Mr Curtis Designs Necklace & Earrings

Mr Curtis of Mr Curtis Designs is an artist and musician working in Edinburgh. He is a full-time tattoo artist, a part-time oil painting still life artist, a part time graphic designers, a part-time jewellery designer and a part-time double bass player! Phew! Mr Curtis has learned how to bend the fabric of time in order to in so many artistic endeavours.

We were lucky enough to receive some of his amazing tattoo-inspired jewellery. Mr Curtis Designs produce an array of accessories, jewellery and mugs, each themed on popular tattoo designs such as the English rose, love hearts and animals.

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One of the sets that we received was the Sewing Machine Necklace and Cotton Reel Earring Set. Each jewellery item is made from printed acrylic, and this necklace has an amazingly designed old-fashioned sewing machine on it. The acrylic is cut to the shape of the picture too and the earrings are cute little matching cotton spools. I love the fact that each piece has such a cool vintage look to it and the colours are dark but able to go with most colours at the same time.

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The other piece that we received was the Vintage Rose Teacup Necklace. If you love tea, then this one is for you! It is a tattoo art style necklace printed acrylic pendant on a metal chain, and is again cut to the shape of the beautiful teacup. The pendant measures 5cm by 4cm and the chain is 46cm. The pendant is waterproof, scratchproof and the design won’t peel off. I love the colours on this teapot necklace as they are light and bright and will be suitable each season.

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You can check out more about Mr Curtis Designs at www.mrcurtisdesigns.com and browse his full accessory range at his Etsy store https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/MrCurtisDesigns?ref=l2-shopheader-name

The Sewing Machine Necklace and Cotton Reel Earring set is £12.78 and the Vintage Rose Teacup Necklace is £8.88.

 

Kathryn’s Summer 2014 Essentials

According to my countdown app on my iPhone, there are 26 days, 4 hours, 3 minutes and 35 seconds until I go to Egypt with my boyfriend James. Therefore I wanted to do a blog post on some of my recent finds, which will definitely be going in my suitcase to Egypt. 

Lancome Hypnose Waterproof Mascara

Waterproof mascara is an absolute essential on holiday, all that swimming, and 40 degree heat plays havoc with the mascara! As you may have read in previous posts, Lancome mascara is one of my favourites and I ordered this waterproof version especially for my holiday. I was lucky enough to get it for just £10 when Debenhams were doing a special offer where all of the Lancome mascaras were just £10 each. You can sign up for notifications of such amazing offers via their Beauty Card Club. Hypnose mascara separates your lashes without clumping them together as well as providing volume, which in my case is much needed!

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River Island Neon Clutch Bag

One thing I absolutely adore about summer is the chance to wear bright colours and not look out of place. I discovered this amazing clutch bag on River Island’s website last month and HAD to order it right away. It is a good size and you can fit your iPhone in, lipstick, keys etc and is made from a sturdy gold coloured frame, with a champagne coloured satin material on which a stunning array of gems, stones and beads are attached in the most beautiful neon colours. This bag will literally go with anything and at £35 it isn’t the cheapest clutch bag around but comes with a gold chain so you can use it as a shoulder bag or a cross body bag too, which I think will be extremely helpful when I am on holiday as it will free up both my hands for cocktails – it is all inclusive and so it would be rude not to!

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Clarins Sun Care Oil Spray

My boyfriend calls me Casper (as in the friendly ghost, and not because of my friendliness, but because of the colour of my skin) – I literally never tan. When I was a little girl I used to go the most beautiful shade of brown but now the sun looks at me and provides me with a nice little redness out of pity. As some of you may know I went to Florida in March for my 30th and even then I barely got a hint of a tan! Therefore I decided to go a little more upmarket with my sun protection choice in the hope that I will achieve some kind of bronzed glow and got the Clarins Sun Care Oil Spray. It has an SPF of 30 and protects from both UVA and UVB rays. This is sun protection with a difference, and can be used on the skin and on your hair. It is a transparent dry oil, but certainly doesn’t have that horrid oily feel to it. It is both water and perspiration resistant and nourishes and beautifies the skin and hair, which will hopefully help my skin to achieve the glowing look, rather than looking like Madge from Benidorm with dry crinkly skin and dry split ends in my hair. You can get the Sun Care Oil Spray from http://www.clarins.co.uk or stores such as Debenhams, House of Fraser etc and for a 150ml bottle costs £19.

