Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Spring polish: three tips and the trendiest new color

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Spring has sprung!  All around my neighborhood, little green shoots are popping out of the ground, the grass has turned a beautiful shade of green, a daffodil has bloomed, my deck is starting to look like a nice place to sit, and my nails are purple.

Beauty routines can become, well, routine.  For the most part, that's a good thing.  Lipcolor trends and winged eyeliner can be fun to play with, but we usually tend to stick with our old faithfuls with makeup.  That's why nail color can be so fun!

The freshest shade that everyone seems to be sporting is a springy lavender.  It's classic enough that it doesn't seem too trendy, but it's also a really fun change from the ol' light pink standby.  Or, if you are a dark nailcolor wearer in winter, this shade offers a little relief from the durges of darkness.

This weekend, I spared an hour to set aside for a much needed spring pedicure.  Sometimes I go to a salon, but it's just as easy to get a good pedi at home!  Here are some of my tried-and-true tips:

1) Maintain: It's much easier to keep smooth feet if you keep a little pumice stone in the shower.  Doesn't need to be anything fancy, just a little something like this will do.  Every time you shave your legs, reach for this little stone and buff away.  Do it at the end of your shower so your feet are nice and soft.

2) Light coats and patience: I have found that one big heavy coat of nail polish will easily chip and get those icky dents from your carpet, cat, shoes, whatever.  The best way to go about it (and to get the longest lasting pedi) is to apply two to three very light coats.  It might take a little longer, but it's worth it!  Also, apply starting with a blob in the middle toward the cuticle, then run to the end, then down each side (about three strokes).

3) Clear coat for class: I love the way my nails look when I leave a salon -- always glossy and shiny.  To get that expensive-looking sheen, give your nails a good layer of clear coat.  I find that it's best to wait several hours (or even until the next day!) to ensure that the layers underneath are dry.  This one from OPI is my favorite.

The best tip of all: don't rush!!!

on my toes: Essie "Lapiz of luxury"
Here are some other great shades:

purple nails

What do you think of this springy color?  It could be perfect for Easter!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Trendspotting: the new shoe you'll want to wear everywhere

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What do these two have in common?  (Other than their adorable laid-back vibe, that is.)  I'll give you a hint, look down.  Trends come and go quicker than we can keep track, but I'm going to cling on for life when it involves comfortable footwear.  Far from the stacked platforms of 2013, the flat, comfortable, slip-on sneakers are making a stand.  And we are happily standing.

Interested?  But how to wear them?  Style them like you would a ballet flat.  Pair with skinnies and a cute top for a casual look, or with a simple skirt or dress for a flirty vibe.

Here's a little more inspiration to get your wheels turning:

one shoe, two ways

Have a comfy Sunday!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Dress like a greaser

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AG Jeans (similar), Forever 21 tee, Level 99 Jacket, Clarks flats, Loft belt, Michael Kors watch, World Market earrings
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I've said it a million times and I'll say it again: Simple is good.  Sure, there's a place and a time for fuss, but not in my day-to-day, thanks!

With my clients and customers, I've always relied on a list of basics.  Once you get a trusty team together, they all work together in beautiful ways that just make the dressing game so much better.  I don't have an endless budget (quite the contrary, in fact), so I need to make my pieces work in many ways.

My current favorite pair of jeans are these distressed AG Leggings.  Paired with a plain white tee and a trusty moto jacket, I feel put together and fuss-free.  I love a statement accessory, and my earrings from World Market give me just the edge I need.  My leopard flats are also brought out time and time again -- a comfortable basic that goes with just about anything.  Get my drift?  Altogether, I feel a bit tough... then again I do have all the makings for a classic greaser getup.... maybe without the flats!

So, this spring, think of versatility in your purchases!  Do you have a pair of jeans you never want to take off?  Basic tees in basic colors?  Jackets/blazers?  Anything moto-inspired is super "in" and will keep your look polished (and perhaps a little dangerous).  What are some of your favorites that you wear time and time again?