Thursday, 30 July 2015

LYST X PAIGE









This month I took part in an exciting little project that I thought I would share with you. As you probably know (I wang on about it enough) as well as blogging, I am a fashion illustrator. The lovely people at Lyst.co.uk were holding a high tea event in New York, bringing a bit of London to the big apple, in collaboration with the denim brand Paige. Elizabeth from Paige helped that lucky blogger gals attending to pick from a range of denim jackets, dungarees and jeans. The girls could customise their denim with a selection of patches, and personalised embroidery. My role in this was to illustrate to bloggers on little A5 cards as a 'Thank You' for attending the event. Although it was a bit of a mad rush to get done, it was so much fun and exactly the sort of thing I'd like to do more of in the future. In the hurry to get them all ready and me being me, I completely forgot to take any good photos of them finished! Although I thought id share with you a few Instagram snaps to give you an idea.
 
If you'd like any illustrations done for yourself, feel free to drop me an email to Helen_Raggydoll@hotmail.co.uk... or you can view more of my work on my Instagram.
 
A big thank you to Hannah from Lyst for the event photos!
 
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Saturday, 25 July 2015

IVY JOAN

 
 







 
Neon Rose Raw Edge Blazer - c/o Ivy Joan  | V-Neck Tunic - Topshop | Double Strap Mules - Topshop (similar) | Catarzi Fedora - Asos  
 
 
I can't tell you how long I've been after a longline grey sleeveless blazer, so my day was made when the lovely Hayley from Ivy Joan came to my rescue with little Neon Rose bad boy.
If you haven't yet heard of Ivy Joan, they're an online lifestyle boutique, run from a studio in Suffolk where I live. Personally, when it comes to clothes I am a proud high street shopper and probably always will be. Although, when we're talking home ware, I love nothing more than a one off unique item with a tonne of character. Ivy Joan have everything perfectly covered for me, stocking clothing from brands such as Vero Moda & Neon Rose alongside vintage home ware and gifting. They're products are sourced world wide everywhere from quaint English village boot sales to flea markets in new York and stalls in Morocco. So whatever takes your fancy on their site, whether it be a turquoise porcelain deer or a pair of industrial lanterns, you can guarantee it will have a story to tell. If it's gifting you're after, they also offer a wide range of wall art that can all be personalised... and who doesn't love something made especially for them!
I'm moving out in a couple of weeks, so this website couldn't have come at a better time for me! Don't get me wrong I don't mind a bit of Ikea... but it doesn't excite me. Ivy Joan means that I can fill my home with character, without having to spend a fortune and a lot of time hunting out home ware treasures.
 
I've picked out a few of my favourite pieces from the website that you can shop by clicking the links below. Hayley from Ivy Joan has also very kindly offered my lovely readers a discount code, just type in HH001 at the checkout.
 
Happy shopping!
 
 



 
 
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Tuesday, 21 July 2015

LAUNDRY BOUTIQUE









Rust Tassel Jacket - c/o Laundry Boutique  | Vintage levi Shorts | Birkenstock Arizona's | H&M Oversized Linen Tee
 
I make no secret of the fact I love a cheeky bit of fringing, and when they lovely people at Laundry Boutique sent this one over to I couldn't wait to get it on and do a little jig. My poor boyfriend had to deal with me doing a few questionable dance moves while shooting this post, mainly one I call 'the finger point', which is quite self explanatory.
 I was having a no hair & make-up day on this day, hence the tiny eyebrows and pale lips. It had been a really nice day. I went to a really sweet little village fete in the afternoon. There was a bunting everywhere, a coconut shy, farm animals, face painting and lots of families wandering around in the sun. It was so nice, and after all the bad news we constantly have at the moment, it restored my faith in Great Britain and made me feel like a happy kid again. After that, on a little smiley high, I went home and drank a lot of Pimms in the garden. So no time for sitting inside doing make up.
 
A little shout out to Laundry Boutique, a brand I'm super glad I discovered! They have a real folky laid back style, and if you're after a Chloe-eqse whimsical piece with a more affordable price tag this is certainly the place to go. How cute is this little embroidered blouse !? If this, or anything takes your fancy, the gorgeous peeps at laundry Boutique have given my readers an exclusive 10% off discount code. Just enter RAGGYDOLL10 at the checkout. Simples.
 
 
Happy shopping!
 
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Saturday, 18 July 2015

XO







XO Necklace - c/o Peggy Pink  | 70's Lace up Top - Asos | Mid Wash Farleigh Jeans - Asos | Fedora Hat - Catarzi @ Asos
 
 
So this is just a wee little post to show you Thursday's outfit of the day. I've had a week off this week, and had visions of me living in my Levi shorts & sunnies sipping Pimms in my sunny garden everyday, but it's been far from it (except today). So I've had to dig my trusty Asos Farleigh jeans out again. I'm definitely going to get them in more colours for Autumn/winter. I just love the cut and high waist. They go perfectly with this top to. I've been wanting a Chloe-esque lace up top for a while now, as has everyone else, and with the bell sleeves this one fits the bill perfectly.
Jobs a good'un.
 
 
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Tuesday, 14 July 2015

PRAY FOR YOUR HATERS




 





'Pray for your haters' tee - c/o Five Pound Tee | My boyfriend's Topman jacket | Vero Moda Jeans | Birkenstock Arizona's - Jones Bootmaker  | Gold XO Pendant - c/o Peggy Rose Pink
 
 
I've been double denim'ing it up recently, something I haven't done since the late 90's but quite enjoy. I've been badgering my boyfriend for this jacket of his for ages, and yesterday he finally gave in. I would have never really thought to buy my boyfriend denim jacket in actual boy stores, but I guess that is the secret!
 
This little tee is form a site called Five Pound Tee, where believe it or not, their tee's are actually £5. I probably didn't need to explain that, but it does sound a little too good to be true. The idea behind the brand is summed up in their tagline "Live to express, not to impress". Which is literally what they do, stocking tees and hoodies with all sorts of sassy slogans. They're really great quality and fit as well, which I was quite surprised at with the low price tag. I wear my tees a bit oversized, so went for a medium.
 
Also shout out to my really cute necklace. I've been living in the same gold bar necklace that my boyfriend got me for my birthday for ages now, which I still adore...but it's nice to have a little change. I used to be one for a statement Zara necklaces, but now I'm much more into dainty gold chains so this Peggy Pink pendant fits the bill perfectly.
 
Over & Out
 
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