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Archive: Jul 2012

  1. Wee obsession: The ‘hill’ at the London 2012 Opening Ceremony

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    Did you watch the Opening Ceremony of the London Olympics? What did you think? I intended to stay up all night so I could watch it live at 5.30am but I accidentally fell asleep and missed the first two hours. Bugger. Nonetheless, we popped the Champagne at 8am, I joined in some live tweeting with my friends in the UK, and watched the re-run later that day. And you know what? I thought it was PERFECTION!

    I really loved the opening sequence tracing the origins of the Thames all the way to London (cue shivers – and the opening beats of EastEnders); bucolic England (ducks! sheep! Maypole!), dancing NHS nurses, the tribute to Great Ormond Street Hospital; the Queen’s cameo role (what a jolly good sport, eh?); a flock of Mary Poppins’ descending on Voldemort; the Britpot music medley (The Jam! The Who! Happy Mondays! Underworld!); dancers in two-tone A-line frocks; and Kenneth Branagh’s turn as a Victorian Caliban, complete with top hat (Caliban’s speech from The Tempest is Shakespearean GOLD). In short, job well done Mr Danny Boyle – it was utterly brilliant and beautiful and so very British.

    For me, the one image that resonated wasn’t that of the Queen greeting James Bond (although that was pretty good, too), it was the rather glorious hill that grew a forest of flags from every competing nation. Magnificence!

    The hill was apparently modelled on Glastonbury Tor, which is one of those beautifully mythical sites in Britain that has been occupied by humans since Neolithic times.

    Like many of my favourite places in Britain, it has manifold layers of human history, including Roman occupation, and at various stages throughout history it was a fifth century fort; a medieval church and a 14th century church, as well as the execution site of the last Abbot of Glastonbury Abbey (along with two of his poor monks). It’s also associated with Arthurian legend, and may alternately be the site of the Holy Grail or the entrance to Avalon, the land of the FAIRIES.

    With that kind of resume, I quickly added it to my ongoing “UK must-visit” list.

    What was your favourite moment from the Opening Ceremony?

  2. 5 good things you should see (and buy) in London right now

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    1. The Animal Olympics
    Can you see one of Charlotte Cory’s brilliantly bonkers artworks lining the centuries-old walls of Windsor Castle? Apparently it’s true, and word is that the Queen is a huge fan of the London artist. (I’d believe anything after her starring role in the James Bond skit). You can see what all the fuss is about at Charlotte’s current exhibition, ‘The Sporting Champions’ at her gallery in Greenwich. There are Victorian rabbit wrestlers, parrot cyclists and kangaroo cricketers, as well as hand-crafted Victorian medals. But where are the corgi beach volleyball players? Probably hanging her Her Maj’s bedroom. Until 20 August, 2012.
    The Green Parrot Gallery
    , Greenwich

    73 Lassell Street
    London SE10 9PJ
    Nearest transport: Greenwich rail/Cutty Sark DLR
    Click here for a Wee Birdy map.
    Opening hours:
    Fridays 11am-6pm

    2. The Karl Olympics
    Even the likes of iconic Chanel fashion designer, Karl Lagerfeld, couldn’t resist taking on the Olympics with a limited-edition capsule collection for Selfridges. His new pop-up shop on the third floor, named Team Karl, is home to a range of Olympics-inspired fashion and accessories including medal-emblazoned t-shirts and gold-splattered Karl motif tote bags. There are also a few men’s items currently available online.
    Selfridges
    400 Oxford Street
    London W1A 1AB
    Nearest tube: Bond Street
    Click here for a Wee Birdy map
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    Opening hours until Monday 13 August:

