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My Style: Winter Wedding Florals

My-style-winter-florals-1This weekend I went to the wedding of our good friends Tim and Katie in Bristol, not only was it so much fun catching up with friends who looked so much in love, it got me even more excited about my big day coming up in November.

As we were staying at the venue, the stunning Berwick Lodge, I could wear something that didn’t need a coat and that wasn’t too warm as I didn’t need to go far in the awful stormy weather. I always find weddings in general hard to buy for, as you want to be comfortable, smart, but your outfit can’t really be too over powering, which is why this gorgeous floral fit-and-flare dress from Karen Millen is perfect. I love the intricate detail around the neckline, as well as the sheer cap sleeves and the pleated skirt is so flattering.

I was torn between this and another dress, but after seeing Diane Kruger rocking Erdem winter florals I just had to give the look a go, OK granted it isn’t the same print, or even the same colour, but the trend is still the same and I love how the yellows and pinks really stand out on this dress.

With an all-over print I played down my accessories opting for a black clutch and my black Asos shoes, which I call my disco shoes as not only can I dance in them all night long but the heel sparkles like a disco ball. I just added a touch of colour to my bracelets and my nails to complement my dress.

Have you tried the winter floral look? 


My Style: Dress, Karen Millen // Clutch, Topshop // Shoes, Asos // Jewellery, Monica Vinader, Dower & Hall, & Vintage // Watch, Fossil // Glasses, Karen Millen (c/o) // Nail Varnish, OPI //

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Beauty: The WAH Nails Experience

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As you may have gathered if you follow me on Twitter is that my Mum was down for the weekend, hence the lack of blog posts, and we generally did lots of fun, touristy things in London like going to art galleries, enjoying afternoon tea, a spot of shopping, you know Mother/daughter fun, and I also took my Mum to get her first real nail art. We tried it up North, but a flick and a diamante crystal doesn’t quite count, I wanted her to have a full-on crazy experience so I took her to WAH Nails in Topshop.

Granted I think going from a flick to full-on craziness at WAH Nails might have been a little too much, watching my Mum’s face as she looked at the giant menu of options which included having nails decorated with bananas, ‘pows’, skulls, and happy faces, was hilarious – she was a little overwhelmed to say the least.


But the beauty of nail art and especially somewhere like WAH Nails is that they basically let you have what you want, whether that is just one statement nail, a couple of different designs mixed together, or full-on magic – you choose your colours and the design.

I was toying with the idea of getting the pop art ‘pow’ design on every nail, or the fade away leopard print something bold and a little OTT, but I decided to go for something more subtle, more me, which meant pink, bright pink, and a statement print, and in WAH Nails standards might seem a little boring – but I just love that it was still fun, bright, but not straight off the menu!!!


Choosing my varnish was hard, they literally have a wall full, and lines and lines of pink shades, but I finally opted for OPIs ‘Feeling Hot, Hot, Hot’ a gorgeous neon pink that would work perfectly with black ‘Poison Ivy’ nail art. I could have had the design on all my nails, and I saw some that had and it looked amazing, but I just wanted my thumbs and a vine of poison ivy on my ring fingers and I think it came out beautifully.

wahnails-leaf wahnails-me-4wahnails-mum-ssMy Mum was a little terrified by the concept of a print, smiley faces, peace signs and basically everything on the menu, well that was until I suggest branding her nails with her initials. We both like things to be symmetrical and well with her initials being SS it was kind of perfect to have them drawn on her thumbs and I think the deal was sealed when she found a deep purple shade for the base, which in some lights looks black. I just love how the ‘SS’ design really stands out against the bold colour.

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What do you think of our tame WAH Nails? Would you have been more daring?


My Nails: A Fun, Colourful, And Random Manicure

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I must have over a hundred different coloured nail varnishes and I love getting my nails done and I am very lucky that most press days have amazing nail artists on hand to make my nails look pretty.

Last week I was invited to a breakfast preview of Olivia Rubin‘s spring/summer 2013 collection, more coming on that next week, and I course couldn’t resist getting my nails beautified by the very talented Mercedez aka Miss Merx Mani’s who you might remember did my amazing ball of wool nails early in the year.

Nails_olivia_rubin_dressInspired by Olivia Rubin’s ‘Fence’ Gate Dress, Mercedes painted my nails with similar shades starting with OPI’s ‘Do You Lilac It?’ as the base coat and then she drew on random shapes – from stripes to wavy lines, French tips, dots and splodges in OPI’s ‘Red My Fortune Cookie’.

I wouldn’t have thought about putting purple and red together but this combination really works and stands out and over the past week I have had some lovely comments about my nails. I love that each nail has a different pattern, Mercedes said it reminded her of sailing signal flags and I quite agree.

What I love about this manicure other than its randomness, is that each design isn’t difficult to achieve at home, granted a steady hand is needed but with a nail art pen I am definitely going to try this myself.

What do you think of my random manicure?


Beauty: OPI + Dancers + A Manicured Horse = Video Perfection

This week I went to a special preview of the new collections coming to OPI next year, trust me you are going to want every shade, but the highlight of the presentation had to be the screening of their first-ever short film, Instinct of Colour.

Regulars readers to Fashionista Barbie will know I love a good fashion film, well beauty brands seem to be showing fashion brands how it Is done lately, first we had dancing Chanel-clad fingers and now thanks to OPI we have a dance off between a manicured horse and four talented dancers.

Created by the award-winning film director Han Emanuel, the short film features four colourful OPI shades, ‘Pink-ing of You’, ‘Red My Fortune Cookie’, ‘Need Sunglasses?’ and ‘No Room for the Blues’, which are represented by a different style of dance – tap, ballet, modern and street, and each dances off against the real star of the film, Lady in Black, a dancing thoroughbred horse. It is truly mesmerizing to watch.

As well as loving the creative concept, seriously wow, I love the blues-electronic tune, ‘Down the Road’ by French DJs C2C, I need that on my iPod.

I wonder how OPI are going to top this – a dancing manicured horse was a great first film!