Blog Decor – Where to buy props & pretty little things!

As a beginner blogger I was always worried about not having the latest trends, the latest blog props & everything like that. Thinking I had to follow trends just to make my blog worth reading/seeing. I admit I had followed some of the trends, but that was because I genuinely wanted to and not because I thought I needed to fit in.

I thought I’d share some of my favourite places to buy blogger props and cheeky little décor bits for your rooms or blogger spaces. I’ve been shopping around lately and got quite a few bargains.

BACKGROUNDS:

Beginning with what is made out to be probably the most important thing in a blog post, the background of your pictures. I have about 3-4 different backgrounds I use. The first background I have is a tile that was in the B&Q sale, it was 10p. TEN PENCE. It’s about A3 size so it’s definitely a sufficient size for putting products on and taking pictures. It’s the marble, sort of cappuccino coloured background you see in my previous posts.

The second background I have is the marble ones which I recently bought & you’ll see images of below as I used it for the pictures related to this post. Marble is such a big thing recently, I mean I get why, it looks amazing as a background! These are in Primark’s latest home range and you get 4 placemats for £2, they’re A4 size, so again, good for taking pictures of products on.

I then have this sort of wooden placemat, but it’s got a kind of weaved/netted effect (literally don’t know what to call it but I love it), it’s from Ikea I believe, I bought it about a year ago though. I mainly use this in my nail posts as nail polish bottles contrast to it so much and it makes the pictures so clear.

I’m not saying you won’t find these kind of things in other shops, these are just where I’ve found mine. Browse about on Amazon I’m sure there will be plenty to choose from. Even when I’m taking my nail pictures, I’ll use the pretty green bush in my garden as a background & the lighting contrast is amazing (FREE BLOG BACKGROUND!!)

DECOR & PROPS:

I just want to begin with what I believe is the best place to get them from, small online blogger shops. They’re super underrated & deserve so much more recognition for the products they create for us bloggers. So here’s a little shout out to some of my favourites to get stationary from (that look SO pretty in pictures):

www.coconut-lane.com – for prints, stationary & even sweatshirts.

www.thatlamecompany.co.uk – for quirky blog planners, stationary & fancy prints.

www.dotcreates.com – for quirky blog planners, stationary & fancy prints.

www.thetreasured.co.uk – for pretty gifts, bedroom décor & all those pretty little things.

They’re great places to find quirky little items that not everybody has.

Moving onto high street shops that I’ve always found my blogger bits in. My number one fave right now is Typo, now as far as I know the only actual stores in the UK are in London Stratford Westfield. But ordering online is just as fun, they have more offers. They are a little on the pricey side so depending on what you’re buying you might find it so much cheaper elsewhere. For example, their cinematic light boxes A6 size are £25, just for A6. In B&M/Home Bargains (a popular UK store) you can find them for £7.99 forA4 which is where I bought mine. So you should probably compare if what you’re paying for is the best value!

My next favourite shop is well obviously, Primark home section. I’m always finding little candles, wall hanging bits, cactuses & weird little quirky stuff for just a couple of pounds each. Most of the time they have sales on their home stuff too so keep a look out. Like here, I found fairy lights for £1.50 & I mean come on, just for the sake of me using them in pictures, what a bargain! They also come in Blue & Pink, but I was sticking with the clear normal colour.

Then there is the slightly underrated UK store Wilkos. Well, actually called Wilkinson but I’m pretty sure nobody would recognise it as that. They have the cheapest stationary & desk décor. How can you not have a cheeky look online. They don’t have as much quirk as some of the specific blogger online shops but they sure do have amazing quality bits for your room.

Tiger, originally a Dutch shop I believe. These are everywhere in the UK now and they’ve become so popular. They genuinely have anything a blogger needs. Desk pads, desk plants, notepads, filing storage, make-up storage, pretty cushions, pretty placemats, the list honestly goes on.. their prices are so reasonable too.

These are all the shops I make my blog purchases in, what about you?

With love,

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Nail Art Necessities ♡

♡ Every nail artist will constantly talk about certain tools they own, that are involved in pretty much every single design they do. I’m going to share my nail art necessities with you because well, they’re pretty damn important.

♡ First of all, my favourite of all of them. I was on Amazon a couple of weeks ago and thought you know what I need? An electric nail file. Don’t get me wrong normal ones are great, but it’s nice to not have to do all of the work sometimes and only have to hold it whilst it files. It makes the job a whole lot quicker too, with all the different heads for it, it’s like what they have in nail shops but a bit less dangerous. Seriously recommend these! Only 7-11 pounds for a battery operated one.

♡ Acrylic clippers.. everywhere I searched for these online they were minimum £3, and they were coming from China. Honestly I know £3 isn’t that expensive but I was SO convinced I’d be able to find these cheaper. Which I did. They were 99p in Home Bargains (a really cheap shop with home, beauty, food etc in the UK). I was so happy that I didn’t have to wait for it to be shipped either, it was in the shop there & then which is also a bonus. These make life a lot easier in comparison to having a nail file, having to file it down to the shortest length. Why do that, when I can just grab these bad boys and cut them in an instant.