    Monday to Saturday 10am-10pm
    Sunday 10am-8pm
    [Image via Blog Deluxe Online
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    3. The PopUp Olympics
    Head to this pop-up shop in Greenwich throughout the Olympic period and discover some of London’s best designer-makers from Cockpit Arts and various studios. Take your pick from art prints, textiles, ceramics, jewellery, homewares, beauty products and lighting by the likes of Lorna Syson, MacMaster Design, Naomi Ryder and Siobhan McIntosh. Until Thursday 23 August, 2012.
    PopUp@Greenwich
    20 Nelson Street
    London, SE10 9JB
    Nearest transport: Greenwich rail/Cutty Sark DLR
    Opening hours:
    Monday to Saturday 12 noon-8pm
    Sunday 12 noon-5pm


    4. The Goodhood Olympics
    Hackney is one of the host boroughs of the London Olympics, and it’s also home to some of London’s coolest and most fashion-forward boutiques, including The Goodhood Store. Based in Hoxton for over five years, the store stocks a line-up of covetable brands including P.A.M, Antipodium, Surface to Air and Peter Jensen. To celebrate the borough’s Olympic status, Goodhood has designed a limited-edition t-shirt, which goes on sale today in store and online for £35.
    The Goodhood Store
    41 Coronet Store
    London N16HD
    Nearest tube: Old Street
    Click here for a Wee Birdy map.
    Opening hours:
    Monday to Saturday 11am-6.30pm
    Sunday 12 noon-5pm
    5. The Retro Olympics
    London’s legendary vintage shop, Retro to Go, has gone for retro gold with their collection of original sportswear from the ’70s to ’90s, like this Olympic Karate t-shirt. Check out the range in store (there are three shops in London) or online.
    Retro to Go
    110-112 Cheshire Street
    London E2 6EJ
    Tel. 020 7613 3636
    Nearest tube: Liverpool Street
    Click here for a Wee Birdy map.
    Opening hours:
    Monday to Saturday 10am-7pm
    Thursday 10am to 8pm
    Sunday 11.30am-6pm

    Click here for the 25 best London Olympic Games souvenirs.
    Click here for the best Union Jack souvenirs.

    Click here for the best non-tat Jubilee souvenirs.

  3. Wee finds: An Aussie-style Olympics outfit

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    In the name of patriotism for my native country, I really ought to wave the Aussie flag in the midst of all my Best of British Olympics blogging. The marvellous Nikki from Styling You shamed inspired me to create my own Aussie look – check out her post here.

    Green and gold – the colours of our native wattle – are Australia’s team colours but I rarely see them used together in a way that doesn’t make me cringe. But green and yellow – generally used separately – are having a moment in fashion and design at the moment, so there are loads of options around to mix and match.

    I’ve pulled together an outfit that revolves around a rather lovely emerald green crepe shift by Country Road. It’s a classic, simple piece with clean lines and an exposed zip detail on both shoulders, which gives it a slightly toughened edge. It’s one of those ultra-wearable trans-seasonal frocks that is an Australian wardrobe essential. Just pop it on, slick back your hair and slip into a pair of sandals for an instant pulled-together look in warmer weather. Pair it with black opaques and a coat in cooler weather.

    This ultra-versatile crepe shift can also be dressed up or down with judicious use of colour and accessories. I’m coveting the Givenchy shoe boots but Country Road offer an excellent and more affordable alternative. Add a pop of yellow with a stack of Dinosaur Designs resin bangles, and pull it all together with a clutch in a complementary shade. Here are all the details:

    1. Crepe shift dress, AU$179 from Country Road.

    2. 3.1 Phillip Lim 31 Minute leather clutch, £320.83 from Net-a-Porter (for a more affordable clutch, try the Deux Lux ‘Juno’ Clutch, on sale for AUD$40.69 from Nordstrom.)

    3. Dinosaur Designs wishbone bangle, AU$55; Irregular bangle, AU$75; and Irregular bangle, AU$75 from The Iconic.

    4. Givenchy low-cut leather ankle boots £554.17 from Net-a-Porter (Country Road do a similar version for AU$229).

    5. Micha leather sandal, AU$119 from Country Road.

    So what do you reckon? Did I manage to pull off the green and gold look without the cultural cringe?

