Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Ciaté Flower Maicure

I have really been slacking on my nails recently. A couple of years ago I wouldn't have been seen dead without a bit of nail art (remember these and these?!) but now I just don't have the time or patience, and my nails are almost always a quick job. Enter Ciaté Flower Manicure kit. The kit contains: two Ciaté nail varnishes - a pretty pale blue called 'Ferris Wheel' and a clear quick dry top coat; a nail file; a pair of tweezers; and two pots containing tiny real pressed flowers (the pot not pictured here has red and purple flowers!). 

The kit was surprisingly easy to use. I started by trimming the purple flowers down to the right size for the nails I wanted to use them on, then applied two coats of Ciaté Ferris Wheel (if you wanted a different colour you could use anything, or even just put the flowers on top of clear varnish). Once they were dry, I painted a nail with the clear top coat then added a flower using the tweezers provided, and then used my finger to press it into place. After I'd done this on every nail, I added another layer of the top coat to seal everything into place. 
I absolutely love how they look! So fancy and professional, with fairly minimal skill required. The turquoise flowers only lasted a couple of days before rubbing off slightly, but the purple flowers lasted really well. 

Tah-dah! What do you think? Will you be picking up a Flower Manicure kit?

Monday, 28 July 2014

How to wear a swimsuit every day!

lace maxi kimono

Ok, so in case I haven't gone on about this enough, IT IS REALLY HOT AT THE MOMENT!!!111!!!1! With that in mind, the timing of this little challenge that Missguided set me couldn't be more apt - I had to choose a bodysuit from the super fun Miami Heat bodysuit edit, and style it up so it would be suitable for everyday wear. 
I opted for this magical dream catcher bodysuit, and paired it with an equally dreamy white lace maxi kimono, also from Missguided. The bodysuit is backless so is perfect for hot weather, but it also has a little padding in the front which is great for practicality reasons - I didn't feel at all uncomfortable going braless. As you can see in some of my photos, the kimono really is floor-sweeping length and so unfortunately living in a city means that the bottom few inches got very dirty very quickly, however I don't mind too much and I think it is such a great piece to give a simple summery outfit the wow factor. 
I continued the boho-ish vibe with a fringed bag and this really cool necklace from Chelsea Doll, and chose a simple pair of black denim shorts for my bottom half. What do you think? Would you style your swimwear up for everyday summer wear? 

Sunday, 27 July 2014

Wishlist - SunglassesSave

Sunglasses are the ultimate accessory - they protect your peepers from the sun whilst simultaneously making you look really cool, and they're a great way to incorporate a bit of designer into an outfit without dropping ridiculous amounts of money on something like a handbag. I've selected a few of my favourite high end sunglasses from Sunglasses Save - I chose a range of colours and shapes, I generally prefer black or tortoiseshell frames as they go with almost any outfit, but I also love a colour pop and something like the Prada PR59MSs I chose would be a really fun way to add some colour to an outfit.

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Outfit Of The Day | Floral Two Piece

Here are some more photos that I'm really excited to share. They were taken by the talented Rachel (who also took these photos) on 35mm - I love film photography! I also really love this floral two piece; I like that the bottom half is trousers rather than shorts, and the print is so English summer country garden. I've also worn both pieces separately, so top marks for versatility. A loud outfit like this really doesn't need much accessorising, so I simply paired it with my favourite ugly-but-cute sandals from My1stWish. What do you think?

PS: I'm giving away a  Wildfox t-shirt on my Instagram, head over there to find out how to enter.

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Outfit Of The Day | French Connection AW14

Autumn/Winter? It's 26 degrees! Nevertheless, it's definitely time to start thinking about Autumn/Winter wardrobe, and as I generally prefer winter dressing I'm very excited to be wearing this look from the French Connection Pre-Fall 2014 collection, and blogging it on the day of the launch of their stunning AW14 collection. I had a tough time choosing which pieces to wear from such a strong collection, but I went for this gorgeous blue grey trench coat and super cute ribbed knitted dress. Both of these pieces are going to be great for awkward trans-seasonal dressing; the dress is knitted but also quite short so will be great for late summer and early autumn evenings, and the very luxe looking trench will be amazing over pretty much anything. If you're a follower of Millie Mackintosh of Made In Chelsea fame you might have already seen these two items paired together and styled with some gorgeous French Connection shoes on her style diary, great minds huh!
I also really love these faux snakeskin Missguided boots, they're a great silhouette and again look great with summery boho outfits now, and will work with jeans and knits when it gets colder. 

What do you have your eye on for the upcoming season? Will you be picking up anything from the French Connection AW14 collection?