Saturday, 28 January 2012

DIY: Studded Collar & Blackberry Case

I puchased all of the studs on eBay, the tiny round ones from this seller priced at £2.16 for 100 & the square (iron on) studs from this seller priced at £1.99 for 50
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Thursday, 26 January 2012

Sawyer Snapshots #4


I hadn't done a Sawyer post since November so I thought it was about time! As I mentioned on Tuesday he moved indoors this week and has settled in really well. He seems to be happier and having lots of fun!
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Wednesday, 25 January 2012

Weekly Style Inspiration 48.

 'Rita' Jumpsuit (by Motel) £48, Tee £14, Swimsuit £32 : Topshop
 'Macaw' Loafers £48 : Office
'Key of Athena' Necklace $20AUD (approx. £13.50) : One Luv
Nail Polish in 'Smoke Dazzle £9 : American Apparel
Khaki 'Taylor' £975 : Mulberry
Personalised 'Vintage' style Wooden Initial Necklace £30 : Maria Allen Jewellery
Earrings £6, 'Teenage Witch' Bustier (by Minkpink) £35 : Urban Outfitters

It's just one of those weeks when this post looks like a mess! I had to include the Motel playsuit purely because the colour/print slightly reminded me of Emma Stone's Jason Wu dress from this year's Critic's Choice Awards which I posted about here. I love the colour but I would much prefer it as a dress than a playsuit. I'm pleased to see these new tees introduced onto the Topshop site as I find it difficult to find basic tops that I like.

I was looking for a nice, unique jewellery piece to include this week and found the Maria Allen Jewellery shop through the Bigcartel store directory. There are so many lovely items, particularly wooden pendants, but these initial necklaces really caught my eye. There are several other styles of initials but my favourite has to be the 'vintage' style (pictured) and I think they would make lovely gifts.
I feel like Mulberry are really trying to tempt me recently, they've taken one of my favourite styles, the Taylor, and combined it with one of my favourite colours, not exactly affordable but the perfect combination all the same. Anybody care to find me a cheaper version?
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Saturday, 21 January 2012

Style Inspiration: Emma Stone on the Red Carpet

People's Choice Awards 2012 / Golden Globes 2012 / National Board of Review Awards Gala 2012 / MTV Movie Awards 2011 / Golden Globes 2011

 
Conde Nast Traveler Annual Hotlist Party 2011 / Critic's Choice Awards 2012 / BAFTAs 2011 / Vanity Fair Oscar Party 2011 / Deauville Film Festival 2011
Hamburg Premiere of The Help 2011 / Critic's Choice Awards 2011 / Chloe Boutique Opening 2009 / LA Premiere of Easy A 2010 / Glamour Louis Vitton Party 2011

I started putting together this post using just her recent outfits from this year's Golden Globes, People's Choice and Critic's Choice but ended up getting carried away as there were so many more beautiful looks to choose from. Unlike some stars Emma doesn't seem to stick to a formula when it comes to choosing dresses and is not afraid to try out new shapes and colours. Looking at the images lined up here her varying hairstyles also stand out and are obviously chosen to compliment the neckline and style of the particular dress. Despite her varied collection of looks there is one consistent thing I've noticed; her minimal approach to jewellery. She often opts for just a ring or chunky bangle and never necklaces or real statement pieces.

Here are my top five Emma Stone Red Carpet outfits...

1.  Conde Nast Traveler Annual Hotlist Party 2011 / Preen: I love the subtle pale blue tone of this dress so much and paired with the bright pink lipstick and Gwen Stacy blonde curls it's my favourite look of them all. I also really love the classic shape which is so easy to wear.

2. Hamburg Premiere of The Help 2011 / Lanvin: A beautiful cut and colour that compliments her red hair perfectly and a pop of red carpet shimmer with the clutch bag. Not one of her most talked about looks but what's not to like?!

3. Vanity Fair Oscar Party 2011 / Chanel: Another dress I've not seen talked about often is this beautiful dark purple Chanel number. I love the combination of colours, the texture of the skirt and the pattern detailing in the top and sleeves. Without the longer section on the back of the skirt it would still be a lovely dress but I think it's that detail which makes it red carpet ready.

4. Critic's Choice Awards 2012 / Jason Wu: The most amazing colour ever which is so perfect with her red hair, I think this dress is youthful but still really elegant.

5. Golden Globes 2012 / Lanvin: I've already mentioned how much I love this dress. The red tones are so perfect, the skirt moves beautifully and the belt is an unusual but brilliant touch for the Globes. It's much more of a "rock chick" ensemble than her 2011 CK dress in every way.

Almost making the cut: Golden Globes 2011 / Calvin Klein
Speaking of the peach CK dress it only narrowly missed out on my top five. Its such a beautiful shape but I personally think its a shame she didn't wear this to compliment her natural pale skin tone as the peach colour of the dress does blend in a bit with the colour of her face/arms! Worn at a different time it would definitely have made the cut.

Are you a fan of Emma's style? Which look is your favourite? 

