My Pandora Collection Part 2 – My Second Bracelet

So as I promised a few days ago, I would be doing my three part series about my Pandora jewellery and here is post two! I’ll be talking about the second Pandora bracelet I received from my parents as a random gift. Well, I say random but it has some meaning behind it. They bought it for me as a gift to me starting back on sorting my career out when I started my MA in September. It was a very generous gift and I was surprised when I was given it.

Since I got it in September, I have added two more charms to it, again gifts from my mom, which is lovely of her.

This is the bracelet I’ll wear if I don’t want to wear anything too “in your face” or heavy, as my first bracelet is pretty heavy due to all the charms on it.

I’ll be talking in some detail about which charms are on the bracelet, and the meaning behind them, as they all have meaning. This is something I love about Pandora the most. You can look at someone’s bracelet and get an understanding about the person due to what charms they have on there. I’ll be going right to left.

  • Study Book

Due to starting university when I was given this bracelet, of course there would be a studying charm on here and what better than this cute little study book charm? It has an owl on top of the first book, who is wearing a little graduation cap. On the bottom of the last book it says “study”. The detail of the books is gorgeous.

  • Openwork Butterfly

This is somewhat random, but nonetheless it’s a gorgeous charm and the butterflies just look pretty. I think my dad stated that he chose this charm as it’s girly and reminded me of him. Very sweet.

  • Fairy Pixie

Another somewhat random charm, but one my parents really liked due to the little fairy holding a gold heart. Something different and it really does compliment the design of the charm, and the silver. It looks like Tinkerbell, which most girls associate with and think is cute. I’m not one of those girls. 😛 Either way, I love this charm, it’s my favourite one on this bracelet.

  • Theatre Mask

Due to taking drama in my undergraduate degree, my parents knew they had to get this for me. Also due to my love of acting and writing plays they loved it for that too. It doesn’t just have the happy mask, but the sad mask too, and on the top it says, “To be or not To be” which really does make this a special charm for me.

  • Crown

This and the next charm are both part of a set that my mom bought on the plane back from holiday at the start of the year. They don’t exactly have much meaning to them, but the thought was lovely of course. She joked stating, “you’re like my little princess so I guess that can work!” which made me laugh. Bless her!

  • Pandora Bag

This is the charm that came with the Crown and out of the two I like this one more. Only because I love shopping and I love Pandora! My mom said it was this charm that drew her into picking up the set of charms as whilst we were on holiday together we shopped, a lot! So she said it reminded her of the holiday. It is such gorgeous detail for such a simple charm too, which I love.

So that is my second Pandora bracelet! What do you think of it? Which charm do you like the most? Let me know in the comments down below.

Until next time all, take care.

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My Pandora Collection Part 1 – My Necklace

Over the past couple of years I appear to have grown a small collection of Pandora jewellery and recently for my anniversary I appear to have added another to my collection.

I won’t be talking in detail about each piece here, however I will be talking about my necklace today as it was the newest piece to join my collection. Overall there will be three parts for this, part one being my necklace, part two being my university bracelet and part three being my first bracelet.

I would talk about everything in this post but that would mean it would be WAY too long. This is a set of posts I’ve been meaning to do for ages, but I’ve always just left it as I wanted to get some more charms on my main bracelet as I only spoke about it last year. But since then I’ve added eight more, which is a lot!

I am incredibly lucky to have as many charms and such as I do and I love them all equally for many reasons.

The one item I will talk about today is the gorgeous necklace that my boyfriend bought me for our two year anniversary.

He bought the charm whilst we were on holiday, as due to the island being tax free, he could pick it up pretty cheap! He bought me the chain in this country though. It was so hard to try and find the perfect chain and although this isn’t perfect (for a couple of reasons that I will go into) it is gorgeous nonetheless!

The charm for my necklace has had to be changed from the a cute little teddy couple my boyfriend originally put on it because it is just too heavy for the chain, and due to this the teddies kept turning upside down. Rendering it pointless. However, it now has a place on my main bracelet which I’m pleased about. In its place is now a cute little bow charm my dad bought me back from a holiday on the island last year. It works perfectly on the chain and is really petite and girly, which I like.

I’ve wanted a necklace for ages and have eyed up loads in the past, but this one is perfect for me now, and since our anniversary a week ago I’ve worn it loads and it’s something I fall in love with each time I wear it.

Do you own, or wish to own one of Pandora’s necklaces? Let me know in the comments!

