St Patrick’s Day nails: Put a bit of the Irish into your manicure

St Patrick’s Day 2017 has arrived – which is the perfect excuse to get drunk, wear green and look silly.

I’ve put together some of my favourite St Patrick’s Day inspired nail designs to help you on your way to celebrating the special Irish-themed day.

Of course all of these nail art ideas are super easy to do if you’re in a rush to hit the pubs and start on your pints of Guinness or shots of whiskey.

St Patrick’s Day nail ideas

Top tips

  1. Invest in a decent green nail varnish and nail art pens in black, green or white
  2. Use eBay or Amazon to find nail art pens for a decent price
  3. Always use a base coat… and a top coat
  4. If you have short nails, buy some natural fake nails to decorate on – either in a nude or clear shade (you can buy a box for £1 in Primark)
  5. Do 2 layers of your base colour before adding nail art
  6. Test the nail art pens on tissue or a spare false nail beforehand to check colour and consistency
  7. Dots and stripes are easy patterns for beginners but with a bit of practice you’ll be drawing the shamrock in no time
  8. Gems and glitter are always pretty additions
  9. Experiment with a mixture of patterns and colours – different designs look cute on individual nails

Happy St Patrick’s Day everyone!

Love Leeanna xo

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DIY Valentine’s Day nails – How to get romantic with these cute nail art ideas 

Have you started prepping for Valentine’s Day yet?  The most romantic day of the year is almost here which means it’s time to get pampered and beauty-ready!

So whether you’ve got plans for a girlie night on GALentine’s Day or you want to make some effort for your loved one, I’ve put together a handy DIY nails guide that is sure to impress everyone.

Shops are now filled with cheesy cards, love heart chocolates and swarms of roses but who cares about all of that when all you really need is some gorgeous nails to show off.

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Top 10 tips

  1. Invest in a decent white nail varnish and white nail art pen
  2. Use eBay or Amazon to buy cheap nail art pens
  3. Always use a base coat… and a top coat
  4. If you have short nails, buy some natural fake nails to decorate on either in a nude or clear shade (you can buy a box for £1 in Primark)
  5. Do 2 layers of your base colour before adding nail art
  6. Test the nail art pens on tissue or spare false nail beforehand to check colour and consistency
  7. Dots and hearts are easy patterns for beginners
  8. Gems and glitter are always pretty additions
  9. Experiment with patterns and colours – different designs look cute on individual nails

Valentine’s nail art ideas


For more Valentine’s Day inspiration check out my latest blog posts on what to to wear for Valentine’s Day, how to make homemade peanut butter cups and pink cocktails .

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Love Leeanna xo 

DIY Christmas decorations: How to make your own festive wreath

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I’m not usually very artsy and crafty, but there’s something about listening to Michael Buble’s Christmas album that really made my creative side come out.

So, as we sang along to Buble’s version of ‘It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas’, with a sparkly pile of baubles and fresh-from-the-tree sprigs of holly spread across the table , me and my housemate got craft-happy with our first homemade creation- a Christmas wreath.

And believe me it really is easy to make, just follow these simple steps…

Step 1: Wrap ribbon around the wreath, leaving an equal distance between each turn. We chose this tartan print because it looks so festive and cute against the greenery!

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Step 2: Once the ribbon is tied tightly around the wreath. Use the same, or in a different pattern, to make a large bow for top of the wreath and tie it on using green wire that can be twisted and tied as messy as you like at the back because when it is hung up and looking beautiful from the outside, no one can see what is behind.

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Step 3: Now you can get your sparkle on by adding clusters of little baubles. We chose to do groups of three gold baubles- I particularly loved the one that looked like a disco ball!

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Step 4: Interweave sprigs of holly into the wreath to make it look even more festive and cute.

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And there you have it your very own front-door masterpiece!

There are many other ways you can do your own homemade Christmas too. So whether your a creative whizz or like me- not the most talented- these DIY decorations suits all tastes and skill levels.

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Balance a branch in a clear jar and decorate with white paper decorations for a simple but stylish festive statement. 

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Paper decorations always look fab for celebrations and are so easy and fun to make! Try using wrapping paper for an even more festive look and create a chain of dangling stars which can be hung from walls or ceilings. Silver and gold paper will look especially cute this festive season and if you hang them down your window, you will be sure to bring some festive cheer to passersby.

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One of my friends had a go at making a Christmas tree out of fairy lights like this one from Pinterest, because he knew he wouldn’t be in his flat for much of the Christmas season- also the perfect student alternative to spending money on a Christmas tree! Who would have thought using fairy lights to create the shape of a Christmas tree would look so pretty?!

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I think these candle jars I saw on Pinterest look great for the festive season and what a great way to re-use items around the house?! Arm yourself with a box of tee lights, some fir tree clippings, clear glass jars, fluffy cotton wool and gold ribbon to create these beautiful Christmas lights.

After browsing on Pinterest for more creative ideas, it’s made me want to make even more homemade decorations. So why don’t you give it a go too.

Love Leeanna xo

my refurbished shorts

Here are the results of my shorts that I said I would decorate!
I’ve wanted to decorate my own shorts for ages because I always have an image in my head of the shorts I want but they are never sold in the shops so I thought I might as well make them perfect for me.

It literally took me less than an hour. I bought studs for 98p off ebay, yes 98p! I then placed them exactly where I wanted- no pain no glue. Just pushed in the 4 pins and pressed them down. I then cut some white lace and sewed it onto the top of the two pockets.

And there we have it… my very own customised shorts. Give it a go!

NAILS

I’ve been wanting a manicure for ages, well just something different on my nails but I just don’t have the money to spend for a treatment at the salon. Instead I decided to them myself. I didn’t want just my usual red/blue/coral nails. I wanted them to stand out.

This is the first time i’d done patterns on my nails myself before so I know they’re not perfect but it was so easy and fun to do. I chose the two polishes I wanted to use- white and black. I got a wooden cuticle stick with a point on end (found them in a load of manicure sets from old Christmas’s/birthdays) to draw the patterns with.

I didn’t have any patterns in mind, just went for a random mish mash that were easy to draw on my nails from stripes to dots to flowers. Firstly you paint each nail the colour you fancy. Then you dab the cuticle stick into the preferred colour of paint for the pattern. And finally you get drawing!

I used a clear varnish for base coat and top coat to make it last.

So easy and a lot of fun. I recommend 🙂

Vintage doesn’t have to be pricey

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Oh how I love a good eBay bargain… except when other bidders are as competitive as I am!

I purchased these vintage re-worked Levi high-waisted shorts for a brilliant £19. I though they were absolutely lush and perfect for Bestival in a few weeks. I also bought some studs for 99p to add my own style to top these shorts off. I am planning on adding studs on to the front left pocket. So excited for these items to arrive so I can get creative!