Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Sound The New Watch Klaxon - It's SHORE PROJECTS!

Oh we do love a bit of yummy arm candy here in Rawr Towers, so you can imagine the smiles when the butler brought two lovely Shore Projects packages to the Wardrobe West Wing . . .

If you're a regular reader you've probably already seen Tara's silver and mint Poole style in her post last week, and now it's time for a close up show and tell from me and my new Portland! Shore Projects is inspired by the beauty and fun of the British seaside and these watches are also waterproofed to 100m so they can be worn when swimming in the sea on the aforementioned seaside hollibobs - cute! 

Anyhoo, the Portland is a gold/silver plated casing with white face, retailing at £115. Without wishing to sound like I fancy a schmoke and a pancake, I LOVE gold. It went out of fashion favour for years but it's now definitely my metal of choice when it comes to jewellery, and this is actually my first gold watch, and what a beauty! 

Watch - c/o Shore Projects, Bracelets - Karma Feeling, ChloBo, Monica Vinader.

Shore Projects watch review

The Portland comes complete with a mint green strap, which is lovely for summer but my heart lies with a darker palette really, so I chose the Classic Green with Gold Clasp strap (£20) for a change. The straps are beautiful and actually made from leather and covered in the coloured nylon so they feel really sturdy, and they're super easy to change with the simple little slide and click mechanism. Ta daaa!

Shore Projects watch review

Isn't it purty? Here's a little factoid for you to finish with. The brand was actually started by a group of friends who noticed one day that none of them wore a watch! I love brands with back stories like that, it's the type of thing Tara and I dream of doing one day (T, I know you'll be thinking of our sealife tails and fins swimwear line when you read this, it could still work bub). Good stuff.

Overall, fine seaside holiday fun, consider us fans for Shore! ;)

J - Shore thing.

Monday, 25 August 2014

The #VeryBeautyTour comes to Liverpool, and I gotz mah hurr did . . .

We love a good beauty treatment in Liverpool, so it was no surprise to find a huge queue at the #VeryBeautyTour this weekend when I popped into my fave city!

The pink Very van was home to professionals from Percy & Reed, Murad, Nails Inc and Illamasqua, and beauty brands Bourjois and Babyliss, all packed into one spot with one goal, to make us all look hot - hurrah! #verybeautytour Liverpool blogger

I nabbed myself a spot at the Percy & Reed/Babyliss station for a mini hair adventure. I asked the lovely stylist for a loose Heidi braid and within 15 mins I was walking away with a gorgeous new do, including tousled waves to finish the look! I love it to bits, now I need to sit in front of my mirror for 9200 hours to practice doing it on myself, gahhhh! ;)

Liverpool fashion blogger braids hairstyle outfit post #verybeautytour

Outfit: Top - F21, Kimono - New Look, Joggers - Topshop, Boots - Dr Martens, Belt - L.A.M.B. Bag - Grafea, Necklace - Mi Moneda, Bracelets - ChloBo / Karma Feeling, Watch - Shore.

liverpool fashion blogger grafea topshop dr martens new look kimono outfit post

The #VeryBeautyTour has come to an end in Liverpool, but the next stop is Leeds on 30th August, and finally Birmingham on 6th September, so plenty of time to get your glam on if you live near those places. There's even a chance to win a £1000 beauty haul after your treatment by snapping a selfie and hashtagging it with #verybeautytour, I know I've done mine - fingers crossed!

J - Very lucky.

Sunday, 24 August 2014 Review!

As bloggers we get some great opportunities to experience new things and try new products, and let's be honest, it's awesome. We may be fashion bloggers but style doesn't end with your clothes, and I don't know about you, but I love a good 'Who lives in a house like this?' nose around my fave blogger's personal spaces! So when asked us if we wanted to review a piece of their furniture, I was like, yes please - why the hellz not?! My home is an extension of my personal style and everything I choose to put in it is just as much a part of my fashion life as the shoes I put on my feet, so why not enjoy this little perk of blogging? cuts out the middle man, effectively connecting us as consumers with manufacturers, and cutting out all the overheads which bumps up the final RRP of our bespoke designer homeware. The furniture is made to order, which means that delivery can take longer than a trip to your local friendly Scandinavian cattle market, but it's a small price to pay for the quality you get.

I chose the Axis Shelving Unit in Oak, which would usually be £149. It caught my eye because my current living room furniture and fireplace is oak finish except for one big black hulking bookcase which is used as a room divider of sorts by the front door because we have no hallway, so I knew exactly where this bad boy could go! Delivery was fast (this piece is on a 2 day express delivery) and although it comes in pieces, we had it up and running in under an hour. Take a look at the finished result!

