Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Catch up photo diary

My posts have a been a bit scarce on this blog lately. Well, they haven't been happening at all. I feel like I have been struggling to get involved in the blogger community as a newbie. I have made a decision to post more personal things rather than just aiming to please everyone and to keep my posts much shorter and to the point. 
With that being said, here's a quick catch up of my life the last few weeks via instagram photos.
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Managed to earn enough money and make enough plans to go on a shop without feeling guilty.
Extra thick over the knee socks making me feel christmassy. I managed to drop my phone on my face whilst getting this picture causing a bit of a bruise. 
Me and Leah packed in like sardines in the back of Bradley s mini. Wasn't too sure if we were going to make it out alive.
Played about with the Heaven and Earth eye shadow palette from MUA. In love with the natural brown smokey eye effect meaning this is now my default picture for everything.
I never really do outfit posts but this is what I wore on my day tip back to my home city (london). It would be cool to know if anyone would like to see more outfit/lookbook posts from me on my blog?
Starbucks addict. The Praline Mocha is definitely my favourite off the Christmas menu. What is yours?
After a bad day at work Ant decided to seek comfort in my chest. Can't complain.

Thank you all for putting up with my unreliability. You can expect a lot more acticity from now on.
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Have a good week!

Tuesday, 13 November 2012

Models Own Pink Fizz Nail Polish

As a late birthday treat to myself I bought something I've been itching to try for a few weeks. I have only ever heard good things about Models Own nail polishes. I made a visit to my local Boots and without exaggerating, I must have stood at the counter for 30-45 minute trying to decide wich one I wanted. There was such a huge selction to chose from and being such an indecisive person it caused me a bit of trouble. In the end I went for the Mini Models Own nail polish set which had a selction of three polishes from it's Wonderland collection.

For this pretty set the damage to my purse was £8. Usually being a bit of a bargain hunter this seemed a bit steep for three small nail polishes but I was completely swayed by the recommendations I was given and in all honesty, I'm glad I was. Completely worth the extra few pounds compared to other rivals on the market.

Models Own lives up to it's high reviews. The usual problem I have with glitter nail polishes is that the glitter spreads out thinly on my nails meaning I have to do layer upon layer so it also takes so much longer to dry. I applied a clear base coat and when I tried Models Own nail polish in Pink Fizz the glitter spread out enough over my nail only leaving a few gaps. I could have got a way with one layer but I did a second layer to see how it looked and I was so pleased with the results!

It dried quicker than I had expected it to. I have become used to using Barry M nail polish which have tendency to take a while to dry and go soft, causing smudges which infuriate me and many other women I know. I haven't had deal with such anger inducing issues with Models Own. 

The big question obviously is how long does it last?/how quickly does it chip? Mine lasted perfectly for a good 3/4 days until I visited the forest last Sunday and managed to chip mine trying to get through trees. If you put several layers on like I did they will chip off in much larger and more noticeable chunks but I take that as a positive because it is a lot easier to get the rest of with nail polish remover. 

I had a go at trying to capture the sparkles with my new gif making skills. 

Overall I loved this product so much that I am going to be sticking with Models Own for my Nail Polish needs. You can see the full range of colours and all the different sets on the Models Own Site -

My favourite colour out of the set is the one you can see on the far right called Southern Lights which I will make a post for soon!

Be sure to ask me any questions in the comments and feel free to share your own experiences and thoughts on the quality of this brand.

Sunday 11th November 2012

After spending the first 18 years of my life settled in London I have grown used to my quiet walks not really being so quiet. The closet thing I could find to woods was the dense trees at the local common that, quite frankly weren't somewhere you would want to enter on your own. My recent move to Bournemouth means I have seen some welcome changes in terms of scenery. 

Me, Ant, Bradley and Leah decided to visit Ringwood Forest for the first time. I brought Ant's camera along instead of my own as I'm going to be selling mine soon. I'm trying to detach myself from it so it won't be so painful when I send it to it's new home. I don't have much to say but I had such a lovely time. It was the biggest and quietest space that I had ever been in and it felt still and magical.

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Photo of me taken by Bradley (Chewy Media)

The whole forest was filled with golds, browns and greens. I decided to keep most of my photos in colour to show how beautiful the colours are. Imagining this type of place covered in snow or siting around having picnics and drinks in the summer makes me smile. At one point I would absolutely love to do some photo shoots here.

Also made my first ever gif from my own photos with a lot of help from the guys. I'm a fan of it's subtlety more than anything.

I'll leave you with a bit of assassin creeping from me and Anthony Grey! gif made by Bradley (Chewy Media)

This day has inspired some filming ideas and plans have been talked about between four of us. Especially the idea of a Assassin Creed 3 inspired shoot using my boyfriends Connor Kenway  cos play. 

