Friday, June 29, 2012

Greyscale Minnie Mouse

Hi lovelies,

How are you all? ♥ Waiting for the weekend already?

I am. We're heading to Helsinki once again, and we're going to see friends of ours, shop a little, and visit an amusement park. I couldn't be more excited!

I was supposed to post yesterday already, but I was just a bit too tired to do that with thought, so... But I have to say, Wednesday was kind of the loveliest day in a while. My fiance decided he just had to buy me a lunch in a sort-of-a-French restaurant, with a dessert and all, and he still has the nerve to tell me he doesn't have the money to treat me like a princess. Personally, I think he spoils me.

Luckily I have my cooking skills to make it up to him every once in a while, though. (Which reminds me, if you haven't already, check out the latest food post, Chicken Enchiladas!)

Like on his birthday a couple of weeks ago, when I baked him a Super Mario themed cake. If you haven't seen it already on Instagram, here's your chance:

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I was aiming to cute cake, decorated with Invincibility stars and with a colorful inside. I have never ever baked anything this close to rainbow before, but I gotta say, this whole colorful baking is really therapeutic and fun. ;) (I also made a Hello Kitty cake after this one, and I'll be posting the recipe on July.)

And as we are talking about his birthday bash, some might remember me mentioning we had a few friends over to drink and play some video games. As I'm not a girl to spend a party in a pair of lounge pants or in something equally anti-girly, I opted for a dress. I was wearing the same outfit for work, and one of my lovely colleagues said I reminded her of a Minnie Mouse - and hence, the title.

Outfit of the day

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Tunic dress: thrifted
Belt: SpiritStore
Headband: Seppälä
Hello Kitty necklace: gift from the sweet Laura (I'm hunting a perfect gift for you this weekend ;))
Ballet flats: Skopunkten

That dress is something I bought from a thrift store back in high school, just because I loved the color and the cut of it. Since then, I've worn it so many times I can't even tell you, but now it seems that I can't find that many different ways to wear it. But with enough bows, it seems, everything looks adorable. 

What are your thoughts about this look?

Oh, and another thing. If my hair looks, well, more than usual, it's because of this amazing set of clip-on extensions I bought as a birthday present for myself. Now, the question is: Would you like to hear some more about hair extensions? I could write up a post about my set, attaching and taking care of them, and how to use them in hairdos. But that's up to you, if it's something you'd wanna read about, I'll do it. :)

Also, I will do an apartment post once I get our balcony ready. As you can see from the shots above, the balcony is a bit "urban" - meaning it looks a bit too harsh for our taste, but we're working on that as we speak. ;) I can't wait to show you some details around our home!

And, if you haven't already, please check out my previous post, it's all about nails! ♥

But now, I really need to catch up on some blog reading. ♥

Blog ya later!

xoxo

Johanna

P.S. There's already 190 of you (+10 from the food, book and DIY sites), yay! I love my readers! Thanks for your support ♥

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Basics On Creating Your Own Personal Style (part 8)

Hey lovelies,

Remember these posts?

I don't blame you if you don't. ;) It's been a long time since the previous one, but now I finally found the time and inspiration to write a new one - this time, about nails.

I know many of you love my manicures a lot, so I thought I could give a little inside of what goes on with my nail routines and stuff. I'm going to show here some of my favorite manicures from the past year, introduce my nail polish/nail art collection a bit, and talk generally about nails. So if you love nail art - and related stuff - just sit back enjoy the ride! ;)

Basic Nail Care


Like with any part of your body, you can affect on your nails' health a lot through your diet. To grow strong and healthy, nails need enough calcium and vitamins. If your eating is in balance, chances are you get everything you need from your normal food. But if your nails tend to chip, break or generally be in bad shape, find out if there's anything in your diet you could change in order to make your nails more healthy. For example, you can try adding more milk products to your diet. (Or calcium in some other form, if you're allergic.)

Letting your nails "breath" between manicures is also an important thing, though I can admit myself I often can't handle my nails without any nail polish... So I do skip that routine. I try to have a day every week, when I go without, but usually it doesn't work too well. But what I instead do, is that I make sure my nails get moisturized. It might sound funny to you, but the fact is that nails need some oils to stay healthy and strong. So dipping your nails in olive oil every now and then - or using a hand lotion - is very important for the health of your nails.