I’m so excited for this mini series, and I hope you guys are too.

Until next time, take care all.

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My Pandora Bracelet

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I told you before 2014 started that in the future I would do a post about my Pandora bracelet and finally, nearly 2 months later, it’s here!

Before I kick off with this post, I just want to add how I am not meaning to show off which charms I have, or for that matter how many I have. I know I love seeing and reading about other people’s Pandora bracelets and I thought it’d be nice to share mine too! So if you feel I AM showing off, then this post obviously isn’t for you…

I’ve been excited about writing this post up for a while, so without further ado, let’s get on with it!

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So here it is, my Pandora bracelet! I have the bangle instead of the usual charm bracelet that most own. I’d always set my heart on the charm bracelet, but when my Mom brought me this bangle back from her holiday in November last year, I was pretty pleased about it! She has the charm bracelet and I’m really not a fan of it, but I guess that’s just me! The clip for this opens with a bit of force and due to that it closes firmly and stays that way, so I never have to worry about it undoing whilst I’m out and losing any of my charms. I don’t know how much this cost her to buy me from abroad, but these in the UK cost £55 and of course this is in silver too.

In total I have 7 charms, 3 of them came with the bracelet when I received it, 2 were Christmas presents from my Dad, 1 was from my boyfriend for my 24th birthday this year, and 1 was from my Dad for my 24th birthday this year. As you can see they’re all silver, only one containing some sort of colour, which is my Waving Cat charm. Another thing you can see with my charms is that apart from my N charm, they’re all animal related! This wasn’t intentional, but I really do need to break out of the animal charms pattern.

I’m going to talk about each charm in detail, but not too much detail! Just about who bought it me, what occasion and why they bought it for me, I guess my family and boyfriend know me well! I’ll be talking about these in the order I’ve received them.

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Owl

This is the first charm I received on my bracelet and because of that it’ll always be one of my favourites. I don’t know what made my Mom pick this out for me, but I have a feeling it’s due to my owl lamp in my room. Either way it’s so cute and the detailing on it is lovely! In the future I can see me buying my Mom the same owl so that we have matching charms, but this being said, the Camera charm is on my wish list, which she was bought recently, so that could always be our matching charms. Who knows!

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Charms R-L: Cat, N, and Mrs Hedgehog

This Cat charm is cute and whilst it wouldn’t ever be on my wish list, it’s the thought that counts and the cats little face is rather cute! Apparently my Mom had bought this for herself, but ended up giving it to me as she thought I would like it more, which makes this charm even more sweeter! The cat does just look all snuggled up and comfortable on its cushion. This charm reminds me of my Mom and it’s definitely something she would pick up for herself, which is why I like it so much.

I rather like this charm. As regular readers will know or if not, you’ll see my name at the side of this post, my name’s Natalee, so of course the letter N charm had to be bought for me! My Mom got me this when she bought me the bracelet and it’s a nice charm to have and probably one everyone should have on their bracelet. At one point she did contemplate getting me the rest of my name, but I said it was a tad on the tacky side and that the N was good enough for me. 🙂

This is one of my favourite charms, my Mrs Hedgehog charm. My Dad bought me this for Christmas 2013 and it has a big meaning behind it. As a child Mrs Tiggy-Winkle reminded me of my Gran, I don’t fully understand why but the cute little hedgehog by Beatrix Potter has always reminded me of her, maybe the way she acted, what she wore, even her cute little face! Sadly, as old readers will know, my Gran sadly passed away nearly a year ago, so when I saw this charm, I knew I had to have it on my bracelet. Every time I look at it, it reminds me of my Gran, so it’s lovely to have that feeling whilst I wear this. As well as that the detailing on this charm is beautiful! The little rounded dots for her spikes, her little toes, and even the detailing on her handbag! It’s a beautiful charm and I’m glad to have it on my bracelet.

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Charms R-L Bunny, Waving Cat, and Elephant

This bunny charm was also another Christmas 2013 present from my Dad! He knew he was going to buy me Mrs Hedgehog, as he knew how much I wanted it, but whilst we were in Pandora he asked which other charm I wanted. I had a look in the display and asked to have a look at the Bunny. My boyfriend had commented a few months previous of how I reminded him of a bunny too, so that was rather cute. ANYWAY! I just loved the look of the little Bunny charm and although it is obviously a Bunny to symbolise Easter, it’s still really cute and another of my favourites. The detail on this charm is amazing, maybe even better than the hedgehog, thus being the most detailed charm on my bracelet so far! He has his cute little face, long ears, and paws, but as well as that he also has a basket on his back full of Easter eggs! The basket is really detailed and is shown to be a wicker basket, and there are two eggs inside of it, one with swirled patterns all over and one with zigzags and dots. Amazing quality, as well as being adorable, a very girly charm!

