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Saturday, 11 November 2017

Autumn Rambles

 Hello everyone and welcome back!
Hope you are all having a great November so far. I still can't believe how quickly the year has gone! Having a slight panic that I will need to start planning my Christmas shopping out shortly. I have bought one present so far, so that's a start right? Fortunately I have a Pinterest board of gift ideas that I've accumulated with pins of present ideas over this past year so finding presents should hopefully be easy enough once I actually sit myself down properly and go through it. Fingers crossed! How are you all getting on with your Christmas shopping? Let me know in the comments :)

I had been very frustrated with my blog this year, purely because I find editing photographs very time consuming and I don't always have the time and motivation for it. I'd been on the look out for a quick and easy editing software or website that allows me to quickly adjust the odd setting here and there as I find Photoshop doesn't make my images look how I want them to and again don't really have the time to watch hours and hours of tutorials. I was looking for a software that was similar to the settings of Instagram, the odd slide here and the odd slide there and post out. Sorted! 
Eventually I have stumbled upon Picmonkey which I heard of whilst listening to a podcast and I am finally happy now! Hooray! I realise I have joined this party like years late as bloggers used this like years and years ago but either way I'm thrilled that I can make quick edits for my blog photos now! So I'm hoping I will get more content on here 

Eventually I have stumbled upon Picmonkey which I heard of whilst listening to a podcast recently and after scoping it out I am thrilled that it fits the criteria I was looking for so I can make quick and easy edits for my blog photos now so I can hopefully get content out much quicker! Hooray! I realise I have joined this Picmonkey party like years late as bloggers used this like years and years ago but either way I'm happy now! 

Hat: Topshop , Scarf: River Island, Jumper: Marks & Spencer, Jeans: Topshop, Boots: Matalan.

Although I consider myself a summer lover, I do enjoy this time of year. I love seeing the sunlight hit off the vibrant green, orange and red leaves on the trees. The gorgeous sunsets that look like someone painted the sky. Belting out my favourite songs whilst driving through the countryside and of course stopping off for a cheese scone or two and drinking copious amounts of hot chocolate. Whilst spending my evenings with loved ones before finishing the night off playing xbox games.
I've just recently got back into playing video games the past few months, after finally getting a new TV as my old one was kaput. With the Xbox 360 being probably considered 'old' in this technological day and age, especially with the Xbox One X just being announced too, it's perfect for me as I can score myself preowned copies and save a ton of money. Although there is a couple of games for the Xbox One I am itching to play too, for the moment I am enjoying playing through the preowned games I've just bought and also ones I'd started playing when I was in my second year at university (5 years ago, holy cow!) that I never got round to finishing. So now my nights aren't spent wondering what I should do with myself whilst trawling the internet aimlessly. Oh how I've missed the excitement of playing a new video game!

I also find it amusing how my autumnal style has evolved over the years. For one, I was never a jeans kind of girl. I had one pair of jeans which I occasionally wore if I was going to art class or painting at university etc. until I was about 18 and only just threw them away this year at 25 year old. Back in the day I'd just wear tights with a floral dress with a coat thrown over the top. Or even bare legs! I can imagine my Gran's facial expressions of utter shock now haha! Love you Gran! Fast forward to now and I've alternated between the 3 pairs of jeans that I own consistently all year round haha! Funny how this happens.
Maybe because I actually found a style I like that I feel I can move around in and more importantly eat in them! The same goes for jumpers too, I think they have started to slowly take over my wardrobe one by one. I know I'll get to spring/summer and wonder where the hell my cute floral dresses have disappeared to. I never used to enjoy dressing for autumn/winter as the items I had always felt like they were unflattering and trying to swallow me whole but now I'm starting to enjoy it more.
Nowadays I have found a few key pieces that I love such as this cute pom pom beanie I picked up last year before I went to New York and the black boots I went back out to purchase after originally buying the same style in brown a few weeks before (haha!) , the tartan scarf I spent the majority of autumn 2014 trying to find one that had the soft material and bright colours I liked, the incredibly soft jumper that I enjoy throwing on as it gets colder. I've got my eye on the black one for this year too which had been quickly added to my Pinterest wish list to wear with my new burgundy pom pom beanie I picked up at Matalan the other day. The outfit shown in this post is basically one of my favourite go-to outfits for this time of year. I'm hoping to find a few new key pieces to mix it up and alternate between.

