27 February 2015

Sink or Swim Bowtique Vintage Style Hair Accessories

While I was at London Edge I was admiring Carly's hair flower and she mentioned that it came from a UK independent online store called Sink or Swim Bowtique, so as soon as I was home, I looked them up.

Not only are they all these accessories really pretty and hand-made, they are also incredibly reasonably priced.  It also just happened that when I was looking, there was a sale on, so I picked up 5 things, all of which came to less the £20 including postage!

First up, and I know it's not very seasonal but I picked up these 3 leaf hair accessories, there's a great alternative to the traditional hair flower.  I love the autumn colours, and the tiny fruit/pine cones are so cute!  I'm going to probably put these away for next autumn, but I love the way they go with my hair and the cute frosting effect.  As they were on sale some of these are now sold out but the small pinecone one in the center is still on sale and there are plenty of similar designs here  for between £2-£4!

I got this cute rose design as I thought it would be more year round suitable, a total classic, and has unfortunately now sold out.  This multicoloured hair flower is still on sale however and it's just £1!  I think this will be great for spring/summer and with it's bright colours it should go with almost anything this summer, ( I am praying for sunshine, can you tell?).  Lastly I picked up this simple hair scarf, because I love mint green and polka-dots so I couldn't resist.

It's worth mentioning that all their hair accessories (except the hair scarf obviously) are on crocodile clips which I love.  They are always the most secure option for me, I can't get the hang of combs they always fall out.

I will definitely be buying from them again in the future, I think I'm in love!  What's your latest online find?

25 February 2015

The Fault in Our Stars T-Shirt from Hot Topic

One thing I don't think you know about me is that I am a Nerdfighter.  Nerdfighter's are a group of people who follow the Green brother's Youtube channel, John (who you probably know as the author of The Fault in our Stars) and Hank (who you might know as he just interviewed Obama).  IThe whole notion of Nerdfighters is a little hard to explain but you can find out more here, the basic premise is that you agree to fight for awesome and help reduce world suck.  Basically, try and positively help the world somehow.

Anyway, because of this I have been following John Green's videos way longer than I've been reading his books, I think I first started reading his books not long after Looking for Alaska came out.  At this point John wasn't the writing superstar he is now, yet a couple of years later, due to Nerdfigteria, his unwritten book was on the Amazon best sellers list before it even had a cover.  That book was The Fault in our Stars, I got a signed first edition (they were all signed) and I read it as soon as it came out, and loved it.  Then everything went a bit crazy and now he's hugely famous (for an author) and his books are everywhere.  Previously I had to import them from the US .

All this makes me sound like a bit of a literary hipster, which for a casual YA book is pretty ridiculous, but all this to say, when I saw this t-shirt in Hot Topic, I had to have it!  I love it when items pay homage to something in pop culture without being super obvious about it, and that's what this does for TFIOS.

The Hectic Glow is the favourite band of the lead character, Hazel.  I think this is only mentioned a few times in the book, and I don't even think it's in the film (?)  I love the band logo they've created for this fake band ( I have a fake gig ticket fo this band too but that's a whole other story).  Since I quit my old job as a lighting technician I have tried to stop buying t-shirts as I don't wear them every day like I used to (in fact I hardly ever wear them) but this drew me in.

Another thing worth mentioning is this t-shirt is really well made.  It's really stretchy and comfortable and soft, it's something about Hot Topic clothing that has really surprised me, maybe its just that Primark has conditioned me not to expect high quality from pop culture clothing, but I'm really happy with purchase.

This is the third of my Hot topic Haul posts, why not take a look at my first two,  the Boba Fett dress and the Ariel Pin Up dress.

Do you own any nerdy t-shirts?

23 February 2015

Confessions of a Beauty Blogger: Tag

I wouldn't strictly class myself as a 'beauty blogger' but I was tagged in this post by the lovely Sarah and beauty is one of the many things I like to write about.  So I thought why not take this chance to let you guys know a little bit more about me. So let's jump right in.

