Thursday, 27 September 2012

Stripes For Fall

The past month or so, I have been absolutely ADDICTED to Tumblr (follow me here). After scrolling through my latest re-pins, there's a common theme of stripes.

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Wednesday, 26 September 2012

cake bunting and christmas books...

if you ever find yourself in need of a quick cake decoration here's a
 little how-to that might help  :)
 you will need...

2 wooden skewers (food safe)
various washi tapes

cut a piece of string that is almost twice as wide as the cake...

leave a length of string at each end to tie onto skewer

cut washi tapes long enough to fold over the string to form a double layer

cut into a pennant shape ( or semi circle, rectangle or any shape you fancy )

tie on to the skewer

stick into cake :)
(don't light candles while this is on cake) obvious I know but thought I should mention it x

we had a lovely weekend with lots of bunting and lovely gifts  Yay :)

making the most of the sunshine we rode an open top bus through one of my favourite cities....

can you spot the clue?

tomorrow is our 15th wedding anniversary...I might just get my Tiara out and wear it round the house for the day to celebrate :) 

.....and so we are fast heading into October...which means we may start thinking about ......Christmas.....if so there is a very lovely book due out next month from the fab people at Mollie Makes...

the book is available to pre-order over here
with a discount if you use the code MollieLoves at the checkout :)

x x x x x 

Tuesday, 18 September 2012

fab films and new packaging....

...yesterday the Mr and I went on a little jaunt to the cinema....a proper old fashioned one where you buy your ticket from a man in a booth, a cup of coffee costs 75p and they sell smarties and maltesers in boxes :)
and the best bit is that they show films for people like us who are rubbish and miss them when they are on at the big cinemas :)

Moonrise Kingdom is now officially my No1 favourite film.....

so in between googling pictures from the film every 5 minutes and drooling over that vintage record player I have been re-designing the littleteawagon packaging..


and bundling up fabrics and wallpapers :)

it's a weekend of birthdays and anniversary's coming up Yay! and I also note its a year since I moved into my little shed...

happy tuesday night 

x x x x x x x

The 10 Most Common Causes For Breakouts

Ever since I was in middle school, I've always struggled with acne. Thankfully, makeup over the years hasn't made me too self-conscious about it, but I do envy those with naturally perfect, glowing skin. Breaking out more recently made me curious as to what the main causes are and therefore what I should change to prevent future breakouts.

After quite a bit of research, here are the top 10 most common causes for breakouts (in no particular order):

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Sunday, 16 September 2012

Bath & Body Works Fall Candle Haul

After watching endless YouTube raves, blog reviews, and Instagram pictures, I finally went to Bath & Body Works to buy some of their seasonal candles. They were 2/$20, a steal because each candle normally is $19.50. Even better, each additional candle was $10. Therefore, it was 2/$20, 3/$30, 4/$40, etc. I had a coupon too that my roommate gave me that was on the bottom of a receipt for $10 off. To sum it all up, I got 4 amazing new candles of the large 3-wick size for $30. Awesome.

It was a tough decision for sure, but I'm extremely pleased with the candles I decided to purchase.
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Thursday, 13 September 2012

reasons to be cheerful....

#1 little betty all cleaned up and ready sew :)

#2 a nice bit of vintage M & S from the vintage village market :)

#3 A nice family day out with the bluest skies  and amazing art in the park :)
(with Claude the class sock monkey who had to come with us)

#4 sneaking one of those owls to keep for myself :)

#5 a little nip in the air and that Autumn feeling means the favourite 
folly and glee eiderdown is on the bed  :) 

#6 cats and dogs  :)
cats from oooh betty
dog from alice apple

#7 new lampshades :) yum 

and lastly this very lovely commission which has had me busy chopping and measuring, pinning and sewing's a big one.....hence my absence from the www for a while....

thanks for your comments about our #1's high school antics...all went well and he was fine and now just a week on knows everything about everything :)

yay for nearly the end of the week...
(these early mornings are killing me) x x x

Wednesday, 12 September 2012

I've Gone Mad For Maybelline!

I didn't realize that my haul was almost entirely Maybelline products until I began writing this post! Thankfully, it was buy one get one 50% off at Ulta.

  1. Maybelline Eyestudio Quads: highly pigmented, great color selection, cheaper alternative

Mad For Mauve

Copper Chic
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Tuesday, 11 September 2012

Always Remember 9/11

I am lucky enough to have visited the World Trade Center the summer before 9/11 and the beautiful Memorial this summer in NYC. Always remember those who sacrificed their life for our country and those who were tragically in the wrong place at the wrong time. Live life knowing that yours could be cut short at any given moment. Tell your family and friends that you love them, appreciate them and thank them. The worst feeling is not getting to say your last words to someone, so instead of waiting for tragedy, make the most of each moment now. ♥

Friday, 7 September 2012

UPDATED Favorite Online Shopping Sites!