I've been trying to incorporate older pieces into my autumn/winter wardrobe again like this denim and shearling jacket (hello double denim!) as well as my leather gloves and both my parka and trench coats, the latter I'd like to get more use out of however it isn't always the best thing to wear when it's that cold wind outside. But I'll see what I can do :)
Some new additions I'm hoping to add to my autumnal wardrobe this year are; the black M&S jumper I mentioned previously, the burgundy pom pom beanie I bought the other day, a pair of black sock boots and a gorgeous dark green borg coat I've been eyeing up at Topshop. I'll see what outfit ideas I come up with and possibly do a post to feature them for you.

Anyway enough of my ramblings for today, thank you so much for reading!
 Let me know below how far you've gotten with your Christmas shopping and what your favourite autumn/winter pieces you like to wear this time of year or got your eye on for this year, I'd love to read your thoughts too :)
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Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Bringing Memories To Life With Printiki


Hello everyone and welcome back to my blog!
At the start of the year I mentioned to you all my goals for 2017, one of which was to print off photographs as I was wanting to get back into the habit of doing so. So when Printiki kindly got in touch with me to review their products and service I naturally jumped at the chance to collaborate with a highly recommended brand and service.

Printiki are a photo printing service that allows you to print beautiful quality prints directly from either your phone, tablet or desktop. You can also choose pictures directly from your Facebook and Instagram accounts as well as your camera roll. Printed in the UK, they ship worldwide and use real photo paper either by Kodak or Fuji to produce amazing quality prints of your favourite photographs with a fast delivery service.
One of the features I particularly like is the creator page which is really easy to navigate and offers a variety of both printing and sizing options for the prints you want to produce. They have the retro prints, which add a border around your images which reminds me of the polaroid style and allows you to write underneath the image any captions if you wish to, as well as the standard prints that feature a thin border or ones without the border, photo books which is something I'd definitely be considering in future to document all my photographs from visits to Disney World, as well as posters too which is a feature I've never came across before in other printing places before and I think is a great concept for gift ideas for friends and family and special occasions. The sizing options for the prints are: 4x4, 5x5, 6x4, 7x5 and 8x6 so there's a great mix of styles for you to choose from. The beauty of having a big selection of options brings forth many creative opportunities for DIYs and decorative ideas with the prints, whether that is scrapbooking, hanging a string of them up across your bed or pinned your wall as a beautiful collage and many more. Printiki's twitter and instagram accounts are always sharing creative ways to display your images. 
As I normally go for 6x4 prints, I thought I'd change things up for this review and choose 30 of the square M 4x4 prints option as someone who loves using Instagram anyway I thought it would be interesting to see how they look once brought to life as a physical copy. It is a big deal breaker for me to have a place that can print Instagram size prints as I have so many images on there that I've edited and posted that I've been wishing to print off for the longest time so was really excited to see the end result.
True to their word, the prints arrived extremely quickly and I was incredibly impressed with how amazing the quality of the prints were and how vibrant my images looked once brought to life. I was blown away by the result and I would definitely recommend the service to anyone. A very happy customer indeed! Thanks again to Printiki for the fantastic opportunity to try out their brand.
As a treat to you all, use my code: 7F54CWXZ at the checkout and get FREE shipping at checkout on your prints! ;)

As always, thank you for reading! Let me know what you think in the comments below and if you have tried Printiki before let me know your thoughts too :)

*This post is in collaboration with Printiki, all views expressed in this post are my own.
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Thursday, 3 August 2017

Outfit Of The Day | Tessuti



Polo Ralph Lauren Oxford Shirt : Tessuti* , Leggings: River Island , Flats: Topshop

Hello everyone and welcome back to my blog!
Hope you are all well. I was recently contacted by the lovely folk over at Tessuti who introduced me to their brand and very kindly asked if I would review one of their products for this site which I jumped at the chance to do so. I must confess I had never actually heard of Tessuti beforehand so I was very intrigued to discover more about who they are but after some research I discovered they are a retailers of designer clothing and accessories for men and women and that they also have a store not that far from where I live too!
After exploring the website I came across this gorgeous shirt from Polo Ralph Lauren, I adore the pale blue shade and the intricate detailing of the logo too, it is such a classic shirt that I know I can wear both casually like I've done above or dress it up more with smart trousers and heels or tucked into a cute skirt and heels. I find this to be a very versatile piece and I'm a sucker for clothing that has a soft and comfortable feel to it so this was a complete winner for me.

