Sunday, 30 November 2014

The Blogger Event: Some Sunday Beauty Schooling





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This week I had the awesome opportunity to attend a blogging event at my local pub, The Birdcage, to meet and support some of the lovely beauty blogging ladies of Norwich, as well as local businesses, and it was awesome! (Little mention to Siobhan from The Unexpected Geek and Justine Pendrill - lovely to meet you girls!) The event was held by beauty mavens Flamingo Amy and Love Moi Makeup and the lovely ladies have teamed up to create 'The Sunday Beauty School' - A place to teach their tricks of the trade! We're talking classes in Hair, Makeup - the works - great for a not-so clued up beauty trier, like myself. I was lucky enough to get a front row seat for a night of all things retro...





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First up - Hair. Amy ,who's known under the name 'Flamingo Amy' and is usually set up at Flint hairdressers in Norwich,took to the stage to style up some victory rolls. As a lady who loves a bit of texturising spray and to be done with it, I really enjoyed watching Amy get to work on something beyond my abilities! Amy nipped, tucked and pinned, like there was no tomorrow and created the perfect 40's up do.

Moving on to make-up with, Emily from Love Moi Makeup, we were all treated to a modern twist of a classic pin-up look with a bit of glitter thrown in for good measure! Tis the season and all that. The bold red lip with a touch of sparkle looked beautiful on our model, but I was all about the highlighter. With samples provided by TheBalm, I was all over the Cindy-Lou Minizer! I may have even purchased it the next morning... I definitely did.

Of-course, no look is complete without the perfect outfit and to provide that for us, were local business Vanilla. Styled head to toe with pieces from their store, the look was complete!






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A little bit of mingling, awesome food provided by She Blends, and a lap around the room later - I had had my own mini-makeover. Amy kindly styled my hair into a 30's red carpet worthy barnet (Which I shall be trying to re-create myself - fingers crossed) and I had my first ever manicure by Betty's Beauty - and it's still going strong! I chose a slate colour that is almost blue, but kind of grey and I love that! An Almost there, but not quite, shade. (Instagram picture to come!)

With a goody-bag-to-go, what more could a girl want? A bloom'in great blogger event, with the best beauty babes.

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Thursday, 27 November 2014

The One Where It Was My Birthday





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You know how Monday is known as one of them days that people like to let pass by? Well, this past Monday I wasn't going to let pass by without spirit as it was my birthday! *Cheers to self* I'm not one of the quiet ones when it comes to birthdays and I chat about it for days prior to the actual event, I'm still like a big kid and get too excited at the prospect of cute gifts and plenty of birthday cake! So, just imagine the excitement levels at Christmas...

I was super pleased that the sun made an appearance as days previous had been all kinds of miserable, so of course the camera came with me... 




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It's no secret that I'm an Autumn lover, and this little dug out spot near my house was an awesome backdrop for some outfit snaps - I kept things casual and comfy for a day with lots of adventuring - and time to appreciate the last of the leaves littering the floor. Soon this'll all be gone and the harsh winter will hit us! 

Birthday celebrations continued towards the shops for a little spending (I'm so lucky my boyfriend, Adam, puts up with me trawling him around the city!) and a sweet stop off for more cake and a super indulgent hot chocolate as the sun went down...


Wear It:
Glasses / Tony & Guy  Coat / Mango (old)  'Feminine' Top / Whistles  Jeans / Topshop  Trainers / New Balance  Scarf / Barbour  Tote / COS (More on this bag soon, but the navy seems to be out of stock online - boo!) 

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Sunday, 23 November 2014

Giftguide: Gifts For HER



The Beauty Junkie:

Origins Skincare Giftsets. I'm a huge fan of the whole Origins brand, especially their travel size products, and every year they release a line of Christmas gifting appropriate sets which are seriously a bang for your buck. Made for every skin situation, I've got my eye on their Dr Weil Mega Mushroom range. £60 for the set, opposed to that for the serum?! I'm all in.

The Body Shop Glazed Apple Tin Of Treasures. A Christmas, for me, can't pass without some goodies from The Body Shop - All in favour? Every year I bring out their Cranberry body butter but this years launch - Glazed Apple. This tin is an awesome chance to try products from the range! Perfect for the lady who loves a good pamper!

Bobbi Brown Warm Glow Eye Palette. Any high end product, for me, is such a luxury to own, and Bobbi Browns eye palettes always catch my eye. This warm toned palette houses 9 shades, all with rose gold, bronze and metallic shimmers. Perfect for the party season and such a treat for any lady to find under the tree. 

Allure Magazine Subscription. Allure magazine, also known as the beauty bible. Filled with make-up tips and tricks, endless glamour and amazing cover girls, this is the perfect gift for any makeup maven. You'll be on Santa's nice list. Also, did I mention it's buy one subscription, get one free for the holidays? A little treat to yo'self?! I think so.



The Fashion Lover:


Leandra Medine, The Man Repeller. Every girl has heard about this book. An awesome read that I'm sure all us ladies can relate to in one way or another! Filled with hilarious anecdotes about Leandra and her ability to repel men with her outlandish dressing. A book for your inner trend setter.

The Sartorialist. One of my first posts on Eternal Sunday was a post on the brilliant Sartorialist books. The anthologies are shot in a street style format and place the subjects on their city streets and showcase style around the globe. An awesome set of books for style obsessives and photographers, likewise.

LuLu Guiness Lily Tote. LuLu's designs are quirky, super stylish, and a statement in any wardrobe! This tote will add glamour to any gals shopping spree, and the iconic design of a classic red lip will stand out in the crowds.

Vivienne Westwood Necklace. Is it every girls dream to own a Vivienne Westwood piece? I think so. The orb and satellite pendant is super delicate and feminine, yet still holds Viv 's punk edge. Jewellery is the ultimate Christmas treat and she may not be cheap, but boy she's pretty...



