Gaga for LaLa(Land); LaLaLand BASICS Collection

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

I've drooled over the jewellery from LaLaLand for ages, and was excited to hear that LaLaLand have released their first own-label clothing collection, a collaboration with Scottish Artist  Kirsty Baynham AKA Prism of Starlings; LaLaLand was founded by Sarah Graham in 2010 'as an alternative to the cookie cutter offerings on the high street.' 

Last week saw the return of Bold Souls Off The Catwalk to Hummingbird in Glasgow, which presented as always an array of talented Scottish designers including to my delight LaLaLand! LaLaLand showcased their BASICS range, featuring pretty illustrations from Prism of Starlings on easy to wear pieces. I love the cut and fit of the boxy tees and sweatshirts, and think I'll be adding the Fox Cameo sweatshirt to my wardrobe very soon, I think it'd be perfect to wear to college or out shopping with a pretty collared shirt underneath, with a flippy floaty skirt and some ankle boots, perfect spring outfit!

I also fell in love with the Crowns particularly the Deer Princess Crown, I actually heard after the show that the crowns had only originally been created for the BASICS photo shoot, but so many people contacted Sarah saying how much they loved them that she made more to sell! I'm certainly glad she did as I can't wait to find the perfect occasion (any day really, as who wouldn't wear a crown to the supermarket ;) to wear the Deer Princess crown, which I hope to add to my bulging accessories collection very soon.

Credit; LaLaLand Look Book

With prices ranging from £10-£35 the LaLaLand Basics collection is seriously affordable with so many pretty wearable designs, oh and I almost forgot to mention the hand stamped pop culture pencils from LaLaLand definitely a must buy for the super fan in your life, I'll be ordering a few packs soon as presents for a few friends and can't wait to see their faces when I give them to them, priceless! :)
Ah, I'll never not love Shosh'!
Girls Pencil Set; LaLaLand £3.50

Get into the Blue!

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

So I guess I decided it was time for a change again, after a few months of pink locks I decided I fancied trying out a new pastel shade this time going for pastel blue, my lovely pal Loughlan was nice enough to help me redye my roots and transform my pinky blonde hair into full on mermaid tresses! Eep how exciting!

For those of you wondering I used Smart Beauty Baby Blue mixed with conditioner to achieve my pastel look, I was really impressed with the quality of the dye and at only £2.99 a box in Savers, pretty bargainous too!

I'm so happy with the results of dying my hair with the Baby Blue hair dye, there are multi tonal bits in my hair, as I didn't want to bleach it all over which would've affected the condition of my hair so only did the roots and worked the bleach through the lengths just before rinsing out... Though I quite like the end look with different tones and shades giving it a bit more depth. What do you all think? Have you tried out a new hair colour recently, or are you considering taking the plunge? (Get it mermaid hair, plunge, ;) bad joke!!)

Feel Good Formulas Blogger Event

A few weeks ago I attended the Arran Aromatics blogger event at the Princes Square store, I'll admit up till that night the only Arran Aromatics products I'd ever tried where shower gels, soaps and body lotions and would have generally thought of their products as aimed at an older audience, yet how wrong I was! A major plus for me with Arran Aromatics is not only that they are a local Scottish brand but also that they are cruelty free and therefore kind to bunnies, happy days!

Luckiest lady, thanks Arran Aromatics and Becky White PR!
The main product which has become a firm favourite in my everyday routine is the Arran Aromatics Feel Good Formulas Cucumber and  Avocado facial scrub*, I use this every evening after removing my makeup with Lush Ultrabland and have been amazed at how silky smooth my skin feels after using it! I love how squeaky clean and smooth my skin is after using this and it's easy to use either in the shower or normally too; the consistency is a nice non messy gel formula with gentle scrubby bits to help buff away any uneven patches of skin. What's even better is that it's a snip at only £8.50!

The Jojoba and Vitamin E 'All Weather' moisturiser is also becoming a firm favourite in my everyday routine, it's perfect as my skin has been so dry lately, it's the perfect rich moisturiser to rehydrate my skin, at only £7.50 for 50ml I've been seriously impressed by how good value this moisturiser is and that it's gentle enough for my fussy skin!

