Sunday, 26 October 2014

INTRODUCING MIDGINS' ON ETSY









Today is the launch of my brand new Etsy shop. It's been a long time coming and I'm super excited to finally be able to share it with you all. So, for a little back story:

"Midgins' began after three years of studying fashion design, fuelled by a desire to work from the comfort of my own home. After graduating from university I was unsure of where to go next, but knew I loved to sew. In the calm, following the manic few months spent creating my final collection, I ended up going back to my textile roots, and from a simple sketch and a trip to the fabric shop, I created my first plush ukulele..." read more.

I hope you like what you see and I can't wait to read your comments. There's so much more to come in the next few weeks as I work on new designs and source more fabrics, so please like on facebook to keep updated. This is just the beginning and I can't wait to see how it unfolds. Thanks so much for reading and don't forget you can find me in all of the following places:


Amy x

Friday, 24 October 2014

ETSY FAVOURITES


Since I'm about to launch my own Etsy shop, I thought I would share a few of my favourite Etsy finds with you. These are all the things I genuinely adore and would buy if I had some spare pennies in my pocket. Maybe I'll drop a few hints before Christmas..
It's the amazing creators like these that have inspired me to continue designing and making, and to begin building a small business of my own. "Midgins'" on Etsy will soon be opening, so keep your eyes peeled for my launch post!


I'm a big lover of autumn/ winter and all the snuggly knitwear that comes with it, so a piece from SourpussKnits is right at the top of my wishlist. I particularly love this cute mustard and grey beanie.

This is one of my all time favourite Etsy shops for it's attention to detail, branding and stunning photography. I am especially fond of these printed animal cushions and would very much like an autumnal looking fox in my home. 

The creativity and craftsmanship that has gone into these monsters absolutely amazes me. Each one has tonnes of character and is totally unique. This shop focuses on upcycling, meaning each monster has been made from sweaters. Upcycling is something I also really enjoy and will be incorporating into my own shop.

I stumbled across this adorable shop when searching for a ukulele case of my own and genuinely struggled to pick a favourite. I want them all!


Creators of exclusive hand screen printed t-shirts. I just love these original, hand drawn designs, especially the 'animals on bicycles' collection!

These unique kiss lock purse creations are unbelievably cute. This is another one of those shops where I struggled to pick a favourite and was totally overwhelmed by the creative design that went into making such beautiful gifts.

The sheer amount of detail in these perfectly hand crafted items is incredibly impressive. I am totally smitten with anything woodland themed and would very happily decorate my desk with a handful of these little trees.

Nothing beats coming across a shop like no other, which sells something you have never seen before. I'm sure there will be others out there, but these designs genuinely surprised me, and it's very pleasing to come across something new and exciting. I desperately want to hang one of these crochet taxidermy creatures in my office.


What's in your Etsy favourites?

Amy x

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

AUTUMN NAILS




Firstly, I am no beauty blogger and I understand that pretty much everyone has already raved about this collection. However I wanted to try something a little different and post about a product that I am particularly loving at the moment. I'm not one for spending lots of my hard earned pennies on experimenting with make up. I prefer to just find products or brands that I like and stick with them. One of the items I enjoy the most, and could not live without, is nail polish. Barry M is one of those brands I have never been disappointed by and I am absolutely obsessed with their beautifully coloured, affordable nail polishes. When this autumn collection launched, I made the most of the 3 for 2 offer in Superdrug and purchased mustard, chilli and chai. Mustard is my absolute favourite. It's super cute, bright and playful, and reminds me of crunchy leaves. I enjoy adding a splash of colour at this time of year, especially on my nails, as it sits beautifully alongside grey, burgundy and other dark tones that I'm likely to dress in.

A few of my older shades that are also appropriate for autumn include berry cosmo, raspberry, watermelon and mocha. Delicious.

What nail colours are you enjoying at the moment?

Amy x


Tuesday, 21 October 2014

SNUGGLY KNIT






JUMPER: SUPERDRY
JEANS: PULL & BEAR
JACKET: JOE BROWNS
BACKPACK: URBAN OUTFITTERS

Snuggly knitwear is my absolute favourite! This outfit was just something super simple and comfortable that I wore a couple of weekends ago to run some errands and hang out with friends. The jumper is from work and is one of my favourite pieces from there this season. The skinny jeans are from Pull & Bear and are one of the best pairs I've ever owned. They have plenty of stretch but still appear tight fitting and I have yet to notice any fading. There's nothing worse than black jeans that don't stay really black for long, so these are a winner considering I've had them for almost a year. I decided to throw on this old denim jacket since it wasn't quite cold enough for a big coat and I thought it needed some attention. I'm still not particularly fond of it and I'm currently on the hunt for the perfect winter denim jacket, with a borg collar and lining, to keep me snug in the cold!

Amy x


Saturday, 18 October 2014

PAISLEY AND CROCHET






DRESS: MINKPINK, VIA ASOS
CARDIGAN: FAT FACE
BOOTS: ASOS

This is one of my absolute favourite dresses, all year round. It was perfect in the summer as it's so lightweight, but I'm loving it now with tights or leggings and a thick cardigan. I'm sure I got this in an Asos sale a while back and was pretty chuffed since Minkpink have some really awesome pieces. I was unsure of this cardigan at first since it's so long and I'm so short, but it works quite well with shorter dresses or denim shorts. This was another sale find at the end of summer from Fat Face. I rarely buy clothes full price any more, but it seems so much more satisfying that way! Have you found any bargains lately?

Amy x