So - we're back to my favourite time of the month. No not that time - my Liana Marcel Designs Subscription Box! This month it's Pandas! I was so excited when I was on holiday when I heard it had arrived, and then even debated coming back home just to grab it!
Just to fill any of you that haven't seen my previous unboxing - Liana Marcel Designs is lovely enough to send out this box to me each month. As a small crafter, she lovingly hand crafts and creates these great themed boxes that arrive every month - and trust me. Once you get one, you won't look back.
So let's dive right in and let you know what I got!
Side note - My camera has decided to not work, so please excuse the rubbish quality. The pictures do not do these items justice.
All of the subscription boxes come packaged wonderfully in lots of fancy tissue paper which of course amuses me as much as it possibly can. This month was no exception and contained lots of cute stripes with the trademark "the marcel club" sticker, which removes so easily that I can use it again as wrapping paper for my holiday presents!
I thought I would mix things up and use Cabbage the T-Rex as my model today.
So the first item you get is the information page, that lets you know about the theme of the box and any information that you need to know. I love reading these as Liana writes it all herself, so I feel like I'm having an insight into her creative soul - and trust me. It's wonderful in there.
The next two items are a colouring page that you can colour in and post to her page for a great reward, and the most adorable post card on this planet. How she ever thought of a Pandicorn evades my brain, but I am so glad that she did! Being a huge pastel lover, the entire design makes my mind decide never to send it, but to frame it for my wall. Which is exactly what I did!
The next item is something that I have fallen in love with, within milliseconds. The little panda bead fits onto any Pandora bracelet if you don't want to keep it on the bracelet, however the bracelet itself is so nice to wear and matches all of my accessories I horde. I personally chose to (Once I finished screaming) to put the bead onto my Chamilia bracelet with my other similar beads, and when I looked back to the bracelet - Geran had stolen it for himself. Typical! However he is just as happy with it as I am and hey! Double purpose!
The next item is a sparkly resin Panda brooch, who's eyes jiggle when you move. This is so well crafted, that I genuinely thought that this was purchased from a shop. It came in a small fabric tie string bag which got me so excited to see what was inside, and I now use it to store my rings as the fabric shines them whilst they are sat safely inside. I'm wearing this every day on my winter coat and I have had so many compliments on this, and I just stand there proudly and announce it was hand crafted. If you aren't a big brooch wearer, then don't forget - adding them to scarves, bags and purses make an old item new again, and add a bit of necessary sparkle that we all need.
Now this little devil was so hard to try and photograph as he kept rolling away from me, but it was worth it in the end. This little panda bag charm is the new addition to my handbag - I swear if she keeps making these things so damn cute I will have more key-rings than bag soon! The fact that he is holding a little bit of bamboo makes my heart melt and with green being my favourite colour - this is perfect for me.
This has to be one of my favourite items from the box - a panda magnetic peg. Now I am a huge photo lover, and I cover the walls with photos of every memory I can find, but my knees quiver at the thought of new ways to put them up. This cute little peg is the new addition to my fridge holding up one of my favourite photos me and Geran, and it makes my boring fridge (Named Viscount Vladimir - Yes I name everything) look bright and part of the room rather than just an appliance.
This podgy little panda is a cute hand cream that leaves you so super soft - Just like a panda's baby bottom ... wait, wouldn't that be fuzzy? Never mind. It's fair to say that this is such a handy item to have in you bag for those up coming winter months.
Once again you get a pack of seeds - this time Bamboo to match the fun Panda theme. Now - as a girl who can barely keep herself alive, I struggle nurturing plants so these are getting popped into my mum's bag who loves these seeds and can't wait to start on the Bamboo!
The next adorable thing, is the one I look forward to most. STATIONARY! This month is of course pandas and comes with a small notepad and matching pen which makes me too happy to explain to you. I love nothing more than leaving annoying notes around the place for Geran which of course drives him insane but it's too much fun to stop.
