Jewellery boxes by Megan Jane

Over the last couple of days I have been painting the jewellery boxes which I will soon be selling over on the Megan Jane Jewellery website. I thought I would give you a sneak peak at the colours I have chosen, though please be aware that when I took these pictures, I had only applied one coat and haven't begun the customisation process yet!

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Customised jewellery boxes coming soon to Megan Jane Jewellery

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Shimmery lilac / pink colour

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Salmon pink (looks way less orange in real life)
I am planning on customising the lilac coloured box with pearls and crystals, whereas for the salmon pink / orange box I thought I would go for something a little different, applying either wooden beads or large fancy jewels. To paint the boxes I used Pebeo moon paint, which dries with a bubbly / pearl effect which you can kind of see on the images above. I will be sure to keep you updated on the progress of the jewellery box customisation. I am hoping they will be finished soon so I can get them listed in case anyone wants one for Christmas. They come complete with a mirror and are perfect for storing jewellery, little treasures or even makeup! 

I have also listed a couple of new items on the website today including this gorgeous bingo the bull terrier necklace and some more 99p Christmas rings.
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Bull terrier dog necklace

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Frosty Adjustable Ring

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Santa Adjustable Ring

These novelty rings are perfect for the festive season and will bring a little smile to your face! At the last craft fair I attended a lady purchased a couple to include in her grand children's home-made advent calendar, which I thought was such a sweet idea.

Let me know what you think of the jewellery boxes and new pieces! Oh and also I decided to start sending out Megan Jane Jewellery email newsletters which will include news, new items, competitions and exclusive voucher codes. To sign up please click on this link (you can unsubscribe at any time) xo

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Steal and style up your boyfriend's jackets

Boyfriend's Military Style Jacket (John Rocha) // H&M Day Dress & Belt // ASOS Boots


Jazz decided to get in on the outfit post action! Let me here a 'Awwwww'
James and I were doing a HUGE wardrobe clear out the other day and we came across this John Rocha jacket, or should I say 'Rocha John Rocha' like Bryn says in Gavin and Stacey (always makes me smile). James hadn't worn it for ages and was going to put it in the 'to go' pile, but I quickly tried it on and thought it would be the perfect oversized military-style coat to go with some of my day dresses! I have seen so many bloggers with oversized military style / 90s grunge jackets and I have been oh-so-jealous, but now I have one and it cost me nothing!

I decided to team it with a simple black dress from H&M and my ASOS boots which are absolutely gorgeous, but far too high for me to walk properly in. I really like military styled fashion but I don't always think of it as something I can pull off because I usually go for more girly outfits, but I think I can combine the two now I have found this lovely jacket.

Have you ever pinched any of your boyfriend's clothes to style up in your own way?
xo

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Varsity Boots review and Keds collaboration

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Leather look jacket - Topshop // Polka Dot Blouse c/o Romwe & ocrun // Jeans - Topshop // Varsity Boots c/o Keds
When I featured Keds A/W 2012 collection on my blog back in August, the shoes that stood out for me were the grey Varsity Boots. A couple of weeks ago I was lucky enough to receive a pair to review and I couldn't wait to pop them on and try them out!

The Varsity Boots are quite casual looking and shaped a little like converse, though perhaps slightly shorter on the ankle and WAY comfier. They are the perfect booties for autumn with breathable lining inside and snuggly wool around the upper parts of the shoe. One of the things that stands out about Keds is that they cushion the insole of their shoes, which I think makes all the difference! The Varsity Boots also have a rubber sole, making them durable. With a few sprays of waterproofing solution, the Varisty Boots will definitely be able to withstand the awful weather that is thrown our way every year, keeping your feet cosy and comfortable.

What mad me giggle was that my dad never really approves of the shoes I wear, usually saying that they won't support my feet or keep them dry, but he actually really loved my new Keds! Well done Keds, you are the first shoes to get Vince's seal of approval.
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Varsity Boots from Keds A/W 2012 collection
I decided to pair them with my skinny jeans and my biker-style jacket for a casual look, though they would also look great paired with a girly dress and oversized jacket on slightly warmer days. Keds are really onto a winner with their Varsity Boots as they look cute whilst also being super comfortable! I definitely recommend them if you looking for a casual pair of booties this season.

