Wednesday, 19 March 2014

I'm moving!

After wanting to do so for months, I've finally taken the plunge and moved blogs.

You can now find me at caffrinc.blogspot.com
(although it is under construction right now, so please bear with me)

I've been wanted to change my blog for a while now, mainly due to the name situation. Since becoming vegan, I feel Ribbons, Leather and Lace is no longer appropriate, which I'm sure you'll all be able to understand and by having it as caffrinc, it means it matches both my instagram and twitter account names.
 As well as this, I'm going to clear out blog posts that I not longer like or don't feel are relevant to my blog, but redirect many of my old posts to my new blog. 

Thank you for following me on Ribbons, Leather and Lace and I hope you join me over on my new blog.

xxx

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

St. Patricks Day

We always keep an eye out for a Mayo flag
As well as the Roscommon flag.

Every year, the Sunday before St. Patricks day, my family and I go into Birmingham city centre for the annual St. Patricks Day parade. This year the weather was absolutely gorgeous and the street was packed with others celebrating the day, everyone was in good spirits, possibly due to Ireland winning the Rugby the previous day (well done Ireland!) and maybe due to a few pints already being drunk. With a sea of Gaelic football shirts, Guinness hats and Shamrock glasses lining the streets the parade began at midday. The St. Patricks day parade is something me and my family look forward to every year and I make sure I travel back from Southampton so I don't miss it. We are all really proud of our Irish roots, with my family coming from Mayo and Roscommon in the west of Ireland, so it's nice to be able to celebrate them. Once the parade was over, we met up with other family members and I also saw my friend and her family. At 3 that afternoon, The Father Teds, a contemporary Irish band, performed in the South Birmingham College, playing a mixture of their own material and classic songs such as Galway Girl, Irish Rover and The Fields of Athenrye. The room was packed with people singing along and The Father Teds were as good as always. The rest of the day was spent back with my family, chatting and having a drink, or maybe two.

Monday, 17 March 2014

Week In Pictures #11: Cause I remember that I like you

I'm pretty sure everyone has already said it, but isn't the appearance of the sun brilliant? It immediately puts me in a good mood and because of it, this last week was great. It started with a Sunday dinner with my housemates, followed by a relatively stress free week of uni. I travelled home to Birmingham on Thursday which consisted of my monthly dentist appointment, a little shopping trip with my mother, a night out with friends and a night in with my sister. Pretty good weekend overall!

1. Sunday dinner made by my housemate. 2. Overnight oats. 3. Floral.
4. Summer berry smoothie. 5. Mint green.  6. Summer wardrobe shopping.


Thursday, 13 March 2014

Out with the old...


I think I may have had a bit of an epiphany, if that’s the right word to use?
I bought a magazine a couple of days ago, of which I've been a reader of for a few years now and put it on my desk ready to read later that day. Cue three or four days later and I've only just had a quick flick through its pages and a skim read of an article or two before putting it back down and picking up my phone to check twitter. I've come to realise that the magazine I have been buying for the last few years doesn't really interest me any more and when I think about it, hasn’t done for at least the last few months, so why have I continued buying it?

I think it’s all down to habit and I seem to manage to pick up habits quite easily. Whether that be wearing the same pair of shoes every day for a month straight or having the exact same thing for breakfast every day until I can’t stand it anymore and that is basically what I’ve done with this magazine. Two years ago the magazine was my favourite monthly read and I would sit down for an hour or two and read it cover to cover, but that was two years ago. I’ve grown and changed dramatically in that time, so my interests aren’t what they used to be.  For instance, being totally honest, I couldn’t care less about fancy nail art, as I rarely even bother painting mine as nail varnish damages my nails and half the products in said magazine aren’t cruelty free, so I have no interest in buying them. 

I’ve come to the conclusion that I need to break all of the habits I’ve got into that are no longer necessary or beneficial to me. I quit smoking two months ago, so if I can break that habit, I should be able to break others. 

From now on, I’m not going to buy magazines just because I've always bought them, but buy ones that genuinely interest me through their cover lines and content. I'm going to stop living in my doc marten boots and dust off my pair of brogues that are in perfect condition despite being a couple of years old. I’m going to try my hardest to experience new things and avoiding getting stuck in a rut.

Out with the old and in with the new, as they say. 

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

B. Pure Micellar Water




After trying a few make-up products from Superdrugs new range and being impressed with them , I wanted to see if their skincare  compared. I was using up the last bit of my previous cleanser when I popped into Superdrug and saw the B.Pure Micellar Water on offer for £2.47. I snapped it up straight away. "Quick and easy 3-in-1 cleanser that dissolves impurities in a single sweep, no water required. Ideal for all skin types even the most sensitive."  I have what I guess would be classed as 'normal' skin, I've found this really gentle on my skin and it doesn't leave it feeling oily nor dry. It cleanses, tones and refreshes, which means taking my make-up off is taking my less time now than it used to as I only use this product rather than a cleanser and toner separately. I also noticed that to take off a full face of make-up I use 2 cotton wools pads, rather than then 3 or 4 I was using before.  The usual price for this is £4.99, which is more than I would usually spend on a make-up remover, but considering how well it works, I'd be happy to pay the full price for it in future. 

