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Wednesday
Jul232014

Dita Von Teese - Maternity Bras

Pregnant or just had a new baby? Fed up of dull nursing bras? I just stumbled across Dita Von Teese's new maternity range and just had to share. New mothers may want to crawl into the comfort of white cotton, but I'm sure some still want to feel kickarse and prance about in sexy lingerie.

I can't find a UK stockist at the moment, but Destination Maternity ship to the UK if you're desperate.

Wednesday
Jul232014

Blogstock - I'm a guest speaker at the world's first blogging festival!

I'm pretty excited about August 8th and 9th - it's Blogstock!

Blogstock is an overnight festival (Friday-Saturday) in Elstree, London.

There will be tons of sessions to choose from, including one from me! Eeek! Mine is called "The Power of Niche", so do let me know if you think your blog is worth me checking out before I give my talk! I'll be looking to give lots of examples of good niche blogs.

I've had a glance at the line-up, and I think the sessions I'd really love to catch include:

"From Blogger to Writer" - by Andy Jarosz

"How to get the most out of your smartphone photography" - by Andrienne Pitts

I'm also looking forward to taking part in a cocktail masterclass and meeting lots of lovely new bloggers!

Tuesday
Jul222014

Things that make me irrationally angry - Not walking on the left

Things that make me irrationally angry - Part 1

My blog is a pretty positive place to be, I'm a believer in working hard to filter our thoughts and speech to change our experiences of the world. We find what we seek, and like attracts like. However, of course my brain isn't incapable of feeling that irrational rage that can sweep over us with little warning. I've decided to start a series of posts, sharing some of my 'seeing red' moments.

People who walk on the wrong side of the walkway or stairs in tube stations.

My local tube station has a very long walkway, which is divided into two with a long barrier. Both sides of the divider are quite narrow. It makes perfect and logical sense that one side is for incoming traffic, while the other for outgoing. Its a busy station, and 95% of the time, people grasp the concept. It keeps the walkway very functional and easy.

There are the few rogue walkers who walk on the wrong side. It makes my blood boil with irrational rage. Do they feel they are above social norms? Are they attention seekers who know they cause irrational rage, and secretly get off on it? Are they that stupid that they cannot see the logic in following a system to enable everyone to get where they need to be, with little fuss? Do they operate outside of the law?!

Ha, as I said, this is irrational anger. It shouldn't really bother me, but it just does! Walk on the left people!

Tuesday
Jul222014

Rockalily Style - AmicaFox Reef Leggings

 

I was lucky enough to be sent these fish-tastic leggings from AmicaFox, these are called 'Reef' and are a size S.

I still get nervous ordering clothes in a size small, particularly tight things like  leggings!

I guess if you've been one size for most of your life, it takes a while to trust any changes you've made.

Have you embraced the trend for photographic printed leggings yet?

Tuesday
Jul222014

Rockalily Style - Hatching baby spiders?

This is a rather gross story, so turn away if you don't want to read my brief story of my infected insect bite (you've been warned).

About 5 days ago I went on an evening picnic, and the morning after I noticed I had a bite on my leg. Not a normal one, more like a blister. 24 hours later, it was pretty impressive, and I popped along to my local chemist. He gasped, and advised I apply antiseptic, but that it should pass in day or two.

Roll forward another day or two, and its still there. I'd started joking that it was a blister full of spider eggs, but after a while I started to find it less funny! I returned to the same chemist, who this time said, "Oh my gosh, go to a doctor", so today I visited my GP.

I told my whole little story, including my spider egg theory, and she said that she would lance it (pop it!). Eeeek!

She said that she'd expect it to heal well now, but to still keep an eye on it. It's still pretty large and gross! She reassured me with a smile that she found no baby spiders. Phew.

Anyhow, this is the outfit I wore today. To visit the doctor.

 

 

Tuesday
Jul222014

Rockalily Style - Maintenance Woman

 

 

 

 

A painting and decorating outfit! I'd just got sent a new flower from Voodoo Betty's Boutique , so I thought I'd jazz up my slept-in victory rolls with it!

Part of my job title should include 'Maintenence Woman'. I painted both of my salons (Mother and Auntie Rockette helped with the first, and an ex-boyfriend helped with the second). Yesterday Rockalily Cuts needed a bit of a spruce up, so I got handy with the roller again.

As I only did two walls and the floor, I didn't need help this time. I ended up pretty grubby but that's part of the fun isn't it!

Sunday
Jul202014

Lie Down I Think I Love You - Our new Kingsland Road coffee shop

Rockalily Cuts (and Rockalily Styles, our blow dry bar) is on Kingsland Road in Hoxton, East London, on a small strip of shops. We're super excited about our new neighbour - Lie Down I Think I Love You

 

"'Lie down I think I love you' was established as a backlash to the ubiquitous, mass-produced, designer rip-off. The company ethos was to design and produce a 'Made in London' brand using quality leathers, traditional craftsmanship and re-working vintage fabrics and objects.

A brand that offers a product unique to the wearer by using handpicked and colour-matched vintage scarves or powder compacts.Design ideals include English eccentricism, nostalgia and romance which have captured a loyal fan base coming from distances such as Japan just to visit the boutique."

 

Their new boutique however is more than just a treasure trove for their wares, its an uber cute coffee shop! Yey for us and our clients at Rockalily Cuts!

They sell some secret items, in store only; vintage dresses, purses made out of vintage scarves and plastic weave baskets (with vintage fabric lining) so do pop in!