31 Dec 2012

Candy Floss Cocktails & A Happy New Year!


As we are celebrating the bells for 2013, we will be sipping on the cocktail of our dreams:
Candy Floss Champagne!

If you'd like to join us in raising your glass, all you need to do is pop a ball of candy floss (or Cotton Candy) into a glass or tea cup, fill it up with some lovely Champagne and watch in wonder as the candy floss dissolves... a sip of this candy cocktail is definitely the best way to remind yourself of how sweet 2012 was!

We look forward to hanging out with you in 2013 and wish you all the best!

Vivid Please
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30 Dec 2012

Our Top 10 Achievements 2013

Vogue Bambini feature our Let's Grow Old Together canvas tote bag

Coco Chocolate shop featured our first ever window display

Mollie Makes featured our envelope clutch, pom pom, cardigan clip and garland tutorials

We held our first ever stall this year at The Market, which was a great success and the first of many!

Biba Magazine featured our Geek Pencil Set

Cut Out & Keep invited us to be their Crafty Superstars of The Week

Nido Magazine featured our Pom Pom tutorial

Uncovet invited us to sell on their uber-cool site

We worked like little bees on our branding and completely re-vamped our blog and shop design; a lot of work went into it but we think it looks outstanding now!

And last, but certainly not least, we met a lot of super lovely people this year who have helped us out, supported us and even become good friends :D We'd like to high five absolutely every one of you, but we'd like to give a special shout out to the following ladies:
Amelia - The Market
Jade - Ginger Pickle
Kim - A Blackbirds Epiphany
Fee - Life Story
Nicole - The Marshmallow Lady
We couldn't have done it without you all and we can't wait to see what mischief we all get up to in 2013!
Lots of love and Happy New Year
Vicky & David
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29 Dec 2012

Top 10 DIYs of 2012!

As 2012 begins to wind down, we thought it would be nice to share our favorite Top 10 Tutorials with you! We share a new diy on our blog almost every week and it has been such a worthwhile effort; they're a lot of fun to make and do and it's been awesome getting such lovely comments feedback from you all :D 

Seeing our favorites lined up in one post makes me feel so good about all of the things we've achieved this year. We can't bare to put these in any kind of order as it's too hard to pick out our absolute number one, but we'd love to hear what you loved the most!

We hope you've enjoyed working through these diy posts as much as we have :D

Thank you to everyone who have shared our posts and a special thank you to those of you who have shown us your own versions of our projects - they bring a smile every time we see them!

Here's to more homemade projects in 2013 - we can't wait!
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26 Dec 2012

12 Days Of Christmas SALE!

Happy Boxing Day everyone!

To celebrate the 12 Days of Christmas, we're having a massive sale in our wonderful Etsy shop :D
From today till the 6th of January 2013, we've got big discounts on our bags, prints, stationery and accessories. It doesn't get much better than this!

Aaaand, if you spend over £12 (exc p+p) we're going to spoil you a little more with a free gift too :D Brilliant!

Are you ready for some bargains?

On your marks... get set... GO!

Happy shopping!

24 Dec 2012

Merry Christmas Everyone!

We hope you all have a cracking day with lots of good food and festive cheer!

21 Dec 2012

Style Me Friday - Christmas Wish List!

With Christmas just around the corner I thought I would share some of our top picks on our Christmas  wish list. We've been very good this year so we're hoping we've made it on the Nice List and have our fingers, (and toes!) crossed in hope of finding some of these goodies under our tree this year!

I've had my little heart set on these Nebula earrings since the wonderful Peaches & Pebbles created them. Gorgeous, aren't they? Being a space nut, I'm an avid collector of space (and specifically moon) themed treasures. They're the perfect way to add a little galaxy love into my everyday wardrobe :)

Space aside, my other passion is vintage style. I've just discovered the new line of make up by Dita Von Teese for Art Deco and it is to die for. Her 'vintage' line of cosmetics comes in the most beautiful gold packaging and if you're a pin up gal like me, you'll know how important the right shade of lipstick is. Dita does not disappoint! I'd like two of everything please; one for my dresser and one for my handbag ;)

We don't care if you think it's cliché; we're from Scotland and we love tartan! This white tartan scarf from James Pringle is possibly the most rock and roll thing we've seen all year and the perfect boyfriend scarf to be stolen on a cold and windy day! 

No man would be complete without some killer headphones! These earmuff's have the headphones hidden inside, meaning you can keep warm and keep the tunes blasting when you're out and about. Brilliant, right? We both bought some stupidly expensive Urbanears headphones last year and they didn't last very long at all. We've learned that spending a fortune doesn't always get you the best gear, so for us, cheap and practical is the way forward. FYI, these Skinnydip ones are £15... and are currently on sale for £8 :D

This year our top pick for homeware is this collection of tins created by our favorite designer, Wayne Hemingway. Creator of the infamous British Vintage festivals, we adore his retro style and can't get enough of these kitchen accessories. We think Vivid HQ looks incomplete without them; we drink so much tea and coffee we know they will be going to a good home if they come to ours! 

Last but not least on our Christmas Wish List is the first season of our favoirte tv show, New Girl. This is how we plan to spend Boxing Day should we get it. New-Girl-A-Thon and leftover sandwiches. You're totally invited to come round and get involved too if you bring some popcorn ;)

We hope you've managed to get all your shopping done... I know I still have a few cheeky items to go!
Good Luck!

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20 Dec 2012

Funk Fair! 22 December, Edinburgh

Ready for the last minute Christmas Dash this Saturday?

