Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Gettin' Crafty With It!



Did you read the title of this post and immediately start singing 'Na na na na na na-na!'? If not, well then you've disappointed me greatly in your failure to spot the Will Smith reference but hey, I'll forgive ya if you keep on reading! After all, this post has hee-haw (Nada, zilch, nothing) to do with Will Smith and EVERYTHING to do with DIYing or up-cycling, as I prefer to call it!  What do I do with some time off I hear you ask? Take a chill pill, perhaps? Sit the hell down? Watch trashy telly like any normal human does? Nope, not this maniac-I get crafty! Well, not every time I have a spare hour I hasten to add but this week, I decided to get a little creative at home after some Pinterest inspo searching (if you don't know what this is.....download it IMMEDIATELY!! You can thank me later!). I've never considered myself the arty type..that was always Mimi but the idea that you can re-make something by adding (or subtracting) to it feels way more achievable that starting with a blank canvas and raw materials.


After my Pinterest-athon I realised I had a real notion for pom-poms....yup, you read correctly...POM-POMS! I'd pinned a few photos of summer straw bags with cute and colourful pom-poms attached and thought 'I could make that!'. Cue a holiday souvenir from Mimi from her recent trip to Spain in the shape of a gorgeous little straw clutch bag and I was ready to rock, armed with 180 pom-poms from Poundland (you'll later realise that 180 wasn't enough). Hubby willingly handed over his glue-gun (which he is now subsequently regretting) and I got to work. 15 minutes later et voila, the perfect summer accessory which you won't see anywhere else. That's what I love about up-cycling-you're making a one-off that can't be bought on the high street. A personal touch goes along way in defining your style. 



TIPS: You may be able to tell from the photo that the glue can be a tad tricky to work with-it gets very stringy, so best to have newspaper underneath it to project your surface and also a pair of scissors to cut the shoe-lace effect when applying. 
 I applied the glue to each pom-pom individually then placed it exactly where I wanted it on the bag. This meant if I went overboard with the glue I had another 179 pom-poms to choose from, rather than messing up the bag itself! Also, before gluing anything, I arranged the pom-poms on the bag to decide on the colour arrangement liked best and also to know how many I needed to use. 









An evening of crafting sent me into an up-cycling frenzy! Determined to use all 180 pom-poms (Only joking....nawt!) I then attempted a home decor pin I'd added to my Pinterest board. I've been meaning to change the ugly artificial flowers we had in this vase for ages, so I de-flowered the stem (sounds rude!) and glued little pom-poms along it to create a fun, more modern look for the office/spare room. Love it! 
  I then did the same with a set of battery-operated white lights (also from Poundland) to drape along our picture shelf. This room is decorated grey and white so a little pop of colour was definitely needed. 






TIPS: These would be perfect in a kid's room. Painting/spraying the stem white (Or you could use real twigs if you preferred) and attaching brightly coloured or pastel pom-poms would be so cute in a nursery or play-room. Hobbycraft sell a variety of colours all individually bagged if you're keen on a certain colour combo. The lights could be draped/wrapped around along a curtain pole or put inside a clear vase for decoration. 



Just when hubby was about to forcefully remove the glue-gun from my grip, I had an epiphany (well that's what I'm calling it. He'd say it was more pom-pom withdrawl)- the lonely cushion on our office couch was now looking rather sad in comparison to the newly-styled picture shelf above it. A rummage in the kitchen draw for a needle and thread and an hour later (I'm rubbish at sewing!) we had the perfect addition to our cute little grey sofa!




TIPS: Mark your cushion with a pen (or dressmakers pencil/chalk if you have it) where you want the pom-poms to go. Alternatively, pin them in place prior to sewing-that way you can ensure you're spreading them evenly and again, in your chosen colour combination.  






For fear of being banished from the house or sent to the doctors for EPPUD (Excessive Pom-Pom Use Disorder), I deemed it best to step away (begrudgingly) from my colourful little fluffy friends and tackle another up-cycle job I'd been planning to do. I think frames can make or break a photo or print and although I'm not one for spending heaps of cash on art or having my holiday snaps professionally framed, I do prefer to display them one step up from under a fridge magnet. 



 Our friend Linzi had the loveliest poster made for Mimi and I a few years back when we uploaded our track, 'Christmas Cupcake' on to iTunes (yup, check it out here!) I'd ashamedly housed it in a dilapidated off-white old Ikea frame, promising myself I'd get something more suitable. With a paint brush in hand and the left-over paint from last week's up-cycling of the Man Cave, I got to work this morning on bringing the frame back to life and boy, did it do the trick! A couple of coats later, this beautiful keepsake has taken pride of place on the picture shelf on the office and completes the overhaul of the space perfectly. 

