30 Oct 2014

Nails Inc || Christmas Suitable Polishes


Let's talk about the new Nails Inc bottle designs, what are your thoughts? Being a mega fan of the brand I'll admit I hated these bottles because they were just so masculine and bulky looking but I've since grown to accept the change and really love the amount of thought and consideration that's gone into the design. The bottles hold a good 14ml of polish so price per wear is fantastic, the bottles have a concave bottom for a very good reason also as it allows you to try before you buy. You pop your finger under the dipped base and it reflects the polish onto your finger which allows you to see if the colour suits your skin tone - I love this concept because I've purchased so many colours and found they looked horrible once on my nails (greens I'm looking at you).  


When autumn hits I think of nothing of wearing my glitters and sparkles day or night, what I've found though is that I much prefer a small or hexagon glitter to the huge or stranded glitters in varied colours only because on me they look very young and I'm trying to steer away from the young glitters into more of a classy glitter, these shades are perfect for anyone looking for an adult suitable glitter though - I really want them all *sigh* 


Belgrave Square | Limited edition rose gold sequins - just can't get enough of golds and silvers at the moment. If you're the same I'd fully recommend this polish. 

Porchester Square | I have the old bottle of Porchester Square and can understand why this shade is one of their best sellers because it has the ability to look fabulous in all seasons. On the nail it's pretty true to how it looks in the bottle and is one of those nude tones that verge on mauve and look fantastic on all skin tones. 

Exhibition Square | Limited edition purple and gold pop art polish. 

Winter Lights Royal Avenue | Limited edition red and gold sequins 


Whitechapel Snowflake | A dainty white and gold snowflake polish for this who're looking for a little more bling. 

Kensington Church Street Snowflake | Snowflake glitter, so delicate and pretty for this season. This is also a limited edition shade and looks amazing over opaque polishes. 

You can pick up these polishes right now over on the Nails Inc website (link), they have put their pricing up which is so sad but expected *sigh* if you like a few of these polishes you can save £19 by picking up their limited edition Winter Wonderland Collection (link) which contains Trafalgar Square, St. George's Square and Buckingham Square. 


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1 Oct 2014

Printable Art // Quick Change Low Cost Artworks


When it comes to home decor framed art and photo's are one of the most effective decor items alongside cushions - they're easily changed and even just popping up a few pieces here and there really allows any visitors to get a feel for your homes personality. Great personality makes a home feel warm and inviting rather than stark and cold, as families grow and adapt it's only natural that your decor items will do also but it can be costly having to purchase art regularly.

That's where printable art comes in. With the increase of home grown creative businesses it's become easier for creative types to really let their talents flow, and with more businesses being online now it seems only natural that an option would be there for consumers to have fast decor - cutting out a few steps really enables both parties to benefit. You can pick up the most amazing art for next to nothing and then download it straight away, over and over again if needed. 

Here are three simple but effective works of art - I can absolutely imagine these teamed with a nice baroque style chunky frame which would look really expensive although only cost you the price of the frame and a little ink.  


Yup these three above are actually free! 

There's plenty of style to choose from when opting for printable art, one of the most popular forms however is typography - typography has the ability to inspire, it has the ability to give a pop of colour or a splash of design to all decor styles and it's very hard to grow bored off. 

The We're All in This Together typography print was originally found on Sunny Fiona Design blog and can be downloaded easily from here (link). I love this especially because it's very fun but really touches something - it's so true we are all in this together and it reminds us to not judge others because you see them as being luckier, unluckier or lower than yourself. We all breathe the same air, we all have the same colour blood so let's all be in this together! 

My Cup Runneth Over was found on Kamley Lane blog which is such a fun blog which actually has quite a few free printables - this particular print can be downloaded straight away (link) but I definitely urge you to check out the rest of her downloads and the Use it Up print would look amazing in a kitchen or study, wouldn't it; although it could be hung or framed for any room - I really love this one because it's a motto that I strongly try to live by. This print was found on It Works For Bobbi blog and there's a few size options to choose from (link)

If you're looking for something a bit more special or specific there's plenty more artists to choose from, take for example the four 'printable' works of art in the main picture. The Atlas print is by The Kismet Print Press on Etsy (link) and looks amazing especially for teen rooms, offices or hallways. The Home Arrow print is also from Etsy (link) and is simple but so chic, arrows are so huge right now because they represent both the past (pointing backwards) and the present (forwards). 

