Monday, 20 December 2010

Christmas Giveaway WINNER!

Drum roll.......

The lovely Rose Davidson Leech was plucked from the tea pot! The locket and earrings will be in the post to you asap!

Thank you so much to everyone who entered and a big hello to all my new followers!

I hope everyone is having a lovely evening - is everyone excited for Saturday?


Sunday, 19 December 2010

But everything looks perfect from far away

The loveliest of packages arrived through my door earlier this week. I don't know about anyone else, but for the last couple of months I've only received presents I've ordered for Christmas and jewellery supplies - so this gold encased parcel was more than a sight for sore eyes! It was from Little Fille.

Mari and I had decided upon swapping some of our wares a little while ago, but I had to wait for supplies to arrive before I could make her pieces. However her parcel was so much more than generous, I had asked for the Betty head piece, but she sent me Marilyn as well! It puts my parcel to shame - a situation I intend to rectify!

Little Fille - Betty 

The Betty piece is a two way bow head band, the rope knot, perfectly sophisticated and the bow side creates a "doll-like daintiness". The bow is removable, so when you want to reveal the knot side you don't have to have the bulky bow below your hair. I adore the colour, navy blue is certainly a favourite of mine, I simply love it. My only issue - and this is by no means a reflection on Little Fille, is that I'm having to try and stretch it a little. The head band is not small (so please don't read that as a criticism) I just suffer from 'TheMostHumungousHeadInTheWorld' syndrome. It really is a sad state of affairs, I have a big head and big hair, so it's rare hats, head bands or hoods fit me. But hopefully it will loosen a little as I have every intention of wearing this on Christmas day... Actually I have every intention of wearing this when I go to London on tuesday after work. (weather permitting!)

Little Fille - Marilyn
Marilyn is a slightly daintier piece, the cream cord and gold chain is such a luxurious combination. It also ties on (which is just perfect for people with fat heads) with a lovely velvet bow, which can be worn for a simpler, chic look. I love this piece on as it really reminds me of a more elaborate version of the turban head bands that are around at the moment. I tried to wear one, but it was so small, I could barely get it on my head, it showed no interest in being stretched either, so sadly I had to part with it.

I'm blown away by the quality of the pieces and their simple beauty, so if you haven't already do take a look at Little Fille's website. I also got to pay a little visit to their stand in the Oxford Street Topshop - which looks brilliant! Unfortunately I didn't stay long, I was in a foul mood. Fighting streams of people that close to Christmas, whilst carry a huge weekend bag is not fun. I had mentally prepared an angry blog post while I was out, but felt it was better not to share!

I know I seem to do this on a regular basis, but I want to apologise profusely for the images. I didn't get home from work in time to capture natural light- my images always seem to be a bit bollocks when taken in artificial lighting (sadly I've never been good with flash) but the situation will be rectified, perhaps tomorrow, time permitting.

I had also intended to include some head shots, however I've had the most disasterous hair massacre known to man kind this week. (Perhaps a slight exaggeration.) I truly haven't had a hair cut this awful in some time. It was tear inducing. (Actually probably about an hour of tear streaming when I got home, having tried my hardest not to burst into tears and run out of place.)

I'm not really sure if I've shown posts of my hair before - probably not, as that does seem a little weird. I've have asymmetric hair for years - talk about being behind the times. I've had many variations on a theme, but most recently I've had a heavy fringe, the left side of my hair has been long (about boob length!) the right side has been a couple of inches shorter and it was shorter than that at the back. So I suppose like a longer, more extreme version of a graduated bob. I'm not really sure why, I guess i liked having slightly different hair and it was only really obvious when I straightened it.

Anyway, it's been looking a bit of a nothingness as of late, so I thought I would shell out for a hair cut. (Something I can rarely afford.) I had been torn for a while as I really want and have been trying to grown my hair long, but I get so bored I did consider cutting it all off into a short bob. I came across this photo of Zooey Deschanel which I simply adore. (A slight aside, but I love Zooey. I'm not big on being influenced by stars, or caring how they look or what they wear, but Zooey's different. I love her and want to be her. And own her wardrobe. Sad? Yes. True also.) Now I full appreciated that my hair was no way as long as this and that my hair was of many lengths, but I quite wanted to achieve this shape, if possible.