TIPS: Be sure to use paint suitable for wood. If you're painting something small, buy a tester pot from your local DIY shop. Homebase have heaps to choose from. They're usually under £3 each so no need to splurge a giant tin. 




Lastly, following on from my recent #gardengoals escapades (where I've been trying to improve our back garden on a budget), I had some rope/twine left-over from stringing up solar light-bulbs (also from Poundland) on our shed. Glue-gun in hand I got to work on a old plant pot I found under the sink. The inspiration for this up-cycle came from a trip to our local (out-of-this-world!) garden centre, SilverbirchI can't actually believe I'm letting you in on this treasure-trove of all things beautiful. Honestly, this is no ordinary garden centre...all I say is, you're welcome! 
 So, I digress....on a recent visit I'd picked up a cute little rope-detail plant pot and thought, 'ah ha!' I have the very thing at home. Not sure where it's eventually going to live or what it'll house within it, but I like that I have breathed new life into this little abandoned pot. 

Up-cycled pot on the left
(ugly artificial flowers above!)

TIPS: I found it easiest to glue the end of the rope at the bottom of the pot, winding up to the top, securing it with a blob of glue, ideally in line with where you first started the rope (means you can hind this at the back when displaying it). I then added more glue along the edge of the rope underneath the pot to ensure it doesn't unravel and fall a part. 



And that's it for now peeps. Hope this inspires you to give up-cycling a go. I know to some this may seem tame in comparison to some of the jobs folks undertake on furniture and the likes, but to me the little additions/tweaks made to the pieces I already had kicking about have made a real difference to the spaces they now reside in. It's also given me a boost of confidence in knowing I can produce something of worth with minimal time and effort, as neither of those I have in abundance when it comes to DIY. I'll be sure to keep you posted on any future 'projects' I undertake but for now, I think it best that I step away from the glue-gun for a bit before Hubby has to have it surgically removed!

Happy over-hauling peeps!

Weesse x 


Sunday, 25 June 2017

The High Fives- June 2017



Another month has zoomed by and it's felt like there's been no time at all to find some new firm faves since proclaiming my undying love (well, maybe not as dramatic as all that but you get the drift, right?!) for a select few tit-bits in May . However, luckily I've been keeping note (thanks to my iPhone) of anything that's been floating my boat in the month of June and have concocted a small but perfectly formed list of good 'uns for you to check out. Shhhhhh don't tell anyone but there's more than five ( well 'the high seven' doesn't rhyme does it?!)!!! 





1. Fan Girling over..... 

If you love losing yourself in an Instagram/Youtube induced stupor of seriously chic styling and perfectly poised flat-lays look no further than Karen Britchick (for fashion advice and vintage-meets-high-street-meets-high-end styling) and Song of Style (for fashion and interior inspo). Oh my days! These women know how do things beautifully! I particularly love Karen Britchick's enthusiasm when discussing style- her passion for fashion is infectious and her ability to dream-team pieces together from her wardrobe is fascinating! Aimee Song's home has decor to die for and her personal style nails that effortless chic vibe we all crave for. All I can say is....you're welcome! 



 






















Photo from superdrug.com


2. Beauty Spot



 This month I went back to using a tinted body lotion and I have to say I'm perturbed as to why I ever bothered with all the faff (and mess!) of fake tanning. Aside from my cheerleader days, when I needed my torso to resemble that of a creosoted garden shed, a little boost of colour is all I've ever strived for. Garnier Summer Body is my new best friend when it comes to getting that fast, fuss-free glow we all want when the weather starts to pick up and the pins come out to play! It smells of apricots and develops in a matter of hours (I put it on after showering just before bed). Streak-free (just remember to wash your palms after applying) and a healthy glow achieved with minimal effort- SUNsational. See what I did there???!!!.....ah, never mind! 



I've also re-discovered the awesomeness that is Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Oil. I'm lazy when it comes to skincare so even though this permanently resides in my bedside cabinet, I hadn't been using it for a good few months and I can honestly see a difference in my skin from regularly treating it to some pre-snooze care. The lavender scent is a perfect bedtime accompaniment and as it seeps straight in to the skin, you're not left with a sticky or wet residue which always puts me off any lotions and potions (CANNOT do hand-cream that lingers on the surface. Yuck!). I have noticed that it helps to balance out my complexion which is a biggy for me-I have uneven skin tone which I loathe, which I feel I then need to correct with make-up (even on days where I'm trying to go minimal on my look). I like the idea of something working on my skin as I sleep. As I wear make-up practically every day in life, it's not given much a chance to recover other than when I'm in the land of nod. A bit on the pricey side but if you're in the market for a skin oil I'd highly recommend this. 






