Powered by Blogger.

My Bedroom / Wall Decor

DIY Strawberry Christmas / Santas & Milkshake

Milkshake -- To make this milkshake you will need, strawberries, milk (or strawberry milk) and vanilla ice-cream (or strawberry ice-cream). Blend all of these ingredients together in a blender, I'm not really sure how you do this if you don't have one, sorry! We use the Kenwood Smoothie 2Go and I would really recommend it, great for smoothies and milkshakes.

Once you have blended it all together, put it in a glass or a cute little glass bottle (you can buy these here) and then top it off with squirty or whipped cream. I personally love prefer squirty cream but it really is up to you! As a finishing touch I normally sprinkle a bit of cocoa powder onto the top and add a straw. Voila you have your strawberry milkshake and not only does it look pretty, it also tastes fab!

Santas -- To make these adorable little Santa Strawberries (perfect for parties) you will need squirty cream/ whipped cream, strawberries (preferably large ones) and some small sweets to use for eyes, we used nerds. First cut turn the strawberries upside down and cut them in half horizontally. Next squirt some cream onto the bottom half of the strawberry and poke two sweets into the front of the cream. Green is cute to keep up the Christmassy feel.

After this place the lid, or should I say hat, carefully on top of the cream and squirt a bit more cream onto the point of the strawberry as a bobble. Now you have your cute little strawberry santa, repeat to create your own army. Note that these need to be kept relatively cool or the cream will start to melt, as we discovered, not a good look for santa.

Love Holly x

DIY Christmas Present Ideas / Christmas Crafts

Whether you are a bit short of money and time or just want to make your Christmas presents extra personal this year, DIY presents are the way to go. They can be a good way to show the person you are making them for that you really know them and that you are willing to take time to make their Christmas extra special. Often people appreciate these sort of gifts more than shop bought ones because it can be argued that more thought has gone into them. Here are 10 ideas to get you started with your DIY Christmas...

1. Print a picture of someone's favourite piece of art, someone they look up to or the lyrics of their favourite song and put it in a frame. You can buy cheap frames from Ikea or Tiger.
2. Bake some cookies, biscuits or cupcakes & print a box/bag to put them in here.
3. Recover an old notebook with pictures of all the recipients favourite things collage style.
4. Get an old piece of furniture from the charity shop and renovate it, it is amazing what a lick of paint can do.
5. Frame your favourite picture of you and whoever the gift is for.
6. Buy a clear phone case and glue some pressed flowers or pictures into it.
7. Put all the dry ingredients for a recipe in a jar and add a tag that says, for example, to just add a certain amount of milk or egg
8. Make your own paper mache snowman head and fill it with chocolates and sweets, great for small children.
9. Get some candy canes and chocolate bars and make yourself a candy sleigh, these are just so cool.
10. Make some Peppermint Creams, they are so easy to make and only take about 20 minutes. Not only that but they look so cute when all stacked up together. Find the recipe here.

Love Holly x

Christmas Gift Inspiration / Prints

Full Moon Print - Not on the Highstreet - £20
Little and Fierce Print - Society 6 - $18 (ships to UK)
RED Art Print - Society 6 - $20 (ships to UK)
Geo Bear Print - catpuddings - £2.50
Twin Peaks Print  - Dave Draws - £15
A Bigger Splash - Tate - £20
Keep Smiling Poster - Urban Outfitters - £25
Lazy Oaf Shape Man Print - Lazy Oaf - £40 
The Great Wave Print - Amazon - £4.03

Love Holly x

An Evening with Noel Fielding / Comedy

A few Saturday nights ago the the event I have been waiting for for months finally came, An Evening with Noel Fielding was finally upon us. I have loved Noel ever since some of my friends lent me the Mighty Boosh on DVD, which is just the funniest, greatest thing ever. I call it a thing because I am not quite sure how to describe something so surreal. The whole show was hilarious and by the end I ached from laughing so much.

