Sunday, 29 July 2012

Look what I made! Handmade Ring-Bracelet Combo

Hey Guys!The Accessorize down the road it having one of their amazing 70% off sales at the moment, so I headed on down to pick up a couple of bargins. Back in February, I found an ideal chain to use in making my own ring-bracelet. But it was £6 and for a cheap skate like me that was too much when I was going to chop it up anyway. But lucky me, I found one left in the sale and I got it for £1.80, so waiting for the sale paid off.
I already had the ring which I attached the chains to, but I can easily change the ring in I find a more suitable one. I used small jump rings and jewellery pliers to make the piece, which I'm really chuffed with.
I was inspired by this ring-bracelet combo Caggie Dunlop wore on an episode of Made In Chelsea- I can't remember when.

Caggie's is from Urban Outfitters
 I made it whilst watching a whole day of Olympic events. I'm literally glued to it all! Ta-dah!


Oodles and Toodles
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Monday, 23 July 2012

Techno-Tribal

Hey Guys!I am loving this b-e-a-utiful weather! Time for the pretty dresses to make an appearance!
I wore this outfit out for an evening, which is why the piccys have a blue hue to them. I'm not quite a totes amaze fashion photographer yet!
This dress is a great way of bringing the tribal trend bang up to date, with unusual intriguing shape but using the tribal colour pallet. I wore a thin tan belt around my waist because I think that it looks a lot better, and more discrete, rather than having a large band around the hem of the dress and my waist.
I went for "the more the merrier" on the bracelet front.  I chose three small bracelets hand-made with leather thonging (?) in white, black and brown. These colours matched the rest of my outfit and were quite subtle. I added a chunky pearly bracelet to the mix to increase the area of the jewellery.
Have a look:




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Friday, 20 July 2012

Colour Divide Nails

Hey Guys!I admit it, I went into Poundland the other day and bought more cheap nail varnishes! But the value is soo good and to be honest the quality isn't too shabby either. I got a deep blue and bright orange, and they are sizable pots too. It doesn't beat Tesco's 99p nail varnishes though! But they come in smaller pots.
I'm sure the quality is better, but, personally, I don't see the point in buying any nail varnish over £4 MAX! All mine seem to chip anyway. I would only spend over if I were to invest in a larger pot of clear coat nail varnish. Man, I go through that at some rate!
I decided to use all my new nail varnishes, and an old red one, to produce these bad boys! I've put two colours onto each nail that meet at a straight line down the middle. At first, I reached for the sellotape to help me with the straight line borders, but I found when using sellotape to cover most of my nail, it rips of the base coat when I remove the sticky tape. So sellotape is best used in smaller quantities. Instead, I used masking tape and this works much better as it isn't meant to be used as a permanent fixture so it isn't as sticky, but still gives a straight edge to the polish. I painted one of the two colours on each nail first, and did it over both hands. I then tried using the masking tape to paint the 2nd colours, but it proved a lot easier to do by hand. Even with my left hand!
Then apply your top coat and check it out:



 Oodles and Toodles
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Sunday, 15 July 2012

Happy Birthday Elspeth!

Hey Guys!
On Friday I went out to a little drinkies session with peeps, which was kind of a birthday thing for my friend. I was assured I didn't need to bring a pressie, so natch I felt awful when everybody else tipped up with pressies! So I've put a little mention of her in the post instead.
I didn't want to go OTT on the glamness, so I went with a smart causal look. I stuck a colour scheme which fits with the pastel colours trend for S/S 2012. Although it doesn't feel like summer, so that's why I wore beige/tobacco colour trousers and a pale pink jacket, which is nice and toasty. I wanted something I could wear out that wasn't a coat, because it gets depressing when you tell yourself it's July but you still have to put a coat on! I liked this jacket so much I bought another one of the same style but in mustard+black.
I wore a black vest top underneath the lighter white top. This was mainly to keep warm, but it gives an interesting layered look too. I tucked the black vest in so that the white top could still be loose and wouldn't cling so much. I chose to accessorise with a long, golden, apple necklace which goes with the golden buttons down the front of the white top.
Obviously I had to inject a little glam into my look so I teamed my look with the navy blue heeled brogue style shoes. I usually would wear darker colours for an evening do, but this outfit was totally pale. So the addition of the black vest top and dark shoes adds a little more of an evening feel to the outfit for me.


