I Love: Cynefin Crafts.

Hello Pretty Girls!

I hope you’re all well and enjoying this beautiful summer! Apologies for not posting for nearly two weeks, I’ve been pretty busy! Today’s post is all about a brilliant business that I discovered last week, called Cynefin Crafts. Cynefin Crafts is a small crafting business based out of Wales (UK) that makes the most beautiful things! Everything is made from recycled or reclaimed items and finished to the highest standard. Below are some photos of some of their items for sale – more of which are available on their FB page, Cynefin Crafts.

(DISCLAIMER: This post is in no way sponsored, I found these guys at a local craft fair and was particularly taken with their products. I love to be able to promote independent businesses whenever I can! :D)

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These birdhouses were my personal favourite – I bought two designs, pictured on the right. At the time of purchasing, the smaller design was £6 ($10) and the larger £8 ($14).They’re made entirely from recycled wood and are very eco-chic for those of you who are committed to saving the Earth one birdhouse at a time, haha! 😉

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Here are some more beautiful designs! My favourite thing about this business, aside from the creativity that is put into making all of these, is the price – it’s actually really affordable! In a society so obsessed with the ever more fashionable artisan style, prices for pieces like this are often high. It is so refreshing to see things that are not only pretty and bang-on-trend but are realistic in price – well done Cynefin Crafts!

For business enquiries –

Until next time, Pretties!

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Chatter: High-End Vs. Costume Jewelry.

Hey Pretties!

In my last post, I said I’d blog about the ‘investment pieces’ in my collection and why I feel it is ok to splurge every now and again.
I decided to change it up a little and discuss the pros and cons to both high-end and cheaper costume jewelry, my own collection and when I justify spending a little more on a piece.

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Most of my costume jewelry comes from either Accessorize or Forever 21. I love big, statement necklaces for daytime looks and I tend to keep the more delicate pieces for at night. All necklaces were under £25.
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These are probably the cheapest bracelets I own and I am in love with them! From left to right, they are Primark, Forver 21, Forever 21 and they all cost around £4. I’ve had the Primark bracelet for over 3 years now and it hasn’t damaged at all. These really are a case of cheap and cheerful – they do their job, they last long enough and they’re simple enough to be on trend for a while. For this kind of ‘fashion’ jewelery, I’ll always opt for the cheaper version because quality isn’t really an issue.
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Left to right (top row) – local market stall, Isis Boutique Fuerteventura.
Left to right (bottom row) – Isis Boutiqe Fuerteventura, Buckingham.
These were a little more expensive than those shown above but were still not classed as ‘high-end’, costing around £35.
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However, I will occasionally splash out on something more expensive. Here are my rules for buying higher-end jewelry:

1.Is it classic? Will it be fashionable for more than just a few months?
2. Could I afford 5 of them? If not, I don’t think I can justify it.
3. Am I paying for good quality or for a name? Will it last or fall apart?

Pictured above are my high-end pieces. As you can see, I have much fewer of them than the cheaper things but they are by far the most special and the longest-lasting pieces I have.
Left to right (top row): Chamilia Bracelet, around £500 total. Pandora Bracelet, £154.
Left to Right (bottom row): Michael Kors watch, £275. Pandora ring, £50.
They’re considerably more expensive but they also should last a lifetime and hold special meaning to me.

Personally, I feel that costume jewelry is the way to go. It’s cheaper and it can be bang on trend, meaning you don’t have to break the bank every time the new season’s styles rolls around. There is also, however, a place for high-end too but for most of us average people it’s not an everyday purchase. Just make sure that it is worth the money and that the sentimental value is high enough and that purchase will be well worth it. 

I hope my tips helped and thanks for reading 🙂

Until next time, Pretties! 

OOTD on a Budget: Coral and Gold.

Hola, beautiful!

