Galaxy Manicure

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After weeks of bare nails, I forced myself to make time for a manicure this week. While a lot of people see my nails and think “she has a lot of time on her hands”, the reality is quite the opposite. I rarely feel like there’s enough hours in the day to get everything done, and that can be stressful at times. And, for me, focusing on a tedious, manual task is a way to de-stress and prepare myself for another busy week. Even if Monday sucks, which it almost always does, I want my nails to look good. And this week they did - I love this galaxy manicure! Of course there are things I wish I had done differently like used a finer glitter to add more “stars” to the design, but there’s always next time! What do you think of this manicure?

Back To Boots

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Dress: ModCloth
Shirt: BCBG Max Azria
Tights: DKNY (Nordstrom)
Boots: Theory (Nordstrom Rack)
Watch: Michael Kors (Nordstrom)
Necklace: H&M
Bag: Rebecca Minkoff

After a few days of crisp, fall weather, I decided it was time for boots. And when I say “boots”, I mean this pair in particular. I love these boots and look forward to wearing them year after year. Taller boots make me feel like I can get away with a shorter hemline at the office, so I took advantage and wore this little drop waist dress. The print is one of my absolute favorites. Not yet ready to pair it with a turtleneck, I layered it over a super soft cashmere tee, the perfect light but warm layer. I’ve been in quite the fashion rut lately, but I think my favorite fashion season – fall – might turn that around!

A Sweatshirt And A Skirt

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Sweatshirt: Prabal Gurung for Target
Skirt: Vince Camuto (Nordstrom)
Shoes: Kurt Geiger
Necklace and Bag: Marc by Marc Jacobs

There were quite a few days that I used my busy schedule as an excuse to be lazy when it came time to get dressed. Skinnies and a button down, boyfriend jeans and a button down, all button downs, all day, every day - it had to stop! At the same time, I’ve long felt like my closet is a bit stale and I’m not really inspired by it. So I decided to have fun, a decision that lead me straight to this sweatshirt. I love the print so much, and while I generally try to avoid wearing sweatshirts to the office, I decided to roll with it. I thought I’d dress it up, so I quickly reached for this midi skirt. Heels probably would have been better suited for work, but I went with my favorite booties instead.  I can’t lie; this outfit totally broke me out of my fashion rut! 

LUX SF

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Clockwise from top left: A modern spin on the usual wall of polish // Acting silly when I caught Angie
snapping a pic of me // ...so I Instagrammed her right back // I fell in love with these moody
fall colors from Deborah Lippman

Every time I tell myself (and all of you) that I’ll get back to a posting schedule of three times a week, I find myself with almost no time to dedicate to blogging. The last few months have been crazy busy, and it’s been tough finding time for myself. So you can imagine my excitement when the generous folks over at LUX SF offered me a complimentary manicure and pedicure at the brand spanking new nail salon in Hayes Valley. I made an appointment for the following weekend, and to make it that much better, my sister from another mister, Angie, made one for the same time. So we spent a rainy afternoon chatting, laughing, and sipping on mimosas while being totally pampered by the lovely ladies at LUX SF. Not only did I leave feeling relaxed and happy, but also my nails were perfectly painted in fall colors from Deborah Lippman. My favorite part? The Soyaffin – a blend of shea butter, beeswax, and soy – wrap that left my eczema prone hands feeling super soft and hydrated. And, did I mention they’re open until 8 PM? Finally, a nail salon I can hit up after work! If you live in the Bay Area, I definitely recommend checking out LUX SF.

Disclosure: while LUX SF provided a DeLUX manicure and pedicure free of charge, the views and opinions are honest and completely my own. 

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