28 August 2015

"Be Daring, Be Different, Be Impractical"

One thing that getting back into vintage style clothing has helped me do is build my confidence.  Don't get me wrong, there are still parts of body I really dislike and if I could wave a wand and fix a few things I would have a list, but I am learning to accept what I have.

A couple of years ago I was working away in Hull for 4 months in a place without a kitchen, and so months of eating whatever was convenient caught up with me pretty quickly.  In those four months, I managed to put on over two stone and I have tried to lose it in the years since but it hasn't budged.  I refused to buy new clothes and so when I first moved back to my parents I lived in my pj's because they were the only clothes that fit.  When I first started my new job, in an office for the first time, I bought the bare minimum to get by.  I hated my size, I had (and do still have) a wardrobe full of clothes that don't fit.  All that changed when I went to London Edge last year.

Now years ago I was very heavily into vintage fashion, I always swore if I got a normal office job I would dress like that every day.  Having a manual labour job in a theatre meant I lived in shorts and black t-shirts with a head torch strapped to my noggin and rigging boots on my feet.  Not the most glam look!  I was still rocking my Hell Bunnies on my rare days off, but after my weight gain it was all but forgotten about.  I still loved the look but had convinced myself that I was too big for it - I felt lost.  Going to London edge and meeting Porcelina  and Carly as well as seeing other incredibly stylish vintage loving bloggers really inspired me.  Since then, through these blogs, I found out about shops I never knew existed and hints and tips that even this lazy blogger has managed to try out.  Slowly my wardrobe has been rebuilt and recently I stopped weighing myself.  As someone with a history of eating disorders that I still struggle with this is a HUGE deal.  Then this outfit happened:

Foxy Top in Red from Doll Me Up £15.56
Pretty Pleats Skirt in Red from Doll Me Up £19.45
Calvin Klein Sunglasses from Discounted Sunglasses £44*
Tan Brogues (from the teen section) New Look £24.99

Now my stomach isn't my most hated part of myself, but it is not one I thought I would ever actively show off.  I was still nervous putting this outfit on, but once I got over it, it felt great.  I haven't worn it out of the house yet as when I was gearing myself up to do this is started banging it down with rain (damn you English summer!).  Red used to be my favourite colour but it's something that I have hid away from in recent years, and yet here I am wearing something in siren red.  

I got this two piece online from Doll Me Up when I was looking to buy a Vixen Vondetta top, which are super popular in the Pin Up community right now.  While I was on there I spotted this top and skirt and just thought it was such a cute combo.  I did initially have a lot more in my basket but unfortunately as always money was tight so this two piece and the top were the only things that made the cut.  

Even though it does show parts of me that are usually restricted to the beach, I still think because of where it lies it is rather flattering (even if there is a bit of squidge hanging out).  The top is really cute and can be worn with other things although the one issue I really had with it is getting a bra to fit.  It took me ages and a lot of help on social media to find something that worked. Thankfully Lucinda of Fashion Fictionary finally recommended the Ultimate Deep Plunge Wonderbra to me and it is perfect for this top.  A word of warning though it isn't the most comfortable if you plan on doing a lot of sitting down due to the low centre but it is amazingly versatile.  

The actual 2 piece is really comfortable and the waistband of the skirt is elasticated so it isn't restrictive, although I do sometimes have some issues with the elastic inside getting twisted.  It's made of cotton and has a good weight to it and from what I can tell so far it is really well made.  The joy of this is because they are both so simple they can be worn separately.

On to the accessories - my usual weak point!  Shoes-wise I have just gone for my New Look brogues because they are my go-to at the moment - they aren't necessary special, but they are comfy and go with everything.

This white flower hair clip is from Collectif, I picked it up in the sale along with a few other bits that might appear on the blog sometime soon.  I love this, it is a great size and goes with everything.

Lastly the Sunglasses*.  I was contacted by Discounted Sunglasses to see if I wanted to choose a pair from their Calvin Klein range, I've never had designer sunglasses so it was an offer I couldn't turn down!  Their website is full of high-quality designer sunnies at heavily discounted prices.  I was a bit skeptical about how they would look on me as I have a bump on my nose which can make certain styles of glasses sit a little strangley on me and can leave a gap between the side of my face and the glasses.  Luckily, the placing of the bridge and the slightly curved shape of the frame meant this didn't cause an issue.

