Wednesday, 26 August 2015

SWIG 'Naked' Hip Flask

Ok, ok, I know what you're probably thinking: this is a little out of the realms of my normal blog content! And I admit, it is, but when I was contacted by Daniel from SWIG and I had a look through their website, their premium products piqued my interest and I agreed to receive a hip flask of my choice and give it a test run over the course of a week.

When the package arrived I was blown away by how beautifully packaged the flask was; it arrived in a sturdy little box adorned with a bow, lined inside with a beautiful paisley print fabric, with the flask laid out contrastingly on top of it. SWIG's business card reads 'Exceptional Hip Flasks', and I definitely had to agree with it. The packaging felt so mature and premium and I knew that it would make a fabulous gift for somebody.

The flask even piqued Ziggy's interest!

SWIG's hip flasks can be purchased with a variety of premium cases, ranging from tweed to magnetic designs, but as I'm avoiding purchasing leather I decided to go for a simple – but beautiful – Naked hip flask. The flask is seamless with a flat bottom, meaning it can be stood up straight and there's no fear of it leaking, which for me is a lifesaver because I like to carry mine around in the bottom of my bag on a night out.

I took this out with me last Friday night carrying some apple vodka, and as expected, I didn't experience any leaking whatsoever (which is always great when you're carting around sticky, alcoholic substances!) I used to have a cheap, £10 hip flask from Urban Outfitters, but I retired it a while ago because it used to leak everywhere whenever I used it, so it's nice to finally have a more reliable option. My old UO hip flask was also fiddly and awkward to open, which resulted in me eventually breaking the cap; this isn't an issue however with my new SWIG flask as it simply screws on and off – no awkward fastenings, no breakages, no problem! Just a constant flow of vodka aaaaaall night long (but not a flow into my bag, as we've already established...)

While we're on the subject of nights out, I thought it'd be handy to mention that the design of the Naked flask comes in perfectly handy for use as a mirror. Want to quickly top up your lipstick but there's no mirror in sight? No problem, your Naked flask's got your back!

To summarise, I'm very happy with my new flask, and I'm sure it'll get a lot of use in its lifetime. I appreciate that these flasks aren't the cheapest if you're just looking for a little something to cart your bargain vodka around in, but the quality of the item and the luxury of the packaging to me makes it worth every penny: you're paying a premium price, but you're definitely getting a premium product that'll far outlive any cheaper options you may pick up. 

While you may not be interested in buying yourself a premium hip flask, there may be someone in your life who might appreciate one, and I think SWIG's products would make a fabulous gift for someone in need of a new hip flask. As well as the premium cases that I mentioned previously, SWIG also offer an engraving service which I think would be a nice, personal touch to any gifted hip flask for a special someone. 

*Disclaimer: The Naked Hip Flask was gifted to me by SWIG, but all opinions expressed are honest and my own. 

Sunday, 23 August 2015

Lush Week 1

If you follow me on Twitter and Instagram you may have noticed that I've been a little quiet this week, and it's mainly because I've spent a lot of time at work, and when I've not been at work, I've been trawling through Lush's website teaching myself about their products and copying up the notes I've taken during various training sessions I've had throughout the week.

Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Lady in Berlin

Berlin was full of people on bikes, but one lady in particular caught my eye as she peddled her tiny poodle around the city. I originally sketched this illustration out while I was back at my dad's house in Germany, and I finally got around to colouring it up properly yesterday.

Monday, 17 August 2015

The Sea is a Good Place to Think of the Future

First of all – thanks so much everyone for the love regarding my new blog design, I'm really pleased you all like it! I thought today I'd share the piece that inspired the theme and palette of my new design.

Friday, 14 August 2015

Time for a Change

I decided earlier in the week that my blog needed a bit of a facelift, so I sat down today and worked on a new design after piecing together a colour scheme yesterday that I thought would work quite nicely.

Wednesday, 12 August 2015

A little bit of news...

Just before I flew out to Germany I applied for a Christmas temp position at Lush, and while I was away I was offered an interview that I couldn't attend and worried that I'd missed out on a chance altogether. Luckily for me however, I was offered another interview for when I was home and I excitedly attended it last Thursday. 

Tuesday, 11 August 2015

Quick, easy & yummy vegan pancakes

August marks 8 months of me being vegetarian, and in that time I've taught myself enough about animal products and the exploitation of those animals to know that the next obvious step for me personally is to become vegan, so lately I've been easing myself into the lifestyle and researching substitutes and recipes for delicious vegan alternatives to what currently makes up my diet. 

One lunchtime recipe that I've been enjoying frequently is one for vegan pancakes, and honestly, they're some of the thickest, tastiest pancakes I've ever cooked up for myself, so I thought I'd share below how quick and easy this lunch is to make.