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
(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.


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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