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Semicircle Necklace

Monday, July 25, 2016
Semicircle Necklace
Semicircle Necklace

- coming soon -

SEMICIRCLE NECKLACE


The Semicircle Necklace is the next piece to join the Oh My Clumsy Heart collection. Available in 14k gold and sterling silver, this hammered semicircle pendant is suspended from a delicate yet robust trace chain and finished with a matching spring ring clasp; a modern minimalist piece to capture the attention with its delicately textured appearance and elevate your everyday style.

Designed to be worn everyday, the Semicircle Necklace is a versatile classic, providing the essential final touch to your daily style; adding a subtle yet striking finish to any outfit this necklace is a staple jewellery piece designed to be worn 24/7 - you’ll never want to take it off.

As with the latest Arc Earrings, this necklace design is limited in stock. Join the Waitlist and you'll be the first in line to buy one when they launch. Find all the details here online and sign up below to receive a notification of the launch on 2nd August.



Week Notes #77

Sunday, July 24, 2016
Week Notes #77

Links Worth Clicking:
· The olympics of taxidermy
· Paweł Zadrożniak creates music with machines
· LYFE - let your plants levitate
· Frugal living doesn't mean you're missing out
· Cozmo the tiny robot
· Pokemon GO is a lot of fun (here's how to get it on your phone)
· East Tower photographs by Nick Ballon
· The myth of minimalism
· 6 signs your "call out" isn't about accountability
· Minimalism will make you a calmer person
· Zara has copied indie designer Tuesday Bassen


Podcasts Worth Listening To:
· My Dad Wrote A Porno (Season Two)

A Step-By-Step Guide To Eyebrow Grooming

Friday, July 22, 2016
A Step-By-Step Guide To Eyebrow Grooming

Japonesque Razor Set
Urban Decay Brow Tamer*




Full eyebrows are beautifully natural looking and, best of all, require very little upkeep once you've found the perfect shape and tools to groom them with. There are so many ways to tweeze, pluck, tint, and define your brows; sticking to a simple grooming routine will help maintain them with minimal effort.

I use slanted Tweezerman tweezers and a Japonesque Razor Set to pluck, define, and groom. The precision razor helps get rid of tiny hairs and create sharp edges, while the brow brush works like a dream at getting brows to look fuller and well groomed. Despite trying everything from powders to pomades, I find the Urban Decay Brow Tamer* to trump them all. It's easy to apply, the finish is natural, and the colour (I use the shade: Dark) matches perfectly.

Eyebrow grooming is one of my favourite beauty routines; I've tried and tested all kinds of methods to tame, shape, and fill my brows and I've now settled into a easy going routine with products and tools I swear by. I can't tell you how your own brows should be shaped and defined, but I can share with a simple guide to eyebrow grooming and my favourite products to groom them with. Here is a step-by-step guide to grooming your brows:



A Step-By-Step Guide To Eyebrow Grooming


Grow

If you have, in the past, over-plucked your eyebrows (haven't we all?) let them grow out and resist any temptation to pluck away at the hairs until they are back to their natural state. Brows will develop a characteristic shape over time, which is best to work with rather than against when grooming. If you're bothered by how messy they might look, use a spoolie or brow brush to coax hairs into place and you'll find they won't look quite as unruly while you grow them out.



Shape

Use a spoolie to coax hairs into position before attempting to shape your eyebrows. The front of the brows should align with the bridge of your nose, holding a brow pencil vertical along the length of your nose will help you find this point; pluck any hairs that grow across the bridge and trim any that are long or unruly with brow scissors. If you're aiming to create an arch in your eyebrows that doesn't exist naturally, remember the arch should be three-quarters of the way from the bridge of your nose; the tail should taper off and follow the angle of the eye. Draw guidelines with a brow pencil if you want to create really defined brows, or simply eyeball it. Use slanted tweezers to tweeze out hairs and begin shaping the brows. If you're worried about over plucking, fill in your eyebrows first before tweezing. Don't stand too close to the mirror and step back periodically to make sure you're matching up the arches and not over-plucking hairs.



