i know things

31 March 2010

ofcourse i'm aware i've hit 200 followers!! :D

wowww guys :D that's just awesome.. i can't believe you all follow my blog :D so so happy!

so an update on the contest.. i know it was supposed to be at 100 followers then 150.. but now i'v hit 205! i just need to tie up a few loose ends then hopefully the giveaway post will be up in the next few days :D so excited!

hope you're all really well! i'm recovering :)

♥ abby xx

emily loves vintage

29 March 2010

i discovered emily loves vintage quite some time ago but hadn't bought anything up untill recently. emily loves vintage is an ebay shop that specialise in vintage inspired handmade jewels. yes you may recognise some bit of the pieces from other stockists as i did but the way that these pieces have been brought together works so well and the photography of the items really is lovely.

below are a selction of the necklaces & one ring i love and would love to own & wear! the store also stocks bracelets, broches and earrings so click here to take a proper look :)

the items below are that of which i have bought from emily love vintage before. the paris necklace was a give for lauren at paris boutique.. obvious reasons why this reminded me of her :P

and this is the 'my heart belongs to daddy' necklace i bought for myself at the same time :)

which is your favourite? would you consider buying from the emily loves vintage ebay store?

♥ abby xx

a different kind of haul

25 March 2010

recently i've been buying more things for the house, well my bedroom anyway :) i want to start being creative again so i purchased a few things that will push me to do that :) and then there are ofcourse a couple of typical things :P

i do have a good selection of small paints but i purchased a pretty large canvas so knew i'd need more. these paint brushes were really cheap and yet they are very good quality! the glitter is just a little something i ike to add into painting sometimes. All of these were bought from cds the range and were super cheap :)

this fabric was £8 a metre from derrys.. a little steaper that i was prepared to pay but i love it, it's perfect for what i intend to use it for :):)

50 gold curtain hooks for £2.35 i have plans for these :) post to come!

the candle holder is an official yankee candle product and cost £4.99 and the yankee samples are £1.60 each! bargain or what :D

this bag caught my eye in peacocks and for only £10 i thought why not, it looks perfect for summer :)

after a couple of you suggested that i woud be able to find a foral skirt in peacocks i went to take a look, this was the only one there and i quite like it. but i have a probelm.. i don't have a clue what i'd wear with it.. i'm lost completely :s tops and shoes wise.. any advice?? if not it's going to have to go back to peacocks :(

it'd be a shame to take it back, the pattern is so pretty. it's just a fabric and style i am unfamiliar with.. help would be much appreciated :) thankyoooou

i found another gorgeous ebay seller, yes another. this one is called fallen saint designs and you can find the product page for this camera - watch necklace here

look at the detail :) isn't it gorgeous! & it was only £11.99 with £1.08 p&p

the back of the necklace wasn't pictured on ebay so it was a nice surprise to see a sunflower like pattern :) i'd recommend checking out the fallen saints ebay shop, they have some really original pieces and are in no way over priced

♥ abby

braiding your hair?

19 March 2010

a number of days ago i tweeted about this but got no response.. maybe nobody was online? i'm not sure. so i thought i'd bring the question here..

Does anyone wear braids anymore?

I'm not talking about the lauren conrad style braid, i mean 1 or 2 thick and full plaits.

I had a sudden urge to plait my hair the other day but in realising that my hair has grown significantly since i last did so.. i failed miserably! I think i'd need to learn to french braid my hair if i wanted to wear it this way in the future (and actually leave the house..)

♥ abby xx

what do you wear with cropped jackets?

i recently bought this jacket from boohoo.co.uk and have found that i can wear it with a lot of things. so after searching through google, weheartit and lookbook i have found some style inspiration i'd like to share with you.
with shorts? why didn't i think of this! an edgy summer look hmm :)

wear something pretty underneath to totally clash the outfit really works

wear it with smart wear.. i tried it over a simple white fitted shirt.. looked damn good :P

patterned top skinny jeans and heels.. so simple why didn't i think of it

over sweater dresses and legging /tights is a must! been there.. loved it :)

i need a floral skirt like this! any idea where i could get one?

got a favourite outfit? or is there something else you'd rather wear with a cropped biker jacket?

i love the last one because it is something that i would definitely wear but didn't think of for myself :)

♥ abby xx

Dear John

17 March 2010

after watching the trailer i found it hard to string together sentances.. watch it! there are no words

i cried. it looks incredible and is so real. but i'm scared to watch the full film so i'm reading the book first :)

