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Because you can never have too many!

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Scouring ASOS for a birthday present for a friend, I naturally stumbled upon a couple (*ahem*) of things I wanted for myself. It didn’t help that I had a 20% off card from Elle magazine (the September issue, with Kristen Stewart on the cover) so felt like I had to “make the most” of the discount by spending tons more money than I otherwise would have.

But my favourite purchases were these 2 pairs of earrings:

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Bought these as an attempt to replace my similar shaped pink and green ones that broke 😦 They were £8.

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LOVE these ones, and they show up better against my dark hair too. £20 (£16 with the discount :-D)

I am letting myself off the hook however as I did also buy the aforementioned present (a knitted jumper with a burger on it that I totally want for myself as well!) for my friend’s birthday!

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Happy Friday, have a great weekend!

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Love,

The Styletterie

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I was invited to an A Midsummer Night’s Dream themed birthday party last weekend by my friend (who honestly, if I had to describe in 10 words I would go with “most likely to have a Midsummer Night’s Dream themed party”). I had loads of ideas about what I was going to wear and of course tried everything on the night before, hated it all, and went with this instead.

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My room- perfectly illustrating why I shouldn’t be allowed to attend fancy dress parties.

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This being:

– Monsoon sequinned dress (last worn in Vegas a few years ago, with flats, bare legs and a belt.)

– Whistles sequinned capelet. I love this capelet, not only does it instantly make every outfit look amazing but it also marks the first time I ever went shopping with my mother without it ending up in a massive “That’s too slutty! No it isn’t! Yes it is!” argument. (My teens were a tiring time for my mother…)

– Pink butterfly veil from Asos, last worn (after a panic) at Ascot.

– Hugely heavy Accessorize earrings (last worn here)

– M&S tights and slightly pointy shoeboot heels (plus various anklets, bought in Monastiraki over the years. I adore these anklets, and bring them out every summer. They have little bells on them that jingle as I walk, which makes me so happy! :-D)

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– Feathered bag from Asos and tiny butterfly bag I found in my cupboard, I think it was a gift from years ago. It fit my iphone perfectly, which was fantastic as it meant I could have it on me all evening while still having my hands free for Prosecco and snacks! 🙂

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This is the dress without the capelet. I decided it had kind of a warrior fairy look to it, so it worked for the theme. I had actually bought kiddie fairy wings that I had hoped to customise/make less tacky but I ran out of time and decided that the capelet had a wing-like quality anyway so left it. It was actually a really good theme as it allows you to a.) look nice (fairy queens, woodland nymphs etc.) and b.) use mostly stuff that you already have. Most of the women were either Titania-ing it up with lots of face sequins, smeared on with Vaseline, and ethereal dresses (one woman wore fairy lights, and won the prize for best costume), while the rest simply wore floral outfits with flower hairbands and the like. The guys made even less effort (shocker! Although I was surprised nobody brought a donkey head…) and mostly wore a couple of flower hairclips or furry hats. My bf sprayed his hair green and wore a flower crown (both the dye and crown were from Claire’s Accessories.) He looked really cool actually, although I haven’t forgiven him yet for resisting my request that he wear eyeliner which I think would look amazing on him!

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Warning: the green spray went everywhere! Wrap yourself in a towel you don’t especially like and try and be as far from everything as possible. I sprayed it on him and we went through about 8 face wipes between us just trying to get it off our chests/arms/faces etc. It didn’t really show on skin but the wipes all came out neon yellow so it was definitely there! Also, my bathroom is now a weird colour.

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Make up wise, I put loads of gold glitter eyeshadow under my eyes and around my temples but unfortunately, it didn’t show as much as I’d hoped. I think I needed to get proper body glitter for that to work. I stuck on a couple of diamanté stickers I had, above my eyebrows, to try and look a bit more exciting, and then just did eyeliner and mascara as usual.

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I love the effect of the veil but my tips if you are ever planning on wearing one are:

– Don’t leave the house without straws. Straws are your best friend.

– Be prepared to be mocked for having a champagne glass with a straw in it.

– Don’t overdo the mascara or it will drag against the veil and you will end up twitching at people.

– Tuck it up and under when the food comes! Don’t even try and eat around it!

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I bought some metallic transfer tattoos from Asos and put a few along the inside of my arm.

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It was an amazing party- bunting and fairy lights everywhere (my friend basically bought out Tiger), fresh flowers all over, a cushion floor for lounging (my day began with instructions to come by in the afternoon with as many cushions as I could fit in my car – and 2 shoulders of lamb), the food was good and the drinks were flowing… We even had a competition where people acted out parts of A Midsummer Night’s Dream (making it officially the ponciest, yet most hilarious, party I have ever attended.) The sun even made an appearance as we arrived, meaning that it really did live up to its theme! 🙂

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Happy Hump Day everyone! (Man, I love bank holiday weeks, they feel so delightfully short!)

