nails and football

Exams are finally over! The freedom feels amazing, but weirdly empty. So – obviously – I decided painting my nails and buying some new nail polish would fill that gap well, and be a nice treat for surviving exam season!

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At the moment, they’re this gorgeous red colour, as you can see in the top photo, that I may have “borrowed” from my mom, topped with an Avon 3-in-1 base, top coat and strengthener. Two days in, and not a single nail has chipped, which I think is a new record.

I think they went pretty nicely with my dress, which you can see the bottom of in the picture. Annoyingly enough, the weather decided not to be a dress day around lunch time, so I was freezing. At least my nails and clothes matched though!

And the book in the picture is ‘Wuthering Heights’. It’s one if my English Literature books for A2, and I’m determined to keep on top of my work this year, so bus time is now book reading time.

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If you’re in the UK, Tescos has the Maybelline Colour Show line on offer for two for £5! I realise I’m starting to sound like I’m endorsing Tescos – I promise you I’m not! It’s just the shop I go in the most!

The turquoise nail varnish – Urban Turquoise – felt nostalgic for me, reminding me of Perry the Platypus from Phineas and Ferb. Makes me sad to know that that cartoon came so late on in my childhood – it’s up there with Scooby Doo for me!

The white nail varnish – Winter Baby – is definitely going to be used for Greece, and I’m thinking of trying to show my support for England and trying to do St George’s cross designs. It won’t work, I know that already, but it can’t hurt to try!

On a less nail varnish related note, football is a pretty major thing for me at the moment.

For those of you living under a rock at the moment, the World Cup (aka the second biggest sports event to the Olympics) is in full swing! Personally, I’ve never been a fan of football, but during World Cup season, I have the stamina to manage a match a day.

If you haven’t guessed, I’m supporting England, because I’m from England. Sure, tell us we have an awful team. I, like any other England supporter, will just bring up 1966. We can hope!

What’s your favourite nail varnish colour, and are you bothered at all by the World Cup?

Elle ❤

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hot weather and tescos

So Britain’s rainy streak has finally finished! For a while, at least. And that’s always great – tans get darker, clothes get smaller and brighter, and everyone seems so much more cheerful.

I mean, I walked into the JCR the other day to students singing along to bad 90s pop. Last time that happened was around Christmas time, to the High School Musical soundtrack. We have a collective great music taste. Honest.

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This was the other day. I’m still not sure whose glasses they were, or why we decided to have a photo, but this is me and Connor, and I think this is when we all got ice creams (aka the food of the gods).

Given it was our first day of A2, it was actually a really good day! Gorgeous weather, slightly darker tan, and nice cold food.

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Enter Tescos. It’s literally a 1 minute walk away from college, so it’s the main shop for us. These water guns were reduced to £1. They sold out by 10am. A lot of people got soaked through in water fights in the JCR and generally around town.

Tesco, being the angels they are, put ice creams on offer as well, so lunch is nearly always ice creams at the moment.

In short, it’s been an amazing day (thank you friends and Tescos), and it’s going to get even better with my friend’s birthday party this weekend!

Elle ❤

student life and shoes

As any other student will know, right now is the middle of exam season. Aka, cue the insanely late nights, marathon revision sessions and stupid amounts of tea (or coffee). Thank god I’ve only got two exams left – Physics, and Mechanics. Okay, they’re not exactly the easiest, or the most enjoyable, but it’s eleven less exams than I had left 2 months ago. Phew.

On a positive note (for me, anyways), the college trip to Greece is coming up, which means new clothes, and as you’ve probably figured from the title, new shoes!

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Contrast Block Heel Sandals from Matalan (£15) [x]

I saw these beauties, and ended up trawling around three shops and a lot of web pages just to find my size! It was definitely worth it though, given that they were £15 brand new!

Also managed to get my hands on another bargain, thanks to Depop (the best thing to happen since sliced bread in my opinion) – two pairs of heeled Jujus (black and pink) for £18.50! Been looking for a nice pair of Jujus for a while, and to get two for less than the price of one pair brand new has made me beyond happy.

Super sorry that this has only been a short post, and that I haven’t been active too much lately, but I promise to try and correct that after exams and in the run-up to Greece! Time to break the revision books out again, I guess…

Elle ❤

polagram – review

I was having a lovely dream this morning. You know, the casual dreams about building the Eiffel Tower in the back garden with your friends? Yeah. One of those dreams.

It was all going so smoothly. We had the four legs constructed, and were about to move onto the main body of scaffolding when disaster struck. In real life, the post had arrived. And we had a very noisy post alarm – our little dog.

