Saturday, 11 July 2009

And the winner is.........

Thank you to those of you that entered my first competition to win the Barry M and Eyeko nail polish.

The winner has been picked at random and I can now announce the winner is ......... Cutiegingerbread. Congratulations.

As only a few people entered, I wanted to say a big thank you to the others - superficialgirls and lipstick rules, thanks for all your support, nice comments and for welcoming me into the online blogging community. By way of thank you I've decided to give you both a nail polish related prize too.

If you all want to email me with your addresses I'll get these posted to you as soon as I can.

Friday, 3 July 2009

My imaginary holiday wardrobe

Because in my imagination I have infinite supplies of money, a model-esque figure, cope well and can look glamorous in any temperature or situation, and find it so easy to spend the entire day walking around in 5 inch heels, I decided to put together my ideal holiday wardrobe.
In just three weeks I’ll be Eurostarring it across the Channel to Brussels for a much needed and highly anticipated city break in the trendy Flanders area – Brussels to be precise. I’m notorious for phoning people up the night before a holiday completely stressed because I can’t close my suitcase and then getting on holiday only to wear the same thing every day because I’ve not actually packed anything that matches.

Even though I plan to have a mini haul before the holiday to buy some nice new things to wear while I’m away, I’ll ultimately end up wearing the same things as usual, and won’t look anything like the travel-wise celebs that Heat and Reveal show looking cool and refreshed after a three hour train journey, and browsing the shops in foreign towns in heels and shorts.
But reality aside – I’ve been putting together my ideal holiday wardrobe, and here is it.
The first thing I found was the perfect evening dress. I’ve always wanted a DVF ever since I first set eyes on her classic wrap dresses, so imagine my excitement with the latest in maxi dresses from the selfsame icon.

Imagine the scene – a trendy bar (because of course money is no object, and I’m not worried about the poor exchange rate on sterling to Euros – after all, this is only fantasy), cocktail in one hand, Chanel clutch in another, immaculate make up, and 5 inch heels – maybe some heeled gladiator style Jimmy Choos…

Then for the day time – Brussels has no coast so it’s going to be city chic all the way. Even though, of course heel height has no bearing on my ability to walk and resist pain, I’ll opt for some gladiator flats this time in perhaps some sort of black leather/gold studded style, with Jeffrey Campbell to help me out....

And what would accompany these better than this Margo ditsy little number?

I’m already feeling cool just thinking about it. Sitting in a cafĂ© on the side of the Grand Place watching the merriment, sipping on some wine as the hours roll by.

But oh….I need a bag…..don’t even get me started on bags!!!!

Thursday, 2 July 2009

Nail Varnish Competition

Sorry for no blogs of late - I've been sick with an ear infection and I'd forgotten just how nasty they are. To top it off this heat wave we're having is not exactly weather condusive to recovery! But after three days the antibiotics seem to be kicking in so fingers crossed by the weekend I'll be back to normality!

Whilst ill I thought about painting my nails in a different colour, though of course couldn't bring myself to steer away from my traditional red. This got me thinking about make up and fashion styles and looks that I'd love to try, but have never had the occassion or courage to do so. Two things I've seen on celebrities at the moment are blue nail varnish and bright pink nailvarnish.

I've therefore decided to run my first competition - the prizes of which will be - yep you've guessed it - some blue and bright pink nail varnishes.

The blue nail varnish is Barry M's cyan blue, and the pink is Eyeko's punk polish. Both of these colours are simply gorgeous and they look really thick and dreamy - almost like paint. I'm sure whoever wins these will enjoy.

To enter, subscribe to my blog, and then leave a comment below this entry, telling me about a nail look you've seen but you've never had the courage to try. This could be black nails, nails filed to a point, WAG nails, nail art, jewels etc.
The closing date is Friday 10th July. Winners will be picked at random.

Friday, 26 June 2009

Six Things

OK, so I've not actually been tagged to do this, but I do love these so I've stolen this from loveaudrey (sorry and thanks).

