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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:

Advent quote(applies to boys too!)

It’s nearly Christmas!!!

😀

Love,

The Styletterie

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A bunch of us went to my friend’s house in the country last weekend for some nature (bleurgh) and some partying (yay). The main event was twenties themed (because apparently people aren’t bored of that yet). I have mixed feelings about the twenties as a fashion era (pearls and bling = good; drop waisted = WHY ARE YOU TRYING TO HURT ME?) but I fortunately have one twenties-esque dress (ie. it has tassels) that I wear every time this theme pops up. I also do OTT bling rather well, though I say so myself.

This is what I wore:

Dress: French Connection, about 4 years ago. There were no full length mirrors in the house so I was unable to get any decent pictures of it. But to sum up, it’s short, black and fun to swish in!

Deco tiara: Asos

Pearls: Various, some were from Christmas crackers, some were my Grandmother’s, some were from Oasis

Deco watch: Marks and Spencer

Bracelet: Swarovski, a present from my parents for my 21st. This also suffers from leaping off my wrist syndrome, like my other Swarovski bracelet.

Tassel earrings: Karen Millen

Pearl and bling cluster ring: Marks and Spencer

Bling rings: The teardrop one is Mikey and the round one was a gift from my Dad (I think he bought it from one of those aeroplane brochures)

Overuse of the word “bling”: model’s own

ImageI didn’t have time to do anything to my hair so I just threw in some kirby grips and topped it off with the tiara.

 

ImageI also wore some crystal studded tights (Marks & Spencer)

The shoes are from Aldo, and apparently I used to be able to walk in them! Sadly, this is no longer the case.

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ImageRed fur stole: Monsoon

 

ImageRed lipstick: Wet ‘n’ wild, from New York, 99 cents and still the best lipstick I’ve found. It does bleed a little as you can see but this photo was at the very end of the night, so I’d say it held up pretty well.

And speaking of the end of the night….

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What started as a little lie-down resembles the start of a Poirot episode to a worrying degree….

Disclaimer: nobody died in the making of this blog post.

 

Love,

The Styletterie

 

Ps. There was a prize for best costume. And I totally won 😀