3. Get listening to.....


Photo from acast.com



'At Home With....' is a new podcast by popular Blogger and Youtuber besties Lily Pebbles and The Anna Edit. Interviewing influential women from the worlds of beauty, fashion and social media about everything from their work to wardrobe, interiors to inspirations, this podcast is a light-hearted, yet informative and interesting insight in to the lives of business women who are doing what they love and loving what they do. A perfect commute companion! 





4. 'Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens. Bright copper.....trainers?!'



Picked these beauts in Primark for a whopping £3 (originally £8) and I'm loving them! A little up-grade from they usual white or black canvas casual look, a little touch of metallic adds more of a styled, slightly dressier edge to any outfit. I love me some rose gold/copper accessories so these were a no-brainer purchase at such a bargain price! Super comfy and an excellent dupe to the all-the-rage Converse All Stars (which I have and still haven't worn for fear of dirtying them!), these have been a June highlight for sure! 





5. Garden Goals


I am not green-fingered in any shape or form but when the sun decides to make an appearance (never for any length of time, of course!), I like to be able to sit out and enjoy it in somewhat presentable, appealing surroundings. First stop in achieving garden goals was painting one of our sheds (we also have a Man Cave!) a nicer colour. B&M Bargains stock an array of brands but I opted for Cuprinol Garden Shades in the colour Willow. An afternoon of Spotify, a big paint bush and two coats later the shed was looking brand new and more chic than shabby! I plan to paint our other shed another colour from the range, possibly Muted Clay



 In a bid to spruce up the seating area, after a Pinterest-athon for ideas, I picked up these fantastic solar lightbulbs from Poundland (please don't do the joke where you ask 'how much were they?'! That's hubby's favourite thing to do when we're in there!), strung them up using rope from The Range and et voilà, ambient lighting for an evening on the patio. Cheap and definitely cheerful!  







And there you have it, June's best bits. Hope there's something in there for you to enjoy! Thanks for the support as always and see you July! 

Weesse x  

Monday, 22 May 2017

Girl, put your records on.....







Music has always played such an important role in both our lives. Our dad is a guitarist, our mum a huge music fan and we both danced, played guitar and sang from an early age. Music has the power to allow you to escape, often back to happy times where you can reminisce about the adventures and milestones you've enjoyed along the way! It can also help you to dream bigger, push you towards your goals and sometimes it can remind us of the things we wish we could forget. There have been so many studies proving that music helps those suffering from the likes of Alzheimer's and Dementia to recall long-forgotten memories and improve quality of life through singing and enjoying music. 

A few years back I bought a Crosley record player and dug out my old vinyl collection. Listening to those albums instantly transported me back in time to my bedroom when I was a kid. I spent hours listening to my favourite pop-stars and bands, singing along and making up dance routines.  I recently read What Olivia Did's piece, 'Soundtrack to My Life' (I'm also a big fan of the BBC's Desert Island Discs podcast series) and it made me think of the songs that I would consider my soundtrack and the artists who have influenced my personal life, as well as my work as a choreographer. And eh voilà, here's my list thus far.....




Child's Play- 'I Love your Smile' Shanice. 
I adored this song when I was 9 years old. The hook was just so catchy! It reminds me of Sunday's spent by my HiFi in my bedroom listening to the charts on the radio. 



First Timer- 'Run to You' Bryan Adams 
The first concert I ever went to was Bryan Adams, Waking Up the Neighbours Tour with my dad. It was at Celtic Park on the 11th July 1992 and I'll never forget it. I became a huge fan, so much so my mum invited him to my 18th birthday party (no, sadly he couldn't make it!). There's not a song of his I don't like but if I were to choose a favourite it would have to be 'Run to You'. Rob and I danced to the song 'When You love Someone' at our wedding so that's another one I love hearing. 



Guilty pleasure- 'Bits & Pieces' Artemesia
I was never in to dance music growing up- I much preferred R&B and chart music when it came to dance-floor faves but I've always absolutely loved this! It just makes me want to jump up and down! I can't stay still when I hear it. I now use it as warm up track in classes!



Let the Good Times Roll- 'You can Do It' Ice Cube 
This takes me back to Thursday nights at Blanket when I was a student. I'd drive me and the girls in to town and we'd go to the club with the sole intention of dancing all night long. The music was amazing and we had such a great time together.



