Shine Bright Like Metal!

My favourite of the latest fashion trends definitely has to be the introduction of the head-to-toe metallic outfit; bold and beautiful gold, silver and bronze clothing and accessories have been lighting up the high street. Not only does it give me a chance to wear my gold hoops, necklace and three of my favourite bracelets at the same time without looking tacky (kind of), but also it is stylish and fun. This trend allows for experimenting with clothing and jewellery and offers an exciting approach to new fashion collaborations.

Big brash jewellery comes with the territory, the louder the better. I have always found that statement jewellery is a good investment as it can brighten up a plain outfit and can completely transform an outfit you have worn before, statement pieces are always so versatile, and they don’t have to be expensive. Although Saint Laurent’s Arty Oval Ring would definitely suit our hands perfectly, there are plenty of high street brands that offer jewellery pieces that are just as eye-catching without the price also catching your eye.

Furthermore, the introduction of patterned metallic clothing is a great breakthrough for fashion. I am in love with Michael Kors’ Lamé Jogging Trousers; now obviously they’re not joggers you wear on the treadmill or to the corner shop to pick up milk, but they are the epitome of smart casual and would look great with a pair of wedged trainers and a plain long sleeve top.

DKNY’s Lace Drop Waist Dress is also an example of this fabulous fashion trend, the black and gold lace is indulgent glamour meets what I call ‘modest sexy’, it shows off the legs but gives a lot to the imagination. It does have that ‘pep-hem’ that I’m not so much a fan of but combined with the lace of the skirt it blends well and is subtle.

**Carolina Metallic Trousers by Goldie from Topshop

**Carolina Metallic Trousers by Goldie from Topshop

However, the high street has nailed this trend perfectly; Carolina Metallic Trousers by Goldie, which you can find in Topshop, offer the same smart casual look without mirroring the Michael Kors price tag. So, if you’re a wall flower when it comes to experimental fashion, try maybe a chunky ring or metallic top, you never know this could give you a confidence boost.

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Textured Nails

Throughout the past year there has been an explosion in nail decorating as it has expanded onto a whole new level! From stick on printed patterns to the new magnetic nail polishes introduced by O.P.I, nothing is impossible when it comes to nail art, and the obsession is only growing!

My friend recently bought Leopard print stick-on nail prints from New Look, Nail Rock, for a nigh out. She was so excited to put on the nail wraps, but to her disappointment she did not find the procedure as easy as she thought. She said it was very fidgety and that the nail wraps did not tick on to her nails properly and left gaps on her nails. This has influenced my opinion on using nail wraps, but at the same time my friend does not have the greatest of patience or finesse when doing such intricate procedures, so I’m not sure how well they work for people who are generally fairly able at applying make-up, not that my friend’s incapable and looks like she puts her make-up on with her feet or anything.

My Nails in O.P.I 'Concrete'

My Nails in O.P.I ‘Concrete’

Anyway, I recently jumped on the nail art bandwagon and splashed out a bit on a nail polish from O.P.I’s new range of Concrete nail polish, ‘Marble Arch’. At first I didn’t really understand how it worked as the polish looks smooth in the bottle, but once applied onto my nails it formed a gravelly texture instantly. I wasn’t too sure about how much I really liked this style in comparison to the smooth shiny surface I’m used to seeing on my nails, but once they dried I really liked them as they give off a nice finished textured look in the light and make my nails feel strong.

I have had this nail varnish on now for four days and there hasn’t been one chip on my nails; this has always been my main issue with nail varnishes and for this one to last so long without flaking is a major bonus because it means you don’t need to keep taking off your nail varnish and re-applying and you get more for your money.

Furthermore, in terms of the coarse feel on the surface of my nails, which still catches me by surprise every now and then, is not unpleasant but just different and I think my nails actually look quite nice and unique, and I would definitely get more in a different colour. It also makes me want to try the other nail designs O.P.I has to offer, including their magnetic nail varnish, the holographic design and the one that I most intrigued to try, the leather coating.

O.P.I Leather Nails

O.P.I Leather Nails