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Buffalo Plaid, Feathers and Red Lips!

Buffalo Plaid, Feathers, and Red Lips

Buffalo Plaid, Feathers, and Red Lips

Only 6 days until Christmas, and another festive mani Monday down!  I’m feeling the festive spirit with finding a way to bring a little red, green and glam to my everyday.  Today’s festive is a buffalo plaid mixed mani, feather necklace and a classic red lip!

Buffalo Plaid Mani for Christmas

Buffalo Plaid Mani for Christmas

Julep and Jamberry

Julep and Jamberry

For my buffalo plaid mixed mani I started with Friday Flannel nail wrap from Jamberry on my ring.  I then used Julep polishes to do my black and gold nails.  Once it dried I drew the line down the side of my ring and middle with that same gold and then cleaned up around the nail.  This really matched a lot of my festive red and green outfits I’ve been wearing lately, like this feather and red lip look!

mark. So Fly Necklace In Full Sun

mark. So Fly Necklace In Full Sun

The mark. So Fly Necklace with its black feather, hematite metal and gemstone details is a really fun piece for the holidays.  I paired mine over this off the shoulder sweater (WHBM) and a black and white wool plaid skirt (Nordstroms).

Festive and Fun

Festive and Fun

If your NYE is a little more casual and cold weather this fun necklace might be the piece you need to fun up your look.  Pair it with my favorite red lip, mark. All Butter Up in Fired Up and you are good to go!  You can shop the mark. So Fly Necklace at my eBoutique.  Now what to do for the ultimate festive mani Monday, Christmas Day!  What are you planning on wearing?

mark. So Fly Necklace for a festive and fierce look!

mark. So Fly Necklace for a festive and fierce look!

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Mani Monday Inspo: Golden Globes Edition

I actually caught the Golden Globes last night and not just the red carpet recap the next day. It was super entertaining with Jimmy Falon hosting and of course even more entertaining with all the fun fashion! Such a glam evening is transferring to my not-so-glam Monday by inspiring my mani.  It’s time to take off my NYE jam’s (see here) but what to replace it with?

Kristen Bell Inspo:  Black Holo with Julep Ebony (last seen here)

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Julep Ebony

Julep Ebony

Priyanka Chopra Inspo:  Gold with mark. Nailed It Gift Set (gold shade – last seen here)

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mark. Nailed It Gift Set

mark. Nailed It Gift Set

Emma Stone Inspo:  Light Pink with Stars with Essie Fiji and stamping with mark. Nailed It Gift Set (silver shade) (last seen here)

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Essie Fiji

Essie Fiji

 

All The Sequins and Metallics Inspo:  with Essie Penny Talk (last seen here)

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Essie Penny Talk

Essie Penny Talk

Janelle Monae Inspo:  Pearly white with Avon Creme Brûlée (last seen here)

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Avon Gel Finish in Creme Brûlée

Avon Gel Finish in Creme Brûlée

What’s your vote!?  What mani should I do next?  What topped your favorites list from last night’s Golden Globes?

 

(pics via pinterest)

Mani Monday – Halloween Inspo

Mani Monday - Halloween Inspo

Mani Monday – Halloween Inspo

Halloween is in a week! Even if you don’t dress up for Halloween you can still rock a Halloween mani.

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Julep Ebony - Halo

Julep Ebony – Halo

This week I’m wearing a black halo polish from Julep called Ebony. Easy and simple but still kind of theme’s out my week.  Halo’s are really hard to capture when it is cloudy out, but believe me this is one awesome polish, PERFECT for Halloween.

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With Flash

With Flash

Without Flash

Without Flash

With Flash

With Flash

I do have a Halloween party this Friday so for my weekend through actual Halloween I’m going to wear these glow-in-the-dark nail wraps from Jamberry called Eye See You. These adorable creepy-cute monster eyes are a little different for Halloween. The glow-in-the-dark feature will be super fun for Halloween.

Jamberry Eye See You

Jamberry Eye See You

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You can shop Julep here (check your Ulta too) or you can shop Jamberry here. There’s still time to get something for Halloween!  In addition I’ve been LOVING these mark. Good Luck Ring Set.  It is a set of two statement rings for $22 over at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

mark. Good Luck Ring Set

mark. Good Luck Ring Set

Week O’Nautical: 4th Of July Mani Pedi

Perfect s'mores pairing... a Patriotic July mani!