The Mamas and The Papas -

'Fast Car' Tracy Chapman 
Any time I hear this song I think of our mum. Sunday night was hair washing night was I was a kid (I had extremely long hair which was washed, dried and subsequently pleated for the week ahead at school). It would be just us 3 girls at home so mum would play her favourite albums. London's Burning would be on TV and you'd get the Sunday night back-to-school blues when you heard the opening theme song. 

'Born in the U.S.A' Bruce Springsteen 
Our dad is a big time fan of The Boss so any track of his tends to make me think of him but this reminds me of a T-shirt he brought back for me from a concert when I was only little. I wish I could find it as it was pretty cool- it would be classed as vintage now I reckon.  





Ma Jam- 'P.Y.T' Michael Jackson
I have been a huge MJ fan my entire life. He was such a hero of mine and so any track of his is bound to get my groovin' but whenever I hear the opening bars of this it just takes over my whole body. It was from the album Thriller which I still have on vinyl!

Love of My Life - 'Groove is in the Heart' Deee-Lite
My hubby Rob knows all the words to this- it's a real favourite of his so when I hear it I can't help but smile as I think of him singing it. It's just a cool track that makes you want boogie! 


Karaoke Queen- 'Don't Speak' No Doubt
When Rob and I started dating we'd go to the local pub on a Sunday night for karaoke. I had a few songs that I'd do every week and this was one of them. I've always loved Gwen Stefani- she's just one cool lady and that song just reminds me of being young falling in love for the first time.  



Farewell Fanfare-  'You've Got A Friend' James Taylor
Probably my favourite song of all time! We actually sang it as part of our wedding ceremony so I guess it would be fitting to play it as I take my final bow. It's just beautiful and I'd hope it would remind the special people in my life how much I loved them. 



I have waaaaay more favourites but I feel that's a decent selection for now. Has that made you think of what you'd put on your list or has it encouraged you to look up the tracks and have a little boogie to yourself? Go on, be honest....we won't tell anyone! 

Happy listening,
Weesse x

Monday, 15 May 2017

The High Fives- May 2017



It's great finding stuff you really like isn't it?! It's even better when you can share your new found faves with others (well sharing's caring after all!), so I thought the blog would be the perfect platform to do just that, with this new feature, The High Fives!  A cohesive list of FIVE little gems that I've been loving, varying from bargain buys to Netflix binge-worthy hits. Hope you find a new found fave! 
Photo from Google Images




1. GIRLBOSS on Netflix 

Managed to devour this new series in a matter of days. Telling the true life tale of fashion empire Nasty Gal's CEO Sophia Amouroso's climb to top from her humble eBay-shop beginnings. Inspired by her book of the same name (which I ADORED!), I loved season one! WARNING!!- this programme may make you psyched to start your own business post-viewing!  









2. PODCASTS

These have been a real game changer for me over the past year or so in terms of making my lengthy commutes way more palatable. I've dabbled in tuning into a few different series but have recently locked down a couple of firm faves. I'm pretty sure you'll find a podcast about ANYTHING you're interested in but my current recommendations (in no particular order) are: 

Scummy Mummies- comedy duo Helen Thorn and Ellie Gibson tackle a range of topics relevant to all those not-so perfect parents out there. If you need a dose of reality and a right good giggle be sure to check this out. 

Ctrl Alt Delete- Writer Emma Gannon's book of the same name is a fabulous blow by blow account of how this millennial grew up on line in the age of MySpace and Internet dating. On her podcast she  interviews other Creatives about their experiences on-line and sparks inspiring conversations about life, careers, friendships and everything in between.  

The High Low- This pop culture/news podcast by writers Dolly Alderton and Pandora Sykes highlights some of the week's biggest stories to the more frivolous tit bits we all enjoy. 



Photo from Amazon.co.uk
3. WHAT WOULD BEYONCÉ DO? by Luisa Omielan 

I love books but I'm terrible at setting aside time to read them. I have shelves jam packed with untouched novels and biographies, ever-determined that one day I'll plough my way through them. However I broke this bad habit after seeing stand-up Luisa Omielan live at last year's Edinburgh Fringe. Her show Am I Right Ladies? was bloomin' marvellous and seriously uplifting, so I was keen to get me another Luisa fix in the form of her book, What Would Beyoncé Do? A frank, honest and hilariously insight into life as a female comic, this beaut of a read has you feeling like you're one of Luisa's closest confidants. You can't help fall in love with her as she takes you on her miss-adventures. 



