Organising Your Nail Colours

Since moving into my own apartment about a year ago, I've developed the dangerous obsession with organising and storing things away from sight. I don't know if this is what you would call OCD, but even if it is, it's a beautiful obsession.

For the longest time, I had such a headache digging through my huge stash of nail polishes just to find the one that I was thinking of. But seeing this amazing nail polish organising tip on The Beauty Department, I decided that I needed to have a go at organising again! 

Things you'll need:
1) Your collection of nail colours
2) A pretty box - I just used one left over from the Chinese Mooncake Festival
3) White sticker labels
4) Hole Puncher
5) Top coat or Modge Podge - Anything that dries clear

How to:
1) Paint your white sticker labels with each color of nail polish. By using white labels, you will be able to see the true color of your nail polishes - I decided to reuse some that were lying around the house. Try and keep the bottles lined up in the same order as the stickers, so you don’t end up putting the wrong color on the wrong bottle!

2) Once the polishes have fully dried, use a hole puncher to punch out your circle colour swatches from the sticker labels.

3) Stick the colour swatch that you've punched out to the top of the bottle cap.

4) Cover it with a layer of top coat or Mod Podge to secure the circle sticker in place FOREVER.

5) Place the polishes into your box in any order you want. As you can see, I've chosen to go with the "whatever fits in" pattern.

Have fun organising!

Inspiration: Dusty White Beaded Blazer

Kenneth Cole

Got some old wooden/plastic beads and a white jacket to spare?

Try spray-painting the beads and hand-sewing them onto your jacket for an instant Kenneth Cole-inspired closet revamp!

Leather's back, baby!

With the seasons changing and temperatures dipping, our foul-weather companion is finally making its way back into our closets - with a vengeance! Not stopping at just biker bomber jackets, leather is being reworked into tops, skirts, hats, dresses and much more. Here are some of my favourite killer pieces for this season.



So many ways and so many colours, I can't wait to get started on some leather DIY!

Hopefully I'll get down to it pretty soon.

Wearing floral print pants like a pro

Summer is in full swing and the sartorial streets are taken over by a vibrantly-coloured wave of floral pants!

Whilst holidaying in London 2 weeks back, I too came across the loveliest pair and succumbed under the power that is the "floral pants". With so many ways to carry off this trend, I have picked out the 3 key shapes that do justice to this lovely phenomenon.

Found the perfect pair but don't know how to wear it? Well, here are some of my thoughts on what works well with them.

Single coloured bold tops: You can never go wrong with a simple, single coloured top. But for more oomph, try contrasting your floral pants with a top in a bold, summery colour.

Muted/Monochrome patterns: If you are a beginner at loud pants but love a bit of mix-and-match, then might I suggest adding muted patterned tops (e.g. striped jackets, patterned tops in muted colours..)

Mixing florals: Definitely not for the faint-hearted, floral-on-floral action has to be pursued with a keen eye. Identify + match the base colours of your floral pieces or match your pieces by choosing colour palettes that work well together.

Whatever your style, just add a huge splash of confidence and you'll pull it off well!

La Dolce Vita

Welcome to Sugar and Strings! Whilst experiencing the summer sunshine in all its glory, I thought it would be a good time to begin an "ideas" blog centered around things that I love, and sharing them with other people.

With brilliant colors taking up permanent residency in clothing, food and the skies, what better way to beat the heat by kick starting a new way to cement my love for fashion, cooking and living.

This really is La Dolce Vita (the sweet life)