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Ms Pedicure Smooth Talker Foot Rasp

Whilst we are on the subject of skin, I picked this beauty up from Home Bargains recently for just 99p! Pedicures can be expensive, and so in-between treatments it is helpful to do a little home care. I soak my feet in hot soapy water to soften the cuticles and rough skin, I then use the Ms Pedicure Smooth Talker Foot Rasp to remove dry skin on my heels and the soles of my feet. Now I aren’t 85 with corns and callouses, but I’m sure most of you can agree that wearing sandals and flip flops can cause dry skin and it certainly doesn’t look very pretty, even if you have painted your nails the prettiest of colours. I then use some moisturising cream and put a pair of old socks over the cream and leave them on over night, but please beware, your feet can be extra slippery the next day, as Emily found out whilst at work :)

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Ray Bans Folding Wayfarer

For the past few years I have been using my Ray Bans Aviators and have loved them, but as they have quite a light lens, the sun can sometimes be a little too strong for my sensitive eyes. Therefore, when in Florida in March, I decided to invest in a pair of wayfarers as they are sturdier than the Aviators and have a darker lens. I decided that the folding ones suited me the most and was thoroughly thrilled as they fold up in half and so the case they come in is so easy to slip into most handbags. I literally have not removed these sunglasses (whilst being outside) since I bought them and even though they do fold up, they are still very sturdy, and I have dropped them a few times and no chips or breakages! As I said I did buy mine in America but you can purchase them over here for around £150, simply search Ray Bans Folding Aviators into Google!

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Angel Eau Sucree

Thierry Mugler totally has my heart with regards to perfume. I have had bottle after bottle of Alien and Angel, also trying out Womanity, and summer versions of both Alien and Angel over the past 8 years. I have tried other perfumes but never have I loved and re-bought a perfume over and over as much as I have Mugler’s. When browsing around House of Fraser in Meadowhall the other weekend, I saw the new Angel Eau Sucree and I will be honest that my first impressions of the name were Sucree = sugar maybe in French, which would mean that the perfume would be sweet, which is definitely not my thing. I love my perfumes musky and deep, which Mugler never disappoints with. But I ignored my sweet thoughts and gave it a spray, and another 4 sprays later and I was in LOVE. The bottle is in the original Angel design but looks like it has been dusted in sugar. The fragrance is definitely still Angel but has a sweetness that is in no way sickly but more heavenly. This is definitely one to pop into your basket at Duty Free girls! You can purchase Angel Eau De Sucree for £42 for 50ml.

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Fearne Cotton Embellished Playsuit

I know they have been in the shops a couple of years now, but this summer I am loving the playsuits that are around and have already purchased a few for Egypt. They are cute, easy to wear, and you can dress them up or down. I came across this Fearne Cotton Embelllished Playsuit on http://www.very.co.uk and again, fell in love. It is a lined, chiffon material, but not see through, and is adorned with swirls of iridescent sequins in oranges, pinks and yellows, much like a sunset. The base colour of the playsuit is grey, which is not normally a colour I would choose, and has metal and glass stones and embellishments adorned onto it. I am not a skinny person, and I often thought playsuits were for skinny girls, which lets face it, most things do look better on a thinner figure, but I enjoy eating out and trying delicious food rather than spending my days sweating it out in the gym. But when I tried this playsuit on I thought it looked so lovely, and once I (hopefully) get a tan, I’m sure it will look even better! It costs £49 and so is not the cheapest playsuit around, but definitely worth the money for that special holiday or occasion.