♥ abby xx

swarovski in wonderland

16 March 2010

this morning while browsing the swarovski website for work purposes, i came across something i hadn't seen anybody mention yet.. swarovski have launched alice in wonderland limited edition pieces! These 4 pendants can online be purchased online and are so so pretty :)

i admit, i prefer the disney couture pieces but arn't these just lovely? :)

swarovski say that these four pendants are inspired by the famous tea party scene and they express the playfulness and imaginative side of the story. They definitely do! Colour accents in different shades of pink crystal on the teapot, cupcake and donut pendants sparkle deliciously and lend a feminine and romantic touch. Unexpected details such as the clear crystal eye of the iconic White Rabbit pendant make these accessories truly unique and fun


so if you could choose one pendant.. which would you get?

i'd go for the doughnut.. that way i'll always have one close to my heart :P nomnom

♥ abby xx

skincare regime and tag

9 March 2010

The loveeeeely Boo tagged me to do the first part of a 40 questions post. This first part is focussing on facial skincare which is quite ironic because i had began working on an updated skincare regime post already. So i merged what i had with the tag and this is what i got..

i apologise now for the length of this post.. but i really do beleive it has some useful information in it.. i hope :)

How many times do you wash your face daily?
once in the mornings then in the evenings i use a wipe to remove my makeup then i cleanse and apply spot treatment if required.

What skin type do you have? (dry,oily,combo)
very combination. I have an oily tzone and part of my chin with dry patches on my cheeks and forehead and the rest is normal.

What is your current facial wash?
mud flats soap from lush. (post coming soon as to why i love this product so much!)

Do you exfoliate?
i use ocean salt from lush every other day at the moment because the current weather is quite harsh on my skin. ocean salt not only rids of those dry patches but also scrubs away any blemishes that are attempting to develop. although working brilliantly for me now, ocean salt is a strong product so as the weather improves i suspect that i'll only need to use it once a week.

What brands do you use?
Nothing in particular, just whatever works for my skin, i find that there are only one or 2 products within the brands i do use that actually work for me so instead of giving you full brands i will show you the specific products below.

clean & clear cleanser

body shop tea tree toner

avon clearskin facial wipes

superdrug vitamin e cleanser and eye makeup remover

lush mud flats soap

lush ocean salt scrub

tzone spot zapper

witch stick

garnier pure sos spot pen

garnier pure pads

garnier pure a daily treatment moisturiser

botanics organice face super balm

avon solutions pure pore-fection oil control gel cream

t-zone nose pore strips

What moisturizer do you use?
i don't use moisturiser that often but on those days that i don't use my ocean salt scrub those dry patches sometimes need a little hydration. at this point i reach for garnier pure daily moisturiser as is is light, fights blemishes and works well under makeup. there are days that dry patches need a little more and when they do i use botanics super balm from boots. it's quick and works so well! i have to thankyou zoe for her review on this one because it really is brilliant. click here to read zoes review

Do you have freckles?
no but some cute ones across my nose wouldn't go a miss :)

Do you use eye cream?
When needed i use nivea visage anti shadow eye cream or avons bright eye gel. but since i purchased benefit erase paste i havn't even thought about ridding of my circles before i put my makeup on. maybe this is something i should start doing again.

Do you or did you have acne prone skin?
Not acne no, just you usual blemishes and blackheads across my nose.

Did you ever have to use Pro-activ?
Nope.. no need for it

Going back to the list/photos of products.. i obviously don't use all of them everyday. In fact there are a few that i only need to use once a week because they work so well for me.

body shop tea tree toner - every morning before applying spot treatment then makeup
avon clearskin facial wipes - every evening to remove makeup
superdrug vitamin e cleanser and eye makeup remover - every morning to freshen eyes and evening to remove eye makeup
clean & clear cleanser - every evening after i have removed my makeup 
lush mud flats soap - on the alternate day to using ocean salt, on my face neck and chest
lush ocean salt scrub - on the alternate day to using mud flats, on my face
tzone spot zapper -  under my makeup in the mornings
witch stick - during the day if i need a quick spot attack..
garnier pure sos spot pen - when needed this works best overnight &cannot be worn under makeup
garnier pure pads - once a week before bed
garnier pure daily moisturiser - when needed
botanics organic face super balm - when my skin needs some super fast hydration
avon solutions pure pore-fection oil control gel cream - maybe once a week to control the visible pores on my nose
t-zone nose pore strips - once a month when i really want to attack the pores on my nose

I'm not going to tag anybody per say, simply because i've done it a little differently. But i do find it interesting to see what range of products people use and whether it is quite miss matched like mine, where you have tried a range of different products to find those that work best for your skin or whether it is one particular brand that you are loyal to which works for you. 

So go ahead and do this tag and if i'm not already following your blog link me to the post and i will do :)
Thanks for reading!

♥ abby xx