Outfit Post: Cactus Love in Taormina, Sicily

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Oh my heart, we finally got to see some of Sicily for my 30th birthday and it was beyond epic. Stu booked me a surprise trip for my birthday and I have no idea how he did it all and managed to keep it a secret until the afternoon of my birthday… not to mention how insanely well he knows me, I’ve wanted to go to Sicily for so many years and it did not fail to live up to the amazing picture I had painted of it in my mind!

Taormina, Sicily

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We stayed in Catania and heading out along the coast one day to explore Taormina, a breathtaking cliff top town. It rained all morning while we were travelling, but as we started to make our way through the amazing village on foot the rain started to dry up and it turned into a gorgeous day, even if my feet were a little soggy!

As well as being stunningly beautiful, the mountainside of Taormina was covered with cacti, the perfect setting for some cactus love and to try out the new sample of my brand new Cactus Marquee necklace! These will be available in my Etsy shop really, really soon along with some other brand new designs. If you want to find out when they’re available, you can join my mailing list here:

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This lovely worn and weathered staircase, wrapped in greenery was hidden away at the bottom of a whole bunch of steps down from the main town and had the more incredible view of crisp, turquoise blue and fresh, lush green. I could have stared off over there forever. I’d love to design a piece for my garden, when the summer comes, that reminds me of this spot. I’ll definitely share it with you guys too!

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Loves x xx

Denim Shirt | Matalan  //  Floral Dress | Urban Outfitters  //  Skinny Trousers | H&M  //  Moccasins | Minnetonka  //  Cactus Necklace | Coming soon to Onetenzeroseven

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30 Before 30, With A Twist – A Backwards Bucket List

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I’ve been meaning to write 30 things I want to do before 30 blog post for a long time, but I never got around to it so I decided instead to put a spin on the classic 30 before 30 blog post and write a 30 things I achieved before turning 30 instead. I’m all for personal growth and goal setting, but sometimes I think we put too much pressure on ourselves and set impossible goals that are only setting us up to fail – and feeling like a failure is not fun! If you look back over the years you have achieved so much already, so I challenge you to write your own 30 before 30 backwards bucket list today – how old are you? Write yourself a list of *insert age* things I achieved before turning *insert age*. Here’s mine for inspiration:

  1. Fall in love. A lot of times with the wrong guy, but eventually with the right one.
  2. Buy my own house. I never thought I would do this one before 30. Or even before 40.
  3. Own my own dog from the rescue centre, our crazy Frank Monster.
  4. Start my own business, make a profit in the first year and make it my full time job!
  5. Visit New York three times and fall in love with it a little more each trip.
  6. Attend my best friend’s wedding, as maid of honour.
  7. Meet strangers from the internet who become my best friends.
  8. Go to a music festival abroad. Rock Werchter was the coolest!
  9. Buy my own laser cutter.
  10. Become team captain of Etsy Team Leeds, our local band of Etsy sellers!
  11. Organise a craft fair and a hugely successful one at that. We got 7,000 shoppers at our recent Etsy Made Local.
  12. Travel to Europe alone. First I travelled to London alone, then I flew to Cornwall and then I made it all the way to Paris.
  13. Tile a floor. Oh my gawd tiling is hard work!!
  14. Get promoted… in every job I’ve had, even my first job as a waitress in a tiny garden centre coffee shop!
  15. Work at a super fashionable high street store, with super fashionable people and win Best Dressed of the month!
  16. Become friends with my favourite musician.
  17. Get an official photo pass for a The Shins gig and take photos with my DSLR.
  18. Go to art college.
  19. Be handpicked at my retail job to go and set up a brand new store in a different city.
  20. Sing live at the Royal Albert Hall, I’m not freaking kidding!
  21. Be on the local news.
  22. Get invited to sell my products on
  23. Sell my products to a number of wholesale customers, including Sheffield Museum.
  24. Be featured on Buzzfeed and sell a bazillion teacup earrings!
  25. Get invited to Paris by Doncaster Airport and whizz through the streets on a Segway.
  26. Get invited to Paris by Etsy to their European Captain Summit and be treated to dinner on the River Seine!
  27. Finally develop a good relationship with my Dad.
  28. Play the main character in a school assembly (it was Ann Robinson in our version of The Weakest Link. Hahaha!)
  29. Battle mental health issues and some days actually win!
  30. Be happy with where I’ve ended up, despite a few fuck ups on the way ;)


The thing about these achievements is there is no way in hell I would have set most of these as goals as some of them are seemingly unobtainable, but hell, I achieved them anyway! Sometimes you surprise yourself, huh?

Tell me 5 things you’ve achieved in the comments, as big and mighty or small and precious as you want! I’d love you to link me to your own 30 before 30 backwards bucket lists on Twitter and I’ll share them!

Loves x xx

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