Monthly Archives: May 2011

Passion for fashion

Win this Wren dress, worth £310!

They may be small but they sure are mighty – E.K.A. have descended on the twinkly streets of Notting Hill and are causing quite a stir.

And it’s no wonder – stocking exclusive pieces, from some of the most pulse-racing-must-have designers around, from Sweden to LA and local ones too, including stars such as Wren, Erin Kleinberg, Avelon, Diana Orving (breathe, Poppy lovers, breathe) Studio Nicholson and Melanie Lyn.. this little gem is set to become the ultimate West London destination boutique. Yes siree. Especially since many of the collections are not available anywhere else in the UK…(Clever E.K.A.)

This gorgeous boutique is the brain child of the rather fabulous Emma Kavanagh, who has designed a beautiful, feminine and unique shopping experience on one of West London’s most trodden streets. Filled with colour, style and vibrance, Emma has created a space from where she can help new designers get a foot in the London door and offer her super fashion savvy customers a stunning portal into the designer world.

Good news! Emma is celebrating the official opening of her E.K.A. boutique next Wednesday 1st June, and you are all invited! Whooo! With cupcakes, champagne and a 25% discount on the night, (yip!) you’d be mad to miss it. Mad. 

Click the invitation to enlarge

E.K.A Fashion 

 
WIN a Wren Dress from E.K.A. worth £310! (It’s true!)
 
Ladybugs, I can’t quite believe this incredible competition myself, but it’s all true! Cross Poppy’s heart. This stunning dress, (pictured above) from Los Angeles based designer Wren, is a stunning floral print, 100% silk dress with cute puffed sleeves and a tie waist – *sigh* – the perfect Summer tea dress…and it’s yours to WIN in whichever size you like!
 
All you have to do is just one of the following things. However, each one you do counts as an additional entry, so you can be counted up to 5 times! (If you are already doing any of the below they will also be counted as entries).
1. Follow my blog by clicking on the ‘Follow’ button, top left of my blog, (under the Twitter sign)
3. Leave a comment below
4. Follow me and E.K.A and RT the competition on Twitter 
5. Become a fan on my Facebook page
Competition ends 1st June. Good luck Popsicles! x x x
 
NB Sizes come in XS, S, M and L
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The best is yet to come

 

We all have days when we feel a bit down in the dumps. Thing aren’t going so great at work, family is driving us potty…we’ve eaten the last hobnob etc.. Life can certainly be wobbly.

Well fret no more. When you are having a wibble, just turn to the master of The Feel Good Factor, Jen Lewis of JayHell Art. Creator of all things positive, life affirming and motivational, Jen is on your side and believes in the power of you you you. 

Ancient philosophies, such as “Stop faffing and get on with it” and “Baby you’re a firework” pop out to you from the colourful quirky prints and textiles stacked high on the shelves of her gorgeous Etsy shop, inspiring us all to leap out of bed in the morning shouting at the tops of our lungs “BRING IT!”

So no more excuses ladybugs. It’s time to grab life with all fingers and toes and show the world who’s boss.

JayHell Art’s Etsy Shop

WIN this piece of gorgeous JayHell textile wall art!
 
 
This inspiring textile wall art has been created using digital fabric transfers, purple wool felt, vintage Liberty fabric applique and recycled calico fabric, with very decorative metallic effect sunshine yellow machine embroidery stitching to embellish…oh yes it has and it can be yours!

All you have to do is just one of the following things. However, each one you do counts as an additional entry, so you can be counted up to 5 times! (If you are already doing any of the below they will also be counted as entries).
 
1. Follow my blog publicly, by clicking on the ‘Follow’ button, top left of my blog, (under the Twitter sign)
3. Leave a comment below
4. Follow me and JayHellArt and RT the competition on Twitter 
5. Become a fan on my Facebook page
 
Winner to be picked on Monday 30th May. 

 

 
Good luck! x

 


NB Measuring 7 x 5 inches (approx. 12 x 18 cms) and mounted on to standard depth box canvas measuring 1/2 an inch deep (approx 1.25 cms), the piece is ready to hang or stand



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Made in Heaven



The Angel Food Bakery in Brighton.

I saw it.
I ate it.
I took the picture.

Angel Food Bakery

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Carry on Glamping

“I’m getting back to nature!” you cry. “I LOVE having no running water, I RELISH itchy scratchy bumpy and I LAUGH IN THE FACE of spiders in my knickers. Off you go, with your car bursting with rickety tent paraphernalia poking you in the ribs, tins of beans, wellies, loo roll and a feeling in the pit of your stomach that you may never come home alive.

Stop right there Poppy Lovers, for I (Poppy) have discovered the wonders of luxury camping, or ‘Glamping‘ as the kids on the street (or in the field) are calling it and I am sharing it with you.

Sawday’s Canopy and Stars are creators and providers of true, super duper luxury camping havens all over the UK and France (oui). All gorgeous, all unique and all undoubtably quirky. I’m talking yurts, treehouses, gramophones, shepherd’s huts, telescopes, gypsy caravans… and recording studios. Yip. 

The amazing living space in the top pic is called ‘The Geo’ – an eco pod in Cornwall. A smooth white bubble of style on the edge of rugged Bodmin Moor. It has a private kitchen (!) and bathroom, (BATHROOM!), sits above the vicarage and looks out over the hills. Every morning a scrumptious breakfast hamper (free of charge) is left out for you, with an evening menu for you to peruse should you not feel like cooking. So, you can just curl up on the giant beanbag on your sunny terrace and properly relax. I can hear you packing your bags already. (Include your walking boots – the scenery is stunning).

Family friendly, honeymoony friendly and grab-yer-besties-and-go friendly, they really do have something for everyone. Canopy and Stars treasure the simple things in life and the opportunity to slow down; they believe you can live (and work) in a sustainable, responsible way without having to compromise on fun, (whoop!) excitement, (whoop whoop!) and luxury. Hoorah!

They also have a bit of a thing for pigs, but that’s a whole other story

www.canopyandstars.co.uk

 

WIN £100 Canopy and Stars voucher!

It’s true, (no lie), I have a £100 voucher up for grabs for you to win and put towards any one of the delicious Canopy and Stars destinations! 
 
 
All you have to do is just one of the following things. However, each one you do counts as an additional entry, so you can be counted up to 5 times! (If you are already doing any of the below they will also be counted as entries). 

1Sign up to my mailing list
2. Leave a comment below
3. Follow me and @canopyandstars and RT the competition on Twitter
4. Follow my blog publicly, by clicking on the ‘Follow’ button, top left of my blog, (under the Twitter sign)
5. Become a fan on my Facebook page
 
Winner to be picked on Tuesday 10th May, 2011. 
Good luck campers! 
 
* Voucher is valid for 1 year and normal terms and conditions apply.
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