Thursday, 19 October 2017

Halloween Shopping

Well, I  can't believe we're in October again. But there so many wondrous experiences this year the leaves changing colour, the nights get darker and their just that spooky and mystical charm that only October seems to emit. Oh yeah, and it's Halloween that means it offers a chance to stock up on spooky decor for the year.

I was looking in the shops back in August for Halloween decor, I've felt disappointed with the years selection on offer but I've still managed to find some goodies. Also, my partner has pleaded with me to limit how much I purchase as we're running out of places to display for things. I've limited select few items. The allure and temptation to purchase more Halloween treasures have been difficult to resist the urge, but I definitely cope.


Like last year, Tk Maxx and their Home Sense Range stocked the most awesome items and it's probably where I've purchased the most stuff. Every year,  it seems to stock the best stuff.

Usually, I don't like birds but I do like owls and blackbirds. I think its years of my mam and gran having any form of bird decor is bad luck. I was planning to put this in my bathroom but opted for the sitting room. 


I found this bottle with a crow/ raven I love it an thought it was really in unusually. 



 I loved these picture light frames I've loved them but wanted something a bit more me so, I found this one and had to have it. 



I also found a few wooden signs for the kitchen and bathroom ( I have an appolthicary theme in the bathroom. 

  



I  found these statues with a skull on top of some alchemy books that really enhances the apothecary. I have this sitting with my potion bottles.  


I'm collecting an array of skulls in my bathroom, I found this one thats displaying in my bathroom.  


I've love this wooden sign and felt perfect for the kitchen. It has gothic cottage feel. 


I found these two bowels. 



Disney Shop, 


I found a Jack Skelleton travel bottle, great as reuseable bottle. 


From Tiger, I got these two hair clips, I just love them and need to find the right ensemble to wear. them. 



For years, all I've wanted is black sparkly pumpkin and I finally got one from Poundworld. 





I found this Batty Halloween Bunton in John Lewis it's so cute, it has that Gothic country cottage feeling. It was on sale for half price, so I only paid £2.50. Its added some excitement to my fireplace. 





From Poundland I found some goodies. I found two potion bottles that I put on display with the magic books in the bathroom.





 I'm planning to displaying in craftroom when it gets orgnaised. I saw this last year and never got one, so I was happy to purchase one.  



I found this owl, I'm still in two minds about purchasing it. Once I'll get my crafting room organised it'll look great.  I need to get the room rewired and plastered before I can start using it properly. 




Even Superdrug had a range of Halloween Makeup, personally, I would use this all year long. A lot the local beauty bloggers have highlighted how amazing the Revolution eyeshadows palettes, but I haven't seen any palettes that appealed to me until now. I purchased three of Revolutions lipsticks for £6, a great for a bargain. I bought black sparkly high lighter for curiosity. I purchased three glitter liquid lipsticks in purple, black and green. I actually wore the green one . On Monday I wore it. I was surprised how it lasted around six hours for £3 I can't complain it really exceeded my expectations. 



I purchased the limited edition Vanilla and Pumpkin body butter that seems to be perfect for the season and smell delicious.  



Thursday, 12 October 2017

A Sunday Evening at the Body Shop

I had a fun night on Sunday attending the exclusive Body Shop event at the Intu, Metrocentre. The Body Shop was kind enough to invite me. Since attending the store's last event I 've definitely become a fan of their products. I often use the Drops of Youth Liquard Peel and the body butters. 

Before the event,  I met up with Macara from Macara's Space before the event. We were both feeling stoked

 Gianni and Katie had organised the event to specifically for the local bloggers and vlogger community.  I was welcomed by the beauty assistants and offered a beverage of prosecco and nibbles. As usual, the Body Shop assistants know how to treat me by making feel me very special with their VIP treatment. 

Katie and Gianni introduced themselves, thanked everyone for attending. They discussed the concept behind the blogger events, how the community played an important role in promoting the brand, and want to plan more events, particularly within the North East, things, are getting exciting. 







Gianni had been instrumented in organising the fantastic night. With an array of complimentary treatments from therapeutic hand massages using their delicious spa body scrubs and moisturisers; makeovers with the latest makeup trends for autumn and even a Halloween option for anyone feeling brave.  They offered us to try out their range of Liquard Peels. (On a personal note, I use the Drops of Youth several times a week definitely feel its contributed to improving my skin conditions and acne breakouts.) We also got to try out their latest products. My favourite was the limited edition Pumpkin and vanilla products. 