This charm is actually the reason why this post wasn’t written up and posted more sooner! I would go into details, but there’s not much point about that, all I’ll say is that he was sold a fake version of this charm… A terrible one at that! After a crap day at work a couple of weeks ago, my boyfriend and I ventured to town for some yummy food and to possibly buy some nice things, where he ended up buying me this charm. He had originally bought the fake for my 24th birthday this year, but due to that he sent it back, got a refund and a month or so down the line, he bought me the real charm! This charm is beautiful and my boyfriend did well in the reasons as to why he chose this one. I’m not sure if he had seen my wish list that I posted about just before the end of 2013, or if he had just been good and paid attention to what I’d been talking about before Christmas. I know I’d mentioned to him before about wanting this charm, but also how I would really like a Chinese Lucky Cat whilst we were out shopping. EITHER WAY the thought was lovely when he gave it to me and said, “I know how you wanted a Lucky Cat, so I thought this would be perfect for you!” which of course, is so sweet! I love this charm so much and it’ll always remind me of him and I especially love that it has that little bit of colour of it, as this is the first charm on my bracelet to contain any colour. Love it so much!

We finally have my last charm and most recently bought. My Dad bought me this gorgeous Elephant charm for my 24th birthday this year. He didn’t know which charm to get me and whilst I looked in the display box it was a choice between this charm and the Turtle charm and whilst I still want the Turtle, I’m really glad I asked for this one, as it’s now been discontinued! It’s such a cute cartoon looking elephant and out of the 3 charms my Dad has bought me to date, this one will remind me of him more than the others! Elephants are said to be old and wise, which is exactly what my Dad is. I just love how this Elephant looks, it’s another of my favourite charms for sure!

So that was my Pandora bracelet and the charms I have on it!

They all mean a lot to me but the one flaw I have with my charm so far is that it has no colour on it, which people keep commenting on! I’ve seen two coloured charms that I would like to get, but I’ll be saving those for another wish list post.

Do you have a Pandora bracelet? If so, which charms do you have on it?

If you don’t have a Pandora bracelet, would you like one? If so, which charms would you want on it?

Let me know all your answers and questions down below!

Until next time, take care all.

P.S. Sorry I’ve been quiet the past 3 days, I’ve just been pretty tired and lazy, but also I’ve just wanted to spend time with my boyfriend without writing getting in the way. 🙂

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24th Birthday Presents!

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So on Monday it was my birthday and I aged another year closer to my mid 20’s, boy I feel old! I’m hoping 24 will be a good year as being 23 was bloody rubbish!

Now I just want to add that I’m not doing this post to show off at all, I’m doing it because I want to show any nosy people out there (like myself) what I got as I love seeing what presents and gifts other people are bought and plus I love everything I was bought this year, especially the presents my boyfriend bought me, although one isn’t shown in this image as due to something that has happened I won’t be receiving said present until after the 24th of this month, although I know what it is.

I can’t really talk much about it on here sadly but the Pandora charm my boyfriend is buying me for my birthday is The Waving Cat charm! Due to not having this charm just yet my Pandora Bracelet post will be postponed until the start of February, but it will be worth the wait!

Anyhoo I received lots of lovely presents from my boyfriend, his parents, my parents and my aunt. As of yet I know my best friend has a present for me and I’m not 100% sure if my brother has a present for me or not, we shall see sooner rather than later.

So onto what I was bought and I apologise right now for dark images, when I took them it was pretty late at night (9pm to be exact) so I had to go with what I had I’m afraid!

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The cute little teddy key ring wasn’t so much of a present but just a cute little thing that I got on the birthday card my Dad bought for me. I don’t know what I’m going to do with said key ring, I have contemplated putting it on my car keys but I’m not certain as of yet.

