Paperless Post Online Invitations & Cards Review

27 Jul 2017

I've always been one for having things on paper rather than online, E-books and kindles we're something I never could get on board with and even now every idea, thought, note I take is always in a notebooks! I'm also quite a sentimental person so when it comes to things like cards for all kinds of occasions I have them saved in boxes dating back years, I love being able to look back at psychical memories. I'd never even considered concepts such as online invitations and cards, so when Paperless Post got in contact asking if I'd like to review their services I was more than intrigued!  

Straight off the bat I think if you are someone who often has parties, throws events or has a high tech using group of friends and family, Paperless Post is fantastic for you! What impressed me most was the variety of designs the website offers, some even being created by designers if you want a luxury feel. Whatever occasion you need a card or invitation for they have the solution for you, weddings, business needs, leisure parties even stationary to personalise! As a blogger I can imagine situations where online invitations would be so handy, event planning would be a breeze where you know you can also create a beautiful aesthetic to send to other bloggers and brands! For more casual use its a fun, quick way to get information out to everyone you need to get in touch with, whether it's wedding news, baby news, or just birthdays!

Personally I'm not a planner of events, but I do have a number of birthdays coming up and with my brothers being this month I decided to have a go at sending out my first online card!

(Wedding invitations they were so pretty too!)

I found myself browsing the website for at least an hour going over all the designs, finding one after another which would suit my brother perfectly! We've always grown up with Disney films so after finding this Hercules themed card I knew I'd hit the hammer on the nail, I set to the next stage of personalising it to what I wanted.

I found the process so quick and easy, after selecting the card you want the website takes you to a customising section so you can add your own touches. You have a front and 'inside' section to your card, an envelop and the site even gives you a preview play button so you can see how the card comes out of the envelop to who ever you send the invitation to. You can customise so many things such as colours, text, fonts, I gave the card a little more meaning by adding 'brother' and our names, along with a birthday themed stamp which I thought was rather cool. I appreciate quirky little things, to be an online birthday card is definitely something different. Being able to customise the card far more than you would with a paper based card is definitely my favourite feature.

With all the cards/invitations you send you can keep updated with their retrieval in the post box section under your dashboard, you can even see when they've been viewed! Having an account on the site means you can keep coins which are equal to money to purchase your online cards, AND if you don't quite feel the online concept, you can purchase your cards to be printed via paper for just a little extra!

From browsing their website and using it for myself I've definitely come round to power of online invitations. I noticed they also have a range of Halloween cards which is right up my street, so if you're my near and dear, expect to get a lot of spooky goodness in your emails in October!

Thankyou so much Paperless post for giving me the opportunity to try out something new and thankyou guys for reading! Definitely check them out if you're wanting an online service for your invitations!

Until next time,

(This post was in collaboration with Paperless post, store credit was given in exchange for a blog post. All opinions and words are truthful and my own.)

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Carter Gore Jewellery

25 Jul 2017

My post today is two things, a usual outfit post showing one of my latest bargain finds but also a jewellery review! A lot of the time I get emails just from fashion brands wanting me to style some of their clothing, so it's always refreshing to be contacted by other types of brands to really broaden what I share here on my space on the internet. Carter Gore, are a tattoo inspired jewellery brand who craft beautiful solid silver jewellery which is to die for! I'm a huge fan of silver jewellery, Carter Gore offering it's customers unique pieces such as solid band chokers and bangles which I  haven't seen being shopped in a long time. I love the name of their collections which is Carnival wonderland, Tattoo candy and Bespoke, this choker that they kindly sent me being from the Tattoo candy collection.

I opted for one of their 'Lover' chokers* because I always go for necklace jewellery and rarely wear anything on my wrist, already I've dressed it with so many different styles of outfits from day to day wear to going out! Not only do you get a number of text options from words like Lover, Princess, Sinner, Taken, etc but you can also choose the size of the solid choker, so if you want the band to be thin you can have that option or think like I have gone for. Yes the jewellery is quite pricy, this choker being priced at £135 but the quality of sterling silver and engraved text is amazing. 

"One word. It’s amazing what you can say with just one word to leave a clear, unapologetic impression of your individuality and style. Just one word, immortalised in a true Carnival aesthetic and inscribed into solid silver jewellery. Fresh, contemporary, no messing around."

What I love about this choker* is how simple but classic it is, giving a little edge with the engraved print and a bold attitude if jewellery could have such an impression! I wanted to give my over all look an edgy vibe so I've paired my accessory with something different for me, a spot of colour which isn't too far out of my comfort zone!
I love experimenting with my clothing when it comes to summer, lighter clothing, a lot of the time white, so to find something at an incredible discounted price, with colour that I never really go for felt worth trying it out! I found this red and black floral dress in the Primark sale, which is huge this season! I could of looked all day through super cheap items, this dress just being placed randomly on a rack which I'd torn apart. It was only £5! I love it when you find an item that looks pricier than what it actually is, I would never suspect it was from Primark but hey I'm not one for stunting my clothing needs by what label something is. I think this dress is edgy and a little gothic which remains in my comfort zone, I decided to pair it with my black boots, with silver embellishments to fit nicely with my choker. My family said its a very 'me' look, so I'm happy it looks good because I plan to wear it for my brothers big 30th!

