The Colours of Autumn

22 Oct

Autumn really is a beautiful time of year. Seeing all the beautiful colours can’t fail to put a smile on my face. Winter is never too far behind so enjoy the gorgeous shades of yellow, red and orange while you can. In an attempt at a wordless post for Wednesday here are some photographs to give you a little Autumn inspiration featuring the great outdoors and some vintage pieces from my collection.

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1960s Crimplene Dress, Vintage Bangles, Vintage Coat Buttons, A 1940s Magazine.

A 1970s Cotton Dress, Vintage Bangles, Mac’s ‘Lady Danger’ lipstick, A 1950s Magazine.

1950s Grey and Mustard Print Dress, Vintage Bangles, Vintage Porcelain Brooch, Vintage Head Scarf. 

The outdoor photos were taken at Claremont Landcape Garden. 

October Birchbox Review

21 Oct

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Another month, another fantastic Birchbox. Yet again I’m a little late in posting a review of this months box. I’ve been so busy I’ve hardly had any time to fit in a good pamper session! For those of you unfamiliar with Birchbox, it’s a monthly beauty box subscription. Every month you receive a lovely box full of surprise beauty treats.

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This months box came with a great selection of treats all packed in a handy little make-up bag which I will be using to keep my compact and lipstick in my handbag. I love little bonus gifts like this as they come in so handy.

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The first product I tried from the box was the Cattier Pink Clay Face Mask. I got two sachets of this in my box and I was really impressed with the amount of product in each. There was enough for two applications in each and as I absolutely loved this product I’m glad to get a few uses out of it. I could feel the mask getting to work as soon as I applied it. After removal my skin felt soft and looked really healthy and glowing. At £4.25 it’s also a really affordable product, so I will definitely be repurchasing and using this regularly.

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Next to try was the KMS California Free Shape Quick Blow Dry. I have a lot of very thick hair, which takes an age to dry so I’m always keen to try products which speed up my blow dry. I have used this one once and it definitely did help my hair dry quicker and left it feeling soft and conditioned. I really liked the product and thought the scent was lovely too. I will probably use up the generous sample size which came in the box, but as I have so many hair products already which I love this probably won’t be a repurchase for me for now. For full price product costs £14.

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The third product in the box was Shaveworks the Cool Fix. This is a cooling lotion which treats ingrown hairs, razor bumps, and other inconveniences of hair removal. I have only used this once so I think it’s too soon to say how well it works, however I did find it really soothing and cooling and as a regular waxer I will continue to use the sample and see how I get on with it. The full price product is £11.

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I’ve used the Pixi by Petra Shea Butter Lip Balm a lot since the box arrived. I love receiving lip products as they are something I can use every day. This is a fabulous little lip balm which is really smooth to apply and is extremely moisturising. I love the subtle hint of colour as well. It’s a great addition to a speedy morning make-up routine so I’ll definitely be using this a lot. I’ll also be checking out other products from the range as this was a winner for me. The full prices product costs £8.

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The last product was Premae Mild Dermabrasion Face and Body Scrub. As the most expensive product in the box, I was surprised not to be very impressed with this one. Firstly I think the olive granules were too big, so rather than be exfoliating I found them a bit scratchy. I don’t have sensitive skin at all but I found this a bit harsh for the face and would definitely use it more as a body product. It also didn’t have any fragrance so it didn’t redeem itself by smelling nice either. So this was a bit of a let down for me. The full-sized product costs £25.

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Another bonus gift in the box was a Birchbox lipstick pen. When I first opened the box it looked a bit like something you’d find in Ann Summers, but fortunately on closer examination I realised it was a pen!

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This months Birchbox was supporting the CoppaFeel campaign which encourages women to check their breast regularly for signs of breast cancer. This is really important ladies! As someone who has worked closely with breast cancer sufferers I know what a devastating illness it can be. When caught early it is far more treatable so make sure you keep an eye for any changes and check yourself regularly. Click on the image below to enlarge for signs to look out for.

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Try it yourself…

If you’d like to sign up for Birchbox yourself I have a refer a friend link which will give you 50 points (£5) to spend in the Birchbox shop when you sign up. You can find out more or sign up for Birchbox here.

A Visit to The Fan Museum

20 Oct

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Last week I found myself with a spare afternoon and decided to pop to Greenwich to visit a museum I’ve wanted to see for ages. The Fan Museum is housed in a beautiful Georgian terraced house on a quiet street in the heart of historic Greenwich. It is home to a vast array of historical fans and has regularly changing exhibitions. The fans date from as early as the 11th Century.

