Do Believe The Hype!!

Good morning Darcey’s Angels! I was supposed to help you through the tricky trends that are flying about at the moment but I really need to tell you about my new favourite company! I kept hearing about this new beauty brand, as my favourite drag queen Jinkx Monsoon said….

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“it was in all the Magazines”

So if you are make up obsessed and you like luxury brands but your income is more SuperDrug than Chanel, Allons-y!

The company is called Beauty Pie and its the brainchild of Marcia Kilgore who started brands like Soap and Glory and Bliss. The idea is you purchase membership to Beauty Pie (mine costs £10 a month) and then the products are available to you at the bare bones price – no fancy packaging, no making the containers heavy just because that feels like “quality” and no middle men. That bare bones price is RIDICULOUSLY cheap, come and have a look……..

My first purchase was some foundation…….

This is an amazing product and I would show you what it looks like on but I have a boil on my eye!! I know TMI!  back to the foundation , its a fluid but medium coverage product, it does not budge and it doesn’t upset my skin! how much I hear you ask? £5.06!!! reviewers on the site are comparing it to Chanel and Dior!

Next a lippie…………..

This is Heartthrob Pink Future Lipstick in Matte, it is gorgeous lightweight, silky  and not at all drying as some mattes are. It also leaves a stain on the lip for most of the day, and this jewel is….£2.24!!

Finally ( for the moment) is this mascara……

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This is the Radical Lash Super Volumizing and its £1.99! because of the whole boil/eye scenario its being modelled by my daughter and as you can see its fantastic! instant volume and no clumps!

Finally, Beauty Pie are bringing out new products daily and I have just ordered some moisturiser, i’ll let you know how it performs.

Ps no bluebells were harmed in the making of this blog ,these are from my garden!

Have a lovely week

Kisses

Karen xx

Shiney, Happy Photos!

Uggghhh! No sooner had flow arrived..it went! Shoulder arthritis, multiple sprains and a migraine packed it’s bags for it. I have managed to draw out a new type of portrait…….


Eventually it will be Darcey with a floral crown, I also have fairy puppies floating round my head. However one pencil drawing does not a blog post make, so I was thinking about all the pictures I take and delete, and what makes me keep some of them for so long, here is my top 10 that didn’t get deleted.

Number 1…..


The combined loveliness of my Darcey and my husband Neil.

Number 2……

Me at the Alexander McQueen exhibit at the Victoria and Albert museum, so good I saw it twice and cried twice at the loss of a genius.

Number 3…. 


The picture that made me buy a hysterical, self opinionated and completely precious toy poodle called Milo.

Number 4…


My first piece of business post, I was disproportionately excited.

Number 5…..


Your colours for AW 2016, for those old enough to remember do they remind you of the seventies?

Number 6…..


Because however hard I try, I just can’t seem to grow up!

Number 7…….


I took this picture to illustrate this years colour of the year but I’ve kept it because it is the most perfect colour.

Number 8…..


To me these are actual Angels, these are people that with the help of a local theatre group screened the families of the victims of the Orlando shooting from the evil that is the Westboro baptist church, who picket the funerals of LGBT people ( amongst others) this is humanity at it absolute best.

Number 9……..

Bluebell s- I admit I am obsessed but they sum up British woodland in a picture.

Number 10……


I usually ignore the endless motivational memes that pop up on Facebook but I love this one and I try to be supernova like as often as possible.

So have you got a photo on your phone or tablet that you will never delete? I’d love to see it!

Kisses

Karen 

Going With The Flow!

Morning kitty cats! do you know what flow is? flow is where whatever you are doing becomes effortless, where you sail through you day achieving greatness left, right and centre. I have definitely had a couple of days of flow this week, one particular painting was giving me grief so I turned my attention to other things, heres what happened….

I designed, drew a pattern and cut out a little felt girl, no prizes for guessing what flower she is based on!

I cut out these espadrilles, from this gorgeous fabric…

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The flow got a bit carried away at this point and cut out without leaving a seam allowance! back to the cutting board.

