Let’s talk about Neon

I remember the concept of neon being around since the early days of Skins. This was subsequently followed by a number of neon parties i.e. ‘The Secret Skins Neon Party’ or ‘Vodpop Neon’, where people would be dancing along to Calvin Harris’ ‘Acceptable in the 80s’ with neon face paint.  I am guilty of partaking in this neon fest (cringe)…As cringey as that was, neon is trending this year and I’m into it.

Out for my friend’s birthday, I wore this pink neon cropped vest top from Topshop. I was unsure what to wear it with at first. It needed something high-waisted, so I went with my striped pencil skirt from Primark. The belt is Rockit and turquoise bag Oxfam.  I had a matching pink neon lipstick on from Rimmel (620: Coral Queen). I think I’m about to stick two fingers up at someone. Charming.

Crop top, Topshop | Skirt, Primark | Bag, Oxfam | Belt, Rockit

Remember Beki from the wedding? She shows that you don’t have to buy neon clothes to wear the trend. Her neon accessories really do give the outfit a bit of a lift!

At the start of May, I felt I was in need of a summer bag. I wanted a big bag to fit loads of stuff for work and for overnight stays on the weekend. Whenever buying something new I always check the Sale section first. ASOS was my first and last stop. Having previously seen a neon Zatchel bag and liking the look of it, I wanted to get a neon bag but not spend too much money. This pink neon satchel costs £113…

Pink Fluoro Floral Satchel, Zatchel

When I saw this ‘Canvas Contrast Handle Shopper’ from ASOS I bought it instantly. The neon straps are just enough neon, with the neutral beige fabric. I have worn it a lot as it does go with nearly everything. It injects a bit of colour, and even if it’s raining outside I still feel bright and summery.

 

Sleeveless polo neck, Charity Shop | High-waisted skirt, New Look | Sling-back sandals, Melissa | Bag, ASOS

So if you do like neon, but don’t want too much, or to commit to a piece of clothing, I would go for neon accessories. I’ve seen neon jewellery in a few places, but I liked the look of Zara’s necklaces the most.

 ‘Stone necklace with neon touches’, Zara

Shellac

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.

 

Rings from left to right: Set of 4 from Primark, I found the index one, set of 4 from River Island, Topshop

 

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
  • Boiling water
  • Nail strengthener (optional)
  • Something sharp to scrape it off your nails

Instructions:

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!

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