Wednesday, 30 January 2013

My Nails Featured on LOOK Magazine!

STOP all the work and put Heather Small on and scream 'What have you done today to make you feel proudddd' because THIS is my proud moment of the day, if not the week.
Procrastinating this afternoon I scroll down my news feed to see MY nail 'Neon Leopard' design featuring on LOOK magazine's Facebook page!
I couldn't believe it! 
I instantly shared it in any way possible and print screened everything as well, because I'm that sad, but to me this is amazinggg!
Below you can see another of my designs that was featured on their Street Style Nails feature as well as the design on Facebook. 

Monday, 28 January 2013

Melt Candle Joy

I recently received this Melt candle, and seeing as my barely useable Glade is ready for the bin, the timing couldn't be better.  
I am always burning candles, they are soothing, and they just create the nicest relaxed atmosphere, which definitely makes sitting in bed all evening doing work a lot nicer. 
Melt is based in the UK, selling all things smelly (in a good way) for your home, each with their own unique fragrance. I have never seen such a mixture of scents, but just the sound of them makes your nose perk up and the over whelming need to have a bath surrounded by each one grow. 

My Melt is called Joy (pictured above from the website) and it smells just how it sounds.
It contains citrus, musk, iris, rose and lily, so it's mainly floral with a hint of summer spritz and a base of earthy tones. 

It came in a gorgeous cylindrical box (pictured above) with a bit about the candle. 
The candle itself is cream, with the logo on one side and a nice little motif on the other. 
The design is sleek and neutral so it fits perfectly in any room. 
Once lit the wax melts, the oils burn and the infusion drifts with a subtle, but not too over powering aroma.
I can tell I will be burning this for a long time! They are just the perfect ambience, meaning Melt Scented candles are the perfect gift for Valentine's day. They even have a 'love' range, ideal for a bit of luxury romance. 

(pictures above my own.)

The links to all their websites are below.

Website here.
Facebook here.
Twitter here.
Pinterest here.

I am working on some other gifts for Valentine's day post, so keep coming back!

Thursday, 24 January 2013

Goodbuy - Missguided Dress

A few posts ago I did a mood board showing a Missguided dress that I had ordered. 
After a bit of trouble with delivery it came on the day (yesterday) of my friends birthday 'do' and luckily it fit so I wore it. 
One of my blogging pet hates is shoddy quality outfit pictures, so I am not proud of this, especially as its my first! 
The dark background, the fact it was taken on my phone, as well as the fact I was a little worse for wear by this point doesn't make for good viewing, but you guys get the gist I'm sure. 
However, I promised you guys a photo and here it is. 
I have to admit the dress is lovely and definitely a good buy.
Hope you guys like it!

Friday, 18 January 2013

Embellished Topshop

I found this gem in the Topshop sale reduced by £70! 
£100 to £30. 
And although it was beautiful, when I tried it on, I understand why. 
The intricate beading was fraying and becoming loose, and there were large sections missing. 
It would take a bit of work to make it look newish and that would take the work of my mum, but sadly I'm at uni, so it failed to pass the debit card cut. 
Sad times. 

Thursday, 17 January 2013

Party Dress

Party Dresses

I've got two birthday parties to attend next week. 
Now this means 2 things, celebrating some of my best friends new age, and spending money.
Money for presents, the outfits, and money to spend on the actual partying.
Don't get me wrong, I'm happy to do it, and I will happily stroll around the streets of manchester basically shoving magazines in the publics faces as a means of earning some extra dolla to pay for the merriment. 
But it always helps when you get money off the things you like, and in this case, it was 15% off Missguided online through Unidays (if you haven't signed up to them, do it, the offers are always helpful and include brands such as Motel Rocks, Boohoo, and ASOS). 
This meant I ordered this lovely dress for a smidge less, saved some money and that's a party dress sorted! 
Above is a mood board of some accessories I would put with the black lacey number, and I can't wait to wear it!

Sunday, 13 January 2013

Treat Yourself: eBay items

Hello guys!

I'm selling a few items on eBay so I thought I'd share them with you to have a gander and place some bids if anything takes your fancy.
All of the details are on my eBay page which can be found here.

Happy bidding!

Geek Squad

Geek Squad

After seeing these tops become more and more popular online and in the shops, I got a bit of nail inspo and recreated them on nails! 
This post really should be on my sister blog Stray Nails (link above) but I love this design so much I thought I would share it on here instead. 
The design was so so easy and simple, just using black and white pens to make the letters over a base coat. 
You could also try writing 'dweeb' 'loser' which are popular tee slogans and the colour combo's are endless!

Hope you like them and give them a try! 

Lusting after: Leather Skirt

Lusting after Leather

I have been lusting after this leather skirt from Missguided for a while now, but it's always out of stock. I am checking online every single day until I get my hands on it. 
You may have noticed a few leather skirts cropping up on the high street. I myself have seen them in Ark, H&M and Topshop, which is where the one above is from. 
The trend compliments the 90's theme of garments in the shops at the moment, and having bought a few items from my birth decade (love for the nineties babies out there!) I cannot wait to put them together with this leathery friend. 
I created this outfit to show you how I would wear it. I am a sucker for a baggy jumper as you may have seen on other posts. Its definitely what I feel most confident in, and you can never go wrong with one. This ox-blood jumper is cropped, in keeping with the trend and shows off the entire skirt. A bag, a bit of jewellery (a statement necklace stops the jumper looking plain) and some gorgey shoes will tie this whole look together and you can walk the streets among your fellow nineties fans knowing you have the trend bang on.

Put some spice girls on whilst you're getting ready.  

Saturday, 12 January 2013

A Face to a Name

I have made some little changes to Stray, or minor improvements if you will! 
I am rubbish at the whole technology thing, and I don't have Photoshop which makes blogging life much harder! 
(if anyone knows any good free editing programmes for macs, please let me know!)
As you can probably see to the right of this post is a honking great photo of my face. 
After traipsing through hundreds of blogs for my dissertation, I find the ones with a photo of the writer just adds a bit of personality and someone for the readers to relate to at a first glance. 
There is also a bit about me. 

I'm working on some buttons for the side bar, but the process is seemingly slow! 

But yer, there's my face and below is a book I got from the Urban Outfit sale, so funny! And some spaghetti bolognese I proudly made, because words without pictures is boring.

Happy weekend! 

Thursday, 10 January 2013

Celliana Wishlist

Celliana are a website based costume and statement piece jewellery company. 
Each design is well though out, original and edgy with a hint of seasonal trend and guaranteed to set off any outfit. 
They have been featured in a stack of mags (how I got to know them) and are climbing the fash ladder quickly.
These are my favourite pieces from the collection, and after having a sneaky peak at the sale I may have to treat myself!
The necklaces are my absolute favourites, I would wear any of them with an oversized jumper, some skinnies and a top knot (and some shoes, obvs. Unless I was feeling particularly hobbit-like that day).
Applying one would boost the style scale up a good few notches to a seemingly simple outfit.

Celliana Wishlist

They also have fab comps on their social media pages, so get liking and tweeting ladies!