Thursday, 3 March 2011

Another Alexa Copycat

Well hello there! Long time no blogging! I think the most coveted bag in recent months has been the Mulberry Alexa bag. Unfortunately, I do not have the money, nor the time and patience to save up for one. I have a real Balenciaga First Bag which I'm terrified to take out as I don't want to ruin it. Buying a real Mulberry and doing the same to the Mulberry seems like a waste to me (personally). So when I saw the best dupe for a Mulberry Alexa I've seen for a while in a recent trip to TkMaxx. I had to snap it up!! The RRP price of the bag was noted as £56 and I managed to get this for a cool £24.99. The brand is Marina Galanti if anyone is interested in trying to find another on the interwebs. I'm not sure if the material is leather but it does feel decent, not the best of course, but very decent. It has kept it's shape quite well and is the PERFECT size.

Here it is!


I added the scarf myself. I like to do this with a lot of my bags. I suppose it's a bit like a bag charm that can be taken off and used as a hood if it starts raining (at least that's how I look at it!).

If I ever see the same bag in brown/tan I'd be soo happy to pick up another one of these!

What do you think? Are you a fan of the Alexa style bags? Would you fork out on a real one?

Bryden x

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Monday, 24 January 2011

A side project

My housemate and I have decided to set up blog together. We don’t really want the blog to have a set theme, but it will generally include beauty, fashion, local events and general rambling. We can be found here. This new blog will not replace this one and I will continue to blog here aswell.

Hope you enjoy,


Friday, 21 January 2011

Band of Geordies

Let's Buy Happiness

Left to right: James Hall, James King, Sarah Hall, Mark Brown and Graeme Martin. (Photo taken from the band's facebook. Photography by Simon Daniel Smith)

The band I am about to talk may be one of the best things to come out of Newcastle Upon Tyne in recent times (Move over Ant n Dec!). Not only is the band fronted by my best friend, Sarah but their music is only what I can describe as SPOT ON. The first time I heard Sarah perform a song I burst out crying (such a wimp!). Was all too much! That song was was an older version of their song Devil Show. The song has been rearranged now and is better than ever!

The band itself is a lovely mix of art and melodies. Their flyers, posters, music artwork, and t-shirt designs are all drawn by Sarah. Hours of work goes into these drawings and they are absolutely brilliant. Nothing in this band is created half-arsed. They were the band to open the John Peel stage at Glastonbury 2010 and I was lucky enough to go along with the band and had the most amazing time I have ever had at a festival (Thanks Sarah!). Their single 'Six Wolves' was released on October 18th on their own label Ghost Arc Records and are currently working on their album which will be released in 2011.

Here's a few links. Check them out and let me know what you think:

Six Wolves

Clean Mistake Acoustic (My current fave)

Fast Fast (another fave of mine)

Devil Show (live at Maida Vale for BBC Introducing)

Their myspace:

Would love to hear what you think.

Bryden x

Tuesday, 14 December 2010

Skins?! MTV US?

No words can describe exactly how I feel about this re-make.

Thanks for ruining ANOTHER great british tv programme!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Monday, 29 November 2010

Snow in Newcastle

Its been snowing in Newcastle for the last 4 days. This was me and my housemate, Claire, out in Newcastle last thursday. It's actually reaaallly nice going out in the snow. There's no-one about! Going to the pubs and clubs when its empty is just soo nice. No more waiting at the bar for 30 mins at a time!!

Me and claire soaking up the err, snow?

Newcastle's Christmas tree. If you look really closely you can see Claire.

Ever since the snow has fallen I have been out the house and loving every moment of it. I love being able to get around and do things without there being too many people! I the only think I dislike is the public transport. Stagecoach - Whatever the weather? I DON'T THINK SO.


Life pics - 19-11-2010

My life in pictures 19-11-2010.

New bag.

Packing the bag for uni!

Dress code - Captain Birdseye!

Salt stained Red Ugg things. Not Ugg brand. Emu ridge if I remember correctly!

Pick up my dissertation ethics form and hand it in!

Quick trip to the Charity Shops. Good Haul! Will blog about what I bought :)

Buy a giant subway!

Eat subway whilst catching up on my youtube video subscriptions

Matching blazers with my housemate, James.

Meet claire after work with James for some drinks. Claire doesn't want her photo taken!


Thursday, 4 November 2010

Updated What I am using.

I done one of these ages ago and I noticed that this is REALLY out of date. I don't even have some of these products anymore! I figured I'd also mark out my current faves too!

Here's an updated What I am using:

Shampoo: Tresemme Naturals

Conditioner: Tresemme Naturals

Hair Treatment: Paul Bryan Moisture Treatment and Paul Bryan Protein Treatment (still relying on these massively. Lovely product!)

Styling products: Tigi S Factor Dream Drops, Tigi S Factor Papaya Leave In Moisture Spray, Got2b Guardian Angel Heat Protection Spray

Shower Gel: Nivea Lemongrass and Oil Shower Gel

Body moisturiser: At the moment I'm using up my Britney Spears Curious Body Lotion but after this I'll be using a Hello Kitty shimmer lotion I got from Poundland!

Deodorant: Mitchem

Fake Tan: I prefer to stay pale

Cleanser: Proactiv and L'oreal Perfect Clean for Sensitive Skin.

Toner: Proactiv

Moisturiser: Proactiv repairing treatment, Aldi Lacura shimmering day cream, Aldi Aqua Mineral cream

Exfoliator: An exfoliating glove

Primer: GOSH

Foundation brush: None at the moment. Have been applying with my fingers.

Concealer: MAC Studio Sculp in NW20

Powder: Maybellline Dream Matte Powder in 01 Nude Rose (Not my fave)

Blusher: Maybelline Pure Blush Mineral in 40 Quartz Peach and MAC Bite Of An Apple Blush

Bronzer: None

Highlighter: Topshop Highlighter Powder in Sunbeam (FAVE!) and MEMEME Beat The Blues No2 Moonbeam

Eyeshadow base: Too Faced Shadow Insurance (FAVE!)

Eyeshadows: NYX Shadow in Vanilla, ELF Mineral Eyeshadow in Socialite and Collection 2000 Dazzle Me in 14 Lusterous

Eyeliner: Illamasqua Precision Liner in Abyss(Black)(FAVE!)and a Dior pencil liner in black

Curler: Shu Uemura

Mascara: Rimmel Lash Accelerator in Black and Mary Kay Signature Mascara 'Lash Lengthening' in Black

Lipstick: MAC Sinister Lipstick (FAVE!)

Lipgloss: EOS Summer Fruit's lipbalm (FAVE!) and not much else!

Nail Colour: Loving the Barry M nail effect polish layered under Essies Baby's breath, Topshop polish in Hopscotch and Revlon One Perfect Coral.