Monday, July 14, 2014

OOTD | Proper in Pleather

Happy Monday! Today, I wanted to share one of my favorite ensembles that I wore recently.  It consists of a pleated-back blouse from Francesca's and a pleather A-line skirt from Marshall's.  I spotted this blouse at work and the uniqueness of the pleats on the back captivated me, but I never gave in to buying it until it went on clearance.  Even then, it sat in my closet, collecting dust, because I had no idea how to style it.  How exactly do you style a cropped (but not too cropped) top with a pleated back? I tried to look at Pinterest for outfit inspirations, but had no luck.  One night, I played around with different bottoms, and found the perfect pairing: a pleather skirt.  I think the edginess of the skirt contrasts extremely well with the poshness of the blouse.  It's proper on the top and punk on the bottom.

Top // Francesca's
Skirt // Marshall's
Watch // Betsey Johnson

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Have a lovely week!,

Saturday, July 5, 2014

'Merica Mani | 4th of July Inspired Nails

Hope you all are having a wonderful and safe holiday weekend! I wanted to share with you all my patriotic nail party.  "Big Smoke" by Butter London is a beautiful blue with a shimmer finish.  "Stop and Stare" by Deborah Lippmann is a radiant red polish.  I personally love Deborah Lippmann polishes because you get the perfect color payoff in one coat and the formula is easy to work with and not goopy.  For white, I used "Ivory League" by Piggly Wiggly, which is a white polish that looks fabulous on its own or underneath neon colors to really make them stand out.  I used an E.L.F. glitter polish to top off the reds and whites, then finished off the mani with a long wearing shiny topcoat from N.Y.C.

Big Smoke // Butter London
Stop and Stare // Deborah Lippmann
Ivory League // Piggly Wiggly

What are some of your plans for this long holiday weekend?

Happy 4th!

Monday, May 5, 2014

Mani Monday: "Phoebe" by Julep

Phoebe // Julep

"Phoebe" is a perfect color for the upcoming spring and summer months! I received this color in a recent Julep Maven box (a subscription box that I'm currently loving!). It's a vibrant blue-green with a metallic finish.  I'm usually a cream-finish kind of girl, but I'm so happy with this metallic finish, because it definitely adds to the ocean-like vibe.  I used an E.L.F glitter polish to add some extra sparkle for my accent nail.  This nail combination seems like something a mermaid would wear!  It's a lovely pop of color and it makes me super excited for summer!

Julep Maven is such an awesome beauty subscription as well! You can get your first box absolutely free, and every box after that is $19.99. I know, it sounds kind of expensive for just nail polish (and believe me, I was going to cancel my account after I got my free box), but just know that you are getting quality nail polishes that have only safe ingredients (no formaldehyde, toluene, or DBPs), dries quickly, and has fantastic formulation that isn't too goopy or streaky.  In a lot of ways, Julep beats out my Deborah Lippmann, Chanel, and Butter London polishes!  You are totally getting your money's worth because each polish is sold for $14 on their website, but in your monthly box, you get 2 polishes and an extra full-sized product for only $19.99 (it could be a nail or beauty product, or even make up!).  Definitely consider it! :)

What are some spring/summer nail polishes you've been loving recently? Let me know in a comment below, because I'm a nail junkie and would love suggestions!

Thank you for taking the time to read today's post!