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Inject some Rock’a’Frilly into your life

24 Oct

All you need to do is walk down the high street today to notice that rock is in – skulls and crosses are printed onto anything and everything – scarves, jumpers, leggings, tops. I searched for ‘Skull’ in asos.com – 168 items came up!

Skulls have been pretty prevalent since the now iconic Alexander McQueen scarf was snatched up by every celebrity going, but this Autumn/Winter it’s come back into style with a bang.

 

 

Now, I’m going to be completely honest, I own a skull top and a brightly coloured skull scarf (from Primark … not a £165.00 McQueen original!), but what I find difficult is picking the right day to wear it – at heart I am a girly girl. My housemate recently commented, when searching for a new house, “well you’ll need a big rail for all your flouncy dresses”, very true.  Now my point is, if I suddenly rocked up to work or to a friend’s house fully embracing this trend, I’d look pretty idiotic – and that’s being kind.

I believe and religiously follow; the key to any fashion trend is less is more. Unless your punk to the heart, or you always dress like a character from The Great Gatsby, you’re not going to look right if you’re suddenly dressing as if you’ve just fallen out of the 1920’s. Which is exactly why I fell in love with this online Etsy shop, Rock’a’Frilly UK, which my work friend (a man no less) showed me last week.

This online shop is the perfect way of injecting some key pieces into your wardrobe, at a very affordable price (all items are £10 or less!), whilst being completely original. When I first looked, I only glanced for a few minutes but knew that there were some great pieces in there. Plus, I love the name Rock’a’Frilly – because in my mind this brand enables you to inject some rock into your outfit, whilst being cute and feminine – a perfect name for a perfect brand.  Plus with 100% positive feedback, I really don’t think you can go wrong.

It took me a good hour to whittle down my absolutely favourite items – but these will be going on my pay day shopping list and I cannot wait!

Sew Charm-ing Bracelet

This charm bracelet is quirky, cute and different, and perfect is you are or know of someone who is a budding sewer.

Cute Swallow Charm Bracelet

Personally, this is on my hit list on pay day. The swallow charm ties in perfectly with my tattoo and I absolutely adore the two small perfume bottles – injects the feminine into the bracelet.

 

Nautical Pirate Ship Necklace

Perfect with jeans and a casual top – relaxed rockabilly. I love that this piece has a slight tinge of the gothic.

 

 

Sweetheart Necklace

Imagine with a white t-shirt and grey skinny jeans – a great splash of colour for a casual outfit.

 

Sailor Jerry Cosmetic Bag

All I can say for this one – is “I want, I want”. I currently carry round an old, shabby makeup bag which I think I got free 5 years ago. This would look perfect coming out of any handbag, and you would definitely get complimented.

 

 

 

 

And if you wanted to go all out, wear a rockabilly style dress like the one above, plus the below necklace, get out the eye liner, red lipstick and bobby pins and you’ve got perfection in an outfit right there …

 

Sailor Girl Necklace

Perfection in an outift

 

All in all, whether for you, or you’re starting to think about Christmas presents  – head to www.etsy.com/shop/RockafrillyUK.

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It’s just another work of art

2 Oct

At 3:50PM on Monday 1st October, I welcomed baby number 4 and baby number 5 to the family yesterday afternoon. No, not twins. The newest members of my tattoo family were inked.
If I was in a line up, and someone was asked to pick who would have a tattoo, I’d say odds on I wouldn’t be picked. I’m normally wearing pretty little dresses, I don’t look ‘hard’ or ‘punk’, I enjoy Twilight, and Xfactor and silly programs. I look like a candidate that would cry if I felt the prick of a needle, and only likes cuddling very fluffy kittens.

The prejudice against people with tattoos very much lives on. My tattooist yesterday, a lovely lady with a 17 year old son and a 13 year old daughter, had tattoos everywhere – even on her palm which I can’t imagine how much that hurt. When choosing the area to have my tattoos, I asked if my heart tattoo could move a little bit closer towards my hand. She refused to do it. She said that any half decent tattoo parlours will not tattoo on hands. The reason why? Because of the prejudices that are still alive and well in the UK today. My mumsy tattooist said that people won’t actually sit next to her on the bus because of what she looks like, and she didn’t want that to happen towards me. She pointed out, and unfortunately I agree, employers will frown on visible tattoos which could greatly effect my chances of getting a job in the future. It’s sad but true. Does a tattoo have any effect on my ability to work? No. My ambition? No. My work effects? No.

