DIY | A Crafty Halloween Alternative

You can't escape it, everywhere you look, everything you read, everything you hear. 

Halloween is upon us. However, what if you don't celebrate it? 

Personally, I don't care for halloween, among other reasons, it's a huge marketing scheme which make companies a whole lot of cash this time of the year, and Christmas is expensive enough!

I just don't understand the pull of it, yes its an excuse to have a party and dress up in weird and wonderful outfits, complete with fake blood and fangs. Overall I just don't see the attraction of all this Halloween Hype...

For those of us who don't wish to dress up and look like the half dead, and don't fancy knocking on strangers' doors in the hope of sugar treats, this post is for you! 

Instead of squeezing into laddered tights and applying WAY too much eye-liner, I'm opting for some Crafty Halloween Alternatives... 

Why not make the most of the dozens of pumpkins available on every corner? But instead of scaring your neighbours, how about some of these gorgeous home decor pieces? 

Find the DIY instructions for this beautiful autumnal glitter candle here

Or go for something more simplistic... this gorgeous polka dot sequin pumpkin, found here.

Somewhere between clouds of glitter and sticky fingers, you may find yourself feeling a little peckish... 

Why not try this Pumpkin and cinnamon tear bread, find the details and recipe here.

Don't brave the cold for your favourite caffeine fix, when you can make it at home. Nothing makes me feel more cosy in autumn than curled up sipping on a Pumpkin spiced latte. Try this healthy recipe here.

For me the most exciting thing about the end of October, is that it's NEARLY CHRISTMAS! Oh yes, I yearn for all things red and gold, bright and twinkly. Christmas truly is the most wonderful time of the year. 

So before time runs out, why not get started on some DIY Christmas Cards? I love this one, you can find the tutorial here.

So whether or not you're celebrating Halloween this year, stay safe and let me know if you try any of these! 

If you do I'd love to see them - make sure you tag me on Instagram - @glitterview and while you're at it, don't forget to follow! 

Lifestyle | Street food at Camden Food Market

 A symphony of smells and colours was a beautiful site for hungry shoppers...

After perusing the hundreds of stalls boasting delicacies from all corners of the globe we finally settled on pulled duck. 

A choice of a roll or a wrap as well as your sauce, this tasty treat had us drooling. 

Lifestyle | Camden Market

Our first real weekend as Londoners. Oh yes, I am still like a kid on Christmas morning. No more ruddy commute and the world on my door step means a happy Claire! 

What better way to spend our first weekend than by exploring? 

Beauty | Autumn Beauty Warriors

Gone are those long summer days and skimpy summer dresses. Autumn is well and truly settling in and Winter is just around the corner. Changes in air temperature and the unpredictable nature of the elements tend to wreak havoc with your beauty regime. 

Travel | PARIS : Part 3 -Sundown at The Scare Coeur, Montmartre and The Moulin Rouge

At this point my feet were plotting murder. In hindsight, heeled boots weren't the best choice for walking miles around Paris. 

We did literally walk miles. With one day to make the most of this beautiful city, we pushed on and headed north, up the winding streets to Montmartre. 

Travel | PARIS : Part 2 - Love Lock Bridge

Arm in arm we stumbled upon the famed LoveLock bridge whist heading in the direction of the Eiffel Tower from Notre Dame.

 And it's really hard to miss. 

Travel | Paris - Part 1

It's not everyday you get whisked off to Paris. I could hardly contain my excitement when my boyfriend surprised me with tickets for my Birthday on Tuesday. I'm not going to lie, this post is going to be long and very photo heavy! Just so you know! 

Youtube | The Vlog-o-sphere

The last couple of weeks, I've been in the mood to start Vlogging. However it's taken me a while to get my head around the embarrassment, and fear of YouTube exposure, but I finally figured - What the hell? 

So whenever I do anything vaguely interesting , or even completely boring I'll be picking up my camera and taking you along with him. This is not replacing my blog, as this is where my heart truly is. It's just fun to be more interactive with people through videos! 

So here's one to get you started, I hope you like it. 

Be kind :) 

Style | Effortless style for second day hair

Lately, I've been trying to limit the amount of times a week I wash my hair. Frequent washing actually causes your scalp to produce even more oils, making it greasier more quickly. Not only that, but over washing can cause your hair to become dry, dull and brittle. 

I'm loving this simple second and third day hairstyle, it's so simple, and effortlessly stylish. Perfect for those days where hair can be a bit unruly and uncompromising. 

Lifestyle | Vino and Familia

Wednesday night, after ramming all our worldly belongings in the back of the car, we took my Boyfriend's parents and sister out to dinner to thank them for giving us somewhere to sleep for the last 4months. We braved the beastly weather and headed off to a swanky country pub where we stuffed ourselves with delicious steak and burgers and copious amounts of wine. Not to mention a cheeky Tia Maria Coffee to send us to sleep. 

Beauty | A Whiter Brighter Smile

One of the best accessories is a pretty smile. A key to great personal confidence is being proud to bare your pearly whites.  My teeth are definitely what I get most compliments on, and I'd like to keep it that way.

Lifestyle | Coffee Catch-Up

Heels off, Pj bottoms on, snuggled into a cosy knit jumper and 3, 2, 1, Relax. 

At the end of another busy week I love nothing more than to sit back with a steaming mug of coffee (or a cheeky glass of bubbles) to reflect on the week. 

