Sunday, 27 April 2014

Nails of the Day: Leighton Denny Nude Polish

Hi Gorgeous!


This week I wanted to try something nude, and so I painted my nails with some Leighton Denny polish I was given at Christmas...

Leading Lady



I rarely purchase nude polish but as this was a gift I thought it was about time I used it. Are any of you like me, you are gifted with such wonderful items but takes absolutely ages to use them? Or is it just me?

I was complimented quite well on this shade of polish and also the length of my nails, they haven't been this length for a good while which is great.

The polish took two coats for full coverage, it lasted about 4 days with no chipping - I also didn't apply a top coat - which I know is a faux pas on my part.

What is your favourite nude polish? Leave links below!



Doma-Nikki....x

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

My Easter Bank Holiday

Hi Beauties!

I hope you all had a brill Easter Bank Holiday weekend, I know I did! It was a time to enjoy myself, relax and have fun with my boyfriend and family. Here's a quick round up of what I got up to.


I decided to paint my face as the Easter Bunny, if you want a 'how to' post please leave a comment....



A little pose time with Belle my rex rabbit, although she really didn't enjoy me picking her up this time...



My family all went to my mom and step-dads dairy farm for Sunday dinner and had a fab time, even met Bob the lamb, look how content he is with my stepsister...



My boyfriend isn't a fan of chocolate eggs so I baked some fairy cakes for him. I'm not the best at baking as you can see...






How was your bank holiday weekend? Leave links if you've posted about it!


Doma-Nikki....x

Monday, 21 April 2014

How to Cook: Homemade Burgers on a Diet

Hi Lovelies!


There are healthy ways to add burgers into your diet, eating processed burgers from the likes of McDonalds is not one of them. I wanted to show you how I made mine from scratch and it's a really quick dish to make also.




The really good thing about this is for those of you who have eliminated wheat from your diet like me, you don't need ingredients such as breadcrumbs to help make it taste scrumptious. This recipe is using just the basic items.

Add minced beef and chopped onions to a bowl, mix together with your hands adding oil, salt, pepper and any herbs of your choice. I used garlic powder....



Separate into sections and roll into balls, then mould into burger shape, this will get quite messy and they can be a pain to keep stuck together at first.....



The healthiest way to cook them is by using George Foreman grilling machine, it's fat reducing and takes away all of the fattiness and grease you don't want....



And after 5 minutes your yummy homemade burgers are cooked, service with goats cheese instead of cheddar cheese and a side salad with advocado......




Will you try these?


Doma-Nikki....x

Sunday, 20 April 2014

Thiings I would say to my younger self

Hi Everyone!

I often think if I could go back in time there are a fair few things I would do differently, here are a few of those things:



Take care of your hair - Aged 20-23
Your hair is lovely, thick and a great length. You don't think so but it looks great and you aren't looking after it well enough. Oiling your scalp and using nourishing treatment is the best way to protect it. DO IT!


Pass your driving test - Aged 17
Dad bought you, your provisional driving licence - I am turning 28 this year and still haven't passed my practical test! I have however passed my theory. You always were scared of driving and there is really NOTHING to be scared of.


Stop squeezing your spots - Aged 13 - 21
Your skin will always be a problem, just keep on top of the skincare regime and if you don't take care of it you will keep breaking out and have horrible acne scars because you won't stop squeezing them. Concealer is your best friend for life now!


Go out and have fun - Aged 18
Between the age of 16-20 you were in a relationship where you felt bad for going out with your friends, and you had no reason to feel this way. You rarely went out between 18-20yrs and I wish you would have started clubbing a bit sooner. You missed out on some fun nights apparently and I think you will always regret


Don't listen to the teasing - Aged 12-16
Your teeth were not perfect, you were actually teased for them but you had braces and now they are ten times better. You were so happy to have them, but people at school thought it was a great way to name call you. You let it  get to you and you shouldn't have - those braces were setting you up for a the long run and would you believe it, they always get compliments.



So those are just some of the things I would say to myself, what would you say to your younger self? If you fancy doing a post send me your links I'd love to read them and you have until 21st April to enter this competition here



 Doma-Nikki....x

Saturday, 19 April 2014

Outfit of the Day: Headscarf and Converse

Hi Ladies

Today I wanted to embrace the bit of sun that we have been graced with for the start of this bank holiday weekend. Although I went quite casual I still felt as though I'd made an effort....

Headscarf: Hair Shop
Dress: Topshop
Converse: Vintage

Here is a close up of how I decided to do my hair and make up.....

Lipstick: Rimmel Lasting finish by Kate Moss shade 16

 It's really simple to wear a bandana like this, or any headscarf for that manner. You just need to fold it over until it is thin and long enough to wrap around your head, over your hair and tie in a bow at the font of your head....