The Night also allowed us the first chance to see their Christmas Advent calendar. Allowing for a person to have new a present while counting down the days until Christmas.  It was interesting to see the Advent Calander but I think this would be a waste on me. It would make a lovely present for loved ones. 







I loved how the Bodyshop had decorated and released a   small autumn collection to celebrate the spooky season; with the realise of their limited edition pumpkin and vanilla shower gel and body butter, that smell gorgeous. The Body Shop has a special deal on presently, purchase any three beauty products for £20, including the body butters. I can never resist a good bargain, I stocked on three tubs of the cream, I purchased two of the pumpkin and vanilla butter.




They even had plenty of inspiration for Halloween with pictures of lastest spooky makeup looks.  I wasn't feeling daring enough try out the Halloween options, the designs looked amazing.   


The Body Shop are trying campaign to ban animal testing and asked us to sign their petition. To spread awareness they created a selfie both to promote the campaign on social media. So, we could take silly selfies by wearing a pair of bunnies ears or a polar bear mask. 






A few of us posed a fun selfie. I wanted to be a polar bear rather than a bunny. On the left is Maraca and Pixie from Fashion Voyeur. Pixie's  a successful blogger, genuinely a lovely person with a no crap punk attitude, that I love.  I look a bit squinty eyed but who cares it was fun.

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I even got to a have fun playing on the personalising machine making a sticker for my complementary body butter. I wasn't expecting that. I  all stocked up on body butters.   

                

Surprisingly, we were all treated a goody bag containing, a liquid lipstick,  Oil of  life beauty cream, and a couple of samples their latest facial masks. I'm definitely going to pamper myself later.  



Disclaimer: I was not paid or offered any form exchange to write this post.  I just like sharing my experiences of events or any products I use.  

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Halloween Coffee Sleeve

For a while, I 've wanted a new travel mug to have a cuppa before work. My other ones are either broken or the fairies have borrowed. (Translation I've lost them) .  Sometimes with patience, the universe has a strange way of providing for me. I won a free promotional travel mug on a promotion for a new bus service. The mugs great, however, the mug can get extremely hot and since I don't have milk in my tea even if  I add water it often hurts my hand. I decide to sew a travel cup sleeve.   



I decided to make a mug mitten and since it's Halloween, it seemed appropriate to use my Halloween fabric.



 I downloaded a free sewing coffee sleeve from Craftsy. Click on the link for it.)  However, this one has no instructions. 


I added 1.5 cm for seam allowance



I pinned the sewing pattern and cut out the fabric while measuring the grain line and ensuring it was the same distance from the salvage line. 

I ironed on the interfacing to add more structure to the fabric. 


I added a lining to by using old pyjamas I pinned and cut the fabric







I sewed a narrow seam using a zipper foot and the narrow edge of the sewing plate as a guide for the seam. For the inside of the seam, I left on seam elastic. could insert the elastic. I pulled the sleeve to the right side. For the lining, I sewed it together trimmed the edges and insert into the sleeve.



I folded the un-sewn edge by folding the edges in side, pinned together,  inserted some elastic sewn  and sewn shut. 



I hand sewed a button on the sleeve. I top stitched all the sleeve. 




This is the final result, I'm very happy with it but it feels more like me.




Confession time 

Since it didn't have instruction I actually cut the pattern the wrong way. So  I would recommend turning the pattern upside down so the writing will be upside down or it'll look like this. It does look odd. but I don't care, after using the sleeves it far more comfortable to hold.  I would also recommend adding between 1.5 to 2 cm around the paper pattern. 



  

Saturday, 30 September 2017

Curries, Art walks, and Infest. A weekend in Bradford


Last Month, the Boyfriend and I ventured down to Bradford for the cities infamous Infest Festival.  That features music acts ranging from Industrial, electronic, EBM, synth and future pop music genres.



The festival began in 1998, with some local students working with the union Entertainment manager, Floyd Peltier. They organised a festival to feature local Goth bands from West Yorkshire. Originally, the students gauged the local Whitby festivals patrons and sellers after receiving positive feedback the event turned into a two-day festival after getting Alien Sex Fiend to perform. The next year the organisers focused more on industrial and electronic bands. 