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Clarins Colours Of Brazil

With the World Cup taking place in Brazil, Clarins have brought out a range of Brazil themed cosmetics. Rather than wearing the colours of Brazil as face paint, I decided I would much rather use this beautiful range. 

Lip Balm Crayon

Many cosmetic brands have recently brought out the lip balm crayons. These are tubes of colour that moisturise the lips as well as looking great. Clarins have released a range of six colours and I chose the ‘My Pink’ which adapts to the pH of your skin to give you a unique colour suited to your skin colour. I have a Bourjois cream blusher which does this and am in love with it. I decided to choose this colour as I thought it would be pretty and natural for my holiday, as well as keeping my lips cared for in the harsh sunshine and heat. It has a slight shimmer to it and has a twist up mechanism once it wears down. They are priced at £18 and are available from http://www.clarins.co.uk as well as places like Boots, Debenhams etc.

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Eye Quartet and Liner Palette

I wanted a small eyeshadow palette to take on holiday with me, rather than carting my whole collection away with me and this new palette is perfect for that. The case has a brown Aztec design and inside is just as pretty. The Aztec design continues onto the eyeshadows and it comes two little brushes and a mirror on the inside cover. There are 4 eyeshadows, a dark brown, a medium taupe colour, a light caramel colour and an unusual peachy orange. The liner is a royal blue. It may sound like a bizarre mix, but when the Clarins consultant showed me how to use it, it looked stunning. With a clash of such natural and bright colours, it is a perfect mix for taking away with you and also comes with a mini demonstration card. This palette is available from the aforementioned places for £32.

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Accessorize Earrings and Hair Bobbles

As mentioned when talking about my love of bright colours, summer is a perfect time for them. I recently discovered these beauties at Accessorize. 

Neon Mixed Stud Earrings

Here you get five pairs of pastel and neon mixed stud earrings. They are a good size, not too showy, but not miniature either. Each pair is totally different from the next and I thought they would be perfect again for taking on holiday as there will be a pair to go with most outfits, without having to take my entire jewellery collection with me. At just £10 these are an absolute steal and bang on trend!

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Angel Mini Bow Hair Bobbles

These are actually from the children’s section of Accessorize! But I thought they were super cute, fun and girly rather than the plain boring hair bobbles. A mixture of glitter, neon, pastel, floral and spotty, again these will be going in my suitcase to ensure my hair looks cute even when its scraped back. They cost just £4 for 5 bobbles.

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Speak Soon

Love, Kathryn xxx

 

 

 

Etsy – Flora’s Boutique

Whilst browsing Etsy (my new obsession), I came across Flora’s Boutique. This online store was full of stunning, feminine pieces of jewellery made from a mixture of gemstones and different coloured precious metals. Clare Jones-Anthony is the owner of Flora’s Boutique…

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As a seller, Clare is so attentive to detail when in conversation with you, and really listened to what I wanted, asking the right questions in order to ensure you choose the right piece. I was extremely lucky and Clare let me choose a gemstone and the colours and accompaniments but at the same time Clare kept the design her own. I mentioned that with it being my birthday soon, my birthstone aquamarine would be a really lovely idea as it would be not just a stunning piece of jewellery, but a piece of art work that has meaning behind it. I also mentioned that I love aurora borealis, which to me is beautiful as you can catch all the colours of the rainbow within it and so it goes with everything. 

The jewellery arrived in two separate boxes, both a gorgeous shade of pink, with a linen finish and an excellent quality, and before I even opened the boxes, I knew whatever was to be inside would also be of a high quality. I decided to open the smaller box first, and inside was a charming pair of delicate drop earrings. They begin with silver hooks, followed by pretty aurora borealis crystals, a tiny delicious cream pearl, a larger aquamarine coloured faceted crystal, another delectable pearl and lastly a nugget of aquamarine. The earrings feel light yet secure and strong and the craftmanship is truly amazing. I love the fact these earrings include pearls, my Mum died when I was 17 years old and she loved pearls, she always had a string of them around her neck, always graceful and timeless and so I will have a tiny piece of my Mum with me whilst wearing these graceful earrings.

