Jewellery Tattoos & Little Ondine Nail Lacquer

When winter suddenly arrives and the icy weather forces us to cover almost every inch of skin, temporary hand tattoos are a great accessory choice! No hand tattoo would look complete without the perfect manicure to match and that’s why I’ve been testing out some Little Ondine nail varnishes in preparation for the frosty months ahead:
The first thing I fell in love with when I initially discovered Little Ondine was how individual their website is. Every colour comes with its own story, making each nail varnish feel unique and giving you an insight into the inspiration behind its creation. As well as a creative story, Little Ondine provides its online customers with a mood board and swatches for each colour. The swatches, in particular, are a huge plus point in my opinion as (I have discovered from nail varnishes in the past) the colour in the bottle isn’t always what you thought it would be once applied to the nail itself.
Exploring the website quickly made me realise Little Ondine’s passion for its product and this is reflected in the qualities of the varnish itself. Little Ondine nail Lacquers consist of all natural ingredients and (whilst also causing less damage) means that there is no chemical smell. Another great feature of this product is that when you are ready to remove your manicure, you can simply peel it off and start again!
I tested out three different autumn/winter inspired colours and got creative with some hand tattoo designs to finish off the look:
 
Smoky Mountain – ‘Rounding the bend of the trail, the next sight takes her breath away. Fog rolls off the smoky mountain as the sun shines through the clouds and burns away the dew. She inhales deeply, thrilled to be alive.’ : With this mid-grey colour, I embrace the gloomy British weather and have paired this sophisticated manicure with some golden tattoos which are always hugely popular during party season!
 
Sweet Liquor – ‘It was an amaretto-on-the-rocks kind of night. She spun the cap off the bottle and poured herself a glass of the fragrant almond liqueur. She cozied up with her drink and her latest magazine and enjoyed the sweet liquor, sip by sip.’ : This Mocha colour has slightly more warmth to it than my previous choice and I think it goes perfectly with a silver jewellery tattoo from the Vandana collection by Bohemian Jewellery Tatoos.
 
Enchanting ‘She stepped into the bar with beaming confidence and strutted straight to the counter. As she walked, all eyes followed. Her enchanting presence could not be ignored.’: For my final manicure, I was feeling festive and chose this metallic dark red nail lacquer. In the festive spirit, I couldn’t resist adding some finishing touches with this newly released white tattoo collection. The contrast of shimmering crimson nails beside detailed white jewellery tats is a new favourite of mine that I can’t wait to test out in the run up to Christmas!
With gorgeous summer brights and pastels, cool and festive winter tones and glamourous glitter nail lacquer’s all available at www.uk.littleondine.com, make sure to pay their website a visit ASAP!

Say Hi to Thigh High

You’ve all seen them hit the high streets this autumn and have probably considered picking up a pair yourself, but what exactly would you style those thigh high boots with if you bought them? It can be tough to find the perfect outfit that will not only work with autumn/winter fashion for 2015 but ensure your thigh high boots are avoiding that Pretty Woman stereotype and remaining gorgeously classy.

  

I have created a few different looks using the same block-heel boots from Little Mistress to inspire your autumn/winter wardrobe!

A shirt dress or jeans (pictured above) are both great options to pair with your new footwear. The loose fit of the shirt dress balances out the lower half of the outfit whilst a pair of skinny jeans is an easy and effective option for a more casual look.

  

I love how this H&M jumper dress with on-trend cowl neck (above left) is the perfect length for thigh high boots and also a great choice for the frosty autumn/winter months ahead of us. Why not wrap up even more by layering this look with a trench coat or parka with fur trim? A jacket or blazer (above right) is a good alternative to a coat if you’re headed for a night out. This will keep the outfit dressy and sophisticated without being too exposing and looks stunning with a simple long sleeved bodycon dress.

And finally, my favourite look of all! I think these monochrome striped shorts from Lavish Alice are the perfect match for my Little Mistress thigh highs. As well as the jumper (H&M) providing warmth, the mustard colouring looks to be extremely popular this year and helps to draw the eye upwards, making the overall outfit appear more casual. If shorts and bare legs aren’t for you then change things up a bit with an A-line skirt or some tights in colder weather.

Wrap Up in Helen Moore

Whilst helping to exhibit at the Top Drawer trade show earlier this month with Bohemian Jewellery Tattoos, I discovered a brand that I think you’ll be seeing a lot of this year! As the air becomes colder and the days become shorter, last years winter coats and heavy knits have begun to replace the playsuits and floaty dresses that have remained at the front of our wardrobes over the last few months. I’m sure I’m not alone in admitting that I have already started to scan the high streets and shopping websites in preparation for the colder seasons and there has been one thing in particular that seems to be a massive trend this year…

   

Faux fur already seems to be absolutely everywhere you look and I for one am ready for its embrace! Whether you’re after a cute cropped shrug, an eye catching scarf or a coat to keep you warm on those winter walks, Helen Moore has a massive range of designs that are all absolutely gorgeous.

This family owned and run company was started in 1982 and now exports to countries such as Japan, the US and Australia as well as stocking in multiple boutiques across the UK. Helen Moore stands for British quality and British manufacturing and operates their entire business in a small village situated between Dartmoor and Exmoor. Founders Helen and Stan are both art graduates and specialise in Fine Art and Fashion and Textiles. Their creativity is evident in many of the colourful items that they produce such as the vixen scarf and pom pom keyring pictured below.

