Friday, 29 August 2014

DIY School Stationery | BTS Series

For most of us Summer is coming to an end and back to school season is in full flow. To try and help with the chaos of getting back to school, I have started a Back to School series where I will share school hauls, outfits and tips for organisation and studying.

For the first post in my BTS Series, I am going to be showing you how I added a little personality to my basic stationery in this DIY.

First up, notebooks, it was a bit of a palava trying to purchase the right notebooks ( I will explain that in my BTS Haul) but I finally found the ones that I was looking for. I decided to get these Pukka Pad Navy A4 Jottas, they were half price at Sainsburys ( I can't remember how much, but I will put include it in the haul post). Everything about this Jotta was perfect except for the design, lots of people are going to be getting this pad and I wanted to make mine look a bit more exciting and recognisable, so I decided to release my inner Pinterest and get creative.

I found some really cute paper at Paperchase, it's not available online but they have a wide range in stores. Their paper ranges between £1.50-£3.50 for a large sheet. I simply traced around the notebook front cover leaving a 2cm border and cut it out, I then applied hot glue to the ring bound side of the cover and glued one edge of the paper down, this ensured that I got a straight line by the holes. Simply glue the rest of the paper down on the front and open the notebook up. Glue the remaining edges over the cover and into the inside of the front cover to have a clean finish. I decided I wanted to have straight lines on the front of my notebook so I could write my name, school and class just in case I lost it. To do this, I cut a rectangle out of lined paper measuring 5 lines down and 10 cm across. I then took some patterened paper in an accent colour (e.g the pink rose paper I used pink patterned paper) and traced the lined rectangle. Adding a 1cm border, I cut the rectangle out and glued the lined paper to the patterned paper. To finish the notebook, I glued the finished name plate to the front cover.

Next up is folders, I already had some really cute folders however they were the basic 2-ring binders which were not able to support the weight of my papers so I decided to go out and buy new 4-ring binders. This was definitely challenging and the only ones I found were these Staples Better Binders. They were on 3 for 2 so I got 3 but I will be going back soon to get another few. I decided to get 3 different colours, so I went for an orange, turquoise and pink.

The good thing about these folders is they have a clear pocket on the front so you can easily personalise them. I measured the pocket and cut out my different papers to the right size. Again, I matched the colour of the paper to the folder I used, for the orange folder I used the Paperchase Indian Paper, for the pink folder I used Paperchase rose paper and finally I decided to use some cute travel inspired paper that I found in the Company High Street Edit for the turquoise folder. I am still not 100% sure about which subjects I am taking this year so I haven't put anything on the folders yet, however you could repeat what I did on the notebooks or cut out individual letters to spell your subject.

All finished, that's 2 really easy ways I personalised my stationery. Comment below what else you would like to see in this Back to School series.

 

 

 

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Review // Ipanema Flip Flops

Ipanema Lovely II Flip Flops in Blue/Lilac // £17.00*
Ipanema Lovely II Flip Flops //
When my Ipanema flip flops* arrived last week I was so excited to blog about them, I had a plan to head down to the beach during the week and take some outfit photos, but apparently Mother Nature had a different idea as the heavens opened and it has been raining all week, typical bank holiday weather! So I have had to take some photos inside and change my plan a bit.

Ipanema is a footwear company inspired by the Brazillian culture, by combining bright, exotic colours with pretty, intricate patterns this collection is definitely one of a kind. These shoes aren't just stylish though, Ipanema products are produced with a strong environmental and ethical view, 99% of waste is recycled, all flip flops have been made from recyclable materials and they work tightly with many environmental charities and foundations.
These are the Ipanema Lovely II Flip Flop, because of the anatomical design, they are by far the comfiest flip flops I have ever worn. I rarely wear flip flops as most of the time the soles are completely flat on the footbed and are therefore really uncomfortable to wear, however these shoes have been moulded to fit the shape of the foot therefore putting less pressure on the body. One of my favourite features about the shoe is the 3D technology, the pattern has not only been printed on the sole of the shoe but also the straps meaning that even when you are waring them the gorgeous floral pattern can be seen.
I have been living in my flip flops since they arrived and I would continue to do so, but unfortunately they are against my schools dress code. One of my favourite things about flip flops is they aren't just for holidays. As I live in Cornwall, I like to go down to the beach even during autumn and though it may be a bit chilly, flip flops are still my go to. For a comfy and casual look, I pair my flip flops with some cuffed boyfriend jeans and a plain baggy t-shirt.
I also found they came in very handy when I took part in the Ice Bucket Challenge yesterday!
For many more styles, patterns and colours make sure you check out the Ipanema website!
Products marked with an asterisk (*) have been sent to me for review but all opinions are 100% honest and my own!