1.How many hours a week do you spend planning/writing/uploading posts?
Oh god, I actually dread to think.  I aim to post 3 times a week on Monday, Wednesdays and Fridays (technology and outside world permitting) and I do like to do the occasional quick weekend post.  Editing and taking photos tends to be what takes me longest, so a post that's very picture heavy but doesn't have much text will be the ones that take me the longest to complete.  I tend to work on my blog in some way or another at least a couple of hours every night and take photos on the weekend if possible.  I have got a lost faster though.  I'd guess somewhere around the 10-15 hour mark?  Honestly it totally depends on what kind of posts I'm working on and how productive I'm feeling.

2.Are you a spender of a saver?
I used to be self-employed so I am actually pretty good with money.  I used to work pretty much solidly Between October and May but have no work between June-September so I knew I had to keep some money aside.  Now I have a regular 9-5 job with no real commitments I have been able to save regularly,  I put half my wage straight into my savings on pay day, but I will take some back out if I need to.  I've definitely been dipping in more and more recently and I need to get out of that habit.  I still treat myself quite a bit but I love a bargain!

3.  When is it easiest for you to write a post?
A couple of hours after work when I'm comfortable, fed and 'in the zone'.  Honestly it all depends on my mood, I usually get distracted a lot.  I'm the procrastination queen.

4. What makes writing a post comfortable for you?
Pjs on, Netflix in the background, sat on my bed.  Perfection!

5. What's your worst makeup/ hair habit?
1 1/2 years of blogging and I still don't wear makeup, do my hair often or have a skincare routine!  Honestly I'm terrible!  I tend to only cleanse my face if I'm in the shower or have a particularly bad skin, I wear makeup about once a fortnight, and 9/10 I just run a brush through my hair before leaving the house.  In short, I'm a slob!  I really should make more of an effort!
6. What's the one of the quotes you wish you the world would live by? 

This is a cheat because it's not relevant to the world, just me, but it's something worth remembering.  I wrote more about this here.

7. How long do you spend getting ready every day?
Before I cut my hair short it took forever to brush, now I can do it in about 10-15 mins and that's all I do before I leave for work.  I am not a morning person as you can probably tell...

8. What's your favourite post on your blog?
Oh this is actually pretty hard, I've never really thought about it before.  I am happy how my blog has improved generally recently (I hope you agree).  My recent Ru Paul Make Up post was something totally new for me and it was really well received (in fact it's one of my most popular posts) so that made me really happy.  I quite like my high street vintage fashion post too.  I'm not totally happy with any yet, I'm still learning.

9. Who is a beauty blogger you think deserves more subscribers?
I don't actually follow many strictly beauty bloggers, so if you are one and want more subscribers, comment and I will check you out.

10.  What is one thing you are excited about in the new year?
I am going away with some friends to Disneyland this year, I can't wait!  I also just passed my driving test so at some point I'll be getting my first car

11. What's been your favourite blogging moment?
Probably London Edge the other week.  I was so happy to even be invited my Voodoo Vixen and the day was amazing.  It's really nice when people actually see the value of bloggers and it boosted my confidence and just being around people there.  It also completely rekindled my love for all things 40s/50s and pin up!

12.  How long does it take to prep a post?
Completely depends on the post, writing an editing an average post probably takes a couple of hours.  Taking and editing photos takes another 2-3.  It's all dependent on photos and if I have to do any 'research' (aka looking for the right clothes online to fit something I'm writing about, that in itself can take a good couple of hours!)

13.  Are you wearing jeans. a dress of Pj bottoms?
Pj Bottoms!  Almost ever post I have written has been done by me in my pjs.

14.  What are you most proud of in your life?
My blog is a large source of pride for me, I'm dyslexic and have no writing experience so watching my blog grow and being able to write, especially regularly, is sort of amazing to me.  I appreciate every view and follower, it's cheesy but it's true!  I'm also proud of getting my relationship to where it is, even if we are far apart.
I tag:
Ramblings of a Beauty Blogger
Porcelina's World

20 February 2015

London Edge with Voodoo Vixen

As you all probably know by now, I am a huge fan of all things vintage, especially the 50s style. So when I found out one of my favourite brands, Voodoo Vixen, was looking for bloggers to attend London Edge, complete with a free mini makeover and one of their gorgeous dresses, there was no way I could say no!

