Friday, 12 September 2014

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University Haul - Part Two

Hello,

After spending all my parents clubcard vouchers in this haul here, there were still some items I needed to get so they are as follows.

From Wilkinsons I bought a pillow with pictures of front doors, I thought the design looked quite architectural inspired so I bought it. It cost £4. I also bought a single duvet in 10.5 tog (warm enough with a blanket in the winter hopefully, and cool enough for spring) the duvet cost £9.50.






I also went back to Tesco and bought a stainless steel colander for £2.65 (I have a personal connection to this), a set of wooden spoons for £1 and a set of pastel silicone utensils for £2.



From Sainsburys, I bought some Herbal Essences shampoo which were 2 for £3. I bought them because I usually use what I have at home and it would be a pain if I forget to buy it.



I also went to Poundland, TK Maxx, Wilkinsons again and Sainsburys where I bought some more things. They are contained within an under the bed storage box with a lid, ready for my move.



From the TK Maxx sale section I bought a storage pot for £1. It's by a brand called 'vacu vin'. In Wilkinsons, I bought some toothbrushes and scissors. In Poundland, I bought the sundae glasses, dish matic (which dispenses washing up liquid as you clean), mini scales, measuring cups and the camping cutlery (everything costing £1 each). From Sainburys I bought the washing up gloves for 30p along with the toothpaste and the towels below. 





The towels cost around £14 (on sale) and includes 2 hand and 2 bath towels. I also have been given some 'old' kitchen ware from my parents such as saucepans and a frying pan.

Thank you for reading and good luck to everyone else on their adventures!








Sunday, 31 August 2014

Guys University/ Dorm room ideas

Hello,

Someone recently commented asking for advice on as a guy he should go about making his new university room home. I have scanned the internet, looked at pinterest and various affordable home furnishing websites and have a few ideas.

Bright bedding

Bright and patterned bedding can liven up a boring room and be the basis for a colour scheme.

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Add some cushions

Don't be afraid to add some cushions to make things more comfortable and inviting for guests. Your bed will probably double as a sofa too anyways.  

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Attractive Storage

Under the bed storage boxes are okay for things you will not be needing but, if you have any storage boxes visible make them either cloth or nice looking ones so, everything can feel more put together.

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Also, I personally find really useful hanging clothes organisers, especially if I can't be bothered to put my clothes onto hangers.

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Some personal touches

Most rooms are provided with pin-boards so, bring some photos from home and perhaps some appropriate posters (try not to scare people off  ;) and you can make things feel a bit more personal.  


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Good luck guys, I have included all links with the pictures and thank you for reading!

Saturday, 30 August 2014

University Haul (Tesco clubcard Boost) - Part One

Hello,

I am off to start my first year of university in a few weeks and I recently bought some things from Tesco direct. I was able to buy all the things with my parents clubcard vouchers which were double the value. The link to that information is here.

Below is an image from the first batch of things I bought, The total cost was around £70 to £80. I was originally not going to buy a printer until I was at university and know I definitely needed one but, with the deal I thought I might as well as, it's effectively free to me (sorry mum and dad.) I also bought; a two pack of pillows and pillow protectors, a bolster pillow (for against the wall), four oxford notebooks (they are my favorite and also on sale for £2 each), an academic diary and some black biros.



In my second batch I bought, a feather print duvet cover, mattress protector, two pillow cases and two fitted sheets. The total cost coming to £22.


Here is a close up of the feather print, the colours from the duvet set may be incorporated through my room if I ever buy any decorations or cover my pin-board, Also, I am going to wash the sheets, pillow cases etc. before I leave so they are softer and more comfortable.



Thank you for reading 

Thursday, 7 August 2014

Graphic Artwork DIY

Hello,

I love the rain and am really inspired by all the graphic art you can find of it so, I made a quick poster of clouds, rain and an umbrella using magazine cut-outs.









I used magazine pages with similar colours, cut out the cloud shapes using a stencil and then all the rain drops by folding the pieces up and cutting out a tear drop shape. I chose architectural pictures and I find them very inspiring. I made the mistake of using green glue which means you can see where I messed up but, it's a learning process, right?




 After arranging and sticking down everything I found and wrote out a quote and then cut and suck down a contrasting umbrella shape. The quote I chose was 'Do not be angry with the rain; it simply does not know how to fall upwards.' I wish my handwriting was more fancy but, oh well!



Thank you for reading!! xxx

Monday, 21 July 2014

Customised Shell Frames

Hello,

 A group of friends and I recently went to the beach, we collected lots of very pretty and tiny shells to stick onto photo frames.



We used a mini hot glue gun in order to attach the shells and they all came out very cute!


Thank you for reading! xxx


Thursday, 10 July 2014

Oreo Cupcakes [recipe]

Hello,
I recently decided to make Oreo cupcakes and they came out pretty well so, I thought I'd share how I did it.




Cupcakes
The ingredients I used for the cupcakes are:

  • 175g of Caster sugar
  • 175g of softened unsalted Butter
  • 125g of self-raising flour
  • 3 eggs
  • 60g of cocoa powder (mix with around 100ml of boiling water)
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 4 Oreo cookies (crushed with the stuff taken out)
  • 25g of milk chocolate chips



First, I set the oven to gas mark 6. Then I started by mixing together the cocoa powder and water until I had a thick syrup-paste. Then, in a separate bowel, I creamed together the sugar and butter. I then combined the butter and chocolate mixtures together carefully.