My main reserve with this product was with the original pricing, new from Calvin Klein these frames cost a wopping £101 pounds.  As someone who who has never paid more then £5 for sunglasses and usually gets them from Primark, this just seems insane.  Sure they've got a designer name behind them but can there really be any difference?

Well, I was plesently suprised.  If I am honest I wasn't expecting to see any noticeable difference and I thought the price tag just came from the name but there are some improvements from my usual picks.  The obvious one is the quality of the frames, despite them being thin they feel really study.  However the biggest thing for me was with the lenses; I first tested these out on a very sunny day in the Lake District and I realised almost instantly that there was no glare whatsoever.  With my usual glasses they just darken my vision but these must have something more science-y going on because it was so glare-free, I felt like I could look directly at the sun with them and not wince (don't actually do that).  Also it made everything look really natural in a way I can't really explain; it blocked out the sun without just making everything darker which made it a really comfortable (these are going to be a god-send in Disney World next year)!  Also the slightly curved design meant there was no sun sneaking in from the sides either.

These are all really good features but would I pay over £100?  I am not sure I would ever be able to justify that, however with the discount on Discounted Sunglasses they were just £44 and I think this is much more reasonable.   I think I have been really spoilt with sunglasses now!  I don't think I'll ever really splash out on sunnies short of a lottery-win but I think around the £40 mark I could stretch to, maybe more if they were Vivian Westwood *drools*.

What is your bravest outfit?

P.S. Just so you don't think I take myself too seriously, check out my moves:

*sent as a PR sample for review, all opinions my own

25 August 2015

#Sassybooks : All The Light We Cannot See Review

I have been a bit close to the wire with Sassy Books reviews before, but this one takes the biscuit!  For those of you that don't know, Sassy Books is a book club ran by Hayley and Charlotte.  A book is chosen monthly and then on the last Tuesday of the month we all share our reviews.  Well as I sit down to write this it is 00:10 on Tuesday morning and I have just finished reading!  I did it!  Only just, but I did.  So I apologise of my thoughts on this book aren't as in depth as they could be, but I haven't had much chance to let my thoughts process, and I've skipped my usual photo editing for this post.  From what I saw on twitter I wasn't the only one struggling to finish this month so that made me feel a bit better.  Anyway without further adeu, let's delve into this month's book!  All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr.

''Open your eyes and see what you can with them before they close forever.''

For Marie-Laure, blind since the age of six, the world is full of mazes. The miniature of a Paris neighbourhood, made by her father to teach her the way home. The microscopic layers within the invaluable diamond that her father guards in the Museum of Natural History. The walled city by the sea, where father and daughter take refuge when the Nazis invade Paris. And a future which draws her ever closer to Werner, a German orphan, destined to labour in the mines until a broken radio fills his life with possibility and brings him to the notice of the Hitler Youth.

This is a book story set in the war, but it is not a 'war story' in the typical sense.  and I think this is an important difference.  It doesn't fall into the trap of getting bogged down in the history or politics, but it formed a very important background and context to the whole book.  It really brought into focus the horror of war from perspectives I've never seen before in any medium.  That of ordinary French citizens living in awful and extraordinary circumstances, and sometimes most surprising, that of a German boy indoctrinated into the Nazi party.  It's hard to go into too much detail here without giving something away but you get to see a different and complex side to characters you might have previously made assumptions about.  The characters and their progression is very complex but also incredibly clear.  As someone who works for a non-fiction military history publisher I've picked up some historical context here and there and from my limited knowledge this fits, however the story is very much none fiction.  

This is one of the rare books that is lengthy and detail filled and yet none of it seems unnecessary.  All the chapters are short, usually just a page or two each and I think this adds to the pace, it doesn't give the reader the chance to get bogged down in unnecessary details.

