Friday, 30 September 2011

Friday Five #14

Well hello :). I've been without the internet for the past week or so as I was doing Bridesmaid duties at my cousin's wedding in England (which was beautiful, more to come later) and so i've not been posting much. I was meant to schedule a couple but being the procrastinator I am it never materialised. Anyway, I thought I would kick things off with this week's Friday Five.

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Dragon,fly
I have an Android phone and so I downloaded this little game out of curiosity. In a few words: it is brilliant. Very simple but addictive. I think it may be replacing my Angry Birds addiction.

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Screme eggs
I love creme eggs in general, but Cadbury's have a Halloween one out at the moment which is full of green goo :).

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Camomile Tea
Herbal tea makes it again onto my Friday Five.I'm still destashing my herbal stash (apologies if you wish to stop by for a normal cup of tea) and so I've been drinking Camomile tea. My friend bought me this teapig version as part of my birthday and the bags are amazing.

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Weather
Hello Sunshine! Almost October and it still feels like July. I was reading somewhere last night that some flowers are blooming again this year...talk about screwed up!

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CSI:NY
I've always been a CSI fan and although I will watch them all, CSI:NY is most definitely my favourite. I've been catching up on season 7 the past week or so which is amazing. Every season is more dramatic than before.
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Tuesday, 20 September 2011

Holly Fulton SS12

Holly Fulton appeared on my radar about a year or so ago. Known for her jewellery as well as her clothing, she is a designer that has managed to design equally well in both areas. Her influences stem from art deco, Cubist, Bahaus and geometric shapes.

Holly's SS12 collection is simply stunning. There is not one piece thatI didn't like.Her collection features a kaleidoscope of colours which in turn represent some of her influences. The designs are also bold and unique. There is also a mixture of textures. For example one of the dresses below features a ruffly/straw like texture which makes all the difference.

 
I simply cannot pick a clear favourite from this collection. All the designs are lovely and are well executed.

What do you think of this collection? What do you think of Holly's designs?
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Happy Birthday!!

Teacups and Buttondrops is officially one year old today :).

I can't believe one: how time has passed so quickly and two: I've managed to keep blogging which, if you know me, is a big achievement.

Things I have learnt this past year:
Blog stats are not everything.
A good post is well-written (go back to my archives if you dare - the posts are cringey)
Good photos are key - they don't have to be from an SLR, most of mine come from my phone (again go back to my archives if you dare)
Bloggers are lovely.
Twitter has overtaken my facebook addiction, thanks to the lovely bloggers who I follow (and who follow me). I have been amused by so many tweets over the past year.

All in all a big thank you from me :). I have lots more in store for Teacups and Buttondrops in the future.

Oh, Darwin would like to say hi. He feels he hasn't taken over shown his face in a while.



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Friday, 16 September 2011

Michael Kors SS12

Michael Kors is an acclaimed designer who is best known for designing women's sportswear. He is also known for forming 1/4 of the judging panel on Project Runway. Kors has been worn by a number of celebrities who include Gwyneth Paltrow,Heidi Klum and even Michelle Obama.

The influences for this collection lie within Africa. There are animal prints along with a lot of khaki. Traditionally, there are also pops of colour which involve oranges and yellow. As a complete collection, it flows wonderfully. The accessories are well-matched and all in all, Kors has presented a wonderful collection of garments.



 My favourite piece has to be the textured dress. It's really nice to see a textured garment in a collection. There are another couple using this fabric as well.

What do you think of this collection?


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Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Oscar de la Renta SS12

Oscar de la Renta is a designer who has been on my radar for quite a while. His designs have been used on  the red carpet on many occasions. Celebrities who have worn Oscar de la Renta include Tina Fey, Megan Fox and one of my favourites, Lea Michele.

