Recently, i’ve left my university in Wales to come back home to Scotland for the summer, and unfortunately not been able to bring all of my clothes with me (as well as forgetting many many things), so i took a quick trip to TKMaxx in an attempt to find some of the essentials i really really needed! After successfully finding some gym wear, which i probably don’t need much more of but forgot to bring with me, i had a look at trousers and jeans as i constantly find myself in the same few pairs!
So the other day, I woke Kim up, got her into this dress, and asked her to run around our forest of a garden! Unfortunately as i haven’t used my camera in a while, the battery died, as well as the external flash… sooo not a lot could be done. However, I didn’t want to waste any photos taken and tried to save some of the super dark ones, which have created a spooky feel. Really want to do this again at some point with a full powered camera, and possibly in the sunshine – We’ll see.
Let me know what you think. I also made a super cute video from it, which you can view on my Instagram account (@lanaamayy) !!
– Lana xxx
I want to give the wonderful Skyeskretcher a massive thank you for this amazing nomination! Please go have a look at her blog (link will open up a new tab!) and throw her some deserved likes and comments!
This year winter has been pretty cold! And its still freezing, even if its meant to be Spring… But, theres always a fashion positive to this weather, WOOLY HATS! I know you’re thinking that this post is a bit too late, but its actually the perfect time to stock up, as the sales are on!
I first bought one last winter from NEXT, which was £10, and because of the price, i felt that one was more than enough (student problems)! But during this winter period, i was lucky enough to have been bought one, and it is definitely my favourite. Its from Dorothy Perkins, and has two pom pom ears, its soooooo cute. There was the option of many colours but when it comes to wooly hats, i personally prefer to stay neutral, so that i can make the most of each!
My next hat was a difficult choice as it also came in red, which stood out and i absolutely adored! But i had to go with the cream as it just worked better with the colours of my wardrobe.
The NEXT hat isn’t currently on sale, as the shops winter stock has ended, even though i feel winter will be around for a while longer! But the Dorothy Perkins one is! I picked the black, but it also comes in a dark green and a cream colour. As always, prices vary between the colours during the sales (which i’ve failed to ever understand properly) but as of today, these are the following prices!
Unfortunately, i have had a look on the NEXT website, and the woollen hat i own is no longer available, sad face, but i’m sure they’ll come back around. I find that the next one tends to stretch out after a lot of wear, whereas the Dorothy Perkins one clings tight to your ears, keeping them warm as well as your head!
I love winter wear, especially knitwear (just received a BOOHOO package with two tops in the post this morning!) and ill be wearing it for as long as fashionably possible! These hats in this post have served me well throughout the winter, and i recommend them to anyone looking for a new wooly hat!
– Lana xoxo
Recently i posted a post about a surprise that was coming your way which involved something personalised, and here it is!
I have been in contact recently with the online independent jewellery shop Black Tied and they have very kindly created a personalised discount code for you readers, which i will reveal at the end of this post!
After communicating with them, i purchased two items off their website, which are their top sellers! These are the their pure aluminium silver cuff bracelets. You can either purchase a ready printed one with different symbols on them, or for the same price, can personalise your own with letters, numbers and symbols! This is perfect for those special, thoughtful presents, or even to remember a significant moment or time in your own life.
I bought two, and as one of these was a birthday gift, i have had to wait until today to put this post up, as they have now received it!
My first cuff bracelet was for myself, and had the coordinates of where i consider home on it. As ive constantly moved around the world for the past 8-9 years of my life, ive always had one place which i’ve considered my permanent home, this being Scotland. And i thought this was a lovely idea to have on my cuff, as i can always carry home with me, wherever i am, and whichever country i’m in. I also had the ‘ohm’ sign printed onto the cuff openings, as it is a hindu symbol that represents spiritual perfection with yourself. Its meaning is that of absolute knowledge and it encompasses all of creation. It is the symbol for divine energy and creation.
The second was for one of the best people i’ve ever met, and it was her 20th birthday recently, so i thought it would be the perfect present for her! I originally asked black Tied whether it would be possible to have the letters printed on the inside of the cuff (as i’m sure she wouldn’t want to be walking around with HAPPY 20TH BIRTHDAY written across her wrist every day) but as the printing leaves a mark on the opposite side of the cuff, this wasn’t possible. So i changed my request to having her date of birth printed, with a sun either side of it, and on the cuff openings was a 2 and a 0, creating 20 when the cuff endings were close.
