Sunday, September 30, 2012

Black & Nude

Heya gorgeous people!

Are you having a great weekend? ♥ 

I am, despite having to skip a little get-together with my school friends. That blows. But I'm killing some NHL players with my fiance instead. (You know, in a game, of course! I'm not that violent really. Laura, I'm sure you get me, girlie! :D) So, not a bad evening, just not the one I was expecting.

Tomorrow (or should I say today, as it is already Sunday...) we're going to watch Hunger Games, because - believe it or not - we have not seen it yet. And because it seems my schedule is full from here to eternity, I don't know when I would get to read the book, though I would love to read it first....

Oh well.

Have you seen Hunger Games - or read the book/the trilogy? What do you think about it?

I'll tell you my thoughts after seeing the movie first. ;)

Now, I don't know if you've noticed, but I changed my banner. It's a bit too big for my taste, but I promise to make a better one on my Autumn break - unless you love this one, that is. I'm also thinking of changing the background a bit, maybe to more subtle color. I'm thinking that I'd still keep pink there, but I just feel like editing the whole thing a bit.

Also what I've been thinking is the possibility of some random video posts every once in a while. Not that I'm the most enjoyable performer in any way, but it might be fun to do. Still, don't get too excited, I may be too chicken to do it after all. Just thinking through options for future posts.

Here's a simple outfit from couple of weeks ago. I can't believe the light and sun and warmth in these photos. Seriously. It seems like it's been raining non-stop for few days now, and it's so cold, too... I really wouldn't pose in a tee anymore out there. :D Anywho....

Outfit of the day

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The funny feeling when you just can't be serious and concentrate on taking a good picture...
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Jeans: Gina Tricot
Top: Cubus
Wedges: SpiritStore
Snake print bangle: Cubus
Necklaces: H&M/Gina Tricot
Wings ring: Nelly.com
Landscape ring: JC
Earrings: gift from a friend

So once again, this was a school outfit a while back - I liked it a lot, the high-waisted jeans, the slouchy top, all the bling... Quite nice. And I seem to be rocking heels or wedges more than before. Odd, yet nice. :D That snake print bangle was such an amazing find over the Summer, it was on sale even though it didn't say so on the price tag - which was a lovely little surprise for me, as I would've bought it anyways. I could definitely see this outfit transformed into more A/W style, like with a little fur or chunky knit... We'll see.

But what do you think about this outfit? Are there Summer outfits you would be transforming towards the A/W season? Let me know! ♥

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Sorry, I just had to add a final close-up of the landscape ring set. Isn't it just so cool?
Now, I need to still figure out a little computer problem before going to bed - despite the time being way too much already... Oh well.

Have a lovely rest of the weekend! ♥

Blog ya later,

xoxo

Johanna











Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Ciate, What Will You Come Up With Next?

Hey gorgeous people,

What's up? ♥
I wasn't really going to post today (mind you, I'm in class when writing this, lol.), but yesterday I saw something I had to post for you - although you can still read the previous post if you want to read about something else than nails. Of course, the ones who saw the preview picture might think: "What's so new about the caviar manicure, that's old news!"

Well, technically, there isn't anything new about it. Of course, where I live (in Finland), the caviar set from Ciate (and no, I'm not getting a dime for mentioning it) has only now hit the online stores. So, like me, all the beauty bloggers are buzzing a bit about that. 
However, as I love browsing the Internet for new nail art ideas, this is kind of a used idea for me. (Though, I'm curious to try it, because I haven't yet!)

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I mean, look at this! Wouldn't it make a great effect for Halloween manicure?
 I love those little blue beads there!

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And of course this colorful one that looks like candy is awesome, too. :) (Seriously, I need to try this. I wonder if I have microbeads at home?)

But more interesting than this is the velvet manicure. Okay, to be fair, I'm not sure I would try this, but I've seen many fun variations of this all over the Internet.

However, I found out that also Ciate has this kit for doing velvet manicure. I tried to find pictures, but Ciate's own ones were kinda bad. Hence, I borrowed these from other websites.

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Isn't it cute in this light shade? I really like the way it looks, that would be perfect for Winter with comfy knits! ♥

Source: www.graziadaily.co.uk
Also this burgundy shade is great for a funky Autumn/Winter manicure. The more I look at these pictures, the more I'm actually changing my mind about trying these. (Though I will probably do them in more affortable way - and will provide a tutorial for sure!)

