Throwback Thursday: The First Cover of Vogue

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“Celebrating the ceremonial side of life, which attracts the sage, as well as debutante, men of affairs as well as the belle.”

 

 

 

 

September 1916

The 1st British Vogue-1916

“The time has come to talk of many things, -of shoes and furs and lingerie, and if one flares or clings, and where the waist-line ought to be, and whether hats have wings”

 

 

 

 

The 1st Paris Vogue-1920

An illustration by Helen Dryden of two ‘tennis women’- a celebration of the ‘sport of the moment’.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Monday Musings: The Big Issue

How many of us have walked quickly, trying to avoid making eye contact with a Big Issue seller? I’m sure we’re all guilty of it, I know I am! Every now and then I’ll look up and politely decline, it must be so hard being ignored by passers by when you’re desperately trying to make a living..

I hadn’t thought too deeply about this until I read an article in the Metro last week when I was travelling to work. You see, these people selling The Big Issue aren’t ‘scroungers’ ( I read that sellers often get verbally abused for this) they’re actually trying to make a living. Yes they’ve lived tough lives and most of them have been homeless (I’m not sure on the ins and outs of each seller, I know I don’t know them personally and I am aware that some of them may have committed crimes etc in the past), but I thought at least they are trying to help themselves!

You may know this already, but each seller pays £1.25 per magazine (which I presume means that if they don’t sell, they lose money) and they then sell it on to the public for £2.50- which I think is a lot to do with the lack of interest by the public. However, after reading the article I felt a pang of guilt, I know I don’t owe them anything, and some might go as far as saying they got themselves in that situation in the first place, but surely sparing £2.50 to somebody less fortunate can’t be that difficult?

This struck a chord with me, which is why I stopped and bought one from the first seller I came across- and he was so grateful-it made me feel all warm and fuzzy inside!

I’m not suggesting we all have to buy from them every Tuesday, but every now and again is a good place to start!

You can read more about the Big Issue and their work to help the homeless here!

Banana Pancakes

Amazing idea!

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Having over indulged last week I felt that there was no way I could justify another piece of birthday cake…for breakfast!

Cue my guilt free, gluten free breakfast of dreams

Drum roll please…..

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Banana Pancakes- ridiculously easy to make and absolutely delicious.

First: Play this and leave it running in the background! Jack Johnson- Banana Pancakes.

You will need (1 serving):

  • 1 ripe banana
  • 2 free range eggs
  • 1 tsp Lucy Bee Coconut Oil

ingredients

  • Any toppings of your choice

toppings

blueberries

I added a tsp of flaxseed to mine but this is optional.  As long as you have the banana and eggs you are good to go.

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1) Mash the banana

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2) Whisk the eggs together

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3) Combine the banana, eggs and flaxseed and mix

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4) Pop your Lucy Bee Coconut Oil into your frying pan

5) Laddle a good sized dollop (technical term) into the pan

6) Wait for the down…

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Soap and Glory, Scrub of Your Life!

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Let me just get right into it and tell you guys that this is the best body scrub/body butter combo that I have ever used, and here are a few reasons why:

The Scrub of Your Life Exfoliater

  • It leaves your skin feeling silky smooth- sounds a little obvious but there are some scrubs out there that just don’t live up to their expectations!
  • It doubles as a shaving foam (because it foams up so well), leaving legs perfectly smooth and soft!
  • It isn’t of a creamy, runny consistency (like some I’ve tried), but instead it is more like a sticky gel which lathers amazingly! A little goes a long way!
  • It isn’t abrasive on the skin whatsoever!
  • I love the flowery, sweet scent!

The Righteous Body Butter

  • I am not usually one for body butters, I find a lot of them aren’t the right consistency- but this one is amazing- it has such a luxurious, rich, creamy texture!
  • Is it a little weird that it reminds me of freshly whipped cream? (Yum..)
  • It feels super soft, moisturizing and luxurious!

