Wednesday, 27 August 2014

How We Wear: New Look Special

If you have been reading our blog for a while, you will know that we are big New Look fans, so you can imagine how excited we were when they got in touch and asked if we would be up for a 'How We Wear' feature around some of their pieces. We both love the variety of styles, I Love their Plus Size Inspire brand and we both love how affordable their ranges are without compromising on quality. To put a twist on it this month we gave ourselves the challenge of choosing pieces for each-other to style based of three themes.  Afternoon tea, Festival and Girls Night Out were our themes and H and I picked out three items from New Look and New Look Inspire.

Afternoon Tea


For Afternoon tea, H picked me this amazing blazer, I love the colour and the lightweight soft fabric makes it a dream to wear. I paired it with a monochrome dress and turquoise accessories.

Blazer from New Look/ Bag from Ollie & Nic/ Shoes from Dorothy Perkins/ Dress from Yours/ Necklace from New Look.

Sammy chose me this lovely pleated chiffon skirt. I love these style of skirts as they are so easy to wear and comfortable, but always look smart. I paired it with my favourite blue accessories and my amazing Cambridge Satchel.

Skirt from New Look/ Bag from Cambridge Satchel Company/ Shoes from Clarks/ Top from New Look/ Jewellery from Primark & Native Wolf Jewellery.

Festival

Sammy picked out this Denim Dress for my Festival look, it is really comfortable and great for pairing with my new favourite kimonos. I went to town and mixed and matched my floral accessories. I love these floral trainers for summer. 

Dress From New Look/ Necklace from New Look/ Bangles from New Look/ Kimono from Boo Hoo / Trainers from Deichmann/ Flower crown by me (DIY here)


H picked me out some shorts (similar here) which I was unsure about at first, but I am in love with them! They are so comfy. I wore them loads on my recent holiday to Austria as they were great for travelling.  I paired them with this mint tunic tucked in as I love mint with denim.

Shorts from New Look/ Tunic from New Look/ Necklace by me/ Bag from River Island/ Trainers from Sports Direct.

Girls Night Out


H was onto a winner when she chose me this amazing Tunic, I already have this shape of top/dress in a few colours and I adore this print! I have an addiction to neon and acid greens and yellows at the moment so it was a perfect pick for a night out. I wore it with my favourite black skinny and strappy wedges.


Tunic from New Look/ Necklace from Accessorize/ Wedges from New Look/ Jeans from Dorothy Perkins/ Clutch from New Look.

I love the versatility of this Kimono, I have worn it with a black leather belt and added some studded accessories to give this very floral number a rockier edge. Over my favourite skinnys it is really pretty for a night out with the girls. 

Kimono from New Look/ Necklace from New Look/ Jeans from Topshop/ Shoes from Topshop/ Clutch from River Island/ Belt from H&M.

Let us know in the comments below how you would wear the items we chose? Would you team the blazer with jeans or the kimono with a midi skirt? We would love to know how you would wear these pieces.

A massive thank you to New Look and the Inspire team.

Sammy & H

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Monday, 25 August 2014

Make it: Banana and Oat Bites


It's Bank Holiday Monday here in the UK and I am having a bit of a rest day - It's been a busy summer so far and so it is well needed.  Usually this means I like to bake at some point and so I thought I would give these Banana and Oat Bites a go that I found in the Sainsbury's Magazine - plus they so so simple to make.

You will need:
Mash 2 ripe Bananas
60g Porridge Oats
30g Apple sauce
1tsp Ground Cinnamon


Put your oven onto 180C, if it's a fan oven put it to 160C or Gas mark 4.  Put all the ingredients into a bowl and mash up the banana until it's all mixed together.  This will only make a small batch of about 8 and so if you need more you can scale up the mixture for your desired amount.



Then add desert spoon sized blobs onto a baking sheet and pop into the oven for 18-20 minutes until golden.


Take them out and wait for them to cool a little and then devour!  When they first come out of the oven they are crunchy on the top but when they have cooled completely they are a bit more chewy.  Let's face it they are not the same as having a big old cookie, but they are pretty good (as long as you like bananas) and a healthier version too.


They also go brilliantly with a cup of tea - with the looks of this weather, I think it's a day for cosy food and warm tea!