The Creativity Takes Courage floral print is by Scissors Paper Mouse, it's flamboyant and ballsy but awesome - ideally suited to those who like to inspire or create (or those with children) (link) and my absolute favourite of the bunch has to be the Hello Gorgeous print by MOJA Graphics (link) - I love this quote, I remember my husband saying this to me once and it was such a simple saying but very innocent, it really made me feel all warm and giddy inside so when ever I hear or see this quote not I can't not feel happy inside. 

The best bit about all of these prints is that none of these cost anymore than £4! what-a-bargain huh. If you're printer isn't that great you can get professional prints for next to nothing also, check Moneysaving Experts forum for coupon codes and money off vouchers or rope in your best friend to print it for you. 


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30 Sep 2014

Buckley London // Russian Trio Bangle


I've recently purchased quite a few jewellery products as it was my New Years resolution to increase my accessory collection - I wanted chic pieces that would go with everything and didn't look childlike so anything garish or plastic was out and anything in mixed metals, precious and semi-precious or with a bohemian twist was in. The reality is I've been there and done that when it comes to plastic low cost pieces, I've had pieces that were so on trend they went out of style within weeks, I've had pieces that were so bright and child like and I've had the whole miss-mash style that now makes me cringe looking back. As I get older and more so when I hit my thirties I started appreciating the less-is-more-attitude which also affected my jewellery and clothing styles. 


I instantly fell in love with this Buckley Russian Trio Bangle because it reminded me of one that my mum had when I was younger, my dad also adored the look of rose gold on a lady and that kinda stuck with me growing up. He used to tell me that the silver represented the past, the gold represented the now and the rose gold represented the future as it was rarer and more premium than the other two golds and he knew my life would be so much richer in the future. My dad was really the most amazing man ever. 

This bracelet is apparently one of their top sellers and it's made with real 18k plated gold, rose gold and rhodium so while it's not quite up to my dad's luxury standards it's still a fantastic, low cost option for creating a classier overall style. Can you believe this only cost £55? 

Wearability this has lasting power, it has the right amount of ''jingle'' and looks sleek and sophisticated even with jeans. As a gift idea it's absolutely viable due to it's price and it comes in a lovely box too. If you fancied checking out this collection or the bangle you can do so over on the Buckley website (link). What do you guys think of this? Do you have any jewellery with a back story like this does for me? 

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28 Sep 2014

Unicorn Fashion Picks // You're Never Too Old



I'd say there's been a huge resurgence of unicorn products over the last two years, so much so even big designers have got in on the act and while it seems to be super popular with teens, younger adults and hipsters I still can't shake my love of the horned horse. 

My issue was knowing what I could buy and wear without looking like mutton dressed as lamb, while some can pull off full pastel hued outfits in their thirties I most definitely can't. I've grown up for so long being considered as being 'younger' than I am due to my ickle height that now I just look like one of those grown ups who are trying to be all sweet and younger looking - that's not my aim of course which is why I was so nervous about nervous about splurging on fantasy fashion items. 

After searching I found a few items that I realised everyone could pull off, dresses in muted tones, accessories that are small and chic and key pieces with bold prints that can be teamed with your wardrobe staples - what excites me about these is that even us thirty somethings can pull them off! *yay-ya* 

Here's my top picks guys...
Of course it's not wise to mix your unicorn print with more unicorn so just keep your outfit to one magical unicorn print at a time. Teaming your piece with awesome shoes, jeans, and knitwear. I think the key is to choose more grown up fabrics or pieces that offer some form of tailoring so be sure to wonderweb those hems or pay a few pounds more to get your trousers, jackets or tops altered to fit your body (honestly it's a god send and makes you feel so much more put together). 

The unicorn pieces that I've selected vary in price and there really is something to suit everyone, I mean how cute is the ASOS unicorn t-shirt on the bottom right? So simple but utterly cute at the same time. I've not listed the links because it's finally clickable *smiles* What I'm wondering is which piece is making your fingers itch to click over? Wildfox t-shirt maybe? Little Ella pink unicorn necklace or the Regal Rose at ASOS Gemstone unicorn horn necklace (love)? Let me know which stands out to you? 



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27 Sep 2014

Friday Finds on Saturday // Comforts



It's the weekend again, is it just me or are the weeks getting faster now that the darker nights are setting in? This week has been good and bad - allergies have wracked me so it's been very much about comforts over the last seven days, nice cups of tea, chai and coffee, cosy blankets, new face creams, slippers and slouchy leisure wear - to be honest comforts are a welcome at any point but especially so when it's dark and raining outside eh. 


