Monday, 29 September 2014

Dressing in classic forest green for Autumn

green shirt dress
There's no denying that Autumn is here, and every Autumn I seem to fall back to the same colours when it comes to clothes - one of them being a dark forest green. Last Autumn you saw me wearing a Japanese style tunic, and this year I'm opting for a simple shirt dress.
Sometimes simple is just what I need, and this style is near effortless. The shirt dress itself, which is from Primark, is very casual, but you can make it work with a pair of leggings and heels for a complete Autumn outfit.  
The material is very thin and flowy without being transparent, and the shirt dress has got a straight shape with a tie at the back to mark your waist if you wish. It has also got roll up sleeves and cute buttons as details to make it a bit more interesting. Very comfortable indeed!
mid heeled brogues
I'm pairing it with simple black cotton leggings from H&M, and these reddish brown mid-heeled brogues from New Look.
I don't know if you agree, but in my opinion a plain outfit needs statement accessories!
statement necklace
This gorgeous statement charm necklace in burnished gold and silver is from Accessories Boutique.
I just love how no charms look the same, but how they all compliment each other, and how they match my green shirt dress perfectly.
Burberry nail art
I'm also wearing an oversized white ring, which is actually a real shell with a whole cut out right through it so that you can wear it on your finger.
Burberry nails
To top it all off I'm sporting beige, black and red nail art this week. The colours are inspired by Burberry's iconic pattern, which I have attenpted on my index finger. 
If you can't wear designer brands, hey... ;)

Friday, 26 September 2014

Mixed turquoise nail polish design with studs

Turquoise and teal are some of my favourite colours, especially for summer when you’ve got a bit of a tan going, but these coloures obviously work all year around. Perhaps just vary between different hues, and go for a brighter colour in the summer, and a darker and dusky colour in the winter.
Anyway, you all know how much I love nail polish, and the design I’ve come up with this week consists of three colours that all match and compliment each other.

The polishes I’ve used are:
Revlon Ocean Breeze (scented nail polish)
Barry M Mint Green
Zoya Pixie Dust Godiva

turquoise nail polish
Just as with my previous nail polish design with multiple accent nails, I’ve opted to go for one main colour, with a couple of nails being the contrast nails.
I started by deciding which nails I wanted to paint in what colour, and applied two coats of each polish.

I’m not going for any crazy patterns this time, but I only painted my nails with one colour per nail.
To spice up the design a little bit I’m adding some tiny metal studs in silver.

I bought a pack of about 100-150 mini studs from Amazon for about 40 pence, including delivery. Bargain!
The pack includes both gold and silver coloured studs, and for this design I’m opting for the silver ones.

Start by placing your studs on a piece of paper with the bulged side up. Count that you’ve got the right amount before applying them to your nails.

Make sure your second coat of nail polish hasn’t dried yet – it’s easier to apply the studs then. But don’t worry if it has dried – you can always paint on another coat, or just add a drop of clear polish where your stud is going.

Pick up the studs with a dotting tool or an orange stick, by dipping it in clear nail polish and them simply touching the top of the stud. Measure where on your nail you want to place it, and carefully push it down onto the nail.
Apply a layer of top coat on top of everything to avoid your studs coming off.

turquoise nail polish with studs
And this is the finished result – a turquoise theme with glitter and stud details. I managed to keep mine for over a week without it chipping, which just shows how important it is to zeal your design with a good top coat. The one I’m using is from No7, and is rock hard.

What do you think? If you’ve created a multiple accent nail design I would love to see it! Leave your links in the comment section below.

Oh, and it's always a plus when you've got matching jewellery ;)