In short, this book is beautifully writtern.  It it is almost portry at times, the imaganary and emotional portrayal is stunning,  The only slight issue I have with this book is that the poetry of the language got in the way of me truley connecting with the characters.  Of course not all books require this from it's readers but it was a shame I couldn't get more emotionally invested because of this..

This book is really unique it is one of the few books I have read recently where I didn't have the slightest clue what was going to happen and I didn't even try to find out.  I just let the emotions and story flow through me.

Have you read this?  I'd love to know your thoughts!  Don't forget you can follow me on Goodreads and Instagram to keep up with my reading exploits!
Bonus celebratory pic of me getting it finished!


19 August 2015

#B3CharityRevamp Event for Martin House

On Thursday I was invited to Leeds for a blog event with a heart - all in aid of Martin House.

Martin House is a Children's Hospice whose aim is:

..to provide family led care for children with life shortening conditions. It is a place where children, young people and their families can come to stay from time to time along their journey and find support, rest and practical help.

It is a cause that is close to a lot of people's hearts and one that all the bloggers were excited to get behind.  We were asked to bring clothes we no longer wanted to donate to the charity, and we could buy the other bloggers clothes at the event.  When we arrived we had a quick look around the wears and started picking out what we wanted to buy later on!  

Next the organisers told us we had a challenge: we all had to run to the clothes rails and create an outfit with one item of the Martin House clothes and some of the clothes the bloggers donated.  Now there wasn't a huge selection from Martin House so there were scenes reminiscent of Ru Paul's Drag Race as bloggers ran to grab what was on offer!  I picked a red pencil skirt which I teamed with a lacy waist length shirt that I thought had a hint of pin up about it.  We then went inside the beautiful Just Grand Vintage Tearoom and presented our items to the other bloggers.  Unfortunately, I am rubbish at selling myself, but QueenBeady won everyone over with her outfit and received a £100 One4All voucher!  Seriously the bloggers are such a fab bunch and it was fantastic to catch up with them, old and new, and have a giggle.  Some of the girls had me in fits describing their outfit choices.

We were provided with a huge afternoon tea that I don't think anyone could finish.  I sipped my Prosecco while nibbling on the cutest selection of sandwiches, mini quiches and scones.  I dove in quickly with the latter so I grabbed a strawberry one - seriously tasty!  (I say scone the same way I say moan by the way, in case you were wondering which side of the debate I was on with that one.)

We also teamed up to take part in a quiz that was all about era's, and I actually felt slightly confident about it.  With my love of all things vintage I thought it would be a walk in the park!  However I'd forgotten that I was in a room full of bloggers whose interests were so similar to mine, so sadly we didn't win (I don't think we even came close!) but it was a lot of fun.

Lastly there was a charity auction, but unfortunately it was too close to payday for me (damn getting paid mid-month!) so I didn't have enough money to win anything but there were some amazing prizes.  Including a meal and a show for two at BiBi's (a 1920's themed restaurant in Leeds) - I am totally jealous that Jess managed to bag it!

Have you heard of Martin House?

P.S I was given a bag at the event from the guys at Snapdragon that had the song lyrics that inspired my blog name on it, how cool is that!


17 August 2015

Hello Kitty and Star Wars Cosmetics Lines Just Announced!

Hello Kitty for OPI

Normally when it comes to cosmetics I don't pay much attention to the latest releases. I'm more of a tried and tested kind of girl.  I hardly ever buy something as soon as it hit's the shelves because I like to read reviews and think it over first.  It's why I've never managed to get my hands on Mac limited edition's, I am not impulsive enough!

However if you want me to break that rule, simply appeal to my geeky side!  That is exactly what happened when I saw these two product lines announced last week.

Hello Kitty for OPI
First up the Hello Kitty range from OPI.  Now this isn't the first time Hello Kity has had a nail polish range.  However to the best of my knowledge this is the first time a high-end brand has brought out a collection.

As you can tell the line is super feminine, lots of focus on pink and primary colours, with a black thrown in for good measure (something tells me that OPI are aware of Hello Kitty's large goth/ alternative fan base).  I love the kitty's on the top, it's just enough of a nod without becoming tacky.  I'll be picking up Look at My Bow! when this is launched in early 2016.

