Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Eid Mubarak!

I hope those celebrating Eid had a lovely day, I sure did filling my belly up with plenty of sweets and chocolate! :)

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Here's what I wore, nothing exciting really as hardly anything fits anymore! *Smiles* But look at my bump, it's actually massive (PROOF) the black is very flattering I must say! Well, I'm 36 weeks (9 MONTHS) on Saturday so hopefully it's not long before I can try and fit back in to my normal clothes! (Wishful thinking!)

My make up was also "safe", I opted for winged eyeliner and muted pink lips.

I'm thinking if I should do anything to my hair just before I give birth, I think a change would be nice, but I'm not sure what?! I do want to chop it all off or dye it a completely different colour, but then I also like it long, I'm just confused!

I added some volume to my hair with some hair care products that I tried for the first time today, they were all from Lulu's Place. which were thickening and sulfate free. I'm pretty impressed with the results so far as I did zero backcombing but I need to try them again without the rollers to see if it's still as good. I will keep you up to date on that, yes the packaging is tacky but I still like it in a weird way! :)

Oh and I finished the crochet blanket yesterday....

I love it, it's so cute! I'm so happy I attempted to make it and actually accomplished it. It's quite small, but will work great with the pram! I also want to thank you all who left me the sweetest most encouraging comments in my last post about the baby bedding, you are all very kind thank you!

How was your day / Eid? And, what volumising hair care products do you use?

Friday, 26 August 2011

When hard work pays off...

I finished the baby bedding yesterday, I'm really happy with the way it turned out and wanted to share with you what it looks like...

I have been doing lots of sewing, applique and embroidery for the past few days and I feel like it's finally paid off. I tried to keep it as simple and as fresh looking as possible with accents of feminine colour.

For those wondering I used a tiny £60 sewing machine from Argos which has been brilliant! I hand stitched the applique on to the bedding and then hand embroidered the 'cross stitch' with the brown for extra decoration and to bring it alive.

I knew I wanted a bird Incorporated in the design and here's what the little birdie looks like with it's pretty bow! :)

Here's the heart decoration I gave you a sneak peak of in a previous post...

It ties from the sides with cotton ribbon and I placed it on top of the bumper, I can move it around wherever I want in the future.

I also made an underskirt sheet to cover the bottom bit of the cot so I can use under the bed as storage but keep it looking clutter free.

I even made a rattle to match! Crazy? Me? Yes!

The white cotton fabric I used was recycled from a bed set I no longer used. The white/cream fabric I used for the rattle and main body of the bird is from the 'Cloth House' on Berwick St, London. The rest of the applique fabric is from the 'Cath Kidston' range at John Lewis and the buttons I used were from a market stall.

I'm inspired to make even more things.... Are you inspired?

Thursday, 25 August 2011

Pop Fiction...

I just couldn't resist this shade whilst browsing the aisles of Superdrug yesterday, it was literally screaming at me, and all I could think was "I need this on my nails right now". Nail polish is a great way to get your mind of things (baby things) as you don't have to worry about it fitting and it's particularly pleasing when it's as cheap as chips.

Meet 'Pop Fiction' (No 34 on the bottom) by Miss Sporty - £1.99

It's a perfect electric blue with a cream finish. The brush on this is wide and flat and coats the whole nail. It's dried really quickly with no streaks, and it needed 2 coats. It actually seems pretty good quality for what it's worth!

I feel like the shade is a perfect transition colour between the seasons, it's still summery yet dark enough to go with Autumnal shades too. I also have this on my toes and it looks AMAZING! :)

I have a thing for blue...

This shade fits nicely in between a couple of my 2 favourite hues, Essie's 'Lapis of Luxury' and Barry M's 'Indigo'.

What's your favourite blue?

Saturday, 20 August 2011

I have gone bananas...

Yes, I have indeed. It seems crochet, applique and everything else craft related has taken over my brain. It's been 2 weeks since I last updated and there's so much to fill you in on. I'm 34 weeks pregnant today and I think the panic is kicking in. Overall I'm well, apart from headaches, heartburn, exhaustion and being HUGE!

