Monday, 29 October 2012

Music Mondays

The Frames - Rise

Breathing in the night
There's nothing else I'm needing now
The wind is at my side
And so are you
And together we will rise
Above all these word and promises we couldn't keep,
Together we will fly above it all
But sometimes we will fall...
From the light
But it shines on us tonight...
And together we will rise
Together we will rise
And surely it's a sign now,
That everything's in tune to some kind of higher plan
Surely it's a sign
That you were right...
And there's the secret line
That we've been denied...
But we're crossing it tonight
And together we will rise
Sometimes we will fall,
from the light
But it shines on us tonight
And together we will rise
Pass this line
That we're crossing here tonight
And together we will rise

Friday, 26 October 2012

Busy Days

It's been a crazy week. Today started with me giving a progress report presentation to my research group at 8am, and has just carried on being busy busy busy. I wanted to snap some outfit photos, but I think by the time I get home, the light will be awful, so you'll have to wait for the next time I wear this outfit. In the meantime, I thought I'd share how much I'm LOVING my new beaded collar necklace from Mr Price :) Been getting compliments on it all day (which, admit it, sort of makes your day). The streak of colour in my hair is the clip-in hair extension from the October Glossybox, which I've been wearing almost every day for the last two weeks. I'm really loving it, although I think I'll be chalking it blue or purple soon (the colours I normally chalk my own hair). Oh, and trust me to be an idiot and wear a white t-shirt on a day where I've spent half my time running from place to place IN THE RAIN. Doofus.
(Sorry that the photo isn't very good quality, I've just snapped this using my webcam.)

Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Sunshine and Daisies

It's a glorious spring day in Stellenbosch, with the mercury set to hit the 30°C mark come lunchtime. Who feels like wearing jeans when there's a pretty new sundress hanging in the wardrobe begging to be worn? This dress is also a perfect example of how a small alteration can change an item completely - I wasn't quite sold on the silhoette of this dress at first, until I realised (short-torsoed as I am) all I needed to do was shorten the straps by 1.5cm to bring the dress's waist up to meet my own. Small change, a few minutes of needlework this morning and I have a pretty new favourite for spring :)

Belted floral sundress from Mr P (available here) // White flats from PnP Clothing //
Butterfly diamante necklace gifted // Green + Metal Flower drop earrings DIYed

Monday, 22 October 2012

Music Mondays

Kelly Clarkson - Stronger

This is what I need after the last few days that I've gone through...

Friday, 19 October 2012

Feel Good Friday

To everyone who ever reads my blog, this is exactly how I feel about you :) (Click the link, then click the red button - to cheer up your day!)

Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Marbled Manicure

After seeing beautiful pictures on Pinterest and some of my favourite blogs of these beautiful multicoloured swirled manicures, I knew I wanted to try it for myself. It took a while before I got around to it, but I did so for the first time this week. These photos are just of my second attempt, so forgive me if my designs are still a bit imperfect :)

What I used:
-Top coat and base coat
-A selection of coloured polishes
-Petroleum jelly (or you could use tape)
-Cotton buds
-Paper towels and tissues
-Nail polish remover
-A container of water

I first started off with my usual base coat. I then painted one thin coat of my blue polish as an undercoat. Once this is dry, you want to protect your skin from the polish you're going to dip your fingers into. I rubbed petroleum jelly on the skin around my nail and just past the first joint using a cotton bud. You could also wrap tape around your fingers.

While working, make sure all your polishes are open. (You'll notice that I've put my polystyrene cup in a small glass dish - I discovered the hard way that a drop of polish sunk to the bottom of the cup will burn a hole through and leak water everywhere...)

One by one, drop your polishes onto the surface of the water in concentric circles. You want to drop the polish from just above the surface: too high, and the drop will just sink.

Use a toothpick to draw lines through the polish. Work quickly so that the polish doesn't dry prematurely.

Place your fingers onto the surface of the water so that the polish can adhere to your nails. You can do this one at a time to ensure that you get the perfect design. I was too lazy to make ten polish bulls-eyes, so I did several fingers at a time. Once you are done, remove the dried polish from the surface of the water by pushing it around with your toothpick.

You can see in the above picture where the polish is lying on the petroleum jelly. This wipes off easily with a tissue. (Or, if you used tape, you can pull the tape up.)

Use a cotton bud dipped in nail polish remover to tidy up the edges. You can now go and start again for the remaining nails. (My pinkie finger didn't get enough pattern, so I redid that one.)

Finish off with some top coat to protect your designs :)

What are your thoughts on this type of nailart? Would you try something like this yourself? If you have tried this before, have you got any tips or advice?

Tuesday, 16 October 2012

50 Shades of Grey

 Just another casual and comfy day outfit in various shades of one of my favourite colours - grey :) My hair had originally been loose, but I had to tie it up for these photos - the wind was bowing like crazy (Cape peeps will know what it's been like for the last two days!). This is a head-to-toe budget outfit. Both the top and the skirt are from Makro (Yes, really! Lots of very glamorous shopping from this student ;) haha). The beads I bought a while ago when they were quite a "thing" - I ended up getting them for something like R10 a strand (I've got one strand around my neck, one more wrapped around my wrist) from a treasure trove of a gift shop (Gifts at Oxford 33 for anyone near Durbanville). My much loved and well worn grey pumps are another one of my PnP staples.

Words of Wisdom

Monday, 15 October 2012

Photo A Day: October Challenge, 1/2

Day 1: Where I stood

Day 2: Lunch (Well, lunchtime stack. Organic corn cakes with cream cheese.) 

Day 3: This happened today (resorted my wardrobe to accommodate my Spring clothes)

Day 4: What I read (research for my PhD when I get bored of my MSc work) 

Day 5: Shadow 

Day 6:  I’m thankful for… Friendship :-) 

Day 7: Light 

Day 8: Angle 

Day 9: Red 

Day 10: Emotion 

Day 11: Close up (yay for pink pjs!)

Day 12: On the table

Day 13: Landscape

Day 14: Makes me laugh (going through photos of all the crazy adventures of this year) (my team had just won the first @alchemus pub quiz, hence the getup)

Music Mondays

Laura Jane Scott - The Librarian

I love this song so much - the lyrics are just so evocative, perfectly describing the way I feel. (It's just a bonus that the owner of this lovely voice shares my name ;) )

I know the distance it takes
to sail around the world
I've done it many times
on seas of Van Gogh green
And every night with certainty
the stars descend around the hull like fireflies
It's no surprise I'm here tonight

Holding out hope for a change in the tide
Painted windows on the skyline

Sail me off this empty island
I'll be home before you know it
I'll be home before you know I'm gone
I know the secret waves

that lap around the world
The mermaids sing of them
as they brush their hair with coral
Where every lighthouse sends a beam
like Roman columns to a city down below
And this I know: to plunge down and breathe

Is more than possible if you believe
Painted windows on the skyline

Sail me off this empty island
I'll be home before you know it
I'll be home before you know I'm gone
La la la la (8x)
I know the distance it takes

to sail around the world
I've done it many times
behind my knotted desk
In quiet service to the stories I collect
Until it's time to close and go home for the night
Without the pirates

Without the sirens
Without the love notes in bottles at sea
Waiting for someone
Waiting for someone like me
Painted windows on the skyline

Sail me off this empty island
I'll be home before you know it
I'll be home before you know I'm gone
Painted windows on the skyline

Sail me off this empty island
I'll be home before you know it
I'll be home before you know I'm gone