Ted Baker Lip Crayons Review

 I was lucky enough to receive Ted Baker's 'The name on everyone's lips' tin for Christmas which contained four lip crayons. I don't know what it is about crayon shaped products, but I just find them so appealing! They are basically Ted Baker's version of Clinique's Chubby Sticks / Revlon's Just Bitten Kissable Lip Balms. However Ted Baker's tin is much more affordable than the other two alternatives, priced at £15 for the tin of four, whereas Chubby Sticks are £16 each (waaah!!!) and Revlon's are £5 each.


I think Ted Baker's makeup range for Boots was spot on with the packaging. The ballet theme and deep purple colour is just divine. I'm keeping the crayons in the tin for now, but when I pop them in my makeup bag I'll be re-using the tin for hair accessories, or perhaps even beads. The crayons are a good size containing 1.5g of product, with a twisty end that enables you to show more of the crayon. 

The shade on the far right is currently my favourite!

 As you can see above I have swatched each of the shades on my wrist. It is slightly frustrating that they do not have individual names, but they really are lovely colours. I have never had a lip palette / set where all of the colours suit me, so Ted Baker's lip crayon tin really is perfect for me. I was actually expecting the shades to just come out as a tinted sheer balm, but as you can see they are more like lipsticks in terms of coverage. True to the nature of lip balms, they are very moisturising and hydrating, which I also adore. The lip crayons also unscented and have no taste, which will appeal to those who prefer unscented products - I can't say I'm fussy to be honest! I haven't found they have the longest lasting power, especially if you eat / drink whilst wearing them, but because the products are so lovely and easy to apply, I have no problem re-applying every hour or so.

Having looked on the Boots website for the link today, it appears that they have disappeared, so I am guessing they are currently sold out! I am sure they will be back though so I definitely recommend treating yourself to them in the future. The set is a more affordable alternative to Clinique and Revlon and although I cannot compare them having not tried the others, I can say that Ted Baker's lip crayons are fantastic and are definitely the best affordable lip products I have come across in a long while.

Have you tried any of the Ted Baker range at Boots? I also received the eye palette, make up brush set and vanity case (featuring bath and body products) let me know if you would like any more reviews!
xo


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The stars are brightly shining

Christmas Dinner Table // Soap and Glory Goodies // Ted Baker Goodies //
Accessorize Phone Case // Next Bath Bombs & Vintage Style Case // Tatty Devine Necklace
Thorntons Selection Box // Presents Galore // Models Own Juicy Jules Nails
I hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas and a relaxing Boxing Day! I have thoroughly enjoyed myself over the past couple of days. On Christmas Eve I spent the evening at the pub catching up with my best friends and a few friendly faces I had not seen for a while, which was oh-so-lovely. Christmas Day was amazing, I cannot actually believe how many presents we had all bought! My mum did a wonderful job with dinner and we had so much fun playing the Cranium board game that me and James had treated the family to.

I was extremely spoilt with all the lovely presents I received, some of which are photographed above. I will feature a few of my gifts in posts over the next couple of weeks, but I don't want to bombard you with present posts, as I know there is already going to be a million other 'this is what I got for Christmas' posts out there :)

Just got to make a plan for New Years Eve now - we are always so last minute with these things! xo
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Clothes Show Live 2012 Part 2



In my last Clothes Show Live post I reviewed the show, which I actually really enjoyed. The show itself was definitely my favourite part of the day, whereas I found that the shopping really wasn't for me. I am quite picky when it comes to shopping at the best of times. I hate it when shops are extremely busy and you feel you cannot really look at things properly or feel under pressure to make quick decisions! This is just the way I am though and I know that this won’t bother some people at all, so I don’t want you to be put off!


On the more positive side of shopping at Clothes Show Live is that there are a lot of fantastic offers and discounts to take advantage of. I think there may have been more discounts on the day I went (Tuesday) with it being the last day of the show. I know Models Own were doing 4 (maybe it was 5) nail polishes for just £10 which was such an amazing offer on nail polishes which are usually £5 each.

