Brand Profile: Den of Iniquity!

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Hi guys!

So this is not so much a review, but the place I went to deserves some praise so it’s kind of a review!

I got a new tattoo! I am super happy with it, and have been thinking about it for awhile. I have Maori heritage and wanted the words ‘ea’ and ‘noa’ tattooed somewhere.

‘Ea’ means ‘to rise’ and ‘noa’ is to keep at a level state of tapu.

I knew I wanted the tattoos one on each part either arm or leg, but didn’t know. I eventually settled on the backs of my arms, above the elbow, as its a great place to showcase and it’s also not too bad for pain as there is a bit of cushioning there.

So I usually go to Kerry at Red Hot and Blue for my tattoos, however there was this amazing tattoo place that had opened on Broughton Street awhile ago that I was very curious about, called Den of Iniquity. I looked them up on Instagram, and discovered it was three awesome ladies who do amazing artwork – Jen, Deborah, and Aileen.

I saw that Aileen had space on my day off so I jumped at the chance to get her to tattoo me. She is so talented and an absolute sweetheart in  person. I had requested more of a handwritten font for the words, and when I showed up she showed me what she had done, and it was exactly what I had envisaged.

Before I go onto the tattoo part, I have to show you pictures of the studio. What an amazing place! It really spoke to my love of vintage, and they even had a My Little Pony sitting on the fireplace. So my vibe!

 

We headed downstairs, and got started. Now this may be the same or different, but you forget the pain. Every time the needle first hits my skin I suddenly go “oh, this was a terrible idea, this hurts, no more tattoos for awhile”. And then a week later you go hmmm…what’s my next one going to be? On that note, they had tattoos up on the walls and I spied this beautiful mermaid – I have been looking for a mermaid for awhile that I had in my mind, and this was the closest so I may just go back for her!

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The tattoo took around ten minutes, and I was so happy with the results, the placement was perfect, Aileen was a gem, and the whole experience was really cool. Nothing against the boys, but I do love getting tattoos from women, it’s a really cool experience and you get to meet some cool people as well!

Den of Iniquity also have guest tattooists coming through, who are closely matched with the artwork that the three ladies produce themselves.

I really enjoy the whole experience and will definitely be paying a visit again! I’ve popped their social media handles below – worth looking at if you are shopping for a great tattoo artist!

Den of Iniquity Instagram

Den of Iniquity Facebook

T xx

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Brand Profile: Box of Goth!

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I love getting stuff in the mail. Anything that is not a bill is definitely a treat, and I love the range of monthly subscription boxes out there! One I wanted to focus on today is the Box of Goth.

Box of Goth is a monthly coffin shaped subscription box full of gothic and horror inspired goodies. Great right? I love skeletons, bats, black cats, and this is definitely up my alley. I love that it is so different and really touches a chord with a lot of people, as some of us are still going through our goth phase after high school. There really is a strong community out there that are bonded by the love of all things macabre.

Here a few shots of the insides.

 

The last coffin was the Skulls and Skeletons box, and had so many great goodies in it, from pins, to stationary, to patches!

It is the one year anniversary of Box of Goth this month (May 2018) and being a small business they have developed loyal supporters by providing great customer service. They also write a fantastic blog themselves, which features their customers wearing or using their products!

The coffin boxes all the goodies come in are made up by Nikki and Lucy, the brains behind the brand, and curated in themes, like the RIP box, which Nikki has stated as her favourite so far.

I asked Nikki what we can look forward to in the future and she replied with “More coffin boxes of gothic goodies!” Can’t wait for this! She also revealed there are some very exciting things coming up that she can’t say yet but its going to be very exciting for the customers!  She said the best way to get all the news and updates is to follow them on Instagram and you will get the first teasers – I have linked their Instagram below.

The lovely extra touch they do is if you subscribe to get their Boxes, just tell them your birthday to get an extra goodie on your birthday month!

This company is a really nice small business, who work hard and do their best for the customer. They also have a real eye for curating, and they are open to suggestions from their customers! I am waiting for the June box to come out as I write, very excitedly!

Want to get your Goth on? Here are all the links you need to know.

