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i've always loved the 'idea' of vintage clothing but the reality is not always as appealing. sifting through eBay, charity shops and car boot sales is time consuming and often fruitless, so i was very excited to stumble upon bluebird vintage this week. the stock is beautifully presented! i love that detailed measurements are offered and the prices aren't too shabby either. international shipping available.
♥ lessons in beauty: a pretty awesome article about body image and how to raise daughters who believe they're enough in a world that is simply not designed to cultivate high self esteem in it's women. if you have daughters, or there's a chance you might do some day, this is definitely worth a read.
♥ a brief guide to life: life is simple, no? geez, i wish. sometimes it feels so unrelentlessly complicated. this is a quick guide which links to various amazing articles about how to lead a more fulfilling life.
♥ spotify: free, instant and legal access to over 8 million tracks. the ultimate music download and sharing site for music lovers. enjoy!
♥ mila's daydreams: the cutest thing i've seen in a long time. mila's mum, adele, imagines mila's dream as she sleeps and trys to recreate it. every 'dream' she captures is shared on her blog. with more than 33,000 fans on facebook obviously other people find it cute too.
♥ johnson's 24 hour moisture extra rich bodywash. around £2 but often to be found on offer. i've used this or a variation of it for over 10 years and
will notcannot use anything else. BUT i don't use it on it's own...i have a shower puff like this one (although mine was 99p and hot pink, so infinitely better) which makes all the difference. it lathers up the gel so you use less, plus the effect it has is equivalent to using a body scrub or body mitt. it makes my body smooth as can be - as my boyfriendex would often say.
♥ vaseline sheer infusion body lotion (vitamin burst) £4.99. i won this in a blog competition hosted by gorgeous victoria. i'm so glad i won it as i just know the chances of me having picked this up on a whim in the supermarket were very slim. the smell is gorgeous (sort of citrusy - vitamin c!) but i love that once the cream is absorbed the scent doesn't linger and compete with whatever perfume i apply. it's not greasy at all and leaves the skin velvety to the touch with a gentle 'healthy' sheen. having tried hundreds of body lotions over the years i must say that this is my absolute fave. you'll still need something a bit more intense on hand for elbows and knees which is when i turn to my trusty body butter:
♥ body shop coconut body butter £12.50. who has yet to try this? it's a girl's best friend. i can't personally stomach the price which is why my parents have sneaked one in my christmas stocking every year for as long as i can remember. i think i've tried every 'flavour' and have been happy with them all. as you'd expect from a 'butter' this has intense moisturising abilities! i use it roughly once a week before bed wherever i need it. currently on offer at 2 for £15.
♥ soap & glory hand food £4.50. this is just a great hand cream which i discovered recently. the positives are immediately apparent: non greasy, very quickly absorbed, smells good and does the job...plus the packaging is pretty cute. what more could you ask for? i wish i'd got the mini travel size as it's only £2.25 and would have been ideal for throwing in my handbag.
♥ dove summer glow fair to medium £4.99. for some reason i've spent almost 2 years ignoring the hype over this one. it took a tanning disaster courtesy of a (probably out of date) bottle of johnson's holiday skin (never. ever. again) to force me to pick this up in sainsburys (on offer for £2.74!). all i can say is - this stuff is freakin' awesome. having used it for just 2 consecutive days my friends could not stop raving about how nicely tanned and healthy i looked. so natural. so beautiful. so easy. i will never be without this. ever.
♥ The size i bought is 'Personal' which is, in my mind, the perfect size. Smaller options are 'Mini' and 'Pocket' but they're not my cup of tea.
♥ The Filofax buyer's guide is worth a look: check it out HERE.
♥ The cheapest price on the net for the style I purchased is around £15 - in brown, red or black.
♥ Two other lovely ladies also LOVE their Filofax: Gala Darling and The Glamourous Grad Student.
♥ Ask family and friends if they have an unused one lying around which they could donate to you. After mine arrived I got talking to my dad and it turns out he has a vintage deep aubergine leather Filofax from the early 90s in mint condition. If I'd known I would have lovingly 'borrowed' that but instead, I've encouraged him to buy new inserts and jump on the bandwagon.
♥ The key to getting the best out of your organiser is to customise the heck out of it! for inspiration check out these awesome accessories, all designed to fit inside your Filofax: sticky notes, stickers, mirror (!), calculator and zip lock envelope.
