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Truly Myrtle is a fun podcast for knitters. Grab a cuppa and your knitting & curl up for a chat about knitting, making and everything going on at Truly Myrtle

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Truly Myrtle Podcast - Episode 48: The story of the missing cardigan

Hello! Welcome to another episode of the Truly Myrtle podcast!SUMMER KNITWEARThis week on the podcast I'm chatting about wearing knitwear in all seasons, the emotional roller coaster when knits go missing and sharing my most worn knits of the summer.You can find more details about my stripey cardigan here: https://www.trulymyrtle.com/blog//2013/07/the-big-reveal-outfit-5.htmlAnd my Audrey cardigan here: https://www.trulymyrtle.com/blog//2013/02/outfit-1-big-reveal.htmlNEW PATTERNS COMINGCome find me on Instagram to catch glimpses of new patterns in the works!PLACES I'LL BE in 2017- Edie & Co. in Cambridge 4 March 10 - 2pm. Come and join me at this gorgeous yarn shop and see my newly released designs in gorgeous newly released yarn from Outlaw Yarn!Come squish their gorgeous yarn! Including the brand new batch of The Farmers Daughter Fibers, handdyed yarn all the way from the US.- Woolfest is being held on 27 May 2017 at the Corban's Estate, Henderson. It's free entry and I can't wait to see you there! 10 - 4pm.- It'll be my first year at Woolfeast! Saturday 17 June 2017, 10 - 5pm in Christchurch.- Knit August Nights (KAN) from 25 - 27 August 2017 in Napier is set to be another fantastic weekend. I'll be teaching again as well as having all my samples for squishing and trying on :)Have a great weekend!

16 Feb 2017

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Truly Myrtle Podcast - Episode 25: With Maniototo Wool

Welcome back to another Truly Myrtle podcast - I've got lots to tell you as well as a great interview with Mary from Maniototo Wool who's making fabulous yarn here in New Zealand.Me Made May is in full swing - are you joining in?Check out Instagram to feel inspired: #memademay2016 and the challenge I'm hosting with Ioana from Moeke Yarns #greatwardrobebasicsI'm planning:A Laurel DressGinger JeansScout TeeAre you keen to make jeans with me? There are a few new patterns from Closet Case Files that you might enjoy.I'm going to Woolfest as a Trader!Come and visit me - Woolfest 2016 is being held at the Corbans Estate in Henderson on Saturday 28 May. Wear your Truly Myrtle shawls and hats so I can admire them!My fabulous interviewee this week is Mary from Maniototo Wool.You can find Maniototo at www.maniototowool.co.nz and instagram at @mfurnessweir and #maniototowoolMary recently made Isabell Kraemer's Beccs cardigan - it's a perfect project for her lovely yarn.Are you a dyer interested in getting hold of some beautiful fingering lambswool? Email Mary for details of her gorgeous yarn: maniwool@gmail.com

13 May 2016

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Truly Myrtle Podcast - Episode 41 : Handmade Outfit Inspiration

Welcome back to the Truly Myrtle Podcast!SPOIL YOURSELF MAKE-ALONGIt's been fantastic to see you spoil yourselves in the Ravelry group - my spoiling has been going well too!My Bentley cardigan is ready to split under the arms and my monkey socks are growing too - at the first heel!I've also bought a new sewing pattern to finish my Chicken Lady outfit - Butterick 5756 is a full skirt on a yoke with pockets and I'm hoping to get it at least cut out this weekend.A HUGE thank you to all the fantastic sponsors of our Spoil Yourself Make-along. This week's spot prizes were donated by Alex Collins, Happy Go Knitty & Clare Devine.Tell us in the thread how you're spoiling yourself to be in the draw to win a spot prize next week.This week I've especially enjoying seeing Nat knitting her cardigan, Avril casting on an Antipodes Shawl, Stacey buying new fancy knitting needles and Jen planning her trip to the Geeky Puffin Knit Palooza Retreat where Tara Swiger will also be teaching.CLOTHESLINE DESIGNS MIND DONATIONSCaroline has sold 75 copies of her lovely one skein shawl Yellow Roses. She's donating 75% of the profits raised to MIND in the UK. So far she's sold 75 patterns and is aiming to sell 100 by the end of November. I've bought mine - if you fancy knitting a pretty shawl and supporting a very worthy cause, head over and grab your pattern now.IMAGINARY OUTFIT INSPIRATIONThe WWII woman leaning on the car she's just repaired:Trousers: Juniper Trousers by Colette PatternsTop: Renfrew top by Sewaholic (see the great blog post for tips on sewing knits)Sweater: White Light by Veera Valimaki.Hat: My Reminisce hat pattern perhaps in this alpaca/merino yarn from SkeinzRelaxed and content, heading off to a picnic with a good crowd of family and friends:Dress: Isla dress by Made by RaeCardigan: Bentley by Marie Greene As usual, fabulous theme song is "Casting On" by Mr Roberelli

