Tuesday, October 1, 2013

fall wish list: bijoux and boots

I know that I'm not the only person who craves a wardrobe renewal come the cooler air and smell of pumpkin everywhere. At this time of year, I covet an on-trend pair of boots, new pairs of tights, and a fresh jacket or coat. But I really feel the best bang for my seasonal buck comes from an update of my accessories. And so, fabulous readers, I present my fall wish list, full of boots and jewels.

fall wish list

Booties, Rag & Bone / Pendant Necklace, Coach / Alphabet rings, Catbird /  Over the knee boots, Frye / Safety pin necklace, Henri Bendel / Jeweled Bracelet, Target /  Chevron bracelet, Vince Camuto /  Stacked heel boots, Cole Haan / C. Wonder lightning bolt necklace

As I am wont to do, anything gold and Henri Bendel tops my list, as do booties. I'm ready to try over-the-knee boots again, but I'd like a sturdier pair than what I had several years ago, and Frye boots are nothing if not hearty. I've been eyeing the minimalist catbird rings for a couple years, which are beautiful when stacked and would look fantastic next to my chunkier jewels. 

What boots or bijoux are you adding to your collections this fall?

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

nailed it: full-size nail stamps

You may know that I am a fan of stamping kits to enhance a manicure, as seen in a previous post. The stamps I used were small designs that only covered part of my nail, so I was absolutely delighted when Konad sent me a stamp that covered my entire nail. This new look is so fun!

I used a checkerboard stamp for this look and did it on all fingers, but it would also look great as an accent. Start with two coats of your favorite polish. I used MiniLuxe's Lucky.

As with any stamping, put the polish over the stamp that you want to use and then wipe off the excess with the scraper. Use the stamping tool to transfer the design from the plate to your nail. That's it!

White polish gives me the best success with stamping, so I recommend a vibrant base color with white as the top coat if you haven't used nail stamps before. Don't be afraid to transfer the design onto your fingers (as shown below), as it's really easy to remove with polish remover.

Clean up the edges, wait at least an hour, and then put on a top coat. And don't worry about it looking too precise. The designs will look cool no matter how perfect they are.
I got tons of compliments and oohs and ahhs with this manicure, mostly because people are in awe that I could do this manicure myself. Amaze yourself and your pals!

*Thanks to Konad for sending me the nail stamping plate. The opinions about it are my own.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

investment bags: louis vuitton speedy

A Louis Vuitton Speedy is the perfect investment starter bag. It was my first designer bag and its been a favorite for years because of its classic shape and design.
Bag, Louis Vuitton
Key chain, Louis Vuitton (thanks, Mark!)
Trench, Banana Republic
Shoes, Nine West
Sunglasses, Rebecca Minkoff
photos by the exceptional Third Eye Chic

The monogram print doesn't compete with your outfit or other accessories--it really acts as a neutral. Another plus? The bag is under the four digit price point. I recommend the size 30 because it is roomy enough without being overpowering.

The handles make the bag easy to carry in a couple of ways. I carry it either on the crook of my arm or I hold both handles. Because I love this bag so much, it also has its own monogrammed accessory, a Louis Vuitton key chain.

As with my glorious Chanel 2.55 bag, designer bags are worth investing in because you'll have them forever and they might stop you from purchasing other, cheaper bags. Or if you do get sick of it, you'll be able to resell it and have money to put towards your next bag. Stylish win after stylish win.

Monday, July 22, 2013

dear paris, i (really) miss you.

Nothing lifts my spirits quite like a trip to Paris and I am so excited because I just booked my next trip. I'll be traveling to Paris and Dublin this fall! I am already mentally planning places to shop, eat, absorb, and feel creative. Here are some pictures from my trip this spring that may inspire you (and me).
Gate at Versailles
Rainbow dancing in the Jardin du Palais Royal fountain
Table setup at Cafe de Flore

Interior of Notre Dame Cathedral
A runner wearing a scarf (seriously, Parisians wear scarves everywhere!)
Gorgeous fleurs in their simplicity
Are there any places or sites you recommend that I visit while I'm in Paris? I'd appreciate any tips in the comments.

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