Friday, 28 June 2013

Danby Health Shop Haul

Last week I had a visited the lovely North York Moors for a break. I purchased some things in the local health shop. There were lots of interesting products and I really enjoy having a look round. I will be doing an updated review of the shop including pictures. They have some more stock in the shop since I last visited.

There were so many lovely perfumes, but I eventually decided on a perfume called ‘Waikki Pikake’. I was delighted with the roll on edition I bought which can be described as jasmine and sandalwood scented. They stocked roll on, solid and original perfumes in the Pacifica range. Reviews coming up shortly.

Have you tried roll on or solid perfumes before? What did you think?

Lavera lipstick ‘08 Rosewood’ £11.90
Pacifica ‘Waikki Pikake’ perfume roll on £12.00
Pure and Natural ‘Caramel’ Lipbalm £1.49
Samples included Pukka Ayurveda firming face oil, nourishing face oil and deep moisture day cream free

Friday, 7 June 2013

Vintage Fairs/Thrifting/Charity Shopping Top Tips

I’ve been going to Vintage Fairs for a number of years. Theres one which is located in my next village that I go to and its very good. Its well organised and there are a lot of great stalls to choose from.

Incase you were wondering all the photos included are mine taken at the vintage fairs I’ve been too. I hope you gain some inspiration from the photos and I’ve decided to include my 10 top tips for visiting fairs/thrifting and charity shops.

1.) Treat it as a day out. Shopping can be really fun; you can try on new outfits and get new ideas. It’s not always about what items you come home with but instead the experience of the event.

2.) Invite along friends. This way you can get an opinion on an outfit or a purchase you’re not sure about. Make sure you pick the right friends to go with, someone who doesn’t mind waiting around in changing rooms and is up for a laugh too!

3.) You don’t need to spend loads of money. If you take £10 to spend you can still come home away with lots of nice things. Be patient and keep an eye open for bargains.

4.) Be open to trying new things. Maybe you spot a dress that you wouldn’t normally wear, if its reasonably priced why not give it a go. It’s always worth experimenting.

5.) Save money for bus/train fair and refreshments. Often at fairs they sell homemade cakes and tea for a reduced price.

6.) Don’t just think about fashion maybe take the time to look at homeware, books etc. When items are second-hand there a lot cheaper and often you can pick up some lovely vintage pieces.

7.) Chat to people who are looking after the stall/shop. This is a great way to meet people and they may give you tips or give you a better deal on items your interested in.

8.) If your looking at clothes, be open minded to buying slightly bigger or smaller sizes. Often this can change the look of an item for the better. A baggy dress might look lovely more fitted or a fitted dress might look pretty more loose.

9.) Look out for gifts. Sometimes you may find brand new items that haven’t been used or beautiful vintage pieces your loved ones may enjoy.

10.) When you become more confident with thrifting and visiting fairs maybe you could have your own stall. If you are familiar with a particular event, you may like to participate. Its a great way to sell on things you don’t need any more.

Do you like thrifting? Are there interesting markets or fairs that you’ve been to? Did you get any ideas?

Thursday, 6 June 2013

Holiday/Summer Activity Ideas

I’m going away on holiday and it dawned on me that I could do a little blog post of little bits I bought specifically for this. Our family holiday is in the countryside, it’s relaxing and tranquil. I tend to plan a couple of activities to do while away so I don’t get bored. 

I’m looking forward to reading my books. I’ve copied and pasted the info about each book from Amazon. Let me know if you want me to review them afterwards.

Jane Costello ‘All the Single Ladies’

‘Samantha Brooks' boyfriend has made a mistake. One his friends, family, and Sam herself know he'll live to regret. Jamie has announced he's leaving, out of the blue. Jamie is loving, intelligent and, while he isn't perfect, he's perfect for her - in every way except one: he's a free spirit. And after six years in one place, doing a job he despises, he is compelled to do something that will tear apart his relationship with Sam: book a one-way flight to South America. But Sam isn't giving up without a fight. With Jamie still totally in love with her, and torn about whether to stay or go, she has three months to persuade him to do the right thing. So with the help of her friends Ellie and Jen, she hatches a plan to make him realise what he's giving up. A plan that involves dirty tricks, plotting, and a single aim: to win him back. But by the time the tortured Jamie finally wakes up to what he's lost, a gorgeous new pretender has entered Sam's life. Which begs the question ...does she still want him back?’

Sarra Manning  ‘Adorkable’

‘Jeane Smith's a blogger, a dreamer, a dare-to-dreamer, jumble sale queen, CEO of her own lifestyle brand and has half a million followers on Twitter. Michael Lee's a star of school, stage and playing field. A golden boy in a Jack Wills hoodie. They have nothing in common but a pair of cheating exes. So why can't they stop snogging?’

