Pretty Baby & Bandeau Bras

Introducing The Make Up Store's beautiful lipstick..
Pretty Baby!
I'm pretty much a lipstick addict and always have a few fave, but I can quite honestly say in a matter of days, this has become my absolute love!
Those of you that are fellow lipstick lovers, know that feeling when you put on a fab lipstick and you just want to smile and apply all day long.. This is what this does to me.
It's my myth, gaga, creme d'nude.
I heart it massively.
I got this one at the Clothes Show Live in London on Sunday. To buy in the shop its £12.50, but all Make Up Store single products were two for £10! Yes you read that correctly- two for £10! Amazing! I really wish I'd have picked up two of these, but I got a gloss as well, which I will save for its own lovely post because it also deserves lots of attention.

I realise I look naked in these photos. I can assure you, I am not.
Over the last week, as those of you in the UK will know, we have had some fabulous weather! It's been the perfect time to get to the park and catch some rays..
I've been living in baggy vests & dresses and have been asked by a few people what bandeau/boobtube tops I wear underneath.. So I thought I'd share it with you..

I find that the short boobtube tops aren't very great for me because I'd still have to wear a strapless bra to feel comfortable and thats just another layer to worry about which isn't cool in this heat. I have worn a little bandeau bikini too, but then I found a little stretch bandeau bra top. Similar to the vests that you get- minus the straps and full length.

I ended up with a Bandeau bra from H&M, it's quite long and it was only £2.50 from H&M which is a bargain.



Beauts its that time again- the Topshop sale!
To others, this may not seem such an exciting time- but these times of the year make me extremely excitteddd.
I love Topshop anyway, so a sale is just an even bigger excuse to
1. Go there
2. Buy pretty things
3. Justify buying lots, because its nearly half price ya no..

I went to order quite alot on Friday morning online, but by the time I got to the checkout- they had all sold out. I'm against this idea, I really think once its in your shopping bag it should be reserved. This happens all the time to me and its no fun being disapointed.

But..Friday evening & today, I trotted off to Topshop to have a little look and picked up a few nice little bits..

This dress is by far my favourite purchase. I wanted this dress a while back, but kinda forgot about it..and then I saw it in the sale rail, found a size 10 but it was a little bit big..hunted and hunted and found a size 8. Happpppppppppy much! The backs slightly slouched, its a very sweet dress. It was £35..Now £20!

These two dresses are very lovely also. Both being blue- which this year I seem to have alot of..I wasn't sure which one to get..So I just got both.

They were both £32..Now £15

These two tops are wonderful. I love when you find things that you genuinely wanted before the sale started. Thats when it is an actual bargain.

The heart body was £15 and is now £8, the heart crop top was £18 and now £10. I actually got a very similar crop top before, but returned it because..well my tummy wasn't very fabulous looking in it, but I got this in a size bigger, just for a bit of an oversized look and I heartttt it.

That's all I actually picked up in Topshop. There was actually so much in it, but they didn't have that much in my size. Its definately worth a look if you haven't already little ladies!

These little flip flops I picked up today in Primark.

Yesturday at work, lots of ladies on my flight had these and when I found they was ony £4 from Primark- I knew I had to pick up a pair. Me and my mum both got a pair of these little bargains. I've seen them in Silver, Gold, Yellow, Orange and Pink.

There actually Patent- which I'm not a hugeeeeee fan of. But I think these are actually an exception! I was hoping they would have brown ones- but they didn't.. I have a bit of a thing for brown/tan shoes. If anyone does see brown ones..please let me know they exist!

Happy Topshopping!


It's been awhile...and its because I've been crafting.

I've seriously neglected the internet lately. I hardly update anything anymore, before the shop moved locations I had nothing better to do but be online...Lately that's not the case at all, I've been in hands-on mode with store projects and personal craft projects, leaving very little time for online therapy. So I have a new [old] goal of blogging more [yah, yah, yah...]. We've been doing a lot of cute stuff at Butter Toast lately, and I've been a very bad girl about not blogging about anything. Please forgive.
I would personally like to invite you to enjoy my dear friend Ashley Eaton's blog, Merry May Handmade. She is the newest member of our Butter Toast team after she opened her own crafts-and-more shop, Merry May Handmade, within Butter Toast. Ashley is a much better blogger than myself or Jasmine, so check her blog for updates too! I'm hoping to get some guest blogs from her in the near future, so stay tuned :)

I didn't bring any of my many craft projects to the shop today, or else I'd probably be working on those versus blogging (oops.) So of course, I'm day dreaming about all the cute things I want to make in the future....Here's a small taste of the million things I constantly have my mind on.
Click the images for sources.

