Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Candy cane nails and a new watch

“You will never find time for anything. If you want time, you must make it.” 
― Charles Buxton
As some of you may know/have noticed, I love interesting watches. There's my signature lego watch which I had to find again after being known as the "lego watch girl" for many years (x). Theres a cat one (x), a clear one (x), and even my simple watch (x) I consider interesting since it belonged to my grandfather! So when I had a look at the watches from Born Pretty I got pretty excited. They have a great range of interesting women's watches, and eventually I settled on a cool map faced one. As much as I love white leather it is normally something I steer away from due to the dirty factor. But at such an affordable price I figured this was great since I can easily get a replacement (or try a new style).

nails - OPI liquid sand in 'Solitaire', and Butter London in 'Chancer'
map watch c/o Born Pretty

Today I also decided to get festive when doing my nails and take inspiration from one of my favourite Christmas things; the candy cane. I started with a red nail polish for the base (I used ‘Chancer‘ by Butter London) and waited for it to dry well. Next I cut up little strips of sellotape and placed them over the nails at an angle where I wanted the red strips to be (making sure they a stuck down well with no bubbles). Then I painted the white polish over
 the top (I used ‘Solitaire’ by OPI). After waiting for this to dry (if it hasn’t dried properly it can smudge everywhere!) you then peel off the tapeA clean up with a polish remover soaked cotton bud is then required (I find it impossible to keep nail polish just on the nail) and you’re done! I think this would look equally as cool with a gold and white or green and red; basically what ever festive colours you have! Pretty simple but a very cool effect! I did them while watching Captain America again so maybe I was slightly influenced by that too haha.

I really love the watch, and I've already had people complimenting me on it which is always a good sign I'm not the only one. I was also impressed with the quality which turned out to really great, especially considering this one is only $5.99 (USD)! If you need (or want) a new watch you're sure to find one you like on Born PrettyThey were even nice enough to offer a 10% discount for our readers if you use the coupon code TARAMC10 :)



  1. Great watch and the nails are so minty fresh and I might try something similar with a white nail pen :o). Xx

    Makeup by Candlelight

  2. lovely watch<3

  3. Such amazing pics, love this watches..... Ouuu... Beautiful dear...

  4. Merry xmas so cute manicure<3

  5. Hey I just came across your blog via another blogger friend. :) Beautiful winter nails! And i love your watch! xxx

  6. love the Christmas spirit in your nails!!!! :D

  7. Loving the nails! I wish that I was slightly more coordinated that I could atleast paint my nails one solid colour haha :)

  8. love your nails....the watch is so cute


  9. Ooh, I'm so inspired to redo my nails now!
    Also, that watch is perfect. I love the statement it makes :)

    The Dragonfruit Diaries

  10. Great post! Love the moving images!I just followed you on bloglovin.If you like you can follow me back and keep in touch :-)

  11. I love the nails but mostly i love the watch!

  12. i absolutely adore the design of your watch!! super cute nails too. talented girly!! xx

  13. great post!

    I have an ongoing giveaway on my blog, please join! :) xx Miss Beatrix (

  14. Wow, the watch is amazing! And so is the red nailpolish!

  15. Your nails and that watch are literally to die for! I wanna do something fun with my nails for the holiday season, this might just be the winner!

    Miche from Buttons and Birdcages

  16. The watch is amazing! I love the look of old maps like that.
    The Undercover Dress-Up Lover x

  17. Nice pics! Love these styles! They all look genius!
    Thanks for your sharing and posting!
    Have a nice day!

  18. Ohhh, this watch is gorgeous- and love the candy cane mani!


  19. Nice watch!


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