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What to Wear to a Bridal Shower

At 26 years old, I’ve been to a handful of bridal showers (with many more to come)! For me, every single one is just as exciting as the one before. What’s better than a beautiful luncheon to celebrate a very special bride-to-be?

Spending an afternoon with a bunch of gorgeous women requires a little bit of outfit planning, and for a shower, there is one cardinal rule**…

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Long Lost Spring + Summer Mani’s

I have a bizarre & obsessive habit of photographing my fingernails quite frequently. That being said, I’ve accumulated a camera roll full of long lost manicures that never made their way to my blog or social pages over the last few months.

In an effort to free up some space on my phone, I recently uploaded all of the photos from my iphone to my laptop – giving me a chance to relive some of the fabulous mani’s that I had throughout the Spring/Summer.

I wanted to share some of those shots with my fellow mani-lovers, so I’ve pulled some of my favorites to post!

I tried to note any polish details that I remembered as well.

Enjoy 🙂

Spring 2014 - Nina Ultra Pro "Fuchsia Rage"
Nina Ultra Pro “Fuchsia Rage”
Spring 2014 - Gelish "Garden Teal Party"
Gelish “Garden Teal Party”
Sally Hansen "Mint Sprint"
Sally Hansen “Mint Sprint”
Essie "French Affair"
Essie “French Affair”
Gelish - Carnival Hangover
Gelish – Carnival Hangover
Sinful Colors "Soul Mate"
Sinful Colors “Soul Mate” (I LOVED this color this Summer & looking back at it – I’m still just as obsessed)
Orly "Prelude to a Kiss"
Orly “Prelude to a Kiss”
Sally Hansen "Red My Lips"
Sally Hansen “Red My Lips”
Nina Ultra Pro "Tangerine Dream"
Nina Ultra Pro “Tangerine Dream”
Finger Paints "Springtime Bloom"
Finger Paints “Springtime Bloom”
Another... new York Color "Wine Bar"
New York Color “Wine Bar”
Sally Hansen "Plums the Word"
Sally Hansen “Plums the Word”

Clearly, my favorite place to snap a mani pic is in my car lol…it’s that natural lighting ;). There were so many fun colors the past two seasons!

As the colder temps are setting in, I’ve been wearing a ton of new Fall/Winter polishes. I’ve been posting them on my Instagram – you can follow me & check them out here! 🙂

XOX

End-Of Summer Shopping

So I found this post from August in my drafts and realized that I never published it! Whoops!

Better late than never. Enjoy  🙂 —->

 

 

I’d say that this is the saddest, yet most exciting time of the year for most ladies. Summer is coming to an end (which is down right depressing), but Fall & it’s phenomenal fashion is just around the corner!

I took a mini shopping trip over the weekend to some of my favorite go-to bargain spots. I wasn’t in the mood to go spending money for the heck of it, so I told myself that I would only pick up things that I absolutely loved, that were suitable for work, and that would be good assets to my wardrobe!

I rarely go to the mall, but I had to make a trip to the Apple store. While I was there, I figured I would stop by Forever21 and H&M. I tried on a few things that I really liked, but didn’t meet my criteria for purchase – so I decided to sit on them and return another time if they stayed on my mind. Glad I did, because I kind of forgot about them already lol.

However, I did need a new tote for my laptop, and lucked out at H&M!

I love this bag! I actually had my laptop with me since I needed it for my Apple visit, so I was able to put it in the tote & try it out. I love the simple look, the extra pockets & the long/short strap options - huge bonus! (H&M, $24.00)
I love this bag! I actually had my laptop with me since I needed it for my Apple visit, so I was able to put it in the tote & try it out. I love the simple look, the extra pockets & the long/short strap options – huge bonus! (H&M, $24.00)

I’ve been on the hunt for fitted slacks – I always buy pairs that are too long & need to be hemmed (which I never do) so straight legged, ankle pants are my new go-to! I stopped by TJ’s to peruse their selection and found this great pair of navy blue Cynthia Rowley slacks. I’ve said it before & I’ll say it again – Cynthia Rowley designs are amazing! The quality, the fabrics, the fit! I swear. Everything I try on feels as though it was tailored just for me.

Paired with a cute top, belt  & pair of pumps - these are the perfect slacks for work!
Paired with a cute top, belt & pair of pumps or flats – these are the perfect slacks for work! (TJ Maxx $24.00)

Next to TJ’s is one of my high school faves, Mandees! I’m starting to feel a little too old for this store, but the cute & affordable finds keep driving me in!

Love a good peplum
I’m still digging the peplum trend. They are always good for a clean, classy & forgiving look. (Mandees, $16.99 – but I snagged it for 50% off!)
LOVED this jumpsuit in the dressing room!
I LOVED this jumpsuit in the dressing room…
...So I brought it home :)
…So I brought it home 🙂 This KIND of met my criteria, but I’ve been searching for the perfect jumpsuit for so long. It can be worn for a night out, casually during the day or to work with a small sweater & chunky necklace. Either way, I’m SO in love with it, two people in the store actually stopped me to say they had purchased it as well! Definitely my favorite find of the day ! (Mandee’s, $40)
Super cozy Fuchsia sweater
I was drawn to this super cozy Fuchsia sweater (front) immediately. They had it in a few other colors, but I thought that this one was perfect! I’m always trying to brighten up my wardrobe and avoid the tempting lure of black, white, and grey.
With the most adorable key hole/black bow on the back!
It has the most adorable key hole/black bow on the back! So feminine, yet still comfortable & warm. Best part? No need for a fancy bra – this just makes the cut 🙂 (Mandee’s $16.99)
So looking forward to breaking in these strappy pumps!
I always laugh because believe it or not, Mandee’s really does have a great shoe selection! I tried on so many pairs and finally settled on these pumps. This older woman came over and was gawking at the shoes, she ended up getting a similar pair! I can’t wait to break them in. (Mandee’s $24.00)

I’m really excited about my finds & the upcoming Fall season! I’ll definitely be keeping my eyes open & picking up some more pieces here & there!

Have you started Fall shopping?

Where did you score some good finds?

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