    Click here for the 25 best London Olympic Games souvenirs.
    Click here for the best Union Jack souvenirs.

    Click here for the best non-tat Jubilee souvenirs.

  4. Best of British: Lesley Barnes

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    It’s less than 24 hours before the London 2012 Olympic Games begin, and I can’t help but be caught up in the excitement of the count-down. I don’t think I’ve ever spent so much time on the bloody Daily Mail but I’m absolutely thrilled by their incredible images of the torch relay as it winds its way through the old streets of London town. It’s like the Jubilee celebrations all over again – and I’m loving it.

    I will be blogging about the best of British design and style over the next few weeks, so I thought I’d kick things off with Lesley Barnes‘ triumphant lion illustration as the perfect celebratory image to mark the Opening Ceremony tonight – and follow it up with her rather handsome wee knight (below).

    I’ve been following Lesley’s gloriously vibrant and pattern-rich illustrations for some time now, and I featured the Glasgow-based illustrator/animator’s festive Christmas wrap last year. I’m in love with her dazzling and sophisticated use of pattern and colour, and her illustrative style is a subtle nod to mid-century artists such as Edward Bawden, Alexander Girard and Charley Harper.

    Lesley is incredibly prolific and has worked with the likes of Puffin Classics, Poketo and the V&Ayou can see more work from her portfolio here. Most recently, she portrayed a kaleidoscope of colour in her illustrations of the Autumn Winter 2012 collections of various British fashion designers (attention all fashion magazine art directors!).

    Her signature paper-cut graphic style is perhaps most beautifully realised in the animated video she made for (another British great) Belle and Sebastian. Lesley’s playful and folky characters come to life in the video for ‘I didn’t see it coming’ and imbue Sarah Martin’s sweetly-sung vocals with a sense of childlike naivety, while a darker threat – and heartbreak – nudges at the edges.

    I Didn’t See It Coming (Richard X mix) from Belle & Sebastian on Vimeo.

    It’s this shadow of darkness in Lesley’s work that intrigues me, and I reckon the book world is crying out for a new Grimm’s Fairy Tales filled with Lesley’s mythical and colour-saturated illustrations. ‘Twould be a design classic! And I’m hoping that someone will hand this lady an animated title sequence for a feature film – I’m thinking something along the lines of Catch Me If You Can.


    You can purchase Lesley Barnes’ delightful cards, bookmarks and limited edition prints from her Etsy shop. Get her adorable bookmarks for Belle and Sebastian from their website. You can also find her work at Soma Gallery and Many Hands.

    Click here for the best Union Jack souvenirs.
    Click here for the 25 best London Olympic Games souvenirs
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    Click here for the best non-tat Jubilee souvenirs.

  5. The 25 best London Olympic Games souvenirs: the non-tat edition

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    Medal Necklace by Tatty Devine.

    You know I love me some awesome London souvenirs. So I’ve been in a veritable flap all year with Britain’s designers putting their considerable talent behind all sorts of desirable and highly collectable stuff to celebrate the Queen’s Golden Jubilee and the 2012 London Olympic Games.

    You won’t find any “official” London Olympics merchandise here, because frankly, I couldn’t find anything I fancied. And I’m sure you’re going to be hit over the head with the stuff over the next few weeks. Furthermore, the official mascots are kind of hideous and I can’t look at the official 2012 logo without seeing Lisa Simpson performing an adults-only act. Oh dear.

    Instead, I’ve scoured the net for great design, a playful approach and stuff I’d actually like to wear – or have in my house. And you’ll find that most of the pieces are designed or made in Britain, if not London itself. Take Thorsten van Elten’s collaboration with East London creative agency CREATE, which offers a line-up of five “well considered” souvenirs by British designers that serve as an antidote to the “overly-commercial, tacky souvenirs on sale across London this summer”.