Back in 2000 a local independent Goth/ industrial promoter, Mark Gus Guy stepped in to take over the festivals running and establishing Infest to focus on more Industrial and EBM styles. Ever since Infest has gained an international renown for its music act with patrons and bands travelling from all over the world to attend or perform. (Source) 


For me and the boyfriend, it was our first time attending the festival, which was surprising considering the boyfriend loves early Industrial and electronic music. We mainly attended to see the Die Krupps, which rarely tour outside of Europe. I was really looking forward to seeing them. The boyfriend booked tickets purchasing for the Saturday night, as the full weekend ticket was £75, to be honest, we weren't particularly bothered about the other bands so much as we like some industrial, and EBM but not massively. Either way, it was still great getting away as work had been very stressful for me. 

Personally, I wouldn't recommend Bradford as a weekend destination I think it's not worth visiting alone. It's worth exploring if there is an event going on. I was surprised about some of the hidden little gems.  


Friday 

We arrived at 3 pm and stayed in the Victoria Hotel that was centrally located, it was a minute walk from Greggs (very important for me and the boyfriend).  The train station. Surprisingly, it only cost less than £70 a night but quite comfortable. One of the hidden gems had Bradford's awe-inspiring town hall. The hall's tower had me intrigued as it seemed to be more of a  Spanish/ Florencian Gothic style which looks rather odd in the Yorkshire landscape but I like it. One of the photos is now hanging on my wall.  







These were a few pictures, I had taken these photos when I visited Bradford back in April.



This is the photo hanging on my wall. 


I had a quick gander around the local charity shops I didn't find anything. I headed to the market for fabric. I was surprised the seller remembered me from the last time I visited. I usually love going to the Asian fabric shops as I tend gorgeous fabric and it's quite cheap. I purchased lace for 50 p a metre, the lace fabric was £2 and the scuba fabric has a lovely jacquard pattern and was £3 a metre.



I met the boyfriend at Jacob's Ale and Cider House, definitely Bradford's best-kept secret, as it has won CAMRA Best cider pub of the Year with nine different ciders. I managed to settle on the Snail Bank Tumbledown.which was a pleasant cider.




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Since we were in Bradford, which is famous for its Asian community, we opted for a curry. Bradford's best curry house Karachi, a Pakistani restaurant. At first sight, the restaurant is not much to look but once you taste the food it's superb. The food is more authentic than other curry restaurants it tastes almost like what the local Asian ladies have cooked at my local community centre. The meal for two came to £17, very cheap. 





Saturday


We had planned to visit the Yorkshire Sculpture park permitting on the weather, well the weather turned out to be perfect as it was dry and not too hot. A couple of our friends had visited the park last year and highly recommended it.


Yorkshire Sculpture Park is a spectacular trail for all senses; it uses the traditional beauty of the Arcadian style park grounds while displaying modern sculpture to create an open-air gallery. The unique concepts illustrate how new and old work seamlessly to a create wondrous visual spectral that kept surprising me at every turn. While simultaneously enticing my whimsical child and inner romantic.

YSP opened in 1977, it was the UK's first open-air sculpture park, which regularly changes its exhibition regularly. The estate was even mentioned in the Dooms Day Book in 1088. In 1407 the Wentworth inherited the grounds by marriage from the Dronsfields. Until it was passed to the Beaumont family in 1792. (which were viscounts Allendale. Their estates had many connections with county Northumberland. One point  Newcastle belonged to Northumberland ). In 1949, Brenton Hall became an art college and was apart of Leeds University Campus.



I love these apples that had been made from bronze and how the metallic colours compliment the colours the tree. The apples conjured memories of the Nordic tales I used to read about Idun and her golden apples. Idun was is the owner and dispenser her magical apples that have healing and immorality properties



This sculpture my favourites along with my partner we perplexed by the Cthuloids sculpture.


I took this photo, as I liked the contrast of both the shapes and colours of sculptures in the distance. 


I was fascinated by the pond and the water lilies looked gorgeous the pond looked so tempting to swim in.




My partner photographed me taking a photo of the pond.

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The clock was a part of the Brenton Manor, I love Barque style and oval shape of dome amongst the surrounding countryside.