It was the first time I'd taken outfit photos since moving house, so the neighbours are probably going to think I'm a little bit crazy. Especially since it started raining whilst I was trying to snap a couple more shots! 

In other news Keds are collaborating with one of my guilty pleasures, Taylor Swift. I absolutely adore Taylor and her quirky / cute music, so I was so excited to hear she had collaborated with Keds to release an exclusive pair of champion styled plimsolls called 'Red' after her new album. To get your hands on a pair pop over to the Keds website!

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Keds and Taylor Swift Collaboration - RED Keds
Keds are stocked at John Lewis and Schuh and Next.
xo

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Luxury hair accessories from Stone Bridge

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Super Comfy Triple Headband // Oriente large barrette c/o of Stone Bridge 
Just before I moved house I was sent two gorgeous hair accessories from the lovely team at Stone Bridge. With all the craziness of moving house I have only just got round to doing my post, but here it is finally!

A little bit about Stone Bridge
Stone Bridge is a small business based in England, specialising in luxury hair accessories. The majority of their hair accessories are made by small family owned businesses in France and Italy, however some are hand-forged in England and others are hand stitched in Canada and the US by designers who have had their work appear in Hollywood films and major international TV series! They care about their customers (and healthy hair), only selling hair accessories that are both aesthetically pleasing and made to the highest standards.

Stone Bridge's prices are what I would consider as high end for hair accessories, however they reflect the level of hand crafting that has gone into each item, which I completely appreciate, especially now I have
tried the accessories for myself. What I really like about Stone Bridge is the personal unique customer service they offer. If you are unsure about the type of hair accessories that are suitable for your hair you can simply fill in a short consult form and they will get back to you with a selection of perfect hair accessories for your hair type.

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Super Comfy Triple Headband
After my consult I was provided with a selection of hair accessories to choose from. Despite the fact I have not worn a headband for ages, I was intrigued to find out whether this headband lived up to the name 'super comfy' as in the past I have found headbands to hurt the sides of my head by my ears, after wearing them for a while. I have to say I am so impressed! The headband moulds to the shape of my head, but doesn't press against it, so there is no discomfort at all, even after hours of wear. I also love how lightweight the headband is, it doesn't even feel like you are wearing one. Even though there are no grips on the bottom of the headband it doesn't slide around at all and simply sits where it should, keeping my hair in place. I decided to go for 'graphite' as the colour compliments my dark brown hair, however it is also available in lighter colours with stunning textured finishes.

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Oriente Large Barrette
In recent years I haven't really worn hair accessories. I used to wear flowers when they were in fashion a couple of years ago and before that head bands and bows, so it has been fun experimenting with the two items that Stone Bridge kindly sent me to review. The Oriente large barrette features a chic tribal pattern, which looks great against my dark brown hair. I used it to pin parts of my hair back when I worn it curly and it kept it in position all day, without snagging or pulling! I am really impressed with how well made the barrette is and the amount of hair it can hold! I have fairly fine hair, but there is a lot of it, but I found that if I  wanted to I could pin it all back with the oriente large barrette. You can use a hair accessory like this to do many different things with your hair, and I am certainly looking forward to trying new styles out.

My other favourites
After spending a while browsing Stone Bridge's website I found so many beautiful hair accessories that I would love to add to my collection! I think this Opal Paisley Crystal barrette has to be one of the most beautiful things I've ever seen. I can't imagine how long it took the designer to make it, with a total of 237 crystals featured in each barrette. Unfortunately it is completely out of my price range - but a girl can dream! I also particularly like the bauble scrunchie which is very reasonably priced and the Torque silk headband which is another ultimate luxury.

