Little Tinkers Jewellery and Gifts

SAM_2103

SAM_2102

I was shopping in the Grand Arcade in Cambridge recently and I spotted a little stall full of enticing looking things.

Little Tinkers sells all sorts of handmade and hand painted floral jewellery and the most adorable little sculpted animal necklaces and charms.

I picked out some rose earrings, a silver rose necklace, and an elephant charm for my bag. I may or may not have also bought some other items as gifts for people!

As well as having really lovely items, Little Tinkers also offers that little bit something extra in the way of service. The  items were all packed into little decorated bags, and then put into one paper bag with a little chocolate inside. It made me feel really special and valued as a customer.

If you want to find out more about Little Tinkers you can visit them on Facebook: Little Tinkers (Gifts).

 

Huge Beauty & Clothing Haul

SAM_1985

I just got back from a very hectic day’s shopping in Cambridge, so as I am settling down to drink a delicious Very Very Berry tea from Whittards, I thought I’d do a little haul post. The things I am showing you today weren’t all from the same day, because I don’t think I have the shopping stamina from that!

First up, some beauty bits I got from Boots!

SAM_2007

I picked up another of the Real Techniques Expert Face brushes, because they are so amazing, and some tights because you can’t have too many pairs of tights.  I got some of the Champneys emery boards because they are just the texture I look for, and my old Body Shop emery boards are rather well worn now.

Makeup wise I went a bit crazy at the Rimmel stand – I got two more of the Rimmel Apocalips Lip Lacquers (Shooting Star which is a nude and Luna which is a peachy colour). I also bought two of the Rimmel Soft Kohl Kajal Eye Liner pencils in black and brown because they seemed nice and soft and easy to use (and I am an eyeliner junkie). Finally, I picked up one of the Bourjois Erasable Liners, because who doesn’t want an eyeliner they can erase?!

Moving on to clothes now, and we’ll start with Accessorize where I replaced my old worn out flip flops with two new pairs. I adore the beading on the right hand pair.

SAM_1986

I bought another of the Bravissimo pyjama tops because their hidden support is amazing.

SAM_1990

In Dorothy Perkins I bought the most beautiful dress in the whole world which I CANNOT WAIT to wear, and a sweet butterfly printed t-shirt.

SAM_1997

SAM_2001

That picture brings me on nicely to Topshop where I bought my first pair of Jamie high waisted, ankle grazers. Before I have always had Baxter jeans, but I am getting fed up of having to keep pulling them up, so I decided to give the Jamies a go, and I loved the fit.

SAM_2003

This next dress is from Next and I bought it a while ago, but I adore it so much I thought I would include it. It’s a really flattering shape and just the cutest summer print. I also bought a plain grey vest top for the gym, but it’s not very exciting so I haven’t photographed it.

SAM_1992

I got one of the fab H&M lightweight summer hoodies in a lovely burgundy colour.

SAM_2006

Finally, I got some new sports clothes from Sports Direct – Nike three quarter length trousers and La Gear shorts.

SAM_1995

Kimberley Wilson Jewellery

SAM_1881

An email dropped into my inbox recently from a lovely lady called Kimberley Wilson. She has been making jewellery as a hobby for years and recently started selling it on Etsy. I had a quick look and instantly loved loads of her pieces, so she sent me some to try.

I picked this gorgeous purple beaded bracelet with silver butterfly charm, and these adorable little key shaped earrings*. They arrived in a cute little purple bag and within a day or two of Kimberley posting them. The jewellery is good quality and looks great on, I am really pleased with it! I honestly think it is excellent value for money too. The earrings would have been £1.50 which is crazy cheap considering you could get similar items from high street stores for three times that.

SAM_1884

SAM_1896

SAM_1899

Kimberly has lots of lovely items on her Etsy store. Here are some of my favourites:

Pink Charm Bracelet

il_570xN.574247322_23ls

Sterling Silver Butterfly Necklace

il_570xN.574349027_eydb (1)

Hot Pink Bag Charm

il_570xN.556100446_bsip

Bumble Bee Earrings

il_570xN.562403221_ayil

Wired Together

il_570xN.420515344_ako3

I really suggest you go and check out Kimberley’s store. You can also read more about her on her new blog.

www.kimberleywilson.com 

www.etsy.com/uk/shop/KimberleysJewels 

*These items were sent to me to try, but all the opinions given are my own honest thoughts.

Haul: Hollister, Boots and Body Shop

SAM_1834
I had another cheeky trip to the shops at the weekend so I thought I’d share what I bought with you. I know how you all love a good haul.

One of the main reasons I went to the shops was to go to Hollister to buy a new hoody. My old one has decided not to stay zipped up anymore. It sort of slides back down as you walk or move. I had set myself a tricky task it seems because all the summer stuff was out, so I didn’t have a lot of choice. Unfortunately, no one has told the weather that it’s summer, hence why I need a hoody.

Anyway I manged to find a nice tight fitting navy hoody. It has a fluffy lining making it feel super cosy, like a warm cuddle. The only thing I don’t like is the sequins spelling out California. I think i might unpick them. What do you think?

SAM_1841

The other reason I went to the shops was to get some bits from Boots. In particular, a new wash bag because I haven’t brought any to Cambridge and now I find I need one for a trip to London. I bought one large one for general toiletries and a smaller one for makeup. I also bought some of the usual miniatures you need for a trip away.

