Nail Art: Floral Nails

Hi my beauties,

It’s Sunday again and I’ve been missing Spring like crazy, which is weird ’cause Spring is like 3 months away. But this is also a cute tutorial for Valentines day so why the heck not? Btw this tutorial was inspired by this amazing nail artist on instagram @nailaholic_ . So if you’re looking for inspiration you should check her out.

You’ll need:

– base and top coat
– white nail polish
– a light pink nail polish
– a darker pink nail polish
– a green nail polish

Let’s get started:

1.) This is optional,  but I always use a base coat,  because I don’t like it when the polish stains and it also last longer. If you do be sure to let it dry before continuing.
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2.) Paint your nails white. You might need 2-3 coats depending on the polish. Again let the polish dry.
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3.) Dot a bit of the lighter pink nail polish on your nail. I just put a blob of the nail polish on but if you want you can use a dotting tool.
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As you see I haven’t painted the one nail yet because I’m going for a different design there.
Let the polish dry.

4.) As soon as the lighter polish is dry you can get your darker pink polish and a thin brush. I wouldn’t use a makeup brush for this unless you don’t need it anymore. Here you have to be precise. Just paint tiny lines around the dot and inside of it.
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Take your time with this.

5.) Use the same brush and paint two lines with the green nail polish.
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Whith this step you’re finishef with your floral nail pattern. It’s really easy to do but it does take time and patience.

6.) Now I’m going to show you what I did with my other nail that I left bare. I’m using the same tape technique that I used with my holiday nail art, you can go check it out, if you want.
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I just painted the stripes with the lighter pink and painted a few thin lines with the darker pink nail polish and my nail art brush.

And finally:

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The floral nails♥♡♥ I’ve been so into floral lately, that I adore these nails, even though they take some time.
I hope you love them as much as I do. If you do these nails I’d love to see them. You can send your pics of the  via email fashion4forfun@gmail.com or Twitter @Fashion4forFun or you can tag me in it on Instagram @Fashion4forFun.  Be sure to check out @nailaholic_ my inspiration for this post.

Xoxoxox

Caitlyn

Christmas with Caitlyn: Holiday makeup/ Reviews

Hi my beauties,

Merry Christmas!

It’s my favorite time of the year and I can’t wait to show you guys what I have planned for today.

This is a makeup tutorial for Christmas eve or even for any other special day. It’s really natural but still has a wow effect.

Let’s get started.

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My face

So to explain, on my right eye I’ve already done the makeup but my left is bare. By the way on my cheeks I have a this highlighter from Caltrice, a limited edition with I love and I think it matches the holiday theme.

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My eyes

Now I always tie my hair back and since I cut it it’s been hard, so I used this rubber which works really well.
As a highlighter for my eye I used this Shimmer Wash Eye Shadow by bobbi brown in the color Champagne 13. It belongs to my everyday makeup and it’s so easy to apply especially when I’m having a lazy day.

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Today however I will be using this medium shadow brush and I’ll be applying the eye shadow in the inner corner of my eye and under my brow.

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Next I’ll be using a palette.  It’s the Glam’eyes by Rimmel London in the color 002 English Oak.

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I really like this palette because it really opens your eyes and it also is a little bit glittery but still looks natural.

We’ll be using this color:
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No this color we’ll be applying all over our lid and under our brow. It’s optional what brush you want to use. You can use a medium shadow brush but I’ll be using an angle shadow brush.
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Now we choose the most darkest color on the palette:
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This we apply on our lid. Be sure to have some makeup remover around in case you make a mistake.
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Next we’ll be using a gold-brown eyeshadow an with it we’ll paint over the dark brown one. This will create a shimmery effect but you’ll still see the dark one shining through and around the edges.
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Then choose a color with a reddish undertone and spread it it your crease.
P.S I’m using an angle shadow brush for all these steps.
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This color has to be lighter than the colors you used before. If you want you can blend it in a bit using a fluffy brush.
The next color also has a reddish undertone. It’s darker then the other one but not as dark as the darkest shade that we used. This one you apply  in the corned of your eye and a tiny bit under your eye.
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So now we’re done with the eyeshadow part.
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As I said it’s a pretty natural look. What you don’t see so well is how glittery the eyeshadow is.
Now for my mascara routine I have to say it changes a lot. I try different mascaras each time and also don’t use them all in the same way.
First thing I usually do is curl my lashes.
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My little torture device;)
No , but seriously is it just me or does an eyelash curler look like some medieval torturing device?