Thankyou so much Carter Gore for sending me such a beautiful piece of jewellery! Definitely check them out if you want unique jewellery with a tattoo style twist!

Until next time guys,

(This post was in collaboration with Carter Gore, any items marked * we're gifted to me in exchange for a blog post. All opinions and words are my own)

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Rekindly My Love For Pinafores

23 Jul 2017

When I first started blogging at the age of seventeen on my first ever blog I remember falling in love with fashion bloggers I saw absolutely rocking dungaree's or pinafores! I always wanted a black or burgundy corduroy pinafore or dungarees with trousers, never indulging in the latter but through out those seven years till now I've bought my fair share of pinafores. A couple of years ago I bought a button down, A-line style pinafore and never took it off, I styled it with everything and when it was winter it was the perfect item to give my outfits an extra layer. As time went on though for me it became out of style, it got a little worn out, every blogger and their mum had a similar one so it just ended up in the back of my wardrobe to die. I recently tried to revive it and found it just didn't wear the same, but I do love myself a pinafore so I took to the internet to find a new one!

Lazy Oaf are a brand I've never tried before, I follow them on Instagram so I see the awesome collections they bring out and after seeing a few friends of the blogging community find killer items in the sale, I thought I'd finally give them a try! I wasn't looking out for a pinafore when I was on their site but with me wanting one, it was fate when I came across this beautiful but also really different item for only £35! Straight off the bat I do think Lazy Oaf is expensive, their dresses are always around the £70 mark and their tops above £40, but when you look at the item you can see they're a unique brand. You won't find stuff like theirs anywhere else! You're definitely paying for the quality which is what we all want, so their sale items are definitely worth a try despite still being over £30. 

I can't find the pinafore on their sale section anymore but I've never ordered something so fast when I came across it, a checked black and white pinafore which is different in itself but the black heart really makes it! It doesn't hang too low on my frame and even has two button holes so you can wear it tighter or low depending on your size and how you want to style the straps. It's different than my other pinafores because it doesn't have those dungaree style mental clasps to alter the straps, you just wear it as it comes hanging slightly lower on your frame. I was beyond excited to see too that the heart is actually a pocket! Genius.

Even with it coming in the mail a couple of days ago I've dressed it with a number of t-shirts, black long sleeved, white short sleeves, even a white shirt but I love how brighter this baby blue top with a white collar makes me look! I'm all about trying to brighten up my wardrobe this summer as the second a breeze hits for autumn I'm back to black and burnt warm tones.

I'm planning on dying my hair all black again so hopefully that'll give me more confidence to go for colour, I always fear clashing with my green hair which I know is silly. If I wear red I instantly feel like a Christmas tree.

I casually dressed this look down with a nude lip and chunky sandals, being the comfiest shoes ever for long walks in this cool summer weather.

 It feels so good to be back blogging again and I have so many ideas for my outfit looks so prepare to have regular posts again! I feel like I've missed a lot of summer so I'm hopefully going to be catching up by showing you some of my favourite looks that you may of seen on Instagram as I do update that regular. Thankyou for being patient with me, I hope you liked this look!

Until next time guys,

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It feels like forever since I sat down and not only wrote a blog post, but actually wanted to in the first place! It's been nearly two months since I felt the urge to blog, which for someone who's been blogging for nearly six years feels incredibly weird! There's been periods in my life where things have had to come first like university, but I've never gone so long feeling as if everything I'll write won't be good enough or having no motivation to even take pictures for a post. I love photography, it's always been a passion of mine and I even have a foundation level degree in it! I've always been able to get myself out of a block by taking some really good pictures, but not only was my motivation to do so not there I also had no time to do anything. It's been like this now pretty much the entirety of 2017, I just tried to cram so much into the time I had outside of work (which was very little a day because I commuted to work on the train) until finally I burned out. I wrote a blog post about everything that was going on in my life like a month ago and I'll be honest, I was at rock bottom. My boyfriend and I we're going through a tough time, I was staying at my mums, hating my job, hating life if I'm honest trying to find some ounce of time to do anything for myself and I just wanted to stay in bed all day and not bother anymore. I decided to delete the post because finally everything is coming up Milhouse and I'm sorting my life out. I don't want any reminders of how crap I felt, I'm putting it behind me and I refuse to ever feel that low in my life again! A lot has happened over the space of two months and I want to let you guys in, push aside the negative bits and tell you straight! A life update, but with the positive things. 

