Monday, 21 July 2014

Brazilian Fever With The Bodyshop ♥

I don't know if many of you had to put up with watching the world cup, I was one of the lucky many who had to watch it anyway because my hubby is obsessed with any game that involves a football - I'm actually glad its over now - I just can't get into it I'm afraid.

When I did manage to avoid a few football games, I also had the opportunity to have a few relaxing nights myself  getting in the Brazilian spirit and using these essentials from the Body Shop - they have been pure luxuries these past few weeks when I have been having my relaxing baths while watching Pretty Little Liars in between on my Kindle.

Left to right - | * The Body Shop Scrub - £13.00 - Link - | The Body Shop Mango Beautifying Oil - £9.00 - Link |
The Body Shop Nutriganics Drops Of Youth - £28.00 - Link |

In Rio's famous Ipanema and Copacabana beaches you will see that plenty of locals like to rub fine sand all over there bodies as they sunbathe, this smooths out the skin, flushing out impurities and helping to reduce the look of cellulite - I don't know about you but when I'm in a bikini on holiday that sometimes is one of my biggest insecurities straight after not having a flat enough belly - I'm not blessed with rock hard abs mainly due to the number of sweets and chocolate I can not give up.

You can get very similar results to the locals if you use a good scrub at home, especially like this shea body scrub from The Body Shop.
These scrubs are great exfoliators, they stimulate skin micro circulation and buff away the dead sin cells which in turn leave you with lovely silky soft moisturized skin.
I particularly love using this scrub on my legs and arms.
 The Body Shop sell a number of different scrubs in different scents, this particular one featured is very fitting for the Brazilian theme and has a sweet nutty smell.

Ever wondered why Brazlian women always have beautiful skin??
 Babassu Oil is an ancient Brazilian beauty secret, this oil is extracted from the nuts of the native babassu plant and is used by Brazilian women to soften and hydrate skin.
You can enjoy these benefits yourself by using these Nutriganics Drops Of Youth from The Body Shop available in two different sized bottles, they contain Community Fair Trade babassu oil - I have already seen the benefits myself.
I reviewed these drops not long ago on my blog - you can read more about these drops here - Link.

Have you ever wanted  Latina style radiance??
 You can achieve this by using The Body Shop Beautifying oil - this mango oil smells divine.
Multitasking, this oil helps you achieve perfect hydration to your skin and hair with a shimmering finish -perfect if you want to achieve that Brazilian Glow.
I loved using this on my legs and arms, especially after a long day out in the sunshine - pack a bottle of this in your suitcase for summer holidays.
I found this oil is also perfect to use in the ends of your hair if it is feeling a little dry.

With the football now over I'm still going to keep using these products - if you splurge on a few beauty products this summer, these should be your top three to go to.

Have you used any of these products?
What did you think??

*Some wording has been used from The Body Shop press release.

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Celebrity Puppets ♥

 As a fashion blogger I do love to shop online so when I do have a browse I always have a look on My Voucher Codes to find some of the best available discounts from my favourite online retailers, every penny saved means I'm getting a bargain and who doesn't feel that bit more smug knowing they payed less.
The amount of times I have bought things in-store to find out I could of actually saved money by buying them online for an even better price - if you see an item you like instore, always try and check to see if you could get it cheaper online.

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Can you tell who they are meant to before looking on the right???

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Justin Bieber
Lady Gaga
Will Smith
Russel Brand
Ed Miliband
Kimye (Kim Kardashian and Kanye West)
Steven Tyler
Miley Cyrus
Sylvester Stallone
The Rock (Dwayne Johnson)

What do you think??are they a likely resemblance??

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Saturday, 12 July 2014

Sarah Croker Illustration & Design - Back To The Future Birthday Card & Converse ♥

Today is my husbands birthday and I really wanted to share with you this card I had made by the lovely Sarah from Sarah Croker illustrations, she is an extremely talented lady who designed this birthday card by hand and then painted over it, creating a one of a kind birthday card which I know my husband is going to be in "awe" at.

You can find her over on Facebook here - LINK - and she also has a website here - LINK.
I specifically wanted a card like this made because Daz - my husband- is a huuuge back to the future fan and this year I wanted to plan his birthday around this "theme" me and a few members of his family have all managed to come up with a Back To The Future inspired gift.
Including tickets to the "Back To The Future" Secret Cinema Event this year in London where they have recreated "Hill Valley" I'm a little excited for this as well as the "Enchantment Under The Sea Dance" they said will be taking place, I don't know what to expect because its been kept a huge secret so far including the actual location.