Anyway after that I use my Winged mascara by Mabyelline on both my top and lower lashes.
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I absolutely love this mascara. It has this clever little brush that helps you apply the mascara on one side and on the other it has a curved side so it fits perfectly in the curve of my lashes. It’s a little harder though to apply the mascara to your lower lashes but all together it’s a pretty good mascara.

The next mascara I use is the Lashblast Fusion by covergirl. I just use it to pile upon my top lashes so that it opens up my eye and makes my lashes appear longer.
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It’s also a pretty good mascara but used alone it doesn’t really give you that Wow Effect. Quite subtle, but for younger girls that’s probabley good. If you’re not going for a subtle look it’s a good mascara that you can pile upon another so just use it with another mascara.

My lips

For my lips I went for a bold color. I also call it my Christmas lipstick because I used it as the statement piece for most of my Christmas outfits. It’s the Color Sensational Lipstick by Mabyelline in the color 180 Crazy Pink.
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Now my camera didn’t capture the color so well but it’s this beautiful hot pink. I love the color, it has a reasonable price and it doesn’t dry my lips out like other lipsticks do. I also love the case it’s really smart.
The only thing I have to criticise is that if your lips are dry you see it. So before using it be sure to exfoliate your lips with your toothbrush or with a lip scrub. (To make your own lip scrub check out my DIY)

The look

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So that’s the look guys hope you like it. Be sure to check out all of my Christmas specials.

I’m not sure if I’ll be able to post tomorrow but I’ll try. Otherwise I will post my next post on the 26th. So be ready for that. If you do any of my posts and take a picture feel free to share it with us. Either via Instagram (#caitlynsentme) or via email (fashion4forfun@gmail.com) or via Twitter (@Fashion4forFun).
I’ll be choosing pictures out at random and they’ll get a shout out on my blog. So be sure to do that.

And that’s it. Merry Christmas everybody, enjoy the food and the time with your family.

Xoxox

Caitlyn

Christmas with Caitlyn: Holiday nail art

Hi my beauties,

Sorry I’m so late, but I had a christmas party today and didn’t have time to plan ahead.  So here I am this evening and I promis no more late posts. At least until 2014.

Christmas is almost here, I mean 2 days and that means I need a few new ideas for the new year. So don’t be shy to leave a comment or to send me an email (fashion4forfun@gmail.com) with your ideas.

Now lets get started.

You’ll need:

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– duck tape
White nail vanish (pearly white)
Red nail vanish ( Paint-the-Town)
Glitter nail polish ( 41 2 Million Dollar Baby)

(I couldn’t find the exact nail vanishes that I used, except for the catrice one but these should be fine. I triec the nail vanishes from each brand and they’re really good.)

Lets get started:

1.) Paint your nails white. If you want you can put on a base coat, I didn’t because I didn’t want the nail polish to be to thick.
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2.) Get your duck tape and use it to outline what you want to be red. Careful!!!! Your nails have to be really dry and I’m using a really weak duck tape because otherwise you’ll just tear off the white nail polish when you remove it.
Whith the red lines you should make sure that the stripes have different sizes.
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Paint in the gap that you created with your red nail polish. Let it dry.
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3.) Slowly and carefully take the duck tape off. As soon as you’ve done that you should press down the edge of the red so that it’s smoother.
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Mine are a tiny bit messy but I hope you’ll forgive me. I’m also really sorry that some of the pictures are a little out of fokus, I don’t know what I did wrong but I’ll try to avoid this in the future.

