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Engagement Tea Party – Saturday 19th September 2015 Last Saturday we held our engagement party at our house, we spent the day with around ...

29/04/2013

Blogging Every Day in May?


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Sorry I've been a little absent of late, just thought I'd update you all on the situation! So, 2 weeks ago I got a new job/promotion to a higher level Teaching Assistant - I started last Monday and the hours are longer and the job is a hundred times more stressful than my previous role. The new job involves me managing the team of Teaching Assistants and making sure that all of the SEN students at the school are supported. On Tuesday I got a phonecall to tell me that my new staff member had arrived... I had no idea that I had someone new starting, so that was a nice surprise at 10 past 8. Cue stress city, trying to organise a timetable and escorts and everything else a new member of staff needs! On Wednesday 10 past 2 rolls around, only an hour and a half to go, and the dreaded call from Ofsted is taken. We were to be inspected on Thursday and Friday. Arghhh! We stayed at work until 5 on Wednesday completing case studies and organising the next two days so they went well, what we didn't plan for was the amount of students that we'd have to look after as the teachers didn't want them disrupting their lessons! Thursday was a meltdown, I didn't sit down all day and I had a little cry at the end of the day. Not good. Friday was better though, and we're all relieved that the inspectors have gone.

Let's hope my second week in the job is a little more relaxed! Any other TA3's in the house?

Anyway, back to the blogging. I'm hoping to blog every day in May - I used to blog daily anyway but I've let it slip lately and I miss it. 

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20/04/2013

Zatchels Saddle Bag

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I thought I’d give you all a little peek at my new pride and joy, this delightful little bag. It’s the Zatchels Saddle Bag in the love heart print design, it’s the smallest size (23.5cm) I think. It’s the perfect size and shape for a day bag and it encourages you to travel light and not ram your bag full of useless items! I find myself using this bag most weekends as it’s just big enough to fit my purse, phone and a snack in. It’s great for visits to London too as the fastening is underneath the bag and it’s quite tricky to undo so it adds a bit of extra security when on the tube etc – although this does also get a bit annoying when it’s time to whip your Oyster card out!

If you’re after a cute day bag, I’d definitely recommend it, it’s real leather and handmade in the UK so a lovely company to support too. The RRP of the bag is £65 – a bit steep but if you use it all the time the cost-per-wear is quite low. I also have one of the Zatchels Classic 14.5” satchels and I use this bag much more than that bag, as the satchel is a bit too big and heavy for me to carry around all the time.

Zatchels are also having a 50% off sale today (until midnight!) so you can grab this bag (or one of their others!) for a bargain price! Check the website out here: http://www.zatchels.com

Are you a fan of the classic leather satchel look?

Do you prefer small or larger bags for the weekends?

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18/04/2013

L’Oreal Mousse Absolue–Re-usable Hair Dye

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L’Oreal Mousse Absolue by Preference - £10.99*

A couple of weeks ago I popped down to L’Oreal HQ in London to check out their newest hair dye launch, Mousse Absolue by Preference. Now, the special thing about this hair dye is that it’s re-usable, a permanent hair dye that is reusable? yep. The hair dye comes in an aerosol can that dispenses the product in a mousse formula – once you press down on the button the developer and colourant are mixed together. As the mixing doesn’t happen until the button is pressed it means that this hair dye can be kept in your cupboard/bathroom/handbag… until you’ve actually used it all up! Such a great idea, having super long hair always meant that I needed to buy two boxes of hair dye to cover everything, but I’d always have some dye left over that I had to throw away – with this dye you don’t have this problem, you just replace the nozzle with the lid and pop the leftover dye somewhere safe. This also means that this dye is perfect for touching up your roots or covering fading as you can just use however much you need. I will definitely be keeping a bottle of this on hand for my roots, I’m naturally blonde so I look a bit strange/bald when I have root regrowth!

There are 14 shades in three colour families, blondes, reds and browns. There are a nice range of shades in each family too, from the lightest blonde to the darkest brunette. Each of the shades has been developed to leave the hair looking shiny, intense and multitonal – a perfect blend of colours to make your hair look alive!