But anyway back to the card - your wondering why Marty doesn't look like Marty on the card - welll Marty has actually been transformed into Daz hence the "Great Scott Daz, Its Your Birthday, We Need To Get You Back To The Future" quote which I also came up with.
Sarah was brilliant, I emailed her and told her what I wanted, I sent a few images along including a photo of the "Doc" an image of  "Marty & Doc" both looking at there watches and then a picture of "Daz" - and she produced this amazing card, so thanks a lot Sarah, it is amazing and I'm sure he will want to frame it.

Sarah can design all sorts of cards for you, especially if its for a special occasion, and she also does smaller simpler designs - I'd 100% recommend her, she was so helpful and sent me pictures of the design once she had sketched it up ect and when she had finished painting it.

Of course his birthday would not be complete without some custom "Back To The Future Converse" which are only available from Arkham Prints on Etsy - LINK - they did a great job of printing this design out on these converse, the only complaints I have is the price of the shipping and the sneaky £23 customs charge I had to pay to release these shoes - they really should warn you about that - other than that I'm hoping my hubby will be over the moon with these birthday gifts.


Wednesday, 9 July 2014

D.I.Y My Vintage French Themed Mirror ♥

 I posted a few sneak photos this week on instagram of some home D.I.Y that I was planning.
At the weekend I finally found a few spare hours to finally carry out my plans and "up cycle" an old mirror me and my hubby have in our bedroom.

We were given this mirror a few years ago for free when we first moved into our flat by a friend who was getting rid of it, however over the years I have been adding decor to our bedroom to make it more cosy and homely.

 I finally decided enough was enough and I needed to either buy a new mirror or make this one match our bedroom some how, so after some googling and looking on Pinterest for inspiration I decided to to go for it and design my own frame. 

I originally got the idea for this "up cycle" when Leanne from "A Slice Of My Life" wrote a blog post back in October 2013 about a mirror she had up cycled - it looked fab - you can read that here - Link - thanks for the inspo too Leanne.

It cost me under £5 to design this frame myself and I now have a new mirror for a fraction of the price it would of cost me to buy a brand new one with this sort of decor.

I'll take you through a step by step process of how I designed this frame in the easiest way possible so anyone else can give it a go themselves.

The mirror pictured above is how it looked before I transformed it - it was a little bland and it didn't really match our bedroom.

Step 1 - The Main Materials.

For the actual design around the frame  I used some paper napkins - mine were only £2.50 for a pack of 10 with free delivery from eBay - Link - but you can choose any design you want, eBay sell all sorts.

To make the paste that I used to keep the napkins stuck down I used  PVA glue - available at most supermarkets in the kids section, I got mine from Sainsbury's, you can easily buy it for a £1.00 at Poundland too - I mixed 1/3 of PVA glue with 2/3 of cold water in a mug.
Any old mug will do to hold the PVA glue/water paste.

1 x Paint brush - again you can buy these from most places in a set - I used the biggest paint brush in my set to mix the PVA glue with the water.

Lastly you need a pair of sharp scissors - everyone has these lying around the house - and some masking tape - the masking tape will be used to stick around the edges of the frame so you don't get any glue on the mirror itself - its an absolute nightmare to get off if you do.

Step 2 - Preparing The Mirror

Firstly you need to clean the frame, kitchen roll and soapy water will get rid of any dust or residue around the frame that may have built up over the years,
While your waiting for that to dry you can prepare the area where your going to work.
I didn't have any option but the living room because that is where we have the most space.
You can use newspaper but I didn't have any, I don't read the newspaper and neither does anyone in our flat apparently.
I used two large bin liners cut apart - I taped these down using the masking tape so they stayed in place.
I found this option was easier because it meant my work area was also water proof.

After you have prepared the area you are going to work on, place the mirror face up on the floor and using the masking tape, stick down four long pieces on each of the four sides, make sure the tape isn't touching the inside of the frame completely either because you will need to pull this off at the end, you don't want to take any of the finished design with it.

Step 3 - Preparing The Frames Design.

You will need to cut the napkins so they fit the width of the frame, I found it easy cutting one napkin in half and then laying it out on the frame, I did this to judge how much I'd need to cut off, there needs to be enough of the napkin so that it will wrap round the back and the front edges of the frame. 
When you have done this you have an idea how much to cut off the rest of the napkins that you will be using.
I think I used 5 napkins in total.

Step 4 - Now The Fun Begins.

