Archive | July, 2012

How to Style Statement Pieces

28 Jul

…without going on the plain side.

I have had a bit of a struggle looking for pieces to go with a big bold statement clothes like bright coloured jeans, a blazer, or printed pieces without the boring Plain-Jane white tee that most people seem to resort to. As soon as I got my big clothes I order I started raiding my wardrobe for any other pieces I wanted that would go with them to create five looks with statement pieces.

I have put together statement pieces to show you that it’s not only about the plain white tee but that you can mix and match prints or wild colours with something just as exciting.

Outfit One: Sunday Brunch (Statement Piece: Tribal Print Skort)

The tribal print skort is the centre of attention in this outfit so I wanted to choose pieces that would really compliment and challenge it at the same time. The top isn’t a plain white tank, it has subtle aztec prints on it. Here I am clashing prints but in a safe but also exciting way but if you’re feeling daring you could go for brighter clashing prints. I added light purple bamboo wedges to go with my breezy relaxed look adding a bit of glamour.

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White Aztec Print Tank.

Even with the cream on the skort you can still get away with the white.

What I absolutely love about these wedges is not only the bamboo wedge detail giving it a summery and tropical feel but also the gold hardware at the back. It just adds uniqueness to them.

Tank Vest (Primark £6), Skort (River Island £20), Cork Wedges (River Island £55), Nude Polka Dot Tote (Topshop £16)

Outfit Two: Floral Fever (Statement Piece: Coloured Jeans)

I’m always seeing people wearing coloured jeans with a plain top or more conventionally a plain white t-shirt. But what about a floral print blouse? An embellished tank? Or an Aztec/Tribal or ANYTHING print top? It does take a careful consideration on what prints and patterns would suit the coloured jeans. You could go for subtle prints like the tank in my Sunday Brunch outfit or take on this loud floral blouse.

Simple accessories with an outfit like this and little to no jewellery would put the attention on the jeans and blouse. I would add casual ballet flats and my good old go-to black across-body bag to finish the look giving all the attention to the jeans and the blouse.

Floral Blouse (River Island £25), Purple Jeans (Topshop £40)

Outfit Three: Pink Tribe (Statement Piece: Bright Coloured Jeans)

This outfit is very similar to Outfit 2 since we are concentrating on the coloured jeans. These jeans are bright, so to play is cool I added neutral flats and a white cross-body bag. Again, we have something printed, a tribal print top. There are a few pinks in there so throwing this over the jeans would look like they were meant to be.

Tribal Top (Primark £4), Bright Pink Jeans (Topshop £40), Bag (New Look)

Outfit Four: Uptown Chic (Statement Piece: Bold Blazer)

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I purposely made this outfit plain looking with the light-washed jeans and the white vest. The plain ballet flats go along with the nude bag. This is an all neutral outfit, but to make a minor change would transform it…

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Further interchanging…

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What I really love about this blazer is that you can make the mint cuffs disappear whenever you need them to…

Light Pink Blazer (River Island £40), Vest (River Island £6), RI Nude Bag (River Island £16)

Outfit Five: Back to School (Statement Pieces: Denim Shirt + Floral Leggings)

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Instead of wearing my denim shirt with plain leggings or jeggings, I thought of mixing it with floral ones and plus a backpack with heart print to mix it up even more.

Denim Shirt (River Island £30), Floral Leggings (New Look), Heart print Back-Pack (Primark £9)

So they were my five interchangeable looks, I used some of the same pieces for a different outfit, making them capsule statement pieces with no boring bits. Hope I’ve given you some inspiration on this seasons looks.

Ultimate Glitter

20 Jul

I’ve been looking for the ultimate Glitter nail polish for ages. One that would make nails look completely glittered up and not look like bits of glitter are scattered with white nail spaces visible. When I was in River Island the cashier had bright orange glitter nails, I asked about them and she said they were gel ones. I hate gel ones, they feel so heavy and weigh down my fingertips. As I was browsing River Island online, I added Glitter NYX Salon Nail Polish to basket on impulse and it happened to be ‘the one’. It’s a bronze colour, exactly what it looks like but doesn’t seem to have a name.

With just two coats of NYX Glitter Polish, it sprinkled and sparkled a very glittery and smooth finish without even needing a top coat like usual glitter nail polish due to the rough texture. This has absolutely no rough or uneven texture, absolutely smooth with each stroke.

I used Elf Polish ‘Innocent‘ as a base for this and Barry M’s 3 in spa 1 Base Coat Top Coat and Nail Hardener all in one as the top coat.

Wearing Elf’s Innocent (the little finger was a little experiment of what one single coat of the NYX Glitter Polish would look). I think this is a glam look that would take you from the end of summer throughout Autumn/Winter 2012 adding a bit of sparkle to the dull days to come.

Cute Ladybug Nails

7 Jul

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I wanted to try something more simple, cute and literally light, so when I noticed ladybugs on Alexa Chung’s twitter photo I had to try them out. Doing nail designs always weighs down my fingertips because of the amount of coats needed for the design but this is lighter and also more natural looking in a way since I haven’t done a coloured background. I have actually been trying to think of ways to keep my nail clear coated but still with some sort of design because I really like the shape and tips of my nails naturally. So this is perfect and what’s more, you don’ have to wait for a layer to dry until going to the next step (until the final step when applying top coat).

I did my ladybugs at an angle and almost at the tip of my nail to create the effect of them crawling. I know real ladybugs have black on the top of their heads but I didn’t want to be too fussy about it deatil, either way it’d still look ladybird/ladybug to me.

To keep it looking natural I decided to use a clear coat as the base, I used No7’s So Bright Nail Brightener which instantly brightens up your nails, making it look more lighter brighter and healthier.

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What else I used:

Barry M Matt WhiteRimmel London Lycra Pro Coral Romance and Barry M Black.  I particularly like Rimmel’s Coral Romance as a red, it’s so bright and orangy red (simply coral really).

You’ll notice the background effect when the ladybird clashes against it.

Step 1: Apply Nail Brightener or any other base, it could even be a coloured base.

Step 2: Use your nail paint brush to create an oval shape, don’t worry about it being absolutely perfect, it isn’t noticeable when you add the finishing touches. TIP: To make sure it isn’t all blobby go over it with a hair grip removing any excess nail paint but careful not to remove too much.

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Step 3: With a nail art brush (dip the brush into your chosen colour, black) draw in the antennas, again, you don’t have to worry about perfection, this was a surprisingly easy step.

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Step 4: Add the black dots (as many or as little as you like) with a hair grip end by dabbing the end into the nail paint bottle careful not to take up too much. Dot it onto your ladybirds. Note: Application is easier when you pull the hair grip apart as shown in many of my nail art posts.

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You may want to do smaller black dots as legs on their sides, but it doesn’t really matter a you can’t see their legs when you look down on an actual ladybug.

Step 5: Give your ladybug some eyes with the same method as you did the black dots.

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Step 6: Just go over with a clear top coat for protection. Or if you want to leave it this way like I sometimes do since I hate the weight it gives on my fingernails, you can do this since this nail design isn’t all blobby with lot’s of tricky steps.

Finally…

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A closer look…

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Coming up…

Swallow/Bird Print Nails!

and

How To Wear Coloured Jeans

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