27 Mar 2010

Accessorize and Giveaway!

Dear BLOGGY gals I'm off on my hols soon, Wednesday the 31st of March, at 3am UK time, I fly to Portugal with my family for a very special holiday. Why is it special? Well because for those of you who don't know my middle son Aaron had a very serious accident this Christmas gone, which resulted in a head injury and he need a opp to remove a bleed in his brain, thankfully there has been no lasting damage and we are so thankful. April 3rd is his 15th birthday and that's why this  week long easter break is so special, celebrating his birth has taken on a whole new meaning, that he is alive is cause to celebrate, so now you know! On the other hand  my birthday is on the day we fly home, bad timing!!


Ok, now to the fashion confessional, every clothing stylist/consultant worth there salt, knows how to pack a capsule wardrobe, except me, yes I can do it for my client's quite happily, but when it come to applying the same style logic to myself , well you might as well say to a serial cupcake eater, just try one flavour not eight!!! There I have said it! Thank-you for listening! Oddly enough I do feel a little calmer sharing that with you, the pretence is over. Be honnest did you giggle just a bit? This year we are only taking two suitcases amongst four of us! My hubby has given strict instruction, he says it will be liberating, sob!  But I may have just managed to rescue the situation, you see, the other day I wandered in a dream,(I like to let my style intiution guide me, as well as my keen eye when I shop) as I sometimes do around my home town. When a blaze of summer confetti caught my eye, stopping me in my tracks! The shop accessorize, you guessed it, was the answer believe it or not, to curbing my tendency to pack my entire holiday wardrobe! All I needed was two new themes/style's to inspire me and then a heap of carefully chosen accessorize to wear them every which way! One piece dressing is the way forward for my capsule I have decided! So here are my favourite picks. What do you think, have I turned over a new leaf?


Adore this striped romper, given a chic nautical twist, when teamed with a pink wicker cross body bag, celtic knot sandals and a beautiful pearl belt that I will wear as a necklace on holday with this and with a belt with longer dresses!

Heart this maxi dress with its, ice-cream like colours drizzled over this dress, in this very fluid and elegant print!

wear with celtic knot sandals, clash hot coloured flower clip, with the pastel maxi and to add to the dream like whimsy add this beautiful gold bycicle, this can be also worn with the nautical romper suit. Steer clear of going full on nautical, it can look twee, by adding subtle nautical elements such as the wheel's on the bike, you keep the look current.

coffee sandwich anyone?

If I wear these bracelets on mass, I can add edge to my pastel maxi and give a nod to the tribal trend, equally If I
 wear the dark chunky chain cuff ,alone with my nautical romper, I make the look more designer, than sweet.

 Don't be scared to clash bright hues with pastels for a more contempory take, think Angelina, nude dress, bright red lip, it works! This red resin Aztec necklace, the Celtic knot sandals, the chain cuff and the gorgeous beaded clutch below, will take my summery look to a smouldering mexican senorita in minuites,all without having to crack open another suitcase!

Forgive me dear readers if my post meanders a little, this time, I'm a little giddy with excitement at the thought of my holiday! Did you know that the UK and portugal both share a common bond? Custard! Yep, we are home to the custard tart, which are one of my favourite dessert's, I love them eaten, warmed up with warm strawberry jam, easy,comfort food! I'm really looking forward to eating the Portugese version!

Uk custard tart, yum

Portugese custard tart's

Happy endings and beginings happen on a beach

looking forward to celebrating Aarons birthday on the beach!Don't forget to enter my bicycle pendant giveaway below

As a parting gift to you lovely followers. I'm holding a sweet accessory giveaway here, open to UK and overseas follower's! This sweet gold bicycle is just waiting to be taken to your favourite place, I just love the detail! Closing date 27th of April, to enter see below-

 Follow along, if you are not doing so already and tell me here -
1.Post about my giveaway, include a picture of the bicycle for one entry and tell me here. 
2.For  a second entry put a picture of the bicycle pendant in the top right hand side of your sidebar till, the competition expires and title it- sweet bike, pendant giveaway over at My Passport to Style, linking it to http://www.mypassporttostyle.blogspot.com and tell me here
3. For a third entry, tweet about this giveaway and tell me here

Good luck everyone! Crossing my fingers and toes for you all and looking foward to visiting your blog's and reading your post's on my return!

Sharon x



Delightfully Tacky said...

You're killin' me with those photos of delicious food!! Mmmmm.

I like runway fashions too, but I dislike when magazines try to sell me thousand dollar shoes and such. I'll appreciate designer/runway clothes for their absolute beauty and fine art and stick to my vintage and thrifting, haha!

That maxi dress is too cute. I wish I wasn't too short for maxi dresses...


The watercolor dress is wonderful. Say many prayers for the health of your little son, as it is most certainly a gift from God. Have a fab time and take lots of pics for us to see. xx's Marsha

ps/just did a post myself on packing, it is a fine art...go see.

Stephanie @ La Dolce Vita said...

That dress is gorgeous! and I'm glad to hear your son is well recovered. Have a wonderful trip, and come home full of inspiration for us!

BonjourRomance said...

Bonjour Sharon,
Have a wondeful trip with your family. I did not know about your son, I am so happy he is okay now. Yes this will be a very very special time together. All your outfits are perfect.
Bon voyage!

Elise said...

so many gorgeous things Sharon ! Hope you have a wonderful hols !!!!

