This Week’s Nails is all about polka-dots!

Polka-dots were featured a lot in London, Paris, New York and Milan Fashion Weeks, with Stella McCartney, Marc Jacobs and David Koma, including this spotty print into their Autumn/Winter 2011 collections.

So when it came to This Week’s Nails, I had to incorporate this big trend into my ‘nail art’.

I chose a deep, dark red for the base colour and ‘dotted’ my nails with Luscious white nail varnish using the blunt end of a cocktail stick.

Here is the nail varnish I used to achieve my look:

L-R2 in 1 Top Coat & Nail Hardener Superdrug, Nails Inc. London Nail Varnish in Tate, Free (RRP £5) via Glamour Magazine and Luscious Nail Varnish in White, Free  via a magazine I bought ages ago.

Similar to the last nails post, I used Superdrug’s 2 in 1 Top Coat & Nail Hardener as my base and top coat. I then applied two coats of the Nails Inc. polish. I have to say, I love the colour! Dark red is one of my favourite colours and I didn’t have this colour in my nail varnish collection, so thanks Glamour for the freebie!

Here is the finished look of the nails:
As you can see I went for ‘big polka-dots’, and tried to cover my nails in them, rather than just having two or three. The Nails Inc. varnish had an average drying time, and I am pleased with how they turned out.

However, when I went wrong with one of the nails, the polish left a pink stain and despite using numerous amounts of  nail varnish remover and cotton balls to remove the ‘pink stain’, it was still visible. This may be due to my nail varnish remover (which is Cutex by the way), or to the nail polish itself. I will have to wait and see what the state of my nails is in when I take it off, but for now, I love them!

That’s all for This Week’s Nails, look out for next week’s post on them!

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This weekend I went to Blackpool to sample the shops, the food and of course, Blackpool Illuminations!
Here is a quick post on what I got up to!

Apology
Big apologies for not posting a lot throughout the past couple of weeks! I have been very busy with uni assignments, work, my radio show and doing things for other blogs. However, I will be back in full form this week – I have plenty of post ideas lined up, I just need to write them! So stay tuned, and thank you for sticking with me and reading my blog, I appreciate it!

Outfit
Apologies aside, here is the outfit I wore. I decided to incorporate a bit of ‘goth’ into my look with the cross necklace (which later broke when I was in the arcades – gutted!), my vintage black cut-up Levi’s, vintage boots and my trusty Primark tights. I wanted to wear a cosy jumper to complete the look, so I opted for my polka-dot Primark number! Polka-dots are big at the moment with Stella McCartney and Marc Jacobs including them in their Autumn/Winter 2011 collections, so I had to include this knit into today’s look!


Jumper – Primark
Cross Necklace – Primark
Tape Measure Ring – Topman
Levi Shorts – Vintage (via Urban Outfitters)
Tights – Primark
Boots – Vintage

Savvy Spending
As soon as I arrived in Blackpool I marched to Republic to buy some more ‘uniform’ clothes. I had a quick dash around the small store and settled for this black and white star crop blouse for only £10!

This blouse reminds me of up-and-coming boutique; Numph’s white & black Luella Bat Print Blouse, from online fashion store My Label. I love this blouse, which is owned by top bloggers such as Gem Fatale and Carrie of Wish Wish Wish. However, I chose to opt for a quite different and cheaper version which I could wear for work. I would pair this with my River Island light blue skinny jeans and metallic vest top.

River Island was my next and final stop. Why you ask? I ended up spending a whopping £60 in there! I didn’t mean to spend that much, but I just couldn’t help myself when my eyes caught this lovely vintage-style black beaded dress!

I have been looking for a dress similar to this one for ages, and when I saw it, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to bag this baby! I could wear this dress for nights out with the girls and special occasions. I could also make like Altuzarra and team it with a Miss Selfridge khaki parka – the possibilities are endless! Despite the fact these thoughts were running through my mind, my hand was still shaking at the cash desk. In my mind I was thinking: “Hello overdraft!”

Unfortunately as soon as I bought my new dress, my ‘sensible’ side started to rear its ugly end and I decided that £70 was enough to spend on a day’s shopping trip. Hey, I still needed to hit the arcades and spend lots of money in there!

