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What to wear for a picnic or BBQ this summer

It’s the weekend and the sun is shining, so what does that mean…? BBQ time! Who doesn’t love a summer BBQ? To residents of Spain or Greece, or any other hot country, BBQs are a frequent occurrence. However, us Brits are very excited when we finally get a weekend with great weather, because it means we can get that grill out and enjoy chargrilled burgers and sausages with our friends and family!

Not everyone loves their grilled meats, though. Although barbecues can definitely cater for vegetarians, with grilled corn or delicious vegetarian kebabs, they still are not for some people. Many prefer to grab a blanket when the sun starts to shine, and put together an intimate picnic instead. This is also a more romantic option for couples wishing to enjoy food in the sun.

However, not every event will be a social one and a company barbecue is a popular summer event. Whilst these events can be fun, they are a little tricky in the fact that you will be conducting yourself in front of your boss! This article takes a look at some great outfit choices we have put together for different occasions.

The Social Barbecue

This is the ideal casual event of the summer; friends and family get together, enjoy a few bevvies and delicious barbecued items. It’s a time for gossiping and enjoying the sunshine, plus catching up on the latest news amongst your friends. Therefore, we recommend dressing to show off your summer wardrobe.

Most of the year, it is too cold to dress in cute skimpy outfits, so take advantage of it now! We love cute denim hot pants and a shirt, if you like showing off your legs. Alternatively, you could wear some cropped trousers, but then have a top that shows off your mid-riff. These outfits can show off your figure and look sexy, but still look classy.

Look how cute this outfit is that Glamour Magazine put together. You can swap out the Converse for some wedges, if you want to dress the outfit up a bit.

The Company Barbecue

Office parties are a little tricky to dress for; it is a social event after all, but you are still in front of all your colleagues and your boss! You need to be very careful when picking out your outfit, especially if the event is being hosted at your boss’ place! The last thing you want is for their children to see your wardrobe malfunction!

It’s expected that you should be wearing a cute summer dress when attending these functions and Polyvore have put together an entire line of outfits, along with accessory choices for this occasion!

However, what if there is an impromptu garden game activity that is requested and you are in a dress and heels? We actually like an outfit selection put together by Fabulous After 40! We think it would look good at any age! This is also another reason it is probably smart to bring an emergency change of clothes!

The Picnic

Well, since a picnic is usually a more intimate event and quite often is just between a couple, you have free reign to wear whatever you want. You want to look sexy, but still be practical since you will be walking on grass. You need to feel comfortable sitting on a blanket for a prolonged period of time, but also be in an outfit which is appropriate for the weather.

We love Elle’s selection for a picnic outfit! The model may be wearing heels, but she has a pair of flat sandals ready just in case!

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Grab a festival nail pack

It’s festival season already, despite the fact the summer is not quite here yet. However, we love getting ready for the summer and dressing in all the latest trends; it makes us feel as though summer is really here, even if it isn’t! We explored the latest fashion trends for this festival season last week. There are so many new trends this year and we discussed them here. However, the clothes are not the only things that can make an outfit; remember just how important nails can be to set off a look. Here at ThumbsUp Nails, we have a couple of really cool new styles that would be perfect for the festival season.

Ikat Nail Wraps

The Aztec look is really huge for the summer season and it’s the one type of event where it’s automatically cool to look all tribal. The Aztec dress is a really popular look right now, but not everyone can pull it off:

These girls are all rocking some cool Aztec looks, which we love. However, not all of them have amazing nails to match! Our Ikat nail wraps merge great shades of blue, pink and gold, to produce a great Aztec design and would look absolutely amazing teamed up with one of these dresses!

Of course, if you are the type can’t handle too much pattern, but really love having cool nails, you can easily team this nail design with a plainer outfit. For example, we love this fringe suede bag, perfect for going to festivals with. The plain design is a great contrast to the nails.

Spirit Nail Wraps

This festival season involves a wide variety of different events; perhaps you will be rocking it out in Reading and Leeds, or perhaps in a trance in SW4. If you are lucky enough to live nearby these venues, you could simply be commuting to these festivals, but part of the experience is to camp on site and party on into the night. Our spirit nail wraps are perfect for the night-time events, due to their darker design.

Whilst these also have an Aztec feel to them, their design is mainly based on feathers. We love the use of feathers for the festival season – it is a really popular feature of the Boho look. Many opt to put feathers in their hair or make a headband out of feathers just for festivals.

These nail wraps will go perfect with this sort of look.

The bright colours mean that you can team these nails up with any fun festival outfit, but the dark parts also mean that you can wear a little black dress for the evening and the nails will stand out as a contrasting look.

Whatever look you go for this festival season, ThumbsUp Nails will be sure to have a look that will be sure to make you stand out from the crowd!

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