Saturday, May 2, 2015

Look Book: Mint Chevron

Hi, my name is Jacquie, and I am addicted to the color mint.

Hi Jacquie!

I have loved mint ever since Lady Gaga predicted it would be big in fashion in spring. My mint collection started small; a shirt here, a pair of shorts there. Now I have so much mint in my wardrobe it has taken over! One of my favorite mint tops is one I bought for work. It's really pretty and nice for the office, but would work great for a spring day out too.

Mint chevron top, white leggings, and a denim jacket.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Purple Pond Gradient

One thing that I have wanted to try more of was jelly polish nail art. I have been blogging for three and a half years and I still only have about three jelly nail polishes. I love how glossy and squishy they are, and I love all of the unique nail art you can do with them, but for some reason I don't have many in my collection.

Two of my favorite jelly looks are pond manis, and jelly gradients. Why not make up for all the lost jelly time and combine them into one look!

Purple jelly gradient pond nail art.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Swatch Saturday: butter LONDON British Racing Green

Have you ever thought to yourself "oh what a gorgeous nail polish I own, I should swatch it on my blog"...and then completely forget?

Well that happened to me when I did these matte foil nails. Butter LONDON's British Racing Green was such a gorgeous green that I wanted to show it to you guys on its own and I am finally getting around to it. Better late than never!

Butter LONDON British Racing Green Swatch

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Jamberry Giveaway Winner Announced!

First of all, a big thank you to everyone that entered my Jamberry nail wraps giveaway, courtesy of Katie from Adventures by Katie. I just wanted to send out a quick update to announce that a winner has been chosen!

Claws Up and Adventures by Katie Jamberry Nail Wraps Giveaway

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Look Book: Engagement Party #1

As I mentioned in my last post, a couple weeks ago Ben and I had our first engagement party back home in New York. Yes you read that right, first engagement party. Since my family lives in New York, and his lives in Pennsylvania, we decided to have two parties so that everyone could attend at least one of them.

I chose a mint dress that I am obsessed with to wear, but when I got to my house, my mom surprised me with a new dress. It was too pretty and perfect not to wear!

Cream and purple flower dress with gold accents.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Will You Be My Bridesmaid?

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Recently, Ben and I traveled back to New York to visit my family. My brother and sister-in-law came up from Texas to celebrate my brother's birthday, and the next day my mom threw Ben and I an engagement party.

I decided that my engagement party would be the perfect time to ask my best friend, Sara, and Ben's sister, Kayla, if they would be a part of my wedding party. I have seen lots of cute ideas on how to make "popping the question" a special occasion. Even though I saw a lot of fun ideas, I wanted to do something that was more my style.

I picked up initial necklaces in the letters S for Sara, K for Kayla, and of course J for Jacquie so I could match them! I filled out a card for each of them, and in the card I asked if they would be my maid of honor/bridesmaid. I wrapped everything up in red and turquoise, my wedding colors.

Will you be my bridesmaid?

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Muffin's Sweet 16 for #Caturday

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March 31st was my cat's birthday, but this past birthday was a special one, her sweet 16! Yes, I am fully aware that I am a crazy cat lady and I am proud of it.

Every year I celebrate her birthday because she is so special to me. When she was only three weeks old she was abandoned with a broken leg on the doorstep of my vet. The vet let me keep her once she was old enough and her leg was healed. I got her when I was 9 years old, so we have literally grown up together. I always say that I didn't rescue her, she rescued me.

Since this was her sweet 16 I new I had to make it special! I got her some cat nip toys and a scratching board, plus a cupcake and Fancy Feast for dinner. My mom even sent her a fun string toy!

Sweet 16 birthday party for my cat

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

April Julep Box

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My mom signed up for the Julep Maven monthly subscription boxes a few years ago, back when you could opt-out of any month. That means I only get a box sent to me when I really want it, and I was really excited about April's box.

This month Julep released the Paradise collection and I opted for the Classic with a Twist box. Let's open it together!

April Julep Maven Box Paradise Collection

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Swatch Saturday: China Glaze Glitter all the Way

Welcome back to another swatch Saturday! Last Saturday I was actually in New York having my engagement lunch party, but I will talk more about that later. Today I wanted to share a gorgeous glitter bomb: China Glaze Glitter all the Way.

This polish came out as part of the 2012 Holiday collection, so I am sure that you have seen it already. I received this polish in some nail mail from Dulcie a while ago, and this is the first time I have gotten around to wearing it.

China Glaze Glitter all the Way swatch

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Mix and Match Makeup Looks: Aladdin

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I showed you my Princess Jasmine nail art, so of course it's time for my matching makeup look. Normally, when I love one mix and match look, I end up hating the other. This time...I loved both looks! This is actually not my first time creating a Jasmine makeup look. Last time I was inspired by her red outfit, so of course this time I needed to do her traditional look.

Disney princess Jasmine makeup

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Mix and Match: Aladdin

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I have seen Beauty and the Beast, Lion King, and The Little Mermaid on Broadway. I added Aladdin to my Disney on Broadway collection when Ben and I went to see it together on Valentine's day (right after we got engaged!). Aladdin has been one of my favorite Disney movies for ages, so of course I needed to add Princess Jasmine to my Mix and Match Disney series.

When I visited Austin, TX in December I found a whole section in Walgreen's filled with Aladdin nail and makeup supplies. I picked up a makeup bag, and a Jasmine nail art kit that I knew would be perfect for my Mix and Match look.

