Friday, 1 April 2016

Regal Rose Dark Bloom Choker and Elvin Hair Leaves

When Regal Rose released their A Dark Lure collection I immediately fell in love with pretty much everything in it, so it was inevitable that I'd treat myself at the first given opportunity. Today I wanted to give them the shout out they deserve as I'm so pleased with my purchases!

I ordered the Dark Bloom Mother of Pearl choker necklace, and Elvin Silver Hair Leaf Twists. There was so much from the collection that stood out, in particular the choker designs are absolutely incredible and there's at least three more which I'm desperate to own from this collection, but the showstopper for me has to be these hair leaves as they're so unique and beautiful. They're like something from Game of Thrones or Lord of the Rings, so I was immediately sold!

The Dark Bloom choker is sterling silver plated with a black mother of pearl pendant. It has an adjustable chain which is really useful as it means the choker can be worn tight to the throat or hang like a very short necklace depending on what it's being worn with. I love the delicacy of the filigree-style stem, and the iridescent mother of pearl which catches the light in so many different ways.

I ordered a 12 pack of Elvin hair leaves - I do slightly wish I'd ordered the 15 pack as I can't get enough of them! I've been wearing them as much as possible - whenever I've had the time to put them in - and usually wear all 12 at once because, y'know, go hard or go home. They're really easy to put in as the metal is really flexible when tightening to the hair (you can see from the picture that sadly they no longer look as pretty when taken out as they did upon arrival!) and means I never worry that I'm going to lose one. I'm so in love with them!

Here's a wonky selfie of me wearing both items and doing neither justice. But cheers Regal Rose, you did so so well with this collection!

Have you tried any items from the Dark Lure collection? Will you be checking it out now?

Saturday, 5 March 2016

February Favourites

Hi dolls, I hope you're well and having a lovely weekend! Today I'm writing about my February favourites. Having recently changed career I've had very little money to spend on new things, nor much time to try out anything new, but there's a couple of pieces I can't resist writing about which I'll be sharing with you today - enjoy!

I have to be honest, I'm freaking obsessed with Shop Dixi at the moment, and when you see how beautiful these are you'll surely understand why. They are such gorgeous statement necklaces, yet delicate enough that you can wear them with a variety of different clothing without feeling too overstated. The Skadi choker design is so beautiful -  I'd worried it would look a little too fierce on (I love Gothic designs but am conscious of looking overdramatic) but the size is absolutely perfect and it sits beautifully in the hollow of the neck. As for the Valley of Hearts choker - it was a gift I fell in love with at first sight and the stone catches the light so beautifully. Whenever appropriate you'll find me wearing one of these, the hardest part is deciding which to wear!

Alpha-H Liquid Gold / Eve Lom Morning Time Cleanser
Hormones and stress can play such havoc on the skin and mine's been having a horrible phase lately. After a month or two of repeating "this too shall pass" I decided to take matters into my own hands, and as a result of this glycolic acid is my best friend right now as it helps to smooth over marks from blemishes and even the skin tone - an absolute blessing when you're ghostly pale and marks take an age to fade. I picked up the Pixi Glow Tonic and Cleansing Mud Mask recently too (both of which contain glycolic acid - I'll write a post on them soon) but Liquid Gold is a more intensive overnight treatment designed to smooth, treat and brighten the skin. I'm also really enjoying the Eve Lom Morning Time cleanser at the moment - it smells kind of like Vicks Vaporub to me but it makes my skin feel lovely and cleansed afterwards, and balanced rather than stripped. No skincare can work miracles overnight but I've certainly felt an improvement in my skin since using these products.

Boots - H&M
I have serious addiction issues when it comes to black boots, and have a vast collection of them. However, when I walked past these in H&M I immediately fell in love: they remind me of double sole Docs, but they're narrower over the foot so they look sleeker when worn with skirts or dresses. AND they were only £29.99 - I couldn't resist!

This is kind of shameless self-promotion but to be totally honest these prints ARE one of my February favourites. I'm really proud to have finally launched my little shop and am really pleased with the outcome of my digital prints! Illustration is my main passion and I'm so happy to have opened the shop as it gives some of my work purpose.

And there concludes my February favourites! Be sure to link me to your favourites posts and let me know what you think of these!

Monday, 29 February 2016

Doodleheart Illustration Shop

Hi dolls, I hope you're well! I know I've been missing in action, but I can explain! I've been a very busy girl. As many of you will know, I studied Illustration at uni but since graduating I've not really had much time to dedicate to artwork. Recently I decided to really commit myself to making more work and I decided to open an Etsy store to sell some prints! I am super excited, here are some of the prints I have available on sale in my Doodleheart Illustration shop!

