Saturday, 31 December 2011

Goodbye 2011.


I wanted to end this year of blogging by writing a thank you to all of you who take the time to read and comment on my little blog. This year I've decided what it is I really want to blog about, for the most-part stuck to my schedules and overall found my own blogging style. I introduced Weekly Style last January, Week In Photos back in February and my Monthly Film Roundup posts in April which have definitely become my favourite to write. More recently I've been posting more nail art tutorials and begun a new series on Zoe Hart's style (Hart of Dixie), both of which have quickly become my most popular posts. I've been slacking a little on the photography front but when the weather improves I plan to start taking my cameras on more trips again. I hope that next year will bring even more enjoyment and success from blogging and that I will finally get to meet up with some of you lovely people!

The second huge thank you I owe to you all is for the support you've shown me in the form of enthusiasm and feedback with launching my shop. My office temp job ended after a year in September and now thanks to you guys Sawyer & Scout is what I do and I love it. I owe a special thank you to those who have gone out of their way to write posts full of kind words about the shop, I really appreciate them and am very grateful to all of you. In the new year I'm looking to expand the shop hopefully including more textiles and artwork in addition to the jewellery.

Outside of blogging my 2011 has been full of ups and downs and overall hasn't been the best. Blogging, running the shop and the awesome community here has kept me busy and helped a lot. Recently I've been starting to feel better again and fingers crossed next year things will continue to improve and I'll get back on track. I'm starting the new year with another evening class in film which I'm really looking forward to, the arrival of Drive on DVD at the end of January and am already finding myself over-excited about visiting the Harry Potter set in April.

See you in 2012! 
x

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Thursday, 29 December 2011

Favourites of 2011: Skincare, Cosmetics, Haircare & Styling

Skincare & Cosmetics: ELF Eyebrow Kit in Light - Benefit Sugabomb - Natural Collection Peach Melba - Missha BB Cream in Light Beige - Garnier BB Cream in Light - Clinique City Block (SPF 25) - Benefit The Porefessional Primer - No7 Illuminating Touch Concealer in Shade 2 - Revlon Matte Eyeshadow in 009 Sable - Benefit Dandelion - Origins GinZing Eye Cream - Boots Aqua Hydrating Night Cream - Bare Minerals Mineral Veil - Elf Cream Eyeliner in Coffee - Lipsmackers Balm in Cherry Coke - Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturiser - Benefit High Beam - Barbara Daly Concealer in Fair - Bobbi Brown Creme Eyeshadow in Ash - NYX Color Lip Balm in Shukran

Favourite Polishes: Topshop Grunge - Rimmel Lycra Pro Aqua Cool - Topshop Gypsy Night - Nails Inc Denim - Models Own Grace Green - Topshop Pool Party - Rimmel Lycra Pro Desire - Nails Inc Plum

Haircare & Styling: John Frieda Root Awakening - Batiste Dry Shampoo in Medium Brunette - Umberto Gianni Rock 'n' Roll Extreme Hairspray - John Frieda Luxurious Volume Thickening Mousse - Loreal Elvive Damage Care Conditioning Repair Spray - Tangle Teezer

Hair Styling: Mark Hill Conical Wand

What were your favourite products of 2011?
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Wednesday, 28 December 2011

Best of the UO Sale

Nirvana Photo Tee £15, Silence & Noise Velvet Skinny Trousers £25, Sparkle & Fade Printed Cut-Out Dress £25, Upson Downes Alameda Top £25

Victoria House Mug £4, Vintage Map Notebooks- 3 Pack £5, Mint Skull Snowglobe £7, Mint Reptile Old School Satchel £22, Skull Ear Bud Headphones £8, Anorak Kissing Stags Cushion £20

Christmas has managed to get in the way of my usual browsing websites and collecting of items for the Weekly Style post so I thought I'd show you my top picks form the Urban Outfitters sale instead. I've looked online and instore at a lot of the sales but haven't really seen anything interesting other than what's on offer at UO. I promised myself the same as last year, not to buy lots of things that I don't need just because they're now on sale and so far that's going well. I've placed an order for the Nirvana tee which was on my wish list but I thought was overpriced at £35 back in November. I also added the adorable world map notebook set to my order. I didn't even realise the Nirvana tee was in the sale at first because it wasn't in the sale section of the website (!), but the lovely Franky posted about it on her blog and it's now on it's way to me! Aside from that I picked up a few bits in the Hobbycraft sale yesterday but of course they're mostly for working on items for the shop so that doesn't count, right?!