Dream over, I went downstairs to try and salvage what was left – Sooty doesn’t like the post an awful lot. Thank god, he’d targetted the leaflet, and not this lovely pink envelope addressed to me!

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Polagram is a French based printing company with an app, aptly called Polagram, which you can use to print photos directly from your phone. They offer multiple different services, including Polaroid style prints and phone cases. As you can see, I went for the Polaroid print.

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In all honesty, I was dubious at first, wondering whether the shipping would take ages, or the prints would be decent quality. I was also a little worried that they wouldn’t survive Sooty, and his hatred for anything that comes through the letter box.

Safe to say, I was impressed. For printing and shipping from France, it took four days, and it only cost just over £1. They shipped it on priority mail, which ensured I’d get it quickly, and that’s their standard shipping.

Quality wise, it could’ve been a little better, as some were blurry, but I feel like better quality might’ve diminished the Polaroid feel. Probably down to the pictures nearly all being taken with a front facing iPhone camera as well. It’s not exactly a 27 MP camera!

The cute little extras were what sold me though. The pink envelope was a nice touch, and they sent a pretty piece of paper as well with instructions for making an origami Scotty Dog. I’m stuck on step 6 out of 7. I might have given up.

All in all, I love them.

If you’re looking for Polaroid style prints without the price of a Polaroid camera and all the special printing paper, and the fear of it possibly going wrong, or if you want all you old photos to look like your newer, Polaroid pics, I’d definitely recommend Polagram.

Elle ❤

diy summer: deco masterpost

Deco masterpost time! Easily the longest masterpost so far, I’ll most definitely be making a part #2 for this. There’s just so many good deco projects out there, I couldn’t cram them all into one blog post! For now though, here is part #1 of the deco DIY masterpost:

  • Ombre Candle Votive
    Lately, I’ve developed a love for candles (mostly to roast mini marshmallows over them), so any way to make my pretty candles look even prettier is a good project in my books!
  • MDP Doily Lamp
    So I just found this tutorial, and I think I’m in love. Definitely going to try and make myself a DIY lamp globe when I re-decorate my room. I can really see it being more of a lamp egg though…
  • Framed Branch Jewellery Holder
    An adorable way to hold my excesses of jewellery that crosses natural, minimal and vintage style? Yes please! Expect to see a post about this DIY project going up pretty quickly!
  • Celestial Wire Orbs
    Combining my love of space and crafts here! This is a priority project for redecorating my new room — maybe hanging a few off bookshelves, and scattered amongst photos?
  • Lace Twinkle Lights
    Liven up your fairy lights! I was planning on having fairy lights up for my 18th, so this tutorial just means they’ll be extra cute! Not that anyone will notice…
  • Hanging Planters
    Another little project which I don’t plan on doing just yet, but want to keep ahold of for when I hit student dorm rooms at Uni.
  • Bed Canopy
    For those of you looking to add more of a fairytale, dreamy vibe to your room, this little project is perfect! I don’t think it’ll work for me just yet, so holding onto this one for when I go to Uni.
  • Kitty Planters
    Recycling, or upcycling, at it’s cutest! At first glance, I’d never have guessed the kitty planters were originally the bottoms of bottles! Just goes to show how much a little creativity can change something!
  • Studded Tree Stump Side Table
    Such a cool idea, but I think I’d leave the studs off? I don’t know, to me it looks a little tacky, but I love the idea of painting a tree stump for a side table.
  • Denim Whale
    Okay, so it’s not strictly a deco project, but it was too cute not to put on any of the lists. Ideal as a gift for someone, or to keep as your own cuddly whale friend!
  • Teacup Candles
    More candles! Aka, time for me to go charity shop hunting to find myself some cute teacups for my candles. Wish me luck!
  • Heart Wind Chime
    Oka, sure, it’s not anywhere near Valentines Day, but this windchime is just too cute to resist! Plus, who doesn’t love a little bit of love in the air?
  • Candy Jar Terranium
    This is too cute! And for those of us who don’t have the perks of a garden, or at least a big garden, it’s an adorable, manageable substitute for now.
  • Dream Catchers
    As a child, I’d always loved dream catchers. They were pretty to look at, and the idea that they kept bad dreams away was reassuring! Now, I think they’d make a beautiful, thoughtful gift to friends and family.

Still a few more posts to come in the DIY masterpost series yet! If you try any out, I’d love to see your results — I plan on sharing mine, disastrous or not. At least you can have a laugh at my expense if the dream catchers look a little less dreamy and a little more nightmarey?

Elle ❤