Sunday, 20 July 2014

Current favourite: Round sunglasses

I'm not sure how it happened, as Manchester isn't the sunniest of cities, but I have an alarming amount of sunglasses. Yep, in the midst of a declutter last week, I managed to find a whopping 10 pairs of sunglasses. From pastel coloured offerings and classic Wayfarer-style ones, to tortoiseshell cat-eye shaped pieces and faux Clubmasters; the irony is not lost on me that I've got more sunglasses than there is sun in the North of England. But if I'm going to hoard such a selection, I may as well get some use out of them, so I decided I was going to rock a round'n all week, and these are my favourites (sorry for the crap iphone picture and LOL at myself in the relfection of 'em!)


I can't take any credit for those beautiful, blue John Lennon meets Ozzy Osbourne ones; I found them in Faye's bedroom a few weeks ago and have been pretending I just stepped off tumblr ever since. I think she got them from a charity shop, but they have similar ones on eBay here!

The two middle ones (white/gold and silver mirrored) are from Primark and, I think, may have cost just a pound or two each. The white and gold ones are far sturdier than their silver counterparts, and can handle being thrown around in a handbag, but I love them both. My only issue with wearing sunglasses that are really mirrored (like these silver ones are) is that you find people check out their reflection when they're talking to you. Bit off putting.

Last but not least, and probably my favourite, are these round beauties from New Look that only cost a fiver. I bought these two summers ago but they have them in stock again this year! They also have them in blue and tortoiseshell. Oh lord, I don't need any more pairs, do I?

Eve x

An eyeliner a day!

Thanks to our Mum, me and Eve have always been obsessed interested in make-up. Since forever, she would practice different looks while we watched on in amazement trying to copy her. I remember going round to friends' houses when I was younger and thinking it was strange that their Mums didn't sit listening to the Rolling Stones, practising different eyeliner techniques. What did they do for fun?! 

Me and Eve have followed in her footsteps and love trying out different ways to wear our face! There does come times, however, where you find yourself in a bit of a make-up rut; you're not feeling creative enough at 8 in the morning before work to practise a Lana Del Rey eye make-up look, and when you do you only end up looking more like Adam Ant. So, to get around this, I've put the practise in for you! 

With it being a Sunday, and you more than likely having a full week of work, college or uni ahead of you too, here's 5 ways to mix up your make-up looks for Monday to Friday. They're simple and quick, but look that little bit more special than the regular, simple black line I'm so used to going for due to my lack of make-up inspiration.

Hopefully these looks will inspire you too! 



Of course once you've done your eyeliner, whichever way you choose to do it, apply lashings of mascara and you're good to go!

What do you think of mixing up your make-up routine? Are you going to give any of these a go?

Faye x

Monday, 14 July 2014

Vintage Vogue - 1993

Back in February (how fast is this year going?!) my amazing sister bought me the Vogue from the month and year I was born. (FYI - if you're looking for a gift idea for someone this is one of the best and most thoughtful ones I've ever recieved! Good work, Eve.)

I was so pleased with it and blown away with how much Vogue has changed since then. So much so that I wanted to share it with everyone! 


It's made me really nostalgic (not that I was reading Vogue in the 90s, it wasn't part of the national circiculum when I was at Primary school) but it makes me crave the way the fashion and journalism industry was then. I was so surprised to see things like a young writers competition in the glossy mag. I just couldn't imagine Vogue running something like this now and especially not offering out paid work experience there. Closing date was May 1993, think I'm too late to enter? 


It seems that it was more of a lifestyle magazine rather than just high end fashion. It has sections on food and travel and I can really imagine women of the 90s being able to relate to the kind of articles they had rather than the highly aspirational dream life they portray now. 


One of the best bits of the vintage magazine was seeing all of the retro adverts and clothes that were in fashion in the 90s. I forget that there was probably a bit of a hangover from the 80s looming over fashion which make this pastel power suit make total sense. And I kind of love it. 

Also, how old does this bridal advert look? Event the font looks like it's been knocked up in word. I can't believe how much the magazine has changed, this retro issue makes me wish It was still like this! 


