Friday, 30 October 2015

LIFE: Me


1. I've been working long distance for over a month now and I'm really loving it. Despite the early starts and late nights, I am thoroughly loving working in a new team. I think I was long overdue a change.

2. I wear a different style every. single. day. (OK, every day that I'm not wearing pjamas.) One day I'll be wearing a teadress and little pumps, the next: ripped jeans and my Nike SBs, the next: a check pencil skirt and a blouse. I have no set style. It's just me, whatever I feel like.

3. I get a lot of hate for what I spend my money on. This is so weird to me. 

4. I usually feel down at this time of year, but this year feels totally different. Maybe it's the meds I'm on. Maybe it's being around new people. Maybe it's the improvement we've done to the house this year. Maybe I'm just different. I feel pumped. Ready for anything. On it.

5. My favourite colour has changed for the first time in like a decade recently. It has been green since I got a pair of lime green ballet flats when I was fifteen/sixteen. Now though, I'm definitely going through a white phase. Everything white.

Tuesday, 27 October 2015

REVIEW: The Autumn Cheek


*touch wood* My skin is looking fairly good at the minute and because of that and, notably, officially reaching my 'late twenties' next month, I've been experimenting with different looks. I've been a black-eyeliner-and-not-much-else-girl since I was about sixteen so I think at a decade on, it's time to start finding other options.

Since seeing Fleur mention this Collection Contour Kit, I've been dying to get my hands on it. Highlight is something I've tried and failed at using before, but this seems to be just the right kind of shimmer - rather than glitter. The contour shade is fairly warm, but blends easily giving a nice hue to the cheeks. It nips them in well. Excellent.

I already mix two of the Rimmel Blushes on a daily basis, but for something a bit different and as a pick-me-up on the colder mornings, I'm going to try to use this Lasting Finish Blush in Live Pink. It's much brighter than the Pink Rose and Bronze I use currently.

Finally I picked up this lovely Maybelline Face Sudio blush in Pink Amber. This is essentially the colour I make when I mix the two Rimmel blushes. It's a nice brightening, but matte shade that compliments my fair skin. Unfortunately, I can't find a link to this anywhere, but I can assure you it's in the shops right now.

HOW TO: DIY Yarn Art



There are so many images of yarn art on the internet, and the more I looked at them, the more a wall in our office looked decidedly bare.

What you'll need:
A hammer
A bag of panel pins
A level
Some yarn or thread
A ruler
A printer!

First I chose my font and printed the word 'hello' out with each letter on a single piece of A4. I eyeballed their positions primarily, sticking each letter on the wall with blu-tac before going in with the ruler and level to make sure it wouldn't look dodgy once I started hammering nails into my wall.

Once I got the distances between letter just as I wanted them, I started hammering nails in at regular intervals. I chose 2cm, but you could go further or closer together depending on how you want your letters to look in the end.

Once I'd got the outlines with the nails done, I ripped the paper off the wall and started wrapping the thread around the nails. You can see I didn't get it 100% perfect, but it's close enough for me. I love that I can change out the thread to a wool or a different colour if I fancy it. It'll never look the same twice!



Sunday, 25 October 2015

WEEKENDER: October


This month has actually been a good month. I thought it'd be a bit iffy, with weather and work commitments, but I'm pleased with how it's turned out and I'm glad I got to spend most of it with the Lad.

We also went ALL OUT and got the iMac of our dreams - more on that another day though.

Thursday, 22 October 2015

THREE THINGS: Simple is best.


1. Watching the sun rise and burn off the mist that rolls off the river.
2. Finding someone to swap books and films with and the discussions about them before and after.
3. Rediscovering the winter wardrobe. Layers are awesome.

Tuesday, 20 October 2015

REVIEW: COLAB Extra Volume Dry Shampoo


I have mixed feeling about this. I absolutely love the teeny dry shampoo there, but this larger Extreme Volume Dry Shampoo is just...odd.

There's no doubt it's extreme - my hair was the biggest it's ever been. For a night out or event where I'd want super big hair, this is awesome. I love using it to set curls because it holds incredibly well and makes my curls last literally all day. It also smell divine - but that's a given.

The only downside is the dry shampoo it claims to have in it. I don't see it. I don't feel it. This is a hairspray. I used it on clean hair to give a bit of texture - like I do the mini - and it made my hair solid. It didn't feel clean. It felt like I'd dumped a load of old school hairspray into it and if I bent a bit, my hair would snap off.

