How-To: Winterize your Nails with Julep

Friday, December 12, 2014

You know the worst thing about winter? Everything is dry. Hair a total, crispy frizz-ball? Check. Constantly itchy skin? Check. Torn cuticles and dry, peeling nails? Double-check. Thankfully, Julep (aka makers of my most favorite nail polish) has you covered. 
Now, I don't know about you, but my nails always start to chip and peel the longer they get, especially in the winter, when they're exposed to the cold and hotter water (because let's be real, morning showers need to be about 90 degrees). So to keep them from looking like a mess, I make sure they're clipped/filed short and neat (I also find it way easier to type!). 
Then, I go to work on my cuticles. I am terrible about picking at them, especially during the cold weather. So, every other manicure, I use Instant Cuticle Remover to take care of them. Leave it on for a couple of minutes and then rinse your fingers and watch your cuticles wash away! Anything that's left, use a cuticle stick or pusher to push them back. Easy-peasy!
 
Next comes buffing. I never understood this step, until my nails starting getting ridges on them! Buffing smooths them out and makes it easier to apply polish. It also gives the polish a little something extra to hold onto. Always useful.

Then it's time to get painting! In order to keep my nails as strong as possible, I always use a nail strengthener before applying my base coat. I love Julep's Oxygen Nail Treatment because it strengthens while letting oxygen still reach your nail bed! So good for your nails. 
Once that dries down, I follow that up with base coat. Right now I'm using this version, but I also sometimes use one by Essie or Julep's Oxygen Base Coat. Let that dry, and then apply your polish! Two thin (thin, ladies) should be enough! Follow that up with top coat (I swear by this one) and Voila! Your winter mani is complete!
Once your mani is dry, make sure you religiously moisturize. That's key to keeping your nails (and hands) looking fresh until summer returns again!

And while you're at it, check out Julep's latest colors for the winter season!



Red Hot

Monday, December 8, 2014

I can't get enough of these red pants this fall/winter. I just love them! They're so cheery, which is exactly what's needed on a cold, gray day. 

The only problem I have with them is the knees - they're a bit baggy, especially after I've been sitting in them. How do I fix this? A tailor? Someday, pants shopping will be easy and we all will be able to find the perfect-fitting pants!

{Jacket: Calvin Klein | Shirt: Ralph Lauren | Pants: The Limited | Shoes: Madewell (similar) | Scarf: Old Navy | Watch: Michael Kors | Ring: Madewell | Lip: Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencil in 69}

It's My Favorite Day of the Year!

Monday, December 1, 2014

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I love heading to the stores to go shopping as much as the next girl. But on Black Friday? No thanks. You won't find me venturing out and braving the insane crowds. Instead I'll be on the couch sleeping off my stuffing hangover. So, Cyber Monday is where its at. Great deals at all my favorite stores, all available on my computer screen? That's my kind of shopping! I've rounded up the best deals for you, so get shopping!

Anthropologie is offering free shipping sitewide. No code necessary!

ASOS is offering 30% off. Use code ILOVEMONDAYS 

BaubleBar is offering 20% off using code CYBER20

J.Crew is offering 30% off full-price styles and an additional 40% off of sale items! They're also offering free shipping. Use code MONDAY

Nordstrom is offering up to 40% off of select products. No code necessary!

Piperlime is offering 30% off sitewide and 40% off markdowns. Use code CYBERSALE

Sephora is giving away a cyber Onday Mystery Sample Bag with any $25 purchase

Sole Society is offering 30% off the entire site! No code necessary.

West Elm is offering up to 25% off! Use code SUPERSALE

World Market is offering 20% off and free shipping on orders $100+! Use code SUPERCYBER

GO FORTH AND SHOP! AND HAPPY HOLIDAYS!


Baby It's Cold Outside

Monday, November 17, 2014

Swear to god, wasn't it just July? And now it's snowing. And Thanksgiving is in a week. HOW IS THIS ALL POSSIBLE. I barely got my new wardrobe sitch figured out for fall and now winter is here, and we're back to square one! My normal winter attire is jeans and boots. And dress pants are just not designed to go in boots.

So expect a lot of tights + boots, because they're my winter shoe staples!


It's going to be a challenge remixing some of my skirts and dresses (which have previously only been used for summer) for winter, since most are sleeveless and lightweight. But I think I'm up to the challenge and am excited to show you guys what I've got up my sleeve!

{Dress: LOFT (similar) | Blazer: Laundry by Shelli Segal via TJ Maxx (similar) | Tights: Gap | Boots: Frye | Scarf: ? | Bag: B. Makowsky | Sunnies: Kate Spade}

Neigh

Friday, October 24, 2014

Fall is here, fall is here! The weather is crisp (but not cold), it's been sunny, the leaves in the park are changing, and I can't get enough. I've already ventured out to Missouri's wine country, visited an apple orchard (we totes missed apple picking season, oops), picked pumpkins, and drank apple cider. All my favorite pieces of fall!

What are your favorite parts of this glorious season? I know winter is fast on its heels, so I plan to get as much time outside as possible. But, I'm so happy that the cooler temperatures mean I can bring out my jackets, blazers and scarves! I don't think I've ever been so happy to wear any of them!

{Top: Anthropologie | Blazer: J.Crew (on sale!) | Jeans: Gap | Shoes: Crown Vintage | Scarf? | Bag (similar) and Sunnies: Kate Spade | Watch: Michael Kors | Bracelet: Alex and Ani | Lip: NARS Fire Down Below}