Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Bournemouth Vintage Emporium Blogger Event

Last week the Bournemouth Vintage Emporium kindly invited me along to their one year anniversary event with other local Bournemouth Bloggers like Sarah, Louise, Laura and Jessica, and it was really nice to browse all the vintage pretties with these lovely ladies. 

You may actually have heard me mention the Bournemouth Vintage scene before, and last summer I had a lovely intern working for Beauxoxo called Ellie who visited the emporium and created a fantastic post you can read here. She outlined the concept and took lots and lots of photos so it's a great resource if you want to find out more about this amazing treasure trove of vintage beauties!

But in short, the Bournemouth Vintage Emporium is a unique concept store to the east of Bournemouth centre in Dorset, England, that hosts vintage traders that are styled together like a department store with quality one off vintage furniture, fashion, art, music and much more. There's even decadent, Victorian inspired Tea Rooms on site that is set to expand later this year with ideas for an alfresco dining experience outside: how very continental!

What makes the Bournemouth Vintage Emporium so unique is that it works tirelessly to build a brand and a store that provides visitors with the best vintage shopping experience around. And to achieve this, the attention to detail is everything, and the emporium boasts everything as quirky as library themed toilets, to shoes that act as clothes hangers in the fitting rooms! The owners of the emporium are very certain to stock items that really are vintage and they steer clear of the shabby chic furnishing look, and up-cycle Ikea (it happens apparently!) so that every item has a clear sense of history and that there is a pure integrity of their stock.

After just one year old it's wonderful to see the emporium thrive so much and of course it's great to see something locally that's just so different from the high street and that puts Bournemouth on the map.

There are tons and tons of photos in this post and I hope it makes you feel like you were there! I of course didn't end up going home empty handed and you see that mirror in the second photo down? Well- that ended up coming home with me! It was from a stall called 'Bohemia' (that, and 'What Alice Found' were my favourite stalls by the way; their collections are just perfect) and I fell in love with it instantly! It was actually part of the display but the very kind seller let me have it for just £15 which is brilliant value. It's definitely taking centre place in my studio!

Join me after the cut to come along to the Bournemouth Vintage Emporium experience....

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

These are a few of my favourite things (currently!)

Can you believe that I haven't made a Favourites post since February- wow! I feel like lately I'm just so much better at having things around me that I truly love and cherish and thus I keep re-purchasing the same sort of items time and time again. So, I thought, rather than a monthly favourites post, I thought it may be fun, and a bit different, to create a list of favourite things I'm currently loving in general. I hope you perhaps find your own favourites from this but do let me know generally what you're loving at the moment!

Favourite Perfume: Annick Goutal Vanille Exquise

If you're a regular reader you know I adore my vanilla scents. But I'm quite the vanilla fiend so my nose is always drawn to true vanilla (trust me, synthetic just doesn't beat the real stuff!). Many years ago, in my LUSH days, my friend came home from a Paris perfume trip and gave me a sample of this scent by Annick Goutal called 'Vanilla Exquise' and I instantly knew I had found my scent. I was determined after using every last drop that one day I would get the full size bottle from Paris (but you can actually find it in Selfridges UK'ers), and if you read the post about my trip you'll know that's when I got it. It's the most beautiful vanilla fragrance I have found that's what I would describe as: Oriental vanilla. It's a stunning, heady mix of angelica, almond, vanilla, musk, sandalwood and guaiac wood. It's perfect. It's quite intense when you first apply it, but after a moment or two it settles in to become a very authentic, warm and cosy vanilla. Almost like a smokey bonfire vanilla, if that makes sense!

Staying Hydrated: Brita Water Filter, Navelia Pink Kiss Design

Water: we all need it. And we need lots of it. The problem is that for so many it seems a hard good habit to keep up. My favourite solution is the Brita Water Filter (and it helps this one is pink and eye-catching enough!). You can get these everywhere at the moment but when I spied this pink pretty I HAD to get it. It’s so easy to use and maintain and I have mentioned it was pink with lips on, right? You can get lots of different colours and designs and it definitely reminds me to get my 8 glasses a day. If you click here you can find the exact design I have. I also adore the purple butterfly print!

