Sunday, 30 January 2011

Big Day Out in Cardiff

I'm so glam, this is me at the end of the day looking dishevelled and with no make up on and red shoes. Red shoes with pink is a big no no but I was in a rush to catch the bus so I didn't notice that I put these ones on and not my pinky/purple ones. Nevermind...

Dress: style369
Cardigan: asda
Belt and Shoes: New Look

Cardiff looked lovely in the sun today. This is the river Taff, on the one side is the Farmers Market on the other is the Millennium Stadium. (I used to work in one of the bars there when I was in uni)

The Riverside market is every Sunday at 10-2 and you can find out what types of produce is on sale here.
I bought some lovely falafel and some cupcakes for my mum and brother who were at home painting the living room whilst I was out enjoying myself.
I think the market is a great idea. It gives local producers a chance to sell affordable, fresh produce and helps to regenerate the area and build a sense of community. Some of the prices are also cheaper than the supermarkets and there is a lot less packaging and fuel used in the transportation of the good so it's a very cheap and ethical way to shop.




I popped into Wally's to get some American sweets for my brother, you can buy lots of neat things here like marshmallow fluff and Lucky Charms but they also have a great selection of spices, cheese and food from all over the world.

I popped into the great In Aid of Vintage fair in The Woodville pub today and there were loads of bargains and fantastic vintage pieces. It's great to see smaller vintage fairs doing well, some of the larger fairs charge £75 for a single space to sell and for small sellers that amount is a great risk. If you live near Cardiff I suggest you pop in to the next event (I'm sure I will pop the details up on here or twitter)

I got this brooch from the Rose Tinted Vintage girls and I love it, my coat is bright blue so the pink is a great contrast. It's really big and and a bit tacky but I love it. I got paid today so I went completely crazy in Primark and bought 3 bags, a dress and a cardi...oops! I didn't have enough time to fit in the museum today so I'm going to go tomorrow before I got to see All Darlin'.

Not a very relaxing Sunday but very enjoyable!
Hope you had a great weekend
xx

Gemma
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Librarian Chic or not...

I've had a lovely week and had a fab time going for a meal with all the girls from school last night but I did something really bad... I was putting mascara on in my friends car and she went over a bump and the mascara went all over the roof of the car!!! It did come out though but I wont be putting make up on in the car again. You have been warned ;)

Just a few pictures of what I've been wearing to work this week and then I will post a lovely big post tonight of all the exciting things I'm doing today.
Dress: ASOS
Cardigan: asda
Brooch: Accesorize
Bracelet :Dorothy Perkins
Shoes: New Look



 Waiting at the bus stop in a asos ensemble. What a daft pose!
Sookie wanted to say hi :)
Hope you all have a super Sunday
xx

Gemma
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Thursday, 27 January 2011

I'm jumping on the bandwagon and doing a 'What's inside my bag' post.

I got this bag as a present for Christmas from my mam, it was from style 369 and was a steal in the sale for just £12. This bag is HUGE and it's always full when I go to work with magazines to read on the bus and my packed lunch but I took this photo before I went shopping on my day off so it's a little less full than usual.

I always have my Young Persons Rail Card in my bag, I live in the middle of nowhere so I have to get a train to civilization everyday and this card saves me a 1/3 on my ticket.

I have a headhog brush which I've had for aaages, I wash it with shampoo and remove hairs once a week and apparently it's the same one that the Queen uses.

My umbrella is from Primark and I thought it was very Cath Kidston-esque and it was only about £3.

My purse is from Accessorize and I picked it up in the sale, it's the prefect size for a few cards and coins.

I love my 20gb ipod, I use it a bit like an external hard drive too so it's got all sorts on there but mainly Morrissey, Mystery Jets and Maccabees songs.

The diary is from Cath Kidston and was a gift from my brother, I couldn't function without my diary I'm so forgetful! My shifts change all the time so I can keep track of them with my little diary. My keyring is also from Cath Kidston, noticing a theme yet? :)

My make up bag is a cheap Primark buy, it's just like the Cath Kidston oil cloth ones but only cost me £1.50. Here's what's inside...
I use Lancome Art Liner liquid liner, hypnose mascara and their eyeliner. They all have great staying power and are well worth the money.

I love my Chanel powder, I got it free with all my Boots points which is great because I would never pay £30 for powder.

I use mac concealer because it's so creamy and blends in well and I got the lipstick free when I took in old packaging to  be recycled, I think that's a great scheme and more make up brands should do it. It's a very boring nude colour but I like it because it looks quite 60s.

