Hello everyone!

I am so excited that I got the Blogger of the Month nomination by the Next Blogger Network. I was awarded the Blogger of the Month badge for January for my Pastel colors inspiration board. My nomination is already on NBN facebook page and will be announced in an upcoming newsletter to NBN members. In that matter we had a short interview so that you can learn a bit more about me and nailcentric.net. Here are the questions and my answers!

Blogger of the Month Jan

1. When did you start blogging and what encouraged you?
I started blogging in December 2013. I wanted a place to share my passion for nail art with people who really care. My husband encouraged me a lot, helped me set up the blog and is making all the photos for it. That made nailcentric.net a possible and real blog project.

2. Who is your blog-spiration, what blogs do you read for inspiration?
I get my inspiration mainly from fashion and lifestyle blogs. I love Keiko Lynn’s  blog, Kate’s Small Things blog, the Bohemian SF Girl by Bay and many others actually. I love street style, beauty, lifestyle and food blogs with inspirational imagery.

3. You have previous written great posts featuring Next products, will you be shopping at Next more?
I doubt I would be shopping more. I have a clear shopping strategy I always stick to!

4. Who is your style icon?
My style icon has been the same for years. It is the talented and always magnificent Gwen Stefani.

5. What is your top tip for other bloggers?
Fellow bloggers, when inspiration is not there, just do not post.

6. Where do you go to write your blog?
I write in my bed with my computer in my lap.

7. If you could blog from anywhere in the world, where would it be?
I love my place so much! I wouldn’t mind blogging from New Zealand, though :)

8. I am not just a blogger I’m also…
… I am also a Mom to a baby boy, a wife to the love of my life, a project coordinator for an international IT corporation, a scrap booker and a dear friend to those closest to my heart.

9. What are your top five favourite items from next.co.uk?
My 5 picks according to my current mood will be:

10. What is your blogging soundtrack?
Usually some funny sound my boy’s toys make :)

11. Do you have a secret talent, if so, tell us?
No secrets, I show off all my talents all the time :) I think my biggest talent is to enjoy life.

12. I have noticed you blog about nails mainly, but fashion as well…what if your fav topic to write about?
I love to blog on everything I am happy to share. Sometimes it is nails, sometimes it is a fashion inspiration, it doesn’t matter as soon as I feel passionate about it.

13. We are now into our Spring (YAY!!) What is your number  1 top look for Spring?
Spring will be mostly black and white for me this season. I love the monochrome trend and will be getting the most of it by combining skinny leather look trousers, black ankle boots, a white tee, my all time favorite short black jacket and a large bag. I will also have my favorite sunglasses with me :)

Thanks for reading!

Hello lovelies!

It is barely January and I am already anticipating the spring season. I got hooked to the pastel colors trend for spring/summer this year and I’d love to wear it this season. I am sharing with you my spring 2014 fashion inspiration board dedicated to pastel color trend. Of course, this post is in the Mix Box, my blog section totally unrelated to manicure :)

My picks to pull off the pastel colors fashion trend for spring 2014 are in the inspiration board below.

Parka
The parka is mu ultimate choice for a casual outwear. I think it is perfect for spring, as well as autumn and colder summer nights. A pastel color parka can be a key piece in a spring 2014 look. I love this pastel pink 4 pocket jacket from Next.

Ankle boots
I love how versatile these ankle boots by Dr. Martens are. The colors seem a little pretentious but the boots themselves are a versatile spring shoe option. I love how they look with skinny jeans, skirts and dresses and it you do not want to show them off too much, you can always wear them with the good old bootcut jeans pair on top.

Candy color jeans
Spring is the best season to freshen up the look so that it goes perfectly with new  nature colors and finally there sunshine :) I love the candy colored pastel jeans for a casual and youthful look.