Most of us need to shorten our nails every now and then, right? There's work, crafting, well, even typing, and other things in life that may stop us from having very long nails. Others prefer their nails shorter because they look better that way. But the thing is, you should try and be gentle when shortening your nails. For example, I never cut my finger nails, but instead, I use a file. When filing your nails, it's recommended that you file your nails from both sides to middle - at least that's what I've heard - but I don't know if that plays a significant role.

Every once in a while, you can also buffer your nails, which may increase the natural shine of the nails, and smooth out the surface of the nail a bit.

Preparing your nails for a manicure


When starting a manicure, you should first remove everything that's left of your previous manicure. Use the most gentle nail polish remover you can find, and always remember to rinse your nails after, as the nail polish remover tends to dry out the natural oils of the nail, making it fragile. If you have the time, this is the perfect time to pamper the nails with a 5 min olive oil bath - and once again, remember to rinse it away. Olive oil softens your cuticles, so if there's any need to push them back gently, do it right after the olive oil bath.

File your nails into the desired shape and length, pick your colors, and start off the manicure.

Long-lasting manicures


If you want a manicure that lasts up to a week, you need to put a little effort to it. First off, never underestimate the power of a proper base coat. Buy one that feels right for you, and always add it under the manicure. It helps the manicure last longer, and it protects the nails from getting yellow because of the nail polishes.

I would love to say it doesn't matter what nail polish to use to get the salon results - but the truth is that the price tells a little bit about the quality of the product. I've bought both super affordable and quite expensive ones, and the cheapest ones I've tried haven't really been worth buying... But one of my favorite brands is Mavala, a Swiss brand that makes affordable little bottles in fabulous colors. And when I say affordable, I mean 5 euros per bottle. And that's not much. Another great brand is IsaDora, a Swedish company that makes all kinds of makeup products - including nail polishes. Their nail polishes have somewhat perfect brushes, they're quite wide so it's easier to have an even coat with one or two strokes.

Then there are the classics like OPI, Essie, China Glaze... I think there's so much stuff about them in other blogs, that I don't have to talk a lot about them. (Also, they're bit over my budget, so I don't have enough experience to really tell you how I like them.)

So after your base coat, add 1-3 coats of the nail polish you've chosen, and let each coat dry properly before applying the next one. (This prevents bubbles!) Try to do your manicure away from fans, air conditioning and wind, as they may create bubbles to your nail polish coats.

Decorate the nails the way you want, and remember to apply a top coat. Top coat protects your nail design, makes your nails either shine, shimmer or stay matte - depending on you top coat, of course. Personally, I just tried out this "Good To Go" top coat from Essie, and I must say it's one of the most magnificent top coats I've ever tried out. It dries out in seconds, it's smooth to apply, and it makes the nails shine beautifully.

My nail polishes


The ones who have been reading my blog since the start, might have an idea of my nail polish collection, but as I have never really shown them all, I thought now would be a great time for that. So here are the nail polishes I have in my boxes. ;)

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All my basic IsaDora polishes. I don't like to play favorites, but these certainly are my go-to nail polishes. I just love the quality and the wide brush - not to mention the fabulous colors!

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I know many of you think graffiti nails are quite faux pas already, but I'm still kinda fond of them. Hence, I have these five for creating the effect.

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After IsaDora, my certain go-to product is Mavala. As the picture shows, I have quite many of them already, and I keep finding wonderful shades in their range all the time.

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Make Up Store, Gosh, and OPI. Great brands, especially OPI and Make Up Store, but unfortunately a bit expensive for an addict like me... :D That's why there's so little of them. So far.

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Cheap brands. Cute colors and polishes that look great, but won't dry in any amount of time. (I'll be trying them later with the new Essie top coat, and I hope there'll be a breakthrough with these.)

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H&M and Depend. Both very affordable, but yet quite nicely working products. With base and top coats, these last as well as IsaDora or Mavala.

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Random collection of different nail polishes, all of which work just perfectly. I admit I've grown kinda tired to the gold polish there, but I think I'll just update it with some glitter and it'll be perfect again. ;)

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Special nail polishes. Some essentials that I felt deserve their own picture. 

