Thursday, March 31, 2011



Good bye little fuzzy lady.<3

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Cat Time

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I know, right?

via here

Monday, March 28, 2011

Let the daydreaming begin!

france08 071Guess who just booked two tickets to France for the first week of May? WE DID! It’s such a surprise to me too. They kind of just popped up yesterday (the second deal of the day) and we had to make the tough decision (ha!) in one night. Cannot wait to see family and have a nice trip away.

Deal of the Day

SS119000026_PUR-TATTOOX_1_660x825Bought this bag today at EAST for £1 after using a voucher from The Telegraph.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Case of the Fridays

Hi guys – thanks for all of your comments on the last Friday post. You’re all super rad.

Today we got some sad news after a trip to the vet. Nutella (our wee hamster) will be two years old on April 4th and her old age is showing. She is such a sweet little thing and has been the perfect first pet for us. We’re going going to spoil the heck out of her and make her last days the best days that we can. <3

On a lighter note, it has been sooo gorgeous here lately. This weather makes it worth suffering through all those wet and cold days. There is a pretty pink magnolia tree a few houses down that I’ve been keeping an eye on. Any day now all of the flowers are going to bloom and it will be magical. Ryan’s parents have one in their backyard and it looks so pretty when the wind blows and the petals fall. *jealous* We went to visit them last weekend and his Mum and I spent most of  Sunday at the car boot sale. I came back with a new cactus plant, lots of tomatoes, plums and other goodies. I used the plums to bake a yummy crumble. I can’t wait until Pickwell Farm has its rhubarb so I can bake another one. It’s nice that we can go and pick our own fruit and veg in this sun.

Alright hope you all have a sunny weekend. I’m going to play out “Friday” because it’s so bad it’s good and I promised Ryan I’d only play it on Friday from now on. I can’t help myself.

((British Summertime begins this weekend so set your clocks forward one hour!))

Friday, March 18, 2011

Case of the Fridays

Hey everyone! Hope you’re having a good Friday. No links today because if I started I’d go on and on and on and on and…anyway I’ve been constantly linking, pinning and tumbling for days and this is my blog where I used to write about stuff!!!

Wednesday we had a little meeting at our friends house to talk about an adventure Ryan and some friends are going to go on called The Three Peaks Challenge. It’s all for charity and a good excuse to get into shape and feel healthier. I’m going to help with the blog and fundraising. I’m so not climbing or walking or breaking a nail…jk but not really. I’m really excited for him and I’ll post more about it later!

Today my brother left Japan. He is on his way to LA then will end up in Florida with my Dad on Sunday. It’s really nice to know he’ll be away from all the radiation craziness that is going on. He was still feeling aftershocks up until he left. I wrote out a whole sad post about what a stressful time it has been since the earthquake but I’ll spare my blog readers. We are just thankful he is safe and sound and I hope things get better really soon. I know my family is excited he’ll be back in the states but I know how hard he has worked to be able to to stay in Japan. He loves Japan but it’s just not safe right now. I’m sad he has to go but also feel very fortunate that he can. It’s hard being so far away from everyone but we’re planning for a trip to the states at the end of the year.

Tonight we’re going to this tiny fun fair to be 10 again. We went last night but we were too late, they were closing up. I spotted bumper cars, cotton candy (candy floss to the Brits), a spooky walk through maze thing and the usual rickety fair rides. We’re in! It was probably a good thing we showed up late and left because we had just inhaled two pizzas and a calzone. Yum/eeeew.

This weekend we’re going to Bristol to spend time with the in-laws. Weird calling them in-laws but they are lovely!

Have a great weekend and hope you are recovering well from St. Patrick’s Day.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Bag Romance





The white is £30 and the “Aztec” bag is £28 at Miss Selfridge. Cheapie cheap.

Dreaming in Deco


Yes. We’ll move in tomorrow, thanks.

My deco dreams have come true. I came across this place via rattenkonig via egadegadegad on tumblr and had to look into it more. This was the Hoover factory in 1933.