I cannot choose a favourite moment because I enjoyed it all so much. The standup was hilarious and he did some brilliant improvisation. Much of the show revolved around Joey Ramone and the plasticine world, which many characters ventured into and came from. David Bowie featured and the Moon, from the Boosh, made a reappearance with a twist. After the interval Noel did a story about himself getting kidnapped, taking on different personas, including the policeman and Fantasy Man, in order to conduct an investigation about his own kidnapping.

If you love the Mighty Boosh you will love Noel's show, it even features his brother who played Naboo. The whole thing was super surreal but at the same time also felt really relevant. I think this is what makes Noel such a clever comedian.

There was loads of great merchandise available after the show, including a keyring of plasticine Noel's head and a Brian Ferry Kite. In the end I got a programme and a poster to remember the amazing Evening with Noel Fielding. An evening that was made even better by, after half an hour of standing in the cold, Noel himself appearing in a black furry coat and little white backpack to say hello. I was lucky enough to be the second person he went to and I got him to sign my copy of his book, The Scribblings of a Madcap Shambleton. I felt honoured to have had the opportunity to meet him because I really look up to him. It was a dream come true and he was so lovely.

Love Holly x

Marina & The Diamonds / Concert

Amazing doesn't even begin to cover it when talking about the Marina and the Diamonds concert that I was so lucky to be at this time last week. My friend and I love her and were so disappointed when we saw that the nearest venue to us was sold out. Luckily there were a few tickets left on Get Me In, a great website to get tickets for events that are sold out, and we bought them immediately.

After a great opening set from the support act, Clock Opera, Marina took to the stage proceeding to play her whole career out before us. The show was structured in chronological order of album release and split into 3 acts plus an encore.

I enjoyed the Electra Heart set the most because this is my favourite of Marina's albums, partly because of how symbolic it is (look it up). Hearing 'Teen Idle' live was so electrifying and 1000 times more atmospheric than listening to it through my earphones. Other than 'Teen Idle' I loved 'How To Be A Heartbreaker' in this set, 'I Am Not A Robot' in The Family Jewels set and 'Happy' and 'Blue' from the encore. See the show's setlist here.

Marina changed her character and costume to fit as she toured us through her albums with each costume change bringing a different feel to the stage (teamed with the amazing graphics). It was essentially like three concerts in one. Marina has changed a fair bit since her first album and it was nice to see these changes played out before us. This was a proper show and was worth every penny we paid for it.

I loved every minute of the concert and Marina and her band were fabulous. As a souvenir I bought a small mirror which says 'Marina and the Diamonds' on the back of it, I hope every time I use it that it will remind me of what was a great night.

Love Holly x

November Birchbox / Beauty

I am onto my third Birchbox now and although I thought the excitement of seeing it pop through the letterbox would have worn off by now it just hasn't. Each package is just as exciting to open as the last, with their illustrated boxes and cutely wrapped goodies, it is like Christmas come early every time they arrive.

Here is a quick run-through of what was in this months Birchbox...

1. Pure & Light Organic Revitalising Facial Exfoliation - £25
2. Delarom Creme Acquaconfort - £34
3. Beauty Protector Beauty Cream Body Lotion - £8 (exclusive to Birchbox)
4. Lord & Berry Silhouette Neutral Lip Liner - £9
5. So Susan Featherlash Mascara - £18
6. Thumbs Up Rosa Nail Wraps - £6.99

From what I have used so far my favourite product is Beauty Protector's Beauty Cream Body Lotion and the reason for this is its gorgeous smell. It is an amazing scent, I wish they did perfume! According to the Birchbox leaflet Beauty Protector normally do hair products so I will be investigating this further, I can't think of anything I would rather my hair smell like. 

One thing to note about So Susan's Featherlash Mascara is that it has quite a long drying time, which to be honest I find quite irritating. When it has dried it looks great but the drying time just means that I can't wear it in the week, for school, because I am always rushing. Having said all this it is still a really nice, un-clumpy mascara, so if you don't mind the wait then it would be a great buy. 

