23 November 2013

#DIY - JEWELLED HEADBAND

Happy Saturday everyone! This week has gone so quick, I can't believe its Saturday again. I swear as you get older the time jut starts to fly by...
Anyway, enough of that, I've got another quick and easy DIY for you today - a jewelled headband! I just love anything that sparkles! If you were to buy one of these babies from somewhere like Accessorize or ASOS it would probably set you back £10, but this tutorials is much cheaper and so easy to do. Here goes!

#DIY JEWELLED HEADBAND EQUIPMENT

All you need is: 

A plastic headband
Rhinestone Gems
Strong glue
Tweezers

Step One

Brush a small section of the headband with the glue and leave for a minute or two until it is tacky.

Step Two

Using your tweezers randomly pick up gems and place all over the headband.

Step Three

Repeat Steps on an two until the whole headband is covered in jewels.

Step Four

Leave it to set over night so the jewels aren't going anyway when you put the hair band on.
#DIY Jewelled Headband
Don't forget to send me pictures if you try any of my #DIY out :)
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21 November 2013

ASK ITALIAN BATH #REVIEW #LIFE

This is something a little different from me today but hey, a blog is for talking about things you like...and I just LOVE Italian! Living near Bath, I spend a lot of time wondering around and finding new places to go. But for some reason I always find myself coming back to Ask Italian, and the Vouchercloud discount codes are not the only reason (although they do help...hey I am a student after all!). So when it comes to date night with Sean, you can normally find us at Ask. 

Location


Ask is located in George Street which runs parallel to Milsom street (for all you shoppers out there it's the street that House of Fraser is on!). It's quite a walk from the bus station, especially in heels, so make sure if you're taking the bus, get off as close as you can! There is a pay and display car park down a small alleyway next to it but, like all parking in Bath, can be pricey. That being said, it is in an ideal location if you are looking for somewhere to take a well deserved lunch break from shopping or is perfectly located if you want to hit the town after an evening meal.
ASK ITALIAN BATH #REVIEW #LIFE

 Inside/Decor

I wouldn't say that the inside is decorated like a typical Italian. It's actually quite modern with lots of bright colours and modern lamps like in the picture below (how much do you want this in your house?!). The restaurant is split into 3 sections which sometimes aren't all open depending on the day of the week. Typically midweek only one section is open and on the weekend they are all open. The toilets are a bit of a pain to get to because they are underground, meaning you have to navigate a million stairs. But if you can get past that Ask has a nice atmosphere and lighting which gives a nice mood.

ASK ITALIAN BATH #REVIEW #LIFE

Menu/Food

I'm actually quite boring when it comes to food as I'm one of those annoying fussy eaters. My go-to meals at Ask are the Carbonara or the Stromboni Pizza (thats pepperoni to me and you). They have a wide range of pastas, pizzas, risottos, salads and a specials board which changes weekly (which Sean has a habit of picking from...) so you are bound to find something you like. Me and Sean always get the garlic bread with mozzarella to start and fight over it till the last bite, but if thats not your things there lots of other options from bruschettas to calamari. My personal favourite part of the meal though is the dessert and how I choose between chocolate cake and cheesecake I'll never know. But both are viable options and highly recommended!

ASK ITALIAN BATH #REVIEW #LIFE

ASK ITALIAN BATH #REVIEW #LIFE

Service

I can honestly say I have never had bad service in Ask before. Occasionally food has taken a little while to come out (note to self, new years eve is a busy time!), but no restaurant is perfect and during busy times it is inevitable. The staff are friendly and polite, they take care of you for the duration of your meal and are always there if you need anything. For the price you pay for your meal (especially with a voucher code), I don't think you can go wrong!

ASK ITALIAN BATH #REVIEW #LIFE

I definitely rate Ask highly, and if given the choice to go to Ask or the ever so popular Jamies Italian round the corner, Ask wins hands down. I think it's the atmosphere for me, knowing your going to get good quality food, friendly service at affordable price. What more could you ask for?

Have you ever been to Ask Italian in Bath?

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16 November 2013

YSL VERNIS À LÈVRES GLOSSY STAIN IN ROUGE GOUACHE #BEAUTYREVIEW

YSL VERNIS À LÈVRES GLOSSY STAIN IN ROUGE GOUACHE #BEAUTYREVIEW

YSL VERNIS À LÈVRES GLOSSY STAIN IN ROUGE GOUACHE #BEAUTYREVIEW

YSL VERNIS À LÈVRES GLOSSY STAIN IN ROUGE GOUACHE #BEAUTYREVIEW

YSL VERNIS À LÈVRES GLOSSY STAIN IN ROUGE GOUACHE #BEAUTYREVIEW

YSL VERNIS À LÈVRES GLOSSY STAIN IN ROUGE GOUACHE #BEAUTYREVIEW

The Packaging

The packaging is beautiful, it comes in the normal gold YSL packaging which I love! The actual product is in a hard wearing tube which is equally as sleek and glam as all their other packaging. 