Perfect s’mores pairing… a Patriotic July mani!

Who else is in a 4th of July hangover!? I took Tuesday off for an extra long holiday weekend which is why mani Monday is going up on a Wednesday.  For the holiday weekend I went with a majorly patriotic mixed mani/pedi combo using Jambery nail wraps.  Like I’ve said before I really like using a base coat under Jamberry nail wraps.  I used Avon Ridge Filling Basecoat with these.

 

Week O'Nautical:  4th Of July Mani Pedi

Week O’Nautical: 4th Of July Mani Pedi

 

Mani:  From pinkie to thumb; Julep polish (old), Jamberry Kaboom, Jamberry Red White and Boom, Jamberry Star Spanged, Avon Gel Finish Roses Are Red.  I meant to put the Jamberry Fireworks over my ring and thumb but after I waited for the polish to dry I never got around to doing it.  Oh well, it would look cute for NYE too, guess I’ll save it.

Jamberry Kaboom, Red White and Boom and Star Spangled

Jamberry Kaboom, Red White and Boom and Star Spangled

Pedi:  I used Jamberry Star Spangled on my big toe and then Avon Gel Finish in Roses are Red with a red white and blue glitter by Julep (old).

Jamberry Star Spangled and Avon Gel Finish with Julep Glitter Top Coat

Jamberry Star Spangled and Avon Gel Finish with Julep Glitter Top Coat

I hope you survived the holiday weekend and got to enjoy some fireworks and some delicious s’mores too!  You can shop Jamberry here, Avon here and Julep here.  The 4th may be over but this works all summer long!  Plus, for the fan girls out there, check out the new Marvel releases from Jamberry for more fun!  They pair perfectly with all things Americana.

 

Mani Monday: Nude Blue and Leopard Top Pinned Recreate

Mani Monday:  Nude Blue and Leopard Top Pinned Recreate

Mani Monday: Nude Blue and Leopard Top Pinned Recreate

So lately this pin has been receiving so many re-pinnes. Before that it was this cheesecake recipe I’ve yet to make it, but looks easy and delicious… I digress, back to the mani. Because it was getting so much pinterest love I decided to recreate it.

Recreating Most PInned Mani

Recreating Most PInned Mani

For my recreate I did it a little differently but kept the nude, blue and spot design. I recently got this Avon Gel Finish Polish in Barely There, a darker nude shade and been wanting to use it so figured this was the time! I applied 2 coats over the Avon Ridge Filling Basecoat on every finger except my ring where I used Essie Borrowed and Blue (last seen here). I then used a gold glitter on my middle and a leopard jamberry wrap on my pointer.  The wrap is called Spot On, which is just a leopard print on a clear base.

In Full Sun:  Nude, Blue and Leopard Mani

In Full Sun: Nude, Blue and Leopard Mani

Jamberry Wrap Spot On on Pointer

Jamberry Wrap Spot On on Pointer

All together my recreation has the same color scheme and overall design as the pin but with a little different twist with the glitter and clear based Jamberry wrap. I love the whole look and feel for spring and I can see thing working really well in the fall too coming off of summer brights.

Featuring Essie Borrowed and Blue and Julep Tazeen (glitter)

Featuring Essie Borrowed and Blue and Julep Tazeen (glitter)

Can I comment on how awesome the Avon Gel Finish polishes are! They are so perfectly self leveling, shine and wear great without a top coat and last! Right now these polishes are any 2 for $8.99.  You can shop the gel finish polishes and the ridge filling base coat at my eBoutique.  You can shop Jamberry here.

Avon Gel Finish in Barely There

Avon Gel Finish in Barely There

We Are! Penn State!

 

Penn State Mani for Taxslayer Bowl!

Penn State Mani for Taxslayer Bowl!

What’s a better way to start the year off than with a bowl game and a sparkly mani! My beloved Nittany Lions are playing Georgia in the Taxslayer Bowl today so all the reason to Penn State it up!

Jamberry On Holiday Nail Wrap and Julep Stardust Polish

Jamberry On Holiday Nail Wrap and Julep Stardust Polish

For my blue and white mani I used On Holiday Jamberry wrap and a Julep stardust polish for a unique sparkle.

Blue and White Nails for Penn State!

Blue and White Nails for Penn State!