Two of my favourite stalls were Beau xoxo and Maggie Angus, both of which I’ve featured here on Seek My Scribbles in the past. It was so lovely to meet Georgie (Beau xoxo) in person and funnily enough the only purchase I made was from her store! I’ve actually bought it for one of my best friends for Christmas so I can’t really say what it was. Georgie’s hair accessories are even more beautiful when you see them in ‘real life’ and you can tell just how well made everything is! I was going to make a purchase from Maggie Angus but unfortunately it was before I drew cash out and I couldn’t use my card. Again, it was great to see the products up close - I simply love the quirky, cute and colourful designs. I will definitely be making a purchase from their online store in the New Year!

If you are thinking of going to Clothes Show Live next year here are a few of my little tips…

1.       Wear comfortable shoes. You may think you look fabulous in your gorgeous new heels, but if you are planning on surviving the day shopping at Clothes Show Live you will want to wear something comfortable (and equally as fashionable) like flats / boots. I opted for a pair of shoe boots which had a little wedge. They were super comfortable to walk around the arena in and I even managed to run for my trains with ease!

2.       Have a BIG breakfast. My friend Lorna told me to do this and being a non-breakfast eater I only managed to force down a slice of toast. I did regret this later when I was MEGA hungry walking round Clothes Show Live. There are of course many places you can grab some food in the NEC, but my oh my the queues are astonishingly huge! If you are like me and don’t like queuing you will simply spend the day hungry.

3.       Get cash out before you arrive at the NEC. For some reason the thought of drawing cash out didn’t even cross my mind the morning of Clothes Show Live. It was probably because I was far too stressed about missing my trains and not really knowing where I was going. There is a cash machine at the NEC but it charges something like £1.99 per transaction and you will find yourself waiting in a queue for AGES. After realising that many of the stalls were not able to take card payments (the NEC reception for their machines was absolutely shocking) I gave in and stood in the massive queue for the cash machine and thought about how much money they were making off each transaction.

4.       Prepare for the craziness. You will find yourself battling your way through lots of people to get to the most popular stalls, especially if you are trying to get a goody bag / freebie. I chose not to visit some of the larger stores, since my main aim was to have a look at the independent stalls and meet those I had featured on my blog before.

5.       Don’t use the flat escalators in the NEC if you are in a rush. Seriously I don’t understand the point of these escalators? Some people were standing still on them, as you would on a normal escalator, but they were taking about ten minutes to get from one end to another, others were storming past people on them, walking at a pace where they might as well have just been walking normally, next to the flat escalator. There were so many angry people hahaha.

xxo


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Christmas Tag

Rather than post the second half of my Clothes Show review today I thought I would break it up a little by doing the Christmas tag! I don't think I have ever done a blogger 'tag' before but I thought it would be fun so here goes...
1. What is your favourite thing about christmas ?

Oh I don't think I have just one favourite thing. (Off to a good start Megan) As cliché as it sounds I love buying other people presents and seeing their faces when they open them on Christmas day. I also love seeing all of the pretty lights. My mum has put a little Christmas tree outside our house and it has the most gorgeous colourful lights on it.

2. What is your favourite make up look for festive the season?

I am one of those people who doesn't really change my makeup look that often. I tend to stick to the usual flicked eye liner. I may be tempted to put a dust of sparkly eye shadow on, but nothing too crazy!

3. Real tree or fake tree?

As much as I love the idea of having a real tree, it simply wouldn't be practical to have one in my house! Can you imagine how many pine needles would be on the floor with the cat constantly flicking baubles off the tree and the dog brushing past it?! We do have a real tree outside though, so both!

4. Giving presents or receiving presents?

I honestly do love seeing people open the gifts I've bought them, especially when I have put a lot of thought into a surprise. No one can say they do not like receiving presents though. I love opening presents! 

5. Do you open presents christmas morning or eve / evening

Christmas morning! As we have got older the time we get up as got later and later though. I can remember when my brother and I were little we would get so excited and not be able to sleep, waking our parents up at like 5 in the morning and making them get up. Mum would get up straight away and dad would groan but eventually get up and make us all a cup of tea before we opened the presents. I definitely haven't got up that for the past few years especially with the hangover I've usually got from drinks at the pub on Christmas eve!