When you have the right amount of napkins ready, place one down one at a time on the frame, use the PVA glue/water paste and the paintbrush to stick down the napkin on the frame going over the whole napkin so its soaked through with the paste, you can use the paintbrush to tuck the edges of the napkin in round the frame on the front, brush a bit of glue on the bottom of the napkin for the back of the frame the back, lift the mirror up slightly and use your fingers to press it down onto the back, it should stick really easily- you can go over this later so don't worry to much about perfecting this.

The napkins do create a crinkled sort of effect but this was the look I was going for - it fits in with the vintage effect and it looks much better when its dry.

You can spread your pattern out how you wish - I tried to follow a straight line with my pattern with the butterflies - they don't all line up perfectly, but that's what makes it your own.

Once you have covered the whole frame doing the above step - you can leave it to dry for about 5 hours, 
I stood the mirror up when the bottom was dry after waiting 5 hours and went over the edges on the back and front of the frame with the PVA glue/water and made sure they were all stuck down completely.
I waited another further 2 hours till it was completely dry - you can leave it overnight if you wish .
Lastly when its completely dry that's when you can peel off all the masking tape off the mirror, just do it carefully

After a bit of polish and some soapy water to clean up any remaining glue or residue off the sticky tape, I hung the the finished mirror up in my room.

It looked like a completely new mirror and it definitely fitted in with my "French Vintage Theme"
I love it and I'll most certainly be "up cycling" more pieces of my furniture in the future,
My next D.I.Y project will be to find an old set of draws and up cycle those.

What do you think of my mirror?
Is up cycling something you would try?

Friday, 4 July 2014

My Night In Wythenshawe Hall With Ghost Tours UK ♥

This is a different kind of post to one I would normally share on here, but a few of you requested me to write a post about my night at Wythenshawe Hall with Ghost Tours UK and more people than I thought showed a lot of interest, particularly after I had popped some photos up on my Facebook & Instagram page.

I'm a bit of a geek when it comes to things that go bump in the night, I lived in a house for 13 years of my life that was haunted, things happened that couldn't be explained, but I never felt like whatever it was, was trying to hurt me.
Some of you might not believe in ghosts, that's fair enough and most likely you will be reading this if you do believe in something.
I've never seen a ghost in real life but I've experienced things that have made me believe that we are not alone in this world.

I'd wanted to spend the night in Wythenshawe Hall  ever since I discovered that they did ghost tours,
This hall looked like the perfect setting for a haunted house and I seem to have a bit of a fascination with the tudor style houses as it is - this one dates back to the 16th century  so it has a lot of history.

 I'd also liked Ghost Tours UK for a few years now on Facebook after discovering them on google.
Ghost Tours UK tend to do paranormal investigations within the north west area and are a non profit organisation.
I missed the last tour they did at Wythenshawe Hall so I asked them to let me know when they were next doing a tour.
When tickets went on sale I booked them straight away and told the hubby he was coming with me - he didn't really have a say in the matter.
Tickets were £30.00 per person and the duration of the night was 6 hours.

Your wondering why I wanted to investigate here, well I did expect a lot from here experience wise after reading the following online about the paranormal activity that has been experienced here - you can have a look yourself  - link.

My Night Here:
Me and the hubby arrived at 8.30 pm, the tour started at 9.00 pm and there was roughly about 30 of us, maybe a few more, it didn't feel crowded and everyone felt really approachable - I suppose they had be since we were going to be sitting, standing and holding hands with some of them in the dark.
We went into the entrance area which was kind of like a great hall, it had a church feel to it, there were seated chairs where we could all take a seat before the night started.
When everyone arrived the team from Ghost Tours UK introduced themselves and told us a bit about them selves, who they were and what the night was going to involve and most importantly that they were not there to make us believe that ghost do exist but more to help us make up our own mind,

We weren't promised any paranormal activity and what was going to happen that night was for us to find out for ourselves.
We had 45 minutes of stand up medium ship from a medium called Rob, Rob's readings were very good, he managed to speak to about 5 of us, including me which was lovely - yet again you can make up your own mind if you believe in mediums or not - my mum passed away 4 years ago so any opportunity to hear from her is always a comfort, and he got everything spot on about her with no guessing, he just told it me how it was, which led me to believe him more than other mediums I have spoken to in the past.
After the 45 minutes, the team came back in after setting up cameras in each of the rooms we were investigating so they could record everything.

