Wednesday, 20 February 2013


This past week and a half has been very busy for me... I went on a trip to Barcelona and I went to London Fashion Week! 

My trip to Barcelona was only for 3 days but it was so much fun and we did a LOT in that time. Before I left for Barcelona, I had several essential tasks I needed to complete: my washing, my packing and (most importantly) my nails. I decided to try out some nail wraps that a friend bought for me, almost a year ago, for my birthday last year.

These snakeskin nail wraps were designed by Myleene Klass and are available here, along with many other designs. They're pretty straightforward to apply; simply match your nail shape to one of the small design sheets, apply it to the nail (it's stick on) and file the excess wrap away. From my previous experience, I've realised that nail wraps do not stay on for as long as promised on the packet. Nor do they look as 'pristine' as they did on the first day. I used a little bit of fake nail glue over the tips of my nails to prevent the wraps from peeling back.

Snakeskin is definitely a trend to watch this year - currently loving it in the 'Just Cavalli' advert featuring Georgia May Jagger:

Here are a couple of 'snake inspired' items that have also caught my eye...

Snake ring: Wildfox
Snake ring bandeau bikini top: Playful Promises (ASOS)
Snakeskin dress: Religion (ASOS)
Snakeskin iPhone 5 cover: Topshop

My snakeskin nails inspired me to bring out a pair of snakeskin wedges that I own from ASOS and there was no better place to wear them than to London Fashion Week! 

The photograph of myself (top left) was taken by Louisa Rogers.
To accompany my wedges, I wore a plain black dress with a black studded bag - both from Urban Outfitters.

At this start of this week, at very short notice, I got the opportunity to actually work at one of the shows at London Fashion Week. So on Monday I was an intern for a day at the Pringle of Scotland show. I wasn't doing anything terribly important, but it was an exciting experience to see the show and to observe the many different types of people who came to view it. And of course I had to freshen up my nails for the event (my nail wraps were starting to look a bit scruffy) so I created an acid yellow and blue design - inspired by WAH nails:

Acid Yellow Polish: Barry M - np300
Cobalt Blue Polish: Barry M - np291

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Monday, 11 February 2013


It's coming up to Valentine's Day and I wanted to create a design which would not only be appropriate for the specific day, but also one which anyone could wear on any day of the year (hearts aren't JUST for Valentine's Day!). 

I saw these heart-inspired nails sported by Kaley Cuoco and Kelly Osbourne, taken a couple of weeks ago, at the SAG awards:

I loved both of these designs and they inspired me to create my own version...

The pink tips were created with an OPI pink polish and I used a black WAH nail art pen to create the hearts. Finally, my nails were finished off with a light pink gem in the centre of the heart.

Happy Valentine's Day ♥.


Wednesday, 6 February 2013


Last week, after uni one day, my friends and I took a trip to the London Eye. Unfortunately there was a little bit of rain when we were on it, but nonetheless we still managed to see the amazing sights of London; Big Ben, St Paul's Cathedral and so on...

Our little trip inspired me to create some London skyline nails against a sunset backdrop:

I used the WAH nail art pen for details on the buildings and limited edition OPI colours for the backdrop. Unfortunately, those exact colours are not available anymore. However, similar colours, by OPI, are You're a Pisa Work and Atomic Orange.

I also spotted these Big Ben socks, recently released by Topshop, which would go perfectly for a trip round London!