♡ Moving swiftly on, to nail art pens, I emphasise the usefulness of these in every single post. You’ll never guess what guys, as much as I promoted the Barry M pens, I think I’ve found a new favourite here. The NYC showtime ones, have the really super fine brush which makes is so much easier to do free hand lines and squiggles. The squeezy kind of nail pens (the Pretty & Witty one shown in pic) are amazing for doing dots, dotting tools are a lot more fiddly.

♡ Can I give a shoutout to Poundland for making such great nail art brushes, they come in a pack of about 7 and are a pound (obviously) which is the same if you compare to ones on eBay or Amazon which come from China, except you don’t have to deal with the wait. A lot more satisfying.

 That’s my top favourites of all of my nail art necessities, so until next time…

With love, 

C x 

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HOW TO: Basic Geometric Nails ♡

 Last night, randomly lacking inspiration for nail designs, I came across a geometric type of design and I loved it as soon as it saw it. I’m a fan of quirky bright designs. I thought I’d show you a simple step by step on how to do it yourselves.

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♡ You’ll only need 3 bright polishes of your choice, a background colour (in mine, I used white but any light colour that contrasts to your other three is fine!)

♡ Then grab some type of tape. I used actual nail striping tape which you can order on eBay or Amazon for literally 1 or 2 pounds for 10 rolls, bargain! If you don’t like ordering on eBay, charliesnailart.co.uk sells the rolls for 39p each, and that’s pretty good too! You can even use my discount code ‘CNA10’. Back on track, if you don’t have striping tape you can use masking tape/sellotape just be sure to cut it down to a much thinner size & if using sellotape make sure the base colour is completely dry as the sellotape will peel it off afterwards otherwise.

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♡ So I did my base coats the night before so I knew they were super dry & it would save time when putting the tape on and off for the design. So with your 3 chosen bright colours paint the thumb, second finger and pinky.. one of each of these colours. In my case they were White, Purple and then Turquoise.

♡  Place the striping tape at different angles, leaving no gaps between the triangle shaped sections or this would make the lines rigid when you peel it off.

♡ Using your three colours evenly fill in the gaps between the tape which at first will appear messy (like my ring finger) and after a few minutes begin to peel the tape off and it should appear like my middle finger below.

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Don’t forget the top coat! Then, literally that is all. Who knew something that looks so complex can be so easy?! I love it because it just looks so quirky.

I hope this gave you some nail inspiration for if you’re bored of plain colours because I can be sometimes!

Until next time,

C x 

[ if you want to see more nail designs, you can find some on my Instagram at @charlieannecx ] 

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Nail Wheel Ideas – DISNEY ♡

“It’s kind of fun to do the impossible”

“All our dreams can come true, i you have the courage to persue them”

– My favourite quotes from Walt Disney ♡

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QUICK NOTE: Apologies for the bad quality photos

♡ Anyway, back to the Disney nail theme. I thought I would recreate all of my favourite characters/films in one nail design. Some were SO difficult, and well there wasn’t enough space either, I’m pretty sure there isn’t a Disney character I don’t like.

Starting from ‘Up!’ and working my way clockwise.

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♡ I was super excited when this film came out & I just loved the story line so much. I didn’t want to have to choose between the little boy & Mr Fredrickson.. So I just went with the balloons instead. It gave me a chance to use my favourite colours from the Barry M collection.

♡ The next one is supposed to be Aladdin. I really wanted to include this one but had to idea what to do so I just used the colours of the lamp in the Aladdin animation to create it.

Snow White, everybody loves her, it’s such a classic Disney movie.. and well, she’s one of the Princesses so of course she’s important.

♡ I’ve never actually seen the Disney film Pocahontas butttt I do think she is one of THE most different, loveliest Disney character animations there is, so I had to feature her here.

Ariel, where do I start, I love her. If I was a mermaid, I’d want to be Ariel. That is all I have to say! I mean come on, I know she’s animated but imagine her as a real life person, she’d be every guys dream to be honest.

♡ Oh, and everything I just said basically applies to Belle too. Which brings me onto the next design which is supposed to be a recreation of what her dress looks like. I don’t think I did terribly!

♡ I mean the next one could literally be anything, interpret it how you want to.. but my intention was Tinkerbell. I couldn’t really think of a design for her but she’s one of my favourite characters so there is no way I could leave her out. I do think she deserved a little more sparkle though, oops.

Sully, ‘the big cuddly blue thing’, basically what I called him as a child. I love Sully because he’s my favourite colour.. he’s TURQUOISE.

Nemo is one of the all time favourites for everyone, but he mainly reminds me of me because he’s so dopey, not really good at much and well, just likes to be involved in everything and that describes me so much.

♡ The 101 Dalmatians are my favourite because they are the true definition of life.. they had a horrible start with that woman, but they finally got the happy ending & I just love puppies so it didn’t take much for that movie to impress me.