This would be mighty cute along side of all my newly pink-obsessed home decor and wardrobe. I've felt quite girlie lately.

My crochet work is not up to par yet, but I do hope to create something this beautiful someday....And once I can rid my sewing machine fright, I want to make use of all of my vintage fabric I've collected over the years!

Beyond cute, enough said. This may even be in the realm of my crochet ability.

This flickr user included a pattern for this cutey, and I have all the right colors at home. This shall become my Saturday night project, I can't wait!

I promise to snap some pics of upcoming projects and share. I NEED to get better at this blogging thing.
Ta-ta for now. xo

A few new things

Hello Sunshines,

I hope your all having a beautiful weekend. I thought I'd share a few things that I have purchased..

Unfortunately I haven't got a holiday planned for this year, although I am desperately hoping to get away to Thailand towards the end of the year. But I still love to buy bikinis..
I love bandeau bikinis, I haven't really got much shape to be honest, so I think they are most flattering for me..
I got this one from TU @ Sainsburys. They had a 25% promotion and so I got it for about £10 I think.. I love it. I already have the exact same in about 5 different colours. But I love it that much.
I also picked up a triangle one, mostly because it was Pink with polka dots..I got that one for about £7.50.

I also heart a little summery bag.. So I picked up the one above from Primark for £6- which I think is so good! I wanted one from Topshop, which was a bit smaller and cost £26! Who doesnt love it when you find something thats even better than the original one you wanted and lots cheaper!

The Jacket above is from River Island. My opinions always change on River Island, but I must admit I'm really quite enjoying there pieces at the moment. They don't seem so covered in 'RI' and horrid diamontes and glitter anymore- just simple, floral, summer items.
I wanted this jacket for a while but I kept putting it off. Then I went in again and it was the only one on the last chance to buy rail- so I had to really. I'm so glad.
Its a really light tailored jacket, it has the nicest little floral print, cropped sleeves and shoulder pads. It only cost £35 which I think is really good. I have been wearing it with a little denim dress and it makes such a sweet little outfit.
I did however have a bit of a disaster the first time wearing it. I wore it when I was watching the first England World Cup match..Drinks were being thrown every where, Instant fake bake came THROUGH the jacket reminding me why I hate instant fake tan and I was just horrified so I ran out in a huge state leaving everyone in the bar, jumped in a cab so I could get it in the wash.. Everybody thought I was over reacting and being a little bit silly, but it was my new jacket that I loved and I'm sure you'd all do the same...right??

I mentioned this tee in my last post. It was £9.99 with £5 off in River Island. So I got it for 4.99. I think they might actually have got this wrong, because in another store I went into, the tag said £14.99. Only an extra £5. But hey- bargain!

These little elasticated-cuffed-denim-trousers are delightful to wear, so comfortable. The boyfriend hates them, as do a few other people, but I like them. They are full length, just had rode up a little when I kept getting up and down to the camera for the pictures!  They was £11 in Primark. Fabulouusss.

A little bit of lush..
- You've been Mangoed
-Each peach (and twos a pear)
and I got a free Too Drunk :)


Camera Happy

Snap Happy!
MAC Studio Finish NC37
Fake Bake Bronzing Powder- Beyond Bronze
Rimmel Pink Blush
MAC Lip Conditioner
L'Oreal Telescopic
I darkened my eyebrows a little bit with No7 Beautiful Brows Pencil in 10 Brown/Black
This is my hair when I have literally just woken up, I didn't do anything to my hair this morning, because..well just because.
I decided to rock au'natural. With the hair anyway.

Please excuse the low top shots, was setting my camera up for some full lengthys to show you my lovely new trousers and got a bit self-timer happy.
Tee- River Island. 9.99 with a promotional £5 off. Yes, this tee was £4.99. Bargainous.
Casio Mini Watch- Currently the love of my life. £36.99. Urban Outfitters

Busy busy

 I've had a busy weekend putting some of my advertising mug collection on Ebay and doing two carboot sales before my house move tomorrow (well technically Monday as I’m decorating first). Although I was meant to be selling at the carboot sales rather than buying, I abandoned my aunt for a bit to have a wander around and below are a few pics of my finds, including an enormous oriental fan with a hand painted design. I love oriental artwork and have a beautiful picture of birds in a blossom tree which I picked up from a booter a few years ago and that will be taking pride of place in my bedroom again once the move is complete. I have the spare bedroom/craft room in mind to display the fan.

Excuse the terrible photos. I just couldn't get a light/unblurred pic.
Above is a couple of my Cath K purchases, along with some recycling shop buys and my new milk bottle holder. I can't bear the usual boring ones.

