Graphic Triangles Manicure

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Sally Hansen Snappy Sorbet // Essie Mezmerised // American Apparel The Valley

I came across this design while flipping through the latest InStyle and thought it looked simple enough. So when I looked to my growing collection of nail polish and found very similar colors to those featured, I knew I had my weekend manicure all lined up. Of course, things rarely go according to plans – even when it comes to nails – and while I tried to keep to only one coat of the darker blue color to allow the lighter color to show through, I just couldn’t handle it. It looked messy and the color was inconsistent, and the perfectionist in me quickly decided on two coats. While I was pleased the results, the transparency of the layers was actually what attracted me to this design, so I was a little bummed to have strayed from it. If you have any tips for applying a single coat of polish so that the color is consistent, please send them my way.

And when I said, “things rarely go according to plans”, I wasn’t only talking about modifying the design halfway through. As I’ve mentioned, painting my nails is part of my Sunday “brace yourself for the week” routine; then I usually snap photos on Monday or Tuesday. Somehow, I managed to chip several nails while sleeping. I debated photoshopping the imperfections out, but I felt like a fake. So, since I kept it real, you can just ignore the chips, okay?

Crisp Tweed

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Shirt: Uniqlo
Skirt: J.Crew
Shoes: Modern Vintage (Gilt)
Necklace: J.Crew
Watch: Michael Kors (Nordstrom)
Bag: Marc by Marc Jacobs (a gift)

When it comes to pencil skirts, I’m still figuring out what works for me. It’s a silhouette that is often regarded as being universally flattering, so it has to work for me, right? I know that I like them with a button down…but, then again, what don’t I like with a button down? Though I did step out of my comfort zone when it came to the shoes. An ankle strap with this length? I wasn’t so sure. I knew a pointed toe heel without a strap would be more flattering, but I love these blue suede heels enough to get over it. Plus, I really like how the color of the shoes brings out the blue in the tweed. With bare legs and simple gold accessories, this outfit felt like a crisp spring update to a skirt I rocked all winter.

Floral On Floral

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Shirt: Something Else by Natalie Wood (Mira Mira)
Jeans: Rich & Skinny (Nordstrom)
Shoes: Pour La Victoire (My Habit)
Necklace: Adia Kibur (Gilt)
Watch: Michael Kors (Nordstrom)
Bracelet: A gift
Bag; Marc by Marc Jacobs (Nordstrom)

This shirt is a birthday gift from my boyfriend, and I absolutely adore it. Of course, the day I opened it was not the first time I laid eyes on it. I had been swooning over it for a while after seeing it on Instagram (via Mira Mira) and in person at the shop. It was hard to resist scooping it up when I saw it in person, but it was at a time when I vowed not to shop. I had given up on it, assuming it had long since sold out, so I was that much more surprised to see it on my birthday. That boyfriend of mine is a real keeper. 

Every spring I feel the urge to wear more floral prints, and the fact that this print includes a pink that is almost identical to my hair color makes me want to wear it every day. For a Friday after a long (and yet too short at the same time) week, I paired it with a favorite pair of boyfriend jeans and neon wedges. Floral on floral is a big trend for spring, and I dipped my toe in the water by adding a floral statement necklace. The zipper trim adds a little edge to keep it from being too sweet. That, and the serious spikes on the bracelet. 

Purrfect

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Shirt: c/o Skip N’ Whistle
Jeans: Rich & Skinny (Nordstrom)
Belt: J.Crew
Shoes: Steve Madden (ModCloth)
Bag: Marc by Marc Jacobs (a gift)
Sunglasses: Ray Ban (Saks)

Obviously, we have to talk about the shirt. Isn't it purrfect? Sorry, sometimes I can’t stop myself. Ahem. But, seriously there could not be a more perfect shirt for me. I’m a crazy cat lady, and I have no shame. Cat hair on my black jeans? Check. Cat toys scattered around my apartment? Check. Instagram full of kitty (some of them not even mine!) pictures? Check. So when Skip N’ Whistle generously offered me a cat print shirt of my choice, I jumped at the chance! I love, love, love this shirt!

My Sunday uniform – boyfriend jeans and a sweatshirt - has been well documented recently, and this is yet another version. For an afternoon stroll in Golden Gate Park, comfortable shoes were a must. And, the mix of prints, textures, and colors in these loafers are always an easy way to add interest to a simple look. And while I love jeans and a tee, I’m already thinking about how to style this shirt next time…stay tuned!

