Tuesday, 12 November 2013

My love for Edinburgh: A decent proposal

You know when you meet the one, time stops - people around you slow down and nothing else matters. You can feel the pulse in the air and it's electric... or so they say. I wouldn't know about that - I can't say I've ever had the love at first sight moment AND I can say I never will.

This isn't a love story post, it's a post about my love of Edinburgh, a city full of magical history, beautiful architecture and some of the loveliest people you'll encounter.
I won't bore you with the details of my holidays there - all except for one.

This day was just like any other day - we woke up, we visited the city and saw the sights and walked ALOT. We returned to the hotel and this is where the story becomes different to other visits. The evening it self wasn't anything special - just the event that unfolded was.

When you're a little girl, or just when you're younger in general - we all think about what it would be like to get married, what type of wedding you'd like - what would your husband look like, you catch my drift. We all think about that perfect moment, the moment that special person asks you the biggest question you'll ever answer, those four words " Will you marry me?" Will it be a grand gesture, will it be in front of family and friends? or will it be just the two of you in a hotel room; in a city that means a lot to the pair of you?
I can say mine was the latter - no grand gestures, no public declaration of love, just the two of us in a hotel room in a city we both love. To me it was perfect, it was special, it meant something and of course I said yes.






Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Bathroom scale review: A weighty issue*







It's getting to that time of year again - the party season! The invites come flooding in, the need to buy new beautiful dresses arises (like we need an excuse?) and you've got a few pounds -or more to loose. We've all being there - some more than others I am sure, but what ever your reason for losing weight or tracking weight is pointless without the right type of scales to do it.

When it comes to weight loss, for me I prefer to have the option of weighing with either pounds or stone - sometimes I like to mix it up a bit you see, for most scales this would mean you'd require two separate sets, we ain't got room for that!! Space is a hot commodity in my bathroom so anything that can save space is a welcome addition. Getting back to the point at hand, I'm choosy when it comes to my bathroom scales so when the opportunity came from  Ozeri to test out one of their products, I knew I had to jump at the chance.

For those who don't know Ozeri are an electronics company or according to the website " a digital lifestyle products manufacturer", they started out supplying to hotels/time-share and other accommodation with their products - now they are branching out into the big wide world of the consumer market.
They have several ranges included in their product line: digital lifestylekitchenbathroom and health and fitness, something for every room in your home. I was sent the Ozeri Precision II digital bathroom scale.





  • New 2011 scale uses 4 high precision GX sensors that weigh up to 440 pounds (200 kilograms) in 0.2lb or 0.1kg increments.
  • Features a new widescreen LCD with xBright technology provides immediate and easy to read results.
  • InstaOn technology captures the precise weight measurements upon contact (no tapping required).
  • Award-winning design features an oversized platform made of impact-resistant tempered glass, with a convenient unit Button to switch between lbs, kgs, and st.
  • Auto-calibrated and automatically turns off to conserve battery life. Runs on 4 AAA batteries for better performance





I was impressed with the look of these scales - with the glass body and stylish design, these scales will easily fit into any home d├ęcor, so no worries there. 
They are a sturdy feeling product and don't feel at all cheap (highly important I'm sure you'll agree) .
To choose between stones, pounds or kilograms - you firstly need to step on the scales to turn them on, then you'll need to turn them over to locate this little baby - the switching button



These scales run on 4 AAA batteries (which are included) and have an auto turn off function, to help save those batteries!! 

These scales retail at £29.95 but are currently on sale for £17.95. 
If you like to purchase these scales or anything else from the range then check out Amazon, where there are lots of products to choose from.




Thursday, 26 September 2013

Hair Charms: A Charming Review*




Excuse the pun above! I do try to be funny sometimes - mostly it doesn't work out that way (sigh); I'm usually the ONLY one laughing at my jokes, or the occasional laugh I DO get is most likely at me not with me (you all know what I mean there right?)

Now that I've gotten off the beaten track let's get back to it! This here blog post is about a few purchases I have made recently. It is a bit later than planned - but life sometimes likes to chuck in a curve ball or two!
I'm not going to lie, I don't really wear many hair accessories - I have the usual bobby pins and hair-bands but nothing special or adventurous. I'm open to trying new things and this, my followers is where Prairie Charms comes in. One day I was minding my own business; flicking through my Twitter feed only to stumble upon a re-tweet about a competition (I'm a sucker for a RT comp - so sue me!) to win a floral crown, this is when Prairie Charms entered my world - and my oh my I am glad they did.

