Hello again! I got back from holiday last Sunday…and what an amazing 3 weeks it was in Guatemala and Belize. Yes, a holiday post is due…just need to sort out all the photos (there are only over 1000, no biggie). So after being back from holiday and being back in the shops (just lusting as I have no money and am banned from my mum from buying anything new) I have noticed I have been attracted to the shiny things. When I was snorkelling in Belize we had barracudas following Henry and I because we were wearing shiny metallic watches (my little Casio)…I’m like a little barracuda, everything shiny I want! So I’ve made a list of all the metallic things I’ve seen that I like. Hope you like too!
ASOS / £28 (Mine was a gift but I know you get cheaper ones elsewhere)
Good Friday to you! Hope you are getting your bellies ready for the chocolate fest that will be Sunday!
I am super excited to feel sick. I am going to eat Malteaser bunnies, Mini Eggs and Lindt Eggs to my heart’s content. And of course the lovely bakes Natalie will be arranging!
We’re in Scotland this weekend with dad’s side of the fam…but thought I’d share some outfits with you seeing as it’s Friday.
So thought I’d round up two outfits wearing my red Superga. As you can see this is the toilet at my work…very nice. I always take these pictures really quickly before someone comes in so they don’t think I’m a FREAK! (Most people already do think that anyway…)
I’ll normally wear trainers on a Friday as it’s ‘Dress down Friday’ and just try and be as comfortable as possible! I would say red trainers are definitely a must. I really like a red converse as well…but there’s nothing wrong with just buying some pumps from Primark or H&M for the same effect.
American Apparel has to be one of my favourite shops. The prices aren’t pretty but I love the simplicity, staple items and the cool prints they produce.
I rarely buy from them full price unless it’s an emergency…so I just browse their website, read their email updates and create a wishlist for myself and wait for them to give out discount codes. This happens every once and a while, so I would sign up to their emails if you haven’t already done so. Carnaby Street and Seven Dials have a shopping discount evening every season for the whole area so I would definitely sign up for their email updates as well!
I saw this turtle neck and loved the print instantly. Very vibrant and eye catching, and matched with my Ruby Woo MAC lipstick for more impact! It comes up quite small and can only really be worn with high waisted bottoms. My bodycon skirt is from Topshop and I love it being below the knee length.
I’m just wearing some gold hoop earrings as you don’t need much else with the top being so busy.
Today I got Shellac done on my nails again. I never used to bother with my nails but now I have a bit of spending money it’s definitely worth it! I would usually cut my nails reeeeaaally short…not even file them down. I know – they did end up looking like a dainty boys hands as they are so large. I can’t bear to see dirt collect in long nails! Groossss. One of my pet hates.
Shellac on the other hand, is so great. It cost me £15 in a nail bar in Slough (yes that is where I work, it is the bumhole of Berkshire but I love how cheap it is!!) It lasted for 2 weeks including the week I was on holiday. After the 2 weeks there was just a lot of growth – nails always grow really quick in the sun don’t they? The lady in the jewelers I went into after getting them done even complimented on them. They are super glossy. I wasn’t even going to get them done again but then I thought… I’ve got a wedding to attend on Saturday, and if I just get a normal polish they’ll be chipped by the end of the week.
I did attempt to remove the Shellac at home. After a bit of searching online, the instructions I found were LOOONG. The salon didn’t charge me extra to remove it (other places do), which was nice of them. And I don’t think they should. They should just tell you how to do it after you get them done. All you need to do is put your fingers in a bowl of hot nail varnish remover. SIMPLES!
Tips on how to remove Shellac:
You will need:
A large and small bowl (small bowl that will fit both hands)
A nail file
A nail buffer
Nail varnish remover
Nail strengthener (optional)
Something sharp to scrape it off your nails
1. Boil the kettle. While it’s boiling fill the small bowl with some nail varnish remover (NVR).
2. Once the water has boiled, pour some into the large bowl. Then put the small bowl of NVR in the large bowl of hot water. Leave it until the NVR heats up.
3. Feel the NVR and when it is warm enough (without burning you), take the small bowl and put the ends of your fingers in it making sure you get all your nails in.
4. Leave your nails there for 10 minutes.
5. After the 10 minutes take your fingers out. The Shellac should have started to disintegrate. Start peeling them off with something sharp.
6. With the Shellac that might still be left, get the file and file it away from the surface of your nails. Then go over them with the buffer.
7. Finish with a coat of nail strengthener if you have any as Shellac does weaken the nails. But doesn’t matter if you don’t.
What I wore:
Here as you can see I’m still going for the ‘comb-over’ look with my hair. I’m wearing my high-waisted, tight, chino-esque trousers from American Apparel. They’re actually called ‘Four-Way Stretch High-Waist Side Zipper Pant’ (bit of a mouthful), mine are in Medium Grey. They feel a bit tight around the crotch area sitting down at work all day :-/ But I do love these trousers because they go with pretty much everything and have a really nice fit. You can wear them smart or casual, whatever the weather, summer or winter. They did dry really quickly after being in the rain, so that’s good!
I thought I might as well wear my jumper tops this week. It’s perfect weather for them. This one is from an Oxfam in Scotland it cost £2.50! OBV I washed it when I bought it – however I do admit on the odd occasion I have worn unwashed charity clothes :-/ does that make me a mingaa?! Yes. Goooood. Anyway it’s so nice and soft, when I saw it I thought – little hint of pastels, I <3 pastels AND it happens to be trending for the summer. Win win. My waterproof jacket is Regatta but I bought it in a charity shop in Camberwell. It was a desperate, last minute buy before my trip to Brehat in Brittany last year. I was lucky to find this jacket as I really like the colour. My neon canvas bag is from ASOS.
My belt is H&M. I’ve punched extra holes in to make it fit my waist as well. Everyone should own a leather hole puncher. My shoes are Keds but I actually got them in TK Maxx last month for £12. They are real cute don’t you think? My denim oversized shirt is from Primark that I bought in the sale last year. I actually copied my friend Hannah on this one. It is a staple must. Perfect for the summer or winter. It’s great for creating a layered look. I actually wore it to hide my hips as they are feeling quite large since my all inclusive binge on holiday. Or it makes a nice change from the usual cardi. I love Caggie’s look from Made in Chelsea. She wears the oversized denim shirt really well, looking effortless and laid back. But very sexy and chic at the same time!