I have recently embarked on a bit of a creative/ business venture with one of my oldest and bestest friends Louise ( we are literally family) and I have to say I am loving it!

Louise is the founder and mastermind behind Vivanails. Viva nails is a professional and creative nail service born from a passion of nail art. They provide a range of services from mobile nail artistry to custom press on’s for any occasion. Although I may be bias, Louise honestly produces some of the best hand designs I have ever come across. I have frequently been stopped by people in the street, marvelling at my nails and wondering where I got them done when wearing one of her designs. She will literally take your nails from bla to hurrah! If you don’t believe me, you can check out her skills for yourself here

Louise had the idea of designing nails to compliment outfits for some time now. Like many of us it’s an idea that she sat on for some time. This is where I come in! Having advised friends with where they can source their outfits for years as well as inspire them on how to put items together, I have been encouraged to persue the path of stylist more times than I can remember and it is most definitely my dream job.

After a random conversation, Louise and I came up with the idea of working on Fashion Nail Fridays together. It just made sense. Now we know why Louise didn’t take the idea forward earlier!

What is Fashion Nail Fridays?

Fashion nail Fridays is born from a concept of providing a new and unique styling solution. We team fresh “on trend” nails designed exclusively by Vivanails(Louise) with simple but effective outfits curated by stylist CM a la mode (Me). Our dream is to leave you inspired with outfits which compliment your nails seamlessly!

Why its great collaborating with someone I know

Although Fashion Nail Fridays is very much in it’s infancy, we have big plans for it coupled with bags of passion. Because we have known each other for so long, it has really been easy to merge our skills in order to take this venture forward and quite simply we just get each other.

All of us have the power to unlock so much potential. Whilst it is important to make time for your individual goals, there is a lot to be gained from combining your skills with someone elses to further elevate your success.

Just think the ideal person for you to collaborate with could be right underneath your nose! I encourage you right now to give that some thought. Please do share with me what you come up with.

Outfit details

Me

Yellow dress is from topshop. Buy it here

Black and white striped bag from zara. Buy it here

Multi print dress from Zara. Buy it here

Striped slides. No longer available. Buy a similar pair here

Louise

Orange sundress from boohoo but no longer available. Purchase a similar style here

Love as always


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Soon after I decided that I was going to start blogging and pursue my dream of becoming a personal stylist, I saw promotion for a “cocktails with Claire” event in London. I enquired with one of my friends who was promoting the event about whether he thought it was worth going and he said most definitely! Claire Sulmers was hosting the event. She was a fashion icon and it would be a really good opportunity to network. And there it was! That dreaded word. Network. I dont know about you but I have a serious fear of networking. The thought of turning up to an event and trying to struck up conversation with people I have never met before literally makes me sick to the stomach. What would I say? What if i tried to talk to someone and they just smiled and kept it moving like I do to those poor charity workers on the street?What if the conversation falls flat on its face? There’s only so long you can pretend to look busy and content whilst scrolling through your phone. We have all been there!

Anyway whilst I was contemplating and procrastinating about whether I had the balls to go this event, I realised that she was also  releasing a book. If you know me well, you’ll know that I don’t hesitate when it comes to shopping. The book got copped fast fast! Unfortunately I didn’t go to the event in the end. I sat at home and stalked it on my Instagram stories like a loser. Hopefully in the future I will be sharing with you my tips on networking because it’s incredibly difficult to win without doing it well. Anyway this is indeed a book review so let’s get on with it!

What is the book about?

“The Bomb Life. My brand. My terms” is a memoir and self help book written by Claire Sulmers.  Many of you will have heard of the blog fashionbombdaily.com of which Claire is the founder and editor in chief.  The book takes you on a ride with Claire as she charts the highs and lows of her career and how she made it to where she is today. It is also a self help book so she touches on several things such as the art of growing and monetizing your blog.

“You have the power in your brain and at the end of your fingertips to create the life that you want.

Set concrete goals.

Write them down.

Put them somewhere you can see them when you wake up and go to sleep.

Tell anyone who will listen of your sometimes outrageous plans

Reach for the stars.

You’ll be surprised how many of your dreams and goals come through.”

Page 183 of “The Bomb Life. My Brand my terms by Claire Sulmers

Why should you read this book?

Admittedly, my driver for buying the book was my interest in fashion and blogging. If however you have no interest in either of these, I would still recommend the book and here’s why. The main thing I took away from this book is that you should never give up on your dreams. You may often need to disregard the opinions of others, even those who love you dearly. Things may get rough and it may seem like you are never going to get there but perseverance and self belief is the key. So if you want that promotion at work, are a budding or aspiring entrepreneur or are just looking for a pick me up, it is most definitely worth a read.

Claire Sulmers Instagram page 2017 @clairesulmers

 

Just click on the picture below to get your copy. Let me know what you think!

Thanks for reading


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This is an honest review and I am not working in conjunction with Claire Sulmers or fashionbombdaily.