One of my fav Christmas gifts was this Alex and Ani bracelet from my mom.  I’ve gifted plenty of Alex and Ani over the years but never got one for myself so this Penn State Alex and Ani bracelet is the ULTIMATE for my first.  I love that each bracelet represents something so I like to pick them out as gifts according to personality.  The Penn State one represents loyalty, enthusiasm and pride and I couldn’t say it better.  That’s everything a Penn State fan/alum/student is!  For the glory!

Alex and Ani Penn State Bracelet

Alex and Ani Penn State Bracelet

Loyalty | Enthusiasm | Pride

Loyalty | Enthusiasm | Pride

Live it Love it Bleed It Blue!

 

Nailed It: Crafty Nail

#mynailsandmyperfume Featuring Avon Femme, Essie Forget Me Nots, Julep Sienna and Avon Gel Finish

#mynailsandmyperfume Featuring Avon Femme, Essie Forget Me Nots, Julep Sienna and Avon Gel Finish

She’s crafty and she’s just my type, she’s crafty… go ahead sing the Beasties Boys because we’re getting crafty up in here! With Crafty Nail! So if you’re looking for a good nail inspiration go to the Crafty Nail blog, she does some really fun nail looks that will totally have you inspired! In honor of her 2015 OMD3 challenge (and the last day of it).  I decided to put some of the mani’s I’ve been rocking for the last 30 days all in one post.

The Perfect Summer Camp Mani

The Perfect Summer Camp Mani

4th Of July Mani

4th Of July Mani

Black and White Nails

Black and White Nails

Metallic Summer Blue

Metallic Summer Blue

'merica round 2

‘merica round 2

Baby Pink With A Matte Top Coat

Baby Pink With A Matte Top Coat

#mynailsandmybag a purple with a halo!

#mynailsandmybag a purple with a halo!

State Fair White Avon Gel Finish

State Fair White Avon Gel Finish

Tropical Accents With Essie

Tropical Accents With Essie

A Really Messy Lined Mani

A Really Messy Lined Mani

Avon Barefoot Beige and Essie A Cut Above

Avon Barefoot Beige and Essie A Cut Above

#mynailsandmydrink in orange and gold and a casualty

#mynailsandmydrink in orange and gold and a casualty

In addition to Crafty Nail being an awesome blog she’s also a fellow Avon rep who created a exclusive set available online only at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger.  The 5 piece set includes a base coat, a hot pink polish, a silver dazzling topper and a topcoat all for only $12.99!  Stand out from the average mani with her dazzling look that features a popping pink and just the right amount of sparkle.

Crafty Nail For Avon

Crafty Nail For Avon

Follow these easy instructions to create the look:

1) Start with one coat of Nail Experts Gel Strength Base Coat
2) Apply two coats of Nailwear Pro+ in Hottie (wait 5 minutes between coats)
3) Brush Dazzlers Disco Ball onto a makeup wedge and lightly sponge the glitter onto just the tips of your nails
4) Repeat as necessary until you reach the desired amount of glitter
5) Finish with one coat of Nail Experts UV Gloss Guard Top Coat

Summer Camp Nails

 

Summer Camp Nails

Summer Camp Nails

 

July has been a busy month for me between warm summer nights and weekend getaways, summer and summer vacation mindset have been in full swing!  Busy month also means neglected nails.  Sorry digits.  I went camping the other weekend and I knew I was gong to feel super dirty and super un-polished so I knew I needed to polish those nails with a good mani to have at least that.

Essie’s A Crewed Interest and Julep Chevron Decals

Essie’s A Crewed Interest and Julep Chevron Decals

We went camping up at Bullards Bar in Dobbins, CA.  Which you might remember from this post when we spent our summer vacation there on a house boat.  During that trip I wore this mani/pedi combo so I thought let’s wear that same peach!  Only this time with aqua chevron decals from my last Julep maven box!

Peach & Aqua Chevron Nails and Camping Uggs

Peach & Aqua Chevron Nails and Camping Uggs

Obviously my nails got dirty after a weekend in the dirt and now showers… did I mention how much I HATE not showering.  A lighter shade (Essie’s A Crewed Interest) helped mask the dirt, however the chevron decals not so much.  Overall I LOVED this look for summer and even more for summer camping!  Next time I wouldn’t try to apply the decals while being sleep deprived, things end up a little wonky haha.  If you’re going camping or to a summer camp recreate this mani and have a great time!  Use code SUMMER here for a FREE Julep maven box!