The second image was just an example of her fringe, as I wanted mine to start a little further back then it did, to maximise thickness. I'd decide that despite the picture, I still wanted to keep my long section of hair, it was after all what made my hair look long.

Anyway, to cut a long story short, I felt bullied/ tricked into having the long part of my hair cut off. I only wanted the ends cut to retain length, but she cut off over an inch on the short side. She's basically cut me a short triangle and my fringe is above my eyebrows.

It looks so so dreadful. I know there are bigger things in the world to worry about and it probably sounds horribly vain to go into such detail about my hair. But I really am devastated. I can't do anything with it. It looks awful tided up too because there isn't much length to play with and the fringe is so damn ridiculous. Zooey Deschanel it is not.

Hopefully I will be able to take some head shots of my Little Fille pieces, but I might have to wait six months or six years until my hair looks less retarded. My boyfriend really sweetly suggested maybe we found somewhere else for me to go, to get a better cut, but I really just don't want anything further cut off. I don't know - any hair saving suggestions? 

As sad as it is, I felt so distressed by the whole thing and somewhat sorry for myself that I nearly bought a cardigan out of sympathy. I still might. Though I'm still not sure I can justify it's hefty price tag. 

(Urban Outfitters - In Green and Wine)

But my hair does look fucking awful. So maybe I can.

I had no idea this was going to be such a long post when I started typing! 

However, in jewellery related new.... These are a couple of new pieces soon to be on the website.

I've also been a little over whelmed by the popularity of the Golden Snitch necklace, quite a few people seem a little sad that it's out of stock! I am, however ordering more wings as I type, they do take a little while to arrive (it can be up to a month) but the Golden Snitch will be back in stock in the new year - so never fear!

If you haven't entered already, I'm running a little Christmas Giveaway here. There's a Lorna locket and Esme earrings up for grabs, the competition closes on Monday at 6pm so do take a look.

And to conclude, a few to follow:

Cait at She's Got A Passion For Fashion
Laetitia at Mademoiselle Robot
Lyzi at Being Little
Isobel at Attempted Illustration.


Tuesday, 14 December 2010


"It's coming on Christmas
They're cutting down trees
They're putting up reindeer
And singing songs of joy and peace
I wish I had a river
I could skate away on"
Joni Mitchell - River

This is the Wallpaper Rose Jewellery CHRISTMAS GIVEAWAY!
Enter for the chance to win Lorna, a large floral purse locket, with tea and love letter charms and a lovely pair of dark indigo Esme earrings - new to Wallpaper Rose!

To enter:

- You must be a follower of this blog.
- Please leave your email address so that I can contact you.
- Any tweeting will be massively appreciated, but won't provide extra entries.
- And I'd love to know which piece of WRJ you would like to see in your stocking!
- A winner will be chosen at random - possibly by, but more than likely a name will be picked from a tea pot - it's just more enjoyable!
- The draw will close on the 20th December - good luck!

Thursday, 9 December 2010

Come on skinny love just last the year

The lovely Mari of Little Fille is running yet another wonderful blog competition! This friday Little Fille will be giving away your choice of either an Audrey or Marilyn headpiece. (See below) All you have to do is follow the blog, comment which piece you would like to win and what you would wear it with. I was feeling particularly cold when I entered, so put together a casual, snug outfit. (I'm a little in love with the Topshop blouse!) 

.... Also you don't have to produce a visual, I've only just discovered Polyvore and got a little obsessed...

Creating this suddenly reminded me that I hadn't reviewed my Eyeko products!

I tried to photograph my nails to show you the polish in action, but my hand looked creepy as hell! (It really did nothing for the product.) The Posh Polish is a lovely nude shade, perfect for Autumn/Winter trends and goes on really well with two coats. I felt it looked a little thin with just one, but that's fairly standard and for only £3.50 it's become a firm favourite of mine - I may even wear it this weekend! 

