Tuesday, 20 December 2016

A Natural Detour

Long time, no blog! As you may have noticed things have been pretty quiet around here since the beginning of the year. Whilst I've really enjoyed creating content for e-elise etc, after such a long break I decided it was time to start afresh with a brand new blog; A Natural Detour.

Thank you so much for reading and supporting e-elise etc over the past six years, I really appreciate it and I'd love for you to join me on my journey over at www.anaturaldetour.com and on Bloglovin'.


Sunday, 27 March 2016

#paperhaul: featured - Jodie Goolding

march 2016 paperhaul jodie goolding
paperhaul march 2016
Disclaimer: I purchased this box using the #paperhaul blogger discount

When I opened this month's #paperhaul:featured box I was pleasantly surprised to find a selection of monochrome items, after a run of bright colours over the past few editions. The very first item I saw was the sticker pack, specifically a little bunny holding a balloon, and as many of you know I am a little bit of a crazy bunny lady so of course this won me over instantly! The sticker pack was also a slight change from what we've seen in past boxes, containing three large individual stickers as opposed to a sheet of smaller ones.

Also included in the box were a notebook, three notecards, two postcards, one large greetings card and roll of washi tape, which happens to be one of my favourites we've ever seen from #paperhaul! The tape (pictured above) features an adorable bear illustration that would be perfect for planner decoration or finishing off a bit of snail mail.
Alongside the cute animal illustrations, the postcards and greetings card all feature intricate word-based designs, reading 'love', 'hope' and 'be positive'.

Whilst all of the items look beautiful in monochrome, we all know adult colouring books are a huge trend right now and I felt like the aesthetic of this month's #paperhaul designs play into this well, with a potential interactive element. Jodie has done a brilliant job and I'm certain this will be a popular box!

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 Dorkface!

Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Saturday, 12 March 2016

Pretty Little Liars Recap: S6E19 'Did You Miss Me?' *Contains Spoilers*


Monday, 7 March 2016

Pretty Little Liars Recap: S6E18 'Burn This' *Contains Spoilers*


Tuesday, 1 March 2016

Saturday, 27 February 2016

February #beadhaul Box!

* #beadhaul box c/o Crafty Creatives

This month saw the dispatch of the latest #beadhaul box, which this time around was themed 'Stargirl'. As usual the box contains a variety of beads and charms, including my personal favourites the beautiful tiny haematite stars and large crackle effect beads.

This month I've created five space-themed tutorials including the earrings, necklace and bangle pictured above. Head on over the the Crafty Creatives tutorial page now to see the full collection of Stargirl projects and to find out how you can make your own versions!

If you have the box, please tag me in your Instagram photos - @sawyerandscout - I'd love to see your creations! If you missed out on signing up for this month's box but like what you see, you can still get your hands on it over in the Crafty Creatives online shop.

Wednesday, 24 February 2016

#paperhaul: featured - Dorkface

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

February's #paperhaul: featured box showcases the work of Dorkface aka Jemma, the lady behind #TheGirlGang, whose work you may recognise from some of your favourite blogs! Jemma's designs feature line drawings with lots of eye-catching bright colour, and the focus of this particular collection is portraits.

Included in the box this time around were three notecards, one large card, two postcards, a roll of washi tape a notebook with plain pages. In addition, this month also saw the return of the illustrated gift tags (in place of a sticker sheet) which I thought were a nice addition as I don't believe we've seen these within the featured series before. My favourite item from this month's box is definitely the washi tape (pictured above!) with it's cute blue and green design that's completely different to any of the tape designs we've seen from #paperhaul in the past.

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 Becca M Designs!


Monday, 22 February 2016

Saturday, 20 February 2016

#5books7days Readathon!


Next week I'll be attempting to cross off one of my reading goals for the year by taking part in a readathon! I've chosen to participate in #5books7days which is being hosted by Lotte, known as @lotte_le over on Instagram!

The readathon is open to anyone who wants to join in and starts on Monday 22nd, running right through to the 28th, with the aim being to finish five books during the week. With work and other commitments I'm not sure how I'm going to get on with the challenge but I'll be sharing a roundup over on Blogger's Bookshelf the following Monday.

As I'll be busy reading away in my spare time (rather than blogging!), I've scheduled a few posts for the week ahead. I will of course also be aiming to take a little time out to watch and recap the latest PLL episode to share with you!

Have you taken part in any readathons? I'd love to hear your tips and advice!

