Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Summertime Stationery | Santoro London*

Ever since I was knee high, I have loved stationery. I used buy a new pencil case every week and you know I had every scented gel pen known to man. Mmmm nothing quite like apple scented pens is there, ooh and pop corn. Bit difficult to write in white though! Any who - I love stationery; new pens, new pads and making endless lists with them just to see how my writing looks. Please tell me I am not the only one who does this?

Santoro London stocks really pretty and unusual bits ranging from slippers and pyjammas to some lovely pens, notepads, greeting cards and the most gorgeous ribbon sets - perfect for gift wrapping! I was fortunate enough to be gifted a few items which are perfect for brightening up your pen pot at work or desk at school.

To start with, I received this adorable 'Make Me Beautiful' greetings card which has the cutest little monkey with rollers in its hair playing dress up with a little girl. I thought it was so nice to receive along with the other bits. They stock a wide range of designs at different price ranges but I think their collection of black and white photographic cards are definitely my favourite. The inside is blank for your own message so these are great for any occasion or if you just want to do a spot of old school writing to let someone know you are thinking of them.

I then have this pretty pastel Watercolour Birds iPad sleeve which is a lovely thick Neoprene material. It fits nice and snug around my iPad and has a little flap to keep it from falling out. I really like the pattern on this and love the pastel blue edging. I do think you would still need to be careful whilst storing your iPad in this, whilst it will protect it from spillages and scratches, it is still quite soft so may not protect it from a drop - it is perfect for use in your hang bag to stop any bag crud getting on it and any unwanted contact from your keys or that necklace you chucked in there last week with the huge spikes and gems.

To match the sleeve, I have the Summer Garden ball point pen which writes like a dream. I was chuffed to find it has black ink as I hate writing in blue! It has a rubbery section which cushions your fingers nicely for heavy duty scribbling. For £4.99 it is probably on the pricier side of pens that I would usually go for but I think it would be a lovely little gift or bag essential.

Along with the pen, I received a really cute a5 Scottie Dog note pad. The design is really pretty and a great size to pop in your handbag - perfect for any blog ideas I may have on the go. The pad has a wipe clean cover to stop any spillages ruining the pattern but also gives it a nice structure too. Along with the pretty outside, the inside pages are different colours with matching Scotties.

Last but not least;I have a pack of emery boards which come in a set of 5. They come in a range of designs to suit most people tastes and again, are a great addition to a party bag or popped in your drawer at work to touch up any rough bits on your nails throughout the day.

For any of you wanting to purchasing anything from Santoro, they offer free delivery on orders over £40 (£3.95 if under) as well as shipping to the USA if you spend $80 or over ($8.95 if under). International shipping is calculated at the checkout!

Thank you to Santoro London for being so generous! Everything was packaged in such beautiful wrapping paper and was all very exciting to receive! If you want to see what it looked like, head over to my Instagram :)

In a bid to lose weigh, I am giving Herbalife a shot - take a look and share your experience if you have tried anything similar! // An outfit of the evening ft a bargain sale dress from New Look - OOTD // The most gorgeous pinky/nude lipstick - MAC Creme Cup
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Saturday, 10 May 2014

Periwinkle Dreams | OOTN

One of my all time favourite colours definitely has to be periwinkle blue - a kind of powdery blue mixed with purple that I think looks so pretty.

I found this dress in the New Look sale for about £10.00 so a complete bargain I think! Unfortunately I was unable to find the exact dress however here is an alternative in the same colour which is also lovely. I decided on wearing tights with this dress as a bit of a change from the usual bare legs I opt for with a more dressy look like this. I really like the black contrast again the colour of the dress and have incorporated black and gold accessories to give a little more character to this outfit.

My beautiful bag is from Jolly Brown. I absolutely love it - the gold embellishment and detail against the crushed velvet looks so luxe and has swiftly become a new favourite of mine. It has a little strap so it can be worn across the body but can also be tucked in to become the perfect little clutch for all your essentials.
I love Jolly Brown Vintage, they stock amazing one of a kind pieces as well as stocking some really great brands such as Tatty Devine and Pop Boutique.

For the finishing touches I chose a simple gold chain necklace from Primark and my trusty Casio watch. I popped my hair half up into this weird kind of bun/nest type thing and completed the look with a smokey eye and slick of MAC Creme Cup lipstick.

Have a peep at the beautiful floral dress I was kindly gifted from Joe Browns // I did a bit of retail therapy in Bath and Body Works, here is my Haul! // In the market for a new daily moisturiser, this chap isn't too shabby! The Eucerin Dermo Purifyer for oily skin <3

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