I have moved!!!

Thank you all for your patience this week! My blog has finally moved and is up and running, (hopefully with no problems).  

You can find me here

http://eclecticenchantments.co.uk/

Please come along and have a look, let me know what you think and join me for me for further Eclectic Enchantments! 

 

Thank you!

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I am moving….

This week I am going to be going through the process of moving my blog over from WordPress to a self hosted site.

If you want to get in touch with me in the meantime, please do using – 

Twitter – @LacunaRaven

Facebook – Eclectic Enchantments

or by email at eclecticenchantments-erika@yahoo.co.uk 

 

I will keep everyone updated on Twitter and Facebook and let you know when I have completed the move! 

I really hope that you will all come with me, your comments and time, as always are appreciated and inspiring! 

Thank you and have a fabulous week! 

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The Make Over – My First Outing!

The time finally came where I had to plunge straight into the unknown and brave the world around me with my new look.  No practising indoors and trying to perfect the techniques and know how, no shying away from the courage needed to put one foot in front of the other and actually leave the house as the new me.  There was no escaping it, the time had come!

Honestly, I was terrified and nervous.  I’m not the most experienced when it comes to beauty and fashion, but hopefully I make up for that with eagerness and enthusiasm.

First my hair and make up.  I attempted a long locked Dita von Teese inspired down do.  Big waves and a little pin back, with lots of bounce.  I was pleased with how it came out.  For my make up I used my faithful Benefit Cosmetics and was still astonished, as I am every time I use them, at how lovely and effective they are.  My lipstick is by Guerlain and an absolute delight to wear.   My eye liner was a total surprise to me.  I will talk more about it when I post regarding my Beauty Box subscriptions this month, as it was in one of those.  I loved it!! Be a Bombshell in Onyx.  It has to be the best eye liner I have ever used.  All will be revealed later this week!

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I have to confess that I attempted to use my false eyelashes, but after spending half an hour trying to just get one to stick on straight, I admitted defeat and thought I would leave them for another day when I was less stressed.

I was really quite pleased with the hair style and my make up, but feel maybe I would have felt better about the look if my nerves were not anywhere near as on edge as they were.  As I said, the hair was inspired, not a copy.

The little brooch that you can see in the shape of a strawberry is very close to my heart, (I don’t mean in location).  It belonged to my dear Aunty Barbara who passed away when I was eighteen, she left it too me and I thought it would be just right with this dress!

First up is my lovely coat from Marks & Spencer.  The Notch Lapel Tipped Belted Mac in black is very comfortable and fits nicely. It suits the vintage look and compliments the dress style.

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I am just not very good at taking a serious picture, so apologies for this one!  I always feel like a bit of a plank posing for pictures.

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My shoes are by Viva La Diva and unfortunately I can’t tell you much more about them as they were a gift.  They have a small heel and are leather.  Very comfortable and looked lovely paired with my dress!

The dress!  By Hell Bunny and called Evie, this black and red polka dot, 1950’s inspired Rockabilly fit and flare dress, is beautiful!!  I ordered it from Sirens and Starlets online who were fabulous!  Fast delivery and everything I ordered was stunning! They cater for all sizes and have some of the most beautiful vintage inspired dresses I have come across.

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The dress is just beautiful! The fabric is of an extremely high quality and sits perfect with my figure.  I love the detailing on the collar and sleeves, it really finishes the dress off.  Every time I look at it I see Minnie Mouse!  I love it and who wouldn’t at only £44.99?

My tights were also from M&S, but I can’t remember how much they were and sadly they are now out of stock on their site.  They were Limited Collection Spot Sheer Tights and just the ticket to go with Evie!

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For my nails I used a bright letterbox red from my nail box and Shatter by OPI over the top!  I was really pleased with the result and will definitely be getting more OPI colours in the future!

Then we come to my bag! Oh the bag! I really feel I ought to dedicate an entire post to Martini, from Jump From Paper.  So I will just say that the bag is fabulous and truly amazing!

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I was wearing a set of ivory pearls that were handed down to me by my mum and are strung with gold findings.  They are really delicate and exquisite.  I adore pearls as they are so classic and sophisticated, I felt they finished the whole outfit off nicely.

Thank you again for reading my latest post, I hope that you have enjoyed it!

Have a great day!

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A Boost with Kaiser Chiefs

A short while ago I noticed a competition on Twitter being run by the lovely people at Boost Energy Drinks!  The competition was for two tickets to see Kaiser Chiefs at the Leeds First Direct Arena on the 13th September.  To enter the contest all I had to do was change the name of a Kaiser Chief’s song by swapping out one of the words for the word Boost!  Being a huge Kaiser Chiefs fan, I decided it was worth a go.  At first I thought of ‘I Boost a Riot’ (I predict a Riot) but wasn’t happy that it would give me a good enough chance.  In the end I changed ‘Addicted to Drugs’ to ‘Addicted to Boost’.    After entering I actually forgot about the competition and went about my business.