The next two items are my favourite two from this box. The first being this gorgeous little hair bow. Now, I was a huge fan of these in high school and I wore them relentlessly so of course I thought cute! Brings back memories. Then I actually just shoved it in my hair to remember where I put it, and DIDN'T TAKE IT OFF FOR A WEEK. I've literally wore this little bow relentlessly, just in the side of my hair or in my plaits and bows. It's made me stupidly happy and I have no idea why. The colours are my favourite to wear and it just looks so damn cute it makes me want to cry. It's made so sturdy, and I have no fear of it falling out like normal hair accessories.
So finally the last item is this amazing panda necklace. I genuinely thought that this had been purchased, and opening up the matching packaging made my knees shake. The gold chain is dainty and bright gold in colour which adds a touch of glamour to a simple design, and the panda itself it so happy and bright that it makes me giddy. Like the bow, I have refused to remove this, and I doubt I ever will.
Liana Marcel's boxes are my favourite time of the month, and make me so happy to open. Everything is wrapped so perfectly and can be worn so easily that I never find something in here that I don't want to keep unless someone physically takes them from me. I can actually see my friend eyeing this up as I type so I better type fast!
The pure fact that Liana hand crafts everything herself, and puts all of this time and effort to bring a smile and a bit of sparkle to everyone makes it more special than you can imagine. To top it off she is one of the nicest and most interesting people I have had ever had the joy to speak to and I can't wait to see what she does in the future.
You can find Liana and all of her wonderful products on her website and on her facebook page so go ahead and take a look - you won't regret it!
So, this is what you will first receive if you get your hands on one of these subscription boxes, and the first thing I thought? Thank god I didn't have to sign for it! Liana packages all of her items neatly into perfectly sealed packages that actually FIT THROUGH THE LETTERBOX! Which was very lucky for me, seeing as I was in the shower singing my heart out to Disney tunes at the time.
This months subscription box is call Runicorn Starbows, which is the cutest name for a box that I could think of! Before you all start running off and naming your children the same, remember! Liana came up with it first!
So let's get inside!
Well, if you are anything like me, wonderful packaging and tissue paper and bags make you giddy. If so, you will adore this box. All of the bags and tissue paper are reusable, and the only thing that you have to remove is this cute little sticker which removes VERY easily. Need some tissue paper for that birthday present you wrapped? Turn to your subscription box and thank the Marcel club for that!
Side note before we look through the other photos - As my usual set up has decided to become cluttered (No of course I didn't make it that way... It must have been those darn magic elves again) I will be using an adorable prop to help me to show you these items!
The first item I pulled out of the box was handmade rainbow badge (With the addition of matching packaging which makes my heart flutter). I will be completely honest with you. When I pulled this out of the box, I was convinced that this was bought instead of made. I was trying with all of my might to find a manufacturing mark, but I couldn't. This is so meticulously made that it melts my brain, and I cannot wait to wear this!
The second item is this crocheted coaster, and of course it is completely unique which I take complete pleasure in. I am of course the most clumsy girl in the entire world and I would destroy this by spilling coffee in a matter of seconds of using it, however it has found a lovely new purpose. It now has my fancy candles (The ones that are too pretty to light - I can't be the only one) sat on top, and the colours match perfectly. It gives my sides a more homely look and I love it.
Well, I believe my first reaction was as follows -
"OH my god its so god damn cute! Awww look at it! Wait...oh my god it's a ring"
And you can quote me on that. Now yet again, I fell completely in love with this little devil, who I of course put straight on, and continuously shoved it into anyone's face that would listen. They didn't have to even listen, just being in the general area was enough for me. This is an adjustable ring, so no worries for anyone with it not fitting - and let's be honest. You would make it if it didn't. Trust me, it's worth it.
Like, despite my freaky looking thumb, how adorable is this? It's the best conversation starter with my boyfriends mother noticing in 0.2 seconds flat and making a happy squealing noise with clapping hands...she takes after me all too well.
