Sunday, 20 July 2014

My Etsy Store!





I thought I'd do a little bit of a different post today and show you my Etsy store! A few weeks ago, I made myself a scrunchie with a bow using some leftover material I had and thought why not make some more and sell them. So that's what I'm doing! I also make scrunchies with bunny ears that work well with high ponytails. The store is called For The Crown since crown can mean the top of a person's head or whole head. I also thought it sounded like a dramatic show/book where people do anything it takes to become rulers (which reminds me I need to watch more of Game of Thrones but I've recently been sidetracked by Orange Is The New Black). I have bought some more fabrics so there will be more different colours and styles up on the shop soon!

Shop link: https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/ForTheCrown

Sunday, 13 July 2014

Grey Days in Paris

Shirt - Forever 21, Skirt - Vintage (from Mum's wardrobe)
Notre Dame
Conciergerie


Sacre-Coeur

View from the Sacre-Coeur
Eiffel Tower

Two pianos with a sign saying 'Play Me. I'm yours'
Pont Alexandre III
Arche de Triomphe
The Louvre

Apologies for the lack of posts this week but I was in Paris for the last few days! I didn't have any wifi there so I was away from social media and everything for a while. I didn't miss it that much though since I was in a gorgeous city (although I probably wouldn't have gotten lost as much if I did have wifi). I haven't been to Paris in about 10 years so I had to do all of the touristy stuff again because I could barely remember anything. It was a shame it was grey and rainy most of the time but hey, I'm British, we're used to it. I'd love to go back again when there's better weather, explore some more and experience the cafe culture properly.

Sunday, 6 July 2014

A Look Around The Wimbledon Championships 2014

Outside Centre Court


Watching Murray from the hill
Sam Stosur and Nenad Zimonjic
Leander Paes and Radek Stepanek


Mary Joe Fernandez and Lindsay Davenport
Davenport and Fernandez with Conchita Martinez and Anne Keothavong

My mum is a huge tennis fan so every year I tell her she should go to Wimbledon. Most of those years I refused to go with her since I didn't actually like watching tennis but for some reason I've been liking sport more and more recently. So we finally went and had a lot of fun.

We got there at around 3pm after my mum had finished work on Wednesday. This way we could avoid the huge early morning queues at 'The Queue' (aptly named) where fans wait in line for ages in hopes of getting tickets to Centre Court, Court No.1 or Court No. 2. Since we were there in the afternoon we could only get Grounds tickets but on the upside they are so much cheaper and you still get access to courts 3-19, the hill, gift shop etc. We caught the last of Murray's match from the hill where, sadly, he lost to Dimitrov (I guess we're not calling it Murray Mound this year). After that we pretty much wandered around until my mum found a game with players she liked. There are mainly doubles and juniors matches on courts 3-19 and we got to see some great doubles games. My favourite had to be the Ladies' invitational doubles with Davenport, Fernandez, Martinez and Keothavong who all smiled throughout the match and just had a good time.

Aside from the games, the grounds are a pretty lovely place to visit. There are so many flowers and nice places to just relax if you feel like it. It also needs to be said that all of the staff that we spoke to were so nice and helpful.

What I learnt that might be useful:

  • Tickets for the three big courts increase by a lot over the duration of the tournament. Prices for Centre Court were £112 that second Wednesday but they were less than half that price at the beginning of the tournament.
  • Grounds tickets are the cheapest at £17 and they go down to £12 after 5pm.
  • There were barely any people queuing at 3pm.
  • But the area where you have to queue is very long so be prepared to walk.
  • They also give you stickers for queuing. 
  • There's a shuttle bus service outside Wimbledon station to get to the grounds and costs £5 for a return ticket. Also it stops at pretty much the opposite side to The Queue's entrance so be prepared to walk again.
  • On our way back there were tonnes of taxis outside for if you don't fancy catching the bus. Wimbledon station always has taxis outside too.
  • They have places where you can refill water bottles.
  • They sell small tubs of ice cream for £3.
  • The gift shop isn't that cheap (a t shirt was £26) but they do have less pricey items like pens, pencils, wristbands, keyrings etc.
I hope you enjoyed my post on The Wimbledon Championships! Despite not being the biggest tennis fan I have to say it's really fun to be there watch the games in person. If you're thinking about going then I hope this was helpful. I definitely want to try and go next year. I also hope I get to do more interesting things so I can write posts like these!

Thursday, 3 July 2014

Sugar For Spike Giveaway

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Hello everyone! For today's post I'm promoting Sugar For Spike's launch giveaway who have 5 $100 Urban Decay vouchers up for grabs.

To enter the giveaway, click here and follow the steps!

Sugar For Spike is a new brand based in Singapore. Their first collection has a lot of great pieces which look like they can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion. There's a mix of bold colours and vibrant prints which are balanced out with a few neutrals. I also love the concept behind their lookbook and it looks like a really fun shoot.

But enough from me - this is what they have to say about their debut:

Sugar For Spike is pleased to announce the release of its debut collection editorial lookbook.

The inspiration behind the lookbook comes from two friends, looking for an escape from the perfectionism and commercialism of their city, where they stumble into a “secret” underground hangout to have a little carefree fun.

Dancing and twirling throughout the night, and forgetting whom they are and what the world deems as appropriate behaviour, they end up discovering that the liberation from the night out will be one of the memories they will treasure about their youth.

The collection is slated to release at select retailers and online at sugarforspike.com on 7th August 2014. The line is also available for pre-order now, with free international shipping. Closing date for pre-orders is 10th July 2014.