Monday, 26 September 2011

New Season Top 5 Picks: Uniqlo

A/W11: Uniqlo
[The Tiny Atelier]

Extra Fine Merino Long Cardigan £29.90
Ultra fine Merino wool for less than thirty quid?
Available in four colours, our favourite is this this deep dark Dijon of a mustard.

Boat Neck Long Sleeve Stripe Tee £14.90

We love us some jersey here at TTA and what could be better than cream and chocolate Breton-style stripes?

Heat Tech Skinny Fit Straight Jeans £34.90

Everyone should have a good pair of skinny navy jeans in their wardrobe, especially when the colder weather hits. This pair have an added advantage that will help stave off the big chill even further - the Heat Tech technology actually creates heat from your body's own moisture, keeping you even toastier!

Cable Infinity Scarf £19.90

The snood (last winter's must have wardrobe staple) is given a luxurious twist in a cable knit wool blend, here in chocolate brown. It's length also means you can loop your arms through to wear as a shawl/cardigan...
Wool Short Duffle Coat £69.90

When you have no choice but to face the autumn wind do it in preppy style with this hip length duffle in forest green, a perfect offset to navy, mustard and chocolate.


Saturday, 24 September 2011

The Little Shop That (Finally) Was

While my parents gave me the middle name 'Marie' I'm pretty certain it should have been procrastination! I can't remember how many months it's been that I've been saying I would stock The Tiny Atelier shop again, and this time do it properly, but it never happened...until today.

With two weeks holiday from work coming to a close, and a lack of things to do thanks to my still healing ribs, I grabbed a few photos and started uploading. The whole store, layout, fonts, banner etc was already done so it was pretty quick and easy.

Hopefully the weather will be OK tomorrow so I can go out into the back garden with the cat (who is now under supervision due to climbing and getting stuck up a fence - the whole adventure ending with me up a step ladder so he could clamber onto me and then hide in my coat!) and get some more snaps and upload while the F1's on.

For now, here's a quick snapshot of the store's homepage or just head over their and take a look for yourself :)

Thursday, 15 September 2011

Recipe: Herby Mushroom Pasta

For lazy sofa days (like I'm having today - chest injury plus cold = not fun) when you've still got to create something yummy in the kitchen this is the perfect recipe. Not only does it use all fresh ingredients (no pre-made sauces here) it takes no longer than 10 mins including prep...  

250g sliced mushrooms
150ml vegetable stock
3 tablespoons cream cheese
2 garlic cloves
2 tablespoons wholegrain mustard
Handful of chopped parsley
Black pepper


RECIPE: (serves 2 with a little leftovers - reheats well for lunch the next day)

First sautée the mushrooms and garlic in the butter. Rather than using a garlic press (which never seems to work out for me) or attempting to chop it small enough I use the small side of the a treat. Once the ingredients have softened and started to go slightly golden add the veg stock and keep the heat at a simmer. Add the mustard and LOTS of black pepper and stir through. Once the stock has reduced slightly then add the cream cheese, stirring quickly to create a sauce. Once the pasta is cooked (per packet instructions) add the parsley to the mushrooms. Drain the pasta then add a little at a time to the sauce mixing to coat.

Hello Liberty

This has to be one of my favourite fashion collaborations - Japanese icon Hello Kitty and British institution Liberty of London. Using a mix of new prints and ones archived from the 30s the collab has brought about a range of products from cosmetics through stationary to alarm clocks and jewellery in the world renowned ditsy florals with a HK twist - Kitty Town features all of the Sanrio characters in a quaint English countryside setting, Music Festival sees Kitty playing her favourite instruments, Apple Tree features one of HKs favourite foods, Kitty Wonderland is a fantasy world with all of Kitty's favourite toys while Karenkubo is an adaptation of an original 30s print.

Launching exclusively at Liberty from September 26th.

Tuesday, 6 September 2011

'One Night Stand' - Oh Marc, You Minx!

While nail wraps have always followed fashion's ever changing trends, and designers have already collaborated with the manicure market (think Giles Deacon and Wah Nails) Marc Jacobs has been the first to design a full collection of designs, with Minx. The series of wraps, named 'One Night Stand', are all limited edition and use colour palettes seen in Marc's own a/w 11 collection...

Devine Collaboration

It's a double design duo collaboration from one of the fashion world's most renowned print makers and one of London's most outlandish handmade jewellery businesses - Eley Kishimoto and Tatty Devine have teamed up to create a collection inspired by EKs latest work. Titled 'Batmosphere', 'Rush' and 'Starstruck' the collection is a mix of necklaces and earrings using heart, star and bat motifs in Tatty's signature coloured and mirrored perspex, chunky chains and swarovski crystals.

Photobucket Pictures, Images and Photos

Starting at £27 for the bat necklace (The Tiny Atelier's favourite icon of the range) the collection can be purchased from Tatty Devine Online.

Sunday, 4 September 2011

Fall In To H&M

I ♥ H&M when it comes to their autumn/winter stock and this season is no exception. However because I'm trying to focus on really focusing on getting as much of the homestead decorated/organised as possible and organising the business, buying into the brands array of mustard, stripes and tweed (think Annie Hall, geek-librarians and equestrain prints) will have to wait. Instead I'll sate my appetite with a few of these luxe-for-less accessories...

Ring £3.99

Earrings £5.99

Necklace £6.99

Hair Clip £2.99

Bracelets £3.99

Socks £6.99

Polish £1.99

Thursday, 1 September 2011

5 A Day

So last Sunday I did my first ever market at Humber Street Fruit Space in Hull - we didn't really know what to expect (we certainly didn't expect to be outside which caused a few problems with the pricing cards and framed sign) but they day as a whole was really successful so I'll definitely be doing it again at the end of September and, fingers crossed, some other fairs/markets before the end of the year. The ultimate do this full time (I worked out that if I sold at two markets a week with as good a sales as Fruit would earn me the same as my 36.5 hour job!)

Inspiration In The Strangest Of Objects

Vintage Keyholes/Escutcheons

Vintage Decanter Labels

Vintage Ceramic Doll Parts

Amy Antoinette Guest Blog

A few weeks ago I read a post on beauty/fashion/lifestyle blog Amy Antoinette asking for bloggers to send in posts to be considered for guest blogging while Amy was on honeymoon. Super excited to say that my post made it through and appeared on the site on Monday. Click here to read the post in full - it's all about last minute summer clothes shopping and the still on-trend bargains to be had via online stores.

Enjoy ♥

Emerald With Envy...

...of Lulu Frost designer Lisa Salzer's overflowing with vintage apothecary drawers!