I like Oscar de la Renta mainly for his dresses. He creates designs that are edgy but really wearable. This SS12 collection is no exception. There was a rainbow of colours which included white, yellow, black and even some lime green. There was also a lot of lace detailing which is exactly what I like. This collection was also fairly huge (63 looks if I remember correctly) so picking a favourite was hard. To be honest, I couldn't pick just one so I picked my top 5:


 


  


What do you think of these designs? Which pieces are your favourite?
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Tuesday, 13 September 2011

NOTD: Galaxy Nails

I got a little bored with my red nails with black tips, so considering I got up 2 hours early this morning, I decided to paint my nails and indulge in watching some Youtube videos at the same time.




What do you think? Next time that I do it, I will do a little step-by-step tutorial. It's really easy to do and looks great :)



Nail Varnishes used L-R:Barry M in White, Revlon top coat, 17 in Nightshade,Elf  in Twinkle, Beauty UK in No.18 and Gosh in Purple Heart (which is also a fantastic dupe for one of the nail varnishes that was in MAC's Venomous Villains collection)
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Monday, 12 September 2011

Victoria Beckham SS12

Victoria Beckham has come a long way since her Spice Girl days. Think about it - she's married to one of the hottest footballers in the world, she has four kids as well as a successful fashion line amongst other things. How does she do it? Honestly, I don't know. Whatever she does, she has managed to maintain a great balance between family and work.

I have been a fan of Victoria's previous collections and this SS12 collection doesn't disappoint. From deep blues to oranges and even some pale pinks, this collection shows a variety of colour. There is not one concurrent theme that runs through the entire collection but what I will say is that there is a touch of the sporty vibe. Another thing I noticed is that most of the dresses have a full-length zip running down the back. This is a great little detail as well.



All images from style.com

As you can see, my favourites are nearly all dresses apart from the first one, which could either be a jacket or a dress. Whatever it is, I love it. However, my ultimate favourite would have to be last evening dress. It looks elegant enough to wear somewhere fancy like some sort of ball (not that I go anywhere fancy...though a girl can dream!).

What do you think of this collection? Do you agree with my favourite pieces?
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Sunday, 11 September 2011

Where were you?


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My heart goes out to all those affected by 9/11. To those families and friends who lost loved ones and to the emergency services who responded to the call of duty.

Ten years ago today, where were you when the atrocious terrorist attacks on New York, Washington and Pennsylvania happened?
Me? I was off school on an in-service day when the first plane hit. I remember watching the footage and just being overwhelmed with shock and emotion. From a small village in Scotland, I was in denial that this was happening across the pond. Even now, ten years on, it seems like it's not real.

Watching some of the footage earlier today, I was reminded of the shock I felt when I was watching the drama unfold. Its bizarre how an event ten years later, can stir up the same original emotions. I cannot even imagine how the relatives and friends felt (and still feel to this day).

Right at this moment, my Dad is flying to New York and I'll admit, I'm scared. I know that security is extremely tight but after seeing a few days ago about another threat, I'm a bit apprehensive. After I told my dad not to go, he laughed it off as he usually does and said he'll be fine as he's an ex-RAF serviceman (Sergeant to be precise). Not that this provided much reassurance. Therefore, I've made him promise to email me every day (pathetic I know) but at least i'll have some reassurance. Truth be told, I won't stop worrying until he is back.

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Charlotte Ronson SS12 RTW

Fashion Week seems to come around quicker every year. No sooner have we digested the trends of AW, we are already looking forward to SS. NY Fashion Week kicked off earlier last week (Thursday if I remember correctly) and we have been presented with a plethora of shows since,with many more to come.
First of all I would like to start off the posts with Charlotte Ronson. Charlotte Ronson has, in my personal opinion, always created beautiful garments which are very in tune to my kind of style. She uses her friends and family as muses and tries to capture their individual style in garments.







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Charlotte's SS12 collection is a mixture of garments which are very feminine and are structured beautifully. In the collection there is a mixture of colours - blue and white were slightly more prominent although there was a pop of colour later on, namely some orange and gold. Most, in fact all, of my favourites are dresses, which will come as no surprise to some of you. They are each different - some floral and some with a pattern while others are plain. My favourite garment has to be the last one - the black floral dress/playsuit. I love the print and I could easily see it in my wardrobe (shame I don't have any spare money....)

