Tricky Trends And How To Tame Them!

Morning my little cupcakes! its been a proper terrifying week at WDS HQ! Mr Darcey Sleeps has had a mystery virus that landed him in Accident and Emergency, one bag of IV fluids and antibiotics and he is beginning to look a bit better. So, lets get on with these trends:

Ruffles and volume in general is a key trend and brands are sticking ruffles on anything that doesn’t move! for me, who is more than a little on the large and short side, this is not an easy trend but it is still doable….

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these skaters ( I bought both colours!)from http://www.simplybe.co.uk nail the ruffle trend and are super comfortable too.

I also bought this…..

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which is also from Simply Be, the ruffles are cleverly placed on this drawing the eye down rather than across.

Orange eyeshadow whoa nelly! do they really expect us to do this? But fear not loves its actually surprisingly wearable……..

This is courtesy of the gorgeous daughter (as I still have a boil on my eye) this shadow is from a palette called 35s by Morphe,  its strength is the subtle shimmer and the fact that it is more tangerine than orange. The daughter used a yellow wash up to the eyebrow, orange on lid and under the eye. She took the reddish orange from the palette, and took it under the eye and the outer part of the lid in a v shape. Black eyeliner and mascara finish the look , if you are convinced get yours at http://www.beautybay.co.uk.

Finally, and this is a real disaster for me…

Yellow!!!! yellow is a no no if you are my colouring, I am blonde and pale skinned and can tend towards looking naked if I wear yellow! but wait there is always handbags …..

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Look at this little poppet from Dune! More buttercup than daffodil, with a pretty scallop detail it goes by the delightful name of Dinidipley and is available from http://www.dune.co.uk and other retailers.

Before we part company, can I just say how profoundly glad I am that I live in the UK with an NHS which is struggling but still able to deliver world class care. I also want to make the point that in our hospital that care is being delivered by people from every corner of this world. I have to vote in two elections over the coming months and I will be voting for the party that will support those people in saying in the UK.

See you next week for a whats going on at WDS HQ post

Kisses

Karen xxx

Colour Of The Year Goes To…..Greenery!

Good Morning to you fair reader! I have had this post in the back of my mind since January, every year the colour experts at Pantone decide on a colour of the year. Last year two colours made the grade…….


Ah the beauty that is rose quartz and serenity! This year however Pantone have chosen this……


It’s green, very green not mint or emerald …..just green. As you can probably gather green is not my favourite but I was ready to do my usual round up of products that will bring you bang up to date, I was ready to hunt out all the greenery goodies for you. 

However it turns out that the high street aren’t feeling it either, I found mint and pistachio and sage but greenery was thin on the ground. Just in case it is a wild success for you here is what I found…….


This lovely bag comes from Boden, not cheap at £140 but bang on the greenery trend. Too much money? Or too green? Try this…..

This mini beauty with its cute bag charm comes in at a mini price of £17.99, head over to Zara for this.

How about some shoes? ………..

These sandals are from Clarks and are £55.I can testify to their comfort as I have some from a previous season.

Still not convinced? How about just a pop of green in your cosmetics? First up…….

A tiny bit bright but would look fab close to the lashes for a flash of colour. This is from Beauty bay, made by Sugar Pill and £11.00.

Nails next…..


My personal favourite is this Illmasqua nail varnish in Radium, £14.50 and available widely on line.

Finally, this one is a bit of a cheat…..

This Barry M lipstick is green in the bullet but turns pink on your lips! A bargainous £4 and available widely.

And a bit of a PS: Butter London have done a collaboration with Pantone, there is a set including Greenery and some of the other colours for 2017…..


but as far as I can make out only available in the US currently where it’s retails for $39.

So there you have it, I might just go and get that Illmasqua polish to break myself into this trend. What’s your thoughts on Greenery? I’d love to hear from you!

Kisses

Karen  xxx

Onward And Upward!

Well good morning to you! I am afraid dear reader that things at While Darcey Sleeps towers are in disarray! I’ve been suffering with some numbness in my hands which I have just found out will only be partially treated by some physio.

I’m sure you can imagine that hasn’t put me in the best mindset for writing a cheery blog! However it has put me in the mood to look back at my achievements and the posts on this blog, this will be more than enough motivation to help me keep going. here are some of the important  bits from the past year…….