I used the shade 654 Light Chestnut Brunette on my roots the other day and to be honest I was sceptical, my hair is bright red and I was sure my blonde roots were going to be dyed a light brown colour and not blend in at all. Wrong. The shade was a perfect match, you can’t even tell I’ve dyed my hair. None of that dreaded orange roots, red ends business and I didn’t have to compromise on the vibrancy of my current hair colour either. Perfect. I can’t imagine using a different dye to touch my roots up now, it was so easy and the results were outstanding.

Have you tried Mousse Absolue yet?

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16/04/2013

Products That I Want to Repurchase… But Can’t Afford to!

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Clarins Beauty Flash Balm - £29 | Murad Time Release Blemish Cleanser - £29 | Elemis FreshSkin Skin Clear Mattifying Moisturiser - £20 | Rodial Glam Balm Lip - £19 | L’Occitane Shea Ultra Gentle Moisturiser - £25 | L’Occitane Shea Butter Rose Petals Ultra Rich Body Cream - £16 | Nails Inc Victoria Nail Polish - £11 | Bumble & Bumble Creme De Coco Masque - £21.50 | Bumble & Bumble Thickening Hairspray - £20.50 | The Body Shop Peppermint Intensive Foot Rescue - £9 | MAC Haute & Naughty Lash - £18

I love each and every one of the products above, a few of them I used up recently but most of them are products I tried a while ago and used up really quickly. I have been longing to have them back in my life but I just can’t justify the price when I have other products to use up. We’ll call this my forever wishlist shall we? Products I’ll keep using forever (well, when I finally save up enough to repurchase them all). My most favourite product out of the ones above is probably the Rodial Glam Balm Lip, but at £19 I don’t think I could ever buy it for myself, even if it is the most amazing lip balm I have ever used. A lovely rose scented thick balm that repairs every little bit of dryness and is an overnight miracle worker. It is just as amazing as it sounds. Hopefully posting this will kick me into action and get me moving on using up some products so I can buy these beauties again!

Have you got a list of products you want to repurchase but can’t justify the price?

What’s on your Forever Wishlist?

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15/04/2013

Levi’s X Liberty

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Florals? For Spring? Ground breaking. This new collection by Levi’s and Liberty IS ground-breaking though, a lovely marriage of vintage denim and heritage Liberty prints. The two iconic looks have been combined and brought up-do-date to fit right into current trends whilst also keeping that vintage charm. The hero print of the collection is the lovely Carlin, a beautiful flowing floral, which is really bright and colourful. The other print in the collection is Kerr Bandana and this print is a more pointillist floral which has been applied to the denim fabric – such a lovely effect (You can see this on the jeans in the images above). I’m loving the dress and the bustier, but there are 15 items in the collection including some gorgeous accessories. The mix of floral and denim is lovely, it has such a vintage feel that is going to be perfect for Spring and Summer.

The Levis X Liberty collection launches exclusively at Liberty today, so pop over to the website and have a browse.

What’s your favourite piece from the collection?

Are you a denim fan?

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14/04/2013

Nails: Headline Colors in Centerfold

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Headline Colors Nail Polish – Centerfold - £9*

A nude nail polish that suits my ghostly pale skin? Surely not. Normally nude shades are too yellow or brown based to suit my skintone but Centerfold by Headline Colors is perfect – It’s a smidgen lighter and a teeny bit beiger than my skin but it’s the closest match I’ve come across. You see, even though I love a bright, glittery nail the majority of the time, there are times when a nude nail would be best – job interviews and important work meetings in particular. It’s boring but those professional do love their neutrals. The formula of this polish is good, not awesome but it does the job, two coats and your good to go. The finish is quite glossy too, which means you don’t need to add a topcoat – I would anyway just to increase longevity but it’s not necessary.

You can purchase this polish from the Headline Colors website: Clickity

Are you a neutral nail fan? Or do you prefer brights?