Now that I've shown my nail polishes, I can actually update you in regular posts if and when I find ones I totally love.

Now, what are your go-to brands when it comes to nail polishes?

Nail art

There are endless ways to create nail art at home, you can paint with polishes, use nail art pens, dotting tools, to water marbling, add anything from little chains to feathers... Nowadays, it's totally up to you and your imagination. I prefer stamping, as it is easy, quite fast, and the outcome very neat. Most of you probably know I live quite a hectic life at times, so I can't really use hours for creating nail art, so when I heard about Konad, I had to try it out.

And now we're inseparable.

My stamping kit looks like this at the moment:

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There's a lot of patterns and images to choose from, but I'm already looking for new plates.... Oops. (But seriously, there are these cool XL plates from different companies that I've been eyeing for some time now... Maybe later this year...;)) This kit was a Christmas present from my fiance, and I totally love him for supporting my silly little hobby like that. I have the best man ever, really.

I've also bought a lot of glitter, rhinestones and such things to add to manicures, but because they aren't quite practical, I don't use them often. I try to do a couple of more creative ones for this Summer, though.

What do you use to create your own nail art?

Get inspired

This shouldn't come as a surprise for you, but as you google "nails", "manicure" or "nail art", you get loads of pictures of fabulous (and crazy, even) manicures around the world. I might handle the simple nail art, but I really wanted to share some more complicated and totally inspired designs with you. I don't own the following pictures, and even though only some of them have watermarks, I assure you they're all someone else's property. (And sorry for not having their links here, it was so much easier without them.)

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Which one's your favorite?

An unseen (yet my favorite) manicure for this Summer

Yes, I had also a little surprise of my own in store for this post. I was wearing this mani while having a lot of days without proper time for an outfit photo shoot, so I just photographed my nails. I thought I'd just put this on some random outfit post, but I think this is a better place for it. ;)

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What do you think about this animal print mani?

I challenge all my readers:


31-day nail art challenge. Do one, do them all, and please send the link to the picture(s) to me. I would love to get inspired by all you fabulous people ♥ 

I'll start this challenge myself as soon as I get off my current manicure, though I won't be doing these exactly every day (not good for the nails, you know). I'll be posting them here in the blog, but also to the Instagram (you can find me under the name @silvertigo - the same as my Twitter).

I hope you've enjoyed this nail post, and please leave your thoughts and nail art links, tips etc. in the comment section below!

Next time I'll be back with an outfit post, so stay tuned for that. ;)

Have a fabulous week, everyone! ♥

xoxo

Johanna

Friday, June 22, 2012

Giveaway Winners ♥

Hi lovelies,

I'm sorry this putting up this post took longer than expected. We're now spending Midsummer (in Finnish, Juhannus) at our friend's cabin in the middle of nowhere basically, and we arrived here around 3am last night. So it's been a bit busy, or something, but thank God I got the time now to post this....

So, how are you all today? Having a lovely Summer day? (Or Winter day, if you live on that side of the globe.)

I know, I should now just get to the point, right? :D

So, I just used Random.org to pick up winners for both my Birthday Giveaway prizes, and the lucky winners are....

For the first set, "Chic Gold", the winner is: Sensaatio!


And for set number two, "Fashionably Colorful", the lucky winner is: Jasmine1485!


Congratulations to you both, I'll be contacting you via email right away to get your addresses and all. ♥


Stay tuned for more giveaways later this year, and moreover, I'll be posting the nail care post as soon as I can (I hope the peeps here will let me write that much, hehe... ;D)

Have a lovely weekend, everyone! ♥

xoxo

Johanna

Thursday, June 21, 2012

How to wear high waisted shorts (sponsored post)

Hi lovelies, today's post contains hints on how to style your pair of high waisted shorts. I liked the styling ideas presented here, so I thought I'd share it with you. As mentioned, this post is sponsored, and I agree with the points presented here. The winners of the Birthday Giveaway will be announced after I've had a good night's sleep, and I'll be back with normal posting after a day or two...


How to wear high waisted shorts


Summer is already underway, and this time round, high waisted shorts have found themselves at the forefront of street style. But there’s more to a pair of shorts than just letting your legs see a little sun. They’re super versatile, and by teaming them with a few basic items, you can create a multitude of wonderful looks.

