How To: Heart Nails

Hi guys,

I decided to try something a little different with my nails this week and shaped them into stiletto nails. I’ve done this once before and I instantly regretted it! However I took the plunge again and loved them! Continue reading

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My First Collaboration Post!

Hi Guys,

Sorry for the lack of communication for all my social media buddies out there, I’ve recently started a new job and my iPhone has decided to die on me! This weeks post will be a collaboration with fellow blogger Orianna Rosa Royle. If you haven’t already checked out her blog go have a look, she’s recently updated her blog (with a little help from moi) and its full of great recipes & beauty tips among other things! Continue reading

Way Back Wednesday

Hi Guys,

This weeks post is another Where? What? When? feature but with a take on the Throwback Thursday (all my instagrammer’s will know) except its Wednesday so I had to change it. Anyway I decided to take you way back to when it was my birthday and share with you what I wore, a few pics and the recipe for one of the delicious cocktails I made!

When & Where?

For my birthday this year (2nd of May, write it down so you can buy me presents next year 😉 ) I went to a cocktail making masterclass at Be At One in London Covent Garden.

What?

So basically you’re supposed to go into the bar (its closed to the public) and you & your group get to go behind and make 2-3 cocktails each. However we made friends with our teacher, by simply not pissing him off like most groups, and before I knew it I was hammered at 4pm. It’s safe to say we got our moneys worth, as we each made (and drank) about 5 cocktails plus there were a few shots thrown in too. Everyone had a great time and really enjoyed making all the cocktails, I’d highly recommend it if you don’t know what to do for your next birthday!

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Me (left):
Tweed Playsuit – £27.50 Lipsy, Sheer Bomber Jacket – £55 Next, Green Strappy Bag – £20 River Island

Orianna (right): Floral Print Skort – Primark (similar here), Gold Leaf Necklace – similar here, Beige Top- similar here, Blazer- similar here

As for what I wore, I don’t really have many pictures that show it off properly (I have a post here). Here I am with fellow blogger Orianna Rosa slightly worse for wear after the cocktails. I wore my tweed Lipsy playsuit, tights (it was slightly colder then), wedges and topped it off with my favourite Next sheer bomber and bright green River Island bag. I loved wearing this outfit, I felt so comfy while not compromising on style, I even ended up clubbing in this later on that night and didn’t feel too underdressed! My nails I had painted the previous day for my birthday meal, inspired by this cute design I saw on Pinterest. I used Barry M Silk Nail Effects in Mist as a base and picked up some pearl studs at my local craft shop. I had originally planned to go get my nails done (it was my birthday and I was feeling lazy) but after being told they couldn’t do it by FIVE different nail shops, I got the hump and decided to do it myself. I have to admit this is extremely fiddlier than it looks and after completing one nail I decided one per hand was more than enough!

The June Bug

How to Make a June Bug - IngredientsHow to Make a June Bug - StepsImage for cocktail making graphic taken from Tesco, Topshop, Pinterest & Bols.com

Have you tried a June Bug? What do you think?

Leave me a comment and let me know 🙂

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Nailed It!

Hellooo,

I was shopping in my local Boots store when I came across these House of Holland for Elegant Touch nail packs on the clearance shelf. I’m not usually one for false nails but the designs on these packs are amazing, if you haven’t already seen/heard of them (they came out last year) check them out here. Normally around £9 I couldn’t resist picking up the Get Nailed pack at the clearance price of £2, even if just for the stickers!Get Nailed HOH

The pack comes with 24 false nails in 10 sizes as well as nail glue, a nail file & the set of alphabet stickers (oh and instructions but who needs those!). The false nails themselves come in white with a black outline, which I did quite like, but personally I found that the nails were a little too long for my liking. I’ve placed them over my natural nails in the picture and once they’re all on they do look pretty good, however I decided to leave these and just use the stickers on my natural nails instead.

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The first problem I had with these stickers was what on earth to write across my digits. After brainstorming for several minutes and coming up with nothing, I decided to play it safe and stick with the alphabet (or the first 10 letters at least). The letters themselves are quite tricky to peel off the backing and I found that if they stuck to themselves they weren’t coming  apart. I managed to get my left hand done fairly straightforward (I had a minor set back with the B) and they looked quite good. On my right hand though it was a whole different story! The letters were all wonky and the stickers kept folding over when I stuck them down or ruining my base colour. I’m guessing this is probably why they’re meant to go onto the false nails to make the application a little easier.
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Overall I really like the look of these (if I ignore my right hand) although I probably wouldn’t have paid full price for them. If you like false nails though and don’t mind them being a little long, then I’d highly recommend these as the designs are so fun!

Have you tried these out? Whats your favourite HOH nail design?

Leave me a comment and let me know 🙂

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Think Floral

Hey Guys,

This weeks post is gonna be part review, part tutorial (similar to my spring nails post ). I recently picked up my belated birthday present from my Dads house, which was a 3 week nails Gel nails starter kit and thought I’d let you know what I think of it.

So what does it include?
Well you get the UV lamp, nail cleanser & remover, orange sticks, nail buffer as well as the base gel, top coat and 4 colours. The colours in my pack are two red shades, a pink and a red glitter polish.

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What did I think?
When I first received the present I decided to immediately try it out. The pack doesn’t come with instructions on how to assemble the actual lamp, which is a bit of a pain but it’s fairly straightforward. Once I had managed to contort my hand so I could fit the bulbs into the lamp, it then became apparent that the bottom was removable for easy assess! Once I had the lamps clicked in it was a fairly simple process to follow. All you do is paint the base on, stick your hand in the lamp for 2 mins (made handy with the timer button) and repeat for every other coat you do (including individual colour coats & top coat of course). After that you simply wipe off the sticky film with the cleanser and you’re done, perfect nails for 3 weeks.

