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

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*

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