6. Handmade christmas cards or bought?

I don't really bother with Christmas cards any more. When I was in Junior school there was always a sort of competition to be the kid with the most Christmas cards haha! We had this little postbox which you could put your cards into with people's names and classes on the envelopes. Going back to the question though, if I did still give out Christmas cards I would probably by handmade ones (that other people have made haha) or animal charity cards.

7. What is your favourite christmas film?

Oh that's easy, Love Actually! It always gets me in the Christmas mood. In fact I think I might have to watch it tonight :)

8. What's your favourite christmas food?

Mmm I don't know! I love it all! As a vegetarian I tend to eat quorn covered in stuffing, which is very yummy, with the usual veg, yorkshire puddings and potatoes etc.

9. What's your favourite christmas song?

I have two! Last Christmas and Fairytale of New York. I always giggle when I hear Fairytale of New York because James hates it so much! I love Christmassy albums and I'm not ashamed to say the Glee ones are always awesome.

10. What's your favourite christmas memory?
I don't have a stand-out memory from my childhood, purely because every Christmas felt magical, thanks to my lovely family. My first Christmas with James will also be something I'll never forget. xo

Hope you enjoyed reading my answers to the Christmas Tag. Feel free to leave your links if you have also posted it on your blog and I will pop over for a read xo
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Clothes Show Live 2012 Part 1

As many of you will already know I headed to Birmingham on Tuesday for the final day of Clothes Show Live. I want to post about both the shopping and the show itself so I have decided to split my 'review' of the event into two parts and today I will be discussing the show itself...



Having never been to Clothes Show Live before I didn't really know what to expect. I had asked a few friends who had been before and got mixed reactions from them, some saying they loved it and others finding it a little crazy and over hyped. Despite a stressful start to the day (train drama) I managed to go in with an open mind and was actually very excited, if not a little overwhelmed at the scary number of people in one building that I had to battle my way through. I was lucky enough to have been given a press pass which meant I got a front row seat in the Fashion Theatre which was pretty awesome! After seating myself next two lovely girls from a university newspaper (I think it was Southampton - apologies if I have got this wrong) I was the most comfortable and at ease I had felt all day, ready to see what the show had to offer...


What I loved about Clothes Show Live
The show was hosted by the gorgeous Henry Holland and beautiful stylist to the stars Grace Woodward, which set it off to a great start. Their introduction to the show was swiftly followed by a quick performance from Times Red, who you may remember from the X Factor this year. Although I can't say I remember much of them from the X Factor myself, I thought the song they performed was catchy, and they certainly put their all into the performance. Oh and the guy in the middle was very easy on the eyes (always helps!)


The structure of  the fashion show itself was based loosely around a typical day at a fashion magazine, with segments such as 'model casting,' 'photo shoot in Rio ' and 'fashion week.' I thought the show was put together very well - it certainly captured my attention and was both fun and enjoyable to watch.  The female models were absolutely stunning and the outfits were beautiful, as you can see from the (amateur) photos I took! There were also a number of dance performances which livened up the show and broke the catwalk segments up nicely.


Colourful bold prints and bobbled hats

One of my favourite dresses from the show...


Another of my favourite outfits from the show - loved the floral crowns





My not-so-favourite parts of Clothes Show Live...
Ok so that is my polite way of saying the parts I didn't enjoy..
I had been pre-warned by one of my dear friends about the number of shirtless male models that would be parading down the catwalk and for some reason I didn't think anything of it until I actually 'experienced' them myself. Shirtless men with beautiful rippling muscles sounds like most women's dream come true, however for some reason, I found myself thinking that I would prefer to see more fashion and less men in little pants? Don't get me wrong, I'm no high-end fashion prude, the thought of fashion week and all it's pretentiousness terrifies me and I think Clothes Show seems much more accessible to women interested in fashion. I just felt like the shirtless men or to quote Henry Holland ' the fifty sets of nipples' really lowered the standards of what could be such an excellent fashion show. Oh and then there was the strange Nicki Minaj impersonator which left me thinking 'WAAAAAH?!?!'

