Saturday, 30 November 2013

MERRY EFFIN CHRISTMAS #2: Devine Delinquents

This second installment of MERRY EFFIN CHRISTMAS is featuring the wonderful DEVINE DELINQUENTS. Long-time-readers may remember I featured her way back in early 2012, when she'd just started DD - Nikki has come a long way since then, and not only does she still make beautiful custom accessories, she also offers gorgeous pendants and earrings. I had a wee catch up with Nikki to see how things were going...

HOW DO YOU FEEL YOUR DESIGNS HAVE DEVELOPED OVER THE YEARS?
I've had quite a few changes in style since I first started Devine Delinquents. I first started making resin pendants and the plan was to only make these...However making individual resin pieces was so time consuming and wasn't leaving me much time for anything else, so I decided to branch out and think about what I really liked when I was buying jewellery for myself. So along came a few more hand-made and hand-stitched pieces, and slowly I started to incorporate more vintage, religious, tattoo and steampunk styles. I am still a great advocate of spanning a lot of subcultures and still cater for everyone, from burlesque bombshells to goths.

WHAT'S YOUR FAVOURITE THING TO MAKE?
I really love hand-stitching pieces, and I quite often make things just for myself. I've found as I've grown older that I enjoy working more with purer materials like felt, wood, crystals and paper. I think making things simpler has been a big eye opener for me. I used to think designs needed to be over the top to sell well, but surprisingly it's the more simple designs that go like hot cakes. I've recently started working with crystals and I've really enjoyed learning all about them and their different properties.

ANYTHING EXCITING PLANNED FOR 2014?
Well I hope 2014 will see more face-to-face selling. This year I sold at London tattoo convention for the first time and it was such an amazing weekend - I got to chat to so many of my lovely customers, models and friends, so I think next year I'll be returning again. I also hope to go to Whitby Goth Weekend at least once in 2014 too.
Designs wide, I always ahve to keep my cards close to my chest, but look out for more clothing, and also our jewellery club, which will be a monthly subscription jewellery service where subcribers will get exclusive pieces every month for an all inclusive fee. I'm hoping to launch that within December though! As always, you can keep up to date with the latest goings on with Facebook, Instagram and our newsletter which you can sign up to by emailing devinedelinquents@hotmail.co.uk!

Here's my top 10 from Devine Delinquents that I think could make perfect gifts!

TOOTH NECKLACE :: MOTH NECKLACE :: DEATHLY HALLOWS PENDANTS :: HEART & SPIKE EARRINGS :: CRAZY HAT CAT LADY CHARM NECKLACE

As always, DD never fail to deliver with their unique mix of ecclectic, vintage-themed jewellery. Devine Delinquents also offer lucky dip bagsgift vouchers and custom orders - so if you know exactly what you would like made for a loved one, she's your girl to knock it up and make it perfect! Keep up to date with her on Facebook, where she also posts if she has sales or new offers on too!

I hope you guys are enjoying this series so far, please let me know what you think - and if you have any suggestions, click on the "contact me" box and drop me a line, I'd love to hear them!

love,
Amii
xoxo

Wednesday, 27 November 2013

MERRY EFFIN CHRISTMAS #1: Rooby's Skirts

I'm feeling incredibly festive for once: our tree and decorations are all up before the 1st of December, it's almost scandalous! So as a treat for you all, I'll be compiling a twice weekly Christmas gift guide from amazing indie shops all over the world. From body jewellery, to fan-freakin'-tastic Christmas jumpers, I've got it covered!

First up in this new series, is up-and-coming seamstress ROOBY'S SKIRTS. Rooby is her actual name (how awesome is that?!), and she not only designs the fabrics on her work, she makes them all herself as well! Everything can be handmade, custom to your measurements, and she caters to every fandom possible, from Whovians to Potterheads! I caught a mini interview with Rooby on her lunchbreak about her store...

