Incorporating vintage clothing into your daily style

 

Incorporating Vintage Into Your Daily Style

A dedication to vintage clothing takes a considerable amount of time and effort but it’s certainly worth it.

You must prepare yourself mentally to trawl endlessly through vintage, thrift and charity shops for your prized pieces. People who snub charity shops for vintage clothing are the worst and these are often where hidden gems are to be found!

Firstly, it’s always good to have an idea of what you’re looking for before venturing out.  If new to these types of shops they can tend to be a bit overwhelming, leading to frustration and alternative purchases. Oops.

However, when you do begin rampantly purchasing be sure to not overdo it when it comes to getting dressed! It is better to incorporate these unique pieces than swamp yourself in them. Avoid copying styles, be inspired and make them ’you’. You want to compliment your own style, not try and force it upon yourself!

Always keep an eye out for classic pieces and designer brands, charity shops tend to be thwart with them so be keen and persist. If in doubt, ask the shop assistant or quickly Google the brand.

When browsing double check your items. As vintage clothing is ‘pre-loved’ there are often pieces that are slightly damaged and even those beyond your tender and loving repair, if that is the case then be strong and leave them on the hanger.

Don’t just think of clothing but also the use of accessories. If it is classic, go wild with statement pieces and if it is not, then leave your retro outfit to simply do the talking.

The best thing about vintage clothing and shopping? No one else has it and it is fun! You’ll soon collect a variety of one-of-a-kind pieces, often for a fraction of the cost of the high street!

Do you enjoy shopping for vintage items? What is your favourite piece?

Stephanie xox

Beauty: The Body Shop ~ Beauty With Heart

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We believe true beauty comes from the heart. For us, beauty is much more than a pretty face. It’s about feeling good and doing good, too.

Beauty With Heart is the latest celebration of the work from The Body Shop. It details their products and how they care and support those around them.

Against Animal Testing

In 1996, 4 million people had signed for The Body Shop Against Animal Testing Campaign to the European Commission. By 1998, testing of cosmetic products on animals have been banned in the United Kingdom.

By 2013, 1 million signatures had been gained for the Cruelty-Free International Pledge. This calls on governments and regulators to ban animal testing worldwide.

Support Community Fair Trade

The Body Shop continue to support 25 suppliers with their community fair trade commitment and ethos and have done since 1987. They actively seek out small-scale farmers with expertise in the field, offering them good trading practices and prices for their produce. Labeling themselves as ‘the pioneers of fair trade in beauty’. 

Around £200,000 of their sales from Christmas gifts have gone on to build five schools in India, Nepal, Ghana and Honduras.

Activate Self Esteem

The Body Shop have had numerous successful ventures when it comes to raising the self esteem of people nationwide. Their work as headline sponsor with Teenage Cancer Trust in collaboration with the Royal Albert Hall Concert Series has raised over £500,000 for the charity.

They also raised £18,273 in store over three days in May 2013 with store members celebrating teen spirit by dressing up as teenagers! These are just a few of their many fun ventures to raise awareness and money for good causes.

Defend Human Rights

The Body Shop Foundation has raised £319,851 towards 39 human rights groups. These include groups such as The Big Issue Foundation which began by seed funding from the foundation in 1991, the Stop Violence in the Home global campaign of 2003 to assist and support those affected by domestic violence and the Yes Yes Yes! To Safe Sex campaign in partnership with the MTV Staying Alive Foundation which raised over two million pounds to educate people about safe sex and support those affected by HIV and aids.

Their biggest campaign to date is the Stop Sex Trafficking of Children and Young People in which 24 countries pledged and in which 7,044,278 voices were heard. These are only a selection of the campaigns started or participated by The Body Shop and they continue to work with many charities and organisations.

Protect the Planet

The Body Shop fund a variety of environmental and animal protection groups. Their efforts have raised £120,051 for 24 environmental and £142,987 for 29 animal protection groups with their Sumatra Jungle Trek raising £40,000 for the Orangutan Foundation.

This year alone, volunteers have given 3,470 hours of their time to support The Body Shop and its causes.

It appears that beauty is so much more than just a pretty face!

For more information on The Body Shop and Beauty with a Heart, view the full infographic here.

Brow Arch March

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Department store Debenhams and beauty company Benefit Cosmetics have teamed together against the fight for cancer!

