Thursday, January 31, 2013

How To: Leather Skirt On Winter

Hey lovelies!

How are you? ♥

While you're reading this, we're moving - lifting too many boxes, trying to not make a mess, cleaning up afterwards, driving the same route about 72 times in just few hours... The usual. This morning I have taken care of our Internet connection in the new apartment, so there shouldn't be much delay for the future posts. Yay!

I'll be posting about the new place as soon as I can, and you will probably get to see the not done version before we get everything in place so I can make a real post about our new home. But more on that later.

Today I wanted to share my take on wearing a short leather skirt in Winter. Now, of course it means that the temperature can't be too low, otherwise you just end up catching a cold.

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For outside, add a comfy coat, and a scarf of your choice. But the outfit itself is as follows:

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Combining both girly and comfy, which sometimes feels like a challenge.

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The knit has this fun high-low hem, so I thought it would be nice to show you the backside of it, too :)

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Add in the proper accessories, and you're done!

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Skirt: H&M Coat: Only Knit: Gina Tricot Boots: SpiritStore Tights: H&M Belt: Seppälä Infinity scarf: Gina Tricot Necklace: H&M Rose ring: SpiritStore

I really enjoyed wearing this outfit, this would've deserved prettier hair but ignore that. :D I didn't plan the matching coat and skirt, but funnily enough they were exactly the same color. I'm still on the fence whether that was good or bad. The manicure you can see a bit will be up in future posts.

So, what do you think about this outfit? Do you wear skirts on winter, and how do you style them? ♥

I hope that in the next post I would get to show you our new place (the not so done version of it) but no promises as I don't know how busy we will be. If you wanna be up to date with everything, I encourage you to take a look on my Instagram page (find me there with the name @silvertigo). I'll try to keep up with blogging as much as I can, but can't really tell when I get to post next time. Hopefully soon, though.

I hope you're all having a fantastic week! ♥

Blog ya later,

xoxo

Johanna

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Ciaté Nail Art

Heya lovelies!

How are you today? ♥

I'm having an extremely busy day once again, which is why I had written this one beforehand for you to read. I can't believe that in couple of days we will be already living in our new apartment! To make everything easier, I'm cutting classes this week so I can use the time for packing. And no, I don't recommend cutting classes for you, my younger readers, and I assure you, I'll be keeping up with the study material after the move when I will have the time for that. ;)

This week is also different because I will be having nude/bare nails for the whole week (from Monday to Sunday) to let my nails breathe - but that is why I have these nail posts in store for you. Even if I don't have the time to create anything for posts for one week, that still doesn't stop me from blogging. And that's a security I love.

Now, today's post, as the title suggest, is about nail art I've done with Ciaté products. Some of you might remember the calendar I had for this Christmas (if you want, you can see it here!), and might remember it was full of nail art stuff. I was very, very curious to try Ciaté, as I had only heard about the polishes. They are so pricey to get in Finland that I haven't been able to get them. Until I got the calendar.

 (And speaking about nail polishes and prices, I might just have the perfect thing for you all later on. I'll be testing an online store that sells one of my favorite brands on great prices - and I'll be sharing the whole experience with you next month or so. Stay tuned!)

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First up is this girly little mani I did with baby pink Ciaté polish, topping it with some Konad stamping, and creating a nice sparkly accent nail with two silver polishes.

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I've somehow taken my nail art down a little bit - not as many colors and details in one mani, and more classic elements. I don't know if it's affected by the simple and classic Spring fashion, but does that really matter? :D

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I wish the stamp would've been more visible - later I discovered it's more efficient to use other than Konad polishes.

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The other mani today was even more simple than the first one. I used this gorgeous black polish with gold glitter in it, and topped off the accent nail with a golden crackling polish from MUA.

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This was one of those rare occasions I tried to take a daylight shot for a comparison to the ones taken with flash. I don't know if this really gives anything more to you, but I decided to add it in anyways.

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So, two simple manicures, both based on amazing Ciaté polishes.

But, what do you think about these two manicures? ♥

I try to write another post or two this week, but no promises as I'm extremely busy - like you already know. If nothing else, I'll be back on Monday.

I hope everyone is having a fun week! 

Blog ya later,

xoxo

Johanna

Monday, January 28, 2013

At Fiance's mom's party pt. 2

Hi everyone!

We're back from our one-night trip to my hometown - and I'm sad to say we had a slight change in our plan, as our friend got sick just before we had to leave, so he wasn't able to go with us. We had a fun trip anyways, but it would've been him along, too.

Of course now we've been scared that we would get the same disease, as he was with us when it started, but so far it looks like we're clear. If we're both still healthy tomorrow, we probably won't get it at all.

Now, the upcoming week will be quite a hectic one, so if I'm not around much, I'm sorry. But there's so many things to do for the move that I really can't take the time and sit next to my laptop that much.