The butterfly bracelet here is by Bibi Bijoux and was a complete surprise when I opened the present on my birthday! Due to receiving my Pandora bracelet in November, I didn’t expect my Mom to buy me another bracelet. This is a gorgeous bracelet and has some little butterflies, a dragonfly and a crystal gem on it. It’s a very simple bracelet and can be worn for any occasion. My only problem with this bracelet us due to it being elastic it catches the hair on my wrist, which on quite a lot of occasions pulls them out, I won’t lie it bloody hurts! I probably won’t wear this bracelet as much as my Pandora, as I love my Pandora so much! But if I can try and wear this as an ankle bracelet during the summer, I’ll do just that. 🙂 Either way it’s gorgeous and I love it very much.

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As I mentioned on Sunday my boyfriend and I went to West Midlands Safari Park on Sunday as an early birthday outing, as I didn’t see my boyfriend on Monday, which was sad for me. Still we had an amazing day out together and he bought me this Souvenir Guide Book which has been nice to look through after our day out. I’ll be making a post about our afternoon out on Sunday!

For my birthday he bought me this massive Yankee Candle in Sweet Strawberry. The sneaky devil asked me before Christmas what my favourite scent of Yankee Candle was and I told him this one and that IF he wanted to buy me one, to get a small jar. Bless his little cotton socks, he bought me a large jar and on Sunday night whilst we watched The Cat Returns, I burnt the candle. However I’m refusing to burn it anymore until I can pick up a large shade as it’s already started to well and I don’t want that! It was so lovely of him to buy me such a massive candle and it smells beautiful too, it’ll be perfect for spring and summer.

We have another present from my Mom, Paul Smith’s Rose EDP in a huge 100ml bottle! Back in my third year of University my Mom was bought this by my brother after I mentioned to her what a gorgeous smell it was. Whenever I smell Rose it reminds me of my best friend, as she wore this all the time when we were at University for nights out. After a while my Mom began to dislike the perfume and passed it down to me. Only recently I used up my 100ml bottle that she gave me and noticing this, she bought me a new one. It was lovely of her as I’ve really missed using this perfume. As well as my best friend it somewhat reminds me of my Gran, as whenever I wore this she would comment how lovely I smelt.

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My boyfriends parents bought me three lovely presents for my birthday and when my boyfriend passed me the present and informed me who it was from, I was pleasantly surprised! I wasn’t expecting anything from them and it was lovely of them to get me something.

I was bought this real leather notebook with my name added to the front alongside a pink Parker pen! I LOVE stationary and it’s been years since I had a Parker pen so it’s lovely that they bought me one. It’s blue ink too which is lovely. After taking these pictures I started using the notebook and pen and so far I’ve written some blog post ideas down! I don’t know what else I’ll be using this blog for, possibly somewhere to write things down to help with my spending ban too. But for now, it shall be my blog book!

You can see my Pandora bracelet on the notebook, but that shall be saved until last!

DSC_0006The 1,001 Books You Must Read Before You Die was also a present from my boyfriends parents and I have to add how this book weighs a lot! I do read a lot (although in the past year I don’t recall even finishing reading one book! :S) and my boyfriend commented on the idea of every time I read a book featured in this book, to tick it off which I think I will do. I know when I move out and such I’m going to have a huge book shelf, as I use my window shelf for books at the moment and it’s pretty full now.

Okay now The Body Shop products aren’t actually presents from anyone, I bought them myself on my birthday. As a Love Your Body member it means I get £5 off purchases on my birthday, as well as 10% off purchases anyway! So I decided to use that to buy myself some hand related products as I don’t exactly need any body products and I was rather close to buying some face products to keep at my boyfriend for whenever I go to his. I picked up the Hemp Hand Protector in a huge 100ml tube, which retails for £10.00. When I opened up my membership for LYB I got a small 30ml Hemp Hand Protector for free, which was nice and since then I have kept it in my handbag and use it throughout my shifts at work. As well as that I picked up a bottle of their Sweet Lemon Hand Cleanse Gel, which retails at £2.50. This has actually been discontinued from The Body Shop now, which is a real shame as it smells amazing! I think every time I’m near The Body Shop in future I shall have a look for one of these to pick up as they’re lovely to keep in your handbag!

So my purchases were meant to come to £12.50 but I paid less than £5.00 for all these as I also had 25% knocked off of my purchases too! I love The Body Shop and since November they are fast becoming one of my favourite shops!