P.S I can't seem to get anything solid on this yet but I have seen some pictures floating around that looks like they might be releasing a gel set too in the same range!

Star Wars for Covergirl
I normally hate movie tie in cosmetics (I'm looking at you Hunger Games!) but something about this really got my attention.  American cosmetics company CoverGirl have announced the launch of a Star Wars inspired line, due out in September.  

There are going to be six full looks in total but as of posting this ony two have been revealed, Driod and Stormtrooper.  The range consists of 6 lipstics, 3 nail polishes, and 10 mascara's (5 normal formula on the 'dark side, 5 waterproof formula on the 'light side'), all inspired by the most popular characers.  I have to admit, these products do seem a bit gimicy but I'd still love to grab a couple of them.  Unfortunatly it looks like it's unlikley to make it across the pond!

Are you looking forward to these collections?

14 August 2015

New CID Cosmetics i-Glow in Sirocco

There are some phrases that are over used in blogging and 'wonder product' is definitely up there.  Personally it's one I have never used on my blog - until now!

Cast your mind back to a few months ago when I attended the Paul Mitchel event: you might recall that James from New CID Cosmetics did my makeup and it looked incredible, even if I do say so myself.  Well after the event Sarah kindly asked me if I wanted to pick a couple of products to try for myself at home.

Now I did take a while choosing what I wanted because I loved so many of the products used on me and it took me the longest time to remember the name of this product.  I finally figured out what it was that I chose: this and the primer (a review of which is coming soon too!).  I would also have chosen the foundation if I could remember what shade I was because I loved the coverage.  

When I used this i-glow in Sirocco my skin was glowing and I remembered James saying that this is the product that all the brides and models just adore for exactly this reason.  There are 3 i-glow shades: Ice Pop, Sirocco and Coral Crush.  New CID describes the i-glow products as follows:

These marbelised glow powders are the perfect 'pick me up' for the skin. Using our famous baked formulation for easy, silky smooth application, i - glow has light reflective pigments for mimicking your skin's natural radiance. Some of the shades make really lovely blushers as well.

I was a little hesitant about applying it myself as because of the colour I was paranoid that it might apply like a bronzer - and bronzer terrifies me (I always picture bad 90's chav style foundation lines).  However my fears were totally unfounded, despite its brown tones, it doesn't tint the skin in any way.  Instead, it adds a gorgeous shimmery highlight the likes I have never seen before.

Now, I am a fan huge of highlighters, on the borderline of obsessive, but before now my general concensus for them fell into two categories.  I have my white foundations that I use to highlight under my brownbone (generally Illamasqua cream foundation in 000 or Manic Panic in Goth White if I'm traveling) and then a shimmer highlight for my cheek bones etc (I use Benefit High Beam for winter and Illamasqua's Gleam in Summer).  However, this i-glow shade adds a whole new dimension to my highlighting routine.  It adds a golden shimmer that once applied just makes your skin glow and look so healthy! 

Despite being a powder it doesn't dry my skin when applied (something I often worry about with powders) and can be used practically everywhere.  When I first got it I couldn't remember where to put it so I put if all over my face and it looked fine, I have since realised that less is more and it looks it's best when placed on top of my cheek bones (slightly higher than my blush).  It also looks fabulous when used on your collar bone or cleavage and practically anywhere to really enhance a tan.  It works with any skin tone and it can even be used as an eyeshadow!

Now there is one thing in this product that really concerned me: Glitter!  I absolutly hate face products with visible glitter.  I didn't notice this in the actual product at first but when viewed up close on the skin, fine gold glitter can be seen.  But honestly, it's not that noticeable and I can definatly live with it.  It is one of the things that gave me the idea to just use it on the cheeks though so it doesn't look too OTT!  

I don't think I can fully express how much I love this product Go buy it and give it a try!
*PR sample, all opinions honest and my own

12 August 2015

July Reads 2015

I'm a bit late with my reading round up this month as I've been away for just over a week enjoying myself in the Lake District at my boyfriends parents place.  I've loved it, but I am back on now so time to fill you in on what I've been reading in July.

