A Conscious Blog

25 Dec 2013

Merry Christmas Everyone

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As always until next time, stay blessed and beautiful dolls xoxo

24 Dec 2013

2013 Winter Fashion: Coats Edition

Hi Dolls,

Recently, I've been stocking up on winter coats, as there is no denying that winter is finally upon us :( Winter is one of my favourite seasons, in terms of autumn/winter fashion, christmas and all its delights, yada, yada, yada- but if there's one thing I can't stand, it's the bitter cold that accompanies winter! Boo!!

1) Fur Coat
Every lady needs a fur coat in her wardrobe, and this winter there are so many beautiful furs in a vast array of colours and styles, so you can be rest assured that whatever your preference, you can find yourself one that suits you. I've spotted some nice ones on ASOS (and ASOS Marketplace), New Look, Dorothy Perkins, QVC, H&M and for a purse-friendly bargain check out my Matalan one or your local charity shop!

Black Faux Fur Coat, £32* at Matalan

(*I paid £29.10 with a promotional discount)
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2) Leather Sleeved Jacket
 The leather sleeved jacket is very on trend this season. Will it keep you warm in winter? Probably not, but hey who cares? Having said that, the sleeves of my H & M khaki jacket are the warmest part of the coat, but this may just be because the jacket is quite thin,

Coat with Quilted Sleeves, £34.99* at H & M

(*I paid £26.24 with a promotional discount)

3) Long Oversized Jacket
I was having a flick through a magazine (I think it may have been Woman's Weekly, but don't quote me on that) and saw Holly Willoughby in this beautiful jacket from Next, which is just gorgeous. In the magazine, it was more of a bold bright fuschia colour, so I was quite shocked, when it came and was Dark Purple, but I still loved it all the same. For a proper colour reference, I think y'all should check it out on Next's website!

Purple Drawn Coat, £75 at Next

What winter coats have you been loving this season?
As always until next time, stay blessed and beautiful dolls xoxo

22 Dec 2013

#YAMS- You Are My Sunshine

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As always until next time, stay blessed and beautiful dolls xoxo

20 Dec 2013

Joyce Bryant- The Black Marilyn Monroe #BlackFriday

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 Joyce Bryant was a personality with extreme talent in the singing, entertainment and acting industry. The 1950s starlet was nicknamed “The Bronze Blonde Bombshell” and “The Voice You’ll Always Remember” due to her sultry voice and stunning looks.  Bryant's signature was her tinted blonde-grey hair, skintight cleavage-showing ensembles (rumour has it, her dresses were so tight, she had to be carried off stage after her performances) and her sex-appeal! She was a popular fixture in Black American nightclubs in the 50s decade, and earned up to $150,000 per year for her performances. She regularly featured in Black magazines such as 'Jet A Life', and was named as one of the most beautiful black women in the world, in the 50s.
 Joyce Bryant paved the way for black women to be seen as the beautiful specimens they are, and showed that women had talents which were not restricted to households and families, which although very popular in this day and age, in her era this was practically unheard of and considered to very unconventional.
 Long live the legacy of Joyce Bryant!

 Have any of you got any facts about Joyce Bryant tat you'd like to share? If so, please add them in the comments section below.

As always until next time, stay blessed and beautiful dolls xoxo

19 Dec 2013

#ThrowbackThursday- 90s Cartoons

I've always thought the children of today are so lucky to have cartoons, as cartoons seem to be getting better and better with age. I personally still love a good old cartoon any my faves have to include Arthur, Rugrats, Tweenies and Recess.

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If you're a 90s baby, how many cartoons were you able to spot using from the picture above? Let me know in the comments section below! I could spot 8!

As always until next time, stay blessed and beautiful dolls xoxo

18 Dec 2013

Last Minute Christmas Ideas For Her

As Christmas Day gets nearer and nearer, whilst some of us will be getting more and more excited, others will be getting very panicky as they've left their Christmas shopping tight until the last minute. If you happen to fall into the latter category, then fear not, and have a browse through my last minute Christmas gift ideas for females guide :)

Every girl loves a onesie. In the colder months all you wanna do is snuggle up to something warm and cosy, which is why this red-spotted onesie from Tesco's F & F (Florence & Fred) range is a must-buy.

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Boots never fails to deliver and every year, they reduce Soap & Glory's Yule Monty set which features 10 items, usually retails £60, but is worth £73 in value to a shocking £27. These are currently sold out online, but you can check the availability of the sets in your local Boots store by using their store locator.

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Makeup is one of those presents that every girl loves. Now as we all know, makeup can be a tad pricey, which is why it's always a good idea to keep you eye out on the bargains. The Color Institute Making Up Is Even Easier MakeUp Set has been reduced from £18.99 to £12.49 at Argos, which is bargain-alicious. I previously sampled my friend's blusher from their collection, and it was just divine.
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Who said bootees were just for babies? Check out this cute pair from M & M Direct. With postage and packaging, they'll only set you back £13.98. Live a little ;)
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I personally never really used to be that into candles and couldn't understand why people spent so much money on them. But recently whenever I pop into TK Maxx and have a smell of what's on offer I can almost understand it. I haven't been able to persuade myself to give large sums of hard-earned dosh to Yankee, but Next and TK Maxx are really doing it for me. Prices start from £12.99.
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A festive jumper will make a great pressie. It's warm, cute, and bang on-season. For under a tenner, what's not to love?
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Add some sparkle and shine to your special woman's Christmas wardrobe with a glitzy piece.

