19 September 2014

WHAT I WORE: Goodbye Summer, hello Autumn!




So, who's looking forward to embracing Autumn?

I have to say... I've been denying Summer is ending, but soon realised that I just need to come to terms with it, as it's happening if I like it or not ;) That said... have you seen what exciting fashion trends we have to look forward to this AW14? I'm in heaven! Say 'hello' to...


With ALL four of these trends you can incorporate vintage items quite easily and that is something I like to look for when I look at fashion trends. I've been embracing the 70s all summer so it will be nice to continue my bohemian look with the Almost Famous trend and maybe even add a bit of 70s disco to Empire Strikes Back ;)


WHAT I WORE  TOP > FROM SOUK IN MOROCCO,  FLARES > 18TH AMENDMENT,  BAG > THRIFT-OLA

Whilst out for a walk recently, Mr D, was in a snappy mood (the photography kind) and he created these beauiful shots!  I just LOVE how they turned out. To get the dreamy hazy effect, he used Hipstamatic, which I think works perfectly with the boho look I'm rocking. For those who don't know... Hipstamatic is a photography app you can download onto your smart phone, giving you analogue results. If your into lomography, this is a great app to check out!


Which trend will you be rocking this A/W14? 


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16 September 2014

REVIEW: Tai Hair & Beauty



Nestled in deepest-darkest Hove, there's a little secret safe haven amongst the hustle and bustle of Blatchington Road,where you can go and have some 'me' time. A suburban oasis where you can check all your baggage at the door, submerse yourself in luxury and forget all the woes of the daily grind. Tai Hair & Beauty have a fantastic team, offering you a range of treatments from manicures to waxes, cut & colour to massages. I was picked from a selection of bloggers to experience some of their treatments first-hand. It was an offer I couldn't refuse. 




Whilst pouring over Tai's available treatments I noticed they offered a Deluxe Crystal Clear Microdermabrasion and with new-found skin woes (thanks 30s!) I wasn't too sure what to expect. Perhaps this was the solution I'd been seeking? To compliment the microdermabrasion I also booked myself in for a one hour Hot Stone Massage. Divine! 

On arriving, I was pleasantly surprised by the friendly and relaxed atmosphere. Having gone through a refurbishment 2 years ago. The decor was modern, clean and slick. The place was buzzing with lots of happy customers having their hair done and nails polished to perfection on the ground floor hairdressers and nail bar. Upstairs was very tranquil by comparison and this is where the other treatments are performed.

RECEPTION

NAIL BAR & HAIRDRESSERS

My therapist for the day, the lovely Alicia, was waiting to greet me and after a brief consultation we started off my treatments with the Hot Stone Massage. For those that don't know, this treatment involves using smooth, round stones heated up to 60 degrees and then cooled in cold water to get them to the perfect temperature. The stones are then placed on certain parts of the body to relieve and warm aching muscles. Alicia deftly used these as an extension of her hands to massage and knead any problematic areas on my back, using a grape seed and geranium oil that smelt A-MAZING. I was in heaven! I found it SO relaxing I almost fell asleep!

So, with me all sleepy and relaxed we moved on to the microdermabrasion. This involved using Crystal Clear equipment that sucks and blows crystals on to the surface of your skin. This gently exfoliates the skin (removing the top 3 layers), reducing wrinkles and any open pores resulting in a fresh, rejuvenated finish. A setting mask is applied to cool, firm and nourish the skin. The mask is left on for 25min, allowing me time to give in to the sleepy feeling from my previous treatment and have a little cat nap, taking in the calming sounds being played in our treatment room.

MOROCCAN OIL

CRYSTAL CLEAR

A week on from my treatment and my skin is feeling and looking amazing. It looks a lot clearer and small lines around my eyes and mouth have been reduced. It's the first time in ages I've been comfortable not wearing make-up, so I will definitely make the time to have further microdermabrasion treatment in the future. Have you ever had a microdermabrasion or hot stone massage before?

Ta ta for now,









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14 July 2014

DIY: Ombre Button Phone Case




Recently, I was asked if I would like to become a member of Fantastic Ribbons' review panal. This was an offer I couldn't refuse as I love trying out new products and making things.  This means I will be providing you with regular reviews on their wonderful products and also showing you easy tutorials on how you can get your craft on!

For my first review I was sent a mixed bag of buttons in different shades of pink. I've always had a fascination and love for these small fasteners since my childhood. This all stemmed from a large jar of buttons my mum used to keep on the mantelpiece. I would spend hours sorting, examining, counting and playing with them and that fascination has continued into my adulthood.

I've been wanting to decorate a phone case for sometime and been loving the decoden craze that has hit the craft world. Inspired by decoden and the different shades of buttons, I decided to make an ombre button phone case. Here's how I made it....



YOU WILL NEED
Phone case (must be hard plastic case)
Mod Podge or sealer
Buttons from Fantastic Ribbons
Paint brush

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1.   I wanted my phone case to have an ombre effect, so first of all you will need to seperate your buttons into colours. 

2.   Test out the layout of your buttons on the case and then take a photo for your own reference. 

3 - 5.   Using the E6000 glue, start sticking your buttons down on to the case. The E6000 glue is very strong and the one I bought came with a very handy nozzle. I started where the camera hole is (that area is a bit tricky and wanted to make sure it was perfect) and worked my way down.

