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A few weeks ago I briefly introduced you to my very first pony, Bouquet. Although I dedicated a whole post to telling you about how I first received Bouquet and how she began my long-running obsession with My Little Ponies, I never actually gave her a proper profile post…so here it is!

As I mentioned in an earlier post, Bouquet is a Brush ‘n’ Grow Pony, one of those ponies with ling manes and extra-long, retractable tails.

One of my favourite things about Bouquet, however, is her colour scheme. her mane and tail feature streaks of bright yellow and almost-neon orange, with a surprise shock of ice-blue. Her plain white body allows this startling and beautiful contrast of colours to really pop.

The most enigmatic quality that Bouquet possesses is her name. In most cases a link (at times a very tenuous link) can be drawn between a pony’s name and her cutie mark. However, despite the fact that Bouquet’s name relates to flowers her cutie mark is…a floppy sun hat. I have to admit, this incongruity tickles me!

I imagine Bouquet’s personality as refined, but a little shy. Imagine a cross between Rarity and Fluttershy from Friendship is Magic. With a cutie mark like that, you just know that Bouquet would be interested in fashion, millinery and, I suspect, shopping.

I am a big fan of hats myself…but I always seem to lose them somehow. In the past week alone I have lost two of my favourite hats, which is particularly annoying as the weather is getting quite cool now and I like wearing hats to keep my ears warm. I am confused about what could have happened to one of these hats in particular, as I could swear I didn’t wear it outside of my apartment at all. If Bouquet could talk, I’m sure she’d scold me (gently) for my carelessness.

Do you have a favourite hat that you own or one that you wish you owned? I’ve always wanted to get myself a top hat…but I’m not convinced I would ever wear it.


Sorry for the long wait in between posts, guys! I thought I would be able to get a few posts done while I was in Hong Kong but that was…let’s say a little optimistic. I’ve been back now since Sunday but I’ve been so tired that I’ve barely gotten out of bed!

Anyway, I wanted to share some outfit ideas based on the newest member of the All the Pretty Ponies herd, Sweet Scribbles.

Sweet Scribbles is bright, bold, geeky and above all…well…sweet! Take a tip from Sweet Scribbles and celebrate life and fashion by injecting some ‘zazz into your wardrobe.

Sweet Scribbles Bright

It’s very easy when you’re working in a professional environment to let your style of dressing slip into the mundane. Sweet Scribbles dares you to be different. With a hot pink pencil skirt (borrowed from Nessbow‘s own wardrobe) and an electric blue bag, Sweet Scribbles demonstrates how you can put a twist on conventional office attire. The winged clogs are a quirky touch.

Sweet Scribbles Punk

Geek meets punk and the combination couldn’t be sweeter. Pair a t-shirt baring the logo of your favourite band (real or fictional) with tartan prints and schoolgirl accessories. A couple of Lego accents show that you don’t take yourself too seriously.

Sweet Scribbles Vintage

Pushing boundaries and challenging conventions is all well and good, put sometimes a girl (*cough* filly *cough*) just wants to indulge her feminine side. Draw inspiration from the 1950s with circle skirts, puffy crinolines and pastel hues. Sweet Scribbles would never go anywhere without some sort of writing implement and this time she’s chosen to further indulge her nostalgia by carrying a quill pen. A stylised feather necklace is a thematic link not just to Sweet Scribbles cutie mark, but to her pegasus wings.

Sweet Scribbles Relax

At the end of a hard day of writing and being awesome, Sweet Scribbles likes to throw on a pair of cute slippers (oh my gosh…kittens!), curl up on the couch and…do some more writing! Even when it’s finally time to put the pen down and hit the hay, by slipping on a cute night-mask Sweet Scribbles doesn’t have to give up her sartorial splendour, even in sleep.


I have an extra special treat for this week’s Pony Profile. Introducing…Sweet Scribbles!

In her interview earlier this week, Nessbow of http://www.nessbow.com described what she thought she would be like if she were a My Little Pony, and this is my interpretation of that character.

I tried to give Sweet Scribbles a super-long and luxurious tail and mane, much in the style of the G1 Brush ‘n’ Grow ponies. This was done partly because Nessbow’s favourite childhood pony, Twisty Tails, was a Brush ‘n’ Grown pony and partly because…well…have you seen this girl’s hair?

She puts Rapunzel to shame

As for the glasses, I don’t think she would wear the all the time, but who can resist a pony in glasses?

Sweet Scribbles makes friends everywhere she goes with her warm heart and honest, upfront nature. She is adventurous both in life and fashion and doesn’t always follow the rules, so watch out! Ultimately she is a sweet and kind-hearted mare and delights in bringing colour and laughter into the lives of every pony she meets.