Stone Bridge have a wide range of high end luxury hair accessories including barrettes, headbands, elastics, combs, clips and clamps. Pop over to their website, do the consult and treat yourself to something special! xo


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A-Z Handmade Christmas Gift Guide

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Ok lovelies, I know it is a little early for Christmas related posts, but I have had this idea and I need to start early for it to work! Basically I am going to create a gift guide here on Seek My Scribbles, featuring handmade businesses and their lovely items suitable for buying as Christmas presents. Although it's a bit of a challenge I am aiming to find at least one company for each letter of the alphabet. The A-Z Handmade Christmas Gift Guide will feature on a septate blog page here and I will also be doing posts every week about the businesses and their items. Not only will it help promote wonderful craft businesses but it may also help you with your Christmas shopping this year! 

If you make and sell gift-worthy items and would like to get involved please send an email to meganhunt03@hotmail.co.uk with the subject 'A-Z Handmade Christmas Gift Guide.' I will also be contacting businesses that I think should be included too :) Please spread the word via Twitter and Facebook with a link back to the page. 

I really think this could be great, if people are willing to get involved.

Let me know your thoughts in the comments below! xo
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Beautiful Bracelets from Raffles Bizarre

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Bracelet Packs £3 - £5
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My custom-made bracelets from Raffles Bizarre
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A few weeks ago I was contacted by the lovely Jess from Raffles Bizarre who told me I had been chosen to review some of her lovely handmade bracelets. I was so excited, as you all very well know, I am a sucker for handmade jewellery and think it is important to support other artists and crafters. Jess so kindly asked me about the sort of jewellery I liked to wear and created a special customised pack of beautiful bracelets, featuring colourful threads in pinks, lilacs and purples, pretty pearl beads and a cute peace sign charm. 
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When I first received them the first thing that hit me was how well the bracelets complimented each other. Jess really does have an eye for design! I love how each of the bracelets are different, some made from thread and others chain, as you can see in the close up image above. You can tell that they have been well made, one of the thread bracelets even features a clasp, which proves their high quality - they aren't your average friendship bracelets!

I decided to wear quite a girly outfit today and found that the pastel colours and pearls featured on the bracelets compliment it just perfectly. The bracelets fit so well and feel so comfortable that I can't imagine I'll take them off very often (apart from sleeping & showers) as I know they'll look great with all of my other outfits too.

I am so impressed with Jess's bracelets and recommend that you head on over to see what other lovely things she has to offer on the Raffles Bizarre website. The packs are all very reasonably priced ranging from  £3 to £5, making them perfect for gifts. You simply can't go wrong with handmade items like these, as you know that every item is going to be slightly different, giving them a unique, special quality! For those of you who want to get to know the girl behind the jewellery, head on over to the Raffles Bizarre blog or send Jess a tweet @rafflesbizarre

Let me know what you think about my lovely new bracelets in the comments below!
xo
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Amazing Pants & Amazing Women: Who Made Your Pants?

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Aimee Shorts // Rosalind Shorts
Before you ask, no I am not writing a 'what's in my handbag' style post, telling you where each of pair of my pants are from. Don't you worry. I am in fact going to tell you all about a wonderful, inspirational company that I was introduced to last week. Who Made Your Pants is a Southampton based lingerie brand who create jobs for women that have had a hard time. They teach the women how to make the pants, enabling them to learn new skills. They also arrange training for women who are interested in other aspects of business like marketing and finance. Who Made Your Pants is all about creating gorgeous pants from the left-over fabric that bigger companies would simply class as 'waste.' Looking at the image above, I think you'll agree that there pants are simply divine and rival those seen in any high street stores. However, unlike with high street stores, you actually know who has made your pants. The company even tag their pants, so you can enter a unique code on their website, which will tell you who was working on that day!
Who works at 'Who Made Your Pants'?
The women employed at Who Made Your Pants are primarily refugees from countries where there have  been wars. Many of the women are considered to be vulnerable, so Who Made Your Pants provides a women-only work space, where they can relax, learn and socialise with their new friends on their breaks.  The company are all about supporting their workers and empowering women both in and outside the workplace.
The Pants
I couldn't possibly put it better than what is written on the Who Made Your Pants website so here goes:
'They're not bedroom pants, seduction pants or hello boys (or girls) pants - they are a little bit of gorgeous, just for you, every day.'
They currently make two styles; the Aimee shorts, which are available in a range of colours and sizes (size 8 - 18) and the new Rosalind shorts, which are currently only available in black. Who Made Your Pants have designed their knickers with the perfect fit in mind, ensuring that they are both comfortable and practical to wear (no VPLs woo!) 
I absolutely love the Aimee shorts and will definitely be purchasing a pair in the near future. I think you'll agree that the whole concept of the brand is truly wonderful and I hope you too will support their  wonderful business model, by treating yourself, your mum, aunty, sister or best friend to a new pair of gorgeous pants.
xo
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Birthday Treats