Favourite in beauty: Jojoba Oil

A few months ago my Mum and Dad went to New Zealand and came home with a lot of lovely of beauty treats for me from not only New Zealand, but Australia as well. You can see my haul post here but in particular I'm loving Jojoba Oil, which is raved about so much across the other side of the world (in particular New Zealand babes Sally Jo and Shaaanxo). It doesn’t feel greasy at all and my skin feels so moisturised, less angry and more even. I apply it at night and trust me your skin will be so radiant the next day. I highly love and highly recommend! And if you have skin prone to oiliness don't be scared of this: just massage a little in at night and let it surprise you. For more info click here.

Favourite Feature: Cath Kidston Beach Huts in Bournemouth

My hometown of Bournemouth, Dorset has recently been chosen to have five stunning beach huts decorated in Cath Kinston’s iconic and current season prints. I’m absolutely obsessed with them, and I just wish we could have them forever! They look so pretty on the sea front. If you want to see more photos I made a blog post right here. But if you’re interested in seeing them in the flesh you have until September and in that post just linked, I provide details in case you fancy renting one out!

Favourite read: 'Get The Glow' by Madeline Shaw

As some of you know I'm allergic to dairy and therefore I definitely have to be very aware about what I eat. Over the last few years I just made the decision to cut the headache out of eating generally and just eat things that were natural as nature intended, and thus, no more reading packets with a fine tooth comb (because trust me beyond that it's common sense!). There are so many wonderful nutritional writers out there at the moment and I think healthy eating has become incredibly 'in' in the last few years (I'm however not a fan of the term 'eat clean'...!). I'm a huge fan of Deliciously Ella, Honestly Healthy, Hemsley and Hemsley and of course my beloved Karen Fischer (author of Healthy Skin Diet who saved my eczema ridden skin). The latter two were highly praised by my dietician when I showed her some of my books, and she also high rated Madeline Shaw's book 'Get The Glow'.

I absolutely love Madeline! I kind of want to be BFFs with her and cook with her! She seems so down to earth, so friendly, and her recipes are easy to make and absolutely delicious (plus the ingredients are easy-peasy to source). The majority are dairy free so it's so easy to make everything and did I mention I just love her? No wonder she has a whole stream of A-list fans including the Millie Mackintosh, Caggie Dunlop and Tanya Burr. Grab a copy of her book here and thank me later ;).

Favourite Place: Paris

Not really surprising is it? I of course had to pick Paris as one of my favourite things lately as it truly is one of my most favourite everything(s) full stop. Paris is to me, one of the most beautiful cities in the whole world. It's a place full of history of prestige and of grandeur. I so love and admire how the French put so much effort in preserving its beauty. For more photos and a little homemade (*cough* amateur *cough*) video head to this post here.

Favourite App: Duolingo

Something that goes hand in hand with the above is getting very, very good at French because I will be there so much this year. French has always been one of my main languages but I spent a lot of time trying to improve my Spanish and German a few years ago I let my French go. This year I've made it my priority to immerse myself in this beautiful language again so I've been watching French Youtubers, reading French blogs and reading French magazines. To go along with this, I've become truly obsessed with a little app called Duolingo. It's completely free and works similar to a game really with different modules you pass before moving onto the next. It's so fun and user friendly and I know I might be a bit sad, but I can't put it down sometimes! I literally play no games and don't have a lot of apps because I dislike how they suck the time out of you, but Duolingo is so wonderful. Pick a language to start today and give it a go! If you do, let me know!

Favourite music: Vanessa Carlton 'Liberman'

Did you know that Vanessa Carlton is one of my very favourite musicians? I think was 12 when 'A Thousand Miles' was released and I've loved her ever since. Many just see her as a one-hit-wonder from this runaway song but I've loved her ever since and so admire her musical evolution to date, and for always being true to herself and style. Her new track 'Blue Pool' is just perfect. The waltzy piano is truly magical and you feel transported to an 18th century classical symphony which ebbs and flows and feels like you're transcended into a truly calming, beautiful oasis.


And that completes my current little loves and obsessions. How about you? Do share with me below I love to hear!

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