Saturday, April 30, 2016

Fun Events at One Loudoun

On Wednesday I was able to attend a blogger happy hour at Matchbox in One Loudoun. For those in the Northern Virginia/DMV area, One Loudoun is an awesome downtown area. It is pretty new, but already filling up with a lot of great restaurants and hangouts.

Blogger happy hour at Matchbox in One Loudoun

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

I Said Yes To The Dress!

Just over a week ago I traveled to New York for the day that all girls spend their whole life dreaming about, trying on wedding dresses! I had seen a dress on Say Yes To The Dress a year ago, and it was so beautiful, I knew I needed to try it on. My mom found a place in New York (no, not Kleinfeld's), that had the dress, and we made an appointment.

What to wear to go wedding dress shopping.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Look Book: Bloggers Gonna Blog

I started this blog four and a half years ago, a few months after I graduated college. College is the place you can express yourself with out any many consequences. My hair was every color of the rainbow, I rocked quite a few piercings, and of course I could wear whatever I liked.

Bloggers gonna blog t shirt

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Purple Rainbow

I have really been enjoying gaining inspiration from the Ciate Mini Mani Month 2015 box. Not only are the polishes gorgeous, but they have fun names! Recently, I grabbed Ciate Purple Rainbow, which is a holo champagne glitter in a clear base. When it hits the light, the color shift is beautiful. I decided to have a little fun with the name with some purple rainbow nail art.

Ciate Purple Rainbow swatch, purple rainbow nail art.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Swatch Saturday: Deborah Lippmann Just Walk Away Renee

Today is a super, amazing, exciting day! Can you guess why? Well, today I am actually in New York shopping for my wedding dress! Seriously, this is the day every girl dreams about. I am so excited to try on a wedding dress for the first time, and hopefully I find the one!

Today is also another Swatch Saturday, and I have a Deborah Lippmann Walk Away Renee swatch to share. This polish is a vampy burgundy, that was made in collaboration with Renee Zellweger.

Deborah Lippmann Walk Away Renee swatch

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Makeup Looks: Rainbow

Have you ever felt, as a blogger, you had so much you had to do? Review this, sponsored post on that day, get this holiday look up, sometimes its hard to sit down and create what you want to create. I feel like I am finally in that place. My list of things to review is at 0, I am all moved into my new house, and now I can finally focus on looks I have been wanting to try.

For a while I wanted to do a rainbow makeup look. I love playing with fun eye shadow, and I love rainbows, so it only made sense!

Rainbow makeup look

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Muffin's 17th Birthday for #Cautrday

March 31st was my kitty, Muffin's, 17th birthday. I have celebrated every one of her birthdays, and even threw a sweet 16 party for her last year. When I was a kid that usually involved putting some extra treats in her dinner that night. As she got older, it was really important to me to do something extra special to celebrate her.

I got her when I was 9 years old, so we practically grew up together. She has been around through my most difficult times, and my best times. She was left on the doorstep of my vet at 3 weeks old with a broken leg. Even though I rescued her, she really rescued me.

Cat birthday party

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Julep Maven April 2016 Box: Brights + Whites

My mom signed up for the Julep Maven box back when you could opt out of any month. Usually we opt out, but I was really excited about the Julep Maven April 2016 box. This month, Julep introduced the Brights + Whites collection, and I went for the Classic with a Twist box.

Julep Maven April 2016 Box, the Brights + Whites collection.


Saturday, April 2, 2016

Swatch Saturday: Julep Colette

I'm back! I hope you enjoyed all the wonderful guest bloggers that were here the past few weeks, thank you again to all of your help. Ben and I are moved into out new house, and have been working hard on getting unpacked and making our house feel like a home. Once we get a little more settled, I will share some pictures.

It's been a while since there's been a swatch Saturday around here. I had a couple of swatches in the vault, and since I haven't have much time to work on new nail art, I thought it would be a good time to share them.

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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Guest Post: AuttyW

Ben and I have officially moved into out first house! It has been an exhausting few weeks, and there's even more to come, but I am just about ready to get back into blogging. Today I have the final guest post, and this one is from AuttyW. It's safe to say Autumn is my blogging bestie. We SnapChat everyday, so I was really exited to have her on my blog!
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First of all let me just say congratulations to Jacquie and Ben for the purchase of the first house! That is so exciting and I am so happy for you both!!

I am Autumn and I blog over at AuttyW.

When the idea of a guest post was thrown around, it took me a few days to figure out what I wanted to do. I settled on something food-related just because I thought it would be fun and then I thought “ oh my gosh!,  I should totally do mini food and bake them in the Easy-Bake Oven.”  That was my total original plan and I spent a good 45 minutes prepping food and getting everything cut down a small enough to fit on the pan as well as to fit in the Easy-Bake Oven itself.  Unfortunately, There was so much wasted vegetable from trying to get it to fit in the Easy-Bake Oven that I just gave up after an hour of trying to cook it. Everything was turning out soggy and just not good. I do not recommend baking vegetables in an easy bake oven.

Mini Vegetable Pizza Recipe

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Guest Post: Varnished Valkyrie

For today's guest post, Kas is here from Varnished Valkyrie. I have loved her sense of humor and amazing nail art from the moment I found her blog. She is also a bit of a nail celebrity, her 53 coats of nail polish look is all over the internet, and I am kind of obsessed with how famous she is.

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When Jacquie asked me to to a guest post on her blog, of course I said yes. I can safely say that in the 4 years of me being part of the blogging world she is one of the blogs I regularly go to to see if she updated :)  So! This is actually a post I have been wanting to do for quite a while on my blog, but I never got around to doing, so I figured why not now!?