On the 10th September I noticed a mention pop up on Twitter.  I was a little shocked and had to read it a number of times:

Boost Drinks ‏@Boost_Drinks

Congrats to @mcweasel01 and @LacunaRaven!

You’ve both won ticket to see the

@KaiserChiefs @LeedsArena this Friday – nice one!

To say I was excited is an understatement.  My husband and I have been Kaiser Chief fans since the first time we heard them.  Unfortunately, due to my health and other factors, we had never had the opportunity to see them in concert before.  We have their albums and even had some of their songs played at our weeding reception!

I received a direct message asking for my email address and phone number, which I gladly handed over and then I waited.

I received a phone call from the lovely Jess at Boost asking who I would be taking with me, so the name could go on the ticket.  I said Mick, of course and asked if we would need to pick the tickets up from the arena on the night.  Jess replied, ‘Oh no, I will be meeting you at the VIP entrance with your tickets.’ I was a touch shocked as I honestly thought I had just won standard tickets. VIP!!  I wondered what that meant but tried to act all cool, I don’t think I achieved this by the way.

I later received an email from Jess detailing the night and included the terms & conditions.  This is where I started to lose my marbles.  The email stated that we would gain VIP entrance and be served food and champaign on arrival.  I’m thinking, this is amazing!!  What a prize, I am so lucky!! Jess even asked if we had any dietary requirements, awkwardly I replied about having Coeliac’s and was assured not to worry it would be taken care of!  I opened up the T&C’s and found that not only had I been lucky enough to win this fantastic experience, but that we would be watching the gig from a private suite!!!

OH MY WORD!!!

I am going to post separately about my outfit, shoes and bag as I am already aware of how much I am rambling.

I was so excited and on the day of the gig spent ages getting ready.  To be fair, I was very nervous.  Going out is a big deal for me with my health, I panic and worry that I will ruin everyone’s night by falling or being unwell, not to mention my confidence.  I was wearing a new dress, shoes, taking my new bag on it’s first outing and had a lovely new coat.  My make over was in full swing and taking it’s first real footsteps into the world.

My parents agreed to look after the poorly pooch and Dad offered to drop us at the venue, so we didn’t have to worry about parking and so on.  On arrival at the Arena we were impressed.  Please have a look at the First Direct Arena website at some of the images, the architecture is interesting and at night the whole building is lit up.  I forgot to photograph it in my excitement!

Not sure of the right entrance, we attempted to go into the wrong one and was told, ‘Oh no you need the nice posh door’.  Mick and I looked at each other, still in disbelief we were here and wanting to laugh out at the luck we seemed to be having.  We were escorted around the side and entered a foyer that was a kin to a posh hotel!  Sleek, black marble, elegant and very luxurious.  Here, we were presented our tickets and the whole thing suddenly became real!!

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We were led into an elevator and arrived at a long balcony, directed along to Suite 19.  We felt like idiots, it is safe to safe, do we just go in? Do we knock? Unsure so we asked – can you tell we had never experienced anything like this before?

We were met on the other side of the door by the lovely Jess and Rachel from Boost!  So nice and friendly, we both immediately felt at ease.  I must have seemed like a gormless child, I was so excited by the whole experience and anyone who knows me, knows I can talk for England!

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Rachel is on the left and Jess on the right.

We were served Champaign on arrival, acquainted with the suite and told to just enjoy!  The gorgeous Boost ladies were so kind, I had a great time chatting with them and having a drink! I could not thank them enough and the rest of Boost Drinks for such an amazing night!

The suite it self was beyond sweet! (See what I did there?)

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It honestly felt like being at home, comfortable and relaxing.  Plenty of seating and room for people to move around.  We shared the suite with two other couples who had also won.  They were also delightful to meet and made the evening that much more special!

Champaign and nibbles, well I say nibbles, the staff at the arena actually brought me up a large plate of ‘gluten free’ food, just to make sure I had enough to eat.

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Both were delicious!

We also had a really good view of the stage, with absolutely no chance of the tall fellow with the top hat, standing or sitting in front of you.  this always happens to me!

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The first band up were Teleman.  I really enjoyed their laid back, vintage vibe that had a modern twist.  everyone in our Suite were commenting on how easy to listen to they were and how much they enjoyed their music.  I was disappointed to hear they haven’t yet got an album, but hopefully this wont be too long to wait for!

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Second on the bill were Pulled Apart By Horses.  Again really enjoyable and good to watch, however a completely different sound to Teleman.  Much heavier and more of a cross between Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath.  It was brilliant to find a second decent band supporting the main act!  They engaged the crowd and you could tell they had a few die hard fans in the mosh pit below us!

