22. My Flash Trash

This week my featured business is… My Flash Trash!

My Flash Trash are a jewellery business based in London. I first came across them at a Pure London event as I spotted their mini trash cans and thought they were such a unique, cool way of storing jewellery! They were originally founded by Amber Atherton who developed a blog into an online marketplace for up and coming jewellery designers. My Flash Trash now has a celebrity following with everyone from Rihanna to Beyonce, Cara Delevingne to HRH the Duchess of Cambridge.

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They specialise in charm jewellery and specifically a unique style of charm bracelet. I love charm bracelets as they’re such a cute way to keep memories with you and My Flash Trash offer a range of different charms for every occasion. I have included a couple of my faves below!

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I absolutely love their quote: “we create playful and bold accessories to bring out your sassy side. we share a passion for not taking life or fashion too seriously, and believe in empowering girls to run the world.” I love the playful nature of this business, emphasising that girls just want to have fun!

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My Flash Trash has recently also just launched in Topshop so make sure you head down to Topshop Oxford Circus to check out their range of fun charms available and why not personalise your own!

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To visit their full range click here to visit their website and let me know in the comments which are your favourite charms!

Becky at Pretty & Petit

All images are taken from the My Flash Trash website.

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Guest Blog by Becky Prowse – Fight or Flight (My Battle with Agoraphobia)

A few weeks ago I guest posted on a mental health blog, By Lauren Hayley. I’ve had a busy few weeks so have been off the blogosphere for a while but when I visited the page this weekend I was overwhelmed by all the positive comments that had been left on my post. Thank you so much Lauren for letting me share my story. Make sure you check out her blog: bylaurenhayley.wordpress.com

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I’ve decided recently to feature some guests here on my blog to showcase some other people’s troubles with mental health. Here we have Becky Prowse who talks about her journey with Agoraphobia. Rebecca also has a fantastic blog where she features and reviews small business across the UK, Pretty & Petit

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Agoraphobia is an anxiety disorder, which means when the sufferer is in an environment or situation that they feel could become difficult or embarrassing to escape, they have a feeling of fear and ultimately this ends up as a anxiety attack. For myself, I usually feel extremely hot, dizzy or ‘spaced out’ and feel I need to get out of the situation as quickly as possible. I also feel like I need to be holding on to something or someone so I won’t fall. Falling is my main fear or being sick, which in turn has caused me to…

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21. Foxford

This week my featured business is… Foxford!

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I first came across this independent clothing business on Twitter and absolutely fell in love with their clothing. Launching in 2014 they are based in London and have produced collections that include hoodies, T-Shirts, bomber jackets and beanie hats. Each item includes either a really cute fox emblem or a beautiful typography of their Foxford Vintage logo making each item unique.

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They have both womenswear and menswear collections and every product looks as though it is made to the highest quality. Prices are very reasonable ranging from £9.99 for a beanie hat to £49.99 for the bomber jackets.

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My absolute favourite item is the Foxford bomber jacket. It looks so comfortable and warm! I have also put a couple of my favourite items below including a couple of cute T-Shirts so you can see how beautiful the typography is. All the items are perfect for Sunday lounging around or walks in the park.

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Click here to visit their website. To get your 20% discount use the code “PRETTYPETIT PETIT”

Becky at Pretty & Petit

All images taken from Foxford twitter feed and website.

Make Up Review – Natural Collection

Today I am doing my first Natural Collection review! I have never really used Natural Collection before except for their powders so I was excited to try some various products out.

The Products

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The first product to review is the Colour Foundation. I wore this foundation on a daily basis and it gave me quite a light, fresh coverage which was perfect for spring. I really liked how this went on to my skin and the tinted glow it gave me. It was perfect for daywear although I think I would choose something with a bit more coverage for evening wear.

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Verdict: Beautify – This product was great for everyday use to provide a fresh look in the daytime on holiday! It was easy and light to apply and I didn’t have to use a large quantity to get the coverage I was after throughout the day.

The next product I picked up was a pale pink blusher which gives me a fresh look for everyday wear before I went onto my bronzer for summer!

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Verdict: Beautify – I loved the shade of this blusher as it was so subtle against my skin. Again, I would use this as daywear as I don’t feel it is thick enough for evening wear for me but I loved it!

I was looking for a lighter coloured eyeshadow to wear and came across this cute lilac colour. I am a massive fan of anything lilac for summer 2015 so this was perfect!

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Verdict: Beautify – I loved how easy this eyeshadow was to apply and how soft it was! I thought the colour was really cute and would love to try others in the collection. I think a range of colours would look really pretty all together in my make up collection!

This gorgeous lip liner in Ruby Rose was so easy to apply and with a lipgloss over the top looks absolutely amazing!

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Verdict: Beautify – I would definitely be keen to try other shades. I was very impressed by the length of wear and the vibrancy of the colour.

So, three things I’ve learnt from trying Natural Collection products?

1) Less is definitely more! These products are so cheap but you definitely get a lot for your money!

2) Perfect for day wear.

3) The colour shades are stunning.

What do you think of Natural Collection products and do you have any recommendations? I’d love to hear them!

Becky at Pretty & Petit

19. Iced Rainbow

This week my featured business is… Iced Rainbow!

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Iced Rainbow is a fun, quirky jewellery and accessories business which creates fun unique pieces of jewellery using brightly coloured and metallic perspex.

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I loved the bright colours used within the collections and the range of different designs available. I purchased a selection of items from the website which came very quickly and were packaged well and they go perfectly with my summer outfits! These items (shown below) came from the Eclectic Collection which is part of the SS15 collections.

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I also love the Rainbow Collection which is a new collection for SS15 and includes fun Summer inspired necklaces including designs such as a cute ice cream, funky fruit and golden rainbows.