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Firstly I apologise for the first image being a tad on the bright side, but due to how dark my room is I couldn’t get a decent pictures of my shoes without flash being used. Although I have paid for these myself, my new DC skate shoes are going to be another present from my Mom who insisted I buy some new skate shoes as my near 10-year-old Vans are seeing their last years now (I hope not!) and that a New Year should mean some new shoes! I knew I wanted some DC skate shoes and especially the Court Graffik style, which is what these babies are. My boyfriend has a couple of pairs of these trainers and so does one of my friends and they just look awesome with both skinny and baggy boyfriend jeans! My boyfriend has a pair of these in black and purple, which I wish would fit me otherwise I’d have stolen them by now! I’ve wanted a pair of these style DC skate shoes since the age of 17 after finding a pair of black and red ones I wanted, sadly when I want back to Schuh to buy them, they’d gone and they weren’t online to buy either. I haven’t found them since then, but if I do in my size I’ll soon snap them up! Anyhoo I tried these on as soon as they arrived and I love them!

Yes they aren’t exactly fashionable but deep down I’m still a skater kid and I love to dress down in my baggy jeans and baggy or tight fitted t-shirts, alongside with my skate shoes. PLUS skate shoes are some of the comfortable shoes to wear when you have to walk a lot, fact!

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Finally we have come to my Pandora bracelet and what charm my Dad bought me for my birthday. I haven’t yet had chance to wear this out with my new charm on it, but I’ll be doing that over the weekend, which will be great! I didn’t know which charm I wanted and had a good look on Pandora’s website for some ideas. It had stated on their website that this elephant charm had infact sold out and had sold out in stores too, so I gave up hope of getting this one and looked at another elephant charm instead. When we got into the store I had a look at the charms to see that the elephant charm I had seen in the first place was in there and for sale. So after a while of deciding between this, the other elephant and a turtle I decided upon this one! I love this charm, it’s so cute and right up my street. My bracelet so far is mostly animals, which is strange to me!

I have seen some more charms I would like, so I’ll be making another wish list later on this year (probably June) and surprise, surprise, I’ve found charms with some colour to them!

As well as that I also received some money, £10 from my aunt and £30 off of my brother which was lovely of them both! I’m going to put my money away in my savings, as I don’t really need anything right now and as I mentioned earlier this month on this post, I’m currently on a spending ban.

I also received a Fearne Cotton dress from my Mom but I’ll be featuring that in a What I Wore post sometime soon!

Anyhoo, apart from my best friends and my boyfriends Pandora present which will be added here as and when I receive it those are all the presents I received for my birthday! I love them all so much and couldn’t ask for better presents.

I don’t have a favourite out of everything I received but the present I am the most excited for is the notebook and pen that my boyfriends parents gave to me as I love notebooks so much and I was after a new Parker pen so I couldn’t be happier with these.

I hope you liked this post, if you have any questions about anything I received for my birthday then  please feel free to ask in the comments down below!

Until next time, take care and I hope everyone’s week is going well!

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Pandora Wish List

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After recently having Christmas, and as you may have seen on my Christmas 2013 post you will have seen I received some charms for my Pandora bracelet, as well as my actual bracelet. However if you haven’t, here’s a picture of all my charms, including the two I received for Christmas.

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As I always do with wish lists I always create a massive image full of pictures of things I would like and as I did that for this post today, I came to realise there are only 5 charms I REALLY want and one safety chain I would like too.

I love Pandora already and I’ve only owned my bracelet since the start of November 2013!

So whilst the wish list isn’t long, every charm on the list has a reason of why I would like it on my bracelet, so stay tuned and I hope you enjoy this wish list post!

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Hearts Safety Chain – £35.00.

The hearts safety chain features and adorable design which is the perfect way to show your love for someone special. Made from sterling silver, the charm is designed to keep all your charms safely on your bracelet.

As you would have seen my bracelet is a bangle and I simply slip it on and off whenever I’m wearing/taking it off as I’m left-handed and find it fiddly to undo the clasp and do it back up as I also wear it on my left wrist. My friend Poppy has a Pandora bracelet and recommended I get myself a safety chain as it means you don’t have to worry about losing your charms if you do put it on the way you actually should! Either way not only would the charm give my mind some rest it would also look gorgeous and I really like the hearts version, I just wish they did a star version really.

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From L-R:
Top Row: Camera, Turtle & Mouse in the Cup.
Bottom Row: Waving Cat & Ghost Charm.

  • Camera Charm – £30.00.

Photography is a very popular hobby amongst many people so there couldn’t be a more appropriate gift than this camera charm. Made from sterling silver, the camera charm can represent photos from those unforgettable moments you have shared with friends.

