Wednesday, 25 November 2015

#paperhaul:featured - Helz Illustrates

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Disclaimer: I purchased this box using the #paperhaul blogger discount 

November's edition of #paperhaul has a theme that can only be described as adorable! Featuring designs created by Helz Illustrates, the box is full of unicorns and rainbows in an array of pastel tones that are sure to put a smile on your face.

Included in this month's box are two postcards, a roll of washi tape, a notebook, three notecards, a sticker sheet and a 'You're Fabulous Like A Unicorn' card. As you can see the box is very different to last month's, but as I've mentioned in the past the variety of styles is one of my favourite things about the #paperhaul box.

One of the first things that I noticed about the box was that the majority of the items have a matte finish, which I personally really love. This month's postcards also have rounded corners which is a really nice touch! I think my favourite item from the box would have to be the 'You Are Magical' postcard pictured below, and I'll definitely be putting it to good use by sending some snail mail soon!

If you're interested in treating yourself to the next #paperhaul box you can sign up at Crafty Creatives for just £10 a month.

Don't forget to catch up on my review of last month's box which showcased the work of Rory J Murphy!

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Monday, 9 November 2015

Character Style Inspiration - Chanel Oberlin (Scream Queens)

Images of Emma Roberts via

You can't tell me you didn't see this one coming guys! Ever since I first saw the trailer for Ryan Murphy's latest creation Scream Queens I knew it would be an absolute treasure trove for my Character Style series! With the recent launch of the show in the UK, I thought it was about time I shared a style inspiration feature on lead character Chanel Oberlin.

The head sorority girl played by Emma Roberts loves everything luxe and can always be found dressed head to toe in designer labels, including her namesake Chanel of course! Texture also plays a big part in Chanel's wardrobe, with fur, feathers, leather, boucle, sequins and lace all making frequent appearances. When it comes to accessories Chanel is a big fan of pearls, sporting both necklaces and earrings adorned with the precious gemstone. You also are unlikely to find her wearing flats... despite the fact that she's on the run from the Red Devil!

Shop the look: Feather Mini Dress, Grazia Shop £215 | Sequined Mini Skirt, The Outnet £126 (on sale) | Pussybow Blouse, Dorothy Perkins £22 | Nails in 'Cuddle, Little Ondine £8.40 | Socks, American Apparel $13 | Faux Fur Stole, Topshop £15 (on sale) | Lace Bralet, New Look £4 (on sale) | Sequin Backpack, (currently unavailable) | Faux Pearl Bracelet, John Lewis £25 | Polo Shirt, House Of Fraser £29 | Mini Satchel, Shopbop (no longer available online) | Dogtooth Skirt, George at ASDA £12 | Faux Fur Jacket, M&S £85 | Belt, £64 (on sale) | Lace-up Heels, AX Paris (no longer available online) | Cropped Jumper, Glamorous £24 | Gemstone Ear Jackets, Forever 21 £4.50 | Boucle Skirt, River Island (no longer available online) | Sunglasses, Liberty £675 | Ankle-strap Platforms, ASOS (no longer available online) | Quilted Skirt, Topshop £22 (on sale) | NYX Matte Lipstick in Pink, Very £8.99 | Raffia Boucle Jacket, Topshop £30 (on sale) | Collar Necklace, Barneys Warehouse $49 (on sale) | Pearl Drop Earrings, Miss Selfridge £3 (on sale)

I'll be sharing more Scream Queens style inspiration soon, including features on Grace Gardner (Skyler Samuels) and Zayday Williams (Keke Palmer). In the meantime here are a couple of other Character Style posts featuring Emma Roberts: Maggie Esmerelda | Madison Montgomery

Wednesday, 4 November 2015

#paperhaul:featured - Rory J. Murphy

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Last week the second box in the new #paperhaul:featured series landed on my doorstep and as always I was eager to find out what goodies would be inside this month! The second talented artist to be featured is Rory J. Murphy who created a selection of items inspired by film noir, showcasing a complete different style from the previous box.

Included in this box are three notecards, a roll of washi tape, two postcards and a 'femme fatale' card, as well as a striking sticker sheet featuring a whole host of unique characters. Similarly to last month there is also a themed notebook, this time with dotted pages and a reversible cover. The majority of this month's items are black and white, reflecting the theme perfectly, but there are also a few simple pops of colour with the notecards and washi tape. My top pick from this month's box would have to be the postcards as I particularly love the style of them, especially with the sleek matte finish. 

Overall I'm excited to see something a little different from #paperhaul this month and love that the box has a real cinematic feel to it. So far I'm really enjoying the 'featured' series and I can't wait to find out what November's box will bring!

If you're interested in treating yourself to the next #paperhaul box you can sign up at Crafty Creatives for just £10 a month.

Don't forget to catch up on my review of last month's box which showcased the work of Eilidh Bruce!

Saturday, 31 October 2015

My Geek Box - Afterlife Edition!

October 'Afterlife' My Geek Box c/o The Hut Group
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Happy Halloween everyone! 

To celebrate my favourite holiday I have a Halloween-themed subscription box review to share with you. My Geek Box* is a subscription service where a box containing 5-8 themed mystery goodies arrives at your door in exchange for £19.99 per month. The box has been on my radar for a while now and always looks like a lot of fun, so naturally I jumped at the chance to review the latest one - the fact that it happened to be Afterlife themed to coincide with Halloween was a total bonus!

One item that is always included in the box is an exclusive t-shirt and this month's 100% cotton tee features a simple but cute white 'BOO!' design. When you sign up to the service you are asked to select your t-shirt size - they offer a wide variety: Men's S-3XL and Women's S-XXL - and not being a fan of super fitted t-shirts I opted to size up which was definitely the right decision. I love the perfect-for-Halloween design and in all honesty will most likely be wearing it as a pyjama top!

As you know I love a good book so when I opened up the box I was very pleased to see a graphic novel included. Although the website states Twisted Dark (Neil Gibson, 2010) is a #1 Kindle Bestseller, I have to admit it's a title I hadn't actually heard about before so I'm looking forward to finding out more! According to the blurb the graphic novel is about the darker side of humanity and contains eleven interconnected tales - very intriguing!

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Also included were a few zombie inspired goodies! First up is an awesome metal 'warning' sign from UK-based company The Original Metal Sign Co. and alongside this was a zombie-themed window sticker - both of which would be great for Halloween decor! The third and final item that had a zombie feel to it was a tea towel decorated with bloody hand prints. Similarly to the t-shirt this is a simple but effective design that's well-suited to the theme. I like this one so much it will be going straight into my 'box of homewares' I've been gathering for when I (eventually!) get my own place.

The final item included in the box was a Dracula-themed puzzle game. The idea behind this is that you should be able to turn the little wooden figure into a cube by moving around the individual blocks which are held together by elastic. I think is a brilliant idea and definitely adds something a little bit different to the selection, plus these type of items would be great as stocking fillers.

Overall there was a fun selection of items in October's box, with lots of variety which I think is always important with any 'mystery' box. All of the items included were very different yet they each match the Afterlife theme perfectly, and the box was definitely a lovely treat for me to receive on the run up to Halloween!

If you like the sound of these items there's still an opportunity to pick up the Afterlife box over on the website. Next months theme is Movies & Television and if you want to get your hands on it you can subscribe by visiting
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