All photographs found on www.popsugar.com
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Thursday, 19 January 2012

NYX Girls Nail Polish: 216 Carnival


NYX Carnival is one of the many polishes comparable to Deborah Lipmann Happy Birthday and the frequently blogged about OPI Rainbow Connection. Like the more expensive versions it is packed with a full colour range of glitters in two different sizes. As you can see in the first picture it can be layered depending on the effect you are going for but personally I like the appearance of two coats shown in the middle section of the photo. So far I have only used this polish for an accent nail worn over Models Own Sterling Silver, 17 Forever and Rimmel Lycra Pro in Desire and on all occasions it has lasted well and hasn't chipped. I would have expected glitter polishes not to feel smooth on the nails like a normal polish does but all of the ones I have tried so far (from NYX & Kleancolor) have applied well and felt smooth once dried.

I personally wouldn't have bought either the DL or OPI polishes as I think they are a bit too expensive for something I wouldn't use that often. There are a huge range of alternatives over a varied price range including American Apparel Supernova £9, Urban Outfitters Electra £6, Technic Carnival £3, Milani Gems $4.99 and Sally Hansen Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips in Frock Star £9.29.

What do you think of the rainbow glitter look?

I purchased NYX Girls Polish in Carnival from www.beautyjoint.com priced at $1.99 / approx. £1.30
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Wednesday, 18 January 2012

Weekly Style Inspiration 47.

Shirt £30, Earrings £3.50 & Kristen Jeans £40 : Topshop
Scarf £10.65 & Lace-ups £19.75 : Forever 21
Wedges $108 (approximately £70) : Nasty Gal
Dress £20 : River Island

When I need a new pair of jeans I always head to Topshop out of habit. My current collection consists of the Leigh, Baxter, Jamie and Tregging styles. There's even a pair of Pippas hanging around looking worse for wear (they were my all time favourites, bring back Pippas!!). These high-waisted Kristen style jeans have caught my eye before but when this pair were listed on the New In page today I decided to include them here. I've bought high-waisted jeans from Topshop years ago and I never wore them much. They were too loose around the ankles and looked more like a straight leg on me than a skinny- not very flattering! As perfect as the Kristens look in the picture I think I'd be better off with the beautiful green Jamies which are firmly on my wish list.

I love that triangles are appearing a lot more in the new jewellery collections. I actually picked up the black version of the F21 triangle earrings from last week's post yesterday. These gold triangle studs from Topshop are actually really reasonably priced too, I think they'ed make a nice edition to anyone's collection. The shoes were something else I spotted yesterday and whilst I do think it's rather predictable for nauticals to be back in S/S I do think these lace-ups would be really versatile. Maybe a way to embrace the trend without going full on nautical. I feel like the nautical fashion theme is becoming a little boring but with the only competition coming in the form of neons, pastels and tropical prints, and since I can't pull of pastels very well, it's looking like the best of the bunch.

I've spent my Wednesday fixing my emails, trying to resolve the problem I've had with uploading photos to my shop, thinking about when to do a giveaway, drafting posts including a rather long one on Emma Stone's Red Carpet style and finally rambling about clothes here. If you follow me on Twitter you may have seen me mention that I was going shopping at Westfield yesterday, I wasn't overly impressed with it in the end. My mum did let me browse the Mulberry store too, of course after telling me I wasn't to buy anything, but just for the record the khaki Harriet and the oak Tillie are so perfect up close. Anyway, I didn't buy much but I did order my new TV which arrives next week!
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Sunday, 15 January 2012

Sunday DIY: Polymer Clay Skulls



Yep, I ventured into the world of video for this one! I just thought it would be easier to film making the beads than to photograph each stage as they hardly take any time to make. Please excuse my awful fingers though, I hate them.
Please do let me know if you try this out, I would really love to see a photo!
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Friday, 13 January 2012

NYX Color Lipbalms


Left: Shade 12 Shukran, Right: Shade 10 Tack

Unfortunately most of the popular lip balms just don't work for me at all. Offerings from Vaseline, Carmex, Figs & Rouge, Chapstick and Blistex have, in the past, all made my lips either sting, crack or just feel worse in general. I opted to try these NYX balms after pining over similar tinted balms from Burt's Bees which I didn't end up buying because, although they looked lovely, I didn't want to spend £5.99 on something that might irritate my lips. 

When I was placing an order for some nail polishes I decided to add a NYX Color Balm to my cart as a little extra and I'm so glad that I did. I chose the shade Shukran as it looked like it would give a nice natural and subtle hint of colour. It's hard to tell what the shades are like from the swatches on the website so if you're thinking of buying one I'd recommend browsing Google for some pictures first! 
When it arrived my first impressions of the packaging were that it's very typical for a balm but I thought it looked quite good and was a nice size to pop in my bag. The colour was brighter than I had expected and it also had an amazing fruity smell. I haven't had any problems with either of theses balms being drying or irritating to wear and I would definitely recommend them if you're looking for a tinted balm. 

