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Valentine's Day - Ring The Changes

Hello Everyone!

So, 2013 is well underway now. February, in my eyes, is the most awkward month of the year. Not only is it the month straight after January and the New Year hype, but it is also the month that still counts as winter and not quite spring, and is also the month that contains the dreaded Valentine's Day.

Now, being a young single student on Valentine's Day has its perks. You have the option to go out and get alcoholically intoxicated with fellow singletons in town, you can have a cosy film and food night in with your girlfriends or, like me, you can get into your freshly-made bed at 8pm and sleep through the evening and wake up on the 15th knowing the cringe-fest is over.

I chose this option because,

A) I did NOT want to go out to a singles event in town because those things are embarrassing and awkward, even more so when you can see people desperately trying to score someone just for the night and everyone is watching thinking … “oh dear”

B) Pretty much 95% of my girlfriends have other halves that they were spending the evening with

C) My bed is the most comfy thing on the planet and my duvet wraps itself around me and cuddles me in a way no boyfriend can, with no excuses.

Being single on Valentine's Day is something a lot of us hate. Valentine's Day is seen by some to be a tradition and the most romantic day of the year when splashing out on your loved one for the day is justified … as is a crammed trip to Ann Summers or La Senza (oh my goodness, the queues on Valentine's Day for Ann Summers in Nottingham!). Yet by others, Valentine's Day is seen as a commercially corrupt day of forced gestures and wasted money on tacky cards, gifts and flowers, which can actually be given any other day of the year.

Being single meant that I did not have to worry about any of this (lucky me). However, I did decide it would be nice that if no one else was going to buy me a tacky present, then I would buy myself one instead … on a budget of course.

I allowed myself £10 to spend on a Valentine's Day present to me. I was in desperate need of some new jewellery (typical girl) and I decided to look for a nice statement ring. I found a perfect vintage-style ring in Accessorize for exactly £10 and was so happy with my purchase. But jewellery doesn’t always come cheap, and although I have quite a lot, not all of it corresponds with my outfits or what colour my nails are painted.

It would be so much effort to go around finding individual pieces to match each outfit and nail colour. So, in order to save money, recycle and generally be cool, I decided to paint over the pink jewel in whatever colour nail varnish I was wearing that day/night so it would match perfectly with my look. GENIUS, I know.

So here are a few pictures of some of my favourite colour variations of my Valentine's ring … all you have to do is wipe it off with normal nail varnish remover when you fancy another change!

I have tried this on multiple rings of mine which feature a central jewel or stone, but obviously not the expensive jewellery! This way, you can keep your accessories up-to-date and bang on trend in terms of colour. That’s my budget-saving thrifty tip of the month to all style-conscious but financially aware female students. Have fun experimenting!
 

Saturday, 23rd February 2013

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