Vinyl Clock

Vinyl Clocks Review

Guest post by Matthew Dean

Vinyl is one of those things in life that is hard not to love. Personally, I find everything about vinyl cool. The look, the feel, the smell. As a DJ living in a now digital age, but having learnt on turntables and vinyl, I have developed a respect for the medium that will never leave me.

My girlfriend and I have recently moved home and I’m still in the process of arranging my home studio exactly how I want it. So when I came home from work and Katrina presented me with a Vinyl Clock, I was over the moon! What a perfect compliment to my beloved studio!

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The box it came in was nicely designed and contained the clock securely in a polystyrene case, making it extremely difficult for any accidents to occur during transit!

Upon opening the case, I was presented with a Beatles 7″ single featuring ‘She Loves You/I’ll Get You’ – very cool! On this occasion, the vinyl was selected at random but on the Vinyl Clocks website there is a huge range to choose from of both 12″ and 7″ vinyls, picture vinyls and even cover artwork.

The clock mechanism itself is very securely attached and contains a hook on the back to easily mount onto any wall. The hands of the clock are gold which looks great in contrast to the black vinyl. Not much more to report there – it does its job and that’s to tell the time!

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The website is smart, nicely laid out, easy to navigate and conveniently it uses PayPal as payment method. Considering the time it takes to source vinyls in good enough condition to use for display and to then mount the clock mechanism securely without damaging the vinyl, the pricing is very reasonable indeed starting from £13.95!

So, with Valentine’s Day just around the corner, why not grab one now for the music lover in your life? Or even just for yourself! I am delighted with mine and know that you will be too.

Beauty Works Beehive Messy Bun

Beauty Works

It’s finally Friday! I thought this week would never end, it has gone so slowly and I have been looking forward to 2 days off since Monday.

I’ve recently been trying to master the messy bun and although I am almost, very nearly, there I can’t do it quite as perfectly as some of the expert blogger girls! But there’s a solution: cheat.

Beauty Works Beehive Messy Bun

Beauty Works is an online store specialising in hair extensions and hair pieces. They offer a really wide variety of options, including clip-in fishtail braids, plaited buns, bows and braids.

I opted for the Beehive Messy Bun in Boho Blonde which is an almost icy blonde colour. It’s not a perfect colour match, which is my fault, but my hair is due for a dye shortly so it will hopefully match sometime soon!

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I’ve seen these hairpieces before and always been put off because the way in which you attach them to your hair is really obvious and you know that everybody is going to know its fake! However, this Beauty Works bun couldn’t be easier to attach.

1. Tie your hair up in to a small bun.

2. Place over the top of your natural hair, using the hair grip/slide to anchor it on.

3. Then simply pull the elasticated toggle until the bun is a tight fit and hide the toggle inside.

4. Done.

It really is as simple as that! Plus, when it’s on it looks really realistic and gives you celebrity styling with minimal effort and hassle!

This particular bun retails at £29.99 but they also stock a wide variety of others, including a smaller messy bun.

Areyou a messy bun fan?

Dairy Free Apple Loaf

No Dairy Apple Loaf

3 eggs
3/4 small apples -peeled, cored & sliced
5 teaspoons mixed spice/cinnamon
4 teaspoons baking soda
250g sugar
250g plain flour

Grease a baking tin. I used a loaf tin and it was the perfect size for the above quantities. Increase for a bigger tin.

Mix flour, baking soda and 4 teaspoons of mixed spice/cinnamon (the other teaspoonful will come later!) in a bowl.

In a separate bowl whisk the eggs and sugar.

Gradually fold in the flour to the egg and sugar mix.

Now fold in the apples and then pour into your baking tin.

Dust the final teaspoon of mixed spice/cinnamon over the mixture.

Bake for 50-60 minutes at 200 degrees.

Enjoy!

Dairy Free Apple Loaf

organic raw coconut oil

Organic Coconut Oil

Raw coconut oil would have previously been something I saw in a health food shop and walked past, without a second glance. But it seems I have been wrong all these years and have missed out on one of the best multiuse products available!

This tub of 100% organic raw coconut oil retails at £14 for 500g, what a bargain! The tub is full to the brim and with so many uses for it you will be using all around the house!

Let’s start with my favourite uses, which I can attest to:

Conditioner – I applied this to my hair and left it for about 30 minutes before
rinsing and then washing as normal. After drying I couldn’t believe how soft my
hair was. It has 100% never felt that soft before in my life and it smelt great
too! The coconut oil is in solid form inside the jar but as soon as it meets
the heat of your hand it begins to melt and turns in to oil. You don’t need
much at all to cover your locks!

Cooking – Instead of using oil to fry my meat I have been using this
instead, primarily for Kormas. It’s fantastic, not only is it healthier than
using oil or butter but it adds a hint of coconut goodness to the meat (and
smells yummy whilst frying too!)

Stress Relief– Has your day in the office got to you? Just
rub in to your temple in a circular motion, the scent of coconuts will soon
relax you.

organic raw coconut oil

organic raw coconut oil

But that’s not it, there are so many uses I would need several pages. Here are a few more I have found on Google, some I have tried myself too:

Dusting, cleaning the bathroom, Make-up Brush cleaner, Eyelash Strengthener, Reduce spot redness, combat stretch marks, helps to heal new tattoos, curbs appetites, sore throat relief, chapped lips, cleaning your car, lubricate scissors when cutting sticky things, deodorant, remove chewing gum, use in pastries and soups, prevent hangnails and ingrown nails, personal lubricant.. and I am sure there are many more!

See what I mean about it being a product you simply need in your house? It’s fantastic!

What uses have you got for Coconut Oil?

Hot Toddy Candle

Hot Toddy Candle

Now this is a really interesting concept and I was actually very intrigued when I first found out about it.

Marie Reynolds hascreated a range of candles handmade in Britain that can be used for massage, as a room fragrance, on the body, for exfoliation, as a solid perfume or as a conditioner.

Yes, you read that right – a candle that does all of that. What is this magic?!

Hot Toddy Candle

With prices ranging from £5.50 for a 30g candle this product could not be more multipurpose. I have before heard of or seen a candle that has so many uses. Never have I thought to use a candle as a lip balm and a conditioner before lighting it in my living room.

But that’s what makes this product so great. It doesn’t just serve the one purpose and having this in your bathroom would allow you not only to relax whilst in the bath but also to ensure that your skin is soft, supple and smelling lovely!

I must admit that I was not sold by the Marie Reynolds website, I don’t think it fully reflects the quality of the products – but it is just a storefront and doesn’t affect the products. They come beautifully gift wrapped and would make the perfect gift this Christmas.

I got the Hot Toddy scent, which is perfect for winter with notes of spiced apple and cinnamon. However, there are many other choices including Refresh, Indulge & Hope. All with their own blend of scents.

I have the 50g votive candle, which comes in a lovely glass jar and is gift wrapped in cellophane, at a cost of £8.50.