Monthly Archives: December 2012

Under the Christmas Tree…

Jimmy Choo perfume and River Island bag | Ship-Shape and Bristol Fashion

Before 2012 comes to a close I wanted to share some of the goodies that found their way under our Christmas tree this year. From Bastise and Macademia Oil gifts at the South West Bloggers Christmas meet to (quite literally) cheesy Secret Santa presents, I feel very spoiled this year.

While this Christmas has been more typical than remarkable, that’s why I’ve loved it so much. From helping Mama Ship-Shape prepare the veggies for Christmas dinner, to playing board games with my sister-in-law and being unable to say no to second helpings of, well, anything, the past week has been practically perfect.

I hope you found what you wanted under the Christmas tree this year, and that you have a fantastic New Year’s Eve. See you in 2013!

#SWBXmas Christmas presents | Ship-Shape and Bristol Fashion

#SWBXmas Christmas presents from The Birdcage, Bastise and Macadamia Oil

Christmas decoration from Bath Christmas market | Ship-Shape and Bristol Fashion

Benefit make-up | Ship-Shape and Bristol Fashion

Benefit make-up that I found in my stocking : )

Christmas decorations | Ship-Shape and Bristol Fashion

Secret Santa Camembert pot | Ship-Shape and Bristol Fashion

The Camembert pot that a special Secret Santa bought for me…

Felt robin decoration | Ship-Shape and Bristol Fashion

River Island bag | Ship-Shape and Bristol Fashion

Mama Ship-Shape bought me this gorgeous green quilted River Island bag

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Rock The Week

Fashion related (and totally non-fashion related) things that have made my world go round over the last seven days…

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  • It’s the Christmas edition of RTW and the last one of the year! I had the best time with my family – which includes four crazy dogs who all try to fit under the dinner table at once, every year – on Christmas Day, before enjoying Christmas part duex with the in-laws on Boxing Day. I ate lots, laughed lots and wish we could do it all again tomorrow.
  • The last few days have also given Mr Ship-Shape and I a chance to catch up with our friends, which in my case means lots of mamas and their children. While I’m not feeling broody just yet, I’m starting to get the hang of this baby holding lark, and it turns out that I’m also an excellent climbing frame for under-fours : )
  • This year Mr Ship-Shape and I started a new tradition of giving stockings to one another and I was chuffed to bits to receive a camera charm necklace (which looks an awful lot similar to this one) some Benefit goodies and enough chocolate to last till next Christmas. I also got the new Caitlin Moran book, Moranthology, and a gorgeous River Island bag from my parents, so I’m feeling very spoiled indeed!

What’s been rocking your world this week? Did you have a wonderful Christmas? Let me know by commenting below…

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Oxfam Fashion: DIY Stockings

Oxfam DIY stocking | Ship-Shape and Bristol Fashion

I don’t know about you, but for me, a stocking full of small gifts and chocolate is a Christmas essential. I’ve woken up to find one waiting on the handle of my bedroom door since I can remember, but this year, since I’m a grown up and everything, I decided it would be better for my mum’s sanity if I no longer asked her to do the honours.

So it was that I decided to make Christmas stockings for myself and Mr Ship-Shape this year, and start a festive tradition of our own. I’m not the best with a needle and thread, but I wanted something personal that we could enjoy for years to come, which is why I decided to attempt making both stockings from scratch and write a DIY blog post about it for Oxfam.

Apparently my first attempt, above, looks like an oven glove, which, after an hour and a half of wrestling with my sewing machine, didn’t go down to well, but if you want to have a crack at making your own, you can read the DIY Christmas stocking post here.

I can’t be the only adult out there who enjoys receiving a stocking, can I?

Merry Christmas!

SJ x

Oxfam DIY stocking fabric | Ship-Shape and Bristol Fashion

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Rock The Week

Fashion related (and totally non-fashion related) things that have made my world go round over the last seven days…

