Archive | March, 2014

Fashion: SS14 I Want Candy!

26 Mar

Easter-Bunny-Fashion

Spring – t’is the season to be jolly. You may think that absurd or damn right rude of me to say such a thing post December but hear me out. We’ve said a fine farewell to Santa and the Christmas stresses for another year, we’ve forgotten about our unobtainable New Year’s resolutions and we’ve managed to finally peel ourselves off the sofa after we super-glued ourselves there with a tub of ice-cream and a Bridget Jones DVD as we sobbed away through our lonely Valentine’s Day. The celebrations are over. Thank the Lord. Spring is the time when we can actually look ahead to the future without any stress endured. The flowers are beginning to blossom, the birds are singing again and we no longer have to choose substance over style in our fashion line-up. This season is all about new beginnings so spring clean your wardrobe with some fresh, crisp hues using a bright and varied colour palette.

pastels fashionThis season it’s all about the sweet scent of pastel fumes. Mint green, candy floss pink, lemon sherbet yellow, blueberry muffin; colours that look so good that they ooze the joy of sweet-shop-shopping.

Pastel colours are fun and feminine without being garish or loud. It softens your look and embodies the spirit of spring. Fresh, clean and energetic whilst being delicate and soothing; pastel colours are a must have for your s/s14 wardrobe. So, rid yourself of those bulky brown knits and black leather jackets and replace with cute pastel dresses ready for sun-drenched summer days spent in daisy fields.

pastels

From the catwalks to the high-street, pastel colours are hot this season. Calm blues, delicate violets and warm greys paired with pretty lace and sheer fabrics create that overall sense of ladylike chic. Burberry Prorsum’s entire s/s14 collection is candy coloured and embellished with layers upon layers of structured sheers, creating a dreamy display of a sweet wrapper encased model army. We can’t talk pastel shades without mentioning Christopher Kane. His gorgeous mix of parma violet hues, metallic shines and spring themed statement sweatshirts with the words ‘petal’ and ‘flower’, are pretty and seductive. Topshop have a great collection of pale tones that can be worn from day through to night. Their satin camis are the perfect match for delicate pastels; even their denim has had a candy makeover. Sweet-shop-chic doesn’t just stop at clothing this spring. Re-vamp your accessories with light, bright hues. The Cambridge Satchel Company have a gorgeous turquoise coloured Chelsea bag, aptly named ‘sweet pea’, while Nails Inc. have a limited edition Ice Cream and Sprinkles collection for a delicious way to finish off your dainty new look. Failing that, you can always pop down to your local sweet shop and grab yourself a candy necklace for a fashionable way to treat yourself this season.

Colourful, pastel sweet-shop shades are calming yet energising; the perfect way to begin your spring. Feel refreshed, look cute and leap into the season with a sprinkle of true festive joy for it’s the most wonderful time of the year.

1. Mini Satchel Bag – Asos
2. Tea Cup Necklace – Clothes Lounge
3. Pastel Nail Polishes – Nails Inc
4. Pink Watch – Asos
5. Broken Heart Charm Earrings – Asos
6. Floral Tea Dress – Marks and Spencer
7. Beige Fedora – River Island
8. Multi-Coloured Sandals – Faith
9. Blue Satchel – Cambridge Satchel Company

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Craft: DIY vintage teacup candles

6 Mar

teacup candles

Hello. My name’s Alice and I am a hoarder.
If I step into a charity shop I undoubtedly exit with some more trinkets I don’t actually need but have a wicked compulsion to collect (case in point my growing collection of miss matched teacups and saucers..)
I love vintage teacups, I tend to justify collecting them so I can throw afternoon teas parties but more often than not they sit neglected and dusty amongst my other bits and pieces.
So, to cheer up my old china I decided to give it a new life as teacup candles! It’s surprisingly easy and quick. You’ll just need the following:
– candle wax (500g was enough for 3 candles)
– pre dipped wicks (available here)
– a double boiler (two saucepans will do!)
– old teacups
Firstly, choose your teacups. I went for mismatched patterns as I wanted mine to be a little eclectic and extra vintage-like.
Now, take your candle wicks and attach them to the teacup base so they don’t wiggle around when your pour in the wax (I just used a dab of super glue).
Leave them on some newspaper ( psst..check out the hotties to the right!)  and start melting the wax. I used a double boiler method (quarter/half fill a saucepan with water and place a slightly smaller saucepan over the top, it’s the same method you’d use to melt chocolate) keep an eye on the hot wax as it melts, then, once it has turned to liquid,  you’re ready to rock!
Pour into the teacups and then just leave them to set. Easy-peasy!
You may find the wax dries with a slight well in the centre, if this happens prick holes a few centimetres deep into the wax around the wick and just pour over some more melted wax to level them off and leave to dry again.
Once fully dried you’re all done! It’s a really fun, easy and effective DIY project. You can be more creative with it by adding different colours and fragrances into the wax for a more personal touch. The teacups and saucers look so pretty against the white backdrop of my room and gives it a brand new lease of life. These are also ideal Mother’s Day gifts, wedding favours or stocking fillers and cost next to nothing to make! Hurrah!
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Beauty Review: GHD eclipse