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A perfume gift set makes a lovely Xmas pressie, for bargains be sure to check out All Beauty (previously Cheap Smells), Fragrance Direct and Amazon. You have to be quite careful about perfumes, because it's not necessarily a one-size-fits-all approach, as us ladies can be very particular with our scents. One perfume that I'm quite fond of is Vera Wang's Lovestruck, which is a very floral, musky, fruity scent. Vera Wang describes the fragrance as: "the emotion and rush you feel when you are falling in love and going for it, those heart-pounding moments of spontaneity." As it's an EDP, you definitely get more pound for your buck as it's quite long-lasting. The 50ml EDP, is accompanied with a 75ml Shower Gel & Body Lotion, which for £31.65 and free delivery, you can't really beat!
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 For a bath & body gift set that looks good enough to eat, cop a handmade Bomb Cosmetics Chocolate Bath Set. Think Lush goodies minus the price tag. FYI,  it's been reduced to £7.89 from £9.99, so snap yours up quickly :)
Bath Cosmetics via Amazon
This clutch is not very Christmassy but will make a beautiful addition to any woman's wardrobe. As it's on Ebay, there's no telling what the eventual price of this item will be, but the last one was under a tenner, so this one's likely to be around the same amount.

If you're special woman has got a penchant for all things sweet, then be sure to pop on over to Tesco's (via Thorntons) for a box of these chocolate delicacies.

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Every girl needs some good quality make-up brushes to put in her make-up bag. Invest in these beauties from Eco-tools and bag your lady a free cosmetics bag in the process.

Hope this Christmas Guide list was helpful. What will you be getting your female friends and relatives this Christmas? Let me know in the comments section below!

As always until next time, stay blessed and beautiful dolls xoxo

15 Dec 2013

Only God... #YAMS

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Don't be a stranger, come say "Hi" to me on Twitter, Facebook or Insta :)

As always until next time, stay blessed and beautiful dolls xoxo

9 Dec 2013

#QuoteOfTheWeek- Just Do It

Just Do It

Today's post is pretty self-explanatory; sometimes you need to be the change you want to see!

As always stay blessed and beautiful dolls xoxo


8 Dec 2013

Thank you God!

How often do we take the time out to thank God for life itself and all he has already done for us?
Not often enough, for most methinks.

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Just a little reminder to thank God, just because in the hustle and bustle of our daily lives, this necessity can so easily be forgotten.

 As always until next time, stay blessed and beautiful dolls xoxo

6 Dec 2013

R.I.P. Nelson Mandela #BlackFriday

R.I.P. to the man who helped bring apartheid to a halt and mould South Africa into what it is today! Wrongly imprisoned for 27 years, Nelson Mandela was prepared to die in prison, if it meant that South Africa would treat all citizens as equal, regardless of skin colour. The world may have just lost one of the greatest legends, but heaven just gained a new angel! You may be gone, but you'll never be forgotten, as your legacy still lives on!

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As always until next time, stay blessed and beautiful dolls xoxo

5 Dec 2013

#ThrowbackThursday- Celebrity Edition

Guess who this beauty is?

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Well done you, if you managed to work out that it was none other than the sexy mama Megan Fox! She sure looks different now!

As always until next time, stay blessed and beautiful dolls xoxo

2 Dec 2013

#BOTM- Book Of The Month

Recently I've been reading 'A Thousand Splendid Suns' which is by Khaled Hosseini. This post is actually a belated one, as technically I finished reading the book a couple of days ago.
 There are two main characters in the novel: Mariam and Laila, who initially are enemies, but throughout the duration of the book become dear friends. It is through these character's eye we are told the story of the Afghan Civil War, and the effects of its aftermath. The book incorporates various themes some of which include love, romance, arranged marriages, war, gender scripts and domestic violence.
 I do not want to give too much of the book away, as I actually do want you to read it, so I've been careful to only give details that scratch the surface as opposed to extensive details. Many readers have compared it to The Kite Runner (which is also by Hosseini), saying if you loved that book, then you'll deffo love this one, however I've never read The Kite Runner, but will deffo tell you I loved this book.

Check out the blurb:
"Mariam is only fifteen when she is sent to Kabul to marry Rasheed. Nearly two decades later, a friendship grows between Mariam and a local teenager, Laila, as strong as the ties between mother and daughter. When the Taliban take over, life becomes a desperate struggle against starvation, brutality and fear. Yet love can move a person to act in unexpected ways, and lead them to overcome the most daunting obstacles with a startling heroism." (*Copyright: Khaled Hosseini)

Overall rating: 5/5

Have any of you read 'A Thousand Splendid Suns?' or any of Khaled Hosseini's books? If so what did you think of it/them?

As always until next time, stay blessed and beautiful dolls xoxo
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