Today my Mum and I headed to Bicester Village to the Cath Kidston outlet. I bought a coin purse as part of my friends birthday box and also bought one for myself to keep my carboot sale change in. I was meant to be looking for bits and pieces for the house but nothing caught my eye and I ended up buying a lovely big bag in the cowboy print and a carrier bag holder which I’ll use at the next Bicycle Bazaar to tame my usually unruly load of carrier bags.

Tommorrow is a busy day as I not only get my house keys, but also have a hospital appointment to be tested for a hereditary breast cancer gene. After that I’m off to Evesham to pick up six Belfast sinks that I’ve just bought on Ebay for my new garden and on Thursday a pair of Laura Ashley Hydrangea curtains will be arriving and I’ll be measuring and negotiating with my Mum as to whether I can steal her Laura Ashley curtains in the living room for my new house (if they fit!) and she can have the new Hydrangea ones. I’m hoping my Mum’s will fit my French doors in the new house as I not only love the print, but managed to pick up a matching blind to fit the small window in the living room at a carboot sale last week for a bargainous £6. I In fact I realised this week that I’m getting quite good at pretending to be blasé about items at carboots, when really I spy them from a distance and have to fight the urge to run run run, grab the item and say I’ll have it before even asking the price.

These Hotel Chocolate chocolates are exact copies of vintage buttons and I love them. My friends/famnily know me so well since I've now had two boxes of them as gifts. Yum yum.

'How you doin'?'

I arrived back in England on Friday after my week long New York trip and have taken so long to blog as I’m still adjusting to the time difference, have caught a horrid cold off some diseased person on the plane and took so many pictures while I was there that it’s taken me two days to attempt to get them into some sort of order. As my cousin said, ‘you have way too many pictures on your Facebook. I mean, once you’ve seen one Manhattan skyline you’ve seen them all’.

So, New York was amazing. We had a strict itinerary with as much as possible packed in and we did all the main touristy stuff; The Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, Central Park, Top of The Rock (70th floor of The Rockefeller Building), The Empire State Building, Times Square etc. We also fitted in lots of routes on the open top bus tours, which I love, mainly because I can see everything from high up without having to walk miles in the heat. I bought a few bits and bobs from the Hell’s Kitchen Flea Market, which was disappointingly small, and also went to the famous Magnolia bakery credited with the ‘cupcake revival’. I left with two cupcakes, including the Sex in the City 'Carrie' cake and a ridiculously expensive 50s style apron. We also did an amazing food tour in Greenwich Village, which was an artsy kind of place back in the day, but is now an artsy ‘you can only live here if you have a few million lying around’ kind of place. It was much less touristy than any of the other places we’d been, and not only was the food delish, but I got to hear the phrases I’d been waiting for all week; ‘How you doin’?’, ‘Eh, ya tellin’ me’, ‘Eh, forget about it’. I was overjoyed!

Purchases from the Flea Market: Tooled leather bag, 70s scrapbook, Coca Cola Memorabilia, Camcraft book and a Jewellery box.

One of the strangest places we went to was The American Girl Place. It was a must after me seeing it on TV a few years ago and is the most surreal/scary place ever! Basically it’s a doll shop, but so much more. They sell a collection of dolls, all of which come with basic clothes and accessories, and the rest of the three/four storey building is taken up with extra clothes, shoes and accessories for EVERY occasion. I really do mean Every occasion, whether it be horse riding, cheerleading, camping, going to the salon, recovering after an injury or camping. You can even buy matching outfits for your little girl and their doll (Terrifying).

If all of that wasn’t strange enough we went to the next floor and found Mums and Daughters queuing for the Doll Salon, where about eight dolls at a time were sat in salon chairs having their nylon tresses pulled and poked into French plaits, bunches, buns etc for about $20 upwards. They could even have their ears pierced! As I turned away amazed, I accidentally stumbled into ‘The Doll Hospital’ where an extremely concerned Mum and Daughter were checking ‘Lanie’ in to have her head put back on. After a bit of research back at the hotel (The American Girl Place had had a profound effect on me by then) I found that the doll would leave the ‘hospital’ complete with hospital gown and wrist tag, and that the doll wheelchair was a popular purchase for the doll’s recuperation at home. We left after half an hour, confused, amazed, but also a little bit sold on this whole surreal world. I mean, how could you fail to be impressed by a place that has ‘doll stands’ in each restroom?
My cousin demonstrating the doll wheelchair.

 I got carried away with New York kitsch/tacky souvenirs.

I bought these before I even stepped on the plane. How could I resist Cath Kidston duty free?