Monday, 24 January 2011

shop dixi;

Just a quick recommendation of a lovely little online boutique, Dixi.
I have used Dixi several times now for cute little accessories,  my favorite being a pair of skeleton tights, and many of the items she sells are one offs so you can be sure you'll be the only one to own it.
The owner is a little sweetheart who often runs competitions and  regularly offers out discount codes to customers old and new.
Be sure to check Dixi out and let me know what lovely treats you pick out!

Sincerely, Alexa ♥

Wednesday, 19 January 2011

rebellion lies;

Growing up in a small town as I did in York, you become acquainted with a whole host of local bands, some memorable, others not so much. I was recently re-introduced to the beautiful and haunting voice of Benjamin Leftwich by my friend Emma. His cover of one of my favorite songs, Rebellion Lies by Arcade Fire, is absolutely gorgeous, and his own song, Pictures, is well worth a listen and can be found on youtube with a fantastic video accompaniment. Listen out for him on Radio One, and I highly recommend buying his album.

Sincerely, Alexa 

outside there's a boxcar waiting;

All pictures c/o

Sincerely, Alexa 

Saturday, 15 January 2011

accidental findings;

The other night, one of my closest friends Nicola Semple and I were discussing all things girly, and we both admitted to having a "wedding folder" saved on our computer. Now this is nowhere near as sad or as tragic as it sounds, so boys no need to run a mile. Mine contains sweet pictures I have stumbled upon across the internet, little gems that make me smile, and give me inspiration and a belief that romance still exists. It's partly has a lot to do with the fact that many of my friends seem to be growing up and getting married and having little ones. Though it is mainly to do with me saving every little sweet thing I find on my internet adventures. I thought it only right that I share some of what I have come across;

Credit for the majority of this goes to Elise at a Beautiful Mess.
As the majority is accidental finds, please contact me if you wish to be credited.

Sincerely, Alexa ♥

colour my life with the chaos of trouble;

When my mother recently decided to finally decorate my bedroom, I was so very excited to get planning and creating
as my head is full to the brim with ideas for my perfect room.  I had already picked my furniture, as my mother and I had accidently stumbled upon a sweet little furniture shop in Otley, on our annual trip over to Skipton a weekend or so ago. I have opted for  a gorgeous wardrobe, a book case, and a beautiful dressing table with a mirror, all in a distressed white colour, hand made and delivered free, which is pretty sweet of the shop owner.I had initially thought,
Cath Kidston wallpaper, as I am
absolutely obsessed with her beautiful prints; the York shop is my idea of heaven  and the faux-rooms they have recreated are pretty much my dream home.

Now, I absolutely adore Cath Kidston, and if I could I would own absolutely everything in the shop (enter my rich knight in shining armor), but the wallpaper is £22 a roll, and though my room is not huge, it would
need around 5 rolls a wall, which would work out at a phenomenal amount, my mother has agreed to decorate one wall in the wallpaper as a sort of feature wall but even so, that works out at well over £100, eek! I felt this a little steep, and decided to think up a suitable, yet chic alternative.
After having recently watched 500 Days of Summer, a comment my brother made about me stuck in my head; "You're Summer, that is most definitely you're apartment when you leave home."  I decided to re-watch the film for some much needed inspiration.

This beautiful Toile wallpaper appears in every room of Summer's wonderfully chic apartment, and I absolutely adore it.
I decided to do some price checks online, and see how expensive it would be, initially all I came across was ridiculous prices of between £25 and £70 per roll; I know, how insane; though, with a little research I had found a
gorgeous version of this paper, for a miniscule £8.99 a roll on sale, which makes for one extremely chuffed Alexa.

If you would like details on where to buy yourself some of this amazingly cheap wallpaper, leave me a comment.
Another amazing find I just had to share with you, is my discovery of this fantastic website, the natural curtain company
who allow you to pick out up to six samples of their fabrics online and they will then send them to you absolutely free, and if you fill in a short questionnaire they will give you £5 off your next purchase, just lovely.
I will of course be supplying you with wonderful pictures of my finished bedroom as soon as it's completed.

Sincerely, Alexa ♥

Thursday, 6 January 2011

it is a curious thing;

"It is a curious thing, the death of a loved one. It's like walking up the stairs to your bedroom in the dark and thinking there is one more stair than there is. Your foot falls down through the air and there's a sickly moment of dark surprise."

Lemony Snicket - A Series of Unfortunate Events.