Neutrals With A Pop

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Jacket: Alexander McQueen for Target
T-shirt: J.Crew
Skirt: Rachel Zoe (Nordstrom Rack)
Shoes: Pour La Victoire
Necklace: A gift
Bag: Marc by Marc Jacobs (a gift)
Bracelet: A gift
Watch: Michael Kors (Nordstrom)

While some pieces in my closet evoke very specific memories, others just remind me of a general time in my life. This jacket falls into the latter category. It doesn't remind me of any one special occasion though I suppose a special occasion might be a stretch for a gray denim jacket. It's more likely to remind me of a particularly amazing shit show of an evening of drinks with friends. Sadly, it does not though I'm sure it accompanied me on many such adventures. This jacket simply reminds me of Portland, and when I look at it, all I see is: rain, black skinny jeans, an emo haircut, and more rain. As much as I joke, I look back at my years in Portland with fondness so wearing this jacket is comforting in a familiar way. And ever since I bought this skirt, I wanted to wear it with this jacket. With a black v-neck tee, this outfit was begging for my new favorite wedges…and I was more than happy to oblige. The result was a mix of old and new favorites, and those tend to be my favorite outfits.

Mint Lace

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Dress: DVF (Last Call by Neiman Marcus)
Bag: See by Chloe (Nordstrom)
Shoes: Kurt Geiger 

While the weather in San Francisco is mostly moderate, it can be quite unpredictable. Trying to plan an outfit weeks in advance is not something I often do, but when I bought this dress I knew I wanted to wear it on my birthday. Of course, I wasn't sure that the weather would play along with that plan but I kept my fingers crossed until the day rolled around. It actually turned out to be a beautiful seventy-degree day! Of course, said plan ended with the dress; I had no idea how I wanted to style it. Because I waited until the last possible minute to get ready and sneak in outfit photos, I didn’t have much time to ponder it. Paired with a crossbody bag and chunky heeled cap toe shoes, this mint green lace dress feels more mod than romantic. It was a bit unexpected, but I absolutely love it. I also love the ease of this look - just three pieces and yet completely put together. It was a perfect birthday look. Did I mention the collar and pockets?

Dotty Fade Manicure

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Sally Hansen White On // Sephora by OPI What's a Tire Jack?

There’s really not much to say except that I love this manicure. After weeks of manicures that felt “meh”, I was happy to finally finish one off and absolutely love the end result. I follow WAH Nails on Instagram, and it’s a constant source of inspiration. When I spied this design, I knew it would be gracing my fingers in no time. Dots are one of the easiest designs to apply; the only thing that concerned me was the white base coat. While I can acknowledge that white is one of the best bases for nail art, I find it very difficult to work with. It usually requires at least three coats to achieve an opaque base, and for some reason the edges always look messy to me. To create clean lines around my cuticles, I dipped a thin but firm nail art brush into acetone and swept it across the bottom edge of polish. It worked like a charm! Honestly, I love this manicure so much that I'm very tempted to do it again next time...and the time after that...and, well, you get the point!

Happy Friday, friends! 

A Fluoro Frenzy

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Jacket: Zara
Sweatshirt: Prabal Gurung for Target
Jeans: Rich & Skinny (Nordstrom)
Necklace: Marc by Marc Jacobs (a gift)
Bag: Rebecca Minkoff
Shoes: Pour La Victoire (My Habit)
Sunglasses: Ray Ban (Saks)

Remember when I said Sundays are made for sweatshirts and boyfriend jeans? Well, this was the following Sunday. And I’m wearing a sweatshirt and boyfriend jeans…again. I’ve been dying to wear this sweatshirt; I am obsessed with the print. But when I ordered these shoes, I knew I had to wait to wear them together. When the shoes arrived, I was pleased to find that they are absolutely perfect with this sweatshirt. I could wear this outfit every day. (Confession: since snapping these photos, I've repeated this exact outfit. I'm not ashamed.)

