Category Archives: Design Hankers

Saddlebags

For my Cycletta ride on Sunday I have a list of things I want to take with me and want a bag that I can hang on my bike rather than on my back. I never thought I’d want more saddlebags, I’ve carried a pair on my hips since I reached adulthood. But with the exercise I’ve done over the last six months hopefully I can start to minimise my physical ones and just have them on my bike.

I found them surprisingly expensive and a lot are pretty ugly too, but here is a beautiful one to start with.

Chritina Hamilton Bike Bag

Designed by trained saddler Christina Hamilton who qualified from the London College of Fashion earlier this year, this stunning design is from her final project. I am hankering after one so much. Christina won the Leathersellers’ Company Business Start Up Award and is setting up her own business so if anyone knows when and where they are available to buy, please let me know!

So until I can buy one of those, here are some other nice-looking ones.

This 1940s style pannier from Cyclechic looks just as good off the bike as on. It’s made from water-resistant woven pine and is £55.

Bobbin Bicycle Pannier - Cyclechic

This pannier inspired by vintage boat bags is so enormous I bet it would hold everything you could ever need. It also has a padlock so you can secure it to your bike. It converts to a shoulder bag and is made from waxed canvas in three colourways, at £44.99 it is also from Cyclechic.

Linus Sac pannier Beige - Cyclechic

The Liv Classic Large Handlebar Bag is made by bike brand Giant. It fits on the front under the handlebars which means you can keep an eye on it when you’re riding through town and it transfers to a handbag with a shoulder strap for when you’re on foot. I’m assuming it isn’t waterproof though as it comes with a raincover. The retail price is £44.99 but Wheelies are selling it for £40.49. It also comes in a dark green canvas with dark brown artificial leather trim and in a medium size.

Giant Liv Classic Large Handle Bar Bag

Finally this shiny red handlebar bag from Cyclodelic is waterproof and coverts to a nice little clutch bag. It is handmade in London and costs £69.

Handlebar Bag Red - Cyclodelic

I was tempted by a basket but I think they’re too twee even for me.

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A Ride With Valentine

It is only a few days now until I take part in the Cycletta ride in Bedfordshire and I’ve done a fair bit of cycling to prepare myself for the 60km route. My husband has been fantastic and has been out on every ride with me. We managed to clock up 34km on Sunday and he even picked me up and put my chain back on when I fell off. I’m still not a natural cyclist…

When I saw these A Ride With Valentine brooches they seemed to sum up my last few weeks cycling around with the man I love.

A Ride With Valentine Pin White - The Mesh

The white brooch is £16.52 and the red brooch is £12.39 and are unique pieces by The Mesh. I love the contrast of the little figurines with their lasercut surround.

A Ride With Valentine Pin Red - The Mesh

If you’d like to help me raise money for Tommy’s, the baby charity, please click over to my Just Giving page.

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My Favourite Things

What do you do with your favourite things? Do you display them in cabinets, shelves or on mantlepieces? I have a couple of favourite things under a bell jar in my hall.

But now I’m hankering after this pendant-lamp-come-illuminated-display-case that is especially made to show off your favourite things.

It’s a pretty good-looking lamp.

Favourite Things Pendant Lamp White - Cow & Co.

But when you put a favourite thing inside it is transformed.

Favourite Things Pendant Lamp Black - Cow & Co.

It’s available in white, black and mustard.

I think it would look great hung  low over a dining table as a talking point.

At £235 each from Cow & Co one would be a favourite thing in its own right.

What would you display in it?

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Mr Wolf & the Triangles

I am partial to a bit of Art Deco and this Art Deco inspired necklace by Rebecca Boatfield is no exception.

Gold Mirrored Triangle Necklace - Rebecca Boatfield

The unusual shape of it, the gold mirrored perspex and the etched triangles all make it really special but it’s still affordable at £60. There is also a beautiful cherry wood version at £65.

Cherry Wood Triangle Necklace - Rebecca Boatfield

Rebecca also does this Mr Wolf necklace at £48 and a mirrored brooch version of the same design.

Mr Wolf Necklace - Rebecca Boatfield

Which would you get?

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Lydia Meiying’s Circus

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls please take your seats, Lydia Meiying‘s Circus is about to begin…

Da da dadadada da da da da, da da dadadada da da da da…

Our first performer for your entertainment is the Strongman, prepare to be amazed by his superhuman strength!Lydia Meiying, Strongman - Envelop

Watch the Lion Tamer turn this ferocious lion into a purring pussy cat.

Lydia Meiying, Lion Tamer - EnvelopHow many Hula Hoops can this pretty girl keep up? Watch and see!

Lydia Meiying, Hula Hoop - EnvelopPlease give a round of applause for the Performing Seal and he will clap back!