Both of Goth Website

Box of Goth Website

Box of Goth Twitter

Box of Goth Instagram

T xx

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Brand Profile: Punky Pins

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Hi team!

So this week, I am talking about a brand that I love, called Punky Pins!

I love that enamel pins are back in fashion. I love shopping small for these as there are so many great pins to chose from! I have my favourites that I wear, and then I definitely am going to get a display for the others. Its such a fun update and a fashion statement.

Here is an edit of my favourite pins!

 

I am in love with all of these pins. They are so fun, some have a great message, and they fit in so well in my wardrobe. There literally is one for every occasion. With prices starting from 7 pounds, it also means you can switch up your pin game often for not much!

Punky Pins also do a great range of keyring, patches, stickers, and jewellery!

Want to see the full range and also their amazing social media? Here are all the links you need to know!

Pinky Pins Website

Punky Pins Facebook

Punky Pins Twitter

Punky Pins Instagram

Let me know what pins you get!

T xx

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Brand Profile: Home Bargains Flowers

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Hi Team!

So this week I am doing a Brand Profile on Home Bargain Flowers!

I love flowers – there is something special about them. A lot of us aren’t fortunate to have our own flower garden, and there is something beautiful about having flowers in your home. I love to give flowers as gifts to my friends, as it shows I care and want to make them smile! Flowers make anyone feel special, valued, and cared for. There is no wrong occasion to send flowers to someone, and you certainly don’t need an occasion.

 

I was sent the ‘Sunny Garden’ flower bunch from Home Bargains from their premium range, and skipped home from work to open it! It comes in a very sturdy box that I am sure my mailman was confused about what was in it, and opening it, the flowers were immaculate. They were so fresh, the scent instantly filled my home. I popped them out of the box and was surprised to see a vase included – which is one of their extras that you can add on – what a great idea. I don’t have any vases currently so when I get flowers as a surprise they have to go in a hodge lodge container, so this is a great idea if you aren’t sure that your recipient has a vase suitable – especially if its a big bunch!

It includes food for your flowers to get the best out of them, and wrapped up beautifully with twine. I popped them in my new vase and popped it on the windowsill, then wrapped the wrap that was around it, around the vase to maintain the look of the bouquet!

The ‘Sunny Garden’ bouquet includes avalanche roses, iris, fragrant freesia and hypericum. It is a lovely gathering of blue, orange, yellow and white and expertly arranged to compliment and showcase each flower. Some of the buds opened up over the week, so every morning when I went into the kitchen, the bouquet had changed again!

There are so many great flowers available from Home Bargains. My favourite is their Tulips range, and they do a wonderful range of Roses for all budgets. You can also add on vases, teddy bears, balloons, cakes, and chocolates to go all out. The bouquet also comes with a card to write your own sentiments in. They do next day delivery and free home delivery!

You can also gift someone something a little more permanent, or even to start their own little garden. There are orchids, succulents (my fav), lilies and roses. I am definitely going to get the lilies as I love the splashes of colour they bring.

Overall, I am super impressed with Home Bargains Flowers. Often it’s hard to find flowers that look good for a good price. As said before, they are expertly arranged, and quickly delivered, especially if you have forgotten an anniversary (right Gordon) or to send a new mum some flowers. They also provide advice on how to look after your plant, and suggestions on bouquets. Have a look through this link http://www.homebargainsflowers.co.uk/, and tell me your favs!

Visit their Social Media here!

 

Home Bargains Twitter

Home Bargains Instagram

Home Bargains Facebook

T xx

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Brand Profile: Lazy Flora

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Hi team!

So this week I am highlighting a brand that I love, called Lazy Flora.

Lazy Flora is aimed at people who find it had to keep up with having a garden, perhaps have no garden of their own, or would like to start learning more about planting and growing.

I am very amateurish when it comes to gardening. I acquired a garden when I bought my house, with rose bushes and a few plants out back. However I really want to learn how to grow and look after plants. I have some succulents and indoor plants that I am managing to keep alive also. I also have inherited a garden shed with tools that I have never seen before.

So far, I have planted some daffodils, tulips, and crocuses. I have some sunflowers to plant also. However I have some plant pots that look a little sad, and want to pimp out my garden this summer. This is where Lazy Flora will come in.