I really liked the contents of this months box and I loved that it was a collaboration with Skinnydip, which is an awesome accessories shop, very kawaii. If you buy this box as a one off it comes with a free Skinnydip phone case as well which would be nice if I didn't already have a subscription. 

Love Holly x

The Vaccines / Concert

On Tuesday I finally got to go and see The Vaccines after having had tickets for what seems like forever. For those of you who don't know who they are I would describe them as amazing indie rock band who's music is all consuming, you can check out their website here.

I have loved The Vaccines for quite a long time, I think the first song of theirs I downloaded was 'Wolf Pack' about 3 years ago. This year they released a new album called 'English Graffiti' and since I received it for my birthday I have not been able to stop listening to it. It is musical perfection. My favourite tracks on it are 'Dream Lover', '20/20' and 'Minimal Affection', although as I have already said the whole album is fab.

For the concert they had two support acts, Sunflower Bean and Palma Violets, both of which were good. I particularly liked the former as they had a female bass guitarist, which is something I would love to be. She was very cool and to top it off she had amazing hair.  One thing that I thought was great was that between the acts lights lit the crowd to look like a French flag  and to me this was great because every little act like this shows us as unified instead of torn apart by the horrors that occurred in Paris.

The actual show from The Vaccines was incredible. There was no fancy lighting or graphics just some huge speakers and some Chinese looking lanterns hanging behind them. I really liked this because it meant that there was nothing there to distract from their performance, which was incredible. They definitely sounded better in real life and every one of the band gave it their all. My favourite songs were 'Give Me a Sign', 'Post Break-Up Sex', 'Handsome' and 'I Always Knew'.

As a souvenir of a great night I bought a really nice t-shirt from the merchandise stand. It says 'The Vaccines make me feel good' on it and is red and white. I like it because it is a bit different to the normal merchandise tops you get, a bit more interesting. If you couldn't make it to the concert but would love some Vaccines merchandise for you or a friend click here to access their online shop.

Overall it was a lovely night and if you like The Vaccines it is a must that you go and see them, their music is amazing live. Similarly if you are into the indie rock scene then The Vaccines are a great night out and a great listen just generally.

Love Holly x

Habitat Ceramics

I was browsing Habitat's website recently and came across some really beautiful ceramic vases and bowls. To be honest I don't really have much to say about them apart from they are beautiful.

I first became interested in ceramics when I went to a Grayson Perry exhibition in Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. It was mainly to see his tapestries, which were amazing, but there were also a few of his vases there. Since then I have begun to notice well made ceramic pieces not only in the art world but in our high street shops and I think the following Habitat examples show that anyone can own beautiful pieces of pottery of they want to, at what are quite reasonable prices.

Pippin Blue Neck Ceramic Vase - £25
Dunn Multi-Coloured Patterned Round Ceramic Vase - £35
Fernanda Black & White Patterned Ceramic Vase - £25
Doodle Multi-Coloured Patterned Ceramic Bowl - £30

Langdon Multi-Coloured Patterned Cylinder Ceramic Vase - £30
Vortice Black & White Patterned Ceramic Bowl - £40
Jackson Multi-Coloured Ceramic Decorative Bowl - £35
Cyrus Yellow Ceramic Pear Object - £20

Love Holly x

(pictures: habitat.co.uk)

Autumn Prettiness

Don't you just love Autumn because I do. My favourite thing about it is how pretty the leaves look on all the trees. There is such an array of colour from deep reds to bright yellows, sometimes even pinks. This is just a quick one to share some of the beauty of the english autumn with you, I think the pictures speak for themselves. Hope you are all enjoying autumn, shame winter has to follow it...