But the one I was actually coming to tell you about is something I spotted on IG last night (some lucky lady got a set in advance):

Ciate Sequin Manicure Set ♥

If you know me, you know I love bling and glitter, and to me, this looks super cool! This set is supposed to launch next month (October), so it's just in time for the whole holiday/Winter party season. I don't know how different it will be to a regular glitter manicure, but I'm excited to see swatches of these sets!

I managed to find two pictures for you of the packages, and I really love the idea of having sequined shoes on the cover of these.

Source: www.dailymail.co.uk

Source: www.becomegorgeous.com

So, they're supposed to be super shiny and fabulous - totally appropriate for all the parties one could have this Winter season. (If you want to read more about the sequin manicure, go to BecomeGorgeous website for more information.)

What do you think about Ciate's sets? Which one is your favorite? Have you tried any of these, or if you haven't, would you?

Share your thoughts in the comment box below! ♥

Blog ya later,

xoxo

Johanna

And mom, if you're reading this, don't worry, it was just a useless class I spent for writing this. No one else did anything useful, either. :D

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Ruffled DIY skirt

Hi sweeties!

How has your week started? ♥ 

Sorry for the unnecessary silence that lasted longer than I thought it would - I had a lot of things on my plate, and this is the only one I can put on hold when everything gets crazy. But of course, you have your more or less hectic lives yourselves, I'm sure you get it.

This week, I have/had once again a few deadlines, work, and I'm stressed out as hell because of everything. And on top of that, our building is going through some major plumbing renovation as we speak, so at times, we don't even get water here. *sigh* Oh, well, at least we do have a place to live in, we get to study what we want, and we can get clean water from store if needed. 

So  life's great, no matter how much I complain. :D Okay, enough of that.

How are you all? What are your plans for the week?

I think I have the biggest things already behind me this week, so rest of the week should be quite fun and easy - so long as I get through a couple of writing assignments. 

Now, as for today's outfit - this was something I wore in the first week of school, when it was still warm and sunny. (As you can guess, it's kinda Autumnish now - meaning: rainy, grey, cold, depressing. And no, I don't hate Autumn, I just wish I lived somewhere warmer.)

Outfit of the day

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Skirt: DIY
Top: H&M
Boots: KooKenkä
Necklace: gift from a friend
Earrings: Mom's old
Pearl bracelets: Mom's & Seppälä
Bag: Mango

I was pretty happy about this look, that skirt is my pride and joy at the moment - it's one of the coolest pieces I've sewn so far. (In my opinion, you're free to feel otherwise, of course.) I tried to create another girly and classy look, but it's up to you whether I succeeded.

So, that being said, what do you think?

Manicure challenge

#18 Half-moon nails

Yet another nail trend I hadn't ever tried. I wanted to do a very simple one with black and nude polish. And I tried to make them matte, but to be honest, I'm not feeling them. I mean, they looked all nice live, but they pictured awfully. :P

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Yep. That's what I have nailwise for you this time. Sorry that it's not my best performance. :D Maybe this will deserve one recreation, though, when I have more time and patience :D

Anyway, that's all I have for today, do read the previous posts if you still haven't, and leave me your thoughts! 

Or you can also....

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...go see my latest DIY post. ♥

Have a lovely week, everyone! 

Blog ya later,

xoxo

Johanna

Friday, September 21, 2012

Ready, Set, Shop!

Hi everyone,

Like you know I don't normally post twice per day - trust me, it's for your sake, no one has the time to read if a blogger posts too often - but this was something I just had to come and share with you.

I was contacted by the lovely people from Oasap, and I had the chance to create my own special card/coupon code - which is kinda linked to my blog. Now, by entering a code handmade at the checkout, you'll get 21% off from your purchase!

I've made two purchases from Oasap, a skirt, and a dress. Both have been amazing, and I'm planning to place more purchases later, once I have saved some money for that. ;)


There's also other great items, and I listed here few that caught my eye while browsing through the site. (Clicking the photos takes you to the site you can purchase the items from.)

