eclectic eccentricity

You Got Mail

Actually, it’s ME who got mail this week: sorry to disappoint. I mean, I’m sure YOU got mail too, obviously, but, well, this is my blog, so today I thought I’d show you some of the things that have been dropping through the letterbox (or which the postman has had to ring the doorbell and hand to us, rather. That doesn’t sound as good, though, does it?).

Anyway, the week started the way I wish ALL weeks could start: with a little delivery from Collectif:


(Most weeks DO start like that for me, to be honest: can I help it that they keep making such awesome stuff, though? I don’t think so.)

This is the Fiona pencil skirt, which arrived just in time to be included in my retro-inspired capsule wardrobe post, and which is basically the perfect, pin-up style pencil skirt. I’d previously been wearing this red pencil skirt from ASOS, which I still have, but which is a little bit big in the waist for me, so I’ve been on the lookout for a replacement for a while now. I sized up in this one, having read some other people’s reviews of it, and it turned out to be the right decision – it’s a neat fit, without being totally skin-tight. I reckon my usual size would probably have fit, in the sense that I’d have been able to get into it (so if you’re after a true “pin-up” look, you might want to just disregard my advice and go with your usual size), but I think this size will be easier to wear, so I’m sticking with it.

eclectic eccentricity necklaces

L-R: Where the Wild Roses Grow necklace; For Your Eyes Only envelope necklaceFollow the Leader bird necklace

Next up came these cute little necklaces from Eclectic Eccentricity, who’d asked me if I’d like to sample some of their wares. Over the past couple of years I’ve found that my jewellery taste has shifted a little from mostly silver coloured pieces to mostly gold coloured ones: I still wear a bit of both, but lately I’ve found myself wanting to wear yellow or rose gold more often, and as I don’t actually own a whole lot of it, I took the opportunity to add some pieces to my collection. This brand makes really sweet, whimsical little necklaces and bracelets: I particularly like the ‘For Your Eyes Only’ envelope necklace, which has room for a tiny little photo inside: I’m thinking of finding one of Terry or Rubin, OR maybe one of my shoes. Well, it should be something I really love, right?



This is the LightStim, and it’s a beauty product I’m going to be testing out over the next 8 weeks, before writing a review for the blog. What you need to know about me here is that I’m an absolute sucker for anything skincare-related, and particularly anything that promises to get rid of wrinkles, plump out the skin, and generally make me look like Miranda Kerr, only younger. Seriously, name your product ‘Facelift in a Bottle’ or ‘This is Just Like Botox Only Better And Without the Needles’, and I’ll be all over it. So I’m really excited to try this product, which promises to erase my fine lines by using light therapy (it’s UV free, so it won’t harm the skin) to boost collagen. It takes up to 8 weeks to work, so I’m not expecting to reverse the ageing process overnight, or even AT ALL, because I’m not quite THAT naive (I totally am, though), but I’ll report back on how I got on – fingers crossed!

Beauty Blender and Benefit Porefessional

These two came to me courtesy of Birchbox, who, by the way, are offering Forever Amber readers a 5% discount on beauty box subscriptions using the code SUMMERFA. They also offered to send me two samples to try: I went for the Beauty Blender makeup sponge and Benefit Porefessional primer, both of which I’ve wanted to try for absolutely ages now: I’ll be reviewing them soon, along with the July Birchbox,

On Thursday, I got these little gold flats from River Island:

Gold pointed flats

Gold flats are one of those items I seem to be constantly looking for. They’re one of my “must have” items, but I get through them so fast I almost always need a new pair. Seriously, I can have heels in my closet for YEARS on end without having to replace them, but give me a pair of flats and they’ll last a few months tops – especially if I’m taking them on holiday, which is what I bought these ones for. Part of my issue is that I struggle a bit with sizing in flats, and often have to size down in them – in this case, though, I went for my usual size, and they fit perfectly: phew!

Also on Thursday this arrived, and was instantly declared to be The Perfect Casual White Shirt:

casual white shirt

I found it in Topshop, after what felt like a very long search. These things come to those who wait, I guess: or to those who obsessively search the internet until they find exactly what they’re looking for, as the case may be…

  • Maria


    I really like the necklaces, so romantic and feminine! Also the packing, with the mint green papers and the taupe boxes, so cute!

    July 4, 2015
  • Amanda


    I also like those necklaces! I think the idea with the little envelope you can put a picture inside is really sweet.

    July 4, 2015
  • Those necklaces are adorable!

    July 4, 2015
  • Amanda


    Oh and I forgot to ask, did you get the new skirt in red or in black?

    July 4, 2015
      • Amanda


        Oh! I just noticed the picture, sorry, now I feel like an idiot!

        July 5, 2015
  • Miss Kitty


    I will be waiting with interest to see how you get on with the LightStim. I bought a similar one from the US a few months back, from Sirius Beauty. It has three light heads, one blue, one red, and one green. It also had something called a galvanic cleansing head, which from the instruction book sounded a bit hocus-pocus for me! I really did like the light heads, my only gripe was that it took about an hour each evening. Although you can read or do something else while you are doing it, obviously you can only do something that requires one hand, because the other is holding the light thingy, so it ended up feeling like I was just wasting a huge chunk of my evening. I don’t watch a lot of TV, but if you did, I guess this would be ideal to use while you are watching. I ended up selling my unit, but I will be interested how you get on!

    July 5, 2015
  • Oh I’ll so be pinning those necklases. They are just so pretty.

    July 5, 2015
  • I have the red Collectif pencil skirt and LOVE it. I find it a really nice fit, it has a tiny bit of stretch too to add to that, plus the high waist seems a better fit than the majority of other pencil skirts.
    The LightStim sounds really interesting – I’ll be looking forward to that review!

    July 7, 2015