Thursday, 17 August 2017

OOTD // ROMANTIC

Hey Spookies! Recently I was lucky enough to go to a 1-on-1 silversmithing workshop with Shop Noctua, which you can read all about here. I actually threw this outfit on with comfort and safety in mind (old clothes and covered feet were advised), but as Freddie had come to take photos of the workshop, we had the opportunity to take some outfit snaps on the way home. 


Top - Milk.it Vintage/eBay
Jeans - Marks and Spencer
Bag - Matt and Nat
Shoes - ShoeZone 


I am in no way a fashion blogger, and frankly have zero idea how to pose for outfit photos without looking ridiculous, so behold my way too serious yet moon-like face. We took these photos on our stroll back from Baltic Social, where Shop Noctua is based, through chinatown, and down bold street. I had a great time, and Freddie, being a wonderful boyfriend, really knows how to boost my ego, even when I look a bit silly in photos.


My top was a snazzy eBay find, and I love the style of it, with the font and the corseted split at the side. It's a really soft, comfortable material too, and very cosy and comfortable to wear. Unfortunately, the reason I'd chosen to wear it as 'old clothes' is that it arrived with some irritating white marks on the shoulder, which weren't mentioned by the seller, and a hole in the back way bigger than their image led me to believe. I'm really hoping I can find a way to salvage this top and give it a new lease of life because it really is pretty and comfy and all good things.

My jeans are Marks and Spencer jeggings, in a short leg for that exposed ankle look. M&S do the most comfortable, long lasting jeggings, and I thoroughly love wearing them. They fit wonderfully, which is something I often struggle with as I have big thighs and a smaller waist. The colour doesn't fade either, which is wonderful, as we all know how irritating black-but-not-really clothes can be! They're definitely a wardrobe staple for a jeans & t-shirt gal like myself.

My handbag is by Matt and Nat, a completely vegan company that makes the most gorgeous faux leather shoes and bags. I was lucky enough to find this one in TKMaxx for far cheaper than purchasing directly, and it's quickly become a key part of my wardrobe. Whilst I adore quirky, statement bags, sometimes just a simple black handbag is all you need. 

These shoes were bought originally for work. I worked at ShoeZone for 3 short weeks, then the business our shop was housed in went into adminstration and it was all over rather quickly. For work there, I needed a pair of totally black, yet comfortable shoes, so got on that short-lived staff discount and bought these. They're basic, cheap, and comfortable. What more do you need? 

Whilst this outfit was picked purely with comfort and being sensible in mind, I felt really confident and happy in it. Sometimes the most simple things definitely work best! Do you have any go-to comfortable-yet-confident outfits? Let me know!

  

Monday, 14 August 2017

Silversmithing Workshop with Noctua

Hey Spookies! I was lucky enough to be invited to do a 1-to-1 silversmithing workshop to make stacking rings* with the amazing Noctua. I can honestly say, it was one of the most fun experiences I've ever had, and I truly loved every second of it, and left feeling really proud of myself! All of the very many pictures on this post are taken by the wonderful Freddie, who came along so I could really focus on the experience.

Thursday, 10 August 2017

The £1 Vegan Eyeliner

Hey Spookies! Today we're going to chat about what is quite literally the best eyeliner I've ever used. Ever. With no exaggeration. It's the 'Pro Liquid Eyeliner' and 'Chick Flick Eyeliner', only £1 by Makeup Gallery, found in Poundland, and has no flaws or faults at all. I absolutely adore it. I've been wearing eyeliner for around 10 years and this is by far the most amazing eyeliner I've ever graced my eyelids with!

Monday, 7 August 2017

Cruelty Free Vegan Pampering

Hey Spookies! Lately I've been feeling a bit run down, so I decided that I'd treat myself to a pamper session. I've been lucky enough to accumulate products from event goodybags over the time I've been blogging, so I thought it'd be nice to do a full afternoon of treating myself with some of the amazing vegan and cruelty-free bits I've been gifted and dying to try.

please note: Nügg facemasks are not vegan but I thought they were when writing this post - more info below

Thursday, 3 August 2017

LunatiCK Cosmetic Labs Lip Slicks

Hey Spookies! Today I’m going to chat to you about this fabulous lip product from LunatiCK Cosmetic Labs. I’ve had it for ages but hadn’t used it much until this weekend when I wore it to Liverpool Pride, and I felt absolutely gorgeous wearing it!




Monday, 31 July 2017

Brewdog Liverpool Review

Hey Spookies! I’m back with another food review, to hopefully make the quest for good vegan food easier. I’ve tried out Brewdog twice now, and honestly didn’t have that great of an experience either time, unfortunately.

Thursday, 27 July 2017

Let's Talk Heavy Periods

Hi Spookies! I wanted to talk about what it's like to struggle with heavy periods, as it can be completely debilitating and yet it's something society pressures us to not talk about. Going to say now that this post will contain very graphic talk about periods and associated symptoms so if that's not for you, I'd stop reading now. 

really amused myself with the font choice, heheheh.