I quit my full time job and retail and now I have my own online business! 

This possibly has to be the biggest highlight for me this year whilst also being the biggest burden, I'm incredibly happy with this life choice because it's literally my dream! But it's come out of an uncomfortable place because I blame my job working in retail on how much my mental health suffered this year. I've always been a happy person, many people describe me as a ball of energy and I always remain positive about everything, so for everyone including myself to see that drain out of me was heart breaking. I never thought a job would mentally start to effect me so much, but when it got to the point of me crying every day before I got to work, I knew I had to quit and do something I really loved. I mentioned a number of times that I worked for H&M, I started in the branch in York which was so much like a family to me, everyone was so SO nice to me, but I got offered a manager position so to do my training  I was moved to the branch in Leeds! I was so excited to start with because this was such a huge opportunity for me, but literally from day one it was problem after problem. It was like management there we're so unorganised of me being trained, I didn't get any of my training tools until three weeks in, and then when I started to go to the training school I saw how lax they we're being with me. I had a title with no power, no one saw me as a manager, everyone was super nice, but the manager who was training me had zero time to do so. He never planned me in for anything that I was meant to be 'studying' so when I was tasked certain things like reports to do via my training school, it just wouldn't get done because I was being used as a body on the shop floor. If I had a training plan it must of been wrote out in invisible pen because I never saw it once. I started to realise it just wasn't for me, I hated the traveling and I just started to feel so messed about. 

So with feeling pretty shit whilst I was at work, I also had my life crashing down outside too. I hated commuting it took up to much time, I had moved back in with my parents who live in the middle of no where so traveling to do anything was off the cards (meaning getting to the station was either walking 40 minutes or relying on my mum for a lift which I felt so bad about I'm a 23 year old woman lol) I felt like I was invading everyones like with my shit pile of problems, so I just felt very alone. I shared a bed with my sister and lived out of a draw of about five outfits, but I did manage to really reflect on where my life was at and what I needed to do to get my happiness back.

I let how unhappy work was getting me effect everything else, so after days of talking to both my family and Joel too I decided that the best thing was for me to hand in my notice and look for another job. Joel's always been so supportive and we decided that I would finally just go for it and actually work for myself! Since being at university I've sold my artwork, very part time as I always worked and had other things going on like uni, but finally this was the perfect time to follow what I've always wanted to do and what I went to university for! I did want a part time job, just a little something to tie me over whilst I was building my products, but my manager being incredibly useless once again forgot to tell me that I had an interview for a part time slot at Doncaster H&M and basically cost me the job. I was that mad that I didn't even finish my notice period, I just walked out. I've never been messed around in a job as much as I had working in Leeds, which was such a shame because I loved the company so much. I've never walked out of a job before, but it felt like the last straw to me and finally I could focus on myself and getting my art store Witch Crafts going!

Since taking the plunge to work for myself I literally had not stopped, but it feels so good to be doing something that I love! I enjoy waking up super early to sit at my mac and work, networking, building my store, designing up ideas and then spending my days creating artwork which people are loving! I took a big leap of faith and it feels so good that people are on the same page, showing me so much support and love which I've never felt so appreciate for! I've really needed the supporting hands to help me back up, I feel so happy already that I'm going down the path I honestly feel I was destined to go in this life time. Being unhappy in my job really affected Joel and I but now we have so much time for each other, I work from home so sorting out the house, things like that has become less of a burden on us both. I've been working for myself for a couple of weeks now and I already have t-shirts, jewellery, lots of art prints, embroidery art and even some home decor! I've started working on dolls, greeting cards, other paper crafts and I'm putting together a couple of zines! I've been working my ass off but it feels so good.  

I've been treating it as a working job with my own work schedule, a plan of what I'm doing each hour of the day between 8 and 4, so now my new challenge is to also balance in blogging! I'm having some technical difficulties at the moment with my memory cards corrupting and my camera just doesn't want to work, but I'm going to get back on fashion blogging and regularly posting again! Even if its only twice or three times a week, its what I love to do in life and I want to do it full time now I have the chance. 

Oh and I've also given my hair a little loving with a chop! Back to having my short little bob and I love it, I'm struggling with whether to dye the whole thing green again or just go back to black to give it a little rest while it grows out again! 

I want to say thank you to so many people who have kept me level headed and really been there for me these past months! So many blogger babes are there for you thick or thin, sending positive waves through the internet and I've really needed it when I've felt like I've had no one to talk to. You're all so supporting so thank you, it's meant so much.

If you're interested in seeing what artwork I create here is my store Witch Crafts  & I do plan to make a lot of art related posts here on Heartshapedbones which I'm super excited about! D.I.Ys, Q&As, my opinion on specific art thangs, just a lot of what I'm about. 

Thanks everyone, until next time, 

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