Accessories to Murder #14

Hello and welcome back to Accessories to Murder! Sorry for the slight mega break, house moves, DVD marathons and all of that other blogging malarkey have gotten in the way, but now it’s back and better than ever (maybe).

Ice Cream Dream Swimming Costume $23.99 from Modcloth
Ice Cream Dream Swimming Costume $23.99 from Modcloth

Now that I’ve broken the ice, feast your eyes on this. I pinned this incredible Ice Cream Dream swimsuit to ‘Victoria’s Wish List‘ on our Pinterest a couple of days ago and I’ve been getting constant alerts ever since to tell me that it’s being re-pinned and liked. It’s not hard to see why, as it’s possibly the best swimming costume that I’ve ever seen. A freezer fresh Maxibon in a world of half eaten Mini Milks.

Bunny flats £44 from ASOS
Bunny flats £44 from ASOS

These winking YRU (Youth Rise Up) white bunny shoes from ASOS are quite something, huh? They make me pretty hoppy, but if you are bugged by bunnies, they also come in an adorable panda print!

Watermelon bag £8 from Marks and Spencer
Watermelon bag £8 from Marks and Spencer

A lot of people over on Instagram and Twitter have been feeling a wee bit melancholy that they haven’t been able to get their hands on one of the New Look/Monki fruity clutches that have been everywhere over the last month or so. So I decided to find an alternative, which just so happens to be in the Marks and Spencer sale for a very a-peeling £8. It’s smaller in size than the clutches, but not in zestiness!

Clocks bag £28 from Cath Kidston
Clocks bag £28 from Cath Kidston

It has been quite time consuming trying to choose my favourite accessory from Cath Kidston’s new Clocks range. Although I’m not ticked off as the collection is awesome, CK are just so ahead of their time! Have you gone cuckoo over this season’s new items?

Victoria bag £48 from Lara Lindsay, Bristol
Victoria bag £48 from Lara Lindsay

When writing Accessories to Murder, I always have a browse of our Twitter followers, searching for independent brands to check out and feature if something takes my fancy. Today, I came across Bristol based Lara Lindsay, who just so happened to have a bag called ‘Victoria’. It must have been fate! I feel like we’re meant to be together.

Pinwheel necklace £15 from Sugar and Vice
Pinwheel necklace £15 from Sugar and Vice
Maneki Neko necklace £16 from Sugar and Vice
Maneki Neko necklace £16 from Sugar and Vice

I’ve popped two necklaces in from Sugar and Vice because I just couldn’t choose between them. In fact, their whole necklace section is fab. Sugar and Vice has been on our radar for a while, but I was nudged happily in their direction after reading Domestic Sluttery’s list of their favourite accessory designers. A rather fabulous wishlist it makes too.

As keen fashion readers, it won’t have escaped your attention that Domestic Sluttery recently announced their impending closure. This seems like an appropriate juncture to say how much we’re going to miss them! Jo and I were both really inspired by Domestic Sluttery, and loved the girls style and sense of humour. We’re both really going to miss it, but wish everyone involved good luck for the future!

V x

Accessories to Murder #2

I love a good frock, kittens and swooning over Ryan Gosling, but I’m no girly girl! Oh no, I steer clear of butterflies, manicures and high heels, and according to my medical records, I’m (literally!) allergic to pink. Pink food colouring that is, but you get the idea. So imagine my surprise when I fell for a sugar-sweet candy pink satchel this week. This satchel was made for me – it’s even called Victoria. It’s part of the glorious ‘London Calling’ collection by Tom Brown’s Satchels, and if you ask nicely, it’s also available as a backpack.

Victoria, Tom Brown’s Satchels, £70.

While browsing the satchels on offer, I came across the metallic silver Buchanan, which is part of the trendy ‘Gatsby’ collection. I certainly recommend investing in a good quality satchel. They are so handy and look great with most outfits, smart or casual. I think I’ll embrace my inner Daisy and take them both please Tom!

Front Buchanan
Buchanan, Tom Brown’s Satchels, £95

Next up, two vintage style lovelies from cloth-ears, a family business from my favourite part of Kent, Whitstable. Here’s one for you crafty types out there. This quirky needle and thread bracelet features a teeny sewing machine, thimble and scissor charms, and it’s a real snip for £16.99.

Needle and Thread bracelet, cloth-ears, £16.99.

Continuing the vintage style, this Paper Plane Necklace is sure to make a dull day zooming by with its colourful stripey ribbon and cute bird charms.  Flying in at a very reasonable £9.99, this would make a really special present. Alternatively, I would buy it to wear on holiday, and then keep as a reminder of my time away.

Paper Plane Charm Necklace, cloth-ears, £9.99.

I’ve taken a real liking for brooches and badges recently, as they are such an easy and affordable way to make your outfit more fun and unique. As I mentioned above I’m not one for butterflies, but I can totally get on board with owls. They’re such a hoot! Especially little blue wooden owls. It would be very wise (like an owl…!!) to purchase one of these beauties from The Bristol Shop as soon as possible. You can find a discount code for 7% off of anything you buy here. I couldn’t tell you owl much the total will be, I just can’t do the owl-gebra…

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Wooden Owl Badge Tweet, Moonbeatle, £9.00.

Owls about that then! I like to try and cover a bit of everything on Accessories to Murder, so last up it’s only fair I point you in the direction of this cheeky ring. You probably won’t be surprised to discover this but…it’s a cat!  I couldn’t resist this kitty’s confused little face. It’s pawsitively puurfect and makes me smile just by looking at it. I love Lazy Oaf, their items are SO lovable and fun. Catch up with their blog here.

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Lazy Oaf Cat Ring, £16, Lazy Oaf.

I’m off to watch BBC Two’s The Secret Life of the Cat now.

Owl be seeing you!

V x