1. nail art.
i remember this was 'huge' back when i was in my early teens. one of my school friends was a master at it even at the baby faced aged of 13 and would come into class with the most amazing creations on her nails. it seems like nail art is having a resurgence in 2010. will you be trying it?
2. manchester. sure, there are times when i wish i lived in london but deep down there's nowhere i'd rather be in the UK. manchester is my city. i love pretty much everything about it. it definitely feels like home. i can't wait to escape the surburbs (and my parent's house!) and be in the thick of things.
3. etsy. how addictive is this?! i got one of my favourite original art prints here a couple of years ago but haven't searched around the site for quite some time. this week i rekindled my love affair with etsy. oh, how i've missed it.
4. saving up. saving money is great isn't it? i much prefer to see my money in the bank rather than hanging in my closet :) it's hard but worth it. my plans are finally falling into place.
5. yoga. one of my goals for 2010 was to practice yoga. this week i finally tried it out in a class environment for the first time. i'd already given a few at home DVDs a shot so kinda new what to expect. i also found this article 'a beginner's guide to yoga' very useful to read before i went. have you tried yoga? what do you think?
what are you lovin' this week?
1. find a piece of solid wood furniture. it must be solid wood - not veneered. i picked up my cabinets on eBay for £15 for the pair. other places to try are car boot sales or why not ask friends and family if they have any surplus lying around? in chorlton, manchester (near where i live) there are lots of secondhand furniture stores (don't forget to negotiate the price!) and i'm sure you'd find similar in less upmarket areas in your region.
2. preparation is key! you should aim to start with a piece of furniture that is already in good condition but don't be scared if there's the odd repair to do. i had a few unsightly areas to fill in - where joints didn't meet each other perfectly and to cover the screws which fixed the 'feet' to the cabinet. i used an all purpose polyfilla that we had lying around.
3. sand it. my bedside cabinets had a very light varnish applied. sanding roughed this up, ready for painting. i don't think you need to go crazy and spend a lot of time on this. i didn't even use an electric sander - i used sandpaper around a block of wood in my hand. take care to clean away every last bit of dust before you start painting.4. paint it. now for the fun stuff! i painted mine outside under the blazing sunshine. the positive in doing this was that each coat dried really fast so i was able to get several coats done in one day. wherever you paint make sure it's well ventilated. a garage with the door open would be ideal. i used a brush for the fiddly areas and a roller for the larger parts. i'm not going to lie - this was far more time consuming than i thought it would be. if you have access to a paint sprayer you'll have a much easier time and the result will be better.
i used 'one coat' matt emulsion in pure brilliant white and applied 3 coats.5. distress it. once your furniture is newly painted you might find it hard to whip out the sandpaper once more to distress the edges but it looks fantastic, i promise. without distressing, the piece would look too generic and 'new'. i rubbed away the paint on the edges and corners on randomly selected parts - i went with my gut feeling and it worked.
6. varnish it. i used ronseal quick drying clear satin varnish. i applied two coats all over but did four on the top which will experience heavy wear. i used a high quality harris brush (which doesn't shed hairs) for the best application. this varnish applies beautifully so long as you go easy and don't apply too thickly.7. finishing touches. the handles you choose can 'make' your piece so choose carefully. mine are sparkly glass and were only £3.49 each from B&Q (in store, not online). B&Q have a huge selection, which you'll find located in the door furniture aisle. homebase is another store that's worth a look. if you want to splash out and get something even more special try anthropologie.and the final result:
♥ afeiter: just another great blog i found recently. helen is a librarian who likes baking and fashion. i find her outfit shots unique and interesting and love her use of bold, primary colours. her cake creations are nothing short of amazing.♥ the power of make-up: it always amazes me when i see the transformation that make-up can achieve. when done well it can make a girl go from average to stunning in no time at all. this particular transformation is astounding.
♥ closet organisation by 'making it lovely': in my dreams my closet looks like this.
♥ how to make fabric panel wall art: this cool project is one of the next on my list as i already have the 'frame' (left over from this large noticeboard) and just need to choose a funky fabric pattern to stretch over it. it'll go above my sofa in my new lounge.
♥ 43 things: the world's largest goal setting community. this site ultimately pushed me in the direction of starting this blog so i have a lot to thank it for! to find me on 43 things click HERE. although, my goals are also update on my blog HERE.