The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters
There came the splash of water and the rub of heels as Mrs Barber stepped into the tub. After that there was a silence, broken only by the occasional echoey plink of drips from the tap...'Frances had been picturing her lodgers in purely mercenary terms - as something like two great waddling shillings. But this, she thought, was what it really meant to have paying guests: this odd, unintimate proximity, this rather peeled-back moment, where the only thing between herself and a naked Mrs Barber was a few feet of kitchen and a thin scullery door. An image sprang into her head: that round flesh, crimsoning in the heat.'It is 1922, and London is tense. Ex-servicemen are disillusioned, the out-of-work and the hungry are demanding change. And in South London, in a genteel Camberwell villa, a large silent house now bereft of brothers, husband and even servants, life is about to be transformed, as impoverished widow Mrs Wray and her spinster daughter, Frances, are obliged to take in lodgers.For with the arrival of Lilian and Leonard Barber, a modern young couple of the 'clerk class', the routines of the house will be shaken up in unexpected ways. And as passions mount and frustration gathers, no one can foresee just how far-reaching, and how devastating, the disturbances will be.
I was sent this for review as part of the Waterstone's Blogger Bookclub.  It took me out of my comfort zone but was a great read but a bit longer than I felt it needed to be.  See my full review here.


Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Volume 1 by Naoko Takeuchi
Usagi Tsukino is a normal girl until she meets up with Luna, a talking cat, who tells her that she is Sailor Moon. As Sailor Moon, Usagi must fight evils and enforce justice, in the name of the Moon and the mysterious Moon Princess. She meets other girls destined to be Sailor Senshi (Sailor Scouts), and together, they fight the forces of evil!
This was a gift from my Japanese loving friend Leann who has her own blog that followers her love of Manga, Anime and more.  Last year she got me the Sailor Moon DVD box set and this year for my birthday she got me the first manga!  it's girly, silly manga at it's best and it's a really light, fun read but I have to admit I was slightly disappointed with how the action was portrayed.  I thought if I hadn't seen the anime I might not have completely been able to follow what was happening.


Only Ever Yours by Louise O'Neill
eves are designed, not made.The School trains them to be prettyThe School trains them to be good.The School trains them to Always be Willing.All their lives, the eves have been waiting. Now, they are ready for the outside world.companion . . . concubine . . . or chastityOnly the best will be chosen.And only the Men decide.
The last book I finished this month was the Sassy Books read of the month, Only Ever Yours.  It was dark and it really affected me, it's an emotional read and I definitely recommend it.  Check out my full review here.

What is on your reading list this month?  Don't forget to follow me on Goodreads so we can share our thoughts amd I also have a #karissreads2015 hashtag over on Instagram.

10 August 2015

I'm Two! Birthday Bumper Beauty Giveaway! Worth over £90!

It's my blog birthday!  Well, actually it was last month but hey - better late than never right?  

I am really bad at being reflective so I won't say much on that other than to say that my blog has changed as my life has changed and my life has likewise changed because of my blog and continues to do so.  This little website has caused me a lot of stress at times but it's largely been pleasurable.  It has been a massive learning curve that has lead to some amazing experiences and introduced me to some fantastic friends.  Overall it has kept me sane on what has been a strange two years.

When I started this blog I had been forced to move back to my parents and was unemployed - now I am still at my parents and working and I can honestly say that, without my blog, I don't know where my mental health would be.  Being a 27 year old and living at your parents in your old home-town that you tried to cut all ties to can be hard work, but coming home and knowing I have something creative to work on that I have complete ownership of has been a huge help.  I often doubt myself on my blog and wonder if it's worth it. I sometimes worry about the quality of my writing and if my blog even gets read.  Most of all I am sure I am not good enough and that everyone else's blog is better in one way or another.  However two years on I have come to realise that I am proud of my little blog and there's really no need to make any comparisons.  So here I am, two years later, still typing away on what has become my longest running project!  I want to thank all my followers (old and new) and anyone who has ever read my blog, left a comment, tweeted me or interacted with me in any way - you have all contributed to making a happy Kariss!  Here's to another two years!

