Tuesday, 30 June 2015

JUNE FAVOURITES


Hello friends! It's nearly July, still no sign of any heatwave in Cumbria, but I've had other things on my mind this month...

I moved out of uni for the summer a few weeks ago, and let me tell you something - I'm missing my little flat family! Although it's great to spend some time with my actual family. I also went to Carlisle Gay Pride with my friend Ciara which was fun. It was cool to see that support for the gay community echoes all around the country, even in little old Cumbria! I've also loved the Glastonbury coverage this weekend (so upset I wasnt there *cries*) Florence was absolutely amazing! Anyway, here are some things I've been loving this month...

Music is a huge part of my life, but moving back home has had me reunited with my guitar, and it feels great to be playing and writing again. There's nothing like playing guitar until your fingers hurt, it empties your mind for a while. Also, can I just say how patient I've been for this Led Zeppelin top from Topshop? I've picked it up every time I went into the shop, and my lovely Mam got me it (probably to shut me up about it to be honest!). A huge shout out goes to H&M this month (and every month) for their jeans, they're just amazing. Although I'm a fan of Topshop Joni jeans, these high waisted jeans from H&M fit me so much better, and tuck me in at all the right places.

As far as skincare goes, I've been loving Lush's Tea Tree Toner Water. It's very refreshing and removes excess oils from your skin which cause blackheads, I have oily skin at times so this is a life saver, I just spray it onto a cotton pad and wipe my face after cleansing. It's also good for removing makeup you might have missed. I can't recommend coconut oil enough, this stuff was about £2 for a tub and it's lasted me for ages! It's solid in the tub but if you rub a piece in your hands it melts to an oil which I put on the ends of my hair and all over my body to moisturise. Makeup-wise I've heard so much about Benefit's Roller Lash from YouTube and Bloggers that I just had to get it, and it didn't disappoint, it's the best mascara I've ever had! It just lifts your lashes up and makes your eyes look more open, fabulous. These Ecotools Makeup Brushes come in a cute little bag, they're so soft, and cruelty free, what's not to love?

Lastly, I have Ciara to thank for this one, this Calm book is lovely. I've never been one for self-help books (I find them patronising) but this one is really laid back and just gives you suggestions on how to lead a calmer lifestyle which, in turn, can help your wellbeing and overall happiness which is great! The suggestions include Yoga, meditation, origami and being in nature, which are all really enjoyable things to do and have been keeping me busy recently.

I hope you've had a lovely month, and that this heatwave hits us soon so we can all enjoy being outside! What are you recommending this month?

Emily x

Sunday, 28 June 2015

DIY MIXTAPE


Hello! Hope everyone had a lovely weekend. On Friday I woke up to a lovely letter from my friend Daisy (visit her website here - shes a brilliant photographer), we're flatmates at uni and we're missing each other over the summer break, so I thought, what better way to show someone you're thinking about them than a mix of music? So I made her a mix of some awesome music to listen to. Mixtapes have been used in the past in the form of cassette tapes (who remembers those?!) where a compilation of songs were put together by the maker to portray a theme or feeling; the handmade artworks were pretty cool too. Anyway, I thought I'd show you how I made one...

You will need:
A laptop (with a CD drive)
Some blank audio CDs
Two pieces of card
Glue stick
Pencil
Sharpie
Scissors
Ruler
Collage material (anything you want to decorate the case with)

Right, first you will need to actually make the mixtape. I made a playlist on my iTunes, then selected 'Burn Playlist to Disk' to get the music on there.
To make a case, cut out the shapes as shown above. The right-hand shape is 26cm x 13cm and the one on the left is 13cm x 13cm, the flaps on the outside are 1.5cm thick.
Then I folded the card where I had drawn the lines, I recommend using a ruler and scissors to score along the lines, it'll help get a neater fold.
Then I glued along the flaps to stick the case together. This is the case finished, now to decorate! I used collage to decorate Daisy's case with magazines and coloured paper. I also drew on some patterns, and wrote down the track listing on the case. Using a sharpie, I coloured in a pattern on the disk to fit in with the case, and here's the finished result:

It was fun to choose the tracks and to make an original album artwork, music is so important to spread messages and connect with people. Why not have a go at making your own for someone you love? What tracks would you put on it?

Emily x

Friday, 26 June 2015

CHARITY SHOP PURCHASES

There's nothing better (in my opinion) than browsing through charity shops, packed with all sorts of quirky items, it's the best place to find a treasure. I think what's fascinating about them is how all the clothes and other items there have all lived previous lives, and I like to think about what memories they hold with other people, and how they can live on and make someone else happy too. All the clothes I pick up from charity shops are unique and help me to make original outfits that make me feel good, without breaking the bank. Over the past few weeks I've found some absolute gems! And here they are...
This is a lovely black velvet coat from Laura Ashley, I know it's quite a wintery item (it's so cosy!) I don't think it looks too bad with a skirt or maybe a dress for going out. It's so dark you cant see the velvet! I'm once again feeding my velvet obsession, but I don't care it's really nice, and I picked it up for only £8!


This is just a men's red shirt, don't be afraid to look in the men's section of a charity shop, it doesn't mean there won't be items in there that won't fit you. This one is a soft, suede material (I know, it's kinda like velvet...) and I love it!

This kimono is actually an old ladies cardigan-like piece (at least it smelled like it anyway), and it came with a matching vest top - that was a no from me, but they allowed me to get just the kimono/cardigan on its own for just £2. I love the way it changes from purple metallic to pink in different lights.

Finally, this lovely Chili's Tshirt. This hasn't been off my back since I got it (yep, that's right, ew). I can't understand why someone would throw it out! They've been one of my favourite bands for a long time and I was thrilled to find this.

So there you go, some examples of the treasures you can find in charity shops. I've also got a big collection of ornaments and other decorative stuff I picked up at charity shops, maybe I'll do a post on that one day... Let me know what gems you've been finding in charity shops, and if you haven't give it a go you won't regret it!

Emily x

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

BACK TO BLOGGING


It's been six months since my last blog post and I realise I have a big apology to make. Not necessarily to you (I don't think many people actually read my blog anyway - and I don't think that matters as such) but to myself, for losing sight of something I enjoy doing. Unfortunately over the past six months I felt that I didn't have anything positive or constructive to write about, nor did I have much to say at all really.

Now I realise that taking away something I love from myself was the wrong way to deal with things, and it was making me unhappy.

I'm blogging again because I feel I have things to share with people now, and I'd love to be a part of the blogging community again, where supporting other people and what they love is paramount.

I look forward to sharing pieces of my life with you again, and I've even redesigned my blog for the occassion! Thanks for reading and you'll most certainly hear from me soon.

Emily x