Define

Use a spoolie or brow brush to add volume and lift, which will add definition to the brow shape. A precision eyebrow razor like the Japonesque Razor can tidy up the edges by removing any small, fine hairs above and to the side of brows. If you're using a pencil or powder to fill in brows, use soft small strokes that mimic the look of natural hairs. A brow tint like the Urban Decay Brow Tamer* can be applied by gently brushing through the brows in gentle strokes until the brows are lightly filled. Whichever method you choose, be careful not to overfill the front of the brows and run a spoolie through them afterwards to give a natural, blurred finish.

Downsizing A Book Collection

Thursday, July 21, 2016
Downsizing A Book Collection


Books can be some of the most sentimental belongings in our homes; we remember the moment we first read them, the person who pressed it into our hands, and the despair we felt when a good story came to an end. It's hard letting go of books and while I'm not sure quite why, I feel it too.

When I moved into our apartment I felt mournful of the books I was leaving behind. I took with me a couple of boxes of my favourites, which quickly grew into a whole new library. A few years later and I have realised the sentimentality we feel for books can be overwhelming, and disastrous for what little space we have.

To downsize a book collection you'll need to brace yourself, it won't be easy; every book lover knows how hard it is to part with a single book let alone an entire shelf. It took me three attempts to downsize my own collection and I'm almost certain there are still books I'm clinging onto that I shouldn't be.



Reasons For Downsizing:
· You have books you won't re-read
· You have books you haven't ever read
· You have unread books that were gifts
· You have books just to impress guests
· You have books to make the shelves look pretty


I found I had shelves of books I was hanging onto because I hadn't read them even though I had been promising to do so for years; there were books I was gifted, and books I would never re-read. I have entire collection of books from specific authors I just couldn't face getting rid of because of memories of the day I discovered them.

I've resorted to turning some of the books I can't face donating, spines facing the wall, because they look prettier and tidier that way, and it buys me some time before I finally have to face getting rid of them altogether. It's a temporary fix if you find you should need one. I mostly keep digital copies and reserve my bookshelves for a proper collection of carefully selected, much loved books. It gives our apartment much needed breathing room and looks far less cluttered.



Downsizing A Book Collection


Questions to ask:
· Have I read this book?
· Do I give this book a "five star" rating?
· Will I re-read it?
· Does anyone I know want to read it?


One Shelf At A Time
Remove each book, individually, and stack neatly into three piles: to keep, to read, to donate. Keep only the books you adore and donate the rest. If you find you have a pile of yet unread books, stack them together on the shelf and make it a goal to read them within the next few months. If you don't read them, into the donation pile they go. Try to be ruthless but not unkind; we can get sentimental about books for all kinds of reasons, you can always do another book purge at a later date, but don't use that as an excuse to cling onto more books than you need to.



Desert Island Books

Keep the books you love. Really, truly adore. Your bookshelves should be reserved for all those books you fell in love with and would happily read over and over if they were the only books you had access to. I find these tend to be the books I have read repeatedly over the years and never fail to make me smile, laugh, or cry, however many times I flip the pages. Keep, cherish, and re-read them, those are books worth keeping on your shelves.



Switch To E-Books

I am well aware there is a great divide between traditional book readers and the e-book enthusiasts but digital books are undeniably more useful when it comes to storage space; there's no need to install new bookcases or desperately seek out a little more room for squeezing in an extra book or two. E-readers allow you to collect books without thinking twice about the consequences (except maybe on your wallet.) Consider investing in an e-reader and transitioning over to a digital book collection. There will still be books you will want to physically own and those are the books that should be kept on your shelves while the e-reader deals with all the one-read-wonders.



What To Do With Unwanted Books

There are plenty of places online to sell or swap books like Read It Swap It, Book Mooch, Book Crossing, Freecycle, Freegle, We Buy Books, and the usual marketplaces like eBay and Amazon. Local charity shops may accept book donations (please check before donating, some are very much overrun with unwanted books) as will public libraries. Alternatively you could set up a free library of your own, Little Free Library can help you do this or you could do it yourself. I leave piles of books in our communal mail room for residents to take and they disappear rather quickly.