Wednesday, 18 April 2018

A Homemade Hat from a Pile of Tat

The Facebook memories tool reminded me today that four years ago my obsession with my glue gun began. 

Given that London Hat Week inspired Catherine of Vintage Frills to set me a hat making challenge for later in the summer I thought I'd share with you my first ever attempt at up-cycling from absolute crap that was destined for the bin. 

The problem all started when I ran out of conditioner and was left with this little pot. I'm the kind of person who, as I walk to the bin, thinks "what could I use this for?"

It occurred to me it was the perfect size and shape to be a little hat. The fabric was from a dress I had accidentally ruined with bleach so it needed re-purposing.

Cotton is easiest fabric for projects like this I find. I covered the hat with the fabric using my trusty glue gun.  

It's not rocket science to cover the tub in glue and stick the fabric on, I also did the inside so it looks like a semi professional job! 

I had an odd vintage button lying around doing nothing so that also got a new lease of life in this project. 

A couple of feathers that were in my craft box made a great decoration for this hat. 

I threaded them through the button,it was handy that it had a back like this because it held everything in place neatly. More glue was required to attach this to the hat... 

And voila! One hat from a pile of tat! 

I love the idea of making these for novelty occasions or for those outfits where you just cannot find a matching accessory. Who would know it was a plastic hair conditioner tub?! 

Until next time 

Sunday, 15 April 2018

London Hat Week and Cahoot's Birthday Fun!

Last month I turned 33, I must say your thirties are quite brilliant!

I always try and do something a little different on my birthday and happily this month it coincided with London Hat Week!

Catherine from Vintage Frills usually indulges me in a birthday escapade and we made a plan to meet up for a couple of the exhibitions. To explain London hat week is made up of a schedule of events ranging from theatrical productions to the hat exhibition itself.

We decided to go to the hat exhibition and the Suffragette event, both were big held at different locations as the events are across London.

The hat exhibition was fantastic, a range of milliners from all over the world had contributed to this exhibition.

There were so many to see we had to walk around a few times as there seemed to be something new each time.

I found so many of the pieces so inspiring, some were unapologetic in their political theme.


Others took inspiration from previous decades.


Here were some of my  other favourites.



After seeing all these amazing hats we ventured down to the Millennial Rebels exhibition which was showing a selection of wet plate photography depicting the suffragette movement.

I had never seen a wet plate photo up close and we had a long chat with the artist, Nicolas Laborie who was so welcoming and took a great deal of time explaining his process and asking us all about our vintage style.

They were also asking people to write their message on a board and to have a photo taken, here is our one where we thought about a message that we would convey to the little ladies in our lives.

"Be yourselves for yourselves"

Next we were off to Cahoots. If you are not familiar Cahoots is a bar in Soho, Kingly Court, that looks like a tube station from the 1940's. The entire place is themed and the staff patter is like something out of an old movie.

I had two cocktails (well it was my birthday!) both of which were delicious. I love how each one was served. No expense is spared on the decor in the drinks and beetroot roses mixed with leaves and chilli peppers was the order of the day.


Although Cahoots is a little on the expensive side I would definitely go back for a special occasion, tables are booked up well in advance so it's not the kind of place you could treat as your local anyway!

After that we wanted round to Ain't Nothing But The Blues bar to listen to some music and before I knew it I was on a 12.30 tube home, which is a very late night for me these days!


Until next time

Thursday, 5 April 2018

Teasmade - Bluebird Tea Co Subscription Box Review

I've been struggling in this cold weather with my making healthy choices resolution. I am a creature of hibernation when it's cold.

To try to encourage myself to drink more fluids and because hot drinks tend to fill me up when I think I am hungry, I decided to try some new herbal teas.

After a bit of research I found that a tea subscription box would be a good way to do this.

I found Bluebird Tea Company online and happily they have an actual store in North London which appeals to me so I could pop in and pick up supplies too.

My first box was this Easter edition box, the beautiful art work on the front was designed by Clara Sais. Subscriptions start at £7.00 per month.

Your first box comes with a tea measure spoon, some drawstring tea bags and three types of tea as well as a Teabirds Guide which explains the different types of tea and the perfect brewing process - this will be handy if you have not used loose leaf tea before.

This months teas were:

Hot Cross Bun - Rooibos, Ceylon black tea, Cinnamon, Hibiscus, Apple, Rosehip, Orange Peel, Lapsang Souchong Tea, Vanilla, Cranberry.

This tea is a beautiful cheery cup, the fruits offset the vanilla perfectly so it doesn't taste too strongly of the vanilla which I usually find overpowering.

Peach Cobbler -Sri Lankan black tea, freeze dried peach, pink cornflowers, natural flavouring

This was a stronger cup that packed a real punch, I preferred it with milk to tame it a little. I could imagine this being nice as an iced tea too, I still have some left so I might have to try this in the future.

Easter Egg Nests -Sri Lankan black tea, cocoa nibs and shells, Japanese Sencha green tea, toasted rice, sunflower petals, vegan marshmallows, natural flavouring.

This tea smells almost like baileys, everyone at the office was asking what smelled so amazing, the tea is fresh and comforting and is lovely in the evening instead of a sweet treat.

I am so happy I signed up for this subscription box as it gives me the chance to try new teas without committing to a large quantity. Of the three I would re order Easter egg nests and hot cross buns as my faves.

Bluebird teas are sometimes limited edition so be speedy about ordering as I can imagine some of these blends are very popular!

Until next time

Monday, 19 March 2018

Conflict Cafe @ Imperial War Museum London and OOTD

Working 9-5 has it's advantages but sometimes things come up during the week that are worth booking some leave for.

