Thursday, 28 August 2014

Jumper Up

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August seems to have taken a sudden turn for the worst, weather wise, and it seems we'll be digging out the jumpers much sooner than we thought!!! I reached out for a jumper for the first time (in a very long time) this week as London was all washed out. I'm loving the oversize look at the moment, so this thick, Aran knit jumper from Asos was perfect :) 
I must admit I love jumper and coat season, it's my absolute favourite....only for the fashion options of course. I mean no one really loves 'cold & rainy' do they?? For now though, I'll have my jumpers waiting in the ranks while I enjoy the last of the 'late summer warmth'

Smile...tomorrow's Friday!!

Tan xx


Sunday, 24 August 2014

Sunday Polish - Perfect Powder Pink

Essie - Flawless
Avon - Nude 

With this summer near over I thought it would be fitting to do a  nail post in this seasons colour, "Powder Pink".
You may have noticed that I've moved away from nail art recently, and instead adopted a new form of 'fun' when it comes to painting nail.....colour mixing!!!

I am obsessed. With just a few basic base colours you can make absolutely any colour under the sun (ish). This week I just decided to mute down Essie - Flawless, a pale but vibrant shade of pink into a more muted tone by applying a coat of Avon Nude. I cannot get enough of Essie - Flawless at the minute, not only a beautiful colour but it goes on well and appears almost fully opaque after just one coat.

Love Tan xx

Friday, 22 August 2014

Mama Africa

 



Street & Rail re-visits Malawi today!
I'm very excited to share with you some of the amazing tailored pieces I got made during my 3 months in Malawi. Not only do they have the most wonderful printed fabrics, but find a good tailor and you can get them made into absolutely anything you want. 
.....and that is exactly what I did!!
My very first Chitenje, I fell in love with this fabric, and love it all the more not that it's a dress.
In Malawi, the printed cloth they sell is bought in 2m lengths called "Chitenje's". This is a tradition wrap that cover's women from the waist down.

Kisses,

Tan xx

Sunday, 17 August 2014

Sunday Polish - Fade

Barry M - Nude
Essie - "Pinks"

Going though some old blog photo's I happened to stumble upon this little nail gem that it seems I had completely forgot about.
Before leaving for Malawi, I spent the last few weeks saying goodbye's to friends and family. This nail was inspired and created over iced coffee, with the lovely Sarah Mikaela of Framboise Fashion.
This is a fun and easy summer look for anyone and you can do it with any colours you may have at home. 
Also I love the Barry M - Nude, with a jelly like constancy and pink undertones to a neutral base colour it evens out nail staining or discolouration and never appears too opaque like some others (I like to see a little nail under a nude polish for a more natural look).

Happy Sunday 

Tan xx

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Coconutty Wonders

Believe it or not, this is a little secret I discovered from my grandparents. 

Coconut oil proves to be pretty versatile, and comes especially handy during the beauty regime. The string of cold weather here in London seems to have taken its toll on my hair, and I sometimes find my scalp and the ends of my hair getting a bit dry. A little coconut oil massaged into my hair the day before washing seems to do the trick. 

Even better, it's 100% natural, proves to be a quick and easy fix, and smells pretty damn good! 

Not only is coconut oil great for hair, but you can also use it in place of your normal moisturiser, on both your face and body. My face tends to get oily throughout the day so this would only cause me to break out, but it keeps my legs looking soft and golden. It is very greasy so you don't need too much of it, but at around £5 from most health shops, it is surely worth it when you consider the amazing benefits! 

Love

Tan xx