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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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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

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!

Week O’Nautical – Julep Sail Away Bombshell Maven Box

Julep Set Sail Collection for May

Julep Set Sail Collection for May

Ok so I was supposed to post this yesterday but the long weekend was way to enjoyable to be on the computer/tablet/etc. I definitely disconnected over Memorial Day weekend and I’m totally ok with it. So here’s my mani Monday post “going up, on a Tuesday!”

May Bombshell Maven Box

May Bombshell Maven Box

For May, Julep released a “Set Sail” collection based around nautical influences.  I HAD to opt in this month and get my monthly maven box in bombshell which included a purple creme with blue undertones (Denise) and a slightly off white creme (Vanna) with a lip crayon in a fuchsia (which I gave to my mom because it looked PERFECT on her).  Even though these shades aren’t your typical nautical red white and blue (which I was this close on getting instead) they still go perfectly with your nautical looks.  For my add on I added these anchor nail decals because as much as I liked my free-hand anchor last year (see here) this was WAY EASIER!  Oh and can we mention it came with salt water taffy from Ocean City MD, how fitting!

Julep Anchor Nail Decals Add-On's

Julep Anchor Nail Decals Add-On’s

I really couldn’t decided on what I wanted to do with this box since I’ve been into just classically painted nails in one color with a great topcoat.  So I decided just to do 2 fingers in Vanna (white) and 3 in Denise (purple) with the anchors on my pointer and middle.

Week O'Nautical Nails with Julep

Week O’Nautical Nails with Julep

I have to say despite my horrible cuticles this nail look definitely was a favorite as of late.  It got a lot of attention randomly, like the check stand girl complimenting how great they looked and how she thought it was a gel mani.  Goes to prove how fantastic the Julep formula is!

Thumbs up for Julep!

Thumbs up for Julep!

Nautical Mani for Week O'Nautical

Nautical Mani for Week O’Nautical

Julep Denise and Vanna from the Set Sail Collection

Julep Denise and Vanna from the Set Sail Collection

As we are officially unofficially now in summer, and the long Memorial Day weekend is now over, so is my Week O’Nautical here on the blog… until the 4th of July that is.  Until then, let’s paint the town red!  and purple!  and white!  and all the other mani colors of summer!

A little Kate Spade and Julep!

A little Kate Spade and Julep!

Nailed It: Julep Alicia

What a better mani Monday then our own namesake!  Julep Alicia!

Julep Alicia

Julep Alicia

I have this thing with names, I like to get people polish in their name even if its not a color they’d wear.  It’s like a collectors piece.  Alicia, while you know the name, it’s not really as common as you’d think, so when I saw Julep had an Alicia I was ALL OVER IT.  Except it’s been sold out for-ev-ver!  The re-released in the new formula a few months ago and I snatched it up.  At first I was like, eh, it will probably not look that great on me, but I want it for my vanity, so it sat in it’s box all pretty and new.  Then for Easter I decided to bust out this shade.  I was going to do a fun Easter mani but I also had a wedding and business trip so I needed just an easy shade to get me through.  Julep Alicia it is!

Julep Alicia for Easter

Julep Alicia for Easter

Once I applied Julep Alicia I was immediately in love with my namesake.  In just two coats it’s full coverage cream with the shiniest finish with NO topcoat!  It’s super super bright and unique but doesn’t come across as gaudy.  Julep Alicia is the word.  If I was ultimately going to create a polish that represented me I wouldn’t change a thing!

Spring Favorite:  Julep Alicia

Spring Favorite: Julep Alicia

You can shop Julep here and get your first Julep Maven 4-piece box FOR FREE using promo code SCORE.

Green and Gold for St. Patrick’s Day

Luck O’ the Irish to ya this St. Patrick’s Day!  Since St. Patrick’s Day is going up on a Tuesday it’s much more low key, but that doesn’t mean any less themed out!  Wear your green so you don’t get pinched, eat some Irish food and/or hit up a pub!

Word on what to wear:  Green.  Obviously green.  But there are so many chic options now more than the cheesy St. Patrick’s day t-shirt. With the great spring weather we’re having I wanted to wear a bright fresh green color and play up on the fun of the day with window pain ankle pants with glimmering gold accessories.  Express is my favorite for never boring but still legit work clothes hence the Express Portofino shirt (last seen here) with Express Columnist ankle pants (now available in white with black stripes, I think I need those too!).  Topped off with gold pumps (mark.) gold jewelry (mark.), a green and gold mani (Julep) and gold eye with green eyeliner (mark.).

St. Patrick's Day Look

St. Patrick’s Day Look

Express Portofino and  Columnist Ankle Pants

Express Portofino and Columnist Ankle Pants

mark. In Black and White Tote

mark. In Black and White Tote

mark. Pumps and Bag

mark. Pumps and Bag

Lucky Green For St. Patrick's Day

Lucky Green For St. Patrick’s Day

Julep Valerie with Shamrock Decal

Julep Valerie with Shamrock Decal

Word on what to do:  Hit up your local pub for happy hour!  Green beer, Irish car bombs, whiskey shots… oooor maybe just some green tea or Irish Breakfasts tea for me.  If you’d rather celebrate at home then make yourself some corned beef and cabbage!  Roast the brisket for about 2 hrs with the last hour throwing in your cabbage, carrots and potatoes.  Easy, filling and festive!

 

At the pub for St. Patrick's Day

At the pub for St. Patrick’s Day

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Corned Beef and Cabbage

Corned Beef and Cabbage