DP Shoe Selfie

Thursday, 20 November 2014

Jumper - Next
Jeans - ASOS
Boots* - Dorothy Perkins
Necklace* - MyNameNecklace
Rings/Bangle - Fashionology

I think these leather boots are my first pair of knee-highs in many, many years. I've always preferred ankle boots so it was a bit of a challenge styling these. These are also available in brown and they have a stripe of elastic running right up the inside leg and strap detail around the ankle. I'm getting involved in Dorothy Perkins fantastic competition to win a year's supply of shoes - all you need to do is take a 'shoe selfie' wearing your favourite pair of DP shoes! More info can be found here on how to enter. Don't forget your hastag #DPShoeSelfie

I'm wearing ASOS jeans and my favourite chunky knit jumper (a birthday present from the boyfriend, didn't he do well!) And I'm wearing yet another name necklace (I can't get enough) this time in silver from mynamenecklace.co.uk - you can get a sneaky 10% off your order with the code 'GWENFASHION'

DIY Clay Gift Tags

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

These handmade clay gift tags are easy to make and add the perfect finishing touch to your Christmas presents this year. Personalise them with the recipients name or a message! You need air dry white modelling clay, a rolling pin and cookie cutters.

Start with a apple sized ball of clay and warm it up by rolling it between your hands. Spread it flat on a clean dry surface (I covered my table in cling film first for easy cleaning) and roll it out with a rolling pin to approx 5mm thick. Using cookie cutters of any shape or size, cut out your shapes from the clay. You can use wet hands to smooth any bumps or cracks in the clay. Poke a hole into the clay with a pencil or wooden skewer. This will allow you to hang it from ribbon or string. Carefully place these down to air-dry overnight. Depending on the thickness of your clay tags they may need 24-48 hours to completely dry.

To add a message or personalise the gift tags I used a set of small letter stamps and a regular black ink pad (designed for stamping) which I found worked well on the clay and dried very quickly. 
It can be tricky to space the letters out evenly but any wonky letters just adds to the homemade charm! With some leftover clay I made little stars which can be used in parceling up your gifts.

I'll have more Christmas themed tutorials coming up soon, including creative ways to wrap gifts. If you enjoyed this DIY why not check out the This Fashion is Mine DIY Archive for many more tutorials!

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Outfit | Pastel Scarf

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Pastel Check Scarf - Warehouse
White Blazer* - CelebLook
Print Tee - Illustrated People
Jeans - Topshop
Leather Converse - Schuh

When autumn hits it's tempting to stick to a colour palette of brown, red and black. But I've been enjoying fresh pastel colours too and wearing this soft scarf with a white blazer and jeans for a unique take on autumn fashion. We've been having unusually warm weather in the UK but as the temperatures drop I'll be adding a heavy tweed jacket to this outfit and swapping the converse for knee high boots! 

Autumn Makeup Additions

Saturday, 25 October 2014

I'm not big on MAC special collections, I prefer to find gems that work for me in their permanent range so I know I can keep going back to them. I'm slowly building up my eye palette and in no rush to finish it. I like to discover new shadows from friends, beauty bloggers and recommendations from makeup artists, before I go ahead and make a purchase. Recently I've added three new shadows to my palette in the shades, Cranberry, Naked Lunch and Wedge. Popular shadows and I can see why! I also picked up Soar lipliner which is a beautiful vintage pink-brown for darker neutral lips. Perfect for A/W and a known favourite of Kylie Jenner. I'm so excited to try out a look using Cranberry on the lids and Soar on my lips - a look you can only really pull of in the colder seasons.

Naked Lunch has quickly become a favourite in my collection, I use it all over the lid for a simple everyday look or I'll use it with a darker bronze shadow in the crease and Shroom as a highlight. Whilst excited to add something different to my palette, I'm a little apprehensive about Cranberry. If anyone has any tutorials or looks they can link me to I'd love to see how to use this deep plum red in without looking like I have really sore eyes! Wedge is a basic matte medium brown, the ideal blending shadow, crease colour, or one to wear on its own all over the lid. It's the only matte in my palette and although mattes are quite boring to buy I know I'll end up using this one often.

You can see my guide to starting a MAC palette and find out what the other shadows in my palette are in this blog post here.