Saturday, 29 August 2015

Our London Flat

Everyone loves having a nosey at other people's homes, I know I do! I love reading other people's blogs about their home and how they've decorated it, so I thought I would write a post about mine and Olly's little London flat and my favourite things about it.

Living Room
We live in a Victorian conversion which means we have high ceilings and big windows. We also have two original fireplaces, one in the living room and one in the bedroom which I love. Some of my favourite pieces in the living room include the vintage Champagne box and vintage rose coloured primary school chair. I bought them both from a stall at our local market in Richmond and they are so pretty.

The duck egg blue frame is from Primark and was a bargain at only £4. Inside I've put 4 different Cath Kidston postcards and they're quite sentimental to me and Olly as he bought them for me as  present on our second date.

My favourite piece of furniture in our entire flat is my dressing table. Before moving into this flat I'd lived in furnished rented properties for 8 years, so when we had the opportunity to buy all our own furniture and decorate the flat how we wanted I was so excited. I'm lucky to have enough space in our bedroom for a dressing table as a lot of London flats can be very small. 

The Chanel No.5 print was a birthday present from Olly and sits on the fireplace in our bedroom. Our Ikea bed is the comfiest bed I have ever slept in and I absolutely love the girly bed frame. My most recent addition to the bedroom is a lovely picture of the Disney castle which I bought from Kayley Draws - it is such a lovely drawing and is so me! I'm very lucky that Olly doesn't really mind what our flat looks like and he's more than happy for me to decorate it with lots of pretty things. What's your favourite part of your home? Let me know in the comments below :)

*All these pictures were taken at different times I honestly don't have that many flowers in my flat at once haha! I usually just have 1 or 2 bunches in the living room and bedroom :) *

Thursday, 27 August 2015

Kawaii Box: July - review and giveaway!

If you are a regular reader of Rent or Chanel then you will know that for the last 3 months I have been receiving the Kawaii Box, which Olly bought for me as part of my birthday present. I absolutely loved receiving this little box of cuteness so when my subscription ran out last month I was super sad. But fear not, the kawaii gods were clearly watching as the lovely people at Kawaii Box contacted me and asked whether I would like to review their July box. Yay! So here we are, more kawaii goodness ʕ·ᴥ·ʔ here's what I received...

♥ Kracie DIY Chain Candy
♥ Squishy doughnut mirror
♥ Dessert eraser
♥ Kawaii toast coaster
♥ Pastel pearl bracelet
♥ Korean glitter glue set
♥ Rilakkuma notes
♥ Mushroom mini plush
♥ Cute pencil set
♥ Flake seal stickers
♥ Alpaca keyring

Now I know I say this every month, but I think this was my favourite box so far! I don't think I could even choose my favourite item as there was so much cute goodness. The toast coaster particularly excited me, it's as if Kawaii Box knew I was looking for a new coaster for my dressing table! I also totally love the alpaca keyring, I think it took me a total of about 30 seconds from opening the box to attaching this to my house keys.

Stationery is always a big hit with me as you can never have enough cute stationery. Rilakkuma is one of my favourite characters and this notes set is full of lots of sticky notes and page markers - an organised bloggers dream! I am also super excited to use the glitter glue set, I love a good DIY project so I'm sure this will come in handy - glue is so much more fun when it's got glitter in it, don't you think?!

Now here's the best part, the lovely people at Kawaii Box have teamed up with me to host a giveaway through Rent or Chanel! Hoorah! All you have to do is fill in the Rafflecopter below. Please note that this giveaway is being run by Kawaii Box and they will select the winner and post the item. The giveaway is open worldwide so what are you waiting for?!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

I think the Kawaii Box is such good value, it's only about £12 each month and they ship worldwide for free. You can subscribe to Kawaii Box here. What do you think of this months box? What's your favourite item?

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

What's On My Dressing Table: August

1. Tangle Teezer - Now I know I'm a bit late to the party on this one, I know tangle teezers have been around for ages but I just never bought one for some reason. I have really really long hair so I think this is definitely a good investment! I bought mine in Topshop but you can also get them in Boots and they're about £11 for the big one

2. Etude House Hand Cream - I have been loving this amazing hand cream in the shape of the cutest house ever (can I move into this house please?!) I featured it in my Korean Cosmetics Haul post and I've been using it loads recently as it just smells so lovely

3. Imperial Leather Marshmallow Shower Cream - I could not resist buying this shower gel, who doesn't want to smell like marshmallows?! I really like Imperial Leather shower gels and this one was half price in Boots

4. Vichy Dermablend Foundation - I got this foundation when I went to the Vichy event earlier this month and so far it seems pretty food. I was worried it would be too dark for me as I have really pale skin but the colour and coverage seem perfect

5. Dior Lip Maximizer - I love this volumising lip gloss. It's all minty and makes your lips tingly which means it's working right? It's a perfect gloss for everyday and you can buy it here

Saturday, 22 August 2015

POP Bakery

I tried the most amazing cake pops recently at the Vichy event and being the cake fiend that I am I knew I had to track down who made these delicious cake pops so I could buy more! It turns out they were made by POP Bakery in London and after browsing all of their amazing designs on the website (seriously, they have a Chanel bag cake pop!) I saw that you could go into the bakery and paint your own pops. Well I was sold and booked immediately haha.

Me and Olly went on a Saturday afternoon and the shop was nice and quiet which we liked. The shop itself is so cute, full of pom pom garlands and sparkly pinatas -  I wanted it all! It cost £15 each which included 3 cake pops for you to paint and all the paints, equipment etc. We got to choose which 3 cake pops we wanted to paint and I chose unicorn, nail varnish and teddy bear. Olly chose the unicorn, bear and tiger. All of the pops are plain and ready for you to decorate however you like.

