Animal rings- mega cute jewellery!

Handmade, Jewellery, Mega Cute

OMG TEENY TINY HEDGEHOGS WRAPPED AROUND YOUR FINGERS!!! AAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHH โค๏ธ๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ˜ป๐Ÿ™‰๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ’—โค๏ธ
Jiro Miura-Japanese

AND YOU CAN BUY THEM!! DOUBLE AAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHH!

Japanese designer Jiro Miura has created an adorable collection of animal rings that curl around your fingers! You can find the entire collection on his blog pageย Count Blue.

Jiro Miura-Japanese Jiro Miura-Japanese

They cost anything between $15 to $200 and if you’re thinking “that’s a bit much for an unpractical ring” I repeat…THERE ARE TINY ANIMALS WRAPPED ROUND YOUR FINGERS!

Jiro Miura-Japanese

If rings aren’t your thing then don’t fear…he makes other types of animal jewellery (animal shaped jewellery, not jewellery for animals or jewellery made out of animals) ๐Ÿ™€

Cue the hedgehog earings!

Jiro Miura-Japanese

If you can’t access Jiro’s blog page to order items because it’s all in Japanese and you’re computer can’t handle translating, then you can find his items on Etsy. Mishakrisha sells rings for ยฃ3.40 and while you areย there, check out the time turner necklace for the same price! Harry Potter love ๐Ÿ’—

Mishakrisha Etsy

And if you are being sensible and want slightly more practical jewellery then check out Cuir Carameliser for beautiful pieces like this gold hedgehog with a blue back.

Cuir Carameliser

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Animal Socks!

Mega Cute, Shopping

Animal Socks

ANIMAL SOCKS!!! Nothing could be more adorable and make your day by wearing these bad boys! Totally-worth-it shopping, if like me you have desperately trying curb your shopping addiction, this is guilt free like a 0 calorie cake you can enjoy!

BUT THEY ARE ONLY ยฃ4 (for 3 from Sainsburys)

So if you need that retail hit, grab these- best ยฃ4 ever spent ๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿป๐Ÿผ๐Ÿบ๐Ÿง

…..don’t pretend you’re too old/cool for animal socks- your inner child is screaming “gimmie gimmie gimmiee!”

Lou Lou’s Vintage Fair

Dresses, Homeware, Jewellery, Shopping, Vintage

Lou Lou's Vintage 12 Novย  ย Everything Vintageย ย  Lou Lou's Vintage 14 Nov

I love shopping and I love vintage so it was no surprise that I had marked Lou Lou’s Vintage Fair in Southampton Guildhall weeks in advance. Entry only cost ยฃ2 (which is less than a coffee) so this counted as a guilt free way to spend a beautiful afternoon.

There were about 20 stalls there selling everything from jewellery to jumpsuits, with jazz music playing through the speakers and a tea and homemade cake pop up cafe in case you need to rest (shopping is a sport).

Quite aware than I could empty my bank account in the space of the afternoon if my spending was not kept on a short leash, I took out ยฃ30 and mentally cut up my bank cards, when down to my last ยฃ5 I would have to decide between cake or one last trinket (first world problems…a girl should never have to choose between cake OR something, cake is very much a word that goes with AND…)

20 stalls would be too much to review, hard to believe but it didn’t seem right to write more than I had for academic papers, so I chose my favourite three that I HAD to buy something from.

Forage and Find

Forage and Find is a mother daughter team who create beautiful jewellery from vintage items and present them on old photos and postcards and look so beautiful I could have bought every item!

Forage and Find

Check out their website http://www.forageandfind.co.uk but be prepared to spend money, I challenge you to resist. Or visit their stall on Winchester High Street every 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month.

Forage and Find

My favourite pieces were the lockets and necklaces made from vintage clock parts ๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ•’

Forage and Find

If you like original vintage items then Little old me vintage is a shop to visit, selling everything from lighters, cufflinks, cameras and jewellery sets as well as handmade necklaces incorporating glass and flowers.