The support of the collaborative duo is in aid of the Brow Arch March initiative, a nationwide fundraising event for charitable organisation Look Good Feel Better.

This will be the first annual Brow Arch March and the charity have hopes to raise over £150,000 across the United Kingdom.

The event, dubbed as “the gal’s answer to Movember”, will last throughout March and is available at fifty Benefit Cosmetics Brow Bars within Debenhams stores.

For a £5 donation, beauticians will wax and shape your eyebrows, for a fraction of the normal price of £11.50.

Funds will be used to support and raise awareness to the visible side effects people face during their cancer treatment.

Actress Kara Tointon is also leading a walk on Sunday the 9th of March in London as spokesperson for the event.

“Sadly, cancer affects the lives of so many and the charity plays an important part in helping to regain a sense of control and normality”, she says.

To participate visit or ring your desired Debenhams store to book an appointment, one hundred per cent of  proceeds from the initiative will go to Look Good Feel Better.

 

 

Beauty: Beautiful Brows Kit

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Beautiful Brows Kit review

Beautiful Brows is a cosmetic company with the right ideals, knowing eyebrows to be ‘one of your most important assets’. A statement I agree with wholeheartedly.

The are dedicated to giving their customers the perfect eyebrow shape, definition and colour, manufacturing high quality and exclusive products for eyebrow maintenance and care. Something I believe to be essential to do as to frame the face and feel great!

The Beautiful Brows Kit* is their most popular product, an essential kit for any woman that contains the following items:

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So, what did I think of the BEAUTIFUL BROWS KIT?

  • Eyebrow powder – The powder is highly pigmented and does not crumble with use, giving a lovely rich colour with every use.
  • Three eyebrow shapes – The shapes are sleek, natural and bold reusable stencils to create your desired look, I opted for bold as I have quite naturally large eyebrows and wanted to maintain my own shape. These stencils give you the option to vary your look as you see fit and are each noticeably different in size.
  • Duo applicator brush – This labelled brush has a small and firm angled end and a soft rounded to create definition. I used the angled end first and the rounded afterwards to ensure even coverage across my brow.
  • Eyebrow highlighter – The highlighter is a soft and neutral shade to make your eyebrows stand out.
  • Highlighter brush – This labelled brush is soft, sweeping the highlighter under the brow to highlight the shape of the brows.
  • Soft grip tweezers – These tweezers are angled and made from stainless steel with a rubber casing to ensure precision when plucking your eyebrows into shape.
  • Magnifying mirror – The mirror is just perfect for doing your eyebrows on the go and contained within the kit.

All the above can be bought separately online and the kit is refillable so you can always keep the compact handy or take items out as you need them during the day! The compact is very sturdy so perfect for those always on the move.

The Beautiful Brows Kit is also offered in a variety of shades to match your eyebrows to your hair perfectly:

Beautiful Brows Kits Pigmented Colours

(Slate – blonde to fair, Light Brown – fair to medium, Dark Brown – medium to dark, Chocolate – dark and Black – black)

I opted for the Dark Brown as a person with auburn and brown hair and believed it to much perfectly, giving enough pigment to make my eyebrows really stand out. It was a good match, and as long as you follow the guide you should easily find your perfect shade for you.

Overall, I find this kit essential, it beats my eyebrow pencil any day and the powder is both long-lasting and wonderfully pigmented!

Do you do your eyebrows as part of your daily routine? What do you think of the Beautiful Brows kit? 

Stephanie xox

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This Beautiful Brows Kit was exchanged for an honest review

Urban Outfitters Hip Flasks

Urban Outfitters Hip Flask Collection

So, this may be a bit of a strange post but browsing the Urban Outfitters website I found the most wonderful selection of stainless steel hip flasks for girls and boys alike.

If you are looking for a good (and not so conventional) gift for Christmas then look no further!

MOONSTONE RAIN

CLASSThe Moonstone Rain Hip Flask is just adorable, both colourful and fun with its  multi-coloured stone embellishment. I never really thought of a hip flask as an accessory for an outfit but this is certain to bring out some sparkle with its adornments.

I love the beautiful teal colour and italicised graphic slogan ‘Girls With Class Don’t Need A Glass’ upon the Girls Class Hip Flask. Although slightly ironic, it is lovely. Perfect for sneaking in your clutch during an extortionate festive night out.