4. MEGAN ELLABY





Oh my days! This girl got style.....oodles and oodles of it. If you like a daily shot of Instagram inspo or a weekly YouTuber hit be sure to check out fashion blogger Megan Ellaby. Fashion hauls, styling tips & the coolest flat I've ever seen, her 60/70s rock chick vibes are the stuff of dreams. I unashamedly want to be her mate but fear I wouldn't be cool enough! 







5. SLEEK MAKEUP DIP-IT LINER

Photo from Sleekmakeup.com
Admittedly I have for many years stayed clear of using liquid eye-liner for fear of looking like a KISS band member. I reckoned I did not possess nearly the required level patience nor the steady hand for applying it to perfection so stuck with my trusty kohl pencil. However Mimi recently put me on to SLEEK MAKEUP Dip-It liquid eyeliner and I'm a convert-love the stuff and love the price!  Available also in Superdrug this cheap-as-chips, gets-the-job done purchase that I can safely say I'm able to use without disastrous results is a winner! Winged liner is now a possibility- woohoo! 

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Here Comes Summer* (*allegedly)



Apparently…summer is around the corner. We have been enjoying some glorious sunny weather up here en Ecosse, but it sure isn’t warm! However, in a bid to dress myself out of an extended Winter funk, I’ve been making more of an effort to wear lighter fabrics and fresher colours. Gone are my staple khaki, grey and navy knits…high there tan chinos, blue and white striped shirts and canvas loafers.

Case in point my (almost) bare-faced Summer look from last weekend where it was 16 degrees and practically tropical up here.




All still worn with my Regatta parka #obvs.

BUT fail to prepare and prepare to fail as they say, so now is the time, as the sun starts to peek it’s glorious head around the corner, to get stocking up on some fab Summer accessories that can brighten even the simplest and most flexible of outfits. Here are some of my faves that I a) already own and b) have my eye on.


Turban Outfitters

Even when I had long hair, I loved me a turban or a head scarf. Perfect in the summer when lounging at the pool, they do a good to job of keeping the heat off of your head.

Don’t want to go full Carmen Miranda? Opt for a twisted headband instead. All the effect of a turban without feeling like you’re missing your maracas.





CLOCK-WISE FROM TOP:
Stripe twist front head band, Zara, price unknown (bought in the sale last year)
Satin effect knotted head band, Zara, £7.99 (comes in yellow…I have both)
Twist front hair band, Primark, £2


Summer, you say? I’m All Ears…

From this point on you may notice that I have a mild obsession with all things tassel and pom pom-adorned.



CLOCK-WISE FROM TOP LEFT:
Tassel and coin earrings, eBay shop mixlotchina, £2.01
Face earrings, Mango, £9.99
Metal pendant earrings, Mango, £12.99
Twist Earrings, Zara, price unknown (bought in the sale last year)


The Eyes Have It

Now that I am approaching the big 3-0, I’ve become one of those people who wear sunglasses outdoors at all times in a bid to prevent crow’s feet-inducing squinting. Totes not about channelling my inner Jackie-O. Not at all.




CLOCK-WISE FROM TOP LEFT:
Tortoiseshell cat eye sunglasses, Primark, £2 (also in black)
Dark blue sunglasses, Parfois, £14.99
Red & Gold Sunglasses by Diane Von Furstenberg, TK Maxx, £24.99 (RRP £105)
Aviator sunglasses, H&M, £5.99 (also in gold)



Chunky and Funky

My love affair with accessories extends beyond the neck down. Think big. Think statement. Think tribal, silver, tassels, pomp poms and a whole mixture of other textures.



L-R:
Multi-strand necklace, H&M, £17.99
Tribal-inspired necklace, eBay shop Firefly jewellery & Accessories, £8.99 (also comes in blue)
Silver chunky filigree necklace, Primark, £8





Cuff Love

I’m a watch-wearer, but when on holiday I forgo my retro Casio rose gold digital timepiece (because I have nowhere to be) and opt for chunky bangles and bracelets instead. Layer them up or opt for one statement piece.

L-R:
Starfish cuff bracelet, H&M, £8.99
Committed wooden bracelets, Mango, £15.99 for 2
11 pack bracelets, H&M, £8.99


It’s in the Bag

Summer bags to me say canvas, wicker and leather. Go straight from beach to bar with these beauties.



CLOCK-WISE FROM TOP LEFT:
Woven shoulder bag by Vimoda, TK Maxx, £14.99 (RRP £39)
La Piscine Tote Bag, Parfois, £27.99
Hyacinth woven handbag, TK Maxx, £19.99

Studded bucket bag, Mango Outlet, £8 (RRP £19.99)