There's no doubt this product creates the extra volume, but I'm dubious about the dry shampoo aspect. Have you tried this? What do you think?

Sunday, 18 October 2015

VISIT: Rievalux



Last month we drove up into the Yorkshire Moors and visited Helmsley. We like Helmsley a lot - especially the Walled Garden. But this time we decided to find a different view of the town.

Our neighbours are keen walkers, with the elder gentleman actually being a walk leader for the town we live in. He mentioned a few months back that they were walking along the Cleveland way (albeit along a piece in the Dales rather than the Moors) and it stuck with me. I discovered it passes through Helmsley and there's a nice trek across countryside to Rievaulx Abbey.

Rievaulx is in a superb location - nestled in a valley so it's massiveness is sort of hidden until you stumble over it. We got there about 3pm so the afternoon sun was filtering down straight onto it and there wasn't many people there either. 

There's quite a substantial amount of the abbey left and with the free audio tour, we spend a couple of hours wandering around and learning about how and why the abbey was created, how the people lived and why it fell into ruin.

I would fully recommend visiting the abbey and if you can, walking to it from Helmsley because it made the trip even more interesting.

Friday, 16 October 2015

REVIEW: Olay Instant Hydration Serum


Eye bags. Check. Crows Feet. Check. Those lines that stretch from the bottom of your nose round the sides of your mouth. Check.

I'm upping my skincare game this Autumn. Starting with this day serum from Olay. I'm become quite the fan of Olay products. This feels good from the moment I apply it, I can feel it sinking in quickly without being sticky - always a bonus. It smells great too - double bonus. 

I've been using this for a few weeks now and my skin feels much better for it. Alongside my usual primers and moisturisers this adds an extra layer of protection against the cold/central heating onslaught that's beginning.

For under a fiver, you really can't go wrong!

Wednesday, 14 October 2015

READ: #35 City of Masks, #36 The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly, #37 The ManWith Dancing Eyes, #38 The Humans


City of Masks
This is the first of three books in the series. Following Lucien as he struggles in a battle against cancer that has rendered him so exhausted he cannot even get up out of bed. He manages to discover a portal into another world. Very similar to the city of Venice, but with noticeable differences, he  finds he has no illness and becomes an apprentice to a very highly regarded Scientist (/magician) whilst being friends with a rebel girl of his own age. This book takes some twists and turns that I wasn't expecting so I thoroughly enjoyed it.

The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly
I picked this up recently and devoured it within a day. Sprout is a chicken living in a chicken farm barn. All she wants is to hatch one of her eggs like the cockerel and hen that live in the yard, but alas the farmers wife always takes her eggs away. She begins to feel like if she can't ever hatch one of her eggs, she'd rather not lay at all so she stops eating and produces a shell-less egg which the farmer interprets as her last egg. She ends up in a pile of dead chickens (lovely), but isn't as dead as she wishes she was. This is the story of her life once she gets away from the barn. It's simply written and very emotive. I'll admit I cried at the end.

The Man With Dancing Eyes
An adult picture book, this follows the life of a privileged young girl called Pierre who falls in love at a party. After a short honeymoon period, things go downhill and she escapes to New York. Will she ever find love again? (really lovely, if surreal)

The Humans
This is an epic little read, following a gang of apes called The Humans. Actual humans are more like animals and the apes use them to 'dog fight' and as slaves - they call them Skins for the lack of fur. I borrowed this from a lad at work, but I'm very tempted to get the next volume and read on.

Sunday, 11 October 2015

REVIEW: Tresemmé Oleo Radiance Shampoo


You know when something catches your eye and you're like 'but do I really need this?' - put it back. And then you see it in a different store and you're like 'It's too expensive.' - put it back. And then you go into another store and you're like 'oh go on then!'

And before you know it, you're lathering up and wondering why the heck you didn't buy it in the first place.

This is that product for me. 

The Tresemme Oleo Radiance shampoo claims to make my hair look 'radiant and healthy' - two things I'm not sure this actually achieves yet, but it does clean my hair beautifully with a 'non greasy feel' which I'm grateful for.

The amount and mixture of oils - Argan, Almond and Castor -  this has in its ingredient list makes me believe that my hair will become much healthier with frequent use so it's claims may become true. First impressions though, this guy's on fleek.

