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Nail it Down

I’ve been slacking on updating you guys on my awesome nails… So here’s what you’ve missed. Or some of it at least.

These hands belong to a girl named Hilary, in my education class. I LOVED them; they’re the Sally Hansen nail strips, that I still haven’t tried out for myself. She said they’re SUPER easy, and I thought these looked ADORABLE.

Those are my hands! I used Sally Hansen’s Pink Slip, and OPI’s Siberian Nights. I love the Siberian Nights color, by the way. I’ve been wearing it literally almost every week since I bought it. The first time I used it, I painted all my nails with it, except for my ring finger on both hands, and used gold glitter on my ring fingers. Looked awesome, if I may say so myself….

$8.50 @ Beauty Brands

$6.49 @ Target

I’ve also been using a protein formula, that I bought at Beauty Brands, so that I could strengthen my horribly damaged nails. And it’s working it’s magic. I use it as a base and top coat, and I’ve noticed a huge improvement in the thickness of my nails. Amazing stuff.

$9.49 @ Beauty Brands

And my nails as of Thanksgiving, look like THIS!:

I used Sally Hansen’s Pink Slip again, and China Glaze’s Turned Up Turquoise. Yes, this is how I spent part of my Thanksgiving: Hanging out on the couch, buffing, then filing, then painting. Good timessss.

$7.00 @ Beauty Brands

I REALLY love the Turned Up Turquoise. Especially with my new earrings. Again, I’ll post pictures soon!

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Summertime Style

So, since you’re reading about things in my life that are so personal, I thought you should see firsthand what my style looks like. I set up a shoot with a friend, Jillian, to show off my personal style.

If I had to describe it, I’d say, for the most part, I’m a pretty casual girl. ESPECIALLY in the middle of Arizona’s summers. When it’s 115 degrees outside, I don’t care too much for packin on the layers. I keep it simple with tank tops and denim shorts. Most of the time I’m also rockin’ flip flops or my Converse.

Courtesy of Jillian Bratcher

This is a perfect example of my every day outfit.

TO GET THIS LOOK:

$30.00 @ Sole and Blues

$20.00 @ Hollister

$5.80 @ Forever21

This next outfit is also very typical for my summer style.  More denim shorts, and yet another tank. This is something I’d wear on a summer night, to a party, or just to hang out with the boys (on a typical summer night, you’d find me kickin’ it with some of my best friends, most of which are guys).

Courtesy of Jillian Bratcher

Courtest of Jillian BratcherCourtesy of Jillian Bratcher

Courtesy of Jillian Bratcher

Notice the nail color; it’s the new one I bought, “Turned Up Turquoise” by OPI.

TO GET THIS LOOK:

$30.00 @ Swell

$44.50 @ Hollister

$17.50 @ American Eagle

By the way, I love stacked bracelets and rings; I’m not a huge accessories person, but I love the look of it. I find a lot of cute accessories at American Eagle. Their jewelry is to die for!

My nextttt outfit, is my summer sun dress. This is when I feel like dressing it up a bit, but still casual enough for comfort!

Courtesy of Jillian Bratcher

GET THIS LOOK:

$17.99 @ Target

$19.80 @ Forever21

Uhm, I’m in love with that dress from Forever21. The tribal print is adorable, and honestly, I like it better than the one I’m wearing! What the heck? I might have to make it mine.

And last but not leastttt, my night out attire! This is what I originally intended to wear as my birthday dress, however, my birthday this year was freezing cold and rainy, so this was not the outfit I wore.

Courtesy of Jillian Bratcher

Courtesy of Jillian Bratcher

GET THIS LOOK:

$7.80 @ Forever21

$23.00 @ Yesstyle

$198.00 @ Nordstrom

$88.95 @ Nordstrom

So these are my summer looks! The pictures were done by Jillian Bratcher. See more of her work @ Jillian Bratcher Photography. My hair was cut and colored by my best friend Jennifer Swarts.


Nail craze and mall days

Still counting down for pay day (Friday, please hurry the heck up!!), and I got my nails done yesterday. Smart, I know. But it was $17 for a fill, and my nails definitely needed it, and so did my stress level. I’m really diggin’ the whole one nail a different color trend; I was inspired by my best friend. I used a pink from OPI called “Elephantastic Pink,” and my ring finger on both hands is black. Back in the comfort zoneee. Loved the turquoise, but mannnnn, it was bright!

Elephantastic Pink by OPI

Today, I woke up super stressed. Went to school, had a test in my second class. After class, my best friend asked me to join her in taking her extremely old dog to the vet. I agreed, even though that vet’s office smells like wet dog. Gross. I met a puppy named Sugar; she was a German Shepard. She was THE coolest dog. I decided I’m going to own one. But that’s beside the point.

After leaving the vet, the smart thing to do would have been to go to the gym. Right?… Not my thought process. However, for once, it wasn’t MY idea to go to the mall. Jenn had mentioned she wanted to go to the mall, and I felt I’ve done a very good job lately exercising self control. AKA I haven’t stepped foot inside Forever21, or any store in the mall really, because I know I can’t do the damage I want to. It’s all about that forward progress. So I told her I’d join her. She even promised to buy me a new shirt. What a great best friend I have.

The mall had been screaming my name for months, and I was finally going to show her some attention.

Our first stop was Steve Madden. Ohhhh boy. I wasn’t intending to buy anything, but I saw some cute things for fall, and I always enjoy looking at a good pair of shoes!

WANT:

$139.95 @ Steve Madden

With the black jeweled bow? Uhm… YES PLEASE. So cute.

$129.95 @ Steve Madden

Okay, so Jenn and I both LOVED these; super cute for fall. Skinny jeans. And they’re black… They’d match with EVERYTHING. Must have.

