Monday, 23 April 2012

Summer Stripes Nails

Hey Guys!It's been busy back at college, so I'm soo sorry I haven't posted sooner. However, I did have time to paint my nails, so I thought I'd share that with you!
This techniques uses sellotape and scissors. I tried two methods to get the stripes painted.
1. Paint each individual stripe. Cut the sellotape into small strips which are long enough to go side to side on your nail. They should be the width that you desire the stripes on you nails to be. I used sellotape to cover up parts of the nail I didn't want orange, then painted my nail varnish over my whole nail. Because I only had 3 small strips of nail exposed, these are the only parts that get covered. It is important to remove the sellotape quite quickly after you have covered the nail, as otherwise the polish part drys and peels off with the tape. I applied a clear top coat to these stripes once they had dried. Afterwards, I applied new strips of tape. These strips of tape now go over the orange I had previously painted so I could paint a different coloured strip above. This time I used my dark pink colour and repeated the steps as I did with the orange. Once I had let my 2nd top coat dry I completed the same steps with my purple colour.
2. Paint a base colour and add 2 colours of stripes on top. The second way I tried was to paint the rest of my nails orange as a base colour, with a top coat on top like normal. Then I used my sellotape in the same way but I started by making pink stripes, and completed the same steps really. I will admit that doing it this way took me 3 days with waiting for my colours to dry completely as the base coat it thicker.
I found that applying a top coat after each colour applied, helped when removing the sticky tape. If I didn't apply a top coat the base orange colour came off when I removed the sticky tape. Not Cool!
I think I prefer the first method, but it requires more concentration to line up all the stripes so you don't miss any bits.
The colours I chose make me feel all summery and almost remind me of deckchairs at the beach! Enjoy!









Oodles and Toodles
Row Bow
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Tuesday, 10 April 2012

Khaki Trousers

Hey Guys!
Since the weather has taken a colder turn, I've gone back to the trousers! The weather is so confusing at the moment because it's cold, but still sunny.
In this outfit I have chosen Dark Khaki coloured trousers. I think they are meant to be skinny fit, but apparently I have unusually shaped legs and they're only skinny around my lower leg! My ultimate Khaki trousers inspiration is Cheryl Cole (Picture source:Dailymail.co.uk). I love how she has glammed them up by wearing heels, but also kept the outfit quite relaxed with the leather jacket. She has made a feature out of the khaki colour as the rest of her look is in black, so the trousers really appear to pop. Cheryl has worked the slightly baggier style trousers with a tighter black vest top. I have gone for the opposite look with a baggier, floaty style top with the tighter khaki trousers. By wearing my navy cardigan over the top of this, the sleeves are more nipped in so I don't appear too mushroom/cloud like on top! The long pendant I am wearing will also reduce this effect as it elongates the top. My shoes and the little blue flower in my hair give a little essence of girlyness (Is that even a word? HeHe!) But i chose aviator-style sunglasses, like Cheryl's, to toughen up the look.
Oodles and Toodles
Row Bow
x

Monday, 2 April 2012

Work Wear 2

Hey Guys!
Last week to work, I chose to go with a little Granny style! I chose a simple cotton dress and wore it with a short sleeves white top underneath (as it was a little nippy). I teamed it with a little cardigan which has beautiful buttons. They are gold with small pale blue jewel-like decoration in the centre. This gives the cardigan an old time appeal. The pearl necklace really emphasises the older look I went for. I kept my hair neat in a pony tail. It's actually been straightened here, but as it's in a ponytail you can't really tell. Straight hair is so much easier to work with and it leaves a much cleaner silhouette. I added a purple bow as it evens out the accessories, with a necklace then the belt. By splitting your outfit into thirds, it can give the effect of elongating your figure. The belt is quite a thin width and just emphasise my waist as the rest of the outfit is quite baggy. For a modern twist on your Granny Chic, why not wrap it around twice or knot the belt. I chose nearly opaque black tights and black shoes with a little heel. If I'd have chosen fully opaque black tights the look wouldn't have come together as well because the darkest piece is around my shoulder and arms. Then it gets paler, working in thirds again.
A new environment for the piccy too. Exciting!
 
Oodles and Toodles
Row Bow
x

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