Because I don’t know how to colour images, I used General Zoi’s Pony Creator game to create a rough idea of what I think her colours might look like.

Create your own pony here

I should stress, of course, that this is just my personal interpretation of Sweet Scribbles. Sweet Scribbles belongs to Nessbow.

So what do you guys think? Does Sweet Scribbles seem like a good match for Nessbow? What would each of you be like if you were a pony?


I am very excited to bring to you today the first of what I hope to be many interviews for my blog. I am particularly pleased because my first interview subject is none other than the lovely, Nessbow!

Not only is Nessbow one of my all-time favourite bloggers, she is also a close personal friend and the person who encouraged me to start my own blog. She is also the owner of a T-shirt that features two unicorns making love under a rainbow. What could be more perfect than that?

Is this the greatest T-shirt ever? Yes. Yes it is.

When and how did you first become interested in My Little Ponies?

I got a couple of My Little Ponies for Christmas when I was about three or four.  They were among my favourite toys when I was a little girl, so I guess my interest started pretty early on.  I do recall making a Christmas list when I was about five years old.  I couldn’t write yet, so the list was made entirely of pictures snipped from catalogues and magazines, and most of the page was covered in My Little Ponies (there were definitely a few Ninja Turtles dolls in there too). I think my interest in them began when I saw my older cousin’s collection of them.  She used to have them all lined up on the windowsill in her room, and she’d let me play with them whenever I came over.

Who is your favourite pony and why?

I had quite a few ponies growing up, but I think my favourite would be Twisty Tail.  She was one of the Brush ‘n’ Grow ponies.  I like her most of all because of her vibrant mane and her super-long tail.

What would you be like if you were a My Little Pony?

I think I’d be a Pegasus, because I’d love to be able to fly.  I’d be very brightly coloured, and there would definitely be a pink streak through my mane.  My cutie mark would be a quill and my name would be Sweet Scribbles.

Apart from My Little Ponies, who or what is your favourite fictional equine?

Binky, who is Death’s horse in Terry Pratchett’s books.

What is your favourite generation of My Little Pony? What do you think of the other generations?

Generation 1 is certainly my favourite, because they were the ponies I grew up with.  I do like the super-sweet cutesy appeal of Generation 4 as well.

I can’t say I’m surprised she likes “…super-sweet cutesy appeal…”

Do you collect My Little Pony toys or other merchandise?

No.

Do you collect or covet any other toys (including action figures, plushies etc.)?

In the last year I’ve gotten really into Lego, particularly the Harry Potter sets.

Do you keep any of your childhood toys in your room/house now? What about new toys?

I still have quite a few of my stuffed toys from when I was a little girl.  I have four large Harry Potter lego sets as well, which are displayed about the place.  In addition to these, I also have a “Transfixed Bilbo” doll from Lord of the Rings, which was given to me by a friend as a joke.

Have you seen the “My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic” cartoon and, if so, what do you think of it?

I haven’t watched it, but I do have a couple of episodes cued up on my laptop, ready to watch.

When did you first start blogging and why?

I started my blog about two and a half years ago.  I’ve always loved writing, and fashion was something that I was passionate about, so I wanted the opportunity to write about style and share my wardrobe with other like-minded people.  Once I began, I realised that there are a lot of people out there who are simply too self-conscious to dress the way they want to, and I set about writing posts that would spark inspiration, generate confidence and break down the excuses people make for not expressing themselves through fashion.  In time, I expanded my subject matter to include hair and makeup tutorials, lifestyle posts and even recipes.

Want this Mod look? Check out Nessbow’s tutorial.

What have been the best and wost aspects of the whole blogging experience for you?

The best part is the opportunity to write every day.  I adore writing and it’s wonderful to have a ‘purpose’ for my writing (although I’d write all the time even if I didn’t blog).  I love being able to write about the things that interest me.  Blogging gives you an opportunity to connect with people with similar interests to yours, and I’ve made some great friends through my blog.  I also love having the opportunity to inspire people and build up their confidence and creativity.    I think the worst aspect of blogging is that it’s a lot of work for not a lot of reward.  I’d love to be able to make a career out of blogging, but it’s incredibly difficult to do.  Only a very lucky few get to live that dream.

How would you describe your personal style?

I have a very eclectic personal style.  I like punk, alternative, vintage, bohemian and kawaii fashion, and I like to mix and match styles.  I think I’d describe myself as a ‘maximalist’.  I always want my outfits to have ‘more’, whether that’s brighter colours, louder prints, large jewellery, daring shoes or whatever.

