Thursday, August 30

In the Shade...


Rose gold & copper tones have been everywhere this year! Not only in accessories & jewellery but also in interiors. This incredibly simple yet striking pendant light from Tom Dixon is my latest copper obsession. The Copper Shade, priced at £340, has been created by exploding a thin layer of pure cooper onto the internal surface of a polycarbonate globe. Resulting in a highly reflective surface that casts a warm metallic glow & reflects light to create the illusion of space. I just love the classic, retro form of the pendant yet somehow it is incredibly contemporary at the same time. I have a vision of a pair of them hanging above my kitchen island in my dream home! They just scream style & glamour! One Day.....







Which piece do you dream of having in your home?


Tuesday, August 21

A Wish a Day... #9

In yesterdays 'A Wish a Day' post, I featured this Peplum top & mentioned I would wear it with leather leggings so immediately after posting I went on a hunt as the pair I own now are getting a little worse for wear! :( Literally everywhere is doing leather look leggings / trousers at the moment so really spoiled for choice however, I came across this bargain pair from Missguided! Not somewhere I've ever shopped or would even really consider when shopping online but they popped up when I done a ShopStyle search! I love the panel details & they look super comfy! I'm not convinced the quality will be that great considering the price but hey! They look great so that's all the matters, right?!

P.S I totally recommend using ShopStyle if you are looking for something in particular!


Monday, August 20

A Wish a Day... #8

Well, hello there strangers! I'm back! My new power cable arrived today so I have re-joined the real cyber world :) Since I've not been blogging, I've had some time to relax & refresh although I had a slight breakdown last week when I discovered my car had been broken into (twice!). Fortunately nothing was stolen; unlike last year when I lost my favourite leather jacket & SLR camera! I really do have the worst luck! Oh well, what doesn't kill us....

Onto my pick of the day - this lovely peplum top from Topshop! I LOVE peplum tops - they are so chic, simple + super flattering. I love the texture of this one & the lovely soft grey colour - it would go with so many outfits. I picture wearing it to dinner with leather leggings & a great pair of heels or shopping with jeans & converse! Such a versatile piece to have in your wardrobe - LOVE IT!


Wednesday, August 15

Gone Camping...

Just how cute is my little Cavalli? Is he not the sweetest little bunny you've ever seen? Well, looks can be deceiving! Just the other day, he thought it would be fun to chew through my laptop cable which means it no longer works so until I receive a new one, I am computerless :( . Of course that means no blogging until it arrives from the other side of the world!

Before I go, I just want to say over the last few weeks, I've received lots of new readers & friends in the blogging community so thank you for stopping by & supporting my blog - I love you all & can't wait to be back posting!

In the meantime you can follow me on Pintrest, Twitter , Facebook & Instagram (@Illusiveprint)!



Wednesday, August 8

London Calling... by Tiffany Leigh

Hey Loves, Tiffany here again from Tiffany Leigh Interior Design.

With all eyes on London for the Summer Olympics (and Ashleigh busy helping out with the Games) I thought that it might be fun to explore London decor inspiration with two popular British motifs:

1. The Union Jack

via Bright.Bazzar

 ^In Jason Grant's eclectic bedroom, the large scale Union Jack looks great with the small scaled black and white polka dot shams.

via Domino Book of Decorating page 59

The Living Room of fashion design Johnson Hartig (above) is exploding with color, and the Union Jack's bold graphic fits right into this chaotic but beautiful space. In contrast, designer Tommy Smythe's almost entirely neutral living room (below) allows the Union Jack Symbol of the Grand Union Flag to really pop.

 via Canadian House and Home

2. Keep Calm and Carry On

(I'll admit this poster is everywhere these days, maybe a bit overdone, but I still love it!)

via HGTV

This poster was originally designed to rally the spirits of the British during the onset of WWII. The rhyming slogan is a perfect sentiment, even today! My personal fave is the classic red, but it is available in many colours.

via Little Green Notebook

via Ideas to Steal

via Vanity Fair

Some may call these London inspirations cliche, but I call them absolutely classic.

Hope you enjoyed and please stop by my blog!


