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I’ve Had A Ball Of A Time!

Recently, I had my school ball. Or should I say, two of them?
For those Americans out there, the school ball is pretty much like a prom. Everyone wears nice dresses and brings a date and dances the night away on the dance floor.
Luckily for me, I got to go to two this year! (Me and my boyfriend of 13 months go to different schools.)
I just thought I’d show you the dresses I wore (a different one to each, of course!).
The first ball I went to was my boyfriend’s. I knew a few of his friends already, so it wasn’t too hard to have fun! I wore a green dress, and a masquerade mask that I’d made. (Check out my other blog post showing you how to make your own!)
NB: I haven’t asked my boyfriend for permission to post a photo of him, so I’ve cropped him out… ;P

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The second ball I went to was my own. Admittedly, the music was much better because we’d won a competition for a famous(ish) DJ! I wore a red dress this time, in great contrast…

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Luckily for me, my boyfriend’s suit matched both my dresses perfectly! Both nights were equally amazing and fun, definitely an experience I’ll never forget!!!

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Union Jack Nail Polish!

In spirit of the Olympics drawing ever nearer, I’m writing a post to teach you guys how to paint union jacks on your nails!

You will need:
– Red, blue, and white, and clear nail polish
– Sellotape
– Scissors

Start off by painting your whole nail red. I recommend you only do your thumbnail to start with, because its the biggest and easiest to do.

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Make sure the nail polish is completely dry, then cut a piece of sellotape into quarters so you have four very thin strips. Now sellotape a union jack on your nail (it looks like an asterisk). Now carefully paint over your whole nail in white, making sure the white doesnt get under the sellotape. Once the nail is completely dry again, peel the sellotape off slowly and gently. Your nail should look something like this (but probably neater – I’ve never done this before):

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Now cut a piece of sellotape just in half this time, so the strips aren’t as thin as before. Stick them down over the red lines you’ve just made. Now paint your whole nail blue! Once its completely dry, peel the sellotape off gently and carefully like before. You should now have a union jack on your nail!

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No-No Box!

My friends and I always love to be honest with each other – that’s why they gave me a no-no box.
A no-no box is just a normal box (or container) that you put things (or pictures of them if they’re too big) you aren’t allowed in. For example, an envelope of money (you could keep adding money if you’re saving up for something), a picture of a bar of chocolate, or something else you want to give up. Alternatively, if you’re a parent, you could even use it as some sort of disciplinary system for your kid/s.
All you need to do is get a box, about the size of a shoebox, and put it somewhere you won’t see it every day.

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In my no-no box I have a lighter, my pen collection (I’m not allowed to waste the ink – they’re for special occasions), and a few angry/emotional letters to people that I’ll never give them.
What’s even better, is if you get a box that can be locked, and give the key to one of your friends!
Resisting temptation can be hard, but with a no-no box, it can be easy. That’s what friends are for…right?

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