When it comes to fit, and sizing, they are made in one size only. And usually this would worry me as i have the worlds tiniest wrists, and struggle to find any bracelets that fit! But with these, you can mould them into the size you need and the fit you like! They’re incredibly easy to squeeze into size, but are also amazing at keeping in the shape you put them in.
If you’re someone that generally keeps jewellery on for long periods of time these are perfect, as they aren’t the the most convenient to put on and take off multiple times, as that requires a lot of bending of your cuff, unless you like it to loosely fit.
Im absolutely in love with mine, and its definitely a purchase i don’t regret! Its just gorgeous.
If you’re interested in one of your own, or anything else off of their website, i have a special discount code which you can use at checkout to get you 15% off!
This code is valid from today (20th Feb) for a month (till 20th March) which gives you a long time to get creative with your personalisation! and even possibly buy a second round if you fall in love as much as i did!
All cuffs are £12, which i feel is beyond reasonable! And other products vary in price but are also fabulously priced.
follow them on instagram: @blacktied they are very good at keeping you updated, answering questions, and posting their recent personalised orders! Seeing yours up on their page makes you super impatient, and if you’re anything like me, you’ll be checking your post box every day!
Get buying, experimenting, and giving!
– Lana xoxo
I’ve recently been speaking to a wonderful online independent jewellers and have come to a deal of giving you readers a 15% discount code off of their products! Lucky youuuuuuu!
So keep your eyes peeled for the next post on this to be able to get your hands on yours!
I recently ordered some lovely items from their website which recently arrived, and without trying to give too much away, i simply adore items that you can personalise!
Watch this space
– Lana xoxo
I don’t know about you, but i absolutely adore rings! Rings are my favourite pieces jewellery, which is slowly becoming a problem as i’m running out of fingers to wear them on!
But my ultimate favourite would have to be SHOP DIXI. I have ordered from there once before and have posted photos or my purchased items on instagram, and after them being noticed by Shop Dixi and placed into their ‘Flash Image’ post, i recieved an amazing 30% discount code from them for further purchases! As i’m terrible at keeping track of things like that, completely forgot to use it, and unfortunately it timed out (Gutted).
Shop Dixi always have new stock coming in, as well as constantly restocking their items which are constantly sold out! Recently, i went onto their online shop to look for my next purchase, but unfortunately, all my favourite pieces were sold out 😦 !! I have screen shotted a few of my favourite pieces for you to see, and to have a taster on what type of jewellery they have to offer, as well as the pieces i have previously bought.
These two are from the Underworld Collection, and i just adore the colours and the shape of the stones. They’re very rough cut, but at the same time ‘perfectly’ shaped. Although the prices are on the upper end of my budget, i feel these pieces are very much worth it, like all of Shop Dixi pieces, as they are very high quality and mostly, if not always, made from sterling silver – beautiful.
Now although i said i loved rings, my second love is anklets. Ive always had anklets on, and i still have one which i got from a local village in Thailand whilst on a school trip to when i was 12/13yrs old, as well as a friendship bracelet from Georges mum which was too big for my wrist! There is such a wide variety that you can pick from, and they are currently in the Winter Sale for HALF PRICE. Although i want them all, i’m limited to two different kinds, as everyone is buying them – FAST. I find them so dainty and a gorgeous accessory to wear during those summer days when your ankles are exposed! The complements will be endless if you get yourself a pair, trust me.
I’ve had my eye on this first piece for a while now. The stones are Herkimer Diamonds, and they are stunning. The natural beauty they possess blows me away, and i am dying to own a ring with one on it! (although living on a student budget has made this a problem..). There is also one which instead of one stone, has 3! And it’s beautiful.
The second pieces are very similar except made from Tibetan Quartz, and they come in different shades. I like this as it makes every single piece different to another!
The second ring is my thumb ring, it is so unbelievably comfortable, although it isn’t sterling silver so i had to line the inside with a nail varnish clear coat to prevent my thumb going green from wearing it so often! Not a problem though as it is such a beautiful piece. That photo was taken up constitution hill with George on a chilled summers day!
Shop Dixi is an amazing online store which sells beautiful pieces, go have a look for yourself! Once you purchase your first piece, i promise you you’ll only want more!
– Lana xxx
There are so many things i want to write about! Everything from Christmas sale purchases, fashion, homemade beauty remedies, living abroad, music to clean eating (although as much as i love the idea of clean eating, sticking to it is the hardest part, especially on a student budget!) and i feel that now that the new year has come, its a great time to begin sharing and experimenting!
Now lets see how long this lasts…
– Lana xxx