Saturday, 30 April 2011

Love Mae

As I get closer and closer to moving out of my family home for the second time, my thoughts have been turning to interiors. So when I came across these delightful wall decals by Love Mae from one of my favourite blogs, Daydream Lily, I pretty much squealed with excitement. 

They are simple, but effective. Perfect for adding a unique touch to any room. I particularly like the rain clouds and flying swallows...


Did everyone enjoy the wedding yesterday? So pleased she wore McQueen- she looked stunning! Anyone have a street party??

Thursday, 28 April 2011

Pretty Polli

When I came across Australian brand Polli a few months ago, I quickly took note of their quirky pendants, (think stainless steel typewriters and kohl gold binoculars), and spent hours trawling the site- mentally snapping up every other piece. 

Their latest additions have gotten me even more excited.... inspired by the Mexican tradition of the 'Day of the Dead' festival, Polli have created a collection based on the day of the dead skulls. 

I love.

They come in kohl gold to, but I'm a silver girl at heart and love the stainless steel versions. Who knew death could be so pretty?

P.S Don't forget to enter my Giveaway! You have until Sunday the 1st of May :)

Tuesday, 26 April 2011

Leather bound Summer

Just wanted to share some incredible images from Heyoka Leather's lookbook
(found via Fashion Canvas)

I've seen my summer, and it's bound in leather.

(ps don't forget to enter my giveaway! Comp ends this Sunday, 1st May)

Saturday, 23 April 2011

100 ways to uncomplicate your life


I found this list via 'Little Miss Perfectionist' who found it via someone else, who found it via someone else.....

I can see why it's been passed around so much- it just. makes. sense.

And it starts like this:

"you see, when we’re born we see the world in an uncomplicated way.  we know what we need, and we ask for it.  we like nice people, and we don’t like mean people.  we sleep when we’re tired, we eat when we’re hungry, and we stop eating when we’re full.
 as we grow older, we eat and drink to console ourselves, rather than addressing what’s bothering us.  we overwork to avoid close relationships, rather than finding people we can trust to form strong bonds with.  we hold grudges, play games, spend more than we make, want things we don’t need, and we get too far away from our basic human needs.  in other words...we complicate things."

here are 100 ways to uncomplicate it... 

1. don’t try to read other people’s minds
2. get up 30 minutes earlier so that you don’t rush/get a ticket while driving too fast/have to explain why you’re late/get fired
3. get 8 hours of sleep per night so that you think more clearly
4. stick to your budget
5. start saving and investing every week, no matter how little you can spare
6. balance your checkbook
7. don’t try to be friends with everyone.  cultivate closer relationships with fewer people.
8. don’t try to do business with everyone. identify your target client and take very good care of them.
9. before getting angry, ask yourself if it will really matter in 20 years
10. focus on being a good person, not on pleasing others
11. stay home this saturday, and finish off that nagging chore that you need to finish
12. kiss and make up
13. make a weekly menu, and shop for only those items at the market
14. ask your grandparents the best way to uncomplicate life, and try it for a month
15. fill up your gas tank when it’s half full
16. don’t drink alcohol when you’re tired, sad or mad
17. pay your bills on time
18. get an annual physical examination
19. say “i love you” to your significant other and to your children. studies show that more marriages last, and fewer kids use drugs, when these words are spoken every day.
20. for just one day, imagine everyone’s intentions are good because most people’s are
21. give away clothes that haven’t been worn in two years
22. throw out clothes that are in disrepair, and can’t be mended
23. when you have a conflict with someone, talk it out. Don’t let it turn into more than it is.
24. know what your priorities are in life, and act as if they are your priorities
25. tell the truth
26. don’t cheat
27. don’t steal
28. if you’re holding on to a ridiculous grudge, let it go
29. clean your house weekly, so that it doesn’t become too large a chore
30. do your best at work, or at school
31. don’t eat when you aren’t hungry
32. eat when you are hungry
33. be yourself
34. say no unapologetically
35. cook simple meals
36. don’t try to keep up with the Joneses
37. pay off your car before buying a new one
38. organize your desk at the office
39. change your smoke alarm batteries when the clocks spring forward, and again when they fall back
40. organize your important paperwork
41. take only half the clothes that you planned to take with you on holiday
42. help your children with their homework every night, and have an open dialogue with their teachers
43. have white sheets and white towels in children’s rooms/bathrooms, because they’re easily bleached
44. spend your time with nice people
45. avoid drama
46. don’t text or talk on the phone while driving
47. turn off the television/video games/computer; they’re time consumers
48. don’t engage in office politics
49. refuse to gossip, or talk behind other people’s backs
50. do the dishes right after dinner
51. never go to sleep angry
52. ask nicely for what you need and want
53. walk 10,000 steps per day to help your heart
54. do 20 push-ups before speaking in anger
55. leave work at work
56. don’t befriend anyone that isn’t trustworthy
57. don’t envy others
58. have your oil changed
59. take vitamin C BEFORE you catch a cold
60. don’t work more than 8 hours per day
61. weed your garden weekly
62. wash your car weekly
63. have a spring cleaning month every year, and do one room at a time
64. you don’t need to be best friends with work colleagues, but build respectful partnerships
65. don’t drink and drive
66. don’t look for reasons to be angry or sad, look for reasons to be happy. You’ll always be able to find plenty of each.
67. be friendly with your neighbours
68. return emails and phone messages promptly
69. schedule in free time
70. don’t procrastinate
71. do what you say you’ll do, when you say you’ll do it
72. be more flexible when you’re able to be
73. forgive and forget. end of story.
74. break the consumerism habit…put a three month moratorium in place on buying anything not deemed a necessity
75. start your diet on September 1, rather than January 1, so that you won’t also have holiday pounds to lose
76. take care of any health issues or concerns
77. have your tires rotated
78. have your brakes checked
79. have your eyes checked
80. don’t let your imagination run away with you
81. let go of perfection in others
82. let go of perfection in yourself
83. don’t try to help those that refuse to help themselves
84. find a way to reduce your commute to work
85. have an alloted amount of worry time per day/week, that you strictly abide by
86. drink more water
87. eat more salmon
88. don’t make a mountain out of a molehill
89. wear your hair in a classic, easy to care for style
90. finish what you start
91. wear classic clothes and shoes that never go out of style
92. create a daily routine
93. have a 1, 5, 10 and 20 year plan for your financial and life goals
94. slow down
95. eat out less often
96. when you ask your husband which outfit looks best, thank him for his answer and wear the one he liked rather than focusing on why he didn’t like the other one
97. allow your children to grow up
98. clean out your garage, and donate anything that hasn’t been used in the past year
99. stretch every day
100. if a relationship is over, let it go