I must admit I am newly converted to this website now. Usually I find myself sticking to a very small selection of websites for designer clothing as there are specific ones I trust and now I can honestly say I have added Tessuti to that personal list too. I was recently scouring the site for some gift ideas for potential birthday and christmas presents (yes I like to plan ahead!) and found they have an eclectic variety of designer brands to choose from that are catered to everyone such as Barbour, Calvin Klein, Love Moschino, Melissa, Stone Island, Versus Versace and of course one of my personal favourites, Vivienne Westwood. All of which I know friends and family would love and they have great sale items too. So I am thrilled I was contacted as now I've discovered a new clothing site to spend all my pennies on! Thanks Tessuti!

*This post is in collaboration with Tessuti, all views expressed in this post are my own.
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A Week In Outfits: Mojácar Edition



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Wednesday, 5 July 2017

3 Ways To Style A Strapless Bra | ThirdLove



Summer is upon us!
I just recently got back from a weeks holiday in the very sunny Mojacar in Spain. Before I went away, I was challenged by ThirdLove, a bra and underwear company based out of San Francisco to style a few outfits whilst wearing a strapless bra. ThirdLove have their classic strapless bra in two colours; both flesh and black making them versatile to wear with many pieces. So I thought I'd show you 3 different ways to wear a strapless bra whilst on your holidays:

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Monday, 12 June 2017

City Marble: A Brand New Concept by CaseCompany


Hello everyone and welcome back to my blog!
I was recently contacted by the lovely folk at CaseCompany who introduced me to their brand new concept called City Marble. City Marble is a brand new and unique way to create your next phone case or laptop sleeve.

I was really intrigued by this concept and couldn't wait to try it out for myself! All you need to do is chose what brand you are going for (Iphone, Samsung, Laptop case, etc), the model and then the case of cover you prefer (transparent, hard case, soft case, flip case) and then design. For the design, you type in a place in the world and it automatically generates a map of the chosen destination. Think google maps but on a phone case. They also have a choice of style options to give it that extra quirkiness to the designs.
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Monday, 15 May 2017

Spring Moments

1. Blue skies and cherry blossoms.
2. Little lambs grazing in the fields.
3. Daffodils! My favourite flowers in bloom.
4. Chocolate! Scoffing all the malteaster rabbits, mini eggs and cream eggs.
5. Planning fresh new pages in my journal.
6. Evenings by the beach eating all the ice cream.
7. Burning my scented candles on a night and feeling all cosy in my extremely soft Cath Kidston pajamas.

What are your favourite things about spring time?
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Saturday, 6 May 2017

My First Vlog

Hello everyone and welcome back to my blog!
So I did something a little crazy for me and actually created a video and uploaded it to Youtube! I've been wanting to create a video for a little while but I was a little afraid of taking the plunge and aside from that I wasn't sure what I would make a video about. Eventually I bit the bullet and decided to create a video compilation of a few video clips from different adventures and compile them into one little vlog - a video montage if you will. I really like watching these types of videos myself so thought it might be interesting to create my own. It's not amazing by any means but I just wanted to have a little fun playing around with video clips and experiment with video editing just to try it out and get out of my comfort zone. I've included the video below so feel free to give it a watch if you'd like to. Hope you enjoy watching! Let me know what you think and as always thanks for reading! :)
Music: End of Summer by The 126ers
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Wednesday, 3 May 2017

My First Papergang Subscription Box: April 2017- Arden Rose X OhhDeer


 Hello everyone and welcome back to my blog!
If you didn't already know this about me, I love getting new stationary. I always remember when I was still in school, before the new school year began I'd go to my local W H Smiths and treat myself to new stationary for the coming year and it would make me so excited and motivated for starting school. Fast forward many years and although I don't attend school anymore, I still get that same excited feeling when I go into a stationary shop: beautifully patterned notebooks, delicately illustrated cards and quirky pens and pencils. A good example of this is my stationary haul I did a few years ago now. I think it stems from my creative background. From Art being my favourite subject throughout school to my degree in Illustration and Design. I love looking at other designers works and can find it really inspiring.