Winnie was every 90 kid’s wise guy… everything Pooh has ever said has been true, he’s basically the friend everybody needs in real life I guess.

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♡ Next up, the pretty princess Tiana. She’s by far the most underrated Disney Princess, but why?? I love her.

♡ Just seeing the Disney Castle makes me want to go to Disneyworld so bloody bad, it is 100% on my bucket list of things to do in the next 5 years either with my boyfriend or family, even both.

Mike Wazowski, the crazy little one eyed green man I dreamed of having as a pet when I was a child.

Woody is such a genuine friend… we all deserve a friend like him in our lives, I mean come on, you’d be lying if you said he didn’t make you cry when you watched Toy Story 3?

♡ Okay, I had to save the best 3 till last ngl. My favourite Princesses like EVER. Ana, Elsa and Rapunzel. Anybody who knows me will understand how OBSESSED I am with Frozen, I mean I have Olaf on my car number plate. How much more obsessed can somebody be? Rapunzel, she has the kind of hair they promote in those Garnier or L’Oreal adverts… so damn jealous of that even if she is a made up character because my hair has not grown for a year.

POLISHES USED: (Of course there are so many colour’s similar to these but I thought I would just share the specific shades I used below anyway!)

Anywhere you see fine Black, White or Pink lines… I used the Barry M nail art pens, I 100% recommend those!

Rimmel 60 Seconds ‘Breakfast in Bed’ – Featured in the background of Up!

 Sinful Professional ‘Snow me White’ or Revlon Gel ColourStay ‘Sure Thing’ – Used where you see painted white.

Rimmel 60 Seconds ‘Caramel Cupcake’ – Used for the background of Aladdin.

Rimmel 60 Seconds ‘Blue my mind’ – (which strangely isn’t even blue, it’s purple)

Rimmel 60 Seconds ‘Chin up Buttercup’ – was literally just used for the yellow squiggly line on Aladdin.

Barry M Gelly ‘Green Berry’ – Featured in Pocahontas’ necklace, Ariel’s bottom half, the colour of Sully’s fur and the colour of Mike’s eyeball.

Revlon Gel ColourStay ‘Wild Card’ – Used for the colour of Snow White’s dress.

Clinique ’70 Degrees and Sunny’ – The orange kind of yellow you’ll see featured in Snow White and Winnie the Pooh.

Essie ‘Shades on’ – The colour of Ariel’s bikini top, the background of the Disney castle and the bottom of Rupunzel’s dress.

MaxFactor 60 Second Mini ‘Ivory’ – One of my all time favourites used for all the gold little bits of glitter you see (mainly in Belle, for her dress)

Barry M Gelly ‘Key Lime’ – Mainly used in Tinkerbell & for Mike Wazowski.

Flormar shade 401 – NEMO!

Flormar Matte ‘Perfect Mint’ – The shade that perfectly matched Tiana.

OPI ‘Thats Hula-rious’ – the pale pale Green used slightly for the Tinkerbell design. I love the name of this polish!

Rimmel 60 Seconds ‘Passion Red’ – Anywhere you can see Red, this was the colour used. It’s so vibrant, I love it.

Rimmel 60 Seconds ‘Sky High’ – Ana’s Dress.

Flormar Shade 423 – the pale Blue I used for Elsa, who actually turned out looking more like Cinderella in my opinion!

With love,

C x 

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Autumn Beverages ♡

♡ So the colder the days get.. the more I crave hot drinks, they make everything better right?! I can’t wait to dig out the winter jumpers, jackets and boots. I’m one of those people who literally takes no notice of Starbucks, Costa is the one for me. Here’s a few of my favourite hot drinks:

♡ Starting with Costa; so if you had asked me last year what my favourite drink from there was, I would have 100% said ‘toasted marshmallow hot chocolate’.. that has definitely all changed. The ‘Gingerbread Latte’ is so so so so (x9) good! These are both drinks from their Christmas range though which is bloody devastating in the Autumn. I LOVE the Costa Christmas drinks range. During the rest of the year, if I’m in a rush, not near a Costa Café then I’d usually run into a Sainsbury’s and grab a caramel hot chocolate from the express machine (these are so stingy with the amount they give and definitely do not taste as ‘caramel-ly’ but I’m not gonna complain because it keeps me warm!) If and when I do treat myself to a Costa, it’s always a ‘Caramel Macchiato’ for me! 3 sugars.

♡ I love the ‘toffee latte’ from McDonalds (surprisingly), it just tastes so good when it has lots of sugar in it. In comparison to their hot chocolates which literally just taste like hot water, urgh.

♡ So this is my favourite home kind of hot drink for the colder mornings. I always take my flask out with me, just because I need something to keep my hands warm! Well, I mean I like drinking it too but it’s also a great hand warmer. I have a Tassimo machine, and the ‘oreo hot chocolate’ pods for it, they are unreal. Seriously the best chocolatey boost for a moody Monday.

Just a little post, I mean there’s only so many tasty beverages right? These are my favourites, what are yours?!

With love, 

C x 

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