My final thoughts...
All in all I really enjoyed the show at the fashion theatre which lasted around 40-45 minutes. The time went really quickly for me which proves that I was entertained and captivated for the most part. It made the stress of missing trains and hanging around in the freezing cold station worth it and left me thinking that I definitely want to attend more catwalk shows as I love to see what designers have to offer!

Did you attend Clothes Show Live this year? What did you think of the show itself? Part 2 (the shopping) will be posted over the next couple of days so make sure you check back.

xo

***All images are my own, please ask permission before using***
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A trip to York


Mango Dress // F&F Satchel // F&F Ankle Boots 
Floral Satchel Bag image from my instagram
Yesterday I went on a shopping trip to York with a few of my besties (Hannah, Laura and Sarah). We spent a couple of hours looking round the designer outlet and picked up a few bits and bobs, none of which I can talk about in case I ruin Christmas present surprises!There were some amazing discounts available and I would have picked up so many more things if I was buying for myself and not other people! We then took a trip into York which was oh-so-pretty with all of the Christmas lights. After a delicious late lunch in Ask, we browsed a number of shops, my favourite being the Yorkshire Soap Company. The cake soaps were absolutely gorgeous and the staff were so lovely. I will definitely be going back there next time I visit York.

A quick photo I took whilst at the Yorkshire Soap Company
I'm off to Clothes Show tomorrow as I have been lucky enough to nab a press pass! A little nervous to be going on my own but so excited at the same time as I have never been before. Follow me on instagram (megan_jane03) for photo updates throughout the day and check back here for a full blog post later in the week xo
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The Second Floor Collective - promoting British manufacturing

As many of you will know I am all for promoting handmade items and products made right here in the United Kingdom, so as soon as I found out about 'The Second Floor Collective' project I knew I simply had to share it with you here on Seek My Scribbles.

There was a time when the manufacturing industry here in Britain was one of the very best in the world. We are certainly not short of talent or afraid of putting in hard work! Unfortunately over the last few decades the industry has experienced a decline as more and more companies outsource their manufacturing work to places like China, where the cost of labour is much cheaper. 

The Second Floor Collective is made up of a group of businesses who manufacture high quality, luxury products and accessories here in the United Kingdom. The like-minded, yet diverse group of people met at the Best of British exhibition, held earlier this year and decided it was about time something was done to promote the wonderful talent we have here in Britain and show that our manufacturing industry is still alive and kicking. The Second Floor Collective is made up of Dribble Buster, Helen Gordon, Hype, Magties, Sara C, The Cambridge Raincoat Company, Lilifi, White Dove & Wonder and Yull. They manufacture a wide range of products from childrenswear to home accessories, luxury luggage and fashionable clothing.





As well as creating a website and Facebook page to showcase their products and promote 'Made in Britain' The Second Floor Collective have also produced a gift guide full of their wonderful products. The images are above are some of my favourite products featured in the gift guide. I particularly love the green raincoat from The Cambridge Raincoat Company - I don't think I've ever seen one so beautiful!

There are so many reasons why we consumers here in the UK should support our country's manufacturing industry. Not only will it boost the economy and create jobs, but it will also keep true skill and talent alive in the UK.

If you are looking for the perfect gifts to give this Christmas, take a look at the Made in Britain gift guide from The Second Floor Collective, I am certain you will fall in love with the lovely products you find.
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Perfume Recommendations for Christmas

I love getting perfume for Christmas and I know a lot of other ladies do too, but it can be hard knowing what to choose unless you have your own signature scent that you buy every time you run out! The perfumes listed below are not necessarily the most fashionable at the moment but they are scents which I have tested and loved. If you are thinking of asking for perfume for Christmas I hope this gives you a little inspiration...
After trying a little tester bottle of Flower Bomb I knew I had to put it straight on my Christmas list. It is possibly the most beautiful perfume I have ever smelt! I also recommend both Lola and Coco Mademoiselle as they are both gorgeous perfumes with beautiful bottles. I have also popped 'Naughty Alice' by Vivienne Westwood on my list, which is a little risky as I haven't tried it, but I'm sure it'll be divine! Has anyone else tried Naughty Alice?
Unfortunately many designer perfumes are tested on animals so I thought I would include some cruelty-free perfumes from the Body Shop. As much as my mum loves designer perfume she has swapped to these beautiful fragrances from the Body Shop because they are not tested on animals. Both the Japanese Cherry Blossom and Indian Night Jasmine are light, floral and feminine, perfect for daytime wear.