"Mother of Krakens" print available in A4 and A5.
David Bowie print available in A4 and A5.
Gwen Stefani print available in A5.
"Kate Skull" print available in A4.
"Lovely Creature" print available in A4 and A5.


As always, your support and feedback is so appreciated and I'd love to hear your thoughts on the work I have available on Etsy. Please help spread the word and let me know if there's anything you'd like to see - I'm also available for custom commissions. My usual blogging activity will resume as I fall into a routine, but for now hooray the Doodleheart Illustration Shop is now open!

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

January Favourites

Hi guys, I hope you're well - it's favourites time again! It felt as though this January dragged so much and seemed to last an age, it is always such a negative month so I always feel a strange sense of relief when February arrives, especially because I have more to look forward to as the middle of the month approaches. But before I wish it away, it's time to focus in just one last time to share with you my January favourites...

Yoga Bomb & Lover Lamp - Lush Cosmetics
This winter I've been obsessed with baths over showers. I've got a full bag of Lush products in my room which I like to keep stocked up, and these are my current obsessions. Yoga Bomb has hands-down become my favourite bath bomb: it smells amazing, the fragrance really relaxes me and fills the room, and the bath is filled with beautiful colours and gold lustre. After getting out the bath your skin feels so soft and the fragrance lasts amazingly well so I keep re-purchasing this! Lover Lamp is a limited bath bomb from the Valentines range which smells like orange and vanilla and is filled with little cocoa butter hearts, it therefore feels incredibly moisturising on the skin. I need to grab some more of these before they leave the stores for good!

Clinique Blended Face Powder and Brush
In all honesty, my favourite setting powder is definitely the loose Primed and Powerless powder from Too Faced, however it's frankly a pain in the arse to get hold of and I had run out, and was looking for something else. Shopping around, you pay approximately £24 for 4.5g of the Primed and Poreless, yet with this Clinique powder I got 35 GRAMS of the stuff for less than £22 (RRP £23.50). It's really tough to find a decent loose setting powder, particularly one light enough for my skin tone, so I opted to try this product as I thought "invisible blend" sounded promising given my ghostly pallor! The product itself looks deceptively ashy but does not appear to darken my foundation upon application. It's not the same feather-weight wonder that is my beloved Too Faced powder but it doesn't feel too heavy either - you really only need a tiny amount of product, too. It's a shame the sifter isn't a little finer as you tend to get SO MUCH powder come through the sifter when you carry it in your handbag even once, but with the amount of product it comes with as long as I don't spill it everywhere this is going to last me absolutely ages.

Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray
I've seen people rave about this so finally caved at the start of the month and bought it, and I've really liked the results I've seen with it. Admittedly I always use primers and finishing powders when I apply makeup so generally speaking I get quite long-lasting results as it is, but this brings wear time onto a new level when required and so I'm really pleased I picked it up.

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencils
I'm a bona fide liquid liner girl and have been for over a decade, so for me to suddenly experiment with pencils on the upper lash line is a crazy departure but that's what I've been playing around with recently. These pencils were from a set which (I believe) was a limited edition for Christmas, which I grabbed in the sale in early January. Urban Decay's 24/7 liners are firm favourites of mine anyway as they are long wearing, set well, and don't transfer easily, but despite knowing this I've only ever used them on my waterline and lower lash line or as a shadow base. Yet they're beautiful as a top line, it's a  look I only really like when used with shadows as for me a pencil is never going to be quite as precise as a liquid liner and so to me they're better for a smudgy look, yet it's liberating to create eye makeup I love without a feline flick for once. As for the lighter shades - Cosmic is eye-opening on the inner waterline, whilst Trick makes a beautiful eyeshadow base.

Photo Frames - Paperchase
With January comes an inevitable urge to spring clean - it's meant I've had lots of clear outs and feel the urge to make my room feel fresh and pretty. New home decor additions are a good way to achieve this fresh feeling and I loved these Mystery Rose frames from Paperchase as soon as I saw them. I've filled one frame with one of the illustrations from my copy of "Cute & Colourful Confessions" zine which I bought from Lize Medding's Etsy store. I definitely need to take more photos this year as I'd like a new one for the second frame.

Necklaces - Shop Dixi
I grabbed these beauties in Shop Dixi's sample sale recently for £3 apiece which I thought was amazing considering they are silver plated! Both are so cool and have received plenty of compliments (the "beautiful chaos" necklace is also double sided, stating "let's go dancing in the light" on the opposite side!)

And there concludes my January favourites! What were your January favourites, please link me to your posts!

Monday, 25 January 2016

If I have to fall down, let me fall to you...

