28 June 2014

The Fake Nails Debate

Who says that to have glam nails they have to be real?!

Anyone who knows me well, knows that I'm one of those people who just can't stop biting their nails.

When I'm anxious, when I'm bored, when I'm down - you name it - I always do it. I feel like it just can't be helped any more. 

I am trying to stop, but what do girls like me do when they have a big night out or special occasion and they need their nails to look better (and fast)?

Answer: buy fake ones.

In my opinion, fake nails get a bad name. You can tell they're not real, they look tacky, they don't last very long - blah blah blah. I agree, some are awful, so it's all about choosing the right ones for you.

When I say choose carefully, I don't necessarily mean going out and buying the most expensive pair in the shop. 

Last week I bought these ombré beauties in Primark for a mere quid - that's right, one pound - and they have lasted me all week.

I bought them specifically because I had a karaoke night in Nottingham pencilled in, with the most gorgeous group of girls you can imagine (all with great nails)!

I put these nails on using a Boots nail glue that didn't come with them. Little tip: the nail glue that comes with a pack of cheap nails, like this one, can't always be trusted. Always buy your nail glue in Boots or Superdrug for £2-£3 to ensure it's of a good enough quality to make your nails last for weeks, not days. 

After sticking my nails on, I filed them right down so they were only a few millimetres longer than my actual nails. I think a lot of people make the mistake of just plonking them on and that's why they don't suit their fingers, or make it harder for them to go about their daily business by getting in the way. Always file the nails down if they look too long! They look more natural this way and, ultimately, less fake!

Finally, if you decide that you're not happy with the colour or pattern on them - or you just want a bit of variation for your next night out - just do what I do. Paint over them! 

That's what I did with this Primark pack so that the tips matched my pink dress.

Fake nails are actually fabulous when done properly! I've had lots of compliments and they're really fun to play around with in the short term if you've got a bad habit, like me, or if you just want a bit of extra length or variation.

(Do you like my fake nails? Have you or would you ever buy them? Thanks for reading! Katie-xo)


21 June 2014

A Summery OOTD

Hello, everyone!

With the weather continuing to remain sunny and warm, I've been wearing less and less layers to go out in recently.

I love the fact that you can just throw on a little cami and some embroidered shorts or, in this case, a sleeveless top and a printed skirt - and you're good to go! Summer dressing can be so effortless and look just as good as those wintry days where you spend ages staring at your wardrobe, deciphering which jumper will look best with your woolly coat. It can save so much time and energy!

Unfortunately, my usual photographer was absent the day that I wanted to capture this outfit - therefore I had to get my tripod out for the very first time! The camera was clearly at a bit of an angle without me realising, so I'm sorry about that - I'm still learning!

Coral Sleeveless Top - Topshop
Floral Print Skirt - Forever 21
Tan Satchel - H! By Henry Holland at Debenhams
Tan Sandals - NEXT
Tan Sunglasses - Primark

At the centre of this outfit is a beautiful floral skirt, which I teamed with a coral sleeveless top to lift the coral hue in the floral print. I then added tan sandals and my H! by Henry Holland satchel, as I love the colour tan for summer.

It was also impossible to leave the flat without my sunglasses, unless I wanted to blind myself! I adore these tan beauties from Primarni, with leopard print on the arms, so I threw them on.

Then I just added some intricate, gold jewellery and brought the look together with minimalistic make-up and loose waves in my hair. Summery OOTD complete!

(Do you like my outfit? How do you dress for summer? Thanks for reading! Katie-xo)

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13 June 2014

Mini Primark Haul

I've got to be careful with my spending at the moment due to a big, upcoming expense (more to be revealed in a future blog post)!

That's why it was so difficult, when I popped to MK1 shopping park in Milton Keynes the other day, to look and not touch!

Inevitably, I ended up spending a few bob in Primark. But I couldn't physically help it - my hands were out of control when I grabbed these items - plus they're such bargains!

This dress was a mere fiver - yes, five pounds. The colour and floral print are so pretty and summery. It's perfect for this warm, sunny weather we are lucky to be having right now.

Then there's the bag.

These adorable little duffle bags are everywhere at the moment. I fell in love with this embroidered version on sight and, for only £4, it had to be mine!

I finished my little splurge off with some gold midi rings.

I've been wearing midi rings for months now and I had to throw a few away last week as they were becoming too tarnished. Hence the need for replen!

I'm so happy with my purchases and they only came to £10.50 in total!

Floral Dress - £5 - Primark
Embroidered Duffle Bag - £4 - Primark
Gold Midi Rings - £1.50 - Primark

 I don't care what people say, you can be stylish on a budget - this is definitive proof!

(Do you like my purchases? Which one is your favourite? Thanks so much for reading! Katie-xo)

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7 June 2014

Spanish Senorita Style

It occurred to me recently, while in Alicante, how different Spanish women dress to us Britons.

Generally speaking, their style is quite casual and laid-back compared to ours. Granted, you do get the odd senorita dolled up to the nines, looking more glamorous than Jennifer Aniston and Kim Kardashian put together. But, mostly, they tend to throw on a pair of shorts and a vest top, and they're good to go.

Could that be something to do with the warm climates of Spain, do you think? I know, personally, that my fashion gets lazy when I'm on holiday and it's hot outside. It's just too much effort to try and look good when you're sweating so much trying to get ready at 9 o'clock in the morning. Then you have to try and do something with the limp, bushy hair that has grown ten times its usual thickness due to the humidity - and don't even get me started with trying to put make-up on! It just slides straight off.

So I can totally understand why Spanish women might choose to dress down rather than dress up. That isn't to say that they're not stylish. I noticed that they love a good print, with Desigual (a big, casual clothing brand from Barcelona known for its patchwork designs and eccentric prints) being one of their top go-to high street stores.

I visited a Desigual concession in an Alicante department store and, I have to admit, I wasn't overly impressed. The prints seemed very dated and outlandish to me - but, hey, each to their own!

A particular trend that I did pick up on while I was in Spain was tribal printed trousers. These trousers are polyester material, or sometimes even jersey, and elasticated at the top and at the ankles. They kind of remind me of Princess Jasmine's trousers in Aladdin - I suppose they are that shape, but less voluminous!

Anyway, they look super lightweight and comfy for warm, sunny days - so I simply had to try them out!

I bought this pair in a Benidorm souvenir shop for a mere six euros - and I wish I'd got some more! They feel like pyjamas when they're on and I also love the variety of prints that they come in.

I thought this bright colour combo would be perfect for summer days (or nights) and co-ordinate well with my bold orange vest top.

I then added a bit of sparkle in the form of my bejewelled sandals and glamorous bling - excelente!

I'm definitely going to be rocking these trousers again, even though I'm back in England - they're just too good not to! I'd have to save them for a hot day though as they are far too thin for when it's a wee bit chilly outside!

I'm kicking myself though - why didn't I buy another pair? (or five!) - I'm so silly. But yes, thank you to Spanish women for introducing me to these bad boys - you got style!

(Do you like my trousers? What do you think of Spanish style? Thanks for reading! Katie-xo)

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