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Then it was time.  The excitement was literally flickering through the air as the atmosphere built up and everyone awaited Kaiser Chiefs.

The arena went dark, the crowd became like a single living organism, cheering and shouting, clapping and bouncing and then the stage came to life.

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Shadows behind a brightly lit curtain, draped over the stage with Kaiser Chiefs emblazoned across the top.  It signalled the arrival of the band we had all come to see, the band I had been lucky enough to win tickets for!

It was immense.  no words can truly describe the atmosphere.  Fans from all walks of life were there, young and old, each and everyone of them singing along to the songs we know and love.  Ecstatic at hearing the new numbers and just generally having the most amazing time!

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From Ruby, to I predict a Riot, there was nothing to disappoint!

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The band sound as good, if not better live as they do on their CDs.

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They spoke to the crowd and got us all involved in every aspect of the gig, making it that much more special! Kaiser Chief’s energy knew no bounds and the crowd were happy to match it!

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Even from our box we could feel the electricity in the air when the first few bars of our favourite songs started.  I couldn’t have been more pleased when they came back on for an encore and performed for another twenty minutes.

All in all we had a fantastic time!  We heard some fabulous new songs by the band and can’t wait for the next instalment of their journey!  We heard two new bands that excited us and to top it all we were treated like royalty!

I honestly can not thank Boost Energy Drinks, Jess or Rachel enough for this incredible experience.  It really was a once in a lifetime chance to experience how the other half live when they go to gigs!  I was also thrilled to be able to try Boost Citrus and have to say I thoroughly enjoyed it.  Seriously, i sent hubby out the next day to hunt down some for me.  Unfortunately, we have only been able to get Boost Cola, which is delicious, but have requested the shop stock Citrus as I loved the flavour!

I am still bubbling with excitement and finding it hard to believe that I was truly lucky enough to have this experience.  It is quite a feeling and I hope that every time I think about this unbelievable night, I feel like this!

Thank you so much to Boost and thank you to all of your for reading my post, I appreciate your time and hope that you enjoyed it!

Have a great day everyone!

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The Make Over – Why?

Having a makeover was a big decision for me.  Being ill for a number of years, I tried my best to not let it get the best of me, but last year it did and I’m only just realising how much.  I’ve always wanted to be ‘me’ and until I became ill, I was.  Sometimes though, I think illness effects you in ways you couldn’t imagine and don’t realise, until it has happened.  I started to believe that the pain, being practically housebound and feeling exhausted, (among other things), was all that defined me.  I saw no point in dressing nice, taking care of my skin or feeling good about myself.

That has changed.

I have the right to feel nice, look nice and take pride in who I am, even though I am ill and can’t go out, even though I’m in pain.  So, I decided and I have started!

I have bought, courtesy of my wonderful husband, a new wardrobe of clothes, new make up, skin care, coat, hair care, lingerie, handbags and shoes.  

I am obsessed with everything beauty and fashion!  I’m so excited, it is ridiculous! Like a kid in a sweet shop, with free reign! Feeling already as if I have turned a corner.  Yes, the pain will still be there.  Yes, I will still be stuck in doors and still have all the same symptoms.  There will be a huge difference though, I will feel better about myself, my illness will not define me, I will.

My only decision now is what do I do first?

Well Hello There!

Hello!

Lovely of you to drop by!  I thought that my first post should really be a bit of an introduction.

So, this is me

Imageand that handsome fellow with me is Hendrix.  I’d imagine that if you stick around to see more of Eclectic Enchantments, that you’ll be seeing a lot more of him.  Hendrix is our gorgeous 18 month old black Labrador! He lives with me and my husband Mick.  I’m sure I have a picture of him somewhere….Image

I guess it is a little obvious that we don’t really take a serious picture.  

We have been married for seven years, together almost nine. 

What do you need to know?  I love making jewellery, reading, writing and learning. I play Xbox, make dresses, love watching films, listening to music and becoming engrossed in TV shows.  I’m hugely interested in fashion and beauty, not that you would know to look at me.  I can’t help but find anything vintage absolutely divine, love photography, nature, animals and cooking.  I am also trying to learn Japanese.

I am a diagnosed Coeliac, meaning that I can’t eat wheat/gluten, this makes life difficult but not impossible.  I’m not in the best of health, I have a number of illnesses including Fibromyalgia, which leaves me housebound much of the time and in pain all of the time.  I can’t grumble though as I have a fantastic husband, family, friends and of course the delectable little Hendrix!  My life is pretty great!

I guess that I have probably bored anyone reading this enough by now, so, shall leave it there and wish you a very happy weekend!!

Thanks for stopping by!

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