The YSL foundation was a bit of an impulse buy but it the best make up item I've ever bought. It comes with a built in brush and it's called Perfect Touch.

The Lipstick and eye primer are both Urban Decay. The lipstick is another boring shade, just a light pink. The primer is great and really helps my make up stay on all day in work. I've had it for over a year and there is still plenty left.

I left out all the receipts and bus tickets that were in my bag because that's not very interesting unless you want to know that I bought orange juice 3 weeks ago ;) What do you have in your bag? Do you carry everything around with you like me or do you only carry the essentials?

Gemma
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Wednesday, 26 January 2011

Polka Dot



A rare outfit post for you today, I don't do them that often because I really can't take a good photo. This was the best of the bunch and I took about 15! I bought this dress in the sales and I was so happy to find it because it was originally about £60 in the Evans Beth Ditto range and I got it for £20 once I used a voucher I had. It's a bit dressed up for work but never mind! The brooch is from Accessorize and I mentioned it in my previous sales post.

I'm pretty excited about the weekend. On Saturday I'm going for a meal with the girls from school to have a good catch up. I'm going to the Riverside farmers market on Sunday, then to see some new exhibitions at  the National Museum and then I'm going to go to the In Aid of Vintage event in the evening to hopefully pick up some bargains and enjoy a glass of wine at the same time.
Getting up to anything exciting this weekend?
xx

Gemma
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Sunday, 23 January 2011

The Little Fox and Top Charity Shop Buys

I've been out and about bargain hunting this week so I have a few things to share with you.

First up is a etsy seller called The Little Fox. She describes herself as a picture crafter, imagination enthusiast, and bedtime stories fabricator. The Little Fox sells adorable postcards, prints and jewellery that have a Blythe doll/Tim Burton feel. I ordered two packs of post cards- the Little Fairy Tales Collection and the Book Lovers Post Card Collection (very apt for me) I'm going to put one in a frame and keep the others to send as thank you cards.

My favourite postcard
I went to Whitchurch this week to have coffee with friends and I couldn't resist a quick look in the charity shops. I found this lovely mirror and brush set for £3 and the lace table cloth underneath was 50p( very tacky) and I love both items. I also bought 5 paperbacks for a pound even though I have no more room for books.
Hope you are having a lovely Sunday, I've not been feeling the best this week so I'm under the duvet on the sofa with Sookie (my lovely lab) waiting for my mam to cook the Sunday roast.
xx

Gemma
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Saturday, 22 January 2011

Vintage fashion events

I usually mention vintage events in south Wales but I have found a few in the rest of the UK which I thought I could share with you all:)
Blind Lemon have released some new dates for vintage fairs-



Cardiff 6th February
at The City Hall (Maggies Dress Vintage that I mentioned in my previous post will be there)

Bristol 13th February
at The Anson Rooms, Queens Road, Clifton.

Cheltenham 20th February
at The Pittville Pump Rooms, Pittville Park. 
 

Gloucester 27th February at The Guildhall, 23 Eastgate St. 

Swansea 13th March at George Hall, Brangwyn Hall, The Guildhall.

Entry is 
£4.00 and £3.00 concessions and all events are open 10-4

Also.....

Gemma
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Wednesday, 19 January 2011

Maggies Dress Vintage

When the lovely Kelly from Maggies Dress invited me along to a vintage photo shoot I jumped at the chance.
A day out surrounded by lovely vintage clothes? yes please!
Kelly Weeks is from Abercarn, South Wales (really close to me) and runs Maggies Dress Vintage, which sells vintage clothes, accessories, homeware and jewellery.

Gemma
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Monday, 17 January 2011

Outfit post and Charity Shop finds

Popped down to town today to look around the charity shops and this is what I wore-
Don't know why I look so unimpressed...

Had a little play around on Picnik, curved the edges and played with the colours, very technical for me! I love this t shirt, I has a horse on it and I got it from a shop called Supre in New Zealand a few years ago. The scarf is from a charity shop, the skirt is Dorothy Perkins, the bag is from style369 and I'm wearing my fave cardi from asda.

Didn't find much today but I did find another great book-
It has a fab sections about pop music and fashion of the time along with all the main news events of the year, There were a few other years there too which I might go back for because they were only 99p.

I would like to say a big thank you to Ariana of fatale fashion for honouring me with a 'Your Blog is Breathtaking' award :)

Gemma
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Giveaway Winner

Lots of things to cram in to one post today!