However, as always I am unable to take a trip to Boots without stopping to get some makeup. I was instantly attracted to the L’Oréal Colour Riche Smokey Eye Quad palettes – all the colours you need in one compact. Gorgeous packaging too. I bought the shade Nude Lingerie. Finally, I was queueing for the till when I spotted the Benefit Happy Beauty Day box of miniatures. It was £9.50 for miniature sample sizes of the Porefessional primer, BADgal mascara and Posie Tint blush. I had wanted to try the Porefessional in particular for ages so I thought, oh what the hell, I’m going to get this set!

SAM_1850

Lastly, I accidentally found myself in Body Shop and went a little bit mad. I bought a bunch of new things to try – Satsuma Body Polish, Vitamin E SPF 15 Moisture Lotion, and Early Harvest Raspberry Eau de Toilette (which smells incredible)  – as well as some new exfoliating gloves. I also bought myself another oil for my oil burner because I am obsessed with it at the moment. I went with Pomegranate and Raspberry which smells so fruity and delicious.

After lunch in Pret a Manger and stocking up on wedding magazines I dragged myself home feeling very successful!  Have you spotted any things you’d like to try?

SAM_1845

April 2014 Favourites

SAM_1813

First up I apologise for April favourites being a bit late. It’s been a bit of a hectic last couple of weeks. It was my birthday, I got a horrible cold, and I got engaged! But now I’ve finally got round to it, I might as well dive straight in!

Jo Malone Peony and Blush Suede Cologne – This perfume was a cheeky treat to myself when I was in John Lewis shopping with my now fiancé. I have loved this fragrance for months, ever since a sample was sent to me. In my opinion it’s the best of all the Jo Malone fragrances. It’s floral and light, but has a hint of rich fruitiness. It’s perfect for Spring and Summer.

Mavala Nail Polish in Sand Rose – I am a huge fan of Mavala polishes and I am building up quite a collection now. I liked this one because it was much warmer than the normal nudes you get. It’s a pinky peach on the nails with an ever-so subtle hint of pearlescent shine. It wears really well and looks great with everything. As I discovered the other day, it’s a great base for nail art designs too.

Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic – After my last toner disaster, I was quite nervous to try this, but I really didn’t need to be. It has suited my skin so well. The fragrance is a bit mature, but it leaves my skin feeling really fresh and clean but not dry or tight, thank goodness!

Body Shop Ceramic Crackled Oil Burner – I just think this oil burner is such a beautiful accessory for the home. It looks gorgeous, and gives a really lovely subtle fragrance to a room.

Necklace – This gorgeous necklace is from Marks and Spencer. I spotted it while out shopping for my birthday, I liked it instantly because its so colourful and I knew it would look great with loads of different outfits, but it was £15 so I decided not to buy it. I went off to have my hair cut and when I got back my amazing mum had bought it for me! I love it because it makes a statement without being over the top or too in your face. I have been wearing it with simple silver or black studs.

Modern Family – My last favourite this month is a TV show which I have been binge watching over the last few weeks. The first two seasons of Modern Family are on UK Netflix and I have been watching it so much I am almost done and will have to find season 3 elsewhere. I just think its the perfect show for some light relief, as it’s funny, the writing is clever, and it isn’t too long so will fit in any time.

Easter Gift Ideas

Easter is not so far away now and if, like me, you gave something up for lent, you will probably be pretty excited. Of course Easter is the time we give chocolate eggs as gifts, but it’s worth remembering that there are lots of other things you can give as gifts at Easter time. Here are some of those, along with some more unusual ways of giving chocolate.

Lush Carrot Gift Set

6501-Carrot-cone-gift-with-content-for-web

Lush has some really awesome Easter bath goodies, and this set contains some of my favourites. The Golden Egg especially smells absolutely heavenly.

Yankee Candle Spring Votive Set

1304698

Candles make great gifts and you can’t beat Yankee Candle for quality. Yankee Candle actually have two specific Easter scents, but I find them super sickly and unappealing. These spring floral smells are much nicer as they are really fresh and really bring spring alive in your room. Pink Hibisucs especially is a gorgeous scent, and luckily you get two of those!

Hotel Chocolat Egg and Chips

egg-and-chips-2014

As well as their fantastic Easter eggs, Hotel Chocolat has some really unusual Easter chocolate. I love this fun egg and chips set. It has a  white chocolate and vanilla egg with a soft caramel yolk and milk chocolate, caramel-filled chips. Yum!

Creme Egg Tree

normal_cadbury-s-creme-mini-egg-tree

It’s a tree made of Cadbury’s Creme Eggs, what more do I need to say? This would be perfect for the Creme Egg fiend in your life. It comes in four different sizes, holding from 22 to 100 Creme Eggs!

Easter Bunny Fairy Lights

normal_cute-easter-bunny-fairy-lights

I think these bunny lights are super adorable and would really add a fun Easter touch to your bedroom or living your. I love the idea of presenting them in a bowl of hay like this (although keep an eye on them!) or you could hang them up.

Carrot Whisk

normal_carrot-whisk

If you have a keen baker to buy for, what about this quirky carrot shaped whisk. It would make a really fun, unusual gift.

Easter Jewellery

il_570xN.324872029

Jewellery is a great Easter gift and I would highly recommend checking out Neat Eats on Etsy for some unusual ideas. I can vouch for them being excellent quality. Two of my favourites from the Easter collection are the birds nest eggs and the hot cross bun ring.

il_570xN.316543101