Saturday, September 24, 2016

Glow Race 5k Nails

Today is the big day! I am running with Ben in my first 5k race today. As I mentioned, this is a glow race, so the race is at night. Everything is going to be neon and glow in the dark. I am so excited to get all dressed up, and getting dressed up also means matching nails.

I knew I wanted to start with neon, so my nails could be as bright as possible. Next, I added a layer of glow in the dark top coat so that they would glow when the sun went down. Finally, I added some contrasting black nail art to match the shirt I painted, plus a big 5k.

Glow run 5k nail art

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Look Book: B+W Peplum

Peplum made a huge comeback in fashion a few years ago. Is is starting to go out of style by now? Maybe so, but I don't care! I love how feminine and flattering peplum is. I pretty much buy anything peplum that I can get my hands on!

On a recent trip to Forever 21, I saw a black and white peplum top and I instantly fell in love. Do I need another peplum top? Probably not. But I saw the black mesh top, the contrasting white, and the plunging back, and I knew it had to be mine.

Black and white peplum top

Saturday, September 17, 2016


Sometimes, I get inspired and pick nail polish to create art. Other times, the nail polish inspires me. That was the case with Ciate Heirloom from the 2015 Mini Mani Month advent box. This is a gorgeous duochrome that shifts from reds and oranges to purples and golds.

I love the name Heirloom and it got me thinking about family keepsakes. I added gold flakes to play off the gold shifts in the nail polish, but also because a lot of the time heirlooms are made of gold. I also included a cameo, which I feel is an iconic heirloom.

Gold flake and cameo nail art with Ciate Heirloom

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Save Money with Groupon Coupons

This is a sponsored post. All opinions are my own.

Have you seen those extreme couponers? It's crazy how much money you can save using coupons. I make it a point to use coupons every chance I get. I am no where near as intense as those extreme couponers, but using coupons does add up in savings, and we all know how much I love to save money.

Betsey Johnson Star bag and beige booties

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Save Money With Groupon

This is a sponsored post. All opinions are my own.

Those that know me know that I am cheap frugal. There's no shame in it, I love saving money! It gives me a thrill knowing that I got an awesome deal. Some of my favorite ways to save money are to pick through clearance racks, and using coupons.

Cowgirl boots

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Maryland Renaissance Festival

Every year, Ben and I like to go to the Maryland Renaissance Festival. If you have never been to a Ren Faire, its basically a lot of people dressed up, Shakespeare plays, jousting, great food, and shops. It's a lot of fun talking to people and pretending like I'm back in time. Plus I enjoy any event where I get to dress up.

What to wear to a Renaissance fair

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Look Book: Hippie at Heart

Ever since I was a kid, I have loved the 1960's. Everything from the clothes, to the music, I was obsessed. I wished that I could have grown up dancing at music festivals and going to protests while spreading a message of love. My first tattoo was of a rainbow peace sign that I got to represent that I am a hippie at heart.

One of the destinations that Ben and I will be visit during our honeymoon is San Francisco. Of course, I had to get some flowers for my hair! I picked up a flower crown, but I knew I couldn't wait until next summer to wear it. To feature this flower crown, I needed a hippie inspired look!

Lace top and a flower crown

Saturday, September 3, 2016

August 2016 Round Up

I can't believe summer is almost over and fall is around the corner. I can't wait for the best season ever. Everything from sweaters and scarves, to Halloween and pumpkin everything, I am so excited!

August was a fun and busy month filled with family visits. Unfortunately that meant not getting as much done around the house, or for the wedding, as we would have liked. On top of that, we started training for the 5k that is later this month.

Nail Art

Claws Up nail art blog

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

On My Way to a 5k: Prepare to Glow

I mentioned a little while ago that Ben and I have been running for almost a year now. A few months ago, I decided that I wanted to run my first 5k! For the past few weeks, Ben and I have been training, and we have been running 5ks after work once a week. I am trying to shorten my time and my goal is to be under 40 minutes.

Since I am new to running, and with my busy schedule I don't have as much time as I'd like to get better, I knew for my first 5k I wanted it to be a fun run. I needed something relaxed and not competitive so I would feel comfortable taking walk breaks, which I still need a lot of.

After searching online, Ben and I took the plunge and signed up for the Glow Run in Herndon,VA. Before the race there is a pre-run party where they will be handing out prizes for the glowiest costumes. I'm pretty sure that is a word, yes. I already knew I wanted to dress up for my first 5k, but now I knew I needed to go all out.

What to wear to a glow run

Saturday, August 27, 2016


I don't know what's going on with me this summer, but I have been feeling uninspired. I hate all my nail polish colors, and have been feeling too lazy to recreate the looks I've pinned. After a lot of thinking I decided I wanted to do some red and summery, and I ended up with picnic nail art.

Picnic nail art

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Makeup Looks: Lemon Drop

Fruit in the summer is the best. Actually it's best in the fall too (hello pumpkin everything!). I love snaking on fresh fruit, and sipping on fruity drinks. I have actually been drinking lemon water almost every day!