Thursday, 21 April 2011

Cheer up :)

The sun is shining particularly bright today and most of you are looking forward to a nice long bank holiday weekend- so why not add a little more cheer on top of that?

The cheer I'm talking about comes courtesy of Cheer Up Clothing- a company built through friendship and a mutual love for music and fashion. 

The fashion side sees a contemporary unisex collection full of quirky designs, (including a rather festive crown design!), while the music side invites artists to come, chat and play acoustic sessions in their aptly titled T-Room

As a huge fan of both music and fashion I love this concept and have fallen head over heels for these cool designs. Check out the full collection here.

Would it be terribly wrong to dress me and my boyfriend in his 'n' hers crown t-shirts next Friday???

Tuesday, 19 April 2011


Just a few recent images taken with my Hipstamatic app- mostly food/drink porn ;)

Hope everyone is enjoying the sunny weather- what have you been up to recently?


Sunday, 17 April 2011

The Honey Trees

I came across the most stunning music over at 'See Me Everywhere' and simply had to share.

The band are called 'The Honey Trees' and they are so up my street it's uncanny. They are a beautiful couple making sweet music and are doing so with shed-loads of style. All of their amazing photography and videos are shot by the vocalists brother- Simon Filip.

Their EP 'Wake the Earth' is out on iTunes now and so far, I am loving it.

Here's their video for 'To Be With You'

Roll on Summer :)

The Honey Trees - To Be With You (Official Video) from Simon Filip on Vimeo.

(P.S don't forget to enter my Giveaway)

Friday, 15 April 2011


So after many years of blogging my little 'To Limbo and Beyond' blog has made it to 65 followers! I feel like I'm getting into the 'groove' of Blogging and am finally finding my feet. To celebrate I thought it was about time I did a little giveaway. I wanted to pick totally unique I hope they appeal to someone out there ;)

01- Issue 3 of 'Oh Comely' Magazine

 I've only read two issues of this magazine but I can confirm that I absolutely, whole-heartedly ADORE it. Full of unique ideas, dreamy images and thought provoking reads. I wanted to pass a copy on to spread the love!

02- Fox-Head Necklace

My sister has recently started making jewellery so I asked her if she would make a little something for my giveaway. I chose the fox-head pendent as I thought it was pretty unusual and looks great on this leather tie.

03- Friends Wall Hanging

I spotted this in a cute gift shop in Guildford and had to pick it up. Couldn't put it better myself ;)

To be in with the chance of winning all this, all you need to do is follow my blog through google reader and leave a comment on this post with your name and email address! Open to all. Easy Peasy.

I'll pick the winner using and will leave the competition open until May 1st

Best of luck :)

Thursday, 14 April 2011

Mix it up...

These days music has become such fluid form of media- easily shared, streamed and captured, which is great...... I do worry however that with this acceleration of digital music that the art of the mix tape / mix CD will be lost. One of the first things me and my other half did when we started dating was make each other mix CD's, complete with handwritten track lists and long-winded explanations about why we picked each song.

It turns out I'm not the only one who misses this form of communication. When reading an issue of 'Oh Comely' magazine (AKA my favourite magazine in the world ever), I came across a piece about Atherton Lin, a duo of illustrators who are determined to bring the art of the mix CD back by illustrating blank CD's, primed and ready to be turned into labours of love.

Here are my favourite CD's.....

And my current mix CD of choice would go something like this...