We've got the solution to all your last minute gift requirements ... and maybe even a couple of treats to spoil yourself with too :D

Our final stall of the year will be held on the Saturday 22nd December at Cafe Camino in Edinburgh at the super cool Funk Fair!

Our favorite vintage sellers will be attending and there will be plenty of retro treats and treasures to be had - not to mention some of the coolest contemporary designers in town ;) We can't wait to snap up a bargain or two for ourselves!

Want to know more?
Cafe Camino in Edinburgh is just outside John Lewis at the top of Leith Walk (where the big foot is). Doors open at 10am and close at 5pm, but we recommend you go early to snap up the best stuff and avoid the crowds!

To find out more about the event, visit here

So, come celebrate with us this Pay Day Weekend and get something spectacularly trendy and unique before the Christmas and New Year celebrations begin!

Hope to see you there :D
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16 Dec 2012

DIY: Free Gift Tag Print Outs For Christmas!

Happy Holidays Everyone!

This month we thought we would create a fun free print out for everyone to share - 'tis the season after all! 

Vivid HQ is already brimming with gifts for the holidays, and we love nothing more than to sit down and have a good wrap-a-thon :D 

Always keen to have something a little different and to save some money, we've created a set of 6 tags for you to download and attach to your presents to jazz them up a bit. How fun!

We've got Santa's moustache, a couple of crackers and 3 classic styled gift tags with our very own special design for you to download and print for free. 

All you need to do is save the file below, and print out at A4. Carefully cut each one out with scissors and hole punch the circles into the gift tags. Then using some string or glue, simply stick on your pretty wrapped boxes and pop under the tree... Perfect!

Vivid Christmas Tags (1MB PDF - right-click and 'Save As...')

Don't they look fab? 
We have over 20 family members coming round for the big day and we think the little personal touches like these make all the difference. The prettier and more fun the better we say :D  

We hope you enjoy our little gift to you and we wish you a very Merry Christmas!

Happy Wrapping...
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14 Dec 2012

Style Crush: Laidbare Beauty Products

Today I thought I would share a little secret with you. I've just discovered Laidbare's incredible beauty products and I am in love!

It's not very often that I get excited about a cosmetic product, because 9 times out of 10, I'm left  disappointed. Never one to settle, I'll happily give everything a good go to find the one that's right for me, and trust me, I mean everything!

My new crush has come in the form of Laidbare. I discovered their products in a department store recently and I have to admit it's possibly been my best find all year. For me, taking care of my skin is really important, especially during winter as I find the cold dry air particularly effects me... and, of course, there is no better feeling than some pampering when it's snowing outside!

So, what's all the fuss about? Well, to start with, all of the products in the range are 100% natural. I find that the ones pumped full of chemicals tend to be rather undesirable. I had a shot on some of Benefit's new moisturizer, which although looks a treat, cost quite a lot of money and left me with a horrible taste in my mouth - literally. Ok, ok, I know you're not meant to eat the stuff (which I didn't!), but when moisturizing I do include my lips in the process. Perhaps that's not normal, but I think it's important, and I think that a moisturizer should be able to cope with it. Unfortunately I could taste chemicals all day, which is not only disgustingly unpleasant, but left me pretty concerned about what I was putting on my skin! If it's not natural, it's not worth it if you ask me.

I find that whenever I want to buy a completely natural product, I'm usually disappointed with the packaging and branding. As you will have noticed from our blog and shop, branding is really important to us. We're designers and we like to fill our lives full of good looking items; it may sound shallow, but I bet it's more important to you than you think.
Hands down, Laidbare is the best looking product on the shelf. It's clean and simple with a beautiful typeface and its 50/50 colour brings a Damien Hirst tear to my eye. With cute names like "Working 9 to 5", "Butter Me Up" and "DIY", you know for sure that I am in heaven!
I certainly don't feel like an old maid carrying this cream in my bag :)

Looks aside, I'm delighted to share that the products are great too. I've been using them for a while now and not only has my skin cleared up and become silky soft, I smell delicious too! My favourite products form the range are the body butter, cleanser and toner and moisturizer...

The body butter "Butter Me Up" has the most beautiful smell of bergamot (one of my favourites!) and has hints of jasmine and patchouli in the mix too. It smells really luxurious when you're putting it on and the scent lasts for hours, which is incredible for a natural product. It takes a few seconds to massage it into your skin, but the results are simply devine; my skin is soft and the boyfriend is a fan - what more could a girl ask for?!

I'm a big fan of the two in one Clenser & Toner "DIY" as it get's the job done fast and extremely well. Being party season, the last thing I want to worry about is spending ages trying to take my party face off before bed, and the state my skin is going to be left in the next morning. Combined products are the way forward! Not only has my face cleared up (I get spots around my mouth), but this stuff smells like my favourite party treat; lime jelly! I swear, it takes years off you in mood and ageing :D

Last, but certainly not least, is the all important moisturizer. "Working 9 to 5" is an anti-aging hydration cream that is bang full of goodness; you wouldn't want anything less for your most important feature! The cream is like a second skin which is ideal for that cold, dry air that is super tough on you're skin at this time of year. It has a light rosewater scent (which alway's steals my heart), and is not only great at making your skin look radient... I'm delighted to share that it's taste free too :D

So ladies, I hope my little discovery and insight has helped you in your search for your perfect beauty product :) My skin is soft and clear... and most of the products cost less than £10! It's going to be difficult for Santa not to pick up a couple of these for me this year ;)

Here's to starting 2013 looking as good as we feel!

Happy Pampering!