    Are you ready? Steady. GO!

    What’s your favourite Olympics souvenir?

    Want more London souvenirs?
    Click here for the best Union Jack souvenirs.
    Click here for the best non-tat Jubilee souvenirs.

  6. Birdy pick of the week: Upcycled vintage tea cup and saucer

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    With just days until the London 2012 Olympics begin, I’ve decided to take Wee Birdy back to its origins and bring you the Best of British (and London) for the next few weeks. It’s no secret that I miss London terribly and it’s taken over two years to be able to blog about London without dissolving into fits of despair and homesickness, despite the fact that Australia is my native country. I have an embarrassing amount of London-based material (wee gems! souvenirs! must-eat dishes! favourite shops!) that has never seen the light of day, so I’m really excited about revisiting the place that inspired me to start blogging in the first place.

    I was hoping that I’d be back in London to cover all the excitement during the Olympics (in terms of culture, style and shops, naturally) but I’ll just have to blog my little London-loving heart out from Sydney instead. Having said that, if any fabulous British company would like to sponsor a Wee Birdy for the Most Awesome Tour of Britain, you know who to call.

    To kick off the Festival of British Awesomeness, this week’s birdy pick comes from West-Londoner Melanie Roseveare, who is the Canadian-born designer behind Melody Rose. Melanie takes long-forgotten vintage tea sets and gives them her signature make-over, using her own ceramic decal designs and re-firing them in the kiln. The pieces naturally lend themselves to decoration, but they are also functional and are hardy enough to be used every day.

    The ‘Bird and Nest’ design is part of the Urban Nature collection and features a surprise nest on the inside of each cup. The cup and saucer sets are available in pink, yellow, green, light blue, dark blue and amber.

    Upcycled Bird Design vintage teacup and saucer, £28 from Melody Rose.

  7. Winners announced! Wee Birdy’s 5th birthday giveaways

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    A big THANK YOU to everyone who entered Wee Birdy’s 5th birthday giveaway celebrations last week. And a huge THANK YOU to the super-lovely folk from Tatty Devine, Alex Monroe, Howkapow, Penhaligon’s and Anorak for supplying five days of awesome prizes for my lovely readers. You’re all rad and I love you.

    Here are the lucky winners – congratulations to you all.*

    1. The Anorak picnic set was won by Rochellemara.
    2. The 100ml bottle of Penhaligon’s Peoneve was won by Louvacher.
    3. The Howkapow tray & mug set was won by Bongoqueen.
    4. The Alex Monroe ‘All the best’ necklace was won by Debbie.
    5. The Tatty Devine name necklace was won by Jojo.

    Congratulations guys, you can expect an email from me shortly.

    * Winners were chosen randomly using the WordPress ‘Pick Giveaway Winner’ plug-in. Screen shots were taken of all the results.

    Image: Hooray Party Banner Bunting by nice on Etsy.

  8. It’s Wee Birdy’s 5th birthday! Win a picnic set by Anorak!

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    To celebrate Wee Birdy’s 5th birthday, I’m giving away FIVE fabulous prizes over FIVE days. Each prize is something I truly love and hand-picked especially for you, my dearest and most lovely readers.

    Today is the last day of my week of giveaways and the prize is a picnic set of four melamine plates and and matching four melamine beakers in the gorgeous binoculars print from British homewares brand Anorak, with a total prize value of £40.

    I distinctly remember stumbling upon Anorak years ago, when I first spied the genius rabbit-print picnic blanket.

    I was living in London and up until then, the only water-resistant picnic blankets I could find were fairly dismal in design. So when the beautifully graphic rabbit print arrived on the scene, I was instantly a fan. It’s now one of Anorak’s best-selling products, and British textiles designer Laurie Robertson, a graduate of the Royal College of Arts, has expanded her design-led indoor-outdoor products to include a range of bedding, sleeping bags and storage trunks.


