Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Cute and Cheap DIY Halloween Ideas!

It's finally October! If you're anything like me, you're super excited to get started on decorating for Halloween! I've been searching the internet for tons of cute ideas to get in the All Hallow's Spirit! Below I've linked some of my favorites. Each of these seem to be super easy, fun, and cheap! It couldn't get any better!

What are you doing to get in the Halloween Spirit?
What's your favorite pumpkin recipe?

Friday, September 26, 2014

Halloween Bark!

Hey everybody! It's that time of year again! My roommates and I have been planning a Halloween party, and I've been trying out recipes for snacks and treats! This creation is what I call Halloween Bark, which is a spooky sweet and salty take on peppermint bark!

To make Halloween Bark, you will need:
White and Dark chocolate morsels
Reeces Pieces

First, melt the white chocolate and spread it out on a cookie sheet topped with aluminum foil. Sprinkle your broken pretzels over the melted white chocolate. Once that cools, melt your dark chocolate and spread it out over the pretzels and white chocolate. Then, sprinkle your crushed oreos and Reece's Pieces on top of that. If you'd like, drizzle more white or dark chocolate on top. Allow to cool. Once cooled, break up the bark and serve. Enjoy!

If you try this, let me know what you think!
What is your favorite Halloween treat?

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Too Faced Melted Lipstick Review

Recently my friend Emily and I went on a little shopping date, and found ourselves stalking the shelves at Ulta. Emily was looking for a pretty red lip, and I was just along for the ride. That's when I happened upon this lovely violet shade, Melted Fig by Too Faced. I'd never thought a purple lipstick would look nice on me, but after trying it on I was hooked. The lipstick comes in a squeezable tube like a lip gloss, but stays matte. It does move around a little, but if used with lip liner I'm sure it would stay in place. I like to use this lipstick with a bit of chapstick to make it a little more sheer when I'm not feeling quite as bold. Overall, I'd recommend this lipstick to anyone looking for a bright punch of pigment!

Have you ever tried a purple or magenta lipstick?
How do you feel about liquid lipsticks?

Monday, September 22, 2014

Business Babes - Ladybird Likes!


Tell us about yourself: 
My name is Zoe Jade, I'm 28 years old, and I live just outside West London. I love making things, taking photos, wearing dresses, and going on adventures. I'm addicted to bubble tea, have a degree in Creative Writing, and can speak (very basic) Japanese.

A description of your product:  
I make laser cut wooden jewellery featuring vintage and retro imagery. I'm also starting to turn my hand to other products, mainly stationery, because paper goods are my biggest weakness aside form jewellery! I like things that are pastel coloured, retro, and a bit kitsch, so I think this aesthetic is reflected quite strongly in the things I make.

When did you start your shop? 
About two and a half years ago (wow has it really been that long?! time flies when you're having fun!)

What are your goals for your shop in the future?
My goal is just really to keep on growing! I'd like to expand my product ranges and try some new things. I'm hoping to do even more talks and business mentoring in the future as it's something I absolutely love doing. And I'd like to see more of the UK with Ladybird Likes. At the moment I can't drive, but am taking lessons so that I can one day make my business more mobile and do craft fairs and events all over the place!

Things that most inspire you to create:  
I am a huge fan of flicking through books and magazines for inspiration. I keep stacks of them all over my house ready to have a flick through when I need inspiration.

Do you have a favorite Etsy shop besides your own? Care to share? 
Oh gosh I have SO many Etsy shops I love! Some of my faves belong to my crafty friends - Hello HarrietOh No RachioLuna on the MoonYour Fan ClubKatze Shop to name just a few!

A peek inside your workspace:
Do you have any advice for anyone just starting out?  
The best advice I can give is 'work hard and be nice to people.' There is not much you can't acheive by doing those really simple things. Also, shut up and get on with it. I work with other creatives and small business owners regularly through my business mentoring, and one of the biggest things that holds people back is there own excuses and self-doubt. It's SO easy to make excuses to not do things, so my best advice is to just stop talking and DO things!

What would your ideal day be like?  
As cheesy as it may sound, every day running my own business is pretty much my ideal day! But my ideal non-working day involves taking lots of pretty photos, drinking bubble tea, wearing a polka dot dress, making stuff, exploring somewhere new, a spot of car boot sale bargain hunting, and lots of puppy cuddles! 

Give Zoe a follow!
Twitter // Facebook // Pinterest // Instagram // Blog // Etsy

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Fall 2014 Trend Report - Hot Colors!

Hey y'all! I don't know about you, but I'm ready for fall to come knocking! I've been nose deep in the September issues of Elle and Vogue and I've come to a conclusion... Fall 2014 is absolute color heaven. It's all about mixing these "new neutrals" and creating a look that works for you!

The looks featured above are some of my favorites, and I'm especially excited to see the Sangria, Mustard, and Olive back again this season. I've always loved Cobalt, but I'm actually quite intimidated to try and pull off such a rich color! Of course we've got stripes, they're a classic, and leopard which is fun. I actually love those two mixed as well! My favorite beauty looks this year are Radient Orchid, the Pantone color of the year for 2014!

What are your favorite colors for fall?
What is your favorite fall activity?

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Inside a Girl's Mind at the Craft Store.