Now, if you know me at all, you know that stationary is another strange weakness of mine. It's like an addiction. Back to school time is my favourite, as even though i'm not in school, I find myself buying a new pencil case and filling it up with thousands of pens from a Biro, to smelly gel pens to felt tips. So when I opened this cute little bag to find stationary I almost cried.
The little pad has Liana's trademark rainbow unicorn on it, with "I need to -" written at the top. As a girl with a memory like a fish, this is like a god send to me. It also came with a rainbow rubber and tape, because what's better than cute stationary? Cute MATCHING stationary... I told you it was an addiction.
Each month Liana pairs up with Jessica Meek Design to create a wonderful little creation to add to your ever growing stationary, to add a little colour and cuteness it most definantly needs.
The next item is a little keyring with lots of beads and stars. Now, as an avid collector of key rings - so much so that I cant fit my keys in my bag, this is a wonderful addition. I love Pandora beads, and this one had a gorgeous purple one attached which gave me an image of matching my bracelet with my keyring. However, as much as this image impressed me, my mother noticed this wonderful item and claimed it as her own within minutes.
I must add, that this photo does not do the colours justice, but my silly camera decided that it was indeed night time, and decided to dull the colours. Modern day problems.
Not to mention, that once again it came in the most wonderful packaging again. Everything should be packaged this cutely, then again. If it did, I would freak out with every purchase.
The next few items were -
An adorable postcard with her famous unicorn with the saying - Always be yourself, unless you can be a unicorn. Then always be a unicorn. I love this postcard, it's so simple but super fun. Although I have a feeling that I will never send it as it's so cute. No one deserves this cuteness!
A colouring page, which you could do yourself or even give to a younger sibling to complete. If you colour it in, and send a photo to Liana's Facebook page, then you could win yourself a wonderful discount on her store! I won't lie, that at 21 years old, I broke out the crayola as soon as I had taken the photos.
Some cute stickers, that I can see myself attaching to everything and annoying my boyfriend relentlessly with.
Some seeds! Not just any seeds! But rainbow rose seeds! Which is so adorable, and match the theme of the box completely! I of course can only keep a cactus alive, but I plan to give these to my mother who is the more nurturing and can give these roses an actual chance at survival!
This is it - My new jewellery piece that I refuse to take off from the second I get it. Welcome - the unicorn heart necklace. As modelled by stitch here, it looks rather large, but in fact it is the perfect size. This is small, vintage looking with a pop of glitter, and it makes my knees shake. Once again this photo does it no justice as when the light hits it, it sparkles and makes you throw your head back, stand a little taller, and scream to the world "I'M GONNA TAKE A BAJILLION SELFIES WITH THIS BAD BOY!"
As proven by this "I'm trying to look all moody and seductive" selfie that I took, literally minutes after I had unwrapped this; and yes. I know that my head looks freakishly big in this picture. I didn't say it was a good selfie, but ... that bling though!
The last two things are a colourful friendship bracelet - modelled by my lifeless, limp hand above, and a knitting patter for a unicorn (not pictured, as it's super difficult to photograph paper "Artsy"). This bracelet is going straight on my best friends wrist when she is down, to show my freakish attachment to her, and I will be purchasing another myself.
My experience with friendship bracelets has not been kind to me in the past, as they usually disintegrate within minutes of me wearing them, as I tend not to take off bracelets for anything, but these are super durable! I ran my hand under water, and the colour didn't run or fade, and I rolled my wrist around like a frantic chicken to see if there would be any wear and tear and nothing! This is totally "Clumsy Jacqui Approved".
And finally, the obligatory #selfie with my wonderful prop for my final words. Working with Liana has been an absolute pleasure, and as a person she is so kind and lovely. Not only have the products been outstanding, but the company has been a delight.
Liana Marcel subscription boxes are fun for all ages, and worth much more than they are due to the detail, effort and love that has gone into every single item. If you are after a surprise every month, with something that is unique, fun and lovable, then look no further!
