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Eclectic Eccentricity Giveaway WINNER

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Hello everyone!

Firstly, I’d like to apologise for not announcing the winner of my Eclectic Eccentricity giveaway sooner.  The giveaway closed last Friday, but I’ve had such a hectic week it just slipped my mind!  However, the time has finally come for me to announce the lucky winner of a You’re On My Wavelength Einstein Necklace, so without further ado, the winner is entry number 25, which belongs to…

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Chrissie Lea

Congratulations Chrissie!  Please email your postal address to bewitcheryblog@gmail.com, and I will post your prize out to you as soon as possible.

As usual, thank you so much to everyone who entered, and thank you to Eclectic Eccentricity for providing the prize.

Check back soon for another giveaway!

Naomi x

Eclectic Eccentricity Giveaway

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After the success of my last giveaway a couple of months ago, I thought it was about time I ran another!  This time, the prize is this quirky You’re On My Wavelength Einstein necklace, from unique British jewellery brand Eclectic Eccentricity.  The necklace features a gold toned geometric frequency wavelength, and a teeny tiny, but very detailed, figure of Einstein, on a gold plated 18″ chain.  It also comes packaged in a cute little gift box, and is worth £16.50.

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To enter, all you have to do is follow the steps in the Rafflecopter form below.  It is mandatory to become an email subscriber or WordPress follower, and to leave a comment on this post, and then you have the option to earn extra entries, via Twitter, Facebook, Bloglovin’, and Instagram.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

The giveaway will be open for two weeks, and will close at midnight GMT on Thursday 24th July.  The giveaway is open internationally to those aged 18 or over, and all entries will be verified.  A winner will be chosen at random via Rafflecopter on Friday 25th July and will be contacted via email the same day, so please use a valid email address when subscribing.  The winner will then have 48 hours to claim their prize, and if they don’t another winner will be chosen.

Oh, and you can also check out how I styled the necklace myself by clicking here!

Good luck and thank you for entering!

Naomi x

What I Wore: You’re On My Wavelength

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My summer wardrobe is usually full of bright florals, but this year I’ve really been embracing basics, and sticking to my favourite polka dots and stripes.  Most of my new summer purchases are black, white, and grey, which may sound drab, but I like to add a splash of colour here or there with a bold statement piece or a pastel bright, and a quirky item of jewellery.  Today’s outfit is the epitome of that, and combines a cute black skater skirt from H&M, with a simple stretch tee from Primark.  I wanted to wear this outfit without tights, but unfortunately it wasn’t that warm today, and there was a bit of a breeze!

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Primark Stretch Tee / H&M Skater Skirt / Primark Shoes / Alexander McQueen Cateye Sunglasses / Eclectic Eccentricity Necklace

To finish the outfit, and add a bit of interest, I wore my Alexander McQueen sunglasses, which I love, love, love and have been teaming with everything this season (look out for a special McQ style post coming soon), and this amazingly cool necklace from Eclectic Eccentricity.

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Eclectic Eccentricity is a British brand who specialise in creating quirky pieces from vintage components.  Their pieces are all so unique and unusual, and I have a wishlist as long as my arm of items from their website!  This necklace is their You’re On My Wavelength Einstein necklace, which features a gold toned geometric frequency wavelength, and a teeny tiny, but very detailed, figure of Einstein.  Who knew he could be so cute?!  I’m a big science fan, so this necklace is right up my street, and it’s definitely a talking point.  I love how it hangs as well and it sits perfectly, just where I want it.  You can grab your own here for £16.50.

What do you think?  Would you wear this necklace?

Naomi x

*This You’re On My Wavelength Einstein Necklace was sent to me by Eclectic Eccentricity for styling purposes.  All opinions expressed are honest and my own.*

Beauty Vs Brains Tag

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In honour of the forthcoming weekend I thought I’d give myself a day off from reviewing and post something a little bit different and fun today.  I saw this tag post over at Nocturnal Beauty, and being the scholar that I am I thought I would give it a go.  So, without further ado, here are my answers.

1. Favourite Book

I learnt to read when I was three years old and am currently studying for a postgraduate degree in Modern Literature.  As such, I have read hundreds and hundreds of books and find it next to impossible to choose just one favourite!  My favourite books when I was a child were The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle, Can’t You Sleep, Little Bear? by Martin Waddell and Mog the Forgetful Cat by Judith Kerr, and I still hold these books very close to my heart.  In terms of ‘grown up’ books, I am a big fan of Working Class, Carnivalesque and Transgressive Fiction, as well as a few classics, and have many favourites.  Some of these include Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov, Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte, Millennium People by JG Ballard, The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks, The Magic Toyshop by Angela Carter and Saturday Night and Sunday Morning by Alan Sillitoe.  The list could go on!

2. Favourite Quotation?

Since childhood I have always loved the quote ‘Blessed are they who see beautiful things in humble places where other people see nothing’, by French artist Camille Pissarro.  I can completely relate to what he means, and I always think of this quotation when I’m taking photographs, as it encourages me to try to photograph the beauty in ‘humble’ things.

3. English or Maths?

Without a doubt, and you can probably guess what I’m about to say – English.  I have been passionate about literature and words for as long as I can remember.  As I mentioned before, I learnt to read (and write) when I was three years old.  My grandma taught me, and she encouraged me to write stories and visit the library as often as possible, which I did, and I feel it really benefited me.  This passion grew over the years, which has been reflected in my studies, in this blog, and in my aspirations for the future.  I would love to write professionally one day, and that is what I’m working towards!