As a thank you I have decided to celebrate with a good old fashioned beauty product giveaway worth over £90!  Some of these products were bought by me for this giveaway, whilst others were duplicate gifts or unsuitable for me personally - may they better serve the lucky winner!  So without further ado, here is what I am including in this huge giveaway:

DermaV10 kindly gave me a box set of their products at The City Girls event the other week.  As it turns out I am actually already a big fan of this brand and already own most of these products so I am passing them on to you!  I am particularly a huge fan of the Rescue Oil which completely saved me after some bad spot scars last year.  In this pack you will get this as well as the coconut body butter (which smells like holidays!), a day and night cream and a hand and nail lotion.  So your skin will be ship shape from head to toe!

Here are a couple of products from one of my new favorite all-natural make-up brands Dusty Girls.  I am giving you a chance to get your hands on this gorgeous mineral blusher in 'Pink Ladies' and this really natural looking Gloss in 'sun shower'.  A perfect combination for a youthful natural look.

Of course, I couldn't leave you without something for your nails - so to start off: here is a full set from the Fearne Cotton range at Boots.  These six shades are suitable for all occasions, but I think they are particually appropriate for Autumn and Winter.  You've got to love a bit of glitter!  This set is no longer available in stores so this could be your last chance to grab them!

Continuing on with some more care for your hands - I have this lovely Crabtree and Evelyn nail lacquer in Pink Petal, this 'oh so kawaii' China Doll nail set (the inside of which I wish I'd taken a picture of because all the tools are cute little china dolls!) and this Elderflower and Almond Handcream by Sweet Cecily's should leave you with hands to die for.

That is not all - onto lips now!  Starting with one of my personal favourites: Lipcote.  I already have two of these and they last a while so I am passing this one on to you (definitely the best lipstick sealer I have ever used).  Cult product EOS sphere lip balm is up next (I think it's Summer Fruits but I can't see it written on it anywhere).  Lastly for lips another lip balm from Palmer's in Dark Chocolate, what a tasty selection!

Lastly, a few real treats to finish off this amazing giveaway (even if I say so myself!).  First this Makeup Revolution Salvation 'Give them Nightmares' Palette, a great mix of dark hues, perfect for Autumn and Winter.  A Nashy '4 in 1' blending sponge is included to perfect your makeup application. On top of all this - a Tangle Angel hair brush for grooming in stlye!

To enter just complete the three compulsary entry requirements in the Rafflecopter box below, after this there will be more options for further entries that you can complete if you wish.  Please note this competition is open to UK residents only as unfortunatly I can't afford to post it abroad as it is seriously heavy!  I am not responsible for any loss or damage of products after posting.

Good luck!

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7 August 2015

Alexandra House Spa

A few weeks back I was contacted to see if I wanted to try out a treatment at the Alexandra Spa in Huddersfield.  Now let's face it, no one in their right mind was going to say no to an offer like that right?  Well, I sure couldn't.  I adore a good massage and I thought an Indian head massage might be just the thing to clear my head and de-stress.  It is a treatment that has a level of therapy and intimacy like few others so I couldn't wait.

I drove over straight from work after a stressful Thursday when I couldn't have needed this more.  The first thing I noticed was the location.  I accidently drove straight past!  It was on a busy road and not the kind of place you would expect to see a spa, but once I turned the corner into the carpark I felt like I had been whisked off to the other side of the world.

Despite it being in a populated area, the spa's interior was silent and I completely forgot that I was in the middle of civilisation.  Outside, the garden and grounds were stunning and reminded me a little of a Japanese retreat, complete with the beautifully relaxing sounds of running water.

One thing I noticed as soon as I entered was that the place had an incredible energy.  I instantly felt at ease and relaxed.  The owner Maxine explained that this was once a doctor's surgery so it had healing in the walls and although I am often a little reluctant to believe such things, it definitely felt as though there were positive vibes around the place.  You could tell it was something the staff completely believed.

After I arrived I was told to take off my shoes and get into some slippers before I was escorted upstairs to the changing rooms and told to change into a lush white robe before heading to the relaxation room when I was ready.