Now you’re actually done with the actual part of the tutorial, but because I owe you guys, here is a little extra:

1.) Take a piece of fabric. Best is a thin semi see-through Christmas ribbon.
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This you place over a nail of your choice. I decided to take my pinky.

2.) As soon as you’ve decided drop a blob of clear nail polish on that nail and place the fabric over it and press it on. Let the nail polish dry.

As soon as it’s dry go over your nail a few times with a clear nail polish.
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3.) Grab a pair of sharp scissors and cut away any excess fabric except an inch of fabric infront of your nail.
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4.) Go over your nail again with the clear nail polish and then cut of the rest of the excess fabric.
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5/4.) This is optional, but it looks really nice. Take a glittery nail polish and go over each nail, except the one with the fabric on it. It just adds that christmasy touch.
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And now I’m sure you’ve been trying to figure out what stripez have to do with Christmas.  The official name for this type of manicure is… drum roll please………….

CANDY CANE NAILS!!!!!
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Yes, and they’re so easy to do so please enjoy trying this yourself.

Now if you ever try any of my tutorials, please take a picture amd put it on instagram with the #caitlynsentme and I’ll randomly give a shout out to a few people who do this. I’ll be checking this the whole year round so feel free to do this anytime. If you don’t have instagram don’t worry, you can also tweet a pic @Fashion4forFun or send me the pic via email fashion4forfun@gmail.com .

And who knows I might be having a giveaway soon if enough people apply.

Have a great day/evening/morning and enjoy your holidays.

Xoxox

Caitlyn

Christmas with Caitlyn: Personalised beanie

Hallo my cuties,

Sunday is here and I’ve got another DIY for you…and a little suprise. I have the feeling I’m getting a hang of the picture taking scene, so that’s pretty awesome.
This tutorial is going to be a little bit different. I’m going to show you how to personalise your beanie, because if there’s one thing I can’t stand is if I see 5 people looking exactly the same. So let’s begin:

You’ll need:

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– a beanie
– a necklace
– fabric glue
– matching thread
– needle

Let’s begin:

1.) Grab your necklace and use some tweezers to undo the chain.
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2.) Pin the ends of your necklace to the beanie. Here you place the necklace the way you want it to be. It helps if you put the beanie on.
Now if you have a bendable necklace like me its easier to place, but if you have an unbendable one you can try bending it with your hands.
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3.) Take a thread, loop it through the needle and then knot both ends together.
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4.) Start sewing from the inside of the beanie, then inward again and just continue like that, until it’s stable.
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5.) The rest of my necklace is still hanging through so I’m going to glue the stones on. If you want you can sew it, but I’m a little bit lazy.
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Now you have your own personalised beanie.
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And now to my surprise.
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I cut my hair!!! I can honestly say I’ve never cut my hair this short so this is a huge step for me. I hope you like it;)

I know this DIY was pretty brief, if you want a more detailed version you can check out my ’embellished shirt’ tutorial.

Now my last blog post was about holiday hairstyles and I’d love it if you could send me your pictures of those hairstyles.  The best 5 will be displayed on my blog. So be sure to check that out.

A happy 2nd advent everybody and I’ll be seeing you guys next week.

Xoxox

Caitlyn

Christmas with Caitlyn: 2 Holiday Hairstyles

Hi my cuties,

Welcome to the second holiday special and today I’ll be doing another hair tutorial. I picked two unique hairstyles, both can be worn to dressier events and the one you can turn into a more casual updo. May I add both are very easy. So lets get started:

Knoted Braid Updo

1.) Brush your hair really well, you don’t want any knots.
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(Excuse some of my pictures, I’m a little bit awkward infront of a camera,  but I’m hoping that it will eventually go away.)