I hot footed it to the Prairie Charms website to check out their other creations, when you do you will NOT be disappointed, they cater for everyone and I mean EVERYONE. There is a vast selection of home made jewellery hair accessoriesclothing and accessories and for those wanting to get the perfect gift (especially as Christmas is around the corner) gift cards.  Personally, I could buy one of everything on-line but sadly the bank balance wouldn't allow; so I purchased the bunting necklace (sadly this doesn't seem to be available to purchase currently - keep a look out though), Paige retro headband and the gorgeous Effie glitter bow .


I was very impressed with how quickly the delivery was, just how well packaged and well presented the items were.






I was even more impressed with the Paige retro headband in real life, the pictures don't do it justice. I am very into my retro/50's fashion and this hair accessory is just perfect. I have a rather large head (that's putting it nicely) and this headband had no trouble fitting on my head. I like the fact that you can re-size and re-shape to suit your shape and taste.


 I decided upon this item down to the print, it is very Cath Kidston in regards to design and colour - so I couldn't not snap this up. The item retails at $12.00 which is roughly about £8.00, so an affordable price and really wouldn't be out of place on the high street in your well known stores, the added bonus being that it is lovingly hand-made and crafted to order.

(Excuse the roots! I just wanted to give an idea of what it looks like on)


Next on my list is the bunting necklace. With this product I opted for the Midnight Blue colour - ever since Wills gave Kate THAT engagement ring I've lusted for something with that colour. I just thought that this necklace was perfect. I was a little disappointed it didn't come in a little box - but that's down to personal preference, don't get me wrong the item was well packaged; it wasn't damaged during the mailing process either (always a worry of mine!)




The first thing you notice when you take it out the packaging is the sparkle. There is glitter than there is THIS! If you're a magpie and are attracted to shiny, sparkly things then this necklace is up your street. I wore this for work the day it came - I received a lot of love for the necklace (who could resist right?) it's different from the other bunting necklaces that are out currently in stores.





It is a lovely length, sits just above the bust - which is always good. I was a little worried that as a fattie, the chain would be too sort. I didn't need to worry about that, the chain is more than ample and isn't a flimsy thin link either, it has big thick links holding it all together. Another plus for the necklace is that, even after a full day at the office -  there was no glitter fall out which I have noticed with other similar products. Big win for me, no one wants a balding glitter necklace do they?


Last but not least is the beautiful, envy inducing  Effie glitter bow. Yes, another glitter item but we need sparkle in our lives -  it makes everything that more special. I opted for the shade Peacock, I was curious as to how this would look as there was no image on-line, I need not worry as it was perfect - exactly how I imagined it to be. Again, the item was very well packaged, even came in a box! (How's that for taking care of your hair bows?) It even included a cute little business card, I have a thing about cute business cards.







It's a nice sized bow, not over the top or too small. You can use this for a multitude of uses, jazzing up a bun, covering a hair-band and many more. The colour is a mixture of midnight blue and green glitters, definitely living up to the Peacock name (just think peacock feathers). The size of the glitter is rather big too and covers the bow nicely, again I have not noticed and glitter fall out which I am impressed with. I can this item being used a lot in the coming months.





With a nice sized bow, you need a nice sized clip to keep it in place, with some bows they only have a tiny clip or more shockingly a bobby pin (that my friend isn't going to hold anything in place), the Effie glitter bow has a large sized crocodile clip fixed to it - evidence that this baby is hanging around for the long haul, no worrying if it is going to fall out or if you are to lose it.




I will most definitely be buying from Prairie Charms again.

Please check them out guys! You can always follow them via the links below:
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Store





*In collaboration  


Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Home Made Bunting: A How to Guide

"Country Cottage Sheek"




Bun.ting [buhn-ting]

Noun
1. a coarse, open fabric of worsted or cotton for flags, signals etc.
2. patriotic and festive decorations made from cloth, of from paper, usually in the form of draperies, wide streamers, etc., in the colour of the national flag.
3. flags, especially a vessel's flags, collectively. 


