Thursday, 26 November 2015

- JewelleryBox does Black Friday...

In all honesty, I'm not entirely sure how I feel about Black Friday. Firstly, Thanksgiving isn't typically celebrated in the UK and secondly, I personally don't feel like I need the start of Christmas shopping to be marked because knowing me, I'll leave it until the last minute anyway.

And then there's the aggressive/animalistic/desperate crowds *shudder*. Oh and the fact that people have been trampled to death. Literally. It's appalling that that's not me exaggerating. And scary.

But then hello online shopping and the addition of cyber Monday, making the stampedes easier to avoid. And who doesn't love a good bargain?!

Especially when you've just moved into an unfurnished flat.

Yep. Whilst buying a sofa, bed, tv, microwave etc has surprisingly been exciting and super fun (hello I'm Karen and I'm getting older), there's something in the back of my mind which still classes it all as 'boring adult crap'.

We all need retail therapy now and then. The perfect pick me up after a tedious day, or just a treat simply because. For me, jewellery most definitely falls into that category. Brands are jumping on the Black Friday bandwagon like there's no tomorrow and, admittedly, I've become slightly weary of my inbox being plagued. In fact, I may have even made the effort to actually click the hidden 'unsubscribe' button on a few (meow).

However, one campaign I'm fully backing is that by Jewellerybox.
a) because it's a fun idea with an element of mystery, which always ticks the box in my eyes.
b) because they add special touches with their careful packaging.
c) because JewelleryBox recognise the value of bloggers and make extra effort to maintain relationships.
d) because their pieces are affordable, good quality and SUPER cute!

Read below to find out their plans for Black Friday (TOMORROW!!)...

Each day this week, JewelleryBox have been revealing a selected product from their favourites, which you can now view here*. For tomorrow only, you can purchase one of them for just £1! ONE POUND! Say whaaaat?!

I have to admit, I'm slightly gutted none of their rings are included as these are my favourite pieces, plus I don't actually have my ears pierced (I know, I know, I need to sort that out), but the snowflake and bird charms are adorable.

As well as the amazing £1 deal, Jewellerybox are also offering £1 shipping on all orders (only tomorrow) as well as their usual free shipping for orders over £10. It's kind of ridiculous how happy I was to read this, but I literally hate when you find a bargain online to then realise the delivery costs £13,847,832,498.99 (you get the gist).

ALSO if you're in London, they currently have a cute Winter Wonderland themed pop up shop until the 28th December, which I'm definitely going to try and visit. If you can get there tomorrow, you'll be able to see the selected Black Friday pieces in person - eep!

Have you heard of JewelleryBox before? What do you think of these bargain pieces?

*Products marked with an asterix (*) have been gifted. I only feature products/services to my personal taste and all opinions are 100% my own.


Sunday, 22 November 2015

- Sunday Summary: Yoga, Grazing & Next Chapters...

Well, what a tease. "Hi guys, I’m taking a break whilst I job hunt and settle into a new role." "Guys, guys guess what I’m back." "Oh see ya I’m now flat hunting and oh, now I’m moving flat".

Gawd I’m annoying. If you’ve (for some unknown reason) stuck with me then I owe you the biggest, warmest THANK YOU ever!

So yeah, my life is now in the next chapter and I’m happy to get back into a routine. But I have to admit, I have no idea how often I’ll be posting. There’s no way I can stick to my previous every other day routine, but I’d love to post more than twice a week.

Looking back, I have to laugh. I used to join so many Twitter chats and offer blogging advice. My number 1 rule? Be consistent. PAH easier said than done right? Whilst it’s great for your readers to know when to return for new content, and to feel more organised yourself; sometimes, it’s just not possible. And wow, I must have been annoying. “That bloody Style Sunrise thinking she’s a know-it-all, what if my life doesn’t allow consistent posting sdfkndkfnd!”.

So now I guess I’m saying I HEAR YA AND I’M SORRY FORGIVE ME PLEZ. Out of curiosity I checked my DA (domain authority FYI) the other day and boy has it gone down. But then I realised I wasn’t actually that bothered. If you blog as a full-time job, then sure, it’s important. I work in social media and my beady eye is certainly on the stats at all times, but this blog is a hobby for me and to be honest, I very rarely look at/care about stats.

So with all of that out, I wanted to return with one of my classic lifestyle summary posts, because well, we need to catch up. Here’s a few photos from the past few weeks you may have seen on my Instagram (which I’ll also be returning to), plus some more.

A few weeks ago, I put my yoga pants on and headed to Alexandra Palace (or Ally Pally as it's known, which never fails to make me cringe whenever I hear it) for the Om Yoga Show. This is a huge annual exhibition where open yoga classes are held and related brands (think Nakd bars, Vita Coconut Water, Pukka Herbs tea etc) flaunt their products on stalls.

I entered the world of yoga earlier this year, and whilst I still do it mainly to increase strength and flexibility, I've definitely learnt there's a heck of a lot more to it than the Instafamous accounts where scantily clad poses are showcased whilst balancing on a tropical island/infinity pool.

We headed to Oxfordshire one weekend for a friend's birthday where a group of us did GoApe. I can get quite scared of heights but this was honestly hilarious, plus it was tipping it down making the course extra slippery. I spent the entire week afterwards aching like a b*tch. The day after we went on a long dog walk where we came across some alpacas - SO cute!