4 Mar

ironing hair

Before the tender age of 11 my life consisted of one big BHD. What sat on my head was essentially one very large ball of un-tame-able  fluff which nobody knew what to do with. My life abruptly and dramatically changed when my sister introduced to me to the magical world of straighteners.

Every morning I would wake up, fill my straightening pod with water, ready for the steam to let loose and my hair to transform. I started with a trusty set by Babyliss which featured removable plates leaving you with a whole-host of groovy options. You could start the week off by having sleek and straight hair*, Tuesday you could have a crimped mane and Wednesday you could go for the wavy option (unfortunately they only had three plates so Thurs-Sun was repeated along the exact same lines).

Throughout my 12 years I have acquired a strong line of various forms of straightening irons but often found even after an hour of strenuous ironing work, as soon as I made my entrance into school, my hard work failed me and the straightened concealer started to wear off, revealing my true in-between state of hideous hair.

This took an all-time low when my sister and I thought it a great idea to rid ourselves of them pesky straighteners and just go full-throttle and take a domestic iron to our heads. In all, not advisable, within this frenzy I managed to singe off a good chunk off my beloved sister’s locks, burn her neck to the point of 20 year scarring and irreversibly, completely ruin every single strand of our hair.

It was only at 15 when my mum bought us a set of GHDs that I started to be at one with my hair. GHDs are truly heaven-sent. I was mesmerized, hooked, and in total awe of this wonder product as soon as I glided it down the shaft of my sorry hair. Wow-oh-wow, I am IN. LOVE.

From then on in those GHDs have been my best friend. I’m now 23 and after 8 years of partnership I thought it was time to see what had happened to the straightening world. After nearly a decade I ventured back into the unknown. I wasn’t going to be so silly as to not get some form of GHDs, I was certainly not ready to part with the idea of trying out a new brand, oh dear God no. So I went for the new GHD eclipse…

ghd eclipse review

On first inspection these futuristic set look and feel a lot nicer than my previous pair. But it all comes down to performance ‘ey ladies? We used to think performance was all down to a high heat but the geniuses (genii?) at GHD headquarters made a ground-breaking discovery. The optimum heat to deliver the best and fastest results is a temperature of just 185°C. So all those apparatus that use 200°C+ are literally doing no good to your hair whatsoever. GHD scientists have therefore developed a tri-zone technology to take hair styling into a new era. They claim it can radically transform even the most challenging hair, quickly and easily without turning up the heat. The 185°C temperature is maintained from the minute the light says go until you turn it off. Simply plug it in, hold down the ‘GHD’ button until the little tune sings, wait for the inner light to stop flashing and you’re ready to rock. It takes seconds. Perfect for a quick and easy transformation on a hungover Monday morning.

ghd eclipse review

Due to my history of hair abuse, I certainly was in desperate need of a straightening tool that can’t damage my hair even further. With the GHD eclipse I get a sleek and shinier mane in a matter of minutes, with the confidence that my hair is becoming stronger with each stroke. The styling effects last longer than my previous set and the added bonus of the curved design means you can use these to create loose curls too!

They glide though my hair seamlessly and pain-free and give it that unbeatable finish like no other can. I am addicted all over again. 

I’ve managed to burn window sills, bed sheets, carpets, dressing tables, chairs and so on and so fourth, with my straighteners. Luckily then, these come equipped with a heat-resistant plate guard so they can cool down safely and efficiently.

The eclipse is the biggest thing to happen in the straightening world since the original GHD so I would thoroughly recommend the purchase. Bite the bullet and try something new. Your hair will thank you for it and it will certainly pay off.

Stylemaker, rulebreaker, gamechanger.

*kind of

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