OhhDeer
I came across OhhDeer a few years ago after coming across some of their beautiful notebooks in Urban Outfitters and on Asos. It was only more recently I would buy directly through the site once I realised there was one. I'm a huge Gemma Correll fan and upon discovering they stocked her illustrative work I was over the moon. I also discovered some more amazing artists such as Lucie Sheridan , Sophie Corrigan , David Olenick and many more. They stock stationary, books, home wares, post cards and gift wrap to name a few.
Papergang
Papergang is a monthly subscription box by OhhDeer of stationary which includes a good mix of stationary pieces from what I've seen previously and from what I've noticed in my first box and from what I gather, each month has a specific illustrator that designs pieces for that box. The products inside the box do go up on the website eventually too so if you see something in particular that you like, you can guarantee it will end up on their website at a later time. However the beauty of the this box is that you pay around £11.90 for a box, including postage but the total of the products altogether can cost much more than that so I think personally it's definitely worth the money. I first heard of Papergang after watching Vicky from VVNightingale 's Youtube videos of her Papergang unboxing videos. I was really intrigued by the boxes and really enjoyed seeing what stationary was included in the boxes each month so finally decided I'd treat myself and order one for myself.

The Designers
For this month, when I first signed up for the subscription, it didn't mention who was the designer originally. Then about a week or so later it mentioned Arden Rose. I thought this was a unique take on what I've previously seen, having a youtuber involved in the creation of the pack. So I was looking forward to seeing what was inside as I love her channel. From what I gather, I don't think Arden specifically designed anything in the box (correct me if I'm wrong!) which is bit of a shame if that is the case as it would have been interesting to have a youtuber design their own box, but it's not the end of the world if it isn't the case. Perhaps she chose some products she liked from the website and that was put together. I'm just taking guesses here! I did notice in the note you get with the box that the products inside were designed by both OhhDeer design team and Amy Lesko. Anyway enough of the back story I'll stop rambling now and show you what is inside!

What's Inside
A Beautifully Designed Box with an Origami rose to make
A rose. Arden Rose. I see what you did there OhhDeer!

A Message with Product Listing
This is really useful as I love seeing who designed what so that if I like their design style I will definitely check them out and keep an eye out for their work again in future.
Sticker set
Personally sticker sets aren't my thing. I have a few for my journal but I don't really care much for them, however I do think this set is really cute and I do like Amy's illustrative style.
Two cards: A Birthday card & A Thank You card
I like this idea of getting cards inside the box. My mam is one of those people who always seems to have a box of spare cards lying around which I think is great in case of an emergency like a forgotten birthday. So inspired by my mother I'm going to start my own collection of cards now with the cards I receive in this box.
 To Do list notepad, a pencil & a June calendar
This is great! I'm always on the look out for to do list notepads as I'm an avid list maker so I'm in my element with this. Also I really like the cute illustrations on it. I didn't realise straight away until I took these photographs but the pencil has a cute little smiley face on it too which I thought was a sweet touch. And the calendar is something I'd never come across before I looked on OhhDeer's website but I think they are really useful, especially to those of you who like the bullet journal as it would save you having to draw out your own monthly calendar, you could add a pop of colour by sticking on of these in your journal instead.
A5 Planner
This is so cute. I like the layout inside, very simple in design and straightforward to understand. I love the design on the cover especially and also it's the perfect size to carry around with you in your bag.

Verdict
Overall I think this is a brilliant subscription box for those of you, like myself who love discovering different illustrators and designers. It's a great way to give them that extra exposure for their work and of course it's brilliant for those of you that have a big love of stationary too. It also shows great products that would be great for gift ideas, it's really affordable and you definitely get your moneys worth. I'm very happy with this box and I'm already highly anticipating the next one!
And also thanks again to Vicky for her videos that 
Let me know what you think of this box below :)
Thanks for reading!
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Saturday, 25 March 2017

TRAVEL DIARY: NEW YORK

Hello everyone!
Welcome back to my blog. If you follow me on Twitter, you will have seen that I had spent New Year over in New York. It was a holiday I had always wanted to do and was finally able to do it and ended up being an amazing trip. I thought I'd share it with you and let you know what we got up to whilst we were there. So I hope you enjoy :)
Also a pre warning: This post is longer than I usually post due to it being pretty photo heavy. I preferred to get all the trip condensed down into one long post as opposed to lots of smaller posts so I'd recommend getting yourself a cuppa at the ready just incase or if you cba to read everything, I hope you enjoy the photographs hahaha ;)
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Saturday, 18 March 2017

The Blogger Recognition Award


Hello everyone and welcome back!
I was very kindly nominated by the lovely Hannah from LuxuryBlush to do the tag for The Blogger Recognition Award. Thank you very much for tagging me Hannah, I really appreciate it! Let's get started!

