especially over the winter, this one is by Pepe jeans at Asos. I discovered Pepe (whom i rememberfrom wearing their jeans as a teenager!) have a nice range of pieces, which was a surprise, and the prices arent too much either, less than Diesel. The last picture is from Netaporter a nice place to find outfit inspiration if not to shop), and i like the check shirt here beneath a soft camel cardigan, and i'm a big fan of grey jeans.
These last looks are from the grey palette, which can admittedly be a bit drab, but grey mixed in the right way, is always preferable to black or navy in my book, so i liked these looks, all from Asos. The YMC skirt with the check shirt and flat boots, grey jeans (again!) by rag and bone & i like the sandals with socks and the flowered blouse, and the bobble jumper is one by Ganni in such an unusual colour - a soft soft soft wash of blue. It'd be warmer over jeans or leggins - naturally ;)
So i hope you've enjoyed sharing in my outfit inspiration. More fashiony posts to compile, including a certain style crush...love to all,
A few of the pieces from Nadinoo's autumn/winter collection are now avaliable in the shop. I love the colour palette Nadia has chosen. Its wonderful to see pieces in colours that i feel are wearable. There is too much grey about in some ranges, and too many bright bold primary colours it seems.
I love pastels, but they arent always appropriate when the weather turns. So the mix here is very warm and most welcome. Nadia uses Liberty fabrics and all the clothes are handmade here in England.
A surprise parcel arrived through the week, from my lovely friend and fellow blogger Jeska, of Lobster and Swan. Upon opening i found this beautiful tissue wrapped gift....and inside were lots of treasures.
I felt so touched that Jeska had gathered these together especially for me. It made my heart smile, and arrived when it did, i felt, to lift my spirits after an intense week at the end of September.
Such a lot of prettiness in one package...vintage lace, a little pink fabric rose, a nina campbell notebook with butterflies on the pages, a card, and a garland of little vintage finds made for me, which i have placed across my mirror, inspired by the way Jeska displays hers.
I recognised the style of photo on this card (below) as being one of Jeska's own. I was delighted that her work has been used by a company in the making of this gorgeous range. It is a stunning card, with golden spirals on the front, a crimped edge, and another photo upon the paper insert. They are made by Paperclip...now i'm wondering if there are more in the series...
Thank you Jeska, for bringing such beauty to me, on a crisp autumn day. I am so glad to have the warmth of your friendship, extending into my life through our blogs.
You can find more of Jeska's pretty packages, garlands, photos, and jewellery at her shop on Etsy...Lobster and Swan, they make the perfect postable presents for christmas