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Rustics Love It Box

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Rustics is a small subscription box company with a difference, as most of the items in the box are lovingly handcrafted using eco-friendly materials, by the very talented Nic. She also tries to source products locally where possible, and all boxes are packaged from her home studio.

RusticsEvery box contains around seven to ten items, such as stationery, craft kits and gift items, with an approximate value of £30. The items inside the box are kept as a surprise, but Nic releases sneak peeks of the contents on her website and social media (you can find her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram).

A limited number of boxes are launched at 8pm on the 1st of each month. The first box – a heart themed Love It Box – was launched in June, and I was lucky enough to receive one through my letter box (the boxes are the perfect size to fit through, so you don’t have to worry about missing a delivery!)

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The first thing that struck me when I opened the box was how nicely it was packaged. The box was sealed with monochrome heart washi tape, and the contents inside were carefully wrapped with tissue paper. The monochrome heart theme continued with the items inside, and there was far more crammed into that little box than I was expecting!

So what did I get? Well, inside was two handmade heart greetings cards, a hand printed cotton tote bag, a decopatch wooden heart craft kit, two mini wooden heart tags, a heart pencil, a handmade jasmine tea bag, a ‘You Are Something Special’ print, and some heart-shaped confetti.

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Everything in the box is fantastic quality, and the theme is impressively consistent and carried off well. There’s nothing in the box that I don’t like, and it’s hard to pick a favourite item, but I must say I’m really looking forward to having a go at the decopatch kit when I have a free weekend!

There are three payment options for the boxes – a buy now single payment is £17, a monthly subscription is £15 a month, or a three-month single payment is £40 – and all come with free delivery. But however you choose to pay for your subscription, Nic will donate £1 from each box to a different charity each month.

I’m so impressed with Nic’s boxes as they’re so different from any I’ve seen before, and it’s obvious how much love and thought goes into every single item. If you want to bag one for yourself, check out the Rustics website.

Naomi x

 

Personalised Canvas by CanvasDesign

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A couple of weeks ago I noticed on Twitter that canvas printing company CanvasDesign were looking for bloggers to review one of their canvases.  I immediately got in touch as I’m hoping to move in with my fiancé soon, and am currently looking for nice things to hang on our walls, and this seemed like the perfect opportunity!  CanvasDesign were happy to send me a canvas, and I knew exactly what I wanted it to have on it…  My favourite photo of my fiancé and I taken at our recent Masters graduation.

CanvasDesign asked me to send them a high quality image (around 500KB), so I did, and within 48 hours the canvas was on my doorstep.  I have to admit, I was VERY surprised when I received the canvas as the packaging was HUGE, which I wasn’t expecting, and I was lucky enough to be sent a massive 30″ x 20″ canvas.  And it is beautiful.

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The quality of the canvas is very high as it is made from 100% cotton, and it comes on a solid, sturdy pine frame.  The back is also nicely finished, and looks incredibly neat and professional, and the image hasn’t suffered at all from being enlarged.  Rather, it looks clear and vibrant.

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A portrait canvas of this size usually costs just £29.99, which is ridiculously cheap, especially considering the cost of graduation photography prints!  It was well over £50 for a standard pack at my graduation, which I couldn’t afford, so I’m so pleased that I now have this memento of the day.  So, if you have a relatively good camera, and a friend or relative who’s good at photography (my dad took this picture), using CanvasDesign would be a great way to save money on photos of special events.  Imagine how lovely a wedding, anniversary or new baby photo would look on a canvas like this!

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Overall, I am so, so happy with my canvas.  I can’t get over how big it is, the quality is amazing, the service was spot on, and I even got a free hanging kit with my order.  I love my canvas, and it’s going to take pride of place in my new home, but for now it’s hanging in my bedroom and it looks fab.

To check out CanvasDesign’s full range of canvas sizes and services, click here.  You can also get 15% off all orders using the code ‘BLOG15’!

Naomi x

* This personalised canvas was sent to me by CanvasDesign for review purposes.  All opinions expressed are honest and my own.*

6 Fashion Trends I Wish Would Fizzle Out

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I’m not usually one for caring about what other people are wearing, but this year there seems to have been an influx of fashion trends which, for various reasons, I find really irritating!  I have tried my best to ignore them, but they are everywhere, and have been for months now.  My sister backs me up on most of these too, so I don’t think it’s just me being irrational.  So, without further ado, here are six fashion trends I wish would fizzle out…

1. Toms Shoes

There’s something about Toms shoes that disturbs me, especially when worn by a man and paired with ankle grazers, and it’s the ability to see the veins on top of the feet and, as my sister’s boyfriend put it, ‘the outline of the big toe’.  I’m funny about feet and I have the same issue with flip flops – I just don’t want to see those shapes, it’s obscene!  The fold in the canvas at the toe looks ridiculous too, like a pair of slippers or something.  Not only that, Toms are horrifically impractical and an absolute rip off.  £35 for a piece of canvas which, quite frankly, won’t last 5 minutes in the UK, what with all the rain.  I don’t think so…

2. Moustache Print

At first I thought the trend for moustache print was quite quirky, but  now that it’s everywhere it has lost its charm rather quickly.  Okay, it’s alright for Movember, but it’s gone a bit overboard now.  Last week I saw a mannequin in a shop dressed in moustache leggings, a moustache top and a moustache cardigan – a bit heavy on the moustache methinks!  I just don’t get it, I mean, you wouldn’t walk round with a beard or a goatee emblazoned across your chest, so why a moustache?

3. Nerd Glasses

Whenever I’m in town I seem to be surrounded by teenage girls wearing nerd glasses.  It wouldn’t be so bad if they actually needed them for poor eyesight, but most of the glasses I see don’t even have lenses in!  I’m sorry, but it’s not cute and it’s not clever – the only person that can pull them off in my eyes is Johnny Depp, so please let’s all leave him to it.