Here are six things that have made me happy today:

1. It's Friday and I have no plans for tonight other than making a yummy prawn stir fry and watching a week's worth of big brother on catch up. Total chill out and mindless fun.
2. Having lunch with friends - even though I do now feel completely full and could do with a nap
3. Waking up this morning to find one of my cats lying next to my head purring really loudly
4. Selling things on ebay to make money for a spending spree - made £40 so far and got loads more to sell, including more than 10 pairs of shoes (anyone a size 3???)
5. Being bought a pain au chocolat for breakfast which I had with a cup of tea mmm mmm mmm
6. The fact that hopefully today my new watch should have arrived and be waiting for me when I get home (and hopefully not a red card saying I need to go to the post office to get it). these are so much fun, I tag sparkplugdewdrops, ohfabulous, cutiegingerbread and superficial girls....

As it's the weekend, I'm hoping to make another video for You Tube at some point - if anyone has any requests for what they'd like to see let me know.

Hope you're all having a great day and not too sad about the deaths of MJ and Miss Charlie's Angel Farah x

Monday, 22 June 2009

Fashion Advice, You Tube Movies and More!

Firstly - I've finally bought a webcam and mustered up the courage to make my first You Tube video - and guess what - it was soo much fun. I loved it, and hopefully you will as I'll probably be making some more soon. My first video was a 'what's in your bag' video - and I'm amazed at how much clutter I actually carry around with me. But hey - at least I have a nice bag to do this with!

My channel is called thefelinefairy and there's also a link to it on the side bar.

Secondly - I've been asked for some advice from one of my followers sparkplugdewdrops.

So I like wearing black and navy blue. As far as I'm concerned, they're both neutral colors and look fine together. Recently one of my friends told me that although they are neutral colors, they don't go well together. Is she just being a total fashion nazi? Can I wear the two together and not look like a complete maroon? thanks.
Sparkplugdewdrops is one of my online buddies from the US and we have had numerous conversations in which I feel terribly English, but he is a real sweetheart with a great ability to write so if you've not seen his blog yet you should definitely check it out and catch up on his attempts at getting his book published.

Anyway - in answer to his question - my advice is as follows:

Navy blue and black are both dark colours, and often form a good base for adding other colours or creating different styles. The good thing about these colours is how versatile they are and can be worn for both smart and casual . You don't mention how you wear them, but my main concern would be that they can wash you out if you are pale. Why not try wearing them with a little bit of colour, for example, wearing black jeans and a navy blue jumper, with a red or yellow t shirt underneath, so you can see a bit of the colar or a bit of the t shirt at the bottom - this breaks up the two neutral colours and brightens up the whole outfit, and you can create your own style by just changing the colour of the t-shirts you wear. Similarly, if you wear navy blue jeans and want to wear a black top, why not wear a white t shirt underneath with a brown belt and brown shoes - that is one of my favourite looks on men actually - it's very contemporary but still classic at the same time.

Rest assured, though, I don't think the third reich are making a comeback to target your fashion sense with their propaganda - but it could be good to experiment adding some little flashes of colour or pattern to make your outfits seem different and up to date.

I've actually found this perfect jumper for you - navy blue with some colour for you to wear with black jeans- not sure if you have a Topman in the US, but this is £25 and made me think of you as soon as I saw it.

I'm hoping to run a competition on here soon, so would be good to get some feedback and what you think of that idea?

Thursday, 18 June 2009

In the Spotlight No. 2. Ohfabulous' Nikki

The second of the In the Spotlight series shows fashion addict Nikki from ohfabulous revealing all.

Name: Nikki

Q. What made you decide to start your blog/the ohfabulous website in the first place?

I've always been really interested in fashion (I did a degree in fashion design at university) and after I graduated, I really wanted to be a fashion writer. I trained as a fashion journalist in London, but unfortunately it's not the best economic climate to be getting into journalism, and living off freelance writing wasn't financially a good idea. I had to find myself a new career (I'm now a teacher) but I started OhFab so I could keep writing, even if it wasn't in a professional context. I needed some kind of outlet to talk about clothes!

