Monday, 24 October 2016

Autumn leaves

I've been in the worst health this month, going from a chest infection to sinusitis which I'm still recovering from. I'm off to Disneyland Paris on Wednesday though, so I'm determined not to let it beat more than it has already. I had to pop into town today to change currency and pick up a few last minute bits for travel. I wish I'd done my currency before the pound crashed! I changed £250 which came out to €270 which is appalling (for those of you not in the UK, before £250 would of gotten about €350. I would say I hope those that voted in the referendum are regretting their no, but it makes no difference either way now, it's too late.)

Because I've been so ill, I haven't had the opportunity to enjoy my favourite season but I'm taking solace in that hopefully I've gotten it all out of the way before Christmas. To try and make me feel a bit more me again, I got dressed up in this new-to-me vintage dress I picked up over the summer. It was a roasting day in July, but I saw it hanging in the vintage shop and thought it'd be a perfect Autumn dress with it being crimplene and shades of fallen leaves. It fits like a dream too! Today was more about looking good in comfort, so I let the dress speak for itself with minimal accessorizing, just throwing a big shawl on over to go out. You'll have to forgive the boots, but it's p*ssing down with rain and I'm not about to ruin my vintage suede! I can't wait to dress it up though, with my purple boots and collection of waistcoats.

I imagine my next post will be my Disneyland write up!

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Put on a little makeup, makeup

I've been absent from the blogging world for a little while, reading as well as writing (and Tumblr-ing, Instagraming, etc), but I have a very good reason for that - I've moved! I'm now in a flat of my very own, which I'm still getting used to and dressing to my liking. It doesn't quite feel like home yet, but I'm sure that will come in time (and to be fair, it's only been two weeks since I collected the keys)

However last Saturday I made the time to pop into London, something I'd been planning for a few weeks. If you're in the UK and a fan of makeup, you probably know that Kat Von D recently launched her brand at Debenhams. I've been eager to get my little grabby hands on Kat's makeup line for a long while - I watch so many US YouTubers who use her products religiously (my favourite being DracMakens) and I already own her Mi Vida Loca Remix eyeshadow palette which I adore so I knew her line was worth the hype. However it's pricey and I've been burned before buying makeup online so I was eager to see the products for myself before handing over my cash.

I picked the busiest day of the week to pop into London because that was the day that Kat Von D herself was coming to the Oxford Street Debenhams store to do a meet and greet to launch her products. I've done day trips to London before and been fine - I get the coach at 4am, to arrive home again the next day at 5.30am. It's a long day I can usually handle, but I'd woken on Friday with a dull ache in my sinuses which meant a cold was brewing. That cold turned out to be a chest infection which I'm still battling, so you can imagine how rough I felt all of Saturday but I still managed to have a good time!

I arrived at Debenhams first thing, and hopped straight in the queue to shop her collection and pick up a wristband for the meet and greet. I queued for a little over an hour (and had at least 10 people come up to me specifically (why me?) asking what everyone was queuing for. There were Kat Von D banners everywhere. Take a guess??) and was finally able to browse the makeup selection. It was madness, literally like a scene from a movie with women just grabbing things and climbing over each other. Thankfully I managed to get what I wanted (and find out what foundation shade I am, the main aim) and grab my wristband. I went straight over to the queue to meet Kat, which looked deceivingly not too long. They kept handing out makeup samples and vegan snacks to keep everyone happy, but unfortunately it couldn't detract from the fact we were standing in the sodding rain and barely moving. After 1.5 hours of this, I overheard someone nearby say that they'd heard it was another 3.5 hours from the point we were standing in, and it was that point I gave up.

The freebies! The staff were amazing at making sure everyone got what was being handed out and no one was missed. Pictured is a tote, vegan iced cookies and a sample of the waterproof eyeliner in 'Trooper' (black). We were also given bottled water and boiled Mexican sweets.
So I didn't meet Kat Von D. Do I care? Not a bit. Especially feeling how I did, it was an easy decision to make. I like Kat, but not really enough to call myself a fan of hers, I just enjoy her makeup. Meeting her would of just been a thing to say I'd done, bragging rights I guess. I don't care enough to wait 5 hours in the rain for a 30 second awkward hello. I would in a heartbeat for some, but not Kat. So instead I did a little shopping around central London before going to the theatre in the evening. Time much better spent.

The makeup I bought! I really wanted the foundation brush the most, the bristles are specially angled to fit into all of the nooks of your face, and it's so densely packed. I also got an everlasting lipstick in Ayesha which was the only impulse buy but I loved the lilac shade, and a concealer which I have high hopes for on my persistent dark circles. I haven't used any of these products yet as I've been so ill, but I intend to do a video review when I do!

I also visited the Disney Store and finally bought the Elsa doll I've been pining after but not bought as I haven't had the space. Now I have too much shelf space so I'm glad to finally have her. I don't generally like the Animator Collection dolls, I find them a bit too cutesy and a bit creepy how they've infantalised the characters. But Elsa does appear as a little girl in Frozen, and I find her doll the adorable exception. I love collecting Elsa stuff as she means so much to me, but I'm fussy as hell and dislike a lot of it for either being tacky or not looking like her so it's always nice to find something I do like. The cast member that served me also gave me some free Frozen stickers when I mentioned I collected Elsa things which was a nice touch I really appreciated.

And of course I had to pop to a record store! I didn't want to get the tube, so I just looked through the stores at Berwick Street. Reckless Records and Sister Ray are best for classic rock, but both have a ton of new pressings mixed in with their second hand so always double check what you're buying if like me you prefer the originals. They're not expensive, but don't expect bargains either. They charge the going rate on places like Discogs, so I never spend much on vinyl in London as I'd rather the thrill of finding my favourites for cheap. It's worth checking for rarer stuff though!

First I found an original of Wear Your Love Like Heaven, one of my favourite Donovan albums. I actually already own this as it's disc 1 of the A Gift From A Flower To A Garden boxset, but I really adore the album artwork. I wish I could find a big poster of this for my wall, but Donovan posters are so hard to find.

I also got two Pink Floyd bootlegs, the first being The Syd Barrett Tapes which, yep you guessed it, features outtakes, interviews and alternative takes from when Syd was still with them. I adore the centre label and the bright blue turquoise vinyl. It doesn't show in the photo but it's slightly marbled.

I also got Flowers & Vegetables which is more of the same really: rare tracks and alternative takes of Syd songs. This one is on a fantastic marbled leaf green vinyl which I just had to photograph held up to the light to show you.

I finished the evening by popping in the Japan Centre to stock up on sake (I'm not really a drinker, but sake is just too delicious and not something I can buy just anywhere) before going to the theatre to see The Woman in Black. I'm not generally a big fan of plays that aren't musicals, they feel overacted and a bit ridiculous but I've seen The Woman in Black before and it's the one exception. It's completely different from the film, so don't judge the show if you didn't enjoy that. Although it'd had been about 5 years since I last saw it, I don't think it's a show that can really be seen again once you know where all the horror lies as you're constantly predicting all of the jumps before they happen. I still enjoyed it though, and it was cheaper than a musical (seriously, the cost of tickets is disgusting nowadays. And they wonder why less people are going to the theatre!!)
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