    The cushion collection demonstrates the breadth of fabulous designs that Anorak has launched since 2008, which all feature the bold graphic prints that have since become Anorak’s signature. It’s hard to choose a favourite, but I’m really rather taken by the seagulls print.

    I also love the fabulously retro-sounding ‘Kissing Rabbits tuck box‘, which is evocative of midnight feasts in Enid Blyton novels, as well as the rather glorious ‘Kissing Stags steamer trunk‘, which represents a stylish alternative to boring old plastic storage boxes.

    The bedding collection is equally covetable, and offers beautiful retro-inspired  graphic prints to make your bedroom pop, with pillowcases starting at £14.

    HOW TO ENTER THE GIVEAWAY:

    Follow these two steps to win:

    1. To qualify to win, you must follow or ‘like’ Wee Birdy on either Facebook, Pinterest or Twitter – or all three if you like! If you’re already following me on one of these platforms, you are automatically qualified to win.

    2. Leave a comment in the comments section of this post and ensure you enter your email address in the space provided (your email address will not be published).

    The competition closes on Saturday 21 July, 2012 at 5pm AEST. Winners will be drawn at random on Sunday 22 July. Winners will be announced and contacted by email on Monday 23 July, 2012.

    Winners have one week to respond to the initial email from Wee Birdy confirming that they have won. If Wee Birdy doesn’t hear from the winner of each prize within a week, the winner/s will forfeit their prize and Wee Birdy will randomly draw another winner/s.

    Have you entered the other competitions this week?
    Click here to win a bottle of Penhaligon’s new fragrance, Peoneve.
    Click here to win a fine bone china mug and birch tray set from Howkapow.
    Click here to win an Alex Monroe ‘All the Best’ crown necklace.

    Click here to win classic Tatty Devine Name Necklace.

  9. It’s Wee Birdy’s 5th Birthday! Win a bottle of Penhaligon’s Peoneve!

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    To celebrate Wee Birdy’s 5th birthday, I’m giving away FIVE fabulous prizes over FIVE days. Each prize is something I truly love and hand-picked especially for you, my dearest and most lovely readers.

    Today’s prize is a 100ml bottle of Penhaligon‘s beautiful new fragrance Peoneve, valued at £120, which is most thrilling as peonies are perhaps my most beloved bloom, and Penhaligon’s is one of my favourite heritage British brands. With lush green top notes courtesy of violet leaf, a heady core of peony, Bulgarian rose and hedione with a base of earthy vetiver, musk and warm cashmere wood, Penhaligon’s have succeeded in capturing an English garden in a bottle. It reminds me of the heady summer’s day I spent at Vita Sackville-West’s garden, Sissinghurst, in Kent three years ago. Not a bad fragrance memory at all.

    While history is at the heart of Penhaligon’s brand, it’s anything but traditional when it comes to perfume-making. Penhaligon’s master perfumer (love that job title) extracted the dominant peony note using the very latest in fragrance technology – a technique that comes with it’s own registered trademark, and which I won’t attempt to explain because I don’t have a science degree. In addition, both the vetiver and Bulgarian rose were obtained using CO2 extraction; an ecologically-friendly process that captures every last drop of scent from the ingredient.

    Peoneve launched exclusively at Harvey Nichols this week, and to celebrate, the Fifth Floor Terrace on Knightsbridge has been transformed into a “multi-sensory garden” with a cocktail and dessert menu inspired by the notes in the fragrance. There will be huge overgrown peonies and laser-cut insects alongside traditional garden furniture and the fragrance of sweet nectar. It’s everything you’d expect from a typical English garden in high summer, and since Britain’s weather refuses to co-operate, you may as well play tea parties at Harvey Nicks.

    I love the sound of Penhaligon’s Peony Punch, which blends William’s gin with a bespoke tea blend inspired by the fragrance. It’s served in a five litre Penhaligon’s perfume bottle and will serve six. Impressive. Or there is the The Rose Garden, with Kentish raspberries, fresh white peach, Naked Chase vodka, and pressed apple juice, served over a frozen sphere of ice.