Love Holly x

Anthropologie / Bath

In half term we made a trip to Bath for a lovely family meal and whilst we were there we popped into Anthropologie. This was great as I have only ever been to their London store and it turned out that this one was even bigger, and to be honest I thought it was better. My favourite section of Anthropologie is the House & Home section because you can always find really beautifully designed pieces, many of which are so individual. Unfortunately we were just a bit too early for Christmas decorations and so internet shopping will be necessary, but we had a lovely time browsing throught everything else

It is not only the products that interest me in Anthropologie but the decor. Each shop is stunningly designed with something interesting for the eye in every corner. My favourite interior design feature on this particular trip was a gorgeous art covered bench, pictured above, it was obviously handmade and it looked amazing. 

We bought a gorgeous dish and it looks so cute sitting on our sink (we are using it as a soap dish). I am not sure what sort of animal it actually is, I suppose you could say it is a fox, but it looked so sweet that we couldn't resist getting it! One thing I would say about Anthropologie is that I think it is quite overpriced, just as a lot of shops are these days. However on the bright side they do have a big sale on at the moment so there may be some bargains to be found.

Love Holly x

Article / Hello Giggles / Body Positivity

This article on how the amazing musical Hairspray helped Shelby Bouck embrace her curvy figure is inspirational. It is about body image and  shows the impact that the media can have on how someone sees themselves and their body from a very  young age. My favourite part of the article is when Shelby really expresses what the character of Tracey meant to her when she first saw her....

'I was done for. Hooked. Addicted. I watched with the kind of wonder people usually reserve for fireworks shows. Tracy was sure of herself. She knew how talented and hardworking she was, and she knew her hair was awesome. She was an ally for racial equality. She even convinced her similarly plus-size mom that she was beautiful and deserved to look glamorous and have fun. Tracy’s clothes were flashy, her values were radical, her voice was loud, and all the time she was voluptuous, curvy, chubby, ample, fat.' - Shelby Bouck

I really recommend that you give the article a read, it is a great one, and whilst you are at it browse HelloGiggles, a blog, set up by Zooey Deschanel, Molly McAleer and Sophia Rossi, described as a positive community for women.

Love Holly x

(photo - visualhollywood.com)

Zines/ Raf Simons

I love making Zines. The process of creating them is just so personal and they are, in my opinion, a beautiful form of miniature art. They have been used in the last few decades, particularly in America, as a way of publishing more controversial/edgy topics. These masterpieces may be small but they have proven to be an extremely powerful form of media.

For those of you who are unclear about what a Zine is, let me tell you that they are hard to define because they are so versatile. However 'for all intensive purposes, a zine is a cheaply-made, cheaply-priced publication, often in black and white, which is mass-produced via photocopier and bound with staples'. (taken from urbandictionary) They aim to send a short and snappy message out to the world and one of the reasons they are so popular is their size, which means they are easy to distribute.

I decided to make a small collage zine for my friend Nina for her birthday. She loves (understatement of the century) the fashion designer Raf Simons so I decided to focus it around him. Since then Raf has decided to leave Dior and so this has become more of a memoir of his time there. I love how when creating a zine you can make it so personal. I think this is why they make such lovely presents.

To create this zine I took screenshots from Raf Simons' website and used pictures from Google images. It is important to not only have figures in your zine but also patterns so you can create texture and layering, this will make your zine more interesting.

One way to tie your zine together, i.e to give it continuity, is to repeat the use of certain patterns and images, reusing discarded ends of pictures, which will probably end up as strips, and to use a colour scheme for each double page spread. Of course if you don't want to do any of this then you don't have to, it is your vine so do as you please. You can be as creative as you want to be.

If you fancy making your own zine? I used Tavi Gevinson's 'How to Make a Zine' Tutorial, which allows you to end up with an A6 sized zine. I really like this tutorial as it shows you how to make one with just a ruler, a cutting knife and an A3 piece of paper. I didn't have any A3 paper when making this zine so I used A4 which meant the end product was quite dinky. I personally prefer a smaller zine as it more of a challenge to see how much you can fit onto the tiny pages.