Have you done any sale shopping this year?
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Tuesday, 27 December 2011

Sawyer's Christmas



Hope everyone has been enjoying themselves over the past few days!
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Thursday, 22 December 2011

Favourites of 2011: Film & Television

All images from www.imdb.com
(L-R: Drive, 127 Hours, Hanna, Hart of Dixie, Bones, The Big Bang Theory)

On the big screen:

Drive, 127 Hours and Hanna were all instant favourites for me, I knew straight away that I had to add them to my collection and that's what makes them stand out as my favourites of the year. I see two standout things that the films all have in common; the strength of the performance from the actor's playing the main roles (I personally think some Oscar-worthy ones) and the use of sound and accompanying music. I know they might not be everyone's tastes but if you do happen to be looking for something interesting and different to watch I'd recommend any of these three.

You can find my original short "reviews" here: Drive, 127 Hours, Hanna


Other notable films released in 2011: The King's Speech, Super 8, Scream 4, Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows Part 2, Final Destination 5

On the small screen:

The new: My favourite new show this year has to be Hart of Dixie. I'm so glad it appeared to fill the Ugly Betty-shaped gap in my weekly schedule. Ever since Betty said goodbye I've been missing my weekly fix of a 45 minute comedy. Yes, there are some great 20 minute ones (hi TBBT & Cougar Town) but it's just not been the same. You've all probably noticed by now that I love this show and of course Zoe Hart's style. I'm routing for Zoe and Wade to get together and hoping it gets picked up for more seasons. Basically, I'm hooked!

The discovery: Although it's now in it's seventh season Bones is something I only picked up over the Summer when I rented the season 1 boxset from my local library and became instantly addicted. I honestly don't know how I'd never watched this show before, it really is my kind of thing. It's also meant Emily has taken the title of my favourite Deschanel sister, sorry Zooey!

The old: Still a firm favourite from my Uni days, this year I invested in all of the Big Bang Theory boxsets and I'm surprised I haven't worn them out yet from constant playing, they were definitely worth the money! Of course I love Sheldon and I'm proudly shipping Shamy but I also adore Raj. He's totally underrated, anybody with me?!

Old TV on DVD that's also had me addicted over the year: Miranda, Vicar of Dibley, Desperate Housewives, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, The O.C.

What film and TV did you love this year?
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Wednesday, 21 December 2011

Weekly Style Inspiration 44.

Two-Tone 'Jossi' Jumper 35 Euros (approximately £29) : Monki
Marl Leggings £18, Bone Print Crop £14, Chunky Jumper £42, Clutch £32 : Topshop
Coat £65 : River Island
Tiny Skull Bangle £50 : Michelle Chang available @ hannahzakari.co.uk
Ring (by Made) £30, Lace-Ups £30, Stila Smudge Pot in Jade £13 : ASOS

Yep, more jumpers! Now it's colder again I've rediscovered my love of jumpers which only first occurred last Winter. I've always been a huge cardigan fan and built up a vast collection over my time at Uni. Last year however I discovered how much easier it is to wear jumpers. I mean, you don't have to worry about finding a top that matches to wear underneath and they're easy to throw on with pretty much  anything. Baggy jumpers paired with skinny jeans, boots, thick socks and a snood has once again become my go-to and I love it. I probably don't need to buy anymore jumpers though so they'll have to stay here looking pretty instead.
I've also been lusting after the popular Iwona Ludyga skull bracelet for a while and came across the Michelle Chang bangle whilst looking for a cheaper alternative! I don't like it quite as much but it's still really lovely so I thought I'd pop it in this week's post. Skeletons, bones, there's a pattern and I know I've mentioned the obsession before but that's the reason the cropped vest caught my eye.
After my post on Cream Eyeshadows I've been itching to get my hands on some more different ones to try and the Jade Stila Smudge Pot caught my eye whilst I was browsing ASOS this week. The colour of it is so beautiful! I think it would be best suited to bring out brown eyes rather than my blue ones but I'm still going to keep it on my mental wishlist.
A wonderfully soft coat, crazy-bright shoes, beautiful ring, striking clutch and cosy green leggings complete this week's inspiration.
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Sunday, 18 December 2011

Sunday DIY: Christmas Decorations


I was completely inspired to make some decorations after reading Skye's post and had so much fun making these! For the salt dough I used 1 cup of flour, 1/2 a cup of salt and 1/2 a cup of water. I decided to leave them out to air dry because they take about 4 hours to dry in the oven at a low temperature which was a bit impractical when we needed to use the oven to cook dinner (!) but they ended up taking over a week to dry naturally. I added texture and patterns to some of them using a chopstick which I also used to make the holes for hanging on the tree. I also pressed glass beads into a few of them whilst the dough was still soft and I really like how those ones turned out. I painted them using basic acrylic paints and a little glitter and I think they look rather lovely on the Christmas tree. As much as I like them I think next year I'll be avoiding the salt dough and using clay instead.
Thanks for the idea Skye!