Love,

The Styletterie

Pinky and Perky

A couple of weeks ago, inspired by the onset of spring (ha!) and by this feature in Grazia-

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– I painted my nails bubblegum pink, making use of yet another of my Ciaté nail varnishes from my Christmas Mini Mani Manor.  I liked it but it felt a little too cutesy/young for me and I didn’t keep it that long.

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With my pink Rosie Huntington-Whitely for M&S silky pyjamas…

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I ended up wearing a lot of black to counterbalance the pinkness. Above: with my black top from Ruly’s that I bought in Lisbon with a view to wearing to work(!). It’s actually completely see-through at the front and I thought that with a strap top underneath it would be decent. Apparently not… It turned out a bit more boobastic than I anticipated, especially in photos!

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Ciaté nail varnish in Strawberry Milkshake and Kelly Brook for New Look nail varnish (no name).

Weirdly, I didn’t have the same overly-cute issue with this pink sparkly glitter nail varnish… I really liked it!

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I should really have painted my nails nude or pale pink beforehand as it annoyed me that I could see the white part of my nails. Also, it did take several coats to look good and it peeled off quite easily. Then again, I didn’t bother with a top coat either (I’m very lazy) so that might have helped!

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This picture represents my life yo.

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Stroking the sheep. I’m obsessed with the sheep.

The pink glitter also matched my mood perfectly as I read this little book of Dolly Parton wisdom…

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I bought mine in Joy, but you can buy it on Amazon too. I’ve been pretty obsessed with Ms. Parton ever since seeing her live last year, so I had to have this cute little book. It’s nothing we haven’t heard before and it’s only small but still, it contains such pearls of genius and humour as:

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I hope you’re having a good week!

Love,

The Styletterie

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In my insanely cool Ciaté nail varnish advent calendar, I received a little pot of faux half pearls. I thought they were adorable but couldn’t figure out what to do with them until a friend suggested that they’d make a really cute pom pom for Santa’s hat. I was sold and this is my attempt!

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(Santa accordion decorations are from Marks & Spencer.)

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First, I painted my nails a nude colour. OPI (annoyingly) don’t label their actual bottles so I don’t know the exact colour!

Then, I went over them with a layer of Collection Bedazzled Nail Effects in Razzle Dazzle.

Once that was dry, I went over it (only on my accent nail- I’m lazy) with a clear top coat so that I would have a smoother surface.

Then I did a quick sweep to create a Santa hat shape in red. It’s not the exact shape I wanted but I always find that when attempting nail art, it’s better to do it quickly and not spend too long correcting it. If you do it painstakingly slowly and then faf about with it, it just ends up looking messy and clumpy. This could just be me though!

I then dotted my Barry M white nail art pen along the bottom (I could have used pearls for that too but couldn’t be bothered) to create the fur at the base of his hat.

And finally, I added a dot of the clear nail varnish at the top of the hat and, using tweezers, placed my little pearl pom pom (pearl pom? pom pearl? I can’t decide!) on top.

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There are some lights where the pearl doesn’t show up as much so it’s probably the sort of manicure that one has to stop and properly look at to appreciate (especially since it’s quite messy as I did it whilst watching Dirty Dancing, therefore there may have been impromptu bopping and cheering) but still, I think it’s pretty cute.

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Today, at work. Wearing a Primark top, bow earrings from a market in Birmingham, and ring from Peacocks.

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And just a quick reminder of my favourite quote from my advent calendar, because why not:

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It’s nearly Christmas!!!

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Love,

The Styletterie

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On Friday night I went to the London Aquarium for a drinks evening with my friends, figuring what could be a better combination than alcohol, gossip and fish? (The answer turned out to be all of the above plus Chicken McNuggets.) Here’s what I learned:

-Sharks are pretty creepy (especially when you are walking over them on a clear glass floor)

-Rays look really smiley but don’t mess with them.

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-Fish are amazingly stylish and most of the patterns they sported prompted one or all of my friends to wistfully imagine them as dresses. Mary Katrantzou-take note.

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-Eating coley is better for the environment than eating cod. (But coleys presumably disagree.)

– Jellyfish are totally hypnotic.

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-Not all piranhas are scary. Some are non-carnivorous and look like they’ve been dipped in glitter! (See top picture)

-I was totally right when I said that one day fish themed jewellery would come in handy.

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Ha.

Just keep swimming!

Love,

The Styletterie