The lovely Claire being the 'guinea pig' for a wee hand and arm massage demo!
Macarons, marshmallows and cupcakes oh my! 
 I was so pleasantly surprised by the quality and great value of the Feel Good Formulas range from Arran Aromatics, and I'll definitely be returning there to pick up a few more products I have my eye on especially the Sea Salt Scrub (once I've used up my body scrubs I've got on the go at the moment!) and the Lavender & Black Pepper Bath Soak which I'm assured is ideal for sore muscles, I was gutted they'd ran out when I was in store! I've been recommending the facial scrub to everyone, as I'm loving how smooth it leaves my skin and can't wait to try out more of the range!

Thanks so much to the lovely ladies from Arran Aromatics for a fab evening as well as the Becky White PR team for inviting me along, it was lovely to finally meet you all!

It's been a while...

Tuesday, 4 March 2014

It's becoming very clear that blogging over the next few months will be an ongoing battle, finding time to blog when juggling two jobs and the impending doom that is finishing off all my coursework and final exams (exaggeration much...) but hey what can you do.

The past month or so has been filled with writing up projects and proposals and getting stuck into putting together a marketing strategy for the charity I now work at, oh and of course the usual weekly dose of bath bomb selling! There's hardly been a spare minute to breathe!

I'm writing a quick post up today on my lunch-break something a little different for you all, a selection of my favourite covers of all time. I love when a cover makes you listen to a song in a completely different light.

Last week I went to see Bastille with one of my blogging (and real life) besties Laura, we took a wee trip to Wagamama before we headed to The Corn Exchange, we had such a good night dancing away to Bastille and the amazing support acts Angel Haze and Rag N Bone Man, it's always great to discover new artists through the support acts! When I first started listening to Bastille they hadn't yet released an album instead I listened to their mixtapes, 'Other People's Heartbreak' and 'Other People's Heartbreak Part.2' as a media student I'm fascinated by sampling and the concept of taking different genres and styles of music (art or fashion) and meshing them together to create something new. The original mixtapes released by Bastille formed the basis for many of the songs on their current album Bad Blood, particularly a number of the songs from their extended album release All This Bad Blood.

To any usual readers of my blog, you might be reading think woah, this is not like the usual blog content of IonaBlog, so I apologise if I'm getting too in depth but I could write on and on about covers and sampling, though I don't know a huge amount about playing instruments (apart from trombone and bagpipes, though not for years) I am really interested in the theory behind what inspires and shapes musicians, artists and designers as a whole, especially in regards to my favourite thing New Media! Off on a bit of a tangent there but hey, I love that on the mixtapes the took audio from films, lyrics from old nineties tracks and current top 40 songs to 'new' songs adding in their own lyrics, so clever and some of my favourite covers come from the mixtapes.

I first heard of Angus and Julia Stone back when I lived in Melbourne, back then their song 'Big Jet Plane' was massive, when I heard their cover of 'You're the One That I Want' a few months back I instantly fell in love with it. I love their unique take on the cheesy classic from Grease.
Ah Radio1 Live Lounge how I love thee, when I first heard Bastille's cover of Miley's infamous 'We Can't Stop' I must've listened to it almost a hundred times, overkill maybe, but I love it! Oh and the Disney and Achey Breaky Heart references never fail to make me giggle.
Is it bad that I like Alpha Blondy's cover of Pink Floyd's 'Wish You Were Here' more than the original? I hope not, as you can't go wrong with a bit of reggae, bagpipes and Pink Floyd thrown in the mix for good measure.
Last but not least Lissie's cover of 'Pursuit of Happiness' this reminds me so much of living in Melbourne as I constantly listened to Lissie when I lived there, again I like how different it is to the original and her unique tone, beautiful!

So there we have it a slightly different post for the ol' blog I hope you've all enjoyed it and I do hope to post more regularly, though who knows as sadly the next few months are filled with exams and college work, June is looking much quieter however! Mainly as I'll be finished my degree by then, eek.