10 Nov 2016

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Ep 85: Socks, Sewing & a Giveaway!

Show notes at www.trulymyrtle.com/blog/ep85

22 Mar 2018

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Ep 67: tips for top down garments

Welcome back to episode 67 of the Truly Myrtle podcast!SURVEYThank you so much for completing my survey! I was over the moon with all the responses and they've been sooo super interesting. I'm chatting about some of them on the podcast.TOP DOWN TIPSThis week I'm also sharing some tips for making adjustments to your top down garments to make them fit you better. Our Timely KAL is in full swing (you're still welcome to join over in the Ravelry group) and some of these might be helpful when you're working on your cardigans.MUSICMy theme music, as usual, is "Casting On" by the very talented Mr Roberelli :)Have a great weekend!Libby xxx

7 Jul 2017

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Ep 81: knitting through hard times with Littlest Pip

Welcome back to Episode 81 of the Truly Myrtle podcast!Thank you for all your birthday wishes last week - I had a lovely day :)SPOIL YOURSELFWe're still spoiling ourselves this month. It's never to late to join in! Head over the Ravelry group and spend a little time doing something lovely for you.TIMELY CARDIGAN YARNThere's a big update of Daintree yarn to make gorgeous Timely Cardigan stripes at www.skeinyarn.com today - plus Kristen is offering a Black Friday discount! Use the code BLACKFRIDAY2017 for a 15% discount.I'm loving how this yarn is coping with daily wear. It's a fabulous everyday, lightweight cardigan yarn.TESTERS WANTED!Drop me a line at libby@trulymyrtle.com if you're able to test some garment patterns for bust sizes 48" upwards. I've got a couple on the go and the deadlines are early next year.Thank you!INTERVIEW WITH PIP FROM LITTLEST PIPPip found knitting at a time in her life when things were hard. I think my chat with her will resonate with lots of you.You can find Pip on her website: www.littlestpipknits.com, On instagram: littlestpipknits and if you're interested in hiring her to do some knitting for you, drop her an email: littlestpipknits@gmail.comPip mentions a few gems to help when life is overwhelming:Craftastherapy on InstagramSmiling Mind appFlow Magazine. Happy knitting!As usual, my fabulous theme tune is "Casting On" by Mr Roberelli :)

23 Nov 2017

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Episode 63: my perfect cardy Timely & a sewing catch up!