Oodles and Toodles
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Wednesday, 11 July 2012

Quick, While the Sun is Still Out!

Hey Guys!
I thought I'd slip in a cheeky post with some sunshine in it before we return to the rain and miserable weather again!
I have a simple patterned playsuit with a cropped denim jacket over the top. I wore plain white shoes as there is a lot of pattern on the playsuit, so that's where I want the eyes to be drawn to.
Playsuits are great in the summery weather because they allow for more boisterous behaviour, because of the shorts style at the bottom. My playsuit here is made from light, thin fabric so in the sun I don't get too hot. They are also great if you're trying for that golden tan, as the playsuit covers mostly the area covered by a swimsuit. But not so much if your a bikini wearer! Also, be careful about where you sit and what you sit on. I'm displaying a lovely example of this in the photos below! (I've just checked on the post, and it's not too visible actually!)
I have kept my hair off my back and tied it up in a pony tail. With my shorter layers at the front, from growing out my fringe, I have french plaited my hair across and fastened it with a couple of Kirby grips. It is an easy way to practise learning how to do a french plait. This was how I started and, I'm not gonna lie, I think I'm pretty good now (with smaller plaits anyway!). I usually start the fringe plait around where I would usually wear a side parting, and I finish it where I would wear a side parting on the other side- maybe a little further nearer the temple, so it stays flatter. So the french plait features across the very top of your head only, really. I finish plaiting the rest of my fringe and then pin it back around the side of my head- don't tie it off as it won't blend it as nicely. If you plait first, then tie the pony tail, the ends of your fringe should be more discrete as they are overlapped my hair going into the pony tail.
It's also a nice way to get your fringe out of your face and wear you hair down with it. I love the looks of it when it's alot looser, but Imma have to wait my fringe to grow out a fair bit more to try that!
I don't like the bad weather, I can't wear pretty clothes and the photos look duller and not as happy as when the sun comes out!











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Monday, 9 July 2012

Jessie J Jeans!

Hey Guys!
This is an outfit inspired by Jessie J. I love how creative her style is and the ambitious patterns she wears. I don't have a lot of patterned piece in my wardrobe, so this is a pretty adventurous look for me!


Jessie J at the MOBO awards 2011
(capitalfm.com)
Universal Brits party. Versace Jeans, also
used in a "Style" mag shoot, I think.
(glamourmagazine.co.uk)

Obviously, the statement piece of this outfit are the scarf/chain print trousers. (Awful grammar there, but I didn't really know what sounded correct. English wasn't my best subject, hehe!). So to keep the focus on the trouser, I chose a plain white vest top and black cardigan. This works well as they are key colours in the jean design. With there being a chain print on the jeans, I added chunky gold chain. (My inner "gangsta" is revealed- shame you can't really see it in the photos) I thought the statement jewellery is a little Jessie j too. This was something I found in a box of goodies from my Grandma's house. It reminds me of the gold chain worn as a belt around the hips of 60's/70's flares.
I have been experimenting with my hair, as it's got to the point where I'm growing it and it's at the "Bleugh" stage. So I've experimented with what should look like mermaid waves. But I think because my hair is so thick, the waves separate too much leaving it looking frizzy. This was after a day at work, I'd been dancing around and running around after little kiddies so that might be why it looks a little whithered! I wrapped a square piece of material round my hair in a 1950's fashion. It's originally for a bandanna, but if you fold it into half , like a triangle, then roll it until the end point is in the roll, you can use it more like a headband instead. Because the pink of the bow, I chose to team the look with a bold, deep fuchsia, coloured lip stick. That way it's not totally mismatched.
I finished the look with my little white shoes, which I would say are a must have in any avid shoe collectors wardrobe because they go with all outfits. Especially with the one which look great in the mirror, and then when you realise you wanted to go out find you have no shoes that match!
Here are some piccys.
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Saturday, 7 July 2012