As someone who is absolutely obsessed with Georgian buildings, I really loved the building itself, it was a fantastic setting to show of all the beautiful fans. The displays are all housed in elegant cabinets which fit beautifully with the interiors. On the ground floor is a permanent display which explains the different styles of fans as well as how they are made and which materials were commonly used. It was really interesting to see materials such as ivory and tortoiseshell, which are now protected and can’t be used anymore.

On the first floor up a gorgeous staircase the latest temporary exhibition is displayed. The current exhibition which runs until the end of December is called Vision of Beauty. The fans on display dating from the 17th century onwards show the changing aesthetic of beauty through the artwork on the fans. From ancient mythology to beautiful art deco era beauties, the real beauty is in the fans themselves. I was amazed at all the detail and intricate embellishments. I absolutely loved the whole exhibition. I was also so impressed with the way everything was displayed and lit.

At the back of the building the museum owners have built an orangery in keeping with the rest of the building, the perfect place for an afternoon tea. Sadly the tea room was closed when I visited as it wasn’t a particularly busy time of day, so it might be worth checking opening times before visiting. I did manage to get a picture of the beautiful painted walls through a window though.

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I’d definitely recommend a visit to The Fan Museum for fashion and art lovers alike. It’s definitely worth taking a day trip to the area as there are so many other great places to see in Greenwich including The Cutty Sark, The Royal Observatory and The National Maritime Museum to name a few. The museum is also a short walk from Greenwich Market which is the perfect place for a little vintage shopping.

Here are some pictures I took of some of my favourite fans from the exhibition…

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The Fan Museum

12 Crooms Hill, Greenwich, London SE10 8ER

Opening Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 11am-5pm Sunday: 12-5pm

For more information visit The Fan Museum Website.

Introducing Atypical Girl

17 Oct

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I absolutely love reproduction vintage clothing, all the benefits of beautiful classic clothes with none of the sizing and washing hassles. So I’m always excited to hear about the launch of new stockists of elegant ladylike attire.

The latest addition is Atypical Girl, and I have to say I’m a big fan already. The new website launched by vintage stylist Simone Hadfield stocks some of the finest independent reproduction brands as well as Atypical Girls own exclusive collection. The website will also soon be stocking a range of original vintage items handpicked by Simone from her travels around the world. The eclectic range brings together the best of style from the past with a very modern feel.

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What makes Atypical Girl stand out from the crowd is the fashion led approach to the brand. The clothing may pay homage to the past, but it is also extremely current and fashion forward. For someone like me who absolutely loves vintage clothing, but is not trying to create a completely authentic look from the past the whole approach is really refreshing. I love the mix of influence between the decades, it’s nice to see so many 60′s inspired items for example.

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I also really appreciate the use of small independent designers, as opposed to mass produced reproduction vintage. Simone also uses freelance fashion graduates to produce the house range. After graduating herself Simone found it hard to move past unpaid internships and is committed to providing opportunities for graduates. They are therefor paid to use skills including garment production, pattern cutting and other skills.

I have a 10% discount for my readers to use on the Atypical Girl website. Enter the code AtypicalGirl Gang.

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A Summer Dress in Autumn

13 Oct

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I’ve had my eye on this gorgeous beach print dress from Boden since the beginning of the summer. It’s absolutely beautiful. It looks like the perfect homage to the 50′s novelty print dress. The problem was at £89 it was well out of my price range (blogging doesn’t pay very well). Amazingly it went into the sale and eventually was reduced to just £18.69 so it had to be mine!

I am so happy with the dress, the quality is fantastic and the print is every bit as gorgeous as I hoped it would be. It is of course a really summery dress. Nothing says sunshine like a beach print. And the weather here in England is certainly not sunny! In fact a beach is the last place I’d like to be right now. But that wasn’t going to stop me making the most of my new purchase, so when I went out for an autumn walk this weekend I just threw it on with opaque tights, a cardigan and some sensible shoes!

We went to my all time favourite place to explore – Claremont Landscape Garden in Esher and despite being a little chilly and damp, it was looking beautiful. This is one of my favourite times of year when the leaves change to beautiful shades of orange and red, we gathered sticks and built dens, looked at bugs and ran down hills. I spend most of my week at home looking after the kids, cleaning, working and doing school runs. The weekends are for fresh air, family time and having fun and this one was perfect.

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You can buy the Nancy dress from Boden here.

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