Sunday, 24 July 2011

Basketcase Nails...

Hey Dolls!

I have massively been neglecting my nails recently so I thought that I would remedy the situation with a bit of nail art.  I am pretty bored of the leopard print design and thought that I would see if there was something else that would appeal to me.  As usual I had a browse of the WAH site (here) for inspiration. If you are bored of the same old colours and nail art I would completely recommend checking it out, there are some amazing ideas on there which can easily be replicated.

As I was looking through the different pics I came across a picture of stripe design called 'basketcase'.  The original picture (below my attempt) is gold with a blue stripe but as I had neither gold nor blue I thought I would just pick two of my colours at random.  I also came across a picture of Paloma Faith sporting WAH's basketcase design, her stripes are horizontal as opposed to diagonal, which in hindsight would have been easier to paint on, but I didn't see this till after I had already done one hand, annoying.

I just used a small paintbrush to paint on the stripes but I am there is probably a way to get a better line (by using tape or a stencil).  If you are going to do it freehand like me I would also say that this design is not for those who are wobbly of hand! My left hand isn't 'too' bad but its not perfect.

My attempt

WAH's basketcase nails

Here and below, Paloma Faith sporting the look.

 Hope that you like! Also, does anyone have any suggestions for nail art patterns that I could try?  Nothing too difficult!

Thursday, 21 July 2011

Good morning Graduation...

Hey Dolls!

I graduated yesterday! I am now the proud owner of a first class LLB hons in law, who would have thought it?!  Luckily the rain held off till the afternoon so we were able to get some pictures outside, which is great considering I look horrendous in the professional one that we had taken (which you can guarantee will be the one that my parents give to everyone).

I had an absolute nightmare trying to decide what to wear to graduation.  I even embarked on a last minute online shopping spree at ASOS but I felt that what I ordered still wasn't appropriate!  In the end I went for a black, very lightly pinstriped dress that I already had from New Look.  You can't really see from the photos but it has cute shoulder ruffles and a little bow brooch on it.  Its one of those dresses that  fits me really well and I thought black is probably the best route. 

However, wearing the dress makes wearing the gown a nightmare!  They weren't kidding when they suggested that you wear a top button shirt, as this is what actually holds the hood down at the front.  Because I didn't have a button I was essentially being slowly strangled all day.

My tip if you have a graduation coming up is remember to bring some pins!

Me and my lovely mummy

Dress: New Look
Jacket: Zara
Shoes: Kurt Geiger
Bag: Mulberry Bayswater

Friday, 15 July 2011

I got to have ya like acabadabra...

Hey Dolls!

Just a quick OOTN post!  I didn't take many pictures and this is the only one that I half liked (hence why there is just the one).  I brought the shorts a little while ago for my holiday and thought what the hell, I've got a bit of a tan, why not just wear them now!  They are so cute, they have little white bows all over them!  I also realised that I was doing pretty well on the low cost outfit front with the shoes costing £25, the shirt costing £10, the shorts costing £15 and the necklace costing under £7! Ok the bag and watch may be another story but they are classics you can wear with anything so I'm pretty sure they don't count...

No idea why this has turned out so grainy, I played with my camera and seem to have broken it...
Shirt: Primark
Shorts: H&M
Shoes: Next
Necklace: Forever 21
Bag: YSL

Have a nice evening!

Wednesday, 13 July 2011

FOTD using Urban Decay's Naked Palette...

Hey Dolls!

So much seems to have happened recently that I have found it really hard to blog with any regularity.  I have been on an internship at a marketing firm and on holiday (though for some reason I look seriously pale in these photos!).  Also, after literally months of sleepless nights (this is no joke, I woke up in a panic that I had failed most nights) I finally got my degree classification.  I can happily say that all the hard work paid off and I somehow managed to get a first class honours in law!  Probably the biggest shock of my life, and I actually managed to pull a muscle in my leg from all the jumping up and down!

I have seriously missed blogging though, not that I have really been away that long, but still its good to actually post something up and have a read of all the blogs that I follow.  However, I am so horrendously poor at the moment, so am having to cut back on what I spend.  I have been really lucky and the whole time through uni I had savings, but, after my deposit on the flat in London they have finally run out.  So, I have decided to try and make use of the masses of make-up/clothes/shoes that I actually have (some of which I have never used/worn - naughty).  In the spirit of this I thought that I would do FOTD using Urban Decay's Naked Palette which I have had for a while.