I was so impressed by Shukran that with my next nail polish order I picked up another balm this time in the shade Tack which in the swatch looks like more of a browny-nude. Even though just looking at the colours in their tubes I prefer the look of Tack, I definitely think the pink tone of Shukran suits me better. I really like the look of shade 4 Xie Xie and shade 9 Asante, maybe next time I'll try one of those!

What are your favourite lip balms?

I purchased both NYX Color Balms from www.beautyjoint.com priced at $3.59 (approximately £2.35) each
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Thursday, 12 January 2012

January 12th



Jumper: Tu @ Sainsbury's / Snood: Handmade / Jeans & Shoes: Topshop

I took advantage of the sunshine for a little photography today, unfortunately Sawyer wasn't feeling very co-operative. I did try to tempt him upstairs with an Alfalfa treat but being the rascal that he is he snatched it and ran straight back downstairs to his favourite corner...

Today I finally contacted GoDaddy for some advice and my custom domain for Sawyer & Scout is now working. I'm pretty excited about this as it means I can now get going on designing and ordering my business cards!
To celebrate getting the domain up and running I've popped up a discount code DOTCOM which will get you 10% off your order over the next three days. Happy shopping!
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Wednesday, 11 January 2012

Weekly Style Inspiration 46.

'Supernova' Glitter Nail Polish £9, Jumper £50 : American Apparel
Shoes £55, Ring £8.50, Bag £48, Nails in 'Without A Clue' £5, Crayon in Ramble £7.50 : Topshop
Shirt £16.75, Earrings £3.15 : Forever 21
Dress £27.99 : New Look

The American Apparel polish is one of the many Happy Birthday/Rainbow Connection lookalikes available. It's not one of the cheapest but I did see it instore this week and it is very pretty, plus you get a decent sized bottle for your money. Having said all that I'm happy with the lookalike I already have; NYX Carnival, which I'll be posting on at some point soon. I love peachy tones like the Topshop shade but I tend to opt for blues, greens and reds which seem to better compliment my paleness. 

I've seen lots of these contrasting colour shirts appearing in the shops recently which is a SS12 trend that I actually quite like as so far I haven't been overly impressed by lookbooks full of pastels. I thought this one from F21 was cute, as you know I'm a fan of cropped and sheer shirts and pretty much lived in them last Summer. Obviously with the current weather you'd probably be waiting a few more months before you could wear it... The Aztec print trend seems to still be floating around as well and whilst I love wearing this particular look on my nails, I haven't incorporated it into my wardrobe. Again, I tend to stick to muted shades so I thought the New Look dress was a nice example of a slightly toned-down Aztec print. Yep, I like boring colours when it comes to clothes!

The shoes are absolutely perfect but I'm 99% sure they wouldn't fit me. When it comes to Summer any form of sandals or any shoes with visible soles like this are a nightmare for me. I have to wear insoles in almost all of my shoes and it's a little impossible with Summer footwear. I think I'll be sticking to nice pairs of brogues with cutout detailing on the toes instead.

Lastly my favourite item this week is the earrings. If I can track them down on my pre-evening class shopping trip next week they will be mine!
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Thursday, 5 January 2012

Kleancolor Nail Lacquer: 236 Chunky Holo Black



Kleancolor Chunky Black Holo layered over models Own Gun Grey

The first polish from my second Beauty Joint haul is Kleancolor's Chunky Black Holo. I've been wearing this combination on my nails all week and I'm completely in love with it although it's now looking rather chipped. The base colour for the Kleancolor polish isn't opaque so I chose to layer it over a shimmery dark shade; Models Own's Gun Grey. The holographic effect of the glitter is pretty difficult to capture on camera but hopefully you can get an idea of just how lovely it is from these photographs. Personally I prefer the effect of the holographic glitter pieces to a solid holographic polish and I'm very glad I picked this up!

What do you think? Are you fans of holographic polish?

I purchased Chunky Holo Black  from www.beautyjoint.com priced at $1.75 (approx £1.10) 
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Wednesday, 4 January 2012

Weekly Style Inspiration 45.

Jumper £39, Skirt £30 : Miss Selfridge
Waxed Trousers £29.99, Dress £49.99 : Zara
Striped Tee £12.99, Ring £3.99 : H&M
Shoes £30 : River Island
Tie Dye & Lace Dress £68, Necklace £16 : Urban Outfitters

Yet again a somewhat overpriced, beautiful UO item that I'd probably never find occasion to wear has snuck into one of theses posts! I feel like the tie-dye and lace shouldn't work together but the subtlety of the colours makes for a successful combination in this case. The shoes seem to be this year's version of the RI lace-ups I lived in last year. I've already bought a second pair of them for this summer but this new version definitely appeals to me as well. The 'almond' style toe is something I find much more comfortable and flattering than the round toes of my pairs so if I see them in store I may have to try them on. I'm also going to be having a hunt around Zara next week for the TRF waxed trousers which strangely I find myself absolutely loving the look of. I'm keen to try them on to see what they look like and how comfortable they feel in real life, even though they'ed be a frivolous purchase!
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