What do you think of Charlotte Ronson's pieces? What is your favourite piece?
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Friday, 9 September 2011

Friday Five #13



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Herbal Tea:
Since I've run out of normal teabags and haven't been bothered to get some from the shop, I've been destashing my herbal tea collection. Its quite scary how my collection takes up a quarter of my one and only food cupboard.


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Cheesy Crisps:
I used to have such a sweet tooth when I was younger. Nowadays its much more savoury with cheesy crisps ie Wotsits taking the top spot.


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Wedding Countdown:
In just over two weeks I will be wearing a bridesmaid dress -Squeeeee! The only downside is that I have to watch what I'm eating as I have to fit into the dress. I think the week before the wedding I will be attempting to eat a bit healthier and cutting out crap ie Cheesy crisps.



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Friends and Family:
Whether its an update on how Shifty (aka Alfie) is doing (latest thing is to open doors) or a text from someone far away, my friends and family always hold a special place in my heart. As Kelly Clarkson once sang 'My life would suck without you'


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Positivity:
Its all about the PMA (Positive Mental Attitude). I've achieved so much this past week and long may it continue :)
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Thursday, 8 September 2011

Monthly Favourites #2


The end of August rolled around quite quickly don't you think? That must mean its time for a monthly favourites. This month has been fairly difficult to pick as I don't have a lot of new products and I'm a girl who re-uses the same products day in day out.




17 Mirror Shine lipstick in 'Peace' - Bright isn't it? Actually its not that bright once its on as its fairly sheer. I picked this shade up by total accident. I meant to pick up a darker one but as you can see I didn't quite manage that.However, I really like this lipstick and I guess you could say it was a happy accident. I also have this in three other shades but more on them and this range in the near future.


Elf studio blusher in 'Candid Coral' - Yet another Elf blusher makes it onto my monthly favourites. This was the first of the studio range which I purchased and next to 'Peachy Keen' it ranks high. What I like about the Elf blushers is the pigmentation of the colour and the price. 'Candid Coral' is a gorgeous coral colour (no surprise...) which looks really lovely on.



Burt's Bees Lip balm - I have tried a lot of lip balms and none of them seem to work as well as this one. It soothes the lips fantastically and although slightly more expensive, it is definitely worth the extra few pounds.



Barry M Nail paint in 'Mushroom' - If you've been following my twitter (@ameyjaney) or even here, you will probably know that I have caught the leopard nail print bug. This is the colour that I have been using for the dots. Although it is also great as a general base colour. For me, Barry M products will always have a place in my heart.


Missguided nail varnish in 'Miscellaneous' - This colour has been forming the base for my leopard print nails. It is a really pale pink which does, admittedly, need a few coats.  Originally this was free with a magazine (Cosmo seems to ring a bell) although I'm pretty sure you could purchase on the website.
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Wednesday, 7 September 2011

Wednesday Wishes

A slightly late Wednesday Wishes considering there's approximately 2 hours left of this day, but heyho!


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1)Aberdeen + Winter = Very Cold. A hat is an essential in Aberdeen, therefore this Topshop slouchy is great for two reasons a) on trend and b) warm
2) Recently I have become obsessed with leopard print. Not to the point that I resemble a leopard, but i've been rocking leopard nails much to the delight of friends, family and customers. How many times have I been asked if i'm wearing nail wraps.... Therefore this bag just adds fuel to my obsession (plus the fact I don't have many clutch bags)
3) Ah another bag. Actually let me rephrase that - another large 'kitchen sink type' bag.
4) I have an obsession with notebooks (and tea). I have so many lying around my flat for various reasons and excuses. Paperchase is a really bad culprit for making me part with my money.
5) I always buy a little bottle of water for work in the morning, so this would allow me to a) save money and b) drink out of something very cute.
6) This t-shirt by Hero and Cape is very cute. I could quite happily wear this tucked into some high-waisted shorts. The only problem is I don't wear glasses....although I think I probably do need some now :).
7) This t-shirt by Zukie Clothing sums up my feelings about sushi. I could eat sushi anytime of day and its healthy which is a bonus :). I am also sucked in by cute illustrations.
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