4. Tiny Shorts

It’s now almost winter, the country is flooding and it’s freezing cold, yet there are STILL people walking round in tiny shorts, so short that they might as well be denim underwear.  Chafing and potential hypothermia are not good for your health, so girls, for your own good please stop wearing them!

5. Leggings as Trousers

Don’t get me wrong, I love leggings and I wear them myself with long tops or short dresses, but leggings should not be worn as trousers.  They’re in the same realm as tights I reckon, not skinny jeans.  There seems to be a trend at the minute for wearing leggings with a thong underneath, and a short top and jacket on top…  Believe me when I say that clearly seeing someone’s bum cheeks through stretched leggings is not a pretty sight!

6. Nude Shades

I don’t actually have an issue with nude shades – I quite like peaches, creams and pale pinks, they just don’t suit my skin tone.  I am a big lover of colour, so whilst this trend for nude tones exists, I am finding it extremely difficult to find new clothes in colours I want to wear.  Boo hoo.

So, there you have it, six fashion trends which I hope will disappear soon!  Sorry if this post is especially ranty – it’s meant to be a bit of fun and isn’t intended to offend!

Which fashion trend would you love to see fizzle out?  Do you disagree and think any of these trends should be here to stay?

Naomi x

BooHoo £50 Blogger Challenge

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To celebrate BooHoo being included in Fashion Vouchers‘ ‘Top 10 Fashion Money Saving Websites’ list, Fashion Vouchers have launched a new blogger challenge!  The challenge is to put together an outfit costing £50 or less using clothes, shoes, accessories or anything else from BooHoo’s website.  There will be four winners, and each will win a £50 BooHoo fashion voucher.  I love a good bargain so this challenge is right up my street!  I’ve entered a couple of other challenges like this before and I always enjoy window shopping lovely items to put together my ideal outfit on a budget, so I thought I would give this one a go too, and here is my entry…


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Shop this look:

Annie Oversized Vintage Jumper in ‘Black’ (£20) – Davina Skull Print Leggings in ‘Berry’ (£10) –

Quinn Black Suedette Platform Courts (£12) – Diamante Skull Chain (£8) –

I have been browsing the high street a lot lately for Autumn trends, and have spotted a lot of big slouchy jumpers and grunge style pieces on the shelves, with a mix of Gothic style prints.  Lucky for me, I already incorporate these styles into my look anyway, so it seemed only natural to take this route when choosing my outfit for the challenge.

Too often people go for bright, patterned tops and plain bottoms, so I thought I would switch the conventions around a bit.  I knew that I wanted to team a simple black jumper with bold bottoms, and the Annie Oversized Vintage Jumper seemed like a good starting point.  I chose the red Skull Print Leggings to go with it as they offset the bagginess of the jumper nicely by being skin-tight, and the red adds a gorgeous splash of Autumn colour.  The skull print is what initially drew me to this piece as it happens to be one of my favourite clothing prints, and it gives the outfit a hint of Gothic.

I added black Platform Courts to the outfit to show that grunge/Goth can be sexy too, and that the image can be carried through to the evening with some killer, confidence boosting heels.  My final addition was the Diamante Skull Chain.  I adore big statement pieces of jewellery, and own a few sparkly skull necklaces myself, so when I saw this necklace I just had to include it…  It matches the leggings perfectly, and would really stand out on the simple jumper, giving the outfit a girly edge.

My outfit totals exactly £50, which I am very pleased with.  This is the kind of thing I will be wearing myself throughout Autumn and Winter, and if I win I may even use the voucher to buy this outfit!

I was contacted about this challenge by email yesterday, but anybody can enter.  If you fancy trying your hand at styling on a budget, here are the rules for entering:

How to Enter

1. Head over to BooHoo.com and start piecing together an outfit, making sure you do not exceed your £50 budget (no student discounts or other voucher codes can be used to help you stretch this budget I’m afraid).

2. Write a post about your outfit and this competition on your blog, which includes a link back to our home page www.fashionvouchers.com.

3. Email a link to your entry to competition@fashionvouchers.com.

Rules

1. The prize will consist of 1 x £50 BooHoo.com voucher, and there will be four winners.

2. No cash alternative is available for the prize.

3. The competition starts on September 1st.

4. Closing date for entries is September 30th.

5. Winner will be announced by October 10th on our twitter page @fashvouchers.

6. Only one entry per person.

I hope you like my outfit, and if you decide to enter yourself please comment below with the link to your entry so I can check out your fashion finds… and good luck!

Naomi x

Summer Sale Clothes Shopping Haul

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Hi all!

Today I decided to go clothes shopping for the first time in a long time.  The summer sales have been on for a while now so I wasn’t expecting to find anything amazing, but I did manage to get a few pieces that I really love!  I didn’t come home with a lot, but that just means I can buy more next time 😉  In fact, despite going in quite a few shops, I only bought things from two (H&M and Primark).  Anyway, here is what I bought – apologies for the rubbish pictures…

Strawberry Print Dress from H&M.  Was £12.99, bought for £5.

Floral Bodycon Dress from H&M.  Was £12.99, bought for £7.

Purple and Mustard Boob Tube from Primark.  Was £3, bought for £1.

Dark Purple Skinny Jeans with Silver Belt from Primark.  £11.

Turquoise Skinny Jeans with Gold Belt from Primark.  £11.

In total, this haul cost £35, saving me about £16 which isn’t bad.  Hopefully I’ll be going back for more in the week when the shops are less busy.  What have you bought in the summer sales so far?

Naomi x

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