Princess Jasmine nail art kit

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

This Diamond Ring

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I have been feeling a little uninspired when it comes to nail art lately. I used to be able to just think up ideas, but recently I feel like I need to find things to gain inspiration from. Ben suggested that I do nails inspired by my engagement ring, and I thought that was a great idea!  This weekend I will actually be in New York for my engagement party so it was perfect timing.

Pink and silver engagement ring nail art

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Swatch Saturday: PINKi NATURALI Juneau

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In an effort to add more features to my little ole' blog, I decided to add something called "Swatch Saturday." Every so often, on a Saturday, I will be sharing swatches of polishes that I have in my collection. Some will be untrieds, and others will be ones I have used in nail art, but I have not shown off their beauty on their own.

For my first Swatch Saturday I want to share an untried polish from a new-to-me brand called Luna Star Naturals PINKi NATURALI. Luna Star Naturals makes nail polish and makeup that is natural and cruelty free. The nail polish is 3-free and odorless. Yes that's right, it does not smell at all! It is a water-based polish that peals off when you are ready to remove it and it's safe for kids.

Luna Star Naturals Pinki Naturali Juneau Swatch

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Jamberry Nail Wraps Giveaway!

Guess what! Katie from Adventures by Katie and I have a lot of great Jamberry fun to share with you!

First of all, I am currently hosting a Jamberry Facebook party and everyone is invited! No, seriously. Katie and I are going to be spending some time on Facebook over the next few weeks to share information on Jamberry, play games, and there will even be prizes! How fun is that? The party is open so stop by and join in!

More excititng news, we are also hosting a giveaway! Katie has graciously offered to give away two sets of Jamberry nail wraps, accent nail wraps, and an application kit. Check out my Jamberry nail wraps review to see what I thought of them.

Some quick rules:
  • You must be 18 years and older, or have permission from your parents/guardians.
  • Giveaway is open to United States and Canada residents.
  • You must enter through the Rafflecopter widget below. Any false entries will discqualify you.
  • The winner will be contacted through the email address they provide. They will have 48 hours to respond, or a new winner will be chosen.
On to the giveaway!

Jamberry nail art wraps giveaway

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Good luck everyone. I hope to see you all at the Facebook party!

Claws Up!

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Jamberry Nails Review

When I first started developing an interest in nail art I didn't have any skills, and I didn't really know were to start. All I knew is that I loved expressing myself with fun nails. Nail wraps instantly became my go to. I wore them non-stop for some easy nail art that lasted. I then practiced and tried out different nail art techniques, but it all started with nail wraps.

The super sweet Katie from Adventures By Katie asked me to review Jamberry nail wraps and I was so excited! On a side note, everyone needs to check out Katie's blog. She blogs about all things Disney (which you know I love), vegan food, and she's located right in Northern Virginia just like me!

Jamberry cruelty free nail wraps

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

My Wedding Plan

As I mentioned before, Ben and I recently got engaged! It's kind of a strange feeling that the day I have been planning and dreaming about since I was a kid is soon going to be a reality. While I work on planning the wedding and visiting lots of family during the weekends in the process  I might not be able to stick to my two-days-a-week blog schedule. I am going to do my best to stay ahead.

I also want to share my wedding planning experiences on the blog as I learn and figure out what needs to be done. Obviously I have never planned a wedding, and I have no idea where to start! What needs to be done? When should I do it? HELP! I decided to look up some different wedding timelines and checklists and I made one that best fit what our needs are.

Wedding timeline, wedding checklist, planing a wedding.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Born Pretty Store Review: Iced Mylar Sheets

How often does this happen to you? You set out with a clear plan for your nail art, and when its done it looks totally different. That's what happened to me when I was reviewing these Iced Mylar Nail Art Sheets from Born Pretty Store.

These mylar sheets come in 12 different colors in little pots. They are super hard to apply. I used tweezers but it was hard to pick up the smaller pieces with them, and the larger ones I could pick up easily were sometimes too big for my nails. They also stick up a lot, and even with a good layer of topcoat they wouldn't lay flat. But the fight is worth the outcome. They are so pretty on the nail and have a gorgeous effect when the light hits them!

SAM_2912

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Mix and Match Makeup Looks: The Little Mermaid

It's pretty much inevitable at this point that I have fallen into a pattern when it comes to my Mix and Match looks. I always end up loving one of the looks, and hating the other. When I was obsessed with my Ariel nails, I should have predicted that I wouldn't like the matching makeup look. That's exactly what happened.

Disney's The Little Mermaid Ariel Makeup

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Mix and Match The Little Mermaid + Born Pretty Store Review

I am back with another Mix and Match Disney princess look, and this time it's Ariel from The Little Mermaid. I love The Little Mermaid so much, I was even hipster Ariel for Halloween.

There's was no way that I could do an Ariel look without these seashell nail studs from Born Pretty Store. I received ten of the silver seashells studs (say that ten times fast). I love that they are curved because it helps them sit really nicely on the nail. They are so pretty, easy to apply, and really nice quality. The one negative is that they are a little big for my small nails, the one on my pinky pretty much covered up all the nail art I had done. On average sized nails I think they would be a nice size. 

Born Pretty Store silver seashell nail studs Coupon code JACG10

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

I Said Yes! - Valentine's Day 2015

February is almost over, but I wanted to make sure I filled you in on my amazing Valentine's day! I mentioned that I would be celebrating in New York City, but I wanted to share all the details of my night.

It actually ended up snowing Saturday evening and it was really cold, but that didn't stop me from wearing my new dress that my mom got me for a Valentine's day gift. Ben and I got all bundled up and drove into the city.

SAM_2754

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