I first became aware of London Edge when I saw photos brands I love were posting from the last event online. Essentially it is an industry event where all the best-known alternative and reproduction vintage brands come together to show off their new and upcoming wears for press and buyers. It's perfect for me, as you know my style is a bit crazy, it tends to jump between 50s housewife in the daytime, geeky 15-year-old on the weekend and cyber goth on nights out, so there were brands here to suit all sides of my messed up style. The focus for me this time though was firmly on the reproduction vintage brands, there were so many around and the clothes they have coming out are stunning! I have a future shopping list as long as my arm!

I was really lucky as when I first arrived, as I bumped into Porcelina and Carly, who had both been following each other's blogs for years, so I tagged along with them.  They were both so friendly and sweet it was a massive hep to easing my nerves about going to the event alone! We quickly (and very excitedly!) headed over to the Voodoo Vixen stand to pick up the dresses we'd picked.

I had chosen this beautiful pink kitty dress, because I liked the unusual design and I really don't own much pink shockingly.  It was so hard narrowing it down to this dress but I'm glad it did because it is so beautiful and flattering, i love the cut.  It even had pockets at the front which were just the right size for my lens cap and blog cards, which came in very handy!  I also had my hair and make up done by Voodoo Vixen later in the day, but this unfortunately meant I had to go through most of the day with very minimal make up on, including for the pres photo's, so I think in future I'd do my own make up.

We were greeted in the Bloggers are by fizzy wine and sweets, none of which lasted long in my hands!  We were also all given a very generous goodie bag with things from lots of banned including a Banned Clothing cardigan and a beautiful hair flower from Miss Candyfloss, amongst others.  Then we were lucky enough to be the audience with an interview with a blogger I really love Kat from Rock N Roll Bride, she was just as nice and friendly as I expected, and I was annoyed I couldn't think of a decent question to ask!  

Then it was play time!  Time to look around all the stalls and see the amazing clothing on offer I don't think anywhere disappointed.  I was even lucky enough to finally meet Hell Bunny designer Sarah Cake in person (you might remember I interviewed her back in September ).  There were plenty of fashion shows throughout the day so I got to see plenty of new designs before they come out next season and trust me, there's some amazing stuff coming our way!

Afterwards we had our fill of eye candy we were whisked away by a cute vintage red bus to the party for the after-party, which was held at Gem Bar in Soho.. There was a free bar but as I am having some trouble stomaching alcohol recently I stuck to just the one glass of wine.  It was a really nice venue and looked pretty glam, I heard there was some great entertainment upstairs but we were so busy chatting downstairs that we missed it all!

Honestly, this is one of the best things my blog has led me to, I felt so privileged to be a part of it and I really enjoyed the whole day.  A huge thank you to Voodoo Vixen for inviting me down and letting me be a part of this, and be sure to check out Porcelina and Carly's blogs because they are both great and have amazing style!

18 February 2015

Toxicfox Mother's Day Competition

As you will have seen in my Typography of Love post I love giving personalised gifts, and Toxicfox are one of the best I've used.  Their service is fast and user-friendly and they have a great range for all occasions.

They have also just announced a Mother's Day competition to win a £50 voucher, and even better it's one of those competitions that you don't have to jump through hoops to enter!  It starts today and ends on the 1st of March, and there is 4 chances to win, one for each social media channel listed above.  Simple.

I've got my eyes on a couple of things for my Mum, who is very particular, so I really would love to win.  This isn't a sponsored post by the way, I just thought I'd share with you all, it feels good to share some love around, even if it is with competitions!  As an extra bonus you can get 10% off the entire Mother's Day range with the code TFMother.

Have you ever won anything?  I definitely don't have much luck with these things unfortunately maybe this will be my time!


16 February 2015

The £4.99 Vintage Style Bowling Shoe

I come bearing good news (for me at least!)  My laptop isn't completely dead, it was a pretty quick and not totally expensive fix (I actually offered to kiss the woman in the Mac store) but I've been away over the weekend and I have a lot of catching up to do, so today's post is going to be a quick one.

I really just wanted to share with you this amazing find. A couple of weeks ago I was browsing eBay when I came across these replica vintage bowling shoes for the crazy low price of £4.99! Not only that but they come in 6 different colours, I quickly chose this very 50s style colour scheme and added them to my basket.

Honestly they are actually better quality than I expected, they remind me a bit of tennis shoes so they're really comfortable and a great alternative to boring trainers. They arrived really fast too. My only complaint is that the sizes are a little on the large size, I usually vary between a 4 and a 5 but with these the 4 is actually pretty big. Now I've seen them I think I might go back and get them in black and red in a size 3, for less than £5 you can't really go wrong!