Yes, I'm FINALLY going there and blogging about bunting. I have had this blog post planned forever; but recently got put off as someone else pipped me to the post (Booo); anyway I am over that and now have decided to go ahead and publish my post - I mean it is the internet after all, someone; somewhere out there is going to be posting the same thing as you right? I can't be the only one blogging about home made bunting or a how to guide on how to make it? 
Anyway, I have wanted some bunting for ages to wrap around the bottom of our bed, the stuff in the shops look nice but I mean come on who is going to pay £20 for some fabric on string - not me! I'm sure by now you guys have come to realise I do love a bit of home made crafts every now and then; it really was a no brainier - home made is cheaper, fun and you can use what ever you want in regards to material and pattens. 



The likes of Cath Kidston  must make a killing on their fabric range ( click here if you wish to browse the range) it's perfect for bunting - more so if like me you are going for that country cottage theme. When originally browsing the website, I noticed they actually DON'T sell ready made bunting or any DIY kits - gap in the market (it's ok, when you make lots of money remember it was my idea yeah?) 

If you want to make your own home made bunting, just follow this easy how to guide - it has pictures and everything! 


Things You'll Need:

  • Ribbon/String - Long enough for your required length
  • Needle and Thread/Sewing Machine - which ever you prefer
  • Scissors 
  • Fixing Pins
  • Material in Various patterns 
  • Bunting shaped template 
  • Marker/Pen - for drawing with 
  • Imagination


First things first, you'll need to collect all of the required items above (yes I know it is a given but you are always going to forget something - trust me); when this is completed the fun can begin. I say fun, I mean finding somewhere big enough to spread all of your creativeness all over the shop (I'm not kidding either); once you're comfortable in your space - you can begin. 
We'll need to select the fabric we are going to use first - I went for a blue based fabric, you'll need to then trace around the template until you have filled the material.




The next step is pretty obvious - you'll need to cut the shapes out. How you do this is up to you, but I always find it easier cutting the shapes out roughly - then cutting more neatly when they are separated.



You should end up with flag shapes like this - but in different colours and fabric types, depending on your selection.



The next step is to decide what order you want your bunting to be in - colour/pattern wise so we can start to well construct it. You'll need to either pin your string under the individual flags OR in-between the ribbon once you've folded it in half. When you've done this you'll need yo pin it all together - just to making sewing it that much easier.



And this is what it looks like once you've pinned it all into place. (I told you being creative got messy)



I've decided to hand sew mine but you can use a machine if you wish - it would help speed the whole sewing process up by ALOT. I've just used a simple back stitch to sew mine together. It doesn't really require a strong stitch, the bunting is just going to hang there so it will hold all the bits together nicely.





And the moment of truth - the finished product - at the moment it doesn't hang so great because we've not got our new bed, but pretty soon we will do! If you want to see the bed this is the one.



Have you made your own bunting? Anything else you guys want to see making - let me know in the comments below!


Free Clothes: 1 WHOLE year?*






The lovely people over at MRP Apparel are currently running an amazing competition, the competition is to simply win a 1 year supply of free clothes - yes you heard me, free clothes. I mean who doesn't want to win this haul? For all those interested in winning simple click here to enter, you can even share this with your friends and family - so hurry; get entering; the competition ends on the 26th November.

Full terms and conditions are located on the website or here if you want to check you're not signing your life away.


Good luck everyone!





*This is a sponsored post

Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Shopcade - Your Own Personal Shopper*





We all love shopping on some level - even more of us love a good bargain right? Imagine combining the two, but wait there is more - what if you could shop, get bargains AND not even have to leave the comfort of your own home? Sounds too good to be true right - wrong, the lovely people at Shopcade offer just that.

Shopcade combine the users love of shopping with sharing, an ever open world of discovery when it comes to new items.

The concept of this personal shopping site is the user can create lists, these lists can then be built up by adding items - these can be items you want to buy or just simple lust after. Anything that is added to a list can then be shared with your followers - helping to show case items to a much wider audience.
It may sound similar to that of Pintrest - but Shopcade has an added extra, Shopcade can offer discounts - offering these items you love or actually want. None of those e-mails telling you about a half price fishing trip only your pops wants to go on.

