Shop Local #2 // Dr Martens, Bristol

I was super lucky to be invited to the Dr Martens, Bristol to sneak a peak at the new AW14 collection, and to be offer the chance to chose my fav pair to take home. Having never stepped foot in a pair of Dr Martens before, (but been on my wish list for some time) I can’t tell you how exciting this was for me.

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The Bristol store is small but perfectly packaged, with retro vibes streaming out the front door. It’s a place I instantly felt at home in and was cooing over several pairs of their awesome range. Of course naturally there’s the classic 1460 in patent pink that I have lusted over for a long time that I was drawn to instantly (who doesn’t love a bit of patent pink?). Then there was the iridescent snake skin style which I also couldn’t help cop a feel of.

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Mini records (which, sorry, I’m not old enough to know the correct terminology for) were playing on the branded duke box, as I was greeted by the lovely manager, Kat, who naturally rocked her own pair of DMs along with several tattoos and an oober cool personal style. She was really helpful in telling me about the new range and showing me around the store, she even helped me take some photos (and I’m not the easiest person to take photos for!).

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I was torn between the tattooed Mary Jane, but in the end I went for the Amilitas with floral ribbon laces and a dark floral inside. The moment I put my foot in these boots, it was like I was walking on cloud 9. They are with out a doubt the most comfortable thing I have ever put my foot in (and in have put my foot in it a lot!) I wanted to wear them to bed last night. They will not be leaving my foot for a very long time. I can’t wait to do a proper outfit post with them, I’m sure you’ll be seeing a lot of my little amilitas in the near future!
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Huge thanks to Dr Martens for making this post possible.

Emily

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Bespo’ke Deep Purple Ombré Hair

A couple of weeks ago, I headed down to St George’s road at the bottom of the Jacob’s Wells road, to see Jamie at Bespo’ke Salon. They are well known for their male grooming services but a lot of people don’t know they do also do women’s hair. Jamie got in touch with me to see if I would mind popping in and loaning my hair for him to put it towards his level three hairdressing course. Although qualified in level one and two he is now training more specifically in colours and wanted to get creative.

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I had been thinking about going darker for the autumn for a bit of a change and had a shade of pink in mind, In The Frow’s ombré shade is so gorgeous, this was my inspiration. When we first chose the colours and mixed them up the shade in the bowl looked the perfect deep magenta with a hint of purple. We were kind of the blind leading the blind when it came to getting the right dilute, I wanted to go darker than not dark enough as I knew it would fade, but it became aparent once the colour had been sat on my hair a while, it was looking pretty blue, and I have to say I was a bit worried!

We used a half the concentrate dilute of mixure in the same shade, but with more conditioner added, for the ombré lengths but I think I under estimated how dark the colours were as it was still quite deep a colour. I love the service with Jamie at Bespo’ke, it’s such a quirky place to go to have your hair done with vintage vibes running through the salon, I love helping Jamie out too (and of course I get a free colouring for helping out!)

I did love the colour in the end, but it was just that tad on the blue side of purple, so a couple of days in I ran a wash of dark tulip directions over the ends to counteract the blue and with that it was perfect. I love being a darker shade for the autumn winter, it feels much more apt. What colour are you going for this season!?

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Tuesday Treasures // Witch in the Woods

I have had so much fun playing dress up.. Where my witches at!!? I cannot wait for Halloween, so I got started a little early and did a practise run through. (And it’s a good job because the first attempt looked more like the tin man on crack rather than the sultry witch that I was going for!!)

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I have always been a bit in to witches, secretly. I love the dark side and I very much grew up in the shadows. There’s was always something about witches, their magic spells and potions that have intrigued me. My top witches have to be The Charmed Ones of course, specifically Phoebe and then Page when she came along (I never liked pru!), Sabrina the Teenage Witch and SJP in Hocus Pocus!

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We’re having a Halloween party for the first time ever, I have never dressed up for Halloween as an adult, so it’s all very exciting and it felt like a pretty natural decision to chose a witch as my Halloween costume! My Glaswegian babe, Miss Westend Girl and her scottish blogger crew teamed up to put together The Halloween Girl Gang project, and I have been loving all their outfit posts. I wanted in on the fun so I have created my own halloween witches outfit post for you!