Monday, 25 August 2014

10 Facts About Me | #TeenBlogSeries Week 1

Teen Bloggers Anouska Millar and Beth have decided to start a project called #TeenBlogSeries. Its aim is to bring together lots of the teens/young adults in the blogging community. For the next ten consecutive weeks, over 80 bloggers will be writing every Monday at 6:30pm about many different things, all beauty, lifestyle or fashion related. You can view everyones posts by going to the hashtag on twitter "TeenBlogSeries". If you would like to supply products for the giveaway, get involved, or have any questions, please email: anouskateenblogger@googlemail.com

So the #TeenBlogSeries (you can read more about that here!) starts today, which means there will be a new post for the next 10 Mondays! Each week there will be a different topic which myself and around 70 other bloggers will be talking about, the topic for this week is '10 Facts About Me'. Hopefully this post will give you a little insight into my life and you can all get to know me a bit better! Here goes:

1. My name is Rebecca, but everyone calls me Becca, and I am 16 years old, meaning that I will be starting my first day in Sixth Form next week (how is summer nearly over already!?)
2. I am one of four daughters on my Dads side, but my Mums only child meaning I get the best of both worlds as I have siblings but I am also an only child! Although, my 3 sisters are all in their 30s we get along really well.
3. Since I was born I have lived in 11 houses, my favourite being a Bed and Breakfast which my Mum owned, it had 3 guest rooms, 7 toilets,a hidden stairway, a real bar and a ton of land, which was great fun to play in when there were other kids staying. I could often be found behind the bar making mocktails whilst my mum made cocktails for the guests, or playing darts and pool in the 'pub'!
4. I was an aunty from the age of 5 and I now have 2 nephews, 2 nieces and 2 step-nephews, I come from a really big family with over 40 direct cousins so you can imagine Christmas gets a bit crazy (not to mention expensive!)
5. I am a lip balm hoarder, I can never go anywhere without lip balm and even though I literally have a draw full of different lip balms, I keep buying more! My collection is made up of different colours, scents and packaging including 8 baby lips, 2 eos, about 20 lip smackers and 15 different tins, I think I have a minor problem...
6. After year of growing my hair long I decided I wanted a change and have recently chopped off 10 inches off to donate to the Little Princess Trust, you can read all about that here!
7. I am a big believer in dreams, and I hope that in the future I can be working in the media industry, I would love to work in television, radio and journalism in particularly entertainment interviewer or beauty writer. I would love to be able to attended events (award show or film premiere would be my dream) and basically one up my blogging game making a living by doing something I love!
8. I'm very sentimental and have bags and boxes full of the randomest things that all have a memory or strange story behind it, my collection includes a vimto lollipop wrapper from a huge family meal, the tag of the first item of clothing I bought with my own money and about 20 stamps from different letters and parcels.
9. I would love to live abroad however, I could never leave my family for too long and I would miss all of the little quintessentially British things especially a real cup of tea! However, I am hoping to Au Pair in America during my gap year after sixth form!
10. Talking of tea, I am addicted, like literally addicted. If I don't have a cup in the morning I will have a killer headache for the rest of the day. I tend to drink between 2-7 cups a day depending on whether I am at school and what the weather is like. Now I am going into sixth form we have a kettle and hot drinks vending machine so my addiction is definetley going to get worse!
That was a lot harder than it should have been, it literally took me 5 days to think of 10 facts! Anyway, I hope you enjoyed this first post in the Teen Blog Series and hopefully you got to know me more, leave your links in the comments below if you're taking part, I would love to read your posts!
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Thursday, 21 August 2014

Cutting My Hair for Charity

For the past few months I have been trying to grow my hair so that I could cut it all off, now that may not make sense at first read but all will become clear soon!

