We’re Going To The Zoo!

For the final week of #noveltyoutfitclub, we all took a trip to the zoo! The idea for this week was to wear your best animal themed outfits, and it didn’t have to just be animals you might expect to see in the zoo – all creatures great and small were welcome! Here’s a quick round up of the week.

My Outfits for “We’re Going To The Zoo!” Week


Day 1 – Kew Gardens Border Print


Day 2 – Floral Foxes


Day 3 – Off on Safari!


Day 4 – Penguins with Balloons!


Day 5 – Tropical Birds


Day 6 – More Fantastic Foxes!


Day 7 – Lions & Tigers!

Highlights from “We’re Going To The Zoo!” Week

We saw all manner of animals, birds and insects this week! There were…

…lions and giraffes… (@whiskandstitch@zannaspanner)

…flamingos and hummingbirds… (@pippaquigley25@miss_lottie_rose)


…some fabulous leopard print… (@hp_sews@nickabockaglory@thecupcakequeen)

…frogs, raccoons, koalas and quokkas, and even some Muppets! (Clockwise from top: @miss.v.stitch@wotnotsmade@catherine2147,@lespetitloups)

We saw some more domestic creatures aswell… cats, mice, birds, bunnies, ducks and creepy crawlies! (Clockwise from top: @honeycreweller@katieloveskittycats@therealfairymary@vendouris,  @miss_strawberry_shortgirl@lynnie_bop)

And some woodland animals too! (Clockwise from top: @rebeccarowlands, @sewmesunshine.uk,  @alyssak316@geminigemgems)

And to finish off, there were also some incredible outfits featuring a whole host of animals in one go! Special mention to Char for her Noah’s Ark themed outfit on the bottom left, such a good idea! (Clockwise from top:  @j9shappiness,  @chimpsteaparty, @kezziesquirrel@dinoprincesschar)

So, that brings us to the end of the first #noveltyoutfitclub! There have been over 400 pictures shared on the tag on Instagram and counting, so do have a look through the full gallery here. It has been such a fun month and I’m so glad so many people joined in! I must confess I was a little nervous it might just be me posting my outfits each day, which wouldn’t have been half as much fun, so thank you for getting on board with my idea!! I know these challenges can be hard to keep up with, and it takes a fair amount of time and planning, so I really appreciate the effort of everyone who has taken part. Since all of the algorithm changes to Instagram I seem to find it much harder to keep up with what’s going on, and find I spend less time chatting and engaging with the amazing creative community on Instagram than I used to, so this has been a great way to reconnect. I’ve discovered lots of great new Instagram accounts to follow and feel very inspired by all of the amazing outfits I’ve seen and the different interpretations of each theme, and I’ve added so so many fabrics and accessories to my wish list!!

I hope people will continue to use the hashtag to share novelty outfits and fun accessories even though the weekly challenges have finished, and since this has been so much fun I *might* plan a week long festive edition of #noveltyoutfitclub in December too!

Lucy x



Sweets and Treats

The theme for week 3 of #noveltyoutfitclub was Sweets & Treats, and this week’s outfits certainly left me feeling a little peckish! Here’s a little round up of my outfits for the week, plus some of the very sweet outfits shared on Instagram.

My Outfits For Sweets & Treats Week


Day 1 – Pick & Mix Sweets & Chocolates


Day 2 – Time of the snack is enjoyed greatly!


Day 3 – Tea & cake


Day 4 – I carried a watermelon


Day 5 – Ice cream is gonna save the day!


Day 6 – Does Yogi Bear like picnics?


Day 7 – Biscuit love!

Highlights from Sweets & Treats week

There were so many cute outfits this week! Here are a few of my favourites…

Look at all of these amazing shoes! Ice creams and donuts 😍 (Clockwise from top: @noleenashby80@pinup_is_my_prozac@miss_lottie_rose@dinoprincesschar)

These outfits are all simply good enough to eat! Gorgeous! (Clockwise from top:  @dinoprincesschar, @nickabockaglory@miss_strawberry_shortgirl@pippaquigley25)

I was VERY excited to see some Smile & Make accessories in the mix! Does Yogi Bear Like Picnics? with @sewinthegarden and Tip Top Like Soda Pop! with @hp_sews were both perfect for this week’s theme!

We did have some healthy treats as well as all the sugar, with avocados, cherries, strawberries & watermelons! (Clockwise from top: @lespetitloups@thecupcakequeen@zannaspanner@j9shappiness)

So many scrumptious accessories! (Clockwise from top: @tracylilibet@therealfairymary@geminigemgems,  @lynnie_bop,  @katieloveskittycats,  @chimpsteaparty)

Once again there were some incredible handmade outfits! Can we all take a moment to marvel at Georgina’s watermelon Cleo dress?!? (Clockwise from top: @sewinthegarden@whiskandstitch@sewistella@wotnotsmade)

There were some excellent foodie themed prints & patterns! (Clockwise from top: @alyssak316, @allaboutzsuzsanna@dotty_lea, @vendouris)

And I was delighted to see some early nods to Christmas with @rebeccarowlands and @miss.v.stitch! I’m one of those annoying people who loves Christmas and it can’t come soon enough for me!

