28 September 2016

North East | Northern Sole Festival at Bowes Museum

A few weeks ago I went to the 'Northern Sole Festival' at Bowes Museum, in collaboration with the Shoes, Pleasure and Pain exhibition. It was a beautiful day and what a gorgeous location for a day out with fellow blogger and friend Kayleigh.

Kayleigh - check out her blog here

Before taking part in any of the presentations available as part of the festival, I was able to check out the 'Shoes pleasure & PAIN' exhibition. Any excuse to look at beautiful shoes plus a history of trainers display by adidas. 

My favourite shoes of the day! Jimmy Choo!
After the exhibition, we went up to the 2nd floor of the museum to meet some lovely people providing demonstrations, there was also the opportunity to attend presentations from industry experts about shoes and trainers. 

Firstly I was attracted to a rail of beautiful leathers and met a friendly and helpful lady called Lesley from Scott Leathers, a Barnard Castle based business that specialises in creating made to measure motorcycle suits.

Lesley was cutting leather free hand after measuring the pattern and it was a work of art. There was a motorcycle suit on display that had been worn at a high speed accident and there were signs of damage but not alot and it had saved the individuals life and skin from considerable life changing injuries. 

Displayed on the stand next to Lesley were items from Hide Bound Ltd such as tankards 'drinking vessels' and bowls which had incredible detail in unusual shapes and the representative of the business, Sarah was providing a demo.

Sarah had traced a design onto some leather and was then using techniques to hammer the pattern permanently into the material. By varying the weight put onto the tools provided light and shade to the very creative design which had alot of history, which was really interesting to hear from Sarah while she was working.  

Kayleigh and I were delighted to find out that Hide Bound have made props for famous tv favourite Game of Thrones and huge block buster film Pirates of the Caribbean.

Next up is my favourite and highlight of the day. Fashion illustration drawing with Frances Moffatt! Kayleigh had met Frances previously and had been telling me how inspiring her work is, so it was great to meet her in person and work with Frances. 

Fashion illustration by Frances
Fashion illustration by Frances
Another inspiring artist drawing with Frances guidance at the exhibition

Once Frances had shown us her display, we were asked to select an image from a fashion magazine to base our design on for the day. I selected a female with military jacket in shorts. In hindsight a simple dress or skirt might have been a better one to start with but I had made up my mind and I was ready.

With a large piece of paper and a pencil I made a start. 

With guidance from Frances, I was able to try and get my proportions right.. sort of.

Once I was 'finished' with the pencil base of my drawing, I made a start making it more permanent with black ink.

My finished inked design
Kayleigh inking in her illustration
Kayleigh and I with Frances
Thank you Bowes for the opportunity to work with Frances and also meet some lovely and inspiring people at the event.  

After working hard on our illustrations, we finished our day in the museum cafe with a pot of coffee and sharing a slice of cake, plus a glass of rose lemonade!

Check out Kayleigh's blog post of the event > here

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13 September 2016

Beauty | Mint Temptation by Scrub Love

I am always on the look out for new beauty products to try and include into my pamper routine,  so when Scrub Love contacted me to find out if I wanted to sample one of their products, I snapped up the chance. 

I hadn't heard this brand of body scrub before, and I was intrigued as a coffee lover what this product would be like. I wouldn't have thought coffee would be something to include in my skincare regime.

My Mint Temptation option arrived in the post a few days later, I couldn't wait til bath time. 

As soon as I ripped off the top of the packaging the mint coffee scent was so good. 

The consistency is just like ground coffee yet quite moist to touch so I treated it like any other exfoliator I rubbed it dry onto my skin. I could tell straight away that the ingredients of tea tree, argan and peppermint oils made this product different to anything I've tried before. The peppermint and tea tree made it cooling on the skin but when I showered the coffee off my skin it was left nourished and smooth.

I have been using this product for a few weeks now and I think I will get around 6 uses out of the bag. For the price of £12.95 with free delivery is well worth it, I have paid £15+ for a scrub before and it didn't leave my skin as soft as this. 

Prices vary dependent on flavour (from £11.95), due to the additional oils and minerals that go into the organic product. 

I will be ordering the coconut affair scent next. 

Thank you Scrub Love for the gift and beautiful skin! 

Disclaimer - This is an review of a free sample but all opinions are my own.

Love Miss K xx
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11 September 2016

Stationery | POST by Katie Leamon

My first box from Katie Leamon POST stationery subscription box has just arrived and as a huge fan of Katie, I couldn't wait to see what was inside!

From looking at the example boxes on the website, I had high hopes..

Unlike other subscription boxes I have done for beauty items this one was pretty flat and easily went through the letterbox. 

Minimal packaging with a huge black and white sticker there was no mistaking what this box was when it arrived.

I peeled back the sticker and the contents were displayed beautifully, and included a full introduction about the theme of the content and then the secret items were then wrapped in branded tissue with Katie stickers. 

How much is the POST subscription?
£20 which includes postage 

What was in the box?
1 set of luxury silver pencils (worth £10)
4 assorted cards (£3.75 each)
2 sheets of luxury wrap (£5.50)
1 gift tag

This means that the box contents was approx worth £30.50 

This was first look at a new collection of Katie and her brother and poet Tom. Gorgeous prints and on trend colours, quality was high as expected.

But I would be lying if I said I wasn't a little disappointed with the content as a whole as it wasn't Katie's usual style and that was the main reason I subscribed, and except for the pencils and gift tag I felt well... gutted.

I have been buying cards of Katie's from Oliver Bonas and my local favourite home store Fleur & Grey, I was so excited about them and within 2 weeks of purchasing them I had given them to friends. 

I know buying a surprise / lucky dip box is never going to please everyone and I did get more than what I paid for, but if I could give any feedback directly to Katie's for future boxes... remember why people subscribed in the first place and if you are wanting to share a new style, maybe include 1 or 2 items only.

Cards I bought recently from Fleur & Grey
I think I will subscribe to one more box just to see what might be in another and then I will decide if it's worth getting again. 

I might be better off spending £20 on items of my choosing instead... 

Happy Sunday! 

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