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Enrapture Totem Styler // Amazon Kindle // Polka Dot Kindle Cover // Anna Sui Perfume // Body Shop Baked Eye Colour // Body Shop Lipsticks // YSL Mascara

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Soft Peony Colour Glide Lip Colour // Brilliant Red Colour Glide Lip Colour from the Body Shop

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Topshop Biker Jacket
I thought I would do a little post on some of the lovely gifts I received on my 22nd birthday! Although I am not sure where some of the items were bought, I have linked to websites where the items are available, just in case you want to treat yourself!

Amazon Kindle, Cover & Books
I have wanted an Amazon Kindle ever since my mum got hers for Christmas. I don't really have room to store actual books in my house, so this is such a handy little thing! I often find it difficult to read off computer screens, however the Kindle's screen is so different and makes it really easy to read without discomfort or eye strain.  I have got Fifty Shades of Grey (don't judge) to read as well as the Hunger Games trilogy - I am refusing to watch the film until I've read the first book. If you have a book you want to recommend to me, feel free to leave it in the comments below! Oh and how adorable is the cover my parents bought for it?

Enrapture Totem Styler
I have wanted this hair tool ever since I read Lily's review of it over on her blog. I love wearing my hair curly, especially now it is much longer, so I was eager to see what the Enrapture Totem Styler could do! I have to say I have been impressed so far, it heats up in a couple of seconds and the curls form so easily. I have only used in on the settings 1.1.2 at the moment, as I don't like my curls to be too defined at the top. I asked my brother to purchase this for me months ago as it was half price! Amazon now have it on for around £47 which is a little more affordable than the original price which was £70+

Makeup
It was about time I got some new lipsticks so I was so pleased to receive these beautiful colourglide lipsticks from the Bodyshop. The peony pink is a gorgeous girly colour, perfect for everyday wear. I also adore the shade of 'Brilliant Red' and will definitely be wearing this when I am going for a classic look. The lipsticks are so easy to apply and I have found them to stay on for quite a while, even after drinks! Strangely enough I think they taste of tea (which I love) has anyone else found this? 

I'm so in love with the baked eye shadow. The colours are perfect for my skin tone and they are both so highly pigmented, with a slight shimmer. I've been wearing them everyday!

I also received the full size YSL mascara, which I was desperate for after falling in love with a sample size one I got from What's In My Handbag - review here.

Anna Sui
This was such a surprise as I didn't expect my brother to buy me another present after so kindly treating me to the totem styler! I have loved Anna Sui perfumes for years and used to wear 'Sui Dreams' on a daily basis. I had never tried her 'classic' perfume before, but I have to say I LOVE it. Fruity, refreshing and perfect for everyday wear.

Biker Jacket
Finally we have my new favourite item of clothing - my Topshop biker jacket. I have wanted a jacket like this for so long as it is perfect for teaming with a girly dress, to create a more edgy look. I have already found that it goes with so many of my outfits and is perfect for slipping over my 'night out' dresses, now that the weather has got a little chilly.

So there we have it! I hope you enjoyed this little post on my birthday treats. I apologise for not doing Monday's Most Wanted and Tuesday Shoesday this week but I have been so crazy busy with freelance work. Oh and one last thing please click on the banner on my sidebar and give my mum your vote in the #SYTYCW competition. It only takes two seconds and voting closes tomorrow - she has worked so hard and I would love for her to get through to the next round.

xo
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Two Little Ducks

So this week I have been busy turning twenty two - hence the lack of blogging! It was actually my birthday on Wednesday, but it ended up being more of a birthday week really, and I've still got my night out to look forward to with my best friends tomorrow evening. I had such a
lovely birthday and thank you so much to everyone that sent a text, tweet or facebook message! I got
some wonderful gifts, a few of which I'll share on a blog post next week.