The Brush

Probably one of my favourite things about YSL's glossy stains is the brush. Just like the L'Oreal lip glosses, it has a heart wand which is great for applying the product easily. It feels nice on the lips and makes applying it that bit more precise. I'd even say the YSL version picks up more product giving a more even application. 

The Colour

As you can see from the pictures the colour Rouge Gouache (anyone know how to say that?) is a reddy orange. The colour is highly pigmented and long lasting, only starting to show signs of an even wear at least 3/4 hours after wearing, considerably longer than your average lip gloss. I've found when you first apply the colour it is like water on the lips. At this point I would not touch your lips (and definitely don't make the mistake of kissing your boyfriend like me, oops!), let it dry for about 10 minutes until it has 'set'. I'd also make sure you are precise with this one as once the colour is on, it really does stain!

The Quality 

The formula of this lip stain is incredible. Applies like a lip gloss, the colour stays like a lip stay...and it's not sticky! I'm more of a lip stick girl myself, trying to stay away from the stickiness of a gloss but this is the ideal in-between. It keeps its glossy finish throughout the day, and when I say day I literally mean ALL day (no seriously). Even when eating and drinking this baby is here to stay. I wouldn't say the glossy stains dry your lips out but they aren't hydrating either. 


Whats your favourite YSL Beauty Product?

Clair xo

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12 November 2013

#DIY - CHEVRON MIDI RINGS


DIY Chevron Midi Ring Step by Step Tutorial
DIY Chevron Midi Ring Step by Step Tutorial
DIY Chevron Midi Ring Step by Step Tutorial

Has anyone else been obsessing over midi rings like me? Yes. Well look no further my friends because here is the easiest DIY guide to making your own. I found this midi ring on Shop Dixi and immediately wanted to give it a go making something similar. It really is so easy and all you need is some craft wire, wire cutters and some flat nosed pliers...

Step 1

Unravel about 5inches of wire and form a chevron in the middle. Now I like my chevrons to be more like a subtle bend, but if you wanted to make it really sharp you can use the flat nosed pliers to give it that edge. 

Step 2

Place the chevron against the finger you want your ring to fit. Bend the wire around to the back of your finger to form the shape of the ring and twist the wires around each other.

Step 3

Trim the ends of the wire and bend them back on themselves.This will hook the ring together and also stop any sharp edges digging into your skin. If you do have any sharp edges, use a nail file to smooth them out. 

Step 4

Follow steps 1-3 for the matching ring, making sure to measure the chevrons next to each other to check the bends are similar. 

Hope you enjoyed this little DIY. What do you think of midi rings?

Clair xo

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10 November 2013

TOPSHOP TARTAN TROUSERS #OOTD

TOPSHOP TARTAN TROUSERS #OOTD

TOPSHOP TARTAN TROUSERS #OOTD

TOPSHOP TARTAN TROUSERS #OOTD

TOPSHOP TARTAN TROUSERS #OOTD

TOPSHOP TARTAN TROUSERS #OOTD

Trousers: Topshop | Blouser: New Look | Hat: Asos | Bag: Marc Jacobs

I am loving the tartan trend. Takes these Topshop trousers for instance, they are so comfortable I've practically lived in them for about a week. I'm not exaggerating. They're not actually trouser material and they feel like leggings (Probably why Topshop calls them Treggins, but I really hate that word). I love the fact they are high waisted making them perfect for a night out too!

Anyway I've spent the majority of my Sunday in the kitchen baking, what better way to spend a day? So expect some recipe blog posts to come this week :)
Don't you just love a good old comfortable trend? 

Clair xo

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04 November 2013

A/W INSPIRATION: MIDI SKIRT





It's almost been a month since my last post, naughty blogger! Things have been getting pretty busy on my end since going back to uni, my life revolves around sleeping, eating, working and going to uni. But that doesn't mean I've forgotten about Sparkle and Ribbon and I am determined to get myself into some kind of routine!
Enough about that for now, what do you think of these gorgeous midi skirts? I have to admit I've been a bit apprehensive about midi skirts in the past. Coming in at around 5"1, I always thought they would look odd on me. But I am loving the look of these and I'm dying to try it out myself. I particularly like the idea of matching them with a sweater, how chic! 
Do you like midi skirts? Would you wear one? Let me know! :)
Clair xo

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