Nail Polish Inspiration: Dark Green + Glitter

It’s feeling like fall! For this mani, I wanted to go for a deeper green to pay homage to the color of the year (Emerald), while still keeping it fun and autumn appropriate. Here’s what I came up with that’s subtle enough to wear to work, yet fun enough to feel like you dressed up for a night out:

Orly Sparkling Garbage + essie Stylenomics

Orly Sparkling Garbage + essie Stylenomics

Taken indoors under artificial lighting, the glint of Sparkling Garbage really brings out the green undertones of Stylenomics (even though it’s difficult to see in this picture). I applied two coats of Stylesnomics on all nails, two coats of Sparkling Garbage on my accent nails, and finally one top coat.

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Orly Sparkling Garbage swatch

I love this color combination and, with any luck and hopefully very few dishes to wash, am looking forward to rocking it for awhile. Look at some of the other great designs people have come up with to compliment the unique shade of Sparkling Garbage below:

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Nailpolishgalore | The Manicurette

Dynamite Does Nails | Work Play Polish

Inspired by my mani or post? Send me a picture! What do you think about Sparkling Garbage? Do you think it’s subtle enough to be wearable in the workplace, or is it more of a weekend look? Let me know in the comments below!

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Nail Polish Inspiration: Mint

Time for some more mani fun! After drooling over some gorgeous Tiffany’s jewelry, I was inspired to create a mint/teal nail design. While I don’t have China Glaze For Audrey (although I have been eyeing it for awhile…), I do have essie Mint Candy Apple, and so that’s what I went with and I absolutely adore it!

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essie Mint Candy Apple + Sally Hansen Hard as Nails French White Tip

A little sloppy, I know, but I forgot to take a picture after clean up! This picture was taken indoors in artificial lighting with two coats of polish and a top coat, although it remains pretty true to color. I love how the little polka dots add some visual interest for a mid-week pick me up! I always get tons of compliments whenever I wear this color, and it lasted until I took it off over a week later! Try it out for yourself and check out what other crafty designs lacqueristas have done with this polish below:

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Polish This!| So Nailicious

Mostly Nail Polish | Fundamentally Flawless

Inspired by my mani or post? Send me a picture! What do you think about essie nail polishes? Would you wear this color? Do you think mint still maintains a firm position in fashion? Let me know in the comments below!

essie Fall 2013 Collection

Fall is finally in the air and I’m ready for autumn nail polishes! While some brands tend to go for a bright fall look (like Butter London’s Fall 2013 collection), essie sticks to the classical fall palette of muted jewel-tones and neutrals that it knows best. These colors are perfect for the September transition into fall, with enough variety to set them apart from summer shades.

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essie Fall 2013 Collection

Here’s how essie is advertising the colors:

  • After School Boy Blazer- academy blue-black
  • Cashmere Bathrobe- true flannel gray
  • For the Twill of It- rich medium brown with reflective green shimmer
  • The Lace is On- glistening jewel toned pearlescent fuchsia
  • Twin Sweater Set- vibrant crimson red
  • Vested Interest- cool gray teal

While the palette remains roughly the same as last year’s collection (below), there is enough variety to warrant picking up a few of the shades for fall 2013. Continue reading

Syria-s Business

Whether or not you like President Obama, you have to concede that he is a pretty dapper dude. Tonight he addressed the nation in a classic blue suit and powder blue tie. Take a hint from our president and stick to the basics for your next work-related event and you’re sure to look pulled together!Syria-s Business

What do you think of this take on the classic navy suit? Would you wear this to a work meeting, or job interview?

Nail Polish of the Month: August 2013

Yay it’s August! To celebrate, I wanted to share my favorite nail polish that I’ve worn over and over again in the past few weeks — essie Shine of the Times! It was introduced in essie’s Holiday 2011 Luxeffects Collection (see swatches of the other polishes in the collection here!), and has since been continued. I’ve read a few posts online about lucky ducks who manage to find a discounted bottle in their local drugstore, but for the most part you have to buy this “endangered species” online. If you’re even remotely into glitter or “flakie” (irregularly sized, iridescent glitter) polishes, then this is your nail Mecca!

essie Shine of the Times over essie Bikini So Teeny

essie Shine of the Times (shown over essie Bikini So Teeny)

While it gives a textured look, Shine of the Times applies and dries super smoothly. Sadly, try as I might, my camera could not fully capture the gorgeous colors the polish reflects. The flakes are sometimes a pinky-peach, gold, and bright green all at the same time! Here are some more examples to give you an idea of this polish’s diversity:

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Beautopia | Aphrodite Perception

Blushing Noir | Glam Polish

What colors are your August favorites? Would you try out essie Shine of the Times? Do you love or hate flakie nail polishes?

Monday Must-Haves: Simple + Special

Welcome back to Monday Must-Haves! This week it’s all about simple style with a touch of something special — these are some of my favorite items I’m stumbled across in a long time!Monday Must-Haves
How perfect is that taupe skirt? It so needs to be in my closet, right now. Also, after researching examples of essie’s Shine of the Times used on different nail polishes, I was hooked. This nail polish is no longer being made, and people still rave about it! I bought one offline for a few extra bucks and oh my goodness it just makes every nail polish look better! It adds multi-dimensional shine that compliments so well. Seriously, just look at this Google search. Cannot recommend this polish enough, guys!

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Nail Polish Inspiration: Pink + Glitter

Today I was privileged to work with rising 6th graders for 555-XXL, a career day run by Roanoke City Schools where the students get to tour and learn about the museum where I intern, the Taubman Museum of Art. While I can definitely say that the six-hour program was tiring, it was also lots of fun to escort my group of 32 kids around and teach them about some of the most exciting parts of the museum. In honor of this exciting, youthful occasion I gave myself an extra-fun mani to match the mood! Nothing quite represents the energy and inquisitiveness of a sixth grader as well as bright pink and glitter to me!

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essie Off the Shoulder + Sephora by OPI Spark-tacular!

This color combo is so girly and reminds me of confetti — I feel like I’m always prepared for life’s party! The girls loved it and some of the boys even commented on the glitter, too funny!  Check out what other lacqueristas have created with this great glitter polish below:

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Glam Polish| The TraceFace Files

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Bonus, check out the kids watching the museum careers videos — so attentive! Hope your day was as rewarding as mine!

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What do you think about glittery nails? Would you wear this polish combination?