Ok so these are not new perfumes, in fact they are ones that I wore when I was a little younger, but they are still scents that I love and would be perfect for younger girls. I think Baby Rose Jeans by Versace was perhaps my first ever proper perfume. It comes in a gorgeous frosted bottle and the scent (as far as I can remember) is very sweet! I think many places have stopped stocking it but I know you can still buy it online from websites like Amazon. I used to wear Sui Dreams by Anna Sui a few years back (I think I was probably 16 / 17) and it is a scent I still love today. My friend actually had a bottle in her room the other day and I got a little too excited, spraying it all over myself! Sui dreams is another sweet fragrance, but it has these dreamy, almost sensual notes to it, which make it uniquely gorgeous.

I hope you have enjoyed my perfume post! Let me know what perfumes you are putting on your Christmas list.

xo
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Christmas decorations for the home

This week has not gone well at all! I was looking forward to getting back to blogging properly but unfortunately I came down with a flu bug - so as you can image I haven't felt like doing much! I woke up looking like a vampire today (not the sexy kind) with a nasty eye infection, so it's fair to say I am les miserable.

I was a little cheered up when I was presented with my advent calendar this morning though (big kid at heart)! I have the Cadbury's Wishes one - which do you have? We're putting our Christmas decorations up tomorrow so look out for instagram pictures! (megan_jane03) My mum has bought some lovely snowflake lights for the kitchen windows, which inspired me to do a little Christmas decoration 'wish list' post. Enjoy!

Gold Glitter Lights // Reindeer Tree Decoration // Christmas Robin //
Maneki Neko Decoration // Mitten card clips // Christmas candles

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A-Z Handmade Christmas Gift Guide Part 2

Thank you for your lovely response to part one of my A-Z Handmade Gift Guide! I reckon I'm going to have to cram more than one a week in as we are getting seriously close to Christmas - I definitely need to improve on my organisation skills for next year! New Years resolution perhaps? Anyway here is Part 2 of the gift guide I hope you enjoy the read and discover some wonderful gift ideas for Christmas.

Deer Necklace // Assorted Rings // Autumn Bird Necklace
is for Mibbi Design a handmade jewellery store full of whimsical and enchanting pieces. Owner Olivia creates all of the pieces herself in between studying a degree at University. Having been in that position myself I admire her dedication! Olivia likes to create vintage inspired pieces which are a beautiful handmade alternative to the mass produced gifts we regularly see on the high street. All of her pieces are affordably priced, with the majority being under £20 making them perfect for those looking for inexpensive, yet uniquely beautiful Christmas gifts. Mibbi Design's best sellers include the photo-transfer vintage lockets and the Harry Pottery themed Platform 9 ¾ necklace. Olivia has kindly offered Seek My Scribbles readers 10% off all orders at the Mibbi Design Etsy store using the code 'SCRIBBLES10' 

Megan Jane's personal pick: This was a very hard choice but I eventually decided on the Curiosity Woodland Owl locket. It's absolutely stunning!

Personal Journal / Wedding Journal / Christmas Journal





is for Gadanke (pronounced guh-dawn-kuh), a handcrafted journal company owned by a wonderful and talented lady called Katie. Gadanke journals are like no other, made with love and full of writing prompts to help draw out your thoughts and help you keep a wonderful journal. Katie believes in celebrating each individual's unique story. Each journal is small enough to fit in your bag so you can carry it with you wherever you go. There are a number of different types of journals to choose from including travel journals, kids journals and even journals to help you find your path in life. If you know someone that is into writing, one of Gadanke's handcrafted journals would make the perfect gift. For more information on Kate's story please visit the about us page, or head over to the Gadanke store to make a purchase! Although based in the US, shipping to the UK costs just $5.50! Katie is kindly offering Seek My Scribbles readers 10% off orders using the code 'KINDNESS'

Megan Jane's personal pick: Become - Diary for finding your direction

Knit Stocking Advent Calendar // Chocolate Gift Set // Holiday Dinner Box



is for So Lucky Gifts, a gluten free gourmet food company. It seems that everyone knows at least one person on a gluten free diet, so I thought this would be a good one to include as it can often be hard to buy food & treated related gifts for them! Carey the owner of the company is a Celiac herself, along with her two daughters. She has taste tested many products and only sells the very best. All of the products are gift wrapped for free and include a handwritten note. Just a little note: So Lucky Gifts only ship to the US so this is one for my American girls (and boys)!