Today’s post is my very first OOTD (outfit of the day) post, so I thought I’d start off with something pretty simple and affordable. This outfit is based around two of my favourite colours for the summertime, coral and gold.
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As you can see, I paired a basic coral T-shirt (a little longer in length) with one of my favourite floral scarfs black leggings and some summery sandals. I tried to keep the coral and the black as the main colours and just weave the gold through so as not to look TOO overbearingly gold. For this, I felt the gold studs on the sandals and my Michael Kors watch were just enough.

My favourite thing about this outfit, though, is the budget aspect to it. Below I will list the prices of and shops from which I bought each piece and you’ll see what I mean. The only piece that wasn’t low-cost was my watch which I consider more of an ‘investment piece’ – something I plan to blog about in the near future.

• Top – under £20 – The Stock Shop.
• Scarf – £9.50, Dorothy Perkins.
• Leggings – £7, Matalan.
• Sandals – under £20, F&F for Tesco.
• Watch – £275, Michael Kors.

Whilst I’m a strong believer in paying for quality for certain items, there are some things that I just refuse to pay top dollar for. Stay tuned for more budget-friendly OOTDs and thanks for reading!

Until next time, pretties!

How To: Sunflower Cupcakes.

Hello Pretty!

If you know me, you know I like sweet things and pretty things so these sunflower cakes are basically perfect for me. These were my first attempt and the method was taken from the wonderful ‘Hello Cupcake’ book (basically the cake decorating bible) so I’m not going to to credit there. However, I thought it might be fun to give you lovely readers a few tips and tricks that I gained from my experience making these.

Let’s go!
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I Love: Raw Fruit and Veg.

Hey Pretty Girls!

Today’s post is a slightly longer one (bare with me!) about fruits and vegetables and the beauty superpowers they posess. I have always liked them but I never really ate enough or understood the importance of eating these foods regularly. However, since really trying to include these into my diet, I’ve noticed a huge improvement in my energy levels and the condition of my skin.. YAY!
Below are some pictures of the meals that I love to eat (mainly breakfasts) and the health benefits of doing so.

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This is one of my favourite breakfasts to have and this time of year it’s particularly great because the majority of these fruits are summer fruits so are in season at the moment.

The benefits of this breakfast:

• Fruits are quickly digested compared to other foodstuffs and so are best consumed at least half an hour before anything harder to digest such as bread, dairy and meat. Having this as a breakfast combats that issue to stop bloating from inproper food combination and allows you to get your vitamin quota pretty much filled before your day even begins.
• Blueberries are full of anti-oxidants which help fight off free radicals in the blood, clear up our skin and improve our memory!
• Bananas are a more ‘carby’ fruit and help keep your body satisfied for longer meaning you will get hungry less quickly.

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Above is a similar breakfast that I try and eat as regularly as possible. I love to add in an avocado every couple of days as they are full of healthy fats that help keep our skin, hair, heart and nails at their best. Be careful though as the good fats in this are still calorific – everything in moderation! ☺️

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If you have a local farm shop or equivalent, it may be that you can do this breakfast on the cheap. I understand that fruit and veggies are expensive in supermarkets (particularly berries) but from my local farm shop I did the whole shop above for just £11. Look around your area – you may find a cheaper way to support both your local businesses and look your best at the same time!

Remember that prettiness starts with your body and your health – a healthy body will have glowing skin and strong hair without the need of makeup and hair extensions.

Take care of yourself and you’ll always be beautiful!

Until next time, Pretties!

How To: Light Bronze Smokey Eye.

Light Bronze Smokey Eye.

Hello Pretty Girls!

This post is on my light bronze smokey eye look. I don’t often wear a full face of makeup because I prefer to keep my skin as clean as possible but when I do, I love to wear this very neutral look.

First off, here’s a list of the products I used:

  • Urban Decay Primer Potion.
  • Urban Decay Naked Palette.
  • Benefit ‘The Big Easy’ BB cream.
  • Benefit ‘High Beam’ highlighter.
  • Benefit ‘They’re Real!’ mascara
  • Benefit ‘Gimme Brow’ brow gel.
  • Rimmel London ‘Wake Me Up’ concealer.
  • Accessorize bronzer.
  • M.A.C ‘Shy Girl’ lipstick.

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