I’m a photographer and it’s a hobby I’ve been enjoyed for nearly two years now! My Nikon SLR is my pride and joy and something I take with me if a moment or chance rises for me to. I’m hoping this year to start an exciting project to do with my photography so keep your eyes peeled for that. 😉 My friend Poppy has this camera charm and the detail of it is gorgeous and everything a photographer would want in a charm really. I would proudly wear this with pride.

  • Turtle Charm – £25.00.
This sterling silver charm has been crafted into a cute little turtle. The attention to detail on this charm is amazing and its way too adorable to resist. Add to your bracelet to represent beach holiday memories.

I LOVE turtles and this charm is just adorable! The detailing of the shell is amazing too, as when you see this charm in store it is rather tiny. Turtles are just such wonderful creatures but this being said, turtles have flippers and live in the sea, whilst tortoises have four legs like this little fellow. This being said, turtle, tortoise, either way they both remind me of my best friend and my last year of university when we had a private joke about turtles, so much so she bought me a little turtle teddy for my 21st birthday. I still have it to this day and love it so much.

  • Mouse in a Cup Charm – £30.00.

The mouse in the cup charm is made from sterling silver and features an adorable tiny mouse peeking out of a teacup. The mouse is wearing a crown and next to it is a love heart with the words ‘be mine’ engraved into it. The cup has been beautifully engraved to reveal a gorgeous pattern.

This is one of the first charms I ever laid eyes upon when I first looked on Pandora’s website and I instantly fell in love with it! It’s just so cute isn’t it? It reminds me of Alice In Wonderland with the little Dormouse who sleeps in the tea-cup and tea-pot. The only thing on this charm that does put me off a tad is that it says, “Be Mine” on it… Only a partner could be me this, or if I bought it myself! My Dad offered to buy me this once and I had to say no straight away as it would just be inappropriate! Either way this is number one on my wish list, it’s just adorable and a must have for me to be honest with you.

  • Waving Cat Charm – £30.00.
This waving cat charm is so adorable! It is made from sterling silver and has an intricate design. The detail is incredible, from the expression on the cat’s face to the paws. A tiny red enamel heart sits on its chest.

 This is meant to be a Lucky Cat but of course the name of this has been changed, but I’m not bothered either way. For YEARS I have wanted a proper Lucky Cat, whether it be gold or white in colour, it would need to wave its arm, which I assume is where Pandora got the name of this charm from! Lucky Cats are Chinese and are there for the obvious reasons, to bring you luck. After 2013 being one of the worst years of my life, I could do with some luck for 2014 so I hope to get one of these at some point in the year, as I need all the luck I can get!

  • Ghost Charm – £25.00.
A spooky sterling silver charm that has been crafted into a ghost. Why not create a spooky themed bracelet for the run up to Halloween? This would be the perfect addition!

I love Halloween, it’s one of my favourite times of year and nothing shows that better than a cute little ghost charm! As well as that I do personally believe in the after life but I wouldn’t like to think that ghosts are out to hurt us or bring us harm, but that they are just lost and trying to make their way around whatever world they seem to be stuck or trapped in at that time. This little ghost is just the cutest, can’t NOT want this little guy!

So that is my wish list for Pandora! Altogether it comes to £175.00… Well that’s a hell of a lot of money now isn’t it?! It’s my birthday tomorrow so who knows, I may receive some more charms, I’ll soon let you know.

As well as that I will be writing a post about my Pandora bracelet soon. It was due to be written and posted for the start of 2014, but with my birthday just around the corner, I thought I would publish this post out-of-the-way and just post about my bracelet after my birthday, as I know I have charms for my birthday too (my Mom and Dad have both been talking about it and my boyfriend has hinted on and off that he might have bought me a charm).

If you have a Pandora bracelet, what charms do you have and what charms would you like? Let me know in the comments down below!

Until next time take care and I hope the New Year has already started great for you!

A note from the boyfriend: She doesn’t know this but I have got her one of these. Let’s see if she sees this and works out which one!

A note from Nat: My boyfriend informed me of what he had written above a day or two after writing up this post. He seriously makes me realise how damn lucky I am. Thank you Dane. ❤ OH and FYI I think it’s the Mouse in a Cup charm. ^_^

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#VintSetFest goodies *warning image heavy again*

Hello again, as I mentioned yesterday my VintSetFest post was going to be split into two, the first one being about the event itself and the second being about the awesome goodie bag you received when attending the meet up, as well as the stuff I bought and made (yes made!) at the meet up too.