I have been wanting to cut my hair for a few months as it was getting a bit dry, end-y and hard to work with, meaning I resorted to a basic ponytail everyday. I have also been wanting to donate my hair to charity for a while and decided why not kill 2 birds with one stone. I researched places to donate my hair and decided that the Little Princess Trust was just what I wanted. If you don't already know, the Little Princess Trust is a British charity which provides real hair wigs, free of charge, to children in the UK and Ireland who are suffering from hair loss due to cancer treatment and alopecia.

I found out that to donate to the Little Princess Trust, at least 7 inches of hair needs to be cut off. I was hoping to cut my hair just below the collar bone and so I needed to grow my hair a bit longer to get the 7 inches. Luckily, my hair grows very fast and even more so in the sun, so my two holidays this year really helped! I decided to keep my hair long for the wedding in Greece and so would cut it when I returned home.

My mum phoned up the hairdresser on Friday afternoon and managed to book an appointment for Saturday morning, we were also surprised to hear that I had won a free haircut and blowdry in their recent prom competition (check out my prom hair here) so the whole thing would be free!

I was a little nervous when I headed down to the hairdressers on Saturday morning as I had been growing my hair since I was about 7, and it hadn't been shorter than my collar bone for about 9 years! I just kept reminding myself, it's just hair and it will grow back. After having my two ponytails cut off they both measured to be just over 10 inches, that's 25 cm! Due to the way the ponytails were cut, my hair is a bit shorter than I had planned, however I am so happy with my new look. I really like this length and it is so much easier to manage, plus I am saving so much more time in the shower and in the mornings.

I am so glad that I have done this and that my hair will be going to a good cause making a little girl or boy very happy. Knowing that my hair will be used for good definitley made it easier to cut it off, I have always been one of those girls who freaked out when more than 1 cm of hair was cut off and I have just gone and cut of 25cm! If you are thinking about going for a new shorter hairstyle, I really recommend donating your hair to the Little Princess Trust, it's is a wonderful organisation and you will feel great afterwards knowing that your old locks are going to make a child happy.

Now that I am sporting the short hair, I am looking for some new hairstyle ideas so if you have any please leave a comment below, I'm also hoping to have some shortie hairstyle/ haircare posts up soon, so keep an eye out for that!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday, 17 August 2014

Review // yoyo Skincare Bodywash

Everybody knows that skin is most problematic during the teenage years and we are always being told it's never too early to start looking after your skin, yet there are very few products out there aimed specifically at tweens and teens. That's where yoyo skincare comes in.

Launched in the Spring of 2014, yoyo is a new British skincare brand created specifically for young people. Made of high quality and natural ingredients, yoyo only uses the best in its products including fresh carrot and kiwi cells which are packed full of vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants that have many benefits for the skin. As it is a fairly new brand, there is currently only 3 products available online, this is the hand cream, day cream and bodywash. However, a cleanser, exfoliator and body lotion will be joining the yoyo family soon.

I have been using the yoyo bodywash for the past two weeks and it is definitely one of the best I have used for a while. This bodywash is packed full of wonderful ingredients including liquorice and aloe barbadensis leaf, both of which help to reduce redness and stinging on the skin. I found this particularly soothing as I had burnt myself whilst away in Greece, most bodywashes tend to irritate whereas this one actually cooled and reduced the redness of my burn. I also suffer from excema which can be easily irritated, again I had no troubles with this product so I would definitely recommend it to anybody who suffers with skin conditions or allergies.

The clear liquid is in a 200ml pump action bottle, I really liked the idea of the pump bottle as it allows you to easily dispense the bodywash into your hand, I always have trouble with squeeze bottles in the shower as they tend to slip out of my hands, however the pump is quite stiff for the first few uses and requires quite a few pumps of the liquid to be enough.

I love the smell of this bodywash, when I saw one of the main ingredients was liquorice I was quite worried it would be liquorice scented (I hate the smell of liquorice) but it actually has a very subtle, light citrus-y and clean smell to it, it's not overpowering and is a perfect unisex scent.

You can find this bodywash on the yoyo website for £14.50, this is quite a pricey product, however, it is of a very high quality and definitely worth it for how delicate it is on the skin and the wonderful scent.

Products marked with an asterisk (*) have been sent to me for review but all opinions are 100% honest and my own!

 

 

Friday, 15 August 2014

Beautiful Blog Award

I have been nominated for the Beautiful Blog Award by the lovely Lucy over at Lucy's Life Through a Lense.

