Thursday, 22 September 2016

Shopping on Lyst

Summer fashion is slowly getting covered up with cardigans and coats, summer sandals are being put away and our toes are being kept warm by tights and boots so what better time to change things up in your Autumn wardrobe and treat yourself to some staple pieces to see you through the colder months.
 
Lyst is an online shopping site which has partnered with some of the world’s biggest designers and stores to bring you everything fashion based but just in one place. Add a little bit of technology to that and you have your very own, personal shopping experience for everyone who uses Lyst. If you're more of a Window Shopper, you can just follow your favourite brands and the people who wear them and just search for the latest looks and items to keep in the loop without spending a penny!
 


 
This Boohoo Multicolour Liliane Floral Shirt Dress which is perfect to pair with some tights and a lovely pair of tan ankle boots, just like these AĆ©ropostale Diva Lounge Mojave Buckled Boots. You could also wear it as a transitional piece from Spring to Summer too minus the boots and tights!
 
Another great floral piece, perfect to wear with or without tights in the colder months, is this River Island Black Floral print off the Shoulder dress. It's mid-length so can be worn with boots or shoes and can also be dressed up or down! Wear it with a leather jacket for a rock-chic look or a fur coat to make it extra cosy!
 
If you're looking for a glam pair of winter boots but don't want to go with Uggs or Shoe-boots, why not try these Public Desire Square Ankle Boots?! In a gorgeous cream, patent finish you wont have to worry about getting them muddy or wet and they'll suit any outfit, day or night for whatever your plans are this autumn!
 
 
If you like the look of being able to shop all your favourite stores in one place, or even create the perfect wish list for your new Autumn wardrobe, head over to Lyst and sign up for your very own account and watch those personalised clothing picks tally up and lets see what bargains you can find!


Friday, 9 September 2016

Pixel Stones Handmade Jewellery

If you follow me on social media, you will have seen that I have developed and created my very own Jewellery brand ‘Pixel Stones’. Essentially, Pixel Stones is a handmade jewellery business that focuses on Earrings and Rings using beautiful Faux Druzy studs set in a variety of earring backs including Rose Gold (plated), Silver (plated) and Gunmetal. The earrings are put together, packaged and shipped all by myself and they are all made to order so I hold no items ready made. 


I decided to start this little business after my own love of earrings and costume jewellery grew. I’m a sucker for things that are glittery and stand out from everything else and I just wanted to make something that I hadn’t really seen before. All of the earrings are aimed to be used as custom pieces of costume jewellery as they are plated, apart from the Stainless Steel settings that are available with some of the styles. 

There are so many different colours, shapes and sizes and even now, I have done some Disney inspired earrings and also Mermaid style and Leopard print ones too! You can browse the Pixel Stones website here and take a look at all of the styles and rings but if you want something custom made (choose the setting and the stud) please get in touch as I also do bespoke pieces too! 


Along with bespoke pieces, I offer Wholesale discounts for those who have salons or boutiques and want to stock Pixel Stones in those or if you are getting married (or a bridesmaid) I can colour match earrings to the colour scheme of the wedding! How perfect!? 

If you like the look of something you’ve seen, don’t hesitate to get in touch over on my Pixel Stone’s Facebook page and if there’s something you’d like but can’t see, just ask and I’ll try my best to help! I’ve sold out of a few silver setting earrings at the moment but everything else is available as it states on the website. 

Wednesday, 31 August 2016

A few tips for Interior DIY

As you've probably noticed, we've discussed some living room design ideas before and if you didn't already know, we're also moving house again. But since we've come out of the flat, we've always wanted to do a bit of decorating to make our house feel like a home, specifically with regard to injecting personal taste into a newly rented house. It's been great fun to set about making a home our own, and there's certainly more opportunity for design than in the ground floor flat! But it's also become clear that there are inevitably some hiccups that come with personal home design.... Or at least, there can be a learning curve sometimes! In our case, we've managed to get a lot done. That being said, there's always more to do, and it can be tough to tell when you're done. But along the way we've realised some fundamental truths of home DIY and decorating. And while not all of them apply directly to us, I can point to a few different pieces of advice I wish someone had shared with me!
 

