Wild and Wolf’s Wanderlust Storage Boxes (£22) – spotted in Period Ideas magazine. Love the animal and fauna design.

Zara Suede Bag (£49.99) – there is so much lovely stuff in Zara at the moment. I have my eye on this gorgeous, vibrant suede bag.

Great Tits by Faunagraphic – on the wall at the Nichols Building Urban Art Space, well worth a visit to check out (and buy) the art work on display (by various artists). All of her work is fantastic – I especially want these.

Ribbon from Leeds Kirkgate Market – I love a good haberdashery. This week I had the perfect excuse to seek out new ribbon for our labels. Lush.

I’m a huge fan of Supermarket Sarah (aka Sarah Bagner) at Supermarketsarah.com. She’s always been a bit of an inspiration and I was really excited to read that she’s got a book coming out in October.

Here’s the background (you can read the full story on her website) … She started off selling vintage things at Portobello Market and then set up supermarketsarah.com in 2009. You need to visit the site to see for yourself, but she basically creates these amazing ‘walls’ to showcase items for sale. Everything on display is for sale and you can click-through to buy loads of cool stuff – from one-off vintage finds, handmade homewares, jewellery, art, clothing, pretty much anything.

I actually came across her website and blog after reading an article in the Mail on Sunday’s You magazine a few years ago. Since then she has done some amazing displays for Selfridges, collaborated with loads of designers and has been travelling the world researching and writing her book.

Her site now showcases walls from loads of different designers, crafty people and vintage sellers – I would LOVE to do a wall one day.

Her book is called Supermarket Sarah’s Wonder Walls: A Guide to Displaying Your Stuff and is available to pre-order from Amazon now. It will definitely be on my purchase wish list – really looking forward to being inspired by all of the things she has found on her travels.

My job gives me the opportunity to do a lot of fun stuff and meet some interesting and inspirational people … like the lovely Connie Viney.

Connie is an artist who creates amazing, gigantic sculptures from cake and icing – definitely my kind of person.

She is also a very busy girl. I’m working with her on an exciting project for a client that will be unveiled at BBC Good Food Show Winter but in the meantime she is about to open her own extraordinary exhibition at the Vyner Street Gallery in London.

It’s called Sugarama and will run at the gallery from 3rd to 9th September. She is creating a ‘sugar house’ that will incorporate sound, movement and lighting effects. According to Connie – “the work aims to evoke a reaction. I’m interested to see whether people are fascinated, intrigued or simply repulsed by this sensory overload”.

The pictures of her other work on her website look fab and I’m sure it will be a fantastic experience. Unfortunately being based up North I won’t be able to attend but definitely worth checking out if you are in London and looking for something fun to do.

Connie will be at the BBC Good Food Show Winter with another spectacular cake creation and will also be giving live demos on the Great British Bake Off stand – keep your eyes peeled for more things to come from her.

You can read more about Connie in this piece on The Guardian online

* Photo credit – http://www.universalnewsandsport.com

The shop has been a teeny bit neglected over the past couple of months with holidays, birthdays and weddings filling up almost every weekend.

After a successful trip to Lincoln last weekend, and a back log of items clogging up the house I was raring to give the shop a new lease of life with some lovely new stock and a bit of an overhaul.

Here are some pictures of the results …

This is how the shop looked on Saturday afternoon but about half an hour after I left we sold four of the wooden crates so on Sunday I took some more bits down ….

Including this lovely 70’s light set (two ceiling lights and two wall lights) which I LOVE …

I also have a bit of a thing for this marble lamp …

Our corner cabinet had been annoying me for months – in our house it looked really cool but it has never looked that great in the shop. I gave it a bit of a revamp with a plate display and now it is looking much better … it is also for sale to a good home …

We may not have had the weather for it this year but this old deck chair would look great in anyone’s garden …

I also gave some of the existing stock a re-shuffle …

Closhes and Russian Dolls …

Old Mills and Boon books …

Vintage Vogue and Pyrex …

Pink cupboard would make a lovely project for someone …

This orange chair would make a great upholstery project although I kind of like it the way it is. These old curtains are fab too!

We are taking part in the Summer Sale at the Nichols Building – starting Saturday all of our items will have 15% off for the next three weeks – happy shopping!

PS. I have been experimenting with Instagram again so excuse all of the pictures looking different!

On Sunday I ventured over to Lincolnshire for a prowl round the Antiques and Home Show at Lincolnshire Showground.

It was the second time I had been and probably not quite as good as last time. With Sunday being day three of the show a lot of dealers had packed up and left early. That said, there was still plenty to look at and lots of lovely things to explore. Plus sometimes when there are loads and loads of stalls it can seem a bit overwhelming.

One of my fave things about going to the Lincoln show is that on the way over from Sheffield you have to stop at a manned toll bridge and pay 36p. It always amuses me!

The Showground is huge and I wasn’t 100% sure what I was after so I started by having a stroll around and took some pictures and made a mental note of things that I thought I might go back and buy.

Even if I wasn’t looking for things for the shop it would be a really fun day out – especially because the sun was shining – and I would probably walk away with a haul. Anyone furnishing a house would have a field day with genuine, proper antiques, restored furniture, shabby chic bits and retro homeware. From big pieces of furniture to ornaments, lights, mirrors – you name it, it will be there.