Homemade stocking | Ship-Shape and Bristol Fashion

  • This week has been wonderful for so many reasons, but let’s start with RTW left off last week – #SWBXmas. The South West Bloggers Network Christmas Party at The Birdcage was so much fun last Sunday afternoon. I met some lovely bloggers, ate lots of cake and my team even came second in the Christmas Quiz! Despite the community surrounding it, blogging can be quite an isolating place sometimes, so it was great to be able to meet up with old and new faces for a festive get-together.
  • Yesterday I spent the evening in Stroud with a bunch of friends for another festive feast (I could get quite used to eating a three course meal en masse every weekend!). The evening was idyllic and consisted of eating, excitement, festive jumpers, secret santa and quizes.
  • This week I’ve been busy trying to post lots before I take a break over Christmas. I wrote about the goodies I found at a recent clothes swap, as well as some fun weekend festivities, and a Christmas gift guide to accessories – technically more of a wish-list than a guide, but it could help anyone braving the high street to finish their Christmas shopping today.
  • Finally, I couldn’t have an RTW post this week without mentioning Gossip Girl‘s last ever episode, which aired on ITV2 on Wednesday. I know, I know, the show has been a little, well, ridiculous, for the last coupe of seasons, but it redeemed itself in the finale and I won’t say anymore than that in case you didn’t get a chance to watch it, but I loved it : ) If you did see it, check out this Grazia article for a look at all the small touches that made it so special.

What’s been rocking your world this week? Are you all set for Christmas? Let me know by commenting below…

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All I want for Christmas 2012… Accessories

Christmas Gift Guide: Accessories

So, it has arrived – the last weekend before Christmas. If you’re out looking for last minute gifts for loved ones (or cheeky presents for yourself) take a look at my Christmas 2012 gift guides for inspiration. So far I’ve covered photography and homewares, and this week the last gift guide of the year focuses on accessories.

This list covers modest stocking fillers, such as the pretty bird pendant from Accessorize, to whoppers of presents that you’d be very lucky to find under the tree, such as that neon pink Mar by Marc Jacobs pouch, swoon!

Today I have just one present left to buy, and I’ll be visiting the vintage and charity shops on Bristol’s Gloucester Road in an attempt to find it. Have you finished your Christmas shopping yet?

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Something for The Weekend: Wrapping workshops and Christmas markets

Making Things Club wrapping workshop | Ship-Shape and Bristol Fashion

Friday

It’s very nearly the last weekend before Christmas – eek! If you’ve finished your Christmas shopping (lucky you!) but need a hand with pimping up your presents, the lovely Making Things Club are on hand to help. This week their pop-up shop in Cabot Circus has been running wrapping workshops, and there are slots available tomorrow (Friday 21st) throughout the day. The event is free but booking is a must – email making.things.club@gmail.com or pop into the shop to book your place.

Bath Christmas Market | Ship-Shape and Bristol Fashion

Saturday/Sunday

This weekend is your last chance to visit the Bath Christmas market before it closes on Sunday. I visited it with a few friends at the start of the month and it was heaving, so I recommend arriving early and catching the train unless you want to face looking for a parking space with hundreds of other Christmas shoppers! Stalls include foodie treats, Elise Belle jewellery, festive decorations, art, homewares and more.

Have I missed any other local events? What are you up to this weekend?

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Clothes Swap Haul

Clothes swap goodies | Ship-Shape and Bristol Fashion

Regular readers might have noticed that I have a bit of a thing for clothes swaps. What’s not to love about getting rid of once-loved clothes, gaining some new ones and having a girly gossip at the same time? It’s environmentally friendly and allows everyone to walk home with a new outfit (or three) for free.

A few weeks ago, on a horribly dark and wet night, Amy hosted a clothes swap at her Christmassy flat, and I couldn’t wait to get rid of my wares and find some new ones. Since we moved house I’ve had a couple of bags of clothes that just don’t suit me anymore, and after a wardrobe consultation with Amy, I managed to get rid of even more clothes that I no longer wear.

After the obligatory gossiping, cooing over her Christmas decorations and eating plenty of nibbles, six of us got down to swapping! In a bid not to bring too much back with me, I restricted myself and only picked out items which I’ll get a lot of wear from, such as this brown felt trilby and quilted bag, below. The gathered denim Zara shorts will be perfect come summer (I know, I know – it’s not exactly on the horizon!) and the camel coloured top is an ideal base layer for winter outfits. For once I’ve actually managed to pick items that could form one outfit, which is rather unusual for me!

Have you ever been to a clothes swap? If so, what’s been your best find?

Clothes swap outfit | Ship-Shape and Bristol FashionClothes swap quilted bag | Ship-Shape and Bristol FashionClothes swap Zara shorts | Ship-Shape and Bristol Fashion

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South West Bloggers Christmas Party

The Birdcage | Ship-Shape and Bristol Fashion

What do you get when you bring together some of the South West’s best bloggers, a picture perfect venue, and a good cause? The South West Bloggers Network Christmas meet-up (#SWBXmas), of course!

