Last night I had the privilege of going to the Young Designers 2011 exhibition at the Business Design Centre in Angel. The whole centre was packed full of new, fresh and young designers, showing off all their hard work in textiles, fashion, glassworks and jewellery. It was a really amazing experience for me, as I was able to witness the raw talent this country has to offer, and what talent it has!
I took two cards who I was most impressed with in the Jewellery and Precious Metals sections:
Lauracet Cowan: This young designer made me stop in my tracks and examine her jewellery so closely as it was just so striking. The items she had on display were gold chain like earrings, bracelets etc, and at a distance they look like a weighty gold material. However, under closer observation, each item was made out of silicone. This meant it was light, waterproof and extremely wearable in all situations. And what a clever idea indeed. I personally am not a fan of wearing big costume jewellery bracelets for example, because you can bang it on the side of something, it can get heavy when you're etc, but this completely diminished these factors because the silicone is so light, slightly stretchy etc. The designs can also be tailored to various fashions and trends. Lauracet's website isn't completely finished yet, but to see her designs you can check them out at the bottom of the blog. I really hope this imaginative young lady gets her big break as I felt her ideas ticked so many boxes.
Thomas David: This young designer has a very distinctive style of designing jewellery. The use of materials and texture is very very striking, as you can see in the photo. Thomas tends to make use of wood, cardboard, card and metals in his word, using layers to create individual effects. The bracelets in the photo to the left are made of intricate wood panels, with metal along the rim, giving it a very tribal yet sophisticated feel. Other designs of jewellery he has focused on are rings and necklaces. The rings particularly are striking as they are angular and almost futuristic. This designer hopefully has a good career ahead of him.
As you can imagine, every single person exhibiting their work was hoping for their big break, and why wouldn't they, with big brands such as Topshop, H&M, Primark and Vivienne Westwood walking round looking to buy their designs and ideas. I came away from the exhibition feeling very excited by the future of our designers and I particularly hope these two young designers do well in their futures.
Both designers have jewellery for sale. For more information, check out their websites:
Lauracet Designs: http://www.lauracet.co.uk
Lauracet Designs shop: http://lauracet.bigcartel.com
Thomas David Design: http://www.thomasdaviddesign.co.uk
29 June 2011
I am not a current subscriber of Glossybox (although I do keep umming and ahhing) mainly because I wanted to see what the first few boxes were like out of curiosity. It appears from what I've seen that the June edition wasn't a favourite for a lot of you, with many of you very disappointed with the small bottle of Batiste dry shampoo. I just wanted to give my opinion on Batiste itself and why I would have been more than happy receiving the small bottle in this months Glossybox, had I subscribed.
Most of you will know what Batiste is, but for the possibility of those who don't, Batiste is a brand of dry shampoo that is available in most big brand chain stores such as Boots, Superdrug, Tesco, Sainsbury's etc..and claims to refresh your hair in between washes. I first discovered Batiste in my first year of university, and as a music student, time was very limited with lots of rehearsals. I decided to give Batiste a go to see if it would help in between washes or if I had a busy day etc. Since I first tried Batiste, it has always been on my shopping list.
The directions on my current bottle say:
'Shake vigorously before before use. Keeping nozzle about 30cm from hair, spray into roots. Massage through with fingertips. Brush and style.'
Now, I have light blonde hair, so the coverage that Batiste gives you works very well for me. If you were to hold the bottle too close to your head, it would first appear very powdery and white, but held at the right distance, the coverage is perfect. I usually leave the solution in for a couple of minutes before working it in with my fingers, and then brush through.
I have seen many bad reviews on various blogs and youtube etc, but I genuinely feel that Batiste does what it says on the bottle. I'm going out tonight to a function, but nowhere important during the day, so instead of washing my hair too early, this morning I just spritzed it with Batiste and my hair feels clean, not at all oily and perfect for just getting on with daily chores.
If I had received Glossybox for this month, the mini bottle of Batiste which I've bought before when going on a trip or on holiday or something similar would have been perfect for handbags or travel bags. Having spent my whole childhood as a commuter through London, I know how horrible it is to be smart in uniform or going to a function, and the heat or pollution from London making your hair feel a bit greasy or lank as you get off public transport, and Batiste really does help to give it a bit of life at emergency times, and the small bottle is perfect for this!
Also, the range that Batiste offer is huge, and they currently have 13 different types of dry shampoo out (differences being fragrance, colours, shimmers etc) and are bringing out a new XXL volume range very very soon. At the price of between £1.99 - 3.99, I think Batiste is a real high street bargain that any person could benefit from. Use it right, and the results can be outstanding. Personally, Batiste has helped me so much in the mornings if I need to pop out quickly, or on holidays etc. I could never be without it!
For people who 'brush' Batiste off so quickly (excuse the pun), I urge you to maybe buy the mini bottle and try it and persevere with it. I certainly could not be without it!
28 June 2011
Well well well, it feels very weird to be back blogging again, but hopefully I will enjoy it as much as I used to. For those who don't know, I was an avid blogger for around the last 5 years, but decided to give it up for a while to focus on my studies. Now I'm finished, Elle (@ellemakeupblog) persuaded me to start it back up again, so here I am. This is mainly going to be a make-up blog, but will include a bit of everything. So welcome to Little Glitter. I chose the name just because I am pretty little (5ft to be exact) and I love love love glitter, so why not.
For those who don't know me, my name is Tamsin, and I'm a 21 year old music graduate who loves being blonde, cupcakes, pink and Disney way too much. You will get to know me in no time at all.
As this is just a short first blog, I thought I'd show you two items from my current wishlist:
MAC Bronzing Powder in Bronze: As you will soon realise, I love everything MAC. The bronzing powder I feel is one of the better bronzers on the market, and you can completely tailor them to your skin tone. The only reason this is on my current wishlist is because my last one smashed, unfortunately.
Yankee Candle Stress Relief in Shea Butter & Cedarwood: Nothing is more lovely than having a gorgeous Yankee Candle to come home and relax to whilst watching tv or having a nice bath. The aromatherapy spa range is one of my favourites, and the smell of the cedarwood is just such a gorgeous smell that clings to your home and genuinely makes it smell very spa like. If you havn't checked out the Yankee Candle aromatherapy range, then definitely do!
Ok, so short blog post tonight but hopefully more blogging will follow and I will get back into the swing of things very soon. Thank you for checking out my blog, if you have. Very much appreciate it!