Let me know if you share the same love for forests as me! Do you have a favourite place that you like to visit?

Wednesday, 7 November 2012

My week in photos

Firstly, I want to apologise for the lack of original post on my blog lately. I've been really struggling for inspiration since I started this blog but through out the past week I've literally had no ideas. Due to personal issues relating to my Granddads health I've been pretty down. However, I'm picking myself and my mood up this week and have a few ideas for new posts so keep an eye out for those!
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  1. First TARDIS Pocket Jumper made by popular demand and just in time for the cold weather. Only a few left so pick one up here.
  2. Couldn't sleep so I distracted myself by reading Game of Thrones on my Kindle. I still carry the picture I had of Ant when we were doing long distance.
  3. I really do love the wolf hoods I make so I keep sneaking them into photos. 
  4. Lazy day in a jumper and thigh highs.
  5. Hot chocolate with cream and tiny marshmallows in the morning. Yes please!
  6. Made my twitter look cute. If you don't already you can follow me -
  7. Ant sits far back enough so I can watch him play Assassins Creed from bed. Cutey. 
  8. Selfies galore this week. 
  9. Just before we went out for a look around town on Sunday.
  10. New products for my store also include TARDIS pocket vests! Up on the store soon.
  11. Thanks to Ant we now have a nice set up and better lighting to do small photo shoots. Got lots of new photos of my pocket t-shirts meaning I was able to revamp the store. Go check it out!
  12. I couldn't explain how cold I was so I took a picture hugging the tiny radiator instead. 
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Thank you for reading and let me know what you think in the comments! 

Tuesday, 30 October 2012

My week in photos

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  1. Started of the week catching up with orders for The Bambee Store. Creating a mess on my side of the desk as usual. 
  2. Started working on the wolf hoods. I made these cute little ears first from my own template. 
  3. Broke the needle on my sewing machine but got a picture with the unfinished hood anyway. I look so worn out in that photo. 
  4. Birthday present from mum arrived in the post in the form of  a cat all-in-one to keep me warm in the flat and a little gift to myself in the form of a floral jumper. 
  5. Got the first practise wolf hood completely finished. The hoods are up for pre order here. They are being made to order.
  6. I was having a good day so another shameless selfy for everyone. 
  7. Went back to London for the first time in a few months last weekend and the first thing I did was get cuddles with my little princess cat. (Her names Dumbledore)
  8. Mum gave me a big selection of my favourite chocolates. 
  9. First day at MCM Expo (London Comic-con). I didn't take many pictures myself because I was doing a Black Cat cos-play so my gloves restricted much use of my phone. Lots of people asked for photos of me which was flattering and loads of fun but I am yet to see them pop up any where yet. BUT I got to play the latest Tomb Raider game which isn't out till March and loved it. Wasn't too keen on  some of the physics and the jumping but other than that I can't wait for it!
  10. We made a last minute decision to got to MCM on Sunday also. Tania and Ant in the queue whilst we waited to meet Rooster Teeth. 
  11. Me with our signed Grifball. I was still pretty giddy at this point. 
  12. And right back round to the beginning. Starting of the week with catching up on orders.

I also felt I should throw in these photos from this weekend as well. Me and Ant basically met two of our favourite people - Gavin and Geoff from Rooster Teeth. They are absolute legends and my favourite channel on YouTube  If you don't know who they are or haven't seen their videos I highly recommend checking them out especially if you are a Minecraft fan. Their Minecraft let's plays have me in fits of laughter every time. 

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Thank you for reading and let me know what you think in the comments! 

Thursday, 25 October 2012

Coming soon to my store

With winter well on it's way I have had a few ideas hidden away for new and needed products on my store. I really wanted to expand from just pocket t-shirts. Despite how much I love them I really wanted to put my skills to the test and see if I could provide more.

The first thing I have been working on this week is studded iPhone 5 cases. A little DIY project consisting of slim snap on matte black iPhone 5 cases and studs. After a bit of practise I developed a technique to get the studs on straight and secure without making a mess.

Limited stock. Available to purchase here -

My second product that I have been working on and have especially been excited about is the wolf hoods! I completed my first practise hood this week and was so pleased with the outcome.
These cute little hats are perfect for keeping warm in winter.

This colour of wolf hood is available for pre order this evening at 11.00 London time -

One last thing. Our store might be moving over and joining MIILKSHAKE, another online store that my partner runs selling wall stickers/decals.

Go and follow and like the facebook page to  keep up to date with the latest news on both our products. 

Be ready to bid farewell to The Bambee Store name but not it's products, we are still going to carry on making little handmade items for our customers!