Shopcade will also pick out up and coming items you may like based on items you have previously bought; or the items you have added to your lists, you never know - you could find those killer heels you've been searching for!

A little back ground history, the website was founded back in November 2011 and is the baby of  Nathalie Gaveau, Marie-Barbe Girad, Hoon Kim and Evan Adleman.

The website can be used for exclusive discounts and sharing your lists with friends and family- however, there is more (as if we haven't been giving enough - oh we are spoilt!) actions earn points, points earn perks and these points and perks unlock missions. The more points the better the missions, the better the mission the better the perk - simple!

You can sign up here.

Currently one of the missions running is a sweepstake to win £150 to spend over on ASOS, getting signing up and complete the missions to be in for your chance to win!


Have you ever used Shopcade? Would you recommend it? What experiences have you had?



*this is in collaboration

Sunday, 22 September 2013

Autumn TAG!









Favourite thing about Autumn?

Thing?! My, oh my, you don't know me at all. I have more than just one favourite thing about Autumn. I love the cold, crisp mornings - the ones where you snuggle down deeper into your duvet for those 5 more minutes, the ones where you get rosey red cheeks when you walk to work, even when you wrap up warm. I love the leaves changing from lushes green to golden brown and coppery red tones. 

Going for long walks on sundays off - perfect excuse to have a kick about in all of the fallen leaves, instantly takes me back to my childhood. 

I also love the change in my wardrobe during this season, all the chunky kintwear and thick tights - teamed up with boots and a nice parka coat. I feel cosey just talking about it. 

Then there is all of the yummy hot chocolates and flavoured lattes in the coffee shops, cream and marshmellows on mine please! 


Favorite Drink?

Gingerbread hot chocolate, spiced pumpkin lattes - the usual green tea, it all warms your cockles! 


Fave Scent/Candle?

My glade spide apple or Yankee cherry on snow candles! Lush, lush, lush! 


Best Lipstick?

Nice plum tones - gothic chick


Go to Moisturizer?


I'm rubbish with this - I tend to use Simple and their sensitive moisturiser for those with eczema. 


Fave Go to Colour for the eyes?


Same neutral tones with the occasional dark browns and greys. 


Favorite Music to listen to?


Christmas songs!!!! 


Favorite Outfit to wear?
Oversized Sweaters, Scarves, thick tights, tea dress and Boots.

Thursday, 19 September 2013

The Feel Good Post






A challenge, we all love a good challenge don't we? HUGE apologies on mine been 4 days (yes 4 whole days) late, I would make excuses but what's the point?

Any way getting back to the challenge it is a new challenge, the baby of Vicky - who thought there needed to be a little bit more self loving out there. Us ladies don't always give ourselves the love and affection we deserve from, well, us and this challenge is here to change all of that - spread the love!


"You know sometimes when you spend ages getting ready for a night out, an event or even just a blog post, and the reflection in mirror isn't what you hoped?  This challenge is for those times when you look in the mirror  no pre planning involved, and think "I look good today".  We all have our good days and our bad, but this challenge is to record those good days and to remember that confidence, at any size, is beautiful.




This is me in all of my false lash glory. I love this picture of me because it shows, when I make the effort - I can scrub up pretty well.

It's not often I look at something and think I like that, that just isn't me - more so when it is about myself.
I'm hoping this challenge will help me change all of that and get me self lovin' (not in that way you dirty lot)







The other bootilicious ladies taking part: 

Thursday, 12 September 2013

Kay's gig outfit

MUA MakeUp Haul: MUA Makeup Review

So feast your eyes over these beauties, these are from my recent MUA makeup haul. I will include a mini MUA Makeup  review where needed.  I don't think anything cost me more than £3.50 (who doesn't love a bargain) I've included swatches, links and prices for anyone who has the urge to purchase these for themselves. 



(From Left to Right - MUA double volume false eyelashes 'Siren', MUA Fashionista Big Impact volume mascara 'Ultra Black', Fashionista Maxi-moisture Lipstick 'Style Transformation', Fashionista Double Take Lipstick 'Red Carpet', Fashionista Diamond Rocks 'Black Pearl', Fashionista Diamond Rocks 'Girls Best Friend', Fashionista Eyebrow Kit, MUA Blusher 'Marshmallow', MUA Blusher 'Lolly'.)