Ok, so you can tell how long I've been meaning to post these images. Pumpkins, poppies and autumnal colours kind of give the game away, but hey ho.

Have you heard of graze*? If not, where have you been? AND they're available in the US which makes me super happy because I often feel bad when my overseas readers ask if UK only brands are accessible, so YAY! As you can see each box contains 4 individual snacks (afternoon cake & tea anyone?) which can also be purchased separately in a number of stores (graze good to go).

For £3.95 (inc. delivery), you get to choose how frequently you wish to receive the boxes, how healthy you'd like them to be and you can rate each recipe, allowing you to request what to receive next - let me tell you, the mince pie flapjack is UNREAL. Seriously.

Sticking to food, which constantly seems to be a theme on this blog, is this insanely delicious tiramisu. Me and Rob spontaneously decided to head out for dinner one evening after work and justified silly amounts of drink and dessert as a "yay we have a flat" celebration. We ended up going to Spaghetti House (opposite Libertys) and, well, how could a blogger not photograph this tiramisu. Presentation: top marks... and the taste wasn't too bad either ;).

Flowers and candles can only mean one thing: Making a house a home. In the midst of unpacking and sorting our belongings out, Amara generously sent over a sugar plum candle (£13*) and floral romance diffuser (£30.75*). Perfect timing or what? And they both smell beautiful. Their website has a really modern, fresh vibe and I'll definitely be returning when I get my act together and start Christmas shopping.

Our move-in date coincided with fireworks/bonfire events, which we liked to pretend were there to welcome us... ahem... sorry, what? Who said that?

If you’re a babe and have missed my posts (think how I feel?! Waiting for 3 weeks for internet has left me in a shaking state not been easy), heck I’ve missed creating them. And then there’s my need to catch up on other blogs. I’ll be back to commenting on my faves and hopefully discovering more of you in the blogging world, so see you on the other side ;).

Let me know if you want to see more summary posts like this in the comments below.

*Products marked with an asterix (*) have been gifted. I only feature products/services to my personal taste and all opinions are 100% my own.


Wednesday, 4 November 2015

- Threads & Beauty: Lash and Brow Collection...

Like it or not, everyone has their personal beauty woes. Dry skin, weak nails, split ends, patchy fake tan; the list goes on, but popular ones seem to involve brows and lashes. Perfectly symmetrical Cara Delevingne-esque brows and thick, fluttering lashes are highly sought after.

I'm definitely guilty of not knowing when to put the tweezers down during my teen years, and after taking years to sort my brows out, I'm finally happy with them. I guess you can put this down to threading. Back in 2013 I travelled around Sri Lanka and taught English at various colleges, one being a beauty college. In return for the lessons, the students offered to paint our nails, give facials and do our brows. We all know the huge impact our brows have on our overall facial expressions (the surprised and worried looks aren't on trend..), so for some, this offer set alarm bells ringing. However, my brows couldn't really have been much worse, so I allowed the students to do their thing. I now get them done every 3-4 months and haven't looked back! But what about my search for brow products?

Inspired by Threads brow and beauty bar's in Ireland, the brand have released their own range of brow and lash products. With rising success, the collection has recently launched in one of the go-to stores for all you makeup mavens out there: Harvey Nichols. I'm still yet to find the perfect brow product and despite not being a regular wearer of falsies, I enjoy wearing them now and then, so I was keen to see how this brow and lash range performs.

Brown Illuninata Brow pencil, £15*

Brow products are something I struggle with in the beauty world. Not only with finding the perfect formula, but also finding the most flattering shade. I find so many brands available in the UK often have a red tinge to them, which is why I tend to prefer Asian beauty brands as their shade range is seriously impressive. I kindly received the Brown Illuninata Brow pencil (shade 2), and whilst that chestnut tinge is still present, it's ever so subtle and I've decided it actually looks quite flattering against my skin tone.

Shade aside, the real show stopper with this is the lasting power. The packaging reads 'semi-permeanant' and they're not lying; this thing does not budge whatsoever. It's amazing for days where you can't be bothered to touch up your makeup, and despite it's impressive staying power, it still vanishes with ease with a decent cleanser/makeup remover.

I feel I can enhance my arch and add definition to my brows perfectly with this, plus the spoolie on the other end is high-quality - it literally grabs each and every hair in one stroke to keep brows tamed.

Vavavoom Lashes, £9*

Now time for the lashes. Admittedly, I'm not really an expert when it comes to false lashes, but I had no problems when applying these. The included adhesive ensures lashes stay put, without feeling uncomfortable. I trimmed a tiny bit off each lash so they fitted my eye shape and used tweezers for precise application. Once on, I actually forgot I was wearing them they're that light.

If you seek longer lashes, these really are a gorgeous natural option, but I wouldn't recommend them if you're looking to add volume. When it came to removing them, they peeled off like a dream - none of that dreaded tugging feeling, and I've stored them back in the box ready for next time!

What are your go-to brow & lash products? Have you heard of Threads before?

*Products marked with an asterix (*) have been gifted. I only feature products/services to my personal taste and all opinions are 100% my own.