I’m going to make a bold statement. I reckon this year is the year of the bee. Yes, I know it’s the Chinese year of the dog, but when it comes to fashion and interiors I reckon the humble bumble bee is going to be plastered all over the British High Street this spring.
What’s ignited this love of bees when it comes to fashion and decor? Well I can’t help thinking that the introduction of a cute and chubby honey bee to the ever-growing dictionary of emojis has influenced this trend.
This is what started my personal bee obsession. I live by the rule ‘You can never have too many Bretons’, and if they feature a quirky bee print then even better. I spotted this People Tree T-shirt in John Lewis Birmingham (check out the whole loved&found range either online on a website such as this or in John Lewis Leeds, Birmingham and Liverpool…it’s amaze) and not only is it excellent quality and blimming gorgeous, but People Tree are also pioneers of ethical and sustainable fashion. Win-win.
Joules are killing it with their bee-themed apparel. I can’t decide which piece I like best – their parka, their ‘Lucie’ shirt, or their Breton. Okay, I admit it, it’s the Breton. (See previous paragraph). I pretty much live in my plain Joules Breton and I reckon the metallic bee version would bring some much-needed sparkle to my wardrobe this spring.
When I think bee trinkets and treasures, the iconic Alex Monroe bumblebee necklace springs to mind. The Teeny-Tiny bumble bee pendant is the dream, and I KNOW it’s not a bee but can we also take a moment to appreciate the work of art that is their hot air balloon necklace.
Bees are also synonymous with the Olivia Burton brand. Whenever I have to look remotely smart their bracelet watch is my go-to item, but just. how. pretty. is this one with its floating bees. Apparently it was inspired by the ‘waggle dance’ that honey bees do to let others know when they’ve found food. Adorable.
When I put together a homeware edit for Marks and Spencer toward the end of last year I was desperate to include this total bargain of a cushion, but alas, Marks sold out before the post went live. Yes at 30cm x 30cm it’s dinky but show me anything cuter and better quality that you can get for £12 and I will eat my hat. They are back in stock now folks.
If wallpaper were insects, this would be the queen bee. Isn’t it epic? I spotted it on insta and I’m now tempted to turn our cloakroom from a light and bright, flamingo filled corner to a glam and sultry space.
The images in the header are from the fabulous Elle’s home tour, and if you want to steal Elle’s style when it comes to decor for your walls then there are a myriad of bee-themed prints available on notonthehighstreet and etsy. My favourite honeybee paper pretty is the Rifle Paper ‘You’re The Bee’s Knees’ greetings card.
And on that note can I just say a big thank you for your lovely comments following my post about anxiety this week. You readers are the bee’s knees.
Do you own anything bee print? Do we have any bee-keeping readers?!