 Four of these cameras were projected on to a white screen so we could watch them ourselves throughout the night when we had our breaks for anything paranormal, we had plenty of tea, coffee and refreshments to keep us going throughout the night too, it was going to be a long night till 3.00 am.
We were separated into three different groups to go into different rooms with a few members from the Ghost Tours UK team, I think I felt a little bit better that they were men too, haha.
I didn't know what to expect from the night, if I'm honest because I had never done anything like this before.
 I was panicking a bit about it all and I didn't know what to expect, I sleep with a light on at home for god sake, but curiosity of the paranormal world always has the better of me.
The first room we went into, I can't quite remember what room that was, it may have been a study I'm not entirely sure.
We all stood round in a circle and we had to hold hands with the person next to us to gain enough energy for any spirits to communicate with us, we had an EMF meter in the room with us in the middle of the circle, EMF'S are often used as a means of communication with the paranormal world and the LEDs can remain static, fall or increase in response to questions if there is a spirit nearby, (similar to the one they use in ghost busters but not as Hollywood )
We were plunged into darkness which terrified me, thank god there was about 10 other people in that room with me and there was also a torch on standby. 

I can't quite explain the feeling I had but we all for some reason picked up on the presence of  a tall man in the room with us, I can not deny this, I had this feeling as though someone was stood right in front of me and it made me feel really uneasy, I just couldn't explain it and my hubby and the guy next to me picked up on it too, my heart was pounding and I kept getting the urge to bolt out of the room because this person was getting right up in my face, that feeling soon lifted though when we started asking questions, the EMF monitor was going crazy at certain points and it definitely made me feel less afraid communicating to whatever was there, we were asking all kinds of different questions trying to get answers about who this was, something was definitely trying to communicate with us and it certainly liked our laughter , after we had been in that room for a while we went to the next room which was the library.

The photo taken above was in the library before we started the investigation in here, I don't know if you know what orbs are, but they are ghosts in the form of a ball of light that can show up on a photo when you take a picture, I know it wasn't floating dust because the few photos I took, the orbs were in the same place, you can spot 4 by the naked eye but there is actually about 6/7 in total and I wasn't surprised, we had so much energy in this room and the EMF monitor went crazy in here, it was so exciting and again we were sat in complete darkness asking questions, it didn't help I had my back to an open door too - I hate open doors - I sensed the presence of a lady in this room, the presence felt different compared to the other room and a few of us all agreed on that too.

After we had been in this room, we had a short break before carrying on with the investigation.
One of the team from Ghost Tour UK had told us that he had gone upstairs to collect his coat (and he was the sort of guy who doesn't get scared) he was on his way down when he felt something blow on the back of his neck, he said he whizzed down them stairs faster than anything, this didn't really help because we were going up them stairs next.

The next room we went into did involve walking up these stairs I just talked about and there were a few corridors where we heard footsteps while we were in the room that we were investigating, no one else was around and I nearly had a heart attack when we were all trying to listen for sounds and then someone's tummy grumbled really loudly.

We definitely weren't alone up there and I most certainly did not want to be in them corridors alone in the dark, the two rooms we investigated did pick up on something but nowhere near as much as we did downstairs.
About 5 of us went up to the attic area which was a really small area, we didn't stay up here for long especially since we heard a growl and something being dragged twice in the room next to us.

I took this photo below shorty after we entered the attic, you can see two big orbs which were pretty close to us.

The photo below is the spooky corridors where we heard footsteps, I didn't pick any orbs up on this picture, which I was hoping I would capture.

We experimented with a few more pieces of paranormal equipment upstairs in the rooms that we were investigating, my hubby daz had to hold a pendulum, that was moving on its own without him moving it himself, this is usually used to determine the answers to questions that you can ask, the answers are determined by the pendulum swinging in one direction for yes and another for no.
The temperature also decreased upstairs and it was pretty cold down the corridors, this was measured using a digital thermometer - either way it definitely felt colder too.

After another mini break, the night had flown by this point,  it was 1.00 am before I knew it, I didn't feel tired, I think this sort of thing keeps you on high alert.
We went upstairs again to this next room, it was quite a big hall, it seemed like the sort of place where they used to maybe have dances or special occasions, that was the vibe I got from this room anyway.
Again we sat in the dark in a circle, the statues behind me really creeped me out, I could see them from the corner of my eye, even in the dark.

- can you get why I hated them and look there is another orb - 

Rob the medium came with us this time and he really didn't help me and daz when he turned round and said there was a man stood between us, thanks for that again rob haha, apparently he was someone related to daz, daz is still not sure who this person was.
 We stood up again and held hands with the person next to us again asking questions, the EMF monitor was going a little crazy again in this room, Rob the medium tried to communicate with who was there, I took a few photos and you can actually see a few orbs around Adam - one of the Ghost Tours UK team.

