Saturday, 25 February 2012

By the Sea

Hey Guys!
Change of scenery for you today! I went to Falmouth at the end of last week, for an interview and I thought I'd show you what I wore. I chose an outfit which combines 2 key trends for this Spring Summer season. I wore a cream colours shirt with an off centre pussybow detail. I also had a cropped length white cardigan. These worked well for the pastel/almond/sugary colour this season. Normally, I don't suit such pale colours, but by teaming them with a slightly darker skirt, tights and shoes it doesn't become overpowering against my complexion. I have dark colours at the very top, being my hair, a dark waistband and dark from my thighs down. This might sound like a lot of thought behind the outift decision, but it comes naturally as I learn how I can make the most out of the trends.
The skirt has a faint, but still noticable, animal print- which plays into the busier pattern trend. I love the skirts shape because it has a wide elasticated waistband which really defines my waist. But by adding the cardigan it covers it, keeping a youthful look.
I didn't acutally wear these boots into the interview, I chose the little black heels which I wore in my previous post. The boots don't look too bad for a casual look, as the colours blend well with the rest of the outfit. But I wanted to look smart so I felt the heels work better.
I'll let you know if I venture anywhere else!


Oodles and Toodles
Row Bow
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Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Interview Outfit

Hey Guys,
This is an outfit which I wore to an interview at Oxford Brookes.
The dress reminds me of a 1940's housewife due to the shape. Little bit of history for you: around that kind of time there were rations due to the war, and this was even applicable to fabrics in garment making. Housewives tried to use as little material as possible, but keeping their modesty obviously! In the 1950's the skirts became fuller as restrictions were less so.
The polka dot pattern is great if you're not big on prints and patterns, like me. It isn't too loud so the look becomes classic but fun. There are also little capped sleeves on the dress, which add a bit of shape and interest.
I teamed this outfit with a bolder pink cardigan as it brings it up to date with a little colour blocking. I also added a belt around the waist to give more shape to the figure as the dress has a very straight down silhouette. It also makes the bottom of the dress appear a little fuller in comparison. The belt could be worn over the cardigan and this wouldn't create such definition around the waist. I have little black heels, but unfortunatley they have sunk into the ground in the photos! I didn't want to wear too big a heel as it wouldn't have gone with the 40's look.
Cheeky: This dress is actually the largest size from a childern's/teenage range of clothes. You should have a look in those parts of the shop sometimes as you'd be surprised at how big some 13 year old pieces are. They're also much cheaper and usually tick the boxes of current trends.
I hope the photos don't look too dark, it was a miserable day outisde!

 Oodles and Toodles
Row Bow
x

Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Psychedelic Nails

Hey Guys!
Here is a photo of some nail designs I wore a few weeks ago. I apologise for the rubbish lighting and quality, but hopefully you can see the idea- I also haven't cleaned them up yet so it's a bit messy around the nail beds (Whoops!). I used the envelope stickers for these designs too. I started with a pinky/coral base colour. On top of this I used three different nail polishes, dark plum, bold purple and glittery silver. I cut out a shape like the bottom corner of an asterisk star *, then I stuck the triangles I cut out, to get the shape, onto my ring finger (This is a great design for a ring finger manicure too!). I used the starry shape to stick onto my index finger to get the reverse pattern. I used the same dark plum colour to show they are a pair. I used a peace sign-like shape, and again put the triangles I cut out, onto my middle finger. I used a glittery silver which really allows the middle finger to stand out. The peace sign shape can then be put onto the baby finger, where I used a bold purple so it didn't become to repetitive.
I really like these nails because I think that they look funky and kind of jumbled up, but by keeping two nails the same colour it combines to become a set of designs.
There are soo many "Psychedelic" patterns you could make, let me know what you come up with!


Oodles and Toodles
Row Bow
x

Friday, 17 February 2012

Uni Open Day Outfit

Hey Guys!
I had a Uni open day at Leeds recently, so I thought I'd show you what I wore.
It was at the end of January (I think), so I decided to wear an on trend top with star print on it. Although pattern is a big S/S trend, star pint was one of the stand outs for A/W. I teamed it with plain blue jeans and brown boots. The downside about wearing the chiffon top is that a) everybody can see what your wearing underneath. So I chose a plain black bra as this meant it was visible against my skin, yet also blended in as it was black.  b) It can get very chilly under there! To keep warm I also wore a blazer as it gave my look a smart casual look. First impressions are everything!
Cheeky: I also wore plain black leggings underneath my jeans as it was so cold! This is normally a good secret way of keeping warm, but in this photo I had them hoisted up a little high. That's what the black band around my waist is. Luckily there weren't like that at Leeds. Silly me!
Otherwise, chiffon tops are a great way to show off a trim tum, without being too showy. But leggings can give a trimmer effect if worn over your tummy underneath a tighter fitting top.
Cheeky 2: The jeans are actually a cropped length, but as I thought the colour worked better than my darker, longer length jeans I used to boots to hide the fact they fall above my ankles!
I've got some interviews coming up so I'll post those soon!


Oodles and Toodles
Row Bow
x

Wednesday, 15 February 2012

Me Hearty Nails (Requires Pirate Voice!)

Hey Guys,
Lucky you, I've come back to post more!
A couple of weeks ago I tried these nails with little heart designs in the middle of each nail.
To create the look I used a bold pink colour and applied two layers, as I would normally on top of a base coat. Wait for this to dry! (Important step, I never learn) Then I used envelope stickers and put them onto my dry nails, and drew a heart shape that would look proportional on each nail. Sometimes, this is easier to do before you start painting to be sure you don't smudge the under colour. Then cut out the heart stencils and place them in the centre, or other, on each nail. Simply paint over each nail with a think layer of nail varnish. I used a deep plum purple to create a strong contrast in colours and allow the hearts to stand out. After painting the 2nd colour on one hand carefully remove the sticker stencils. This should be reasonably easy if the bottom point of the heart is close to your nail beds. It shouldn't matter if you get the wet nail varnish on your other hand as it will be painted over anyway. Then repeat for the second hand. After applying a top coat or two, you've got yourself a pretty dashing set of nails!
Tip: In order to try and make your nail designs last longer, paint top coat over the tip of your nails and around the back as this should seal previous layers.
Sorry the piccy is bad quality, I took a photo with my photo at the bus stop. Mine are slightly chipped after wearing them for a couple of days.

Enjoy!
Oodles and Toodles
Row Bow
x

Valentine's Day Outfit

Hey Guys,
First post, exciting! (I'm such a newbie!)
So I thought I'd start with a cute little outfit that I wore yesterday to a Valentine's Date with my girlies. We went out for lunch and exchanged cards -although the waiters gave us some funny looks! Then we went to go and see The Vow, we're so romantic.
So I chose to wear this really simply designed dress as I'm not a fan of heavy going designs. I love my block colouring so I teamed it with plain black leggings and some long brown boots. Brown and black aren't really meant to be worn together, but I think that this is one of the shades you can get away with. It's quite a charcoally brown, so I think it works well. I'm trying to get the most from my autumnal colours as we move from A/W to S/S trends. I wore a simple gold apple necklace to try and elongate the look. I wasn't sure if it looked better with or without the blazer. I didn't want to look to smart at a casual get together. A blazer is a great addition if you don't want to add a coat in colder weather.
I just wore my hair down as I'm experimenting with my Au natural curls, so bear with!
What do you think?
Did you have fun yesterday?


Oodles (of love) and Toodles
Row Bow
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