The second product is Eyeko's Toffee Fatbalm. I was particularly intrigued by it's multi functional purpose, as both lip balm and blush. As drawn as I was to this idea, I was somewhat dubious of putting something designed for your lips on your cheeks - I couldn't help but feel something of that consistency would just lead my face into having some kind of huge break out. (It doesn't take much to convince it.) But for years I've wanted to try the Ruby and Millie Face Gloss but have never been able to justify the price tag, so felt this was a cheaper alternative to explore. And MY am I happy with the results! I wore the Fatbalm on my cheeks constantly while in Paris and have done since I've returned and my cheeks have stayed blemish free - with a lovely dewy glow. The Toffee shade is perfect for me as I'm somewhat of a 'Pale Janet' (as Sue White would say) but I would love to try some of the other shades. 

If you haven't tried Eyeko before, or are already a fan use the code E12372 at the checkout to receive a free gift on any purchases over £10/$15/€10. Eyeko are also currently offering half price Surprise Party Sets, perfect for Christmas.

While I was on the subject of giveaways, I thought I would quickly suggest you take a look at Stolen Thunder's Facebook page. They're simultaneously running two, one to win a Personalised piece of your choice and the second to win £75 of Stolen Thunder Jewellery. I've been meaning to blog about their personalised pieces for some time as I'm really drawn to the idea, however I wasn't entirely sure what I would choose to have inscribed.

Immediately I thought 'I love Marty McFly' would be a good start as it is factually accurate. However, I started to fear it may be construed as I love McFly, which could not be more untrue.

I've since decided I would much rather emblazon some of my favourite lyrics and wear them around my neck. As Bon Iver and Johnny Flynn still capture my heart lyrically, it would either be 'Snow started falling' or 'Marbles on the floor'.

And yet I'm still torn. I'm still not sure I would choose a custom piece over their already existing pieces. I'm still captivated by the kite necklace - the proportions are just wonderful.

I just don't know.

Given three rows of text, each up to nine characters long, what would you choose to inscribe?


Monday, 6 December 2010

Where do you go to my lovely

I apologise I've been a little AWOL since I returned from Paris - so much has happened, I don't even know where to beginning! I already have about three other half written posts.  And even now, I have to love you and leave you as I need to go and sew some tees. However I thought it was about time I shared with you a few photos from Paris. I've still got a few films to get developed (it's a pain no longer have access to facilities!) however these are a few digital images. 

Paris was beautiful, Paris Photo was immense, the whole weekend was just lovely. When I eventually get the time, I'll try to tell you more. In the mean time, enjoy my boy's moustache - I'm sure he'd like me to clarify it was grown for Movember...

I hope everyone is well xx

Thursday, 25 November 2010

Come on skinny love just last the year

I apologise that's it's been all quiet on the western front as of late. Things have been non stop since I returned from Paris and I have so much I want to blog about, but don't have the time! I'm hoping the beginning of next week will be quieter - not only to catch you up, but to restock the website! My little shop is looking so sad and empty - not a good look for Christmas! Please don't hesitate to contact me if there is something out of stock that you desire, I'll put it to the top of my 'need to desperately restock' list.

Anyway, I thought I'd just do a quick little post to show you a few more of Wallpaper Rose's recent blog features. I've been meaning to say a massive thank you to everyone, I've had such lovely responses from blogs, emails and twitter recently, it's a little over whelming. I'm never sure with small shops like Wallpaper Rose if it's realised that frequently it is just a one person operation. I can't speak for other people, but for me it really does means a lot to know that what I make is appreciated.

So thank you!

Anyway, an even bigger thank you to the ladies above for their lovely posts!

Lyzi from Being Little
Kim from Sweet Monday
Milly from Pearls and Poodles
Shibani from Sweet Silhouette

(Again, there are many discount codes running around, most valid until 14th December. So do check out the features!!)

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