Welcome to episode 63 of the Truly Myrtle podcast!This week on the podcast I'm chatting about the Truly Myrtle KAL's currently running on Ravelry, my recent sewing successes and my new cardigan pattern, Timely! I'm also drawing a winner for the gorgeous skeins of yarn from Spinning a Yarn ... enjoy!NEW PATTERN!I'm so thrilled to finally be releasing this cute cardigan. I first made mine in 2013 and have lived in it. I think it's my most loved knit :)My new version; Timely uses beautiful Daintree yarn from Skein; a merino/silk/bamboo blend. It's drapey and cool and perfect for in-between and summer weather. I've striped mine with a gloriously wild variegated yarn and a soft semi-solid neutral and the effect is stunning.You can grab the pattern with a 15% discount this weekend with the code TIMELY - just enter it at the checkout in Ravelry. The code will be valid until midnight, Sunday 11 June 2017.I'm so excited to also let you know that Kristen from Skein has developed a bunch of colour combos for the Timely Cardigan! She has a huge update of yarn today and you can either choose a combination that she's put together or make one up yourself!  I can't wait to see what stripes you create!SEWING!I've made several new bits: Maya dress, Esme Tunic and a Lou Box top. Next on my list is the Fielder Dress with fabric I bought from Miss Matabi.KALSFancy knitting with friends? Come join in a Truly Myrtle KAL!The Midwinter Bash KAL is underway in the Budding Designers Downunder group and a Pearl KAL is getting started in the Truly Myrtle Ravelry group.You're more than welcome to join either, there are some amazing prizes! Just hop over :)UPCOMINGI'm heading off to Woolfeast in Christchurch next week. Will I see you there? Come say hi and try on all the shawls :) I've been getting lots of lovely comments about my theme tune lately. The song "Casting On" is written and performed by the very fabulous NZ group Mr Roberelli. All their songs are catchy and fun. We've got all the albums for our kids. They're neat to keep everyone happy on car rides!

9 Jun 2017

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Ep 93: Floozy cardy & kits!

This week on the podcast we are talking all things FLOOZY!!I'm joined by the very gorgeous Catrien from Yarnfloozy to celebrate the launch of Floozy cardigan; my design and Catrien's beautiful yarn.We're chatting about how Floozy came to be and what inspired the colours we came up with as well as how to choose a size, techniques that we've enjoyed and the variety of options available in the pattern. Catrien has created some beautiful colourways for your Floozy cardigans and you can grab a kit off her now. Just head over to www.yarnfloozy.co.nz to choose yours! What will it be? Traveller, Dreamer or Still Waters Run Deep! There's a flat rate for international postage but be quick! I think they'll fly out the door.The pattern is available now on Ravelry as a pre-order. Use the code FLOOZY for a 15% discount.As I explain in the video, this week you'll get everything you need to choose a size, yarn and start swatching. In two weeks our grand Floozy KAL begins in the Truly Myrtle Ravelry Group and the full pattern will drop and will be added to your Ravelry Library on 17 August 2018. Who's joining us?! We're going to have a ball.Check out the gorgeous Yarnfloozy colourways below. Happy knitting!!

2 Aug 2018

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Episode 65: travel adventures & great unravelling

Helllooo! I feel like I've been whipping around like a mad thing the last few months! All my travelling is finished for a bit and I'm enjoying sitting still and getting on with my knitting :)Welcome to episode 65 of the podcast!MIDWINTER WOOLFEASTwas a blast! Soooo super busy. They're trying to work out how to cope with the crowds and make plans for future festivals. Have your say over on the Woolfeast Facebook page.EATING BURMA-STYLEI visited Rangoon Ruby when I was in Christchurch and fell in love with Burmese food! I've been on the hunt for good cookbooks so I can make my own. I've found Burma Superstar which looks ok but I'd love to hear your recommendations.TIMELY KALkicks off on 1 July in the Ravelry group. Come join in! It's so much fun knitting together, you get a chance to be inspired, ask questions and show off your gorgeous knitting. See you there!MIDWINTER BASH KALis wrapping up next week on 30 June. Make sure photos of your finished projects are in the thread!A HUGE thank you to all of our wonderful sponsors:Skein AustraliaSkeinzOutlaw YarnThe Yarn Queen NZHappy Go KnittyCircus Tonic HandmadeAnd don't forget, there's a chance to win a years worth of patterns from me too :)MINI-MAGDo you subscribe to the Truly Myrtle mini-mag? Keep your eyes peeled early next week for the June issue. Inside will be a questionnaire that I'd LOVE you to fill out for me. I'm listening to hear what you enjoy and what else I can do for you. There'll be a great voucher for everyone who completes the survey! Thank you!!MUSICI keep hearing how much you love my theme song. It's written and performed by the very fabulous Mr Roberelli. All of the albums are sooooo good :)Have a great weekend!Love Lib xxx

