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  1. excellence-vs.-perfection

     

    I am guilty of regularly beating myself up for not being perfect, but no more! Our imperfections are what makes us interesting, they are what make us unique.We should all strive to be the best person we can be but we should never berate ourselves for falling short of some hypothetical ideal.

    Work hard, enjoy all that life has to offer and love yourself completely!

     

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    Bow - Alternate Normality
    Top - Charity Shop
    Skirt - Handmade
    Belt - Charity Shop
    Shoes - Everything5pounds

    This week has been a pretty quiet one for me between helping the mother in law move house and having new carpets fitted there hasnt been much time for productivity or fun - sad times! Not to mention that it's half term which means me spending everyday with a small child glued to me demanding entertainment - I have officially lost count of how many times I have had to act out the Frozen storyline to the soundtrack! (FYI I always have to be Elsa)

    I did manage to briefly snap some pictures of what has to be the most budget friendly outfit ever! I have recently rediscovered my love for making things just for fun and my first project was this skirt. It's just a super simple half-circle skirt but I love it! I think I may have to add pockets to my next one though because nothing makes me happier than a skirt with pockets and yes I know I need to get out more! I love the print of this fabric it's fun and colourful and has everything from pineapples to beach huts, I teamed it with the matching bow for ultimate five year old girl chic. Finished off with a £1.50 striped top and a 50p belt I think this entire outfit cost me around £12 which feels like a pretty epic bargain!

    Have you ever styled up an outfit for less than £15? I would love to see some of your handmade or charity shop outfits tweet me and let me know!

     

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    It's no secret that I'm a sucker for all things unicorn - homeware, clothes, jewellery I love it all! It is also no secret that I am able to fall into Etsy browsing holes for days hours at a time!
    So today I figured I may aswell put my talents to good use and compile a list of some of my favourite unicorn-centric items from the treasure trove that is Etsy. (Pretty much just giving myself a valid reason for procrastinating!) 

    Just click on the picture to be taken to your unicorn item of choice or just add them all to your wish list like I have! 

    I think my personal favourites have to be the unicorn usb (I'm not sure how I've managed with my boring black one), unicorn fart lip balm perfect for soothing dry chapped lips in this crappy U.K weather and the unicorn swimsuit which has me dreaming of lazing around the pool in summer looking like a rainbow unicorn covered badass!

     

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    P.S For those of you who don't like unicorns you are definitely in the wrong place!

    P.P.S It's my birthday next month - just saying!

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    Bowling Shirt - Ebay
    Leopard print dress - H&M via a charity shop
    Leopard print boots - Ebay
    Polka dot headband - Alternate Normality
    True Romance Necklace - Bete Noire

    I have meant to share some outfit posts for a while now but I have been suffering from a serious case of the wardrobe blues. So this is the first time in about a month that I haven't just hated every outfit I put on everything was either too big, too small or just not damn right!
    However on saturday while getting ready for my first fair of the year I finally feel like I got some of my outfit mojo back! I got up bright and early and scoured my wardrobe for something fun, comfortable and most importantly something that went with my amazing new Bete Noire necklace from the husband shaped one!

    And well this is what I came up with bold & girly with some quirky retro details and a healthy dose of my favourite leopard print all finished off with some glittery polka dots!

    What do you think? Do you ever get stuck in a wardrobe rut?

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    A couple of weekends ago I was lucky enough to be invited to an amazing event. The very lovely Sarah of The Prosecco Diaries organised an amazing evening of prosecco tasting, cheese, bloggers and some good old-fashioned pampering at super cool vintage salon The Painted Lady in Shoreditch.

    After hopping on a train from the midlands to the city I arrived at The Painted Lady and immediately fell a little bit in love. Spread over two floors the salon is a little haven filled with stunning decor details. The exposed brickwork, fairy lights, art deco furniture, working record players and even taxidermy come together to create an uber cool piece of paradise in the centre of Shoreditch. ( I will definitely be booking myself in next time I'm in london!)
    Always the early bird I was the first one to arrive while our lovely host was getting her hair done, it was a cunning plan on my part as it meant I got first dibs on the yummy pink arrival cocktail! Sarah created a beautiful rhubarb and custard cocktail that was sneakily lethal after a few glasses hic!

    Soon we were joined by the lovely Helen, Che, Nicole, Amy, Lucy, Ellie, Plum, Charley and Kristabel who were the perfect ladies to spend an evening quaffing prosecco with!

    The next few hours were spent getting our nails did, having our hair primped and preened and indulging in lots of yummy M&S cheese, seriously girly cupcakes and bottle after bottle of prosseco very generously provided by Marks and Spencer (Bellant NV and Prosecco Zardetto NV), Tesco (Finest Prosecco NV), The Co-operative (Co-operative Prosecco), Sainsbury's (Taste the Difference Prosecco) and Waitrose (Waitrose Prosecco)

    After much giggling, gossiping and prosecco guzzling it was time to rate our favourites. Although all of them tasted pretty darn good to me my winner of the evening was the prosecco from Waitrose I could have quite happily carried on drinking it all night! (I doubt my head would have thanked me in the morning though)
    I only wish that all evenings could be spent chatting with some incredible bloggers, stroking Nelson the fox, drinking bubbles out of vintage teacups and getting my nails done by the lovely Tina of Shoreditch Nails, my manicure even lasted a full seven days which is definitely some kind of record for me!

    I very sadly had to leave the party early to get my train back to Birmingham - majorly sad times!!! But to cheer me up I headed on my way with a goodie bag filled to the brim with some seriously fabulous things!

     

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    This isn't even everything! We were treated to gorgeous floral tweezers, eyelash curlers and some flirty eyelashes from The Vintage Cosmetic Co, fun acrylic earrings and hair clips from Punky Pins whose new valentines collection definitely has my heart a flutter, some quirky temporary tats and nail decals from Inkwear and some vintage perfect seamed stockings from the amazing What Katie Did. Not to mention one of the must haves for any red lipstick wearer - some Lipcote, pretty stationary from The Magic Notebook, amazing hair products from Davines, more Hampstead tea than you can shake a stick at, beautiful accessories from Gemma Bishop, luxury chocolate goodness from Melt and a very cheeky calendar from The Cheek Of It Burlesque. I also provided some super sparkly heart shoe clips for my fellow bloggers to pretty up their shoes with!

    Included in our goody bags were some very generous discount codes from Heyday! vintage, Vivien of Holloway, The Vintage Cosmetic Company and some free passes for Frame Shoreditch so we can get our workout on!

    I would like to give a massive thank you to Sarah for organising, the staff at The Painted Lady for being amazing, the sponsors for being so incredible generous and to all the lovely ladies that attended for being so much fun to gossip with! Here's hoping there shall be another one very soon!!!

     

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