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11/04/2013

FOTD: Coral Lips

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Holy ginormous pictures of my face, Batman! This is the make-up I wore to my Dad’s birthday meal last week, I decided to make a bit of an effort as I don’t go out much! I was testing out a couple of new products I’d bought, the lipstick is Max Factor’s Colour Elixir in Bewitching Coral, it’s lovely isn’t it? Such a pretty shade of coral with a lovely matte texture. On my eyes I used the Rimmel Traffic Stopping Shadows in Over The Limit, gorgeous neutral shadows with a bronzey tone to give them a bit of pizzazz! Ooh this is the first time you’re seeing my new short hair too, what do you think?
Have you invested in some new make-up for spring?
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10/04/2013

Guest Post: Albertine’s Top 5 Picks for Spring

Hey everyone! My name's Albertine and I write the blog DippyWrites A week ago Amy and I decided to feature guest posts done by each other on our blogs. After discussing possible topics, we settled on both posting our top 5 spring products. Spring is definitely my second favourite season, straight after summer! The (slightly) warmer weather means a shift in fashion and makeup trends, from darker to lighter colours, which personally I think suit me more. I especially love using pastels on my nails again and wearing less coverage on my face. I also tend to experiment a bit more with my eye makeup, going for more colour instead of using neutrals all the time.

So anyways, lets crack on with my favourites!!

1. The Body Shop BB cream in shade 02- Recently I have really enjoyed using this instead of my normal foundation. It just gives a nice light coverage, and leaves the skin looking natural and dewy. I originally comes out as a white cream with grey dots in it, but when you apply it, it's colour changes.

2. Maybelline the falsies flared mascara-I've always loved having long volumous lashes, and I don't think I could survive without my mascara! This one is brilliant at lengthening an d volumising, and not a clump in sight! Two coats is all you need and it really does give your lashes a flared look.

3. Soap and Glory sexy mother pucker gloss stick in Fuscia-ristic-wow that's a long name for a product! Love this one because although it looks neon in the stick, it's actually a very sheer glossy fuscia colour on the lips, which feels really nourishing, perfect for when I want low fuss, minimal makeup.

4.Models Own nail polish in lilac dream-This is such a pretty shade and only take two coats to beocme fully opaque. The colour is actually a pretty good dupe for Essie's splash of grenadine, and it's around half the price!

5. The Body Shop blusher in Marshmallow-I bought this the same time I bought the BB cream and I have to say they work really well together. This blush is a really light pink colour, and if applied lightly, looks really natural on the cheeks.

I hope you've enjoyed reading about my favourite spring products. Amy has done a post on my blog over at DippyWrites so head on over if you want to find out what her top 5 spring picks were!

08/04/2013

My Favourite Book.

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Namesake. Time to introduce you to my favourite paperback. Wise Children. Angela Carter. A tale of fortune and chance, the story of two families deeply entwined but bitterly opposed, and an allegory so comedic, tragic and witty that the great Bard himself could have written it. It’s no surprise that Carter admired Shakespeare’s work, Wise Children is based on the theatre – the two sides of the theatre, the crème de la crème and the underbelly. We learn about the history of the theatre and all the secrets and scandals that populate it from the narrator, Dora Chance. Great name. Set in London, mostly. The story is told on Dora’s 75th birthday and flashes back and forth through time as she tells us her tale; the novel is full of adventure, mystery and has so many twists and turns that reading it feels like you’re whizzing through her life on a Nimbus 2000. Dora is such a likeable narrator too, it feels like you’re with her the whole story, sat by her side as she tells you her about her life. Carter addresses the reader throughout with little colloquialisms and quips that really makes you become a part of the book, which is one of the things that I love about it. I also love that the story of Dora and Nora Chance (Nora is Dora’s twin) is not typical, it doesn’t run smoothly, there’s good parts and bad, romance and perversion, birth and death, luxury and squalor – it’s a story of parallels and how their lives are affected by them. I can’t really explain why you should read this book, but if it sounds like you might like it from my rambled summary, you will love it.

You can buy Wise Children here

You can read an extract on Google Books

What’s your favourite book?

