olympic edition

olympic edition, london 2012, nailporn nail art, olympians nail art, swimmers nails, rebecca adlington nails, union jack nails, olympic rings nail art, peanut buttered blog, peanutbuttered.comi have serious olympic fever. i’m not one for regrets, but missing the sydney olympics in 2000 is probably one of my few. so being lucky enough to get a second chance, i am unashamedly embracing london 2012 with ludicrous excitement.

during my fixation on the television (and in person last night – woop!) during my favourite sport, the swimming, i have been in awe of the female competitors gorgeous patriotic nail art. rebecca adlington displayed impressive union jacks as she picked up her bronze medal on sunday, and the trend has been equally popular among the other teams, with american flags, canadian maple leaves, australian flags and proud olympic rings on display.olympic edition, london 2012, nailporn nail art, olympians nail art, swimmers nails, rebecca adlington nails, union jack nails, olympic rings nail art, peanut buttered blog, peanutbuttered.com

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rebecca adlington’s union jack nail art, courtesy of nailporn

the olympians’ manicures primarily come courtesy of the enormously talented sophy robson of nailporn, who has set up a salon within the athletes village, and already boasts an a-list clientele of rosie huntington-whiteley, alexa chung and henry holland.

lacking a pass into the athletes village at olympic park, i decided to give an olympic manicure a go myself in preparation for my first spectator event at monday night’s swimming finals.olympic edition, london 2012, nailporn nail art, olympians nail art, swimmers nails, rebecca adlington nails, union jack nails, olympic rings nail art, peanut buttered blog, peanutbuttered.com

olympic edition, london 2012, nailporn nail art, olympians nail art, swimmers nails, rebecca adlington nails, union jack nails, olympic rings nail art, peanut buttered blog, peanutbuttered.comcheering for both the aussies and team gb, i decided to go neutral with olympic ring colours in a french manicure design. here is how i did it:

paint two base coats of stark white and allow to dry completely. next, carefully paint a thin line of each olympic colour in the order they appear in the rings – blue, yellow, black, green and red. clean up the excess polish, paint on a clear top coat and you’re done!olympic edition, london 2012, nailporn nail art, olympians nail art, swimmers nails, rebecca adlington nails, union jack nails, olympic rings nail art, peanut buttered blog, peanutbuttered.com

olympic edition, london 2012, nailporn nail art, olympians nail art, swimmers nails, rebecca adlington nails, union jack nails, olympic rings nail art, peanut buttered blog, peanutbuttered.com you need a steady hand, and don’t be tempted to keep perfecting the line, or it will be too thick and smudgy. if you can get it one clean swipe, leave it! i’m feeling even more festive now, if that were possible, and ready for the beach volleyball in a few days.

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summer daze

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the boundary rooftop, shoreditch

you may have noticed from previous posts that at the first sign of any slightly decent weather, i’m jumping up and down with glee, running to the nearest open space to soak up the rays, and making healthy summer recipes in the kitchen.

as a sydneysider living in london, i am constantly yearning for sunshine and heat and so i spent last week, with its practically uninterrupted blue skies, high temps and general gloriousness, in a state of utter bliss.summer daze, things to do in london summer, london 2012 olympics, london parks, victoria park, green park, the boundary shoredtich, london rooftop terrace, plum and tomato salad, plum, tomato and goats cheese salad, london sunbathing spots, peanut buttered blog, peanutbuttered.com

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canadian visitors soaking up the sun

i miraculously managed to time leaving the office humdrum with the heat wave, and so have spent the past few days making the most of it with any on holiday/unemployed/chucking a sickie friend i could find.

on monday sarah and i met in green park to tourist-watch, gossip and top up her pre-holiday tan. she was heading to st tropez for a few days, the lucky thing, and wanted to ensure a nice base coat before departing. there was to be no jetsetting to the south of france for me, so i have been running amok in east london, making the most of my local sun traps.

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fresh produce on hot days

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plum, tomato and goats curd salad

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with the temperature rising, i’ve been filling up on fresh fruit and mango sorbet, and serving my favourite steak recipe for dinner. for lighter fare on those really hot days, i whipped up a peach, tomato and goats curd salad.

using really good, fresh produce from my local organic fruit and veg market, i sliced up my tomato and peach, crumbled in the goat’s curd and made up a balsamic vinegar reduction on the stove top with a little sugar, allowed it to cool and poured the syrupy, fragrant dressing over the salad. simple, light and so flavoursome.

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sunbathing session in the park

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the following day was even hotter and sunnier than the last. i caught up with an old friend in town for the olympics, annamay, at one of my favourite east london rooftop bars, the boundary in shoreditch. we caught up on old times over a pitcher or two of singapore slings and nibbles in the scorching sunshine.

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cooling off

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a hot pink lace dress and a daisy chain sing of summer

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six spoonfuls

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a sunny day in green park

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using up almost past-it blueberries… perfect over greek yoghurt or vanilla ice cream

hot pink pedicure ready for the sunshine

hot pink pedicure ready for the sunshine

beautiful sunset across london

beautiful sunset across london

perfect summer tipple at the stonhouse, clapham

perfect summer tipple at the stonhouse, clapham

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the countdown is over… yay for the olympics!