Cuff Love

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white black gold leather cuff

white black gold leather cuff

gold white black leather cuff

gold black white leather cuff

gold black white leather cuff

gold black white leather cuff

Happy Weekend everyone! It happens to be my second favourite day, Saturday (the first being Friday). I’m a little excited to bring you my very first fashion/accessory post, from the moment this site was born I always wanted to include fashion, but forever found excuses not to. And of course there’s never a good reason not to do something you love, so here it is.

You might remember me talking (ad nauseam) about my new-found obsession with Hotsy Totsy, my number one place for statement accessories. Now I’m finally getting to showcase how stunning my HT collection is, starting with these cuffs. Some of their necklaces are very J Crew-esque (without the price tag), which is something to be very excited about. My fashion tip: keep an eye on their Facebook page as well as the website, you will spot more purse friendly sales than you can handle. You can see a little more HT here, here and here.

For as long as I could remember I’ve always loved the look of cuffs. Lucky for me their design has evolved over the years from gaudy to beautifully sophisticated. It’s difficult to say where I picked up my obsession for them, quite possibly from the tough kick-ass persona of characters like Lara Croft. That, and the fact I was a ninety’s teen. Casual-tough was everything. Wearing dresses with boots? You bet. And don’t forget the leather cuff, either.

I’m hard pressed to pick one colour over the other, but black and gold is universally flattering. Which is more your style, white/gold or black/gold?

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DIY Origami Paper Heart Bouquet

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DIY Origami Hearts

Valentines Day may be over,
but there’s always a reason to create your own paper heart bouquet.
I put together step by step instructions – in super fun GIF form! – to design a bunch for yourself.
And the great news? It cost just a few dollars for materials, and lasts longer than any real bouquet ever would.

I have to give full credit to Azumarek, for the instructions on how to fold the hearts.
The entire project took me 45 minutes to complete. Bam!

STEP ONE
[1] Cut one square piece of paper in half, horizontally
(I used a 10cm x 10cm sticky-note pad, which makes two hearts each sheet)

DIY Origami Hearts

STEP TWO
[2] (With one of the halves) fold down the centre to crease, and open back up
[3] fold the bottom upwards as shown
[4] Fold the right and left side inwards to the centre crease
[5] flip over

DIY Origami Hearts

STEP THREE
[6] Fold the right and left sides inwards
[7] fold the right/left top of each side of the heart, leaving you with two small triangles
[8] fold down the top of each triangle
[9] flip over to see your heart!

DIY Origami Hearts

STEP FOUR
[10] Flip over again and skewer the back of the paper

And now you’re done!

DIY Origami Hearts

LOVE IT? PIN IT! 😀

DIY Origami Hearts Pinterest

Epic Nail Foils – Your Valentines Day Mani sorted!

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EpicNail foils hearts

EpicNail foils rainbow

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(Early) Happy Valentines Day everyone!

I’m excited to show you nail lovers the cutest alternative to traditional nail art, just in time for valentine’s day. This was my very first time trying nail foils, and I’m already counting the reasons why I love this just as much as regular nail polish.

WHAT ARE NAIL FOILS?

If your not familiar, they are simply designs and colours that are transferred onto your nail with glue. Kind of like the temporary tattoos you probably played with as a kid, but a lot cooler! The foils are delicate strips that give you bold, smooth, nail colour.

This collection of foil rolls are one of a few different combination packs available from Epic Nail, and come with everything you need – including the glue.

EpicNail foils set

Left to right: Winter Is Coming, In The Jungle, Pipe Dream, I Heart You, All Laced Up, Nautical

HOW TO

There’s two ways of applying Epic Nail foils, the choice is yours:
1 – as a full nail cover
2 – dabbed over nails for a multi color, multi dimensional effect

PROS

Zero drying time, once applied the effect is immediate
easy, beautiful designs
Shelf life – the foils will never dry or spill like traditional polish
Versatility – apply it in two different ways, combine with other polish
Smooth application – with the right prep, they look almost flawless
Generous length of foil for each roll

CONS

Can be difficult to apply initially and the right glue application can be tricky to judge

EpicNail foils set & glue

MY THOUGHTS

To begin with, I struggled with the application of the foils. It took me a few attempts to get the process right. In the end it all came down to one important aspect – the glue. The right glue consistency and application was crucial. Apply the foils too soon, or with the incorrect amount and the effect either won’t work or will apply patchy.

Once I got the application down pat, I was in love. And the foil Winter Is Coming just blew me away with its amazing shine and beauty. It is my absolute, hands down favourite. I tried it with the full nail effect and was in awe. It sparkled like no liquid nail polish would ever be able to. (Apparently I’m a bit of a Bauer Bird when it comes to nails. Who knew?)

MY TOP TIPS FOR THE PERFECT EFFECT

Take your time – do one nail at a time until you are comfortable

Wait till the glue is dried correctly and is very tacky – I found painting a small amount on the skin to test stickiness each time, and using a timer worked wonders. I also found doubling the waiting time was more effective

If you just can’t get the edges right, paint the glue over the cuticles and skin also – this gives you a wider application you can clean up and perfect with acetone and a cuticle stick later

Clean/manicure your nails beforehand – buff your nail ridges and tidy your cuticles to maximise effect

Try on clean nails and painted nails – I experimented with both, and found different foils worked better with different bases

To maximise shine, avoid a top coat – your foils won’t last as long, but layering top coat over it can dull the already visible shine (for certain foils)

EpicNail foil nail art set

Disclosure: this post contains product sent for consideration. This is no way influences my opinion, and my reviews are always honest!

Whats In My Bag – The Traveller

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Prada Saffiano LV Zippy Whats In My Bag - Travel

Prada Saffiano & Nikon DSLR 5100 - Whats In My Bag Travel Edition

Prada Saffiano LV Zippy What's In My Bag Travel Edition

The Bag: Prada Saffiano Lux Double Zip Tote

[1] Prada Saffiano Tote – medium black
[2] Forever21 scarf
[3] Forever New zip pouch & passports
[4] Vintage, Hotsy Totsy & Adorne accessories
[5] Ray Ban mirrored aviators
[6] Phone
[7] Louis Vuitton Monogram Zippy wallet & Martha Stewart notebook

The medium Saffiano tote is a great travel bag in my opinion. I originally agonised for a long time over which size to purchase – the small, medium or large – and ultimately chose this size for versatility and durability. It perfectly holds everything you see, including my DSLR camera and 35mm lens. The snap button sides makes it perfect for expanding when you need extra room. I could have fit in a few more items, like my iPad, but kept it light for fear of my arm dropping off.

When it comes to travel, I’m a minimalist on the outside, complete hoarder on the inside. I like to keep my handbag clutter free and easily accessible, then jam and cram everything else into my carry on. I find it’s the most effective way to go. This way I can whip out passports and tickets one-handed from my handbag, and direct children through security with my eyes closed (well, almost). But should the unthinkable happen, everything I need is in my carry on. Makeup, wet wipes, kids clothes, kitchen sink. It’s all there. Let us just pray we never have to open the carry on, for it may never close again. Amen.

I’d love to know, what do you carry with you? Are you a minimalist, or do you like carry everything?