I LOVE craft stores. AC Moore, Hobby Lobby, Michaels, Jo-Ann Fabric, they're like my home away from home. I can't walk into a craft store unless I have at least an hour to spare, and I will ultimately end up spending way too much money on items I likely don't even need. But I do it for the crafts.

This, my friends, is what goes through a crafty girl's head while shopping at a craft store:

Okay, I'm just here for a picture frame. No dillydallying.

Curse you Martha Stewart! Your stuff is always so nice.
I guess it won't hurt to have a look around...

wow, they're really expensive.
... Nevermind.

Who buys rubber stamps anymore?
They're cool, but do you really need a rubber stamp of a hot dog?

Ugh everything is so cute.
I really should start a scrapbook.
Okay, I'll get an album now, get my photos printed tomorrow, and start putting pages together this weekend. Awesome.

Too many beaaaads!
Aw, I remember these friendship bracelets.

I'm here for... wait. What am I here for?

I can totally skip the kids aisles.
Nobody cares about popsicle sticks...
Ooh, paint by numbers!

I really want to start a soap making business!
Oh, I'd have to buy the colors and scents and molds... nah.

Must not buy halloween decorations...
Okay, maybe a few candles and a pumpkin...

I need more paints... and they're on sale. Sooo, that's a given.
What colors do I even have?
Which is better, cherry red or apple red? Oh well, I'll get them both.

Ugh why are the nice paint brushes so expensive?
Canvases are on sale... but are they cheap enough?

They seriously have Mac and Cheese printed duct tape here.
I love this place.

Picture frames. Cool.
Seriously? None of these are cheap enough.
I'll just go to Target later.

Dangit, Cake Boss, I wish I could do what you do.
I really should take a cake decorating class. I could totally quit my job and work in a bakery.
Free cupcakes for LIFE!

Aw, I used to be really good at knitting!
I could totally start up again and make a cool scarf by winter!
Ew, when did yarn get so pricey?
The scarves at Forever21 are cuter anyway.

Okay, time to check out.
$23.95? Ugh, okay.
At least I can make my friends presents with this stuff.
But what did I even buy?

What goes through your head at the craft store?
Where do you get caught up in impulse buys?

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Reasons You Should Stop Shopping at Urban Outfitters and American Apparel.

Yo, hipsters. It's time to talk social responsibility here. There are two notoriously "cool" brands out there that have been causing huge stirs in the media lately. Though controversy is not always a bad thing (like standing up for what you believe in, etc.) these companies have been guilty of quite a few HUGE ethical, social, and legal crimes over the past few years. I'm talking about Urban Outfitters and American Apparel, and why you should think twice about shopping with either of their companies.

The Dirt on UO:
You may have seen the recent media uproar about the "Vintage Kent State Pullover" that Urban Outfitters sold on its website earlier this month. Splattered with what looks to be blood, the clothing item makes a mockery of the tragic 1970's shooting at Kent State University, in which four unarmed college students were killed by members of the military during a protest.

That has not been Urban Outfitter's only moment of distaste, as they've been known to rip off artists and sell their designs without credit. Here are a few examples:

A graphic artist called Spires discovered their work had been ripped off by UO earlier this year.

Stevie, owner of a shop called Truche, had her necklace designs ripped off by UO in 2011.

If you thought promoting violence and stealing art wasn't enough, let me show you a few other offensive items that UO has proudly sold over the years:


Items that blatantly promote and / or make light of serious mental conditions.

Items sold as "Navajo" that had no affiliation with the trademarked Navajo name or their people.

Items that glamorize the mixing of alcohol and prescription drugs.

Though most of these items have been pulled from shelves, I can't help but wonder where UO will cross the line next. Their half-hearted apologies, continued art theft, and 600% price markup won't be bringing me back. Likely ever. Are YOU angry yet?

Let's move on to American Apparel:

AA may just be the creepiest company on the face of the planet. Multiple sexual harassment suits have been filed against their CEO, they're known to discriminate against racial minorities and plus sized people during their hiring process, and have a focus on attracting "the right kind of customer." Who is "cute, thin, and trendy."

An anonymous former employee submitted this journal entry to Gawker, which highlights the general sleaziness of the company. In the article, she mentions managers at American Apparel allowing and even encouraging their workers to be leered at, touched, and objectified, just to sell clothing.

Many American Apparel ads were banned in the UK due to their sexual nature and implications of "school girl" (ie. underage) appearances. More interested in selling sex than selling clothes, AA continues to feature scantily clad or even naked models who may or may not have been comfortable with the positions or manner they were asked to pose in. CEO Dov Charney* has been reported to have "taken a lot of the company's advertising photos himself," and given his track record, it is likely that many of the models are sexually harassed as well. 

*Disclaimer - upon research many sources state that Dov Charney has been fired, but he still seems to have influence and/or a stake in the company.

This objectification is obvious in the photos in which the models are often stripped of their identity and have only their breasts, bottoms, legs, or other "sexy" body parts photographed. Others are blatantly sexual and feature only single items sold by AA.

Of course, it's up to you if you continue to support these companies, but I urge you to do your research before you shop. There are many hip, cute, and clever alternatives to these brands that are far more ethical in their practices.

What do you think of these scandals?
What are your favorite "hipster" brands?