Hair color
As much as I love ombre hairstyle I will not go for pastel lilac all over. Anyways, my spring hair refreshment look features pastel colored hair extensions to clip in hair. Colorful clip in hair strands are a great way to keep up with the trend without giving up your right to go back to natural when you have an important business meeting.

Multiple bracelets
From all jewellry out there my favorite piece must be the bracelet. Rolled up sleeves are my signature thing so bracelets fit just right there and make a perfect way to wear a trend. A multiple pastel color bracelet will complete a look no matter of the main color you have chosen for your look. I love Next’s Pastel expander bracelet.

Pastel nails
Pastel nails are a strong nail trend for 2014 and I will wear them with pleasure. I find the pale yellow shade more unique and rare so I will be looking for this color as soon as spring 2014 nail polish collections hit the stores this season.

Thanks for sharing my inspiration! Will you be rocking the pastel trend this spring/summer season?.

Hello everyone!

Welcome to my first post in the Mix Box blog section. The Mix Box is reserved for topics which are not related to manicure but I still want to share with you.

I spent the whole morning happily choosing spring/summer clothes for my baby boy. “Wow, they grow so fast!” crossed my mind a zillion times :) But I also had some reasonable thoughts that may be useful to you when shopping for kids clothes. I will share with you what I got from my successful and totally failed kids shopping experience.

How to choose the best kids clothes

How to choose the best kids clothes

Plan a season ahead
The best time to do kids spring/summer shopping is… winter. To be more precise: winter sales. The same goes for winter clothes. You will get the best deals if you browse the clearance sections. I am not saying that you will have to make your baby wear Christmas sweaters on the beach but there are always some good pieces which will fit at least 3 of 4 seasons. Good examples are zipper sweatshirts, hoodies, under garments, t-shirts which can also serve as underwear, etc. Put your imagination to work and save your wallet some cash while making your discount picks :)

Get a larger size
Let’s face it, our kids grow up oh so fast! Sometimes moms end up with new clothes which still have their price tag attached and are already small for your precious one to wear. To avoid getting new clothes too often just get them slightly larger than your child’s current size. You can roll sleeves and pants up for a while until your baby grows to fit them, and too soon after outgrows them.

Get mix and match sets
I find mix and match clothes sets easiest to use. You always have an outfit ready for your precious as soon as you choose clothes from the same line. Many companies launch these lines of perfectly thought over pieces which go perfectly well together from the hat to the sock.

Look for value packs
Some clothing pieces come in value packs. These are a larger number of the same piece, combined together to offer a better price. It is similar to a wholesale purchase: if you buy 5, you will get a better price. I always get value packs for short and long sleeve bodysuits, sleep suits and socks. These pieces are always highly exploited and I need to have a larger number. Than why not at a better price, right?

Prefer quality to quantity
Maybe the most important feature of kids clothes is durability. Children are in their nature abusers in so many ways :) Your kids clothes are more likely to get stained, torn, washed on a 60 degree program than any other piece of fabric out there. So you need good quality fabrics to ensure your child feels comfortable wearing them and also that they will survive the process above.

I will share with you the clothes gallery I made for my boy. All images are from Next where I usually get kids clothes inspiration and deals. My clothes sets are all boy sets but I believe tips here are valid for buying girls clothes too!

How to choose the best kids clothes: mix and match sets

How to choose the best kids clothes: mix and match sets

How to choose the best kids clothes: mix and match sets

How to choose the best kids clothes: mix and match sets

What not to do when shopping for kids clothes?
There is one thing I strongly believe you should not do when shopping for kids clothes. Do not bring your child with you! Kids will spend their time much more happily playing, napping or doing kids stuff instead of having to accompany you to a shopping spree. You do not need an unhappy, bored and nervous child around, believe me! So either go alone or shop online. Tip! If you decide to go shopping without your child, bring a few of their clothes with you as this may break the ties if you are hesitating between two possible sizes.

Thanks for reading this unrelated stuff from my Mix Box, I hope it was useful!.