 I had a foot soak while the staff gave me a drink and some snacks.  I opted for the smoothie of the day and some delicious shortbread biscuits while I relaxed and took in my surroundings.  The relaxation room was large and beautifully lit with candles and dimmed lighting and beautiful music.  I really do believe that music plays an important part in these experiences so I soon drifted off and enjoyed a chance to try and switch my brain off.  On this occaision I was the only person in the room, however there was space easily for ten people on the various sofas so this would be great if you wanted to relax as part of a group.  

After around 30 minutes, I was invited upstairs for the treatment and honestly it was one of the best experiences of my life.  Unfortunately experiences this relaxing are usually over in a blink of an eye.  The difference between this and where I have had similar treatments in beauty salons is all in the little touches.  The towels were all heated and so it felt cosy (not a horrible paper towel in sight!).  The room was full of colour and not sterile white as is often the case in beauty salons. As they only do relaxation treatments (not beauty), you didn't have off-putting smells from nail polishes or beeping wax machines going off.  Also they explained in advance everything that was going to happen and told the customer they could speak up if they were uncomfortable with anything, which can be a big deal for people who are nervous in any way.  Another little thing: there is no small talk during the treatment - don't you hate it when you are getting a massage and you are just on the verge of totally zoning out and someone asks you about your holiday?  I totally drifted away.

Before I knew it the treatment was over and I was back downstairs in the relaxation room and slowly came back to reality before I had to think about getting dressed once more and entering the real world.  I love that they weren't in any rush to make me leave, again, these little touches make all the difference.  

I was really surprised to see that the treatments at this spa cost the same or slightly less then at my local beauty salon, as the former's level of quality definitely exceeded the latter.  It is a bit further out of my way but I think it is completely worth the trip and if I want to truly relax sometime soon I will definitely be back.  Reflexology is next on my list!

Have you ever been to Alexandra House Spa?

5 August 2015

Vintage Inspired Homeware: Bedroom

I think this is my fourth post on Vintage Homeware ideas or purchases.  As previously mentioned, I am still living at my parents so if I am totally honest wth myself I don't actually need any of this stuff right now but I justify it by telling myself I am preparing for when I do move out.  My perfect kitsch little vintage home will be all ready for me to move into when I finally get the chance!  Now my last post was all about the kitchen, this time it's all abut the bedroom.  It's only a few pieces, but they are all things I love so I hope you enjoy me sharing them with you.

First up and some gorgeous bedding from Asda.  In case you aren't aware, Asda Living have some gorgeous pin-up and retro homeware offerings and this is their second and third set of pin-up bedding.  Unfortunately the Hawaii set is now sold out and the nautical set is only available in King size but it looks as if they have just released a fourth set, they release about one a season with a slightly different design so it's worth keeping your eye out.   I have even seen people make clothing from these sheets, and at £12 for a double it's amazing value.  As well as bedding they have other designs such as cool cushions, storage, and some pin-up inspired bathroom accessories and pastel kitchen ware so it's definitely worth taking a look.  I think this tiki set is my favourite but I wish I could have gotten hold of the 'hello sailor' cushion from the nautical range before it went out of stock.

Good old Primark have jumped in on the flamingo trend and I have to say I can't be happier, I don't often follow trend but this fit's in perfectly with my love of the 50s!  I already have a mint green glasses case from Primark with these same flamingos on so when I saw these novelty fairy lights for just £6 I had to have them!  They are quirky and cute, perfect for me.  I have put them in with my bedroom range but let's face it, they can go practically anywhere, or at least they can if you are me.

Lastly, and also from Primark, this cute little bunny night light.  These baby's were big in the blogging world over a year ago and I know I am late to the party but just look at his little face!  Also, he's squishy!  I don't need to justify myself, but if I was going to I would state that he was only £1 on sale, so he is now part of my home, even if my boyfriend does hate it!

Check out my other posts on vintage homeware posts, 1950's Inspired Homeware Bargains For Under £5Vintage Tiki Inspired Home Decor from Walt Disney World and Vintage Inspired Homeware: Kitchen.

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