Sunday, 9 March 2014

Week In Pictures #10: I just wanna, I just wanna know

I'm writing this from my kitchen, with the radio playing, while the sun is shining through the windows and I am totally content. It's amazing how much a bit of sun can improve your mood. I've had a deadline this week and my work was submitted with little stress, spent time with my housemates arranging summer plans and had a little trip to the pub yesterday to make the most of the sunny weather. Lets hope the sun and my good mood stays about this week!


1. Carrot & Spinach in a smoothie ain't too bad 2. Drying flowers. 3. Vegan Pancakes.
4. Micellar water is my new favourite product. 5. Afternoon drinks. 6. Self.

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Thursday, 6 March 2014

Pretty Please #19

As I mentioned in my last post, there is quite a few things on my eBay wishlist at the moment and these are my current favourites. With the little bit of sun there has been lately, it's got me thinking about potential summer outfits, particularly for my holiday in July. I adore the black shoes and I think they'll be perfect for trips to the pub in the summer. The dresses would be handy to through on when it's warm and easy to accessorise in different ways and the floral headband would be really cute and add a little something extra to an outfit.

Tuesday, 4 March 2014

Black Ankle Boots


I've been after a pair of casual heels for quite some time now. I tend to opt for my doc martens or flat chelsea boots for daytime wear, however so many times I've put an outfit on and just knew it would look so much better with heels to pull it all together. Being a student, I really don't have much money to spare, so although I've often found a pair of casual heels I love, the price tag I have not. After a browse on eBay I came across some heeled ankle boots that were just what I've been after and at just £14.99 with free p&p. With a 2.5 inch heel it's enough to give me a little bit of height, but not too much that they are uncomfortable to walk in. I've found a few things on eBay recently, so I'll be posting an eBay wishlist sometime this week!

Saturday, 1 March 2014

Week In Pictures #9: And I wish I was on the n17

I rediscovered my love for smoothies this week after a lunch time trip to a cafe with a friend of mine and have subsequently been making my own everyday since. Good timing really as I'm trying to improve my diet in an attempt to get a 'beach bod' for my holiday this summer. I've had quite a chilled out week this week, but today I need to get some serious work done as I have a deadline on Wednesday.
1. Drawing. 2. Perfect top knot. 3. Lunch time Smoothies.
4. New candle to add to my collection. 5. Friday night selfie. 6. Finished piece.

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Friday, 28 February 2014

Superdrug Coconut Oil






As I'm sure many of you are aware, Coconut oil is very popular at the moment, it's the new must-have beauty item. I'd never looked into it much, but while ordering a few things from Superdrug, I saw them selling a tub of Coconut oil for £2.29 or 2 for £3. Swayed by the offer, it ended up in my online shopping basket. Coconut oil has a multitude of health benefits, as well as beauty benefits, which is what I bought it for. So far I've only used it on my skin as a moisturiser and I love it. At first it did make my skin look greasy, but gradually it melted into my skin and leaving it feeling lovely and soft. With winter weather drying out my skin, this is my new saviour! My only issue with this product is that it's solid in the tub, meaning it's difficult to get out. I had to basically scrape a bit out and rub it between my fingers for it to melt. Not a huge issue, just thought I'd point it out. Overall, I'm happy with this and glad I bought the two tubs as it worked out at just £1.50 each, bargain!

Tuesday, 25 February 2014

e.l.f Eyebrow Lifter and Filler: Ivory/Medium



I received the e.l.f Eyebrow Lifter and Filler for Christmas, but decided to save it until I'd finished using my current eyebrow pencil. Well, I still haven't ran out of my current eyebrow pencil, but curiosity got the better of me, so I decided to use my e.l.f pencil this week. The fill side of the pencil is designed to fill in any sparse areas and define the lines of your eyebrows, while the lifter is designed to enhance and define the area under your brows. I found the application fairly easy, the texture is quite creamy so it's crucial to be steady handed and not smudge it. The filler colour came out darker than I expected, so use a light hand to apply and blend well. I can see both of these points as a plus, as light application means it will last longer and the creamy texture means it's very easy to blend. I love the lifter on this pencil, it enables me to fix any slight mistakes that may have occurred and defines my brows. At £3.95 it's really good value for money, especially considering the size, as it's a chunky pencil. I'm currently torn between this product and the B.Groomed Eyebrow kit I reviewed here. Both are very similar in price and good quality/

Sunday, 23 February 2014

Week In Pictures #8: The loss of a lonely man never makes much of a sound

I've had a fairly chilled out week this week. I made my second attempt at getting rid of my ombre hair, I love having dark hair again. Just hoping it lasts, because last time I dyed over  the blonde in my hair, it only lasted four days before the dye faded and the blonde was back. I'm spending my weekend trying to get some work done, but I'm finding myself procrastinating. I've already watched an hour of Eastenders and cleaned my kitchen cupboard to put off work.