Ooh La Laa Pizza Express!
Me and Ali chose to eat at Pizza Express for tea. Both of us had never been to Pizza Express before and heard lots of raving reviews from our friends, so we decided to give it a try. And boy, was it worth it!

I ordered garlic bread for starter, whilst Ali opted for the chilli version. The garlic bread was just the perfect size for a little one like me! Usually, when you order garlic bread in Italian restaurants you are greeted with a full on 11 inch pizza version! So I was happy when this one turned up on my table.

For mains Ali decided to have the chef’s special hot pizza, whereas I went for pizza with a vegetarian mushroom topping. I really enjoyed my pizza, despite not being able to finish it! After Ali ate his pizza, he decided it wasn’t hot at all – this is the guy who piles on extra hot sauce on his Nandos meals! So it didn’t really surprise me when he claimed it wasn’t spicy enough for him.

Even though we were both full, we decided to share PE’s chocolate fudge cake dessert – which we finished off within minutes of it arriving! It was so nice, and wasn’t as bitter, or ‘too chocolaty’ as I thought it would be!

Overall, I enjoyed my tea at Pizza Express, and would happily go again – although I would skip the starters so I can finish off the mains next time!

Blackpool Sights
After our meal, we decided to have a long walk along the Promenade and view the illuminations. We had also managed to catch the sun set!
Watching the sun set by the beach was beautiful and prepared us for the illuminations. I have never been to see the illuminations before, despite living nearer to Blackpool than Ali (who lives in Ipswich by the way!) So it was a nice experience to walk down the Promenade and take in our surroundings before hitting our last stop, Coral Island.
Coral Island is basically a casino, but with games, bingo and arcades. Me and Ali tried to win as many tickets as we could, so we could win each other prizes. We played Guitar Hero, went on the dance mat and played Deal or No Deal. In the end, Ali won me this cute Coral Island bear!

Overall it was such a fun and nice day out after handing in our uni assignment! We both enjoyed the illuminations, and of course Pizza Express!

Have you guys been to Blackpool? What do you think of it?

Earlier this week we saw the online launch of global superstar (and not forgetting pregnant) Beyoncé Knowles and mother, Tina Knowles’s House of Deréon collection at fashion-forward store, Selfridges.

The first House of Deréon brand began in Louisiana over 85 years ago, and was inspired by Beyoncé’s grandmother, Agnés Deréon. Ms Deréon was working in the fashion industry as a skilled seamstress and dressmaker, and was a very talented woman whose fashion tastes have influenced Tina and Beyoncé to collaborate and bring stylish pieces to women everywhere. Whilst Tina Knowles is the creative director behind the collection, daughter Beyoncé works with her mum to develop tantalizing designs to mouth water the taste buds of many fashionistas.

I had a cheeky look at the duo’s designs, and I must say I am impressed at the range of exotic prints and classic black pieces that are on offer!

Here are a few of my favourite pieces of clothing from the House of Deréon range exclusive to Selfridges:

Panelled Dress, £85 – A LBD is required in every girl’s wardrobe so this sexy lace number would be perfect for a girl’s night out or a hot date with your man! This dress is a subtle take on the Autumn/Winter fetish trend, which was seen on the catwalks of Louis Vuitton, Jason Wu and the even more revealing Emanuel Ungaro! I would wear this classic House of Deréon dress with these delicious Dalmatian print boots from Topshop Unique and a crystal cape statement necklace from River Island.

Studded Top, £50 – Being a bit of a ‘rocker girl’, I just had to incorporate this studded pocket vest from Beyoncé’s new Autumn/Winter 2011 collection! This top can be included in several different outfits, for example, you can team it with these Bitching & Junkfood stud spiked denim shorts from Urban Outfitters and Republic hiker heel boots for the ‘rocker girl’ look as seen on the catwalks of Alexander Wang and Giles. You can also pair the studded top with this A|Wear burgundy belted mini skirt from ASOS, for a night out on the town!

Panelled Leggings, £70 – Last but not least are these gorgeous printed panelled leggings for a pricey £70! These leggings are perfect if you want to achieve the current Autumn/Winter print trend, but without being head-to-toe in Dalmatian, polka dots or Navajo.

This beautiful Autumn/Winter collection will be available at the Birmingham, London and Manchester Trafford stores, as well as on the Selfridges website. I suggest you check out the House of Deréon brand today!