Saturday, 13 February 2016

Pretty Little Liars Recap: S6E15 'Do Not Disturb' *Contains Spoilers*


Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Character Style Inspiration - Zayday Williams (Scream Queens)

Images of Keke Palmer via imdb.com

As promised (so very long ago!) today's style post is all about another of Scream Queens sassy leading ladies; Zayday Williams. In contrast to the Chanel's luxe look and BFF Grace's preppy style, Zayday's wardrobe has a definite late 90's/early 00's vibe. In a recent interview actress Keke Palmer credited Brandy Norwood's Moesha as an inspiration behind her character's look which features lots of pattern, colour and texture.

Zayday's wardrobe is full of playful pieces including lots of crop tops, high waisted trousers/culottes, bomber jackets and statement jewellery. Similarly to Grace, Zayday also loves to rock a good hat, like the fluffy pom pom adorned beret pictured above, as well as a whole range of other amazing hair accessories.

Shop the look: Cropped Wide-leg Trousers, River Island £38 | Denim Dress, Dorothy Perkins £17.60 | Leopard Print Pumps, Net-A-Porter £615 | Beret, Eugenia Kim $203 (approx. £140) | Jacquard Crop Top, River Island £15 | Quilted Jacket, H&M (sold out) | Belly Bar, River Island £6 | Ankle Boots, Topshop (sold out) | Collar Necklace, Lane Crawford £60 | Check Trousers, Jules B (sold out) | Bib Necklace, Very Exclusive £81 | Tartan Tee, House Of Holland (sold out) | Leather Shorts, The Outnet (sold out) | Leopard Print Belt, La Redoute £26 | Faux Fur Clutch, Very Honey $46 (approx. £32) | Tartan Jumper, Motel (sold out) | Ear Jackets, Forever 21 (sold out) | Twist Front Crop Top, Topshop (sold out) | Denim Shorts, Stylebop £165

Love Scream Queens? Check out my other Character Style posts: Chanel Oberlin | Grace Gardner

Sunday, 7 February 2016

Pretty Little Liars Recap: S6E14 'New Guys, New Lies' *Contains Spoilers*


Thursday, 4 February 2016

Watching, Reading Listening #4

the lying game series


TV-wise the majority of January was spent re-watching all four seasons of one of my favourite shows Hart Of Dixie. I recently added the third and fourth DVD boxsets to my collection, so it seemed like the perfect time to revisit the series as a whole - keep your eyes peeled for a Hart Of Dixie 'Pilot To Finale Project' feature sometime soon! Aside from this I have of course been amongst the masses of Netflix users who have been glued to their latest documentary series Making A Murderer, a fascinating and terrifying real-life tale.

When it comes to YouTube I've been all about the panels and roundtables in recent months, from Comic-Con to Paleyfest I've been catching up on old and new, featuring the people behind some of my favourite TV shows including Gilmore Girls, Pretty Little Liars, Once Upon A Time and The Big Bang Theory.

I also took a trip to the cinema a couple of weeks ago to see The 5th Wave, the big screen adaptation of Rick Yancey's post-apocalyptic YA novel. I actually read an advanced copy of the novel which I reviewed here back in 2013, and even stated at the time that I thought it would be well-suited to a cinematic adaptation, so naturally I was keen to see how it turned out. Although I had heard of bad reviews I was pleasantly surprised to find that myself and my friends (who hadn't read the novel) all genuinely enjoyed the film.


I kicked off the year by finishing reading/re-reading The Lying Game series penned by Sara Shepard, the lady behind Pretty Little Liars. The YA mystery series consists of six novels and you can find out more in my latest Blogger's Bookshelf post!

I'm currently switching between unique dystopian novel The Bees (Laline Paull, 2014) and non-fiction title What If? (Randall Munroe, 2014) which explores scientific answers to hypothetical questions.


As usual I've been back on the podcasts; no surprise there! Over the past month or so I've been listening to other fans thoughts and theories on the latest Pretty Little Liars episodes (via both Afterbuzz TV & Bustle), as well as catching up with Invisibilia and of course the second season of Serial. I'm also really pleased that another of my favourites, The Black Tapes Podcast, returned with the beginning of it's second season this month and can't wait to find out where the dark and mysterious story will go next. 

What have you been watching, reading & listening to lately?

Monday, 1 February 2016

Pretty Little Liars Recap: S6E13 'The Gloves Are On' *Contains Spoilers*


Thursday, 28 January 2016

#paperhaul: featured - Becca M Designs

paperhaul january 16 01
Disclaimer: I purchased this box using the #paperhaul blogger discount 

Inspired by nature, the first #paperhaul box of 2016 was designed by the lady behind Becca M Designs and features intricate illustrations showcasing everything from owls to mushrooms and even creepy crawlies! The earthy-toned colour palette reflects the chosen subject and stands out to me as being completely different to anything we've seen from #paperhaul before.