2.) Make a side parting.
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3.) Take a triangle of hair from the back of your head and clip it away.
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4.) Now grab two pieces from the front, these you’ll use for the braid.
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5.) Take the bottom piece cross it over the top one and then through the loop, as if you’re making a knot. Then pull. The bottom piece now becomes the top one and the top one becomes the bottom one. This is really important. Without this the braid won’t work.
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6.) Continue and the secure the braid with a thin elastic band.
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7.) Pull the braid to the back and pin it into place. If you want you can remove the elastic band now. Place the hair ,that we pinned away at the beginning, over the pins so that they’re hidden.
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8.) Now it gets hard. Part your remaining hair into three same sized sections. Start with the middle on. Grab it with your one hand and twist it upward, so that your hair is looped around your hand. Then pin it, but leave a tiny bit of hair hanging out at the bottom. Repeat this with all three sections.
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9.) Take the bits of hair that you left hanging at the bottom and criss-cross them over the pinned up hair. You can do this in a messy or a groomed fashion.
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Voilà,  thats your updo. Now if you want a more casual hair style, instead of pinning the braid to the back of your head, you grab all your hair with the braid to a messy ponytail. This is personnaly my favorite way to wear it.
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Braided updo

1.) Brush your hair to the back and take the top layer of your hair. Start french braiding (see my post ‘Braids 101’ for an explanation) your hair and the go over in a normal braid.
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2.) If you grab underneath your braid with your two thumbs you’ll feel a tiny space there. Try widening it eith your thumbs.
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3.) As soon as you think the space is wide enough,  take your braid and start rolling it inward. Then eventually tuck the rolled up braid into the hole we created before.
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4.) Now pin the braid into place.

And there you go. A formal updo that can be done in 5 Minutes.
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And thats the post for today guys, I hope you enjoyed my little extra post. I am a christmas person and even though Advent kinda just started I’ve been having so much fun.

Now I have a challenge for you. If you decide to do one of the hair styles I showed today, please send me the pic via my email: fashion4forfun@gmail.com and I’ll be choosing the 3 best pictures to be featured on my blog on the 25th of December.  So don’t be shy!

Now on a more serious note. A lot of you probabley know that Nelson Mandela past away and this makes me really sad, since I’ve always loved him because I love South Africa. It has always been my home. So here I just want to pay my respects to him, we lost a great man and an amazing leader. So thank you Mandela for everything that you did for South Africa and for the world. You’ll be sorely missed.

Xoxox

Caitlyn

P.S For post updates follow me on Twitter (@Fashion4forFun) or if you have any questions, reviews,  suggestions or wishes you can contact me via the email address shown above.

Christmas with Caitlyn: Lip scrub

Hi beauties,

Welcome to my first ever holiday special with the name: Christmas with Caitlyn. And let me just say, I’m so excited,  I absolutely love Christmas. I love the lights, I love the decorations and most of all I love the fashion.

But today we won’t be looking at the amazing fashion, instead we’ll be concentrating on the gifting part of Christmas. In particular: Lip scrub.
The idea came from this lip scrub by Lush. It tastes so good, they have so many different flavours and it works really well, my only issue with it is, it’s quite pricey. So I decided to do some handiwork instead. So let’s get started:

You will need:
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– small makeup holders
– castor sugar
– olive oil
– honey
– flavouring (optional)