10 February 2015

Push the Trashcan, Oh How You Are Missed!


There should be an award for the most obscure blog titles, this has gone to be worth at least an honourable mention.
You know your a truly insane Disney World fangirl/boy when:
  1. You have a photo/video of yourself with a normal loooking trashcan.
  2. You know him (yes it's a him) by name, it's Push of course!
  3. You have stood in a crowd in the middle of Disney World, just to stare at said trash can.
  4. You're British and you're saying trash can rather then bin.
  5. You've casually chatted, or listened in on, someone talking to a trash can.
  6. You remembered the date he was sadly taken out of Disney World for good and are ridiculous enough to write a blog post on the anniversary of his departure....
For the sane people amongst you, Push was a talking trash can in Disney World that wheeled around Tomorowland, interacting with guests.  For some reason, he was insanely popular and became a definitive fan favourite.  I would love to imagine how that conversation went down when they were trying to put that idea across.
"Lets make a robot trash can and let it wander around talking to guests"
However it happened, it was a sucsess.  The technology was actually pretty simple, it was ran by remote control by a guy dressed as an average tourist hidden behind a wall somewhere, miked up so he could chat individually to people.  It's a simple trick but it work, kids and adults were fascinated by the trach can who could talk to them personally and it became a cult hit.  Hell, it has it's own Wikipedia Page, someone even got him to propose to their girlfriend, but a year ago today, he was taken away.  No one really knew why, but as quickly as he came, he was gone again.
There were protests, #savepush even trended on twitter, but alas, he was not to return.
Goodbye push, you strange garbage collecting creature, you shall be missed.


9 February 2015

January Reads 2015

Before I start this post you will have to allow me a bit of sobbing time.  My beloved MacBook pro has gone to laptop heaven.  I am genuinely really upset, it's amazing how attached you can be to something you use everyday and sleep next to every night (hey don't judge me!).  On Thursday night I was just settling down to write a post I was really excited about when my laptop went completely  black, then my charger died.  Tears may have happened, it's not just the laptop but 4 years of photographs, including all my photos from London Edge.  I can't even get an appointment at the Apple Store till next Wednesday so chances are it's out at least a couple of weeks, if not longer, until I get my laptop back, if I can.  Typically my Apple care (that I paid £200 for and never used) ran out in November, I can see the money disappearing from my bank account as I speak.  In the mean time I am blogging by any means necessary, trying to sweet talk family members into using there ancient creaky laptops for a few hours, so please bare with me while I sort this out.  One of the web team from work has managed to get some stuff from my laptop so hopefully my photos (including my London Edge photos) will have been saved, but we shall see.  Cross all your fingers and toes for me!
The moral of this story is, back up everything and never plug a Poundland phone charger into your laptop.  I think that's what's done it in.  All this to say, this post is a little late, I did get a fair bit of reading done in January, so let's crack on with that.
Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson
This book is about a girl adopted into a religious family, who is expected to become a poster child for the church, but ends up falling in love with a woman.  To be honest I expected more from this, it started off strongly but trailed off.  The fantasy world didn't interest me and there were a lot of questions that I felt weren't really answered, in the end it was actually pretty dull. 
Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris
This is a collection of essays about the authors personal experiences, which felt more like anecdotes.  As such with these things, they were a bit hit and miss.  Some made me laugh out loud, but others seemed to drag and on the whole it was pretty forgettable.  I much preferred part one to part two; I just found the stories when he was young and reckless more interesting. 
Warm bodies by Issac Marion
A zombie romance, and I have to be honest, I am not generally a fan of either genre.  With that in mind, I did like this book more then I initially thought.  I actually enjoyed it, there's quite a few problems with the premise of the world though and some of the characters actions I found utterly unbelievable.  I think one of the main issues with this title is that I couldn't connect to the Ex-Boyfriend at all and I think this was crucial. 
Tampa by Alisa Nutting
This book is essentially about a psychopath who is attracted to prepubescent boys and won't let anything stand in her path to get what she wants.  It's often compared to Lolita and although I can see why, I think this is much more upfront and graphic and lacks the romanticism inherent in Lolita.  This isn't a negative however, they are just very different characters.  This book will mess with your head.  The lead character is complex and yet she is driven by only one simple thing, uncompromising lust.  I really have to applaud the author for tackling such a controversial subject in such a strong, no holds bared way.  There is no attempt to dull down the subject or make the character reform or feel remorse, and I think that must be a very hard choice to make for an author.  The only negative was I felt like it lost momentum towards the end, and to me it seemed a little hashed together.  It's a powerful read, not for everyone, but a great title nonetheless.
What's the best book you have read so far this year?


