My introduction to J. Crew

My introduction to J. Crew

US brands are becoming much more accessible with the advent of parcel forwarders. A few months ago, I put together a large haul of stuff, and happened to do some window shopping on the J. Crew website. You really have to wait around for the sales to be good at J. Crew. But when they’re good. They’re really good.

My choices included a few shirts (some from the girls’ department – OOPS). Oh and a one piece swim suit for my upcoming trip! I’m so excited. Anyway. They had another sale up yesterday and I couldn’t resist doing a bit of window shopping. No purchasing for me this time. I’m supposedly on a spending ban. Ahem.

j crew

one. A cute and colourful diamond stripe scarf (AU$73.50).

two. I adore sparkly statement necklaces like this crystal floral garland necklace (AU$130.70).

three. The Saint James for J. Crew Shrunken tee (AU$89.19) is perfect for spring days.

four. A Liberty of London printed pouch (AU$43.00)- I love the  colours and playful patterns.

five. A pencil skirt in pinwheel eyelet (AU$103.90)- feminine and classic.

What have you bought from J. Crew lately?

A short tassel update

A short tassel update

As you may or may not know, I’ve begun my own DIY Confetti System inspired streamers. I bought the mylar and plastic sheeting ages ago, but in the span of a week, I’ve cut, twisted and glued approximately 40 or so tassels. So, if you do the maths, 12 tassels fit on a 1 metre length of cord, meaning if I bought 5 metres of cord (cough). Yeah. Another 20 to go. I don’t even know where I’m going to hang these damned things. But they’re so pretty. The mylar ones sort of shimmer in the slight breeze in my room. Anyway. My progress in pictures…

Confetti system inspired streamers

Confetti system inspired streamers

Confetti system inspired streamersMore to come soon. I’ve become a crazy crafting lady who makes tassels at midnight. Yikes!

 

Manicure: Konad Light Bronze review

Manicure: Konad Light Bronze review

I bought a few Konad polishes – not a necessity for nail stamping, but something that I find easier when I do my nails in a rush. Plus there are so many lovely pearlescent and metallic ones that are too hard to resist. I used Konad Light Bronze in this instance, which looks more like a gun-metal grey.

Light bronze konad nail stamp

I love this effect overall. I’m not sure if nude was the best choice for the base as in some light, it made my nails look a bit dirty. The polish itself picked up every little detail from the design. I found that the little sparkly particles would get stuck in my nail plates – requiring a good scouring with a cotton pad and a decent amount of nail polish remover.

Light bronze konad nail stamp

It was a bit of an issue getting the silver bits off of my fingertips, but they came off over time. I’ll definitely be using this polish more often, perhaps on a darker base.

A few days on

A few days on

A post a few days after applying a Seche Vite coated manicure. I’m slowly getting chips on my nails. Except, they aren’t really chips, but more of a ‘wearing down’ of the polish at the tips. I’m usually very OCD about any chips that appear in my polish and can’t help but give in to the compulsion of removing the entire set. My current polish has lasted me a good five days. This might seem normal to you but I don’t treat my mani’s very well and tend to take off the polish after 2-3 days.

I seem to be on a lovely little spending spree lately. I should dedicate some time to documenting my purchases with pretty photos, but time usually just doesn’t allow. I bought earrings to match my rhinestone necklace the other day. I got the River Island Half Moon Rhinestone Earrings from Asos. After receiving them yesterday, they were a little bigger than I imagined. Still pretty, but I wouldn’t wear them at the same time as the necklace. Unless I was going for the bourgeois look. I don’t think so.

Time for some self reflection.

Time for some self reflection.

Yeah, so another big gap since last I posted, forgive me. I’ve been caught up in a few things. Namely doing my nails after I managed to get my hands on a Konad set. Super fun. I’ve ordered some super cheap faux-nad plates online and am eagerly awaiting their arrival. I never considered myself to be girly. But upon reflection of the stuff I buy and how I dress, I suppose I am. In primary school, it was considered cool if you were slightly tom boy-esque and your favourite colour was blue. Now, I don’t care how many people know I love purple. And how much I have an affinity for pretty things.

Alice band
The lovely Alice band I purchased on sale from Orelia.