What's in my bag

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Guest Post: Sincerely, Sara

Today I have a special guest post to share. Sara, from Sincerely, Sara, is my best friend of 18 years and my maid of honor. We even started our blogs just a few weeks apart! This isn't Sara's first time guest posting for me (and you can even spot photos of our adventures together here too), and I am so happy to have her back!

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Hey Claws Up readers! I'm Sara and I blog over at Sincerely, Sara

Maybe it's the writer in me, but I find it fascinating that we all have hobbies that are close to our hearts, interests that rise above the rest, ones that stick with us for life. For Jacquie, it's nail art, Lady Gaga, and cute animals (obviously she likes all animals, but who doesn't like cute animals?!). My biggest interests are writing, books, fashion, and photography. And there's nothing better than mixing your favorite things! 

I try to add some bookish flair to my outfits as much as possible: a library card scarf, a typewriter brooch, a mug with a girl reading books on it, or maybe even an actual book! 

What are your favorite hobbies?

Style and hobbies

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Guest Post: Sarah Lou Nails

Hey guys! Today I have another amazing guest poster on the blog. I have been following Sarah from Sarah Lou Nails for as long as I can remember. Not only is she a cat lover and Lady Gaga fan (aka a little monster) but she also does some gorgeous nail art.

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Hey guys, I'm Sarah from Sarah Lou Nails! I'm excited to be guest posting on Claws Up!

Today I have a geometric, minty, polka dottie, pattern nails. I used a striping brush to make guides for the straight lines, filled them in with the polish bottle brush, and used a dotting tool for the dots.


Mint Geometric Nails 6

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Guest Post: NailsLikeLace

As I have mentioned, Ben and I just bought our first house! It's such an exciting time, but also an extremely busy time. I decided that to keep my blog running, I needed a little help. That's why I have asked for a few guest posters to join me here for a couple of weeks while I move and get settled into my new home. I am very excited to have Amber from NailsLikeLace here as my first guest post!
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Hello fantastic Claws Up'ers! Amber here from NailsLikeLace. I'm thrilled and honored to be posting for Jacqueline today! I've known her for years and just love her spunky style.

I knew I needed to push the limits and try something unique to fit in here, so I went with a water marble.

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Friday, March 11, 2016

Look Book: Beige Booties

More times than I'd like to admit, I decide that I just have to have an article of clothing. I will search high and low for that perfect item to fulfill my needs. This winter, I decided that I needed a pair of beige ankle booties. Ankle booties are so popular now, and I thought beige was just the perfect neutral.

I must have gone through a hundred pairs. Some were too high, some were too low, some were not the perfect shade of beige, and some were made of leather. I must have looked for months, until I found the diamond in the rough. And in true Jacquie style, they were on sale! It was meant to be.

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Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Born Pretty Store Review: Black Suit Nail Wraps

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We bought a house! On Friday Ben and I officially closed on our first home together, and after a night of celebrating, the work began on Saturday. We don't move in until later this month, but until then there is a lot that needs to be done.

Since I am super busy this month, I thought it would be the perfect time to try out these black suit nail wraps from Born Pretty Store. They come in two sets of eight, in varying sizes for different nails. I love the super cute design with a collared dress on half, and a suit and tie on the other half. To apply all you do is peal the wraps off the back and stick them on your nails, then file off the excess.

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Friday, March 4, 2016

Born Pretty Store Review: Feather Nail Stickers

Press Sample

Today is an exciting day. Ben and I close on our first home today! I'm nervous about being a home owner, but I also can't wait! Once we get all moved in and settled, you can bet I'll be sharing some pictures.

It's also an exciting day because I have a Born Pretty Store review to share. I was sent feather nail stickers to review. I was so excited to try these because I love feathers, and these stickers looked so pretty. To use them just peal them off the backing and stick them on your nails. I decided to use these stickers in some dreamcatcher nail art.

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Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Look Book: Geometric

When it comes to clothing, there are some things that I know I'll love right away. Leopard print? Yes please! Mint? Gimmie! But then some things come around, and I'm shocked how much I love it. That happened when my mom sent me a geometric printed skirt for Valnetine's day. I have never been one for geometric patterns, but something about this skirt just drew me in and it became an instant favorite.

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Monday, February 29, 2016

Makeup Monday Must Haves: Ombre Lips

Gradients and ombre have been super popular the last few years. Everything from nails to hair have gotten the ombre treatment. It's the perfect way to add extra color, but with a smooth transition. One ombre look I am been loving is ombre lips. Now that I have gotten into lippies (I used to be strictly a chapstick girl), I have been enjoying playing around with colors, and ombre is next on my list!

Makeup Monday Must Haves: Ombre Lips

There are lots of way to achieve the ombre lip look. One way is with an ombre lip color set. These sets have two lippie colors that you can blend together. Other companies are selling dual-color lippies, so you can apply both colors of the ombre at once. Finally, you can create the ombre look by mixing a little black to darken, and a little white to lighten, to one shade of lipstick you already have. Now you have three shades of the same color for the perfect ombre lip.

Do you like the ombre lipstick trend? Which of the three methods have you tried?

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Friday, February 26, 2016

Makeup Looks: Funfetti

It was just a normal Sunday around here a few weeks ago. I had just done my nails, and it was time to work on a makeup look. I wasn't sure what I wanted to do, so I turned to Pinterest. I scrolled through and saw lots of fun eyeshadow looks for inspiration, but then something magical caught my eye.

I saw this confetti eyeliner look and I was just drawn in. I have a bunch of colorful liquid eyeliners, so I thought I could try it out.

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