    Don’t get me started on the dessert menu. There is white chocolate and peony mousse as well as gooseberry fool with elderflower and English custard. Oh god. And then there are a selection of ‘Boozy Pops’, a grown-up version of ice-lollies. See? You really can have your sunny English summer – you just have to get it on a stick.

    Peoneve will be available exclusively at Harvey Nichols Knightsbridge from 16th July 2012 and then in Penhaligon’s boutiques, concessions and online from 13th August 2012.

    Harvey Nichols
    109-125 Knightsbridge
    London SW1X 7RJ
    Nearest tube: Knightsbridge

    HOW TO ENTER THE GIVEAWAY:

    Follow these two steps to win:

    1. To qualify to win, you must follow or ‘like’ Wee Birdy on either Facebook, Pinterest or Twitter – or all three if you like! If you’re already following me on one of these platforms, you are automatically qualified to win.

    2. Leave a comment in the comments section of this post and ensure you enter your email address in the space provided (your email address will not be published).

    The competition closes on Saturday 21 July, 2012 at 5pm AEST. Winners will be drawn at random on Sunday 22 July. Winners will be announced and contacted by email on Monday 23 July, 2012.
    Winners have one week to respond to the initial email from Wee Birdy confirming that they have won. If Wee Birdy doesn’t hear from the winner of each prize within a week, the winner/s will forfeit their prize and Wee Birdy will randomly draw another winner/s.

    Have you entered the other competitions this week?
    Click here to win a fine bone china mug and birch tray set from Howkapow.
    Click here to win an Alex Monroe ‘All the Best’ crown necklace.

    Click here to win classic Tatty Devine Name Necklace.

  10. It’s Wee Birdy’s 5th birthday! Win a tray & mug set from Howkapow

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    To celebrate Wee Birdy’s 5th birthday, I’m giving away FIVE fabulous prizes over FIVE days. Each prize is something I truly love and hand-picked especially for you, my dearest and most lovely readers.

    Today’s prize is a gorgeous birchwood Flowerpop tray in pebble, above (valued at £28.50) and two of Flowerpop mugs, above (valued at £11.95 each) in both pebble and mint, from one of my very favourite online shops, Howkapow (total prize value £52.40).

    Have you visited Howkapow yet? Run, don’t walk – I like to think it’s how Wee Birdy would look if it was ever a shop – filled with all sorts of glorious design-led products that make present-buying a cinch. In fact, I really had to restrain myself in my final edit of last year’s Christmas gift guides because they were becoming very Howkapow-heavy. So I was super-pleased when Howkapow’s owners, husband and wife team Rog and Cat How agreed to participate in Wee Birdy’s birthday week of giveaways.

    The delightful Flowerpop range is really special as it was designed by Rog and Cat in collaboration with American illustrator, Linda Ketelhut. The tray is made in Sweden from sustainably sourced Scandinavian birchwood and the mugs are made in Stoke-on-Trent from fine bone china. The contemporary design has a retro Scandi look, and the pattern is very Wee Birdy, don’t you think?

    Here are some of my other favourite things from Howkapow right now:


    Anouk Jansen ceramic espresso mug in blue £7; yellow jug £14.50; green sugar pot £14.50; and grey teapot £42.50, all from Howkapow.


    Clockwise from top left; blue fixie bike brooch; yellow ladies bike brooch;
    red penny farthing bike brooch, and orange BMX brooch, all £25 from Howkapow.

    Victorian Lemonade tea-towel, £10.95 and apron, £17.95 from Howkapow.

    Save Our Bees Tea Towel £10.95 and Bonjour Print £30 from Howkapow.

