Friday, 30 August 2013

A Lovely Week

I feel rather ashamed to say that I have never ventured to the Lake District before *hangs head in shame*.  However, the boy and I decided to spend a rather fleeting visit on the way up to Gleneagles for a wedding.  It made the epic road trip slightly more bearable!  

Wow oh wow, what a stunning part of the world!  I'm a complete convert and I'm already planning my return.  

We ate in the gorgeous picturesque village of Cartmel at the very relaxed and friendly Simon Rogan restaurant.  I recommend! 

Fun & relaxation at Lake Windermere
We then headed up to The Gleneagles Hotel in Scotland for a stunning wedding weekend.

The hotel reception
This was our stylish and art deco inspired room for the weekend.  I was loving the mirrored headboard trim!  

It was a black tie wedding so I choose to wear my favourite of favourite designers, Malene Birger, for the occasion.  This off white, crepe dress had a pretty embellished neckline and cuffs so no jewellery was needed, bonus!  

The weather was uncharacteristically sunny for Gleneagles, so the ceremony was promptly moved outside.  Oh those giant white hydrangea displays were so elegant and chic. 

Preparing the ceremony

The grand ballroom was transformed in to a fabulous dancefloor for the evening, and with a little help from a surprise appearance from the West End's finest, The Jersey Boys, we danced all night long!  

I couldn't take my eye off the stunning chandelier...

A lovely week and congratulations to the happy couple...

The Butterfly Lane Boutique

Hello lovely readers.  I have been slightly distracted from blogging of late due to my exciting new venture which now can be revealed!  Yesterday we launched The Butterfly Lane Boutique, a small capsule collection of dresses, tops and dress coats which are so easy to wear, comfortable and stylish...even though I do say so myself!  We have also got a stunning range of jewellery and scarves to accessorise with.  

Here are a few of my favourite 'must have' pieces which will definitely be hanging in my wardrobe this season.  

Take a look and let me know what you think...X 

The Evie Dress, £65
This chic dress features a relaxed shape, with striking printed sleeves in a stunning autumnal burnt orange shade.  

A key piece for daytime dressing, and which is versatile enough to follow you in to the evening for cocktails and dinner.    

Team with paired down accessories.  

Lilith Dress Coat, £85

Ideal for easy weekends, and wearing during transitional weather, this patterned open dress coat  is the ultimate investment piece. Perfect layered or worn alone as a dress, belted or loose, it’s sure to become an essential wardrobe hero. 

Maisie Top, £60

Our Maisie Top is so chic.  Team with this seasons 7/8 trousers or with jeans, it is an ideal top for daytime to night time styling.  

With sweet pintucked sleeves and kick out waist, it it ultra feminine.  

Silver Printed Scarf, £30

A 'wear-it-with-anything' addition to your wardrobe.  This soft silver grey and cream scarf will add a stylish touch to any outfit.   

Harriet Necklace, £59
A glamorous necklace which will take you from board room to cocktail hour.  Oh how we love versatility!  

Cream Leather Necklace, £35
 We love this simple yet chic long necklace made from strands of leather with metal detail.  We will be wearing ours with everything, from simple blouses, knits and chic dresses.  A truly versatile piece!  
Multi Chain Bracelet, £27.50

We just love this this chunky multi chain bracelet, in white, gold and black.  

It has a magnetic clasp fastening.

Thursday, 15 August 2013

Happy 1st Birthday Butterfly Lane

Happy 1st Birthday Butterfly Lane! 

One year ago today I launched the Butterfly Lane online boutique.  After years of longing for my very own lifestyle boutique, I decided to take the plunge, finish working for Sir Paul Smith and dedicate months of my life to planning and developing Butterfly Lane.  After  ploughing so much time, energy and creativity in to creating a brand it now really does feel like an extension of me.  

I am thrilled at the success Butterfly Lane has achieved within these 12 short months. It has fluttered far beyond my expectations, hopes and dreams! 

We have a growing loyal customer base, learnt a lot and we are expanding in to an exciting lifestyle brand for AW with the introduction of fashion.  *Watch this space*

We can not thank our lovely customers, readers of our blog and supporters enough! 

Here's to another fun and fabulous year of Butterfly Lane. 

Happy Birthday!!!

3 Quick Fire Questions:

My favourite thing about the job?  

Searching for the perfect products to showcase on Butterfly Lane.   

What I have learnt in my first year of self employment?

Instead of writing 'to do' list after 'to do' list, which can be so overwhelming, I now give my self 5-10 achievable things to do everyday.  Therefore, I feel like I have accomplished something instead of feeling like I haven't even scratched the surface! 

What's next?

We want to create an entire lifestyle brand where our customers can buy elegant, timeless and stylish pieces for their homes, as gifts and for themselves.  A small fashion and accessories collection was the natural next step for us and I can't wait to show it you all when it launches in September!  

Friday, 2 August 2013

Our Weekend Reader Offer: 50% Off at Butterfly Lane

This weekend Butterfly Lane is offering their subscribers, Facebook & Twitter friends, 50% off everything online until Sunday at midnight.  Simply enter the voucher code SUMMER50 at the checkout to redeem your discount.  Happy shopping everyone!

Here is some of our favourite bargains to snap up...

Posh Plastic Patioware!  We want it ALL!  Prices NOW from £4.00.

Frill Cake Stand, £19.95, NOW £9.98
White Jug, £24 NOW £12
Pineapple Book Ends, £45, NOW £22.50
Biscuit Tin, £24, NOW £12.00
What are your favourite Butterfly Lane sale bargains?