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Showing posts with label shopping. Show all posts
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Monday, 25 March 2013

Top Ten: Brooches and Pins!

Now, I love a good brooch; I think the right brooch can really complete an outfit. When I think of accessorising an outfit, I always think of necklaces, but deep down, I've always been a brooch-lover. When I was a teenager, my bag straps were always covered in button pins, and these days I often have one on my coat. This post is going to be a round-up of some of the brooches that have caught my eye recently. I think I'm going to have to start adding a brooch to my outfits more often!!
1.
rustic pine cone brooch
This simple pine cone brooch from cabin + cub design would make a lovely lapel pin. I've always loved collecting pine cones.
2.
constellation brooches
I love all of these beautiful constellation brooches from ShadeOfABonsai. I'd wear one to accent a dress, like Katie of Skunkboy Blog!
3.
woodland deer brooch
I love the detail in this deer brooch by Layla Amber via Hannah Zakari. It's all the best bits of a mounted deer head, without the death and... lack of wearability.
4.
plane pin brooch
Anyone who knows me will be well aware of my obsession with aeroplanes. I love this little red brooch by Hug A Porcupine via Hannah Zakari because it is so stylised. It reminds me of the vintage toy planes that hung from my Grandpa's workshop ceiling.
5.
paper plane brooch
Ahhh, and another beautiful little aeroplane brooch by stoicandpariah on Etsy. This one is unbelievably whimsical, don't you think?
6.
twin peaks brooch
I actually own another Twin Peaks inspired brooch by Kate Rowland via Hannah Zakari. I got it from a dear friend for my birthday, and I love it to pieces, but I kind of want this one too now! I love anything Twin Peaks themed, to be honest...
7. nerdfighter brooch
Another brooch (this one's definitely more of a lapel pin though) that I own. I am a self-confessed nerd and Vlogbrothers fanatic, so I was very pleased when Dan bought me this "Nerdfighter Pin" for Christmas last year. Sometimes I wear it to work in the library. It seems fitting.
8. tatty devine swallow brooches
I am in forever-love with practically everything made by Tatty Devine, and these brooches are no exception. I love that they come in pairs. I know that the nautical look goes in and out of fashion all the time, but I'll never stop loving it!
9.
Sylvia Plath Brooch
These Women In History Brooches by nappyhappy on Etsy are just PERFECT. My absolute favourite is the Sylvia Plath one (middle on the bottom row), but then it would be, I suppose! If I owned this brooch, it would be a struggle not to wear it EVERY day!!
10.
moonstone brooch
And finally, (this one is definitely out of my budget, but it's beautiful nonetheless!) this gorgeous moonstone brooch by CharlotteBezzant on Etsy. Moonstones are my absolute favourite semi-precious stone, and this piece has obviously had such careful and skilled craftsmanship go into it, that I just wanted to share it with you!
So there are my top ten brooches and pins! I wish I had enough money to own each and every one of the brooches shown above; they are all things of beauty!! I hope you enjoyed seeing this array of pretty things. The next "Top Ten" post will be for hair clips and accessories, so stay tuned!

Monday, 28 May 2012

Retail Therapy - Cosmetics

As I said in my post yesterday, I indulged in a spot of retail therapy to celebrate the end of my placement. I had been planning my perfect 'end-of-placement' weekend for the best part of a term, and I had factored some fairly heavy shopping into the equation. Let's see what I got then, shall we?
So, as well as buying birthday presents for my Dad and my Stepdad (I won't show you, as I've not given the presents to them yet, and I don't want to spoil any surprises!) I also treated myself to some new makeup, brushes, and handcream.
Looking at the photo above, it may have become clear to you that I chose to buy my makeup from Bobbi Brown this weekend. If you made that deduction, well done! I salute your investigative powers. I really do. However, having spent a fairly sizable wedge of money on the setting powder, blush and eyeshadows pictured above, I couldn't justify buying high-quality Bobbi Brown brushes, so I bought my blush and powder brushes from the Boots basic/cheapo range. They aren't bad brushes, although they (like the foundation and concealer brushes from the same range) tend to lose a couple of bristles with each use.
I went to the Bobbi Brown counter in the John Lewis on Oxford Street, and a very helpful sales assistant took me through what shades would suit me, and showed me how to apply them. Pictured, is the white setting powder, and a palate including (left to right) Blush - Nude Peach; Metallic Eye Shadow - Champagne Quartz, and Eye Shadow - Taupe. All of the colours appear darker in this picture, as it is taken indoors, with minimal natural light.  So far, I am very pleased with these products. If only I'd known how useful a setting powder could be, before now! Plus, I was always against blush or rouge of any kind, believing it went against my desire to cultivate my pallor. I couldn't be more wrong - I can stay super-pale how I like it, and the blush just makes me look less like I am on death's door. It doesn't make me orange or clownlike, as long as I am sparing!
I really enjoy any procedure where someone is doing something nice for me (oo-er), such as waxing, eyelash tinting, or having my makeup done. As a result, I can't recommend the Bobbi Brown sales staff enough! I've always had good experiences with them, and they know what they are on about, which definitely enhances the experience. Of course, they are trying to make a sale, but as I've got older, I've become more confident to say what I do and don't want.
Now, I don't know if this photo is really going to help to sell any makeup to anyone, as I am not exactly Kate Moss, but I was looking for really natural-looking makeup, and I definitely got it. I get a lot of joy from applying makeup; it is like art, in a way. I find all of the blending and matching great fun, which is one of the main reasons I wear makeup. In addition, I've been feeling fairly down about my appearance of late, and it is amazing what taking the time to apply makeup to one's face can do if one is in need of some self-care.
Finally, here is the Burt's Bees Almond Hand Cream that I bought. I wanted to get this a long time ago, but the school in which I was working, was a 'nut free zone', including cosmetics. I didn't particularly want to be responsible for anyone having an attack of the bad-nuts, so I held off on this purchase despite it smelling like HEAVEN. Oh good LORD, it smells good. I mean, if you don't like almonds, you'll hate it, but if you are an almond-enthusiast like me, it is your new best friend. The consistency is fairly greasy, which is to be expected from a heavy-duty hand cream with a beeswax base, but the incredible smell makes the greasiness worth it until it sinks in. LAHVLEH!
Stay tuned, folks, for more posts about my perfect weekend, including Eurovision funtimes, and an introduction to our beautiful new kitten!

Thursday, 4 June 2009

Exams are OVERR!

Wow, so I have finally finished, and guess what - I still can't shake the guilty feeling, when I am browsing the internet, that I should be doing something more constructive... I combat this witht he "constructive" activity of internet shopping.

I have bought a second hand Randoseru:

The Deschanel Dress from Modcloth:

A name necklace from "mynamenecklace.co.uk"

And a hello kitty rice cooker from "jbox.com"...

I sound like a big japanophile, don't I...

Emma and I are going to make a joint purchase from Hannah Zakari. I needed a gold sort of necklace to go with my green dress for the Emmanuel May Ball. So I chose this one, with Emma's help:

I also purchased a block of Caca Rouge from Lush, and on Sunday, after a day spent helping to paint Dan's old warhammer, Dan is going to help paint my hair! Yay!

In other news, for the first time in forever, I managed to get a bra that fits. Good lord! Wow, I have spent lots of money... I don't even want to mention the DS that I bought for Dan...

:)

Ah, PS - I have discovered a wonderful blogger! http://cheapskatechic.blogspot.com/. She writes about fashion, and posts LOTS of lovely pictures of herself, and of clothes!