Saturday, May 28, 2016

Look Book Remix: Floral Maxi Dress

At 4 foot 11, finding maxi dresses is really hard. Most are taller than I am! However, two years ago I finally found one that fit me. It is the perfect thing to throw on when I want to look dressed up, but I'm being lazy. I love my floral maxi dress so much, that I thought it was time to break it out here again.

Even though its finally warming up where, it felt like summer would never come. When I went wedding dress shopping in April, I thought it was going to be a nice warm day, so I was caught off guard when it was in the low 60's! I still wanted to look cute for my big day, so I layered my maxi dress with a cardigan, and I loved the look!

Floral maxi dress layered with a cardigan

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Makeup Looks: Kat Von D Shade + Light Eye Contour Quad

For those that are new here, I am a crazy cat lady. I have had my cat, Muffin, since I was 9, and she is my fur child. And what do children do on Mother's day? Well they get gifts for their mom's of course! This year, Muffin sent me the Kat Von D Shade + Light Contour Quad. The real question is, why was my mom's name on the packing slip?

This eyeshadow set comes with four colors, Base, Define, Contour, and Highlight. It comes with step-by-step instructions for the Lift Eyes look, but you can also try the Define Eyes, Widen Eyes, and the Narrow Eyes looks.

Kat Von D Shade + Light Eye Contour Quad

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Life's A Peach

I am really enjoying (slowly) working through the Ciate 2015 Mini Mani Month box. All of the polishes are so pretty and I love getting inspiration from the names. This time, I grabbed Ciate Life's a Peach, and that meant it was time for peach nail art!

Ciate Life's a Peach swatch and peach tree nail art.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Julep Maven May 2016 Box - Rainbow Bright

My mom and I signed up to be Julep Mavens way back when you could skip any box, and we usually skip them. But so far, both the April box, and the May box, really caught my eye. This month, we were introduced to the Rainbow Bright collection. All the polishes are so gorgeous that it was really hard to choose a box. After a lot of debate, I went with the Bombshell box.

May 2016 Julep Maven Bombshell box

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Look Book: Seeing Stars

I love my Canon, but I have one problem with it: it doesn't fit in my purse! Whether that's because my bag is too small, or I have too much stuff in it, is up for debate. When I go out and I want to bring my Canon, I used my old bag, which is large enough, but a little too young for me. I needed the perfect bag.

I thought a bucket bag would fit the bill. Big enough to fit my Canon, plus my other stuff, and grown up enough so I can pretend I am an adult. After some searching, and a lot of debate, I settled on the Night Lights Star-Studded Bucket Bag, by Betsey Johnson.

Betsey Johnson star bucket bag, red blazer, gold sequin top, and beige booties.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Prima Ballerina

When I was 3 years old, I started taking ballet classes. I think the first thing I ever wanted to be when I grew up was a ballerina. However, most little kids don't have much dedication, and I quit when I was 5. The reason? The dance studio was too cold.

When I grabbed Ciate Prima Ballerina out of the 2015 Mini Mani Month box, I wanted to try ballet shoe nail art. Ciate Prima Ballerina is a medium gray cream, which doesn't really scream ballerina to me.

Ciate Prima Ballerina and ballet shoe nail art

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Makeup Looks: 50 Shades of Grey

It was a Sunday afternoon, nails were freshly done, and it was time to work on a makeup look. I took a look at what I hadn't used in a while, and a collected a pile of silver eyeshadows. As I put together a look, I was trying to think of a name for it. With all the grays, I thought it would be fun to call it 50 Shades of Grey. Then it was time for lipstick, and there was nothing more fitting then red, just like the red room in the book.

50 Shades of Grey makeup

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Look Book: May The 4th Be With You

Happy Star Wars day! Today is May the 4th, which sounds like "may the force", making today a Star Wars holiday. Acceptable ways to celebrate are to watch all seven movies, drink Star Wars themed drinks, and dress up as your favorite character. Since I am working today, I think I'll sneak in a little Star Wars fun by wearing a necklace my bestie, Sara, got for me.

My brother is a huge Star Wars fan, and he got me into it at a young age. Over the years I have collected some Star Wars themed clothes and accessories, but none are as awesome as these Star Wars leggings I got last year. They are totally ridiculous, but I love them anyway. I knew I had to bring them out for May the 4th!

Star Wars leggings for May the 4th.

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.


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!

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.


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!


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



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