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Sunday, 12 February 2017

TRAVEL DIARY: NEW YEAR, NEW YORK

Hello everyone!
Welcome back to my blog. Before I begin, I just want to say thank you so much for all your amazing comments and kind words on my last post. I was seriously blown away by all the support, especially after being away from blogging for such a long time, I was made to feel welcomed back with open arms which was really sweet so thank you :)
For the New Year 2017, we made plans to go away over New Year to New York as it has been something we've both wanted to do for so long and because of my old job working in retail, you are never allowed to take time off over December- January time, so now that I have my current job I was finally able to go away over the holidays! I found it really strange packing for a cold weather holiday as I'd never done that before but found it surprisingly easy when I was basically packing what I'd wear on a normal day in the UK. After an absolute nightmare of a time travelling there and getting completely lost on the way to the hotel, we eventually made it there in one piece and just in time to get ourselves ready for our New Year's Eve plans.
We stayed at the INNSIDE New York Nomad hotel which was wonderful. The staff were brilliant, they were always really friendly and more than happy to help you out with any queries and the decor was gorgeous too both around the hotel and our room, especially with it still being around the holidays, it was still all christmassy in the lobby too with a big christmas tree covered in golden decorations. We got to our room and we had an incredible view of the Empire State Building right outside our window which made it extra special. Especially as for New Year it was lit up with all these beautiful colours (shown above) and changed to green and red the other days we were there.
Once we were settled into our room and unloaded our cases, we began getting ready for the night. We had booked tickets for the New Year's Eve Cruise aboard the Atlantis Yacht which was a boat cruise along the Hudson river with a buffer dinner, open bar and a dance floor, as well as free champagne to toast at midnight and a beautiful view of the fireworks over the Statue of Liberty. We did our research before we left and found that Times Square at midnight wasn't all it cracked up to be so we thought the boat cruise sounded amazing and would be much more intimate and memorable event for us to attend.
Dress: TFNC London, Heels: Dune, Bag (not shown): Versus Versace, Earrings (not shown): Vivienne Westwood.

As the dress code was black tie optional, I had been unsure about what was acceptable attire but I had managed to get in touch with a member of the events team to confirm what sort of outfit was acceptable and they were happy to help which I thought was really good that they did that and when we were onboard the yacht there was a mix of super glam, formal and smart casual, so it was a good mix. The issue I had was when I was looking around online for more information about the yacht event there wasn't a lot that was given away about how it looked inside or what the dress code looked like so hopefully this gives a little more of an idea. I opted for this TFNC paris scallop gold sequinned dress from TFNC London which I fell in love with as soon as I saw it. I had looked for other options too just to make sure it was definitely what I wanted, I had looked at others that were maybe more on the 'super glam' side but I kept finding myself being drawn to this one over and over again and it was cheaper than other ones I'd seen so saved myself some pennies! I teamed it with my Vivienne Westwood drop orb earrings, midnight blue sparkly nails for a contrast, with Versus Versace lion head shoulder bag and with my pewter heels from Dune to complete the look.

The whole night was fantastic! We shared a table with two welsh couples and two german couples and everyone was so welcoming and friendly which made it even more special having others who were so easy going and of course, in the festive spirit too. The food was so delicious, with a good variety to pick from and the bar had also created their own special cocktail menu for the night too. When it was close to midnight we stood out on the middle deck out the back as it was so cold on the top deck so you were a bit more sheltered from the wind where we were and had the most incredible view of New York skyline from the yacht. The DJ began the countdown and played all the celebratory songs, everyone around us cheering and shouting 'Happy New Year!' at the tops of their lungs and hugging their loved ones and then watching the fireworks over the Statue of Liberty began whilst Frank Sinatra's New York, New York and Alicia Keys' New York played as the soundtracks to the occasion. It was honestly one of those 'pinch me' moments and a memory that will stick for me for the rest of my life. It was absolutely perfect and such a wonderful way to celebrate the New Year.
Thank you for reading and hope you all had a fabulous time celebrating the new year too!
Let me know in the comments what you all got up to yourselves as I'd love to read them :) Thanks!
Also head on over to my Instagram: /@vasey228 for more photos of my trip!
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