The Disney Princess’ Wardrobe

Fashion, wardrobe

Welcome to another edition of Wardrobe Attacker!

I went to one of my good friends house and while the men did work on the house downstairs we got right into her wardrobe.

Now this girl has a challenge to get the volume of clothes down to items that she can wear to work easily but still retain the cool items she has in her wardrobe.

We got to work pretty quickly and I quickly noticed that she had a lot of dresses. Now for her work dresses are perfect, with tights and a cardy look really sweet and work appropriate for the office. Plus she has some really cool patterned dresses, and the great thing about patterns is that it does the job for you, all you have to do is find a great belt to put around your waist to define it and then you are away!!

We also started sorting items into a holiday wardrobe. Over in the UK as it doesn’t get particularly hot people tend to go for the big summer holiday. People will specifically go out and get stuff for their holidays. Now some of this stuff might be alright to wear in the UK but most of it is purely for Spain and other hot countries (Hi NZ!). Sort your holiday only items into a pile (as we did) and hang it or fold it in another place.

As always, there is a pile of items to try on again. Here you can determine if you still like it, fit it, or want it. If you think you want to keep it, find three items in your wardrobe to wear it with and you’ll never go wrong. Also make sure there are no holes or damage to the clothing.

You can also do a gym/sunday chilling pile. This is good for your baggy t-shirts, trackies, and holey items if you are desperate to keep them.

We managed to get through a lot of clothes and at the end had a sizeable pile to throw away/donate. I recommend holding the items in your house for a week, looking through again and making sure that you want to donate them. This means that you will definitely know!

This wardrobe was very fun to do and thanks to my lady friend for participating!!

T xx

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The Fuck it List.

Fashion, Life

 

Hi team! How are those New Years resolutions going for ya? Green smoothies starting to make you feel blue? Running starting to wear thin? Never fear, because I have the answer that will help you live your BEST life this year.

Its called a Fuck it List.

So basically, you have heard of the bucket list. Travel to a buddhist retreat, climb Mt Everest, blah blah blah. This list is often impossible to achieve as a lot of them are super high goals that take more than a few years to achieve, time, money, etc. Often they will just sit there until you hate that you put it on the list and feel guilty you haven’t done it yet!

My list is way better. Inspired by Cheryl Cole (yes really), when she got malaria and nearly died, when she got better she composed a Fuck It list. Still with me after hearing my idea from Cheryl Cole. Good. Its going to get better.

Basically a Fuck it list is all the shit that you feel in your heart you want to do, and literally say, “Fuck it, lets do it.”

Let me give you a few examples.

I want two more tattoos. One on my finger.

I want to improve my French so when I go back to France I can really speak it properly instead of just picking up stuff from my high school French.

I want to swim in my hometown lake that I haven’t swum in since I was a teen.

So you see, it ranges. I want tattoos, I want to swim. No idea is silly, and all contribute to the development of YOU. There are other things on my list but I don’t want you to laugh me out of the building on how funny/stupid they are – but they will contribute to me being the person I want to be, and thats important.

So pen and paper. Write down big and small goals. Goals about work, life, love, family, friends, travel, hobbies, etc. Write it ALL down. Then look at the themes. Then look at what will improve you, moves you, or will motivate you. Cull some if you want, or shove them to long term goals. This is only for your year ahead that we are concerned about at the moment. And the great thing is, this is a list you will have for life. You will just keep adding things on, and crossing them off!

I would love to hear about your Fuck it List and what you want to achieve over the last year. This is a really great way to motivate yourself, while not being drastic. You can work towards your goal all year, and if you haven’t achieved it by years end, you can move into the new year closer than you were!

T xx

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Bright Edinburgh: The Trumpet Shop

Edinburgh, Review

Hi team!

So this week I am talking about a little shop called the Trumpet Shop. And before you ask, they get asked so many times if they sell trumpets that they’ve devised their own hashtag = wedontselltrumpets – tag them with your purchases and to remind everyone!

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I’ve been going past this shop five days a week for the last year and it always looks like the most cosiest unique shop on George Street. It is at 46A George Street, down a few short stairs, and when I went to it to visit, it was decorated for Christmas with a nutcracker, stockings, and a gift wrapped door. Stepping in, it smelt like Christmas! It was very festive, warm, and inviting. There was some great jazz playing, which is the owner Ross’s passion, and a great touch to a shop like this. Looking around, it is decorated with a vintage flair, complementing it’s Art Deco prints with dark wood and fringed lamps. There is an old fashioned record player at the till point and brown paper ready to wrap your purchases in.