Lazy Flora was started by Claire, who realised that she couldn’t feasibly create a garden in her city flats she was living in. She moved to a new place with a balcony and could start to create her own oasis. However it was hard to get to garden centres and get access to quality plants. Hence she started Lazy Flora, to deliver plants to people that are limited on space but want a garden of their own.

You can get many different kinds, for both indoor and outdoor, with a succulent selection  for people obsessed with them (me). You can subscribe and get individual plants, or do a seasonal plant collection also.

What I also like is that they give you a free calendar to show when your plants will be blooming. They also send you reminders to water your plants – how helpful is that?!

You can see what they are going to send out each month, and also buy gifts for friends! Who wouldn’t love some beautiful flowers at their doorstep that last beyond a few days!

Here are all their details below:

Lazy Flora Website

Lazy Flora Facebook

Lazy Flora Twitter

Lazy Flora Instagram

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Brand Profile: Hungry Designs!

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This week I am highlighting one of my favourite finds – Hungry Designs!

Hungry Designs is a business run by Amanda Whiteley from Brisbane, Australia.

She specialises in illustration and print, with a fantastic skill drawing Disney characters. She has also just moved into Amber Cabochon brooches which are fabulous. Here are some of her designs below:

 

 

 

She graduated with Honours in Illustration and Printmaking and she specialises in comic  style art prints. As you can see above she does a fantastic range of characters with many different medias and designs. If you follow her on Instagram she also has a brilliant feed to follow!

Here are all her details below:

Hungry Designs Etsy

Hungry Design Facebook

Hungry Designs Instagram

Hungry Designs Twitter

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Brand Profile: Heather More Illustration

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Hi guys!

This weeks Brand Profile is on one of my favourite artists, Heather More. I met Heather at a networking event and she was so lovely! We ended up having her at two of our Braw Blogger Events (plug plug) and her stand stood out due to her amazing art and products!

Here are some images below of my favourite work from her, including the artist herself!

 

What I like about Heather is that she has got a really fun take on things, and she also posts a lot of art to her Facebook, including when she sketches places she travels to. I get a lot of her products and get a lot people asking where I get it from, which truly proves that shopping local really works if you want to be a bit more individual. Heather has also done many art exhibitions and has also done work for the NHS and the Skinny.

Like what you see? Here are all the need to know links below:

Heather More Website

Heather More Shop

Heather More Facebook

Heather More Twitter

Heather More Instagram

T xx

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Brand Profile: The Auld Connection

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Hi team!

So this weeks Brand Profile is Auld Connection. I first encountered this brand at the Biscuit Factory event in Leith, and was face deep in all of their goodies before finally looking up and realising I knew one of them from work! This was her side hustle along with her job, and looking at the product I was amazed at how much work had gone into the ideas and design. One of them is French, and one of them is Scottish, and they do many fairs so you may have seen them around already!

On their website they say their work is ‘inspired by travels in Scotland and beyond, wandering like tourists in our home city and a love of colour, nature and animals (cats in particular!)’. They do prints, cards, magnets, and badges, and even their business cards get in on the design!

The range of products they do is pretty amazing and I love the Edinburgh feel to it all. They are very proud of the heritage of Scotland and their take on it so unique! They do everything from pins to wall hangings, and a pretty great selection of greeting cards! They even do a print centred around the pandas from Edinburgh Zoo!

Here are my favs below:

 

Want to know more? Here are all their details below!

Auld Connection Website

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Auld Connection Instagram

T xx

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Brand Profile: Ladykerry Designs!

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Hi team!

So this week I am talking about one of my favourite brands – Ladykerry Designs!

Kerry is a fantastic artist who is based in  Edinburgh who creates pieces of magic. She says on her website that her loves are ‘I LOVE unicorns, mermaids, fairies, dinosaurs and sugarskulls. And, of course, puns.’. She creates many products from these including enamel pins, stickers, giclee art prints and greetings cards.

I first saw her at the Edinburgh Biscuit Factory and wanted everything. I think had a nosy on her Etsy store (linked below) and she has so much fun stuff! I have included some products that I have on my wish list and really show her fun unique style.

