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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!!!

😀

Love,

The Styletterie

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…my sister gave to meee…The coolest, most awesome advent calendar the world has ever seeeen. Ever.

(I see a Christmas No.1 in my future.)

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Out of the blue, my fabulous sister presented me with this insanely cool advent calendar from Ciaté, with windows that you open to reveal a different nail varnish every day!

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It’s a Mini Mani Manor! And kinda looks like I want my house to look someday. (Complete with giant pink tree and person sized nail varnishes.)

(The tree is from Paperchase.)

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Days 1 to 5…

Spoiler alert: I tried not to look too closely at the back when I took this next picture, as I like to be surprised. If you have this advent calendar: look away now!

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It even has little quotes behind all the windows 🙂

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True dat!

Happy advent everyone! 😀

Love,

The Styletterie

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Hand on hip selfie ‘coz that’s just how I roll…

#epitomeofcool

Shirt: Marks & Spencer

Nails: Nails Inc. ‘Shoreditch’ (In the flesh, it’s a dark burgundy/almost black colour.)

Ring: Vintage

Then I got carried away playing with the filters on my phone (which I’ve only recently discovered and am still excited by):

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Hope you’re having a good week!

Love,

The Styletterie

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Dress: Joy; Sandals: Accessorize

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I decided to try this evil eye mani after seeing it in a Maison Bentley Style post. I loved it but it took about 2 and a half hours. The white varnish alone required about 4 coats. Also, my niece thought the eyes were snails! Stayed pretty well though.

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Taking pictures out of a moving vehicle = abstract art.

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This dress is about 20 years old I think, I stole it off my sister in law. The label says it’s lingerie though, so maybe I wasn’t supposed to wear it out! This dress is also my main excuse for never throwing anything away, as I kept it in my cupboard for years, trying it on occasionally, and it never suited me. One day I put it on, and loved it. I now wear it all the time in summer, or in winter with leggings and boots. Hoarding for President!

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The Athinaion cinema, the last remaining cinema in Athens to display hand painted movie posters, still painted by the same man who has done them for over 60 years. He’s in his eighties now and this prompted a really fascinating conversation with the taxi driver, who was driving us when I took this photo, about dying arts. The driver had trained as a goldsmith, an art that had been passed down to him through several generations. He told us how sad it made him that he had no one to pass it on to, and that while everything can be done with computers and machines now, it didn’t change the fact that a craft had died. Would a machine know the exact length an earring stem needs to be to hold a specific weight earring whilst not hurting the woman, he asked? It was a really interesting conversation, and reminded me that people are never just what they seem.

Swimsuit: Marks & Spencer. I looove this swimsuit, I love the pattern, plus it has a built-in underwire- score!; Shorts: Warehouse; Bag: Accessorize;

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My sister in her gorgeous Monsoon dress, on her way to a wedding.

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I don’t know what this weird octopus plant is called but it made me smile.

Love,

The Styletterie

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I have no original thought when it comes to manicures so I copied this idea from t’internet. I’m not into anything super-scary so I thought this was Hallowe’en appropriate, but also cute.

(And easy!)

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I used Revlon No. 999 in Blackest Black, and Barry M nail art pens in black and white. I roped my boyfriend in to do the eyes. We were going to do a pair of eyes on each hand but the pressure was too much for him so we stopped after one…! :-p

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Happy Hallowe’en and have a great weekend!

Love,

The Styletterie

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I’m really feeling this season’s trend for ice-blue pastels at the moment, so I thought I’d dip my toes (or rather, fingers, fnar fnar) in the water with the cheap option- baby blue nail varnish that I got for £2 in Peacocks. I liked it a lot actually, it hit the right balance between being spring-y but still giving a nod to winter (especially with the bling) which feels appropriate for the (confused and confusing!) weather!

Advice to anyone coming to London anytime soon – it’s all about layers!

And sunnies 😀

Love,

The Styletterie

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ImageI stole the mani idea from …love Maegan. I did it last year in pinks like she did but this year I thought I’d try it with slightly more grown-up colours to avoid feeling like a 12 year old. Then I saw the hearty nail varnish in Camden and somewhat ruined my newfound manicure maturity!

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O.P.I. “Tickle my France-y” for the base colour

Nails Inc. “Shoreditch” for the hearts

The hearty nail varnish is Gabrini, and I bought it at a stall in Camden Market while the seller tried to chat me up…before moving on to my shopping companion, who also happened to be my boyfriend’s little sister! The varnish was quite hard to use, I basically had to scrape the hearts out and plop them on my nail individually. Consequently it’s a bit clumpy, but busy enough that is doesn’t show too much. My sister put one or two hearts just on each thumb and that looks really cute too.

The love bracelet was from M&S a while back, and the heart necklace is stolen from my sister!

Love,

The Styletterie