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Thursday, 18 December 2014

My first experience with Henna.

My Nana & Papa grew up in India and I have always had a complete fascination with the country. I grew up eating Indian food and I still miss my Nana's curries! My love of Henna arrived when I witnessed my first Bollywood movie, I was completely captivated by the clothes and the jewellery, I used to make my mum dress me up in a sari made of my Nana's fabric and bedsheets! And don't even get me started on the dancing! Safe to say I was hooked. All those jewels and painted women it was love at first sight and I have harboured a wish to have my own Mehndi ever since.

There's something so feminine and beautiful about the art form, and I love that there are thousands upon thousands of images to take inspiration from! I first came across Sadia on Instagram and it was instant obsessive following from thereon out! Every time she uploaded a new design I knew I just had to get some of my own! When I found out she was doing an event at Blow I made sure to book the whole day off, I headed down with some of my best girls and sipped prosecco whilst waiting our turn to get our hands made into works of art. I wanted something quite ornate and Sadia took my inspiration and created something beautiful and unique from it, I couldn't be happier with the results! 

Henna is made from a plant and is completely natural. It stains hands a brown colour. If you ever get someone who says they can make the stain black this has added chemicals and is really bad for your skin, it causes the most allergic reactions. Obviously Sadia only uses the best so natural all the way! You have to be very careful after getting it done, basically you want to keep your hands as still as possible for around 6 hours, rub it all off then cover your hands in vapo rub for half an hour to help the colour darken! I use Superdrugs own as its cruelty free, and super cheap! Wash off and your left with a beautiful design for up to two weeks! Sadia does home visits and is planning more events in the new year. So the question is would you get some Henna? 

Dress - Iron Fist
Necklace - Chelsea Doll
Shirt - ASOS

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

grotesquely cute

There's nothing I like better than a grotesquely cute skirt. 

Eyeball lillies? Demonic cherubs? Roses with teeth? I'm pretty obsessed with this pencil skirt from Iron Fist. Red is far from my favourite colour but I love the clashing effect this skirt has. I decided to let all the focus stay on the skirt and go for monochrome everywhere else. A textured Tshirt is becoming a little bit of a winter essential for me, super easy to wear, with a vintage biker and the faux fur collar it's warm without being bulky, which is something I definitely struggle with in winter. 

After the death of my pink creepers *sigh* I knew I had to get another pair asap! These white babies are from T.U.K and have a new sole, lighter weight but still good enough to stomp around in, they obviously describe them much better! 

"The revolutionary Viva Creeper Soles looks like our original Mondo soles in style, but in fact are in a league of their own. It's lightweight EVA sole allows you to walk light whilst retaining height. Our Viva Sole also has the new addition of the iconic T.U.K. skull & bones tread for added grip, style and durability. Available across our range - It's not your average creeper; join the revolution!"

The babes at T.U.K have given me a little discount code for you all! Use 'HONEYPOPTUK' when you check out for 20% off the website! You can use all of your Christmas money to buy new shoes! Or if you are feeling super festive you can grab a pair for your bff or other half, I'm pretty sure they'd love you forever, I know I would!

Jacket - Vintage
Faux Fur collar - gift
Rings - Bloody Mary Metal
Quilted tshirt - Topshop
Skirt - Iron Fist
Tights - Bebaroque
Socks - Topshop
Creepers - TUK

Monday, 15 December 2014

Girls got Kicks

It seems I have found my perfect handbag from Rhodesian of Edinburgh!

I first came across the company a couple of Months ago at the Scotland Re:designed pop up in Edinburgh's Ocean Terminal  (perfect place for Christmas Presents btw!), I got speaking to the owners Katrina and Charlotte about their amazing handbags, how it all came about, what their plans are and lots and lots of puppy chat! 

In 2010 Charlotte was diagnosed with a disorder which left her in severe amounts of pain, after a long time trying to come to terms with this she received a little bundle of joy...a tiny Rhodesian Ridgeback puppy! This gave her a new lease of life and after lots of brainstorming Katrina and Charlotte decided to start 'Rhodesian of Edinburgh' in 2013 (guess where the inspiration for the name came from?!), they wanted to create something unique and keep it made in the UK, I for one am in love with the whole collection! 

This little number is called cassi and is fully customisable, coming in a massive range of colours to choose from, meaning that you can make your dream handbag too! I went for pure white and baby pink and I can't put her down! The fact that the inside of the bag is massive totally helps too, I can fit all my clutter that I seem to accumulate and the front little pocket is perfect for business cards and an oyster card/travel pass. Be aware that internally the bag is super clean, no pockets! This is due to the fact that the leather used is just cut and sewn, the edges are not finished and this creates really clean lines and sharp looking edges.

Which bag would you go for?