Little Old Me Vintage

Find more of their creations at http://www.littleoldmevintage.com or Facebook littleoldmevintageLittle Old Me Vintage

Harry Potter, Alice in Wonderland, Great Gatsby and James Bond, these are just some of the themes you can find at Little Treasures, handmade vintage inspired costume jewellery made by a pair of friends. You will find something you love here and if you fight the urge to buy something for yourself, you will cave and buy someone a gift, either way have a look at their website http://www.lovelittletreasures.com

Little Treasures Little Treasures Little Treasures

Las Vegas Check List and Rules

Vegas travels

So you’re going to Las Vegas, Sin City, Palace of Dreams where everything is possible, what do you after you have finished doing air pumps…

…make a rational list of course, very wise ๐Ÿ˜Ž (That is the closest I can get to a smiley with glasses, Apple have been great at providing smilies of different race, sex and sexuality but can I find a smiley looking studious and wearing glasses…of course not.

Rule #1 REMEMBER YOU ARE IN A DESERT (so it doesn’t feel like it and all the hotels are air conditioned but you can’t control the climate). Sunstroke is just as bad as a hangover.

  1. Take a big sun hat (or buy one…did I mention the shops ๐Ÿ˜)
  2. Take sunglasses (see comment above)
  3. Take (and use!) sun cream….yes I sound like my mum (red burn lines are not attractive)
  4. Take water. If you are out at a cafe you can ask for free tap water but at lots of places it is just as expensive as beer. So fill your hotel ice bucket up and let it melt to fill your water bottles the next day. (If you drink hotel tap water you will not have a Sex In The City film Charlotte moment)

Ruke #2 TAKE LOADZA MONEIES!!! You will spend money, lots of it and it will be completely worth it (how many times are you going to be in Vegas?)

5. Rough budget of ours for 7 days

  • Cirque du Soliel and other shows: $100 pp
  • Helicopter trip: $400
  • Transport: $10 a trip (monorails 24 hour pass is $12 and taxi from airport to Strip is $30)
  • Baseball tickets: $15
  • Exhibitions: $25-35 each (you can get a deal of 3 for $58)
  • Food and drink: $20 a meal (get your basics from a local shop)
  • Shopping and gifts: $$$$$$$ (that’s down to you, but if you want standard cheesy stuff go to a street store rather than getting it from the hotel for twice the price)

Total spend for 7 days: 4 shows, helicopter ride, exhibitions, food and drink, booze, transport and shopping $1,500/ ยฃ1,000

Worth every penny.

Rule #3 USE YOUR ROOM SAFE AND SLIPT YOUR CASH (each room should have a free wall safe, only take out what you need for the day and don’t keep it all in one place in case you loose your hand/hold luggage, purse/handbag or are just drunk.

6. Take a handbag with a zip top (or if you are like my friend and can totally pull it off- a bum bag!) Just because there is loads of money here doesn’t mean there isn’t poverty. If you have a bag with an open top and your valuables visible you are just being silly. Deep bags are great because everything falls to the bottom and someone needs to get past the zip and then put their whole arm in your bag without you noticing them.

Rule #4 TIP!!!! Staff don’t get paid service charge so you usually leave 20% of your bill even if you’ve just had tea and toast. With taxis just round up the total and if you’re at a bar don’t ask for change unless it’s more than $2! We took our bags up to our rooms instead of using the hotel service as we had no idea how much or how to tip!

7. Take a phone with a camera and calculator (if your phone doesn’t have this WHAT ARE YOU USING?!) Makes tipping, converting between ยฃ and $ and divvying up the bill easy.

Rule #5 PRIORITISE (there are a million and one things to see and limited time)

8. Get a guide book, most hotels have a free one in their lobby with a map of the Strip and most of the things you can see and do. Pick your top bucket list things and work out a rough plan for the week (we thought we could walk the Strip in a day) OH NO YOU CAN’T

9. Take a camera wherever you go…and attach it to yourself as you will probably never have cause to put it away.

ABOVE ALL: ENJOY IT & GO WITH FRIENDS. Relatively responsible friends who will stop you reenacting the hangover, getting married, going bankrupt or worse. Love every second.