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I had been attracted to the elephant prints, eventually buying a pack of 4 greeting cards, and Ross informed me that they were from cocktail napkins in San Francisco. I love the design and feel of these, and think I will come back for the full print soon.

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The prints are beautiful and a lovely addition to your home, with a cocktail glass with red lips really appealing to me, perhaps to be hung over your drinks trolley? This shop feels exclusively curated, with every piece chosen by Ross.

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They have a great range of railway prints, including advertisements for Oban, Dunbar, and Inverness. I have always admired the art of these and often get a postcard version to send to friends and family back home. You would be hard pressed to not find someone to give these to, as many people have fond memories of these places advertised and would love this in their home.

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They have a range of alcohol on offer, including for Christmas, the Pickerings Gin Baubles, which are the greatest way to give someone the gift of Gin this Christmas!

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There are books and other goodies in the store, with a budget for everyone, and the service was very friendly and helpful. With all the identical gifts out there for Christmas it’s nice to come into a shop that provides a point of difference and really strives to provide quality for it’s customers. I recommend a look in when you next head to George Street, you won’t leave without buying something I promise!

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T xx

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Charity Shop Shopping!

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So I have an obsession with charity shop shopping.

I used to work for Barnardos in one of their stores as a Visual Merchandiser and it was so much fun! The dangerous thing was to see all the stuff donated and what a list I had of stuff that I wanted to buy!

These days charity shops are fully professional. There are chains of them, linked to well known charities, however there are still the odd ones that are linked to charities but there are only one of them in each city etc.

These ones I love because you can really find a bargain or a hidden gem!

Refer to my blog from last week on Shopping Mindfully, as this comes into play when you go shopping at a charity shop. Don’t get the £4 ‘because it’s only £4’. Make sure it is still a piece of you are and will fit into your wardrobe easily! Likewise with shoes that are a size too small, tea sets that you will definitely never use, and knick knacks that will clutter up your home. If you want to give to the charity itself there is always a donation point you can give money to them as well which is always appreciated and will give you that feel good feeling!

I will also do a few charity shop no no’s!

  1. Do not haggle. Not ever. Nope.
  2. Do not donate your holey tshirts. They are no use.
  3. Do not leave your donations outside if the charity shop is closed. This damages your items and squanders lots of potential money for the shop and they just have to bin it!

Be best friends with your local shop. When you have declutter your wardrobe, take your donations down. Then when you get unwanted gifts, or things you don’t want anymore, pop it in a bag, and when it’s full, take it down. You will be encouraging that sense of community and helping people in your area!

I would recommend charity shopping to everyone, as these days it is so acceptable to get items from there, and they are in great shape, look amazing, and are so affordable. Plus you will be donating money to charity and your karma points will rise!

Go the next step and volunteer at some point too! You will never regret it!

Let me know your charity shop bargains guys!!

T xx

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Xmas Gift Ideas that even Karen from Finance will like.

Christmas, Hobbies

Hi guys!

So this week I thought I’d give a guide to Christmas gifts, as by this time some people are super stressing about what they have to get for Karen from Finance (by the way, does Karen really need a gift?) – but this is a guide also for the people that are close to you that are so hard to buy gifts for (not looking at you Mum).

  1. Origami.

Now if you had read my blog about Origami (Read Here) you will be ahead on the game on this! Basically look up instructions on how to build origami, such as this Wikihow link!

Then you can get origami paper off Ebay for not much, and for the colours you choose, and you can also select a glass vase also to put it in. You can make the colours your giftee’s favourite colours, or to fit in with their home, and you can also add lights also, like this! Just make sure you are safe with the lights as it is paper and you don’t want hunky firemen over at your friends house when it burns down. Or do you?

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2. Wrapping Presents

There are some cool ways to wrap gifts these days. I personally love the ideas below.

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I’m always looking for ways to use my Hello Kitty Instax camera (Here’s my review of it) and how I can use my cool photos as part of gifts and art. These ideas are fantastic as it really makes it personal. I suggest getting pictures of peoples kids, dogs, or important moments, then saving them for wrapping gifts, as it really makes it super personal. I also love the bells on a string idea, and the little reindeer!

3. Happy Jar

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I have written a blog about this (Read here) in more depth so check it out if you want further information! This is a great gift for someone who gets the January/February blues, and needs to know that there is light at the start of March. It’s a great mental health tool that I have given to a few of my friends and it really helps!