K, maybe we don’t need the whole building but our dream place is definitely going to have a little deco inspiration. I love the windows, flooring, staircase and the front doors.

I think we should probably take a little trip to London soon.


P.S. This just in – Brother is getting the hell out of Japan for a little while “until this cools off…literally”. Hope it does soon. Stay safe everyone!xx


Photos via nick.garrod on flickr.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Electronic Disco Romance

Apologies if you can’t view any of these videos in your area! That sucks!

Valley Vintage

new443new457WE533003new444These are some of the new photos my Mom sent me of her shop Valley Vintage. I love my Mom’s shop. I wish I could wander around in it every day. Could you imagine what our place would like if we lived in WA? A dreamland of vintage treasures. *sigh*

Valley Vintage on Etsy
Valley Vintage Blog

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Monday, March 7, 2011

My Style via My Tumblr


Personal style - at nearly 26 years old, I still find it hard to shop as I’m constantly being pulled in every direction. So I took a look at my Tumblr archive where I stash lots of inspiration that includes clothing. It’s mostly things I’d LOVE to be wearing. Of course as a Taurus (I can blame it on that, right?) a lot of the items I’m drawn to are quite expensive but I am a bargain shopper at heart/broke so try I find items inspired by those pieces.

Looking at the collage of photos, it shows I go from crazy shapes to floral then studs to lace. Am I totally all over the place or what? Well, I may not know what I want all the time but at least I know what I don’t want.

So, how would I describe my style? Mine. When I close my eyes I’m wearing that picnic blanket piece, black wedges, and Joan’s giant floppy hat. Then I open my eyes and I’m in the same Forever21 dark denim jeans I’ve had for 3 years, my husband’s black fedora hat, and another charity shop blouse. How is that describable? Maybe I should call Gok. He can make me some wack shoulder pads for every top I own. 

What words would you use to describe your style?


((Let’s be tumblr friends! Add me @ –blackbrawhiteshirt-))

No Smoking Day


Stock up on your bubble tape because this Wednesday is No Smoking Day.

Good luck – you can do it.


((photo via thosewerethe90s))

Friday, March 4, 2011

Man in the moon?


I was just talking about bay windows and last night I dreamt we had a bay window seat in some magical house that my brain thought up. Of course we’d also have to have another in the bedroom with cushions so I could fall asleep on it.


((Curved Bay Window Bench via jeremiahcollection on Etsy via Jennifer Smith on Pinterest))

Happy Birthday, Mom!

It’s Mom’s birthday! Wish I could be in Washington today. We would go have lobster bisque and crème brulee!

<3 you!


((Dancing Lady – Robert Z. Leonard via f*ckyeahjoancrawford via un-gif-dans-ta-guele))

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

A royal cuppa


OH C’MON PEOPLE. AND they’re calling it Will & KaTea. How…clever…

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Pancake Day

My husband actually reminds me months ahead of time just in case I forget…how could I? This day is truly a special holiday for him.

I’m hearing tomorrow is Pancake day in the US and I’m already seeing awesome Pancake posts. For us in the UK I’m reading it’s on the 8th. Whichever day you decide is your Pancake day….I’ve gathered plenty of recipes to choose from for pancake lovers of all kinds. Take your pick!

x Cherry Pancakes with Hot Chocolate sauce
x Gluten Free Silver Dollar Pancakes
x Jamie Oliver’s USA-style Pancakes or Nigella’s take on American Pancakes
x Smitten Kitchen’s Oatmeal Pancakes
x Sour Cream Pancakes
x Lemon Soufflé Pancakes
x Piggy Pancakes 
x Nutella Pancakes

I prefer American style pancakes (although I’m more of a waffle or French toast kinda lady) but Ryan loves the crepe-like pancakes with lemon and sugar. They all look and sound good though and it’s fun to play around with pancake recipes. Think out of the box! Let me know which recipe you went for!