False Lashes:

MUA -'Siren' Double Volume Lashes:


(Glue included - not sure of the quality as i've yet to use these) 

These lovely little lashes were a steal @ £1.00 a piece, in the sale currently which is located here, ok there wasn't a huge saving on these as they were half price, but still a saving is a saving. I will most likely add to this post of review them separately once I have used them. I've included a few more snaps, just so you can see how they look close up etc. 

 

(Look at the curl on these! They are definitely thick/double volume) 


Mascara:

Fashionista Maxi Big Lash Impact 'Ultra Black' Volume Mascara:



Again, this product was in the sale @ £1.50, unlike the lashes this was a much bigger saving having originally retailed @ £8.00 - I saved my self a tidy sum of £6.50 (music to my ears) as previously blogged about here, you will see what I think about this little gem. This mascara hasn't got one of those fancy little brushes with different shaped bristles, or one that rotates as you shimmy, it's your standard wand (see below) sometimes this is all you need - yes so maybe it's not going to give the best results but for the price can you really whinge, I mean you get what you pay for right? 


 Just so you can see I swatched the mascara on my hand - it really is one of the blackest mascaras  currently own (trust me there are a lot of them) 


(Excuse the wolf like hands - close ups are not my strong point)



Lipsticks:

Fashionista Maxi-Moisture 'Style Transformation' Lipstick:

Fashionista Double Take 'Red Carpet' Lipstick:



(Left to Right 'Red Carpet, Style Transformation)

I'm not going to lie, I don't wear a lot of lipstick -I mean I buy a few here and there if the colour is nice, but wearing them no so much. I mean I'm working on changing this as I own far too many just to let them sit then and dry out. Usually I buy the not so cheap brands, I like expensive make -up; I prefer to splash out and buy quality and things I will use a lot then spend a few quid here and there and chuck it to the bottom of my many make up bags. However, these little cuties have changed my opinion, when recently browsing the MUA website, I couldn't not add these to my basket - at £1.50 a pop, who could resist? I mean they were both retailing for a lot higher around the £7.00 mark .

The colours are gorgeous and both lipsticks glide on like a dream. The staying power of them isn't that great granted BUT it is not the worst. I find I do have to re-apply a few times through the day if i've been eating and drinking (this is the norm I find though right? If not am I doing something wrong?) The only thing I would suggest is exfoliating your lips before hand, if you have any dry skin on them, they will pick up on this and hinder the look and application slightly. 




The red is glamorous shade of red (very vintage/old Hollywood) and when I wore it to a wedding a few weeks back - I got a lot of compliments on it.
I expected the more plumby shade to be a lot darker BUT thankfully it is not - you can still get that edgy/Gothic look but not overpoweringly so. I have found you can build up the colour on these lipsticks so if you want a more intense look - this is easily achievable.



(Left to Right 'Red Carpet', Style Transformation')


Blushers:

'Lolly' Blush

'Marshmallow' Blush 



(Left to Right - MUA Blusher in 'Marshmallow' and MUA Blusher in 'Lolly')

Just so you can get a better look at the colours of these blushers 




Both have a really great colour pay off and are really build-able. You can see a more in depth description of these products here. Both a total steal at £1.00 each.



Eyebrows:

Fashionista Eyebrow Kit: 








Great little product is this, it comes with 3 different shades, wax, mini tweezers and an applicator -all for an amazing price of £3.50. I mean where else would you get a product like this for that price?! 
I've seen a few reviews floating around for this product - some totally loving it others, well I'm sure you can gather. 

I on the other hand love it! I think it is a brilliant little pallette, perfect for travelling and nights out. 

The three shades look like this 



(Left to Right - Dark Brown, Medium Brown, Blonde)


I tried the dark brown - but this made me look like I had a scouse brow (i'm not into that look) I now use the middle one the medium brown, this gives a lovely coverage to my natural brows. Once you've achieved your desired brow, you can then set this with the wax. All in all a great little kit and I would recommend buying it. 


So what products do you love from MUA?