Sunday, 23 May 2010

Sunday roast

When I first came to England, I had no idea what a Sunday roast was. Now I am probably Sunday roast's biggest fan.

Wikipedia says, "The Sunday roast is a traditional British main meal served on Sundays (usually in the early afternoon for lunch), consisting of roasted meat, roast potato together with accompaniments, such as Yorkshire pudding, stuffing, vegetables and gravy." It also says Sunday roasts are popular in Canada, but maybe they are lying about that part.

Anyway, if you live around Brixton, you should definitely try the roast at The Rest is Noise because it is MASSIVE and 2 for £12. It is honestly the biggest portion I have ever been served anywhere ever.

"Sunday Roasting" outfit:

I wore my glasses because my eyes are getting all weird again, sadly.

M x

Saturday, 22 May 2010

Old new dress

Today was a beautiful, sunny day in London.

I went to get some last minute supplies for a bulk order I've been making for my lovely aunt - turns out I didn't have enough blue thread after all. It's actually my first foray into making children's headbands, so it was interesting trying to come up with something light, comfortable and adjustable. Thanks, velcro. This headband is adjusted to the biggest size possible, so it can also be used by an older sister, mom, or a baby with a really big head.

Today was also the first day I ditched my tights this year. I decided on an old crocheted Topshop dress I bought 4 or 5 years ago, and found an old photo of me wearing it.

Here I am wearing it today. Sorry the photo is really washed out, but that's testament to how sunny it was.

Goodnight from a disgruntled, sleepy Pebbles Flintstone x

Tuesday, 18 May 2010

What I've been wearing lately

I usually enjoy looking at these on other people's blogs, but attempting to post one myself has been a bit tortuous. Here is what I've been wearing the past couple of days anyway. Ok.

Sorry this is a bit blurry, but iPhones can only go so far late in the night. I don't really have a giant bottom lip, I'm just making a face.

denim jacket - Salvation Army
scarf - mom's
shirt (you can't even see it, but it's just a simple silk yellow button-down) - Value Village
skirt - H&M
shoes - Swedish hasbeens - I spent far, far, far too much money on these but I think they just might be worth it. I rarely wear heels because I'm just not capable of walking in them it seems, but these are the most comfortable pair that I have ever owned. Really.
headband - little fille

The problem with being 2'4" (5'2") is that you lots of outfits can dwarf you and make you look like a tiny man dressing in giant's clothes. Despite that I am aware of this fact, I still have that problem. Case in point. I still really like this jacket though. If you are ever in Brighton, definitely check out Wolf & Gypsy, they have an amazing selection of vintage pieces. Not everything will make you look like an old man. Promise.

jacket - vintage from Wolf & Gypsy
shirt - same as above
trousers - h&m
shoes - absolute vintage
bag - canvas "Hi, how are you?" bag, from a Daniel Johnston show

Oh hi there, elf I want to punch in the face. I don't really like this photo, but it is the best one of the lot, so there you go. I made this jumpsuit myself by altering a vintage pattern. Bonus that the material was only £1.99 a metre at Brixton market.

romper - handmade by me
shoes - swedish hasbeens
starfish clip - little fille - 1 still available.

Right, here's the makeup part of the post. You, too, can look like an elf you want to punch in the face.

Eyes - Topshop crayon in "Sunshower", kohl in "Saddle"
Cheeks - Topshop blusher in Neon Rose
Lips - MAC Made to order

That's all for now. I have been tinkering around with the synthesizer for the past few days. Embarrassingly, I stayed up all night trying to figure out how to play the theme song to "Charles in Charge." Expect to see the fruits of my labour soon.

Mari x

Sunday, 9 May 2010

Topshop makeup haul and review

photo from Inside Out

I'll admit it, I am a bit of a cosmetic junkie - a bit ironic since I'm often too lazy to put it on! Naturally, when Topshop announced they were going to be releasing a makeup line, I couldn't wait to have go myself. Priced very reasonably with most things well under a tenner, the line did not disappoint. Here's my review of the four products I did buy (I had to stop myself from buying the whole store).

Kohl in Saddle
- £4

This dark chocolate brown liner (with a hint of shimmer) is really velvety and easy to put-on. It doesn't tug on your skin and glides real smoothly. Lasting power pretty decent for 4 quid.

Blush in Neon Rose - £6

Pretty creme blush that's natural and 'pop' at the same time.

Crayon in Sun Shower - £7

This is really, really gorgeous stuff. Super pigmented, super velvety. It's part of the S/S 2010 trend collection so you might want to stock up. Cute video how-to tutorial on the Topshop website. I think I may just have to buy the silver version.