TABBY CAT

HOLY WATERThe Tabby Cat Hip Flask is utterly adorable, especially for any cat lovers that you know out there. This hip flask is beyond cute and I honestly don’t see how anyone could not adore it! Unless you dislike cats of course, but that in itself is just madness.

The Holy Water Hip Flask may appear a tad blasphemous (okay, very blasphemous) considering it is the festive season and all. However, I guess the wording is accurate for those who like to sneakily secure our favourite drinks, I highly doubt anyone will use it to contain water though.

WHISKEY MAKES ME FRISKY

The Frisky Whiskey Hip Flask provides a bit of cheeky humour as well as being practical. Who doesn’t enjoy whiskey at Christmas time? Maybe it’s just me having a large Irish family…

There is a Christmas present sorted! Each of these flasks hold 180ml of your desired liquid and there is loads more available online priced between £12 and £20.

Which is your favourite? What do you think of a hip flask as a Christmas present?

Stephanie xox

 

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Food: How to bake cakes without eggs or butter

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Bake cakes without eggs or butter recipe

As a  busy working girl, I often find myself often lacking the ingredients I need to create any real baking miracles.

However, this doesn’t stop the cravings and I find myself in the kitchen at odd hours attempting to do so nevertheless. So, without both eggs and butter (I don’t eat it anyway so often a useless investment) I set off to make my cakes.

Browsing around online I took the influence for this recipe from a variety of sites and tweaked it till I was satisfied. This recipe is perfect to adapt to suit a whole range of dietary requirements.

  • 1 1/2 cups of plain flour
  • 2/3 cup of soft brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Teaspoon of vanilla extract (for vanilla cakes)
  • 1/3 cup of sunflower oil
  • 1 cup of water
  • 3 tablespoons of cocoa (for chocolate cakes)

Instructions for perfect simple cakes:

Firstly, preheat the oven to 180 degrees before you begin mixing. Take the plain flour and salt and sift together in a large bowl and mix until smooth. Add in the soft brown sugar and continue to stir until you get a creamy texture before adding the rest of the ingredients. Place the mixture in cases or a tin and leave to bake for around 25 minutes or until firm to the touch. Allow your delicious cakes to cool before decorating and enjoy!

How often do you change traditional recipes? What do you think of this one?

Stephanie xox

 

Madina Lake @ Rescue Rooms, Nottingham

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Goodbyes are often difficult, especially when the band departing still have so much potential and have proved to be so popular.

It’s been five years since Madina Lake have graced the music venues of Nottingham and their first and last visit to the intimate and excitable conditions of Rescue Rooms.

With a mix of older and younger generations, the venue proved chatty and friendly as the alternative rock quartet from Chicago leaped into action amidst masses of fans.

They have grown a lot since their debut (and still well loved) album ‘From Them, Through Us, To You’, opening energetically with the classic track ‘In Another Life’.

The songs that followed were a mix from their other released albums ‘Attics to Eden’ and ‘World War III’ with favourites such as ‘Never Take Us Alive’, ‘One Last Kiss’ and ‘House of Cards’.

This choice ensured screeching girls, routine jumping and amplified applause in the small venue, as the crowd instructionally clambered closer and closer to the stage.

They were split as ‘Here I Stand’ began, encouraging screams, dancing and the occasional feeble mosh with the band absorbing every moment of rowdiness.

Lead singer, Nathan Leone, certainly knew how to work the crowd and his adoring female fan base. The interaction was impressive, emotional and truly personal. Waving arms, held hands and crowd surfing made it a farewell to remember.

An unusual encore of three songs followed the spirit of the evening, with the band finishing with the empowering ‘Me vs. The World’ before profusely and genuinely thanking the crowd as they frantically leapt forward past the barrier to say their final goodbyes.

Alas, Madina Lake will sadly not be returning to the UK with Nathan concluding: “you’ve been extraordinary. Just do what you love and be happy. We just can’t thank you enough.”

As originally featured and edited on the Nottingham Post website.