01 Shadows of the City- Marcus Foster (favourite song right now)
02 All of Me- Angus & Julia Stone (stunning slow number)
03 Pa Pa Power- Dead Man's Bones (very funky little tune)
04 Night Terror- Laura Marling (one of my favourite songs ever)
05 Alive- Pearl Jam (just an awesome song!)

What's on your mix CD?

Tuesday, 12 April 2011

Lace..... Meet Desert Boot.

Hands up who likes desert boots? *shoots own hand up*

 I would personally be lost without my wedged pair from New Look and am always on the look out for more, (to feed my obsession!), so you can imagine my excitement when I stumbled across a desert boot with a difference...

One of my favourite brands American Retro have teamed up with high-street favourite Clarks, to create a Desert boot embellished with lace. Mixing the tough aesthetic of the desert boot with such an ethereal and feminine material makes for one sweet looking shoe. 

image via google images

The white is perfect for Summer while the black works for Winter. I'll take a pair of each. Ta.

(find these beauties here)

What do you think- stroke of genius or madness?

Sunday, 10 April 2011

The Pursuit of Happiness

What a gloriously sunny weekend us Brits have had? Warm weather never fails to make me smile, everything seems so much easier when the sun is shining. With this in mind, all weekend I've been musing on the word 'happiness' and how to achieve it.

I used to spend my teenage years plotting a route to happiness, convinced that if I lost that half a stone, went to that party or bought that dress....I would be happy. As I've got older I've made the realisation that most us come to- happiness is the journey, not the destination. 

But how do we cultivate it? Keep a hold of it? Bring it into our daily lives? Now I'm not an expert, but my personal belief is that to do this, we need to live in the moment. I often get tangled up in thoughts of the future or lost in past memories, it's when I stand still and look around me that I usually find happiness. 

Small, simple pleasures. That's how I do it. Everyday I try to do one thing to make me happy. No matter what else happens during my day, I'll have that one thing to look forward to.

Here's a list of simple things that bring a smile to my face.... I believe it's in these moments that happiness lingers.

Listening to great music (this is a daily ritual for me, I would be lost without it)

Reading a BLOODY brilliant book (notice that it can't be any old book, it must be bloody brilliant)

Sitting in the sun, listening to the birds (a rare but exquisite pleasure)

Baking something you've never tried before.... and it tasting delicious (this is a new, but wonderful pleasure for me)

Having an idea spark in your head for a new blog/short story/article (I love it when this happens)

Eating something truly decadent and not caring about the calorie content (bliss)

Learning something new (even if it is just that there is a breed of dogs called 'cockapoos')

Laughing at something silly (like the word cockapoo)

Sleeping in (I RELISH this pleasure, just ask my boyfriend)

These things may sound silly to some, even trivial, but if we all did one thing everyday that bought a smile to our faces, surely it would make that crazy ride called life a bit more fun, right?

What simple pleasures make you smile?

p.s this is a cockapoo...for those curious ;)

(all images via we heart it)

Friday, 8 April 2011

Song of the week.....

Allow me to introduce you to the wonderful Marcus Foster, (you can thank me later), and the lead track from his new EP called 'Tumble Down'.

The song in question is called 'Shadows Of The City' and it is taking over my musical life. Enjoy.

Wednesday, 6 April 2011

Virtual Travel....

One of my favourite things about reading other people's blogs is how easily I am transported out of my life (and often out of my country) and thrown head first into theirs. One of my favourite blogs to do this with at the moment has to be David + Sarah

Their blog is currently following them as they travel around the far I've been to Goa, Israel, deserts, mountains and beyond- all from the saftey of my own home. And I don't know about them, but I'm having a blast.

What blogs do you guys escape with?

Sunday, 3 April 2011

Viva la Fabric!

Came across yet another case of making the ordinary extraordinary the other day, check these guys out...

Viva Fabric

Give them an object, any object, and watch as they cover it in fabulous fabric for a truly original look. I especially like the retro phones, teapots and stools. Check out their site here.

Pretty cool, right?

Friday, 1 April 2011

Just a Minute....March


Making: A surprising amount of tasty treats! Have been baking up a storm this month thanks to a great recipe book birthday present last month. So far I've mastered melt-in-the-middle chocolate cupcakes, butter cookies and double choc-chip cookies, (yeah.... I like chocolate).

Watching: From Riches to Rags (Lily Allen doc), How I Met Your Mother (GENIUS sitcom) and 'Paris Je t'aime' (lovely ode to Paris in short-film format).

Reading: Eat, Pray, Love (have read it before, but I love it and wanted to travel to Italy, India and Indonesia in my head all over again).

Listening: Sister Crayon, Misty Miller, Gillian Christie (thanks for the recommendation Fi!) Heather Nova, Feist and Angus & Julia Stone. So basically a lot of chicks.

Loving: Slightly sunnier days! Feel like I can safely say goodbye to my winter coat! Finally!

Buying: Too much.... Yummy meals out, a few bits from ASOS, swimming sessions, rare EP's, magazines and tiffin. Must restrain myself this month!

What have you been up to in March?


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