Have a great Monday, whether you are on a Bank Holiday or not.
H

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Friday, 22 August 2014

Love it: Las Vegas Wishlist


Miss Dior PerfumeBKR Water Bottle / Rebecca Minkoff Mini Mac / Kate Spade Diary / J Crew Necklace /

As you read this post I will be melting my credit card in Sephora, in the amazing Las Vegas, Nevada. A group of us are heading out for our friend, Helen's Hen Party (read: an excuse to party in Vegas) I haven't been to America since 2005 and I was last in Vegas in 1997 (I am so old!) so I am really looking forward to the food, the night-life and you know me... the shopping! I have been planning my wish list purchases for ages, so I thought I would share some of the best bits that I am hoping to pick up over the weekend. Check in with my Instagram to see which bits make it into my suitcase or to let me know your recommendations of sights to see whilst I am there!

I wish you all a lovely bank holiday weekend wherever you are.

Sammy xxx

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Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Who's Who: Crafternoon Caberet Club



Once again, it has come around to the Who's who interview time of the month and this time it's the turn of Hannah who runs Crafternoon Caberet Club, but I won't say too much, as we want you to hear what she has to say.  So, its over to her....


Who are you?

I am Hannah Cox - craft enthusiast, sequin lover, ribbon hoarder.  Thanks for having me on your blog!


What do you do?

I run Crafternoon Cabaret Club which is a London based monthly afternoon of making and watching cabaret acts.  It's basically my perfect afternoon turned into a public event so others can join the fun.  Anyone and everyone is welcome - even if you consider yourself a craft disaster you'll be able to make something from scratch across the afternoon - and if you're a pro there is a fantastic materials table to play with to help you create something amazing.  The craft changes every month and in the past has included jewellery, decorations and garlands, pin cushions, key rings, personalised oyster card covers, ipad covers, fascinators, badges and much, much more!


How did you start?

Back in December 2012 I set myself a challenge to start being more creative and learning new craft skills; I then started my blog to document that challenge.  As I continued my craft journey I realised the best way for me to learn was with lots of friends and a bottle of wine!  I figured there must be others like me and Crafternoon Cabaret Club was born.  It's all about the process and experience; making sure that everyone has an incredible time in a really sociable, lively and energetic setting and that the pressure is taken off the crafting - which normally means people surprise themselves with what they achieve in the time.  The cabaret acts support this ethos - building in breaks where everyone can come back together as an audience, have a pause in their making and start again fresh and energised. 


What's Next?

I'm really excited about where Crafternoon Cabaret Club can go next.  It's been a mad year - we've moved to bigger venues, been featured in Time Out and Emerald Street and won the Creative Idea award in the Mollie Makes Handmade Awards.  From September we'll be holding events in a new venue; The Book Club, as well as our regular home The Hospital Club so I'm hoping to reach a brand new audience.  I'd also really like to take Crafternoon Cabaret Club out to festivals like Latitude, Wilderness, Shambala or Bestival - I think it would work brilliantly with a festival crowd.  And I'm starting to get Hen Party bookings which is really fun!


What advice would you give yourself if you could go back to the beginning?

Be confident, be brave and talk to everyone about what you're doing!  Starting an event or business from scratch can be really daunting but there's lots of support out there.  The first venue I used (the lovely Library Pub on Upper Street) got involved after I plucked up the courage to ask them about their upstairs room when I was having a drink there with a friend.  They were really keen and immediately booked in three events.  It's hard to publicise what you do but word of mouth can be really effective so be confident and tell your friends - ask them to help spread the word.  They may even be able to offer other help or advise - one friend gave me some fantastic PR contacts which got me my first piece of press coverage and another artist friend designed my logo (the super talented Flora Bradwell).  


It sounds really exciting and a massive congratulations to Hannah for her Handmade Award from Mollie Makes.  The next few events are on 23rd August at The Hospital Club and so just a few days to get booked up and the next one is on 13th September at The Book Club if you can't make it this week.  You can find out more by visiting the Crafternoon Caberet Club website and of course follow them on twitter @crafternoonclub.  If you pop along, do tell them you read their interview here.

H & Sammy

Please Note: All pictures are owned by the interviewee and so should not be copied without permission.

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Monday, 18 August 2014

Long Weekend Crafts to try and of course, Cake



Well good morning to you!  and the reason for being so chipper on a Monday is that it's a Bank Holiday here this weekend coming!  An extra lie-in, an extra day out or an extra day to craft, whatever your pleasure, enjoy it.  It's that time of year where the extra long weekend could not come at a better time - definately in need of a break and as its a bank holiday we can pretty much rest assured it will rain at some point, so some staying in a relaxing will be happening!

