My First Giveaway – WINNER Announcement…

Today I am so excited to announce the winner of my first ever giveaway!

The lucky gal has won this lovely lot…

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I have to say I’m quite jealous! Although I did have to buy myself the socks!

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A massive THANK YOU to Jen for taking part, and I hope you like your goodies!

Go and check out Jen’s blog at Looks and Lifestyle!

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Featured Post: Snakeskin Leather Phone Case

Nearly two weeks ago I was asked if I would like to review a phone case by designer A.P.C, sold at Avenue 32. As you may be aware I am partial to the odd leopard print accessory, read: obsessed with anything leopard print, and so was hesitant to take off my much-loved, but ridiculously tacky phone case.

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However, when I was sent the link to these beautiful snakeskin (effect) 100% leather cases, I couldn’t resist.

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A.P.C. is known for its effortless appeal, however the process is anything but. Each aspect of the collection is designed in-house with rigorous attention to detail. None of the fabrics are bought in; instead each is designed exclusively for A.P.C. The team agonise over the choice of button, the length of a skirt or other hidden subtleties. Often more time is spent stripping down a garment to its bare basics to avoid over designing. Expect sweaters, coats, bags, and leather goods all made with A.P.C.’s discreet sense of luxury.

This sense of luxury and attention to detail is obvious through both the high-standard and superior quality of the case. Everything about it screams sumptuousness – it’s SO soft!

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Offered in both Caramel, and Beige I chose this rich caramel one, and it’s literally a mirror image of the picture shown on the website. A plus point for Avenue 32!

If you haven’t heard of Avenue 32, go and check it out! Now! They stock some really amazing brands, and the shoes, oh my goodness the shoes!

If you have heard of them, well then give yourself a pat on the back, as they have only been around for a couple of years (2011), but have swiftly become the online luxury shopping neighbourhood” offering clothing, shoes and accessories, and was even voted the second best online retailer by UK Vogue!

Now in terms of the case, although absolutely gorgeous, and of an impeccable standard, the design for me wasn’t very practical. I am always dropping my phone, and chanting “please don’t be smashed, please don’t be smashed” on the way down to picking it up. So having to constantly have my phone unprotected when in use seriously tested my nerves. However, maybe this is the training I need to not be such a clutz?

It really is a beautiful and certainly luxurious case, with a sophisticated, yet fun design. Simple and elegant, but definitely not boring, or plain!

As for value for money, it’s now half price selling at £30. Again for the quality and obvious work that’s gone into this product it is worth the money, even at the original price. Initially I think I would be reluctant to pay this price (my current one was £15 reduced to £2 (bargain)) and would have to “talk” myself into buying it, but it’s the sort of item that would be lovely to receive as gift!

One more thing that I wasn’t too fond of was the monogrammed initials of the designer printed on the case, I just felt that this should be my initials, which would be an amazing touch! Yet the initials were only on one side so that wasn’t really an issue.

I’m definitely not going to go straight back to my bling-tastic case, and WILL try and turn myself into a sophis, non-phone-dropping, classy chic, with my 100% leather snakeskin phone outfit!

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Leopard Spots, and Gold, and Feathers, OH MY!

Every year, without fail, I say to myself that I will be organised, and start Christmas shopping early, which would help me in so many ways;

1) I wouldn’t have the stress of trying to find presents at the last minute, ultimately resulting in having to give pressies that I’m not 100% happy about.

2) No crazy “MOVE OUTTA’ MY WAY” experiences with Saturday shoppers!

3) I would dodge the December poordom that Christmas always brings!

Plus so many more!

And every year, it gets to two weeks or less before Christmas and I’m running around doing all of the above, having missed the last delivery date for online shopping.

But this year, low and behold, I actually did it! I bought my first Christmas present in October, OCTOBER!! Granted this was because I bought a make-up birthday present (ya know, that something little extra), and it was on offer – two for £10, and I thought “I know” I’ll get this for Tallulah* (Names have been changed – you never know who’s reading!), and presto, my first Christmas present was sitting at the bottom of my wardrobe.

Then came November, and I continued to find things for the parentals, sis, nieces, etc. and I started to build up such a mound that it actually started to get difficult to reach some of my clothes!

It got to the two-weeks-before-Christmas mark and I realised that I had in fact finished. Not only that but I had wrapped everything too. And when I say wrapped, I mean wrapped, check out these lil’ beauties…

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I think I’ve outdone myself! This amazing wrapping paper was designed by Biba for House of Fraser.

I think it’s obvious by now that I LOVE leopard print, and I had in mind that I wanted some sort of leopard wrapping paper. When I found this, on sale for £2.50 for a 3 metre roll, I was so excited, it was exactly what I wanted! I literally love it! And I will be policing everyone who opens a present of mine to insist they don’t rip it! Only joking, maybe : s

Initially my plan was to mix this paper with my usual brown craft paper plus ribbon. But the three rolls of the leopard paper that I bought stretched so far that I didn’t need to. Instead I got a couple of different black ribbons and, as I knew I didn’t want everything to look the same I “parcelled” some up with the ribbon as well as made some bows. Then I found this gorgeous pink ribbon and thought that this would look fab in the mix, this pressie is one of my Mama’s so it looks great sitting amongst her other ones. I also found some leftover black feathers and placed them on some of the smaller pressies. I think this little touch has given the overall effect of my wrapping a very 1920’s Art Deco vibe to it, no?

