Birds of a Feather

537172_453620408024958_795873542_nWho would have thought that our feathered friends would be a sought after fashion print trend?! This winter, owls have adorned several jumpers, socks etc and as we look ahead to spring and summer, the owls are still there, along with other flocks of birds, including doves and peacocks.  What a pretty trend it is – wide range of colours incorporating other seasonal trends including monochrome and neon – plus a wide range of prints from ditsy to large “in your face” motifs.  It makes a pleasant alternative to the springtime florals, so come and have a look at what I’ve discovered and uncovered this week….

Starting with jewellery, I was immediately taken by the Bird Skull Ring by Seventh Circle Artworks, who I interviewed a few weeks ago (Metallica –  The Trend). Alex has just created this fabulous ring from a real found bird skull and is made from solid sterling silver. (See photo).bird skull ring 2 Another ring that stuck out from the crowd is the brightly coloured resin, enamel and gold tone metal bird stretch ring by Betsey Johnson. Owl necklaces are plentiful at the moment and look good worn with a higher neck black or navy unadorned shift dress – my favourites include the owl & leaf pendant metal necklace from Bon Prix; the large Mikey owl necklace with a furry touch that just screams for you to lovingly have a stroke! (see photo)mikey-gold-large-owl-necklace-product-1-3337025-983105473_large_flex; the Cecilia vintage owl necklace featuring a double ribbon, and an embellished front with an owl & flower charms; the colourful Modcloth owl say necklace with ruby-esque owls and cobalt enamel finish; the crystal embellished owl pendant from Mango ; and the vintage WMA art deco black eye bronze owl retro necklace. When it comes to earrings, the delicate filigree metal black “How The Caged Bird Swings” earrings by Modcloth are certainly to be a talking point (see photo);modcloth-black-how-the-caged-bird-swings-earrings-product-1-5139751-067845791_large_flex and I loved the cute heart shaped owl earrings from Cafe Press. If you’re a fan of cuff bracelets, then the bird-print wooden cuff bracelet by Isabel Marant, might just appeal to you; and if you’re in the market for a new watch this Spring, check out the Helen owl face watch from River Island with its cute owl design print watch.

When it comes to hosiery, I expected to find lots of socks with cute owls – and I did ! – but I was pleasantly surprised to find wearable tights!! When it comes to tights featuring owls – then these pretty cute tights with swooping owls and fluttering butterflies by Flirt definitely fit the bill. They’d look really pretty with a cream coloured plain shift or tunic and some taupe boots.  Other bird tights spotted include the Emteesee Embellished Tattoo Tights Rockabilly Swallow Print – these 60 denier tights have been screen printed in white then embellished using a gold nailhead for the swallow beak ; and the Rev Peacock feather tights in a light skin colour with a feather tattoo print on the leg. Best socks I’ve seen this week are the Sock It To Me Funky Knee High Socks with a dinky tree owl design (see photo)

and from Top Shop, the blue up and away bird design ankle socks. For padding around the house check out the chunky knit owl slipper sock from Riding Sock Co. with 3D owls on the upper!! Certainly different!

Some pretty bird print bras/underwear around for the Spring. Blue bras make a pleasant change from white/black/nude – my favourites are the Secrets blue pin tuck bird print padded bra with ribbon slot detailing and the New Look blue birds balconette bra with a blue lace trim & bow detail.  Also check out the pretty bird and flower print teddy with a drawstring & butterfly fastening front from George at Asda.

Looking ahead to the summertime, New Look has the Kelly Brook range swimwear that’s worth glancing at in an extremely pretty blue rose and bird print – I particularly like the bandeau swimsuit and the halter neck bikini.

So, off to bed we go and for fans of the onesie I urge to visit Missguided’s site – the Ausiana Knitted Owl Embroidered Onesie has a cute embroidered owl on the back and is an exclusive to Missguided. Pyjamas though, I like the George at Asda’s Bird Print Pyjama Set with its metallic print vest top and co-ordinating bird print shorts; also, from Cafe Press, is the super cute 100% cotton Owl Always Love You Pyjamas.

