Experimenting with Nail Shapes

When it comes to manicures, I think that I am very traditional. I never get too crazy with my nails…I’m not afraid of bright or wild colors color, but they need to be tasteful. Clean, simple, and classy is the route I usually take.

Lately, I’ve been mixing things up a bit, not so much with color and design, but with shape!

You’re used to seeing me posting my square / squoval nails all over the place, but I’ve been working to achieve the stiletto look. I’m trying to create a more appealing, work-appropriate version of the super long, weapon-like shape:

Eek! These actually aren’t too harsh compared to some others out there!Β Credit

I began this nail journey last week, it took 3 brand new nail files to finally get rid of my square shape! My nails started out very oval, and not so stiletto. It’s funny to think how drastic of a change this felt!

As they grew, I began rounding them off more & more…

Over the weekend, I sharpened them up even more…and I changed the color to this great blue shade. It was a Confetti polish Β “Blue Bombshell”.

Before it was time to go back to work on Monday, I re-painted my nails a deep burgundy:

You can tell how far they’ve come & how much more they have to go, but I must say that they are totally growing on me! I can’t wait to for them to get a little bit longer so I can really achieve the look.

What do you think of stiletto nails? Have you ever stepped out of your comfort zone when it comes to nail shape? What style are you usually rocking? Let me know πŸ™‚

2012 Fall Favorites

Fall is one of my favorite times of year…the colors, smells, food, and fashion- to die! Not so lucky for us on the East Coast, this Fall has been aggressively interrupted by Hurricane Sandy, and most recently this friendly little Nor’easter named Athena. While my state, and town are currently buried in fresh white snow, I wanted to bring it back and remember that regardless of what we may feel…winter is not here yet!

To help get back in the mind set, I picked out some of my absolute favorite things about Fall 2012 thus far- enjoy!

Fall nailpolish! This has been a favorite of mine this season: Essie Bordeaux
This manicure is two coats of Gelish “Sweet Chocolate” with two coats of Essie “Bordeaux” on top. I’m in love with the pairing!
Transitional season jackets! I love this black leather one that I picked up at Marshalls a couple of years ago!
Candles! I burn candles year round, but the Fall scents are my favorites. My go-to’s are Vanilla, Pecan Pie, Fresh Baked Cookies, and Pumpkin Spice πŸ™‚
My midnight snack: Ben & Jerry’s Greek Frozen Yogurt. I am obsessed with their Blueberry Vanilla Graham flavor!
Halloween! This is one of my favorite days of the year! I usually like to get super creative, but kept it simple this year. Here’s the funny thing about our costumes: my boyfriend has to grow his hair out, one night we were playing around with it and he looked JUST like Danny Zuko! So we thought it’d be fun to dress up as Sandy & Danny for Halloween. Before you know it, we were about to get hit with Hurricane Sandy & everyone decided to dress the same in honor of the storm! I didn’t even really care for the costume, we did it all for his hair- which he barely ended up styling LOL. So you’ve heard it here: I did not dress up in honor of Hurricane Sandy, I dressed up to compliment my boyfriends locks!
Belts! I love adding a belt to a plain pair of slacks or around a simple sweater!
My Louis Vuitton πŸ™‚ I got this bag last year & it is so special for many reasons! I carried it right up until the beginning of Spring last year, and then packed it up until Fall- in my opinion it’s far too seasonal to carry throughout the summer! Ever since, I have been itching to take it out again. I think that sometime this week I’ll transfer everything & start carrying it again!
Bath & Body Works Paris Amour hand lotion, Gelish NOURISH cuticle oil, Bare Minerals Pretty Amazing “Fearless” Gloss, and a Revlon nail file. These three items are crucial, the lotion & oil I use at least a dozen times per day- my hands and nails get very dry once the weather starts to get chilly. I must have them on me (in my purse) at all times. πŸ˜‰
Seasonal phone wallpaper. It seems silly, but I always change my phone background with the seasons, holidays, etc. I had a colorful Fall scene for a while, but I just changed it to this gorgeous photo once the snow started coming down today! I know it’s borderline Winter, but I found it on Google a while ago & have been dying to use it. (I believe it was shot by Madeline Bea Photography– she has gorgeous work!)
Big, cozy sweaters! I bought this wrap from H & M in 2007 and still adore it πŸ™‚
Family dinners: Fall is all about cooking! I spent last weekend cooking a mini Pre-Thanksgiving dinner with my Mama. Nothing I love more than spending time with my family πŸ™‚
Everything APPLE! My Apple Crisp pie is hands down my favorite Fall recipe (and always a crowd pleaser!) I’ve already baked two this season & plan on making at least a couple more. Let me know if I should post the recipe!
Half/Oval/Mini-Stiletto Nails: I decided to try a completely new nail shape. I attempted this look almost a year ago & hated it! I decided to give it another shot except this time around I used a different filing technique & am currently in love with these nails! As they slowly grow longer, the pointier I’m able to shape them πŸ™‚ (Polish = Gelish “Black Cherry Berry”)

Those are just a few of my favorite things this season! What are you loving about Fall this year? Let me know πŸ™‚

Tasty Apple Recipe!