Monday, 22 October 2012

My week in photos

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  1. Being quite a big movie fanatic I asked to go to the cinema on my birthday and I got to see The Perks of Being a Wallflower. I had read the book and was filled with anticipation as we waited to go in and see it. Another perfect birthday treat. You can see my blog post about it here. 
  2. Winter is coming and although it's not the right house the Targaryen house is my favourite and on a cold day soup in this mug is absolutely perfect. 
  3. I got the boy a late birthday/anniversary gift. Ron's deluminator collectible which I was very impressed with. 
  4. I was up late one night reading and I can't go to sleep mid way through a chapter. I have to read till the end of the chapter. I got to the end and was finally going to go to sleep when I saw the first chapter of my favourite character crop up. Safe to say I didn't sleep enough. 
  5. Favourite drink at the moment is Pink Lemonade Lucozade. Tastes like heaven and as far as I know is available at Asda.
  6. The highlight of my week was having my Disco Pant Dupes come in the mail as a late birthday present from my mother. If you want to see more pictures and read my blog post about them you can here
  7. Trying to get back to my creative side and had a go at an early morning drawing of an eye. It wasn't completely finished here but I was pleased with it. 
  8. First outfit I had put together with my birthday presents. Disco Pants, Leather Jacket with fur collar and Stag hand bag. 
  9. My order of fur came in the mail. My plan is to hand make some beautiful winter wolf hoods related to dire wolfs. There should be a blog post on them soon and they will be up for sale not on my store but on my new store Miilkshake. 
  10. Was on skype with my mum discussing tattoos I could get and my beautiful cat walked up to the screen and started meowing at me. 
  11. A trip to Southampton on a chilly day also required a lovely hot chocolate from Starbucks. It's definitely that time of the year again. 
  12. Me, Ant, Leah and Brad decided to take a trip to the top floor of a parking block and it was completely empty. 
  13. Bit of a shameless selfy whist laying about watching a movie with Ant, Brad and Leah. 
  14. The next day we had a bit of a photo shoot in our cosplay outfits and they got some amazing shots of us both but especially Ant as spider-man. 
  15. These last two photos aren't from instagram but I put them in there to take up space. Whenever me and Ant try to get good photos we just end up like this. 
  16. Another photo from the shoot. Getting some advertising in for the pocket t-shirts which are still on sale here.
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Thank you for reading and let me know what you think in the comments! 

Friday, 19 October 2012

Quality Disco Pant Dupes from Glamorous UK

You know how everyone goes on about THE must have items in your wardrobe for winter? Well The American Apparel coveted Disco Pants have been a highly hyped item for a while now.

When I first saw photos of people wearing them I was incredibly envious and went on a search only to find the pocket hole burning price they are sold for at £70! No matter how much I love a pair of trousers there is no way I could justify that price on a pair. Even if it was an "investment piece" as described.

Luckily the trend hasn't died down giving a enough time for the cheaper brands to make copies and when I spotted that Glamouros UK had done nearly spot on copies for the less horrific price of 30 quid they were straight on my wish list and I received them as a birthday present from my lovely mum.

It's easy enough for me to say they are my favourite item n my wardrobe now and here are the reasons why.

These pants are made with 90% acrylic and 10% elastane giving the spandex like effect that pulls you in. Taking in the less flattering parts creating slim fitting look. I usually have issues with any type of trouser not fitting properly around my waist and usually having a gaping gap at the back. These literally fit me like a glove and are so comfortable. I can sit in them all day getting chores done and getting a sewing done for my store.

The detailing like the back pockets and front zipper and button make you feel a lot more comfortable in them and make you think of them much more as trousers then just a pair of 'thick leggings'. Slightly cheaper copies of disco pants from other sites such as Missguided don't feature this detailing so even though they are the cheapest version I would feel a lot less comfortable in them.

For the quality of these they are more than worth the price. They come in purple, royal blue, pewter, charcoal, gold and noir. (The pair I am wearing in the photos are charcoal).With winter coming these are the perfect pair of trousers for going out everyday or for the evening accompanied with a pendulum top and lots of jewellery. 

You can purchase these Disco Pant dupes here and take a look at the Disco Shorts that I might be getting my hands on very soon. Sorry paypal account! 

I am a size 8 but I would recommend ordering one size up. I received a size 10 and it's fits perfectly. My actual size 8 would have been too small. 

So what do you think? Would you rather spend a large sum of money on the real thing or getter a cheaper and still good enough quality version?

Monday, 15 October 2012

My week in photos (two)

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One - The boyfriend on his birthday drinking milk from one of my birthday gifts. Stark sigil mug (Game of Thrones).

Two - Another photo of the boyfriend on his birthday. Got him a Krispy Kreme doughnut as a replacement birthday cake till we had our birthday weekend. 

Three - Had a bit of torture this week. Had birthday presents and cards sat around all week till my birthday. 

Four - Iron studs and iPhone 4 cases finally arrived. Meaning some DIY was done for products to go up on my store. Unfortunately the cases weren't completely successful meaning I have to try out some new studs. 

