Sunday, 25 January 2015

What I Wore- Long Haul Flight

I found this post in my drafts, it's definitely from August but I thought why not share it anyway! You may remember that I went to Canada in the summer, which meant I got to spend 10 hours on a plane... fun!
I think comfort is definitely the most important thing on a long haul flight, so I like to wear leggings and a light jumper. In this case both my jumper and my leggings were from H&M. I also like to wear a sports bra because let's face it, when you're trying to sleep you don't want poking wires, it's just not fun. I always wear my heaviest shoes on the plane because it means more room in the suitcase, and in this case they were my Timberlands (I did a lot of hiking on this holiday). My bag is the usual Alexander Wang Rocco Duffel inspired bag from ebay that I always wear and my poor battered suitcase has since been replaced with a shiny new one (thanks mum and dad!).

Bonus points to anyone who can guess what the weird craft project on the right that I made when I was like 8 is meant to be...

Friday, 23 January 2015

Spending my Birchbox Points

I'm a massive fan of loyalty points but I always harbour them for ages because I want to find the perfect thing to spend them on. I had £20 to spend on the Birchbox website so I decided to finally buy something because my points were starting to expire. I absolutely loved the trilogy Certified Organic Rosehip Oil sample that I got in my last Birchbox so I decided to purchase it since it was only £16.50 and it makes my skin feel incredible! I then also added some popcorn because I got it in another Birchbox and loved it and I had points to spend... I ended up spending £2.50 on three bags of popcorn and the oil, including shipping, which was pretty good! I am definitely happy with my purchases.


Wednesday, 21 January 2015

My DIY Crochet Rug

There is one thing I wasn't prepared for when I started looking at furnishing a flat and that is the price of sofas and rugs. Like seriously, sofas I can kind of understand (although they are extortionate I suppose you do spend quite a lot of time on them and they're investment pieces) but the prices of rugs just blew me away so I thought I'd get my DIY on!
I saw this DIY rope rug on A Beautiful Mess (one of my favourite blogs ever) ages ago and totally fell in love with it, but unfortunately I don't own a sewing machine so I couldn't really make it. Then I came across this rug on Pinterest and I thought why not mix the design of the two together and make my own rug! I've been crocheting since I was young (I've always been incredibly cool) so this was really easy for me and I just worked on it while watching TV, but even if you've never done crochet before it's really simple and you'll pick it up in no time. I think in total this cost me about £20, which is pretty good! The concept is basically that you crochet around fabric to make tubes that are connected and form a circular rug. I had a big piece of cheap beige fabric left over from a fancy dress project so I just cut it into approximately 2" wide strips and got to work.
I used four different kinds of wool: a silvery grey from Poundland, a 'popcorn' wool from Tiger (it was really difficult to work with but totally worth it), a silvery black and a grey with sequins, also from Tiger. It's a very time consuming project but I think it was really worth it in the end. I love how the rug is monochrome but still has different textures, which makes it really interesting. The great thing about this is that you can change the colours to suit you and just go crazy- I just happen to really like grey and black...

I think the next rug project I will be attempting is this Woven Rag Rug from A Beautiful Mess!

Monday, 19 January 2015

The Tale of the Expert Face Brush

It's no secret that I love Real Techniques brushes and own most of the sets, but one of the brushes that had been missing from my collection was the Expert Face Brush. I'd been wanting to buy it for a while but somehow never did. Then my sister ordered one from Amazon along with some books for our holiday and that's where the story begins.
My sister was eagerly awaiting the arrival of the Amazon parcel, so my mum was constantly checking the tracking. One day while we were out, it said that the parcel had been delivered, but when we came home it turned out that no one had been home and the parcel wasn't there. No note. None of the neighbours had it. It was a mystery.
We concluded that the postman was probably in a rush and just left the parcel on the pavement in front of the gate- completely unacceptable yet apparently more common than you would think. Complaints were made, and a few days later Amazon sent us a new parcel, which arrived the next day. My sister had her books and her Expert Face Brush and all was good.
Over a week after the first parcel arrived, my dad walked into the house holding a completely soaked cardboard box. It turned out that the postman had literally thrown the parcel into the garden, nowhere near the gate, and it had been lying in the bushes for over a week while it had been raining every day. Obviously everything was soaked and the books were mouldy but I decided to salvage the brush. It was disgusting and wet despite still being in its plastic packaging but I wanted it so much that I ignored that and just gave it a very thorough wash.
Now what can I say, I'm in love. I use this brush for foundation, liquid bronzer, cream blush,... the list goes on. Our love story was a difficult one with many twists and turns but it most certainly had a happy ending.

Saturday, 17 January 2015

Bedroom Details- The Nightstand

One of my new year's resolutions (read them here) is to be tidier and I've been getting more into decorating, so I thought it would be nice to share some snippets of the parts of my room that I like the most! I'm still working on decluttering quite a few bits (decluttering series coming your way soon!) but there's a few bits and bobs I really like, so I will be sharing them with you.
The first thing I wanted to show you guys is my nightstand. I don't have a traditional nightstand but rather two coffee tables between my bed and the wall, which create a long nightstand and also provide storage room underneath- it's not the prettiest but it's very practical for a student room, especially one with no under bed storage.
I've got a few bits and bobs arranged on there at the moment, starting with some flowers that I got when I came back from Christmas- they were only £2.50 and have lasted really well (although you can see they're starting to die) and I just love the look of them! If anyone knows what they're called, please do let me know. I don't have many vases so I just put them in an empty Jack Daniel's bottle which I think looks really cool, especially for a whiskey lover like me.
In case you didn't know, I'm a huge Star Wars fan so of course I have one of the Lego Star Wars alarm clocks. I chose the Darth Vader one because it fits into my colour scheme and I think it doesn't look quite as childish as the others, it's just a really cool piece.
The skull bottle was a recent Homesense find, it actually contained margharita mix so after we drank that I just filled it with whiskey (the whiskey from the Jack Daniel's bottle vase to be precise). I always have some 'emergency whiskey' around and I think this looks really cool.
Now this wouldn't be a blogger's nightstand without a scented candle of course. I got this Parks candle a few days ago after I finished exams because I wanted to treat myself. It was from Homesense and I got it for £9.99 instead of £30! The scent is Pacific Spa and that is literally what it smells like, it really reminds me of the resort I stayed in on the Seychelles when I was younger. The  scent it quite weak but it's still nice when you catch a whiff of it every once in a while and it's very fresh.

So that's what's on my nightstand, I hope you enjoyed the first post of this little series!
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