It was a sunny day so I thought it'd be best to get out the Gucci shades...





I never wear my headscarves this way, especially not a bandana, I usually wear them like this when I have my hair in an up do. It's always nice to experiment with new styles and I think I'll be doing something like this a lot more in the future.

What do you think?





Doma-Nikki...x

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Outfit Inspiration: Summer Time Fun

Hi Gorgeous!


 With the lovely weather we are in for this week (although I am aware it is still quite chilly) and in light of my and my girls booking our girly holiday for July over the weekend; I am truly inspired by all things SUMMER. So expect to see a lot of posts relating to hot weather, Summer skincare, beauty and much more.

Although we have not long entered Spring if you're anything like me you will already be window shopping for your Summer wardrobe, or already buying it. I thought I would post an outfit inspiration for you all to help you along.....


All items: Forever 21



I think this is a great outfit for a day out in really HOT weather or a daytime outfit abroad. What do you think? 


Doma-Nikki...x

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Rant: Wouldn't you be happier with somebody who is your own race?

Hi All!

My usual posts are based about personal style, fashion and beauty; however those of you who have been following my blog over the years will know that I can post the occasional rant here and there. So lets cut straight to the chase....




My boyfriend Tom was in the queue at a shop, the background on his phone is a photo of me, he received a message to which a random man behind saw my photo light up and the conversation between them both was this:


Man: Don't you think you would be happier with somebody who is your own race?

(Tom was baffled as you could imagine)

Tom: What?

Man: Well would you not be happier with somebody who is your own race?

Tom: No! I'm quite happy in my interracial relationship!!

(The man was apparently taken back by Tom's response and didn't know what else to say, but by them Tom had already paid for his items and walked out the building)


Now my other half is white and as you can see I am mixed race and the man he briefly conversed with was also white. It's such a rude thing to:

1. Judge others on their choice of who they love be the the same sex, opposite sex, same race, opposite race
2. Discuss their preferences in such a shocking and rude manner


I so wish I had been there to give this man a piece of my mind because it was completely unacceptable, out of order and absolutely nothing to do with him.



I had seriously forgot what it can be like being in an interracial couple and having people judge you for it. I have been in two serious relationships before Tom; my first boyfriend was white, the second mixed race like myself. It's been over 6 years since I was in my last interracial couple and now being with Tom I have started to notice the 'looks' that we get on a regular basis. And would it shock you to know that I get the looks from people of his race and he gets the looks from people of my race?

Anyone would think that we were committing some kind of crime by being together, when in actual fact the majority of US laws legalising... yes I said LEGALISING,  interracial marriage was changed in the 1960's. So 50 years ago American people saw sense in deciding that people of different races could legally marry with no penalties. The UK however from what I have seen online didn't have any laws regarding this subject, people would often get looked down on but nothing more..... kind of sounds familiar!

A lot of people I speak to on this topic are very shocked by others mentalities, they often ask what sort of 'looks' we get. It's usually a look of disbelief, what are they doing together, mmmm ok - we're very good at reading people's thoughts which I don't think they realise is written all over their faces. And our response you might ask? We sometimes stare them out which makes them feel awkward, rub it in their faces or simply ignore them - although it's harder for me to ignore then Tom.

Toms thoughts on this are;

'Everyone has their opinion on it but they should keep it to their selves.  I'm happy and I couldn't care less what people think as it doesn't bother me. It's not uncommon to see mixed couples nowadays so I don't understand why people give the looks they do or say what they do? I wonder how the people who judge us would feel if it was their child or family member who dated someone of a different race to them? Would they go about it the same way? I actually like it when we get 'the looks' because I think yes I'm white, she's mixed race and i'm happy. It must bother them a lot more then it bothers us.'

I am 100% happy, I couldn't care less if my boyfriend was white, black, mixed or green. As they say love is blind... I just wish others were not so blinded by racism and ignorance to realise this.



Have you ever experience this or something similar? Leave any comments on this topic below, I am interested on your thoughts



Doma-Nikki....x

Sunday, 13 April 2014

Outfit of the Day: Faux Fur Collar Jacket

Hi Everyone!

Like many I am a tiny bit obsessed with Faux Fur collar everything right now.... yes even though we are into Spring and well on our way to Summer... but I can't help but want to wear it all the time.

I own two faux fur collared jackets and one of them is this lovely one from River Island. It's great too because it's not really thick enough to be classed as a coat, it couldn't protect me from bad weather and has no buttons to be able to do it up. I can remove the fur collar if I wish to also wear it like a blazer.......


Jacket - River Island
Jeggings - H&M
Converse - Vintage
Top - Primark






This was a gift from my Dad for Christmas - yes I chose it lol - but this week was only the second time I have worn it since then as it's been too cold. I'm going to say expect to see this jacket in a fair few outfit posts throughout the year and keep our eyes peeled for my other one.