Anyway, today's post is the second part for the previous post, and this one has some pictures of the party we attended. Like I told, my fiance's mom had a graduation party, and naturally we were invited. It was quite a small party, and the main point was just enjoy good food and have fun.

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I ran to the buffet table with my camera before anyone got the chance to cut the cakes or anything. Some people gave me weird looks because of it, but I'm used to that. :D

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I had many, many photos of the event, but as I haven't asked a permission to post anyone's face here, I feel better not publishing the photos. So sorry for only having so few, but I need to respect everyone's privacy. I know you'll understand. ;)

So, I bet many of you are more into seeing what I wore to the event. I've been dying to get a new party dress, but I can't really let myself buy one before I've worn the ones I have at least to two-three parties. So, my challenge today was to accessorize my old dress in a new way, so that I can maybe start checking out new ones in stores. Or I could even try and sew a new one. ;)

But, to the outfit. I wanted a kind of girly look for the event, and it also should be casual enough to wear for the trip home. And here's what I decided to wear:

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Dress: H&M Tights: H&M Cropped lace blazer: Mango Booties: Boohoo.com Belt: SpiritStore Cross earrings: JC Ear cuff: Nelly.com Headband: Accessorize Necklace: gift from the lovely Sherin

If someone hasn't noticed yet, I love those booties passionately. I will probably get a third pair in Spring, in some other color than black. Those are so perfect! (Not as perfect as heavily studded Jeffrey Campbell Lita shoes, but close, and more comfy for my current budget.) The dress has made an appearance or two earlier in this blog, and even though I love it quite a lot, I have a hard time finding new ways to wear it. Maybe with an edgy T-shirt and a studded belt? Well, I might have to sell it some time soon. Any takers?

But, what do you think about the outfit? How do you like to dress to parties? Share your thoughts ♥

Now I'm off to bed (with a caffeine-free tea and second season of Gossip Girl - which is so different to watch now that I know to identity of GG, makes a whole lot of difference!) I try to have the time this week to come here and say hello, but I won't promise a thing, as I have a ton of stuff to do every day. Thank God for my loving parents who have promised to help us the whole next weekend with everything possible. Love you both, you're so awesome! ♥

Have a lovely week everyone!

Blog ya later,

xoxo

Johanna

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Train Ride

Hey Lovelies!

Happy Friday ♥ What are your plans for the weekend?

I'm going to my hometown with my two favorite boys, and we're gonna watch some hockey while we're there. Me and my fiance still have a ton of things to pack, but I had promised this weekend for the boys such a long time ago I really can't take it back now :D So we just have to pack a little harder in the beginning of the next week.

Today's post isn't about the trip we're on this weekend, but rather about the little get-together/graduation party thrown for my fiance's mom, and the first of two outfits I wore that weekend.

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We headed to the party on a train, as our car refused to start and get going from the parking lot. (Thank God it's fixed now, so that we have ore freedom with our goings and such.) The way I spend short rides - 1,5 hours - is writing on my diary/calendar, checking everything possible and more with my mobile web, and having some snacks. And you can't even see my candies in this picture, the Coke alone isn't looking so bad. :D

My outfit for the travel day was pretty casual, I wanted something girly but comfy, so this was what I came up with:

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High-waist jeans: Gina Tricot Sheer coral knit: Only Hat: Gina Tricot Boots: SpiritStore Hello Kitty Ring: advent calendar, a year ago Black bow ring: SpiritStore Thin pink bracelet: Accessorize Big pink bracelet: Bijou Brigitte Stud bracelet: Europehouse 

So this was my take on nice girly travel wear. I love hats, and I would love to learn to wear them more, but this far I haven't been too great on that. And sorry about the massive filter on the photos, the light was so weird in the room - and I'm useless with the manual settings - so I had to filter these a bit to avoid sick-looking skintones and such. I personally loved the outfit here, especially the bracelet combo.

But what do you guys think? Yay or nay? And, what do you usually wear for traveling? Share your thoughts in the comments! ♥

I have to go now, I still have a ton of things to do before the weekend - but if you want real-time glimpses of my life, and the little adventures here and there that might not make it to the blog, see my Instagram profile for updates. I usually update it on daily basis, and even if you're not on IG, there's a feed on the right-hand side of the blog and even on the blog's FB page. (the IG name is @silvertigo, if you're interested)

I hope everyone will have a nice weekend, I'll be back with another post on Sunday! ♥

Blog ya later,

xoxo

Johanna

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Nailin' It

Hey babes!

How are you today? ♥

We've been busy arranging the move and all the little things that relate to it - but today we found some time for a little coffee & waffle date in the afternoon. It's only a week to go before the move, so there's so much to do every day!