Q. What or who are your inspiration for your blogging?

There's a lot of really great bloggers out there - I suppose I'm inspired by a combination of everyone; there's nobody specific that comes to mind. Magazine articles inspire me too; I love writers that can inject some humour into their work. I like funny people.

Q. Who do you admire fashion and beauty wise?

I know very little about beauty (I'm the girl with chipped nail polish and smudgy eyeliner) but fashion-wise, I really admire independent designers. I have spent so much of my adult life slaving over a sewing machine that anyone who can do it impeccably all the time - and doesn't pay others to translate their ideas into reality - has my respect.

Q. What percentage of your income would you say you spent on fashion/beauty?

Oh... quite a lot. Only because I'm currently living at home with my parents, so my outgoings are very few. I buy a lot of clothes, shoes and accessories... but then I sell a lot on eBay as well, so that balances it out a little bit. I spend very little on make-up, but getting my hair cut is expensive. I'm kind of obsessed with my hair.

Q. If you could only wear one item for the rest of your life, what would it be?

There's a gorgeous Luella dress that I'm lusting after. I'm fairly sure I could live in that, regardless of how appropriate for daily life it was.

Q. If you weren't a textiles teacher, what would be your dream job be?

I'd love to be able to live off writing. If I could just spend my days typing things about fashion and sending them off to magazines, I'd be a happy girl. But I'm teaching kids about fashion and sewing now, and that's very fulfilling. Well, it is when they listen to me.

Q. What are your favourite articles/blogs to write?

I quite like looking at trends, because I'm interested in the way something can be 'so hot right now' and then thrown into the bargain bin minutes later. Fashion is fickle, but I quite like that.

Q. What do you enjoy about reading other people's blogs/watching their youtube videos?

Seeing peoples' personal style... I love 'what I wore' posts, because they're great for ideas on new looks and interesting ways to wear things. And I love it when people post about new designers that I hadn't previously heard of.

Q. When you're not writing about fashion and beauty, what do you like to do?

I go to a lot of live music gigs. So much of my money goes on tickets to see my favourite bands - I love dancing around to great music, even if you do come out all bruised and sweaty! I also go to a lot of football games (that's soccer, to the Americans)... I am a big Manchester United supporter, which often surprises people. Oh, and I spend a lot of time shopping, of course.

Q. If you could give people one tip about looking their best, what would it be?

Wear what you feel comfortable in. Confidence is the best accessory to any outfit - you could be wearing the most show-stopping outfit in the world, but if you feel awkward and uncomfortable, it will show. I honestly believe that 90% of looking good is about your attitude... if you feel good, the rest will come naturally.

Hope you all enjoy, thanks go out to Nikki for taking part.

What's on my mind today...

I'm sitting here at the moment munching on my lunch having just had our designer up here giving me a lesson on how to produce documents according to our brand. I've just discovered the modern way of laying out documents is to only put on space after a full stop. I was taught to type putting two spaces after a full stop and am now contemplating how I'm going to train myself to change this. As you can see from this, I'm not having much luck!

The first of my 'In the Spotlight' series seemed to be well received, so I'm going to be posting the second of these either later today or tomorrow. The next will feature Nikki from the fantastic clothes raving website, so watch this space for that, and remember if you want to be featured, or want to nominate someone to be featured, please get in contact.

I'm quite happy because I just received a comment on how tanned I was looking - which is all thanks to my £8 niveasummer tone up investment. I have to say, I am so impressed with this and it comes highly recommended by me. Well worth the £8.

I'm hoping I'm going to receive a call from the MAC counter today as they get their deliveries on Thursdays and I asked them to call me if the studio fix pressed power in my colour comes in. No call yet though, so I'm starting to feel a bit disheartened.

I'm kind of disheartened by my bank balance too at the moment, especially as I keep seeing so many things I want to buy, and window shopping is becoming depressing. Lollipop26 posted a picture on her blog of a great top she'd just bought from Topshop which of course, I now want to own, and probably can't - especially as I paid off my Topshop card yesterday - seems a shame to start abusing it again straight away.... help convince me I don't need/want it.?????????