This is where the problem lays though. I can barely stick with one nail design a week let alone a plain colour for 3 weeks! On my first attempt I tried out the sparkly colour, which was a bit thin and required 3 coats, only to decide I was bored of the colour by dinner and promptly picked it off. I did persevere however and tried again using some of my own nail polishes in between the gel. This I would highly not recommend doing, it looked awful and wouldn’t set properly, much to my dismay! In the end I decided to use the pink colour provided and painted on a pretty daisy design on with my nail pens. This worked quite well and I’m happy with the result & finish so far, I’ll keep you updated if the gel ruins my nails in a few weeks when I come to take it off. It’s been 5 days so fair and they’ve not chipped at all, even after being at work and doing the washing up (my normal polish would be ruined by now)!

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Here’s the tutorial for my daisy look. You’ll need a base colour of your choice, a white & orange nail art pen and top coat.

First off start by painting on your base colour, two coats should be enough to get a decent colour and let it dry.

After it’s touch dry (or dry enough to drag your brush over if you’re impatient like me) you can start your daisys. Take your white pen and draw short lines from the corner of your nail fanning out as you go. Keep the line touching at the centre so it looks more like a flower than a star burst.

Next get your orange nail pen (or orange nail polish and a dotting device) and place a small dot in the middle of the flower you’ve drawn. Presto, one daisy!

Repeat to your liking and finish with a clear top coat to seal.

Sorry for the lack of visuals I’ve been super busy but will be uploading more later.

Will you be trying these nails out?

Leave me a comment and let me know 🙂

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Header image taken from Pinterest.com

J’adore Paris

Bonjour!

So as promised this is the other half of last weeks post showing my outfits from my break in Paris! They say a picture speaks a thousand words so I’m going to let my snaps do (most of) the talking!

What I Wore

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Ok so my outfit for the first day of sight seeing I wore my black long sleeve crop top with my striped River Island skirt & flats. I chose this outfit as a mix of practical & stylish. The skirt being stylish with the top & flats being the more practical element for the cold London morning and busy sightseeing. I love this outfit and got a lot of compliments on my ‘jupe‘ or skirt in English. The only problem I had with this was that the top, although perfect for the cold 6am London start, was not so great in the bright sunshine (still you can’t complain).

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Top: H&MSkirt: River IslandShoes: Primark ~ Sunglasses: River Island

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Dress: Florence + Fred ~ Clutch: Miss SelfridgeShoes: New LookBelt: Lipsy

For the night I chose this adorable pale pink dress. I love the sheer panel detail to the top of this dress and felt very sophisticated & lady like wearing. My favourite part of this dress though is that it was for the bargain price of £10 from Tesco of all places! I added a black belt to break up the block colour, a clutch and heels to dress it up more.

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20140519-124119.jpgOn my second day of sightseeing I picked out this River Island drape back top with my leggings, cut out ankle boots & statement necklace. I had originally intended to wear my black skinny cords with this top but opted for leggings instead as they were more comfy and breathable for the sunny weather. The top was perfect for the sunshine as there was a nice breathe on my back and teamed with my top knot I felt très chic!

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How I Accessorized

As well as my outfits I thought i’d share with you a few of the finishing touches I added. Firstly let talk about nails. I decided on having a monochrome nail so that it went with all my outfits and couldn’t resist doing something a little bit different. I chose to do a white triangle half moon to contrast against the black and give my nails a bit of wow factor!20140519-124053.jpg

I recently received this amazing clutch bag from a friend as a belated birthday present and decided to pair it with dress for a extra pop of colour. I knew I wanted to bring a clutch bag with me originally and this one is perfect as its slightly more complicated to get into, compared to my other clutch bags. For the jewellery I kept it simple for the night and just wore my Marc Jacobs watch, as I thought the sheer detail to the top of the dress would be distracted from with a necklace.
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Seeing as I was visiting Paris I thought it was time to discard my old tattered phone case and put on my new Kate Spade cover. If I’ve got a new outfit, why shouldn’t my phone get one too! I love these case because not only do they look good but they actually protect my phone too. This is my third case of hers and being the mega clutz that I am, these cases have kept my phone in almost new condition (even after dropping it face down on the bathroom floor).
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Although I already mentioned these shoes in my last post, I thought that I’d share with you a picture of what they look like on. These bad boys were super comfy until about 2pm, when my feet decided they no longer wanted to live anymore after walking around half the city. However, I’m pretty sure I could have been wearing slippers and my feet would have had enough by then, I still love these!20140519-124044.jpg

Where I Went

Along with all the tradition and mandatory sightseeing stops such as the Eiffel Tower & Louvre I also did a few things not on the list. One of the first things I insisted on doing was sampling my first ever macaroon. Now I know this bandwagon started ages ago but I was never really interested and must admit I thought they just looked a bit like the colourful krabbie pattys in that spongebob episode. Being in France though I thought if ever I was going to try them this should probably be the place to do it, so I stumbled across this adorable little patisserie and picked myself up some. Can I just say they are delicious, the hazlenut ones are by far my favourite (the picture below is of a mega sized one I purchased on my second day) but I definitely prefer them in their smaller sizes.

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As the weather was so beautiful we decided it would be rude not to have an alfresco lunch in the park. We picked up a selection of various meats & cheeses, along with a baguette & a couple of retro themed drinks. This was such a lovely idea and I would totally recommend it to anyone who is visiting Paris, especially if the weather is right or you’re on a budget. 20140519-124101.jpg

 

Anyway before I end up blabbing on for days about how much I enjoyed my visit and how beautiful the city is I’ll leave you with a few snaps of my trip instead.

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Have you visited Paris? Do you love it as much as me?

 

Leave me a comment and let me know 🙂

 

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