    HOW TO ENTER THE GIVEAWAY:

    Follow these two steps to win:

    1. To qualify to win, you must follow or ‘like’ Wee Birdy on either Facebook, Pinterest or Twitter – or all three if you like! If you’re already following me on one of these platforms, you are automatically qualified to win.

    2. Leave a comment in the comments section of this post and ensure you enter your email address in the space provided (your email address will not be published).

    The competition closes on Saturday 21 July, 2012 at 5pm AEST. Winners will be drawn at random on Sunday 22 July. Winners will be announced and contacted by email on Monday 23 July, 2012.

    Winners have one week to respond to the initial email from Wee Birdy confirming that they have won. If Wee Birdy doesn’t hear from the winner of each prize within a week, the winner/s will forfeit their prize and Wee Birdy will randomly draw another winner/s.

    Click here to win an Alex Monroe ‘All the Best’ crown necklace.
    Click here to win classic Tatty Devine Name Necklace.

  11. It’s Wee Birdy’s 5th birthday! Win an Alex Monroe necklace!

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    To celebrate Wee Birdy’s 5th birthday, I’m giving away FIVE fabulous prizes over the next FIVE days. Each prize is something I truly love and hand-picked especially for you, my dearest and most lovely readers.

    Today’s prize is a stunning Alex Monroe ‘All the Best’ necklace from his new ‘Best of British Collection. Featuring a tiny golden crown and silver luggage tag engraved with ‘All the Best’, the necklace is a mix of sterling silver and 22ct gold plate and is valued at £165.

    As many of my long-time readers know, I’m a huge fan of Alex Monroe and I own a few of his gorgeous pieces. So I’m thrilled to give away this very special piece from the new ‘Best of British collection, which is a celebratory tribute to 2012, and encapsulates the best of British quirkiness and all the things that Alex loves: conkers, blue tits, a teapot and his own sailing boat. Here are my favourite pieces from the collection:


    Milk Bottle and Blue Tit Necklace, £165. A picturesque, early morning scene. The thirsty Blue Tit, having a refreshing drink of nice, cool milk.

    Spiky Conker Necklace, £150. Spiky shelled conkers littering the ground is a definite sign that Autumn has arrived.


    Sailing Boat Necklace, £120. A scale model of Alex’s own little sailing boat.

    Baby Shrimp Necklace, £120. The Baby Shrimp is the smaller sibling of the incredible Goring Shrimp Necklace and is available in either rose gold plate or solid sterling silver.


    Fox Bracelet, £135. This rose gold-plated fox is running circles around a sterling silver bracelet.

    If you’re in London, you must add Alex’s new boutique to the list of shops you have to visit. It’s located in South East London near London Bridge station, and features all of his classic collections, alongside more luxurious 18ct gold, diamond and gemstone ‘Goldcrest’ pieces. Alex also offers an exclusive bespoke service, where you will have a one-on-one consultation to design your very own piece of Alex Monroe jewellery.

    Alex also revealed to Wee Birdy his “secret London” – a list of his favourite shops, bars, pubs and hidden treasures. You can read all about it here.

    HOW TO ENTER THE GIVEAWAY:

    Follow these two steps to win:

    1. To qualify to win, you must follow or ‘like’ Wee Birdy on either Facebook, Pinterest or Twitter – or all three if you like! If you’re already following me on one of these platforms, you are automatically qualified to win.

    2. Leave a comment in the comments section of this post below and ensure you enter your email address in the space provided (your email address will not be published).

    The competition closes on Saturday 21 July, 2012 at 5pm AEST. Winners will be drawn at random on Sunday 22 July. Winners will be announced and contacted by email on Monday 23 July, 2012.
    Winners have one week to respond to the initial email from Wee Birdy confirming that they have won. If Wee Birdy doesn’t hear from the winner of each prize within a week, the winner/s will forfeit their prize and Wee Birdy will randomly draw another winner/s.

    Monday’s giveaway: Win a classic ‘Tatty Devine’ Name Necklace. Enter now!