23 Jun 2017

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The Truly Myrtle Podcast - Episode 15 with Rosewood Wool

Welcome to the second interview in the "Our Wardrobe Stories" series.Today I am talking with Vicky from Rosewood Wool - a gorgeous hand-dyed yarn company based here in New Zealand. Vicky and Nicola create beautiful yarn from local fibre and you can find them and their yarn:In their shop: https://felt.co.nz/shop/rosewoodwoolOn Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rosewoodwool/And Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rosewoodwool/As well as dyeing lovely yarn, Vicky makes most of her children's clothes. I had a wonderful afternoon with Vicky and we talked about making clothes and the ethics behind choosing clothing and materials for our knitting and sewing. You can find the movie The True Cost on iTunes and Netflix and the ethical yarn she spoke about is the very fabulous Madelinetosh yarn.Happy listening!


4 Dec 2015

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The Truly Myrtle Podcast - Episode 14!

Hello and welcome back to the Truly Myrtle Podcast!Episode is full of knitting and sewing talk and some thoughts on slow living.I'm wearing my Washi top and Moss skirt - I found an old blog post about this outfit.Have you listened to the Slow Home Podcast? I'm enjoying it - thanks for recommending it Julie.All the details about the Gift-A-Long can be found on the Ravelry thread.I'm knitting:Clare Devine's gorgeous Lady Grey hat;Ambah O'Brien's stunning Lilli Pilli wrap;The fab Jennybec cowl by Lyn Di CristinaDid you catch my Saltmarsh skirt sewalong? You can find all the steps on instragram #saltmarshsalstepsI had a great afternoon with my friend Megan from Ellisara Couture making a 3-D model of my torso to turn into a pattern.


27 Nov 2015

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Truly Myrtle Podcast - Episode 13!

Hello!I'm excited to be bringing you the first in a my wandering series of interviews; "Our Wardrobe Stories". This collection will be a medley of stories exploring the idea of a handmade wardrobe that I'll pop into the regular podcast series from time to time.I'm kicking the series off today with an interview with someone right on my doorstep, my mum Jude. Jude grew up in the 1950's in New Zealand and, as you will hear, she wore a handmade wardrobe.  But, back then making your clothes wasn't a lifestyle choice, it was a lifestyle. And, she wasn't alone - most of the families that she knew lived that way too.Join mum and I for a journey through her memories of growing up handmade.If you have your own wardrobe stories, we'd love to hear all about them - tag your photos with #ourwardrobestories on Instagram :)Enjoy!Libby xxxp.s. The fabulous song on my podcast is "Casting On" from the very clever NZ band Mr Roberelli - you can find them here.


20 Nov 2015

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Truly Myrtle Podcast - Episode 12!

Welcome to the Truly Myrtle Podcast!I'm chatting about new yarn, the forthcoming Gift-A-Long and my Sew A Long, Southern Hemisphere Christmas celebrations, my favourite podcasts, my new shawl pattern and upcoming interviews today. Grab your knitting and a cuppa and enjoy!Things I talk about:Allison from Freckles & Purls asked me about our Kiwi Holiday celebrations ...Here's our beautiful NZ Christmas tree - the PohutukawaPodcasts you should check out:- Curious Handmade- Woolful- Knit FM- Shiny Bees- Knit British- Sweet Georgia Podcast- Seamwork RadioWhat I'm wearing:A-line skirt by Michelle patternsMy new Yarn:Brooklyn TweedSew-along Fun:Saltmarsh Skirt from Merchant & MillsUse the tag #saltmarshskirtsalRavelry thread for the Saltmarsh sew-alongPattern News:My new Pokiha shawl pattern uses gorgeous DK alpaca from Gum Tree GullyYou'll need approx 200g of DK yarnSettler shawl is available in FrenchThe Great Big Gift-A-LongWhopping 25% discount from 18 November - 27 November with the code "giftalong2015"Check out the Indie Design Gift-A-Long thread on Ravelry for more info and details about knitalongs.Tidying:I've been reading the Magic Art of Tidying by Marie KondoThank you for listening :)Happy knitting!Fabulous music by the very clever Mr Roberelli 


13 Nov 2015

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Ep 83: HOT weather knitting!