After being in this room we went to another room that was also upstairs, I felt like this room used to be a home schooling area because they still had the school desks here, I also picked up on the presence of children here.
We sat in the dark here while two people in our team took a clip board and a pen and tried to see if a spirit in the room could help us draw something , there were a few weird drawings that were drawn, I even had a go, but I'm unsure if it was me actually drawing or something else, I did feel something touch my hair though.
A few people went into the ajoining room where the school desks were and used dowsing rods - when something is found, the rods usually cross over one another making an X over the found object - I wasn't in this room so I didn't know what happened fully.

After the rooms upstairs we had another mini break, at the point it was about 2.00 am, I was actually disappointed  the night had flown by so fast, I was having a  lot of fun.
I snapped a few pictures down the dark hall and this photo came back also - more orbs.

The last part of the night was definitely unexplainable, we sat round a small table and used a small glass on the table to try and communicate in the hall we first sat in when we arrived, we had an EMF monitor to hand and we started asking questions.
I always doubt this sort of test because I think people can easily move a glass with there fingers, but we all turned our fingers upside down and placed the tip of our nail on the top of the glass, it was virtually impossible to move the glass ourselves that way, we were asking questions and the glass was moving, it seemed to have a bit of a fascination with two girls in our group, this ghost was for them apparently and wanted to send them a message, we got Rob the medium to see who this was trying to communicate and after about 10  minutes he confirmed this was someone messing around (meaning a spirit of this hall was tricking us) after that was confirmed we tried to communicate with this spirit and found out his name was Steven and he was doing some pretty impressive things for us, we had these cards with shapes on and we asked him to draw these shapes with the glass, but what really freaked me out was when Rob asked the spirit to draw the shape on the card he had - none of us could see what shape it was on the card he had in his hand  - the glass drew the correct shapes, not once or twice but three times, that confirmed that this was real, how could we guess the drawing on the card three times? And the way the glass was flying round the table, none of us had control, my finger kept slipping off the glass and so did others and I swear at one point it moved on its own, by then the rest of the teams had joined us because it was 3.00 am and they watched it too, it was truly unexplainable and I didn't question if it was fake or not.

After our night had finished we all sat down for 10 minutes and discussed what we had experienced that night in our teams with the whole group, it was really amazing hearing what everyone else had experienced and not one person said that this place was not haunted.

If you are still reading this - thank you for keeping up with all of this, it was quite the essay I wrote, but I wanted to share every little detail with you and give anyone who wants to do a paranormal investigation an idea of what a night like this involves.

From my experience of my night spent here  - I can confirm there is something paranormal about Wythenshawe Hall.

We spoke to member of staff at Wythenshawe Hall who said she had witnessed and heard things that were unexplainable and in the past she had heard footsteps and voices when she had been locking the rooms (rather quickly) at night, 
The staff will not work on there own in the evening and one staff member has witnessed seeing a headless man which may be something to do with a hanging tree that's within the grounds.

Ghost Tours UK were an excellent team and I felt really safe in there hands, I learnt lots of new things that night also.
 I just want to personally thank Ghost Tours UK on here for such a great experience and the chance to spend a night here, we really want to do a night here again in the future.

You can find Ghost Tours UK on Facebook - link - and Twitter - link

I really hoped you enjoyed reading this post, if you have any stories you want to share please share below.

Sunday, 22 June 2014

What I Wore & An Afternoon At Formby Beach ♥

*Floral Strap Camisole - Glamorous  - Link Here
Crochet Denim Shorts - Select - Vintage - Similar Here
Pink Bag - Primark - £6.00,

Yesterday while the sun was shining. I decided to cross one of my summer activities off my "Summer Bucket List" you can see this post here if you missed it this week,

Me and my husband decided on an afternoon by the beach, and this time we bought Sasha along with us.
She's never been to the beach before and I could tell she enjoyed herself by the way she was galloping in and out of the waves - safe to say we tired her out, she was flat out in the car on the way home.

We live about an hour away from Formby Beach - its a lovely little beach to go to on a nice day like it was yesterday,  even just for a walk along the beach.
 It would of been nice to relax and sunbath but unfortunately with a dog you can't really do that because Sasha always insists on sitting on you at every opportunity, we had lots of fun though and running through the waves with her was definitely the perfect way to cool down.

I decided to wear my "Floral Camisole" from Glamorous - its really summery and the rose pattern is so pretty,

I hope your enjoying this beautiful weather lovelies x

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