I felt this photo captured the ideal Acadian landscape where man is in harmony in with nature. I almost feel I walking through a Constable landscape.







This part is dam was installed after Sir Thomas Wentworth inherited the property he carried major landscaping work including the waterfalls, the lower and upper sections of the lake. The work was carried out by canal engineer Luke Holt.

As I walked it around the woodland with a plethora of wildflowers attracting numbers of butterflies allowing for some fantastic photographic opportunities.




I love this stunning view of the lake permitting a gorgeous view of Bretton Hall. It feels like a scene from a Jane Austen Novel. That coincidentally she was distant relative to the Beaumont Wentworth family and is believed to stayed here on occasions and served as great inspiration for her books.






These some of my favourite photos of the lower side of the lake in the woodlands.




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I loved walking around the park it had a fantastical quality that made forgot about the work and transport to an ethereal world tranquillity and beauty which is a time so hard to find, Fortunately, we were very lucky that weather seemed perfect with the gentle breeze making it comfortable to enjoy the splendid scenery. 

Infest




Infest started about from three in the afternoon with a game of laser quest, offered Kari okie, stalls and other events We decided to turn up sevenish and managed to get lost, however, we saw people clad in black and PVC, saw we knew we were in right place, who kindly directed us to the festivities. When we first arrived picked up some our tickets and saw a familiar face Tim Synster who was reviewing the entire weekend.  You can read about the weekend if you're interested. Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The boyfriend and I had a quick chat about how awesome the bands and event had been so far.

  




The Next band was announced with Synster quickly preparing to review the next band. The first band was Wulfband a surprisingly Swedish industrial band.Everything about this band screamed German, obviously the band and their sounds reflect heavy influences of German Industrial. Their first performance was god dawn awful, I absolutely detested their first song. It sounded like a low-budget song for a second rate 64-bit computer game that not even pound land would sell. As the band quickly improved after the second song. Each song transitioned to a harder and faster tempo of aggressive death vocal, distorted guitar riffs and incessant synth sounds.with each song get me stomping my New Rock heel. The Boyfriend defiantly enjoyed the band. The audience appeared to mesmerise by their enigmatic performance with the crowds screaming encore. However, the band left the audience wanting more and were unable to perform an encore as the band were reminded to about the schedule.

                                                                                     

                       

                                                                                 



The next DJ the End.user used a mixture of EBM with a lot /jungle music with extreme mashup and a heavy use of drum and base, an interesting experimentation reminiscing of the late 90s. It was interesting to hear the mashing up and I enjoyed the part where he mixed up the classical vocals. I quite liked to begin with the start but after ten to fifteen minutes of identical and constant sounds, it started to wear down on me. I left with my other half. I assumed most of the audience had similar experience and only the most hardcore fans remained gyrating emitting iridescent colour from their glow sticks and luminous clothing.   I summed this up by stating to my partner and his mate this wasn't it wasn't my cuppa of tea.








The finale of the night and our main reason for attending was to see the Die Krupp's. I don't have much to sum an awesome spectacular performance, which had me dancing and of the audience dancing throughtout their performance. I've actually used my partner's review which I couldn't even articulate let alone attempt. We treated a twenty minute encore.






 "Die Krupps - Metal Machine - just stunning, had a little fear they wouldn't be which vanished pretty rapidly". My partner a man of few words but is very succinct.






Me and the boyfriend posing for a self by then he was rather merry and surprisingly I was sober as I wasn't feeling great, so I was on lemonade. I'm complete party animals. For an absurd reason, we starting debating the imperative nature of a salvoy dip being a northern thing or North Eastern thing. Sadly, I ended asking a couple people Finland and Holland who turned out to be vegetarians. I did apologise and a quick chat about the show and weekend. I have to thank them for accommodating my ridiculousness. Our debate was settled by someone walking past with a kebab (Gross) since the boyfriend was having the merry nibbles. Anyway, the guy, was originally from Bradford and lived in Darlington and explained he never heard of it until he moved to the east coast. It our chat he said had a post punk industrial band and they would be playing at local bar in our area in september, so I amd defintly going to check them out.


Halloween Shopping

Well, I  can't believe we're in October again. But there so many wondrous experiences this year the leaves changing colour, the nig...