Top: Blush in Neon Rose, Middle: Crayon in Sun Shower, Bottom: Kohl in saddle

Lip polish in Melba - £6

This is my favourite buy, maybe not so much for the formula (tiny bit sticky), but the colour is really pretty, quite opaque and definitely lasts. My new favourite lipcolour, for sure.

Here it is in action (along with all the other products):

Daniel says: "Do you really have to make a mental face in all of your photos?" Answer: yes. He also wanted to be included in the blog:

You can purchase Topshop makeup via their website.

Mari x

Tuesday, 4 May 2010

My top five skincare picks

While I'm busy preparing a new collection for June, I thought I might as well use this blog to share some of my favourite things with you all. I guess I'm risking losing some followers by doing this, but hey, maybe I'll gain a couple too.

Before I start listing my top five skincare products, I should probably tell you a little bit about my skin - in case any of you out there are on a similar boat. Basically, it has multiple personality disorder - it can't decide whether it's oily or dry or if it wants to co-operate or make my life miserable. Oily? Check. Dry patches? Check!

Recently, it has been quite well-behaved, but when I was 19-20, it was acne city - thank God for concealer. To generalize, I would say I have an oily t-zone, but also get a bit flaky around my nose, cheeks and chin. Hurrah!

Here are my holy grail products that help keep my skin behaving.

1. Nivea's Natural Beauty Radiance Boosting Eye Cream

Oh hey undereye circles, why must you plague me my whole life? I've probably cornered the market on concealers and undereye creams, and I've haven't liked anything enough to buy twice. But this cream will probably be the first. To be honest, I don't think it's doing anything 'clinically' to reduce the darkness, but it is hydrating and does disguise the problem, which is enough for me. Here's what Nivea says anyway: "The Radiance Boosting eye cream, enriched with Mango Milk, hydrates throughout the day whilst visibly brightening and refining the eye area. The light-reflecting formula with Cashmere Proteins immediately gives the delicate eye area a natural-looking and even radiance."

Here it is applied to my hand thickly on the left and more 'subtly' on the right. It's the sheen of the cream that brightens up the eye area quite nicely, and it doesn't sink into fine lines like some traditional concealers tend to do. I really like it.

2. Shu Uemura White Recovery EX cleansing oil

Washing oily skin with oil - really? Okay, it may sound weird but this stuff is golden. I think that after years of trying to strip oil out of my skin, it responded by producing even more oil, which was definitely counter productive. This stuff is takes everything off -including mascara - and doesn't leave your skin feeling tight or parched. It really does leave my skin feeling nice and clean. No breakouts and less oil, what more could I ask for?

3. Lush Eau Roma water

Smells pretty, is full of rose and lavender water to soften the skin, doesn't leave my skin feeling dry, and is only £3.25 a pop. Why not?

4. Avene Skin Recovery Cream

Trufax, my skin was going mental last summer and I started getting these random little bumps on my cheeks and chin. So off I went to Boots to find a quick fix to my dilemma (which never often works, unfortunately), but this time, lo-and-behold, it did. "This highly effective cream quickly calms irritation and restores the skin’s natural defense mechanisms. Created to be hypoallergenic for sensitive skin Avene Skin Recovery Cream soothes and mositurises skin prone to redness and irritated by climatic conditions." Within a couple of days, my skin returned to normal and I'm pretty sure it's thanks to this cream.

5. Lush fresh face masks

Lush face masks are kind of like celebrity boy crushes - they are all so good and you can't decide who you love most, but more than often you are in truly in love with just one for a period of roughly 2-3 months. In high school, Cupcake was my bff. It was capable of sucking the oil right out of my skin and soothing even the grossest of spots. I always had this in my fridge and my mum once thought it was a dessert and almost ate it. True story.

Right now, my love affair is with Catastrophe Cosmetic. "Fresh blueberries are rich in beneficial antioxidants, vitamins and minerals to reduce inflammation and act as a mild antiseptic. Soothing chamomile, Irish moss and almond oil work with the gentle cleansing action of calamine to save your skin." In a way, these masks are 100% better than celebrity crushes anyway, because they love you back.

Here is a picture of me with the mask on, and freshly out of the shower without. How glamorous. Yes, I look mental but hey, it's only the internet.

Anyway, if you really like this sort of stuff, you should really check out my friend Suzanne's blog . She is a cosmetician and definitely knows her products.

Mari x

Thank you

April's come and gone and "30 Days of Headbands" was a success thanks to all of you. There are still a couple of days unspoken for, so have a look at some available styles: Day 30, Day 29, Day 24, Day 19, Day 13, Day 11, Day 3.

While I am busy creating the new high summer collection, I'll also be updating the blog regularly. There'll be plenty of fashion, beauty and tech posts, and of course, Little Fille sneak peeks - so keep reading if you're inclined!

Again, a big thank you to everyone who helped make "30 days of headbands" happen!

Mari x