Secondly, I slowly added the egg, adding small amounts of flour at the same time to prevent the mixture from separating. Then I added the remaining flour.


I then folded in the cookies and chocolate chips before adding the mixture to a lined cupcake tin. (I had to use a muffin tray but I was careful how much I put in.) I used an ice cream scoop to distribute the mixture evenly. I then put the cupcakes in the oven for 15 minutes, I originally tried 10 but, it was not long enough.


I made sure they were done by inserting a wooden skewer and making sure it came out clean. You need to make sure they are cool before removing them from the cupcake try and place them on a wire rack for a while before icing them. I made the mistake of removing them from the tray straight away and a few fell apart :(. 




The frosting

The ingredients I used for the Oreo butter cream frosting are:

  • 4 whole crushed Oreo cookies
  • 4 of 'stuff' from the cookies used in the cakes
  • 200g of icing sugar (plus 2 dessert spoons)
  • 100g of butter
  • Vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons of almond milk
  • Oreo cookies for decoration
I started by creaming the butter, extra 'stuff' and milk together before adding it to the sifted icing sugar. I creamed everything together until it was light a fluffy and then added some vanilla extract. (I like the kind with the seeds in.)



I then added the crushed whole cookies and out it into an icing bag. I realized that the piping tip I used was too small so I cut it out and just used the bag. I put a 'dollop' (very scientific) onto each smoothed it out roughly with a fork and then used a bit of Oreo cookie as decoration. 



Thank you for reading, for once something I baked actually turned out okay!




Monday, 30 June 2014

Faux Shaven Side [Hair Style]

Hello,

I love the look of shaven sides but, I would never want to actually shave the side of my head as I know I would regret it. So, today I will show you all how you can do it without using a razor or cutting your hair off!



You will need some small hair elastics or small butterfly clips, and a hair brush.



  • First, with your hair parted to the side, take a section of hair from behind your ear to the top of your crown and tie the remaining hair securely with a clip or hair tie.


  • Now, part this section into three parts horizontally.

  • Starting from next to the face take a small section from the front and twist, adding pieces after every twist till you've reached the part. (You could also french or dutch braid, but I find my hair is too fine and soft.)

  • Secure each with an elastic or clip and you're done. 


Thank you for reading, please comment any suggestions or feedback! xxxxx

Sunday, 29 June 2014

DIY hair/ head wrap - Tutorial

Hello,
This post will show you how to make a really easy head wrap, all you need is some fabric and a needle and thread or a sewing machine.



  • Cut out a rectangle piece of fabric which is 4 by 32 inches

  • Fold it in half length-ways with right sides together. And, if you would like to pin along the raw edge.




  • Now sew along the raw edge, I used a seam allowance of 1/2 inch. Also, leave a gap in the middle so when you're done you can turn it inside out. 




  • When you have sewed the edge, iron the piece but with the seam centered as shown below.



  • When you're done, cut the ends of the fabric into points and sew along the raw edge.




  • Before you turn your piece inside out, cut small notches so the seam does not pucker. I cute mine too deep so I had to resew the seam. 

  • After you've turned your piece inside out. Sew up the hole and iron your piece.



Now you're done! Thank you for reading xxxxx


Saturday, 28 June 2014

Summer 2014 Holiday Haul

 In preparation for an upcoming holiday, I have done quite a lot of shopping. I looked for interesting prints and things that I would be able to wear during the British summer also.

 My first lot of clothing came from boohoo.com. I got two skirts, a bikini and a pair of sunglasses. I was able to get 10% off of my order as I am a student and signed up to myunidays.com. If you are a student I would head over there right now and get an account, it's free and very easy to do.


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The image above shows the items I purchased from boohoo.com!
  • A white asymmetric skirt, which cost £8. I like the fabric as it's quite thick but it's very sheer so I will perhaps only brave wearing it with a swimsuit underneath.
  • Sunglasses which cost £6 with rounded lenses. They were quite cheap and are category 3. I like the style as it's quite unique and I am very excited to wear them. The only downside is that they did not come with a case. So, I must purchase one separately and I was rather worried they would be delivered broken.
  • An ikat print skirt, which cost £8. These are by far my favourite style skirts and  I love this one a lot!
  • A balconette tie dye bikini, which cost £18, I love the style of this and the print, unfortunately the top has no fastenings so it may be difficult to take off when it's damp.

I also went to topshop and bought two crop tops. The image below show them. One is a tight fitting tile print top which was £16. I loved the print and the style and thought it would go well with a high waist skirt or shorts. I also got a white more loose fitting white cami for £6. It's quite see-through but, perfect to layer over a swimsuit. 

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 Lastly, I went to primark. There I purchased a pair of high waist denim short which cost £8, a pair of cute blue socks with lace detail which cost £1.50 and a bikini set which was £4.

I adjusted the bikini as I did not like the style of the top. It was originally a bandeau with a halter with the straps coming from the centre of the top. I find that the top droops down either side with that style though so I knotted and sewed together the straps in the centre to keep the ruching and then cut them off and sewed them onto the top of the bikini. I prefer the style much more now and think it's made a £4 bikini more unique and more to my taste and style.

Primark
Lastly my boyfriend bought me a bag from TK Maxx which is a blue rucksack. This will be perfect for my hand luggage and to take to the beach and on days out. 



I feel like my shopping trips were very successful and I'm very excited to wear the items I bought. 
Thank you xxxx