5 February 2015

Valentine's Day Gift from Typography of Love

Now I am not normally a Valentine's Day kind of girl, it often seems a little manufactured to me and the idea of being made to go to a restaurant full of couples not speaking to each other is my idea of hell.  However, I am feeling super loved up at the moment, irregardless of the time of year, so I'm afraid you will have to put up with some soppiness for one post.  

Simply put, my boyfriend is amazing.  He's super supportive of everything I do and tries his best to build up my confidence (which is no easy job).  He can always make me smile and he has the strongest form of emotional intelligence I've ever seen.  He's also a driving force behind my blog, helping me with all things technical and spell checking from time to time!  To be honest, I could go on and on and on but I don't think I'd have many readers left afterwards, but he has his own blog if you want to take a look.

The only downside is that our relationship is long distance, so we don't see each other anywhere near enough.  As a result I've started doing something a little odd, buying things for our future home....that we don't have!  If you've been following me on instagram you'll have seen I've been picking a few things up.  Mainly kitchen items because there is so much vintage inspired products around at the moment and I am loving that mint green and pale pink is in fashion right now.  I am stocking up while I can, because when we are finally in a place where we can live together it will probably be impossible to get.  Or at least that's how I'm justifying it to myself!

So when Toxicfox contacted me to see if I wanted to choose something Valentine's Day related from their site, I knew what I'd choose.  This A Frame of True Love print by Typography of Love £29.99* would be great for my 'doesn't yet exist kitchen'.  It's fun with a great sentiment and the simple straw design adds a touch of 50s style.  In short I love it, it totally reminds me of those iconic 1950's scenes of young lovers sharing a shake in a diner.  You can even personalise it, so I've added both our names, ready for putting up in our first place together.

If you like this design or you're just looking for general Valentine's Day gifts, you can use the offer code TFLove to get 10% off all Valentine's Day Categories (outside of the 3 for 2 offer).

Are you planning anything for Valentine's Day?


4 February 2015

Vintage styling on the high street

Now, as much as I adore true vintage, it's not always the best or most practical for everyday wear.  I also love reproduction vintage, but unfortunately these often aren't the cheapest options.  If you look to the high street you can often be surprised at what you can pick up, there's usually a few key pieces you can put together to create something really beautiful; a great match between vintage and modern.  I've been hunting online and here's what I've come up with that's stylish and budget friendly.

First up this Burgundy Ribbed High Neck Top from New Look is currently on sale and it's an absolute bargain!  It's so versatile, pair it with some cat eye glasses, a bullet bra and a pencil skirt for a really naughty but nice 50's book worm look.  If you want something a little softer this Green Fluffy Jewelled Neck Jumper also from New Look (and also on sale I might add) is on trend and is going to look great in the upcoming Spring months.  It would add a touch of glam to a casual outfit.  This New Look Nautical Striped shirt will never go out of style, especially in this classic square neckline.  This Glossy Fine Knit Bolero from Esprit will keep you warm in this grey weather, while making the most of showing the classic nipped in waist, instead of hiding it in bulky cardigans.

I'm completely in love with this Navy Jersey Pleated Midi Skirt from New Look,  it's so hard to find skirts this length on the high street normally.  Paring this with one of the jumpers would really look fabulous!  It you want to instantly make your outfit ready for a night out simply pair it with these Shell Pink Platform Heels again from New Look.  The hidden platform makes them easy(er) to walk in while still making a real statement!  If you want something more casual these Tan Brogues from Shoe Zone will go with nearly anything, and I already own them in black so I can confirm that these are really comfortable!  Lastly, and unusually for me the only dress on this list, is this beautiful print wrap dress from Esprit, which would suit almost any body shape and is an easy way to bring vintage style into your everyday life.

Do you have any favourite high street shop finds?

*Written in collaboration with Esprit
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