The Rules

-Answer the questions written by the person who nominated you

-Write 11 questions for your nominees

-Nominate bloggers to answer your questions

Lucy's Questions

What are you currently reading?

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

What was your recent dream?

I'm assuming this means literal dream and I can't actually remember my dreams from last night, but the most recent dream I remember was quite boring, I was at my old infant school with all my friends and we were eating packed lunches with Anna Sophia Robb and Ed Sheeran.

Why did you start blogging?

I was always reading blogs and whilst I was bored one half term I decided to start my own as a means of entertainment. I am so glad I did aswell because the blogging community is so sweet and I have had so many wonderful opportunities from my 2 years of blogging, it's also looks really good on my CV!

When was the last time you went to Starbucks?

I haven't been to Starbucks for quite a while, it must have been around April/ May time!

Do you own a scrapbook?

I own several scrapbooks from when I was younger and now I have travel journals and smash books, I wish I was more motivated to add to them though because I really love the idea of scrapbooks however, I never seem to finish them.

Day in bed or day out jogging?

I would love to say day out jogging but I would only be lying to myself, as much of an early bird I am, I do love lazy days in bed, especially when the weather is bad!

Favourite refreshing summer drink?

This summer I have been addicted to iced tea, it's all I seemed to drink in Zakynthos! I have been loving Lipton's peach iced tea and their green iced tea but I have also enjoyed making my own at home, let me know if you want a tutorial on that!

Phone or camera?

Camera definitely! I love the idea of using my phone however my phone camera isn't that good and I am a terror for remembering to charge my phone.

Do you watch YouTube?

Every day (eek), it's part of my daily routine, I always catch up with my subscriptions before going to bed.

What annoys you about people?

When people think they are better than others or those who believe their view is always right and won't accept other people opinions.

Someone who you would love to meet someday?

My list is too long. Basically everybody who has made it to my People board on Pinterest!

My Questions

-If you could go anywhere in the world where would you go and who with?

-What was the last film you watched?

-What is your favourite dish to have for tea/dinner?

-What is your everyday essential?

-When was the last time you cried at a book/film/article etc.?

-Who/what is your favourite blogger/blog?

-If you could be anybody for the day who would you be?

-If you had 3 wishes what would they be?

-What is your favourite memory?

-If you could have one talent, what would it be?

-If you could choose a different name what would it be?

My Nominations

Thankyou again Lucy for the nomination, I am nominating:

Ellie - http://www.littleelliemae.co.uk

Lauren - http://cupcakesandcandyflossblog.blogspot.co.uk

Helena - http://helenamulhearn.blogspot.co.uk

Sophie - http://fashionnoveluk.blogspot.co.uk


 

 



 

 

 

 

 

 

Monday, 11 August 2014

Teen Blog Series

// Before I start, I want to apologise for the lack of posts this past week. I arrived home this morning from a lovely week in Zakynthos, a Greek Island, where myself and several family members gathered together for my cousins beautiful wedding. After realising how poor the Wi-Fi was over there, I decided to spend the week relaxing and spending time with my family who I do not see often as they live up north, instead of blogging. However, now I am back and have a load of new posts ready for you! //

Starting the 25th August around 70 bloggers, including myself, will be taking part in a 10 week blogging project. The Teen Blog Series has been created by Beth and Anouska in aim to build the teen blogging community and create something specifically for us younger bloggers who often get forgotten about. The series is open for all bloggers aged between 13-21 and will run for 10 weeks between 25th August and 27th October. Each week there will be a different blogging topic and all posts will go up at the same time, this will be every Monday at 6:30pm GMT.

The topics have already been decided and I have listed them below, however if you want more details about each topic make sure you check out Beth's post here! All posts will be shared with #TeenBlogSeries so make sure you keep an eye out on that to see everybody else who is taking part!

Week 1: 10 facts about me

Week 2: Best Foundation and Brow routine for teens

Week 3: Favourite Highstreet shop and picks

Week 4: Healthy Food Recipe

Week 5: Skincare routine and skincare must have for teens

Week 6: Autumn fashion staples

Week 7: Balancing Blogging with School

Week 8: Beauty Tips

Week 9: Fashion Icon

Week 10: Giveaway

If you want to join in with this new series make sure you check out Anouska's blog and Beth's blog for my details and contact information!

Are you going to be joining in, leave a comment below or tweet me (@BeccaHeppolette) with your links so I can follow your blog too!