Jumper - Isabel Marant for H&M
Faux Fur Collar - Urban Outfitters
Textured Pencil Skirt - Topshop
Socks - Bebaroque
Shoes - Kickers

Saturday, 13 December 2014

ultimate girls gift guide

With only 12 sleeps till Christmas to go I thought I better get a gift guide on the go! I am all about shopping local and cruelty free this Christmas and with so many amazing companies on our doorstep there's no excuse for buying mass produced this year. My gift guide starts at £2.99 and ends at £365 so all budgets are covered.

Happy Shopping & remember...Christmas is all about fun and spending time with your loved ones, no matter how much you spend it's the thought that counts <3

All of these amazing gifts are under a tenner! Perfect for a last minute secret Santa. I have been in love with Barry M for years, not only are they cruelty free it's the only nail varnish that doesn't chip when I use it! At £2.99 it's a total steal. Get yourself some serious Christmas Brownie points with these DIY nails candy decals for £6, if your looking for something a little more festive there are Christmas decals too! You can't go wrong with a candle, and these little pastel skulls from Ember Candle Co are hand made with soy wax and smell so divine! The Raspberry is my favourite and at £6 a candle you should probably get one for yourself too. This has to be my favourite bath bomb from Lush, shaped like a present it has three mini bath bombs inside, so when it melts they explode out the sides! You can see my review here.

For all your nature loving girl friends you can't go wrong with a Wooden Roebuck skull necklace from Runaway Fox, and only £18 too! I have long been a fan of Atyen Gasson's silk lingerie, introduce someone to this amazing designer with a handmade silk and vintage lace eyemask, at £20 its a steal and helps even the lightest of sleepers. Bloody Mary Metal can do no wrong as far as I'm concerned! The midi rings are only £22 but you better be quick, last orders for Christmas are on the 17th! I love the Reiver tartan range from Abandon Ship and this long sleeve crop is perfect for layering, if you are feeling extra generous why not get the pencil skirt to match? All for under £30?! Bargains.

Want a little more for your cash? All of these gifts are under £50 but will make anyone feel like a million dollars. For your girls who have a sweet tooth, or just love a good snuggle! This Jammie heart cushion from Nikki McWilliams is simply beautiful and comes gift wrapped for £31.50! Obscure Couture's lastest offering is a pastel dream, and at £35 this faux fur hat is the perfect winter accessory. These Georgina Wiseman Earrings are down from £110 to £40 and I don't know anyone who wouldn't want to rock these cubic gems on Christmas day. Got a friend/relative who constantly rocks a red lip? Then this Illamasqua gift set is definitely made for them! It comes with a lippy, liner, gloss and varnish all for £5o and since it's already in an adorable little box that's wrapping covered too!

If your planning on spoiling someone rotten this Christmas then look no further! Starting at £70 this is a list for those who have a serious present to buy, first off is the Candy creation by Luna on the Moon. The red and white peppermint deign is simply adorable, and for being such a little bag it surprisingly fits a lot! My Love for Karen Mabon is never ending, treat your loved one to this giant poodle scarf for £120, it's sure to keep them cosy all winter. There's a new watch brand on town! Paulin watches are designed in Glasgow (yup you heard!) and with beauties like this rose gold and dusty pink number for £120 they're sure to go down a storm in anyone's stocking! This is the piece de resistance of Christmas gifts, basically if you want to make everyone jealous of your amazing gift buying skills get this, the gorgeous downtown cuff from Euan McWhirter. Coming in at £365 it is not for those on a budget, but worth every jewel encrusted penny.

Monday, 8 December 2014

Pencil skirt styling and my love of colour.

When Scot Campus asked all the staff at Abandon Ship to take part in their 'today I'm wearing section' we obviously said yes. Head over to their website to see what the rest of the guys are wearing.


There is just something about winter that draws me to colour, not that I was fully monochrome before but I think it's my way of saying fuck you winter, I'm not wearing black, I'm going to wear as may colours as possible and you can take your black boring coat's/jumpers/scarves and jump.

On top of colour this is the season for layering. I am totally in love with the Reiver tartan from Abandon Ship Apparel, it comes in a variety of styles but the pencil skirt has to be my favourite. Pencil skirts are always a wardrobe staple for me, I find them really versatile! It goes perfectly with my powder blue jumper and lace front shirt, I also have a white tshirt on underneath! The pink highlight in the skirt matches my pink bag perfectly and for a bit of brightness I've added the pink school socks, and a vintage pastel belt with gold buckles to match the buckles on my boots. My leather biker is also vintage.

Working in an office does give me the luxury of no tights or big coat but if I was heading out in this I'd add some patterned sheer tights, keep the socks obviously, a long oversized wool biker coat in pale grey and a cute Abandon Ship beanie hat

Have you seen the Reiver collection? What's your favourite piece?

Jacket - Vintage
Shirt - ASOS
Jumper - Primark
Belt - Vinatge
Socks - ASOS
Boots - ALDO
Bag - Spoiled Brat

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