Love Holly x

Bristol / Gourmet Burger Kitchen

For my last university open day, in September, we visited Bristol and it was just so cool. A really trendy place with great shops and a really interesting university. I don't know whether to describe Bristol as a campus or not, as it is quite spread out, and although it is connected to the town it feels as though it is it's own little town. There is a great mixture of old and new buildings and the accomadation is really versatile.

The History course was really intriguing because it is a bit different, focusing more on 'doing' History in depth and breadth, rather than leaving the depth to the dissertation in the third year. The research seems to be really active and it is certainly a very hands on course, which could possibly make it more demanding but it sounds like it prepares you well for work in the real world.

Whilst in Bristol we had lunch in the Gourmet Burger Kitchen, which is situated on Park Street. It was my first time in GBK, although I had heard about it, so I was really excited to try it. The food came really quickly which was good becasue I had a History talk to go to, and when it arrived it was gorgeous. I just had a normal burger with skinny fries and when they say skinny they mean skinny, they were so cute.

My brother and I both had strawberry milkshakes, which we agreed were just so so nice. They were made with Yeo Valley and tasted a lot like an Ed's Shake, that just so happen to be my favourite milkshakes EVER. Another great thing about the milkshakes was that they came in HUGE containers and so I felt we got what we paid for.

The decor was really cool and a lot of the signs were styled like scrabble tiles which was a lovely touch. There was a great range of textures in the restaurant and the colours didn't look like they should work but they did! Overall it was a great experience and I will definitely be trying to find one closer to home, keeping my fingers crossed that there is one in B'ham.

If you get a chance to go to Bristol I would say visit Park Street because there are so many wonderful shops, including Cass Art, my favourite art shop ever. It is just a great shopping street.

Love Holly x

September Birchbox

For my birthday I received a subscription to Birchbox. I was so happy to finally get this as I have wanted a subscription for such a long time. For those of you who don't know what Birchbox is, it is a monthly beauty-box subscription service in which you get 5 beauty product samples and an added extra. Sometimes the samples are small and sometimes they are full sized but they are always good quality. It works just as a magazine subscription does in that you pay for a certain amount of months, I think I have 3 months, and a box comes in the post each month.

I am a sucker for lovely packaging. I am worried that when I go to university I will run out of money because instead of buying cheap I will buy pretty. The Birchbox packaging is actually gorgeous and changes every month, with each box being designed by an illustrator. I cannot express how cute the month's box was. Inside the box the products were hiding in a branded Birchbox bag, cream with mint green writing. This is a really nice touch, also it adds to the excitement when you are unwrapping it all.

The surprise element of Birchbox is something I am really keen on because you never quite know what you are going to receive. It is fun to try out the new things that you receive and experiment with them. Birchbox works in a very clever way because if you like something in your box you can order it from their website, which appears quick and easy to use. Such a simple but clever concept!

Here is a quick list of what was in my box this month....

1. Laura Mercier - Face Polish - £26
2. bliss - foot patrol - £18.50
3. Laqa & Co - Cheeky Lip Pencil in Humble Bug - £17
4. John Masters Organics - Citrus Neroli Detangler - £16
5. Benefit - the POREfessional: license to blot - £15.50
6. The Birchbrush - £5.99

I haven't had a chance to try it all yet but from what I have tried my favourites are the POREfessional Licence to Blot by Benefit and the bliss Foot Patrol, which smells gorgeous. Overall this is a great service and if you are stuck on what to buy a friend for a birthday then this would be a perfect gift to get them, a gift that white literally keeps on giving, every month.

Love Holly x

Exeter / Bill's Restaurant Review

Last month I went, with my family, to Exeter for their university open day. This is the second time I have been there and I really love the university and in particular their History course, which just seems to have so much choice. We got to the university just after midday and because I had been to their previous open day we didn't have loads and loads of stuff to look at. I spent the afternoon wandering around the site and deciding which accommodation I wanted to live in. It was only afterwards that I remembered that I needed to get an offer and the grades before I can move in, oops!