First of all, I had no idea how inspiring the internet could be when it comes to design! Of course it's common knowledge that there are endless design blogs and visual examples online. However, the variety in styles and the exceptional details you can pick up are something you might not notice until you get into it personally. Plenty of platforms are useful - Pinterest, Houzz, House Beautiful, etc. but the different ideas for each type of room at House & Garden are particularly helpful. We wanted to focus a great deal on our own style, but rest assured finding inspiration online does not sacrifice your personal taste! You certainly don't need to choose any specific layout, furniture, etc. you see online, but it gets the wheels turning.

Another general tip is that home design can require a little bit of DIY savvy. We haven't undertaken any major remodelling or construction projects as it's a rental, the only thing we've done is assembled a few palettes into garden furniture. But even when the idea of building a coffee table or designing new shelves or something of the like comes up, I've wondered about what would be required. Given that my own DIY expertise extends about as far as knowing how to hammer a nail, I looked into some more advanced tools and techniques for when such a job comes up. Looking through quality tools with the latest technology, both in Screwfix's assortment of power drills and other tools and other DIY advice articles, it became clear that these jobs can be made easy. With a few items in place: DeWalt drill, some sanding tools, and all the little screws and bolts and the like you can do a little bit of DIY carpentry to further your personal influence on the home environment.
 
We've also realised the value of colour, even if that may sound silly. The right combination of wallpaper, furnishings, and decorations, from a colour standpoint, can really give a room its personality. And while wallpaper is perhaps the easier solution, the option to paint a room is also one that appeals to a lot of people. The trouble is, many (specifically me!) would be nervous to undergo this sort of job independently. But interior house painting tips are not hard to find, and I'm told it's relatively simple once you get the hang of it. I've wondered about practicing in a smaller space (shed maybe?) and from there gaining the confidence to paint a room at some point and have the most control possible over colour combinations.
 
These are just a few of the things we've learned or thought of during the process of home design. The fun thing is that it's really a never-ending process, and a new DIY effort, we're quickly finding, can always have a nice effect.

Thursday, 25 August 2016

Peanut Butter and Chocolate Cupcakes



If you’re a fan of peanut butter and if you’re like me and try to encorpoate it into pretty much anything and everything, then these super simple cupcakes should be the next thing you (attempt?) to bake! They’re pretty foolproof and don’t take much work, or washing up! 

I did bake mine in a cupcake maker which means that you get the same size cupcakes and the same density amongst the batch which is nice if you’re looking to take photos or present them to other people. If you don’t really care about the aesthetics, just follow the recipe below and oven instructions... You’ll be thanking me later! 

 


Cakes (make approx 12-15)
115g Butter 
75g Caster sugar
40g Brown sugar
2 eggs Medium
115g Self-raising flour
2 tbsp crunchy or smooth peanut butter (i used smooth for a fluffier texture!)

Method - Preheat oven to 180°C, 160°C fan, Gas mark 4.



 Place all the ingredients in a mixing bowl and beat with a wooden spoon 2–3 minutes until well mixed. Place dessertspoons of the mixture in 12 paper cases or greased bun tins.
Bake for around 20 minutes until soft and springy to touch. Cool on a wire tray.





Icing:
50g Chocolate chips to sprinkle
110g Butter, softened
250g Smooth Peanut Butter
250g Icing sugar
3 tablespoons milk, as needed

Method - Place butter and peanut butter into a bowl and beat with an electric mixer. Gradually mix in icing sugar. When it starts to thicken, incorporate milk 1 tablespoon at a time until all the sugar is mixed in and the frosting is thick and spreadable. Beat until fluffy, about 3 minutes. When the cakes are cool, pipe the icing onto the cakes and sprinkle with Chocolate Chips. I also added a tbsp of Reeces topping to the icing to give it a chocolatey look!