Next stop, we browsed through Arden B. Normally, this isn’t my “go to” store, because it’s a little on the pricey side, and a lot of their stuff is dressier. I’m normally a pretty casual person; don’t get me wrong, I LOVE to dress up. But for the most part, I’m rockin’ shorts and a tank top. I did find a few items for my wish list, though. Obviously.

$98.00 @ Arden B

$98.00…?!?! See what I mean? I loveeee the dress. But why am IIIII gonna buy a dress for a hundred buckkssss when I have nowhere to wear it. Love the color though. WAH. (I’m thinking I might be going through a gold phase…. normally I’m a silver person. hm.)

I also loveddd Arden B’s accessories. They had really cool hair stuff, like feather clips. We all know I loooove those feathers!

$19.00 @ Arden B

$19.00 @ Arden B

After Arden B, we made our way to my number one storeeeee, FOREVER21! I missed Forever so badly. I wanted to cry with joy and kissed the glittered floor when I walked in the double doors and saw the massive store in front of me. Okay, I’m taking it a little far here…. but you get the point. I was insanely happy. For some reason, though, I wasn’t focused at first. I thought I lost my groove. I couldn’t find anything in there, and after circling the store, I got frustrated. So, I stepped outside for a cigarette. (I know, I know… I said I was quitting. And I’m doing a horrible job. I even caved and bought a pack today…. nooooo). After my little break, I thought maybe it was just that I wasn’t meant to buy anything. But when I stepped back inside, I got my swag back. I started picking things up, found a dress I’ve been eyeing, and took four things to try on.

I liked this dress, but online it looks more pink, and in person it was more orange. Plus, I wasn’t sure where I’d wear it, so I decided it wasn’t a smart investment. (I think that shows some progress too! Woo hoo!!)

$19.80 @ Forever21

I especially liked it because it’s bright, and I love bright colors with my dark hair. ALSO, the slits in the side showed off my tattoo perfectly. So cute. But it can wait.

I did end up buying (or Jenn ended up buying…) a cream sweatshirt that says “Be You” on the front, and a basic, black, form fitting, long sleeved dress to wear under it (neither of which I could find online, to show you). But I like the idea of wearing the two pieces together and rockin’ my converse, or separately for different occasions. The black dress would be especially good for mixing things up, ’cause you can dress it up, or down with the right accessories. That’s smart buying.

I decided at this point it was time to quit while I was ahead, and leave the mall. But the shopping didn’t end here.

Later tonight, I was at my friend Jeremy’s apartment. His roommate (and my friend) Pete wanted to run to Target to get a few random things. And even though I’d already been shopping for the day, I wanted to go with. HAA.

So, we got there, and Jenn and I immediately went off separately from the boys and did our own thing. We were headed to the clothing section when BAM!! we were hit in the face with another nail polish display. I’m tellin’ ya, they get me EVERY time.

I ended up finding a gold (it’s the new color) that I really liked, and picked it up with every intention of buying it. But then, I looked up to see the Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips by Sally Hansen. I’ve seen these before on people, SUCH a good idea. They’re strips of nail polish that you cut to fit your own nail, and they’re supposed to last much longer than polish. And I haven’t been able to find them anywhere. All of a sudden, here they were!

I wanted two. I really enjoyed the almost metallic looking “Raise A Glass” and “Misbehaved.” They were almost the same base color, and I wanted to do the whole, one nail different, but I didn’t want to pay like 10 bucks for each?! Are you kidding, that’s ridiculous…. So I settled on the “Misbehaved,” and opted to paint the rest of my nails black, (or maybe just one, I hadn’t decided…) and made my way to the checkout line.

$9.99 @ Ulta

$9.99 @ Ulta

But then, we ran into the accessories aisle. I found sunglasses I want. But at this point, I was getting tired, and hesitating buying the nail stuff, since I JUST got my nails done. So I set down the adorable orange glasses, and the nail stuff, and sulked out of Target. I will be back for you Sally Hansen. I must try this stick on nail polish.

So today was definitely an adventure. But I feel like I’ve made a lot of progress in terms of self control. I normally would be freaking out and buying everything, but I managed to leave content with two items, that are very versatile. I’m super stoked to wear this new outfit. Hopefully it’s cool enough one of these nights for a sweatshirt….. !

Perfect example of why I'm BROKE.

A couple weeks ago, I went to happy hour at Ra Sushi with a friend of mine. We were chatting away when our waitress came up to take our order, and we noticed her adorable nails. I freaked. She told us that she got them done for her trip to Vegas. They were bright, and funky, and each nail was different. I fell in LOVE.

I decided to switch it up. I normally get the same color every time I go, which is like “Pompeii Purple” by OPI. Boring, right? So I wanted to have some fun. Here’s how mine turned out:

(please excuse the lameness of my camera phone….) But I thought they turned out super cute. However, they cost me $50, when normally it’s more like $30. Super fail, considering I have $3 until Friday… ugh, ridiculous.

Addiction.

Perfect example of why I’m BROKE.

A couple weeks ago, I went to happy hour at Ra Sushi with a friend of mine. We were chatting away when our waitress came up to take our order, and we noticed her adorable nails. I freaked. She told us that she got them done for her trip to Vegas. They were bright, and funky, and each nail was different. I fell in LOVE.

I decided to switch it up. I normally get the same color every time I go, which is like “Pompeii Purple” by OPI. Boring, right? So I wanted to have some fun. Here’s how mine turned out:

(please excuse the lameness of my camera phone….) But I thought they turned out super cute. However, they cost me $50, when normally it’s more like $30. Super fail, considering I have $3 until Friday… ugh, ridiculous.

Addiction.

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