HOW DID YOU GET INTO MAKING SKIRTS?
"I like skirts because they show off the fabric so well, I've been making them for YEARS!!"

WHERE DO YOU DRAW INSPIRATION FOR YOUR DESIGNS FROM?
"I originally drew my inspiration from 1950's picture printed skirts...I was bored of modern prints and flowers!"

DO YOU HAVE ANYTHING EXCITING LINED UP FOR 2014?
"Yes! I am launching my website in the New Year with new styles and pencil skirts...yippee. All made with my own fabric designs."

Here's my top ten picks of Rooby's products!

So pretty, whimsical, fun and feminine. Quirky and unique, with that slightly geeky touch..it's hard not to want them all! If her talents with dressmaking aren't enough, Rooby also offers these designs on infinity scarves, and even something you can get the lads if they're not really up for a skirt - she does cushions too!

Keep your peepers peeled for Rooby's new site when it goes active in 2014, at WWW. ROOBYLANEDESIGNS.CO.UK!

Hope you all enjoyed this first installment of MERRY EFFIN' CHRISTMAS next one will be up on Sunday!

love,
Amii
xoxo

Monday, 18 November 2013

REVIEW: The "Punky Pins & Pink Eyebrows" Edition


I've been a fan of Punky Pins for a long time: every Christmas without fail, their mega mystery bags get me out of tight spots when I've forgotten to get someone a present at last minute! So when they offered two necklaces to review, I decided to get creative with them and see how I could make them match different styles...and believe me, I change mine every day!

First of all, this adorable strawberry plant charm necklace - I wore this to the Breasticles vs Testicles charity bout a couple of weeks ago. I was playing in the first bout, and announcing the second, and the necklace is quite fitting as my derby and announcing name are strawberry-related (I have an obsession...) Also, can I just say how much I'm enjoying having pink eyebrows? I dyed them for the bout as  we were raising money for breast and testicular cancer (as if the name wasn't a giveaway!) so pink they went! 
The strawberries and little flowers are printed onto wooden charms, and surprisingly they're not noisy or annoying (usually the case with charm necklaces). Instead they move with you, and look really pretty. I got compliments all day wearing this! I teamed it with a spotty dress and curled hair for the day...but forgot I was playing the first bout, so in the end I wore it with my sweaty Injustice League top, wild hair and shiny red hotpants...it still matched!

Next, this skeleton heart chunky necklace was worn with my collared dress (which I actually bought for my Halloween costume but fell in love with!), Noir by Geisha Wigs, skeleton print tights and chunky creepers...but we got rained out that day so we stayed inside. I love this outfit, I felt a bit like Moira, the maid from American Horror Story...although I wish I really looked like her, she's beautiful!
This is laser-cut acrylic, and it's actually double layered - the ribs are cut from the black, so the white shows through underneath. It's fast become a personal favourite of mine, and I've worn it pretty much every day since I received it. It's the perfect length, and funnily enough it's the same size as the heart locket on my chest - so from a distance it looks like it's part of the tattoo!

I like how wide the range of jewellery they have to offer is: kitsch, vintage style, tattoo inspired, fun, graphic-style and there's even some cute pastel-goth inspired pieces as well. I think my choice of jewellery just shows how they can make everything that matches different looks! From creepy, slightly vintage Goth to bright and vivid!
I've also had a nosy on the website, and seeing as it's coming up to THAT time of year and I'm feeling strangely festive for once, I've picked my top five products from the Punky Pins Christmas range

ONE :: TWO :: THREE :: FOUR ::FIVE


Thank you for reading guys! I'll be back to normal service soon. My laptop is fixed, so I can finally blog properly again and also I have some wonderful wiggy goodness to share with you all :) 
Let me know if you check out Punky Pins and what your favourite piece by them is!

Lots of love
Amii
xo

DISCLAIMER: These pieces of jewellery were sent to me to review by Punky Pins. This does not affect my opinion, as you all know I strive to put the best of the best out there, and all my reviews are honest and of my own opinion.