When the Naked Palette first came out I couldn't get my hands on it fast enough and it sold out everywhere - for good reason!  The thing is amazing!  As I remember it cost me something like £32 and for that you get 12 eyeshadows, a brush and a mini eyeshadow primer.  The eyeshadows are long lasting and go on so smoothly, no cakey or flakey consistencies here!  Although it is a neutral palette the range of shadows means its perfectly capable of creating different looks.  I would completely recommend getting one, its one product that actually lives up to the hype.

With flash

MAC Strobe Cream
MAC Mineralize Satinfinish Foundation in NC25
MAC Studio Scuplt Conceler in NC25
MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Dark
MAC Cremeblend Blush in Posey

Urban Decay Primer Potion
Urban Decay Naked Palette colours: Virgin (right in the inner lid and also under brow as highlight);
Sin, (heavily all over eyelid blend right out to the eyebrow);
Toasted, (in the crease and blended out just above the crease); and
Hustle (crease)
Rimmel Black Exaggerate Eyeliner
Rimmel Volume Flash Mascara

The Body Shop Brow and Liner Kit in dark

MAC Strobe Creme (in cupids bow)
MAC Lipstick in Hug Me

If you want to grab a Naked Palette they are now much easier to get hold of now and are in stock at Debanhams (here) and House of Fraser (here).  Also I would like to say a massive thanks to Asma from StyleFrost (her lovely blog is here) who used to tweet me everytime she saw one back in stock when they were impossible to get!

Saturday, 4 June 2011

Its like gold dust...

Hey Dolls! 

I have been away for so long! I never expected that the last year of uni would be so manic and between coursework, my dissertation and exams I had so little time to do anything!  Thankfully its all over now and it feels so nice to get back to blogging!

I thought I would do a quick nail tutorial as I haven't done one in a while.  The end result kind of looks like you have gold dust on your nails.  Hope you like!

Monday, 11 April 2011

These girls fall like dominos...

Top: H&M
Trousers: Topshop
Belt: ASOS
Shoes: Miu Miu
Bag: Topshop
Ring: ASOS double finger cross ring

I really wanted a pair of peg leg trousers and spent an age searching for some.  My problem is I have really wide hips but quite thin legs and every pair that I tried on made me look like I was wearing clown pants! I finally found some in Topshop, I think these ones actually suit me as they are high waisted and draw attention away from my hips!

I wore them with my Miu Miu shoes which I brought on a whim from Net-a-porter a couple of years ago.  I adore them but I have to admit they are crippling.  I have no idea how such a beautiful pair of shoes can cause such utter pain when I have shoes which are far higher and are actually comfortable.  Beauty over pain I suppose!  I will have to  do a close up of the heel on these shoes at some point as they are amazing.

I have gotten over the flu and now really need to concentrate on revision for my finals.  As usual I am lacking in motivation and will do anything to avoid it.  This basically means I have been blog stalking and watching episodes of TOWIE over and over again.

Just a short post, as I suppose I had actually better do some work today!

Tuesday, 5 April 2011

Turn up the lights in here baby...

Top: H&M
Skirt: ASOS
Belt: ASOS
Shoes: Jessica Simpson

I have wanted a pleated maxi skirt for ages and when I saw this one on ASOS I knew I had to have it, however, I wasn't quite prepared for just how orange it would be and I am not sure whether I should keep it or not?  I know that its ridiculously popular - it sold out in about 30 seconds flat and this colour isn't even listed on the website anymore (but if you like the style you can still get it in black here) - but I'm not sure if its very 'me'.  Mind you, since colour blocking is the new trend (how far I can get involved in this since my wardrobe is completely black I don't know...) maybe I should hang on to it!  I decided to parade about in with my Jessica Simpson Dany platforms which are not actually that uncomfortable considering I am practically walking around with tower blocks on my feet.

In other news I am so dreadfully ill.  I still have an absolute mountain of work to do but I can't even seem to look at a page for more than a minute without the spaces between the words becoming swirly patterns.  Urgh I hate it! I am never ill! I'm not letting it stop me blogging, though I am not loving the pictures that are resulting from my germ filled cloud, especially that last one - I look horrific, but I thought that its always helpful to see what something looks like front on.

Should I keep the orange skirt? Also has anyone by any chance seen a nude pleated maxi skirt? I quite fancy purchasing one!