Maggie Bob Picks: Pens for National Stationery Week

This is one in a series of blog posts celebrating National Stationery Week. You can read all of my NSW14 posts, and don’t forget to check out the Prize Giveaway!

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You want to be a writer, don’t know how or when? Find a quiet place, use a humble pen.
— Paul Simon

As day 3 of National Stationery Week is pen and ink day, I thought I would show you some of the pens I am currently lusting after

Swarovski Crystalline Eclectic Pen

Swarovski Crystalline Eclectic Pen | £34 at House of Fraser | Because it’s pretty and pink and sparkly

Yellow Happy Pen

 

Yellow Happy 7-Year Pen | £6.95 at Liberty | For 7 years of writing happiness

fluffy flower pen

 

Purple Fluffy Flower Pen | 99p at The Works | I am the queen of fluffy pens

Diplomat Fountain Pen

 

Turquoise Diplomat Fountain Pen | £37 at The Pen Shop | If I can avoid smudging all the ink

polkadot pens

 

Polka Gel Pens | £3.75 at Paperchase | Because polka dots!

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Artisan Desk Pen | £27.99 at NOTHS | It’s made from a whiskey barrel

If you have a favourite pen, do tell me in the comments

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Maggie Bob Wears: Purple Hat Three Ways

As I had so much fun doing my boots three ways looks, I asked twitter to suggest items for me to base outfits around next and my friend Katie (of The Neverending Tea Party) came up with this hat:

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 Plum Wool Hat | H&M | £12.99

The best thing about this challenge is I already have a hat a bit like this that my husband bought me on our first holiday together, which of course I never wear because I can never think of ways to wear it. Well – I have three outfit inspirations now!

Look 1: Plum monochrome

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 Belted Prom Dress | M&S | £49.50
Therapy Triple Compartment Bag | House of Fraser | £39.20
Lennox Ballet Flats | ASOS | £25
Gipsy Purple Tights | New Look | £6.49
‘Quite The Thing’ Sheen Supreme Lipstick | MAC | £15.50

I do like a muted palette with splashes of one colour. Okay, between the hat, bag, tights and lipstick it’s quite a few splashes – but tell me you don’t love this! And seeing as Katie is the inspiration behind this post, the MAC lipstick is a tribute to her. Seriously, she’s even convinced me to wear make-up on a semi-regular basis.

Look 2: Casual colourful

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Hampton Boyfriend Jean | Jigsaw | £75
Spot Shirt Layer Sweater | Next | £35
Converse All Star Low Red | Office | £44.99
Patterned Scarf | Uni Qlo | £9.90
Cute Cheeseburger Necklace | Little Miss Delicious | £25

I didn’t know where this one was going when I started it, but I really like it. I’m picturing the scarf tied around the hat to bring all of the bits together. This is definitely something I would wear for mooching around town in.

Look 3: Teal and Plum

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White Stuff Glass Dress | House of Fraser | £55
Aimee Cropped Sleeve Blazer | BooHoo | £25
Black Cashmere Scarf | H&M | £34.99
Rhinestone Wedges | Everything5Pounds | £5
Beaded Tassel Drop Earrings | Topshop | £25

I want to call this look boho, but I think it only loosely fits in to this. However, I just love the teal against the purple so this had to be done. I’m a big fan of blazers – they can really jazz up a dress. And the shoes? Well the shoes are just too fun to say no to, right?

As always – do leave a comment to tell me which look you like most.

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