Monday, 30 March 2015

notice nature feel joy

Museum 1950s Outfit via Lovebirds Vintage

Last week I attended the opening of the new nature gallery at the museum. It was a really great evening with lots to see; I had a great time. I didn't take too many pictures as I was too busy looking at things, but I did get my mum to snap me a couple of outfit photos before we left. There were people walking in between us all the time we were trying to take the photos, so you'll forgive me for looking a little wooden!

I wore a new 1950s dress and added my bird skull necklace in honour of the natural history theme. This is the dress that reminds me of the dress worn by my grandmother here (fourth photo). Obviously it isn't exactly the same, but it makes the dress feel a little more special.

A small warning before we go any further - there are photos in this blog post of me holding a giant millipede and a snake, so if you're phobic of that kind of thing then feel free to leave. There are three more photos before we get to the first one with the millie :)

Museum 1950s Outfit via Lovebirds Vintage

Lepidoptera display

Museum 1950s outfit via Lovebirds Vintage

Banded Millipede

Some of the other staff from the university were at the gallery doing some invertebrate handling... I of course jumped on the opportunity to get acquainted with the gorgeous banded millipede which is new to the uni's collection. Such a total cutie.

Hognose Snake

I also had a go at holding this hognose snake which belonged to another company doing animal handling. I was really taken with her as you can see.

Museum 1950s outfit via Lovebirds Vintage

This last photo is inspired by this blog post by Sara of Lilies and Remains and this picture from Solanah of Vixen Vintage's instagram. I feel like my attempt is a poor imitation, but something about the images really spoke to me. I think I may try again to capture a better recreation when the museum is a bit less busy. I'm sure people thought we were a bit mad as I was trying to instruct my mum in how to use my camera whilst posing with my back to the shot. 

Dress and handbag- 1950s vintage (Ebay and Etsy respectively) | Cardigan - Tesco (previous season)
| Shoes - Deichmann (old) | Stockings - What Katie Did | Necklace - birthday gift from a friend a few years ago | Moonstone ring - used to belong to my mum

Thursday, 26 March 2015

Sugar High

Disclaimer: These products were provided free of charge by Salons Direct for review purposes. All opinions are my own, and you can read my full disclosure policy here

orly sugar high spring 2015 via lovebirds vintage 
I was recently contacted by a representative of Salons Direct, a supplier of professional salon supplies, to see if I would like to review some products for them. They were kind enough to send me three nail polishes from the new ORLY Spring 2015 collection, "Sugar High".

The three polishes are shown in the photo above. Left to right they are "Candy Shop" (mauve creme), "Cake Pop" (white pink creme), and "Key Lime Twist" (lime green creme).

orly candy shop spring 2015 via lovebirds vintage

I tried out Candy Shop first. The colour is a really pretty mid purple which reminds me of hydrangeas. It's a little bit darker than it appears in the photo above (closer to the colour as seen in the first photo). The polish applies really nicely and is touch dry in about a minute or so, which is really great for impatient people like me. In the above photo I'm wearing two coats of the polish with no base or top coat, although the colour is reasonably opaque after just one coat. I wore this for around two days before it got chipped while I was doing some housework, but I think I could extend the wear time by using my usual base and top coat and being a bit more careful when working with my hands.

Cake Pop

The second polish I tried was Cake Pop. This colour was fairly opaque after two coats, but really benefited from a third coat to help even out the colour and get the full effect. It's definitely more on the white side than I was expected (I think it looks more pinkish in the bottle), although I think "white pink" is an accurate description of the colour. I'm not sure if I'm imagining it, but I feel like Candy Shop has a slightly smoother finish and faster drying time than Cake Pop. The first time I wore this, it started to chip and peel a bit when I washed my hair - in the spirit of giving it a fair trial, I tried it for a second time and I'm glad I did, because I got a comfortable three days' wear out of the polish, and could have managed at least another day if I'd wanted to. Again, I wore it without a base or top coat, which would also extend the wear time. Overall I'm very happy with this polish, and can see it getting a lot of use this Spring and into the Summer.

key lime twist orly sugar high spring 2015 collection via lovebirds vintage

Lastly I tried out Key Lime Twist. This is a really interesting fluorescent light green, which, like Cake Pop, was alright after two coats but really benefited from a third coat for maximum opacity. The colour is brighter than it appears in the above photo (again, the first photo shows the colour the best) but I can't for the life of me get the lighting in this photo to resemble the lighting in the others, despite it being taken under the exact same light, which is a shame because this colour deserves to be seen! Although it's probably not a colour I would have chosen for myself, I was really excited when it arrived because it just so happens that I have a new vintage dress (which I am saving until some warmer weather arrives) that will match really well with this nail polish. The drying time was very fast, like with the other polishes, and so far I've been wearing this for around two days.

The bottles are a great design with little ball bearings inside to mix the polish and a rubberised grip on the lid which is very comfortable to use and feels high quality. I'm torn between the pink and the purple by way of a favourite shade, but I do anticipate the pink shade (Cake Pop) getting a lot of use as I often wear lighter pink colours which match with a range of outfits.

Thanks again to Salons Direct for working with me!.

Monday, 23 March 2015

One pill makes you larger

Last year I helped out at an event at university called STEMpunk, an event designed to showcase STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and maths) by putting on an evening of themed activities for families. Like last year I was working on the biology stand doing insect handling (you can see last year's photos here) which I really love doing because it gives me the opportunity to play with the insects for several hours as well as telling people all about them. This year the event was Alice in Wonderland themed, and although I didn't get round to take photos of any of the other exhibits, I did find a bit of time at the end to grab one or two outfit snaps.

Drink Me

I dressed as Alice and was pretty pleased with my costume even though I just put it together out of things already in my wardrobe. The only thing I had to buy was the socks, which I think was the perfect finishing touch to the outfit.

Down The Rabbit Hole

I think you can really tell by looking at my face just how exhausting I found the event on top of a full day of work (the photo above in particular!), but I still found it very rewarding. I was really pleased to have the opportunity to get involved; I was going to attend as a guest if not as a member of staff. We actually have some new insects in the lab (which I'm sure I can do some kind of blog post on if anyone is interested) so that was exciting as well.



Angie, one of our technicians, made this awesome caterpillar too. I love his face. He also had a hookah which I didn't manage to get into this picture. I know I've mentioned before how much I love Alice in Wonderland so this was a really perfect theme for me. I wonder what they will choose next year!