A few nights ago I tweeted a picture of one of my favorite treats! I first made these in my 3rd grade classroom & they quickly became a go-t0 snack for me. What I most love about them (aside from the fact that they are delicious), is that they take literally 5 minutes to make and I usually always have the ingredients on hand. Who doesn’t love a recipe like that?!

What you’ll need:

1 Apple

Cinnamon

Sugar

Cheddar Cheese

Butter

Slice your apple and arrange on a piece of foil
Sprinkle apples with cinnamon and sugar
Add cheddar cheese and a small pad of butter to each apple
Pop into the oven & broil for 2-5 minutes, or until all of the cheese is melted

And that is it!

It seems like an unusual combo, and obviously not the healthiest of foods… but hey, there is an apple in there, and I promise these are absolutely delicious!

Give them a try and let me know what you think!

Nude, but not so naked lips

I’ve had an obsession with brown/nude lips lately and have been picking up a ton of different products to achieve the look I’m craving! I’m really happy with what I found and wanted to share 4 of my favorites with you:

1) NYC City Proof “Gold With Me” 460:

I picked this up at CVS for $2-$3. It goes on very light…as in white light, not sheer light, and has a ton of shimmer

2) NARS Female Trouble:

My friend Nikki worked at Sephora, and recently moved out of the country. Before she left she gave me a huge (seriously, HUGE) bag of products and this gloss was in it! It goes on as a deep brown shade that appears with a hint of pink/red. I love it!

3) NYC Smooch Proof Lip Stain Never Ending Nude 492

This I snagged at CVS for $4-$6. I love lip stains! This shade goes great under all of the glosses/sticks πŸ™‚

4) Rimmel London Lasting Finish By Kate Lipstick/Rosseto

Another CVS find for about $7? Great lipstick! A true nude shade

Swatches:

L to R: NYC Gold With Me, NARS, NYC Never Ending Nude, Rimmel London

I’ve been using these products religiously for the last couple of weeks. I recently Instagram-ed this pictures of the NARS gloss:

This lip is actually the NYC Stain with the NARS on top! I loved the combo!
This lip is the NYC stain, with the Rimmel lipstick on top, and a light coat of the NYC gloss

I really like all of these products! I’d have to say that my absolute favorites are the Rimmel Lipstick and the NARS gloss. The NYC gloss is probably my least favorite…there’s a little too much shimmer for me. The good news is that most of them are definitely affordable and can be found in nearly any drug or beauty store.

Let me know if you have a favorite nude lip product!

Fall Shoe Shopping

I did some serious Fall shopping a couple of weeks ago, included in that spree was some shoe shopping. Β I went to Mandees; I hadn’t been there in a while, but they are always good for finding fabulous, and affordable shoes! Lucky for me, they were having a buy one, get one half off sale, so I decided to stock up for the season!

Let me start by sharing some depressing news…lately I’ve been having a harder time wearing heels, my feet just don’t enjoy them like they used to *MAJOR SIGH*. Not only do heels feel sexier and more fun than flats, but they give me an extra few inches to my already miniature 5′ .5″ self. While I’m not swearing them off altogether, I decided it was time to invest in some comfortable flats.

Fortunately, I found a few adorable pairs:

A simple brown suede
Black and gold alligator-esque shoes
Blue suede! I have actually been dying for a pair of blue suede shoes for a while!

Obviously during a BOGO, I couldn’t ignore the heels! So I picked up a few pairs that will serve me well.

Nude pumps- awful lighting πŸ™
Black suede, double buckle Mary Jane-ish pumps. I am dying to pair these with black tights and a skirt ASAP!
Black pumps with a gold toe! I was drawn to these, I had to take them home with me πŸ˜‰

Naturally I had to peruse the accessories…

I snagged this blue Nine West clutch with optional chain link strap
…And this gold plated necklace…as my roomie would say my “Walk Like an Egyptian” necklace LOL

Mandees had so many great pumps, flats and boots! I need to get back ASAP and pick up a few other pairs I had been eyeing… something about taking multiple trips to the same store, and making multiple purchases makes spending money not as bad.

What are you wearing on your feet this season? Let me know where you found some great Fall shoes!

PS: For the mani lovers, here are my most recent:

Started with Gelish “Skinny Vanilla Latte”…
…it was too light for the season so I ended up putting a couple coats of Gelish “Black Cherry Berry” on top πŸ™‚

I just changed my polish color this afternoon…stay tuned for that pic! πŸ˜‰

XOXO

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