Saturday, January 24, 2015

[Collab] Look Book/Mani Swap: Lots of Leopard

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Kelly and I are back again with another collaboration post. If you missed last week's post, Kelly and I are getting together do to matching outfit and nail art looks. Today we are have a swap, we each did a new look to match a past look that we have done.

I decided to do my look book post to match this white leopard mani that Kelly has done. Okay, okay, technically its a white tiger, but the spots were leopardy, so I went with it.

White leopard print cardigan, faux lather skirt, and cat face shoes

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Born Pretty Store Review: Floral Nail Decal Sheet

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It's so nice to finally feel like I'm getting back into the swing of things. My nails are slowing growing out of their nubs just in time for me to get some items from Born Pretty Store to review.

First, I tried out these floral decals. Unlike the other decals that I got from Born Pretty Story, these come in a full sheet rather than individual flowers. I was nervous to try them at first because it looked like it was going to be hard to cut out shapes to perfectly fit my nails.

These apply just like any other Born Pretty Store nail decals. The best part is that they dissolve really quickly with acetone, so it actually was very easy to trim them down to the size and shape of my nail using acetone after I applied them.

Born pretty store multicolor floral full sheet nail art decals 10% coupon code JACG10

Saturday, January 17, 2015

[Collab] Look Book/Mani: Winter Green

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Kelly from Devilish Designs is one of the sweetest bloggers I know. I have been following her blog for as long as I can remember. She does some awesome nail art, beautiful swatches, informative reviews, plus I love watching her videos.

I have really enjoyed getting friendly with Kelly, so I was super excited when she came up with the idea for us to do some collaboration posts! We wanted to put some looks together that feature her nails matching my outfits. Fun, right?!

For our first collab, we started off with one of my favorite dresses this winter. I just love the geometric lace pattern and the see-through sleeves. The dark green is so perfect for winter time, it totally reminds me of evergreen trees.

Winter green geometric lace dress

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Look Book: NYE 2015

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Its a good thing my new years resolution isn't to be on time more, because I was super late getting up my new years outfit post!

Actually I'm always always early for things. In college I handed in a paper about two weeks early, with lots of judgement from my fellow classmates.

For new years I knew I wanted to wear something colorful and fun. I mean, when else can you go all out? I found an old gem hiding in my closet that I knew would be perfect. Actually, I was really surprised that I hadn't worn this dress on new years before. My mom also got me a really fun pair of colorful flats, and a gorgeous mint jacket. I had all the pieces ready for a new years look!

colorful dress, black belt, and mint jacket for a new years eve outfit

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

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Saturday, January 10, 2015

Black and White and Cats all Over

Due to the cold weather, expect delays in your normally scheduled nail art posts.

I can't catch a break (no pun intended)! Every day I have another broken nail. As soon as my nails just start to look decent enough to photograph...something breaks. This has left me pretty uninspired.

It has been way too long since I have done nail art , and even though my nails are a hot mess, I wanted to paint. While I was in Texas, my brother and sister in law gave me Deborah Lippmann's Polka Dots and Mood Beams for Chanukkah, which I have had my eye on ever since I first saw it. I really wanted to break it out for a black and white mani.

Black and white cat nail art with Deborah Lippmann Polka Dots and Moon Beams

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Makeup Looks: NYE 2015

This whole having two long weekends two weeks in a row had gotten me off schedule. I feel bad that my makeup look for new years is a few days late, and I feel even worse that my outfit post is going to be even later. But better late then never, right?

I hope you all had a fun, and safe, new years. Ben and I had a lot of fun at a bowling/arcade playing games until the ball dropped. Even though the venue was super casual, I am always looking for an excuse to dress up, and new years is no exception. I will have my outfit post up soon, but today I want to show you guys my new years makeup look!

glitter smokey eye makeup for new years eve

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Look Book: These Boots are Made for Walking

When I started my first office job in May, I was unprepared for office life in the winter. I stocked up on some comfortable heels and nice tops, but as the weather got colder, I quickly realized I needed to expand my work wardrobe.

One item I decided I couldn't live without was a pair of high heeled boots. Since my boyfriend is already on my case about the amount of shoes I have, my goal was to get one perfect pair that would match with everything. I scoured the internet for months. Why was it so hard to find taupe, high heel, not leather, knee high boots in a size 6? Eventually the stars aligned, and this pretty pair fell into my hands (thanks for the Chanukkah gift, mom!)