Between the interesting articles and retro fashion trends such as the sarong and blue eye shadow (I dabbled with both) it was the best kind of throw back to see a young Kate Moss gracing the pages before she was a household name, this small clip of her doesn't even get a name mention! Madness! 


I absolutely loved flicking through this, and can't wait to get my hands on a few more retro copies. 

Have you ever read a magazine from years ago and felt nostalgic? I won't lie, it's made me want to dig out my old copies of Mizz and Shout... 

Faye x

Friday, 11 July 2014

Summer wishlist!

Don't know about you, but we haven't been shopping in aaaaages. And while these wishlists may not be weekly any more, there's no reason why we can't round-up a little snippet of things we currently need in our lives...





Faye's

To start off my half of this summer wishlist is this abstract monokini from River Island. For starters, I'm really happy the word monokini exists. I love the pattern and colours and I think the cut of it would be really flattering, nicely skimming over the middle bits that is always daunting to bare! 

Next are these amazing cloud sunglasses from House of Holland. These beauties are firmly staying on the wishlist sadly as they'll set you back £120. Let's hope a high street copy will be following shortly! 

This awkward peach (how cute) colour by Bleach London is definitely going on my locks by the end of the summer! Infact, I'm going to rope Eve into dousing me in this some time very soon! It's only £5 so even more reason to experiment! 

These absolute beauties are from Topshop and I don't think I could love a pair of shoes more. They're £50 so I'm pretty relieved they don't have my size in stock as I'd be way too tempted to treat myself to these grown up jelly shoes if they did. 

Lastly is this chain choker with electric blue crystal from Regal Rose. I've seen a lot of celebs and bloggers wearing a variation on this necklace lately which is fuelling my lust for it even more. I love this website and the cool, eclectic mix of jewellery they have! 


Eve's

We haven't done a wishlist in forever and now I remember why - it's so dangerous for my bank balance! Starting off my half is this amazing blue and white dress from Topshop. Seriously - how stunning is that print? I love the cut as well!

The sunglasses are from ASOS and caught my eye because of the gorgeous, rainbow-effect lenses. I love that they're white too as most of my sunnies are black. Need these so, of course, they're out of stock!

Next up is this UN. BELIEVABLE. powder blue clutch bag from New Look. This is an absolute dream. Again, aaaall my bags are black so I need to expand my collection!

This stunning moonstone ring caught my eye when I was perusing Shop Dixi. I used to have one similar from the little boutique my Mum works in, and me being me I lost it on a night out. Good one! I really want to replace it with something like this, but I'm going to be on the hunt for something that's a bit more one of a kind.

The shoes. Practical? Yes. A bit boring? Perhaps. But they're the perfect height and shape for me and I am definitely going to treat myself. Perfect with dresses, jeans and for the pub and work. Amazing.

Last but not least, this beautiful Illamasqua lipstick in the shade Fable. Described on the website as being a "bright rose pink, matte finish", however I think it looks a bit more pastel-like and a bit bubblegumish. Wow, you wouldn't think I blog about beauty products for a living, would you?

So that's it for our summer wishlist! What's on yours?

Eve & Faye x


Saturday, 5 July 2014

DIY Floral Crown

I love anything DIY. If something can be made rather than bought I'm always up for having a go! It's the time of the year people are heading to festivals looking all free spirited and hippie-fied in their Rock 'n Rose crowns and Etsy headpieces. Can you sense my jealousy? 

There's some gorgeous floral headbands on the high street at the moment, but I just can't bring myself to pay over the odds for something that I always wonder whether I could make myself. So I've had a go and here's how you can too!

What you'll need:
  • Fake flowers 
  • headband 
  • Wire


I bought these fake flowers from B&M Bargains for £1.99. They have loads of colours and at that price you could make one for every occasion! I used fuse wire for my little project, which I borrowed from my Dad's tool box (sorry, not sorry) but I'm told it's quite cheap (if I'm ever going to replace it) and you can get it from any hardware shops like B&Q.


I started off by taking the flower heads off the stems and any nobly bits off so that the flowers woud lay flat on the headband. I'm sure that's not the correct term but it's the only one I can think off that perfectly describes the part I'm on about! Then, simply thread a piece of wire through the centre of the flower like so.


