It’s been a while but it’s that time again–let’s look at my stupidest faces!
It’s 2018! And man, is that a bittersweet thing. Yes, 2017 was was a hellhole dumpster fire of a year beyond even the stink pile of 2016, so seeing it gone and moving into a new year is great. But also, where the fuck did this year go?! I swear Trump’s inauguration feels like it was maybe 4 months ago, tops. 2017 was brutal but it did fly by, and scarily it’s time for another year.
December, at least, was lovely. I got to spend a lot of time with family and friends, and I made the most of relaxing and binge-watching old Grey’s Anatomy episodes during my Christmas break rather than forcing myself to be productive. There’s always things that need doing, but there’s not many times in a year I can actually lay on the sofa in my PJs guilt free for several hours together and doing so has been lovely. Also, I napped a lot with my cat so that was great. I won’t show you the sweats I wore while doing that, though. Maybe let’s just stick to the festive ensembles and the party season frocks, shall we?
There’s been some great new drugstore makeup releases over the last few months, including some new liner and liquid lipstick products. Even though I’ve found my favourite makeup products that I reach for time and again after 4 years of wearing winged liner and red lips, I still regularly find myself curious enough to try new drugstore products of this ilk.
I often get asked what my favourite red lipstick is and my reply of ‘Saigon’ or ‘Creeper’ Ultra Mattes by Colourpop isn’t as accessible for many, especially European readers, as a brand available on the high street or in your local mall, so I’m pleased to bring you great news today about Rimmel’s StayMatte liquid lipstick range. Their Wonder Wing liner pen, though? Hmm, that might be more of a mixed bag review. Let’s get to it.
For those of you celebrating Christmas the clock is swiftly counting down to the big day, but even so you might feel that you could do with getting a little more in the festive spirit, or perhaps that for some reason you can’t quite put your finger on, this year you’re sure your tree doesn’t look as good as other years. Maybe, contrary to both of those things, you are bursting with Christmassy excitement and dying to fit in one last festive craft project before Christmas truly arrives. Well, either way, I’ve got you covered. Why? Because it’s time, my little wizards, for us to learn how to make Golden Snitch Baubles.
The great news is that it’s super easy and also inexpensive, and it would also make for a great last minute gift idea for your Harry Potter loving friend who already has all the merch you can think of.
What you’ll need:
- Small gold baubles
- Small slim white feathers (I used white Goose feathers)
- Silver paint or silver spray paint (and possibly gold paint, read below before deciding)
- Glue gun and glue sticks
- Newspaper or a craft table cloth
I got my baubles and silver spraypaint from Poundland for £1 each, my feathers from eBay for £2.48 for 100, and I got my glue gun from Hobbycraft forever ago for £5. Of course, if you can get your hands on feathers that are already silver that takes out a couple of steps for you right from the start. I only made 7 Snitches so they could be feature baubles on our tree (and, you know, because 7 is the most magically powerful number) but I had plenty of supplies left over to pass on to my sister so she could get her Potter loving children making as well.
Fun fact: In Danish translations, the Golden Snitch is called Det Gyldne Lyn, which means The Golden Lightning.
These baubles are very simple versions of the Golden Snitch, compared to the movie version which features engravings and embossments on the golden body of the snitch. If you wish to get that intricate with your Snitches you can use your glue gun to make fine lines of decoration on the snitch before you attach the wings, but doing so will mean you also have to buy gold paint to paint over the glue lines so that they match the golden bauble.
Step by Step guide:
- Pick out your feathers to create similarly sized pairs for the number of Snitches you’d like to make.
- Cut the feathers to create a more angular wing-like shape.
- Lay down newspaper in a well ventilated area and spray paint your feathers on both sides, leaving them to dry carefully so they don’t get stuck to the newspaper or have their colour rubbed off on the side facing down. (I propped mine against the prominent crease of the paper, but you could also stick the ends into blobs of Blu Tack or polystyrene blocks.)
- Mark where you want your wings to sit on either side of the bauble with a small dot by pen.
- Cut the feathers to be shorter if they’re too long for the proportions of your chosen baubles.
- Using your glue gun carefully, pipe glue onto one of your dot markings and insert the hard quill end of the feather into the glue. Hold in place until the glue sets.
