English Rose with a Gypsy Soul.

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Sunday, 22 March 2015

☽ Willows Call ☾

Velvet Bells: Willows Call*
Carpet Bag: Vintage
White Top: Free People
Coat: Biba
Necklaces: Nostalgic Feather for Waiste

I'm so happy with these bells, not only are Willows Call based in the UK, so no custom charges ( that got hit with when I ordered my Novella Royale bells) they're handmade so they're made to fit perfectly. They are the perfect high waist and the perfect shape, and the perfect length too. There's nothing worse than a short pair of bells! Oh and did I mention how comfortable they are too? I've been practically living in them. They can also customise any pair for you-these are my first but definitely won't be my last. I want some summery styles now. See I'm so happy with them I even included a smiling picture!

I found this incredible Biba velvet paisley jacket the last time I went vintage hunting, I definitely had some serious luck on that day, don't think I'll ever part with this one! You can never have too much velvet if you ask me.

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Feathers and Fringe

Dress and Suede Fringe Vest: Vintage
Boots: Ash
Hat: Catarzi via ASOS
Necklaces: Nostalgic Feather
Temporary Sacred Geometry Tattoo: Meraki Labbe

I found this never been worn before dreamy maxi dress in the back of the wardrobe and the weather was so lovely in London last week I finally wore it with no tights or jacket.  Finally winter is coming to it's end. Go away. I'm sick of moaning about it but honestly the cold affects my creativity massively, so as soon as I saw the sun and felt the warmth on my face I felt such a relief. It's gone cooler again today though but at least I know it will come back.

These temporary tattoos are great, I've already got 8 real tattoos in total, but all small delicate and kind of hidden, but I'm planning on getting a lot more. Yes some of them are a little silly, but every single one has a story behind them, which I love.

I do love the idea of getting a bigger, more prominent one but I'm so indecisive when it comes to a larger design, I keep changing my mind too much. So it was fun to see how one would look on my forearm, without committing...yet. It's lasted for ages too, a week and it's still going strong. The tattoo artwork is from a delicate detailed, original illustration by the talented Vanya. Have a look at her Etsy shop here.

Sunday, 15 March 2015

☆ In Sara's House - My Flat Featured on the Urban Outfitters Blog ☆

I'm so excited to share this interview on here. Last month I was asked by Urban Outfitters if I'd like my flat to be featured on their blog. Immediately saying yes, looking around at the chaos surrounding me I started to panic, being the most disorganised messiest person I usually am. So I embarked on the biggest clean and tidy up of my flat I've ever had, and it felt really good. Honestly, I now need to pressure of people coming round every week to force me into tidying I swear.

 One of the questions I usually get asked about my flat is: 'how do you keep your flat clean?'. Well, I now the answer... HOOVER EVERYTHING. I've posted the UO interview Q and A below, if you'd like to have a read. They got a few little facts wrong, obviously I'm a vintage buyer, not designer, and everyone who knows me, knows I have a wardrobe full of flares/bells/whatever you like to call them, I love them. But anyway, hope you like it. You can also find the full article on the UO blog here.

Stepping inside the home of vintage designer Sara Waiste is like travelling back in time to an early ‘70s antique fair – only there’s no flares and the herbal tea is of the legal variety.

With her walls lined with peculiar maps, elephant ornaments and around a thousand vintage trinkets, Sara quickly admits, “If I see something I love, I have to have it. Some might say it’s slightly on the verge of hoarding”. We sat down for a cuppa to find out 


UO: How do you describe your home to someone who has never seen it before?

SARA: I guess I’d say my home is a reflection of my personality; it’s an unusual, eclectic treasure chest, with a lot of patterns and textures going on. I wanted my home to have a laid-back bohemian vibe and for it to look like it had a story to tell, as if the walls could talk. It’s very much a creative work in progress.

UO: Where do you go to find all this amazing stuff?

SARA: Anywhere and everywhere, I’m always treasure hunting. Car boot sales, vintage shops, antique and flea markets- I try and hunt at least once a week to see if there’s anything amazing. 

UO: How hard do you find it not to keep buying more and more things to add to your collection? 

S: I always feel like it’s never enough. It’s kind of an ongoing thing, and I’ve only just started so I do have a long way to go. I want to get some great vintage furniture pieces next. I also like to have themes and I get a little obsessed with hunting down pieces to fit with what I like at the time. I always somehow find a place for them! 

UO: There’s seems to be couple of themes running throughout your home, specifically elephants and maps, what that’s all about? 

S: I have a lot of maps as I’m planning to travel the world one day, specifically America, but I do want to explore everywhere. They act as a reminder to my dreams. I collect the elephants because I’m a little superstitious. I’ve heard that elephant ornaments can bring good luck in your home if they have their trunk facing up and you have at least 8, apparently. 

UO: Do you have any sentimental tid-bits hanging about? 

S: I have a beautiful white wrought iron mirror above my fireplace that my nana gave me when I moved in, it’s so special to me as when I was a little girl I used to sit and look in it and pretend it was magical. There’s a massive mirror map picture hanging above my bed that my boyfriend bought for me when we first met. Maybe I can blame him for the map obsession.

UO: If you could invite anyone to your home for afternoon tea, past or present, who would it be? 

S: Such a tough question! So many, but Stevie Nicks would be my number one choice. It could happen, you never know! 

UO: What would your dream house look like? 

S: A seventies ranch in America full of vintage antiques, plants, books and cats – preferably in Topanga Canyon.

Thursday, 12 March 2015

☽ Dreamy Thursdays ☾

Dress and Bag: C-Atomic Geeta*
Necklaces: Nostalgic Feather for Waiste

It really has been one of those weeks this week and so I had two options. Curl up in a ball in my pyjamas, not speak to anyone and hope it all went away, or don't let them get me down and just face it and get on it with it.

So I chose the second option. I put on a pretty dress, as dressing up always instantly makes me feel better, as of course so does showering haha, grabbed a black coffee and I made myself face up to things. I won't go into details but basically being a grown up and running your own business really does suck at times. It's been a funny old week. I've had everything thrown at me this week and it's the first time I'm having to face up to certain aspects of it that scare me or I don't understand. It's all a learning curve though and man have I learnt a lot, and I'm so grateful for how far I've come on this incredible journey so far.

But even in the times where I question if what I'm doing is what I'm meant to, and there's been a lot of that this week, I do always feel this kind of realisation that I was always meant to do this,I can't explain it, it's strange. And so when something like this week happens there always seems to be these small signs from the Universe to be like, Hey! don't worry, it's ok, don't give up. And I'm not, and I won't. I've got so much more to give to, this is only the beginning.

And Herschy cuddles help too of course.

Saturday, 7 March 2015

✧ Woodland Creature ✧

Cream crochet kimono: Somedays Lovin*
Cream 70s embroidered top: Waiste Vintage
Belt, bag and boots: Vintage
Jeans: Topshop
Necklaces: Nostalgic Feather

It's hard finding any greenery in London sometimes, I mean I know it's not exactly green in these photos but at least it's woodland. I'm craving countrysides and fields instead of pavements and brick walls, luckily I'm going home this weekend for mothers day. I like London a lot but I like being out of it more these days. It's a creative but a contrastive place to be for me.

It has been blue skies for days here however which I can't complain about, can't complain about these incredible sleeves on this 70s top either. OH and in other BIG news my beautiful and talented friend Sarah from Nostalgic Feather and I have teamed up for a little jewellery collaboration for Waiste Vintage below, click to shop HERE