I really recommend giving these a try-I’ve linked them both individually, but you could save a bit by buying the two in the ‘Affection Gift Set’ , which is the one I received as a gift from my sister!

Enjoy, and let me know what you think! I’m thinking of using some of their other products soon as well, so any of your recommendations would be great!

Bargain Hunting!

Here are a few items that I have purchased on both Ebay and Vinted (a swap and sell app, similar to Ebay) over the last month or so. I’ve found that a lot of high street stores can be quite over priced, which is why I’ve been searching for bargains elsewhere before I commit to buying from the high street. You can find some gems from the high street on Ebay and Vinted anyway, so it is definitely worth having a little look! The only thing I found was that it is very easy to get addicted to bidding on an item, it gets very competitive, which is why some of the items may aren’t neccessarily the cheapest, but I’d like to think I saved some money in the process!

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I can’t wait to style this gingham midi skirt! Originally from Primark and only recently retailing for £15, I paid around £8 on Ebay!
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Originally from Miss Selfridge, I paid an amazing price of £3 for this pleated midi skirt! Such a bargain for an on trend skirt!
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Including P&P I paid £9.99 for this over-sized denim jacket that was originally from Topshop!
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I paid around £12 for this lace, fringed kaftan (originally from New Look). I wish I’d paid less for this as I could have bought new for around this price, but I got a little too competitive with my bidding.. oops..
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I bought this from Vinted and the best thing about this is that when I signed up for Vinted I received a free £5 voucher.. This skirt was £4.50, and all I had to do was pay £3.70 postage! It is a gorgeous black tulle style midi skirt and I love how versatile it is!

 

Pick of the day: New Sandals

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I am so in love with my new flat sandals from Urban Outfitters! The little elephant studs add a really delicate, pretty touch. I have been looking for a perfect pair of sandals, and when I saw these I fell in love with the cute detailing and classic style!

Outfit of the Day: A Celine Inspired Look!


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Dress: River Island (£22)
Over-sized Denim Jacket: Ebay (£9.99), originally Topshop (£40)

I love the fit of this dress from River Island, its kind of like an over sized T-shirt dress, but with a bit more of a body con fit, and I especially love that it is an amazing dupe of the Celine brush stroke print! I teamed it with bare legs and my Celine inspired slip on skater shoes, but I it looks just as good with tights (I tucked some in my handbag just in case it rained, which it did.) The dress is so versatile, I wore it casually today for a shopping trip, but it could be dressed up so easily with a pair of strappy sandals! The jacket is a bargain buy from Ebay, I’ve done a lot of purchasing on there lately (as well as on Vinted) and I’ll hopefully have a blog up soon of what I got my hands on!

Primark Bendy Rollers: A Surprising Success!

Recently I have been keeping my eyes peeled for products that will create effortless beachy waves- I haven’t got the time to mess around with curling tongs before work! At the same time I’m always a bit dubious about hair products, questioning whether they will actually work and whether they are worth the expensive price tag that come with the well known brands.

Enter Bendy Rollers from Primark:

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I’ve always been a bit dubious about these too,  but as I did my usual sweep of almost every inch of Primark on payday I saw these, and on a whim I thought ‘For £1.50 I’ll give them a try’. And I am so glad that I did, because the results were very impressive, especially as they were so cheap.

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It took ten minutes before I went to bed to pop them in and I definitely wasn’t that perfect about it (I’m quite impatient with these sorts of things), the only downfall for me is that I could have done with an extra one, because my hair is quite long and of medium thickness.

And the funny part? I slept with a pair of  old tights on my head to keep them all in place as I slept! I don’t have a picture of this (lucky for you), but it is actually a top tip, just make sure you tie the ‘leg parts’ in a tight knot above your head!

Here are the results (baring in mind my hair is thick, but naturally quite straight):

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And even better, they lasted pretty much all day, and when the curls did ‘drop’, they gave me a nice beachy wave 🙂

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I know bendy rollers are nothing new- but for £1.50 at Primark I had to rave about how impressive they actually were! 🙂