First up is the result of my giveaway, I put all the names on little pieces of paper and put them in a tea cup and drew the winner-

The winner is...
Claire is the lucky girl who will receive a £25 voucher to spend at csn stores :)

I felt bad that just one person would receive a gift so I drew another name-
 Nicola is going to receive a a secret parcel full of goodies.
Thank you to everyone that entered!

Gemma
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Thursday, 13 January 2011

Jacobs Antiques Centre Cardiff

Jacob's is one of Cardiff's best kept secrets, mainly because it's hidden away behind Central train station. It has three floors with about 50 small stalls all in one building. From the outside it doesn't look like much but once inside you will find a world that stands apart from the rest of the city. It provides a great contrast to all the new shops in St Davids 2 and high street giants that are taking over Cardiff city centre.

It is open Thursday to Saturday, 9.30-5 and has a cafe that serves great homemade food and is a great place for a cuppa after a few hours browsing the stalls. There are quite a few eccentric stall holders, I met one today who was talking to her dolls...

There is great variety inside with stock ranging from kitchenware, pretty tins, military memorabilia and vintage clothes. There are stuffed badgers by the entrance and lots of men looking at old medals and swords but don't let that put you off because there are some great treasures inside.
  Today I found these two lovely books in Jacobs
Which had some pretty illustrations

















Gemma
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Wednesday, 12 January 2011

The Great British Bake Off

I was a huge fan of the first series of The Great British Bake Off and I'm not usually a fan of cookery competitions especially things like Masterchef but how I could I resist a show with so many sublime cakes, pastries and quiches? (and Sue Perkins)

If you want to take part in the second series there is still time to apply, for details visit http://www.bbc.co.uk/showsandtours/beonashow/great_british_bake_off.shtml

I am an avid reader of both of the series finalists blog's which you can find here- He-Eats and The Pink Whisk. Whilst reading The Pink Whisk blog I came across the recipe for Chocolate Pudding Teacups and I HAD to make them. Tea cups and cakes are my fave things so combining them was a great idea, thanks Ruth Clemens!

They came out soo well and I'm going to make them again for sure. Here are a few pictures to inspire you to make some.  You can find the recipe here. I sprinkled a little Icing sugar on mine because I didn't have any cream. I baked mine for 15 mins and they had some gooey chocolate in the middle but I would say 12 mins would probably give you the best result.
There is a book which accompanies the series and I borrowed it from the library I work in, well worth buying or borrowing a copy from your local library there are some fantastic, mouthwatering recipes in there.


Are you going to make chocolate pudding teacups? Have you baked anything nice recently?
xx

Gemma
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Libraries Gave Us Power

Hope you don't mind a serious post for a change...

I was totally inspired what Helen at Afeitar said about libraries and I also feel passionate about that state of libraries in the UK at the moment so I decided to write something similar.
Yes, I am a library assistant so I'm a little biased but libraries are important and need to be saved!
There has been a lot in the news recently about the cuts that libraries will face under the ConDem government, so it is more important then ever to support your local library. This blog has compiled a list of all the library closures in the UK and it makes for pretty bleak reading. I hope I can convince you to visit your local library, the more you visit and the more books you take out the less likely it is to shut. Local authorities are less likely to cut a service that is performing well.

Libraries are free so why not visit and have a look at what they can offer you? If you want to take up a new hobby then the library can help, they have books on everything from knitting to photography, cookery to fishing and much more. If you live in Wales and want to check out what time your local library is open or search the online library catalogue visit http://www.library.wales.org/ There is also free Internet access at the library and my local authority has an amazing selection of DVDs and CD's available to borrow. Libraries are a great place to interact with people in your community, we hold knitting groups, reading groups, q&a sessions with authors, activities for children, craft demonstrations and computer classes. Libraries are also a great resource for those who are unemployed, they have job search points and Internet access means people can apply and search online for jobs which greatly increases their chances of gaining employment.


Libraries are not stuffy places, the ones I work in all over Caerphilly County Borough council are lovely modern spaces, there are no librarians glaring at you and saying shhhhhhh if you make a noise. The following pictures are of Rhymney and Pengam library.
To sum it all up 'use it or lose it' once the libraries close down you may never get them back and that would be very sad indeed!
Have you got any fond memories of your local library?

Gemma
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Monday, 10 January 2011

Charity shop find and lovely e.l.f buys

Got a great post coming up soon about a vintage fashion shoot I was invited to and I'm going to lots of events in my area which I will report back to everyone. Don't forget to enter my giveaway here for your chance to win £25 to spend on lovely things :)

The first thing I have to show you is a great charity shop find
I got this gorgeous pink glass dressing table set for £4 in the St Anne’s Hospice. I really love the little pots, I've put all my hair clips and brooches in them. My dressing table looks so much neater now!

