I think that I have to be one of the most festive people that I know. I watch Christmas films on repeat (the cheesier the better!), by mid November the Christmas songs are playing loud and proud, and as soon as December hits, the Christmas jumpers come out! My house gets turned into a mini winter wonderland, and make everything as festive as I can. Yes, I was that loser at school who had red and green bands on their braces… it seemed like a good idea at the time! I love getting the sparkles out, and adding that festive touch to everything that I possibly can, especially my nails! If there’s glitter involved than I’m normally a massive fan. In my opinion, everything’s better when it sparkles, and Christmas gives me the perfect opportunity to do just that.
It’s official, Christmas is on its way! It may only be December 1st, but I’m all ready to deck the halls and get into the party spirit. I love everything about this time of year; not only because it’s my birthday tomorrow (I can’t believe it!), but my favourite months finally arrived and the run up to Christmas has started. I love the festive feeling in the air, the excuse to go shopping and not feel guilty about it (well only a little), the flavours and the all the colours. The jolly greens, and merry reds and who could ever forget that extra Christmas sparkle?
As a way to celebrate my favourite time of year, I decided to treat myself to a brand-new manicure. Think of it as a little birthday treat. Especially as this design is party ready and can be worn for any occasion. I wanted to focus on my favourite Christmas colour, and painted my nails the merriest metallic red that I could find. Hey, I might as well go all out. And what’s December without a touch of glitter?
I have a definite love hate relationship with autumn. I love the colours, the warming comfort food, the bright crisp mornings and the excuse to cuddle up in big jumpers. Of course there’s also the scenery, nature is always just so pretty at this time of year. Everything seems so fresh and new, and that’s one part that I really love. But, I am not a fan of the cold… I absolutely hate feeling cold. I may love my jumpers, but I think that I might just love shorts and the warm sun a little bit more! I also dislike the feeling of wearing so many layers you can hardly move, and feeling like I only see darkness. But, I’m on the way to Christmas, so how can I complain?
One of my favourite things about the change in seasons has to be the change in colours. The bright, colourful pastels are gone, and are instead replaced with warming, dark tones. Browns, oranges and nudes, and of course there’s always touch of sparkle involved!
So, I did something kind of dumb. I had this amazing idea for a new nail post. I’d thought about it, deigned it, picked the colours and everything. In my head, it was all done. Super simple, chic, and undoubtedly pretty. I wrote the post before I’d even attempted it, that’s just how confident I was. So, all I needed to do was paint the nails. And there was my big boo boo. I’d done this whole thing, with nothing but a brief idea in my head. So, I’m pretty sure you can guess what happened next.
A French Manicure is a classic look which everybody loves. It’s smart, casual, shows off your nails and is effortlessly timeless. It’s one of them things that will forever be in fashion. Because this is such an iconic look, I thought it was about time I dedicated a post to it. An ode to a classic and a simple how-to guide.
But then I started thinking. This has been a look which has been recreated countless times. Instead of just remaking a look, why not put my own twist on it and make it my own? So, that’s exactly what I did!
You think it would be simple. French Manicures are pretty basic, so surely adapting it won’t be too difficult, right? Wrong! Who knew there were so many different variations to a French Manicure. From different shapes added to the nails, ‘double manicures’, to adding some colour. I was so lost, and it took me a while to decide just what to do.