Sunday, 31 August 2014

Wish List : To Make A House A Home

I've been so obsessed with home decor lately, I thought I'd share some finds!
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Since our ratties passed away, we have a big chunk of empty space and as I spend most of my time at home now, I'd love it to be a little bit more 'homely' looking. This was originally my boyfriends apartment, before I squished all my stuff in, and it looks... like a man cave (a lovely one, but still, there are four bmx's in the spare bedroom, just to give you an idea). So, naturally I'd like to put my stamp on it, in a modern, simple way and give it a bit of a freshen up! 

When I think of the ideal home; I imagine bright, white walls but with colourful, mis-matched touches. Very lived in & welcoming. Outdoor-in kinda feel, with wooden furniture and plenty of pictures. Nothing too 'Pinterest' perfect, but just reflects who we are in an eclectic way (eclectic probably applies to me, more than him, but I'm sure he could be persuaded :))

Some of these things will probably always remain as a 'wish' but, that's what these things are for, right?

H&M Wooden Bowl / IKEA Rug / Zara Cushion / 
Zara Towel Ladder Rack / H&M Glass Jars / Zara Blanket / Joss & Main Bessie Boxes / 
Anthropologie Palm Print / Etsy Hanging Terrarium / Zara Bathroom Set / Zara Wooden Box /

*le sigh* I'm sure all this day-dreaming isn't good for you, but I'd love to start collecting some of these bits for when we finally do decorate/move home! Some are obviously more attainable than others, but I will always look lovingly at the entire Anthropologie Home section. A girl can dream! 

What would you have in your dream home? 
Where do you like to shop for your home decor?

Friday, 29 August 2014

Lets Paint : Illustration Video

Something a little bit different today!

As you may or may not know, I have a Youtube channel. I've been trying to get my head around what I want to be on it (and failing, as you can see by the big gaps in between filming!) but as I was about to paint my little rattie Skye, I figured I would try record a little video to go with it! 

I was asked a while back if I'd ever record how I do my illustrations, and although I'm not entirely pleased with the end result of this piece, I thought it would be good to see what I use and how I do it - if you're interested in that kinda thing!

Like I said, it's by no means a masterpiece, but as I did a little painting of my rat Pebbles, it was only right I did one for her! I hope you like it anyway.

Let me know what you think & any ideas for future videos are more than welcome!

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Products Of The Day #9 : Autumn Inspired

I refuse to believe that the one warm week we had, was our Summer.

Seven days of sunshine and it seems that was our lot. Since then, it has been all grey clouds and rain. A huge amount of rain (joy). So I can't help but feel a little bit Autumn inspired as I'm cracking out the jumpers again and even some coats - it's shameful really. 

Here are a few of today's deep rose & berry picks...

The YSL Teint Touche Eclat Foundation probably won't come as a surprise, but I like to be prepared with a little SPF and light coverage incase the sun actually does decide to ever come out. Followed by Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer on those giant bags of mine. For my brows I used Mac Omega eyeshadow, which I somehow managed to not photograph!

Onto eyes, I opted for the two light matte shades in the Stila In The Light palette (yes, still loving this). I can't get enough of the plum/taupe-ness of 'bliss', with a little bit of 'sandstone' in the crease to add some definition. Nothing too fancy for day to day wear, but still quite put together! As the eyes were kept fairly simple, I added a swipe of Soap & Glory Super Cat Eye Liner which, at £6, is pretty much my holy-grail liner.

Then I added one of my all time favourite blushers; NARS Douceur for a pretty, subtle hint of colour. If I'm ever going for a heavier lip, or just generally unsure of what blush would compliment a certain look - I always reach for this. Followed by a smidgen of MAC Soft & Gentle highlighter to give a bit of glow to an otherwise fairly matte 'look'. 

Finally, onto the lips, I've really been enjoying combining two products lately; the Korres Wild Rose Lip Butter and Maybelline Colour Sensation in Pleasure Me Red - the lipstick is far too bold for me on a day to day basis, but gentled patted on over some tinted lip balm and it's lovely & wearable again! Plus together it keeps my lips nice and moisturised too, bonus!

Have you been feeling the chill lately?
What are you favourite Autumnal picks?

Have you checked out my lovely advertiser, Patsy Picks yet? You should! 
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