A Wish a Day... #7

I have always worn a watch - I love them & in fact collected them when I was younger. Now though I have 3 I rotate between although my beloved Michael Kors is reached for the most! I have had it since last Christmas & my wrist is barely without it - time for a new addition maybe? I LOVE Kate Spade - the shoes, the accessories, the jewellery - what's not to love! Although I would absolutely love a Carousel Watch, which I blogged about here, I love a classic style watch. Something oversized & simple suits me best. This is the watch I'm lusting after at the moment - inspired by Manhattan's Gramercy Park, it is classic in style & would look equally as great worn at the office or a cocktail party! Once again, I ❤ Kate Spade!


Tuesday, August 7

DIY Decor... Ikea Hacks...

I love a good statement piece of furniture... anything unique, contemporary but with that little bit of something special wins my vote! I was flicking through my Interior's Pintrest board & noticed a particular manufacturer popping up time & time again - none other than Ikea! Now, I've said before, I'm really not all that into Ikea (although a good 90% of the furniture in my place happens to be from there).

However, these are Ikea pieces with a twist aka Ikea Hacks! Here a few of my favourite ways to customise a generic piece of furniture from Ikea & transform it into something fabulous! My guy has already agreed to make me that desk! :)






Have you ever attempted to 'hack' an Ikea piece for yourself?


Monday, August 6

Beach Waves... Fashion Truffles

Hello again! Viv here from the fashion and style blog Fashion Truffles. My hair is pretty straight so achieving the perfect beach wave look is rather hard. However, I have found (through trying more than a million different products and curling irons) that these four little steps do the trick. How do you achieve that messy beach look?

Beach Waves

Friday, August 3

Bold Stripes... The Aestate

Happy Friday! I'm so excited to have one of my fave bloggers Jessica Rowe from The Aestate guest posting today! If you don't already follow her blog, you are seriously missing out! It's my go to place for interior inspiration & to top it all off she also makes fab art available here!

Illusive Print is one of my favorite new blogs, so I jumped at the chance to guest post. I think the first time I was on her blog I browsed through the whole thing in one evening. Ashleigh has a killer sense of style and I absolutely love her prints! I was totally flattered when she chose my watercolor skull print for her latest "Wish a Day."

Lately, stripes have really been catching my eye. Like black and white checkered floors, they're so classic and bold. Some things you can always count on. A good black and white stripe is one of those things...


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Horizontal, doesn't matter. They're always a good choice.

Thanks for having me, Ashleigh!!

Thursday, August 2

A Wish a Day... #6

If I had £70 spare to spend on a pair of everyday ankle boots, I would spend it on these beauties! So simple yet so stunning! For me, this year Zara has been on fire! In the past it's always been very hit or miss but now it's just hit after hit after hit! honestly, if my wardrobe could only consist of clothes from one store, it would be Zara! Without a doubt! These are just the most perfect little boots! Perfect for this strange British weather we are experiencing at the moment - sunny one minute then rainy the next. I would pair these with a cute little summer dress or denim shorts on warmer days or with Jeans & a white shirt on cooler days! Perfection! I need to step away from the computer before I hit the add to basket button... if only Zara offered credit! ha!


Wednesday, August 1

Interior Inspiration: Olympic Medals

Hello Darlings! Tiffany here from the blog Tiffany Leigh Interior Design,
where I track my style inspirations and my journey into interior design school in the fall! I'm so excited to be here while Ashleigh is busy with the Olympics (how cool is that?)!

 But listen up peeps, gold, silver and bronze aren't just for the Olympics.

 Metallics are hot in decor right now too (Even gold! Can you believe that...I remember when I was little brass and gold were BIG, then people went all 'white gold only please', but yellow gold is BACK baby and better than ever).

Gold: Piggy Bank / Wishbone / Perfume Print
Silver: Lamp / Martini Side Table
Bronze: Pendant / Cookware

via Made by Girl

^This Kate Spade store in NYC goes over the top with a gold sequin wall. Serious Glamour.

via Tiffany Leigh Interior Design

^ I went all sliver in my already grey bathroom's makeover. See more here!

via the kitchn

^ Get your bronze on with some copper pendant lights!

Now the question is, which one takes first place?

Feel free to stop by my blog so we can become friends! Can't wait to meet you! xo

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