The Birdcage on Claire Street was the venue of choice for an afternoon of festive, fashionable fun, connecting bloggers, serving us lots of tea and cake, and raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support.

It’s always lovely to get out from behind the computer and meet fellow bloggers, but it is weird when you follow someone on Twitter or Bloglovin, recognise them in real life, but can’t just walk up to them and ask them about their cat’s health, or if they did end up buying that Zara jumper the other day… sounds a bit stalkerish, right?

Christmas presents | Ship-Shape and Bristol FashionDelicious chocolate cake | Ship-Shape and Bristol FashionBastise and Moroccan Oil goodies | Ship-Shape and Bristol Fashion

Luckily, after everyone had a chance to arrive and grab a cuppa and a slice of cake, we were all shaken out of our comfort zones and, clutching the coloured felt we’d been given on the way in, tasked with finding everyone with a matching colour and pair up for the SWBXmas Quiz, hosted by Hayley, Gina and Lyzi.

After a tense five rounds featuring Gossip Girl, Prada and  a bag inspired by Lady Gaga’s bum (yes, really), we found out that FrithaLaura and I came in 2nd place, each winning a pampering treat at Neal’s Yard Remedies! Who knew that retaining information about the dress Alicia Silverstone wore in Clueless coud come in so handy?

As well as the quiz, the lovely Birdcage team treated us to teacups of champagne a goodie bag filled with treats and a visit from Santa (see photo above) too. Ticket sales have all gone straight to charity and hopefully this is the start of local meets in the future.

Big thanks to GinaHayleyBee and Lyzi for throwing the shindig, and The Birdcage for hosting and providing us with so many scrumptious treats! If you want to donate money to Macmillian you can do so at the SWBXmas Just Giving page.

The Birdcage | Ship-Shape and Bristol FashionTasty tea | Ship-Shape and Bristol FashionChristmas presents! | Ship-Shape and Bristol FashionVintage hats | Ship-Shape and Bristol FashionSetting up | Ship-Shape and Bristol FashionA Birdcage goodie bag | Ship-Shape and Bristol Fashion

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Rock The Week

Fashion related (and totally non-fashion related) things that have made my world go round over the last seven days…

M&S Kids Christmas jumper | Ship-Shape and Bristol Fashion

  • It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, and this weekend I felt truly festive with a Christmas jumper pub crawl in Cheltenham (made even better my the fact I found my jumper, above, in the children’s department of M&S!) followed by a tasty Christmas roast in Oxford with friends, one of whom managed to transform Brussels sprouts into the most popular dish of the meal : )
  • This week I posted an outfit featuring my new hair, an appropriately festive shade of red, and also a gift guide for anyone looking for some beautiful presents for the home. Also, on a non-festive note, my interview with the Oxfam Boutique on Park Street went live and it’s well worth a read if you want to hear more about charity shops work and why they need your custom this Christmas.
  • Finally, this Rock The Week post is happening a little earlier than usual, as this afternoon I’m off to the South West Blogger Christmas meet (#SWBXmas). I can’t wait to meet lots of lovely bloggers and have some afternoon tea, and I STILL haven’t picked out an outfit, so I’ve got to dash…

What’s been rocking your world this week? Are any of you heading to #SWBXmas? Let me know by commenting below…

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All I Want For Christmas 2012… House & Home Gift Ideas

Christmas 2012 Gift Guide - Homewares

Eek, there are just two weekends left to finish your Christmas shopping! If you’re braving the high street this weekend, my Christmas 2012 Gift Guide might just come in handy.

Finding the right present for someone and seeing their face when they open it is always a joy, so over the next few weeks I’ll be sharing my wish lists, ahem, gift guides with you. Yes, I may be borrowing inspiration from what I want to find under the Christmas tree, but I hope these guides will come in handy for you, too.

This week it’s homewares. Having bought our first house this year, furnishings, crafty projects and decorating have been on my mind a lot recently. I love old suitcases and trunks, which not only offer storage but also have the potential, when stacked, to become coffee tables or shelves in their own right. I wish I liked eggs because these Rob Ryan egg cups are so pretty, but they would make the perfect stocking filler, as would this adorable knitted owl cushion.

What gifts will you be buying or making this weekend?

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