The Conflict Cafe at the Imperial War Museum London, part of #womenswork100, was an opportunity to discover some interesting aspects of women's lives of WW1, hear stories and look at artifacts from the time.

Hosted in the terrace in the museum, I was greeted by a member of staff who explained how the set up worked and which tables were tackling the various topics.

One table was a group of experts talking about female artists and photographers and their lives, they had some books to look through and see examples about the artists work.

They also spoke about how some artists responded to the militant actions of the suffragette movement and how not all of them were in agreement with it. It was so interesting to hear about these lives and see the work they produced as a result of the shifting landscape.

There was also examples of original and reproduction women's wear on display as well as this nurses uniform below.

The tables were each interesting in their own way and it was a good blend too, women's lives changed dramatically as a result of war in more ways than one.

Nursing and health care requirements were heavily impacted and women who wouldn't have been destined for a life on the ward of a hospital found themselves stepping up and into those roles.

This bandage has instructions printed on it, it's such a good example of how resourceful and forward thinking it was necessary to be. 

One of my favourites parts was the No Man's Land table where I spoke with some of the students responsible for putting this publication together.

I was given a copy of the publication and cannot wait to have some time to dedicate to it properly, it's great to see initiatives for young people to connect to the past. You can read more about it here

I also picked up this book in the bookshop and got some money off as it was International Women's Day. I cant wait to read it, must address my "to read" pile soon! 

All in all I would definitely recommend keeping an eye out for the Conflict Cafe events and visiting the Imperial War Museum while you are at it, it's such a fantastic museum. 


I went full on forties style for my little outing. Mainly so I could wear this blouse that I picked up. 

This blouse is by Jaques Vert and I found it in a charity shop, I love the little lace detail on the bust and the army green bow with a hint of red on the edge. I knew it would work with a lot of the colours in my wardrobe. 

(Blouse £4.75 - Crisis) 

I wore some of my bakelite bangles to tie in with the colours of the outfit. 

This original vintage bag was a £5.00 carboot sale find and I love how much I can fit in it, it's just got a tiny label inside that says made in Italy. 

I hope you enjoyed this post. 

Until next time 

Wednesday, 7 March 2018

Packing Snacks with Paperchase

I am a funny creature when it comes to personal projects. My "Making Healthy Choices" worked really well for the first five weeks of the year but I have run myself into a motivational rut. 

I find that with anything like this where I am trying to be healthier or go to the gym more I have to be so super organised to keep myself on track and organisation has been lacking in the past month.

In order to get back on track with the food I take to the office I purchased some new lunchboxes that really suit my needs to help me along. 

Paperchase do these great sets of snack boxes, I had a set before but lost them in my house move so I wanted to replace them with something fun but practical to carry my snacks in each day. 

Juicy Snack Boxes £8.00

These boxes all stack into each other when put away but when in use are the perfect size for cereals, fruit and snacks. 

Who doesn't want to feel fruity and fabulous? These boxes are the perfect size for my latest obsession which is walnuts and grapes. 

The size of these boxes is key for me because it actually helps me portion things, sometimes lunch boxes are actually far too big for what you want to eat. 

Having a tiny pot is really useful for sauces or dressings that you want to carry around too. 

These pots are good quality, they wash nicely and they don't wear/cloud in the way that plastic sometimes does. They are to be hand washed and are not suitable for microwaves. 

They are also BPA free. 

Below are some of the other funky designs available at Paperchase. 

I hope you enjoyed this blog post, it's important to make your habits feel good however that works for you, if that means having a cute lunchbox - do it. 

Now I just need to find something to inspire me to hit the gym! 

Until next time 
Lots of love 

Wednesday, 28 February 2018

February Beauty Favourites

I am a fan of make up obviously however I do like to keep my products to a minimum these days and not have boxes overflowing with products. 

This month I have found a few new favourites that I wanted to share in a post now that I have tried and tested them. 

Barry M Lip Scrub £4.99 (Superdrug)

I always thought lip scrub was a bit of a fad however since I have started wearing more liquid lipsticks I decided to try one. Liquid lipsticks can be quite drying by the end of a long day. 

This lip scrub is Mango scented and sugar based. It's not so coarse that it irritates, because the skin on your lips is delicate. This scrub naturally starts to dissolve with a little water and left my lips really soft. 

It contains Vitamin E, Avocado and Jojoba oil to keep your lips moisturised after using it and I have found that it makes a big difference to the performance of my lipstick. The only downside I can find is that you are not supposed to eat this but it taste so nice! 

Barry M Matte Me Up Lip Kit £6.99 (Superdrug)

I did a review of Make Up Revolutions lipsticks not long ago but I am sorry to report after initially being really impressed with them the products soon dried out and the wands warped in the bottles. 

I tried one of the Barry M liquid lipsticks a few months ago and now am happy to say they have lasted. This was the first one I bought in a kit with a lip liner as I generally don't use pencils. I am happy  I did as the Barry M lipliners are the traditional more waxy consistency that I prefer. 

The consistency is wetter than other liquid lipsticks when it goes on but this means I am not pulling the skin on my lips in applying it and they dry really fast. I prefer having a few seconds to push the product around so thats one reason I really love these. 

This shade is called "So Chic" and dries to a dark brown tone. I am really into dark lipsticks against my autumn and winter wardrobe. 

Rimmel Match Perfection Loose Powder £6.99 (Superdrug)  

Baking means something very different in my world but a loose powder is essential for setting my face in the morning. This one by Rimmel is perfect for me because it's not too yellow or pink, it's is a truly neutral for my skin tone. It lasts all day and doesn't clump or gather in fine fines. 

 It's not always the most expensive products that will perform best but finding products that suit your skin and your budget which is most important. 

Until next time 
Lots of love