I thought I would share with you a few things I am planning with my long weekend and perhaps a rainy day, so you can get some ideas and also start having a look for your own.  Well, that's what lunch breaks are for right?

So, we start with something I have been meaning to do for ages, since I won the Red Ted book.  It's got to be animal or creature related!  These little ducks are amazing and are painted stones, I have been saving up stones when I see shapes that make me think of animals and so I think this weekend will be the perfect time to have a go.  You can see the tutorial here.

Image courtesy of www.redtedart.com

Next up I think it has to be a recipe, as we all know we love a bit of cake here at Live it. Love it. Make it and as I am trying to keep off the Dairy, I am always after a new recipe and I have heard about using apple sauce instead of the fat and as much sugar.  So, when I found this recipe for Applesauce Cinnamon muffins on the Dairy free "Tried and True" blog, I thought I should definitely give it a go.


Photo courtesy of www.dairyfreetriedandtrue.blogspot.co.uk

After having a bit of a clear out last weekend - I know, I do this far too much!  I do love a declutter as we all know.  I found more of a stash of fat quarters than I thought I had - denial is a beautiful thing!  So what better thing to do this weekend than plan a few makes with all my new found goodies.  I found this blog post that I thought would give me some great ideas to start - she has done the running around for me by collecting tutorials from the internet - brilliant.
 

 
 
Last but not least is a simple Cacti project, but one that looks so cool to do.  It may well be one of those Man Vs Pin moments though and not look as good in real life as it does on Pinterest, but I thought it would be worth a go.  I am trying my hand at looking after Cacti again as I am not green fingered at all, but these are simple, right!???
 



I think that will keep me going for a bit!  What are you guys up to for the long weekend?  Any crafting or just relaxing?
 
I am also planning a few movies and some reading, this is starting to sound suspiciously like I am getting to have too much fun with this long weekend.
 
Whatever you are up to, have fun! 
 
Until then, happy planning.
H






















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Friday, 15 August 2014

Make it: Live. Love. Make. T-Shirt with My Silhouette Cameo


I have been wanting a 'phrase' t shirt for a while but I just haven't seen one that speaks to me (sorry for the pun). So I was delighted when I was rummaging in my craft stash the other day and came across a pack of iron on transfer material for use with my Silhouette Cameo. I also realised that I have never done a tutorial with my Cameo on our blog! Appalled at myself for not sharing this wondrous machine with you all, I set to rectifying the situation.


I received my Silhouette a few Christmases ago from my lovely Husband, it sits on my desk next to my laptop in my craft room. I mostly use it for my paper-craft projects, card making and scrap-booking.  However you can use it with a huge range of materials, including fabric and vinyl, I even have a kit to cut my own stamps.  It comes with its own software which you can use to design your cuts, you can download designs from their online store or even better... design your own.  I Love the ability to cut any font that you have on your computer too. I buy all my supplies from Crafts-U-Love here in the UK.


Here you can see it looks a lot like a regular printer on the inside except where the ink would be their is a small blade which sits in a motorised cradle.



To make my t-shirt I used the software to design the words I wanted on my shirt, then as per the instructions on the transfer material I flipped the image so it would cut them in reverse.  I chose Live. Love. Make. of course...What would you write on yours??


I loaded my transfer material into my silhouette on my 12x12 adhesive cutting mat and let the machine get to work.


When you have unloaded the mat from the machine you can remove the transfer material from the mat and peel away the excess from your design from the self adhesive backing paper.


This is the best bit, as you see your design revealed.


Flip it over and there you have your t-shirt transfer!


Next is to head to the ironing board and attach it to your shirt. Be very careful as you need to have your iron set quite high to get it to stick down. Also be sure you like the position because the material is delicate and hard to remove without tearing if you make a mistake. Wait for the material to cool completely.


Agonising wait over, slowly peel back the plastic coating to reveal your design. You can see I added some little gold hearts to mine too.


And there you have it a phrase t-shirt all of my own, saying exactly what I want it to say all ready for my trip to Las Vegas!


This material is completely washable, but I would say to be safe, wash and iron it inside out, so as to not spoil your design.


The t-shirt I used is from New Look Inspire. I love the chiffon detailing, I loved it so much I bought two more the same.


I love my new t-shirt and the iron material is so soft, unlike a lot of other iron-on products. Do any of you have a cutting machine? I would love to see some more projects done with them. Add your links in the comments below.

Have a great weekend.
Sammy xxx

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