Here are examples of her work below:

 

 

Want to get your hands on her stuff? There are many ways.

Her Etsy Shop.

Her Not on the High Street page.

Her other stockists.

Want to keep on top of what she is up to and all the great new products she is putting out?

LadyKerry Facebook

LadyKerry Instagram

LadyKerry Twitter

LadyKerry Website

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My Favourite IPhone Apps!

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Hi team!

So this blog is all about my favourite apps. I have realised I am actually quite techy, and I love being organised. I also love to play games on my phone as well. So I thought I would review a few of my favourite apps and I hope that they help you too!

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Asana

Asana is my most favourite app on my phone. I love being organised and this app is amazing. I got recommended it by one of my good friends and a fellow blogger Kayleigh (her blog linked here) and it helps me day to day.

The best thing about it? When you complete a task a unicorn or a narwhal flies across the screen. I was sold, obvs.

So you can set up a team or yourself, and then set up individual projects. I have Blogging, Business, Weekly Tasks, and my New Years Resolutions. I can then fill in my tasks and log them into each projects. If you have a team you can assign people to different projects as well, and keep an eye on how everyone going.

I set my tasks to Daily, Weekly, and Monthly. This helps me to keep a track on what I am doing and if I am ahead, I can start tackling tasks that don’t have a date or are in the future to complete.

You can use this for work, personal, project planning, and so much more!

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Preview for Instagram

This app has started to become one of my favourite apps to use in partnership with Instagram. I recently started organising my feed by colour, and this app is perfect for doing that. You upload all your pictures to the app, then organise it by however you would like to organise it, by colour, or blocking, or however Beyonce does it (how cool is her feed?).

It has a range of filters so you can make every photo have the same filter. This means you can attain uniformity so your feed looks great. It also gives you great editing tools also to fine tune your image before you publish it.

You can schedule via the app, and also post via the app, however I wouldn’t recommend this, as the scheduling will remind you to post the item, but if you aren’t around your phone at that time, you will miss the opportunity to post at the opportune time. And with posting direct from the app, it doesn’t give you the opportunity to tag people in it or set your location. So I would recommend pulling all the pictures in, sorting it into the feed you want, then posting as you go. It really helps as sometimes you have a little trouble on what to post that day and it really helps to make sure you are constantly engaging with Instagram.

neko atsume app

Neko Atsume

Here is the history of the game before we launch into this fantastic game: “Yutaka Takazaki, the developer of the game, said that his goal was to create a game that even children could enjoy without a significant investment of skill or time.[9]While he loves cats himself, he has said that “to be honest, I do not know why this game is so popular.”[9] The game “was made between the development of other applications”.[10] Originally it was a software of the “just look and enjoy” style for players who like cats, and could be completed in 2–3 weeks for free.[11] Takazaki says, “We’re not going to put cheats or complexity in it, and we would like to pursue a game that can be enjoyed with only simple operations.”

This game was released in 2014, and I had heard a lot about it, but never played it. Well, what a journey. This game is so simple, yet so satisfying. In a world where games are getting super complicated, annoy you all the time with notifications, and take a lot of thinking to play, it really is refreshing to have a game you can just zone out and play when you want your mind to rest.

Basically you get a backyard, and a food bowl. and some silver fish to spend. You also get gold fish too, to purchase rare items. All you need to do is buy some items from the store that you think the cats would come into your backyard for, place those items in your backyard, purchase some cat food, fill up the bowl, and wait!

It takes a little while, and you can even exit the app for awhile and pop back in, but your cats should start to come. The cool bit on this app is the Catbook, so you can keep a track of what cats have come into your yard. You also have an option to take photos of the backyard which are then saved to your phone, so you can look back on it. You can also take photos of individual cats, which is good when you get rare ones. You have to just play around with what furniture and items you put in your yard. You also get left silver and gold fish by the cats. If you are lucky, you might even get a momento from a cat! You lucky lucky thing. There are 62 cats to attract, with 22 of them being rare. It also has fun music and really is a great game to play.

Have you tried any of these apps? What are your recommendations?

T xx

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