Inspiration, heart-warming treats and cosy touches

There’s a definite nip in the air, so it’s the perfect time to look for inspiration in the BrandAlley sales to update your autumn wardrobe.  And seeing as it’s payday weekend, why not treat yourself to a new pair of heels or flats in our Boot Boutique?

Plus, check out our brilliant Christmas shop, which opens today to help you spread the cost of the festive season and celebrate in style.

Pre-Raphaelites: Victorian Avant-Garde

Head over to Tate Britain for their exciting, new blockbuster showcasing the work of the Pre-Raphaelites and exploring how they became 19th century A-listers. This spectacular, major exhibition brings together world-famous works, including beautiful paintings, sculptures, photography and decorative art by superstars like Dante Gabriel Rossetti, John Everett Millas and William Morris. Click here to find out more – you’re in for a real treat!

The National Wedding Show

If you’re planning to tie the knot, don’t miss the last day of the National Wedding Show at Earls Court. Design your perfect wedding with a little help from over 250 exhibitors – from photographers and florists to cake makers. Highlights include glamorous catwalk shows from the best bridal names, the UK’s largest collection of wedding gowns, a dedicated vintage section and style tips from industry experts, so there’s plenty of inspiration! Oh, and you could even win a wedding dress worth £1,500.

2012 Telegraph Bath Festival of Children’s Literature

Take your kids to the biggest and best festival of children’s books in the UK, which is in full swing in various venues around Bath. There’s a first-class line up of brilliantly bookish delights for tots to teens from lots of your kids’ favourite authors and artists. For example, today you can enjoy an action-packed ‘Maisy’s Show’ session from storyteller Liz Fost and a fun poetry performance from former Children’s Laureate, Michael Rosen. Plus, Martin Brown, the brilliant illustrator of Horrible Histories, will show you how he draws all the nasty bits of history. Go to their website for all the details and a downloadable brochure.

Make your own felted tea cosy

If you’ve got any beloved old woollies you can’t bear to part with but no longer wear, why not recycle them? There are all sorts of useful or pretty things you can turn them into, like this simple-to-sew, felted tea cosy from Zoe Graul on Tipnut, made from two old wool jumpers, grosgrain ribbon and a decorative button. Gorgeous!

Happy Sunday

Jo x


Picture credits: Top banner image of wool – ©; Dante Gabriel Rossetti: Lady Lilith 1866–8; © Delaware Art Museum, Samuel and Mary R. Bancroft Memorial 1935; Wedding Dress: © The Vintage Wedding Dress Company at White Mischief via The National Wedding Show website; © 2012 Telegraph Bath Festival of Children’s Literature; © Zoe Graul’s felted tea cosy – image: via Tipnut.