1. Frightened Rabbit are my one true love. 2. Dyed my hair dark. 3. Selfie which looks nothing like me.
4. New boots! 5. Superdrug delivery. 6. Night out.

Thursday, 20 February 2014

Pretty Please #18

I think I definitely need some new beauty products in my life. I may have slipped and ordered the B. Foundation and Sleek Contour kit, but in my defence, the foundation was on offer and with Superdrug offering free delivery on orders over £10, the Sleek kit had to be bought to bring the price up to £10+.


Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Yankee Candle: Cinnamon Stick


I think it's safe to say candles and Yankee candles in particular have grown in popularity in the last few years; it seems every blogger has at least one. I never bought one as I though they were over priced considering that at the end of the day, you just burn them away, but my sister is quite a fan of Yankee candles and bought me the Cinnamon Stick scented one for Christmas. It's my favourite scent and I can see now why people love them so much. The burn for hours, the large jar candle which I have burns for over 100 hours and they have a strong but not overpowering smell, which lasts for a long time after the candle is blown out. I'm pretty sure after this one has completely gone I will treat myself to another, my bedside table would look weird without one now.

Sunday, 16 February 2014

Week In Pictures #7: Why don't you speak it out loud, instead of living in your head?

 Recently I've felt as though I've lost my passion for writing, fashion and just everything really, which I think is partly due to the terrible weather that we've been having lately. I can't be bothered to get dressed up nicely and go out, just to end up soaked through and freezing, so I've become rather lazy. Waking up to the sun shining has put me in a much better mood and I feel more motivated, so I'm going to finish this post, put on a bit of make up and and bake some cakes with my housemate, before tackling the not so exciting task of cleaning my bedroom.

1. Travelling to Southampton. 2. The Vegan Kind Box 4. 3. Faye's Birthday Cocktails.
4.
My herbs are growing! 5. New candles. 6. Drinks in the house.

Thursday, 13 February 2014

February's The Vegan Kind Monthly Subscription Box


Once again, I'm extremely impressed and happy with the contents of The Vegan Kind Box, it seems to get better each month.

As this box is my third from TVK, I received a folder in which I can put the recipe cards that come with each box. This months recipe was for Bean Sushi.


I couldn't wait to use this shower gel from Organic Surge. It smelt divine and left my skin feeling soft and moisturised.


I was happy to see a chocolate item in the box this month. Choc Shot from Sweet Freedom can be used for hot chocolate or as a topping. I'm not sure I'll use it to make hot chocolate as I'm not a big fan, but the chocolate itself is nice tasting, like a dark chocolate sauce.


I've wanted to try Kale crisps for so long, but my local supermarket doesn't seem to stock Kale, ever. I had the Raw Purple Corn Kale Chips from Inspiral and they've definitely encouraged me to start a search for Kale. These weren't crunchy like I was expecting, but quite chewy and smooth tasting, but lovely all the same.


Bars like this Braw Bar are perfect as a snack in between meals, gluten free and low in calories.


I loved the Cinder Toffee from 1066 Cake Stand, the only problem was that I ate it all far too quickly.

This has definitely been my favourite box of the three I've received and I'm looking forward to seeing what's in next months.

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Monday, 10 February 2014

Week In Pictures #6: If I could show you a sign

I spent this week excited to go home on Thursday. I had a pleasant journey home, followed by dinner and a catch up with my sisters. I lost count of the amount of roast potatoes I ate. My weekend was spent seeing family and family and definitely eating far too much.


1. Bored of winter. 2. Train journey home with a healthy lunch. 3. Huge dinner.
4. Friday afternoon. 5. My sisters birthday cake, made by yours truly 6. My nephew and I.

Thursday, 6 February 2014

Country roads, take me home.

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I was born and raised in the city, Birmingham to be precise and up until recently I have never imagined myself living anywhere but a busy, bustling city. I go on holiday to the Irish countryside every year, but that had always just been a nice summer getaway. Lately, possibly inspired by watching a few too many episodes of Escape to the Country of an afternoon after Uni, but I think mainly due to rethinking what I want to do in the future, a house in the country sounds ideal. Going to local markets, growing some of my own food, country pubs and having enough land to be able to rescue animals sounds perfect. I may change my mind soon enough and decide I want to live in the centre of London, but for now a country cottage is my dream. 

Tuesday, 4 February 2014

London calling to the faraway towns


With a sale on train tickets meaning travelling from Southampton to London cost just £10, me and two of my housemates booked our tickets and headed there last Saturday. The timing was perfect as Faye and I needed to visit an exhibition as part of our university course and the Artist Textiles exhibition opened last Friday. I wasn't expecting much the exhibition to be that interesting, but I was pleasantly surprised, with artists such as Miro, Picasso and Warhol featured and plenty of links to fashion.

After the exhibition, the three of us spent the rest of the day walking in the chilly winter breeze and catching the tube around London visiting the typical tourist spots, Big Ben, Tower Bridge, etc. I've only been to London a handful of times, so it was nice to get away from Southampton and go there with my uni friends. I definitely want to go back sometime preferably in the Summer, so we won't be close to freezing.