Sunday, 13 February 2011

Old Pair of Jeans to a New Bag

 It was a dull and wet afternoon, nowhere to go and no people to meet. Unusual for me.

So what was I going to do today?

Well, my lovely sister brought me a very cute red sewing machine for my birthday- thank you! And my friend got me a very very cool DIY fashion book- thank you! So I was feeling mighty creative! I decided that I would try my hand at making a bag. Seemed like a simple idea and I after seeing some very useful videos on You Tube and reading some blogs on the web I decided there was nothing left to do then to find some material and get on with it……

I had an old pair of jeans from my Uni days that just fit me… as in I could close the button and pull the zip up but I couldn’t breathe! I didn’t want to throw them away- its seem a shame to waste them since they still looked so new. So I decided to cut them….

My old pair of jeans

…. and this is how it turned out…..

Woohoo.... my creation

I even added adjustments so the bag can sit flat on a surface.

I even added a lining!

How it looks when you wear it.

Friday, 4 February 2011

Egyptian Magic

I was flicking through Stylist (London’s free magazine that comes out every Wednesday, usually handed out outside Tube stations) a few days ago and stumbled upon a product I recognized on The Style List. Is an All Purpose Balm called Egyptian Magic. Since I’ve have been using it for a while I thought I’d put in my two pence and tell you about it.

Egyptian Magic has been receiving quite a few rave reviews on You Tube for a while now and Madonna and Kate Hudson are among its celebrity fans. It’s quoted as ‘The Ancient Kamitians’ Secret, Magical Cream’ making it a 2500 year old beauty/ skin fix.

Its claims to be able to deal with various skin problems, dryness, eczema, stretch marks, wrinkles, reduce the appearance of scars, just to name a few.

So what is it?

At first glance it’s not all that impressive, no fancy packaging, no impressive glass bottle. I presume it does not need these fancy embellishments as it’s the real deal?

The balm is made from all natural products, Olive Oil, Beeswax, Honey, Pollen, Royal Jelly and Propolis Extract.

It looks very much like a harder form of petroleum jelly. You take as much as you need from the tub, rub between your fingers until it takes the form of an oil and smoother over the necessary area.

It doesn’t leave an oily residue which was a surprise, it absorbs into your skin very easily.

When I first brought it I did try this on my face but started to have Milia (tiny white spots) on my face. I have read some other people have has similar problems while others have said it has done wonders to their skin. I assumed it was too rich for my face and stopped using it that way.

I use this mainly for my hands and dry spots on my leg, which has worked really well. I have found that I have been reaching for it more now that the cold weather has settled in. Egyptian Magic is also very good for chapped lips, as a bonus it also gives them a nice shine.

I have enjoyed using this balm, its multi-purpose, non greasy and reasonably price for the amount you get. All said I wouldn’t go as far as to say its ‘magic’!

I purchased mine from