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We spent a lot of time in Chinatown, mostly eating and buying cute stuff.

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I spent a lot of amazing time with the management board of my company.

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We were often tempted by the lovely shops in London!

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The management board conducted a lot of research into bluebells!

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I painted……..a lot!

And sewed…..a lot!

I marvelled at the strength of the human spirit.

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I protested (just a little bit).

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I laughed and cried when Bob won.

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and I stopped doing that!

But best of all I spent time with you guys and I am lifted every time I see how many of you visit my corner of cyber space.

So, Monday afternoon I have an emergency rheumatologist appointment after which I will be pulling my socks up, stiffening my lip and as Beyonce says “getting back to business”, and a proper blog post will be yours next week.

Kisses

Karen xx

 

 

My New Year Heroes!

Morning loves! January is a hideous month, too dark, too cold and fundamentally it’s not Christmas! So how do we get through it? Why don’t you join me for a look at some gorgeousness, some of which is actually useful! I promise it might make life more bearable 🙂 

Make up – for some of us girls ( me included) sticking some nice make up on is really beneficial, making us feel more confident, this lovely Younique palette is rapidly becoming my go to …….


Full of lovely pinks and purples, with matte, shimmer and downright glittery shaded, it really does shine some light on the darkest day and the colours are a lot more subtle on the eye……


Art supplies – I know, not all of you are artists but I know a lot of people are colouring and card making and doing lots of lovely crafty stuff, take a look at these beauties……..


These clever little minxes do all the shading for you, the pen gets put in a mixing chamber and then you just colour and bingo! All shading done by the pen!

Sales! – my favourite bag brand Nica is on sale all over the place at the moment, although Nica’s sale is over this beauty is in the special offer section on their website…..


And it’s £20! No shipping and in a variety of colours! Sorry I’ve got to lay down for a minute…..

I’m back with our final goody kale chips! Buy a bag of pre chopped kale, discard the tough stalk bits, put on a bowl and spray with fry light, spread evenly on a baking tray…….


Put on the oven at a medium high heat and WATCH THEM, these little devils will burn if you leave them to their own devices! Take them out when the edges are browning and place in a bowl to cool and crisp up……..


And eat!

 by the way the crystals that appear in the pictures are chosen for inspiration, creativity and peace,my New Year gift to you!

Kisses

Karen 

Save Or Splurge?

Ding dong merrily on high! who’s excited for Christmas? For me it literally is “the most wonderful time of the year”but it is also the most expensive time of the year!

In my family I’m known as a bit of a personal  shopper, able to hunt out the best gifts and the unexpected at the drop of the hat, so let’s have a look at a few items that could be on your Christmas lists with a handy splurge/save option according to your available finances!

Perfume features high on a lot of peoples wish lists, the new perfume from Alexander McQueen really is something special……….

With notes of three night flowering blooms; Sambac jasmine, tuberose and ylang ylang, it is exotic and mysterious, and that my darlings is why this bottle will set you back £285! to be fair there are smaller bottles starting at £50.

So how about a save option? I am a super fan of the clever folks at Shay and Blue, this offering hits similar mysterious notes….

Atropa belladonna is inspired by deadly nightshade, with a heart of cassis berries, and notes of narcissus, jasmine and bourbon vanilla, it is a more pocket friendly £30 for 30ml.

How about a glamorous nail polish to see you into New Years Eve? let me present the most glamorous varnish on the market……..

Take a minute to breath in the exquisite design of the shoe designer Christian Louboutin, this is a bottle that deserves a place on your dressing table, but glamour comes with a price tag…£36 to be precise.

I’ll be honest kids, there isn’t a save option for this one,

however if cool polish is what you are looking for, look no further……

Soigne (translates as take care of) polish has up to 85% botanical ingredients, is free from the 5 carcinogens that can be in polish, is not tested on animals and is vegan friendly! hit their sale and you can grab a bottle for £4.80, it normally retails at £11.

While we are on the subject of New Years Eve, it is a great time to try the new trend of flat party shoes. If money is no object there is no better designer that Valentino for this new alternative to heels…

Yum! but at £615 it would give me heart failure to wear them!

Mercifully this is where ASOS rides in with these cuties……

Sorry for the screen shot but at least you have all the info!

Finally, and this might be a niche market, I have an obsession with decorations from bauble makers to the stars Bombki, their macaron set is a dream purchase……..