Lydia Meiying, Performing Seal - EvnvelopHere is the full cast of entertainers around the back.

Lydia Meiying, Circus Cushion Backs - EnvelopAll the circus cushion covers are available in three sizes at €19.99, €22.99 and €24.99 with free shipping worldwide. There are also placemats and oven gloves in the same design.

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Swimming in Cherries

Even though it doesn’t feel like summer here in the UK yet, it’s the time of year to brave the shops in search of a swimsuit. No matter what your body is like, swimsuit shopping is generally a depressing experience but I may have found one that doesn’t induce you to tears in the strip-lit changing rooms.

I don’t normally like skirted swimsuits but the Tummy Control Cherry Print Skirt Swimsuit ticks quite a few boxes…

Tummy Control Cherry Print Skirt Swimsuit - Marks & Spencer

Tummy control. Tick.

Gorgeous print. Tick.

Bum coverage. Tick.

In my opinion the only thing that’s missing is a little bust support. It’s £39.50 from good old M&S.

You might even get away with not waxing your bikini line… Double tick.

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Desirable Drapery

The new range of fabrics by Andrew Martin at Rockett St George has me hankering. They’re really unusual and I think would like really striking on a bed head, ottoman or cushions.

I love playing cards but as it’s one of the few games I can win at, it’s difficult to stop me once I’ve started. This croupier fabric would cheer me up when no-one will play cards with me.

Andrew Martin Croupier Fabric - Rockett St George

This vintage style comic book fabric is all about what young ladies want to be when they grow up, I think I wanted to be at least four of them in my younger days…

Andrew Martin I Want To Be 'Vintage Comic' Fabric - Rockett St George

The Naughty Nurse vintage style comic book fabric is probably not one for your kid’s room, from the photos I can’t make out the text but the design is great, if a little raunchy.

Andrew Martin Naughty Nurse 'Vintage Comic' Fabric - Rockett St George

All three fabrics are 133cm wide and sold in 1 metre lengths at £59.50 per metre.

What did you want to be when you grew up?

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Wild Wallpaper

Last week I showed you Lisa Bliss’s dog scarves, she also has an Etsy shop with beautiful cat scarves but Lisa doesn’t just do scarves. She does wallpaper too featuring wild animals.

The amazing The Bear wallpaper towers in at a massive 6ft tall and originally took three months to draw. For the standard size he’s £95 but he can be made to fit your wall if you ask nicely.

Bear Wallpaper by Lisa Bliss - Graduate Collection

I would love this work of art in our house. He would be great on a landing or on a wall around a corner to give your guests a bit of a fright.

The hand drawn faces on this stag head wallpaper are so full of character. It’s £125 per roll, also available with a plum background, in a smaller repeat design, as a cushion in plum or teal or in mugs of various colours.

Stag head wallpaper in teal by Lisa Bliss - Graduate Collection

Lisa also has a fox head design on wallpaper, cushions and scarves. They are all available from Graduate Collection.

With my stampeding cow wallpaper and beastly handles and rabbit obsession my house could resemble a wildlife park pretty soon. What animal decor do you hanker after?

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My Skinny Love

I have a new skinny love.

Not skinny jeans, they’re pretty unflattering on me and inspire people to exclaim “Isn’t your bum getting fat!”. Not skinny lattes, the caffeine in them has me bouncing off the walls. But THESE skinny heels…

REIM Super Skinny Sandals - TopshopI love the bright clashing colours that will go with so many outfits.

I love the strappiness of them and as they’re 100% leather there should be a good amount of give in them so they won’t cut in to your toes.

I love the £45 price tag.

I love the super skinny heels on them. Let’s look at the back…

REIM Super Skinny Sandals - TopshopWell done Topshop!

I don’t love that I’ll have to wait for the rain to stop so I can wear them though. I trash shoes but I’d try my best not to trash these so my skinny love could last the year.

Are you a skinny or chunky heel type of girl?

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Wrapped Up in Typography

I came across this quote from typographer and designer Helmut Schmid,

“Typography needs to be audible. Typography needs to be felt. Typography needs to be experienced.”

I would like to add that typography needs to be worn.

Particularly in the form of these lasercut microfibre suede scarves. Wrap yourself up in this Lowercase scarf.

Lowercase Scarf - The Literary Gift Company

If you regularly overuse the ‘Caps Lock’ key you may prefer the Uppercase version, both come in black or white.

Uppercase scarf - The Literary Gift Company

Can’t decide between black or white? The Helvetica scarf combines the two.

Helvetica Long Black and White Scarf - The Literary Gift Company

I love these, I’d spend ages looking at the letters and seeing if I could spot any words in there. Scarf wordsearch – you’ll never be bored on public transport again.

They are available from The Literary Gift Company for £48, the Helvetica version is 40cm longer and is £54.

There are also coasters in the same design.

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