Thursday, 4 August 2011

Damn these Transitional Periods!

The September issues came this week so I've been looking at the pretty pictures thoroughly digesting the Autumn/Winter trends.

It's got to that transitional period, where the Summer Sales are drying up and the shops are starting to think about getting the coats in. (It doesn't help that I've been looking at the Next Autumn/Winter catalogue).

So now I'm ready to wear my knee high suede boots (a bargain I got them for £40 reduced from £130 - my top tip, buy out of season). And I want to wear my lovely emerald green top with them. But alas no, while I'm lusting after my cold weather wardrobe we've been suffering at the grip of a humid stranglehold.

And while it write this it's now raining and boots are a potential option... who am I kidding, it's August. I have a terrible track record of this new season syndrome. Back in the day (during the Spice Girls era) I got a long leather(esque) coat, mid-August, and I wore it, in boiling hot Summer heat. My mum said I looked like a fool, but I felt awesome, I was so ahead of the trend (and melting inside).

So I'm holding off (for now) and still trying to navigate what to wear during these unpredictable weather days until I give up (1st September!) and revert back to my native jumpers, boots and warm cosy jackets!

Love S,

Friday, 29 July 2011

Raiding the Charity Shops of York

Hello my lovelies, sorry I've neglected you for a whole week. I planned on posting at the beginning of the week when I got back from York but I've been so tired. I've also got an ear full of wax (nice I know) which feels yucky and blocked (and it's a pretty crap excuse for not blogging!) But hopefully this post will make up for it!

I fell in love with York, the little shops, the smell of chocolate everywhere, the beautiful historic buildings... sigh... why don't I live there?!

Anyways thought I'd share some of my purchases...

Monsoon top (never been worn!) Scope £5 and 100% silk - bargain! Scarf from the 'Vintage' range at the British Heart Foundation shop £5 (and huge!)
Printed Top Scope £5 and a close-up of the print!
Books from Arthritis Research UK altogether about £8
Illustration in the Robert Browning poetry book.
From A Christmas Carol
Not from a charity shop but nevermind! A silver and onyx ring from Pia reduced from £75 to £30.
Finally my Lucky Cat!
Phew! I also bought my mum an amazing owl tape measure (I'll post that sometime soon) and some sweets from the John Bull rock shop!

Now I'm going to settle down with my new book...

Has anyone read this? I'm looking forward to it!
... with cotton wool in my ear (and olive oil drops!) feeling a bit sorry for myself...pardon?!

Love, S

P.S. If you're wondering about the shopping ban my contact has been extended until October (yay!) so I thought a few treats were in order!

Thursday, 21 July 2011

Getting ready for the Races

Well it's finally here, I'm off to York tomorrow and to the races on Saturday! And this is my dress. 

I bought it in March from Reiss, you might have seen that in June Kate Middleton copied my style by wearing the same dress to the Epsom Downs (grr!)

I'm currently trying to summon the energy to pack (you'd think I was going for two weeks not two nights) Hopefully I'll be able to get a picture of the whole outfit on the day.

Everyone keeps asking me if I'm going to win any money but I'm just looking forward to seeing all the pretty ponies, because I'm like 5. I had a look at the riders (based purely on names of course) and there are some pretty epic ones:

One Kool Dude, Love Over Gold, Hoof It, Ginger Ted, Midnight Martini, Bang Tidy!

But of course I'm not going to be basing my bets purely on names, I'll have to study the form.

Haha I even had myself going for a minute there!

Love, S

Tuesday, 19 July 2011

Nail'd: Girls with Attitude Nail Wraps

Girls with Attitude Glamour to Go Nail Wraps - Neon Orange, Crackle and Cheetah

I've been wanting to try nail wraps for a while now. I like the idea of a smooth finish first time (without me having to try and get nail polish off my cuticles with a cotton wool bud!) And the intricate designs they can give that my hands could never produce!

Looking at videos on YouTube I was a bit apprehensive about how fiddly they are where you have to use a hairdryer to heat them up. Some of them are pretty pricey - you could buy a decent nail polish for the same price.

However these Girls with Attitude nail wraps don't require any heat, they just stick on, so they're a lot simpler to use. And they're only £3.50 so they're not such a weight on the purse-strings, so you can give them a go without the fear of your money being wasted if they go wrong.

Here's the results...
I'm wearing the Crackle Nail Wraps!

Not bad for my first time I think! I definitely think it takes a bit of practice, especially with filing them to remove the excess. You have to be careful not to file off what is on your nail. And you need to make sure they're stuck onto the nail properly, mine are lifting a little where I should have spent more time pushing out the creases with an orange stick.

You can see on this one where I need a bit more practice!

I applied a top coat which gave them a super shiny finish, and incase you were wondering they stayed on in the shower!

These nail wraps are available from Boots and from Girls with Attitude (with free delivery!) where there are loads more designs check them out here!

What do you think? Have you tried nail wraps before?

Love, S

Friday, 15 July 2011

Friday's Fashion Fix

This week jewellery... that I really want!

Rock 'n Rose
Zoe and Morgan
Me and Zena
I need all of these, and more, there were so many great pieces to choose from. If you're into jewellery these sites are definitely worth checking out!

Love, S

Monday, 11 July 2011

Nail'd: Toes and False Nail Update!

I'm giving my fingernails a bit of a rest following the false nails I had on all last week, so thought I'd do a bit of toe nail art!

My false nails came off at the end of last week. One of the nails on my thumb just kind of popped off so I took them all off. I must stress that the box says don't use force and soak them in nail polish remover. But because the glue was weakened I kind of pulled mine off (which was really satisfying!)

Underneath my nails were in pretty good condition, just with a bit of glue stuck on the surface. It came off gradually with nail polish remover and soaking in water. My nails still feel strong, they're just a bit dry so I've been using lots of cuticle oil and a gel treatment. But I'm happy to say there was no damage!

Love, S

Friday, 8 July 2011

Friday's Fashion Fix

This week my line up of the top high street Floral Dresses!

L-R - Warehouse, Oasis, Topshop, Joy

L-R - Miss Selfridge, French Connection, AWear, Dorothy Perkins

Well I've been a bit AWOL this week (for which I apologise) because it's been a bit of a rollercoaster work-wise. Today was supposed to by my last day but at the last minute my contract was extended by another month (phew!)

So I hope you enjoy these floral dresses, I'll be back tomorrow to tell you all about the state of my natural nails following a week of false nails!

Love, S
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