Bird print dresses in all styles are in abundance this season, and I spotted at my local Factory Shop this week some pretty bird print styles too. Here are a selection of the best on the net that I spotted this week. For this chilly weather long and three quarter sleeved dresses are a sensible option:  the elegant cream fitted embellished bird dress with bird sequin detail around the neckline from Miss Selfridge; the jazzy blue paisley bird print tunic dress with contrast collar and cuffs by Uttam Boutique; the soft bird printed jersey fabric day dress from Warehouse; and the designer Roberto Cavalli Black Multi Belted Feather Print Dress.(see photo)roberto-cavalli-black-black-multi-belted-feather-print-dress-product-1-5007708-176110757_large_flex. For the young and trendy, I spied these dresses for you: the retro inspired colourful Love Label cut-out shoulder bird print dress; the georgette-style AX Paris bird print frill prom dress with a satin tie belt; the machine washable Warehouse metallic bird print dress; and the burgundy/black Club L bird flock skater dress with belt. More classically styled dresses include the crepe bird print dress by Victoria Beckham that has been developed to create a minimalist silhouette; the wrap front multi bird print epaulette dress and the black peplum dress decorated with flocks of white birds, both from Dorothy Perkins; the black dress with a gold foil bird print from Simply Be; the luxurious bird printed 100% silk and lace dress by Huishan Zhang; the trendy BooHoo Alexa bird and feather printed peplum midi dress; the fabulous retro Rebecca Taylor Love Bird shift dress with a very trendy neon pink colourblock skirt; the asymmetrical hemmed Thakoon Pink Peacock Feather Dress (see photo);thakoon-nude-peacock-feather-dress-product-3-4518671-227786998_large_flex and from the brilliant team at Modcloth we have the “Midnight Bird Song” collection of dresses – 100% organic cotton frock with grey quilted doves on embroidered branches or the “lovebirds” version with blue and grey patchwork doves.  The 50s look dresses with fuller skirts are also enjoying a revival, again Modcloth have a vast collection,my favourite being the green “Delightful as a Feather” A line dress (see photo)modcloth-peacock-delightful-as-a-feather-dress-product-1-5709676-552672014_large_flex. However, New Look too have captured the look with their “Mela” navy bird print half sleeved belted waist dress and the “Yumi” blue bird spot frill edge wrap front dress – and take a look too at the stunning Sessun Red Beauvoir Black Bird Print 100% silk dress with a deep V neck – just the dress to match your luscious red lipstick! For the hot summer party you may be tempted with the lightweight Traffic People bird print bandeau dress …I can smell the BBQ already…..

But, it’s still winter (boo!) and knitwear is still important so I have sourced some funky jumpers to help stave off the chill. Favourite jumpers include the round necked sequin embellished owl print jumper and scarf set from Bon Prix; the BHS navy multi bird and stripe three quarter sleeved jumper; the soft yarn crew neck navy love birds jumper from Dorothy Perkins; the cotton-blend French Connection Lady Owl sequin jumper (see photo)french-connection-grey-lady-owl-sequin-jumper-product-1-4560549-678151879_large_flex; the New Look stone crochet owl knitted top, with a three quarter length roll sleeve design and crochet owl motif; the scoop necklined with bound edge Fast Fashion owl print jumper; the black/white intertwined tweed knit Krisp owl printed sweater; and the black mesh knit Fashion Union black owl wave jumper.  For cardigan fans check out the all over black bird print longline New Look “Mela” mink cardigan and Ted Baker’s “Fenella” bird watching cardigan with metallic Ted Baker branded buttons. If a hoody is more “you”, then you may like the Volcom Snow Owl Hoodie Sweater Top.  Lastly, I fell in love with Joe Brown’s short sleeved fab and funky owl tunic with its quirky basket weave design!

