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Styling the Seasons: June

I thought I would join in with Styling the Seasons this month for the first time, as I've been inspired by all the beautiful images popping up in my blog and Instagram feeds. Plus, my styling could use some practice!

For those who aren't familiar,  Styling the Seasons is a monthly styling challenge run by Katy from Apartment Apothecary and Charlotte from Lotts and Lotts. The idea is to style a surface of your home according to what that month means to you, and to share some photographs on your blog or Instagram/Facebook/Twitter with the hashtag #StylingTheSeasons. There's also a chance to win a £50 voucher from @loafhome this month if you tag them too.

In true Zoë style, I've probably chosen the most difficult area of my house to start with - the hallway! It doesn't get a huge amount of natural light and I could only stand a few centimetres away from the surface I was trying to photograph, so it was near impossible to get some good angles..... But I was determined to do it, as I have just finished painting my new-old bookcase and transforming the hallway from dumping ground to pretty space.

June always makes me think about light floaty pastels and beautiful blooms, especially peonies, so this was the inspiration for this month. The peony is from my garden :)

It took me forever to choose the paint colour for the bookcase. I couldn't decide between shades of peppermint or blush and ended up going with something entirely different based on my gut! I used Candyfloss from the Homebase range. It *almost* matches my new blog. I'm still not convinced it's right, but I've painted 4 coats so it's going to stay a while!

I love the bookcase, though. It was rescued from my husband's Uncle. It had been outside their house with a "free to a good home" sign on it and can you believe no one claimed it? It got blown over and damaged so they bought it inside to mend it, when we happened to stop by. It was obviously meant to be! It's the perfect fit for our hallway.

I've also displayed a couple of tote bags I made from some vintage fabric (formerly french bolster pillow covers) - perfect for summer outings.

I'm so pleased to finally have my new oak peg rack from Workshop Living up on the wall - the wood is so beautiful.

The stunning embroidery was a gift from our old neighbours when we moved house - isn't it amazing? I popped it in an embroidery hoop and it makes me smile every time I come home.

So that's it, my Styling the Seasons for June. I'll choose an easier surface next month!

Friday Favourites ~ In need of some springy pastels

Happy Friday everyone! I don't know about you, but I'm longing for spring! Or at least some sunshine :) The birds do seem to have been extra chirpy of late, so maybe we will get an early spring this year, as it is so mild.... Anyway, I thought I'd put together a selection of pretty springy pastels from Etsy to cheer up this rather grotty grey old day - there's so much loveliness out there, if only you look :)

Friday Favourites ~ In need of some springy pastels

Feeling dotty and bold

I'm not usually a black & white kinda' girl, but I might make an exception if it's a bold print partnered with a bright bold pop of colour - especially if that colour is pink.....

Blogged: Feeling dotty and bold

So I completely fell in love with this chevron dress from Johnnie B (we'll quickly gloss over the fact that it's teen fashion and I left my teen years behind, ahem, a couple of decades ago...) - I adore the print - and the pink elbows :) There's no shortage of pink in my wardrobe, so accessorising is never going to be a problem! And when the kind people at Three sent me over a gorgeous dotty Kate Spade iPhone cover, I immediately thought of this dress as the perfect partner for some pics.

Blogged: Feeling dotty and bold
Blogged: Feeling dotty and bold
Blogged: Feeling dotty and bold
Blogged: Feeling dotty and bold

Oh and I thought it was time my zebra print pumps came out for a spin as well :)

Blogged: Feeling dotty and bold
Blogged: Feeling dotty and bold

What I'm wearing:

Dress: Johnnie B | Bag, Shoes & Scarf: Boden | iPhone case: Kate Spade via Three

Photos of me taken by my lovely husband alpower

Blogged: Feeling dotty and bold
Blogged: Feeling dotty and bold
Blogged: Feeling dotty and bold

Friday Favourites ~ Blooming lovely

Everything's blooming in the garden at the moment in this glorious sunshine, so what better theme for my Friday Favourites this week :) I just adore this time of year. There are so many lovely floral treasures in the Etsyverse - I've whipped up a selection of my faves below for you. Do pop by and say hello!

Friday Favourites ~ Blooming lovely

I couldn't resist adding a few photos from my garden as well this week - I just adore Hydrangeas! This one is called Endless Summer - what a beautiful name...Wishing you a glorious weekend - enjoy the sunshine!

Hydrangea love
Hydrangea love
Hydrangea love
Hydrangea love
Hydrangea love

Oxford in bloom

This is really part II of my earlier post - it was such a lovely day I was a bit trigger happy and there were too many pics for one post! So let's rewind back to last Sunday...

Oxford really was looking stunning in the spring sunshine, reminding me how lucky I am to live here. All the blossom had exploded at once and everywhere was just sooo pretty. I'm so glad I got a chance to capture it all as the wind and rain has since blown all those pretty delicate petals away....

So, after stuffing ourselves full of cake and tea at the Randolph, we decided a gentle meander through Oxford in the sunshine was in order. And a few more outfit shots for good measure. Photos of me (a rare treat for you ;) taken by the very lovely Candy Pop.

Blossom loveliness
Blossom loveliness
Blog photoshoot
Blog photoshoot
Blog photoshoot
Blog photoshoot

What I'm wearing:

Pink tunic and jeans by Joules Brogues by Clarks Scarf ~ vintage (from The Shop off Brick Lane)

Vintage lace

Candy Pop wears: Vintage lace blouse and necklace

Christchurch College, Oxford
Oxford bike
No.18
Magdalen School for Boys
Blossom loveliness

In search of pretty things

I long for the weather to get better, and the flowers to start blooming.... I miss not being able to get out and about with my camera. So I ransacked the house instead, in search of pretty things to photograph to brighten up my photostream.

I suddenly had a brain wave and dug out my satin wedding shoes - they've seen better days, but they're still really pretty. And I ventured to the shops to get some fresh flowers to add some interest. I popped a vintage crystal decanter and some Royal Albert china into the mix - and voila!

I've layered these shots with a vintage linen texture from Florabella - I rather like the effect - but love the pure and simple versions as well.

My wedding shoes
Vintage rose pink

Next up was the white vintage cup and saucer I thrifted last weekend - I just love it's pretty scalloped edges. I tried some simple white on white shots first of all, but ended up going for some vintage bambis. Everyone loves bambi, right? And of course some vintage textures for extra authenticity :)

Mother and daughter
Vintage bambi

And last, but not least, some more vintage Royal Albert china with some pretty Lizzyanthus flowers in a complemntary shade - and of course, bambi!

Vintage purple
Vintage Lizzy