Thursday 31 January 2013

January Favourites Roundup

Even though it's my Birthday month, a new year and time for new beginnings and resolutions, I always feel super blue in January. It's too cold, Spring seems super far away and there just isn't that much to do!

But instead of dwelling on it I thought I'd share with you some of the highlights of my month that have certainly brightened it up:

We won this super rad light-up constellations globe on eBay. It looks so pretty when you're in total darkness - the best night light!
Keeping with the space theme we also picked up this awesome galaxy print duvet set for £10. Bargain! 
I found this little cat cutter in a bargain shop my pals like to call 'The Church of Junk'. It was £1 and stamp-cuts little cats into paper.
I got these records for my birthday which was on the 2nd. I am a huge Willie Nelson fan, old country music is my jam, it's so heartbreaking! Anyway I can't wait to add more to this little collection in the future.
I got this super cute Pastel Boyfriend Cardigan in the ASOS sale - it's so warm and cosy.
My favourite beauty product this month has been Taylor Swift's fragrance Wonderstruck. I've got 3 bottles and the lotion now, it's a really sweet but subtle and long lasting smell plus TaySwift is a mega babe! The bottle is gorgeous, it shimmers in the light and the 50ml comes with a cute charm attached.
The blizzard of 2013, see my post on it HERE but seeing my kitty Prince in the snow for the first time was definitely my highlight of Jan :)

What have your favourite things in January been?

I'm super looking forward to February, my goal is to bake more. Also Pancake Day is right around the corner so don't forget to enter my Pancake Day Party giveaway!


Wednesday 30 January 2013

Obsessed With: Pretty iPhone Cases.

I'm a total hoarder and once I start collecting things I'm obsessed with having more and more.

Like most of us these days I'm glued to my phone and love the personal touch a case gives, here are some of my favourites from my collection: 

The studded case is currently on my phone, the aztec was on before.
There were super cheap from eBay and the glitter doesn't come off!
Oldies: As you can see I used the leopard print one to it's death, Rilakkuma's ears are almost off and the kitty has stretched all big from too much use.

Usually I could search eBay for hours for new phone cases but I always end up seeing the same thing over and over, so I took to Etsy! I found a wonderful shop that sells amazing and unusual phone cases called OnYourCase, here are my favourite cases:

Paint By Numbers Deer Case
I'm so in love with this case, paint by numbers are my favourite things (I have a couple on the go at the moment)  its so perfect!
Vintage Postcard Case
Pink Chevron Case
Love the colours in this one and I'm a sucker for geometrics.
Seaside Squid Case

 I was also on the hunt for those little 'Home Button' stickers I've seen about and came across this awesome 3D Gel Skin cases by BlissfulCASE:

Polka Hearts Case
So cutie!

Do you have a case on your phone? If so, then what is on it?

Hope your week is going well!

Monday 28 January 2013

Cemetery Polka - outfit post.

I'm really missing the sunshine at the moment, there's been snow, hail and mental thunderstorms over here in Cardiff all in the past week which makes for going out for walks and trips a right pain!

Luckily there was a one day gap where the sun came out and the weather wasn't too bitter for a stroll around Cathays Cemetery. I've had a morbid curiosity since I was young but It's such a peaceful place to go for a walk, there are different sections (including a huge Victorian area) and it's one of the largest cemeteries in the UK. 

River Island Glittery T-shirt.
Vivienne Westwood Orb necklace.
H&M Stag Head necklace.
H&M Studded bag
River Island sneaks.
Would totally put these mad spikes all around my grave site too.
My hair has been driving me crazy this week, I've resorted to keeping it up but I am definitely over due a chop in the next week or so!

What did you get upto on the weekend? Missing the sunshine yet?

Don't forget to enter my Pancake Party giveaway HERE!

Friday 25 January 2013

Pancake Party + Giveaway!

February is just around the corner and that means the sweet-tooths favorite holiday is here - Pancake day! Only one thing sucks about this day - I can never make pancakes right! They either stick to the pan or burn on the outside but stay as batter in the center, plus what a mess doing all the washing up!

So, I was gifted some sweet and original dutch pancakes by Abra-ca-Debora to sample before giving away a huge Pancake Day party hamper to one of my lucky readers (well I had to make sure they tasted good enough for you didn't I!).

What better way to try them to have a pre-Pancake Day party of my own with my 4 lovely housemates:

There was another packet of sweet but we scoffed these as soon as they came - oops!
Cutie recipe cards that included sweet and savoury ideas.
The contents...
Our household has a sweet-tooth I guess you could say!
Prince didn't get a look in.
Don't forget! 

Now onto the giveaway:

"The Abra-ca-Debora Pancake Day Hamper is a luxury wicker hamper containing sweet and savoury ingredients for a pancake party for 2 people with a retail value of £50 each.  It will include a pack of Original and Sweet Abra-ca-Debora Dutch pancakes, a jar of chutney and a jar of Marmite, Green & Blacks chocolate, maple syrup, golden icing sugar and a lemon."

