Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Celina & Tom's Wedding

Way back in July, while the sun was still hot and the trees green, one of my very oldest and bestest friends got hitched! Celina was a bridesmaid at our wedding back in the Spring and it was so lovely to be able to return the favour! From helping plan her hen weekend to sitting in her parents garden  the day before the wedding making her bouquet, it was such a lovely time! Anna was a bridesmaid too and bought us each a Boots disposable camera to use on the day. I got mine developed last week and am over the moon at the results! I think I'm going to shoot using this medium more often - I love the saturated colours and grainy, low light shots!

It's such a funny experience snapping away with a disposable camera and not being able to see the results immediately. It means that you rarely get those moments of Pinterest perfection that you can achieve with a digital SLR but that's the beauty of it! Like when you look through your parents photo albums and there are grainy shots in there with loads of lense flare and you can just about make out someones satin shirt sleeve reflecting on the dance floor but it's in the album because, you know, it cost good money to get that photo developed so it's definitely going in there!

Looking at these photos brought back so many great memories of the day! I made the bridesmaids bouquets using beautiful burgundy sweetpeas that Celina's uncle had grown and we drank rose made from his own vineyard by the Jeroboam full! Celina and Tom are such a fun and relaxed couple - for supper we ate Paella cooked festival style in a great big pan and had Delia Smith's chocolate torte with strawberries for pudding! I may have eaten somewhere in the region of four three slices and actually just typing this makes me want to head to the kitchen right now!

Congratulations Celina and Tom - what an amazing day!

Monday, October 28, 2013

Creepy Kittens Halloween Nail Art

I was inspired by this awesome photo of kitty cat Halloween nails and decided to have a go myself! I don't think Wah Nails will be beating my door down looking to hire me any time soon (the chap on my ring finger looks especially boss eyed) but still not too shabby for a first nail art attempt eh?

I set the stage with two coats of OPI's 'Sand In My Suit' then used a teeny tiny paint brush to paint the cats using Mavala 'Black'.

Once the black polish was dry, I picked out the eyes using Natural Collection's elegantly named 'Nail Tip Whitener', then drew their big green irisis using OPI's 'Jade Is The New Black'. I painted the green polish on in a horizontal line to give the eyes that cat like shape before painting black horizontal lines for their pupils. 

Ta da! What do you think? Don't forget you can follow my Pinterest nail art inspiration board here!

Friday, October 25, 2013

Future Primitive Soap Company

I was introduced to the Future Primitive Soap Company recently when my good friend Kate bough me one of their beautiful soaps (Owlett's End - pictured above) for my Birthday!

Tiggy Fiander conjures up the most wonderful scents and captures them into esoteric looking bars of soap, sugar buffs and lovely moisturising creams. The scent of Owlett's End is described as 'Simmering Black Tea, Clary Sage & Coriander leaves, Nutmeg dust & Cinnamon sticks, sticky dark Orange oil and Blackened Cardamom pods' and if that doesn't immediately suck you in, every scent has a transportative back story to accompany it:

'A corn field long past its cutting date houses a derelict old town house, black beams exposed & dull white paint slowly peeling off the brickwork. 

Owls nest in the eaves, dust-covered cobwebs hang over the windows, a rustling wind whistles through the old back porch, old books piled high along with half-finished paintings, old mirrors & rusting signage. As you look up the faces of children in the upper windows reflect your gaze.

Sitting in the seat of a rocking chair rests a lovers keepsake box - the inside full of curious spices, long forgotten spells & dried tears.'

Tiggy's turned soap making into an art form and is inspired by the Victorian times, in particularly the 'Apothacary shops, grocers on old street corners and other such establishments from this bygone era'

Isn't it wonderful? As luck would have it, the Autumn collection of scents has just gone on sale so if you hurry over to the Future Primitive Soap Company website you may just be able to grab yourself a bargain!

I couldn't resist treating myself to two more soaps - 10,000 Pumpkins and Toffee Moon Face! Both of which look so pretty in their packaging I can't quite bear to unwrap them yet! Hop over to the website for a peek at what's inside - I love the way each of the soaps looks (as well as smells) completely different!

My Owlett's End soap has a lovely, warm and comforting smell and builds to a rich lather - even in this hardest of hard water areas.

I also treated myself to the Whitley Court body whip as well as Sparklebox Bubbling Sugar Buff which is really something else and I'm so glad it's in my life. The scent is so wonderfully rich and cosy!

Best of all, the soaps and other products are all natural and made with fairtrade ingredients!