Five - Received an early birthday present from my birthday present from the boyfriend. A mockingjay pin replica. Absolutely love it. 

Six -Did a whole bunch of orders for the The Bambee Store. As usual a lot of TARDIS pocket t-shirts and a nebula pocket Jumper! 

Seven - First birthday away from everyone I know in London but I skyped one of my best friends on the birthday evening and she was there when I opened gifts. The little things. 

Eight - Got my hair cut this weekend for my birthday into a bit of an asymmetrical cut. Sorry I ignored everyone's advice to go with a bob. (I'm not that sorry).

Nine - One of the big gifts I received on my birthday was a Kindle. Again from Mr Perfect (Anthony). Spent the morning getting The game of thrones series on it. Bit annoyed I can't put them in the right order though. 

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The Perks of Being a Wallflower

An emotional roller-coaster that doesn't let up and a relentless sense of nostalgia whether you can relate to the characters or not. It may just seem like another movie centred around teenage angst but just as the book promised it's much more than that. Set in the 1990's with a lot of music that my current generation might not know, It's a fresh new experience. One of which I fell in love with. One of the best birthday treats I could ask for.

A quick summary of the plot for those who have not read the book is that the story is based on a 15 year old boy name Charlie. A quiet outsider, a wallflower. He writes letters narrating his life to an anonymous friend. He explains that he's terrified of starting high school after losing his best friend the previous year. Through out the story we watch Charlie try and cope with finding somewhere he feels like he belongs, falling in love and his own slightly vague mental illness. Through out the movie we watch him experience the good and the bad elements of adolescence whilst making friends with some of the best people he has ever known. 

Anyone who has read the books will know that the stirring of emotions that this story causes is through the element of shock. The gradual build up of shock and heartache scene after scene is enough to make you feel on the verge of emotionally unstable. Its easy enough even for the hardest of people to sympathise with Charlie.

I might be biased for my love of this story due to the major and mature issues it targets of mental illness, sex, drugs, alcohol, bullying and sexual abuse or the fact that it includes one of my favourite songs (Asleep - The Smiths) but I can promise whether you fall in love with this story or not, it is so much more that a teen drama based on some shy kid. I was so glad to see it was worth that and more of all the hype surrounding it, a must see for all ages!

Favourite quote "I know there are people who say all these things don’t happen. I know these will all be stories someday, but right now we are alive. And in this moment, I swear we are infinite…”

Thursday, 11 October 2012

The e-cig revolution

Personal preference has always led me to enjoy the comfort and social aspect in smoking but not the taste of tobacco or the damaged it could do to my health. So when I was on a night out in a bar with my partner and we saw what appeared to be people smoking inside (which is against the law in the UK) we were understandably confused and more than curious. On closer inspection we saw they appeared to be smoking something electronic as blue light lit up when they were being used.

We spent the next afternoon being led by our curiosity and researching into nicotine free products and e-cigs when we discovered a product called Eshish. We had found a tobacco, nicotine and tar free product in five tempting flavours with a simple and stylish design that was legal to use in doors. It seemed too good to be real so my partner bought a strawberry flavoured Ehish and I bought the Luli.

Luli is one of many new and upcoming e-cigs from Vapelux. The difference between this and the Eshish is that it has been designed with the female market in mind and that's made quite clear by it mainly pink design and patterned style. The Luli is also designed a lot slimmer and more light weight than it's sister products. Overall the look of Luli is aimed to be one of elegance and classiness.

Each Luli gives up to 200 puffs and comes in a attractive and cute box containing three slim e-cigs. Each Luli comes with it's own unique pattern which is aesthetically pleasing and means if you're a more of a visual person like myself and get bored easily you can swap between designs. Instead of tar, nicotine and harmful toxins The Luli creates a harmless flavoured vapour. Of which the flavours are Champagne, French Vanilla and Bubblegum.

I've been testing out the bubblegum flavoured Luli myself this week. The taste and smell is very subtle, not an over powering scent that hangs around too long. The vapour produced is fairly thick and noticeable but acts as any normal cigarette smoke or vapour would. I've been using The Luli regularly for 4 days now and still haven't finished 200 puffs from one of them. 600 puffs between all three is going to last me quite a while so definitely seems worth the money. One of my favourite things about The Luli is it's gorgeous crytal tip that lights up purple when you take a puff, great for use on nights out!

Overall I highly recommend this product along with the Strawberry flavoured Eshish. Whether your just curious or want something to share with your friends on a night out. They are great fun and a conversation starter with no risk to your health. Not to mention the fact that they are incredibly cute! Can't wait to take mine out with me this weekend for my birthday.

You can purchase Luli from here. If you have any more questions about this product be sure to leave a comment.