There is also an abundance of tees, vests, short sleeved blouses/shell tops and long sleeved tops – just perfect for wearing with jeans,white cropped trousers and dinky denim hot pants. The best of the tees found this week include the longline round necked bird and tree print top from M & S; the photographic printed praslin green digital bird print dip hem tee from New Look; the cap sleeved Dorothy Perkins bird print bow neck top; the “Rosie” tie front tee with a bird illustration around the neckline from Oasis; the V necked and shaped hem Evans black bird motif jersey top; the Ted Baker “Dallis” bird hop graphic top; the graphic owl printed tee from Modcloth; the owl print satin with chiffon panel and stud detail Cutie top;  and the white Cafe Press flat owl t shirt.  I’m a great fan of vest/tank style tops and my favourites this week include the metallic bird print shell top from Warehouse; the bird collage racerback tank by Helmut Lang; the silky polyfabric Oasis bird print top (see photo)oasis-multicoral-top-in-bird-print-product-1-6313900-092494394_large_flex; and the Home of Fashion black owl print sleeveless vest. If you want to cover up your arms, I  recommend the “Amalie” georgette bird of prey shirt from BooHoo; the three quarter length sleeved owl print blouse with a Peter Pan collar from M&S; the unusual oversized porcelain bird shirt from TopShop (see photo);topshop-cream-oversize-porcelain-bird-shirt-product-1-5995377-424216103_large_flex the 100% silk lined Proenza Schouler quilted bird sweatshirt; and from Modcloth, the sheer blouse with a print of black owls over an orange background.  If you’re looking for a smart top for wearing under suits for the office or for a formal dinner date, then check out the chartreuse/green bird printed silk top by L’Wren Scott; the blackbird print lace collar bubblehem top from New look; the ruffled hem and smocked back bird-print silk top from See by Chloe; the birdwatching print with a contrasting collar shirt by Ted Baker; and the cowl necked short capped sleeved feather print top by Helmut Lang.

What to wear with your new funky tops?  Flirty skater skirts from New Look – black bird print skater skirt with an included red skinny belt; from Modcloth – the elasticated waist grey feather “The Storm” skirt (see photo)modcloth-grey-feather-the-storm-skirt-product-1-5142891-555572101_large_flex; and from Lulu & Co – the full skirt in owl print with neon trim.  My overall favourite skirt this week has to be the knee length Mantaray dark grey jersey skirt with a bright floral and bird design pattern!

For trouser fans, the Ted Baker bird printed leggings with metallic button fastening and the Cafe Press 100% cotton fleece purple owl sweatpants with a drawstring waist – both styles would look fab with slouchy sweaters and fur lined slouchy boots. Or how about some Theory Mitrana bird print silk pants

Looking ahead to Spring there are a couple of jackets that would be a colourful addition to your wardrobe. Trending the blazer style go Fashion Union with its cream all over bird print jacket; and New look with its “Yumi” black bird print blazer featuring heart button pockets – this blazer looks stunning when worn with a white pussybow blouse and shorts – ideal for rocking this season’s monochrome look!  If there’s still a chill in the air, be snug in the funnel necked bird print fleece from Marks & Spencer.

I noticed the other day on TV an actress on the red carpet ( I can’t recall who it was) proudly sporting an owl handbag – she was wearing a plain red dress and the owl handbag against the bright red background actually looked fab!  To grab yourself a spot in the limelight, check out these funky bags: the Elliott Lucca Intreccio Tote with a polyester lining and leather handle (see photo);

elliott-lucca-peacock-feather-intreccio-tote-product-1-5122992-620144168_large_flex the Lanvin large multicoloured feather zip clutch; from ASOS the leather-look fabric “Kissing Birds” across body bag and the tassel bowler bag with owl fitting & twin grab handles; the metallic leather Burberry “Alma” owl convertible clutch; from SwankySwans the felt & distressed leather-effect detailed owl bag and the girl’s “Barrita” owl print laminate satchel; the 100% cotton Innocent Lifestyle owl patch bag; from Cafe Press “Owl Love” range which include a nylon owl motif gym bag and a 100% cotton canvas tote bag. For purse, take a look at the Ollie & Nic “Eric” owl purse (see photo)ollie-nic-multi-coloured-eric-owl-purse-product-1-5468277-456061430_large_flex; What Kate Did Next By Kate Sheridan navy owl print purse; and Mantaray’s pink appliquéd  owl & butterfly coin purse.

Looking at other accessories – how about a cheerful scarf? From New Look, we have the teens black/grey bird print scarf; from White Stuff, the off white bird 100% wool scarf; from We Are Owls printed cashmere scarf; from SwankySwans, the navy blue quirky flamingo print scarf and the black cute owl print long scarf. Add a touch of organic charm with the wide brimmed white pheasant feather rush hat by Littledoe (see photo)littledoe-white-white-pheasant-feather-rush-hat-product-1-5459561-380613821_large_flex. Cafe Press has some chic technical gear – the lightweight trendy brown owl iPhone 5 case, the bold orange owl with leaves iPhone case, the 2 piece owl print iPhone 4 hard slider case, and the brown owl gel mousepad – these are just a handful of what is available. Cafe Press also offer other owl print goods including an elegant & water-resistant lined owl print toiletry bag; a stoneware retro owl print small pet bowl; an “Owls TooHoo Three” small mug; a 10 inch owl love wall clock ; and a customisable whimsical owl thermos.  Not found at Cafe Press, but equally as quirky and would cheer up any washing line, is the 100% cotton Mister Weavers Owl Peg Bag with a metal hanging hook (see photo).

