Archive for ‘Shopping’

August 6, 2012

Shopping : Going for Gold

Team GB are not only hosting the Olympics this Summer, they’re nailing them ! Make the most of the Olympic craze by sporting gold nail polish, accessories or even clothes with a hint of victory ! Here’s a celebration selection of sparkly and glittery clothes and accessories you can find in stores now :

1 : Gingerbread men earrings by Topshop / 2 : Ri2K bag via Asos / 3 : Michael Kors watch via Asos /4 : Sequin Peter Pan necklace by Topshop / 5 : Gold Shatter nail polish by OPI / 6 : Glitter eye shadow by Make-Up Forever / 7 : Shorts by American Retro (-50%) / 8 : Cardigan by Rochas / 9 : Coin necklace (gold medal style !) by River Island / 10 : Sequin dress (pinky gold) by Topshop

And last but not least, I have ordered these Hunter boots (kids – but they go up to a size 5 !) :


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August 2, 2012

Shopping : BlackMilk… LOVE ALERT

Oh. My. God.

One of my favorite paintings transformed into a beautiful pair of BlackMilk leggings…. LOVE. WANT. NEED.

And they’re not the only ones I like… Take a look at these :


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July 25, 2012

Shopping : Chic Maker + SPECIAL OFFER

Recently I received a very exciting box through the post : a Chic Maker kit. I have had hundreds of jewelry making kits over the years and to be honest, as much fun as I had making them, I have never really worn the jewelry created from these kits. The reason why ? Because I never really like them. And to me, THIS is why Chic Maker is different.

Récemment j’ai reçu un beau colis craft par la post – le premier kit à bijou de la nouvelle marque Chic Maker. J’ai déjà eu de nombreux kits à bijoux, et bien que j’aie toujours plaisir à constituer les pièces, j’avoue qu’il est rare que je porte le produit fini – tout simplement parce que je ne le trouve pas chouette. En revanche, Chic Maker propose des projets à la mode ce qui le démarque de ses concurrents.

Chic Maker is a new DIY concept where you pay a monthly fee and receive a project a month in return. The fee is of 24,90€ (including delivery) and each month you receive a new DIY jewelry project to create yourself.

Le concept de Chic Maker est lui aussi différent et très actuel : le principe de la box mensuelle. On s’abonne pour recevoir son projet DIY à 24,90€ par mois (frais de port compris).

I had the honour of testing the very first Chic Maker project to be launched in August. It makes me think of the DIY chain necklace I made not long ago as the trend and tutorial are very similiar – so if you liked my DIY but have not got round to finding chains and thread – give this a shot ! You can subscribe for just one kit or keep your contract going to enjoy a new project each month.

J’ai donc eu l’honneur de tester cette première boîte dont le contenu permet de créer un bracelet en chaîne tressé de fils de soi. Le tutorial est très proche de celui du collier en chaine tressé que j’avais créé il y a quelque temps donc pour celles qui n’ont pas eu le temps de se trouver des chaines et des fils… Ici tout est compris ! Vous pouvez vous désabonner à tout moment pour profiter d’un projet par mois aussi longtemps que vous voulez.

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– The quality of the products used are nice, I especially like the silk thread.

/ La qualité des produits est sympa avec par exemple du fil de soie à tresser.

– The tutorials are illustrated and easy to follow

/ Le tuto est illustré et facile à suivre

– The result is easy to achieve and fashionable

/ Le résultat est chouette et tendance

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– The tutorial is only in French. The images should be enough to manage the project however.

/ Le tuto n’est cependant qu’en français (ce qui ne vous posera pas de problème si vous lisez cette phrase !)


Buy your first Chic Maker box through this link and receive free pliars, ribbon and glue for your DIY projects !

Achetez votre premier kit Chic Maker par ce lien et recevez gratuitement des pinces, du ruban et de la colle pour vos projets DIY !

kit and pliars / box et pinces c/o Chic Maker

xx from Ile de Ré !

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July 9, 2012

Trendspotting : Top 10 wishlist for AW12

Out with the Sales, in with the new trends ! I haven’t been able to keep my eyes off the Autumn Winter collections that are already starting to creep up on us ! Here’s my (just about affordable) Top 10 wishlist so far…

J’en ai déjà marre des Soldes et envie de nouveautés ! Voici ma liste d’envies pour AW12…


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April 26, 2012

Shopping : My H&M Fashion Against Aids selection

April 26th and I’m online queuing at H&M. The Fashion Against Aids collection came out this morning at 9am and WOW did it go fast. When I managed to actually get online I had to hurry – in fact the top I wanted most sold out whilst in my basket ! Unfair ! Anyway, this is what I managed to grab despite the virtual crowd, for a mere £20.00 and all for a good cause (well, my wardrobe thinks so anyway!).

On est le 26 avril et comme beaucoup je fais la queue en ligne pour le site d’H&M. C’est la sortie de leur collection Fashion Against Aids ce matin et les fringues sont parties à une vitesse incroyable – le top que je voulais par dessus tout a même disparu de mon panier en cours de shopping ! Injuste ! Voilà ce que j’ai réussi à m’approprier malgré la foule virtuelle. Le tout pour seulement £20.00 et surtout pour la bonne cause (selon mon armoire !).

The downside : Delivery isn’t until JUNE ! / Le point négatif : Pas de livraison avant JUIN !

Don’t forget to follow my shopping adventures on Facebook, loads of tips and great sites coming your way !


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April 16, 2012

Shopping : Charity Choice April 2012

Creative fashion is not only about DIYing but also about having fun with your style wherever your clothes were purchased. Fashion is about expressing yourself through what you wear and playing with clothes and accessories to fit your mood, an event or even your general personality. When looking for inspiration, the high-street can become a little hypnotizing and you may find it difficult thinking about the clothes you have at home to mix and match with your potential purchase or even find you end up buying things you wouldn’t normally dream of wearing. Of course shops have a million ways of making this happen, starting with the brain washing lights and music and the abundance of clothes in the depth of their shop. So, sometimes it’s nice to shop in new places, places that will inspire you to create yourself rather than beg someone helplessly to take your money and tell you what to wear ; ) A great place to go for a bit of something different is your local charity shop. The charity could be for cancer, it could be for the homeless it could be for the RSPCA like mine is. Whatever the cause it’s definitely a good one : retail therapy for next to nothing !

Take a look at what I found in my local RSPCA shop this month, for a total of UNDER £20 !

Necklace : I like this as it is so I will probably wear it a couple of times before it sees some serious DIYing – I have plans for you my precious !

Leotard : I once fell head over heels for a Manoush poncho with fringes all over but unfortunately couldn’t afford it. It will always be in my ♥… But now this leotard will be on my back !

Cuff : Spot on this season with multiple chains ! Love it !

Wedges : Originally bought in Zara, these wooden wedge pumps are still in great condition. I wouldn’t really buy shoes in a second hand shop but these look almost new, cost me £5 and fit perfectly…

Belt : A metallic soft leather belt from Topshop – bargain baby !

Have you recently had any successful charity shopping sprees ?


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