Start from the middle of your headband and work outwards so that they're all evenly spaced and centred. Wrap the wire around until it's secure. I did mine so the flowers faced forwards rather that upwards but it just depends on how you want to wear it.


Repeat this with all of the flower heads to make sure the wires wrapped round securely and isn't going to stab you in the head!


This is my final masterpiece! And in true Blue Peter style, here's another one I made earlier.


And here's me sporting mine! 


What do you think of my DIY floral crown? Are you going to give this a try? 

Faye x

Thursday, 19 June 2014

Mid week meals - Gluten free courgette ravioli!

I posted a picture of this meal on my Instagram and Twitter a few weeks ago and it attracted a lot of attention. So, as promised, here's the recipe for a faux fancy gluten free meal idea! I say faux fancy because when you tell your family, partner or whoever you've lured in to be your recipe guinea pig just what you're rustling up for tea, they'll think courgette ravioli sounds a bit up market for a quick mid-week meal! Little do they know, it's this easy...

To make 12 ravioli you will need:
  • 3 Courgettes 
  • 500g of minced beef or turkey 
  • 1 bag of fresh spinach 
  • 1/2 a white onion 
  • Garlic granules/fresh
  • Tomato passata or a pasta sauce 
  • Salt and pepper
  • Basil and Oregano (optional)



Start off by slicing your courgettes into long thin strips with a peeler. (When your peeler can't slice any more off, chop the courgette into chunks and pop it in the fridge to use in a ratatouille the next night!) Set aside the strips.


Chop up your onion and blitz the spinach up in a food processor. If you don't have one you can shop it finely by hand, this is just to make life a bit easier! Put the mince meat, onion and spinach mixture into a hot, oiled pan and cook through. 


Add salt and pepper to taste (I like to be liberal with the pepper!) and a dash of passata to ensure the mixture isn't going to be dry inside the ravioli.


To assemble your ravioli masterpieces take 4 slices of courgette and lie out in a cross. Add a dollop of your mince mixture and fold over the first two layers of courgette. Do the same with the other two and you'll end up with a neat little parcel! Do this until you've ran out of your ingredients. For me, this made 12.


Place the ravioli opening folds down in an oven proof dish. Add the remainder of your passata or pasta sauce over your ravioli and season with herbs of your choice, I used basil and oregano. Put it in the oven at 220°C for about half an hour. 

Serve with a fresh salad or a side of garlic bread if you're treating yourself! 

How is easy is that? Let me know if you give it a try!

Faye x


Sunday, 15 June 2014

Home-made silver jewellery cleaner!

Anyone who wears a lot of silver jewellery will know that, no matter how expensive it is, if it's left on a stand of out on display without being worn for too long, it will start to tarnish and look a bit past it. 

We're always up for finding home-made remedies or thrifty ways of doing things so if you, like us, don't want to buy a special sliver cleaner every time you need to give your jewellery an overhaul, and just want to use things from the kitchen cupboard you've already got, then this is the solution for you! 

From stained to sparkling silver jewellery you will need:
  • A mixing bowl
  • Tin foil
  • 1 mug full of boiling water (you may need more depending on the size of your bowl)
  • 1 tablespoon of table salt
  • 1 tablespoon of baking powder or soda 
  • 2 table spoons of vinegar



We both have so much gorgeous jewellery that's gone a bit grubby looking and blackened, so we wanted to find away of bringing the pieces back to how they originally were. This works even for the items that are past being saved from polishing alone, and have the kind of marks you're convinced will never come off. 


Line a mixing bowl with tin foil. Apparently something sciency happens and the tarnish is attracted to the aluminium and jumps off your jewellery to the foil. Cool, right? Place your jewellery in and add the boiling water, make sure the jewellery is covered by the water but don't fill the bowl.


Add the salt, baking powder and vinegar and watch it all fizz up! Be warned, this won't smell pleasant so you may want to be near an open window when you do this! 


Leave in the solution for 5-10 minutes giving it a good stir every now and then. You will see the discolouration of the water which it quite satisfying as you know it's working! Rinse your jewellery thoroughly and buff the shine with a cloth or towel.


Ta-da! Your old silver will look as good as new with very little effort!

What do you think? Are you going to give this a try?

Eve & Faye x

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