Monthly Archives: August 2013

Meet August’s Lovely Blogger Advertisers!

Posted on August 27, 2013

Hi Guys,

Please check out this month’s lovely blogger advertisers below!

Fashion's Fondest Fancy

Fashion’s Fondest Fancy is a fashion, beauty and lifestyle blog that is sugar coated, light hearted and aims to inspire and delight through a range of bright illustrative posts x

I (Mrs FFF) am trained in fashion and retail merchandising but decided to go into a career in higher education. I am also a wife to my long suffering, wardrobe deprived husband and mummy to James 🙂

 

Courtzmelv

COURTZMELV is a current, regularly updated fashion, beauty and lifestyle blog written by me, Courtney Melville, a 19 year old girl from a small town in Hertfordshire, United Kingdom. I have a love for the classy, pretty, sentimental things in life. My blog features a wide variety of content, such as outfit posts, beauty and fashion reviews, a weekly week in photos post, wish lists and other random posts about anything and everything really, making my blog that little bit different. I aim to inspire and educate other fashion and beauty lovers, and attempt to give them an insight into the life of the girl behind the blog. My blog is always open to new features too, making it very versatile.

All About Beauty

My name is Sheree, and I’m a 30 something whose been obsessed with the world of beauty and makeup for most of my life, until one day I decided to share my obsession with the world and that is how my little blog ‘ All About Beauty ‘ came into existence 🙂 My little corner of the web is only about a year old, and I hope I continue to love blogging in the near future. I blog mainly about beauty related things, but I have been known to blog about lifestyle things occasionally. Thanks to Michelle for getting my blog known, I can’t thank her enough 🙂

If you’re interested in advertising with Thou Shalt Not Covet from only £2 a month, please email me at tsncblog@hotmail.co.uk xxx
 

Today’s Bargain OOTD + 20% Jewellery Discount!

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Hi Guys!

Today’s post is a quick OOTD to show you my new blazer! I got such a good deal in the sale at House of Fraser, it was reduced from £50 to £30 to £25! Check it out here! It’s made of a lovely soft jersey material with gold spikes on the shoulders, a real bargain at £25! I love it! I also wanted to show off my lovely Gold Prism triangle necklace from Millie ‘n’ Mae, which I have literally been wearing every day since I’ve received it.

gold triangle necklace

millie n mae necklace

Millie ‘n’ Mae sell gorgeous affordable jewellery, and now you can get 20% off your order with code TSNC20 😀 xxx

My Ultimate Wishlist for Autumn/Winter 2013

Posted on August 25, 2013

Hi Guys!

As you probably know I’m getting married in a few weeks time, and I’m crazy busy at the moment!, So today I’m excited to have my very first guest post! The lovely Laura from Fashion For 21 has an awesome autumn / winter wish list to share with you, I hope you enjoy! xx

guest post for thou shalt not covet

1. Tartan Skirt – Zara

2. Multi Pack of Rings – Zara

3. White Blouse – H&M

4. Houndstooth Scarf -Zara

5. Shearling Biker Jacket – River Island

6. Check Scarf – Zara

7. Nail Polish in Velvet Goth – Models Own

8. Oatmeal Cardi – Topshop

9. Lipstick in Beguiled – Topshop

10. Nail Paint in Aurora – Topshop

11. Mini Bowling Bag – Zara

12. Chunky Boots – Topshop

13. Nail Paint in Matte Easy Peasy – Topshop

Hi! I’m Laura from Fashion For 21 and I wanted to share with all you lovely readers my Ultimate Wishlist for Autumn/Winter. This is my very first guest post, and I hope you all enjoy reading it. Now, I’m not gonna lie and say I’m not skint – I am. But if I did have all the money in the world then these pieces are what I’d stock up on for the coming season.

I’m a massive fan of layering, and the pieces I’ve picked would look great layered up together. The tartan trend is going to be HUGE next season and I’m in love with this little skirt from Zara, they also do the same print for trousers so are worth checking out. Take a note from Le Happy and wear tartan with a cute oversized shirt for layering brownie points. I’ve chosen this lovely big biker jacket from River Island since it just looks so cosy, same goes for that slouchy cardigan from Topshop. I’ve picked out a couple of gorgeous scarves to add a touch of tartan to an outfit (if you don’t want to be sporting the full-on kilt) and pairing these with the chunky boots would just look tres chic don’t-cha-think?