Let me start off by saying that I have an online shopping addiction. Seriously, every day on my computer I go to many of these sites to see what new items they have. Though, with my college student budget, I don't end up buying half of what I originally put in my shopping cart. These sites- some strictly online, some are boutiques, others found at the mall- have on-trend, affordable inventory that I highly recommend checking out!

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Wednesday, 5 September 2012

Fall Ulta/TJ Maxx Haul

I could say Fall is my favorite season, for I do love the pumpkin craze (frappuccinos, candles, etc.), but unfortunately being in the middle of Florida, we don't really see (or feel) the seasons. In fact, I have NEVER once in my 21 years of life seen Fall leaves. Call me deprived? Yes...but I do get to go to the beach on Christmas if I want to! My day will come to see Fall leaves...and to see snow for the first time! I'm graduating in May and most likely moving back up to NYC. You better believe I will be in Central Park taking in the Fall beauty as often as I can!!

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tea...fretting and new stuff... off went our eldest on a big yellow bus to high school...I have been fretting all morning and drinking lots of tea...
 I popped off into my little shed and got on with some work to distract me :)

so all my little makes that I had been working away on at night in the school holidays are now listed in my little shop


I have been ruthless and chopped into my favourite fabrics for these....there are owlies..


bunting in lots of lovely colours and patterns...


 more owlies :)

and some more Teawagon patchy blankets..

in lots of pretty florals and checks...

I have fretted a bit more and drank more tea and looked at the clock....

soon be home time and the quiet will be gone and I'll have another cup of tea while listening to tales of big school :)

x x x x x x x x x x

Monday, 3 September 2012

the lolly dollys meet some boys.....

hello....I'm still here, just enjoying the last day of freedom before school starts's a big week..#1 is starting high school and I'm panicking about buses and bus stops and how to put on a tie....but it will be fine and the house will be quiet again and I will miss them :)

but before I disappear again to buy last minute bits and pieces...I'm sharing the Lolly stick boys that I have had requests for...

they are done in just the same way as the Dolly's...

I did mine with tapes but the boys made theirs with just pens :)

hope you like them...

the Indian chief one reminds me of Mr Ben :)

so now I need to go and buy more pens and pencil cases and write up my little summer journal so we can remember the all fun stuff we did...

my little 20% sale ends tonight and I will be re-stocking the littleteawagon shelves on wednesday :)

Happy September 

x x x x x x x x 

Sunday, 2 September 2012

Favorite Beauty Gurus: Part 3

If you've been following me for a while, then you are probably familiar with my 'Favorite Beauty Gurus' series: Part 1 & Part 2. It's about that time for an updated list of more beauty bloggers/YouTubers I follow and LOVE!
  • Annie Jaffrey
    • Twitter:
    • Blog:
    • Annie is by far one of my absolute favorites to date! She lives in NYC, has a Swiss background, and is a very healthy and happy girl. I admire her a lot. Her blog is just as impressive as her channel, so definitely check out both. She just seems very genuine and sincere, which I think is something not everyone can portray immediately online. She has a great sense of city style and enjoys sharing healthy recipes to help other girls be happy with their bodies.
  • Ingrid (Miss Glamorazzi)
    • Twitter:
    • Facebook: here
    • Ingrid is fun to watch due to her peppy personality. She's silly but has great taste in fashion, jewelry, and makeup of course. She's one of the few YouTubers that I've followed who admits to having very oily skin, something that I share with her. Watching her videos will brighten your day, so check out her channel linked above!
  • Rachel Talbott (Check In The Mirror)
    • Twitter:
    • Facebook: here
    • Blog:
    • When you watch Rachel's videos, you can only imagine how incredibly sweet and genuine she is. She has experience in the industry and brings forth her knowledge for staying healthy and maintaining good skin. She updates her blog very frequently and is a part of my list of what to browse before going to sleep each night! She also includes fashion/OOTDs into her videos and blog, as well as relationship advice.
  • Nikki Phillippi
    • Twitter:
    • Facebook: here 
    • Blog:
    • Nikki is good friends with many of the other gurus such as Rachel and Ingrid in this post. She has such an amazing sense of humor and is also very genuine like Rachel. She is unique to YouTube I think due to her background and is very down-to-earth. She also has many blog posts and videos about staying healthy, eating well, and overall taking care of your skin. She suffered with acne in the past and has shared her stories to overcome and maintain better skin. She's also awesome to follow on Instagram, so check her out there too!
Make sure you check out all of these beauty gurus! Who are your favorites?

xx, Ariana