Megan Jane's personal pick: So it's tea time gift set

I hope you have enjoyed Part 2 of my A-Z Handmade Christmas Gift Guide! Remember if you want to advertise your handmade company please contact: meganhunt03@hotmail.co.uk
xo
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#InstaGal

Thomas having a browse // #FOTD // Megan Jane Jewellery at Orange Fest // Doll House Tea Sets
My boys Thomas and Jazz // Black Friday Discount for Megan Jane Jewellery // Cocktail time // Me and Liz (the birthday girl!) 
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I've amused myself by doing this post today as I used to get really fed up of seeing 'my week in photos' blog posts, but I didn't announce it publicly as I knew as soon as I got my iPhone 4 I wouldn't be able to resist doing one myself. Smart move Megan. See I think I was really just jealous before because I had a crapberry and not an iPhone! I will be calling my posts #InstaGal after my friend Hannah said I could be the backup 'Insta Gal' last night when her phone went out of battery. Term coined!

Anyway...I was going to post about the outfit I wore last night when I went out for cocktails for my friend's birthday, but the photos were really blurry so I will be re-doing them. I wore a lovely black dress from New Look which has the prettiest embellished collar! I've got quite a few outfit posts lined up this week actually as I also have two dresses to show you from TK Maxx and my £12 Primark knit, which I'm currently snuggled in right now.

I hope everyone has had a lovely week! I'm hoping to get back into regularly blogging now. I just had a spell where I didn't really know what I wanted to post about and didn't have the time to really think too much about it as I've been super busy with work. I think we all have those times when we just need a little break so we can concentrate on 'real life.'

I'm going to post my second instalment of the A-Z Handmade Gift Guide early next week so keep an eye out!

xo

PS The Megan Jane Jewellery Black Friday / Cyber Monday offer is on until Monday at 11:59pm. 25% off all jewellery orders using the code 'MJJTREAT'

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25% off at Megan Jane Jewellery #BlackFriday

Hello my lovelies, sorry I haven't got round to posting properly this week! I will hopefully blog over the weekend but for now head over to MeganJaneJewellery.com and treat yourself with 25% off all orders! 

xo

PS Happy Birthday to my beautiful best friend Liz!
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Whimsical Doll House Jewellery

Apologies for another jewellery themed post but I am just not hardcore enough to go and stand out in the cold and pose for outfit photographs! Today I thought I would share the Doll House jewellery I have been making...

Doll House Saucer Studs £2.50

Doll House Tea Cup Earrings £3.99

Doll House Coffee Pot Necklace £4.99

Sugar Pot Ring £2.50

Doll House Milk Jug Necklace £4.99
Basically I am buying beautiful little doll house tea sets and turning them into dainty necklaces, earrings, bracelets, rings and studs. I am really pleased with how the first few pieces in the doll house collection have turned out and I hope you love them too! I think the necklaces will look so pretty peeping out from under a collared blouse or dress. You could wear one piece to create a focal point, or match a necklace with a pair of studs. All of the pieces in the collection so far are priced under £5.00 making them perfect for stocking filler gifts this Christmas. Postage costs just £1.65 to UK addresses and £3.60 to everywhere else.

If anyone is in Nottingham this Saturday (17th) I will be at the Orange Tree pub selling my jewellery. There is a festival going on called OrangeFest  where there will be vintage themed stalls, acoustic acts, followed by DJs later in the evening. Entry is free and there are plenty of fabulous food and drinks offers to take advantage of. It would be lovely to see some friendly faces, so please come along! For more details about the even visit the Left Lion page here.