Neon And Pastels

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Sweater: J.Crew
Pants: TBA (Mira Mira)
Shoes: Modern Vintage (Gilt)
Necklace: H&M
Watch: c/o TOKYObay
Bag: Rebecca Minkoff

I can’t pretend that comfort is always my top concern when getting dressed. But there are occasions when I put together a look that feels as good as it looks, and this was one of them. Silk pants and a cashmere sweater - is there a dreamier combination? I really don’t think so. Finished off with an easy pair of heels, and this look is by far the most comfortable I’ve worn in a while. And the fact that I love it from head to toe just makes it that much sweeter.

Freestyle Manicure

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Julep Dendrite // Sephora by OPI What's a Tire Jack? // Kiss Nail Art Paint White

I didn’t have a plan when I started this manicure. That never happens. When it comes to my outfits? I rarely have a plan. But my nails? I usually comb the internet for inspiration, and while lately I’ve turned to a few old favorites, I always have a plan. Not this time. I chose colors quickly and decided to start painting rather than plotting. How I arrived at this design, I’m not quite sure. What I am sure of is that I absolutely love this gray polish. I used it once before (the manicure didn’t make it to the blog) but seeing it again confirms my first impression: it is the perfect shade of gray. I have several other gray polishes and none of them compare to this one. I think this it’s the creamy color that sets it apart. And, it’s a perfect alternative to pastels for spring. Did I already say I love this polish?

Another Sunday, Another Sweatshirt

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Sweatshirt: Juicy Couture (a gift)
Shirt: Uniqlo (stolen from the boyfriend)
Jeans: Rich & Skinny (Nordstrom)
Shoes: DV by Dolce Vita (ModCloth)
Bag: Foley + Corinna (The Outnet)
Sunglasses: H&M (a gift)

Sundays are made for sweatshirts and boyfriend jeans. And sunny Sunday afternoon picnics in Golden Gate Park with my love make me really happy. The result? My go-to Sunday look with a lot of color. I really didn’t plan to wear so much color; the outfit started with the sweatshirt and jeans. Then I spied this shirt, which matched too perfectly not to steal it right out of the boyfriend’s closet. (I’ve been addicted to layering sweatshirts over button downs ever since this I wore this look.) And then I realized I had oxfords in an almost obnoxious color combination that would also match perfectly. The sunglasses had less to do with color than the fact that they make me happy every single time I wear them. When I finally glanced in the mirror, I laughed and decided it was still missing something. Isn’t it obvious? What goes with a pineapple, plaid and neon oxfords? A leopard print cross body bag.

Chain Trim

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Sweater: Trouve (Nordstrom Rack)
Dress: Eva Franco (ModCloth)
Tights: Hue (Nordstrom)
Shoes: Nine West
Ring: Michael Raymond Jewelry (via a Bevel giveaway on The Styley)
Bag: L.A.M.B. (Nordstrom Rack)

I love this dress. The print is simply magical, and it makes me happy every single time I wear it. While I like to think I style it in a new way each time I wear it, it seems the standout print lends itself best to somewhat minimal looks. And paired with a chain-trimmed cardigan, I really didn’t feel the need to go overboard with accessories. However, having received it just the day before, I did feel the need to wear this ring. I was lucky enough to win it in a giveaway my friend Kate hosted on her blog, The Styley. I don’t enter many giveaways, just those with a prize I really want, and man, did I want this ring. I was absolutely thrilled to hear that I won, and I don’t plan on taking it off my finger any time soon!  

Mix And Match Manicure

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American Apparel The Valley // American Apparel Gold Flash // OPI The Living Daylights // Sephora by OPI Only Gold For Me 

I apologize for the lack of nail posts the last two weeks. It was not because my nails were bare. Hell no. I just didn’t think the manicures were worth sharing. One reminded me of football (I don’t even want to talk about it) and the other was a simple gradient created by painting each nail a different shade of blue. I think my obsession with nail art has made simple manicures boring manicures. And, I blame my repeated choice of a simple design on my tendency to paint my nails on Sunday night…later and later on Sunday night. When I have to go with something that will dry quickly, anything with too many coats is out of the question. This time I decided on a mix and match manicure, combining a few of my favorite polishes, glitter and polka dots. I chose base colors that I knew would only require two coats, and polka dots are very easy and quick to apply. Part of me thought this manicure would drive me crazy, that the mishmash of designs would be too much for my OCD soul to handle. But I actually like it. I’ll definitely keep this one in my back pocket for another Sunday night!

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