 
I have seen loads of great reviews about e.l.f. products on make up blogs and everything is on the site is so cheap I thought I would give it a go. I was a bit sceptical because I do like to buy quite expensive make up because I believe what you put on your skin is very important and I don't want to risk a break out, I had quite bad skin as a teenager so make up has always been important to me to cover up imperfections.
Here are the products I bought

The tinted moisturiser is great, just as good as any of the more expensive ones I have bought, it's pretty small but that I reflected in the price which is only £1.50. It had enough coverage and has spf15 in it so it's great for everyday wear, it was nice and light too.

The blush and pressed powder are lovely, nothing amazing but totally great for the price and the blusher is a great size for weekend away or holidays when you don't want to take full size make up.

I love the product zit zapper and not just because of the name. It contains Salicylic Acid, Tea Tree Oil, Witch Hazel and Camphor which all help fight acne. I am happy with this product and it will take a little time to see if it works but it has reduced redness, yay!

The lilac nail polish was only a pound and you only needed two coats, can't got wrong.
Here's what it looks like on, pretty good ey?

The best two products I got were the all over cover stick, you can use it to even out problem area and act as a base or use it as an eye primer. It has a really nice citrus smell, I think I'm going to use loads of this product. Also the under eye concealer and highlighter is a great product. The concealer gives enough coverage, I wont be using the highlighter under my eyes but I have used it under my brow and it looked fab.

Got any great charity shop finds to share with me or can you recommend any good beauty products?




Gemma
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Sunday, 9 January 2011

More Cardiff Vintage Fashion Events

There are loads of great vintage events coming up in the next few months I will post the details a bit closer to the date for most of the events but these two are happening in the next few weeks.

First is the In Aid of Vintage - Charity Vintage Fair No: 3
This time it's in aid of Positive Women, a charity that works with communities in Africa to support them to live informed, productive and empowered lives. Pop down and you can expect to find vintage clothing, accessories, vinyl Record, unique jewellery and jumble chic!
It's in The Woodville pub in Cathays, Cardiff on 30th of Jan and is running from 3-6pm.
Entry is free so why not pop in, it will be a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon.



Here are some photos from the last In Aid Of event-






There is also going to be another event in Buffalo Boutique event, I mentioned the last one in an old post and you can find you more details of who will be selling there here.

Gemma
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Friday, 7 January 2011

100 Followers Giveaway!

Thank you for following my blog and leaving lovely comments!  

Gemma
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Detox Your Wardrobe!

Have you looked into your wardrobe recently and noticed how many items you never wear?
Isn't it time to 'detox' your wardrobe and help Cancer Research UK at the same time?
One bag of clothes alone can do the world of good, so rather than slimming yourself down in January, slim down your wardrobe. Television presenters Dawn Porter, Konnie Huq and Lorraine Kelly are all backing the 'Detox Your Wardrobe' campaign.

Charity shops are always in need to good quality donated items to sell. This is the perfect excuse to clear out all your unwanted clothes, books, DVD's and unwanted Christmas presents.

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Find out what you can donate, then simply drop your items into your local Cancer Research UK shop.

Not only will you be de-cluttering, you’ll also be helping to raise money to fund the charity’s lifesaving research into the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer so please get involved!

If you don't live near a Cancer Research shop or would like to make a little money from your unwated clothes then you can sell on ebay. You can make a profit and make a difference at the same time by donating a percentage of the profits to Cancer Research UK.

Your donated items could be worth more than you think!
Last year Cancer Research UK raised over £52 million from generous donations of clothing, household and entertainment items made to their shops.  A bag of donated clothes could sell for £30 – enough to buy two lab coats to protect scientists from harmful chemicals, and their experiments from contamination.

I've chosen some things to drop off tomorrow-
Are you going to do the same?


Gemma
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Tuesday, 4 January 2011

Caru: Blogs I love

This post is dedicated to some of my favourite blogs and they all have something in common. They are all written by people who are Welsh or who are based in Wales :)

Rai from Blargle Fargle


Rai is a Psychology student at Newport University so she qualifies for my Welsh blog post :) I adore her cute, quirky sense of style. She mixes patterns and colours and is almost always to be found in a dress like me (I just don't do trousers). Her blog highlights her individual style, great photography and also showcases her brilliant illustration skills.
Rai creates these cute ragdolls


You can get your own rag doll on her blog for less than a Starbucks and I think they would make a great present for someone.


Gemma
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