- Repeat on the other side.
- Set your Golden Snitch aside carefully to dry.
- If you’ve used a noticeable amount of glue to attach the wings, you can cover the glue with gold paint if needed. Mine weren’t noticeable when hung on the tree so I didn’t bother.
And there we have it! Your tree can now be witchy and Snitchy, something I’ve been meaning to do for a couple of Christmases already. If you don’t have time to fit in making these before Christmas you can keep an eye out in the January sales for the golden baubles needed to make them for next year, as all decorations will be on sale super cheap once Christmas is over.
Do you have any holiday decorations, handmade or otherwise, that rep your favourite fandom(s)? I’d love to hear about your festive fandom features in the comments 🙂
I love olive green, a colour I believe is massively under utilised and under appreciated. Lucky for me, Collectif have taken up the charge for championing it this season with several olive toned pieces in their AW17 line, one of my favourites of which is this Jessie floral cardigan.
Vivien of Holloway are well known for their many signature style dresses, from their Halter Neck Circle Dress to their Bolero and Sarong sets, but come winter their beloved tartan circle skirts take centre stage. There’s always a flurry of excitement and desperate flashing of bank cards when the winter skirts are restocked each year, and each year they sell out in a frenzy in their most popular tartans. Now, much-anticipated releases of new colours or prints of their Slash Neck Tops often sell out with the same kind of speed and fervor, so I’m sure I’ll be preaching to the choir for many of you today when we look at this Vivien of Holloway outfit that’s got me feeling all kinds of festive.
Ah, Collectif; does anybody do coats better than you? Certainly I don’t think any other vintage inspired brand is as well known for their coats, especially when you consider the fame and fervor surrounding the yearly release of their Pearl coat. For me, it was the Riley coat that made my heart go a pitter-patter when I first glimpsed its preview, a coat so classic and beautiful I have already said a million times to anyone who will listen that I want to just wear it as a dress. I’m more than partial to a winter cape as well, so when the brainwave hit to pair the Paige velvet and faux fur cape with the Riley for hood coverage and extra warmth on very cold or drizzly days, I wasn’t just pleased with myself for the practicality of the idea, but downright obnoxiously proud of the glamorous combination it created. Behold, a pairing fit for most any winter wonderland!
It’s the first week of December, so that means it’s time; time for abandoning your shame when you find yourself humming All I Want For Christmas in the middle of the workday; time for saying ‘it’s Christmas, it’s fine’ when you make several awful food choices in a row in a single day even if it is waaay too early in the month to be getting that lax with your nutrition; time for climbing into the attic to get down the decorations and for gift buying (or wrapping already, if you’re super organised); and time, finally, for unapologetically Christmassy outfits, like this Holly Berry 50s dress from Hell Bunny.
YOU GUYS, CHRISTMAS IS COMING! I’m aware not everyone celebrates that holiday, nor even that everyone even likes it, but I start thinking about Christmas in about mid October, at the latest, and I only have 3 gifts left to buy, so I’m already feeling pretty tingly with the festive spirit. As such, it’s taken a real effort of restraint not to start incorporating that feeling into my outfits this month, but I managed to resist and instead focused on the fact that it still feels a lot like the height of autumn thanks to the autumn leaves that are still holding strong out there–isn’t the autumn colour normally done by now?? It feels so weird to still have plenty of trees left to change their leaves, let alone lose them.
Still, for now I’ll try to keep my humming of Christmas songs quiet enough that most people can’t hear them, while I mentally begin to plan all my December outfits for maximum festivity!
It’s often considered the mark of a book lover that they can’t leave home without a book. That’s something that is remarkably easy to do these days given even our phones can house a digital library of hundreds, even thousands, of audiobooks and eBooks for us when we’re on the move. Personally I’m perfectly happy to forsake the beloved paper and ink format of a real book when I’m out and about because instead I can rest content in the knowledge that when I finish one book I have the choice of hundreds of others to hand on my phone instead of one single choice stashed hurriedly in my bag from earlier.
I do kind of miss how nice it is to have an actual book to hold, but thanks to this Vendula book bag, I can take that ‘can’t leave the house without a book’ feeling less literally and more fashionably.