These are a few ideas that will hopefully help you in your quest to be the best gift giver after Santa Claus and give Barbara (remember her from last blog?) a run for her money. Send me pics and tag me in social media if you do any of these ideas, I’d love to see them!

Merry Christmas!

T xx

PS I’ve included a few blog links that are in my blog however if you want something different try these!

How To Decorate Your Home For Christmas Better Than Your Neighbour Barbara

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The Black Dog

Life

Hi there. SO this week I am talking about anxiety and depression. OH THE JOY you say. I affects so many people in the world today and it really will touch you or someone you love in your lifetime.

Ive had depression and anxiety since I was about 16. There were a few factors, ones I’ve told my enduring therapist, but I made it worse by not acknowledging it and pushing it down for many years. Then it flared up big time in London a few years ago. It was bad. It was a summer heatwave and there was nothing I wanted to do than huddle on my bed under the duvet, drink wine, in between going to work. I was and am a high functioning derepressionist. This means I can get up, go to work, go and do things, but then also crash for a day or two and be with the black dog for that time period. I changed my situation, thankfully, and am now much happier in Edinburgh. But it still comes up, and I took Citalopram for a year or so to make sure I healed well. Unfortunately it also made me not feel many emotions, which can be great for some, but I wanted to laugh until my stomach was sore, and cry when Jack dies at the end of Titanic (spoiler alert)!!! Ive been off them now for a few months, and working through my issues with my therapist. I am also looking forward to the future, which is a very hard thing to do when you are in the depths. I also meditate, and keep a gratitude journal. I also keep a life planner, which entails my life goals for the next 1, 3, and 5 years. I have many things to look forward to, and thank        jeebus for that.

If you need help, reach out to anyone you feel comfortable talking to about issues. You can also visit a great website that has helped me and my friends numerous times, The Blurt Foundation – they do amazing work and are really a light at the end of the tunnel.  (no sponsorship here, just endless gratitude to them!)

The Blurt Foundation

T xx

Bright Events: Vino Winter Wine Tasting 2017

Christmas, Edinburgh, Review
I got the opportunity to attend the two sessions of the annual Vino Winter Wine tastings at Summerhall, and it was a fantastic event.

Vino has been in business for seven years now, and have shops all over Edinburgh. Every year they have a Winter Wine Tasting event to bring together wine lovers, customers, staff, and press to really show off the wines they stock from all over the world. Having the event at Summerhall is a great choice, as the Dissection Room (the room the event was held in) is a splendid space where they were able to put in 19 tables and a bar for the event.

There was a full table of sparkling wine, as you walked in, featuring brands such as Taittinger and Rocco prosecco on hand. The Are You Game wines were there also, who are made by Fowles wine, and we were tasting their Sparkling, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Shiraz. They featured some of the best labels of the night.
https://www.facebook.com/ChampagneTaittingerhttps://twitter.com/TaittingerUKhttps://en-gb.facebook.com/RoccoVenezia/https://www.fowleswine.comhttps://twitter.com/FowlesWineIMG_1114Another recent addition to the Vino family was Eschenhof Holzer Haide Roter Veltliner and Wagram Zweigelt from Austria – also with fantastic labels and great taste, with the folks from Red Squirrel on hand to talk about the wines.http://www.redsquirrelwine.agencyhttp://eschenhof-holzer.at/en/

https://www.facebook.com/eschenhofholzer/about

https://twitter.com/eschenhofholzer

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On Table 5 from Australia were the Alpha Box and Dice wines, featuring their ‘Tarot’ and ‘Fog’ wines, both red, and very popular with the customers I spoke to. These are low intervention, natural wines with no sulphur.

https://alphaboxdice.com/

https://en-gb.facebook.com/alphaboxdice

https://twitter.com/alphaboxdice

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New Zealand wines were a big feature at the event, with the Esk Valley Sauvignon Blanc and the Te Awa Left Field Albarino on Table 6 available to taste. One is the famed Sauvignon Blanc of Marlborough, the choice on many wine lists from here to Auckland but the Albarino is rarely seen outside of its heartland in Galicia, Spain. Fresh and characterful, it is a distinctively seductive wine.
www.eskvalley.co.nz/

https://twitter.com/EskValleyWines

https://teawacollection.com/

https://twitter.com/teawawinery

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Woodstock Winery from Australia showcased some of their dynamic wines, such as the Mary McTaggart Riesling, the Naughty Monte, and the Octogenarian Grenache Tempranillo.

