Twist and Marble

Saturday, August 25, 2012

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Front Twist Dress by ASOS, Gold Cuff by ANNIEPOPSHOP 

There's no real back story to the ASOS twist dress. I just kind of woke up with good hair (which is a rarity) and decided it was a sign to snap up some pictures before I headed out the door. As you do.

Moving onto all things polish, there are thousands of water marble video tutorials and blogs about how to get a psychedelic rainbow of colours on your nails. For all the lacquer lovers out there that have tried it, I'm sure you'll agree that although your nails end up looking wonderful - it's a pretty messy and time consuming procedure and you end up using a lot of nail polish.

Here is a marbling technique that is going to save you a lot of nail polish, water and labour time. The end result may not be as sharp and pretty as what you'd get with traditional water marbling, but it's a good quick fix for the girls who don't have a lot of time on their hands... well in this case, on their nails.

What you'll need to marble your nails: 
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  • Base coat colour of your choice. In this case I used China Glaze White on White.
  • The colours which you'd like to marble with. I used: China Glaze Great Barrier Beige, China Glaze Groovy Green, China Glaze Mod About You, China Glaze Agent Lavender
  • A sandwich bag. Yep, you read that right - a sandwich bag.

Step 1: Apply your base colour. I applied two coats of China Glaze White on White.

Step 2: Take your marble colours and drop random blobs of each on your nail. I tried to stick to two blobs per colour. It doesn't matter if the blobs are messy, messy in this case isn't a bad thing!

Step 3: Place your sandwich bag over your freshly blobbed nail while its still wet and pat it on to spread the colours. Here's a heads up - I realized after doing about 2 more of these that I probably should have put sticky tape around my nails so that I didn't need to remove the excess nail polish with a swab of remover afterwards.

Step 3: Clean the edges of your nails and apply a top coat and you should get something similar or even better than this:

This whole process only took me around 10 minutes to do. If you end up using this lazy girl's guide to nail marbling I'd love to see what you end up with!

Hope you're all having a wonderful weekend :)

Vintage Blues

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Vintage scalloped blazer, Ladakh cobalt skirt, Forcast collared shirt, ANNIEPOPSHOP gold collar necklace, Belt by Sheike, Givenchy Antigona bag in beige, YSL arty ovale ring in green. 

When my grandmother and I lived together, she'd often come into my room and ask me to paint her nails. As a thank you gift she would give me some hair rollers or leave hand-me-downs on my bed from her closet. Although I haven't quite found a use for some of the shoulder padded neons (that she must have kept from her wild child days! haha), there is one bright blue scalloped blazer that I'm beginning to warm up to. I guess it makes this outfit "something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue" -  thank you grandma :)

For those that have Liked my Facebook page, you may have noticed my recent posts about Joe Button. A few weeks back I attended the Online Retailer Industry Awards and along with the great food and company, I was able to meet some new and amazing people including Melissa and Modi - the girls behind Joe Button.

This week, the M&M gave me the wonderful opportunity of visiting the Joe Button office to catch up over coffee and design my very own shirtdress!
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With the Founders of Joe Button, Melissa and Modi. 

In case you haven't heard of Joe Button, they sell custom-fitted men's and women's shirts as well as women's shirtdresses. So if you've been struggling to find the right size and style for workwear then their site lets you design your own shirt/shirtdress by allowing you to mix and match different designs, colours, fabrics and even initial embroidery.

While I was at their office designing my shirtdress, I was able to scour through and then compulsively clean their swatch pile haha. I had such a good morning with the Joe Button team and the fun has only just begun since I'm now eagerly anticipating the arrival of my new shirtdress! I will be able to share it with you once its here and to design your own click here

Another highlight of last week was attending the 18th Biennale of Sydney on Cockatoo Island. Biennale comes around once every two years and it is Australia's biggest festival of contemporary art. Below are glimpses from three of my favourite exhibits. 
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The ferry to Cockatoo island is free and there is no charge to see the exhibits so if you have a spare weekend to soak in some some sun and contemporary art, hop on that ferry!

I hope that you have all been well. Speak again soon (: x