Decor | Nesting Material

As I've got older, I've noticed I'm becoming more and more like my mother. My mother is the queen of perfection, everything in it's perfect place and flawlessly coordinated. This motherly instinct is becoming more intense the close I get to moving day. Like a magpie I've been collecting cute for bits and bobs to make our new home, feel like home. 

I like to call these bits and bobs: Nesting Material.

The Holy Grail

It's every woman's life mission to find their Holy Grail foundation. 

Only a few women succeed, and I think, I think I have done just that. 

Inika Mineral Foundation is a foundation which I bought on sale in australia, put in my collection and never thought twice about it. I tried it once, mistaking it for a finishing powder and disregarded it completely.

I wasn't until I actually read the packaging when I realised that it wasn't a setting powder, but indeed a foundation in it's self.

Thats when my my world changed. Okay not my world but - my make up routine did. 

Inika's Mineral Foundation is organic and completely free of any chemicals, as well as a high coverage foundation and concealer in one. 

Work the product in circular motions using a kabuki brush for a natural flawless even complexion which literally lasts all day, without any of the nasty chemicals.

For a more 'made up' look, especially for evenings, I reach for Bobbi Brown - Long-Wear Even finish foundation. 

It took me a while to figure out how to apply this one, it's really thick and sets really really quickly. Using the same kabuki brush I stipple a tiny amount of foundation to create an even base. 

Do be warned, it smells HORRIBLE. But it does the job and doesn't budge an inch - perfect for when you need to look your best. 

SmokeWorks - Cambridge

Saturday afternoon, despite the weather's best effort to keep up trapped in side. We headed into Cambridge in search for tasty treats and sweet potato fries.

Smokeworks is tucked away down a small cobbled street in the heart of Cambridge, the perfect place to hide from the crowds and enjoy some delicious food. 

SmokeWorks open it's doors this year, offering a menu of delicious BBQ dishes from the US. If you like pulled pork, pulled beef or ribs, then this is the place for you! 

Designed to look like an old oil works, with gorgeous exposed brick work and loads of quirky features. I just love this alcove dining area.

Perfect for an afternoon snack with friends. 

And these nifty switches on each table to call the waitress...

We gulped down some delicious malt milkshakes, I highly recommend the salted caramel. And felt as if we were in a really southern diner.

Not long after we tucked into our milkshakes, we received our food, and Oh My we're we hungry. 

We both ordered the Pulled Beef Bun, with sweet potato fries and corn. This was rather a messy meal, full of juicy flavours and a heap of chipotle sauce. 

My mouth waters just looking at this little baby.

After demolishing our meal, fully satisfied, can you tell by our cheeky grins? 

We headed back out into the rain to walk off our food coma.

So if you're in Cambridge, and looking for something a bit different. I highly recommend checking out the Smokeworks.

2 Free School Lane, Cambridge. 

These happy diners will definitely be back! 

What's in my bag?

If you're like me, you're nosey. 

Yep, nothing beats having a good nose at other peoples' stuff. I guess that's why lots of us read Lifestyle blogs. We love seeing other peoples' bits and bobs. 

So for those of you like me, here's a little nose in to my everyday bag. 
I carry a Mulberry Alexa in light tan. 

Okay okay, It's not a real Mulberry, but a pretty good Sh-Mulberry. A good fake designer handbag should always be top of your shopping list when you go to Thailand. Not only are they pretty convincing, but they're excellent quality too if you know where to look. 

I recommend the MBK centre in Bangkok.

Mine is genuine luxurious leather, making it so tactile and durable, and the metal work is almost identical to the real thing. 

I did my research.

So for a fraction of the price - I can pretend I'm a Chelsea Princess.  
So what do I actually carry in my bag? 

I try to stick to the essentials, for years I carried around a sack full of crap. Which gets pretty irritating to lug about everywhere. 

So here's whats inside.

Purse - Obviously an essential. Yep it's another knock off from Thailand, but definitely not real leather. It does need replacing, but it does the job for now. 

iPad - I currently commute to work (not for too much longer!!), so to make the journey a little more bearable I use my Kindle app to read. I'm currently reading Stolen Child by Laura Elliot.

iPhone - I have an iPhone 5S in gold with this cute white Birds nest iPhone case . It was dead cheap and I get some many complements on it!

Make Up - I try to keep my make up items to a minimum in my bag. I don't need much to keep my face looking topped up and fresh. 

Kiko Bronzer in Spicy Brown and Sigma brush to top up my health glow on the go. 

My favourite autumn lipstick, No7 Moisture drench in Plum Beautiful

Kiko eyeliner in Dark Grey

Sheer Finish Kabuki Brushfrom EcoTools is what I use to apply my mineral foundation in the morning. The brush has enough product left on it for touch ups through out the day. 

And a pale pink lip gloss from Victoria's seacret. 

Another commuter essential is a good mag, Glamour is my current favourite for beauty and style inspiration. 

And for when inspiration hits, I like to keep a my PaperBlanks note book with me, this one was a Christmas present from my mum it's so beautiful and girly, design: Filigree Floral Ivory.
Finally However much I'd love to take these guys with me, I don't think my boss would approve if I had these guys playing on my desk. 

But I just can't get enough of the cuteness! 

Have a great weekend!

Love Fluff and Squidge.