What are your thoughts on this outfit and faux fur collar coats/ jackets? Do you own any?


Doma-Nikki....x

Friday, 11 April 2014

How to cook: Pizza topped Chicken

Hi Ladies

I am currently doing the Juice Plus diet to help me shift some pounds, and one of the recommended healthy recipes is Pizza Topped Chicken. I bet you're wondering what that is? Well those that are doing the diet know that carbs are on the big NO list except for a select few such as sweet potato etc. So Pizza is definitely off the list however you can eat a similar style of pizza with this recipe.

It's best to use breast fillet however today I had mini fillets, which is fine but a bit messier to dish out. Grease an foil covered oven tray and if using a whole breast you will need to cut it into butterfly pieces or if mini fillets lay them side by side...
Cover the chicken with Tomato Puree.....

Add chopped onions and peppers and cook for 20 minutes....


Take out and add chunks of Goats cheese, then cook for another 5/10 minutes until the topping golden and the chicken is cooked through...

and serve with sweet potato and vegetables...


It's such a  yummy, different dish to try, quick and easy to make and above all healthy for any diet. Will you try it?



Doma-Nikki...x

Thursday, 10 April 2014

All things Quirky

Hi All!

So I'm a big fan of all things quirky - I love to purchase, own and rock anything that stands out. Who else out there agrees with me, I can't be the only one? Well I thought i'd share a couple of items I adore....


'Trust No Man' Necklace
I purchased this last year at the Clothes Show Live 2013 and at the time I was VERY single and thought what the hell, I've had no luck for a while this rings true for me And then almost three weeks later I met my now boyfriend and haven't really worn it since... typical! I do love this though - lets hope the bf doesn't prove it to be right again!



Moustache & Geek Glasses Watch
This lil beaut was purchased at Forever 21 (Toronto, Canada) and goes with a fair few outfits. I think anything with moustache and geek glasses on are a given item of the 'quirk' ... do you wear anything geeky or with a notable moustache on?


Cat Ear Headband
I was given this by my Aunty last Christmas, she knows I'm mad about cats and bunnies...... and well all types of animals to be fair! I don't really think there's much else I can say about it really, but I know if I wore it out as often as I want to I would more then likely get a few odd looks!


What do you think about 'quirky' items? Share your posts dedicated to quirky items in the comments section!



Doma-Nikki....x

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Outfit of the Day: A Monochrome Day

Hi My Lovelies!

When it comes to daily attire I have to admit my usual go to shades are black, white and... well typical, other dark shades. Today I decided to have a Monochrome day and wear black and white....




Top: Select
Leather leggings: Primark
Boots: very.com



Hair Bow:Peacocks


Scarf: Gift

What do you think? What are your go to shades?


Doma-Nikki....x

Thursday, 3 April 2014

Nails of the week: Nails Inc LE Kate Spade

Hi Gorgeous!

Its been a while since I painted my nails, I used to always paint them, it's like I had all the time in the world to paint them before but the last few months I haven't really bothered and opted to get them done professionally. So I decided to make a change and paint them myself this week so today I am rocking this fabulous shade of red..

Big Apple Red



Nails Inc teamed up with Kate Spade to create this beaut of a shade. If you remember I have always loved a pink or red shade on my nails, they really do brighten up your day.

Whats your favorite shade of red polish?


Doma-Nikki...x


Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Splurge vs Save your Easter Weekend party outfit

Hey Gorgeous!

Once again the Easter Bank Holiday weekend is just around the corner, so if you're planning on partying it up and fancy a new outfit then take a peek at some of the similar style outfits out there for different budgets...

The Tassel Dress

Splurge 
Herve Leger £1,000+



Save
Celeb Boutique £60
(I got my save version from Miss Guided for a further reduction on price and same style)


The T Shirt Dress

Splurge
Michelle Mason £465



Save
Miss Guided £18


The Silk Dress

Splurge
Richard Nicoll £395


Save
Topshop £50




Which are your favorite outfits? I have to say I really like all of these dresses but nothing will ever stop me from grabbing a bargain when I see one!




Doma-Nikki.....x

S/S Trends: Long Skirts

Hi Beauts!

So I've recently had a look at what we have in store and one of these season's spring/summer trends is Long Skirts. They come in a variety of styles and lengths but the common denominator is the are knee length or below.....








I think this is one of those trends you need to have the confidence to wear. I believe either you can or can not pull it off by your own confidence. But if you team the right items together, the outfit should just flow naturally. This trend is not the same as the tight bodycon skirts we have been rockin' since last Summer, these now include tea length skirts and tulle skirts. Think Carrie Bradshaw is SATC?

Match your skirt with a fitted logo t shirt or brogues and you're off to a great start.

What do you think of this trend?




Doma-Nikki....x