As well as stands selling amazing little bits and pieces and making your make up, nails and hair look pretty, there was also a crafting stall there, where you could make something of your own for free. Yes, completely free!

I decided to give it a go and instead of just making one thing, I decided to make two.

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You had the choices of making a sunglasses case, a collar and a bracelet, I decided to go for the collar and bracelet. I wanted to go back to make my best friend a bracelet too but by the time I went back, they were getting ready to leave, which was a real shame.

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The first I decided to make was a collar, as I was one of the first people to sit down and have a go at this there was plenty of materials and such to choose from.

I decided to go for a white-collar and cover it in studs. I was going to cover the whole thing in studs, but it took long enough just to apply 5, so I left that idea out. The ladies who were working at the craft stall were lovely and extremely helpful! They came over to everyone one at a time as the stall began to get busy, ensuring and making sure that everyone was getting on okay. I’m really pleased with how my collar turned out, and although I’m unsure of how I’m going to wear it yet, I WILL be wearing it throughout the autumn and winter season as I think it’ll go well with grunge and punk outfits.

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The second thing I decided to make was a bracelet. These were easy to make and can be made at home, which I liked. You gather together three different materials, cut them to the desired shape and size, put together and sew the top of the bracelet to create one of the tassels. Then putting the sewed side underneath something heavy, you begin to plait the materials together, as tight as possible. It was fun to make one of these and even though it’s chunky, it looks awesome! I’m going to start making these with little pieces of thread to wear like surf bracelets for when autumn and winter come along.

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Sadly, not every thing was free but I didn’t mind for the prices I paid for these things.

I picked up two bracelets from The Vintage Set and Love Without Measure. The black and silver peace sign being from Love Without Measure and the green and gold bird one being from The Vintage Set, which was also a special edition bracelet for VintSetFest, so I knew I had to pick one up while I had the chance! They were both £4 each and I haven’t stopped wearing them since buying them.

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Macadamia Hair were at the event selling some of their products for less than they would on their website, so I thought I would pick up one of their No Tangle Styler Brush for £10. Although it is retailed on their website for £9.95, I got a free sample of their Deep Repair Masque and a 10ml bottle of their Macadamia Healing Oil Treatment. So I got quite a bit for my money, which was nice.

I love this hair brush so much! It’s just like a Tangle Teaser, but it has a handle so it’s a little easier to use. I’ll be writing a review about this in the near future, so keep your eyes peeled for that!

I also picked up a 75ml can of Catwalk Work It hairspray, as it was only £2.50 and I thought it would give it a go for such little money! I can’t wait to use it when I start making my hair curly and wavy again.

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Finally onto the goodie bag that I received when I arrived at the event! It was so generous of them to give goodie bags away and I can tell you, for my first one it was amazing! Full of things I know I’ll enjoy trying out and possibly buying in the future. I know I’ll be reviewing most of them, for sure! I’m going to make sure to talk about everything I received in my goodie bag, just so you guys know what amazing products I got.

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L-R: Neal & Wolf Ritual Daily Cleansing Shampoo & Daily Conditioner. Both for all hair types. Macadamia Deep Repair Masque. Goody Good Stuff Sour Koala Gummy Bears. Halo Eye Make-Up Remover Pads.

Neal & Wolf Ritual Daily Cleansing Shampoo & Daily Conditioner. This stuff sounds amazing and right up my street for the type of shampoo and conditioner I would choose to use on my hair. I can’t wait to try this stuff out and as it’s for all hair types I won’t have to worry I’m using something wrong on my hair type.

Macadamia Deep Repair Masque. My hair could do with some repairing lately as I haven’t had time and I’m not lacking funds to go and get it trimmed, so I’ll definitely be giving this a go soon on my hair and as I received a free sachet of this with the brush I bought, I can give it a couple of goes, or maybe even give a sachet away to my Mom or a friend to try as well.

Goody Good Stuff Sour Koala Gummy Bears. I didn’t expect to get sweets in my goodie bag and I’ve been fighting off the urge to eat them before making this post on my blog. I offered them to my boyfriend late last week and he declined. What a silly boy because these taste delicious! I’ll be checking out this company for what else they sell, as I’m trying to diet right now and these sweets will be perfect to help me ween myself off of Haribo.