 

Helen Moore is proud to admit that many of their design ideas come from both customers and staff. These ideas are then worked on and developed until they become a new product to add to the growing collection of garments and accessories that the company now offers!  As production gets under way, every component of the faux fur item is cut by hand so to achieve accuracy and perfection every time. A piece by Helen Moore can vary anywhere from £25 for a pair of wrist warmers to £175 for a gilet (pictured top right of this article).

You can expect to see me wrapping up in some cosy Helen Moore designs this winter and if you are just as in love with their products as I am, head over to the website helenmoore.com to start your Christmas wish list early!

Rebecca Rhoades Clothing

Currently working at an independent boutique on the South Coast of England means that I am constantly surrounded by fashion and learning about new designers every day. There is one designer in particular that has become a favourite of mine due to the gorgeous prints and materials that she chooses to use:

Rebecca Rhoades is an independent London based fashion designer who has a passion for creating beautiful and unique garments for women of all ages. Rebecca’s designs have been featured in The Daily Mail and often appear at red carpet events due to her loyal following of fashionistas and celebrity clients (such as Lucy Meck and Billie Faiers).

Whether its because of the colourful choice of print, thigh high split or the sexy backless cut, a Rebecca Rhoades design will always stand out at whatever event you choose to wear it to. I love her choice of silky material for this summer’s range of maxi dresses, playsuits and halter tops and am extremely excited about the autumn/winter range that has recently been released!

Many of Rebecca’s garments can be worn in a multitude of ways making them versatile and easy to wear. With items typically ranging from £150-£200, this is occasion wear that will be sure to make you feel gorgeously glamorous so if you’ve got something special coming up, why not visit their website or Pushka Fashion on Facebook for a browse of her newest collections?!

My Favourite Mask For Clear Skin

When it comes to skincare, a trip to Lush is all that is needed to revitalise your complexion and restore balance to any problem areas. On my last few visits to Lush there has been one product in particular that I just cant resist and has been highly recommended by both staff in-store and customers through online reviews:
Mask of Magnaminty is made up of natural ingredients that cleans, calms and clears skin; perfect for those of us suffering from breakouts! Every ingredient packed into this little pot provides a different benefit, from the cooling and invigorating peppermint oil to the exfoliating ground aduki beans that help to lift away dead skin and unclog pores. One of my favourite ingredients included in Magnaminty is honey as this is a natural antiseptic that is perfect if you have any active blemishes and also has moisturizing qualities. The mistake that a lot of people make when recovering from a breakout is attempting to dry out the skin but once the wound has closed it is important to keep it moisturised in order to promote healing and prevent scarring and further breakouts caused by overproduction of oil.
Once applied, keep the refreshingly minty solution on for 5-10 minutes. For best results make sure to repeat this process once or twice a week to keep your complexion glowing and those pesky breakouts at bay! Judging by the almost-empty pot pictured above, I’ll be heading to my local Lush store very soon and I would highly recommend you to do the same!

Ginger Fizz Fashion

When packing to go abroad this year, a few gorgeous garments for warmer nights out are a necessity! However, it seems that no matter how many outfits you have stashed away from previous summers, when that trip to Ibiza is only days away you suddenly realise how unappealing your entire wardrobe is looking. When all high-street stores and online shopping websites have been exhausted, when that suitcase is still worryingly bare and all hope of finding those perfect items seems to have vanished, we might just have the answer to your prayers! …
[‘In a Whirl’ playsuit]

Ginger Fizz is a fashion brand that I stumbled across a few weeks ago and haven’t been able to stop obsessing over since! From pretty playsuits to elegant maxi dresses, you will fall in love with their range of garments and soon have several of them in your drawers at home.
[‘I’m a Believer’ dress]

Ginger Fizz’s summer collection is all about light, bright and beautiful colours and stunning features such as lace detailing. The ‘Dreamer’ maxi pictured below is a perfect example of how Ginger Fizz has once again created the perfect summer garment by pairing an interesting backless design with a vivid pink, green and purple floral print.
[‘The Dreamer’ maxi dress]
Priced around £45, adding some Ginger Fizz to the contents of your suitcase this summer is an easy choice to make! Follow them on Instagram @gingerfizzfashion or visit their Facebook page where you can find a list of all their stockists such as Pushka Fashion Boutique

Visiting the Hippy Markets of Ibiza

If you’re planning a trip to Ibiza this summer, you may already be aware of all the gorgeous fashion outlets there are offering you the perfect summer wardrobe. Many well-known brands such as Oasis and Zara can be found in Ibiza town but what you may not know is that if you explore the island a little more, you might just discover a shopaholic’s pop-up paradise offering items that are far more unique.
Every Wednesday in Es Cana or Las Dalias and every Saturday in San Carlos, plots of dried-up land erupt into colour as the sun rises and painted wooden stalls and patchwork tents appear from nowhere.
 The Hippy Markets in Ibiza are a must-see for every shopper seeking interesting fashion items that you wont find in every H&M across the globe. From embroidered bohemian dresses to sterling silver bracelets and handmade leather satchels, the variety of stunning pieces that you will be desperate to take home with you is overwhelming
The moment that you step into the labyrinth of stalls and become entranced by the live music and tasty Mojitos usually on offer, prepare to spend far more than you initially intended. So pack up your Euros, spend a sunny afternoon in paradise and pray that you can afford the bus fare home once that colourful mirage has finished with you and disappeared into the ground again until next week!
[A sterling silver ring and leather satchel I couldn’t resist buying
whilst at the Hippy Market in Las Dalias]