Blackhead Removal Face Mask

Hey Guys!
I'm venturing into a little beauty post here!
I was looking at lots of make-up and nail tutorials on YouTube the other day, and I came across lots about home made masks to remove spots, scarring and blackheads. So I thought I'd give you a little idea about the result of a certain toothpaste face mask.
For this face mask you will need: Toothpaste, Table Salt, a bowl, and a little spoon.
What the face mask claims to do: Reduce/Remove blackheads on your face.
Squeeze a small amount of toothpaste into the bowl. It was difficult to judge how much, but it's less than you'd think- if that makes sense, maybe a lumped tea spoon full? If there's any mixture left over you could always wrap it in clingfilm and use it at a later date. Pour your table salt in with the toothpaste and mix together. Probably a little less than the amount of toothpaste you have. Mix the two together with the end of yous spoon. And this is it! This is the concoction that you are about to put all over you face! Tasty! (but really it isn't. I got some on my lips when cleaning it all off and it is gross, way salty!)
Using the right end of your spoon, apply the mask to the affected areas and leave for 5 minutes. OMG! I put it around my nose, a typical place for blackheads, and it have never tingled sooo much! I was beginning to almost smell the minty fresh taste in my nose! Also you might want to keep a  tissue at hand and not apply the toothpaste mixture to your "Nasal Septum" (the bit between your nostrils). This is because my nose was literally running like a tap, the minty freshness got too much for me! Gross! The lady in the video didn't have this problem. But she did cut away for the 5 minutes!
After the 5 minutes, gently exfoliate the mixture into your skin. Do this by using your index and middle fingers together and move them in a small circular movement. By the time I'd applied the mixture to all my affected areas (and sorted out my nose!) five minutes was up on the first place I'd applied the face mask. So the time goes quite quickly. This bit is best done over a skin, but also near a mirror. Some bits fall off as you rub it into your skin. You don't need to press very hard onto your skin, because as the salt crystals are quite big they work with low pressure against them.
Then use warm water to gently remove the face mask. After the initial mixture is off, I used a warm flannel to pat and clean off the residue. Then pat dry with a clean towel.
My skin felt really weird after this process. It felt like my skin was all minty fresh, and there was a constant cool breeze feeling for a while afterwards.
I can't say my skin looked particularly blackhead free. I think that the idea is that the whitening feature of the toothpaste effectively discolours the skin to make the blackheads less visible. But my skin did feel ever so soft, and this lasted for a few day too.
I'm sorry for the lack of photos, but I only thought about posting it once I'd finished. So here is a photo of what the remnants of my toothpaste face mask looked like. Don't judge me about the bowl. It's just the way I roll! HeHe!:

I've also seen a video about a baking soda mask, so maybe I'll give that a go.
Oodles and Toodles
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Thursday, 5 July 2012

Lazy Lunch

Hey Guys!
On Tuesday, I went round to a friend's house to have lunch with my little group. I normally over dress for every occasion. But I told myself I would have a better time in more relaxed clothing and I'd be more comfortable too.
I went to pick up a friend and we shared a lift to the hostess' house. I told her it was the moment of truth when she opened the door to me. If she was all glammed up, I'd have felt like a doofus and realised I didn't get the memo. But luckily she was in leggings too so I was safe there!
I love the jumper I have on in this outfit. It's new and I know it's a bit late on the chunky/over sized knit bandwagon, but I felt it was important to invest in a statement piece that really suits me and allows me to look my best, even on a lazy day! Yellow is always a trendy colour for the Summer (what there is of it!). This mustard yellow is a couple of shades darker than a summery yellow, this will allow me to carry this look through A/W too as it's quite an autumnal colour. I love the a-symmetric hem line, shorter at the front and longer at the back. I'd love a drop hem skirt, with the same finish as this, but maybe the jumper will keep me warmer in the current weather state.
I just teamed the top with some plain black leggings and plain shoes. A little out of the norm for me, I also chose to wear some jewellery with the outfit. I don't normally as I always lose my rings when washing my hands! But I went for a little cross necklace (this was actually the first necklace I ever bought-that's why the chain isn't a shiny silver any more!) and a black and silver star shape ring. I would have said use gold accessories initially, but the silver works well I think, for a more dressed down look.
I wore minimal make-up, just mascara and a tiny bit of eyeliner, and scraped my hair back in to a high bun to complete my casual look.
Check it out:











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