Friday, 27 April 2012

Exam nails, oversized blouses and camera experiments

I've been mucking around with my camera and its various settings and a few editing programs (Gimp, etc.) for a few days and I wanted to just show you some of the results. You might've seen some of these pictures before but they're all re-edited!

If you read my tuxedo nails post, you'll probably know that I've decided to paint my nails with a new design after each exam. Now since I had my English exam yesterday, I thought I'd do my nails before I started on the maths revision (oh God...). I used Barry M Blue Moon for the light blue and an anonymous Claire's nail polish for the bright blue.

Also, I wanted to show you this blouse I bought a few weeks ago. I was looking for a nice baggy one that I can wear as part of a kind of smart-casual outfit and I came across this in H&M. I'm really only a 6 or an 8 but I went for a 12 because, as I said, I wanted it to be oversized and baggy.


Sunday, 22 April 2012

Rope braid tutorial

If you scroll down my blog a little bit you'll come across a post about various braids and updos that I did a few days ago and almost as soon as I'd finished it I remembered another one I hadn't put in - the rope braid. I sort of forgot about it for a few days so I thought I'd do a tutorial today for it. I know quite a few people have trouble with the fish tail braid because it's so fiddly, but you're in luck if you're one of those people because this one's a whole lot easier than it looks!

step 1: 
Like the fishtail braid, start with all your hair pulled round to one side. This works best on hair with a bit of texture so morning-after hair is encouraged. If you need to wash it, spray a bit of hair spray through it or don't brush it before you start.

Step 2:
split your hair in half and then tightly twist each section right to the end. When you've done one, hold it in your mouth to stop the ends unravelling with you do the other section.

step 3:
Next, cross the two sections over keeping hold of the ends so they don't unravel!

step 4:
Continue to twist the two sections round each other right to the end, without letting go. It is a bit tricky to keep hold of both ends as you twist but practice makes perfect!

Step 5:
Tie the end with a bobble and that's it! Pull out a couple of side sections if you want and you might want to kirby-grip the back if it's baggy.
So, I hope you found this useful and I guarantee, people will want to know how you get your hair to stay twisted like that all day!

Also, my appologies for having a mix of black & white and colour. I wanted to do the whole thing in B&W but it was sort of difficult to see the finished 'do!


Saturday, 21 April 2012

Tuxedo nails and summery sandals

Yes, so, tuxedo nails. As your eyeballs can see, they're not the neatest but, then again, I'm no professional. a while ago I did a review of Primark's black and white nail pens ( Primark nail pens and aztec patterns ), which were what I used for these. It was a bit fiddly, and if I was going to do them again I might put tape down over my nails to keep the lines more straight and cream round the sides to stop it getting on my skin. Afterall, everyone that paints their nails knows how difficult it is to get paint off your skin without smudging your nails.

Despite the fiddliness (is that even a word?) I am quite proud of them and I'll make a point of doing them neater the next time!

In other news, I had my first official exam this Thursday that's just passed. Art. I think it went quite well. I was making a clay model of a cross country skiier. I was petrified someone would knock into my desk and knock it over in the last like 10 minutes but no one did and I was pretty proud of it. My cousin had suggested that after every exam I should do something nice for myself, which I guess was why I painted my nails: a different design after each exam. I'll keep you posted on that, it might make quite a good series of posts!

Also, my lovely mother decided to buy me a little present out of the goodness of her heart, which is always appreciated, isn't it? She bought me a lovely pair of, sort of, jesus sandals. I'm not sure if that's what they're called, see?


Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Rock pools, sunglasses and knitted jumpers

Yesterday was the last day of the easter holidays here and the weather was rather lovely so me, my mum and my sister went for a little day trip to Yellowcraigs Beach which is about 40 minutes away from us. It's SUCH a nice beach and in summer when it's warm you can swim in the sea. It's lovely. The beach stretches on for miles and there's all these rock pools and things to explore when it's not swimming weather. Anyway, we went there yesterday and took the dogs along because they love the beach. It was glorious and it was actually quite warm as long as the sun was out.

Tropical Hawaiian beach? Nope. 'Rainy' Scotland.

All the little surrounding villages you have to drive through to get there are all so beautiful as well. You really get the feeling that everyone knows everyone else.

Oh, I felt so summery with my sunglasses on, paddling in the rock pools like a 5 year old! I did find a huuuuuuge crab though. Ew.

How was your weekend/monday?


Sunday, 15 April 2012

My bedroom

After my jewellery storage post a while ago I got a couple of requests for a room tour. Now, I'm not sure that I'm entirely comfortable showing you my room as a whole because there's bits of it that I don't like and that need clearing out but I'll certainly show you a few bits that I do like. It's going to be a pretty picture-heavy post so if you dont like that, look away now.

I moved into our spare room about 4 years ago and painted it blue with multi-coloured polka dots which, I'll admit, was pretty cool. At the time, I thought it would be so cool to have a bunk-bed type thing with a desk underneath so that's what I got. I absolutely hate that now, however, (I'm looking at new beds at the moment) and I sort of grew out of the blue spots too and wanted something a bit more grown up. So, about 2 years ago, I painted it cream and put in a cream carpet. I also painted all my furniture white, (except the bed) and you would not believe how much bigger and lighter it made it look.

"Hey MTV, welcome to my crib!" (I'm totally taking the mick)

Mirror: Ikea
Jewellery hanger: New Look

I really like this, it's like having a giant photo album on my wall that everyone can see. And it looks nice. I intend on letting it spread along the entire wall.

Frame: homemade
Bowl: Doodles ceramics
Jewellery hanger: Charity shop
Tin: an old wine tin

I just think this tin is beautiful. So...vintage. It has all my perfum and stuff in it.

This could probably do with a bit of tidying up. I do not even know why there's a rubber duck there...
terremundi: a gift

Everything on here was a gift. I especially like the 2 little momiji dolls.

The ship in the bottle says 'Leksvik' on it which the little village I stayed in in Norway. It was a gift to me from the girls I stayed with. On the bottom in says 'To Amy, love Malin and Yvonne' (the girls I stayed with)

Ahh, perhaps my favourite part? Shoes! There's about 30 pairs there and that's not even all of them.

This is where I'm sitting right now. The chair can fold out to become a spare bed and it's from the Bed Shed.
Love heart throw: Ikea

beside my bed I've got a couple of pictures I did when I was younger and some pink fairy lights, which are rarely switched on but make the room look so warm and inviting when they are. They were also a gift so I'm not sure where they're from.

And that's it! I hope you enjoyed having a sneaky peak into my 'crib'.


Saturday, 14 April 2012

Edinburgh in black and white

I love driving around/going places in Edinburgh because every time, I notice something different or see something I never saw the last time. I thought I'd share it with you!