Weekend Outfits // There's nothing better than pulling on some stretchy jeans or leggings, a loose top and some awesome accessories - it's very simple but you really can't go wrong with an outfit like this one for any season and that's why it's hit today's Friday Finds. Sometimes we need clothing that can just be pulled on in a rush, that will make us look better when we're feeling utterly crap and a bit of Parisian chic can go a long way when you're doing the school run - especially in cliquey school run areas (mama bears out there will totally get the school run cliquey-ness). 

I'm not entirely sure who this lady is, as usual if you know please let me know so I can credit her as the reverse Google search brings up too many sources. You can pick up similar jeans from H&M (link), top from Topshop (link) and the same style hat from Topshop too, honestly I prefer the Topshop version (link). 


Homemade Chai Tea Concentrate // This literally dropped into my Gmail an hour ago, I signed up for email notifications for The Prairie Homestead Blog because it's constantly filled with the most awesome tips, recipes and blog posts. I can relate to everything that's written on that blog - this Chai recipe sounds so good and being a bit partial to a good cuppa chai I will absolutely be trying this on Saturday as my previous chai mix has run out. If you've never had or tasted chai it's basically sweet, spicy (cinnamon, cloves etc) tea - it's actually so much better than I'm describing it *haha*. If you love cinnamon I'd recommend giving it a try for sure, check the recipe out on The Prairie Homestead Blog here (link


Anthropologie Cups // I adore Anthropologie but can't always splurge on my favourite things as it's not the cheapest store around is it? Over the years I've finally learnt to splurge on the little things, after all it's the little things that we use a lot and factoring in cost per use makes a splurge item so much more affordable than a cheap one that you won't get much enjoyment out of. For me my splurge items are typically candles, cups and stationery - this mug was purchased along with a couple of others in the sale and came in handy this week especially when I had to gulp down some hot lemon for my throat. Typically I'd just leave the hot lemon after a sip or two but drinking for a really nice mug makes it a treat - really splurging on Anthro mugs is good for your health if you share the same mentality as me (It's my excuse so I'm sticking to it). Currently I own the With a Twist Mug (link), Attingham Mug in black (link) and the one above is unfortunately sold out but the Ayaka Mug is just as fab (link). 


Lipbalm Season // Available in four flavours - Orange Ginger, Peppermint, Naked and Lemon Lime these organic balms from the king of multifunction castille soaps will soothe any chapped, sore and dry lips. These balms are a bit spesh because they are created using only Fair Trade organic essential oils, there are no parabens, petrochemicals, synthetics or nastiness - this means that these truly nourish right from first application unlike their petrochemical cousins which coat the lips and then ultimately dry the hell out of your delicate lips.  These are available at ASOS for £3 (link), money well spent in my opinion. 


Words to Live By // 'You are what you believe you are...' such a simple quote but a very good one at the same time. Most people wouldn't bat an eyelid at it but delving deeper it becomes easy to see just how tough this quote is for some people. Not believing you deserve good things in your life, believing your not equal to others or not capable of achieving anything you set your mind to - if you fall into any of those categories then this quote is for you. It's a good reminder that unless you believe in yourself, how can you expect others to believe in you. Work at changing this frame of mind and I promise you will reap the benefits very quickly. 


Tiny Animal Alert // I came across this cute post on Hello Giggles website/blog which shows teeny animals - who doesn't have time to check out some teeny tiny animals? 

Have a great weekend sweeties *mwah* 

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25 Sep 2014

Eclectic Eccentricity // Rare, I Give You the Moon Necklace


Oh my word this has my name written all over it and if you're a lunar/celestial lover you're going to 'oh my word' at this too! Eclectic Eccentricity have launched their 'If I Could Give You the Moon necklace which is a bit spesh guys... 

Each pendant actually contains part of the moon, well not quite - moon dust to be exact but not everyone can say they're wearing Louboutin's, H&M bangles and some of the moon can they? For me this is a huge deal and even my eldest son (who's super in to collecting crystals and rocks and wants to learn about astrology) squealed 'buy it mummy!' and... I think I will. 


This necklace is hung from an 18'' Sterling Silver chain and the pendant, which is a glass teardrop vial is coupled with a 14/20 K Gold Fill star. The moon dust was taken from a lunar meteorite which fell to the earth in 2005, apparently these meteorites are rare and there are only around 180 examples to have been discovered. Each necklace comes with a Eclectic Eccentricity gift box with full description of the meteorite to save you having to explain to others just how fan-say you are while wearing it. 


Due to the rarity of the meteorites there are only 100 necklaces made so my advice would be to pick one up sharpish especially if you plan to give anyone 'the moon' for Christmas. You can check it out over on the Eclectic Eccentricity website (link) guys. Ready-Set-GO!


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