We also had a bit of an explore of the town, coming across a little street called Gandy Street which was full of really unique shops, such as Sobeys Vintage, which was simply heaven. Gandy Street is just off the main high street of Exeter, down the side of one of the largest Urban Outfitters I have ever been in (I wanted everything!). I feel like this street was sort of a mini version of the lanes in Brighton and this was confirmed when we came across a restaurant called Bill's, which I believe began in Brighton.

Bill's was wonderful. They were really busy so we were worried that we weren't going to get a table and would have to find somewhere else, but they managed to squeeze us in upstairs. The decor blew my mind away, it was just so well done with a sort of distressed organic look. It was rustic and had a lovely charm about it, with lots of interesting things to look at, for example as you went up the stairs the waterfall light was made out of large cans for, what I think was, olives. Basically whatever they had done, it worked and I loved it.

So onto the food. At first when I saw the menu I was like hmmm this all looks very healthy, I'm not sure I want any of this, however once I started reading the descriptions I quickly changed my mind. We ordered a Butcher's Board to start, which to be honest to me sounded a bit gross but my mind was changed when it arrived, with favourite being the sesame crusted lamb kofta. Alongside this we ordered some kale crisps because we had heard that kale is one of the new super foods, supposedly very good for you. These were actually surprisingly yummy. I think I liked them because they were quite salty and it covered up the taste of the kale, so it tasted good and made me feel healthy because I was eating kale, it is a win win situation on the crisp front.

For the main course I had, as I so often do, a burger, which as burgers go was quite nice. What I liked about it most was that it wasn't too big, I hate it when restaurants make huge burgers, or huge portions of anything to be honest. Firstly because I feel like they are trying to make up for something by giving you huge amounts and secondly because when I, inevitably, can't finish it, I feel bad for leaving food. However this burger just the right size I was able to finish it and so I left without guilt.

There isn't much to say about pudding apart from it was great and I really recommend that if you ever go to Bill's that you have the warm mini cinnamon doughnuts. Overall we had a great meal and the staff were really friendly, I would definitely go back. And hopefully if I get an offer from Exeter it will be our go to place when the parents come and visit.

Love Holly x

On the Music Front

Petite Meller's music video for her song Baby Love is just so cool, I love how weird it is and that you can't help but watch it when it is on. I first saw it on holiday in Lake Garda, we were watching the music channel because it was one of the few interesting English channels. This was definitely one of my favourite tunes this summer and really got me in the mood for sunshine, such a shame that the weather has now turned against us! At least Petite can keep us in the mood.

I was excited to hear, listening to Radio 1 on the coach the other morning, that Sam Smith is doing the theme tune for the new James Bond film, it made my morning. I know not everyone likes Sam Smith but I think he is so talented and will make an excellent job of it. He will definitely do the legacy of James Bond soundtracks justice.

On hearing Impossible by Lion Babe for the first time my immediate reaction was of dislike, however this song is actually really good. It is completely different to the sort of music I normally listen to, but that is what I like about it. It is fun and I think that Lion Babe have a bright future ahead of them.

Love Holly x

(photo credit: consequenceofsound.net)

here we go again

Hi, my name is Holly, I am 17 and I am the previous co-owner of Haisy, a blog about just about everything. If you are a fan of Haisy you should hopefully enjoy this, my new blog. I have decided to start a new blog because I want to start again with a blank canvas and do something a bit different.

The plan is, again, to blog about anything and everything, apart from obviously this time it will just be me. I hope to also have guest posts from my friends and share more about what is going on in my life. I love blogging because it is such a great way to release energy and is just what you need when school begins again to relieve stress. I hope you will enjoy reading and contributing to this blog as much as I know I will enjoy writing it.

Holly x