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Snip Snip Snip

A few weeks ago I kissed goodbye to my long hair and went for the chop! I love this shorter length - it feels swingy and fun. It's a lob, you know? A long bob. I got some of that there ombre in the ends too so I feel all round a bit blonder. There's an awesome quote by Coco Chanel that goes something along the lines of 'A woman who cuts her hair is about to change her life'. In fact Coco said a lot of cool things, take a peek here!

Monday, October 21, 2013

Lemon Drizzle Fo Shizzle

I made this delicious poppyseed and lemon drizzle cake for my lovely friend Sarah's Birthday last weekend! We went round for Sunday lunch and sang Happy Birthday with candles and stuffed ourselves with cake and salted caramel profiteroles (pictured) made by Sarah's sweet friend Kim! I was really pleased to have the opportunity to use my moulded glass cake stand that I picked up in my New Forest charity shop haul back in the Summer!

I used Jamie Oliver's lemon drizzle cake recipe and I highly reccomend giving it a go! The recipe uses ground almonds as well as white flour so has a lovely dense texture and before you get to the drizzling part, you pour over a lemon syrup which the warm just soaks up like a sponge! It's really tasty.

Happy Monday you guys, I hope you have a dreamy and productive week!

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Bedsocks and Broomsticks

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The nights are drawing in - there's nothing I like more at this time of year than pulling on a thick pair of socks and cosying up with a cup of tea and a good book!

My beloved Norwegian Hirch socks from last Christmas are looking a little worse for wear so I think it might be time to treat myself to another pair! Here are a few I'm currently eyeing up...

Left to right from the top: yellow and orange Hirch Socks, thick red Hirch Socks, Norwegian red and white Hirch socks.Grey, blue and red cashmere socks by Toast.  Pink cashmere bedsocks by Brora,  Cashmere folk socks by Brora, Folk navy people socks available at Liberty,

Monday, October 14, 2013

Bath Time!

Thank you for this awesome photograph Hannah!
Bath was the best! Not only did we visit an awesome car boot sale, but we also saw the stunning Royal Crescent, bought lovely wholesome, vegetarian sandwiches and snacks from Harvest  (a brilliant little health food cooperative with a lovely deli counter and a nice, right on vibe) which we took to the park and ate in front of the band stand. Bath has some great charity shops and vintage clothes shops and the streets are small and pretty not to mention pubs (we visited about four in total - it's important to keep our strength up!).

I can't wait to go back and visit the Fashion Museum not to mention the Jane Austen Centre! I absolutely love all of Jane Austen's novels and I the landscape of bath is so familiar from stories like Northanger Abbey and Persuasion! 

This isn't actually the Royal Crescent, as we discovered a little later...

I got these lovely Tod's loafers on ebay!

Turns out they're men's so a little on the wide side... ebay problems eh!

Lauren spotted this lovely sunflower peeking up high on a rooftop garden.

I love these pretty pastel houses!

Bath was so lovely I feel like I need more time to explore it fully. I'm thinking that a little day trip there to do some Christmas shopping might be in order, what do you think? If you have any recommendations I would love to here - places to eat and drink, cool shops to visit?

Monday, October 7, 2013

Car Booting & Cameras in Bath

Here are some pictures I snapped a couple of weeks ago when Hannah and I spent a lovely weekend way out West, visiting Kate & Lauren! We decided to spend the day in Bath and hopped on board a bus. A short while later we stepped off to find ourselves slap bang in the middle of a car boot sale and couldn't resist a rummage! Hannah lent me her beautiful camera for the day, here's what I saw...

We each came prepared with at least two cameras each but couldn't resist looking at a few more. Aren't these old fashioned box cameras gorgeous! Lauren treated herself to one - I can't wait to see what awesome photographs she'll take!

I'm sure you can guess which one of these 'whimsies' had to come home with me! 

Being the proud owners of a certain blue cat ourselves, Ciaran and I can never resist handing over our money whenever we see something resembling our Toby!

This was fairly disastrous a couple of years ago when Big Blue Kitten ran the Grand National...

I love beautiful old sewing machines like this one!

Ron seems like a very matter of fact kind of a guy. 
I love Kate's furry sleeves here! She brought her fish eye camera out to play! Have you ever tried one? 

Hannah has been taking some great photos on her trusty old Olympus 35mm camera - you can hop over to her blog and see some more photos of our weekend here! 
I couldn't resist snapping a quick photo of this furry fellow! 
I feel like I learned loads about photography from these lovely ladies over the course of the weekend! I'm looking forward to sharing some tips and tricks here soon!

Happy Monday! I'll be reflecting (gedit?!) on Bath some more a little later in the week! Peace x