Try them with plimsolls

If you’re feeling a little ‘on show’ in your shorts, you can always dress them down with a pair of ballet shoes and a shirt dress for that trendy boho-chic look.

Try them with wedges

If you’re looking for something a little slicker, you could try them with some wedges and a vest top. Let your hair down for this one too. Going full Valley Girl by teaming high waisted shorts with a pair of high, chunky wedges is sure to turn a few heads.  This look is simple, sexy and ultra-glamorous – a perfect way to dress for a night out, without feeling overdone. Shoes with a high heel often make your legs appear longer too, so go for it.

Try them with flip-flops

For that ultimate, unfailing summer look, wear your shorts with a pair of flip-flops. As with all types of shorts, it’s often up to the footwear to dictate the style and the setting you’re going for. As long as the sun’s out, flip-flops and shorts will always look great – whether you’re shopping in town, basking on the beach or jumping about at a music festival.

Remember, you don’t have to go bare!

Yes, they’re shorts and they are designed to show off your legs. But if you don’t want to go bare, you don’t have to. If you feel a little exposed with your legs out, try teaming your shorts with a pair of black tights. If you’re worried about your figure, tights will also help to pull everything in a little. And as ever, you can always build yourself up to bare legs by gradually decreasing the denier of your tights.

Tuck them over

There’s a whole host of other clothes you can wear high waisted shorts with. Just remember the golden rule – keep it simple. Classic colours work best and never risk going out of fashion. Show off your new shorts, as well as your figure, by tucking them over a flowing white silk shirt, a vest top or even a bathing suit. 


I hope you enjoyed the post, to keep in touch outside this blog you can contact me through Twitter or Instagram (I'm addicted to my cell phone that much, hehe...) and you can find me under the name silvertigo on both. I'll be happy meeting you all there! ♥

xoxo

Johanna

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Coral Lace & Black Leather

Hey lovelies,

How was your weekend? ♥

I have been spending some time with a close friend, had a Skype call with mom and dad, and now I'm reading through a huge pile of blog posts you all have been posting this weekend (there's a lot of work there, do you all have to be so fabulous and talented? ;)). It's actually raining now here in Finland, and I'm anxious to find a 10 minute gap it wouldn't rain, so I could go outside take some photos...

Maybe I'll get lucky, though. :D

The upcoming week will be kinda busy, my boss told me I'm needed at work even more than usual, so I think I'll write another post right after this one just so I can provide new material for you all despite the rush here. :D

Now, there's two things I wanna say before we go through the outfit.

Firstly, remember to check out & enter my Birthday Giveaway!


Secondly, I've been thinking about making a post about our apartment. Would you guys like to see that?


Okay, so now I think it's time to show you another outfit I really loved to wear. I paired neon coral and black, wore a fab little accessories and topped it off with my favorite leather jacket. I hope you enjoy the look too!

Outfit of the day

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Tunic: Gina Tricot
Leggings: VILA
Cropped leather jacket: VILA
Belt: mom's old
Ballet flats: Skopunkten
Earrings: H&M
Neon chain bracelets: Seppälä
Friendship bracelets: DIY
Metallic bracelet: H&M
Necklaces: H&M


This was one of my favorite Summer looks this far, though it's still such early to say that... :D But there's pink, lace, some leather and an arm full of bling.... That's just so my thing. I think I need to figure out how to wear this a bit differently, so it doesn't get old. ;)

What are your thoughts about this look?

This time, I have a cute pink manicure to go together with this look. I wanted to use stars as I have been making a lot of animal prints lately, and this is what I came up with this time:

Manicure of the day

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It's supposed to have a little ombre effect there, but it doesn't really show in the photos... :D It's more like a rough version of a French manicure with some stars on it. I've been thinking I should try out a more "bling" manicure for a midsummer party we're having with friends the next weekend... Do you think I should create something like that?

I really hope you'll all have a lovely week, the next post will be all about nails (nail care, nail art, etc...), and I hope you'll enjoy that when I get it posted. ♥

Now I think it stopped raining, finally, so I try and convince the love of my life to go out with me and take some pictures... 

Blog ya later!

xoxo

Johanna