Men, oh men… birds adorn your tees and briefs this season! For tees I particularly liked the white 3 eyed owl print tee  by TBClub Clothing; the 100% cotton regular fit Label Lab owl print tee; and the 100% viscose knitted jersey owl printed tee from Religion (see photo).
As for briefs, yet again Cafe Press have some boxers that may appeal – the Owl Always Love You boxers (corny title, I know!) and the roomy Snowy Owl Boxer shorts.

SHOES  Another batch of fabulous footwear again this week, all with a bird theme and encompassing all styles,tastes,prices and heels:

And now I’m pleased to welcome onto the blog this week my gorgeous and talented friend Lisa Goddard, whose cute ‘n’ cuddly owls and foxes have brought delight to many youngsters …Hi Lisa, please introduce yourself:me_sewing_close_up

My name is Lisa and I have been designing and making owls, foxes, raggy dolls and decorations under the name ‘Daisy-Doodles’ for approx 4 years.

What was the inspiration behind making your rag dolls and cute owls?

I started by making bunnies, owls and small decorations for my own children and for presents.  They were so well received that I decided to have stalls at local events, and set up an online shop.  Over the past few years my repertoire has increased and changed, the foxes and dolls seem to be the most popular items. I made the first rag doll for Mimi (my youngest), she still takes it to bed every night along with the original Miss Foxy as she calls it!

I collect vintage fabric and trimmings and love scouring car boots and charity shops to find them.  I then use them to make the outfits for the dolls, it’s great to gauge people’s reactions when they see fabric that reminds them of their granny or their childhood.  Many a doll has been sold because she’s wearing a dress that brings back memories.  The owls are great to make because I get to use lots of different fabrics on each one, they are all totally unique.
Have you been asked to make anything unusual?
I have just completed a commission for a pair of foxes wearing bling, to be given as gifts to a real life Mr and Mrs Fox.  They were so pleased with them that they themselves have asked me to make another pair, this time wearing festive outfits ready for  next Christmas!  I have also recently made and sold out of tweed moustache brooches!
What has been your favourite item to date that you’ve created?
I always enjoy making the first one of anything.  I love getting the ideas, sketching them out, making the pattern and then see it come to life.
What  would you like to try to make that you haven’t tried as yet? 
That is such a difficult question because I don’t have enough hours in the day to make the things that I have already planned out let alone the things that I haven’t thought of yet!1
Personal now – what outfits and shoes would you normally be found wearing ?
My style tends to be quite casual.  I nearly always wear leggings (gasp!) with a tunic style top and a brightly coloured/patterned cardigan.  I like to accessorize and have lots of bold necklaces and rings particularly when I find myself wearing all black. I live in my black leather DUO boots, flats for daytime and wedges for evening.
Do you have any favourite shops or online sites ?
Being of a certain size, the high street can be quite restrictive.  I often shop in TKMaxx as they stock larger sizes and the clothes are more individual.  Online (and when in London) I love Gudrun Sjoden.  The clothes are pricey but the fabrics, colours and cut of the clothes are fabulous.
What’s next on your clothes/shoe wish list?
I am on an eternal search for a pair of wedge evening shoes ( animal print or black suede) that are wide enough yet comfortable and don’t slip off.
Boots or Shoes?
Definitely boots because then I can get away with leggings and longer tops.  Comfort all the way!
Links you would like to share:
My website address is  having a major overhaul in the next few weeks so don’t be put off.
You can follow me on twitter  @ daisydoodlesx
Like me on Facebook:  Daisy-Doodles
Thank you very much Lisa for chatting to us!  As always, join the facebook group Boots Shoes et Al  (press the icon) for pictures to drool over, sell your unwanted shoes, buy some bargains and generally chat to other likeminded shoe addicts!
Linda x
Photo credits: Adam Hobden Photography;  Alex Palmer ; Lyst; Amazon UK; Lisa Goddard
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    1. Lisa is very talented indeed … She and her husband run our local tea shop which is very vintage in style and displays a lot of her talent (and other local artists & artisans).

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