“I always want my outfits to have ‘more’, whether that’s brighter colours, louder prints…” …Bigger ears

What would you recommend to someone who finds themselves in a “style rut” they want to get out of?

I’d tell them to take some time to think about how they’d like to dress.  Watch films with amazing costumes, make lists of your style icons, make scrapbooks of images that make you squeal.  Soak up inspiration anywhere you can.  Also, I can’t understate the value of playing dress-ups.  Spend an afternoon sifting through your wardrobe, trying things on, making crazy combinations, just playing.  You’ll dig up stuff you forgot you even had, and think of new ways to wear the things you already own.

Are there any fashion styles or specific types of clothing that you would like to wear, but feel uncomfortable doing so?

I’m pretty happy to give anything a go!  I’m not really comfortable in shorts or mini skirts unless I’m wearing tights or leggings underneath.  I have a few qualms about going bare-legged.  I’d love to be able to wear some vintage style bombshell outfits, but I don’t think I’m quite curvy enough to pull those off.

What inspires the pieces you sell in your Etsy store?

I like to have fun while I’m crafting, and I take inspiration from loads of sources.  Sometimes it’s something cute I’ve seen online or on T.V.  Sometimes I just make something because I think it would be fun to make. Other times I will see something in the craft store or thrift store, and it will give me an idea for something awesome I could make with it.  I try to stock my etsy store with items that I would actually wear myself.

And that’s it for the interview! If this post has left you craving more Nessbow, however, you can always check out more of her stuff by following these links:

–          Blog: http://www.nessbow.com

–          Etsy: http://www.etsy.com/shop/Nessbowify

–          Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/user/nessbowify?feature=guide

I would click on those links if I were you…you wouldn’t like her when she’s angry


Phew, this sure has been a busy week! My mother and I (and Bouquet, too) are off to Hong Kong in less than 36 hours and I feel like I still have so much to sort out.

Time is limited, so I just wanted to briefly share with you my approach to packing for this holiday.

I’m hoping to do a decent amount of shopping when I’m in Hong Kong, and so I wanted to have as much space in my suitcase as possible. Using the principles I explored in last week’s Fashions off the Field post I decided to pack just a few simple pieces that could be mixed and matched in a variety of ways.

It’s late Spring in Hong Kong at the moment, and apparently pretty warm and muggy (not exactly my favourite type of weather, truth be told). I started with a couple of skirts and my favourite pair of shorts. I then chose three tops, making sure that each top could be worn with two or three of the bottoms.

Much as I had the white dress as the base of the outfits in Fashions off the Field #4, here I have selected a simple black dress that has the potential to be worn in a variety of ways. I also packed my wide, tartan print belt which looks great over the black dress, as well as going pretty well with my beige skirt.

Bouquet is not entirely pleased with my choice of colours.

In terms of footwear, I am bringing only two pairs: my walking shoes flat, black Mary-Janes) and some dressy shoes for going out (red patent leather!)

Another important addition… and I can’t stress this enough…is bathers! Now, I’m not intending on doing any swimming when I’m in Hong Kong, but I have been caught out enough times to now live by this simple axiom: If you are going on ANY kind of holiday, always, ALWAYS pack bathers. So many times I’ve been visiting friends or family and someone has had the suggestion “Let’s go to the pool!” or “Let’s all have a spa!” and I have had to decline because I didn’t have bathers. They don’t really take up much space, so now I bite the bullet and pack them anyway…just in case.

Most important of all, don’t forget to pack plenty of clean underwear!

And that’s all for clothes! Of course I am also bringing a small bag of toiletries, a minimal amount of makeup (foundation, lip gloss and lip stain) and my carry-on luggage/handbag (which largely consists of my passport, my Kobo, by Nintendo DS, a small folding umbrella and Bouquet)

So I’m pretty much ready to go. I’m starting to get a little nervous about the trip, now. I’ll let you know all about it (and how my minimalist packing worked out!) when I return.

Bon-Voyage!


I’ve been so busy getting ready for my holiday and trying to wrap things up at work that I just haven’t been able to finish today’s post. I HOPE to get it up tomorrow, but in the mean time please enjoy this sketch portrait of yours truly that I was lucky enough to get last weekend from Tristan Jones (one of the artists who does the creature concept art for the new Ghostbusters comic series). Tristan was one of the many great artists doing free sketches at All Star Comics’ Free Comic Book day extravaganza.

“Need more poniesssss!!!”

I’m pretty sure this is what every artist sees when I bug them for freebies.

See you all soon, and I apologise again for the lack of proper update!