www.woodstockwine.com.au/
https://twitter.com/woodstock_wine

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There were plenty of gins to taste, with The Old Curiosity from the Secret Herb Garden tasting three of their flavours – Chamomile & Cornflower, Lavender & Echinacea and Apothecary Rose. They also have an added element of changing colour when tonic is added – very much a fun party trick for your next event! Edinburgh Gin also had many of their flavours to try, such as their Christmas gin, and the very popular Plum & Vanilla Liqueur.

https://www.theoldcuriosity.co.uk/home/

https://twitter.com/secretherbgarde

https://en-gb.facebook.com/secretherbgarden/

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A selection of rum was available, with Atlantico Rum there, and the very tasty Seawolf White Rum produced in Scotland at Table 16.

www.atlanticorum.com/

https://en-gb.facebook.com/AtlanticoRum/

https://twitter.com/AtlanticoRum

https://twitter.com/seawolfrum

https://en-gb.facebook.com/SeaWolfRum/

They had a great range of whiskeys at the event, from the The Epicurean Malt, to the Scallywag Blended Malt Whiskey, and the Rock Oyster Blended Malt Whiskey.

https://www.douglaslaing.com/brand-stories/brands
https://www.facebook.com/DLTheEpicurean/

https://twitter.com/dlaingwhisky

https://en-gb.facebook.com/douglaslaingwhisky

Barney’s brought their beer truck for the event, which looks amazing, and they also had many cans to taste, such as the Glory Days, Red Rye, and Cosmic Ripper.

www.barneysbeer.co.uk/

https://twitter.com/barneysbeer

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Lucky Liquor were there showing their brand new Lucky Liqueurs on Table 16, with flavours such as Kummel, Violet, and Huckleberry – perfect if you frequent Lucky Liquor and want to have a piece of it to take home and enjoy.

http://www.luckyliquorco.com

https://www.facebook.com/LuckyLiquorCo

https://twitter.com/luckyliquorco

Vino curated a pick of wines at Table 18, called the Dunedin Wine Selection. This one is new for Winter 2017, launched on the night. You can order a box of 6 different wines, carefully selected by the team at Vino, and get to drink some of the best wines Vino has to offer. They come in different themed boxes such as: Classic, White, Red, Discovery, or Tasting, which has all of the 12 wines that Vino have selected for their Winter Selection.  There are wines included such as Two Dogs A Peacock & A Horse from South Africa, Alpha Box and Dice ‘Fog’ Adelaide Hills Nebbiolo from Australia, and Artolas Red Vidigal from Portugal. Perfect for gifting or having for your festive season and beyond.

If you would like to have a look at the cases in more detail, please visit the address below:
http://www.vinowines.co.uk/shop/case-deal

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There were other brands showing at the event, such as locals Bon Accord, doing tastings of their non alcoholic yet tasty mixers. Cloudy Lemonade and Rhubarb, as well as a great Ginger Beer.

www.bonaccordsoftdrinks.com/

https://en-gb.facebook.com/bonaccordsoftdrinks/

https://twitter.com/bonaccorddrinks

There was even food to keep everyone fed and happy, chocolate tastings on hand with Edward & Irwyn showcasing their delicious chocolates such as Dandelion Honeycomb, Snowy Mountain, and Scandinavian Spices, all made in Scotland. The Pantry Man van were also outside doing seriously tasty burgers all night, and keeping everyone on an even keel.

https://edwardandirwyn.co.uk

https://en-gb.facebook.com/EdwardandIrwyn/

https://twitter.com/EdwardandIrwyn

Drinkly were there to talk about their alcohol delivery service, with a comprehensive alcohol list and gifts to choose from, with delivery right up until midnight! Great idea for your festive parties to avoid the crowds, just order before 10pm.

https://drinkly.co.uk/

https://twitter.com/wearedrinkly

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All in all, a fantastic night, and one not to be missed next year! Follow the Vino pages on Facebook and Twitter, and of course the website to keep track of their latest events.

www.vinowines.co.uk

https://www.facebook.com/people/Vino-Wines/100001063662700

https://twitter.com/vinowineshops

T xx

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How To Decorate Your Home For Christmas Better Than Your Neighbour Barbara

Christmas

Hi guys!

So shock horror. I haven’t gotten my Christmas tree up yet. I KNOW RIGHT. However that is happening this weekend and when I do I will be spamming ya feeds ABOUT IT.

So I thought I’d share some cool inspirational images that I found on Pinterest (shout out to Pinterest) and hopefully make your home merry and bright this Christmas. And confuse your neighbours, family, friends, and the firemen that come to your house because you went too extra with the lights.