Oh and in other news I finally bought a .com whoop! You can now reach the Megan Jane Jewellery website by typing www.meganjanejewellery.com into your browser.

xo
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A-Z Handmade Christmas Gift Guide part 1

It's a little later than planned but here is the first part of my A-Z Christmas Gift Guide! I am hoping that I will fill up all of the letters before Christmas, so please get in touch if you would like to get involved. I will be featuring a few companies in each post that I do, as well as listing them on the A-Z Christmas Gift Guide page, which can be found here. I will be featuring some amazing handmade gifts so I hope you find something you love! (Please note I will not be going in alphabetical order haha)

Stag Head Necklace // Penguin Earrings // Blue Wolf Necklace



is for Maggie Angus, a handmade jewellery company based in the UK. Maggie Angus specialise in handmade acrylic jewellery and were shortlisted for New Designer of the Year in the UK Jewellery Awards 2012. Their pieces are fun, quirky and unique, ranging from animal themed necklaces, to quirky skull earrings and Christmas themed bracelets. Prices range from a very reasonable £12 to £26 making their pieces perfect for Christmas presents. Maggie Angus even have celebrity fans including Little Mix, Fearne Cotton and Jessie J and have designed for the wonderful Marina and the diamonds! Their jewellery would make the perfect gift for women who like to wear fun and quirky pieces. Currently offering UK free postage until Christmas.

Megan Jane's personal pick: Mog the cat necklace

Penguin Cake Pop / Christmas Cakes / Snow Flake Cake



is for We Are Delish, a cake pop company from Nottingham! Christmas is the perfect excuse for indulging in delicious treats and what could be better than these gorgeous handmade cake pops? We Are Delish make all of their yummy cakes from scratch, customising them with different flavours and decorations. They deliver in the Nottingham area but can also send orders out in the post. You can pre-order cake pops for £1.80 each (minimum order of 10 cake pops). Their Christmas designs include snowmen, penguins, Christmas puddings and Christmas trees. They are also making delicious Christmas cakes in a variety of flavours and designs. If you are throwing a Christmas party or simply want to treat your family, We Are Delish's cute cake pops are sure to please! Join Delish at the Nottingham Christmas Market.

Megan Jane's personal pick: Red Velvet Rose Cake Pops

Gingerbread men earrings // Peace sign Necklace // Lego Necklace


is for ButterfLypie, a handmade jewellery company based in Durham. The ButterfLypie store is full of cute and quirky pieces made by Clare, a fine art graduate. Combining bright colours, with retro-styling Clare makes the perfect jewellery for those who like to wear something a little more unique than what we see on the high street everyday. Clare is kindly offering 20% off all orders from 1st November to 1st December when you use the code 'SANTA.' Purchase your christmas gifts from either the ButterfLypie bigcartel store or Clare's etsy store.

Megan Jane's personal pick: Love Letters Necklace

I hope you have enjoyed my first gift guide post! xo
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Stunning Statement Necklaces by Clare Hynes Jewellery

Statement Necklaces by Clare Hynes Jewellery
Sometimes it is the little things that make the biggest difference and I definitely think that is true when it comes to putting an outfit together. Jewellery and accessories have the ability to transform a whole outfit, giving it a fresh new look. Jewellery is something I am so passionate about (which I'm sure you all know by now) so when I was introduced to the work of Clare Hynes, I was so eager to share her wonderful designs here on Seek my Scribbles.

Jewellery designer Clare Hynes was born and raised in the UK but now spends most of her time creating beautiful jewellery in Northern China. She actually studied graphic design at Nottingham Trent University (the uni I studied Broadcast Journalism at) and then went onto work in magazine design, before finding her true calling in jewellery design.

I think you will agree with me when I say Clare's pieces are absolutely stunning. The statement necklaces featured above are so vibrant and full of colour that they will brighten up any outfit in your wardrobe. I absolutely love all of the different types of materials and beads that have been used. I think my favourite out of the three has to be the necklace on the right which features swarovski crystal pendants and beautiful fresh water pearls. I think this necklace would look really classy layered over a high neck black dress, with
your hair scraped up into a top knot, so all of the attention is on the piece itself.

