Monday, July 21, 2014

Makeup Monday: Watermelon Nail Tutorial

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(I used Kiss Nail Art Paints for the details)

It seems as though lately, I've been having a bit of a fruit obsession. From my strawberry nail tutorial to my new watermelon dress and watermelon clutch, I've got a bit of a theme going - so I figured I would top it off with another nail tutorial. It all started when I got a manicure, with my niece. Less than 24 hours later, the tips were already starting to chip, so I decided to give them a little makeover and make them into watermelons. Here's how to do it:

1) Start with red nails.

2) Paint the tips white.

3) Paint a skinnier stripe of green at the very tips.

4) Use black polish to paint the seeds. That's it!

It doesn't have to be perfect (clearly, mine aren't) but if you're a perfectionist or don't have a very steady hand, try using these french manicure guides for the green and white tips, and a nail dotting tool for the seeds. Have fun!

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Happy Weekend!

(photo from my instagram)

Happy weekend! We just got back from our road trip, and brought little Roxy Mae (my niece) back with us. I'm excited to show her around NYC, since she hasn't been here since she was a baby. What are your plans for the weekend? I wasn't online too much this week, since we were with family. But here are a few of the links I've been clicking on:
- This is how I know I'm an adult: I'm dreaming about this pastel mint SMEG fridge.

- Have you downloaded #partypartyapp, yet? The ladies of A Beautiful Mess have a new app, and it's so much fun!

- The cutest outfit.

- It's time for the Nordstrom anniversary sale. I'm trying not to look.

- The curious case of designers leaving (or being pushed out of) their namesake labels.

- Audrey Tatou is always a stunner. Insert heart eyes emoji.

- 20 inspiring before and after renovation photos. Because lately, all I've been doing is looking at houses I dream of fixing up and living in.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Shapeless dresses

Outfit Details:
thrifted dress - old, but this one from ASOS is very similar
Miu Miu sunglasses

I know, this dress makes me look like I’m pregnant (I’m not). But even if it does, I really like it, which is why it's stayed in my closet for so many years. If you’ve been following my blog for more than just this post, you probably know that I often-slash-always wear flowy or shapeless dresses that could probably fit a few of me in them, so I’m a little surprised when someone assumes that me wearing a flowy or shapeless dress automatically means I must be pregnant. I can only make my own assumption that it’s merely what I’m wearing, which makes one draw that conclusion - but somehow, it still gets under my skin. I’m human, and I have my own hangups and insecurities. Aspirationally body positive or not, there are only so many times I can be asked that question without getting self conscious. Regardless of how well-meaning an inquiry may be (though I’ve had plenty of mean-spirited ones to completely quash those), it stings. The worst part is, I get so many lovely comments from all of you - and yet, here I am, focusing on the baby bump speculation. I hate that. 

So can we make a pact, right now? Can we please promise one another that we will never again ask a lady if she’s pregnant, ever ever ever? Maybe I’ll let it slide if she’s wearing a shirt that says, “As me about my bun in the oven!” But only maybe, because I have been known to wear a “Greatest Dad On Earth” shirt from time to time - and I am not a father, just a fan of silly thrift store shirts. I’m also a fan of shapeless dresses or ones with an empire waist that show no curves, but not to disguise a bump or even hide my body in an act of shame. It’s because that’s my personal style. It’s because I don’t believe "dress my body type" magazine articles should dictate my wardrobe choices. It's because I don't believe I have to wear clothing which clings to my body in order to prove that I have one. 

But more than anything, it's just the way I like to dress.