4. Science or Art? 

This is a tricky one and I can’t answer it, because I like both.  On the one hand, I enjoy being creative and am fascinated with the Pre-Raphaelite art movement.  Every time I visit London my first stop is usually the Tate gallery so I can sit and stare at my favourite paintings, but I am also intrigued by science.  Science amazes me, and I regularly read about and research different scientific topics, particularly space related ones, and I truly believe that some of the most significant people to have ever inhabited this planet have been, and are, scientists.

5.  5 musical artists that changed your life?

This is a tricky one as so many bands and singers have had an effect on my life, so these are just a few:

1. Foo Fighters

– I’ve been a Foos fan since the late 90s, and I have been lucky enough to see them live twice.  The last time I saw them was in Milton Keynes last July with my partner, and when they sang my favourite song, Everlong, with fireworks going off in the background, on a warm, breezy Summer night, I felt elated.  The moment was just perfect and will stay with me forever.

2. Kate Bush 

– For some unknown reason, I have never been much of a fan of female vocals, with the exception of Kate Bush.  When I was about four I used to put my mum’s Kate Bush vinyl records on and dance around, and I really think Kate Bush’s songs helped to shape who I am today.  I love her quirky personality, and I think it rubbed off on me a little bit through her music.

3. Oasis

– I remember sitting in the back of my dad’s car when I was very small, windows down, sun out, Oasis playing very loud.  When I think back to the music I was brought up with, Oasis played a big part in shaping my musical tastes.  They were one of my dad’s favourite bands and in time they came to mean a lot to me too.  In 2009 I was lucky enough to see them live, with my dad, a few weeks before they split up and I’m so pleased I got to see them!

4. Mike Oldfield

– Mike Oldfield is, in my eyes, a musical genius and Tubular Bells III is my favourite composition.  It gives me goosebumps every time I listen to it, and Far Above The Clouds even makes me cry…  Not many songs can do that!

5. Depeche Mode, T.Rex and Pink Floyd

– I’m cheating on this one, but all three of these bands have had a massive impact on me at various stages in my life.  My favourite songs when I was a baby were by Depeche Mode, and T.Rex and Pink Floyd both opened my eyes when I was younger to a wider variety of music.

6. Favourite and least favourite subject at school?

My favourite subjects at school were English, Science and History, and they were all areas in which I excelled (amongst others).  I never really enjoyed PE, Dance or Drama as I was very shy and quiet at school and always got so nervous about having to perform or join in with group activities!

7. Favourite celeb with a brain?

Hmm… This is a difficult one as I don’t have many ‘favourite’ celebrities, but I’d have to say Joseph Gordon-Levitt.  A number of years ago he set up his own online collaborative production company called hitRECord (which I’m a member of), where collaborators can put together joint creative pieces such as books, songs, films and illustrations, and any profits are shared between the contributing artists.  I really admire the effort and passion he puts into hitRECord, and it’s not often you see a celebrity giving something back to society, joining in, enjoying it and being a ‘Regular Joe’.

8. If you could study anything anywhere, what would it be?

If I wasn’t studying English, I’d like to study some sort of animal care.  I used to want to be a Veterinary Surgeon, but now I think I’d prefer to work with animals in the wild.  Maybe researching the intelligence of Dolphins and Whales, or something like that.

9. What is your ‘nerdy little secret’?

It’s not so much a secret, but I am obsessed with Batman.  I grew up watching the old Batman films, and now that the newer, darker films are out there I like to think Batman has matured and grown up with me!  I even collect Batman related things, and have lots of Batman clothes and accessories, and even a Batman mug and glass that only I’m allowed to drink from haha.

10. Favourite beauty gurus who you admire for more than their love for beauty/fashion?

Another difficult one, but because she shares my love for English and literature and all things nerdy, I’ll say Claire from Nocturnal Beauty who I got this tag from :)

11. If your channel couldn’t focus on beauty/fashion, what would it be?

I’d either write about vegetarian cooking and baking, or literature and film.

12. Name some things that you’re obsessed with that other people would find strange.

Bats!  I remember posting about this a couple of months ago, but I adore bats.  I often go on bat walks and listen to bats ‘talking’ using detectors which pick up their sonar.  I think they are very interesting animals and I like to learn as much about them as possible.  I always get so excited when I see one flying about!  We used to have a few nesting in our garden which was fantastic, and for some reason they just make me feel calm and happy.  They’re beautiful, gentle creatures, despite what people may think.
I also have a thing for magic, particularly sleight of hand and close up magic.  My favourite magician is Pete Firman and every time he comes to Leicester to perform I go and see him!
Oh and when I was younger I was obsessed with dinosaurs, fossils, rocks and crystals, and I still have a soft spot for them.

13. Name 5 people who inspire you (not friends or family)

1. Dave Grohl, because I admire his confidence, humour and outlook on music.

2. Kate Bush, because she’s a strong, successful woman and remains true to herself.

3. Jonnie Peacock, because last night he won gold in the Paralympics Men’s 100m final for Team GB, and I admire him for not letting his ‘disability’ stop him achieving highly.

4. Wynn Bullock, because his outstanding black and white film photography inspires me to be the best photographer I can be.

5. Vladimir Nabokov, because he wrote what I think is the best opening chapter of any book ever.

14. Who is your intellectual soulmate?

 To be confirmed…

I hope you enjoyed reading my answers!  Please feel free to do this tag yourself if you feel like it.  Let me know if you do :)

Naomi x

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