I’m sorry I’ve not had a proper wed-nails-day for weeks. I left my lamp at Roz’s after our little girls night and only picked it up during the week.
I’ve been seeing a lot if Aztec prints around, which I love btw, so thought I’d give it a go on my nails.
I decided to not to paint the pattern on every nail. For two reasons, I thought it would take ages and I was worried it would be too difficult to do my entire right hand. I was painting them after work so didn’t gave my usual weekend energy. I was right, it took a while and it’s hard to get straight lines with your non writing hand.
If you have a steady hand and spare hour this is simple enough. Just paint your nails in the colour you want and use either a nail polish pen or nail art tool for the details. I use my little metal dotter tool.
I did a slightly different pattern in each nail but you could keep then all the same. I’ve also seen some with different colour stripes under the detail, I may do this next time when I have more energy.
Don’t Stop til You Get Enough – Michael Jackson
This American band is fronted by Alex Ebert, formerly of Ima Robot. This being his second incarnation after sobering up and spending some time in rehab. They have already had some success with their first two albums. The majority of their success is gleaned from their songs featuring in adverts, which is becoming an ever more popular way of garnering new listeners. Their songs Home and Janglin were featured both in the US and UK adverts. Home also had some Radio 1 airplay last year. They are about to release their third self titled album, out at the end if July.
The band have an overall folk sound but their albums have an eclectic mix with pop synth vibes and even reggae beats coming through on some tracks. The variety perhaps comes from the fact the band is pretty large with at least 10 members. There second album has a distinct Church sound to it which put me off a bit and I prefer their first album.
This track is from the new album and is more soulful than their others, perhaps that’s why I like it so much. The lyrics are, as the title suggests, optimistic; reflecting on good days from the past but also looking forward to those still to come. I dare you not to smile and move your body to the beat.
You carrying me on your shoulders
Being quiet during the day because you were on nightshift
Collecting tadpoles from the park
Standing on your feet to dance
You teaching me times tables
You borrowing holiday clothes from my brothers
Making me learn the value of the pound, the hard way
Fixing everything for me, still.
No ones perfect but I’m lucky to have a pretty great Dad.
Happy Father’s Day
Daddy Cool – Boney M
So she may not be my favourite celebrity, I mean who cheats on Robert Pattison? But she has just been crowned Glamours Best Dressed for 2013 and I do like her style.
Laid back, cool and simple, can’t fault it really. I get the impression she just wears what she likes and doesn’t care about having her photo taken or the tabloids opinion of it.
Stealing her style is a pretty easy task. Skinny jeans are key, I find Gap have the best jeans on the high street. Next up, leather jacket; All Saints have amazing ones but if that’s outa your budget head to good old Topshop. Throw in some band t shirts, oversized jumpers and some converse. Oh and don’t forget the obligatory Wayfarers, worth the price tag – you’ll wear them forever.
Gap Skinny Jean £32, Mango oversized jumper £35, Topshop Leather Jacket £64, Converse £40, Wayfayers £110, Ramones Tee £15, Zepplin Tee £11
Bring out a red carpet though and all bets are off.
Ride Wit Me – Nelly
Last week I popped along to a shopping event at Hummingbird. The event, Keep Calm and Go Shopping, certainly sounded like my kinda thing featuring collections from vintage clothing brands and handmade jewellery and accessory collections. I do like having something a bit different.
The brands were spread over the first and second floor of the bar. I made a beeline for the vintage clothing, well once they’re gone they’re gone. I particularly loved Annie and the Mannequins . They had a varied selection from colourful blouses to eighties leotards. I got a gorgeous dress, I had it on here, for only a tenner.
Downstairs, there were some gorgeous accessories on offer. Something different had the most amazing handmade hair accessories and shoe clips. I cant believe I didn’t take any pictures. The shoes clips were glittery bows which could be attached to any shoes. Such a clever idea to jazz up a plain pair.
I did manage to remember to take some photos of the treasures available from Ursula.
These cute rings, sunglasses and necklaces are all handmade. I picked up this gorgeous ring.
What a fun way to spend a Thursday evening.
Make Me Smile – Cockney Rebel
My new favourite summer track. It’s cool, clever and reeks of summer. Portugal. The Man are an American indie rock band. They’ve been together since 2005 and since then haven’t really stopped, either recording or touring. They’ve released an album/EP pretty much every year and have played at every festival running it seems.
Their latest album has been produced by Danger Mouse, the producer with the Midas touch it seems. You’ll need to wait till September to own it but you can find all the tracks on sound cloud. This collaboration is a perfect match and creates indie/pop tracks which you could easily hear on radio 1.
This is my favourite track from the album. It grabs you instantly with a catchy synth beat that makes you want to sing along, do do do. The lyrics present more than just a pop song, perfectly reflecting the feeling that the only person you can rely on is yourself, one which i think is more and more prevalent now. It builds into wonderful indie pop chorus, conjuring images of crowds of people singing along at the summer festivals.
Let me know what you think , I love to hear if you agree or not with me.
Doesn’t the sun just make you want to spend time with those close to you and do simple things like BBQ’s. It just makes it impossible not to smile I think.
It is getting tougher to get dressed everyday though. I have so many summer clothes, despite living in Scotland, and want to wear everything before the rain returns. These cute little shorts are Primark’s finest, never can resist a bargain. The top is actually dress, well probably a nightie. I picked it up from a little vintage/homemade shopping event I was at during the week. I just love the colour and style and couldn’t wait to wear it. These wedges are perhaps my favourite summer shoes ever!
Maybe the sun got to his head, but after 5years of trying to convince him I managed to get the man to buy a BBQ! I apologise in advance if it now rains all summer. Fingers crossed the sun keeps up and I may have a (very) late housewarming next weekend. We obviously tried it out right away.
Shorts – Primark
Dress (worn as top) – Annie and the Mannequins
Wedges – ASOS
Sunglasses – Primark
Club Tropicana – Wham