Monday, 28 July 2014

just bricks in the wall

 

 necklaces: asos & charity shop
high neck crop: primark
belt: primark
skirt: new look
rings: family gifts
bag: ebay
shoes: primark

yesterday the sun decided to momentarily hide away, so while i wasn't a totally gross sweaty mess i decided to grab some quick outfit shots. since buying my first midi skirt, i've been totally loving having the extra bit of material to my knees and in turn worrying less about unwanted bum shows, so when i spied this in the new look sale i knew it had to be mine. it's a lovely light material so is perfect for the warmer weather, but i think due to the colours it'll also make a fab transitional piece into my winter wardrobe paired with a collared shirt and jumper – anybody else buy clothes with all the seasons in mind?!

Sunday, 27 July 2014

sunday synopsis

since last friday my parents have been on holiday, and i'll be honest, i was initially freaking out about being alone in my house for 10 days (minus ziggy for company, of course.) much to my surprise, i've only ended up spending 4 or 5 nights on my own because it's been a week full of various social events for me, including a uni friend staying for the weekend, two nights out and a massive girly sleepover after meeting with some old school friends for the first time since leaving college for drinks, which of course escalated and became much, much more than that. when i've not been consuming alcohol this week i've been either dog walking, sunbathing or clay playing, and all in all, it's been a pretty enjoyable week. being the only person occupying a house does make me question whether or not i'll be able to survive living on my own in the future (er, hello, what about huge spider incidents?!) but then again i doubt i'll ever be living alone in a fairly large 3 bed house. perhaps a small one bed flat with less rooms for monsters/burglars/spiders to hide in would be more up my street?

i'm about to head out to my uncle's now to see him and my dad for sunday dinner and i'm of course suitably excited. it's not often i cook a sunday dinner all for myself because it seems a little pointless, but even when i have done, it never compares to the sunday dinner my uncle plates up for me. fluffy yorkshires + a selection of yummy cakes for afterwards = a very happy robyn indeed.

Saturday, 26 July 2014

saturday scribbles


once again i've left photographing this post until the last minute and have ended up with poorly lit pictures, sigh. will i learn?

this week i've poured my 'me time' into getting to grips with clay and have made a few different bits and bobs, some flat and some 3D. i began by playing around with some simple characters to use as brooches and am pretty happy with the way they turned out! i've also ordered some magnetic backing to turn my characters into magnets to use on fridges, wall boards etc. to keep notes and such in eyesight.

i also played around with an 'afternoon tea' jewellery theme and moulded some 3D pieces which were fairly challenging but lots of fun to make! i'm not too sure what the direction of this project is yet, however i'd love to hear any feedback as i've toyed with the idea of putting them up for sale in my etsy shop, however i don't want to do so if there'll be little to no interest! so yeah, please do feel free to hit me up with any comments or suggestions down below :) thanks!
  

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

on smelling good enough to eat

**both products now discontinued**

i feel like i've given the body shop a bit of a hard time on my blog throughout the last few months after being disappointed by their hair and skincare ranges, but here i am today with a positive review of a couple of their body products. i have to admit, i normally find vanilla scented products somewhat vanilla (please do mind the pun, i just couldn't help myself,) but when i saw these going for super cheap in a body shop sale a few months back, i thought what the hell and threw them into my shopping basket as i was in need of some new body butters and shower gels anyway. it's only recently that i've began using them, and oh my god, i wasn't expecting to love them as much as i do, and i must admit that i'm fairly sad to now discover that the products have actually been discontinued, boo!

i'll begin now by stating that if you're not a lover of sweet, somewhat overpowering scents (somewhat similar to britney spears' fantasy perfume,) these products will probably not be for you. but if you do, great, and here's why these products will probably fill you with the same amount of joy as they have me.

of the two products, i first used the shower gel, and i was really pleasantly surprised by just how delicious it smells when you lather it up between your palms. it's a somewhat warm, comforting scent that i imagine would be a fantastic product to use in a bath if you wanted to relax and wind down for the evening, however i've only ever used it on a morning and find that the smell lingers throughout the day, and when i get a whiff of it it makes my mouth water and my tummy grumble because it smells so fantastic; you know when you go into lush and some of the products smell good enough to eat? this product provokes the exact same response for me, and i can't imagine smelling sweet and delicious is a bad thing for the people around you, either. heck, you're doing everyone a favour when you lather up with this baby.