I picked up a few great bits and pieces for The Fashionably Lost – here is a sneak peak of some old crates and an Antler vanity case that will be in the shop soon.

I’m planning on having a big overhaul of the display so i’ll post some more pictures once everything else is in the shop. In the meantime I’ll leave you with the one that got away – an old phone in a nice dusky pink colour which for some reason I dismissed as too expensive but now I massively regret not buying.

I must also include an honourable mention for a friendly man working at the show who gave me a hand back to my car when I was trying to carry far too much … on two occasions!

Visit the organiser’s website for more details on the next show.

I’m still a bit of an Instagram novice and its not part of my every day social media routine like some of my friends. That said, I do like to dabble every now and again. Here are two of my fave pictures to date – I think the filters give them a cool retro vibe and the colours, especially the pink, really appeal to me.

I’m training for the Sheffield Half Marathon. Its the second time that I have done it but this year I am aiming to do it in two hours or less (not a lot less, 1:59 would suit me fine).

The idea was to take the whole training thing seriously but with six weeks to go I still hadn’t embarked on a training plan (most of them give you a 12 week lead up – whoops). Starting to panic slightly, a couple of weeks ago I spent a weekend immersed in women’s health, fitness and running magazines and ended up more confused that ever – it turns out if you want to take this running lark seriously it can be pretty intense.

Its about way more than putting on your trainers (more about that later) and hitting the road/treadmill. Typically in a week you should be looking to do four runs – you’ve got your easy run, your tempo run, speed work or a Fartlek run, your long run. Then you need to know about your times – your 5K pace, your 1 mile pace, your 10K pace, your half marathon pace – apart from an interval session every now and again I literally run the same pace all of the time. That’s not to say I haven’t got faster over the years, I’ve just never really thought about pacing myself and taking it a bit slower on the longer training runs.

I have been using a half marathon training plan from the running bug as a guide. I haven’t been sticking to it religiously but I can definitely feel a difference from incorporating a tempo and regular speed session  and I do feel that I am challenging myself more. The big test will be this weekend – I am aiming for 13km which will be the longest run I have done in a while.

So once you have your training plan sorted you need your kit. I have been working out in a pair of really old trainers for years – last time I ran the half marathon they did cause me problems and this time I decided I needed to invest in a pair of properly fitted shoes.

In the end it all happened a bit fast – I popped into Up and Running in Leeds one lunch time to enquire about trainers and before I knew it I was handing over my credit card and leaving the shop with a shiny new pair.

The whole process was a really good experience – I know I am late to the party on this but it was a novelty so bear with me! They have a look at your feet (make you balance on one leg and walk up and down) and then get you in a pair of trainers and film you running on a treadmill. They slow down the footage to watch how you land when you run – I was pretty normal it turns out. Then they get you a load of trainers that suit your feet.

The weird thing was not being able to buy a pair of trainers based on the colour/design. I was almost swayed into a pair of Asics that I really liked the colour of (I couldn’t help it), but in the end I went for a pair of Nike New Balance because they were a lot lighter.

Now, the sales woman was pretty good – she was great at the whole fitting process and then at the end swooped in to seal the deal by selling me a pair of running socks (she must have been on track for a bonus that week). They do make me feel like a pro though, they have a ‘L’ and ‘R’ on each one to make sure you have them on the right feet!

So, I have the plan, I have the trainers and the socks – no more excuses. I will let you know how I get on at the end of May.

I finally finished making this cushion a couple of weeks ago and I think its one of my best yet (if I do say so myself!) It is made from orange felt and a really cool net curtain that I bought from Leeds Markets and cut up. I have still got loads of the net left so am planning to make a few more in different colours. This one is for sale in my shop but I think I’ll make a couple for the house.

I also made the black flowery cushion below. The material is from Thailand (via eBay) and I added some lush black fringing! Cushions are about as far as my sewing skills go at the moment!

I’ve been spending most of my time recently buying things for other people to buy but this week I am treating myself to these cool retro flasks which one day will look great in my kitchen … when we get the time/money to do it up. These belonged to Sarah’s Vintage Wendy House at the Nichols Building in Sheffield.

I have also got my eye on this pineapple shaped jelly mould …

As promised, a few pictures of some of the items we currently have for sale at The Nichols Building. We have had a busy week and some of our fave items have been snapped up already (the big blue trunk, an old suitcase, a sewing box and our Tina painting).

One of the best things about having the unit is seeing what sells well and then going out and hunting for more items. Here are a few things that are still in the shop (pictures courtesy of Louise at The Nichols Building and stolen from the Facebook page).

We love Russian Dolls and always snap them up if we spot any out and about on our travels. The small ones come as a set of five.

This book is over 100 years old. We really like the colours and detail in the cover – its a work of art. The pink scarf is also really pretty.

These Fauna ornaments are perfect if you are in to retro kitsch.

The colours in this glass paperweight are beautiful. I thought it was a Kingfisher but it is in fact a Nuthatch, so now you know!

One of my favourite display shelves – I love the colours of the bowl, jug and Art Nouveau painting.

A white wicker chair with a cushion I made myself – check out the sexy fringing!

Because everyone should have a bell in their lives!

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