As a couple we have a slightly quirky sense of style. A walk around our home is like popping into Forbidden Planet via Toys R Us. We own a lot of collectibles that we both enjoy displaying all over the house, so a good shelving unit is essential. The Axis unit is heavy and stands firm, so despite being precariously angular, we feel like we can 100% trust it to stay upright. As I said, previously there was a dense black bookcase in this position, so you can imagine how it blocked out the light from the front door. We love how the Axis now lets the light stream through it, making the small room seem much bigger whilst still providing that much needed bit of privacy from the front door, hurrah!

The semi open sides (like cut out boots!) make it really easy to display our fun little items, but also mean you can stand things like books or vinyl up without needing bookends or worrying about them falling over. I just love the look of this piece, it's not your average room divider shape and has a design element that gives it a more stylish look. Until you put Star Wars toys on it obvs ;)

I would definitely recommend to anyone. In fact, I already have recommended them to a friend who has just moved into her beaut new home and is looking to kit it out with unusual pieces. I know I'll be going back as I have my eye on a lamp or two that I know I have seen in certain Liverpool furniture boutiques at double the price they are here - craziness! is currently offering free delivery until 1st September, so have a nose and treat your home to something fancy!

J - up.

Friday, 22 August 2014

The Somerset Toiletry Co.

A little while back I was sent a bundle of products to review from The Somerset Toiletry Co. The team behind the brand have a range of expertise in the beauty field, and have spent time producing products for massive brands such as Anthropologie, Laura Ashley, Oliver Bonas and many more! The Somerset Toiletry Company was set up four years ago with the aim to produce beautifully designed products, made from the finest ingredients, at reasonable prices.

The brand is based around the corner from me, they have an outlet store in Clutton (between Bristol and Bath) where they sell a variety of beauty products including some private label brands - all at huge discounts. If you aren't local, their online store is set to go live on the 1st September!

Ministry of Sound Nightlife Perfume
Ministry of Sound - Nightlife perfume for her (c/o). Retail price: £20 

My mum practically tore this perfume from my hands after it arrived - she absolutely loves it! It's a lovely floral scent (with a hint of musk) which I'd definitely say is more of an evening scent than an everyday one. I really love the fun, plastic packaging... It's simple but stylish. Although I can understand why my mum is impressed, I don't think it's a very *me* scent. I'd say it's slightly mature and I personally prefer fruity, sweet smells. That being said, it would make a great gift - especially if you manage to snag one from the Clutton outlet store *cough* it's only £1.50 there *cough*.

Laura Ashley Peppermint Lip Balm
Laura Ashley - Peppermint Oil Replenishing Lip Balm (c/o)Retail price: £7 

Oooh yes, this lip balm is a winner in my eyes. It smells so good I want to gobble it all up like it's a box of After Eights. A little goes a long way with this oil, it leaves my dry lips feeling nourished and rather kissable (even if I do say so myself). I'll definitely buy another once this runs out! 

Naturally European Ginger Lime Hand Cream

Naturally European - Ginger & Lime Luxury Hand Cream (c/o)Retail price: £7.

Free from SLS and parabens, this luxury hand cream smells incredible and is a fantastic, thick consistency. It contains 20% shea butter which provides healing and protection to hands. I have very sensitive skin on my fingers and my hands are constantly taking a beating due to the nature of my job, but this hand cream is a lifesaver. I'd definitely recommend it to anyone who suffers from dry hands. It would also make a really nice gift - I never think much of hand creams but this is my new fave!

Asquith and Somerset English Rose Soap
Asquith & Somerset - English Rose Fine Fragranced Soap (c/o)Retail price: £4.50

I know us soap users are a dying breed, but I love a good bar of the good stuff. Sometimes using shower gel can be so wasteful as I end up using half a bottle in one go. The packaging of this product does seem a little dated (I can imagine my 70 year old neighbour loving it) but it has a relatively subtle floral scent and is a great size. As my skin is so sensitive, I tend to shy away from fragranced soaps therefore I passed this one across to my mum to try. It lathers well and because it's so big, lasts a long time. Again, it's the type of product which you could bundle with a few other items to make a nice gift for someone.

To celebrate their new store launch, The Somerset Toiletry company will also be running some exciting promotions and a competition. You'll be able to win a luxury hamper worth over £100, the first five orders (over £30) placed on the site will get a special gift, there will be free P&P for the first week + more! For more info, follow them via Twitter and Facebook.

What do you think of TSTC? Would you use any of these products?

T - West country and proud!
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