This will hardly come as a surprise considering I've not published an outfit post for months, but I feel I've kind of lost my fashion mojo lately. Maybe that's not the right way to phrase it as I'm perfectly comfortable in what I've been wearing and have quite a few outfit "go-tos" or formulas down pat which make me feel happy and comfortable in my own skin, but it does call into question where my blog stands considering I originally started it primarily to chat about personal style. Lady Julianne wrote an interesting post recently about the evolution of her own blog and it did make me ponder where I felt mine is going. I've certainly lost any interest in the competitive nature of it all: follower numbers don't concern me, and I don't feel pangs of envy when others receive amazing gifts from PRs (well, to a degree, I am still human) but I do occasionally question the identity of my blog. I suppose the best way to summarise it is as a catalogue of my interests, a space to chat about my current obsessions, even if there's been a shift over the years in what predominantly catches my interest. But I do sometimes think of the different types of interaction, and friends I made, through chatting about outfits and clothes more than other things I've posted much about recently.

Having considered this, I realised there's about three variations of outfit that I've been wearing lately, repeating until fade.  This is probably the biggest taboo for a [former?] personal style blogger, to fall into a "safe" mindset or, God forbid, to be an outfit repeater (which is why I suspect it feels kind of good.) Another contributing factor, I suspect, is the weather. An incredibly British observation but after both a mild summer and mild winter I feel my wardrobe has barely required much of a shift between seasons which has probably sapped inspiration and the desire for change. I've been wearing the following constantly for the past few months - but I feel comfortable and "myself" in all of them and so I thought I'd share them with you today...

I've really fallen for body con or A-line skirts recently, and since picking up this Topshop skirt (for only £20) I've barely stopped wearing it. It's the easiest thing to chuck on with a tee or slouchy knit, ankle boots and either an oversized or leather jacket. I've also been wearing a faux-leather biker skirt the same way, as both pieces make enough of a statement to overlook how lazy the styling actually is.

(I wasn't lying when I said my styling was lazy, it gets progressively worse throughout this post!) Lately I'm living in Joni jeans, DMs and a slouchy knit, with plenty of silver jewellery. I own several black jumpers which are constantly in and out of the wash as I wear them so much. Graphic or band tees also feature regularly within this combination.

Finally, when I'm working from home, it's about the ultimate level of physical comfort. This combination also doubles up as sportswear as I've been trying hard to up my fitness game this year. I'm by no means Karlie Kloss just yet (um, or ever) but every workout or healthy meal makes me feel one step closer to feeling stronger and more confident, which is potentially why I'm feeling more comfortable in my clothes too. Perhaps this change in confidence will warrant a new wardrobe at some point as this lack of inspiration with clothing is bound not to last forever, but until then at least I'm happy with what I've got for now! (Also, if you like any of the items featured here, I've kept things simple in today's collages - all clothes are from Topshop, all jewellery is from Shop Dixi!)

Are you lacking in outfit inspiration or are you feeling inspired for SS16? What are your go-to outfits?

Wednesday, 20 January 2016

If fear is in the mind then my mind lives in fear...

Hi guys, I hope you're well. 2016 has already been a strange start to the year, budding with change. I've been poorly for the past week or so with tonsillitis, but I'm mostly recovered now and feeling motivated again. Today I wanted to share some recent illustrations. I saw this post on Instagram which really moved me, and I wish I could credit it but I've no idea where it's from (please let me know if you know!)

This is such a moving image for me as both sides hugely hit home for me - the initial column spelling out all my own fear and dread, then when I looked more closely, and read the text in a different way, I was hugely motivated and inspired. I think a lot of creatives will relate to this image, as when working on anything creative it is so easy to flip between pride and despair, but the fulfilment and satisfaction when you create something you're pleased with makes all the negative feelings so absolutely worth it in the end.  In the spirit of this, I wanted to share some of my work here with you.

This was a portrait commission for Sian and Dan for their two-year anniversary. I am currently available to create more portraits - if you're interested, email me at hannah@ciha.com.

This is a sketch of a wolf I did recently - when I was really poorly with the tonsillitis and I was knackered afterwards! I want to come back to this.

This kitty portrait was a portrait commission which was given as a Christmas gift. I love drawing animals, and I believe this was well received which made me happy!

This was an experiment from this week - I want to create some zodiac inspired illustrations. Let me know what you think of this.

Generally speaking I prefer more limited colour levels than full colour as is demonstrated in the finished piece. Which do you prefer? You can also follow my progress on Snapchat, my username is "doodleheartx"

I'd love some feedback on which illustrations are your favourites! How has your January been so far?