This is just a small selection of the delicious outfits from this week, do have a look through the tag here to see more.

Week themes

The final week’s theme which kicked off on Monday is “We’re Going To The Zoo!”, basically a cute way of saying it’s animal week! It doesn’t have to just be animals you’d see at the zoo though, all creatures great and small are welcome in the #noveltyoutfitclub!

Lucy x

Adventure Is Out There!

Time for a round up of the second week of #noveltyoutfitclub, “Adventure Is Out There!” It’s been another fabulously colourful week and I’m having so much fun seeing everyone’s outfits!

My Outfits For Adventure Week


Day 1 – Up!


Day 2 – Paris


Day 3 – San Francisco


Day 4 – Camping!


Day 5 – Bon Voyage!


Day 6 – Boats


Day 7 – New York

Highlights From Adventure Week

This week’s fabulous outfits took us to London, New York and Paris with @miss_strawberry_shortgirl, @alyssak316  & @hp_sews

There were more gorgeous handmade creations in some very fun fabrics! (Clockwise from top: @sewistella, @thedressgarden, @catherine2147, @whiskandstitch)

Some of the outfits even took us into outer space! (Clockwise from top: @miss.v.stitch, @thecupcakequeen, @katieloveskittycats, @therealfairymary)

And there were some gloriously colourful accessories! (Clockwise from top: @geminigemgems, @noleenashby80, @lespetitloups, @myshewasyare)

We’ve cycled and sailed off on our adventures… (Clockwise from top: @lola_and_squirrel, @j9shappiness, @sewoldfashioned, @chimpsteaparty)

As always, there was excellent head to toe outfit styling from these gorgeous ladies! (Clockwise from top: @pippaquigley25, @miss_lottie_rose, @pinup_is_my_prozac, @rebeccarowlands)

And our adventures even took us to the wild west, and up snowy mountains with @dinoprincesschar & @vendouris

Again, this really is only a small sample of the fabulous photos people have shared, so do have a look through the hashtag here. Thank you again to all of the wonderful participants for creating such wonderful and imaginative outfits, it’s an absolute joy scrolling through the hashtag now! And apologies for sharing this round up a little later than planned – I’ve been struggling with headaches and migraines so have had to avoid too much screen time, but I think it’s starting to get a little better now.

Week themes

Moving on from adventure week, this week’s theme is “Sweets and Treats” and there are already some truly delicious outfits on the hashtag! I’ll be back this weekend to share the top treats – yum!!

Lucy x

Bam! Movie Marathon!

We’ve come to the end of the first week of Novelty Outfit Club, my Instagram outfit challenge for October, with the theme of “Bam! Movie Marathon!” I’ve been absolutely blown away by the incredible response! There have been so many amazing outfits and such fun and creative interpretations of the theme, I’ve really enjoyed seeing everyone’s photos! I thought I’d share some of my favourite entries here, plus a little round up of my outfits from the week.

My Outfits for Movie Week


Day 1 – The Wizard of Oz


Day 2 – Grease


Day 3 – Serendipity


Day 4 – Popcorn!


Day 5 – Funny Face


Day 6 – Fantastic Mr Fox


Day 7 – Mary Poppins!

Highlights from Movie Week!

There are some incredible outfits featuring a straight up movie theme, with popcorn, cats at the cinema and drive in movies! (Clockwise from top: @katieloveskittycats, @tessweck, @thecupcakequeen, @dinoprincesschar)

Quite a few nods to the Wizarding World, with these excellent outfits inspired by Fantastic Beasts and Harry Potter! (Clockwise from top: @rebeccarowlands, @rubyqueenofcats, @nickabockaglory, @therealfairymary)

I was delighted to see so many gorgeous handmade dresses, in some truly excellent fabrics! (Clockwise from top: @miss.v.stitch Singin In The Rain, @sewistella Alice In Wonderland, @hp_sews Star Wars, @whiskandstitch Marvel Comics) I should mention these aren’t the only handmade outfits – there were lots of others too which I’ve included under other categories!