Welcome back to the episode 83 of the Truly Myrtle podcast!This week I'm drawing a winner for the Strickplanner giveaway and chatting about HOT weather knitting. Happy knitting folks!

7 Dec 2017

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Truly Myrtle Podcast - Episode 36: Your Local Wardrobe

Hello October! We're talking about all things "local" this month - from our "local" yarn swap and fun local interviews to thoughts about finding our own style.YARN SWAPAre you signed up? Do I have your address? Check your Ravelry messages to see if I still need to hear from you.Don't forget to let your partner know your preferences in the Ravelry GroupTEACHING KNITTINGIt's wonderful watching little ones learn to knit - my youngest daughter has been learning this past week.These needles are great for new knitters :)YELLOW ROSES FOR CHARITYCaroline (Clothesline Designs) has published a very pretty shawl this week and 75% of the proceeds are being donated to the charity MIND in memory of her friend.Yellow Roses uses one skein of fingering and supports and very worthy cause.SLOW FASHION OCTOBERAre you following along? Joining in?Check out Slow Fashion October on Instagram // Karen Templer from Fringe Association // #slowfashionoctoberMY "LOCAL" WARDROBE - thoughts on finding a style that suits you, where you live and where you're atNicki's thoughts on grown up dressing that's fun really appealed to meHow do you feel about your style? Does your local enviroment /stage of life / emotional health impact what you wear? Come chat with me in the Ravelry group. As usual the great theme song is "Casting On" by Mr Roberelli.

7 Oct 2016

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Ep 91: Tour of my Workspace

This week after a morning of sheep wrangling ... I'm showing you around my work space. I have a cosy nook in our house where I do a lot of my work and store my stash, notions and knitting books. Join me for a look around!Happy knitting!Libby xxx

7 Jul 2018

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Truly Myrtle Podcast - Episode 16!

Welcome to the Truly Myrtle Podcast!This week it is a regular podcast with me, Libby chatting about my new shawl pattern Pokiha, using my discount code, what's on my needles and some cool things I've discoveredWhat I'm wearing:Tiny pocket tank from Grainline StudiosFind me:InstagramFacebookRavelry GroupMy websiteAnd, sign up to my handmade "mini-mag" newsletterGreat podcast music is "Casting On" by Mr RoberelliMy new shawl pattern Pokiha is here!Grab yourself a 15% discount with the code POKIHA15 until midnight Monday 14 December (NZ time)Mine is knitted in glorious DK alpaca from Gumtree GullyWhat's on my needles?Lady Grey hat from Clare DevineJennybec cowl from Lynn De CristinaLilli Pilli wrap from Ambah O'BrienI'm loving the Notability appSewing fun!I've bought the Luna pants pattern from Made by RaeI'm planning a sew-along for the Washi dress - keen?Happy knitting!


11 Dec 2015

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Ep 78: WOODS! a book review & giveaway!

Ooh la la people!! Episode 78 is a goodie! Fancy hearing about a gorgeous new book? Want to win one? Now's your chance :)SPOIL YOURSELF MAKEALONGWe're gearing up for our annual Spoil Yourself Makealong in the Truly Myrtle Ravelry group. Come over for the chatter, fun and permission to do something truly lovely just for YOU!Don't forget, if you fancy spoiling yourself with knitting, you can grab a Truly Myrtle pattern with a discount until 31 October 2017. Use the code SPOILYOURSELF.Can't wait to see you there :)WOODS BOOK REVIEW & GIVEAWAY!I supported the Woods kickstarter earlier in the year and excitingly, the gorgeous WOODS book arrived in my letterbox this week! It's stunning.Come and hear about what's inside, what I love most and go in the draw to win a copy for yourself.Leave your comments below by 9am Friday 3 November 2017 and I'll draw a winner on the podcast later that day. You can find links to all the patterns here, on Ravelry.Thank you so much Making Stories for donating a book for one lucky winner! Have a great weekend,Love Libby xxxp.s. as usual, my fabulous theme tune is "Casting On" by Mr Roberelli. Their albums are perfect for car rides with (or without!) kids :)