What have I been doing? I have been crocheting MORE hairbands. I have made about 12, I'm stopping now, I promise! :)

So, since I'm not making anymore hairbands... I have jazzed up a few onesies with crochet embellishment on the centre front and arms. They look SO cute!

I have also almost completed the cot bedding, Here's a sneak peak at some of it, I made the stuffed hearts out of some of the fabric I'm using for the applique...

Enough of the baby stuff, and for some ME updates, I just repurchased a fresh bottle of Mac Face & Body foundation, my ultimate favourite! I also got the new Sleek 'Nude' collection through the post this morning which looks AMAZING, I will update you with swatches and a FOTD very soon. There's so much more to say but I guess I will just elaborate in forthcoming posts!

I checked out the newly opened Forever21 in London, I walked away with some accessories and a top! There was some lovely stuff and some horrible stuff, but it's still a store that is much welcomed by me in London.

What have you been up to? x X x

Sunday, 7 August 2011

32 Weeks (8 Months) Pregnant!

Today I am 32 weeks and 1 day pregnant. This means I have a minimum of 4 weeks and a maximum of 8 weeks to give birth if she is not overdue. It's actually really exciting and I can't quite believe that I am going to be a mummy very soon. :)

Each week my bump is getting bigger and it's becoming harder to move about, I'm still fine but I underestimate my size and frequently bump into things! All is good apart from the occasional heartburn and shortness of breath, I just can't wait to meet the little one!

Hubby: "Why are you huffing and puffing?"

Me: "I'm not, I'm out of breath"

Hubby: "But you didn't do anything"

Me: "I did, I rolled over"

We finally have the cot and it looks beautiful, it makes me smile every time I look at it. My mum came back from Turkey on Friday, and the blanket you see draped over the cot is one that she had made especially for baby bubbles, it's beautiful and I LOVE it!

She also got some lovely bedding but we are going to personalise it and make it even more beautiful, so I will show you at a later date. She also got some other bits and bobs but look how crafty the teddy is in the pic below, you can use it as a changer or sleeping spot - you can tell my mum is so excited to be having her 1st grandchild, my dad is also ecstatic I think he's even trying to give up smoking to set a good example! *Yey*

My wonderful hubby surprised me yesterday with the quilt that I wanted which I thought wouldn't fit, it's a bit big but I have tucked it under, he also got a mobile that plays "hush little baby" Awwww! :) This means I will have 2 sets of bedding which is perfect, the other is a white set so it will be nice to switch it up sometimes. It's all coming together and I can't wait until I hold my precious little one in my arms. :)

Oh did I tell you maternity leave makes you bored. very bored? Well it does, there's only so much you can do before you start getting crafty. I YouTube'd how to make a crochet baby hat and I actually made a hat and matching mittens, I'm actually quite smitten with myself as I didn't think I would be able to manage it. GO ME!

I didn't stop with that I also made a blanket which I will show you soon and I have gone a bit crazy making hair bands. I woke up at 07.30 this morning and I found myself crocheting, you had so see my hubby's sleepy eyes when he caught a glimpse of me.... :) I have made 4 so far to match some of her outfits and I am amazing myself with new techniques that I can do which I never knew I could and am having so much fun doing it.

Anyway, I can go on and on and on....

Until next time, kisses from me and baby bubbles! x X x

Wednesday, 3 August 2011

Review: Shu Uemura Eyelash Curlers!

Worth the hype?

I don't think so.

Last week my Mac eyelash curlers that I have been happily using for about 2 years broke on me. I declared the situation an emergency and purchased the much talked about Shu Uemura version to see what all the fuss was about.

I came home and did a quick comparison with the Mac curlers and errrrrr they look exactly the same! Some people have mentioned that the curve of the rubber band on the Shu curlers is different but to me it's identical to the Mac one. See photo's below, the Shu curlers are the one's on the right in every picture.

Do I have any complaints? No!

It preforms great, but so does the Mac one. It curls my eyelashes really nicely but did I need to spend £20? No, not really. If these break on me, then I will probably repurchase the Mac curlers as it's almost half the price.

Have you tried the Shu Uemura eyelash curlers?