Then I cut out a purse from this fabric…..

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You know I’m addicted to the macaron theme! its also practice for the bag line I want to design, its a fact that my design skills are way above my actual making skills so I need to get making.

I crocheted like a demon, to finish my Dolce inspired backpack …….

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And promptly ran out of yarn! and this Wool and the Gang recycled denim is so popular (and rightly so) its a 3-4 week wait before its back in stock, aaarrgghh!

I am hoping that the flow is strong next week and I can finish some of these and get back to painting.

I also managed  to write my first post for http://www.MyTrendingStories.com, I will be aiming to post for them on a wednesday (which will be a repeat of what appears here) and also on Sunday which will be new content that won’t appear here, so if you need more of me you need to pop over to them and look in the lifestyle section!

May the flow be with you!

Kisses

Karen

 

Success!!

MORNING!!  sorry for shouting but you find me in good cheer, I have actually achieved stuff this week! I’m not feeling much better but have managed to shift my mood enough to get stuff done.

The biggest achievement for me was doing some sewing, sitting at the sewing machine for some reason really aggravates my neck and shoulders so I was really grateful for this super easy foldover clutch……..

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I picked up the faux leather in Berwick Street and I love its squishiness, for the lining I just couldnt resist this bonkers print……..

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Next time I make this I will use a more glamerous zip, this was very much a practice run but I am really pleased with how it turned out.

I also have managed to do a bit of painting……..

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This will be one of the pictures I take to Lindfield Art Fair, I finally think I might be able to capture our bluebell wood, I could’nt resist using a picture with Darcey in!

Now for a design that has actually changed since this picture was done, I’ve also gathered all the supplies……

The new design is way more kawaii and will be a little felt project.

Also in the planning stage is my first project from my handbag designer book, I am first going to tackle a purse……

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I love that macaron fabric and can you see the pink wallet underneath? projects are now going into these as I gather materials, hopefully it will result in work being done and time not being wasted looking for stuff!

Finally a project that is just inspiration at the moment……..

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See that Dolce bag? I love it! but at over £1000 it is just not a reality, but look closely…its crocheted in a shell pattern, could we crochet the pieces, add some leather handles and then decorate with some shiny bits and bobs? well i’m the little blogger that thinks she can, this is going to take a while so I may start posting progress pictures.

I’m hoping for another productive week but next week will be a different sort of post, hope I see you here to show you!

Have a great week kittens,

Kisses

Karen

How To Make A Bag Out Of Bluebells!

Hello loves! It’s no secret that I am absolutely nuts for the bluebells that carpet the woods at this time of year, I have taken roughly a bazillion pictures (yes I’ve counted), here is just one…..

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In the past I have tried to prolong their magic by wearing Jo Malone’s gorgeous Wild Bluebell fragrance ( http://www.jomalone.co.uk), I have brought bluebells in from our garden……

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The colour is without compare and how gorgeous is that little flower bridge? I am so lucky to have given it a home when my mother in law downsized.

This year I have decided I will try and paint a proper picture of them, I will be exhibiting again this year at our local arts festival and I think a picture of our local woods will go down well. I am determined not to rush and I will use all the proper grown up techniques…

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Not much to see and actually now residing in the bin, I wasn’t sufficiently happy with my washes so instead of painting something else I will try and try again!

So then, pretty much as it does every day, my mind turned to handbags, I have tried to find a really pretty backpack, these are my favourite at the moment but only if they have handbag style top handles so that I can carry it conventionally or on my back if needed, I started to see a bluebell coloured, satin backpack with zips and decoration in the green of their stems…

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Again I’m going to take my time with this, I need it to be the most perfect shade of blue and the right zips etc. Of course then my mind started seeing the perfect tote in rose coloured fabric…….

I’m blaming this lack of focus on my bluebell induced mania! Hopefully I will have some of the picture to show you soon, follow me on Instagram for the most up to date images!

Have a cracking week

kisses

Karen

 

 

The Colour Of The Year Award Goes To….