Lots of fun Disney outfits, and lovely to see a good Cath Kidston turnout! (Clockwise from top: @miss_lottie_rose Beauty & The Beast, @lespetitloups Peter Pan, @j9shappiness Gnomeo & Juliet, @noleenashby80 101 Dalmations)

I’ve been really impressed by the creative interpretations people have used to theme their outfits, I think it’s been a great way to look at your wardrobe in a new light! (Clockwise from top: @pinup_is_my_prozac Jurassic Park, @pippaquigley25 Despicable Me, @wotnotsmade Clockwise, @alyssak316 Pleasantville)

It’s been good to see a nod to some of the cult classics too. There has been such an interesting range of movies featured! (Clockwise from top: @vendouris My Neighbour Totoro, @lynnie_bop Gremlins, @kayjaymorrison Star Wars, @geminigemgems Labyrinth)

And so many gorgeous accessories! Serious jewellery envy here! (@chimpsteaparty Grease, @zannaspanner Peter Pan)

The photos I have featured here are really just the tip of the iceberg as there are so many more amazing outfits – over 100 posts on the tag already! I’ve just picked a few highlights and tried to include everyone who has taken part ( but apologies if I’ve missed anyone!) so do pop over to Instagram and have a proper look through the hashtag (click here to take a peek). I couldn’t have hoped for a better start to the challenge, and I’m glad to have discovered some awesome new ladies, and added quite a few dresses, jewellery and fabrics to my wishlist. I have a  feeling this month will be fabulous for inspiration but terrible for my bank balance!!

Week themes

The next theme starting tomorrow is “Adventure Is Out There!” Think anything travel related, the great outdoors, places you have visited or would love to visit, or anything you count as an adventure. I can’t wait to see the next week of outfits, this has already been so much fun!

Lucy x

Introducing #noveltyoutfitclub


Hi guys! I have a fun new idea which I’m excited (and a little nervous!) to share with you today – the Novelty Outfit Club! It’s an Instagram challenge I’ve put together for the month of October, where any fellow novelty outfit lovers can all share and appreciate each other’s themed outfits and accessories, with a prompt to provide inspiration each week.

Novelty definition

First up, I’ll tell you a little bit about the inspiration behind the project. Last week, I shared a post on Instagram about the importance of dressing up for me, which is something I’ve also written about here. If you’ve followed me for a while, you’ll know that not only do I love to dress up, but I also love to theme an outfit and tell a story with my clothes! These days, nothing makes me happier than finding the perfect novelty jewellery and accessories to match the print on my colourful dresses. It’s a simple silly pleasure that can bring a lot of joy to your everyday, and my ambition is to have a themed outfit for every occasion! And Michael loved a good theme just as much as I did – he’d wear his favourite burger socks on national burger day, plan primary coloured brick themed outfits for a trip to Legoland, and even theme his birthday and Christmas gifts to me, like the birthday when he bought me an ice lolly dress with matching necklace and socks!


One of my very favourite things about Instagram is the constant inspiration I get from seeing awesome ladies rocking their outfits, and the excitement when someone pairs the absolute perfect accessories with their outfit. I also really enjoy taking part in monthly challenges and hashtag projects as it’s a great way to discover new online friends and engage in the community, which after all is what Instagram is all about.


All of these factors started to spark into an idea when I shared my #aweekinwonderland outfits recently. After discovering I now have no less than 7(!) Alice In Wonderland themed dresses in my wardrobe, I decided to wear one each day and share my outfits on Instagram. I had a LOT of fun planning it all, so I thought why not do a weekly themed outfit project, but this time invite everyone to join in? I’ve come up with 4 themes, one for each week in October. If you’d like to take part then choose an outfit or accessory inspired by the prompt each week, and share a picture on Instagram with the hashtag #noveltyoutfitclub. Here are a few more details in a handy square form…

How to take part

There are no strict rules to this challenge as it’s about encouraging each other to have fun with our clothes, as for me it’s a big part of bringing a little bit of happy to the every day. I know that not everyone is quite as obsessed as I am with tracking down that perfect picnic pin to go with their picnic dress, necklace and bag, so you really don’t have to wear a matching head to toe ensemble! Even just wearing a pair of socks that fits with the theme will be great, and I’ve tried to keep the prompts broad so it will hopefully be easy to join in!

Week themes

  1. Bam! Movie Marathon! We’re off to the movies for Week 1! You could go for a straight up popcorn movie theme, or plan an outfit inspired by your favourite film! So much scope here! And the name of this theme is what Michael used to say whenever he fancied a cosy afternoon with our favourite movies, so I had to use it for this week.
  2. Adventure Is Out There! It’s time for an adventure in Week 2! You could choose a travel theme with airplanes and hot air balloons, camping and adventures in the great outdoors, favourite places you’ve visited, or anything that counts as an adventure in your book. The theme for this week is inspired by one of mine and Michael’s favourite Pixar films, Up!
  3. Sweets & Treats. I can’t resist any fabric or jewellery with a novelty food theme, so this was an obvious choice for Week 3. Think burgers, hot dogs, pizza, doughnuts, ice creams, cakes, sweets, biscuits, pineapples and water melons – anything food related. You might also want to stock up on snacks for this week, as I anticipate these outfits will make you feel a bit peckish!
  4. We’re Going To The Zoo in Week 4, rounding the challenge off with an animal theme, so expect some wild outfits! It doesn’t have to just be animals you’d find in the zoo, so feel free to take inspiration from all creatures great and small!

Everyone is welcome in the Novelty Outfit Club and I’d love to see your interpretations of each theme, so here’s hoping you’ll join me in October and fill up the hashtag with colourful cuteness!


Lucy x