10. Have a place you all meet if you get lost and make sure your phones work out there so you can communicate (remember you can get lost in your own hotel)

Las Vegas Sights

Vegas travels

Vegas Stripย  ย  ย ย Las Vegas Sign

People say 2 or 3 days in Las Vegas is enough, so when we booked 7 days we thought we would be running out of things to do. WRONG. If you’re going to be boozing, partying and staying up all night partying then yes 2/3 days is probably all your body can take. But that side of Vegas is only one small part, there are so many more things to see and do, we were left having to prioritise to choose which things we were going to do (hence there was a roller coaster ON our hotel and we didn’t get time to go on it).

And I was travelling with girls…..organised girls, so there wasn’t even a hint of what guys do on “don’t tell the bride” and suddenly find its the final day to do things!

The Mirage Volcanoย  ย  ย ย Vegas Eye

To start with, you won’t have time to go round each hotel, we picked 10 to go round and still only managed a walk into the entrance. Our main 10 were:

Caesars Palace (3,960 rooms)- opened in 1966!

Mirageย (3,044 rooms)- opened 1989 ALL WE SAW OF IT WAS THE VOLACNO!

MGM Grand (6,852 rooms), Treasure Island (2,884 rooms) and Luxor (4,407 rooms)- all opened in 1993

New York New York (2,024 rooms)- opened 1997

Bellagio (3,950 rooms)- opened 1998

Paris (2,916 rooms) and Venetian (4,024 rooms)- both opened 1999

Palazzo (3,068 rooms)- only one to open this century in 2007!

Vegas Stripย  ย  ย ย Vegas Strip

So considering each hotel is huge, you can easy walk a mile in them and get lost multiple times, you’re going to be hard pressed to see them all. If seeing hotels is high on your to do list, use the monorail- saves time walking and getting distracted by all the things you see (Harley Davidson motor bike coming out a building, other hotels, show girls and Chippendales in the street, Bubba Gump bench etc etc etc)

 Harley Davidson Cafeย  ย  ย ย Show Girl and Chippendale

Bubba Gumpย  ย  ย  ย Cosmopolitan ย  ย  ย ย ย Shopping Centre Chandelier

Think there are only tourist shops…WRONG. If you dont spend all your money on gambling, food and drink, shows and attractions then the shops will finally bankrupt you. Dior, Chanel, Topshop, whatever you want, you’ll find it in Vegas. Did I mention that Vegas in the home of the LARGEST H&M IN THE WORLD! And don’t even get me started on the dress shops…it was all so beautiful we put ourselves on a strict no shop entry, dragging ourselves away from each store window in a team effort. I could move to ย Caesar’s Palace Forum Shops and live there for a week…OK a month- I would have to sell a kidney and blow my entire life savings BUT IT WOULD TOTALLY BE WORTH IT ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‘›๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ’Ž๐Ÿ‘ ๐Ÿ‘™๐Ÿ‘—๐Ÿ’„๐Ÿ‘œ

Shops on the Stripย  ย  ย  Shops on the Strip

Dresses ๐Ÿ‘—๐Ÿ’—ย  ย  ย  ย Dresses ๐Ÿ‘—๐Ÿ’—ย  ย  ย  ย Biggest H&M Ever

If shopping is not you’re thing then there is still a million other things to see. To start with I could have spent a week just watching the shows: Cirque du Soleil is just a must, they defy gravity and physics…just spend the money and see one show at the very least (we saw KA and were so blown away we went to see Mirage, the original and the one you see in Knocked Up) ๐Ÿ˜‹

We saw the Chippendales of course and apart from a room a SCREAMING women it was really fun, NOT a strip show despite the serious lack of clothing. If you are in Vegas on a hen do then you have to go, some hens get to go up on stage! And collect the free glasses (the drinks are so expensive, take as many as you can!)

FOR ANY SHOW, IF YOU WANT A GOOD SEAT, BUY IT DIRECT FROM THE HOTEL SO YOU CAN CHOOSE, KIOSKS OFFERING LAST MINUTE CHEAP TICKETS DO NOT HAVE SEAT ALLOCATION.

If you like illusionists I recommend David Copperfield, we saw the Saturday matinee show which was cheaper and pretty incredible. It’s a little cheesy and American but you forgive him as he is utterly charming.

Still got more time? Museums, exhibitions and downtown original Vegas Strip are next on your to do list. Get deals or use a loyalty M card for discounts, these also work on shows.