Anyway, today I thought I'd share some more nail art with you - but I promise next one will be an outfit post, after a while :D So, here's two more nail art designs by me. :)

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First one is a design many of you might have seen all over the internet, so more than purely my own design, this is a inspired design. Not an exact copy, but close enough to be called a copy. I used Roguish Red and I'm Not Lion by China Glaze, Blanc from Essie, and some random blue polish I had in my boxes.

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I'm sorry for the failing cleanup, I've gotten better at since these photos, which you can see on my IG photos (the nick is @silvertigo, drop by and say hi anytime!). But these make me shake my head and laugh. I could make a post about cleaning up the manicure and other details, if you'd be interested to learn. Just let me know in the comments.

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I think this mani would be awesome to  complete a navy-inspired look, but it could be also worn together with a LBD, which would make it a cute little accessory.

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The other mani is a bit more me, like many would probably say. I'm sorry if some of you are getting sick of animal prints, because here's one more:

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Pink manicure with free-hand gold glitter tips and leopard print accent nails.

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I did these nails for my fiance's mom's graduation party - from which I have an outfit post (or two) coming up later this week. :)

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The gold glitter here is once again I'm Not Lion from China Glaze, and the pink I can't quite remember, but I think it was some polish from Mavala.

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How do you like these manicures? What are you wearing on your nails today? And, are there some nail care/nail art/etc. tips and/or tutorials you would like to see? Leave opinions and suggestions in comments ♥

Now I need to go and make some food for the love of my life - and then again I get to pack up some boxes and such... I'll try to be online, too, though, as I really have to catch up on blog reading.

Thank you so much for everyone who has been reading/following/commenting etc. lately. I'm way too busy ATM to respond everything immediately, but I'll be catching up after the move. ♥

Blog ya later,

xoxo

Johanna

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Tutorial for Cupcake nails

Heya lovelies!

How are you this Sunday? ♥

We've been packing our stuff like crazy, and I can't believe how close our move is already. I hope we get the keys ASAP, since I would love to get decorating already. ;)

I hope your weekend has been great - but maybe not as busy as ours :D

Today I really wanna show you this little tutorial for nail art - do you remember the Cupcake Nails I showed you a while back? Well, anyone who wants to make those, can do so with a little of this tutorial. :)

Let's get to it, shall we? ♥

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You'll need: Base coat, top coat, dotting tool (or two), brush for clean up, clear nail polish, glitter polish, two different shades of pink (or any other color) polishes, some nail art pens, white polish, micro beads/manicure caviar, rhinestones, and a tool to help you with placing the rhinestones.

Start (as you always should) with a base coat, and let it dry completely before doing anything else.

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Take out the pink polishes (or whichever colors you may choose), and start painting your nails as follows:

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Now, any nails you wanna have a cupcake on, only paint them halfway through, or little less, with the pink. We shall handle the top part on the next step. You can have a cupcake on as many nails as you wish, I went with just one this time.

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Paint the top half of the cupcake nail(s) with your glitter polish.

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Bust out your white polish and a nail art pen for the cupcake. The white will be your icing, so again, use any color you wish, I personally like the light shades best. The nail art pen is for the "cup" of the cupcake, to give it more dimension. This should be either a little darker or a little lighter than the cup, depending what kind of color you've chosen for the cup.

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With the nail art pen, draw few horizontal lines to the cup, to make it more detailed and dimensional. then take the white, and start creating the icing with three dots. These can be either identical or totally random, compared to each other, it's totally up to you.

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Next, connect the dots and paint a sort of half circle above them. Make sure there's no glitter polish showing through your frosting. You can also go creative, and make this any shape possible, but I think this is the easiest way.

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Take out your rhinestones and if possible, use the bright red ones. It's meant to be a cherry - but again, do like you feel best. Here's where you'll need the clear polish, it'll be the glue for the rhinestones. place a drop of clear polish on top of the cupcake, and place a rhinestone while the polish is still wet. Note! The white polish should be dry before you do this. ;)

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Now, take the caviar beads, and keep the clear polish in hand. This is without a question the trickiest part of the cupcake. Place some of the beads somewhere where you can easily pick them up individually. You might need a small brush or other tool to do this neatly. Working with one bead at a time, place a drop of clear polish with a dotting tool (toothpick works, too) to where you want your "sprinkles" to go. Do this with all the beads until you have enough details. I know this is time-consuming and tests your patience, but I think it's worth it.

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Decorate the rest of the nails as you wish - I went with stripes and rhinestones this time, and remember to clean up the edges. Finish off with the top coat to seal in your creation.

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And your finished nail art looks - at least for the cupcake - like this.

If you try this out, please link me your creations, as I love to see others' work. Also, please let me know what you think about the tutorial. And if there's any questions, I'm happy to answer them in the comments. ♥

That's all for now, I hope you liked this tutorial and found it at least a tiny bit helpful in any way. Have a nice Sunday, and also, have a fantastic start for your week tomorrow!

Blog ya later,

xoxo

Johanna