Tall gray boots, black leggings, and beige sweater

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

The Beauty Buffs: New Year's Eve [Round up]

Happy New Year's Eve! New Year's is one of my favorite holidays. I love to get dressed up, go out, and celebrate the end of one awesome year and welcome what the future holds. I am pretty nontraditional when it comes to resolutions. I usually just pick one with a defined goal. One year it was to get my driver license, another I vowed to get a new job. I decided to keep 2015's resolution to myself, but I will share it if it happens!

Also, this is my 400th post! Yay!

In March of this year, Nory of Fierce Makeup and Nails brought a bunch of beauty, nail, and fashion bloggers together to create a group of kick-ass girls and called us The Beauty Buffs. For this Beauty Buffs post, I wanted to take a look back at our awesome year! 

BB

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Stars and Spots

Sometimes I think about renaming my blog to "I Broke a Nail." Whenever my nails just start getting nice and long, they all break, and I mean all of them. They have been reduced to nubs once again. When my nails go through trauma, I usually start feeling uninspired. That means its time for me to turn to my number one source of inspiration: Pinterest.

I had pinned these mermaid nails  by Squeaky Nails because I loved all the embellishments. While I loved the mermaid look, I decided to put my own spin on it.

Red manicure with white polka dots and gold embellishments

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Look Book: Fall Florals

Winter is officially in full swing around here and that means everyone is in bundled up mode. Coats, boots, scarves, oh my! However, my favorite winter trend this season is dresses. I know, I know, a dress in the winter, you've got to be crazy. It’s actually super easy to extend your spring wardrobe into the fall and winter by just pairing a spring dress with thick tights and sweaters for a warm and fashionable look.

Grey, pink, and green fall floral dress

Saturday, December 20, 2014

[Modani Style Challenge] Living Room Style

Want to hear a little known fact about me? I used to want to be an interior designer! When I was a teenager, my dad let me design and decorate almost every room in our house. A bathroom tile and fixtures store near my house loved my ideas so much, they even offered me a job when I turned 18 (spoiler: I never ended up working there).

I love starting with a central theme, and then my mind just explodes with ideas on how to bring it to life in a room. I really wanted to stretch my interior design muscles again using some pieces from Modani.

Modani Chic and Modern Living Room Design


Modani features really cool looking pieces from modern sofas to decorations, mixed in with some glam. I decided to go for a sleek look when designing my Modani living room, and started with silver and white. Of course I had to add in pops of colors (I am obsessing over those throw pillows!).

The one thing I was a little disappointed in was that almost every piece of furniture was made of leather, and as a vegetarian, I do not support the use or purchase of animal products. Luckily I ended up finding this nice white couch made of leatherette. Win!

I was really pleased with how my room came out! White and silver add a really chic and modern element, while the pops of color bring life to the room. Once I move out of my apartment and get my own home, you bet I will be designing again, and Modani offers some really cool pieces!

What item in my Modani living room do you like the best? Do you like interior decorating too?

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The Beauty Buffs: Gold vs Silver

Is it just me, or are the holidays the perfect time to wear gold and silver? The metallics are fun but still super classy. Wearing accents of gold and silver is the perfect way to add a festive element to a look, without being over the top.

This week The Beauty Buffs decided to tackle the age-old question: gold or silver? Personally, I’m not a fan of gold, but I do love silver. However, I didn't want to leave anyone out so I decided to try a triple eyeliner look using both gold and silver.

Gold and silver eyeliner makeup look

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Born Pretty Store Review: Metal Rose Nail Studs

Happy Saturday! I am spending this weekend with my boyfriend’s family celebrating Chanukkah. You all know how much I love his dad’s house. I might even take some Look Book photos this weekend! Hmm…

Today I have another Born Pretty Store product to share with you. This time, it’s these metal rose nail studs. They come in either gold or silver, and have such gorgeous detail. They are a little on the larger side giving a really striking 3D look that’s perfect to wear for a special occasion. The bottom side is flat so they can easily stick on the nail. Each pack contains ten roses, one for each nail. This means they are also reusable, so make sure that you save them if you catch any falling off.

Born Pretty Store Silver Rose Nail Studs

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Born Pretty Store Review: Simple Silver Rings

I have been obsessing over the midi ring trend ever since it came out. Unfortunately, I have what I call "infant hands". Most average sized rings are huge on me and its always a struggle to find my size.

I was really excited to try out these simple rings from Born Pretty Store. They come in silver and gold, and are midi ring style. I just love how simple they are, it really is such a beautiful look. After looking at all the photos, it appeared that everyone was able to wear them as midi rings. I had high hopes.

Born Pretty Store Simple Silver Rings

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Born Pretty Store Review: Leaf Water Decal

There might be snow on the ground already, but technically its still fall, and I'm not letting go of my favorite season that quickly! To keep that fall feeling, I did what any nail lover would do...put leaves on my nails!

