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Dark Jinx

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Camisole, Topshop // Necklace and earrings*, both Dark Jinx

I am a huge, huge fan of Perspex and acrylic jewellery. When I was growing up the idea of a Tatty Devine name-plate necklace was the height of cool (as it is now, actually…) and ever since then I’ve been adding new bits to my collection, hunting out especially quirky designs wherever I can find them. I came across Dark Jinx on Twitter and immediately started coveting their entire line! They’ve only just launched their first collection, a really eclectic, kooky mix of patterns and colours with a plastic-fantastic, futuristic vibe. As soon as I saw them I completely fell in love with these mermaid earrings (we’re all mermaids, deep down, and don’t let anyone tell you different). I love anything even remotely fairy-tale themed or whimsical, especially with my jewellery. I don’t wear all that much, but when I do I like to wear bright statement pieces that are worth the hassle.

The other piece I picked was this Tox necklace, which reminded me of something designed for the band Chvrches, because it’s so geometric! It makes me think of space and meteors and diamonds and alien life-forms. The plastic is super reflective and mirror-like, and goes beautifully over black clothes or bare skin. I wear it with a black skater dress or on top of a silver silk camisole. How do you guys feel about plastic jewellery? Is it something you wear a lot too? Let me know below in the comments!

I’m sorry I’ve been MIA on the blog-post front recently, I’ve just had so much life shit getting in the way of doing what I want to do. Normal service will now resume. A huge thank you to everyone who entered my teapigs giveaway, it was such fun to do that I plan on holding another one when I get to 600 Bloglovin followers, so if you aren’t following me already, then, well, what you playing at?

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teapigs matcha drink review and giveaway

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Hello everyone and welcome to my very first giveaway! I feel so happy to be working with such an awesome brand, teapigs, for my giveaway debut. I’ve been meaning to do one for such a long, long time, and I’m so excited to be finally doing it. I have a really special treat to give to one lucky reader; a set of super healthy and delicious matcha tea drinks from teapigs! Matcha tea is a super-concentrated version of green tea, packed full of antioxidants and yummy flavonoids, and mixed up with tasty grapefruit, apple or elderflower juice. My personal favourite is the elderflower; it’s so sweet and delicious that even people who don’t really like the taste of green tea will enjoy them. Personally I’ve always been a big fan of green tea and green juices, and these drinks are like a delightful mix of the two! Really sweet and refreshing, with that distinctive fresh green tea taste running through them. I’ve been focusing on my health more than anything lately (I’ve decided to train for a half-marathon! Wish me luck, I will freaking need it) and having loads of healthy snacks and drinks around really helps keeps it interesting. Sooooo….in the spirit of staying healthy and enjoying it, I thought I’d give one of you guys a set of drinks to try out for yourself. It's only open to entrants with a UK posting address, but all you have to do to enter is follow my blog via Bloglovin, and if you want to get some extra entries just follow me on Twitter, tweet about the giveaway, or leave a comment down below. Not only that, but I have a 10% discount code at teapigs for every one of you to use if you want to go shopping for yourself! Just enter the code ‘thepersephonecomplex’ at the checkout! Don’t say I don’t treat you.


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stop trying to make fetch happen

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shirt*, Truffle Shuffle // skirt, ebay // backpack, SanRio // sneakers, Nike // bracelets, gifts

I never really wore much pink growing up. It was something I only got into in my late teens, and even today I only have a few pieces in my wardrobe that I actually wear. One of my pink staples is this backpack;  it has been absolutely everywhere with me over the last couple of years. It was a Christmas present from my late grandmother, given in a completely innocent spirit, because she knew I liked Hello Kitty; but it’s been to the seediest places imaginable, and some unimaginable. I use it as an overnight bag whenever I go on adventures to London, and it carries all my equipment when I go on photo-shoots.

One of the reasons I love this shirt from Truffle Shuffle is because it has a little accent of pink on grey and white, so it’s super wearable. The dripping font is what first caught my eye, but I also love the looks people give me when they focus in on my chest to try and read it; from men and elderly women, it’s just complete confusion, but girls my age smile at me and we have a little moment for Gretchen Wieners. The only thing I would say about the shirt is that Truffle Shuffle sizing is a bit big, so you might want to go a size smaller. I’m a UK size 10 usually, so I got a Small, but it’s massive on me! Good thing I like baggy clothes. I wore it to go running last night and felt far more fabulous than usual. Although I really should get rid of those leggings with the hole in the arse, they’re not making me feel so great. I’ve started running LOADS lately so if anyone knows any great tips or cool fitness blogs, hook me up below in the comments.

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Goody Good Stuff

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People are always asking me how I manage being vegan. I often hear the exasperated question ‘but what DO you eat?!’, and the honest truth is, I eat a lot. I mean, I stuff my face. It’s not hard. You just have to know where to look. There are vegan, or gluten-free, or almost-anything-free treats out there, if you really look. I’ve been lucky enough to be introduced to some amazing brands by my nutritionist mother, that do delicious, natural alternatives, such as Goody Good Stuff.