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At £59… to be honest I don’t know if I would risk it, but thats ok because look what Anthropologie  have……


These are currently in the sale at £18.20! and I like these a bit more!

Heres your links if you fancy purchasing any of the above or just want to admire from afar!

McQueen perfume from http://www.Houseoffraser.co.uk

Atropa Belladonna from http://www.shayandblue.com

Louboutin polish from http://www.selfridges.com

Soigne polish from http://www.soignnails.com

Valentino flats from http://www.selfridges.com

Asos flats from http://www.asos.com

macaron set from http://www.bombki.co.uk

macaron set  from http://www.anthropologie.com

Thats all my goodies today and the next time I see you it will be one sleep until Santa!!

Kisses

Karen xxx

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy Birthday To While Darcey Sleeps!

Morning! Grab a piece of cake and a glass of sparkle because we are celebrating!

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This little blog is 2 years old! So in the words of Craig David lets “re re wind” and have a look at how far that unicorn has flown!

The 10th of December 2014 was the first entry on this blog and the first anniversary of me suffering a panic attack and developing anxiety and panic disorder.  This major upset had left me feeling like this…….

But then I went to therapy and a wonderful lady restored me basically to factory settings, so what to do with myself now? Too sick to return to work for HM Government it was up to me to find an occupation that fitted around my disabilities. That’s how While Darcey Sleeps was born, an umbrella name for this blog and my painting/craft business. It was so called because I could only work while this madam was asleep!


After a suggestion from family I started painting and did a few test run dog portraits for friends of my daughters…….

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This has become the backbone of the business, and for me a dream come true, to paint and get paid for it feels incredible.

For me the equal pleasure is to write this blog every week and not confine our discussion to  crafts, we have talked about everything, from colour…….

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To make up…….

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Fashion (especially hand bags!)………

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To gardening…….

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We have had a good time…………

 

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We have laughed…….

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And we have cried……

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Through it all, this has been the best place to hang out, I hope you have found it useful or thought provoking or just enjoyed the pictures.

My unicorn will be stretching her wings this year, making more, talking more and generally taking it to the next level, know this for sure, this sparkly door will be open to anyone, 2017 is going to need all the love we can give it and all the support we can give each other.

So here’s to us, and another year of spangly, glittery, emotional, funny experiences!

Kisses

Karen

 

 

I’m Being Perfectly Unoriginal!

Good Morning my darlings! Do you remember the backpack that I have  been inching towards completion? It was very influenced by the lovely Dolce and Gabbana Miss Sicily bag……img_3866

Well it seems like I’m not the only one that thought it was lovely, here is a Fendi bag and one from Simply Be………

It took me a long time to realise that designers don’t walk around with their brains stuffed with completely original ideas, that all design is influenced by what has come before, so without further ado, here is the finished backpack…….

Well…not exactly,because I was so pleased with how it was shaping up I searched for actual proper straps, d rings and a way to attach the d rings….


Can you spot the missing component? yup no d rings they are winging their way to me! and I have decided on some icord rather then ribbon that gathered the original…..

I have got another bag on the go ( I decided that I need to practice bag making before starting on my own designs ) I will share it with you soon but next weeks post will be all about my trip to the valley of the nerds-i’m off to Comic Con!

In the meantime who wants a link?

The yarn is Billie Jean from http://www.woolandthegang.com

The straps and D rings came from http://www.u-handbag.com

The flowers are from my stash of felt and other fabrics but great stuff is available at http://www.feltedfanciessupplies.co.uk and http://www.sewsweet.co.uk

 

Kisses Karen

 

 

 

Shiney, Happy Photos!

Uggghhh! No sooner had flow arrived..it went! Shoulder arthritis, multiple sprains and a migraine packed it’s bags for it. I have managed to draw out a new type of portrait…….


Eventually it will be Darcey with a floral crown, I also have fairy puppies floating round my head. However one pencil drawing does not a blog post make, so I was thinking about all the pictures I take and delete, and what makes me keep some of them for so long, here is my top 10 that didn’t get deleted.

Number 1…..


The combined loveliness of my Darcey and my husband Neil.

Number 2……

Me at the Alexander McQueen exhibit at the Victoria and Albert museum, so good I saw it twice and cried twice at the loss of a genius.

Number 3…. 