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Last year I wasn’t overly happy with the presents I gave, but this year I’m SO excited for Christmas, simply because I really feel that I got everyone something they’ll love, this is expecially so for my sister’s present, I got her’s in November and literally cannot wait to see her reaction!

I think the fact that I’m so happy with all the gifts I’ve bought and the reason I was so organised this year is definitely down to the fact that I had a little brain-wave in early November regarding some “themed” pressies for everyone, this made it exciting to look for everyone’s presents, and getting a grip on it early also meant that I could shop around for best prices. Now I can’t give away the theme yet, again there are spies everywhere ; ) so you’ll have to tune in after Christmas to find out what it is.

How are you getting on with Christmas shopping? And do you have any innovative wrapping ideas? Maybe next year I could make mine have some sixties vibes man!?

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How much Leopard Print is too much Leopard Print?…

Yep, I think, I may, possibly, definitely have a problem…

As promised, here is my ever-increasing collection of leopard print items. Ranging from Dresses, to shoes, to cushions and a suit case : /

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So including the new items I showed you yesterday, I have a grand total of 45 items. Excessive? Never!!

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I’d love to know what you like best, or what you think is soooo completely tacky… I LOVE LOVE LOVE my Leopard Heels and my amazing suit case, and also my gorge tea cup (which I’m currently using as candle holder), which I got in a carboot sale on my holiday in France!

I can’t actually believe that I do not own a leopard print bag?! What’s that about!!??! On my wishlist (as I completely forgot it was Wednesday yesterday and didn’t post  my Wednesday Wishlist feature) I would love to find a bag, a nice notebook or planner, a make up bag (that’s where emj company can help), some ankle boots, a larger suitcase, ermmm what else?? Let me see…

I’d love to see your leopardy items. Follow me on Twitter and @Sayitwithlace and #leopardprint so I can see what ya got!!!

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A Leopard Never Changes it’s Spots…

And why the hell would they when their infamous coat can look this damn good?!

I think I may have a problem… : /

By now you know that I am partial to a touch of leopard print. However, recently it has got a little out of control, in the last two weeks I have bought the following items, all consisiting of the gorgous “spots” found on these beautiful beasts. I am aware that the Oh My Love dress is a tiger, but when it comes to the Big Cats I’m just not that fussy (my darlin leopard you’ll always be my fave)!

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As you can see every item is amazingly priced, and not only that but you can see the stunning Millie Mackintosh below modelling two of MY outfits : )

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I told you how I found Oh My Love here, and how I had to get the leopard print jumpsuit, and EVERYONE knows of ASOS, if you don’t where have you been? Literally?! Well another company that you simply MUST check out is Lasula Boutique, these  T-shirts (above) are gorgeous, the dress is a really good quality, and I also bought some Disco Pants, which are soooooo comfy for only £22! I will definitely be getting some more!

So the question is do I have a problem or not? Before you answer that come back tomorrow to check out the leopardy bits that I already own!

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Twitter finds…

Twitter is like a catalogue for unique and gorgeous products! I seem to find a new, brilliant, company every day at the moment. I’m literally finding it so hard not to spend bucket loads of money every day on each of these companies.

Oh My Love is one of those companies, and one that I did not succeed against in terms of keeping my money in my bank!

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I found Oh My Love  because it popped up on feed and I instantly spotted this GORGEOUS leopard print playsuit, as you are probably starting to realise I am a leopard print magpie. I instantly browsed through their website and realised that every piece is just as beautiful, and really fairly priced. Which meant I obviously ended up having seven items in my basket, in all of ten minutes, four of which are leopard print and include the playsuit above! I defy you to check this website out and not buy anything!

Two companies that I have, as yet, been able to restrain myself on are Anarchy Street and Bauble Bar, this is simply because every time I go on each site I end up looking at a shopping basket of £100+, but bearing in mind that it’s pay day tomorrow I know I’m going to have to make a some tough cuts just so I can get some of this lush eye candy on my wrists, fingers and neck!

Anarchy Street – I LOVE their Hamsa hand collection – they did have a bracelet but I can’t seem to find it now : ( I’m sure a necklace and ring of the same style will make up for it!!

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Bauble Bar – this site has so many stunning pieces that I haven’t even been able to look through everything yet, but their essentials section is a great place to start.Twitter-Finds-Bauble-Bar

I’m definitely going to be spending some serious money soon! Help me decide which pieces to pick…

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Love Rocks Leopard Style…

So here is my first attempt at playing around with a couple of card designs. I have an engagement party tomorrow, and also seeing a friend who’s announced she’s pregnant. So I whipped these up pretty quickly, but I think I’m quite happy with them! All your thoughts would be welcome!!

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Please note that the drawing of the ring is from a ring design website in Kentucky, which I coloured.

Leave a comment and let me know what you think!

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Check me out… grrrr…

I’m so getting the hang of this blogging lark, look what I made…

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How cool are these!?! I’m literally sooooo impressed with myself! I downloaded the leopard print texture from freepik.com, which is a great website for stock photos, the majority being free – FAB! I then played around in photoshop, and followed these instructions. Pretty simple, the only one I seem to be struggling with is my Etsy one, any suggestions?

If you would like to use these icons please leave me a comment!

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