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This outfit was put together on a budget (and in a bit of a rush after my failure to produce my scheduled post last week!) My gloves and necklace were from Claire’s, I picked up my witches hat and faux candle holder, in Home bargains, whilst I was shopping for decorations for the party. I based the whole outfit around my pleather midi skirt which I already had in my wardrobe from Sainsbury’s and featured a few weeks ago.

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I had been on the hunt for a top that made this outfit more witchy than just a normal outfit (aside from the obvious hat) and I couldn’t find a nice lace top anywhere (admittedly I didn’t look that hard!) and I stumbled upon this one in the lingerie section at Tesco (go tesco!) I think it will probably go in the “underwear that doesn’t come out very often” drawer after the party on friday night! The boots are from Duo and I think I will be living in these from now on!

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I filmed a video whilst I was getting my make up on, it’s no tutorial but it might give you some insight as to how I achieved this more subtle witchy face, you can see that on the blog tomorrow.

Outfit Inspo

Perhaps you fancy a look that is halloween inspired but isn’t full fancy dress? Why not check out the featured outfit inspo below

Dr Martens ♥ Leather Skirt ♥ Lace High Neck top ♥ Bat Wing Necklace ♥ Cross Choker Necklace ♥ Glitter Bat hair clips ♥ Mac Heroine Lipstick ♥ Filagree Skull Earrings 

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Mermaid Tales // A Weekend With Friends

Good morning gorgeous! How’s your weekend been? We have had a super lovely weekend with our friends, Nick and Kat, staying with us. Time flies when you’re having fun, I can’t believe it’s Monday morning already! I really had the Sunday night blues before bed last night, which I haven’t had in such a long time, I was sad the weekend was over.

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We have enjoyed lovely food, drink and great company. We went for a long walk around snuff mills with the dogs, and then for a long walk around Bristol’s tourist spots. We climbed up the 107 steps up to the top of cabot tower, which I have never been up before and I think I discovered I have a fear of heights! I felt so queasy going up the narrow spiral staircase on the way up, i’ve never felt like that before, I thought I was going to faint (and it’s turned my stomach just thinking about it!).

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But I made it to the top, a little light-headed and it was well worth the scary ascent. We enjoyed views across the entire city and it was such a clear day, if a little windy, so we could see for miles. I thoroughly enjoyed it, if you haven’t been up then it is a must see in Bristol.

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Brad and I had to excuse ourselves on Saturday night as we had a preplanned engagement at the annual grenadier guards dinner. Brads grandad was a part of the guards and his family have attended the dinner for many years. It’s always a pretty formal affair so of course, naturally, I wore this!

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Kat and I had a girly shopping day yesterday as the boys wanted to check out Fowlers and all the motorbikes so we left them to it and had a mooch around town, back to Primark and I was pretty restrained and only bought these! We also had a browse at all the make-up in Debenhams, again, I resisted opening my purse, and instead just spied a few things that I wanted for future reference.

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Then we headed home for a wonderful beef roast that Brad and Nick had prepared for us before saying our good byes and settling down to the xfactor results and then embracing a well needed an early night!!

What have you been up to? I hope you have had a lovely time what ever you have been up to.

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DIY Tutorual // Pretty Day of the Dead Sugar Skull Make Up DIY

This week is a very special pretty halloween day of the dead sugar skull make up DIY Tutorial for you. I have teamed up with specialist MUA Grace Kingsley of The Kingsley Academy to show you just how to create your Sugar Skull make up.

We first saw grace and her team in action at the Weird and Wonderful Wedding World where she created fantastic day of the dead make up for the Beyond Burlesque bridal collection at the time, she has now taken the reigns in organising the entire show!

We met up at Graces salon last week to film a video tutorial which involves me sitting to have my make up done whilst Grace talks us through everything step by step! I took some photos too! So here’s what you’ll need:

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Step 1

Use a white face paint to cover the face, repeat twice. Set with a translucent powder when dry.

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Step 2

Draw your eye holes using a fine brush and smudge in from the edges. Then blend in a colour as you wish around your eye lids.

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Step 3

Apply eyeliner to define your eyes. Add the petals around the edge of the circle.

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Step 4

Add in your details, the hollow cheeks, your hollow nose and any other swirls.

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Step 5

Put an amazing flower crown on!

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Check out the Video!

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