Mani Monday: Cinderella Red

Jessica Nails

The fact I can line my collection of Jessica Nail polish up like dominos, indicates that I should probably stop buying new pots and use up at least some of the varnish I already own. But how boring would that be?!

manicure monday A pot of new nail varnish is practically a god-given right in my house. Every time I have a manicure, I buy the colour. Partly because I can retouch my nails to extend the life of my manicure but mainly because each colour has a memory attached to the day in question. This time I went for a rusty-red called Cinderella Red from the new collection.

April Wish List

April wish-list

Dannijo necklace, The Outnet, £297.49. Nail Varnish, Butter London, £12. Printed Kaftan, Zara, £35.99. Clutch bag, J.Crew, £150. Riko Heels, Sophie Webster, £595. Ipad sleeve, Liberty London, £95.

Turns out you can have too much of a good thing. If another email promoting this season’s must-have pastel trend pops into my inbox I think I’m going to scream! Two months of sugary sweet pastels is quite enough, if you haven’t bought a pink pastel coat yet, just except the moment is over and start looking ahead to summer. This April my wish-list is full of vibrant shades and fierce fashion…. enjoy!

March by Numbers

Congham Hall

I’m not really a numbers gal, I don’t count calories or know the exact price of every item in my shopping basket. Some people are obsessed with facts and figures; sensible when applied to financial matters but far to easy to get caught up with calculations and miss the point. For March I’m breaking down the numbers and laying out the facts and figures, so here goes….

- 2 spa visits (one to Congham Hall at the start of the month and a speedy manicure at Thoresby Hall World Spa).

- 129 new followers on Twitter, I won’t mention the unfollows.

- 4 trusty notebooks on the go, you can never have enough notebooks- check out Liberty’s  stationery section.

Zara

- 1 new pair of Zara sandals in the hope of some much-needed Spring sunshine.

- 3 new pairs of jeans- thank you GAP for reintroducing denim into my life.

- 1 new job started, check out my first article for Scarlett London.

Spa Ritual Nail Polish

- 3 Nail polish shades I fell in love with from Spa Rituals- Bismuth, Emerald City and It’s Raining Men.

How did your March stack up?

Beauty Trend: Cuticle Tattoos

Cara Delevingne

I place the blame solely on Cara Delevingne for this beauty trend. The lion tattoo inked on Cara’s index finger opened the flood gates for something other than jewellery to adorn fashionable fingers. I like the idea of a bold display of art in such a prominent position but I’m not sure I could commit to a permanent piece of work that’s constantly on display for the rest of my life.

Rad NailsCuticle tattoos are a great decorative alternative without the permanent consequences. I first spotted nail tattoos at Ciaté but decided on Your Point from RAD Nails (partly because Ciaté had sold out of little bow tatts’ at ASOS and I couldn’t get my hands on them anywhere else for love nor money). I’ve upped the style stakes with a coat of No7 Vivid Violet polish on my nails with a glitter top coat from Ciaté on my ring finger and index nail tip.

Sunday Fashion Supper

Sabine G

There’s a ‘Call the Midwife’ shaped whole in the TV schedule this week, with half an hour to spare before the charismatic Mr Selfridge graces us with his presence, catch up on last weeks news…

- Target makes a huge Photoshop faux pas, editing an unrealistic thigh-gap on to a teen model is not cool. Cosmo.

- American Vogue pops round to visit SJP at home. Fashion Foie Gras.

- Karl Lagerfeld’s European flagship store launches on Regent Street London, complete with mini Karl figurines, oh yeah! Red Magazine.

- Sabine G is my latest jewellery find. East meets West, undiscovered gems made in Florence. Browns.

- Dior introduces their new range of gel-effect nail polishes…. perfect shades and long-lasting polish (heaven). British Beauty Blogger.

Time for Social Media to Share?

ASAP54

The last 12 months has been jam-packed with fabulous fashion and beauty collaborations, Isabel Marant x H&M, Bip Ling/Pretty Ballerina, Adidas/Raf Simons, Lorde for MAC to name but a few. If collaboration is the key to success (the music industry has tons of great examples of what can be achieved when two or more exceptional talents combine forces to produce something that is so much more than the total sum of its parts), imagine what the tech boffins, hidden away in their ivory towers could achieve?