Morning Kitty Cats! I always used to wonder how certain colours would dominate the high streets for a few months, only to be replaced by completely different ones (about half of an hour after you have replaced your wardrobe with the previous ones). Part of the process is the company Pantone, used by everyone from interior designers to car manufacturers, they publish a palette of colours each season and choose a colour of the year, this is 2016’s….

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Thats right, the crazy fools have given us two! I love both but the rose quartz is my favourite as its my favourite crystal, it releases harmful emotions, it calms and improves self image – whats not to love? so I have gathered some of my favourite rose quartz pieces for your delight ( and don’t worry the bluebells are from my garden). First, my new favourite trainers…..

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These are from ASOS and are super comfortable, whilst bringing a much needed touch of feminity. They are a total snip at £28,find yours at http://www.asos.com.

Now for an actual piece of rose quartz loveliness….

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This gorgeous bracelet was made by the super talented Deb at Debonair Creations, find more gorgeousness at http://www.facebook.com/DebonairCreationsCoventry.

Now for the inevitable handbag, you must have one to match the shoes, am I right?

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This is a geniune, 24 carat bargain! Ted Baker from about three seasons ago for £20!! oh Ebay how much do I love you? let me count the ways.

Finally, all this rosey goodness needs new eyeshadow, or is that just me? I finally relented and succumbed to the perfection that is Urban Decays Naked range, I had a Naked basics palette for the winter and have worn it everyday, it is the only eyeshadow that does not aggravate my tearless eyes. The onset of summer made this Naked Three palette, which is all rose toned a no brainer…….

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It really is as lovely as it looks, yours from all good beauty stores for £38.

I’m sorry I didn’t manage to find any Serenity products to show you but I’m working on it, I haven’t worn blue since my ill fated Benefits Agency uniform….its time to forgive and forget and move on!

Have a great week

Kisses

 

Karen xxx

The Proper Task Of Life!

Before we get going, I just wanted to say something serious, I belong to a Facebook crafting community and I have just learnt that one of its members was murdered, Nikki was young, beautiful and talented. As we face this day together, whatever today brings let us all be grateful that we are alive and able to contact friends and family. I intend to be truly grateful today that I am alive.

The philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche once said ” art is the proper task of life”, it’s a shame he went on to say a lot of other not quite so nice things because that’s a great quote! So I have been pursuing the proper task of life like a demented person for the last 6 weeks to get ready for my first show. I will be exhibiting the following six pieces at the Lindfield Arts Festival , I thought you might like to see them nd get some of the story behind them.

First up, Dora the dormouse fairy….

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Our woods are home to dormice ( we even have dormice bridges! ), this picture was the beginning of my fairies of Ashenground Wood pictures, I loved the idea of the dormice being snuggled up and cheeky fairies sneaking in for cuddles. If you look really closely, you can see that Dora isn’t even asleep.

The next fairy was inspired by Darcey and her obsession with bluebells….

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I loved the idea of her and Beau the bluebell fairy joining forces to protect the flowers. I think Darcey looks really on her guard and protective in this picture.

Again Darcey was responsible for the inspiration for Riley the rabbit fairy

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Yes, you guessed it, she was chasing the rabbits across the field and I could almost see a fairy leaping along with them, is it just me that sees fairies?

Before you ring the authorities, I changed direction and did a picture of The Joker……..

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This character has undergone many incarnations but I really like this one, this Joker will appear in the new film Suicide Squad, scheduled for release next year.

Years ago when I was horse mad, I was able to recite the names of the three horses that are the fathers of the modern day thoroughbred, this picture represents……..

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The Godolphin Arabian, Arab horses are so elegant, so graceful they remind me of ballet dancers.

Finally, it has to be Darcey…….

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My clever, loving, brave, mad as a bag of badgers Cavapoo, it is she that has accompanied me on numerous walks in the woods, it is she that finds where the fairies live, it is she that snores while I paint, because I only work While Darcey Sleeps!

Next week sees a return to normal service and the promised tutorial, get yourself to the charity shop and buy a short sparkly mini if you can, all will become clear….

Kisses

Karen