I have a lot going on over the next couple of weeks - including a move back to my mum and dad's house for a while (don't worry James is coming too), but I will still post as much as I can, as I have a fair bit of content that I want to share with you lovely lot. Anyway sorry this is short and sweet but I've had a busy working  day and still have to prepare for my craft fair tomorrow. If you love vintage, handcrafted items, or just fancy a browse, please do come along. We (Megan Jane Jewellery) will be at Southwell Garden Centre from 10am until 4pm and entry is free. There will be twenty four other wonderful stalls to browse too, so you're guaranteed to find something you love, if you want to treat yourself, or perhaps even purchase a few early christmas gifts! For more details please follow the link to the Vintage and Handcrafted Facebook Event.

My cute little bull terrier beads - jewellery pieces coming soon!

 I always take lace, tea cups, vintage plates and jewellery boxes to decorate my table with


Hey Honey Bee Necklace // Drink Me Necklace // Crown Necklace

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Tuesday Shoesday #2






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Tuesday Shoesday #2

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>Basic Tee - Next // High waisted jeans - Topshop //
Skull Flats - New Look // Spiked Necklace - eBay

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Skull embellishments

This is the second instalment of my 'Tuesday Shoesday' series. For those who missed last weeks, basically I will be showing you one of the lovely pairs of shoes I have in my wardrobe, featuring them in an outfit post and telling you a little bit about why I love them and what outfits I wear them with. If you are a shoe-aholic like me, this feature will suit you to a T!

Today I wanted to show you my gorgeous grey flats with feature little skull embellishments. As soon as I saw these on the New Look website, I knew I had to have them. These grey flats are so versatile as they pretty much go with every other colour, but I love how the skulls add edge to an outfit. I chose to wear them with a pretty simply outfit (I actually wore this yesterday) to make the shoes the key feature, but you could easily mix them with printed and textured pieces, like a lace dress. In fact they looked really lovely with my peach peter pan collar lace dress, which I wore for drinks in town a couple of weeks ago.

Although they are not considered to be very girly, I have always loved skulls, ever since I went through my little 'emo / scene / whatever the hell you want to call it' phase when I was 15 / 16. I'm no longer too keen on the ones they try and make girly, by putting bows in there hair, preferring the more traditional ones like sugar skulls. Gothic romance inspired fashion, is said to be big this season, with lace, skulls, studs and spiked embellished pieces seen all over the high street and internet. It is certainly a trend I am comfortable wearing and makes a nice change from my girly tea dresses!

xo

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Monday's Most Wanted: Sequin Dresses

Berry Sequin Dress // Black Sequin Dress // Rainbow Sequin Dress
I decided to give Monday's Most Wanted a miss last week, so that I could submit my entry for the Next Guest Blogger competition. If you haven't already, please check out my post and let me know what you think of my 'Five Key Pieces for A/W.'

Anyway...on to today's post. Here we have three extremely beautiful dresses from Glamorous UK. I have been after a sequin dress for a while, but have never found one I truly love, until today. Glamorous UK have  a fabulous selection of sequin dresses, I am literally spoilt for choice and have fallen in love with these three, along with the navy blue version of the sequin dress featured in the first image. The berry colour is gorgeous and I think it would look lovely on both pale and tanned skin tones. The longer sleeves are also good for keeping you a little bit warmer when you are out and about on a freezing cold night. I love the classic black sequin dress, which has a tie at the back which skims across your shoulder blades. We then have the stunning rainbow shift dresses, which I simply couldn't resist sharing with you. It is such a striking dress and the colours are just beautiful.

As much as I love sequinned dresses, I think it is important not to over accessorise them! Let the dress do the talking, and if you feel the need to wear jewellery - keep it simple. If you don't want to get your legs out, or if it is extra chilly, all of these dresses will look equally as perfect with a pair of black tights. Pop on a pair of heels, grab your clutch bag and you are good to go!

Do you love sequin dresses or do you find them a little too much?
xo
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