Essie's A Crewed Interest and Julep Chevron Decals

Essie’s A Crewed Interest and Julep Chevron Decals

The California drought definitely gave us a completely different experience this time visiting Bullards Bar but as always those waters were stunning!  Overall Bullards Bar is a much better lake for boating and jet ski’s.  If you have that, GO, but just for regular camping there are so many other great options in Nor Cal.

Bullards Bar Dobbins, CA

Bullards Bar Dobbins, CA

The Perfect Summer Camp Mani

The Perfect Summer Camp Mani

 

Week O’Nautical – Red White and Blue

Red White and Blue for Week O'Nautical

Red White and Blue for Week O’Nautical

As we approach our most patriotic holiday I theme out my day to day in our most patriotic colors! Week O’Nautical is difficult this time around; a. It’s around 110 all week so, I’m hot, like super hot. b. I’ve worn pretty much all my nautical items on the blog already, and no one wants to see repeats up in here.  c.  The items I do have that are red white and blue aren’t necessarily nautical.  Whatever, ‘merica!

A Little Dazzling Cobalt Blue for the 4th

A Little Dazzling Cobalt Blue for the 4th

Red White and Blue Outfit

Red White and Blue Outfit

For the 4th I’ve been loving a bright dazzling blue with my red and white.  I’m always a fan of navy but this bright blue really pops for the summer holiday!  I paired a dazzling blue tank (Express) with a white lace pencil skirt (H&M) with red lace pumps (Shoedazzle) and red statement earrings!  (Avon).

Red Pumps Add The Perfect Punch

Red Pumps Add The Perfect Punch

For instant nautical feel just add this Avon Smooth Sailing Charm Bracelet!  I’ve been wearing this non-stop this summer!  Best $7.99 I spent!  I really like it layered but for this simple look I liked it cleanly by itself.  Plus it matches my nautical mani (check it here if you didn’t see yesterday’s post!)

Avon Smooth Sailing Bracelet

Avon Smooth Sailing Bracelet

With a simple look like this a fun printed bag is perfect!  This striped bowler bag (mark.) has a bit of a nautical feel with the stripes and a bit of a 4th of July feel with the bright cobalt accents!  You bet I’m caring this bag all week!

Striped Bags Have More Fun

Striped Bags Have More Fun

You can’t have a Red White and Blue look without a red lip!  Mine, courtesy of mark. All Butter Now in Fired Up ($11).  It’s actually the best summer red lip product I’ve used to date.  It’s bright and because it wears like a balm it has the perfect finish for summer and a little more laid back than a full on lipstick.  If you haven’t tried the Lip Butters yet DO SO!

Red Lip:  mark. All Butter Now in Fired Up

Red Lip: mark. All Butter Now in Fired Up

Red Lip:  mark. All Butter Now in Fired Up

Red Lip: mark. All Butter Now in Fired Up

If you haven’t noticed I’m totally wearing this hair style AGAIN!  When it’s this hot there’s no way I’m blow drying my hair.  Have you been inspired to bust your red white and blue this week!?  Check back for more Week O’Nautical all week long!

4th Of July Mani – Julep 4th Of July Maven Box

4th Of July Sparklers Mani for Week O'Nautical

4th Of July Sparklers Mani for Week O’Nautical

Mani Monday is kicking off Week O’Nautical with a 4th of July sparklers mani!  For my June maven reveal I saw they were offering a 4th of July box and YOU KNOW I was all over that stuff!  Here’s a look at the box and my sparklers mani for the 4th!DSC_0907 DSC_0908 DSC_0909 DSC_0910

Julep June Maven 4th Of July Box

Julep June Maven 4th Of July Box

For my sparkling 4th of July mani I decided to use the fireworks glitter top coat and stars and stripes stickers from this box with my Julep Vanna, Julep Monaco and Julep Karissa.  I haven’t done a mixed media mani in a long time and I forgot how fun and how much I love them!  I wore it with this look over the weekend for a baby shower and I’m excited to wear it all week long!  #merica!

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4th Of July Mani

4th Of July Mani

What are you going to wear on your nails this 4th of July?  If you haven’t yet, sign up for Julep and get access to these awesome boxes every month (sign up here!).  Be sure to check back all week as Week O’Nautical sails on!  (sneak peek of tomorrow’s look!)

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Nautical Inspired Mani for the 4th!

Nautical Inspired Mani for the 4th!