Umm how delicious does that sound?! I'm super jealous of whoever wins as these pancakes are truly delicious.
All you have to do is make sure you are following my blog on Google Friend Connect and follow the instructions in the entry box below :) Giveaway closes Sunday 3rd Feb.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Hope you have a great weekend!

Wednesday 23 January 2013

Meet Prince - WARNING: Kitten Picture-Heavy Post!

As I said in my last post after posting a picture of my kitty playing in the snow, I would do a little introduction to him.

In October one of my housemates and me were in a pet-shop and met this adorable little kitten who was climbing the cage and chirping like crazy for our attention. It was instant love! We took him home and it's been madness ever since.

We decided to name him Prince (after the one and only) as we are massive fans and bought him a very Prince-esque collar. It is purple velvet with a silver glitter stripe and hanging off it is the 'Prince' symbol (which I also got tattooed last year on my ankle after an impromptu night watching Purple Rain and drinking Rose wine).

Meet Prince!

The first day we got him aged 8 weeks:

Dress up:

Growing up fast:

Notice his Prince collar?

He is so full of character and has the most beautiful markings, I literally have no idea what breed (if any) he is a cross with but he chirps instead of meows, is super long and has a really long tail, he has a leopard print belly and also jumps higher and further than any cat I've ever seen!

Any cat experts out there have any hint as to what exactly Prince is?!
It takes alot of energy looking after this one but I adore him :)

Sorry for the kitty heavy post! Hope your week is going swell so far.

P.S: For more pictures of Prince you can add my Instagram: Cowbiscuits

Saturday 19 January 2013

When The Snow Hits.

As it's very apparent, most of the UK was hit by blizzards this Friday, and South-Wales was put in the 'red zone' which mean't we were getting alot coming our way! My boyfriend's family live in the Valleys where we were visiting when the snow hit and it ended up being one of the worst hit areas. 

I LOVE snow so this only meant adventure to me, off we went three separate times during the day for hours of snow fun: 

My favourite thing to do was shake the branches and pour snow all over myself and watch as the branch shot back up into the air after being weighed down by the thick snow.
Worlds worst attempt at a snow man.
War Memorial.

When I finally managed to drive back to Cardiff I couldn't wait to see my little kitty Prince!

We got Prince in October and he is now 5 months old, I will be doing a little post on him next with kitten and now big kitty pictures :)

Prince with his lead on experiencing snow for the first time! He was super cold but didn't want to go indoors. 
Were you hit by heavy snow where you live? I know it's a total nightmare but it's so pretty before everything turns to ice and gross slush.

I hope you are having a good weekend!

Wednesday 16 January 2013

Heart Nails!

I see so so many amazing nail-art designs splashed all over the internet - anyone else follow the WAHNails Instagram? It makes me mega jealous that I have such short, flimsy nails and don't have a steady enough hand to do my own nail art!

Last year I won a 'Kiss Nail Artist' stencil and polish set in a blog giveaway but never managed to work out how to use the stencils - until I saw this super cute and funny video over at The Dainty Squid blog, where the girls use French manicure tips.

This inspired me to dig out the set, give the instructions a go but with my stencils instead of nail tips:

I went for a teal base which is by No7 and chose the heart stencil with a glitter gold by Ted Baker.

'Kiss' nail stencils.

And the rest...

I loved having these on my fingers! 

I pretty much don't like any of the other stencils, do you know of any cheap online or ebay shops that sell them? I've picked up some nail tips to give them a go but would love some more cute designs!

Thanks for all the lovely comments on my last post,
Hope the weather hasn't been too cold!


Monday 14 January 2013

There We Were, Now Here We Are - outfit post.

Here we go, my first proper blog post for almost a year!

I've missed it alot and I know getting back into it won't be easy but I've spent a long time planning posts to keep a steady pace. I've still got a little bit of work to do, for example I really want to change my layout but I'm totally useless at technology (any pointers would be very much appreciated!).

Living in Cardiff now means I am surrounded by beautiful places to visit and go on long walks, I could walk around looking at nature and exploring for hours and hours. Also they make for interesting outfit post pictures, so here it goes...

Gethin Woods - Currently in the process of having a make-over for mountain bike trails so it's super peaceful.

Hat & Bag - H&M
Dress - Topshop
Parka - ASOS
Shoes - River Island.

My mum bought me this parka from ASOS for Christmas. I've never been so in love with a coat!
It has a detachable hood and fleece lining so it's good for all year round. Well done mum!

There are so many little streams all over the woodland, its super pretty even in Winter.

Writing our initials in the sludge. Very romantic :p.

Small Gold Orb Necklace - Vivienne Westwood.
Black Diamond Skull Necklace - Vivienne Westwood.

Thanks to anybody who still may be reading,  I can't wait to have a massive read of all my fave blogs too!

Hope you have a wonderful start to the week.

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