I just wanted to have some fun and do a simple lemon makeup look. I just used a yellow eyeshadow on my eyes and lips, and then I stuck on a few lemon fimos.

Lemon makeup look

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Physician's Formula Shimmer StripsCustom Eye Enhancing Shadow & Liner Nude Collection

It's pretty obvious that I love experimenting with fun makeup looks, since I have a makeup blog. I like more bold and colorful looks, but my normal day-to-day makeup is much simpler. I go to work really early, so to maximize my much needed sleep, I wear pretty basic makeup.

My go-to eye makeup for work is a nude, shimmery eyeshadow, eyeliner, and mascara. It started with only one eyeshadow that I wore to work, and then I bought a palette with three colors. After going through those, I wanted to add a few more shades to my rotation.

Physician's Formula Shimmer StripsCustom Eye Enhancing Shadow & Liner Nude Collection

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Look Book: Summer Uniform

I have gotten to that point in the summer where it is just too hot to think about choosing clothes. All I want to do is stay cool, and be comfortable. I have been pretty much wearing the same outfit every weekend (no shame).

In other news, I have new hair! I am slowly but surely getting my hair the color I want for my wedding. That means right now I am rocking wine colored hair tucked under my brunette hair. I can't wait to see it transform over the next new months!

Split back tank top, green shorts, and wine colored hair

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Ice Cream

Where I live, in Northern Virginia, it has been a hot summer. We had a heat wave a few weeks ago, and this weekend the heat index is supposed to be at 110 degrees! When it's this hot, all I want to do is cool myself from the inside out. Like most people, all I want all summer long is ice cream. I can't think of too many things better than hearing the ice cream trick come down your street on a hot summer day.

Summertime is the perfect time to rock some ice cream nail art. My nails are already kind of pointy, so I thought ice cream cones would fit perfectly!

Ice cream nail art

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Look Book: White Lace

There is something so pretty about white lace. It's clean, simple, and timeless. For the past couple of summers, I had been looking all over for the perfect white lace dress. Something I could throw on and look effortless. For some reason, I just couldn't find the perfect one.

I am telling you, all the best clothes are found in clearance racks. I found this perfect dress a few weeks ago for less than $15! I have been wearing it non-stop all summer long.

White lace dress and faux snakeskin ballet flats.

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Ahoy Sailor

Ben and I nicknamed our house The Beach House. It was just very coastal. Plus, the previous owners left one room, and the window treatments, sea foam green. Ben and I aren't beach people, but we felt the theme went with the house, so we made one room beachy. I was actually really easy to decorate, beach decor seems to be very popular this summer.

I grabbed Ahoy Sailor from the Ciate Mini Mani Month 2015 calendar. I loved that the color matched our Beach House. Of course I had to do some nautical nail art.

Nautical nail art using Ciate Ahoy Sailor from the 2015 Mini Mani Month

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

July 2016 Round Up

Summer has been crazy, and it's only getting crazier. I was so busy in July with work, family visits, celebrations, and wedding planning. The month started with 4th of July celebrations. Then my brother, sister-in-law, and mom came to visit for a long weekend, and we did the tourist thing in Washington DC. Last week, Ben and I went to an awesome event, Brew at the Zoo, to support wildlife while drinking unlimited beer.

All in the middle of this was wedding planning. We actually hit a huge milestone, all of our vendors are booked! That means all that's left is just buying and crafting things. A big weight has been lifted off my shoulders. I no longer need to contact anyone, or worry about people being booked on our date.

Nail Art

Claws Up nail art blog

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Look Book: On My Way to a 5K

As I have mentioned, When I moved to Virginia, I gained a lot of weight really fast. Last fall, I made the decision to go on a diet, in hopes of losing the weight before my wedding dress shopping appointment in April. After a month I still had not lost any weight, and I was feeling really disappointed in myself. That's when Ben suggested that we could go on walks after work.

What to wear to go running

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Raspberry Collins

What's better than a cold drink in the middle of a heatwave? Fall, fall is better. But when fall is still months away, we need to find ways to beat the heat.

Ciate Raspberry Collins came in the 2015 Mini Mani calendar. I just love the gorgeous hot pink/ magenta color, and the smooth formula. At first, I was just going to do raspberry nails, but summertime inspired me, and I thought, why not actually do Raspberry Collins nails?!

Raspberry Collins nail art using Ciate Raspberry Collins

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Brew at the Zoo 2016

A few days ago Ben and I went to Brew at the Zoo, at the National Zoo in Washington DC. There were over 80 breweries at this event, both local and national. All proceeds went to supporting wildlife conservation. The Reagan Years, a local 80's cover band, was there playing live music, plus there were local food trucks there offering amazing food.

Brew at the Zoo fundraiser for Wildlife at the National Zoo in Washington DC.



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