Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Dolly Daydreams Bespoke Jute Bags

Hey guys,
today I want to introduce you to a small company run via facebook. I've not been asked to blog about this company but I purchased from there myself and was so delighted I just had to share it with you!

Dolly Daydreams specialises in personalised jute bags - you can provide name, hair & eye colour and any theme you want, or can provide a picture and Natalie will have your bag prepared within 2 weeks!
If your local to the Salford/Manchester area you can arrange collection, or if not Natalie will happily post your bag for £4, and she has even sent items internationally!!

The bags come in 3 sizes (or you can buy a bottle bag for £5) 
small - £7
medium - £10
large - £15

The small bags are perfect as a little lunch bag, and the medium is big enough to fit in an A4 folder so perfect for school/college/uni.

I recently bought 2 medium sized bags; one for myself and another as a christmas present for my neice.
For my bag I asked for red (not bright) hair, green eyes, and a navy polka dot 50's dress. The bag took two weeks to make before I collected it, and I have been using it none stop since!!

I've had so many comments on my bag already, with many people wanting to buy one themselves and being gobsmacked that they are only £10!! There is certainly a lot of work that goes into making these bags and I can't wait to buy another!!

I'd also like to point out that the paint is waterproof, I was horrified to get my poor bag wet the very first day I used it but the colour did not run!

If you would like to buy a bag then you can add Dolly Daydreams as a friend on facebook, or you can like the page for Dolly Daydreams on facebook.
It seems there is no end to what themes can be created so I shall leave you with a few of my favourites (I'm forever stalking the pictures of new bags made for customers). My favourite has to be the Belle bag, however the big kid in me would opt for the long floaty dress as opposed to the more grown-up mini-skirted version.
Adult Belle Bag
Mermaid Bag
Yorkies Bag

Winter Wonderland Bag

Hope you all love Dolly Daydreams as much as I do! They make the perfect gifts for Christmas but you'll have to get your order in quick as there's only a few more days left to order to ensure delivery before Christmas!!


Sunday, 25 November 2012

Charity Shop Finds

Hello my lovelies,
hope you are all doing well! 
I can't believe how close it is to Christmas now! It really is going to be non-stop for me with little time for celebrations, and lots of time spent on uni work!

Anyway, I thought I'd take a little break to share with you my Charity Shop loot for the week. I've become rather fond of charity shopping recently, with some of my favourite outfits consisting of a charity shop bargain, it's great for finding those items you may have missed out on and I often snag new stuff for next to nothing! Me and my Mum try to check out the local shops weekly. I head to the local 2 near my house, and now I'm back on the road I drive the 15 minute journey to the next shopping centre to have a look at the 4 there (2 of which I always find amazing bargains!)

 Next Dress - £3.69 Age Concern

I've been wanting a new black jersey dress for a while to wear with some of my fancier shoes so I can play my outfit down and let the shoes do the talking. The dress looks brand new with no sign of wear. I just love the little crochet collar and the dress is so much prettier on than it is on the hanger. It skims the waist than has a lovely knee length flippy skirt.

 Red Herring bag - £2.99 Age Concern

I couldn't resist the adorable print of this bag! I snatched it up straight away, there was no price on so I was delighted to be told it was £3! It has a removable across the body strap and it amazing condition (I think it may have never been used!)

Next Shoes - £6.99 BHF
I originally picked these shoes up as my Mum was looking for a pair of flat shoes, so was pleasantly surprised to see the cute block heel. They were half a size bigger than I usually take however were a perfect fit when I tried them on. There's barely any signs of wear on the soles, so these were a complete bargain - some of the shoes seen for sale in charity shops can be horrendous! I would never buy a pair that looked like they had been more than once as I can see it to be unhygienic and bad for the feet non?

Butterfly Ring - 50p Scope 

This was from a stand of brand new jewellery. It originally was £2 however everything on the stand was 2 for £1 so I bought this and a necklace for my Mum. I loved how the design went up the finger as opposed to being a double finger ring. (Apologies for the blurred photo, silly me forgot Macro settings, and lighting is poop!)

So, do you enjoy seeing charity shop finds? Would it be something you would like me to do on a regular basis?
Have you found any bargains recently?


p.s. not from a charity shop, but this week I also picked up my new glasses. They're from the Gok Wan range and are a little more garish and in your face than my previous glasses. I tend to wear my contact lenses most of the time but I've been waiting over a week for my lenses to come instore to no avail. Anyway, what do we think? Yay, or nay? I'm still a little unsure, as I'm worried maybe they're a little too "fashion-forward" for me. Also I'm convinced they keep hanging bent on my face (the bug bear of having plastic frames = little adjustment!)

Friday, 16 November 2012

New additions to the Batiste Family

Hey everyone, 
long time no blog. The hefty load of work I have for uni really has been taking it's toll on my blogging!
I really want to try my hardest to post at least once a week, I miss blogging and would love to do it more regularly but once I've got my work done for the day I'm ready for bed!


 If you've been reading my blog for a while you will already know what a huge fan I am of Batiste Dry Shampoo. I've tried a few other brands from the same budget price bracket, including Boots and Superdrug's own brand, but none of them cut the mustard for me.
My hair has a great fondness of becoming greasy within 24 hours, heck I can't even wash it before bed without waking up and it feeling oily, however as it is now only cm's away from the top of my *ahem* derrière, daily washing and drying is just too much of a hassle, especially when I could use that extra 30/45 minutes on something else more important. Dry shampoo helps solve this problem for me, a good spritz between washes helps me only have to wash my hair every other day, sometimes I'm even cheeky enough to grab 2 days between washes!

As such a regular user of Bastiste Dry Shampoo, I always have a huge stock pile so I never run out! Superdrug often have half price offers so I'll always grab 3/4 (often the larger sized ones) to stock up. When I buy my shampoo I always like to grab a few different varieties, so I can mix things up a little (I'm a perfume addict, so why shouldn't my dry shampoo collection be the same) therefore I'm always excited when Batiste bring out a new variety.

This year has seen the introduction of many different fragrances including Cherry and Lace, however Batiste have been kind enough to add not one, but two new fragrances to their ever-expanding family!

Introducing Paisley and Graffiti....

The packaging of both of these is amazing! I especially love the detail of the paisley design....long gone are those green cap days!

Batiste have also had yet another great win in the scent department with both of these fragrances... both are very subtle fruity/floral almost creamy scents (which I'm guessing comes from the mid-notes of jasmine and base notes of musk found in both varieties) I found the scent of graffiti being ever so more pronounced than that of paisley, but both are equally as fab as one another. If you love the scent of Batiste Brit then you'll be a fan of these as each reminds me of it. 

For me this is another great product from batiste, it rids me of grease and provides a subtle fragrance, perfect for those who hate that "dry-shampoo smell". For those of you who prefer a much stronger fragrance in your dry shampoo however I would suggest the original scent - an almost fizzy sweet smell (which I adore), or the amazing Wild (exclusive to Boots) which has a fragrance that tickles your nose all day.

The one downside to these varieties that some of you may find is that they are exclusives; Paisley is only available in Superdrug, and Graffiti in Boots. However for me this is not a problem as I have access to both stores.

Hope you all have a fantastic weekend!


note - This post contains a pr sample, however all views are honest and my own

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