1.) Take a teaspoonful of castor sugar and mix it with 1-1.5 teaspoonfuls of olive oil. The mixture should not be too oily.
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2.) Add honey. Just dribble it over the mixture.  It can’t be too sticky, but it’s supposed to help stick it all together.
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3.) Now it’s time to add the flavouring.  I went for real christmasy flavours, since well, Advent starts today. Here for the one lip scrub I used gingerbread herbs and I swear it tastes just like gingerbread. So good!
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For my second lip scrub I chose clementine and I just grated some of the peel into the mixture and then mixed it. It’s fresh, fruity and it reminds me of the christmas season. Enjoy!
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4.) Put the scrub in the makeup holder. Press it down and fill it up to get the most out of the scrub.
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Voilà! You can use this lip scrub for yourself or pack it up as a christmas present. It’s great, especially if your lips are chapped.
I can promise you now that I’ll be making more DIYs for christmas presents,  so stay tuned.
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Now if you want to know when my special posts are you can follow me on Twitter @Fashion4forFun and if you have any additional questions, suggestions or reviews you can contact me at fashion4forfun@gmail.com .
Happy 1st Advent, enjoy it with your family and friends and I’ll be seeing you guys soon.

Xoxoxo

Caitlyn

P.S A big shout out to a few of my friends. They’ve been sick for the last few days and I’m hoping that this post will cheer them up a little bit. I love you guys, get well soon. ♡♥♡

DIY: Embellished shirt

Hi cuties,
As promised here is my usual Sunday post and I have a real treat for you.
I’m going to show you how you can simply and creatively spice up any old shirt or just customize a basic shirt.
And the most important ingredient is, simply, to have fun!

Materials:
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– an old or a new plain shirt
– hot fix rivets and/or different sized rhinestones
– a white pencil, crayon or a fabric pencil
– fabric glue

Let’s get started:

1.) Take your shirt and the rhinestones. Start placing them to see how you want the layout to be. If you want you can skip this step but I wouldn’t recommend it.
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Similar rivets: http://www.michaels.com/on/demandware.store/Sites-Michaels-Site/default/mProduct-Show?pid=ap0057&start=2&cgid=products-apparelcrafting-iononappliques
Similar rhinestones: http://www.joann.com/create-your-style-swarovski-flat-back-crystals-100-pkg-crystal/10929230.html#start=1
Shirt: http://tablet.hm.com/ch/product/22979?article=22979-A

2.) Best is to start with the hot fix rivets. You will need an ironing board for this step. Hot fix means they are filled with glue and you melt the glue so that it sticks. But more to that later.
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Take a rivet and mark its position on the inner side of the shirt with a white pencil.
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Pencil: http://m.michaels.com/on/demandware.store/Sites-Michaels-Site/default/mSearch-Show?cgid=products-apparelcrafting-fabricmarkers

3.) Now comes the hard part. It’s easiest to put the rivet on the ironing bord and then place the shirt over it. You can then position it with your fingers.
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4.) Place the iron over it and hold it there for a few seconds so the glue has time to melt (be careful that it doesn’t start burning). Then you can start moving the iron around. Use your fingers to spread the shirt so that there aren’t any creases.
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5.) When you ironed on all of your rivets ,we can get started with the rhinestones. These we will simply glue on with fabric glue. Warning: I’m not sure how well the glue will hold so only wash this shirt with a low temperature or hand wash it.
The glueing is so easy. You just put the glue on the back of the rhinestone and place it. Wipe away any excess glue and put some pressure on it. Depending on the glue you’ll have to wait 30 minutes up to an hour for it to completely dry.
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Continue like this with the rest of your rhinestones.
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6.) And voilà: you have a unique ,beautiful (and sparkly) shirt, of which you can be sure that no one else has it.
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Now before I say goodbye,  I have some exiting news. On the 9th of December Imagine Dragons are coming to Switzerland! Which is amazing because I absolutely love them and all of their songs ,so naturally I have tickets. And because I need an outfit for everything a few of my friends and I got together this weekend to customize our own shirts, which we want to wear to the concert. So I thought why not make a blog post about it.

So if you want to see our shirts and some exclusive pictures and windows from the concert ,stay tuned till the 15th of December.

Thanks again for reading my newest post. Have a nice week!
Xoxoxo
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P.S You guys are awesome. In the time that this blog has been online ( about 3 weeks) I’ve gotten over 100 views, which is really cool and I couldn’t of done it without you, so a big thank you for that!♡♥♡