Thursday, 8 October 2015

LIFE: MASTER PLAN SIDE D: The Office


The office is our back bedroom.Where once there was a dingy pop up bed, there is now a slick white desk. Where once there was orange artex, there is now a smooth, well plastered white wall covered with a veritable library.


My favourite thing about this room is the light. It's south facing so it gets sunshine pretty much all day - definately all day during the wintertime - and now it's white instead of the bright lurid orange it was when we first moved in, it's a great bright calming place to be. I enjoy spending time in here, reading, blogging or crafting.



After seeing Kate's living room, I decided to take the idea of bookcases-as-a-sideboard and pop two together along the wall opposite the desk. It gives us a place for our larger books and also for all our magazines and crafty bits. I love the plants and prints on the top. 

One of the oldest, but also my favourite DIY's are the streamers in the window. Instead of putting curtains up or a blind, I sewed a load of paper circles together with red thread and stuck lengths of them along our window frame so it makes our window a little less stark when it's dark outside. Obviously people can see directly into our office from nearby buildings, but when we're sat inside it feels cosier than if we just had a black square of darkness over our shoulders. 

This room is mostly finished, however there's a few things I'd like to update. The first being the Lads office chair. I have a replica Eames RAR whilst he still has an old dining chair that we've been handed down through the family. What we'd like is a similar white chair, probably a DSW.

The main improvement in this room will be the introduction of a 27' iMac. We've been pining planning for one of these beasts for years and finally we have the right finances to be able to afford one. We've even cut the legs of our desk down to enable us to fit it beneath the shelves... first world problems right there.

Hopefully, in the next couple of months this space will be finished!

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

VISIT: Sheffield


Having lived in Yorkshire all my life (bar a couple of years in the Midlands for Uni) I've never actually visited the centre of Sheffield before. It's never been on my radar.

The Sheffield Botanical Gardens, have been on my To Do list for a few years now though. Since visiting Cambridge Botanical Gardens a couple of years ago, visiting a more local one was very appealing (Edinburgh's is next on my visit list). 

We parked at Meadowhall and took the train into the centre. It's only a few pounds each and means we didn't have any time restrictions on when we needed to be back by - the trains run every ten minutes from early morning to late night. The Gardens are a fair walk from the centre though, it took us a good 20 minutes. 

It's very obvious that the Gardens are run through volunteer work. Although there were plenty of workers about, some parts of the garden were very neglected. The base ideas were still visible and still very inspiring, but the weeds and overgrown planting meant that it seemed a little shabby. We spent a good few hours there though. It's a great day out exploring the different parts and 'regions' of planting. The parts that had been well maintained were beautiful and well worth the visit. Even the shabby parts had their own elegance and considering entry is free, I'm very glad we went.

Sheffield itself was awing. I love the countryside and the sky. Those tall buildings and excessive tarmac was a tad overwhelming. The architecture was so good though! Old buildings, skyscrapers, little bits of graffiti - I can see why people love the city.

We visited Bills for a bite to eat before heading back to the car. Highly recommend the tea and scones for a little pick-me-up.

Sunday, 4 October 2015

HELLO: The ohhellojo shop


Yes, you heard right! A shop.

I originally launched it a year or two ago under the name peapudding (I never really liked that name), but it's been a looong time since I last updated it or renewed any products. Back in August (whilst cleaning out our office) I found all my supplies and fell back in love with the little creations I'd stored away. I took all of the ideas I had back then and reinvented the brand and the items. 

So, there's only three products so far. 

  • We've got a little hex nut bracelet - my personal favourite. Adds an alternative, but dainty edge to an outfit.
  • The wooden bead bracelets which are lovely to wear on their own, or with a stack of other bracelets.
  • And finally, the gold circlet bracelet which is one of my original creations and was a best seller. Simple, but effective.

I have more coming and I'm currently sitting surrounded by wax cotton cord and little jewellery charms. Watch this space!

Thursday, 1 October 2015

Hello October


Usually at this time of year, a weird kind of depression comes over me and I struggle to see any good or enjoy the little things. This year feels different. Or it does it at the moment. I'm holding onto that thought. I feel pretty good.

One of the things I'm especially loving at the moment is my commute to work (the first person ever to say that about 5am starts). My route takes me across super flat countryside so I get to see the sky in a way I've never really seen before. I can see for literally miles and miles to either side of my car and the sky overpowers the landscape. I have nothing to compare it to. It's just amazing.

The sky makes me more happy than (almost*) anything else in the world.

* Obviously 'almost' because the Lad is the best happiness booster.

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