Third Avenue Style said...

OH Sharon - you made me have a little tear on a Sunday Morning - so happy for your family holiday (and the custard tarts!) and wishing you & your son lots of love & good fortune.
Love Katie

naoma* said...

Just have to say I love the picture with all the Luggage. This blog is amazing. Thanks for following me too :D

koralee said...

Oh sweet one...have a great trip..you all so deserve it and have fun celebrating your Birthdays.
All this food of yours is making me soooo hungry..everything looks amazing.
I would love to enter your giveaway...I missed the last one somehow. xoxoo
And yes you know I follow you my dear. xo

Seyma said...

wow!! you're going on a vacation?? that's both cool and sad.. we're gonna miss you Sharon!! hope you have fun and enjoy your holiday.. oh, i just love that gorgeous colorful dress!! and those sandals..

as for the giveaway, i'll post it on my sidebar so that i can have a chance to win!! because that little bicycle is so sweet!!

and i follow you of course!

xoxo. take care..

Kitty M said...

Happy Hols Sharon - I LOVE Portugal and those custard tarts! When I worked in London there was a cute Portuguese cafe around the corner from our office and I was always nipping in for a cake. I am having a nervous breakdown on behalf of your TWO suitcases - I think more along the lines of two PER PERSON teehe! Loving those Accessorize shoes and the maxi dress - we need to incorporate shops and cakes into our blog meet! Hope you all have a fabulous time, lots of soon and great combined birthdays. Will look forwward to your holiday tales and if you are flying from Manchester Terminal 2 look out for my mum on the Chanel stand (I dont think she starts until 4 or 5 though) kisses Kitty xxx

Kitty M said...

* lots of sun as well as lots of 'soon' :-)

F i K a said...

hwaaaa..I'm craving for the maxi dress and I can't take my eyes off form that maxi dress..

really love the color..one of the best maxi dress that I've seen so far..

Helena - A Diary of Lovely said...

I loved this post, read it yesterday and was planning to come back and tell you. I didnt know about your son and Im so happy to hear everything worked ok :)
All the best!!!

ps: I have your button already on my blog, I'd love it if you want to take mine too definitely, thanks for asking

Helena - A Diary of Lovely said...

hahahaha don't worry. Im from Barcelona and live in London for some years now. Actually half of me is Greek so a bit mixed here

Helena - A Diary of Lovely said...

I will definitely try! :)

Dina's Days said...

That's so funny, because I was reading the post and saw the bike necklace and I was thinking how adorable is that! Come to find out you're giving it away! Please count me in, and I am a follower of your blog.

Have a fantastic time, it sounds just wonderful.

Thea said...

Have a wonderful family holiday and make memories to treasure. I hope Aaron has the best birthday ever! Celebrate yours before you return.

Dragonfly said...

Happy birthdays and happy holidays :-)
I'd love to go to Portugal! Look forward to seeing the pics on your return!

Fabulously Fashionable Dawn said...

great clutch and adorable bicycle necklace!

Itch2stitch.com said...

I wish you a very happy holiday and a brilliant birthday for your son too! suzie xxx

Beach Vintage said...

Sharon have a wonderful time...and will you stop posting beautiful food pictures alongside dresses....I will never be able to fir into anything because you are making me hungry!

Anna said...

Sharon..what a super cute pendant..just adorable, I have posted about his in my side bar.

Wishing you a very happy and safe trip with your family...and hoping that this is a trip that Aaron will never forget and always cherish.

P.S the custard tarts are divine!! x

Karena said...

Sharon I love your site and a wonderful pendant I adore this piece of jewelry!! Would love to win.

Giveaway is also up on my site so do join in!

Art by Karena

Risyaa♥ said...

Hii! ENTER ME pls~~
I'm Risya
My Email: Risya271@yahoo.com

1. posted this giveaway on my blog with the pic & the link back (http://risyahoneydew.blogspot.com/2010/04/yes-giveaways-again.html)
2. put a picture of the bicycle pendant with the link back on my blog's sidebar as instructed (http://risyahoneydew.blogspot.com/)
3. followed your blog^^

Hope I'll win~
Crossing my fingers now^^

Jessica Jeanne Simon said...

hi im a follower!
so please enter me! :)


≈ Jennifer said...

Lovely post!!

I would love to enter your giveaway!

am a follower of this fab blog!

enter me! xx


Duchess of Tea said...

Sharon darling wishing you and your family a joyous and blessed Easter. I am so lucky to have you as a friend my lovely, therefore, when I count my blessings this Easter I will count you twice luv.

Love & Hugs

LyddieGal said...

Packing is so hard! I have to do it soon and I am dreading it!!

and yes, I would love a coffee ice cream sandwich!

Chic on the Cheap

Ulrika said...

Hi sweetie, just blogged about the giveaway and u know I follow, xxx

nani said...

I left a post at my blog! Love the post btw!

Anonymous said...

I love your blog- it is full of creative and inspiring colour combination's and fashion ideas. I have posted about the bicycle contest on my blog.

Fushball said...

Just to let you know, I mentioned your competition on my blog:
I have also put it in a permanent sidebar right at the top with a link to your blog homepage :)
Louise xxx

libbeh ♥ said...

Hi! I absolutely adore this bicycle pendant, and it's a MUST HAVE for me! :)

I'm following, and have posted about this giveaway on my blog:


In addition to posting it in my sidebar at:


Thanks so much!!


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