Finally for beauty items, the vampy lip is back for Autumn (not gonna resist it) so I’ve chosen a wonderfully daring shade from Topshop’s lipstick range, along with some lovely Nail colours for night and day (that’s the grey for day, the metallic tone for night – in case you were wondering). And last but not least, I hope I’m not the only one amazed excited casually looking forward to working some of the Model’s Own Velvet Goth collection into their beauty regime? I’m really loving the colours for winter, particularly the red berry tone, and they aren’t half festive!

So I hope that wasn’t too much of an excruciating read – these are my favourite items I’ve seen for next season, let me know if you agree with what I’ve picked out and anything you’re looking forward to! Also let me know what you think of tartan, I think it might be a marmite item for some but personally I love it.

Thanks for reading

Laura from Fashion For 21

Moroccanoil Hair Treatment Oil Review

Posted on August 21, 2013

Hi Guys!

Today’s review is of something I’m sure you’ve all heard of – Moroccanoil Hair Treatment. I’ve been aware of this for a while but not actually had a chance to try it till recently. Unfortunately my hair is a bit of a sore subject, it’s not in great condition at all so I’m willing to try anything that might help!

morocconoil treatment review

So firstly, a little bit of history behind the brand. Moroccanoil was founded by Carmen Tal – whilst travelling in Israel her hair became damaged after colouring, a friend then took her to a hair salon where she received an oil repair treatment for her badly damaged hair. She was so impressed with the treatment that she set up her own business to share the product with the rest of the world!

‘Moroccanoil® Treatment’s versatile, nourishing and residue-free formula can be used as a conditioning, styling and finishing tool. It blends perfectly with other products and even speeds up drying time. This treatment for hair completely transforms and repairs as its formula transports lost proteins for strength; fatty acids, omega-3 oils and vitamins for shine; and antioxidants for protection. It absorbs instantly to fill gaps in hair created by heat, styling and environmental damage.’

So that’s enough about what it should do. What did I think?

To be honest I was a bit dubious about putting oil on my hair, my hair is very fine and I just imagined looking like a greasy mess! I used a fairly small amount of oil (which smells divine by the way) and ran it through my damp hair after showering. After my hair had dried there was officially no greasiness! My hair felt softer and stronger and well conditioned. The scent wasn’t strong enough to hang around which is a shame, nevertheless this is definitely a great product, if your hair is a bit ‘knackered’ 🙂 you should definitely give Moroccanoil a go!

You can purchase Moroccanoil here.

Have you tried Moroccanoli? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

I hope you enjoyed my review! xx

New Look Festival Fashion Wishlist!

Posted on August 20, 2013

Hi Guys!

So, it’s pretty much autumn / winter now and I have to say I’m not happy about it. The shops are stocking up on coats, winter boots and fluffy jumpers and I’m just not ready! I feel like I’ve missed the summer! So in the spirit of hanging on to the summer, today I have a new wishlist for you! This time inspired by festival fashion with a chilled out, laid back feel. Unfortunately I haven’t made it to any festivals this year, this doesn’t stop me lusting after these gorgeous items from New Look though! I think the maxi skirt is such a great wardrobe staple, this one is in a lovely neutral stone colour which will pretty much go with everything!

newlookwishlist

Everything in my wish list is currently available on the New Look site 🙂

I’d love to hear what your must have items are for this summer? xx

Awesome Origami Paper Wedding Flowers!

Posted on August 19, 2013

Hi Guys!

Today I have a little wedding rant for you, and a tutorial on how I’m making my wedding flowers 🙂

So, one of the things I’m coming to realise more and more, is it’s the little things that get you in terms of money when planning a wedding. The big things – venue, food, rings, registrar fees, these things are usually all upfront, you know where you are with the big ones, these are what you’re expecting.

But was I expecting over £150 for hiring table cloths? £700 for flowers? £100’s for dress alterations? No I wasn’t. I wan’t prepared for these costs! Aaaaargh I had no idea!!

We are on a really tight budget for the wedding, my general idea is – do it as nice as I can for as cheap as possible. So all these bits really add up, table centerpieces, confetti, suit hire, insurance, the list is pretty much endless!