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06/04/2013

Nails: Accessorize Nail Speckle in Damselfly

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Accessorize Nail Speckle Polish in Damselfly - £3.45

Isn’t she a beaut? I love the base colour of this nail polish, such a pretty shade of blue which is on the brighter side of pastel but not too bright at all. I also love how the glitter is kind of suspended in the polish rather than just sitting on top of it – I found that this made it quite easy to apply the glitter evenly too. The nail polish is sheer and takes a lot of coats to build up to this opacity, about 4 I think. It might be a good idea to apply a similarly coloured base and then just pop a layer of this on top. Because of all of the glitter involved this nail polish has that bumpy texture that not even a thick, glossy top coat can disguise but if you can live with that this polish is a winner. It’s so pretty and unusual and perfect for spring time.

What’s on your nails at the moment?

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04/04/2013

Good Things Skincare

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Good Things Skincare – Currently 2 for £6 at Boots

I thought I’d let you all know about a cheeky little Boots deal that’s going on at the momento. I popped into Boots yesterday as I needed a new moisturiser, after countless wanderings up and down the La Roche Posay and Avene aisle with no luck I ventured into the cheaper skincare section. On the bottom shelf I spied one of the most magical things that you can spy in Boots, one of those little red clippy signs with an offer on ‘2 for £6 on all Good Things facial skincare’ – so I had a little browse at their moisturisers.

Good Things stock two moisturisers in Boots Miracle Mattifier and Face The Day, both retailing for £7.99 each, I’m not gonna lie, when I saw the price I was down on my hands and knees on the floor reaching for the last bottle of the Face The Day. I couldn’t believe that a moisturiser that’s worth £7.99 was in a deal for £6 with another product included too! Bargain. I went for the Face The Day moisturiser as my skin isn’t too oily at the moment and I’m always welcoming to a product with SPF included. When choosing the other product I was a bit stuck, I was going to just get another one of the moisturisers but as I’d never tried it before I didn’t want to risk ending up with 2 bottles of moisturiser I didn’t like (even if it was a fantastic deal!). I’ve used the Total Wipeout Cleansing Wipes before but at only £3.49 I didn’t think they were expensive enough to be getting my money’s worth out of this offer – I ended up picking up the Five Minute Facial Face Mask (RRP 5.99) as I had read some reviews about it before and I do love a face mask.

I’ve not tried out the products enough to review them at the moment but I will do a full review of each when I have if you like? I’ve smelled both products and they smell amazing, I can’t wait to give them a whirl.

Check out the Good Things website here: http://www.goodthingsbeauty.com/

Have any of you taken advantage of this great offer from Boots?

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03/04/2013

Fresh Start.

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Hello… It’s been a little while since I sat and wrote a blog post and it feels good to be back in the saddle… I’ve had a month off of blogging for the first time in two and a half years and it was exactly what I needed.

I’ve had time to evaluate what I like and dislike about blogging and what I want my blog to be, I think that in the last year or so blogs have become so commercialised and I’m not sure that’s what I want Paperbacks & Postcards to be about. Yes, it’s exciting to get emails from PR companies about the latest products and of course it’s always amazing to be invited to snazzy events down in London but is that why we started our blogs in the first place? I know I didn’t. I started this blog because I love writing and I missed doing it regularly when I graduated from university. I spent a few hours the other day reading through old blog posts and I was a bit disappointed in myself to be honest – when I first started blogging every single blog post was well thought out and researched and I spent time making sure that it was interesting to read, I made sure that I interacted with my readers and I immersed myself in the blogging community. When I look at my more recent posts I don’t see that, I see a slew of gifted items and sponsored content with posts name-dropping products all over the shop – I wasn’t proud of my little blog any more.

So, I’m back and I’m going to make myself feel proud of myself again. I’m going to blog about things which I find interesting and I’m going to try to make Paperbacks & Postcards a nice place to be again. I hope you’re on board with me, if not, thank you for the support over the last couple of years – I wish you well.

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P.S. How do we like the new blog design? I’ve still got a few tweaks to make but I love it.

P.P.S. Do you have any post requests? I’ve got a week off work and I’d love to spend that time blogging.