Sophia Bennett ‘The Look’

‘When Ted is spotted by a model agency, she can't believe it. At the same time her gorgeous sister, Ava, is diagnosed with cancer. With her world turned upside down, Ted has a lot of growing up to do, some of it in five-inch platforms. Can she be a supermodel and a super sister? Or will she have to choose between fame and family?’ 

Here is my top 5 relaxing/fun/simple activity ideas for your summer holiday.

1.) Read teen fiction novels. I hope I’ve given you a few helpful suggestions. Summer is the perfect time to read especially if you’re by the pool or in the garden when it’s nice weather. Make sure you have a snack while you’re reading; I like Double Lollies Squashies LOL.

2.) Browse fashion/beauty/hobby magazines. Mostly I tend to lean towards fashion magazines; these are fun to flick through and can be great for interesting articles too. Any magazine genre would work; I’ve brought horse riding magazines etc for my holls in the past.

3.) Listen to your iPod or walkman. Sunbathing if a perfect time to turn on the tunes. Pick a genre that suits your mood. I can’t wait to try out Will.I.Ams new album. Make sure you remember your charger/batteries.

4.) Take Photos or instagram. When you’re on holiday it’s a lovely idea to capture the moment with some photos. You can take snaps of your friends/family/scenery.

5.) Sketch your surroundings. This can be really therapeutic and enjoyable. If you’re not the world’s greatest artist, you could maybe try an adult colouring book. Theres some great ones out there with more sophisticated kind of designs to fill in. Here is an example on Amazon.

I hope I’ve given you some ideas for items to buy or ideas for things to do while away or having a chilled day at home. 

Have you read any of the books listed? Whats your favourite magazine to read?

Tuesday, 4 June 2013

Anna Sui 'Sui Dreams' Perfume Review

This perfume has been a rekindled love for me. I used to love this fragrance as a teen and last month I splurged on the 30ml at £24.00.

I love collecting perfumes and because I knew this scent off by heart I ordered online. On the feel unique website the scent is described as follows... 

'Part soft innocence, part rock-n-roll vixen... Anna Sui Sui Dreams Eau De Toilette Spray is a scent that embodies unbridled energy and beauty. It's a harmonious multiplicity of both warm and fresh, rich and transparent with its delicious elements tangerine and vanilla, anise and peach... Open the door to your fantasies with Anna Sui's Sui Dreams.'

In my opinion It’s a sweet and fresh fragrance which is quite youthful. I love it! And the packaging is divine. The liquid is an aqua colour which I like. I think Anna Sui is a lovely brand and not too expensive also.

I would imagine this perfume could suit a variety of people. I highly recommend it, you won’t be disappointed :) X

Have you rekindled a perfume or beauty product love recently? Have you tried this perfume?

'True Whit: Designing a Life of Style, Beauty and Fun' Book by Whitney Port

This book is a perfect summer read. It’s a cross between a light autobiography and a coffee table book. I tended to read from one page to the next, it seems to flow like that rather than flicking to different pages.

Despite this there were hundreds of cool pictures. It’s showed off Whitney’s personality, I love how organised she is and it gives lot of helpful tips.

Some of the content is quite basic but this makes it a fun and light-hearted read. It’s perfect for The Hills/The City fans or anyone who likes Whitney and her fashion range.

The book is split up into chapters such as home sweet home, working girl, style, parties, dating etc. Some of the chapters such as dating and parties were a little young for me however I thoroughly enjoyed reading the homeware and the style sections.

Elements of the book were very similar to Lauren Conrads books ‘Style’ & ‘Beauty’ which isn’t a bad thing as they are great reads too. But Whitney did put her own stamp on the book and made it feel personal with photos she had taken. 

Overall I would recommend the book to most girls and young women. It’s a nice book to have and I enjoyed learning about Whitneys take on the world. The hardcover book can be bought on for under a £10 which I think is very reasonable. Click here to buy.

Saturday, 1 June 2013

In Style June Nails Inc Freebie (In Totes Pink)

I think I bought InStyle magazine the same time last year and the freebie was the nail Inc’s nail polishes in different colours.

I managed to get hold of ‘Totes Pink’ this year which I adore. It’s a sweet pale pink colour and perfect for spring/summer.

I’m quite fair skinned and I found the pink colour to be really flattering and lovely to wear. 

I found the formula to be quite thick which is great because only one coat is needed but a little trickier to even on the nails. This nail polish is semi gloss.

I don’t think I will not be buying it full price because as stated it’s not too easy to apply. Despite this I’ve been enjoying wearing this shade of nail polish and hope they InStyle will be doing similar offers in the future!

Have you picked up the latest InStyle Freebie? If not it’s worth popping into your local newsagents or WHSmiths.