i was prompted to try the body butter after discovering how fantastic the gel's scent was, and although it's still a pretty nice product, it doesn't smell quite as good as the shower gel. if you like a more subtly sweet scent, the body butter would probably be more to your taste as it's pleasantly sweet but not at all overpowering. for me it's a little bit of a bummer (because i just love smelling like a sweet shop,) but i still think the products used together are blummin' lovely and i very much enjoy jumping out of the shower and revelling in how delicious i smell.

it's fair to say i'll be making the most of every last morsel of these products now i know that i can't get my hands on them again, but for what it's worth, the body shop, please do bring the vanilla bliss range back! i just don't think showertime will ever be the same for me again without it resulting in me smelling like a walking, talking dessert. sigh.

Monday, 21 July 2014

now playing: charlie simpson


while i was working at wilkos, a song used to come on often that i was pretty sure was charlie simpson, but i never went to any effort to find out if my suspicions were correct. then, a couple of weeks back, i got the same song stuck in my head for some strange reason and decided to set about finding out whether or not it was the ex busted member whose voice i swore i'd recognised, and much to my delight, my suspicions had been correct, and after a couple of listens to the song in question (down down down), i decided to give his entire first solo album, young pilgrim, a go.

i'm kind of glad i waited for the sunshine and warm weather to arrive before i set about listening to his music because it seems to work so wonderfully as a chill out album, perfect for when you're laid around soaking up the sun or out taking a lovely summertime stroll. the album has a nice mix of songs, with more upbeat numbers such as 'parachute' and more acoustic numbers such as 'please let me go', meaning there's a little bit of something for whatever mood you might find yourself in on the day. of the whole album i think 'cemetery' may be my favourite song, but i've really been enjoying listening to it on repeat over the last couple of weeks. no regrets.

i'm not entirely sure why i never thought to give charlie's stuff a listen earlier on, but better late than never, ey? i never did get into fightstar but after having a listen to this i'm definitely at least curious to go and have a listen because there could be more gems to add to my itunes there. after doing my research i've discovered that charlie's set to release his second solo album this year and i'm now extremely excited for its release so i can get stuck into enjoying more of his solo stuff!

Sunday, 20 July 2014

sunday synopsis


ok, so i'd like to begin by apologising for missing my saturday scribbles post yesterday. a friend from uni has been staying with me this weekend, so between catch ups, film watch binging and plans of what to do when a storm hits, my blog really wasn't at the front of my mind – sorry! i'm only sat typing this now because she's currently still snoozing away upstairs, tut tut.

this week i've been mostly having fun playing around with clay. i haven't managed to make all that much yet because i've been getting used to working with the stuff, learning how to best create the shapes and various bits and bobs i'm interested in, and after a long play around with moulding, painting and glossing, i think i'm finally a bit more educating in clay playing to be finally making some proper stuff, yippee! the only downside to the clay is the fact that it normally needs overnight to dry properly before i can slap on a coat of paint. i have read that baking them can speed it up, but because my clay is of an air drying nature it can crack the clay, and well, when i've spent an hour or so moulding something, i don't want all my hard work ruined, y'know?

i'm currently playing around with some charms that i think will look sweet as little necklaces (heh heh), so hopefully next week i'll be on my blog game with lots of saturday scribbles to share with you all because i think making's pretty much what i'm going to dedicate next week to.

Thursday, 17 July 2014

a-line

 

choker & necklace: lilac edge
bardot crop: new look
skirt: primark
rings: primark
sandals: primark

for a while i was umming and ahhing over whether or not i wanted this skirt from the motel sale as i wasn't sure how an a-line fit skirt would look due to my wide hips, but when it sold out in my size the decision was rudely made for me. then, as if by some sort of magic, i walked into a primark a couple of days later and spied this skirt: an a-line shape and and a vaguely similar print that looked like it wanted to be mandala, but wasn't quite sure, so for the £8 price tag i decided to see how me and an a-line fit got on. fast forward to me exiting the changing rooms and me and a-line were definitely friends, which was a nice surprise as i was expecting it be to massively unflattering.

today i'm headed out to sheffield with a couple of friends for a mooch around all the lovely vintage and independent shops it has to offer. sheffield's a place that i forget how much i enjoy visiting until i actually go back, so it's nice to have become reacquainted with it once again this summer!