Thursday, 27 November 2014

Birthday Girl, Northern Lights and Thanksgiving Wishes

Yay, I am a birthday girl today, but it's also Thanksgiving, so I just want to wish everyone that celebrates a very, very happy one. I'm actually scheduling a whole lot of posts today because I am hoping to have just a luxuriously chill day, (she says)! Tonight I want to be fresh as a daisy to go and see the Northern Lights, I am SO excited! I feel this is on so many bucket lists so to be able to do this is so amazing. I'll definitely blog about it!

But as I said as well as it being my Birthday today it's also Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is inextricably linked with gratitude and so because of the double celebrations I wanted to share a present with you all. So my Thanksgiving and Birthday present to you all is: 10% off allll weekend long at Beauxoxo. Just use CYBERWEEKEND at my main website here or my Etsy Shop (code for Etsy is CYBERWEEKEND2014) until Monday 1st December 2014.

And before I go I just wanted to say a HUGE thank you. For everything you do to support me and believe in what I do. There's so many blogs out there, just so many, and if it's not blogs it's other websites etc. The internet in 2014 is a busy ol' place that's for sure! Just sometimes, all of this can feel a little overwhelming sometimes and so choosing what elements of the internet you like is a careful choice, so I truly am thankful to you for allowing me to be apart of that.

I hope whatever you're doing this Thursday it's a good one. Speak very soon!


Monday, 24 November 2014

Music Monday: Echosmith

If you love indie-pop then you're going to just love my Music Monday offering today: Echosmith.

Echosmith started their music career like many by posting YouTube cover videos of artists such as Adele, Coldplay and Mumford and Sons, and are now at a stage where they are releasing a highly anticipated debut album. They were originally called 'Ready, Set, Go!' and they all hail from Southern California. The group is composed of four siblings: Graham, Sydney, Noah and Jamie with ages ranging from about 17 to 21 (I'm getting a Corrs kind of feel here!). In 2012 they were spotted by the infamous Warner Bros Records, changed their name to 'Echosmith', and went on tour with Owl City on the Midsummer Station Tour.

Their stand out track is 'Cool Kids' and it's in many ways not incredibly ground breaking, but the general lyrical theme is sort of timeless, and one I think so many will connect to. Musically, it's an indie pop gem, reminiscent of successful pop acts such as Foster the People. The formulated hook draws you into the basic chord progression; the musical structure doesn't veer too far from the tried-and-true top 40 hit formula. But it's the lyrics that are going to make you reminisce back to your school days, or times when you just wanted to fit in so badly. That's really what 'Cool Kids' is all about withlyrics such as 'I wish that I could be like the cool kids, 'cause all the cool kids, they seem to fit in.' Because we've all been there right? That feeling of wanting to be like everyone is very relatable to lots of age demographics. Sydney, the lead singer, has a lilting voice ever so reminiscent of Taylor Swift and Ellie Goulding so they have a really current, likeable sound. I think big things are in the horizon for these guys. They're so young and so talented it can only get bigger and more exciting.

Are any of you Echosmith fans? They actually have a gig in Camden, London tonight, and it's times like this (and only times like this) that I despair how far away from London I am! But still, they are on tour for a little while, so to keep up to date with their latest gigs head to their website here. And of course they are on Twitter and Facebook.


Sunday, 23 November 2014

Anna Sui Fashion Idea Book

As many of you already know two of my favourite fashion designers are Anna Sui and Betsey Johnson. I have loved both for as long as I can remember. I am very fortunate to own the most beautiful Anna Sui dress and that, along with her perfumes, are items I truly treasure. In fact, I have a box filled with empty Anna Sui perfumes just because they are that dear to me! My very first perfume was 'Sui Love' and oh how I loved it! Let's take a little look inside this new item in my Anna Sui collection....

Saturday, 22 November 2014

My Little Cosy Box

I was so, so excited to get my new 'My Little Box' this month because let's face it November is a month when you just want all the cosy things in life, and I saw on Facebook a few weeks ago that this would be the central theme of 'My Little Box' for November. In fact the November box is titled, 'My Little Cosy Box'. To me, autumn and winter are all about cosy nights in surrounded by all of life's little comforts. And in this one little box you get a lovely mix of items that compliment this perfectly.

As soon as you open the beautifully autumnal designed box you get a little card with the quote: "My favourite pastime is to let time go by, to have time, to take my time, to waste time, to live out of time" by Francoise Sagan. I really love these little cards. I have three in my collection now and so I'm thinking how lovely it might be to frame them and hang them in various rooms, just because!

Behind the card was another 'My World' magazine that though small in size, is packed full with lots and lots of little tips, recipes, interviews and some cosy photography looks. This is so perfect to flick through before bed or over breakfast. I find it the perfect partner to the box because it really brings it all to life.

After unravelling the ribbon which contained the magazine and card, you find a very sweet little microwavable cushion. I love these little things so, so much. I have a lot of aches and pains so this is just the most perfect thing for me. Plus, it doesn't have an obvious lavender scent like some varieties do, so a very suits all item. And beside this is a little espresso mug which reads, "how is your day gonna be?" and inside it has 'happy' which is just the cutest. Now I'm not a hot drink kind of girl so I'm just going to use this to store little make up brushes but I still adore it.

To finish the cosy box theme you have a little bag of beauty bits. In the little drawstring bag I found: A Yves Rocher eyeshadow (shade 'Brun Cafe Mat' worth about £13 I think!), My Little Beauty Volume Mascara and an Arcancil Paris black eyeliner. The eyeshadow is ridiculously pigmented, like ridiculously so!! One slight touch and my finger had a huge pigmented brown/black swatch which is very impressive. Obviously paired with the mascara and eyeliner you will achieve a seriously sultry, smokey eye look, but for me this is going to be the perfect eyeliner as nowadays I prefer eyeshadow this way. I'll let you know the results!

Overall, once again I'm thoroughly, thoroughly impressed. Yes, the mug isn't something very 'me' per-se, but it's still going to be very loved in another role! How many of you are also subscribed to My Little Box? If not, would you be interested in signing up? I feel very sad that this is only UK and France at this moment. I really hope it is released to more countries next year. For £11 (inc P&P) it's incredible value and something I treasure each month.

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