Born Pretty Store Fall Leaf Nail Decals

I received these gorgeous fall leaf water decals from Born Pretty Store and they were the perfect way to rock fall on my nails. I love the beautiful fall colors and that they came in so many shapes and sizes. They are really easy to apply: just cut out the image you want, peal of the plastic, and soak for 20 seconds in warm water. The decal slides right off and its easy to place on the nail. One sheet comes with enough decals to have fall nails for the whole season.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

The Beauty Buffs: Holidays

Its getting cold, the snow is falling, there are lots of great shopping deals...its time for the holidays! I don't celebrate Christmas, but I love Thanksgiving and Chanukkah. For me, this time of year means lots of traveling to see family all over the country, and lots of food!

During the long Thanksgiving weekend, Ben and I traveled to New York, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania for a total of two Thanksgiving dinners. I wanted to make sure I had an dinner outfit that was nice to see family in, but still comfy for a long car ride (and to fall asleep in after dinner). To me, that's what makes the perfect Holiday outfit, and the perfect Beauty Buffs Holiday themed look!

Holiday Outfit - Burgundy Tunic and Black Leggings

Saturday, November 29, 2014

[Fanatic Style Challenge] New York Giants Jersey Outfit

If you know me, than you know I’m not a huge sports fan. But if you know me, you would also know that I am super proud of the place where I was born and raised: New York! Part of expressing my love for this amazing state and city is supporting my New York teams. I’m pretty bummed that baseball season is over for this year (go Yankees!) but that just means it’s time to root for the Giants.

I am all about “just in case” clothes. My closet is filled with odd pieces that I keep around “just in case” I’d ever need them. A tie-dyed Grateful Dead shirt, knee-high leopard boots, a few corsets from my Rocky Horror days, you just never know what you might need! When the Giants were in the Superbowl a few years ago, we had a party at my job and I came to realize that I didn't own one single Giants thing. It has been a mission of mine to find the perfect "just in case" Giants wear.

I started thinking about how much I need an NFL jersey in my wardrobe, and how I would wear it. I chose the women's Eli Manning jersey because I have recently decided that Eli Manning is my favorite Giants player (only because during the Hallmark Channels Kitten Bowl, there was a cat named Feline Manning).

NFL New York Giants Eli Manning Jersey

Playing off the the Giant's colors, I added lots of red and blue accents to this look. Since a football jersey isn't the most feminine article of clothing, I wanted to girly it up by adding a pair of flower earrings, nail polish, and a bold, red lippie. But remember this is still a sporting event, so I included a pair of white sneakers and red leggings to stay comfy. I topped it all off with an American flag headband, because there is nothing more American than football!

How would you have styled this New York Giants jersey? Which team would you have chosen?

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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

[Weddington Way Style Challenge] One Bridesmaids Dress,Two Ways

Like most girls, I have been planning my wedding since I was a kid. It didn't matter to me who the groom would be, I spend hours dreaming about what my dress would look like, who would be standing next to me, and what songs would be played. As I got older some of my choices changed, but one thing that hasn't changed is that my bridesmaids would be wearing short, red dresses.

I was challenged by Weddington Way to style a bridesmaids dress two ways: a wedding look, and a weekend look. I checked out their website, and I chose this dress because it is what I had envisioned for my future bridesmaids. What I love about Weddington way is they they have a huge selection of styles and colors, so its pretty much impossible to not find the perfect dress. You can also order a dress swatch, to make sure its the perfect color to fit your theme. To top it all off, you can even give your bridesmaids $15 towards their dress! Because lets face it, those girls are already going to be dropping $100-$200 on a dress they didn't even pick.

For the wedding look, I styled the dress I chose in the way I would want the bridesmaids to dress for my own wedding (are you paying attention, Sara?)





Red and Turquoise Wedding


Saturday, November 22, 2014

[Collab] Look Book: Sweater Weather

Is it just me, or did Fall last about two weeks? Its still November, but I feel like we are already in winter! Luckily, even though its doesn't feel like fall anymore, I can still swear all of my fall favorites. Who am I kidding?! I wear fall clothes from September through March! Of course I love the accessories from scarves to boots, but you can't have those without the perfect sweater centerpiece.

When Dee of Slumber Talk asked me to do a collaboration post with her, I was super excited about the Sweater Weather theme.

Every year I seem to add more sweaters in to my wardrobe. My mom got me this blue sweater for my birthday, and I have been wearing it non-stop ever since. Its so comfy, and its perfect to wear on the weekends, but my favorite way to wear it is dressed up for work.

Blue Knit Sweater

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