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Click here to view the full range and make sure you enter discount code: P15 to receive 15% off your order!

Becky at Pretty & Petit

All images taken from the Iced Rainbow website or by myself.

18. Esemee Fascinators

This week my featured business is… Esemee Fascinators!

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As the wedding season approaches it’s time to find the perfect fascinator to match your wedding outfit! Esemee Fascinators host a variety of beautiful, artistic fascinators and act as a the perfect accessory.

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Suzanne, the owner of Esemee Fascinators set up the business after requiring a fascinator and was unable to find a bespoke type that she was looking for. She has created a range of bespoke fascinators with stunning matching bags to complete any special occasion outfit.

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Created using materials such as soft feathers in an array of unusual designs there is something to match any colour combination. For childen there are pretty bespoke headbands with butterflies and flowers adorning them that are perfect for flower girls and bridesmaids.

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I have included some of my ultimate favourites below. Do you have a wedding coming up? I’d love to hear which are your favourites!

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I particularly love the range of fascinators to choose from on the website and in all different colours. The creativity of each fascinator is amazing, I love how artistic they look and what a statement they make.

Click here to visit the website and to view the full range of beautiful designs.

Becky at Pretty & Petit

All images were sent to me from Esemee Fascinators.

12. Coco & Sebastian

My featured business is… Coco & Sebastian!

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Coco & Sebastian create absolutely stunning printed scarves which are inspired by the travels of Princess Coco and Sebastian. (Read their full story on their website by clicking here.)

I will be focusing on the Spring/Summer 2015 collection in this post but please go and check out all their ranges. Each collection is so unique and their lookbook images are some of the best I have seen! I felt so inspired by them!coco-and-sebastian-london-ss-15-product-info-_Page_2-860x607

The Spring/Summer 2015 collection is full of gorgeous prints including a beautiful frog scarf, an image of a bear and of other insect and beetle inspired prints. The collection was inspired by the Garden of Eden. The colours are beautifully intertwined with the intricate detail of each individual pattern which is what assists in making these scarves so unique. I will definitely be taking one on my holiday to wear on the beach and in the evening. To demonstrate the detail of one of these scarves I have included the frog print below and a couple of additional favourites!

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Whilst browsing the website I also came across the new Autumn/Winter 2015 collection. It’s always good to keep a season ahead and I absolutely love what Coco & Sebastian have planned! Their collection is inspired by folklore and I love how they have combined so many different patterns, colours and lines into the print. They look even more fantastic when you hold the scarf up to a window or light as that is when the true intricate detail comes through.

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Do you have a favourite scarf from these collections? I’d love to hear what you think of them!

To view the full range please click here.

All images taken from the Coco & Sebastian website.

Becky at Pretty & Petit

11. Ismad London

Our featured business is… Ismad London!

Ismad London, set up by founder Isabelle in 2003 is eco-friendly leather accessories business with beautiful bags inspired by handcrafted African crafts. What I loved most about these bags is how beautifully handcrafted they look, as though a lot of care has gone into the manufacture of them. I’m not usually a fan of leather accessories, but after looking through the pieces on this website there are a few that I have absolutely fallen in love with including the Alice Bag, Camera Small and the Sac A Dos collection.

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The Alice Bag is one of my absolute favourite pieces on the website. A sweet, compact girly bag which is practical and has the ability to match with any outfit. It comes in a range of colours including Tan, Black and Chocolate with a number of pockets and an adjustable shoulder strap. I love the chocolate colour, shown below, which I would probably wear with a pretty floral dress in the spring. It is currently £89 with free shipping.

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For bloggers like myself, having a camera is a necessity. The Camera Small bag provides the perfect solution for carrying not only the camera but any additional batteries and components you may need! It has two pockets at the front with individual buckles and a main compartment also with a buckle offering a secure fastening. I’m usually a bit funny when it comes to buckle fastenings as those bags don’t usually have much security for valuables however this bag is fantastic as it offers a zip compartment too! It is also available in a range of colours and is produced using eco-friendly leather. It is currently £89 with free shipping.

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Sac A Dos is great for those who enjoy travelling. It’s great for a day trip that I would take out sightseeing or on trips over the summer. It has a great main pocket and a smaller pocket located on the front with a buckle fastening. It also has a fab secret pocket at the back which is perfect for storing any valuables! It is currently priced at £75 with free delivery.

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To view the full collection please click here.

All images taken from the Ismad London website.

All prices correct as of 6th March 2015.

Becky at Pretty & Petit

10. Mojiana

Our featured business is… Mojiana!

I first discovered Mojiana at Pure London when I visited a few weeks ago (Click here to read my post on the event!) Their pieces were featured on the catwalk in several collections and definitely stood out as something a bit more unique and unusual.

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I want to share a collection that I absolutely adore – the Galaxy collection. A collection made up of bold, statement pieces which incorporate a range of materials. I have only recently really got into statement jewellery but once I started purchasing statement necklaces I can’t seem to stop! I wear them on all my nights out now and they definitely add that little bit extra to any outfit. i have included a couple of my favourite pieces below from the Galaxy collection below but make sure you take a look through the whole collection though as I would love to hear what your faves are! One thing I noticed about this collection is the range of patterns and shapes – every piece is different with its own different style which is what I particularly love about the collection. There are some fantastic pieces to choose from.

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After looking through the other collections on the website I also came across two other collections I fell in love with. Project Britain – a range of retro pieces inspired by all things British and Project Eternity which included some beautiful bracelets I had to share with you all! Do you have any favourite pieces? Let me know in the comments below!

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Mojiana also has been nominated for the Arts and Crafts Design award so definitely one to watch!

Click here to view the full range online.

All images are taken from Mojiana website.

Becky at Pretty & Petit