I'm going to try and get back on track with my 'Sunday DIYs' next year...
Anything you'd like to see?
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Saturday, 17 December 2011

Favourites of 2011: DIYs


Bunting Birthday Card
 Deathly Hallows Pendant (available here)
Christmas Bunting (available here)
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Thursday, 15 December 2011

Favourites of 2011: Nail Art

All nail art & photographs by me.

I decided to start my 'Favourites of 2011' mini series with my favourite nail art from this year. Although they weren't something I ever planned on doing, nail art tutorial and DIY posts have taken over my most-viewed posts (over on the right) and have proved to be the most popular of all the things I post on this little blog! I'm obviously not an expert or anything but I'm glad that you enjoy the tutorial posts and I always love to see photos when you try out the designs!

Aztec: Obviously Aztec prints and nails were a huge trend this year so I couldn't not include them, in fact I've included them twice! They're really fun to do as you can make up the designs as you go along and be very creative with them. If you're new to nail art a basic design like the one in the second picture isn't too difficult to master. If you're feeling more adventurous, have lots of time on your hands and a good topcoat to seal the finished design, the fifth picture shows the kind of design that can be achieved by using different colour combinations and patterns on each nail.

Feathers: The feather nails DIY from May has become my most-viewed post of all time thanks to a mention on Oh The Lovely Things (thank you!) even though I haven't yet got round to trying it out on all of my nails. I'm planning to post a proper tutorial for these at some point.

Rabbits: Being a bunny owner and general fan of their cuteness I loved the rabbit nails I did back in September. Again, they were so simple to do freehand and just look adorable. This design can be adapted to create lots of different animal inspired nails, I've seen pandas, cats and owls all work really well.

Pokeballs: The Pokeball nails were inspired by Tumblr, when I saw them I just knew I had to try it out. I'd been playing a bit of Pokemon Pearl at the time so I guess I was getting into the spirit of that!

Triangles: My favourite has to be the triangle design which was inspired again by Tumblr, this time specifically the Primacreative page. They are relativly simple to do and can look stylish but sophisticated at the same time. I've done a few variations of these so far and will definitely be trying out more colour combinations in 2012.

What were your favourite ways to wear your nails in 2011?
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Wednesday, 14 December 2011

Weekly Style Inspiration 43.

Blouse £36 & Macrame Dress £60 : Topshop
Animal Print Dress £35.99 : Zara
Striped Top £32 & Shoes £28 : Urban Outfitters
Antler Earrings $22 (approx £14) : AutumnEquinox @ Etsy
Skull Necklace £8 & Ring £18 : ASOS

My love affair with sheer shirts began in the Summer when worn with jeans and lace-ups they became my everyday uniform. I love how a shirt can still be comfortable but also a lot more interesting and smarter than a t-shirt. This one from Topshop is rather lovely and being grey (it's also available in black) is also very versatile. Unfortunately my sheer shirts have been hiding in my wardrobe since it suddenly got a lot colder so I'll have to stop myself from buying anymore including this one! The other item that caught my eye on the Topshop website this week was the Macrame dress which is available in several colours, all equally beautiful. The detailing on the top is my favourite thing about it and although I love the overall style I'm not too keen on the gathered detail at the waist. Having said that I do think it would be lovely if you're looking for a party dress this holiday season. The Zara dress is something I'd consider a little more 'everyday' but it could also be quite lovely for a party. I'd definitely find a nice skinny belt to wear with it though.

If you've been reading these Weekly Style's for a while you will know by now that I can't resist tops and jumpers shaped like the striped one from UO. It's a good thing I don't live too near to a UO store or I'd be very poor! Each week I seem to feature a lovely but overpriced item from there...
The obsession with skulls also continues and this week the necklace from ASOS caught my eye. Its only £8 which I think is quite reasonable and it says it's limited edition so if you're interested in buying one I'd get in there quickly! I included the ring as I really like the pattern around the sides of it and the copper colour is quite unusual but striking if you're looking for something a bit different. The antler earrings are amazing, if I didn't have my ears pierced more than once I'd definitely be buying a pair!