Well the question is – What can you do about it? My answer is firstly to pick and choose where you can save money and where you are happy to splurge. For us, the photographers were really important as was my dress. So these were a couple of the most expensive bits – I justify these by saving money elsewhere! Then for everything else I’ve just shopped around to get the best deal. If you have an idea of what you want then great, use this as a basis, or if you’re like me and don’t have a clue, just look around the internet for inspiration! This leads me on to my flowers…

When I realised how much flowers cost, I nearly fell off my chair. So I started looking into my options, which fell into three easy categories –

  1. Don’t have any flowers
  2. Have only a few flowers
  3. Have fake flowers

The first option was out of the question, I definitely wanted flowers, and real ones are soo expensive, so after a bit of research I decided to try out some origami flowers! 🙂

I went with Japanese Kusudama flowers – here is the Youtube tutorial I used. They look great and are quick and easy to make!

I bought some old books from my local charity shops and used a kids Crayola Airbrush Kit to lightly spray them different colours. For the below flower petal I used pink and grey pens.

Origami flower

Following the Youtube instructions I folded the paper – after doing this a couple of times you get used to it and it’s really quick and easy!

origami

I then stuck the petal together with glue.

origami flowers

And stuck five petals together to create a flower.

origami wedding flowers

I then used glitter glue to add some sparkle and a diamante stone for the centre.

Ta dah!! This is my very first one, I know it’s not perfect but you get the idea! 🙂

paper wedding flowers new

So, just to summarise here are the costs for making these flowers –

  • Crayola Marker Airbrush Kit – £22.94
  • Extra Crayola Pens – £15
  • Books from Charity Shops – £3
  • Glue, Glitter Glue, Diamantes and Pearls – £20

Total = £60.94

(I will also need to get some ‘stalks’ for the flowers, that’s my next job!)

So what do you think? Would you consider origami flowers for your wedding?

I hope you enjoyed my first attempt at getting crafty! xxx

(p.s – don’t forget to enter my giveaway here!)

Congham Hall Spa Day Review

Posted on August 16, 2013

Hi Guys!

I was recently contacted by the lovely people at Congham Hall Hotel & Spa to review a spa treatment for them. I thought this would be the perfect end to my hen party weekend so I booked the Elemental Herbology Facial for the Monday after my weekend in Brighton. I love Elemental Herbology products – I don’t actually own any but I’ve tried samples which I’ve loved so I was really excited about this!

We arrived at Congham Hall and it was absolutely gorgeous. It’s a privately owned Georgian Manor near Kings Lynn, set in 30 acres of parkland and pretty gardens. The Manor has been converted into a beautiful hotel and has recently been renovated to a very high standard.

Congham Hall2

The Hall is stunning inside and out – I’d love to stay in the hotel some day!

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Congham Hall Bar2

We were greeted and shown around, and led over to the spa for a look around. Before sitting down to lunch we took a stroll around the pretty gardens.

Congham Hall Gardens

‘The gardens play an important role in the life of Congham Hall, providing homegrown produce for the restaurant tables and cut flowers to scent the rooms. The renowned Herb Garden, with its collection of 400 varieties, is a visitor attraction in its own right. Along with the kitchen garden, it is harvested daily to enhance the menu, which celebrates locally sourced, seasonal produce.’

Congham Hall Flowers2

Lunch was very tasty indeed! I had Crispy Duck Confit with garden vegetables, smoked garlic mash and lentil jus. And my friend had a starter of Sliced Parma Ham with celeriac remoulade, garden leaves and a balsamic glaze (below), with Smoked Salmon with roasted artichoke & lemon risotto and a soft poached egg to follow.

Congham Hall Meal2

My friend enjoyed the spa facilities including a swimming pool, sauna and hot tub, while I went for my facial.

Congham Hall Swimming Pool2

Congham Hall Hot Tub2

The Elemental Herbology facial was simply divine, and my therapist was lovely. She explained everything and asked if I had any skin concerns before she started – I advised that I have dry and sometimes sensitive skin, so she tailored my facial to suit me.

Congham Hall Spa Review2

My facial included –

  • Eye & Lip Cleanse
  • Double cleanse
  • Exfoliation
  • Aloe Vera Applied to face then cold stone lymph drainage
  • Décolleté, face and head massage
  • Mask
  • Foot massage whilst mask is on
  • Removal of mask and moisturisers applied

I was then given a ‘prescription’ advising which products had been used, and any recommended products specifically for my skin.

I then had a lovely herbal tea and a lay down in the relaxation room 🙂

Congham Hall Relaxation Room2

Well, this was definitely my idea of heaven! We had a lovely relaxing afternoon and my skin felt amazing after the facial, my face has never felt so clean! If you’re looking for a high quality spa treatment I highly recommend Congham Hall, I cannot fault my experience at all.

I hope you enjoyed my review! xx