Animal Print Long Sleeve Knitted Dress $70.00Beads Embellished Exposed Shoulder Jumper $70.00
Beads Embellished Peter Pan Collar Lace Dress $67.00Punk Style Rivets Embellished Faux Leather Jacket $115.00
Tassels Embellished Ankle Boots $93.00Bowknot Embellished Embroidered Mesh Vamp Peep Toe High Heels $58.00
Rivets Embellished Standing Collar Leather Look Coat $111.00Asymmetric Zip Suit Coat $100.00

Okay, enough advertising. I don't get money even if you go and buy something through these links. However if you use the coupon code, it helps me to get a little discount as well. But I promise to share with you everything I can. ;)

I warmly recommend shopping in Oasap, my items have arrived in superb condition, and always faster than I've thought, so I can say I've been more than happy with them. ♥

Have a lovely Friday you all! ♥

xoxo

Johanna

Back to School & Some Shopping

Hey glamorous people!

How are you all doing today? ♥

I for one am excited about this weekend, which I'm once again spending with the guys (and PS3, ice hockey and F1. Yay!). I hope they'll let me take some pictures, I would love to show the world the best company a girl could have - if you don't count the closest girlfriends, that is.

Yesterday, I was supposed to have an exam, but being sick made it impossible to prepare properly for it - let alone to go to school at all - so I'm trying to get my teacher let me do it next week. I'm going to be super busy even without the guys being around this weekend, due to the darn other projects I have for school... Frustrating. But hey, at least I don't have to figure out what to do with my freetime, as school decides it for me. That's so fun. *insert some major eye rolling*

Anyways, as mentioned in the previous post, my blog is officially transitioned into the Autumn. Therefore, there'll be lots of my school style, and like some of you have requested, there will be a bit more of my daily life next to the style pictures and all.

Though I must warn you, it might not be all that exciting. I'm just a student with a part-time job and no mentionable freetime. But I can always sneak in little bits and pieces of my life here to make this blog a bit more me.

Remember how I mentioned in the previous post I'd make a little shoplog for you? I snapped photos of few of my favorite items, didn't see the point of picturing absolutely everything, just because I've bought many basics, like new mascara and so on, which might not be that exciting.

Anyway, here goes...

Some Autumn shopping

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Knit and leather gloves - Mango

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A high-waisted miniskirt with suspenders - Seppälä

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4 bottles from China Glace On Safari collection - Amazon.com

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Booties with white faux fur trimming - Nelly.com

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Jeffrey Campbell look-a-likes - Boohoo.com

So, what do you think about my purchases?


Now, when the school started a couple of weeks ago, it was still very warm - a perfect weather miniskirts! I don't believe in "jeans only" policy before the temperatures get below 5 degrees (Celsius, that is), so you'll probably see a bunch of short skirts and other not-so-warm ensembles in the next few weeks. And to start off, here's the first of my school outfits for this new school year:

Outfit of the day

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My serious modeling face. Not quite ANTM stuff, huh?

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High-waist skirt: thrifted
Striped tee: H&M
Black boots: KooKenkä
Pink blazer: H&M
Layered necklace: Gina Tricot
Bracelet: Pieces/Only
Bird ring: SpiritStore

For me, this was the perfect outfit to start this school year. I was kind of mixing businesswoman and schoolgirl, maybe trying to get that Gossip Girl vibe there as well. I loved this outfit, and I'm already thinking how to wear this when the weather gets colder. That pink blazer was such an amazing find, I will try an wear it with many, many outfits. ;) (Thanks Anna for making me realize what a must-have these bold blazers are!)

What are your thoughts about this outfit? Is it nice for school? ♥


I noticed that in the previous post, I didn't have any nail photos... That was weird, huh? But not to worry, here's a manicure to continue my 31-day manicure challenge. As the blog comes a bit behind of what I do in real life, I can say that I'm kind of sad that the challenge is nearly over. I'm already on the challenge 29, and there's only two more to go. (Can't wait to post the rest of the challenge manicures, there are amazing ones to come, if you don't mind me saying so myself!)

31-day manicure challenge

#17 Glitter nails

This was absolutely one of my favorite "themes" of the challenge, at least when I was checking out the list before starting the challenge. The ones who really know me know that I can't resist a nice glitter, so this challenge was totally me.

I could've done this in million different ways, but I just decided to go overboard with the glitter, and this is what it looked like:

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What do you think about this glitter mani? ♥


I'm heading now to enjoy my weekend (armed with the camera and phone) and I hope I can get few fun pictures to show you later! I'll be back Sunday with some DIY fun and another outfit post. Stay tuned with my Instagram account (@silvertigo) for some live action. :)

Have a fabulous weekend, everyone! ♥

Blog ya later,

xoxo

Johanna