Having a tattoo does not change me whatsoever. I was asked why I have tattoos. And it took me awhile to answer. But in the end, my tattoos all symbolise something that is important to me, things that I always want to keep in mind. They are for myself, and not for anyone else. If anything they make me a better person because I’ve always got reminders of what is important.
And to be honest, if someone can stick a toilet in the middle of a white room and call it art, then so are tattoos.
Tattoo number 1 – Fairy Queen – Midsummer nights dream – what can I say – I love that play.

Tattoo numer 2  – half moon and stars – because I always believed that if I wished hard enough I would get the roller skates I wanted. 18 years later and I did.

Tattoo number 3  – apple blossom – to always remember my Mum and my home that I loved.

Tattoo number 4- simple heart, so that even when I’m at my most cynical, I don’t forget that I’ve always believed in romance and to always follow my heart and never to settle for less.

Tattoo number 5 – birds – to remember to never be dependant on anyone, that I am fine and happy on my own, and to always be free.

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How to spend an evening with your pjs…

14 Sep

Firstly.

Buy new pjs

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Run a bubble bath and make sure pjs are ready and waiting

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Get out of bath and put on said new pjs

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(Team with freshly washed face and hair shoved in a high bun)

Slip on slippers

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Then realise you are actually posing in your pjs and must get a life

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                             !Voila!

They know how to get me excited…

14 Sep

I absolutely love Burberry Prorsum and love this teaser video, which, incidentally, has one of my all time favourite songs as the backing track.

 

 

Christopher Bailey, I adore you.

Bit in love with Ralph Lauren

14 Sep

A surprise favourite, just as New York Fashion Week came to a close, Ralph Lauren gave us a glimpse of his South American inspired outfits which I’m sure will be filtering down into the high street in Spring/Summer 13. It all comes as nice change after the fiasco of the US Olympian outfits…
Lauren’s use of colours, cuts and fabrics is amazing in this show. Leathers, suede and silk. As well indication to us that hats are going to be a big thing. The final image has to be my favourite. I’m normally a huge fan of colour, but this beautifully cut, chic black dress, with black boater hat and T-bar heels…well. I’m actually in love.

Beauty pick of the month

13 Sep

For me, has to be Maybelline Eye Shadow Gel Liner in black. I stumbled across this by mistake whilst flicking through a magazine at the hairdressers, but as soon as my blow dry was done I headed straight for Boots to pick this up.

I am definitely no expert with liquid eye liner. Normally one eye goes drastically wrong and I have to take the whole thing off. However, with this gel liner, which incidentally comes in a neat little pot and brilliant applicator brush, if I do make a mistake it’s easily correctable.

Mac do a similar version, but does not come with the applicator brush, and Maybelline is a steal at £7.99.

I’ve been having great fun trying out different styles and flicks.

Highly recommended – a must have for any makeup bag!

 

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iPhone 5 – Should I care?

12 Sep

Because I don’t. My Twitter feed is going mad with celebs and techies drooling over the Live event for the iphone 5 release.

rickygervais Ricky Gervais Can’t wait for the new iPhone 5. I’ve had this mint condition, perfectly good, antique iPhone 4 for over a year now. Embarrassing.

Telegraph are doing a live Twitter feed and there’s still 5 hours to go before it all kicks off – I mean…come on!

I have to be honest, I dislike Apple. My view is that it’s for people who want a smart phone that tells them what to do. You cannot configure an Apple phone, the phone configures you.

And before you shout, “I bet you’ve never even owned an iPhone” – I have. In the days before I become conscious of technology and what it can do, I joined the ‘I have an iPhone brigade’. I played with it for 2 minutes before realising, Oh, I can’t actually do anything to it. I was bored after 3 months and then got the Samsung Galaxy S2 and my world changed. That phone was My Phone down to the typeface, the way I viewed widgets and my favourite apps. If I picked up an iPhone it would have taken me a while to work out whether it was my phone or my friends. Pick up my Samsung Galaxy and I knew it was my phone.

So, what do we know about the iPhone 5, other than the fact lots of people are about to waste money on something that isn’t worth it?

It is ‘thought’ to boast a taller screen… Great.

Smaller dock connector predicted… excellent so you need to buy new leads?

and I quote, ‘event follows major court victory over Samsung’.  Brilliant, so Apple are going to cash in on the fact that ignorant people are swerving away from Samsung and falling into the open arms of Apple? Or, to be precise, falling into the open wallets of Apple bosses?

 
Hey, once the release is here and I’ve read up on it, I might write a completely different blog piece. I’m not too proud to admit when I was wrong. But truthfully? I hope Apple fall flat on their fat greedy faces.