Skin Care: The Body Shop, Divine Calm and Sensual Massage Oils

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Looking after your skin is a must and most of us often neglect to (I am often guilty also). It is not the first product I would reach for in store,  but I was intrigued by The Body Shop massage oils, a company renowned for its quality and organic and fair trade products.
I tried both the Divine Calm Relaxing and Sensual massage oils* and both my skin and nose were impressed!
The Divine Calm Relaxing is just lovely. A blend of pure French lavender sweetened by locally sourced camomile. I often find lavender overpowering but this delicate mix and gets you off to a relaxing sleep, a real soothing treat after a long day. The sweet almond oil softens the skin as the jojoba oil moisturises and softens the skin.

So, How do I feel about The Body Shop Divine Calm and Sensual Massage Oils?

The Sensual massage oil is a more seductive number in comparison, with rich floral and citrus notes. It is suitable for all skin types, inspired by Polynesian massage rituals and is wonderfully conditioning for the skin with the inclusion of fair trade marula oil.
Use a small amount of your chosen oil and warm it upon the skin. Use it yourself, get another to give you a lovely massage or place in your bath for a wonderful soak. It has also worked wonders on soothing my sunburn over this blissfully warm week!
Which of these would you choose? Do you use massage oils as part of your skin care routine?
 
Stephanie xox

Beauty: Max Factor Colour Adapt in Natural Sand

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A Max Factor Colour Adapt in Natural Sand review

Every girl has their favourite go-to high street foundation and mine is, and always will be Max Factor Colour Adapt in Natural Sand!

Not only is it a wonderful quality and lasting, it is also good for those on a budget! A flawless coverage without the extortionate price tag!

I often opt for a shade slightly darker than my own, I am fair so like to try and create a bit of a healthier glow. With that in mind, I always reach for Max Factor Colour Adapt in Natural Sand*.

I got this little gem from 123 Hair and Beauty, a website that offers an affordable selection of hair and beauty products (even cheaper than the high street!) to keep even the busiest girl satisfied and beautiful. Order before 2pm on a weekday and they will even ship out your order on that day!

So, what do I think of Max Factor Colour Adapt in Natural Sand

The Max Factor Colour Adapt Foundation works by adapting to your skin tone, offering a ‘flawless look that’s perfectly beautiful and perfectly you’. As our skin is not always the same tone it works by reflecting pigmentations to blend away any of your imperfections and leave you glowing.

It dispenses as a liquid but has a mouse like feel on application, leaving my skin feeling soft and fully covered. Although I have quite clear skin, it can sometimes get a little dry in the winter months or when I have been lacking a proper facial moisturisation routine.

This is why I opt for liquid foundation and Max Factor in particular, it is fabulous for all skin types! Be it oily, dry or combination so it really suits everyone!

Now all you have to do for flawless skin is grab your desired colour!

What is your favourite foundation? Have you tried Max Factor Colour Adapt?

Stephanie xox

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Film: Hitchcock

Hitchcock film review

Hitchcock film review

“All of us harbour dark recesses of violence and horror,” says Anthony Hopkins, acting as director Alfred Hitchcock.

The behind-the-scenes biopic Hitchcock, takes a peek at Hitchcock’s greatest achievement and struggle, the revolutionary classic, Psycho.

Hopkins gives a convincing portrayal of the 60-year-olds gentlemanly arrogance; the pursed lips, waddle, well-spoken with a fixation for the younger women.

It is a shame that the voice is a little off, but we can forgive that.

So, what did I think of the Hitchcock film?

The film is centred on an impressive cast with Scarlett Johansson as the panic-stricken lead Janet Leigh, and Helen Mirren as the hardworking wife, Alma Reville.

Hitchcock’s in turmoil with Psycho, desperate to pull it off. His relationship becomes strained. Alma becomes increasingly unappreciated, in the shadows of the “great and glorious Alfred Hitchcock.”

He succumbs to her and they work together, financing the film independently when Paramount Pictures rejects its content of voyeurism, incest and transvestisms.

People appear disgusted by the gore and Hitchcock swears his cast to secrecy and boldly continues.

However, so do the doubts, nightmares and visions – becoming a regular occurrence. Alma supports him “unquestionably” as he deteriorates, editing the film for the difficult censors, a daunting and tiresome task. The duo balances one another, a tale of love as it is of horror.

Oh, but what of the unforgettable knife scene? Well seeing Johansson’s performance proved impressive and convincing. Not just a pretty face but an incredible actress.

The ending would satisfy the “master of suspense,” heartfelt before concluding direct to camera with a clever twist.

What did you think of the film? Are you a fan of Psycho?

Stephanie

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