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I then got to open the larger box, and inside I actually squealed (Dad looked over in alarm), as inside was a beautiful bracelet, made with the same design as the earrings. Clare enclosed a letter with my package, and included how the jewellery was made. The bracelet is made using Tibetan silver (for the closure), Swarovski crystal elements in aqua and aurora borealis with cream Ceylon glass beads (which to me looked like the little pearls). Clare mentioned that these were both bespoke pieces of jewellery with me as the customer, in mind. This really made me feel special and I could not think of a better gift for someone, as these pieces are truly made with love. The bracelet has 7 good-sized nuggets of aquamarine in it (cannily, the number 7 is my favourite number), as well as the stunning Swarovski crystals and Ceylon glass beads. The closure is one I have never seen before, and is a pretty love heart in a T-Bar style fastening, with an arrow going through it (again, perfect for Valentine’s Day!). The wire has been secured very professionally and I am so proud that I get to wear this item of jewellery. 

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With such quality, timeless pieces of jewellery, Flora’s Boutique is perfect for ladies and girls of any age, and you really will feel special wearing them.

Please check out some of Clare’s pieces in her Etsy shop at;

https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/FlorasBoutiqueEtsy

Clare has been generous to offer a special discount code for all of The Kats Paws readers, you can get £5 off when you spend £20 or over in Flora’s Boutique and you can use this code as many times as you wish up to 31st May 2014. All you need to do is enter the code KATSPAWS5

You can also follow Flora’s Boutique on the following social networking sites;

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/florasfauna

Twitter: @florasboutique

With regards to all of you who have upcoming weddings this spring/summer, all of Clare’s ranges are ready to wear or custom made in colours of the brides choice to suit their wedding theme colours. Clare can also make consultations for plus sizes or little girls sizes too and there will be some lovely new ranges coming out soon for the little ones so keep your eyes peeled!

Please let us know what you purchase as there are so many beautiful styles to choose from :)

Love,

Kathryn xx

 

Etsy – Lily’s Pretty’s

Today hasn’t been the best day ever, the weather has been miserable, myself and Emily are full of cold and a few other things happened which I shall be a lady and refrain from mentioning in public. I decided to write a review about a lovely seller from Etsy who makes jewellery which makes me smile as soon as I see it. Ladies (and gents) let me introduce you to Lily’s Pretty’s. 

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“My name is Alex and I run Lily’s Pretty’s Cake Toppers from my home in Brandon, Suffolk. Lily’s Pretty’s is named after my beautiful daughter Lily. I’ve had an interest in polymer clay sculpting since I was 10 years old when my mum brought me some, I have been hooked ever since. I began making personalised caricature figures and cake toppers for friends and family. I received such positive feedback that I decided to start my own business specialising in making one off sculptures to order. All of my items are hand made by me and are designed to last a life time. They are non toxic so are perfect to be used as cake toppers and if looked after will last forever. They are however not toys and aren’t suitable to be played with by children. To enable me to capture the essence of the person I work from a quality colour photograph, I can vary details such as hair length, colour, accessories and style, skin tone and colour, body size and shape, clothing, accessories such as handbags, tools, umbrellas, sports equipment, footwear, colour of the base, wording on the base i.e Name, Date, Happy Birthday etc. For a small extra fee I can also add larger items such as pets, drum kit, basically anything that captures the personality of the recipient. I love a challenge so please feel free to contact me with your ideas for a free no obligation chat and lets see what we can come up with!!!”

Items from Lily’s Pretty’s are so unique and have a great quality to them which you do not often get from high street fashion accessories. One of my favourite things in life is a pic’n’mix, I just love sweeties and always have some nestled in my drawer at work, and often in my bedroom drawers haha. The first item we received from Alex was the Candy Crush Bracelet, it has all the popular icons from the VERY popular game. Each sweetie is moulded to include perfect detail and each one is sectioned between a smaller colourful bead and I must say my favourite bead is the white one with the three dimensional blue swirl, as the it has a touch of shimmer to it. The beads have been threaded on to a very thick, flexible plastic elastic and is certainly not flimsy so it sits really well on your wrist and the beads look and feel so much like real sweets its actually making me peckish.