My favourite item this week has to be the shoes they're just beautiful, impractical for Winter but beautiful all the same.

Tomorrow I'll be posting the first in my little 'Favourites of 2011' series!
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Saturday, 10 December 2011

Seche Vite Topcoat


I know that many bloggers have a love/hate relationship with Seche Vite but as I always have my nails painted I'd been wanting to try it for a long time. When I saw the price of a bottle on beautyjoint.com I couldn't resist adding it to my order. I really wanted to love this product as I'm yet to find a really good quality topcoat but sadly I think the pictures speak for themselves really don't they?

On the Friday afternoon I painted my nails with my favourite polish, Topshop's Grunge, and applied a thick layer of Seche Vite as the instructions suggest. Unfortunately the chipping had started by Saturday Morning and by Tuesday large pieces had peeled away leaving me with a complete mess. I'm glad I decided to test it out over a plain colour, if I'd spent ages on some pretty nail art only to find it chipped the next morning I wouldn't be pleased! I'll definitely give it another try sometime soon, maybe over a different brand polish just incase that was the problem although it seems unlikely. If anyone has any tips or can enlighten me as to why Seche Vite was so disastrous for me please let me know in the comments. I'm thinking of trying the Sally Hansen Insta-Dri next!

What do you think of Seche Vite? Love it or hate it?
Any topcoat recommendations?

I bought my bottle of Seche Vite from Beauty Joint for $5.35 (approximately £3.40)
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Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Weekly Style Inspiration 42.


Glitter Satchel £48, Shirt £45 : Urban Outfitters
Playsuit £35 : Miss Selfridge
Dinosaur Jumper £26, Purse £10, Loafers £50, Nails in Phenomena £6 & Lips in Beguiled £8 : Topshop
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Tuesday, 6 December 2011

DIY Nail Art: Christmas Stripes



Part of my attempt to get into the Christmas spirit today included this really simple stripey festive-coloured design.  As usual I applied a clear base coat (Barbara Daly Goodbye Yellow) followed by my base colours; Topshop Poison Ivy and White Witch on the ring finger. Next I used a bobby pin (although a thin brush would be better!) to draw on the diagonal stripes using NYX Antique and Max Factor Red Passion. I finished off with a clear topcoat and that's all there really is to it!

Link me to photos if you try out this design, I'd love to see!
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Friday, 2 December 2011

Kleancolor Nail Lacquer: 200 Shooting Star



Whilst placing an order for some NYX lip products last month I stumbled across the Kleancolor polishes and this pretty glittery shade appropriately named Shooting Star caught my eye. As the polishes were extremely reasonably priced I decided to add this to my order. Now you might think I'd be a little fed up of the sight of glitter at this point after finding myself covered in it on a regular basis whilst making Potions & Vervain Necklaces for the shop, but no I still couldn't resist some glitter for my nails!

In the top photo I've applied no less than four (!) coats onto my bare nails. As with a lot of glitter polishes it looks beautiful in the bottle but isn't as packed with sparkles as you'd hope when you paint it onto the nail. As a result of the layering and the glittery pieces it began to peel off easily after only a day. In addition to this when I did remove all of the polish I was left with dry, flaky nails. Of course I can't blame this solely on this particular polish, I have suffered from dry and peeling nails before due to wearing polish all the time and I guess I'm pretty tough on them with the jewellery making too. Recently they've actually been looking a lot healthier so I hope they recover quickly! 

The bright primary colours remind me of the circus for some reason which I'm not sure is a good thing but I do like the overall effect. The swatches on the website aren't overly helpful but I also didn't bother to search Google for swatches before ordering either (something I would usually do before buying online). I think Shooting Star would be a lovely polish to wear for a special occasion, maybe even alongside a black dress for a Christmas party, but I wouldn't recommend it for everyday wear. Prior to these photographs I wore it just on my ring finger as a statement nail alongside a dark red polish which was much more manageable for everyday and even survived my 'Ring in a Day' course.

I can't fault the way it looks, especially at the bargain price, and it did bring a smile to my face whilst I was wearing it. I'll definitely be trying it out as a topcoat over a base colour in the future too.
Although it was a pain to apply and remove I do wish I'd picked up a few more polishes from the Kleancolor range. Maybe next time!

What do you think of Shooting Star? Which is your favourite glitter polish?

I purchased Shooting Star from BeautyJoint.com priced at $1.75 (approximately £1.10)
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