26 Oct 2017

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Truly Myrtle Podcast: Episode 32 - A Great Big Catch Up & New Stash

Hello! It's lovely to be back :)I've had an eventful couple of weeks - full of yarn festivals, teaching, stashing new yarn and dyeing up a storm!There's definitely a feeling of change and new adventures in the air. And, I think it's true the world over - just as we're heading into warmer weather, the Northern hemisphere is cooling down. Helen Stewart at Curious Handmade Podcast is feeling the same in the UK.Oh my goodness KAN was a blast - there were around 250 people at Knit August Nights Knitting Retreat in Napier, NZ this year. I taught a class on Friday night and thoroughly enjoyed trying shawls on everyone in m stall for the rest of the weekend. I'll be back next year - will you join me?!I splurged on lots of new yarn to fill up my design stash :)Superstar from Vintage Purls just might be the perfect cardigan yarn yetI grabbed a couple of edible "ice cream sundae" skeins from Spinning A YarnTo my surprise my Big Dotty patterns sold out! It's put me in the mood for more big cosy wrapsI brought home three skeins of fantastic aran yarn from Maniototo - remember I interviewed Mary in Episode 25?Happy Go Knitty yarn is always a treat and I stocked up on her beautiful Silk/MerinoI'm so looking forward to a new Rock n' roll wrap with the grunge yarn I bought from Jo at Meraki StudiosAnd, of course I had to buy "just a little bit more" from Eden Cottage when I got home - perfect English colourwaysWhat a treat to receive my yarn swap from Norway! I love the Selbu Spinneri & Huldra I was givenWe're still knitting away on our Lisette shawls in the Ravelry group - come join in! The KAL finishes at the end of the month.As usual, my theme song is by the very talented Mr RoberelliHave a happy weekend!

8 Sep 2016

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Episode 56: mood boards and making a plan

Welcome to the Truly Myrtle podcast!In episode 56 I'm chatting about my mood board, I'm looking for a structure for my capsule wardrobe and I'm sharing some resources to figure out our style.Do you want a podcast link and show notes sent to your email box every week? Sign up here!Come and join the Ravelry thread to join in the Capsule Wardrobe Adventure chatter.MOOD BOARDI mentioned Tui birds - they are one of my favourites of the NZ native birds with such a glorious call.I really like Hahnemühle Sketch & Note books - they're made from lovely art paper, come in packs of 2 and are very reasonable. I use the A4 size.FINDING STRUCTURE FOR YOUR CAPSULEThe most well-known way to structure a capsule wardrobe is probably Project 333. Thirty three items of clothing for 3 months. It sounds like a neat way to roll with the changing seasons.I'm drawn to the Sudoku method promoted by Colleen Hammond. Sixteen items that can all mix and match to create 10 coordinated outfits. Here's the basic template.Lucky Lucille (Rochelle New) has been working on her #makenine for the last few years. Check out #2017makenine on instagram to see what nine items people are working on this year.FINDING YOUR STYLEI thoroughly enjoyed Carol Tuttle's course Live Your Truth and learned a lot about myself.  I discovered I'm a type 3 and it was liberating to hear my embarrassing quirks are very normal traits of a type 3 ;)Recently I've been following Stasia (Stay-sha) Savasuk from thriftmepretty.com. Her enthusiasm is infectious and I really enjoy her layered, bouncy but feminine style. She runs courses to help you find your style too.Thanks for listening!Have a great weekend,Love Lib xxx

13 Apr 2017

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