The Jet Setter:


Eat Well, Travel Often. Prints and Illustrations are fun ways to display your love for certain hobbies or adventures around your house. This print is a great mantra to have hanging on the wall and can instantly bring back memories for those who love to travel.

36 Hours Travel Guides. I couldn't travel anywhere without a trusty guide in hand. The 36 Hours books aren't pocket sized, that's for sure, but they're great for looking up the essentials before a trip, or if you need help choosing a destination. Whether it's Europe, or as far as the USA, they're super handy for immersing yourself in city, the culture and experience the best hot spots to eat, drink and stop off for site seeing. 

ThisWorks Dream Team. For flyers who are a little nervous, or if things get a little turbulent, it's great to have something that soothes you on hand. This little roller-ball from ThisWorks is a great companion to ease or de-stress during flight. Plus the miniature pillow spray will send you off into slumber on your travels! (Nothing beats your own bed!) Just take a whiff of the natural lavender remedy and you'll be rescued. 

Passport Holder. Constantly having to have your passport to hand, means you may as well jazz things up a little! Rummaging for a boring burgandy passport during check-in? We've all done it. Make things easier, and far more stylish, with this London Buses print! Thinking of home, whilst away.


Next week: Gifts for HIM! Just call me Santa's little helper...


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Sunday, 9 November 2014

Home Interiors: Picking Up Prints!

Our house is seriously lacking in the way of visuals. We've got the furniture down, but we've got a lot of blank white walls up in here! Since Adam is an illustrator, you'd think we'd be inundated with prints? But it's kind of been last on our 'to do' list. (Save the best until last - right?) and it just so happens that my social media feed has been overflowing with enviable interiors of late, and with my crazy scrolling I have found a few great websites that have an awesome selection of printed treats! Check the bottom of this post for all of my printed picks mentioned in this post. They've probably already made their way to my checkout as I type...

I first spotted the pineapple print from Society6 on display in the lovely Kate from gh0stparties Living Room Tour (side note - major love for your living room, Kate!) and instantly started trawling the site. Get this - I don't even like pineapple. Go figure. But, there was something about that faded pineapple that just said 'yes!'. I'm a lover of the simple prints in life and the crazy cat lady in me needs one of the many Cat prints my little eye spotted!




This cute store has surface print design all over the shop - get it?. Cards, gift wrap, stationary (oh - the stationary!) and the wall art is ah-may-zing. All very colourful in colour, feminine and fun in design, with a bunch of botanical influences, it's easy to get carried away with your spending. (This is more of a note to myself - naughty!) A lot of the illustrations are whimsical and uplifting, great vibes to have around your workspace!
Anthony Burrill
Words and communication is the main focus of Anthony's prints. The clean cut design of the text is bold and effective - mostly black and white - his works are a great pieces to own because by default, they will always fit into any interior - having a redecorate is no issue here! Anthony's 'Work Hard & Be Nice To People' print is a favourite of mine and one on my shopping list for sure. I hope we don't all need a reminder to be kind to people, but it's a great mantra hanging around in the house, if you ask me.




Jesiiii
My first ever purchase from Jesi's adorable Etsy Shop was a wooden necklace with a tooth illustration on the front and the caption 'Sweet Tooth'. It had me written all over it. Since then I've been hooked on her awesome illustrations and cutesy captions! Such as 'To gnome you is to love you' and 'Treat Yo'self',  delicately hand-painted on to wooden slabs (For want of a better word!) and wooden sheets, Jesi offers custom made designs via request and if you follow her instagram - bonus snaps of her ridiculously cute cat, digby - you can check out her little works in the making as well as a heads up on new pieces to hit the shop! You wouldn't want to miss out...



My Printed Picks:
Black Cat / Society6  Pineapple / Society6  Scissors / RifelPaperCo  IT'S OK / Etsy  
Work Hard / Anthony Burrill  Treat Yo' Self / Jesiiii
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Sunday, 2 November 2014

The Bookshelf: This Is M. Sasek



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Firstly, lets head a few weeks back to my Books On My Bookshelf post, where I let you delve into what books we have on hand in our downstairs living area. Well, you may remember the stack of illustrated 'This Is' books by M. Sasek that snuck into the photos, but they really do deserve a whole post of their own.

Miroslav Sasek was a Czech painter, illustrator and author of the delightful 'This Is' children's books. Originally published more than 50 years ago, he's taken many a mind to the sites of Paris, a walk in Central Park, and a drive along the Golden Gate with his perfectly painted image of some of the world's greatest cities, and countries! They've been so thoroughly enjoyed by adults (hello!) and children that they have now been reprinted and Adam and I have been living vicariously through them for a few years now! (I must admit - he brought them to my attention! Extra credit for him.) On our bookshelf you'll find This Is New York, This Is San Francisco, This Is Hong Kong and This is London - to name a few of the destinations available - so until we travel  to the big apple, we're just delving into the pretty pictures...




This Is London...
How awesome are these illustrations of London? Not long ago I was standing in London the exact same view point of Parliament, which just adds life to this image! Fellow London lovers - relate!




This Is New York...
Oh New York, my beloved. Just looking at these images makes me want to grab the next flight - but let's be realistic. The Central Park illustrations have to be my favourite from the whole book. When I go to New York (Notice I say when - I'm determined!) I'll be heading straight for the park!




This Is San Francisco...
Flashback to my childhood, I remember my grandparents coming home from a trip to San Francisco, showing us all their holiday snaps and This Is San Francisco instantly brings that back to me. Adam loves a bit of San Fran - also on our travel bucket list - and we'd love to get an M. Sasek print up in our house!

Hope you're enjoying these little book teasers & have a Happy Sunday folks! 

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