The picture that made me buy a hysterical, self opinionated and completely precious toy poodle called Milo.

Number 4…


My first piece of business post, I was disproportionately excited.

Number 5…..


Your colours for AW 2016, for those old enough to remember do they remind you of the seventies?

Number 6…..


Because however hard I try, I just can’t seem to grow up!

Number 7…….


I took this picture to illustrate this years colour of the year but I’ve kept it because it is the most perfect colour.

Number 8…..


To me these are actual Angels, these are people that with the help of a local theatre group screened the families of the victims of the Orlando shooting from the evil that is the Westboro baptist church, who picket the funerals of LGBT people ( amongst others) this is humanity at it absolute best.

Number 9……..

Bluebell s- I admit I am obsessed but they sum up British woodland in a picture.

Number 10……


I usually ignore the endless motivational memes that pop up on Facebook but I love this one and I try to be supernova like as often as possible.

So have you got a photo on your phone or tablet that you will never delete? I’d love to see it!

Kisses

Karen 

Success!!

MORNING!!  sorry for shouting but you find me in good cheer, I have actually achieved stuff this week! I’m not feeling much better but have managed to shift my mood enough to get stuff done.

The biggest achievement for me was doing some sewing, sitting at the sewing machine for some reason really aggravates my neck and shoulders so I was really grateful for this super easy foldover clutch……..

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I picked up the faux leather in Berwick Street and I love its squishiness, for the lining I just couldnt resist this bonkers print……..

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Next time I make this I will use a more glamerous zip, this was very much a practice run but I am really pleased with how it turned out.

I also have managed to do a bit of painting……..

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This will be one of the pictures I take to Lindfield Art Fair, I finally think I might be able to capture our bluebell wood, I could’nt resist using a picture with Darcey in!

Now for a design that has actually changed since this picture was done, I’ve also gathered all the supplies……

The new design is way more kawaii and will be a little felt project.

Also in the planning stage is my first project from my handbag designer book, I am first going to tackle a purse……

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I love that macaron fabric and can you see the pink wallet underneath? projects are now going into these as I gather materials, hopefully it will result in work being done and time not being wasted looking for stuff!

Finally a project that is just inspiration at the moment……..

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See that Dolce bag? I love it! but at over £1000 it is just not a reality, but look closely…its crocheted in a shell pattern, could we crochet the pieces, add some leather handles and then decorate with some shiny bits and bobs? well i’m the little blogger that thinks she can, this is going to take a while so I may start posting progress pictures.

I’m hoping for another productive week but next week will be a different sort of post, hope I see you here to show you!

Have a great week kittens,

Kisses

Karen

To Hack Or Not To Hack ?

Hello my darlings! well I’m off the steroids and will be starting my medication this Friday so we are nearly returned to normal service! In the past when I have been this ill I would be in front of the telly and not moving, but thats not how we roll anymore, so I’ve spent this week doing some up cycling with clever little hacks (all gathered from my VAST collection of crafting magazines).

I have had a total thing for these parkas for some time….

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Believe it or not the originals retail for £3,500! I knew I didn’t want fur lining, trust me that this body needs no more padding 😉 but I did really like the coloured fur on the hood, so I dug out an issue of Simply Crochet and unpicked the original fur, which was handily on a zip…..

I then followed that pattern using King Cole Luxe Fur………

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And reinserted the folded over fur into the zip, read to the end of this post for the big reveal!

Of course you then start looking through other back issues and there was a lovely quick fix for a denim jacket, I first dyed my acid wash jacket a powder pink…

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This turned it a lovely mix of pink and pale blue, then for the little bit of glitz……

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Then it got sewn to the back and….you have to wait until the end!

I was really ready to upcycle anything that didn’t move by this point! I started to think that my plain black satin bomber jacket could do with something glittery, I popped online to http://www.josyrose.com and bought these……….

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But I didn’t… they were a little too sparkly and actually too small.

So who’s ready for the big reveal? how this for arty styling….

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So a week on steroids certainly saw me get some stuff done including these…….

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Possibly the worlds most impractical baby socks ever but damn! they are cute.

These last few months have been a little tricky in terms of getting stuff done and it prompted some thought of what we can achieve at WDS HQ, let me just give you something to think about- I’ve bought a book on handbag design……….

Have a luscious week

Kisses

Karen