I know the subject of intellectual property is littered with ownership conflict and secrecy and yes, some of the most inspired brands and products of the 21st century were born out of undiluted genius. Idea’s that throw the rule book out the window and re-design the landscape, unrelated to anything that’s gone before.

Facebook opted for a straight buy out with Instagram, the photo sharing service is now one of the fastest growing social media platforms around. But acquisition bares little resemblance to collaboration and personally I don’t see much of an improvement in Instagram since Facebook bought the app.

More encouraging is the increasing level of investment in social media start-up’s. Large brands all desperate to discover the ‘next big thing’ first. ASAP54 predicted to become ‘Google’ of the fashion world reportedly secured $3 million in venture capital to launch their app which allows users to snap an image, submit it to ASAP54 and discover where to find that item within 24 hours. No more ‘I wonder where she got that from’- what a great idea.

I can’t help but wonder, what could be achieved if two complimentary companies combined….. the results could be phenomenal.

 

Mani Monday: Back to Basics

Mani Monday Sequin manicure, matt polish, cuticle tattoos, mock croc effect…. with so many trends and nail art tricks, I fancied something more vanilla this week.

With Spring well under way, I’m hankering for a fresh, fun manicure- nothing to full-on and cumbersome. Something more light and natural, nails that compliment not compete, a look that’s a whole lot more vanilla than a feather manicure or chalkboard nails. Last year I would’ve headed straight to the nude section in my nail varnish collection (remind me to show you this sometime- I know you’ll be impressed with my colour coded, OCD organisation) but this year I’m adopting glitter as a base/nude shade. Usually glitter would fall firmly in the ‘look at me’ category but worn without a base colour and lightly applied, I think glitter qualifies as nude. Today I’m wearing silver glitter with a scatter of scarlet red dots called Ha Ha by Spa Rituals. Welcome Spring.

My Flash Trash Website Re-Launch

My Flash Trash

My Flash Trash sent over a preview link to their sparkly new website last week so I could have a little look around before the new site launched.

Now up and running with a whole lot of new features and fabulous photo’s to inspire customers, I could hardly leave empty-handed. I’ve been lusting over a couple of rings that encapsulate the midi ring trend just perfectly. I finally decided on a silver seed ring by Tara Osborne that matches my laid back luxe style. I teamed my new bling with a grey Ciaté mani (Pillow Fight) and glitter index finger (Confetti).

Pop over to My Flash Trash and take a look.

Paris Rocks

Paris Fashion Week

Paris Fashion Week sets the Parisian capital alight this week…

- RiRi steals the limelight with her daring choice of outfit, we had french maid at Dior, intrepid explorer at Balmain, androgynous at Lanvin and barely there at all, to the Balmain after party. Metro.

- Garance Doré launches her very first stationery collection with Rifle yesterday at Colette. Beautiful illustrations and lots of social media. Fashionista.com.

Garance Doré

- Raf Simons steps up his campaign to re-work the classic Dior look with a sports luxe twist. Sharp tailoring and double-breasted suits sat alongside lace-up details, brilliant brights and quilting. Inspired cuts and innovative shapes showcased Raf’s ingenuity (perfect statement dresses for the first lady). The most innovative pieces combined 1940′s nipped waist dresses with splits revealing contrasting coloured, slinky dresses with the addition of crystal appliqué. Vogue.

- Relax…. messy bed hair is officially chic, as seen at several Paris shows. Can’t find the hair brush this weekend, just don’t bother! Huffington Post.

- Paris can always be relied upon to provide a huge hit of fairytale fashion… heavenly. Vogue.

Bare Minerals High Shine Eyeshadow

Bare Minerals

No more messy Bare Minerals.

Bare Minerals High Shine Eyeshadow comes in a handy handbag size, spring-loaded tube, primed and ready to make your eyelids sparkle. Unscrew the top and the applicator pops out, a short brush with a cushioned tip that makes applying the eye colour a one stroke procedure. The brush is fully loaded with a high shine pigment that comes in 12 shades (I have Moonshine, a subtle plum hue), no more tap and swirl required with this product. You can build up the colour to create one bold, high impact shade or blend a darker matt colour into the corner of the eye to create a daytime look. I expected that the velvet constancy would of eventually slipped into the eyelid creases and wrinkle but I was pleasantly surprised that the eyeshadow pretty much stayed in place. I would definitely buy another one because it was easy to use and looked so pretty.