Goody Good Stuff make a huge range of gelatine-free sweets that also happen to be soy-free, GMO-free, egg-free, free from High Fructose Syrups and are completely Kosher and Halal. For years I’ve been buying the Strawberries and Cream flavour, that come in tiny, chewy balls of just pure bliss, to be honest. I’ve been known to eat three or four packs of them in a night, but then I have always been a confirmed chewy-sweet addict. They do alternatives to most kinds of classic chewy sweets, like cold bottles, fizzy peaches, and gummy bears, so most people will find an alternative to their pick-n-mix favourite. When I give them to non-vegans they can’t tell the difference. For anyone who loves that feeling you get from having tasty treats that you know aren’t bad for you, they really are the best option. Anything that helps me stick to a healthy diet (whilst still tasting amazing and satisfying my never-ending chewy sweet craving) has earned it’s place in my cupboard. And handbag. And heart.

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I see a red door and I want it painted black

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crop top and heels, both New Look // skirt, George at Asda // bag, Chanel

I’d say about 80% of my wardrobe is black. I love wearing all-black, even in the summer, when most people are in yellow tank tops and tie-dye shorts. In warmer weather I don’t like heavy fabrics or piled-on jewellery weighing on my skin; instead I tend to go for girly shapes and slightly retro styles, but in dark colours. It usually results in this kind of ‘summer goth’ look that I love. No frills, no bling – just feminine, monochrome clothes that are cool enough to wear through July. This skirt is so short that I don’t wear it out much in ‘real life’, but it looks decent on camera so I thought I’d show off my newly muscular thighs – I just finished a 30 day squat challenge and I’m feeling strong, like bull.

Oh, and I’m sure you’ve already noticed, but I got myself a brand new blog design! I’m absolutely in love with it and I can’t tell you what a difference it makes having a shiny new layout to fill with posts. My motivation to blog has gone through the roof. It was done by the ever-so-talented Clare of Swoon For The Moon, so do check her out if you’re in the market for a new template.

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get a little bit of bourbon in ya, get a little bit suburban and go crazy

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all clothes and jewellery, either vintage or model’s own // Model – Katie Parker at Whips and Furs
Here is another instalment of all the photos I took with Katie during our weekend of full-on photographic adventure in Barry, just outside Cardiff. We found the most amazing brick wall (in a forest, of all places) that had some epic light, and we set up camp there for hours, with only a few people and a couple of dogs disturbing our makeshift creative studio. At one point poor Katie did get accosted by a lecherous drunk outside of a Coral in the city centre, but after teaching him some manners it was all straight-sailing from there! I don’t know what it is with bald, midget football fans who spend their Friday mornings drinking lager outside of a betting shop that makes them think they are such an attractive prospect, but they sure do take the piss.
I’m always looking for new models around the Cardiff/West Wales area, so if you or anyone you know would like to do a shoot with me then just hit me up at contactpersephone@gmail,com and we can hook up sometime and take pictures. I’m really itching to meet more bloggers, models, photographers and creative people lately. So if you know of anyone in the area, let me know!

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Beefayre

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Recently I’ve been thinking a lot about the direction of my blog and the kind of things I want to use it to promote. As some of you will know, I am a vegan, and quite ethically-minded in my day-to-day lifestyle. I am by no means a saint, and I can’t claim to be a cruelty-free blogger; but I’ve realised that is what I would like to be. As small as my little corner of the internet is, I still want to use it to spread good things, clean things, fair things. I’ve always tried to make my blog as true to who I am as I possibly can, and I feel this is the only area in which I have failed. Because I really, really care about the environment, and yet I rarely (if ever) speak about it here.

My first step along my new cruelty-free path is to introduce you to a brand called Beefayre. Now, as I’m sure a lot of you would agree, you just can’t beat a good scented candle. I am properly obsessed with them. I think they just make a house a home in such a simple, sensuous way; it’s hard to find someone who doesn’t love them. Most brands use paraffin wax, which a lot of people don’t know is extremely harmful to the environment, and highly toxic to the people breathing it in. Beefayre, however, uses 100% natural plant oils taken from their own supplier’s plantation, so there’s no deforestation! All their products are cruelty-free, certified by PETA, and everything is vegan except their honey and beeswax. They give 3% of their profits to bee conservation projects and all their materials are recycled. I’ve honestly never come across such an ethical candle company before, and let me just say, all their stuff smells DELICIOUS. I was sent two amazing fragrances to review; Honey Lily, and Rhubarb and Raspberry, as well as an adorable Lemon Lime lipbalm that you’ll see in an upcoming post. Both candles are damn near edible and sit in the prettiest little painted glass holders. Their wax is so pure you can even use it as massage oil! Now, for someone like me, who is a little bit kinky and loves having hot wax dripped onto her, this is a huge bonus. Having a safe wax-play candle that not only smells delicious but also gives my boyfriend a reason to give me a back rub is aces in my book! I’m sure it was totally accidental, but they really have created the sexiest candles around.

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