Friday, 26 September 2014

To Neverland

One of my favourite autumn outfits is a pretty dress with tights and ankle boots: it's stylish yet keeps you warm. One trend of dresses which is on the rise is the Peter Pan collar. I, personally, love collars on anything so I think these dresses are gorgeous!

I looked around on the websites of high street stores and found my top three favourite Peter Pan Collar Dresses for the autumn and made them into complete outfits.

The first dress is this one from Missguided. 

I love the floral print design of it and I think the white collar really lifts it. I would wear it with this hat from H&M and these adorable black Chelsea Boots which are also from Missguided with black tights.

The second dress is this one from Jones and Jones at Next. 

It's quite pricey but I love the leopard print of the top half and the layered skirt on the bottom. For the shoes, I tried to find leopard print ankle boots to pair it with but in all of the boots I saw, the yellow tones were too strong and it didn't look right so I would just stick to the plain black ones. Because the dress is slightly more dressy than the one above, I would pair it with black tights and these heeled ankle boots from Dorothy Perkins.
(Side Note: Dorothy Perkins are having a sale at the minute you can get 30% off everything until Sunday 28th September, and after that these boots will be up to £39.00 - get them cheaper while you can!)

The last dress is this one from Forever 21.

I love this burgundy colour and think it's a perfect autumn colour! I think this dress looks really nice styled as a slightly boho look so rather than pairing it with a floppy hat like the model has on, I decided to pair it with this classic bowler hat from Boohoo. In terms of footwear, I like the look of ankle boots paired with pretty lace-trimmed socks like these ones from Topshop.

- Velvet Lilies x
(PS. This has nothing to do with the post but I would just like to say a HUGE thank you to everyone who follows me on Twitter and Bloglovin' - on Tuesday I hit 100 Twitter followers and today I hit 40 Bloglovin' followers. It means so much to me! Thank you so much! :) x)

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

My Experience With Gel Nails

At the end of the first week of August, I got gel polish applied to my  fingernails. I went for a pretty raspberry pink colour and I was so happy with the outcome. The beautician who had applied them told me to leave them on for 2 to 3 weeks before removing them. She informed me that it was simple to remove them at home and much easier than coming back to the salon and that there are lots of Youtube videos, explaining how to remove them easily.

For about a week and a half everything was great. My nails didn't chip and the gel polish stayed on perfectly. However, my nails are naturally very strong and grow abnormally fast, so after about a week and a half the bottom of the gel closest to my cuticle started getting in the way of things and annoying me. For example, if I was washing my hair, the bottoms of the gel would get caught in my hair and I didn't want to pull to hard because I knew that if I ripped the gel off, it could take off my nail bed too. 

Exactly 2 weeks after getting the gel on, I decided I'd had enough of them and searched on Youtube 'how to remove gel nails at home'. I watched about 5 videos all showing the same thing: apply acetone to a bit of cotton and place it on your fingernail, wrap each of your fingertips with tin foil and leave them for about 15-20 minutes. I followed these steps for both of my hands and when I removed the tin foil only the edge of the gel on each finger was ready to come off. I didn't scrape the rest of it because I knew how easy it is to remove the nail bed along with the gel, which is not good. The next day I decided to try again and the same thing happened, so I left it for a few days as the acetone had totally dried out my nails.

As you can see my nails had grown quite a lot in the space of 2 weeks
(As you can also see, I was going to make a blog post titled 'How To Remove
Gel Nails' but that obviously didn't go according to plan, haha)

I had to go into school on Thursday 28th August (2 weeks and 6 days after getting the gel applied) and we are not allowed to wear nail polish to school, so I had to have it removed by then. After doing another search of the internet, I saw an article about filing the gel off. I followed the instructions and managed to remove the gel on my thumb. The only problem was it took me an hour and a half to do my thumb alone! There was no way I was able to remove the gel from 9 more fingers in the space of a day. Long story short, I had to go into school with the gel still on my fingernails. I tried my hardest to hide them and thankfully no teachers noticed, but as soon as I was out of school my mum took me to the a different salon to book an appointment to have them removed.

The next day, I finally got them off. The beautician filed the gel on my left hand off because most of it was gone anyway. For my right hand, she did the removal method of the acetone and tin foil and wrapped a plastic bag around my hand, which she put inside a heating pad. After removing all of the gel she could by that method, she filed the rest of it off. My nails were left very dry with scratch marks along the surface of them, but I was just glad they were off. Every night since then, I've been using Soap and Glory Hand Food, a hand moisturiser, and Sally Hanson Vitamin E Nail and Cuticle Oil, which you apply to your nails and cuticles and massage in. My nails are slowly but surely getting back to their strong and moisturised natural state.

If you take anything from my experience, please take these three points: 
-Gel nail polish has it's advantages but also it's disadvantages.
-If you get it done, no matter what anyone says, go back to the beautician to get them removed. It's so much easier than trying to do it at home.
-Be aware that no matter what way you get them removed, your nails will be left very weak and dry so make sure to apply plenty of oils and moisturisers to them after.

Have you ever had gel nails applied? If so, was your experience better than mine?

- Velvet Lilies x

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Sayings That Inspire Me

For a lot of people, the beginning of September marks the beginning of a new year of classes, studying and work. In order to get me through my studies, I have 8 sayings or quotes that I have on my wall above my desk. These 8 sayings always inspire me and remind me not to give up and that everything I do for school is for my own benefit in the future. I thought I would share these sayings with you so they can maybe help inspire you too. (I made the sayings into pictures myself but please feel free to use them if you would like! :) )









If you would like the original size of any of these edits that I made, just tweet me and I'll send them to you! :)

- Velvet Lilies x


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