Included in January's box were two postcards, one card, three notecards, a notebook, a sticker sheet and as always a roll of exclusive washi tape. This time around the notebook includes dotted pages, a nice change from lined and plain papers, and the postcards have a beautiful matte finish. The washi tape features a very delicate and subtle white design which compliments the other items well but unfortunately, with little contrast against the pale green background was a bit too tricky to try and photograph!

Whilst I really like the larger mushroom designs, my favourite item from the box might just have to be the sticker sheet, which is filled with tiny ladybirds, mushrooms, flowers and more. Once again the team at #paperhaul have manged to find something completely different to the last box and I'm already looking forward to finding out what February's 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 Eleanor Carter!

Friday, 22 January 2016

Pretty Little Liars Recap: S6E12 'Charlotte's Web' *Contains Spoliers*


Tuesday, 19 January 2016

5 Favourite #paperhaul Boxes!

It's been just over a year since the launch of the very first #paperhaul box which I reviewed over on Eight & Sixteen and thirteen boxes later I'm still really enjoying the surprise of discovering what goodies each month's box will bring. To celebrate I thought I would take a look back over #paperhaul boxes past (pre-featured series as this is still very new!) and pick out five of my favourite themes. In no particular order here are my top picks!

Disclaimer: I purchased these boxes using the #paperhaul blogger discount 

1. All Around The World - how could I not kick off this list with the very first edition of #paperhaul?! I adored the travel theme of this box and thought the colour palette was really beautiful. The washi tape adorned with vehicles is still one of my favourite tapes to date and the mix of modern graphic and more vintage style postcards was perfect.


Sunday, 17 January 2016

Thursday, 14 January 2016

Pilot To Finale Project: The O.C.

the o.c. ptfpAlthough I'm a little late to the 2016 party I was keen to kick off a new year in blogging with a feature that has been in the making for quite some time. In all honesty I have no idea what exactly it is I want to write about here on this little blog going forward, however it's no secret that I enjoy talking TV so that's where I'm going to start today.

For quite some time now I've been writing a 'Character Style' series which features faces from some of my favourite shows and I've recently been penning episode recaps of Once Upon A Time's fifth season over at YA Love, whilst gearing up to (potentially) bring back Pretty Little Liars recaps now that 6B is underway. In addition to talking currently airing shows, I'm also all for re-watching my favourites over and over again and a few months ago I came up with an idea for a new series themed around this.

The Pilot To Finale Project is a way for me to revisit some of my TV favourites and discuss my thoughts here. Be warned - all posts in the series will contain spoilers!

I thought I would begin by looking back at The O.C. aka the show I credit with sparking my love of US dramas. It's the first one I remember tuning in to watch weekly and, for me at least, still tops the teen genre. Whilst I did dip in and out of other teen dramas of a similar time including Gossip Girl, Greek and One Tree Hill, I never really felt the same way about any of them as I did about The O.C. 

"Where I'm from, having a dream doesn't make you smart. 
Knowing it won't come true? That does." - Ryan Atwood, S1E1

In the pilot episode, which aired back in 2003, we're introduced to Ryan Atwood a troubled teen who gets caught stealing a car alongside older brother Trey. The incident ends up changing his life forever, but not in the way you might expect. Thanks to this unfortunate event Ryan meets one Mr Sandy Cohen, his court appointed public defender and unbeknownst to him at the time, his future father-figure. After a fight with his mum's boyfriend Ryan finds himself with nowhere to go, leading him to call Sandy and spend a night sleeping in the pool house of the Cohen's "McMansion", despite the hesitance of Sandy's wife Kirsten. As it turns out that one night leads to Ryan finding a whole new place to call home.

Over the show's four seasons we see Ryan become a fully fledged member of the Cohen family, befriending Sandy and Kirsten's geeky son Seth and falling for girl-next-door Marissa. We also meet Marissa's BFF and Seth's long-time crush (whom he's never actually spoken to!) Summer, who completes the group known as the 'core four'. We see the gang go through a whole host of ups and downs over the series but the story comes full circle for our protagonist in the finale as we see Ryan, now a successful architect, attempting to help out a lost teenager who looks a lot like he did back in the pilot - the perfect ending to the story.

Music played a huge part in the show's success and the soundtrack was one of my favourite things about the series. Flawless from the pilot right through to the last episode the playlists featured old favourites and also showcased new or unknown artists. Even today when I hear a song that was used on The O.C it brings back memories of a particular scene or storyline as so many of them featured in the show's most iconic moments. From Hide And Seek (Imogen Heap) as Marissa shoots Trey, to If You Leave (Nada Surf) as Seth chases down Anna at the airport, Life Is A Song (Patrick Park) as we bid farewell to everyone and every use of Hallelujah, The O.C.'s soundtrack was always spot on... in fact, I feel a few blog posts on my favourite O.C. musical moments are in order!

Were you a fan of The O.C?
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