Monday, 24 July 2017

99 Days Until Halloween

Hey Spookies! It's finally less than 100 days until Halloween, so naturally, I'm excited already! I spend most of the year daydreaming about the most magical time of year, especially over the dreaded summer months, so knowing it's finally drawing nearer has me desperate for the month of spookiness to finally arrive. But what's so great about Halloween? I could go on all day, but I won't, don't worry!

L-R The World Atlas of Mysteries by Francis Hitching, The Napkin Art of Tim Burton, Encylopedia of the Unexplained ed. Richard Cavendish, 100 Ghosts by Dodgie Horner

Friday, 21 July 2017

Wax & Wick Workshop Review | Vegan Candles

Hey Spookies! Part of #CarnLIVal was an amazing raffle, and I'm pretty sure I won the candle of dreams. I am fairly certain I've fallen in love with a candle. It's just perfect in every way. So thank you, Wax and Wick Workshop* for gracing this planet with the most wonderful candle to ever exist.

Monday, 17 July 2017

Tell Me More Tag

Hey Spookies! The amazing Lyd from What Lyd Did has made a fabby new tag which I couldn't resist trying. I've loved everyone's answers so far and getting a good nosey into other people's thoughts on blogging so naturally, here I am, doing it myself. 




Thursday, 13 July 2017

Summer #CarnLIVal | Breakout Liverpool

Hey Spookies! About that secret activity after #CarnLIVal…it was an escape room! Knowing how much Katy and Sam love escape rooms, I had a sneaking suspicion and was so freaking jazzed to discover I was correct! Breakout Liverpool were our marvellous hosts and it was so much fun!

This is such an unflattering picture of me but WE BROKE OUT!

Sunday, 9 July 2017

Summer #CarnLIVal 2017

Hey Spookies! This weekend I was lucky enough to go to the wonderful summer #CarnLIVal, organised by the bloody brilliant Katy and Sam. Every event Sam and Katy organise is simply amazing, and this was, of course, no exception! 

Monday, 3 July 2017

Veganism Doesn't Cure Everything

Hey Spookies! This post is going to contain discussion of menstruation, health problems, diet and medication. Somewhat stupidly, I decided to delve into the replies to Halsey's response to that awful tweet proclaiming that birth control isn't healthcare. She talked about symptoms she experiences with menstruation and how birth control helped that, and yet the replies were full of people insisting hormonal conraceptives weren't necessary. Among those, were people actually insisting that veganism can cure menstrual cramps. Seriously. This really, really, really grinds my gears. 

This is just a handful of the medications I rely on to live a normal life or to, you know, not die. 

Saturday, 1 July 2017

A Month in Horror Films | June '17

Hey Spookies! If you've been following my blog or my twitter account you'd know I've been especially unwell this month. This has led to a lot of time trying to rest whilst fending off boredom, so I've taken the opportunity to get cosy and watch a few horror films I'd wanted to see for a while.

Thursday, 29 June 2017

Homeware Wishlist

Hey Spookies! Freddie and I have been sorting the flat out recently, and having a major clear out. We've been getting decorations and trinkets out of storage and finally finding time to make the flat more homely. It's been nearly a year since we moved in, so putting the place together was long overdue to say the least! Of course, that means I've been hunting online for more bits that would look gorgeous in our flat, and I've made a lil' wishlist of my favourite bits. 

Saturday, 24 June 2017

A Health Chat

Hey Spookies! I'm not going to beat around the bush, having a lot of health problems is really, really crap. I'm trying not to make this post whiny, but in total honesty, I've spent a lot of today crying, lying around, and feeling sorry for myself. Now's as good a time as any to talk about the effect physical health problems can have on your mental health so here goes. This post is just my own experience, and of course, these things all have different effects on different people so please bear that in mind! 

A totally unrelated picture, wasn't really sure what would fit to be honest!

Monday, 19 June 2017

Geekerella Review

Hey Spookies! Recently I was lucky enough to win a giveaway by the wonderful Holly, in partnership with Quirk Books and Publisher's Group UK. I was thrilled when a copy of Geekerella by Ashley Poston and a gorgeous pumpkin soya wax candle arrived at my door. So, welcome to my first book review! I'll avoid major plot spoilers but as the story is based on Cinderella, I'd be surprised if you didn't know the story already!

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Lunchtime at Space Coffee

Hey Spookies! Today I'm serving you some chat about an amazing coffee shop in Aigburth (get it, serving? heheh). Space Coffee* not only has the coolest name but is packed with lovely little details and most importantly, delicious food, so being invited to try their food was a dream! 

Sunday, 9 April 2017

Welcome Oberst!

Hello Spookies! For this post I'm going to let Oberst take the wheel and introduce himself! 

(this is me on my first day in my new home!)

Sunday, 19 February 2017

Concrete Minerals Lip Tints

Hey Spookies! Whaddup? I've been gone again for a while but I've had a hard year and maybe it's just time to accept I'm inconsistent as heck. I've got some fabby vegan and cruelty free lip tints to tell you all about though so hopefully I'm forgiven for my abscence.