To top it all off, if you would like to order anything from Liana, then just visit her site - lianamarcel.co.uk and type in the discount code THEBROUGHBLOG for 20% her entire shop! That's not just subscriptions boxes but all of her resin crafts and more! So take a look, and support a well deserved crafty business that will add a little sparkle to your life.
Have you ever let your crafty mind run free and create something you're proud of? Have you ever then showed your family who Ooh'd and Aah'd and said "You should totally sell that! You could make millions?" Well when Martina Plaschka started to make her marvellous creations, she did just that. She headed over to Etsy (A wonderful online site that you can sell your creations on) and created The Urban Squirrel.
Martina crochets and felts wonderful items such as headbands, hats and bowls and after an eager chat through her Facebook page (Links will be at the bottom) I awaited my parcel.
After around a week's wait, it finally arrived and I was over the moon.
The first thing I noticed was the envelope itself which was covered in gorgeous vintage looking stamps of The Urban Squirrel, which gave it such a personal touch. Then looking into the envelope (More like tearing it open in excitement) I found a paper gift bag covered in my favourite thing in the world - bunting with yet another adorable touch of an Urban Squirrel sticker.
Upon further inspection I noticed that there was a wonderfully vintage postage card of the New Yorker cover on the front addressed by The Urban Squirrel once more. This little touch did not fail to impress me, as I am a sucker for all things carefully thought out and vintage.
The headband itself is meticulously crafted which I would happily find in places such as Accessorize. You truly cannot tell that it has been made by the fingers of a lovely lady from Austria. The colour is gorgeous, and the brightest purple that she thoughtfully chose for me (Ask me to choose a colour and I suddenly forget everything) and it matches my hair wonderfully.
It is perfect for the colder weather (And I know that some of you may be into the hotter climate but if you are anything like me, and are in Britain then...it's pretty much winter). It is definantly going to be one of my wardrobe staples in the future.
They make wonderful presents for your friends of family, and what is nicer? Something that you can pick up in a mainstream shop? Or something that has been created with love? I know what I would choose.
The Urban Squirrel also create mother and child creations, and much more so do not hesitate to take a look at her wonderful store!
Click here for --->The Urban Squirrel Etsy Store
Please note that this is not a sponsored post and I only review items honestly.
Let me know what your favourite Etsy store is!
Much love x
Well it's time again for me to be judgmental about another place to dine. This time, it is time for The Beaten Track in Shrewsbury which is part of a large chain of Fayre and Square restaurants.
The Waterfront is a recent appearance to the dining world in Shrewsbury. Directly across from the River Severn, The Waterfront boasts a gorgeous exterior with beautiful views from the smoking/outside area.
The inside boasts an impressive interior, with columns, bookcases and a rather vintage chic look which I personally adore. A miss match of chairs, tables, pictures of the country, and an impressive roof mural complete the unique eatery.
Enough of the looks right? Down to the important part. How was the food? Well I can say... it is gorgeous! The wonderful, and polite staff handed me and my partner an impressive menu, with a range of choices from vegetarian food to carveries.
We decided upon the BBQ pulled pork wrap and expected the usual pre-cooked nonsense, however what arrived was beautiful. The meat was freshly cooked, and had just been "pulled", and came with home made chips and a fresh salad.
I have to admit that I was wowed by this place, and loved the freshly cooked food mixed with the friendly atmosphere.
I have since called back several times for coffee, and for lunch, and have yet to be disappointed. The simple touches they create such as a homemade cookie/cinder toffee with your coffee, to the friendly conversation.
Disabled access is good, as my mothers wheel chair happily fit in the toilets, and one of the staff members helped with direction, and kept a close eye on us to make sure we were okay. Although I will note that the ramp to get up to restaurant, although short, is very steep and needs a pair of strong arms.
I would definantly recommend The Waterfront to anyone in Shrewsbury, who fancies anything from a coffee to a meal, and I look forward to my next visit.
The restaurant - bondswaterfront.co.uk
For anyone wandering, I was not paid or sponsored to write this. All of the above is purely my own personal opinion. And I am a woman, so that makes me right!