Sunday, 31 October 2010

DIY: Scrabble Initial Necklace

This is a really simple DIY I did yesterday which I thought I could post here.
I've been meaning to do this for a while but couldn't find any old scrabble sets in the charity shops (I didn't want to pay £1 per tile on eBay!) but then the other day I found an old set at home.

The finished necklace

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Monday, 25 October 2010

Matte Nails

Just a quick post today on Rimmel's Matte Topcoat. 
I've been wanting to get my hands on some of the OPI Matte polishes for some time now, but haven't been able to find anywhere that stocks them in the UK, so when I heard about this topcoat I decided it was worth a try. I've had it sitting in my cupboard for a few weeks now, but have only just found time to try it out.

NYC: 204B West Village
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Monday, 18 October 2010

Look Book: Elizabeth & James

A little Autumn inspiration from the Olsen's Elizabeth & James range...

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Sunday, 17 October 2010

DIY: Painted Rings

Jewellery

Black/Coral/Cream: Miss Selfridge, Amber/Purple: Dorothy Perkins

 This post is really just to give a quick and simple idea to change bargain sale pieces, or update old pieces, and make them wearable with your style.

I bought the cream ring from Miss Selfridge a couple of months ago and have been wearing it practically everyday since, and I love it. 
I have seen these in various other stores, with Dorothy Perkins (pictured) and Topshop both selling different coloured variations. Unfortunately, Miss Selfridge is the only one out of these shops to sell size XS rings, and the S sizes from the other stores are just too big for me. 


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Trends To Try: Results

Leopard Print Nails
I think they turned out pretty well for a first attempt.
You have to be quite careful when applying the topcoat to make sure the design doesn't smudge, but other than that it was quick and simple to recreate this look.
I used H&M's 'Summer Fresh' as my basecoat.

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Sunday, 10 October 2010

Trends To Try: Leopard Print Nails


Leopard Print Nails

Leopard Print nails are something I've been considering trying for a while now, and quite a few bloggers I follow have been sporting them recently too and they look great. At first I wasn't sure if they would suit me as I normally go for plain colours, but after seeing this image of Lauren Conrad's a few weeks ago I'm definitely going to give it a try! Although I've seen some examples using bright polishes I think this colour scheme would work well for anyone who is unsure or doesn't usually wear bold/patterned polish. Unfortunately I need to buy a white polish before I can try this out, but when I get round to it I will do a post of the results!

Image: Lauren Conrad's nails via Google search
The Elle website also has this video showing how to create a more abstract version of the look.




Other nail trends to try: Half Moon Manicure
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Saturday, 2 October 2010

October Essentials


Faux Suede Leggings: Topshop £25, Boots: Zara £49.99, Cardigan: Zara £25.99, Whistle Necklace: Urban Outfitters £10 (sale item), Jumper: Next £16, Ring: Miss Selfridge £6, Watch: Urban Outfitters £24

Best Buy: From this selection the best buy is definitely the jumper from Next. At £16 I think this is an absolute bargain! It's very soft to wear and looks great with my current favourite colour, navy. It's quite difficult to see from this image but it has flecks of white/cream/brown all over it which I think makes it slightly more exciting than a plain coloured one. If you are looking to update your wardrobe with this season's popular camel colour this is a great item. It is also avaliable in an alternative colour, grey, and can be found in both the regular and petite sections. If you click the link below you can see the speckled effect in more detail!
NEXT Online

Although I decided on the jumper as the best buy, I have been very impressed with Zara recently too. The green cardigan is very reasonably priced at £25.99 and it is also available in camel (an alternative to the jumper for adding this colour to your collection). This season they have had some really lovely items and their colour palette is spot on for autumn. The boots pictured above (from the TRF range) are also a great find, they're so comfortable and pretty much look good with any outfit, whilst keeping your feet warm and protected from the bad weather of course! Although they cost a little more they should (hopefully!) wear well and last through autumn/winter, and are cheaper than a lot of other real leather boots I've seen in the shops.

Edit: since posting this I have had to return the Topshop leggings as they had a hole in them where the tag was, which is very disappointing. However, Marks & Spencer are selling a similar style for the same price which are available in black, grey (sale item) and a camel tone.
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