Halo Eye Make-Up Remover Pads. As regular readers will know, I don’t wear make-up… Well apart from lipstick and nail polish, that’s all. These won’t be much use to me, but I know they will be for my Mom and maybe to me when I next wear a lip stain, as I only find that make-up removers can get them off clean without scrubbing for ages.

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L-R: Argan Oil Healing Shine Treatment and Intense Deep Conditioning Hair Treatment. Macadamia Oil Revitalizing Shine Hair Treatment and Hydrating Deep Conditioning Hair Treatment. Keratin Protein Smoothing Shine Oil and Smoothing Deep Conditioner.

Argan Oil Healing Shine Treatment and Intense Deep Conditioning Hair Treatment. This stuff sounds like a spa treatment for my hair! It strengthens dry and damaged hair, which is what I need right now due to this hot weather we’ve been having lately, and as I mentioned above, it’ll help my split ends that I need to get trimmed off ASAP. I had a sniff of the oil and it doesn’t smell amazing, but it isn’t unpleasant either. I’ll soon see what it’s like when I pop it onto my hair.

Macadamia Oil Revitalizing Shine Hair Treatment and Hydrating Deep Conditioning Hair Treatment. This isn’t as appealing to me as the Argan Oil, but it still sounds really good and will would work wonders over the cold winter months when my hair is getting damaged from being under hot and cold, over and over. The oil smells absolutely amazing! It smells like sweets and I really can’t wait to use this on my hair soon.

Keratin Protein Smoothing Shine Oil and Smoothing Deep Conditioner. This stuff will help my hair loads with its split ends until I can get it cut and even after I have, it’ll continue to keep my hair strong and prevent it breaking. The oil smells really nice, it reminds me of oranges and lemons. I can’t wait to try this one out either, although I’m going to wait until after I get my hair trimmed to try it.

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L-R: Green People Sun Lotion in SPF 15. Little White Lie Tanning Lotion in Lighter.

Green People Sun Lotion in SPF 15. This is an organic sun lotion, which i think is a really nice idea! I’ll be using this on my face while we have some nice weather to enjoy. It smells like lavender and isn’t heavy on the skin at all, thus it doesn’t take too long to rub into the skin and sink into the skin too. I’m excited to try this out!

Little White Lie Tanning Lotion in Lighter. I won’t be using this, nope not even on my pasty white English legs. Why? Well why not? I hate self tan, if you want a tan go out and get one. I can sympathise with people who burn as soon as they enter the suns rays, but for people who can get a tan, go and get one if you want one that bad. I’m sick of seeing people resorting to fake all the time and plus it looks orange and horrible, even when done properly. I’ll be giving this away to my Mom to try out.

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L-R: Polaroid Contacts Pod Pre-Filled Contact Lens Case. Dylon Fabric Dye in Navy Blue.

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Polaroid Contacts Pod Pre-Filled Contact Lens Case. Oh how I wish I wore contact lenses right now, even if they were for a cosplay or for Halloween, as it looks like this contact lens case is going to be wasted, unless I find someone who will give them a good home. Either way this looks amazing and if and when I do wear contact lenses, I think I will invest in one of these.

Dylon Fabric Dye in Navy Blue. I really can’t wait to try this fabric dye out! I wish I could have got a different colour, as out of everything bloggers received in their goodie bags, this was the only thing that was different from each others. But I can’t complain, this stuff will be fun to try out and I’ll probably try and do some dip dye with some shorts, t-shirts and cardigans.

I completely forgot to take a picture but I also received a Carmex Lip Balm Tube, which was really nice to get and since VintSetFest, I’ve used it everyday! I’m hooked on this product and not only will it be featuring in my July favourites, it’ll also be getting a review in the future. It’s just that good!

So that was everything I bought and received at VintSetFest.

I can’t express how much I loved this meet up and I can’t wait for next year to do it all over again, as it did so well, I would be very surprised if they didn’t do another one next July.

I met a couple of lovely girls there too, but sadly didn’t exchange details, but I hope through writing my two posts, that they’ll find me here and say hello (I won’t bite!).

I want to thank The Vintage Set and Tiger Bam who organised the event, got everyone involved and sent out all the invitations to beauty bloggers alike!

I’m really pleased to have been a part of it and excited to attend more blogger meets in the near future.

Did you attend VintSetFest? If you did let me know in the comments!

Until next time, take care and continue to have a good week.

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