We had a selection of pastel and bright coloured paints and some shimmery edible glitter as well. As you can see below Olly had a little bit of an accident with his bear, who ended up looking a bit like a bronzed panda! In total it took us about an hour but there's no rush and the atmosphere is very relaxed. When you've finished painting all your pop's they are packaged in a cute little leopard print box ready for you to take home and they last about a week if you keep them in the fridge.

I would definitely recommend this as an activity, we had so much fun and it was really relaxing. You can also book to have a party there which I think is a great idea. Check out Pop Bakery here

Do you like cake pops or have you tried making or decorating them before?

Friday, 21 August 2015

Disney Princess Takeover: Giveaway!

To celebrate the end of Disney Princess Takeover week I am hosting a Disney Princess giveaway! This is to thank anyone and everyone who has ever visited Rent or Chanel, read one of my posts, left a comment, followed me on Bloglovin, followed me on Twitter or just generally supported my blog. The prize includes

♥ Elsa mini Tsum Tsum

♥ Snow White mini Tsum Tsum

♥ Cinderella mug

♥ Frozen pencil set

♥ Anna Pez

To enter simply fill in the Rafflecopter form below, please make sure you read the rules and T&C's carefully before entering! Good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Giveaway open to UK residents only (sorry)
You must be following Rent or Chanel on both Bloglovin and Twitter to enter - other entries are optional
Giveaway will close at 11.59 on Monday 31st August
Winner will be selected on Tuesday 1st September using Rafflecopter and notified via Twitter/email
Winners will be contacted and announced within 24 hours of the giveaway closing 
The winner must respond within 48 hours, if they have not replied within this time then a new winner will be selected
If you are under 16 years old please ask a parent or guardian before entering 

Thursday, 20 August 2015

Disney Princess Takeover: Disney Leggings

Today's post is part 3 of my Disney Princess Takeover Week and it's all about awesome Disney princess leggings. I found all these crazy cute leggings on eBay and couldn't help but pair them with my 'I'm 99.9% sure I'm a Disney Princess' tee from Primark. The leggings are really good value and the quality is great too - there's also lots of other characters available including Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty! 

♥ Snow White Leggings - here
♥ Little Mermaid Leggings - here
♥ Frozen Leggings - here
♥ T-Shirt - Primark

Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Disney Princess Takeover: Princess Nail Art

Welcome to part 2 of my Disney Princess Take Over! Today's post is all about this super cute Disney Princess nail art that I tried. Now the princesses are actually decals that I bought from eBay and they were a bargain at only 99p. As they were so cheap I wasn't really sure what to expect but they were really easy to use and also really good quality - they didn't wrinkle at all.

I started by painting my nails a nice princess pink shade and once fully dry I cut the decals out from the sheet one by one. The decals were bigger than I thought so I could only fit one princess per nail. If you've never used decals before then they are very similar to temporary tattoos, just for your nails. You soak them in water for about 40 seconds (I do this using tweezers as I find it easier) and then after 40 seconds the decal just slides off the paper and you can apply it to your nail. Smooth it out with a cotton pad to make sure you haven't got any bumps. 

To seal the decals I finished with a clear top coat and princess nails were ready for the world. They lasted really well, after a week the decals still looked perfect and it was only because the nail varnish had started chipping off that I removed them. If you want to try this our for yourself then you can find the decals here. What do you think of this nail art? Have you tried using decals before?

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Saturday, 15 August 2015

Disney Princess Takeover: Cinderella Cookies

Welcome to my Disney Princess take over! I hope you like my snazzy little logo re-vamp for this week only :)

Last weekend I made the cutest cookies that ever existed, no lie. During one of my usual eBay browsing sessions I stumbled upon some incredible Disney cookie cutters and knew they needed to be mine. After much deliberation over which princess dress cutter to purchase I went for Cinderella, and got a Disney castle cutter too! The cutters are from America but delivery was really fast, less than a week. 

I then went on the search for some pink and blue icing, which I found from Amazon and ironically arrived later than the cutters even though it was from the UK! If you saw my Panda Cookies post then the recipe and method I used for these biscuits was pretty much the same except this time I had the added fun of icing. All of the biscuits took me about 2 hours in total but I made A LOT of them, so it would be quicker if you made less. To add extra magicalness I dusted the cookies with edible glitter but unfortunately it hasn't shown up very well in the pictures. 

♥ 60g butter
♥ 60g sugar
♥ 160g flour
♥ 1 egg
Ready to roll icing
Edible glitter
Icing tubes
Edible butterflies

♥ Mix butter and sugar in a bowl until smooth
♥ Add 1 beaten egg 
♥ Add flour gradually and mix to form a dough
♥ Wrap dough in cling film and put in the fridge for half an hour
♥ After half an hour take the dough out of the fridge and roll out using a rolling pin
♥ Carefully cut the shapes out and place on a a tray covered in grease proof paper
♥ Put in the oven for 10 minutes at 170c

♥ Roll out icing using a rolling pin on a surface dusted with icing sugar
Carefully cut out shapes using the same cutters as for the biscuits - for the Cinderlla dress you get an additional stamp which creates the pleats in the dress
Stick icing onto biscuits using icing tubes
Dust icing with edible glitter
To finish the Cinderella dress I used little edible white butterflies
Marvel at how beautiful your biscuits are, ahhhh

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