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The next item is the pair of lemon meringue earrings. These are so cute, little slices of lemon meringue pie, attached to silver hook earrings. The texture looks and feels like they really are covered in meringue and they are also really light so that they don’t pull on your ears, something which I have mentioned before, as it’s really unattractive to see girls with earrings which are dragging their lobes down to their shoulders. Again the earrings are really well made and will be perfect for the upcoming spring/summer months with their luscious lemon colour. 

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Last but certainly NOT least because this is my favourite ever ever colour….the macaroon ring. It is soft and smooth on the top like a real macaroon, complete with the bubbly bits on the side and then inside is amazing swirling whirling cream filling. This really does look good enough to eat and my mouth is currently watering just thinking about macaroons. I totally recommend Betty’s in York as they have some absolutely exquisite flavours and colours. I love colour a lot, it can change your mood, and make you feel good just by seeing your favourite colour. This macaroon ring is my favourite (did I mention that?) colour mint green and is set on a silver ring which is adjustable and so will fit 99% of fingers :)

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Each piece of jewellery came in its own voile tie bag to keep it separate and so would be perfect for a gift for a friend, your Valentine or yourself. Also, it is my birthday soon, which I have already mentioned and I have been eyeing up the flump bracelet if anyone would like to purchase it for me :) 

As well as jewellery, Alex also creates amazing personalised cake toppers and the most magnificent wedding bouquets, full of sweeties and other beautiful things. 

Lily’s Pretty’s Etsy store can be found at;

https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/LilysPrettys

You can also contact Alex and view her other amazing items at…

info@lilysprettys.com

http://www.lilysprettys.com

If anyone decides to purchase please be sure to let us know which you choose :)

Love, Kathryn xx

ETSY – Dirty Rotten Rags

Recently I discovered Etsy. It’s been around for ages and for those that haven’t heard of it, it is a site where individuals who are amazingly creative and crafty are able to sell their homemade items. I downloaded the App from the itunes store and started having a browse….I was still browsing 3 hours later…there are SO many gorgeous things to buy, at decent prices, and for everybody and anybody from all over the world!

The first store I came across was Dirty Rotten Rags… Rayon is the owner and creator of this Etsy store which sells some AMAZING “mashed-up 80s/90s vintage”. There are jewellery items, clothing and more, all hand-customised, with the opportunity to add your own customisation and personalised stamp on the items. My particular favourites are the old-style acid-washed Adidas tops and the dripping Chanel jewellery.

We recently received these stunning earrings…

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These beaut earrings are made from a gold mirrored acrylic in the style of a dripping Chanel emblem. Emily and I recently went out for our friend Josh’s leaving dinner and I wanted to be dressy but it was wayyyy too cold for a dress and so i threw on some black skinny jeans and a grey top with Topshop heels and then to really add some fabulousness to my plain outfit I added these earrings.

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They are so unbelievably light I could barely feel them – long drooping earlobes are a big no no in my book – yet I had so many comments that evening on the sparkle of the earrings. I was able to wear a large cool earring without having the weight of large metal earrings all night. 

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You can check Rayon’s store Dirty Rotten Rags out at http://www.etsy.com/shop/dirtyrottenrags as well as checking out her Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/dirtyrottenrags as well as some cool pics on Instagram…. ID @dirtyrottenrags

As a special treat, Rayon has generously given us a 10% discount to pass on to you all… simply visit her Etsy shop, add everything you love and enter the code thekatspaws14 before 30/4/2014

Here are a few sneak peeks from Dirty Rotten Rags….

 

 

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Hope y’all had a great weekend!

Peace,

Kathryn xx