The statement necklaces are priced at around £158 each, which is very reasonable considering the design and work which is put into making each necklace, a long with the wonderful materials that are used. If you have fallen in love with the necklaces, but can't afford to splash the cash, you could always pop one onto your Christmas list - perfect timing I know! Clare also has a beautiful collection of earrings on her website. I particularly love the Daisy Daisy earrings.

Pop over to the Clare Hynes Jewellery website to see more of her stunning pieces.
xo
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The Best Suit For Your Body Shape


A smart, crisp and elegant suit looks great on a woman and never fails to evoke an air of confidence and self-assurance. The good news is that unlike many items of clothing, suits can look good whatever a woman’s shape; the trick is matching the suit to your body.
Whilst some women can literally fit into any style of suit, others are more limited. Individual tailoring might  give you a suit which is perfectly moulded to your body but this will usually come with a considerable price tag. Those shopping with a more modest budget will need to make the most of different ranges on offer from reputable high street retailers – and thankfully the choice is extensive.

Traditional
For the tall and slender, the traditional jacket and trouser suit looks great. Those of a larger build can also find the style perfect for hiding a multitude of sins, including large stomachs, big bottoms and chunky arms.
Ultimately, the cut of the suit is what will determine whether it looks good. For the larger woman, tailoring which accentuates assets and covers problem areas is best. Those on the shorter side looking for ways to appear taller should opt for a boot-cut trousers and match with a pair of heels. Opt for a small kitten heel which is easily covered by the trouser leg to give the illusion of height without revealing the secret to your lofty visage.

Feminine
Ladies suits come in many different styles so women with a curvy physique can look great in a multitude of different styles. To really accentuate those curves, opt for a straight skirt and jacket that fit flatteringly around your best assets.
If you have large breasts, wearing a well-cut jacket that is fitted but not too tight will prove to be much more complimentary than a boxier style that is wide in the shoulders. Bigger women should also avoid suits with a pleated skirt as these only add unwanted bulk to your look.
For women who have boyish and petite figures trouser suits may drown you in excess material. For women who are not naturally endowed with curves, a tailored jacket which cinches at the waist is a great way to create a feminine silhouette.
Wearing a tight pencil skirt that is tapered snugly around the bottom and falls just above the knee will accentuate a slimmer frame. Pairing with a tightly fitted, cropped jacket will emphasise the waistline and create the allusion of curves.
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Christmas Wishlist 1.

I'm hoping to start publishing my A-Z Handmade Gift Guide posts this week, but I still need more handmade companies and crafters to get involved, so please see this page and drop me an email! In the mean time I thought I would share some of the beauty products I have my 
eye on & may be putting on my Christmas list this year...

Colour glide Lipstick - The Bodyshop // Crescent Moon Highlighter - Topshop // Viktor & Rolf Flower Bomb - Cheapsmells // Goddess Rocks - Me Me Me Cosmetics // Pink Pepper shower gel - Molton Brown
1. After receiving two Colour Glide lipsticks for my birthday (Soft Peony & Brilliant Red) I am eager to get my hands on a couple more! They glide on so smoothly and are so moisturising. The colour lasts really well and to me they taste of tea - yum!

2. I saw Lily (llymlrs) had reviewed this on her blog and it looked so lovely. I am in need of a new highlighter and would love to try this Topshop one. Pop over to Lily's blog for a full review.

3. I fell well and truly in love with this perfume after receiving a sample though the post the other week. It has such a sweet sugary smell and it will definitely be at the top of my Christmas list this year! So far I think it is priced lowest at Cheapsmells but if anyone finds it for less, please let me know.

4. When a company follows me on Twitter I always like to pop over to their website and have a look at their products. Usually I have a quick browse, but when Me Me Me Cosmetics followed me on Twitter, I found myself spending ages on their website in awe of their lovely beauty products! I particularly like these shimmery bronzing rocks. The colours are so pretty and pearly!

5. My boyfriend's mum and dad bought me a Molton Brown gift set not so long ago, made up with a range of Pink Pepper products. Not only is the colour of the gel so gorgeous, but the scent is so refreshing! It is my favourite ever shower gel and I will definitely be adding it to my Christmas list.

Are any of these bath and beauty products on your Christmas list?
xo
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