First. this Christmas tree. How awesome is this!!!

I have a wire mannequin that I have decorated like this a few years and it looks so awesome and cool! You can do whatever you like with it as well, it really does provide a cool point of difference and really adds a fashionable flair to the holiday.

Another idea for those who will get snow (fingers crossed we in Edinburgh do) – do an upside down snowman! It’s fun and silly and will make you and others smile.

Alternative Christmas decorations such as these robots. Who says you have to have a normal tree? I could have a My Little Pony themed Christmas tree if I want….hmm….

Using Christmas tree foliage is a great way to not get the whole tree and then add some awesome hanging decorations to create a cool background for family photos and the dinner table.

Sometimes you get some awesome cards that you want to put pride of place in your home – look no further than this next idea! I love this idea as it really makes a cool feature of your cards and make your friends and family feel that their awesome card is appreciated!

I hope you liked these suggestions, I love decorating my home for Christmas in new and fun ways, please send me any suggestions you have also! And follow me on Pinterest to see what else I have going on.

T xx

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Short Hair, Don’t Care

Fashion

So recently, I have had a bit of a fight with my hair. It is so much of my identity so when I want to act out, I simply dye or cut it and it perfectly reflects my mood. Permit me, to take you through my hair history (and please submit me yours!)

  • Dying my hair red to look like Lita, the WWF wrestler
  • Blonde, in attempt to regain my youth (I was only 15)
  • Remember Christina Aguilera’s hair from the ‘Dirty’ video? Yup had that.
  • Dreads (at uni, where else)
  • Purple
  • Fringes
  • No fringes
  • Demanding a single lock of blond in my brunette hair after my hairdresser said no to doing the Cruella de Ville hair (good choice)
  • Ombre (loved this one)
  • Pink (made me feel like a Sailor Soldier)
  • Buzzed side shave and full chop

So you can see I love the extreme. And lets face it, after having dreads you really don’t care what happens to your hair, you are just happy it’s growing back!

Recently I went to my friend Blair at Cheynes (www.cheyneshairdressing.com) who has been cutting my hair for years and always complies with my batshit crazy ideas. He and I decided on a great asymmetrical cut, with my left side of my head shaved to a 1. It turned out terrific and now I’m wondering why I didn’t do it before! If you can have the chance to cut your hair short, do it. Its really liberating!

Here is the pic I took in, we didn’t do the underside, but we did the side shave, and it looks amazing!

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Let me know what your next crazy hair idea is, or what you would love to get buy aren’t brave enough!

Shameless plugging, but I’ve been going to Cheynes for years and they really are great. Cheynes Bruntsfield is the best, but I’m biased as I’ve been there a lot and the staff are all so nice! If you are lucky enough to get an appointment with Blair, get it

www.cheyneshairdressing.com

Note: I don’t get paid by Cheynes, I’m just sharing the love!

T  xx

Review: Soap and Glory – The Fab Pore 3 in 1 Oil Control Serum

Beauty, Review

Hello fellow greasy girls. As this blog is published after lunch UK time, swipe your T-Zone and tell me how much you get on it. Enough to fry an egg? Read on…

So I am a growing fan of Soap and Glory. As I get older and the bags under my eyes get bigger I am now getting to the point where I am trying to freeze my face and skin without getting all the Botox. So when I saw this range at my local Boots I had to pick up some. I need a primer that is going to works hard, and since this one claims to Mattify, Prime, and Refine, I invested.

So on the back, it tells you that you can use it alone before moisturiser, or under makeup as a primer. I will probably only use it under makeup, and I am currently working with Kat Von D’s Lock it Foundation (Review here) which is great, but does still give me a slight sheen. So I squeezed out a pea amount onto my hand (its pink!) and then smoothed it into my T Zone, let it dry, then applied my makeup as usual. My day consisted of working in a store under hot lights and air conditioning, so I need my foundation and primer to work together as a team to make sure I am not a greasy face lady halfway through the day.

It performed pretty well! I was quite impressed! I had a day of running around and lifting things and generally sweating it out, and it seemed to cope pretty well. I didn’t feel that my skin was overproducing oil to combat the product, as my skin tends to do with some brands, it seem to be doing alright with it.

So I would give this a 8/10 – I hate any kind of sheen and it did give me a slight sheen but I think to a normal person it’s a lovely glow (I hate glow, I love a matte face).

Have you tried it? Tell me what you think!!

T xx

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