6.  Once I had stuck all my buttons down, I noticed there were some gaps so I decided to add a couple of extra buttons to cover them up. This gave a textured effect, which I love! I also added some pearl beads around the camera hole as I didn't have any buttons small enough to fit round that area. Once your happy with your design, leave the case to dry for a  couple of hours.

7.   Once dry apply a layer of Mod Podge. The Mod Podge will act as a sealer and make sure all the buttons are secure. I used the 'hard coat' version as it dries quite hard and I thought it would help my case to endure every-day use for longer.  

8.   When applying the Mod Podge, make sure you cover any gaps.  Once coated, leave to dry for 2 hours

9.   Once your first layer is dry, apply a second layer. Allow this layer to dry for as long as possible. I left mine to harden overnight. Once dry, you will have a cool ombre phone case that no one else will have! 

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The bag of buttons from Fantastic Ribbons were such good value and were enough to make at least 3 button phone cases. They have different packs available and if you can't decide what colour you want you can take them up on their special offer of buying 4 packs for the price of 2... BARGAINO! 

If you were given a bag of buttons, what would you make? 

Be inspired and get crafty!














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8 July 2014

WHAT MR D WORE: Brogues Before (S)hoes



I like brogues. It's weird to think that, back in the early 20th Century when the term 'brogue' was coined, they were only considered appropriate for outdoor, country-wear. Traversing bogs and such.  Now, they are one of the most popular forms of footwear for both formal and casual occasions. The modern brogue started life in Scotland and Ireland as a really simple shoe for wearing O'er field and fell, mountain or, er... molehill. they were made from untanned hide and were perforated to all water to drain out when traversing those aforementioned bogs and other wet ground. Over the years, they've developed into something much more multifunctional. And just as well too. I mean, honestly. Imagine me, traversing a bog?

These are my new pair of classic tan Oxford full brogues and I love them. LOVE THEM. As with any new leather dress shoes, they'll need a bit of wearing-in when you first take them out of the box, but after a few days of pacing around, you'll find that you've got a pair of smart shoes that are as comfy as your favourite trainers. 


I bought my first pair of brogues a couple of years ago, on the cheap, from a 'High Street' Menswear establishment. But as much as I love them, they really were cheap and haven't aged well. A good pair of brogues should last a lifetime, so when Jones gifted me a brand spanking new pair, I knew I would be getting a decent quality shoe.

Jones Bootmakers (. . . since 1857, no less), are well known for making good quality, long lasting shoes at not-so-expensive-you-need-to-remortgage prices. They've got a great range of own brand and other designers on their website, but The Brogues I went for are Jones' own (many of the other brands, such as Fly, still insist on making stupid pointy-pointy shoes. I do not like stupid pointy-pointy shoes).

The best thing about brogues (as the pictures below attempt to demonstrate) is that they look perfect for formal events but actually, they're comfortable, hard wearing and durable enough to be worn for most occasions. Be it an important business meeting, date night or a stroll along the beach or country track, a good pair of brogues will do the job.

MR D'S CASUAL LOOK; BRETON TOP > H&M | JEANS > H&M | BACKPACK > H&M |  HAT > BEYOND RETRO | SUNGLASSES > BEYOND RETRO | BROGUES > JONES BOOTMAKERS

MR D'S SMART LOOK JEANS > H&M | JACKET & WAISTCOAT > BEST THRIFT STORE FIND EVER | SHIRT > H&M | SUNGLASSES > BEYOND RETRO | SATCHEL > BEYOND RETRO | TIE > H&M | BROGUES > JONES BOOTMAKERS

Now, your brogues will need a little TLC in order for them to have a full and lasting life. Avoid using too many chemicals. I wash mine with a cloth and some warm water with a bit of lemon juice, and then polish using good old fashioned wax polish, a decent set of brushes and some elbow grease. Do this often and well, and your brogues should last as long as you do.

My feet are happy. I am happy.

Brogues for life. Brogues before (s)hoes.


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2 July 2014

WHAT I WORE: Birthday pastels




WHAT I WORE

BRETON TOP > H&M
CLUTCH > TOAST 
SOCKS > TOPSHOP 
SKIRT > BRAG VINTAGE
WOODEN NECKLACE > VINTAGE
WHITE CHUNKY SANDALS > NEW LOOK
SUNGLASSES > BEYOND RETRO
WHITE VINTAGE SLIP > BEYOND RETRO






Howdi peeps! 

Here's a little style post of my birthday outfit last week. As you can see I'm embracing the pastel trend with a little Hawaiian twist. A friend of mine (thank you Gabby!) lent me this gorgeous wooden necklace and I'm just in LOVE with it! It was the perfect accessory for our family dinner date at our favorite Mexican in Brighton, La Choza.


I've been wanting a pair of chunky white sandals for some time and unfortunately can't afford Vagabonds at the moment :( Fortunately for me though, New Look, have brought out their own range! So with birthday money in hand, I went and treated myself to a pair :) I think they will be getting a lot of wear this Summer as they go with EVERYTHING! So I'm sure you will be seeing them popping up in future outfit posts ;)

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